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15 great buys to enhance your golf game this summer!

15 great buys to enhance your golf game this summer!

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!

If you are a keen golfer like me, you like buying “stuff” online for your golf game!  I’m definitely a “gadget” guy and love things that I really think will help my game at a reasonable price. However, T.J. Auclair of PGA.com has just made searching for that stuff a whole lot easier.  

Check out his Top 15 list.  

Of course, I immediately ordered the Garmin X40 watch – but I had a legitimate reason – I broke my current (old-fashioned) watch by accidentally dropping a large concrete tile on it.  So I figured if I replaced the watch, it would cost me around $100, so really the Garmin X40 was only costing me $149.99!  Perfect!  

Of course, I am also looking at these Kentwool socks.  I hear almost 75% of the PGA and LPGA Tour players are wearing them!  I have just recently put a new grip on my putter, or I might have ordered the Golf Pride SNSR as well. Warm-up that credit card!

Over the course of a given year, I’m able to get an up-close look at some incredible golf gear. Periodically, I like to compile a product round-up of some of my favorites.

Here’s a peek at a list of items I’ve had the opportunity to test in the last couple of months that you may want to consider for your own game — everything from clubs to gadgets to apparel and more.

15 great buys for your golf game this summer!

Kentwool Socks

Kentwool socks:

Are you more of a walker, or the type that takes a cart when playing a round of golf?

Either way, Kentwool makes the perfect sock for you. Why socks don’t seem like a big deal to many is beyond me. Golf is uncomfortable enough with everything you face on the course. Your feet shouldn’t be a part of that equation.

Kentwool socks, made in the USA, are constructed with 58 percent Merino Wool, 31 percent Nylon, 9 percent Stretch Polyester and 2 percent Spandex. The best part about the socks? They have a blister-free guarantee.

For more information, visit www.kentwool.com.

15 great buys for your golf game this summer!

Garmin Approach X40

Garmin Approach X40:

I have a confession to make… Since smartphones these days are practically attached to our person at all times, I figured it had eliminated my need for a watch.

Now, however, technology has turned toward the enhanced development of “wearables.” Picking up on that trend is Garmin with its Approach X40 band. It’s not just a watch. It’s not just a golf GPS preloaded with over 40,000 golf courses.

It also measures your shot distance, tracks stats such as putts per round, greens and fairways hit, is a digital scorecard and — when connected to your computer or smartphone — allows you to review your scorecard and round.

In addition to all of that — and what separates the Approach X40 from its competition — is its fitness tracking capabilities. It counts your steps, measures your heart rate, tracks your sleep, allows you to set fitness goals and more.

This is a golf watch that you never have to take off… except to charge, which you’ll only need to do every 5 days in activity mode, or every 10 days in GPS mode.

Oh, and for good measure — when synced with your smartphone, you can have text messages and call alerts sent to your wrist.

For more, visit www.garmin.com.

15 great buys for your golf game this summer!

The Golf Pride Tour SNSR Putter grips

Golf Pride Tour SNSR Putter grips.

Putting is all about feel and that starts with the grip you’re cradling in your hands.

Available in two styles and two sizes — promote light grip pressure in the hands for superior control.

The counter of the grip encourages a more consistent, repeatable putting stroke. We can all use more consistency on the greens.

Visit www.golfpride.com to learn more.

To see all 15 of these new summer buys, go here!

Source: T.J. Auclair   PGA.com

Pictures: www.kentwool.com    www.garmin.com   www.golfpride.com

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Is a Dress Code on the golf course very important?

Is a Dress Code on the golf course very important?

Is a Dress Code on the golf course very important?

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 am still old school when it comes to dressing on the golf course.  I think nothing looks nicer than a golfer who is dressed smartly and appropriately.  If you are not sure, all you have to do is watch the PGA or LPGA Tours every weekend, and you’ll get a pretty good idea of good style.  My two pet peeves on a golf course are blue jeans, and on some golf courses, flip flops.  These two items tell me that this is not a golfer who cares about their appearance. (or their golf)  As I said at the start of this article, I am old school.  

Should amateurs and professionals have a different dress code?

I have been a professional golfer for 50  years and have never played golf in shorts or worn tennis shoes to play golf.  I’m not saying I disapprove of these two items on the course, I don’t, but if you are a professional, I would expect a lot better from you.  I know there is a movement on the PGA Tour to allow players to wear shorts.  I hope it never goes through.  It would be like walking into my lawyer’s office and finding him wearing a Hawaiian shirt and boat shoes.  He wouldn’t be my lawyer for very long.

I would love to hear your comments on this subject, and if you think I’m too stuck in the mud, say so. I don’t mind.

Thanks to Jules Patton of Golfers Jewels for this insightful article!

Dressing appropriately on the course is a part of the decorum of the game.

While you may be allowed to wear whatever seems appropriate in municipal courses, private golf courses implement a dress code.

If you’re new to the game, you might be wondering what you should wear on the course. In this blog post, you’ll find a few tips on how to dress appropriately on the course. Read on and we’ll help you pick out the right outfit for your first ever game. Good luck!

Shirts.

Just because you’re playing on a public golf course, doesn’t mean that you can come to the course wearing a t-shirt or a tank top. Collared shirts are the safest bet. You can either wear a polo shirt or a button down shirt. Turtlenecks are also acceptable during the winter months. Tuck the shirt in at all times.

Trousers.

Tailored slacks are most commonly worn on the course, but Capri pants and dress shorts are also allowed on warmer days. Denim pants, cargo pants, camouflage-style trousers, warm up pants or track pants are not allowed.

To see the correct dress code for Shoes and Shorts, go here!

Source: Jules Patton  Golfers Jewels.

Pictures: Golfers Jewels.  Reza Vaziri

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Loudmouth Pants & Skorts just in time for Christmas!

Loudmouth Pants & Skorts just in time for Christmas!

Loudmouth Pants & Skorts just in time for Christmas!

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Here is a great idea if you have a golfer in the family who loves bright clothes!  Loudmouth Golf has just released 2 pairs of Christmas-themed golf slacks for men and skorts for women.  I have a student who wears these all the time and always looks pretty snazzy!  Of course, we have all seen John Daly wearing these as he is their spokesperson!  Christmas is just around the corner, so get shopping!   Thanks to golfunfiltered.com for this breaking news!

Loudmouth Golf wants to help you spread holiday cheer with two new limited edition Christmas prints available now.

Loudmouth Pants & Skorts just in time for Christmas!

‘Deck the Halls’: Due to the popularity of Loudmouth’s other embroidered designs, Skully and Rubber Duckies, they decided to make one their new holiday designs embroidered. This design features Christmas ornaments on a rich, red fabric. (Men’s Pants $115.00 USD, Women’s Skort $95.00 USD)

To see the second pair of limited Christmas Edition Loudmouth Pants, go here!

Source: golfunfiltered.com

Pictures: Loudmouth Golf

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New Nike Lunar Control 4 Shoes hit Stores December 1st!

New Nike Lunar Control 4 Shoes hit Stores December 1st!

New Nike Lunar Control 4 Shoes hit Stores December 1st!

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!

If you are a golfer with high swing speed then this is the shoe for you!  

Rory McIlroy was an integral part of the design and I must admit it is a pretty cool looking shoe.  So even those of you that don’t have high swings speeds but like a little fashion, select stores will have them in stock on December 1, 2015.  They will debut on nike.com on November 27th.  Thanks to golfunfiltered.com for letting us know in time for the release!

Rory McIlroy’s golf swing is a thing of violent beauty. With swing speeds reaching over 120 MPH, Rors must establish a solid foundation in his lower body to handle the force he exerts on his golf club.

Nike Golf built the new Nike Lunar Control 4 golf shoes for this purpose, which Rory will be wearing at his upcoming tournament in Dubai.

New Nike Lunar Control 4 Shoes hit Stores December 1st!

Early sketches of the Nike Lunar Control 4 look like something out of a NASA rocket build:

New Nike Lunar Control 4 Shoes hit Stores December 1st!

 

What resulted from all that chicken-scratch was a golf shoe engineered to support the fastest golf swings in the world.

To check out the rest of the info on these great looking shoes, go here!

Source: golfunfiltered.com

Pictures: golfunfiltered.com

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The Best Golf Clothes for Women - I'm Sorry guys.

The Best Golf Clothes for Women – I’m Sorry guys.

The Best Golf Clothes for Women – I’m Sorry guys.

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!

Women’s golf clothing is not my forte. 

So that is why I’m leaving this to Kat from thefitgirlskitchen.com, who is not only a Yoga Instructor, Nutritionist, and Wellness Blogger, but a keen golfer as well!  Although if that is a picture of Kat on the range, I would suggest she do something about that hip sway and shoulder turn to improve her backswing position. (now that is something I do know about!)  Anyway, Kat has some great tips for women to not only be comfortable but stylish as well!  Check it out.

Summer is in the air and golf season is upon us! As a female golfer, I have struggled for years to find “cute” golf outfits.

I feel like so many golf clothes for women are either geared toward older players OR whatever man person designed them has no idea how to cut a shirt that isn’t boxy and short (ahem, Adidas.).

That’s me last summer trying on every size small of every brand Golfsmith had. Everything was either too short on my torso and uber boxy, or see-through like this white number. Get it together! (also these shorts are not golf aprop – see my guidelines below).

Luckily, there seem to be new options popping up up everywhere offering much better options for women. (Did anyone see the Lululemon email yesterday?? FINALLY!).

The Best Golf Clothes for Women - I'm Sorry guys.

I’ve pulled together some of my faves I’m crushing on this season as well as some guidelines for what to look for so you can be comfortable on the course AND comply with club dress-codes in style.

Keys to Finding the Right Golf Outfit

Here are some things to consider when shopping for golf clothes:

1. Breathability.

Look for clothes (shirts especially) that are made of a breathable or moisture wicking fabric, just like you would with workout clothes. One of my friends recently took up golf and told me she was going to hit up Banana Republic for some new clothes – NO. Golf is a sport, and although you may not be getting a cardio workout, if you are walking the course or standing in the sun, you are going to want something that allows your skin to breathe. Nike and Slazenger both have shirts with fabrics that are more waffle in texture that I prefer.

2. Fit.

This is a golf course ladies, not the gym – so your super tight low-cut workout tops are not going to cut it at the club. Look for shirts that are looser fit and have sleeves (no tank tops). If you are worried about tan lines or being too hot, look for sleeveless collared styles like the ones shown above.

The Best Golf Clothes for Women - I'm Sorry guys.
Hot hitter sleeveless polo // Lululemon


Courses have dress codes – check before you play. Many are kind of outdated and ask for shorts that hit the knee (no thanks) but most are ok if you show up in reasonably fit shorts (no shorter than 5″ inseam) or a skirt that hits mid thigh. If you can see your butt cheeks when you bend over, your shorts are too short.

3. Length.

I tend to lean towards skirts on warm days and capris on cool days to comply. I get Lulu running skirts in a Tall so they are a little longer and I’ve never had a problem.

To read the rest of Kat’s tips on golf clothing for women, check it out here.

Source: http://www.thefitgirlskitchen.com/

Pictures: Lululemon  Athleta   Taku   http://www.thefitgirlskitchen.com/

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Did you Ever think Socks could Change your Game?

Did you Ever think Socks could Change your Game?

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!

If you’ve played golf with a caddie, you know the tools of their trade.

Durable shoes. Waterproof jacket. Yardage book or laser rangefinder. Razor-sharp wit.

You know what a pro golfer uses … the latest clubs.

But there’s one more weapon in the arsenal … their socks.

That’s right … pros and serious caddies are super-serious about their socks. The reason is self-evident.

Try carrying 2 golf bags for 36 holes … with a blister. Try competing at the highest level … with a blister. Not going to happen.

Professional golfers and caddies must take care of their feet.

That’s why professional golfers and professional caddies trust a particular type of sock made by Kentwool. I will tell you more about the socks – and a special discount – in a minute. But first, let me describe …

Why YOUR Life Will Be Better with Golf Socks

Did you Ever think Socks could Change your Game?

I’m Justin Tupper, the Founder, and CEO of Revolution Golf … and a serious golfer. I have to admit … when the people at Kentwool told me I would enjoy golf more with the help of their golf socks, I wasn’t sure about their claim.

But I thought, “I’ll give it a try,” and I’m pleased I did.  Why?

My feet feel comfortable all day, and I never get blisters … even if I walk or ride 36 holes a day. I actually notice how great my feet feel.

And there’s another reason I like these socks. Like you, I imagine, I spend a decent amount of money on my golf shoes. I want waterproof shoes that fit well and make it easy to get around the golf course.

But what’s the point of expensive golf shoes if you pair them with poorly fitting and badly-made golf socks?

If you have even semi-expensive golf shoes … and you truly want to be comfortable all day … it makes perfect sense to invest in the world’s finest golf socks. So let me describe …

Why Kentwool Golf Socks Are the World’s Finest

Made in the United States, Kentwool strives to create the world’s finest socks. This means…

  • The finest materials for long-lasting durability
  • Super-high quality control standards
  • A perfect design for a perfect fit
  • NO BLISTERS!

Kentwool designed these socks to provide golfers like you with the ultimate in blister-free performance.

The key is a super-secret blend of ultra-fine Merino Wool plus comfort-enhancing materials, including high-performance nylon and spandex.

That ultra-fine Merino Wool is no ordinary wool. Let’s take a look at what the good people at Kentwool call “The Four Ws” … the 4 primary reasons you will love Kentwool socks.

WEATHER

Kentwood socks stand up in all kinds of weather.  They are not waterproof, but in my experience, it takes a lot to get them wet!

Wools absorb moisture from humid environments and redirects it to dry areas. This makes wool an ideal all-weather, year-round fiber. It keeps dry air next to your skin. This means your feet are dry and odor-free in the summer … and warm in the winter (and Scotland’s summer).

WEAR

The super-fine merino wool in Kentwool golf socks is lightweight and durable – yet requires minimal care while providing maximum comfort. The fiber works like a “spring,” which means it can stretch and snap back into shape better than cotton and man-made fibers.

WICKING

Superfine merino wool is a natural “smart” performance fiber that takes water vapor (your sweat) and moves it away from your skin. The result? Your feet stay dry. This keeps them warm in the winter and cool in the summer AND keeps you from getting blisters. Plus, your feet will NEVER feel damp or clammy.

WALLET

Yes – you can find super-cheap socks at your local big box store. But you risk discomfort and, worse still … mega-blisters. Yes – Kentwool golf socks cost a little more, but when you consider their comfort and durability … they provide years of superb value. And the value is even better with the exclusive discount I’m about to reveal in a minute.

Even better, you will …

Wear Kentwool Socks in Any Weather

You might be thinking … as I did … “why wool socks in the summer?” Turns out it makes perfect sense to wear these golf socks in hot weather. Why? Because the superfine Merino Wool and additional fibers move perspiration away from your feet, so they stay dry.

And in colder weather, the insulating properties of wool keep your feet warm and dry … even in horizontal rain. I’ve worn Kentwool Golf Socks in the “special” heat of a South Carolina summer. I’ve also worn them on Long Island late in the fall when the temperature is closing in on freezing. I’m always comfortable.

Let’s take a look at the sock in more detail …

The Anatomy of Total Comfort

Did you Ever think Socks could Change your Game?

Did you Ever think Socks could Change your Game?

The Kentwool Golf Sock gives you total comfort – on any course, any time of the year. Here’s how …

  • Padding for 36 holes a day of golf comfort.
  • Designed for a perfect fit.
  • Merino wool means cool feet in hot weather.
  • A super-durable blend of materials for years of use.
  • Designed and manufactured, so you NEVER get a blister.
  • 66% Superfine Merino Wool, 24% Nylon, 8% Polyester, 2% spandex
  • Machine Washable, Warm water, No Bleach, Tumble Dry w/ low heat
  • Made in the USA

To read more and even order these incredible socks, click here!

Source: Revolution Golf

Pictures: Kentwool Socks

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My Baby's Got New Shoes - New Golf shoes that is!

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My Baby’s Got New Shoes – New Golf shoes, that is!

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!

There’s no question that women are passionate about new shoes, golf, and otherwise.

Baby's Got New Shoes - Golf shoes that is!

Being male, I will not weigh in on styles or colors, but I recommend you buy lightweight and flexible shoes for all-day comfort. Water-resistant buying shoes is also a good idea for rainy day rounds. Prices can range from $29 to over $200 for high-end brands.

Baby's Got New Shoes - Golf shoes that is!

Smart Ladies Golf Shoes from Calloway.

See the wide range of colors and styles offered on the Zappos website.

http://www.zappos.com/womens-golf-shoes

Kick-off your Spring season in style!

Source: Zappos

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Jordan Spieth's future - It's so bright he has to wear shades!

Jordan Spieth’s future – It’s so bright he has to wear shades!

Jordan Spieth’s future – It’s so bright he has to wear shades!

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!

Jordan Spieth is one of the new breeds of exciting young golfers who have ascended rapidly on the PGA Tour. 

He literally came out of nowhere in 2013 to win the John Deere Classic and has won several times and been in contention ever since.  Earned a spot on the Ryder Cup and will likely be a pick for the President’s Cup as well.  And added the PGA Tour Rookie of the Year Award to finish a spectacular season.

Jordan recently sat down with Rick Limpert of the Atlanta Gadgets Examiner to talk about his future in golf and his endorsement deal with Under Armour.

Jordan Spieth's future - It's so bright he has to wear shades!

He’s the ranked No. 9 in the Official World Golf Rankings, he’s a winner on the PGA Tour and is thought to be one of the young stars in the sport of golf. He is tied for 10th heading into the the final round of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro Am this weekend.

Jordan Spieth is 21, and the face of what Under Armour is doing in the sport of golf.

Jordan Spieth’s future – It’s so bright he has to wear shades!

Last month, he extended his agreement with Under Armour to be outfitted head-to-toe Under Armour apparel, footwear, and different accessories during competition.

Per Under Armour:

Spieth will be included in international marketing, digital, print and social media campaigns for the brand and has also been deeply involved in the development and wear-test of the first Under Armour golf shoe, which will debut in Spring, 2015.

“Jordan is an incredible talent and has already accomplished so much in his short career,” said Ryan Kuehl, Senior Category Director, Global Golf and Tennis, Under Armour. “We are proud to have him lead the Under Armour golf team and help him sustain championship results over the next decade. This long-term commitment to each other emphasizes Under Armour’s continuing drive for dominance in the golf category and to provide all golfers with the most innovative performance gear from head-to-toe.”

I was able to talk with Spieth at the 2015 PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando the day his contract extension with Under Armour was made public.

He was gracious, he was insightful and happy to talk about his golf game and of course, Under Armour.

Are you ready for 2015?

I had a great ending to 2014; went into the off season on a positive note and couldn’t be more excited for 2015. Hopefully it brings bigger things.

With the contract extension, it looks like big things are coming with Under Armour.

I’ve been extremely happy to be a part of Under Armour, since day one. They were the company that took a chance on me when I first turned professional. In 2012, I was 19-years old coming out of school; they were the first brand we aligned with, and I’m extremely happy to make this deal, and hopefully (for) the rest of my career. These are big moves for the loyalty we both (have for) each other. They had to trust me with their brand, on and off the course, and now after the whirlwind of the last two years, it’s great to be able to stick to those that were first. Also those that are the most innovative in golf.

But trust is a two-way street.

I felt it was a lot easier for me to trust them, than them trust me, looking back on it.

I really like the underdog aspect (of Under Armour). They are more (popular) now and it’s almost insulting to call them an underdog. At the same time, it’s their grit when you are at their headquarter,s talking with anyone involved. They have that hardworking blue collar nature that I have while working on my game.

I did visit with other companies and Under Armour stood out.

As for your input on what you wear and use.

I have the ability with one phone call change everything. I haven’t had to do it because we’ve been involved together. They have been involved about six months ahead of time showing me what I will be wearing, from a belt or the way a hat fits. It’s such a huge company and it’s humbling being a part of that team. Great people more than anything.

Your take on the fitness band trend, and do you use one?

I use the Under Armour 39 Module and Chest Strap. It’s the band you wear (around your chest and side) when you work out. I can push myself to see how hard I am actually working my body. I don’t do the steps, as that would kind of scare me during the season to see how many steps I’m taking. We walk so much. I don’t want to know.

I am interested in that type of technology. The fitness side of things is growing significantly in golf. Tiger shaped that part of golf. It’s very important, as most every golfer wears something to tell them what they are doing.

On your and Under Armour’s expectations.

Jordan Spieth’s future – It’s so bright he has to wear shades!

I set my own expectations. Under Armour sets expectations. They say, we expect you to do great things. That is what this deals says. I accomplished the goals we set last year. We will set the bar a little higher this year. I’m going to have keep my foot down. If there is anything to chase, it’s going to help me.

Source: Examiner.com   Rick Limpert

Pictures: Eric Charlton

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Fitting your child for clubs - This is an important decision!

Fitting your child for clubs – This is an important decision!

Fitting your child for clubs – This is an important decision!

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!

Almost 50% of the juniors I teach have incorrect golf equipment. 

Fitting your child for clubs helps the child develop a correct golf swing motion.  Clubs that are too long will make the child swing too flat.  Clubs that are too heavy (cut off adult clubs) will make them get too “handsy” as they try to lift the club, and clubs that are too light for them will make them hit from the top as they try to create more club-head speed.

What’s the best way to select the right golf club size for your child? Different manufacturers of kids golf clubs provide different ways to fit your child: age range, height, and knuckle-to-ground measurements. We’ll explore the pros and cons of each and determine which is the best.

Age.

Age is a good starting point. It’s useful for a fitting because it’s the easiest ‘measurement’ to figure out. However, this is a flawed method of measurement because children of the same age vary in height. For example, one 8-year old child can be much larger than another 8-year old. Almost all manufacturers provide age information on their kids’ golf clubs.

Height.

Height is the next best way to determine which club size is appropriate for a child. Most manufacturers provide height-ranges on their clubs. However, one limitation to this method of measurement is that children often have varying arm lengths.

Knuckle-to-Ground Measurement.

Some manufacturers, like Paragon, will provide knuckle-to-ground measurements for their kids’ set. Knuckle-to-ground measurement for fitting kids golf clubs will yield the best fit because this measurement takes into account height and differences in arm length.

Fitting your child for clubs - This is an important decision!

As you can see from the figure above, a child with shorter arms may need longer clubs, and a child with longer arms may need shorter clubs.

Finding out the knuckle-to-ground measurement of your child is very easy. Have your child stand up straight and take a measuring tape and measure the distance between the ground and his/her knuckles. If you don’t have a measuring tape available, have your child stand by a wall and mark off with a pencil where his/her knuckles reach, and you can measure that distance with a ruler.

It’s important to get him/her club fitted to ensure the correct shaft and flex. As they grow, you’ll need to change to longer clubs and different levels of flex to match their size.
 
Hybrids are new for junior sets, but they are trendy already. These are terrific for youngsters because they combine the accuracy of an iron with a wood’s forgiveness. And hybrids are much easier to hit than long irons.
 
Fitting your child for clubs - This is an important decision!

Fitting the correct equipment is critical at any age!

 
 
Choose a putter with an oversized mallet head and alignment lines. The putter’s length is critical as it will help them get into a correct putting posture with their eyes directly over the ball and their arms hanging down vertically and relaxed.
 
 
 
 
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Play Hot Golf this season - Stay Cool during your round!

Play Hot Golf this season – Stay Cool during your round!

Play Hot Golf this season – Stay Cool during your round!

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!

Hard to believe, with the winter weather still raging on for many of you, but Springtime officially begins one month from today. (Spring starts March 20)

You are probably already thinking that you could use another golf shirt, golf skirt, shorts, slacks, or? Of course, you want to look stylish, but make sure you purchase materials that are cool, comfortable, and fast-drying. Fortunately, there is a huge selection of terrific apparel for men, women & juniors available, with some being offered significant discounts.

If you want to Play Hot and Stay Cool this Summer, click the Two Links below to see what PGASuperStore has to offer.

 

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Cool Men’s Wear for Summer Golfing!

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Cool Woman’s fashion for Summer Golfing.

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Source: Mel Sole

Pictures: Dan Perry

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