Archives for January, 2019

Is Your Shaft Length Killing Your Game?

We all know that a long tee shot will shorten our approach shot to the green. That’s why we pull out the big dog and prey that our planned draw will draw or fade will fad. Unfortunately it’s starting to look like the driver is the riskiest club in our bag. The pros know this and that’s why they drop to a fairway wood or an iron on most narrow holes. If the length of our driver shaft may be killing our drives, you may want to shorten up on the grip by 2 inches for better control.

Shorten Your Grip for Control and Speed:
I got this idea when I saw a Top Speed Golf Blog with suggestions to use when your game is falling apart. Clay recommended that we should choke-down on our driver by about 2 inches to create more consistent drives with better control. I know that golfers are using longer driver shafts to get more power and distance and that would be the opposite to sliding our hands down to shorten our shaft length.

PAY ATTENTION ! This is EARTH SHATTERING STUFF!
1/ Clay then demonstrated that he thought he would lose distance by gaining more control as he gripped down on his club. On the shortened grip his Trackman distance was over 300 yards. When he changed back to his normal grip near the end of the club, his club head speed increased by about 5 miles per hour but he lost 15 yards in distance. He chalked this up to a slight mishit on the face of the club. He did not reshoot the video which illustrated the opposite of what he expected. Better control of your impact point definitely give you more distance with your driver.

Rickie Fowler and many other pros choke down on their clubs for more control. You should too.

In reality, we should understand that finding a balanced rhythm using about 80% of our swing strength will most likely produce the best results for our driving distance. The pros on the Tour always keep about 15%-20% in “reserve”. Average handicappers tend to swing too hard and rarely catch the ball flush on the center line of the club face. [ALERT: Rory McIlroy was chocking down on his driver in the Kailua Tournament of Champions last weekend — for better control. ]

2/ John Richmond, a teaching pro on the Golf Channels Golf Academy demonstrates how he choked down on his driver grip; generated more club head speed; got better direction control and more distance. Again, this is contrary to the thinking of most professionals but as recreational players, you will really improve your game using a shorted grip on your driver by hitting more consistently on the center of your driver face.

Copy and paste his video in your browser:  https://www.golfchannel.com/video/richman-choke-down-more-distance

Case in Point:
Why do you think we often hit worse shots into the wind? The more wind we feel in our face and hear in our ears, the more our adrenaline increases. Our minds go into panic mode and we swing faster and harder. You don’t want to do this. It just happens. It’s a human reaction. Big mistake!

When hitting off the first tee or when playing into a strong head wind or cross wind, avoid over hitting by choking down on your club and making a nice controlled swing. It’s so much easier hitting your next shot off the short stuff. The next time you go to the driving range, loosen up, relax your shoulders, grip down 2 inches on your driver and swing at 80%. Practice with your GOLFSTR+ for every shot in your game. Enjoy controlling your shots and staying in the fairway. Buy one today at www.golfstr.com

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Golf Training Aids: Miracles or Duds?

Golf is a crazy game. It looks so simple but it’s so frustrating. You are only trying to swing a club at a stationary ball. That really should be easier than playing tennis or baseball where the ball is flying at you with different speeds and unexpected curves. Golf gives you as much time as you need to prepare for a shot. You can relax your mind and muscles and take full control of your body so why is it so damn difficult to consistently hit that stupid little ball?

Of course we all know that our personal emotions play a big part in our ability to consistently hit a perfect shot for every unique location of the ball. Practicing with GOLF TRAINING AIDS appear to be the best solution to improve our performance. So why is it that they turn out to be the MIRACLE CURE for some and a DUD for others?

Why buy 6 training aids to fix every swing in your game when GOLFSTR will do it all.

1/ Unique Designs to Solve Specific Problem: Every Training Aid has been developed and tested by someone to create a more consistent swing. I designed GOLFSTR+ to remind me to keep my leading arm straight in the back swing. I immediately learned that I did not have the physical ability to rotate my body and arms like Rory McIlroy but I learned that by limiting my backswing AND KEEPING MY LEADING ARM STRAIGHT (WITH WRIST LAG), I was able to generate more powerful, consistent shots.

2/ Commitment to Succeed: Over time you may be able to develop more flexibility in your body but I quickly learned that flexibility in my shoulder and spine rotation does not happen overnight. You have to work with the physical limitations of your body. I have learned to accept the fact that I will never generate the power of those young bucks that we admire every week on the PGA Tour.

3/ Exercise to Improve Performance: We lose flexibility as we age but we can exercise to improve our performance. Golf-Info-Guide by Thomas Golf provided a simple stretch exercise at the end of this video: Right Way to Keep YOUR Left Arm Straight.  Copy this URL and paste it in your browser:  http://golf-info-guide.com/video-golf-tips/the-right-way-to-keep-your-left-arm-straight-video/

4/ Endorsement by a Professional: Anyone can pay enough money to get a professional to endorse a golf training aid. Pros don’t need to use GOLFSTR+ to remind them to keep their leading arm straight. They do it naturally. Fortunately pros RECOMMENDED 5 MORE USES for GOLFSTR+ to improve putting, chipping and lag training to generate more power and distance. Michael Breed (a PGA Certified Trainer on the Golf Channel) complimented me personally for developing a training aid with “6 swing fixes that you can just slide in your pocket”. GOLFSTR+ really is the Swiss Army Knife of golf training aids.

5/ Pay Attention to Testimonials by Real Users: Rich Gula, a 70 year old golfer from the Boston area with a handicap index of 11 responded to my recent weekly blog “Get Your Game Back on Track!”

“Great stuff to start the New Swing Year! Bought your device some time ago and love it! It’s a very worthy successor to “The Bickler” of many years ago and “The Secret” of The Shark! Your support online however is superb! Your emphasis on fundamentals with the GOLFSTR+ keeps the ball in the fairway. The device is truly helpful for improving shots 50 yards or less as well. Thank you! “ Rich Gula

The Bickler was endorsed by Ken Venturi and John Cook to lock your wrists in a V shape for every putt. Greg Norman’s “The Secret” controls the angle of your trailing wrist for every shot in your game. GOLFSTR+ gives you both of these training solutions and so much more. Buy one today at www.golfstr.com

CORRECTION NOTICE FOR RULES UPDATE PUBLISHED DECEMBER 24

5/ Imbedded Ball in a Bunker: You can move the ball back and drop it in the bunker for a 1 stroke penalty or out of the trap on a line to the green for a  2 stroke penalty.

6/ Yellow Penalty Area (stream or canyon): drop ball back on a line to the green from the point of entry (1 stroke). Red Penalty Area (woods and water):  If the ball is lost, estimate the point where the ball was lost, return to the fairway an equal distance to the hole from the point of entry and drop within 2 club lengths of the edge of the fairway as far back as you want to go. (2 stroke penalty).  Ideally you should hit a provisional ball whenever you think your ball could be lost in a Red Stacked Penalty Area. (Your provisional ball, if needed, is lying 3 off the tee or take a stroke and distance at the point where you last hit.)

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Get Your Game Back on Track !

When you are playing a wonderful round of golf do you ever wonder when the wheels will fall off? And then it happens! Or have you ever played a great first nine holes and someone points out that you are playing over your head and it does go right to your head. You just can’t get back on track.

Here are some great ideas to get back on track DURING YOUR ROUND OF GOLF. Try these ideas before you step up to the next tee.

WAKEUP and get back on track.

1/ Flip your club and swing with your grip at the end to feel the club release and hear the whooshing sound at the point of impacts. Then flip your club and do the same with your normal swing.

2/ Choke down on your grip by 2 inches. You may hit a shorter distance but controlling your swing will make it easier to impact your ball on the center of your club face. Take some practice swings to adjust.

3/ Make sure that you are controlling for your natural fad or draw. For a Fade: Setup with a slightly open face and a lower tee height. For a Draw: Setup with a slightly closed face and a higher tee.

Recognize when your game is going sideways. Take action to get back on track.

4/ If you are falling backwards at the end of your swing, you are not shifting your weight properly. You are swinging too fast with your arms before your weight can shift to your leading foot. Try the Step Drill. Put your feet together and start to step forward (like a baseball player), as you reach the top during your swing. Do this just to get the feeling for your weight shift.

Another solution is to setup with a little more weight on your leading foot.  Avoid swaying back during your backswing, just rotate your shoulders and finish your swing on you leading foot.

5/ When you are tense, a tighter grip will close the face of your club and generate more draw or even a duck hook. Loosen up! Keep your grip at a nice light 4 out of 10.

You can get back on track in the middle of your round. Take control of your mind and your game. You can also practice these suggestions on the practice range before your round with your GOLFSTR+. Buy one today at www.golfstr.com

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