Ok, we have talked about getting more distance off the tee and a LOT of you have gone through our driver fittings this year. Now it is time to dial in those irons. Are your shots consistent in terms of contact and ball flight? Do you have more than a 15 yard gap between some of your irons and wedges? Do you miss your irons left or right, or could the misses be either way? Inconsistent contact can be a length or weight (swing weight or club weight) issue. Large gaps (or small gaps) can be a loft issue. There is roughly 4 degrees of loft difference between each iron which should give you consistent distance gaps. If your misses are left or right of target, it could be a lie angle issue, club weight, or shaft issue. If you are seeing any of these symptoms in your iron play, you need to get to a good clubfitter and see what is going on. Why get frustrated with inconsistent shots, poor accuracy or big distance gaps. You deserve better from your clubs!
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Over the years we have fit well over a thousand lady golfers of all abilities. The two things we know for sure are 1) Today’s female golfers are much more athletic and stronger than ever, and 2) Lady’s or women’s golf clubs have not changed specifications in over 30 years! So the modern lady golfer that buys off-the-shelf women’s golf clubs, even if she is just a beginner, will be getting equipment that is too light and has too soft of flex. The result will be woefully inconsistent contact, a lot of fat shots, and erratic height and direction. As soon as we fit these lady golfers to the proper weight, flex, length and launch conditions, the results are very dramatic. More consistency, better contact and increased distance! Read more about our fitting for lady golfers here. So if you want to give a golfing mother you know a very special Mother’s Day gift, get her a complete clubfitting. She will be on her way to better golf…faster!
We are honored once again to be selected to the Golf Digest Top 100 Clubfitters in America for 2015! This is the third time in a row we have been selected to this prestigious list. We continue to advance the stat-of-the-art fitting concepts with our research in shaft performance and fitting techniques that allow us to get better performance…faster for all of our golfers. The fact that we offer a lifetime clubfitting and guarantee results sets us apart from everyone else on the list. Thanks to all of our loyal customers, suppliers, and partners for helping us maintain our status on this list of Top 100 Clubfitters in America! Here is the link to the Golf Digest list for 2015. You can check the May, 2015 issue of Golf Digest for the article and complete list.
Ever feel like the club is starting to slip out of your hand when you take a swing? It is time to re-grip your clubs! Grips that are slick (hardly any tack or cord), worn (shiny appearance, wear spots where you place your thumbs on the grip), or hard and cracked from dry weather can cost you up to six strokes a round according to a study done by a grip manufacturer. How often should you change grips? We always recommend that you change grips as follows: 1. After 30 rounds if you practice at least once a week, 2. After 40-50 rounds if you don’t practice much, or 3. Every year, especially if you live in a dry climate. Choosing a grip size is something you should do with a good clubfitter but you can do a simple sizing based upon your glove size. Grips come in Junior, Undersize (Ladies), Standard Men’s, Midsize and Jumbo (Oversize). I always recommend that you choose comfort over “proper” sizing as the feel of the grip is what can help create confidence with your swing. We do a lot of customization of grips sizes to take into account player preferences as well as... Read More
Golf shafts for irons have going through several changes in the last couple of years. As I have mentioned in previous posts, graphite was developed to create a lighter shaft with more shock absorption. The target market was primarily golfers with slower swing speeds and the had joint or hand pain. These shafts were primarily in the 60 to 85 gram range. A few companies (MATRIX, UST) actually made graphite shafts in the 110-120 gram range but they were not wildly popular. Well all of that is changing rapidly. I can now get graphite shafts up to 125 grams, a steel shafts down to 75 grams. But there are inherent issues that you should be careful about when choosing from these new shafts. In general, the slower your swing speed, transition and earlier your release, you can benefit from a lighter shaft in your irons. Of course, the profile (launch and spin) is important as well as the feel (mid section, torque). So let me address the new shaft offerings by weight class: 40 – 70 gram iron shafts: These shafts are almost 100% graphite and are offered as stock shafts for a lot of manufacturers like Callaway, Cobra... Read More
Statistics are everywhere now, and golf is no exception. From the “Strokes Gained” concept from Make Every Shot Count, we know that there are certain weaknesses in our golf games. The latest statistic is from Mark Harman, winner of 14 Tour events and Top 100 Teacher for World Golf Teacher’s Federation. The essence of the article is that if you truly want to shoot bogey golf you have to hit at least 4 greens in regulation. Want to be a single digit?…then you better hit twice that number or 8 greens in regulation. The last blog post we did was about getting twenty more yards off the tee so you were hitting shorter irons into the green. Why? because the average golfer will hit twice as many greens in regulation from 140 yards as they will from 160 yards! But if you are in your GIR distance wheelhouse and still missing greens, it is time to check your irons and hybrids. Improper lofts and lies can be a huge factor in distance and direction. The wrong shaft weight, flex and swing weight can also create inconsistencies in ball contact which in turn affects distance and accuracy. A good iron fitting can help you identify gaps and... Read More
No matter where you go there is someone giving you advice on how to increase distance with your driver by changing your swing. Well, I thought I would ask an expert that helped one of our customers reach the ReMax World Long Drive Championships. Sherry Andonian-Smith is an LPGA and PGA member and instructor at Valley Country Club in Centennial, CO. She has helped hundreds of her students improve their swing to make better contact (which improves efficiency), create a repeatable swing, and increase distance. She is a constant student of the game and is herself trying to increase her driver distance by at least 20 yards so she can compete with the big hitters in the Colorado Men’s Open Championship again in 2015. She keeps it simple and effective so read her article on Timing Your Swing for Power here… TIMING YOUR DRIVER SWING FOR POWER Dan Sueltz See the rest of our articles on getting more distance. Lower Your Scores. Hit Your Driver Farther! – Overview. Lower Your Scores. Hit Your Driver Farther! – #1 Find the Sweet Spot. Lower Your Scores. Hit Your Driver Farther! – #2 Optimize YOUR Loft. Lower Your Scores. Hit Your Driver Farther! – #3 Get a... Read More
If you think that golf is still just a game and not a sport, you have not been watching the Golf Channel or reading any golf magazines lately. Literally everywhere you look, golf publications have a section on fitness, flexibility, etc. As a matter of fact, the PGA Tour has a fitness trailer that follows the tour to all of the tour stops. I personally decided three years ago that my aging body needed a little help if I was going to play better and have more fun at golf. So, I went to work with Dee Tidwell, one of the best golf fitness gurus in the Denver metro area. We started slowly and worked mostly on flexibility/mobility, stability and finally strength. Literally, I did not touch a weight for about nine months. The results have been very dramatic. I am hitting my drives farther than I did when I was 50 (now a tender 65!). This is honestly because I have more mobility so that I can not only make a better move away from the ball, but powering through the ball. And, I have the stability to not lose my balance which causes a ton of bad swing... Read More
Over 17 years of fitting golfers, one of the most critical fitting criteria is getting the correct shaft for your swing. If you do not have the proper length, weight, flex, tip and butt profile, swing weight and feel, you will be inconsistent with your driver results and mis-hit a lot of shots. The biggest result of an improperly fit shaft is loss of distance, followed by lack of consistency. By using both your static measurements and dynamic swing data, a good fitter should be able to immediately predict a good starting point for shaft length, weight, flex and launch characteristics (See our BGF Fitting System). From there, you need to give feedback to the fitter in terms of feel (weight, stiffness, release). First, let’s talk about shaft weight. Driver shafts are typically graphite and come stock from manufacturers in 40 to 70 gram weights. A club fitter can fit you in any of those weights and even heavier if needed. The old saying of “hit the lightest, longest shaft that you can control” is pretty much true but longer and lighter may give one out of ten great shots. With the other nine shots, you miss the sweet spot... Read More
Attack angle is the angle at which your club is either descending into the ball (negative attack angle) or ascending into the ball (positive attack angle) at impact. I have been harping on this for a couple of years but this is definitely a way that most of you can dramatically improve your distance! There are several reasons for this. First, by having a positive attack angle, you increase the launch angle of the club you are using which in turn promotes a higher ball flight for more carry. Second, the positive attack angle reduces the spin rate coming off the club face which reduces drag and increases carry AND roll. Conversely, a negative attack angle imparts more backspin on the ball and results in a lower launch angle. This increases drag, reduces carry AND roll. It is always good to have a ball flight monitor (TrackMan, FlightScope, Foresight with HMT) to measure your attack angle, but here are a couple of easy ways to tell if your attack angle is positive or negative. Let’s say you have a 10.5 degree driver and your ball flight looks like a rifle shot (low and boring). That is a pretty telltale sign... Read More