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How to put a great golf trip together to Scotland or Ireland!

How to put a great golf trip together to Scotland or Ireland!

How to put a great golf trip together to Scotland or Ireland!
 
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 thinking of putting together a golf trip to Scotland or Ireland,   Guy Proddow of GolfWrx has some excellent ideas to help.  Knowing these insights can turn a bland golf trip into a great golf trip!  I have hosted several excursions to both countries, and I can say they have all been memorable!  July and August are the best times weather-wise, but even then, you can get rained out.  At least in those months, it’s warm rain!  Layering is key!  I always take the minimum of clothing over there.  So if it gets rainy or cold, it gives me the excuse to buy some logoed sweaters or windbreakers!
Having organized countless golf trips in the past for both customers and friends, I can safely say we’ve gained considerable experience at Golfbreaks.com in putting together tours of the British Isles… and it’s about time that we passed some of this knowledge on to you. GolfWRX asked us for our “tips for tour,” so we put pen to paper. Being blessed with incredible courses on this side of the pond, it’s always a pleasure to share the advice.

Here are 9 tips to plan the perfect golf vacation to the UK and Ireland.

1. Plan Your Dates in Advance

How to put a great golf trip together to Scotland or Ireland!

Ardglass – County Down.

When you consider our famously unpredictable weather, it’s key to get the dates of your trip right.  Particularly if your vacation is to Ireland or the West Coast of Britain. The best conditions are usually between mid-May and mid-September, although April and October have also been known to also deliver the perfect setting for golf.

If you were to come in the Spring or Fall, the main advantage would be the big savings on green fees and accommodation, but there is always the chance of being caught out in a strong coastal breeze.

2. Choose Your Group (…wisely)

How to put a great golf trip together to Scotland or Ireland!

Group with caddies at Kingsbarns, Scotland

If you’re considering the possibility of taking a vacation across the pond, you’ll probably have a core group of buddies who are interested in coming along for the ride. With some perhaps undecided it’s a priority to ensure that you get a guaranteed commitment from them.  Anyone dropping out can cause logistical nightmares and lose you money from advance payments.

Therefore, always aim to get a deposit from your potential group members.  Which will in turn tie them to the trip.

We’d also recommend that you choose your group wisely. Are these the kind of guys and gals you would be willing to spend all day and night with over an extended period?

Remember, you’ve got to put up with their on-course quirks and ensure that they won’t fall off the planet after their sixth pint of Guinness! This is a dream trip, one you’ve been putting together over months, so you want to bring your first team along.

3. Set Your Budget (…and stick to it)

How to put a great golf trip together to Scotland or Ireland!

A Budget is meant to be just that! Don’t change it!

Before you start planning which courses you want to play, it’s always wise to agree a budget with the group beforehand, which makes decision making and planning easier. The more prestigious venues are typically more expensive — and you will be tempted to blow your budget — so make sure you set and stick to your limit in advance, which will simplify the process of deciding which courses to play.

If you’ve set a tighter budget, we suggest that you play one or two of the biggest names (such as Carnoustie or Turnberry in Scotland), but then compliment your trip with some more of the lesser known courses, which are often just as good (if not better).

Base your vacation around those must-play classics you’ve identified, and the rest can then be selected through some research, which Golfbreaks.com can help with if you’re unsure.

Additionally, it’s worth remembering that your budget also helps to define what accommodation you can afford. Choosing a modest 2-3-star hotel will allow you to spend more on the golf itself. The key, as always, is making sure that everyone in the group is in agreement on the budget and subsequently where you play and sleep!

To see the rest of the 9 tips to plan your golfing trip to Scotland or Ireland, go here!

Source: Guy Proddow   GolfWrx

Pictures: Dooks Golf Links  Ardglass County Down  Kingsbarns

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Will hitting a ball off your knees improve your golf swing?

Will hitting a ball off your knees improve your golf swing?

Will hitting a ball off your knees improve your golf swing?

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!

Hitting off the knees forces the swing to be a lot flatter!

The golf swing drill from Kelvin Kelley of Golf Wrx is perfect for those golfers whose golf swings are a little too steep on the backswing, causing them to come over the top and cut across the ball. Hitting a ball off your knees forces you to swing a lot flatter and gets you to use your core muscles to generate rotational power.  This will automatically create more clubhead speed resulting in more power in your golf swing.  This is not that hard to do once you get the hang of it.  I think it is more the embarrassment of being seen on the range doing this.  Find a secluded spot on the range or do this at home to start. You can even do this without a ball and still get the same benefits.  

A drill for golfers with a backswing that is too steep!

Growing up in a small, rural town, I didn’t have access to a lot of instruction.  Nor was it easily available.  Sites like GolfWRX weren’t around at the time. Being fascinated with the golf swing at an early age, I had to rely on trial and error with my own swing, an old-school camera and the once-a-month Golf Digest issue.

Every month, I would scan that Golf Digest for tips from the best golfers and golf instructors in the world. The names changed, but the same old instruction was often given in the write ups. I would constantly try to mirror the images of what I saw, following the tips to gain more power and to be more consistent.

Then there was our PGA Teaching Professional at our local golf course. The 10th hole at our local muni had a creek running across the fairway, a good 230 yards out. Usually with a few spectators on hand, Tad would tee up a ball, place a towel on the ground and proceed to hit a driver from his knees, clearing the creek with ease. At first sight, it was simply hard to believe. Many bets were won with that swing.

Already being a student of the swing, this left me confused.

How could he create so much speed and power from that position? Everything I read told me that power came from a “big shoulder turn” on the backswing and “firing my hips” on the downswing.

At the time, I thought my local PGA pro had mastered a trick-shot. Now I realize that a ball off your knees, or just swinging from your knees, is the best drill for your golf swing and can instantly change your game.

Here’s why.

When you swing the club from your knees, it forces you to turn your upper body in the proper direction and maintain your spine angle. The best way to make contact is to fold up your right arm, which will pull your body into the proper coil position behind the ball. Simply folding up your right arm will pull your shoulders around, so a conscious, big shoulder turn is not necessary.

To a player who doesn’t turn in the proper direction, swinging from your knees will feel more around or level with the shoulders at first. “Tilters” as I call them, or players whose spines tend to move toward the target on their backswing.  They will not be able to make contact doing this drill. When they attempt this swing they will hit well behind the ball, and will have to adjust.

Swinging from your knees is also a great drill to produce speed, especially arm speed. Being down in this position will stabilize your body, getting rid of extra moving parts. Now you can generate shaft speed with your arms.

To see the rest of this article on how swinging from your knees can improve your golf swing, go here!

Source: Kelvin Kelley   Golf Wrx

Pictures: Golf Wrx

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Putter with floating face technology gives you 3 different feel choices!

Putter with floating face technology gives you 3 different feel choices!

Putter with floating face technology gives you 3 different feel choices!

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!

Great news!  The Mel Sole Golf School is now an official store for Sentio Golf!  

We have putters in stock and ready to take your orders!  The new Sentio putters have floating face technology, which means the putter face is separated from the main body of the putter by a thermoplastic elastomer core.  This allows the golfer to choose the feel they want, soft, medium, or firm.  We can do any length you want and can adjust the lie angle to suit your stroke.  If you want a free fitting, just contact the golf school at 1-800-624-4653.  We would be happy to set up a putting lesson as well if you wish.  Visit the Mel Sole Golf School website for lesson fees.

Sentio Golf.

Sentio Golf, which made its debut at the 2016 PGA Merchandise Show, announced today that its Sierra 101 line of putters are available for purchase on the company’s website, as well as in select retail shops.

The Acton, Massachusetts-based company’s patented floating face technology offers golfers a stainless steel putter face, which is separate from the rest of the head with a vibration-dampening thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) core, constructed through a process called insert molding.

Jim Varney, President of Sentio Golf, says the insert-molding process demands extremely tight manufacturing tolerances. Thus, Sentio’s putters are constructed at some of the highest dimensional standards in the industry. Varney also says that the TPE formulation process bonds the metal components while keeping them separate (thanks to the insert), softening the feel at impact.

The Sierra line includes three models, each with a color-coded translucent core. The cores each have a different durometer—or relative hardness—to the elastomer, affecting energy transfer, and thus feel.

Putter with floating face technology gives you 3 different feel choices!

  • 101-Soft (green core): For players who usually prefer inserts or who regularly play on fast greens.

  • 101-Medium (red core): For all-around conditions.

  • 101-Firm (blue core): For fans of all-milled putters or those who play on slower greens.

To read the specs and price of these phenomenal putters, go here!

Source: Ben Alberstadt  GolfWrx

Pictures: Sentio Golf

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Golf Club Review - Mizuno JPX900 Irons.

Golf Club Review – Mizuno JPX900 Irons.

Golf Club Review – Mizuno JPX900 Irons.

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!

An expert reviewer of golf clubs, Mark Crossfield, gives us his very positive review on the Mizuno JPX900 Forged.  Forged irons have a softer feel, but Mizuno has used a little bit of Boron in these clubs to give the head more strength, thus allowing them to feature a thinner face.  This gives more of a springboard effect which will definitely help the average golfer get more distance.  Check out what your nearest Mizuno certified club fitter is and have a fitting for clubs that will be perfect just for you!  Thanks to Mark Crossfield and GolfWrx for this great review!

 

Source: Mark Crossfield  GolfWrx

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Thinking of becoming a Tour Player - This is what it takes!

Thinking of becoming a Tour Player – This is what it takes!

Thinking of becoming a Tour Player – This is what it takes!

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!

Occasionally a golfer approaches me with the request to help with his/her game as he/she considers trying to qualify for the PGA or LPGA Tour.  One of the first things I emphasize is how good they have to be before they even attempt a qualifying school.  Peter Sanders of Golfwrx has put together a great statistical analysis of the true difference between a scratch player and a PGA Tour player.  If you still think you can make it, give me a call.  I will be happy to help you on your journey!

You might ask: How would I know the differences between a scratch golfer and a PGA Tour player?

Well, it is my full-time job to know these type of things about golf. I have been studying the game from a statistical standpoint for 27 years. I created the Strokes Gained analysis website, ShotByShot.com, and work with PGA Tour members to extract clear answers from the Tour’s overwhelming 653 ShotLink stats.

My experience tells me that there is no such thing as an average game, no matter the handicap level. We’re all snowflakes and find our own unique way to shoot our number. With that said, ShotByShot.com’s 260,000+ round database enables us to create a composite sketch of the average golfer at each level. One of the beauties of our averages is that they are smooth across all five major facets so that every individual golfer’s strengths and weaknesses — and we all have them — stand out clearly by comparison.

The Data Used for this Study

  • Mr. Scratch: I averaged the 8,360 rounds in our database that match the zero handicap criteria. In other words, the rounds when Mr. Scratch actually played to his 0 handicap.
  • PGA Tour: The average of the 14,557 ShotLink rounds recorded in the 2015 season.

The Math

The USGA’s Course and Slope rating system does a sophisticated job of evaluating the relative difficulty of our golf courses. I joined my local course rating committee shortly after the new “Slope” system was added. My specific goal was to gain an understanding of how the system works so that I could effectively apply it in my analysis program.

Thinking of becoming a Tour Player - This is what it takes!

For the purposes of this article, the Course Rating reflects the relative course par for the scratch golfer. The chart below tells us that the PGA Tour scoring average is 2.25 strokes better than Mr. Scratch. Further, Tour players are playing courses that are 3.2 strokes more difficult. The net result is a 5.45-shot difference between Tour players and Mr. Scratch, but let’s just call it 5.5.

Thinking of becoming a Tour Player – This is what it takes!

Driving

Thinking of becoming a Tour Player - This is what it takes!

The chart above shows us that the biggest piece of the 5.5-shot pie falls into the Driving category, or Distance, which makes sense to me. To play the game for a living, one must be able to hit it straight and far. Even Zach Johnson, with whom I have had the great pleasure of working with for five years, is often considered a short hitter. I contend that he is simply more intelligent and recognizes the true value of accuracy. Zach is averaging 281 yards this year, only seven off of the Tour average. Short? Not by my standards.

The chart below indicates that the driving distance gap between the Tour and Mr. Scratch is 33 yards. The average approach shot distance on the PGA Tour is 175 yards. Adding the 33 yards to all 14 driving holes puts Mr. Scratch’s average approach distance at just over 205 yards. The Strokes Gained value of this added distance is 2.52 strokes (0.18 per attempt x 14 driving holes = 2.52).

Read the rest of this article on the difference between a scratch player and the PGA Tour players. Go here!

Source: Peter Sanders     Golfwrx

Pictures: Peter Sanders     Golfwrx

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On Fathers Day - Let's show our appreciation with something special!

On Fathers Day – Let’s show our appreciation with something special!

On Fathers Day – Let’s show our appreciation with something special!

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!

Fathers Day is a day to celebrate the bond between father and child in an exceptional way.  

Reaching out to express gratitude for advice, help, encouragement and sounding board throughout one’s lifetime.  Ben Alberstadt of GolfWRX has 25 great ideas to show your appreciation to your dad today!

Not that you need reminding, but Father’s Day is Sunday of the U.S. Open, which falls on June 19 this year. And if your pops is a golfer, you’ve come to the right place. GolfWRX presents its annual Father’s Day Gift Guide with 25 options from across the budgetary spectrum this year.

And like we say every year, if your dad isn’t a golfer, let us make a recommendation: Get him a lesson from a PGA professional. It’s never too late to start chasing the little white ball, and there’s nothing better on Father’s Day than playing 18 with dad. Here are 25 suggestions for your Father’s Day shopping list.

1. Gift Card: Topgolf.

On Fathers Day - Let's show our appreciation with something special!

Available for any amount between $10 and $500, with optional eDelivery. A Topgolf gift card is good for lessons, memberships, golf, games, food and beverages at the golf entertainment destination. There’s no golf experience quite like it. Learn more here.

2. Book: The Golf Courses of the British Isles by Bernard Darwin.

On Fathers Day - Let's show our appreciation with something special!

A beautiful edition of this classic golf text and necessary inclusion in dad’s golf library. Buy it now.

3. Golf Balls: Snell: My Tour Ball.

On Fathers Day - Let's show our appreciation with something special!

Dean Snell brings affordability to the premium ball space with this offering that hits you in the pocketbook for half the cost of most tour balls. The 2-piece Get Sum ball is a lower-cost option.

4. Hats: Travis Matthew B-Bahamas hat.

On Fathers Day - Let's show our appreciation with something special!

We love this limited-edition Travis Matthew hat (worn by Luke List). Light and versatile.

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5. Gloves: GFore.

On Fathers Day - Let's show our appreciation with something special!

Add a little color to dad’s golf-glove game. If Tom Watson can wear a colored golf glove, so can your dad.

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6. Accessory: Seamus Red Stewart Tartan Putter Cover.

On Fathers Day - Let's show our appreciation with something special!

It’s tough to pick just one offering from Seamus, whose range of club covers and accessories is sensational. This tartan putter cover is stylish and gives the nod to the roots of this maddening game. Learn more from Seamus.

7. Headcovers: Titleist Leather Headcovers.

If dad plays Titleist clubs, he ought to cover them with these retro-inspired headcovers. Available in black or white.

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8. Golf Shirt: Major manufacturer: Nike MM Fly Blade. 

On Fathers Day - Let's show our appreciation with something special!

The blade collar is coming to golf in a big way. If your dad’s an ahead-of-the-curve kind of guy from a fashion standpoint, he’ll appreciate Nike’s MM Fly Blade polo. If he’s more traditional, nobody does the modern incarnation of the classic golf polo better than Holderness & Bourne.

9. Sunday Bag: Ping Moonlite Bag. 

On Fathers Day - Let's show our appreciation with something special!

If your dad likes to walk but isn’t looking to schlep a heavier carry bag, consider the 2.5-pound Ping Moonlite. The adjustable standing strap is clutch.

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10. Golf GPS: Garmin Approach G10.

On Fathers Day - Let's show our appreciation with something special!

One of the best-selling golf GPS devices in the game. It’s small, lightweight, and easy to clip to your belt.

Learn more   Buy Now on Amazon

 
 
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Optimal training for hip and thoracic mobility in your golf swing!

Optimal training for hip and thoracic mobility in your golf swing!

Optimal training for hip and thoracic mobility in your golf swing!

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!

In my golf instruction, I talk a lot to my students about rotational power in their golf swing.  

I have also learned that since introducing biomechanics testing into my instruction, some people need to move their lower bodies quicker.  But some cannot do so because of biomechanic restrictions and need to move their upper torso quicker to create speed for more distance.  These exercises make perfect sense to me as they address both of these optimal training issues perfectly.  Thanks to Travis Hansen of GolfWrx for putting together a great article!

Optimal training for hip and thoracic mobility in your golf swing!

When it comes to athletic-based training (sprinting, agility work, plyometrics, conditioning, resistance training, etc.), I’m pretty certain golfers don’t come to mind when you think of those who can benefit from these particular training methods. Fortunately, real-world evidence and science say otherwise.

My training staff and I were recently granted the opportunity to work with the University of Nevada-Reno men’s golf team. We found that these men are committed to excellence, and are gladly willing to do whatever it takes within the rules to gain a competitive edge over their competition. In this article, I’m going to outline most of our specific training approach with this group of golfers, and include some training parameters, research studies, video demonstrations, and sound evidence to hopefully supply some new insight into what’s necessary when training these kinds of golfers.

I will cover six specific topics over the course of two articles, which are pertinent to golfers for optimal athletic and physical development, along with programming guidelines including “modified” exercise variations, training frequency concerns and intensity management techniques.

No. 1: Hip and Thoracic Mobility

According to the Joint by Joint Approach, made famous by renown physical therapist Gray Cook and strength and conditioning coach Mike Boyle, the entire collection of joints throughout the body alternates between primary needs of either mobility or stability. As it pertains to golf specifically, the hips and middle back require and are anatomically designed to display adequate mobility levels throughout a swing pattern. Often times though, this is not the case upon various forms of assessment. As a result, common and predictable compensation patterns begin to emerge at the knee and lumbar spine. Unfortunately, range of motion capacity is naturally limited at these locations, especially the low back.

According to Mark Buckley, thoracic rotation accounts for 60-70 degrees of rotary motion, while the lower back accounts for 10-15 degrees. (1) A major difference to say the least. I should note that there is an absolute plethora of evidence indicating injury at each segment of our spine at various local structures that is beyond the scope of this article. Based on the information above, however, it is safe to conclude that if you do not abide by the motion standard set forth by your spinal architecture then you are asking for trouble.

Below is a circuit that we perform 1-2 times per week with the team to help keep both of these areas loose.

DISCLAIMER:

The exercises disclosed above do carry with them an inherent risk for potential injury if performed incorrectly.  Have the direct supervision of a qualified training professional.  Make sure to consult either your physician or coach before engaging in these activities or anything highly strenuous in nature.

To see the rest of the exercises to get your game (and body) mobile, go here!

Source:  Travis Hansen   GolfWrx

Pictures: Michael Boyle,   Maria Ly

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Are "Forgiving Clubs" ruining the game of golf - What's your take?

Are “Forgiving Clubs” ruining the game of golf – What’s your take?

Are “Forgiving Clubs” ruining the game of golf – What’s your take?

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!

When I first started playing golf in 1963, my dad bought me a set of John Letters Irons and Sam Snead Blue Ridge woods.  Back in those days, it was thought that the English golf manufacturers made better irons.  And the Americans made better woods.  Almost all the irons on the market those days were forged blades and had to be hit right in the sweet spot to get any type of good feeling out of them.  

Why am I telling you this?  

Because it lends credence to the story by Stephen Altschuler of GolfWrx that today’s technology is ruining the game.  Players never got to feel the pleasure of a sweetly struck iron shot that fires right out of the middle of the clubface with the feel of melted butter.  So maybe you need to reconsider when next you go out to purchase that new set of forgiving cast irons in favor of a set of blades.  Might they make you a better player?  What do you think?

Are "Forgiving Clubs" ruining the game of golf - What's your take?

Taylor-Made forged blade.

Club manufacturers have glommed onto the term “forgiving.”  To coax golfers to their products.  And I think it’s done more to detract beginners from learning the game properly and eventually dropping out. In the process, people try the game thinking their forgiving clubs will essentially do it all for them, almost by magic.

Back in the day, blade irons and 200-cubic-centimeter persimmon drivers were the standard.  With sweet spots about the size of a pencil eraser. You had to learn to hit the ball in the absolute center of the club face — on the screws, as we used to say.  Or face the consequences of contact that felt more like mashed potatoes (maybe that’s where that stupid crowd reaction came from).

Learn to hit the ball in the center of the clubface!

Bobby Jones purportedly had to change the screws on his drivers (yes, they were constructed with four screws holding a plastic plate that covered the sweet spot) four times during the course of a competitive season.

Are "Forgiving Clubs" ruining the game of golf - What's your take?

The moder-day “forgiving” clubs.

Today, with irons looking more like garden tools, and drivers more like battle-axes, forgiveness is the keyword.  As the commercial for the XE1 wedge says: “The XE1 is awesome. It just popped the ball right up,” says a guy with a swing not unlike Charles Barkley’s.

Effortless? The club does all the work? Right!  All you have to do is take the same lousy swing you’ve brought to the course for 30 years, and it bounces right on the green. I kid the XE1. It’s probably a fine club, but we all know down deep the club is probably not much better than Gene Sarazen’s sand wedge he invented in 1928. You still need to swing the club properly to make it do what it was intended to do. That takes good instruction and lots of practice.

With a 200cc driver, you had to have a pretty darn good technique to make solid contact. 

Are “Forgiving Clubs” ruining the game of golf – What’s your take?

The emphasis for the recreational golfer was solid contact and not so much club head speed. Swings then were smoother, slower and more athletic.

My models were Bobby Nichols, Ken Venturi, Gene “The Machine” Littler, Bobby Jones videos and later, Freddy Couples, Tom Watson, and Ernie Els. Guys like Palmer, Nicklaus, Trevino, Player, Miller, Price, Ballesteros, Norman, Faldo, and Woods could make those smaller club heads dance like Gene Kelly in Singing in the Rain, with as much control.

Bobby Jones, using even less sophisticated equipment than they had in the ’60s, could hit his driver 300 yards when he needed to. Forgiveness? Bobby’s swing was all the forgiveness he needed.

But in one of the greatest marketing ploys in sports history, golf club manufacturers have convinced us that salvation was in larger and larger club head sizes for both irons and drivers, digging out huge cavities in the backs of irons, switching to whippier and ever-lighter graphite shafts, and fatter, flatter, less tapered grips (Billy Casper must be having a good laugh in heaven at those grips).

With drivers, we can change lofts and shafts with a few clicks. (but just about no one does.) With putters, we can adjust weight and lie angles with a device that can bend the shaft and add weights to the head. (again, hardly anyone does.) And, of course, with hybrids you can make-over your entire set to look and act like woods (which just about everyone does).

To read the rest of this story of forgiving clubs ruining the game, go here!

Source : Stephen Altschuler   GolfWrx

Pictures: Kipp Baker   GolfWrx

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Is your posture at work affecting the way you play?

Is your posture at work affecting the way you play?

Is your posture at work affecting the way you play?

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I have posted several articles on golf-specific exercises, but you can never see too many of these motivators!  

When I looked at the picture of the hunched-over man at the computer in a story by Nick Buchan for Golf Wrx, I saw myself.  Before I saw this article, my poor posture occurred to me, and I ordered a corrective upper back-brace to help support the good position of the thoracic spine and upper back muscles when sitting at the computer.  Use of the brace, combined with these 5 key exercises for better posture, will improve my swing and yours too!  #3, the ‘Dead Bugs’ exercise is particularly good for strengthening your anterior core. Easy too!

Is your posture at work affecting the way you play?

Watch all 7 exercises by Nick Buchan, UK Strength & Conditioning Association member.

Is your posture at work affecting the way you play?

Young man is bent over his tablet in his office,seating on kneeling chair Bad sitting posture at work

I imagine that most of you reading this are doing so while sitting at a desk, hunched over a computer. If you’re not, there’s a good chance that you spend considerable amount of time in that position. Our increasingly sedentary lifestyle, mixed with our heavy use of computers and wireless devices, has made this position more common than it should be.

Maybe you’re aware that your seated posture can and should be improved, but what you may not know is that it has numerous effects that will carry into your golf posture and your golf swing.

They include:

  • Forward hip tilt:

  • Also know as anterior pelvic tilt, it’s associated with tight hip flexors, which are a group of muscles on the front of your hips that pull the knee upward. Tight hip flexors can prevent the glutes (butt muscles) from firing and cause them to become weak. Strong glutes are essential to hip stability in the golf swing, as stable hips provide a platform to turn against in the golf swing and eliminate things such as slide and sway. The glutes are a major factor in developing power in the golf swing, too. If you want to hit it a long way you need strong glutes! Inactive or weak glutes also force the hamstring muscles to become overworked and excessively tight. If you have tight hamstrings, the root cause may be tight hip flexors and/or anterior pelvic tilt.
  • Hunched upper back and forward shoulder posture: 

  • Sitting hunched over a computer screen forces chest muscles to tighten, which can cause excessive curvature of the upper back (thoracic spine) and postural muscles in the upper back to weaken and loosen. The thoracic spine (T-Spine) also becomes stuck in flexion, and the ability to extend and rotate the T-spine becomes lessened. Limited T-spine mobility will radically reduce the amount of shoulder turn you are able to make, and ultimately the power you are able to create in your the golf swing.
  • Weak anterior core.

  • Core strength is essential for efficient power transfer and maintaining good posture in the swing. The weaker your core is, the more difficult power transfer and good posture becomes.
  • Forward cervical spine position: 

  • Although the head stays still during the golf swing, the shoulders rotate, so golfers experience large degrees of cervical rotation both the left and right in the golf swing. Similar to a rounded upper back posture, a “forward head position” limits your ability to rotate at the cervical spine. Consequently, this limits shoulder turn or causes you to lose posture in order to complete a full backswing. Further, a forward cervical spin position can also cause the posture muscles in the upper back to shut off. Who knew your neck was so important in the golf swing?

So, what can you do about it?

Movements in the gym are used and repeated to improve postural issues, which occur over time. Since any repetitive movement will affect posture, however, you need to be sure you are selecting the right movements and performing them in a proper manner. If you don’t, you won’t be getting the full benefits of postural correction. And if you use the wrong exercises, they can even feed into your postural deficiencies.

To watch 5 great videos and read more about improving your posture at work, go here!

Source: Golfwrx   Nick Buchan

Pictures: Golfwrx   Rebecca Peplinski

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