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The Fantastic Sun Mountain Golf Bag is a Game Changer!

The Fantastic Sun Mountain Golf Bag is a Game Changer!

The Fantastic Sun Mountain Golf Bag is a Game Changer!

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 2013 I took a group of my students to South Africa on a golf/safari trip. 

One of my fellow travelers had a unique golf bag that had a set of wheels that popped out from the bag at the exact angle to easily pull the bag along through busy airports.  This was the Sun Mountain Club Glider Meridian! Of course, as soon as I got home, I ordered one, and in 2014 when I took another group to Scotland (see the itineraries of future trips here), I took along my new bag, and it worked like a charm.  Why don’t I see more golfers traveling with this bag?   So when I saw this timely article by Keil Christianson, writing for WorldGolf.com, I had to share.

The Fantastic Sun Mountain Golf Bag is a Game Changer!

Traveling can be a real pain if you don’t have the right travel bags!

I just returned from a quick trip to Northern Ireland to play some of the best links courses on the planet. Although I expected that playing Royal County Down would be a transformative experience, I did not anticipate that my new golf travel bag would be such a revelation.

The Sun Mountain Club Glider Meridian Travel Bag ($290) has flip-out aluminum legs with wheels. When extended, the legs prop the bag at the perfect angle to grasp and roll easily over nearly any surface.

To find out more about this revolutionary golf bag, go here.

Source: WorldGolf.com    Kiel Christianson

Pictures: Sun Mountain   N I c o l a

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Kronos Putter Review - A New Player in the Putter Market?

Kronos Putter Review – A New Player in the Putter Market?

Kronos Putter Review – A New Player in the Putter Market?

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!

Growing up in South Africa, my two golfing heroes were Gary Player and Bobby Locke. 

Bobby Locke won 4 British Open Championships and won 15 times on the PGA Tour.  And Tour players regard him as one of the greatest putters of all time.  He won a total of 75 tournaments worldwide.  I was very fortunate to play many golf rounds with Bobby at Observatory Golf Club just outside Johannesburg.  He was always the gentleman, and I have never seen anyone who had the skill to read greens as well as he did.  Reading this report by Sean Weir of the Putting Zone took me on a journey back into my past.  I also played many practice rounds with Peter Beams while we were both young 20 something’s trying to make a name for ourselves on the South African Tour back in the late ’60s.

To see such a great project honoring the late Bobby “D’Arcy” Locke is thrilling, to say the least, and I hope you all enjoy this piece!

Kronos Putter Review - A New Player in the Putter Market?

John Ashworth (of clothing fame) wanted the long neck because he said it looked “sexy.”

Kronos Golf has come a long way since we first encountered them as a newborn putter brand in Las Vegas.  With its young founders sharing prototypes from the trunk of their rental car during the 2012 PGA Expo.

Today, Kronos Golf remains a small artisan outfit, but the wind is gathering in its sails.

Kronos is now led by co-founder Philip Lapuz, who has made particular headway into the Japanese market.  Which is a known hotbed of cultish golf equipment.

One of Kronos Golf’s latest creations is the D’Arcy putter ($650), crafted in collaboration with Linksoul. The D’Arcy putter is a throwback blade, eschewing the tech-heavy talk of most contemporary putters in favor of something more high minded: “Rarely do art, history, and technology combine to create a truely unique take on a classic putter.  Paying homage to a head style that won major championships in a bygone era.”

Does the Kronos D’Arcy putter live up to its lofty aspirations (and equally lofty price)? Following is PutterZone’s Kronos D’Arcy putter review.

Kronos Putter Review - A New Player in the Putter Market?

The Classic Blade and “Toe Down” design were inspired by the great Bobby “D’Arcy” Locke.

The Storyline

The D’Arcy is nod to the toe-down blade putters of yesteryear—the Calamity Jane in the hands of Bobby Jones.  The Wilson 8802 made famous by Arnold Palmer, and most specifically, Bobby Locke model putter named after the four-time British Open champion.

The story behind the D’Arcy spans generations.  Sparked by a moment of unforeseen generosity and motivated by a spirit of remembrance.

It begins back in the day, in the early 1970s, when a young South African golf professional named Peter Beames lost his left eye in a swimming accident in Australia. When Beames returned home to South Africa, he was surprised to get a phone call from Arthur D’Arcy “Bobby” Locke.  Locke was already a legend at the time, having won his first British Open in 1949.

Beames suspected it was a prank.  Because he thought that a British Open champion “was not the sort of person to call a player such as me with no standing.” But it wasn’t a prank, it was Locke graciously stepping up to refer Beames to an expert eye surgeon. Beames continues, “After I got through all of that, I found at my locker two clubs.  A wedge, and a beautiful Bobby Locke putter.” They were a gift from the legend.

It’s worth mentioning that today Beames is the “resident guru” of the golf lifestyle company known as Linksoul.

Fast forward to a few years ago, when Kronos co-founder Philip Lapuz was playing a round of golf with his friend John Ashworth, of golf attire fame, most recently under the banner of Linksoul. You can see where this is headed…

Lapuz told Ashworth that he planned to make a classic blade putter.  And Ashworth told him about Beames’ Locke putter, and challenged him to use it as his inspiration. Lapuz took possession of the Locke putter and played golf with it for three months. “The sweet spot was almost where you have to shank it so I knew I had to change that,” Lapuz says. “I flared out the toe a bit and bored deeper in to the neck. Actually, I would have like to see the neck shorter, but John was completely against it because he said it was sexy! I ask him what sexy has to do with putting and golf and he said everything. If you stand over a putt and have no confidence then the ball is not going in the hole. And confidence comes from liking the look of your putter.”

Lapuz deconstructed the Locke putter and rebuilt it in his mind, developing an advanced version that became the D’Arcy.

Beames himself describes the D’Arcy as “a nothing putter today, there are no bells and whistles.” He doesn’t mean that literally, of course. He’s simply drawing a contrast between the tech-stuffed putters of today, and the lean, elegant flatsticks of yesteryear.

And while the D’Arcy may be an anachronism from a fundamental standpoint, there are plenty of modern qualities under the hood.

For starters, the putter is precision ground from a single piece of stainless steel. The face features a ground diamond groove pattern.  Its design is to achieve precise face uniformity. The head is built seamlessly to a stepless shaft by an aluminum ferrule. The grip is made from kangaroo leather.

The stock loft is three degrees, with a lie angle of 71 degrees. The head weight is 365 grams. The balance is full toe hang at 6 o’clock.

Kronos Golf has come a long way since we first encountered them as a newborn putter brand in Las Vegas.  With its young founders sharing prototypes from the trunk of their rental car during the 2012 PGA Expo.

Today, Kronos Golf remains a small artisan outfit, but wind is gathering in its sails. Kronos is now led by co-founder Philip Lapuz, who has made particular headway into the Japanese market, which is a known hotbed of cultish golf equipment.

One of Kronos Golf’s latest creations is the D’Arcy putter ($650), crafted in collaboration with Linksoul. The D’Arcy putter is a throwback blade, eschewing the tech-heavy talk of most contemporary putters in favor of something more cerebral: “Rarely do art, history, and technology combine to create a truely unique take on a classic putter, paying homage to a head style that won major championships in a bygone era.”

Does the Kronos D’Arcy putter live up to its lofty aspirations (and equally lofty price)? Following is PutterZone’s Kronos D’Arcy putter review.

Kronos Putter Review - A New Player in the Putter Market?

The beautiful crafting of the grip shows to what detail the manufactures would go!

Source: Putter Zone   Sean Weir

Pictures: Kronos Golf

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Mel Sole's 5 Big Reasons to choose Mizuno Irons!

Mel Sole’s 5 Big Reasons to choose Mizuno Irons!

Mel Sole’s 5 Big Reasons to choose Mizuno 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!

At GOLF Magazine’s 2015 Club Test in Florida, this year’s testers talked about one of their favorite irons, the Mizuno JPX-850 Irons.

In this video, several golfers mention that they prefer these game improvement clubs because they provide more accuracy and longer distance, plus they can work the ball with knockdowns and three-quarter shots. These testers also like the cavity-backed design and the overall beauty of the clubs. It gives one confidence as you see them sit nicely behind the ball, remarked one golfer.

I am proud to announce that I became a Certified Mizuno Clubfitter in 2011.  And Mizunos have been the only irons in my bag ever since. These clubs are perfectly suited to my own individual swing to maximize performance. They are very highly rated in the golf industry, and Top PGA & LPGA players such as Luke Donald & Stacy Lewis have reached Number 1 using Mizuno irons.

 

Mel Sole's 5 Big Reasons to choose Mizuno Irons!

The Mizuno “Shaft Optimizer” measures the DNA of your golf swing!

I believe Mizuno has the best club fitting system in the industry with their “Shaft Optimizer” technology!

Check out the rest of the tester’s comments at:

http://www.golf.com/video/mizuno-jpx-850-irons-video-review

Source:  GOLF.com

Pictures: Mizuno USA.

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Easy Pal Electric Folding Golf Push Cart!

Easy Pal Electric Folding Golf Push Cart!

Easy Pal Electric Folding Golf Push Cart!

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!

After posting a story about the Walking Golfers Society, I thought it appropriate to share news of this amazing new electric ‘Easy Pal’ pushcart. It is made by Golfer Pal and is a 4-wheel electric pushcart.

This thing fits easily into the trunk of your car, opens electrically with one-touch – zero work, and includes accessories like an umbrella holder and cup holder. One charge of the battery lasts up to 6 months of play.

Click on the link below to see the short video on this cool cart that fully unfolds itself and then refolds itself back down at the touch of a button.

You can check this cart out further here – http://golferpal.com/

Source: hookedongolfblog.com

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The GolfBoard - A new and fun way to get around the course!

The GolfBoard – A new and fun way to get around the course!

The GolfBoard – A new and fun way to get around the course!

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!

We are always looking for ways to introduce the younger generation to the wonderful game of golf. 

Most teenagers find golf “boring” and would much rather be on a surf or skateboard.  Enter the GolfBoard!  This is a unique way of bringing some of those teenagers into the fold.  I think this is a GREAT idea!  I first saw the GolfBoard at the PGA Merchandise Show a couple of years ago and thought it was really cool. Without a doubt, it would catch on.  It has!

I found this article on zergnet.com and thought you would like it – enjoy!

 

Golf hasn’t looked this badass since Happy Gilmore.

Surf-legend-cum-golfer Laird Hamilton is trying his best to shake up the traditional sport with a new innovation in golf course transportation: the GolfBoard. Imagine a cross between a segway and a snowboard — a motorized platform on four wheels that lets you “surf the Earth,” as the tagline states.

With the GolfBoard, Laird (who is also a design consultant) and his team are offering a middle ground between walking a course and the leisurely experience of riding in a cart. The board, which won Best New Product at the 2014 PGA Merchandise Show, comes equipped with a secure, handlebar bag mount, is controlled by a handheld remote, and promises less impact to turf than typical carts.

According to co-founder Mike Radenbaugh, the GolfBoard allows for “a more adventurous way to play” and even gives riders “a core workout, just like you experience when snowboarding or surfing.”

For Laird, who (admittedly) makes the board look pretty darn fun, riding upright like this allows golfers to experience the course topography in a whole new way, creating “a rhythm and a flow of movement through the green canvas.”

Core workout and “flow of movement” aside, the GolfBoard is definitely a bro’s antidote to golf monotony. As surfing blog The Inertia put it, “Want to get kicked out of every golf course in America? Grab your finest Hawaiian floral print, flip-flops, a six-pack of Bud Light, hop on the Golf Board and you’re in business.”

Sounds pretty fun to us.

Source: Zergnet.com   Huffington Post

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The Hottest new gadget for cold hands on the course!

The Hottest new gadget for cold hands on the course!

The Hottest new gadget for cold hands on the course!

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!

Soon, the snow will melt away, and you’ll be itching to get back onto the golf course.

But early Spring rounds can be cold, especially for your hands.

Instead of the hassle of gloves, mitts, or those chemical pouches that sometimes break apart and don’t provide long-lasting heat, consider the Hot Rox electronic hand warmer. This is a pebble-shaped gadget charged up in advance and switched on when you start to play. It heats up in 15 seconds and provides heat for up to 6 hours. It costs $36.49 on AMAZON (free shipping) but is reusable for up to 500 charges and includes a USB cable for recharging.

 

The Hottest new gadget for cold hands on the course!

Hot Rox Hand Warmer

I found out about this new gadget called Hot Rox by seeing an English woman’s blog http://rather-be-golfing.blogspot.com.

Both “Green Goddess” and other golfers’ reviews at AMAZON.com give this gadget a thumbs-up. Go play!

Today I needed all of Jonty’s cold weather tips and then some. The weather was irresistible – blue skies and firm (look no mud!) ground, but the wind had the edge of a knife. Trust me I was wearing every thermal layer you could imagine, topped off by a full set of water/windproofs.
But I know from past experience that the biggest problem is keeping my hands warm. Those conventional ‘windstopper’ gloves are no use for me. They seem to restrict the circulation and make my hands even colder. I prefer mitts, which as Jonty says can be easily whipped off and on. But I carry only a single-pocket practice bag in winter and don’t want the faff of holding onto two big mitts in between times.

Since I find the one I wear over the golf glove (left hand) less effective, I stick to one for my right hand (which dangles over my bag) hoping my left hand will be snug in my pocket between shots. But today, with the mercury hovering on zero and That Wind, I needed help, and with Husband-of–the-Goddess (or HoG as I think of him) laid up with a Lemsip (Theraflu), I decided to try out his new HotRox handwarmer.

This is a pebble-shaped gadget charged up in advance and simply switched on at the start of the round.

I used my trusty mitt on my right hand and kept the Hotrox in my left pocket, and I have to say that even wearing a driving glove and with the warmer in its cover (as recommended) it provided a good level of heat and a lot of psychological comfort. Previously HoG used a warmer that relied on lighter fuel, but that would be too fiddly (or scary?) scary for me, and if Hotrox is on the pricey side ($36.50 upwards) it is reusable, fuss free and doesn’t ‘go off’ by mistake as some of those chemical packets do.

Sadly the heated pocket didn’t seem to help my golf and I failed to follow up my rather pleasing 38 points on Saturday with anything worth talking about, but I would say the Hotrox was a success, and next time it’s blowing in from Siberia, I could well be raiding a certain person’s golf bag.

On the other hand, on a day when the highlight of the round was breaking the ice in a bunker, some might say I would have done better to stay at home.

Source: http://rather-be-golfing.blogspot.com.

Pictures: Amazon.com

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Counterweighted Putters - Will they make you a better putter?

Counterweighted Putters – Will they make you a better putter?

Counterweighted Putters – Will they make you a better putter?

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!

Heavy Putter and Counterweighted putters have been around a long time, yet 95% of my students use regular putters. 

Why has the bulk of the golfing population not embraced this technology? At least 50% of the students I teach (maybe more) have a putter that does not fit them.  The main culprit is the length.  Most golfers putt with putters that are too long for them, causing the ball to be way outside the eye-line and making alignment difficult.  Consider all the factors when getting ready to buy a new putter and make sure it fits your putting style.  Although there are many play factors, shaft length, and lie angle would be the easiest to correct.  But what about weight.  Heavy head?  Heavy grip?  Counter Balanced?

Here Dave Wolf of golfspy.com gives us the inside track on what to look for when buying a new putter.

 I know that counterweighting golf clubs is not new. I bet you were getting ready to let me know about how Jack Nicholas used to duct tape Krugerrands under his grips to counterweight them. Again, relax; we know it’s not new. The concept and the practice of counterweighting have been around for decades, what makes it different now is that the golf big boys are now promoting it. Regardless of your feelings about Odyssey, TaylorMade, or Ping, what they do and say makes a huge impact on the golf world. That’s the truth, and that’s why the “new” counterweighted putter design trend warrants further exploration.

Here’s What We Asked:

1.  What is the primary advantage to playing a counterweighted putter?

2.  How does counterweighting change the “feel” of a putter?

3.  Although the idea has been around for a while, why has the presence of counterweighting increased in 2013?

4.  Does this increased presence represent a real, lasting market change, or is counterweighting just the putter trend of the year?

5.  Is this a technology that can benefit ALL golfers?

Counterweighted Putters - Will they make you a better putter?

Counterweighted Putters - Will they make you a better putter?

Bobby Grace Putters.

Bobby Grace is not new to the putter game, nor is he new to counterweighting, or Back Weighting as he refers to the practice. Bobby’s website tells the story of how he was making back weighted putters for PGA players, such as Fred Funk, as far back as 1995.  You can follow this LINK to Bobby’s page on Counter Balancing/Back Weighting to see a couple of video clips with Bobby himself explaining about the concept.

How much does Bobby believe in back weighting putters? Well the F-22 Back Weight shown below is the model he currently games. It says something if someone who can make any putter that he wants chooses a back weighted model. Bobby’s use of the Tour Lock weighting system also allows him to customize the back weight, something that is not easily possible with some of the other putters.

5 Counterweighted Questions: Bobby Grace Putters.

          1. What is the primary advantage of playing a counterweighted putter?

The primary advantage is slowing the hands, which results in an increase in distance and direction consistency. I have worked with hundreds of Tour Players doing just this.

2. How does counterweighting change the “feel” of a putter?

This I have always termed as “Tuning the shaft” in the putter. This is in part due to raising the balance point in the shaft closer to the middle of the putter shaft. Balance Certified, who perfected this technology in the early 1990’s, taught me a tremendous amount while working on the PGA Tour fitting Tour Players to this concept. When you counterweight a putter that has a metal face it not only increases how solid the feel is but it also makes the metal feel significantly softer.

3. Although the idea has been around for a while, why has the presence of counterweighting increased in 2013?

The increase comes from a few reasons, The Belly putter ruling which caused some further experimenting with longer shafts, bigger grips, and heavier heads as an alternative to anchoring. What was known was that the backweighting steadies the hands, what was never tried was to grip the putter below the back weight. The discovery of the increased inertia of the entire club was very evident once you worked with it for the first 5-10 putts.

4. Does this increased presence represent a real, lasting market change, or is counterweighting just the putter trend of the year?

There is no question that this is a lasting market change. This is a real awakening and expansion of a very significant technology that has been proven over the years and now (Thanks to the media of today) the cat is out of the bag.

5. Is this a technology that can benefit ALL golfers?

Yes it certainly can benefit all golfers. Most people have a back swing with their putter that is way too quick, the term “Low and Slow” is not a new concept and it is found most all of the top players who play this game. For instance Loren Roberts has one of the best putting strokes in the game. He is known for taking the putter back extremely low to the ground. He also takes it back very slow and with great tempo. This is a perfect example of “Low and Slow”. The Back Weighting system slows the hands down and promotes better tempo and and more consistent pace. You will find a huge difference in feel and consistent solid putts when your putter is counter-weighted properly.

To read about all putters covered in the article, click here

Source: Dave Wolf   GolfSpy.com

Pictures: Bobby Grace Putters    Golfspy.com  Paul L Dineen

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You are limited to 6 clubs only - What do you choose?

You are limited to 6 clubs only – What do you choose?

You are limited to 6 clubs only – What do you choose?

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 found this article on golfforum.com to present an interesting dilemma. 

Blogger Klimski says that a particular trip allowed him to take only 6 golf clubs due to travel restrictions.

How can you leave your Driver out?  If you can only have 6 clubs, which wedges would you take?

My personal choice would be a 3 wood, 5 iron, 7 iron, 9 iron, Sand Wedge and Putter.  I would be good to go!

Click Here to read the article.

Scroll down under the article to see responses from golfers who chose a wide variety of short sets.

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Let me know your set make-up and why you chose it!

Source: golfforum.com

Pictures: Derek A  Brent Flanders

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What Put Mizuno On The Map - Great Forged irons!

What Put Mizuno On The Map – Great Forged irons!

What Put Mizuno On The Map – Great Forged 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!

Mizuno has long been known for making the best irons in the industry.

Luke Donald rose to the number 1 player in the world using their MP-15 irons, made with titanium rather than steel.

What Put Mizuno On The Map - Great Forged irons!

Luke Donald, former #1 Player in the World, plays with his Mizuno clubs.

What put Mizuno on the Map.  Forged Irons for the better Players!  No question.  But what about the rest of the higher handicap players?  The JPX-850 line of irons is amazing. These were 6 years in development and featured a thinner forging process, which results in both feel and distance. (or ‘playability’ and distance) A wider sole and more beveling of the leading and trailing edges make them easier to play, especially for all types of lies. News: these are not only for amateurs, as Stacy Lewis, the #2 player globally, has had the JPX-850 Mizuno’s in her bag for quite some time.

Does Mizuno produce Drivers? Yes! And I can personally recommend both Mizuno irons and driver, as that is what’s in my bag.

Get more info on these clubs by viewing this video with Golf Week’s David Dusek and Chris Voshall, Mizuno’s senior design engineer.

 

Source: Golf Week  David Dusek  Chris Voshall   Mizuno

Pictures: Tour Pro Golf Clubs

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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!

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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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