Archive for May, 2008

A Bad Golfer May Be Able to Blame His Tools!

Wednesday, May 14th, 2008

We all know the saying ‘A bad workman always blames his tools’, yet today, with the advances in technology, this saying is not so easily dismissed. And, golf is no exception.

Golf club technology is bounding ahead in huge strides. So much so, that a number of drivers are deemed ‘illegal’ by the golfing powers to be purely because they offer the golfer too much advantage.

One problem area where the golf club can make a huge difference is ‘shanking’ – you know, that horrible feeling when the hosel part of the clubhead hits the golf ball first, sending your ball very off course. And have you noticed, that once you do one shank, you do more!!

Although shanking is attributed to an incorrect swing path, much of the reason is linked to the golfers mental state and loss of trust in their clubs….you know, those tools we blame!!

Having trust in your golf equipment is essential to a good golfing state of mind. In most cases, changing your clubs will NOT correct your bad golf technique, shanking is perhaps an exception. In this case however, it is not so much the brand of club but rather the type of club you are using.

  1. Standard irons – the hosel is either in line with or ahead of the club face, making shanking more likely.
  2. Hybrid irons – are half iron, half wood with the hosel up and out of the way, significantly reducing the likelihood of shanking
  3. Fairway woods – have the entire face forward of the shaft and hosel, giving you as much chance of shank proofing your golf shots

So before you go storming off to buy a new set of clubs, try changing your iron for a fairway wood for a while, let that mental condition have a chance to get out of the way of your golf swing, then work your way back to your irons again.

Overcoming Winter Golfing Blues

Monday, May 12th, 2008

Golf doesn’t end when the weather gets bad. Someone once told me that golf is like a marriage. You can’t expect good results if you only give it attention every few months. Golf is a ‘relationship’, you need to build on it every day.

During the winter breaks why not set yourself some off-course goals:

  • Increase your golf fitness – check out our pages for golf fitness exercises. The improved flexibility frees up your swing and reduces injuries. The increased physical fitness also helps your mental endurance and control.
  • Check back on some of the basics – like your grip and address. Check out these videos. You can save yourself thousands of dollars in golf lessons trying to overcome a problematic drive, when maybe just adjusting your grip is all that is needed.
  • Check your club head for alignment – the lines on the face of a club head, and the bottom curve can be deceptive.
  • Learn how to use your legs in the swing to improve your accuracy – get rid of hooks and slices
  • Learn how to put a pro spin on your pitches and chips – the ball will climb higher, stop faster, and give you precision shots from 120 yards out to within inches of the pin. All by fooling around in your living room with some plastic balls and a chipping net

No try telling me there is no golf in winter!!