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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.

Man Wins Golf Game With Tennis Racket

Monday, April 9th, 2007

Really! Of course not! If you want to win at anything in life, you need the right tools for the action at hand. The right mental tools, the right physical tools and the right tools of action.

In Golf, not having the right golf clubs for your physique and game ability is pretty much like trying to play golf with a tennis racket. As hard as you try, and as perfect as your swing may be, you are just not able to compete with a player of similar physical and mental ability, who has the right action tools.

Getting fitted for golf clubs is an easy process – and it is not limited to buying new clubs. Most pro shops offer club fitting services for existing clubs and when you are buying second hand clubs.

Not only does your golf game suffer with badly fitted clubs – you can also strain your body and end up with debilitating tendonitis.

Don’t let your ego get in the way of getting the best golf clubs for you. Too often we want golf clubs that are beyond our capability, on the pretense that we will soon grow into them. Clubs that are too advanced for your current ability will increase your game score, and act as a barrier to improving your game. Stiffer shafts are required for faster golf swings. The angle or lie of the head takes account for these speed and flex components. If your golf swing is too slow for the club and shaft, the flight of your ball will be compromised.

Golf is one game where a bad golfer can [at times] blame their tools – but at the end of the line, it is you who chooses those tools – so take care to choose wisely.

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Using Golf Equipment As Intended

Thursday, February 22nd, 2007

Well my great fast track to golf proficiency plan just suffered it’s first major set back. Whilst searching for my partners errant golf ball amongst an architectural landscape of rocks I sort of forgot that my trainer looking golf shoes were sporting plastic sprigs. And of course, sprigs don’t grip too well to rocks. End result was a badly smashed up joint between my second phalanges and metatarsal. Five weeks later and I still can’t put too much weight on my foot or risk any sideways pressure. Of course, this means that my upright golf swing drills have not been too comfortable either.

So that was lesson 1 – Golf Shoes are not intended for walking on rocks.

I have however been able to concentrate on my upper body and spinal flexibility training. Whilst this has at least kept my upper body flexible, I certainly noticed my lack of swing drills when I ventured back to the course yesterday. If nothing else, the drills reinforce the routines I use in my in my preparation, address and swing. It took the first 4 or 5 holes to even start remembering. Now this was nothing more than me being slack and distracted by taking twice as long to do normal tasks around the house. [Violins playing!!]

Seriously, the whole exercise was a great lesson 2 – reinforcement of how valuable these drills are. Even if you cannot complete the full movement, the mental patterning of the routine is invaluable.

After a pain free day today, I have grabbed a wood and iron out of my golf bag and it will be swing drills in the morning – right after a warm up, naturally.

Golfing Girl

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