Archive for the ‘Course Management’ Category

SHOULD YOU LAYUP OR NOT?

Early spring post by Brad Turner of Keiser University discusses course strategy in the link provided below. He discusses the adage of “hitting to your favorite distance” during your rounds to score better. Peeling back the information becoming available from the PGA tour about course strategy finds that there may be a different approach to scoring during your rounds. If you are trying to improve your game it would be a good idea to read his article on the new approach to playing.

https://collegeofgolf.keiseruniversity.edu/dont-lay-up…/

My personal opinion on this is to stay with conventional wisdom and stay in the short grass and use advanced course management. There are definitely places where that adage is not applicable. I would think that with the overwhelming amount of time which has been expended since the beginning of golf, it may be worth the consideration to follow the comments in the article. I think this would be most beneficial with the player who has reached a plateau in this game (similar to me, index 10.2) and is searching for further improvement of his game based on misses.

Practice and focusing in on the various topics and points within the article would be very helpful and should give any aspiring player a good lattice work of points for improvement. Modeling the game plan outlined has a good structure for developing your course management skills and would give you a benchmark for feedback on your game improvement.

As a matter of recommendation to anyone who loves golf and needs to get some expert knowledge on the game with top of the line instruction should consider contacting the people at Keiser University about the College of golf courses. There is great opportunity to play and apply your knowledge as well as display your skills. As a former student I would highly recommend the time and effort for this institution.

Good Luck with your game in support of the the Greatest Game Ever.

 

Do you have a Handicap Index?

Recent posts on the internet have been examining the average handicap indexes of golfer throughout the United States. There are many different systems out there for you too choose. The predominate system  is the USGA System used by most golf course memberships and GRINT which is an independent system for golfers who do are most likely not affiliated with a country club. Both systems are valid but the major question comes to the fact that who will recognize what when competing. There is also a question of how valid is the INDEX you get from each.

Personally, I try the best I can to keep my INDEX up to date as I can get by honestly reporting every round I play. Do I think its valid. Well, if I played more competitive golf I would be much more concerned. Does my 10.9 (Current as of 7/1/2021) match my game? Probably as I do very little practicing and am a poor putter (But I am working on it). I have friends which have numbers on both scales and there are more that beat me than I would like to admit as they also have a higher index.

If you have the ability to join a club somewhere which adheres to the USGA GHIN system you will probably get fewer questions when traveling. The better part is to find a group of players post those scores on a regular basis. It can be as often as daily but should be at least once a month to keep those number even with your ability.

Keep with this website and you will find things that will help your game, improve you play and enjoyment of the game. If you cannot find it here contact your local course golf professional and you and your partner will have a better time on the links.

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Is you Golf Bag designed for your needs?

Over the years I have found that the golf bag makers have built a number of very good and functional bags. There is not one manufacturer that I can think of which I haven’t seen or even sold and one time or another. However, I have a lingering problem which I have posed to several manufacturers, but, I have yet to get a response. My problem with golf bags is restricted to a very specific sector of the market (i.e. individual divided club bags) and this has nothing to do with the overall construction of the bags which are usually very good. It has to do with one singular picky part of a bag’s makeup. Why you may ask, well for myself, it has to do with being penalized at a tournament for having too many clubs in my bag. Please do not believe that I  place the blame of this calamity on anyone but myself. Read more »

HOW ARE YOU TRACKING YOUR HANDICAP?

There has been a significant number of questions about handicapping and the different systems and sources. Here in the USA, there is a system promoted by the USGA called the GHIN system. I have been around golf operations for some time and believe this is the most recognized system currently in use. I know that licensing by USGA is available to country clubs and golf courses to maintain their memberships stats. But there are a great number of golfers who are not members of those organized facilities and on occasion are Guests at membership events. Many have GHIN numbers as they come from other facilities that conscribe to the GHIN system. Of these people without GHIN numbers and who use other systems are with some skepticism and scrutinized by the organizing committees totry and keep their events fair. This is a good effort but with the advent of a new tournament system, Golf Genius in 2019 to replace the older TTP system, it has become easier to setup with GHIN as the common handicap system. This is not to say that other systems are bad, just that they are questioned heavily. There is why I would recommend every golfer getting a GHIN number that is now also using the World Handicap System. The use of Golf Genius has been such and great help to local tournament operations.

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BEST GPS REVIEW

I have found that the GOLFPADGPS is the best overall system to use without special TAGS or links. The nice part is that the scorepad and GPS are free.  There are TAGS (grip inserts) that can be uses with the system but are not necessary. They just makes it easier to get more data and help you improve. Here is the link to their website.

https://golfpadgps.com/

Compared to the other systems, I find this the easiest to use. It finds you local course quickly (when you are at the course) and is quick responding to basic info input. You have the benefit of adding your playing partners if you wish and getting them connected. For a premium subscription of $49/year and dependent on your cellphone you can get a fully integrated Shots-Gained analysis from the TAGS available but there is a way of using manual input that gives you the same information. I have discovered the most newer Android phones have NFC sensors as do iPhones which makes the addition $99 for the tags worth the investment. Once sync is acomplished it works well.

Be sure to take the time to practice inputting information onto you cell phone when you are near the course to get the hang of the operation. The instructions on the website are very good but practice makes it much easier when playing a round and not slowing the pace of play for you and your group.

I will have to say that there are a number of other systems on the market which will accomplish the same results so do you research and choose the best system for you. Best of Luck to your and your foursome.

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