Archive for the ‘Techniques’ 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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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 Training Aid Carried by Most Golf Professionals

In the current era of home bound golfers we have all been on a search for the best products to help improve our game. Golf.com published a recent article on some very common training aids used by my professionals. Prominent in the article are items used by Dustin Johnson who in the past has a problem with putting. The aid of emphasis is a alignment aid for putting to help your stroke. I, like Dustin have putting problems, but the aids shown have helped him improve and are helping me improve.

Experience has shown me that a Putting Mirror has been a good purchase. There are multiple items out there on the market to chose from so you can choose what is best. I suggest that you visit the website GolfTrainingAids.com which is run and recommended by a friend, Dr. Gary Wiren, and his son. You can find the link at the top of CleekGeekGolf.com home page to reach the this website. This is an item I highly recommend as it was used during my college days learning the various aspects of the golf game. The good part is that this item is relatively inexpensive.

Another product, though more expensive, you will find at GolfTrainingAids.com is the Putting Matt. This is a pre-printed, auto-return matt that has very true green feel and alignment aids which work well with the mirror. These two items enjoined for your practice should help improve your putting.

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Stategies High Handicappers Should Learn

Thanks to Kellie Stenzel and Golf.com I have found an article that should help new and struggling players improve their game. I know that when I met Kellie at Keiser University as a Guest Instructor I got a very good pointer. Here is an article that she published which is really great advise:

10 Stategies Low Handicappers know that High Handicappers don’t

This article give good course management tips, good tips on the golf swing and good advise about instruction. It also links several other articles on Golf.com which are even greater benefit to those wanting to learn the game.

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Does your practice swing help you?

The connection between your mind and your body has always been a great point of emphasis in golf. Lately one of my greatest instructors, Dr. T.J. Tomasi, currently at Keiser University in Palm Beach Florida, reminded me that there are some very special connections between the mind and the body. He reminds us that your last and greatest impression on your mind in advance of your next stroke is that Practice Swing. The special point here is that the Practice Swing must be the same full Stroke that you intend to execute on the actual shot to be taken. The cannot be a partial, slow motion swing without the commitment of the shop you are about to take.

Read the following link for better explanation of your best opportunity for shot success:

Let the Tracer be your Teacher

The image implanted in your mind with this swing though is the best asset to complete your actual stroke as intended.

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HOW DOES YOU DRIVING DISTANCE COMPARE?

Comparative golf information is always being presented which is got some very interesting outcomes. Thanks to the gentlemen from GoflWRX I recently found an article which has some very interesting results. I can only assume that the information is gleaned from a data base which is actually based on fact. My only question is the distribution of the subject golfers based on index. I know for sure, by past experience, that there are golfer across the index range that use the quoted equipment. I would hope that a good statistical representation has been used to back up the information.

If you want to delve deeper into the facts and details of the study and information click on the following link:

The Average Driving Distance for Male Amateur Golfers by Age

This is one of the better articles but I am outside the information listed. Not having used the equipment quoted but watching my playing stats my golfing and physical age just don’t match.

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FITSPATRICK VS DECHAMBEAU ON GOLF SKILLS

The latest argument in the golf world is about the ‘bomb and gouge’ players vs the traditionalist. Compare the stories from both sides of the pond about golf and some of the biggest names.

European Tour player Matthew Fitzpatrick’s comments on Bryson DeChambeau set off the first round. We have seen an upward trend of greater distance and statistically better play and these two are at the forefront right now. As you remember when Tiger Woods hit the golf stage there was a major change in the. Similar changes have been seen prior to that with great names in the game appearing include, but not limited to the likes of Palmer, Nickols, Jones & Hagen. There are many changes and variables which have occurred and depending on which learning you have will put you on the variable sides of the fence.

Distance has always been a good thing. Being able to use a wedge instead of a mid oer long iron has always been preferable. Link that with a good short game and the golfer surpasses everyone. The players ability to understand his game and what makes it the greatest set each player apart. For now the distance increase by DeChambeau is pushing him toward the front of the pack. Increasing the various points of his game will make him better.

My coaches and teachers have always told me that there are a number of adages which over the long run will prevail. From the ranks of the Professional golfers of the world the “Drive for Show and Putt for Dough” is the most prolific. The golf gods have a way of working around every aspect of the game and teach each of us our place in the game.

Keep you stats, practice your game and have fun will make this game better for all.

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Golfing as a Hobby

Most people consider golfing as a professional sport but to some it is an enjoyable hobby. Golfing is one of the most interesting hobbies as it involves a combination of different activities including talking, walking as well as competition.

It is a healthy hobby since the player will always be walking a few miles and they can burn up to 352 calories within an hour. In addition, the golf swing involves turning the body several times and this is a great exercise for both the tummy and the back muscles.

With the high prevalence of lifestyle diseases which are as a result of obesity among other factors, the best hobby is the one which can help one live a healthy life. Golf can be played by one individual unlike many other sports that require a team and this allows the person to play whenever they feel like making the hobby very interesting.

The best hobby is the one that one can share with their loved ones. Golfing ensure that nobody is left out since one can play with their family and friends. Playing golf as a hobby can help one reduce stress; playing round golf has been scientifically proven to release powerful mood-enhancing natural substances from the brain referred to as endorphins. In addition, people who play golf for fun get regular exercise and this helps them sleep better since they can easily fall asleep and at the same time remain in deep sleep for a longer duration. Read more »

ARE GOLF BALLS HARMING YOUR GAME?

Update Aug 17, 2021: Here I have updated work by the MyGolfSpy group relating to their golf ball analysis. The tweaked the research by narrowing the parameter of the balls examined and restricted the scope of the analysis to Drivers, 8-irons and wedges. There did however keep the same swing speed analysis for the robotic testing of 115, 100 and 85 mph. There is also a report on the variables they used for the irons and wedges contained within the report. Below is the link to their 2021 report.

https://mygolfspy.com/best-golf-balls-2021/

I would say the results are very complete and should be a great help the golfing community. In my personal experience I find that their work is on the money with data. I have seen consistent results in my game. The only thing I found in the article that the reader should be aware of is the selectable  results table near the end of the report. Here you much have the last 2 drop down lists read “Wedge” to the the results. See picture below.

2021 Ball Test Annotated

Interactive Chart at report end

If you work your way through the report and look at the graphics included, every golfer should have a better idea of what ball their should be using. Personally, I have found that the Titleist Tour Speed Ball is the best for my game but I am encouraged by this test to at least try the other balls noted and see if there is any improvement in my game. Like the reports show, each has it pros and cons and a good examination of your game will help you on the course and in the pro shop.

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Original: My friends at MyGolfSpy have again hit a home run for the evaluation of golf balls. This study is way overdue and every golfer needs to understand what the report says so that they can help their game in a similar way we change clubs to help our game.

See the full report at the link provided to help improve your game.

https://mygolfspy.com/most-wanted-golf-ball/

I am currently under review of the written data herein printed and a physical examination of the data results. Hope this nudge will help you do the same.
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