5 Signs that it is time to buy new golf clubs.

5 Signs that it is time to buy new golf clubs.

5 Signs that it is time to buy new golf clubs.

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

5 Signs that it is time to buy new golf clubs.

Worn out groves on your irons are a telltale sign to look for with your irons.

When is it time?

It would be quite an expensive endeavor to buy new clubs every time new (and “better”) equipment hits the market. You’d also only see marginal gains from your equipment year-over-year, so it may not be the best use of your money. On the flip side, however, if you let years and decades pass without upgrading equipment, you’re undoubtedly missing out on improved technology that could help your scores.

So, when is the right time to switch to new equipment?

5 Signs that it is time to buy new golf clubs.

Even outdated equipment will affect you distance and accuracy!

The absolute best way to know for sure is to consult with a professional fitting expert to evaluate your current setup. I can’t recommend this enough. Still, I understand that many golfers won’t go through the complete process, for varying reasons, which is why, for this article, I’ve enlisted the help of David McKee, the production manager at GOLF.com’s sister company True Spec Golf. He’s a longtime expert in the field of club building and fitting. Together, we’ve compiled 5 telltale signs that it’s time for an equipment upgrade.

 

2) Not enough height

Do your drives barely get off the ground, with more of a line-drive flight than a towering moon shot? Are your irons hitting the greens and bounding over the back?

If this is the case, you’re giving up distance and distance control. Penetrating ball flights can be helpful in super windy conditions, but hitting the ball too low can be detrimental in the long run. Every year, new technologies hit the market that help golfers hit the ball higher. If you’re a golfer who hits the ball too low, and you’re playing with older golf equipment, it’s likely that new equipment can be a game-changer. By launching the ball higher into the air, you could gain distance off the tee and control with your irons.

To see the other 3 signs that it is time to but new golf clubs, go here.

Source: Andrew Turskey  GOLF.com

Pictures: golfdashblog.com

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A protein-based diet for Golf Fitness.

A protein-based diet for Golf Fitness.

A protein-based diet for Golf Fitness.

You can’t go wrong with A protein-based diet for Golf Fitness is the subject of today’s Fitness Friday.  A Golf Video Blog with Mel Sole, Director of Instruction and Master Professional at the Mel Sole Golf School, located at Pawleys Plantation Golf and Country Club in Pawleys Island, SC.

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

On Fridays we not only present tips ourselves that will help your game, but also curate articles from well know fitness instructors in the golfing industry. Nutrition and fitness go hand in glove, so don’t try and get your body in shape without a healthy diet as well.  Rob Labritz for PGA.com give you some correct steps to go about this!

“Pay attention to what you put in your body.” Surely you’ve heard that from your doctor countless times. Well, now you’re going to hear it from PGA Professional Rob Labritz.

Emphasis on a protein-based diet for Golf Fitness.

In this week’s installment of our “Become a complete golfer” series, Labritz is putting a major emphasis on nutrition. “Make smart choices,” he said. “You can’t go wrong with a protein-based diet.  It must also include fruits and vegetables without a lot of sugary carbohydrates. You do need some carbohydrates for brain function, but you don’t need the kinds that are slathered in sugar.”

Over the course of this series, Labritz has stressed the importance of keeping everything “in balance.” It isn’t just your mind and your swing. It extends to what you’re eating, too. For instance, Labritz said, if you’re the kind of person who thinks fueling up on the course means a hot dog and a soft drink at the turn, you may want to reevaluate — particularly if you’re serious about improving all aspects of your game. “Basically you’re messing yourself up pretty bad if you opt for a hot dog and Coke,” he said. “You’ll probably have a sugar high for 45 minutes and then a crash. When your body does that, your mind does the same thing. It’s hard to stay balanced.” 

Labritz is a self-described “strict eater” when it comes to life in general and believes a protein-based diet is something everyone should buy into and make a part of their lifestyle. So how do you apply nutrition to the course? Like everything else, it has to do with preparation. 

The Goal.

The goal on the course is to keep your energy high and your focus throughout. You don’t want to be full out there, but you certainly don’t want to be starving either. Labritz recommends eating a good meal 3-4 hours before your tee time. If it’s an early morning tee time and you don’t have time to get that solid meal in, here’s what Labritz suggests.

To see the rest of this story and what Rob Labritz suggests how to correct it to improve your game, go here!

Source: Rob Labritz    Pga.com    Mel Sole Golf School.

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In the Market for some new Irons?

In the Market for some new Irons?

In the Market for some new Irons?

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Nothing is more exciting for a golfer than to walk to the first tee with a new set of clubs!  It’s like starting all over again – the slate is wiped clean.  The old clubs with their bad mojo are a thing of the past!  Hope springs eternal!  Well, here is your chance to get a look at all the new irons in 2019 before you buy.  Brought to you by PGA.com.  No drooling, please!

The best new irons for the 2019 golf season include new technologies, better materials, and advanced performance to help you feel more confident, dial in your needs, and lower your scores! In the Market for some new Irons?  To save money, use the equipment Value Guide on PGA.com to get money back for your old irons to help purchase new ones!

Mizuno Hot Metal Irons are literally the “hottest” irons on the market right now.  With their multi-metal technology, the ball literally screams off the clubface.

Mizuno Hot Metal irons are the longest irons I have ever played.  Dennis Space.  Pawleys Island, SC.  A happy Mizuno Hot Metal user.

Source: PGA.com

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The Best of USA's Golfing Presidents.

The Best of USA’s Golfing Presidents.

The Best of USA’s Golfing Presidents.

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This month we talk about The Best of USA’s Golfing Presidents.

Donald Trump, the 45th President of the USA, has played more golf in his first month in office than any other former President.  Is this a good thing or a bad thing?  Well, I have always thought that people in positions of power and authority need the stress-relieving powers of a game of golf.  But when is a lot too much.  When does the golf get in the way of running the country?  I think in Donald Trump’s case only time will tell.  I think most Americans don’t care how much golf their President plays as long as he is making the correct decisions for the good of the country!  Thanks to Swing by Swing, here is a list of 10 golfing Presidents of the modern era!

The president of the United States is one of the most stressful jobs in the history of America, so it’s no surprise quite a few Commanders-in-Chief took to the golf course to let off a little steam. In honor of President’s Day, we take a look back on 10 past U.S. presidents that found happiness with a golf club in their hands.

Dwight Eisenhower

Famously a member at Augusta National Golf Club where he used to have one of the most notorious trees in golf named after him (which unfortunately fell in 2014 due to a major ice storm), Ike played more than 800 rounds of golf while calling the White House home. Playing often with Arnold Palmer in the years following the conclusion of World War II, Eisenhower and the King brought the game to the masses. According “Ike’s Bluff”, a biography by Evan Thomas, “Ike loosened up in his White House bedroom every morning with an 8-iron, hit balls on the White House lawn every day at 5 p.m…the man was serious about his golf.”

George W. Bush

Bush 43 is a certified golf junkie. While not only a decent player in his own right, Bush enjoys watching the pros on television and is a frequent guest at the biennial Presidents Cup matches. Most famously, Bush is a quick player with rounds that surpass three hours being considered slow.

Richard Nixon

Nixon took up golf while serving as Vice President of the United States under Dwight Eisenhower. However, his plan to spend more time with his boss turned into a full-blown addiction, eventually leading friends to build a three-hole golf course at his home in California as a respite from the likes of Watergate and Vietnam.

Ronald Reagan

Reagan had been a golfer long before he entered the Presidency. As an actor and executive, he played the game often, and his natural athletic ability led him to be a pretty good player. Once in office, however, Reagan’s rounds were limited dramatically, save for his annual New Year’s Eve outings on a private California course. Famously, Reagan was playing a round at Augusta National when a gunman took two hostages in the club’s pro shop and demanded to talk to the Commander in Chief.

George H.W. Bush

Bush 41 was a golfer by blood, and that line ran throughout his family. In fact, his grandfather, George Herbert Walker, was a former President of the USGA.  And the founder of the Walker Cup. Bush was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2011.  He can be seen at multiple PGA Tour events each year.

To see the rest of the USA’s Golfing Presidents, go here!

Source: Swing by Swing

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Golf Bloopers make you feel normal!

These Golf Bloopers make you feel normal!

These Golf Bloopers make you feel normal!
 
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Ready for a chuckle?

So many times we feel embarrassed by the shots we hit or the way we played that day.  But fear not my friends, there are golfers out there who are much worse than you, I mean, much worse!  Just check unforgettable golf bloopers to make your day!
You don’t realize until you watch bloopers like these, that there are a lot of golfers in the world that are a lot worse than you!  The thing that always amazes me is that there is a camera going for all of these.  How many amazing bloopers have we missed because there was no camera!
What this entire compilation makes you realize, is that there are a lot of bad golfers out there.  Why aren’t golf schools doing a booming business?

We’ve all seen golf bloopers posted on the internet, but rarely do we find a bunch of them conveniently edited into a five-plus minute video posted on social media. Thankfully, the folks at Golf Is Life was looking out for us. They combined some of the most epic falls, spills, and club throws for our viewing pleasure.

Source: Dan Bier    Swing by Swing

          Picture: Michael Cheng

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A different way to chip - This might be the answer!

A different way to chip – This might be the answer!

A different way to chip – This might be the answer!

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Hi, I’m Mel Sole, Director of Instruction and Master Professional at the Mel Sole Golf School at Pawleys Plantation Golf and Country Club in Pawleys Island, SC.  I have taught this method over the years to students who struggle with the conventional method.  Using a less lofted club like a 6 or 7 iron, getting into a chipping stance with the ball behind the toes of the back foot is the way I do it.  

Chipping always takes a little bit of practice to develop feel. 

But once you get that, the rest is easy! A different way to chip! This might be the answer!

Listen up as A.J. Avoli, one of Golf Digest’s Best Young Teachers explains a different way to chip with this innovative method. He likes to get the shaft a little bit more upright and hits the ball off the toe of the club.  Maybe this gets the ball to roll a little bit better.  It would certainly prevent the club from sticking in the ground!  He is director of instruction at the Omni La Costa Resort & Spa in Carlsbad, Calif.

Over time, a simple method for getting the ball from off the green to the flagstick fell out of favor.

I rarely see anyone chip like the late Hall of Fame golfer Paul Runyan. That’s a shame, because this technique will make you more accurate around the greens, with a lot less practice. Once you master the setup and learn to make a rhythmic stroke—like putting—you’ll start getting up and down more often. Let me show you how to chip old school.

To see the rest of this informative article, go here!

Source: Golf Digest  Ron Kasprisky  A.J. Avoli

Picture: Beth Rankin

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Understanding the Hip "Slide" on the backswing!

Understanding the Hip “Slide” on the backswing!

Understanding the Hip “Slide” on the backswing!

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

I have many students who allow their weight to move over to the outside of the trail foot by allowing a hip “slide”.  This now affects the way they start the downswing.  They have nothing to push off with.  Here, Josh Zander explains with the help of a teaching-aid, how to keep this from happening in your swing!  I think Josh gets into a bit of a Stack and Tilt position at the top of the backswing, that I don’t really like.  However, that is a lot better than allowing the hip to slide away and get the weight on the outside of the back foot at the top of the backswing.  I also like the use of the training aid.  I have used this in putting, but never in the full swing.  Great idea.

How the proper hip turn helps generate power and proper impact in the golf swing. 

Imagine standing inside a barrel.  On the backswing, the hips stay inside the barrel with the weight still loading onto the back leg.  You now get into what I like to call a baseball pitchers windup position.  He would fall over if he allowed the hips to slide laterally.  The hips turn!

By allowing your butt to touch the training aid, you will instantly feel if there is a slide.  Head to the range and work on this.  You’ll increase your weight shift and body rotation and hit the ball further as a result!

Source: Josh Zander

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Eureka - what Ground Force means in the swing!

Eureka – what Ground Force means in the swing!

Eureka – what Ground Force means in the swing!

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Top Speed Golf and Clay Ballard do a great job here of explaining how ground force can really help you not only hit the ball with more power but really improve all aspects of your game.  The video is a little long (16 mins) but I can assure you, it is well worth the time!  

Try hitting a golf ball while sitting in a chair with your feet off the ground! 

Absolutely no power.  Without the ground to help you generate power, you’ve got zippo!

If you want power in your golf swing, learn to push off with the lower body in a BIG way!  Stand with your feet about shoulder-width apart and just up vertically while twisting around to face the other way.  That is what using ground force is all about! You will feel your rear foot push as the center of mass has to move forward in order for the body to rotate.  If you jumped and turned to the left you would push off with your right foot.  That is what a right-handed golfer should feel.  Go into your backyard and jump and turn to face the other way over and over.  Push harder and harder and you will eventually be able to spin around 360 degrees.  That demonstrates how you an really increase your velocity and your power.

Once you have that pushing off feeling, head to the range, and see if you can incorporate that right foot push off feeling in your golf swing.  It might take a little time, and you might hit a few bad shots, but it is all worth it.  In no time you will be pounding the ball out there!

Source: Top Speed Golf – Clay Ballard

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Are golfers finally improving - and if so why?

Are golfers finally improving – and if so why?

Are golfers finally improving – and if so why?

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

Back in the mid-’90s, I read an article that said golfers were not getting better, despite the advances in equipment design, instruction, and course condition.  Well, that data has either been wrong all along or has changed dramatically over the last 25 years.  Recent studies answer the age-old questions “Are golfers finally improving?” Thanks to  of Golf Digest for providing this significant insight!

Golfers are better than they were 25 years go.

It’s not just theory, it’s fact. Forgetting for a moment who among you is sandbagging and who’s toting around a vanity handicap, the data on handicaps from the US Golf Association makes one thing clear: Golfers not only are getting better, they may be getting better at their sport than any other group of athletes are getting at theirs.

This bold statement isn’t originally mine. I was having an email exchange with former USGA Senior Technical Director Dick Rugge, when listening to the recent Hot List podcast. When there was a suggestion that golfers really haven’t improved despite all the advances in technology.  Rugge, who often talked about the subject of handicap trends during his tenure at the USGA, told me about some handicap data that suggested just the opposite.

A quick call to the USGA confirmed that very fact. In the last 25 years, the average USGA handicap for a man has improved nearly two full strokes, from 16.3 to 14.4. For women, the improvement is no less impressive, dropping from 29.7 in 1991 to 26.1 in 2016.

Are golfers finally improving and if so, why?

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Pictures: Golf Digest   Chun Xia
 
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Golf and Music have always gone together!

Golf and Music have always gone together!

Golf and Music have always gone together!

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

With the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am currently in full swing and all the celebrities out in full force, it is interesting to see how many musicians are playing.  Proving that golf and music have always gone together!.  Swing by Swing has put an interesting list together.  Check it out!

Golf and music have always had a unique relationship. Both are forms of art and both, if done right, can be beautiful. However, golf is an escape for those who don’t play it professionally, and some musicians take full advantage, especially when they’re out on tour. For them, it’s a reprieve from the grind. As multiple Grammy-winning singer, songwriter, and actor Justin Timberlake stated, “you have a lot of time on these tours. As Alice Cooper said, you can either drink all day or golf.” In honor of the Grammy Awards, we take a look at 10 of the finest musician golfers.

Snoop Dogg

 

Handicap: 18

Snoop Dogg may not be the best golfer in the world, but there’s no doubt he enjoys the game. The 15-time Grammy nominee rapper and actor says he shoots “about 90,” which by all standards, isn’t that bad. Also, he’s a big fan of Tiger Woods. In fact, he went on record saying that golf is “garbage” without the 14-time major winner playing.

Willie Nelson

Handicap: 16

The ageless Willie Nelson loves to get out to the course whenever he’s got free time. In fact, he’s been on record saying “All I do is play music and golf.” The 14-time Grammy winner owns a course in Texas. “Par is whatever Willie shoots,” says the pro.

Bob Seger

Handicap: 16

Grammy winner and Rock and Roll and Songwriters Hall of Famer Bob Seger enjoys his time on the course whenever he’s not performing. Back in 2009, he played the Buick Open pro-am with Tiger Woods which made for a great show.

 

Adam Levine

Handicap: 15

The lead singer of the 3-time Grammy-winning band Maroon 5 plays to a modest 15 handicap but is always looking to improve his game. Back in 2012, he was celebrity student on Golf Channel’s The Haney Project and came out a better golfer. He’s been known to play a pro-am or two as well.

Roger Waters

Handicap: 12

73-year-old Rock-and-Roll Hall of Famer and Grammy winner Roger Waters of the legendary band Pink Floyd loves to golf his ball when he’s not playing music. He belongs to the exclusive  National Golf Links of America located out on Long Island, New York.

To see the rest of this Top 10 group, go here!

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Source: Swing by Swing

Pictures: Getty Images  Jeff Kravitz    Stephen Rose   Paul Warner   Michael Buckner   C Flanigan    Steve Jurvetson

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