How to Choose Your Own Custom Golf Clubs

Custom Golf Clubs

When you are selecting a new set or even your first set of custom golf clubs, you need to assess your game and take a few measurements. Golfing is a sport that requires golfers to have the proper length and flex in golf clubs. The first thing is your gender, men and women use different golf clubs. There games are played the same, but how they stand, swing and move are different from men to women. To determine your height, you need to be barefoot and not in your golfing shoes. The next thing to measure is from the floor to your wrist bend.

Needed Information

Other things to consider are your age, your golf swing speed, and  your level of skill. Once you have all the necessary information, you are ready to start shopping around. When you are looking at a fitting chart for golf clubs, there will be a column for height and swing speed. This information will help determine the lie angle and correct club shaft.

Correct Club Shaft

Your swing speed will help determine the right flex you need in the club shaft. If you have a club shaft that does not fit your swing speed, you may not hit the golf ball far enough. You can take all this information and find the right set of custom golf clubs. Golfing is a great sport, but you do need to have the proper equipment. Some golfers prefer graphite clubs while others prefer steel clubs. With a graphite golf club, you will find out that the club is an inch longer than what a steel golf club is.

Golf Brand – Does it Matter?

There are many different brands and manufactures of golf clubs. You will find knock off golf clubs and the original golf clubs. Golfing has so much to do with the golf game, you want a club that is quality, and not just something, that looks nice. You can choose from brand names such as Titliest, Callaway, Ping and Taylormade to name just a few. Ping has a great reputation as do many of the brands.

Make the Choice

It is a matter of choice for what brand name you buy, as long as you have all your measurements, you can select any brand name golf club to give you a great game of golf. Golfing is a game of skill and if you are a golfer already, you know that the club makes a big difference in how far you hit the ball. Pick the right set and you will have a good game.

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How To Find Your Perfect Golf Club Grip

Golf Club Grip

So you want to hit if flush every time? Then lets focus on one of the basic fundamentals, the golf club grip. Your golf club grip can make or break your game. It is the only contact you have with the golf club. The flight of the ball is directly related to how the golf club is taken back and through the golf ball. Lets look at some of the different golf club grips.

1. The Baseball Golf Grip

The Baseball or Ten Finger technique is the most natural one to use when taking up golfing. It doesn’t involve interlocked fingers and is a simple hand over hand method. If you are right handed, this hand will normally be placed at the bottom. The little finger of the right hand is placed close against the index finger of the left hand. Reverse the process if you are left handed. Over the years a number of PGA Tour members such as Billy Casper have used this style with great success. Players with small hands would do better in using this grip.

2. The Vardon Golf Club Grip

The Vardon grip also called the Overlapping golf grip, carries the name of the great Harry Vardon. The six time winner of the British Open Championships used it to win his championships. The pinky finger lays snugly over and between the index finger and middle finger of the top or left hand, also referred to as the lead hand. The thumb of the top hand finds a place along the lifeline of the bottom or trailing hand. This grip is ideal for players with large hands.

3. The Interlocking Golf Grip

This is similar to the Vardon, but here the little finger of the trailing hand interlocks with the index finger of the top hand. The thumbs form a ‘V’ shape which should point in the direction of your right shoulder. Interlocking is usually suitable if the golfer has medium-sized hands or weak forearms and wrists. Make sure that you can see the first two knuckles of the left hand.

There you have the three basic techniques. You have to experiment on the driving range until you find the golf club grip that works best for you.

There is a lot of debate out there which grip works best. The focus should be on what works best for you. Generally speaking, your control will be better if you use one of the interlocking styles. The Baseball is less effective in this regard and will in a sense disturb the balance. One hand will always be more powerful in this case – a scenario that is likely to be detrimental to your game.

You might have heard that your grip pressure should be like holding a bird, not too tight to choke the bird but not too loose that the bird flys away. I hate this example! I have never held a bird nor have I met anyone who can relate to this example. The guy who came up with this example must have been really good at catching birds.

Instead, I like to compare grip pressure to driving a car. Normal people do not put a death grip on the steering wheel while driving. The same feeling should be so with grip pressure.

These small golf grip details can spell the difference between a nightmarish experience on the course, or a confidence-building success-story.

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Golf Lessons For Beginners: Finding a Great Golf Instructor

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So you just purchased a set of clubs, golf shoes, balls, and all the other golf nic naks. You are probably wondering where do I begin? Should I just head to the first tee and let it rip? Let me give you some investment advice. Before you try to smash that 300 yard drive, invest some time and money in a few lessons. Golf lessons for beginners can help establish correct fundamentals, and can help you through the tough times. I am going to be honest, this game is hard! There are going to be times when you wonder why you spent $700 on a set of sticks. Having an instructor/mentor will get you through those times of frustration. Here are six traits to look for when choosing a golf instructor.

 #1 -Credibility

Is your golf pro accredited by the PGA or LPGA? A class A pro will have the experience and knowledge to teach you correct golf techniques. Golf professionals who have received their Class A status from the PGA of America have been through rigorous training and are competent to teach the game of golf.

Who does your golf pro teach? A well respected golf pro is going to have a list of well known golfers that he or she has taught. This does not have to be at the professional level, but can be at the junior and amateur level.

#2 – No Gimmicks – True Fundamentals

Since learning how to play golf, I have seen a lot of different swing fads come and go. While some of these gimmicks might work for some players, they do not replace fundamentals. A golf instructor who tries new swing methodologies on his students will not give great golf lessons for beginners. Focus on finding someone who does not break away from true fundamentals.

#3 – Beware of Price

I have taken a lot of golf lessons from a lot of great instructors. The price I paid for each of those lessons varied from $35 to $200. There were times when the $35 lesson was more productive than the $200 lesson. There were times though that I really benefited from the $200 lesson. The point is, do not judge a golf pro on how much he or she is charging. Price is not a determining factor of a bad or good golf instructor.

 #4 – Goal Oriented

I believe strongly in setting goals and defining a plan. Your golf pro should have the same feelings. There should be always an objective with each lesson. A golf pro should take time to listen to your needs at the beginning of each lesson.

I took lessons from a pro who took 10 – 15 minutes at the beginning of each lesson to listen to me. He would ask follow up questions  and come up with a lesson plan for that day. If you feel your pro keeps on teaching you the same thing without real progress, then it might be time for a new pro.

#5 – Learning Style

Everyone learns in different ways. An instructor should realize this and adapt his or her teaching style to your needs. A visual learner might do better with a pro who uses video equipment to record your swing. Someone who learns by feel would want to go with a pro who uses golf drills. Its important that you communicate your learning style to your instructor.

#6 – Invested In Helping You Improve!

This is the biggest trait a golf professional should possess. A golf pro who wants to see you improve will go out of his way between lessons and ask how things are going. He or she will help you keep a positive outlook on the game. Great instructors understand that their job is to identify your weakness and turn them into strengths.

Golf lessons for beginners is a wise investment. Golf is a lifelong journey with ups and downs. Find someone to show you the way!

 

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How to Develop Great Golf Posture

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Golf posture is one of the key fundamentals to a sound golf swing. It determines how you take the club back and how you come through the ball. Developing good golf posture will increase your chance of hitting the golf ball at your target.

Proper Weight Distribution = A Balanced Golf Swing

Ever wonder how guys on the PGA tour swing out of their shoes but are still standing by the time they finish their swing. They have properly distributed their weight in their feet. When you address the golf ball your weight should be distributed in the balls of your feet. Too much weight in your heels or toes causes an unbalanced golf swing. Poor weight distribution also sets you up for an improper swing path. Centering your weight in the balls of your feet will automatically make you bend towards the ball correctly. The goal in mind is to bend from your hips and not your waist.

If you feel your balance is not where it should be, consider a golf training excercise program. Be sure the program focuses on balance and strength building excercises..

How far should you stand from the ball?

There are a lot of great golfers out there who vary in how far away their hands are from their body.

Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer, and Jack Nicklaus had their hands and arms further from their bodies. Today many PGA tour professionals have their hands and arms closer to their body. The difference is the modern swing is built on a full body rotating motion while back in the day of persimmon woods, power was generated with the arms, hands, and legs.

A good measure of where your arms should be is to let them hang naturally when addressing the ball. This puts you in a postion to take the club back on plane.

Chin up! You’ll hit a good shot eventually.

When you stand up to the ball you obviously are going to be looking at the ball. You however do not want your head slouching to keep your eye on the ball. If your chin is buried into your chest, then it becomes difficult to make a full shoulder turn on the backswing. Keep your chin high enough to make a complete backswing.

Taking it to the course!

By working on your golf posture you will develop a comfortable and balance feeling over the golf ball. That is the goal! A confident stance over the ball will increase your success rate of hitting a confident shot.

There is a difference between practicing and playing golf. Out on the course, there should be only focus of where the ball needs to end up – your intended target. Thinking of technical jargin and how far you should stand from the ball is not golf.

The purpose of practice is to develop good technique to play great golf which leads to lower golf scores. Take a few minutes each day to practice your posture in front of mirror. The people you live with might think you are a little strange, but hey, at least you will look like a pro on the course.

 

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Golf Lessons For Kids

Golf Lessons For Kids

 

Golf is one of the many sports that can teach your kids focus, exercise, and a love for being outside. Golf Lessons for kids can start them on the right path and will help them maintain their desire to play the game well into adulthood.

Start Small

Assessing your child’s ability to swing a golf club and make contact with the golf ball will determine where to start. Hand and eye coordination is a key component to playing the game of golf. If you feel this is an area that needs work, start with the putting green. Putting is after all the most important part of the game.

Golf Lessons

Before signing up for golf lessons, go to the driving range a few times. Doing so will allow your child to become familiar with the facilities and the rules of the driving range. When it comes time to focus on their golf lesson they are not distracted by new surroundings.

There are a few choices when it comes to golf lessons for kids. Some of those choices are:

  • Golf Summer Camps
  • Group Lessons
  • Private Instruction

Pricing

Prices for golf lessons vary and depend on the format of the lesson. A 5-day golf camp can cost as much as $350 or as little as $40 for a 3-day camp. It all depends on where you go and the type of instructor you are using. Nicer golf courses tend to charge more than a municipal city owned golf course. The most important thing to remember is to find someone you feel comfortable with and will give your child a good experience. If you do end up paying more for lessons, be sure the teacher is at least a Class A PGA Golf Professional. PGA.com is a great resource in finding reputable golf instructors.

Keep It Fun

Make golf a game within a game. Kids stay more interested in something if there is a specific goal or task to focus on. Golf drills are a great way to accomplish this! Not only do drills keep it fun, they also help your kids learn proper golf technique. A good golf instructor will always use drills when teaching a lesson. If the drill keeps your child interested and makes them want to practice, all the better.

Keep Growing

Everyone progresses at different speeds in the sport of golf. Be encouraging and positive as your child learns the sport. Kids end up enjoying the sport for different reasons; competition, perfection, or just hanging out with their friends on the course. Whatever the reason might be, the sport will develop characteristics in your child that will help them throughout their life. Golf Lessons for kids will help them shoot lower golf scores and bring enjoyment to the game.

 

 

 

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