Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Clubs

Golf clubs are an essential part of your game. They play a huge part on how you perform on the golf course. You’ll see an improvement in your game once you become comfortable and used to swinging them. Unlike other golf accessories like gloves, shoes, and bags, there are some occasions when you need to replace them even if they’re still fully functional.

The right set of clubs will help you reach your full golfing potential. But if you try to hold on to your clubs despit

e the need to switch them out, your game will suffer immensely.

How do you know when it’s time to upgrade your golf equipment? Here are some signs.

You’re not making any progress

If you have already taken some golf lessons, applied what you have learned and spent time practicing, yet you still haven’t seen any improvements in your game, this is an indication that your clubs aren’t the right fit for you. Maybe you should settle for clubs that are more forgiving. Your clubs may be holding you back from reaching your full potential. You need to switch them out to start making progress.

Your game has changed

Another strong indicator to change your golf clubs for new ones is that you notice a change in your home. If your handicap is going down and your game is improving, then opt for clubs that offer more weight and substance. Remember, your clubs should change as your ability changes. You’re not going to have the type of game you want if you’re playing with the wrong gear.

Too much wear and tear

Over time, your golf clubs will show signs of wear and tear no matter how well you take care of them. This is especially true if you play a lot of golf. Excessively worn clubs, dents or abrasions on the face of the club, cracks on the club shafts and grooves that become smooth are signs of wear and tear. Golf clubs that are in bad condition can negatively affect your game. So you might want to start shopping for a new one if you notice any of these signs.

You’ve been using your clubs for more than 3 years

Let’s face it. Most golfers would hold on to their clubs as long as they’re still functional. After all, a set of clubs can be quite expensive. But experts recommend upgrading your clubs every 3 years. Why? Because it is likely that your game has changed over the past 3 years.

If you’re not willing to invest in new clubs, at least take your equipment to a pro shop and have them examined. A professional will tell you if you need to replace some parts. Also, they’ll determine proper size and length.

Tips for Storing Your Golf Clubs This Winter

tips-for-storing-your-golf-clubs-this-winterFor those golfers who have the opportunity to play golf all year round, I envy you. Unfortunately, for many of us, the temperature drops below freezing during the winter. Since playing golf in below freezing temp isn’t fun at all, our golf game is usually put on hold till at least the January thaw.

If you’re like me, and you won’t be playing golf for at least a couple of months, it is important that you store your clubs properly to ensure that they’re in great condition once the golf season starts once again next year.

Here are some tips for storing your golf clubs this winter.

Clean the clubs

Be sure to clean your clubs before storing them this winter. You wouldn’t want the grass and dirt from your last round to get stucked in the grooves and face of your clubs until spring. Clean them with soapy water and a soft-bristled brush. Make that they’re thoroughly dry.

If you have headcovers for your woods and drivers, then go ahead and cover your clubs. This is beneficial as it keeps your clubs from gouges, scratches and dirt.

Store them in an upright position

When storing your clubs, don’t just toss them in the corner of your closet. Make sure you store them properly and place them in an upright position. Otherwise, you may run the risk of damaging your clubs or you’ll have to keep pushing them back every time you get some clothes.

Bring them inside

Since you won’t be using your clubs for at least a couple of months, then get your clubs out of the trunk of your car or garage.

During the winter, it is best to store your clubs in a dry, temperature-controlled environment. The last thing you want is for molds to attack your grips or your bag. Bring them inside the house and store them in an area that is not too hot and not too cold. The garage isn’t recommended for long-term storage because constant exposure to cold may cause the grips to crack or harden.

How to Properly Organize Your Golf Bag

how-to-properly-organize-your-golf-bagDuring a round of golf, pace of play is so important. As such, it is a good idea to organize your golf bag properly to make it easier for you to get and return the clubs and other accessories that you may need during the game.

Organizing your golf bag is not just beneficial for quick retrieval. It also prevents clubs from getting scratches and dings. Given the amount of these clubs, you wouldn’t want to just stick the clubs in whichever compartment and then go through each one of them when you need a particular golf club.

Keeping your golf bag organized may not help lower your scores, but it speeds up play and prevents you from losing focus. Remember, your focus should be on the shot at hand, not on your golf bag.

Listed below are some helpful tips on how to properly organize your golf bag.

Start with an empty bag

In order to properly organize your golf bag, start with an empty bag. Check all the various pockets and compartments and remove all the contents of your bag.

Designate a section for each type of club

Most bags have 3 compartments that are intended to hold your clubs. You want to place your putters, irons and woods into 3 separate areas.

In most cases, the putters belong to the bottom compartment, irons in the middle compartment and the woods in the top compartment. Don’t forget to return the clubs where they belong to keep your bag organized.

Fill in the pockets

Pockets are meant for storing accessories like golf balls, gloves, extra shirts etc. Convenience is the key when loading up your accessories. Place your accessories in pockets where you can easily access them. Extra gloves, bag hood and rain gear are best to be kept in the large pockets. Valuables should be placed in pockets that are less accessible. It is also a good idea to leave one pocket empty so you have a place to store your snacks and drinks.

For Golfers – IS Your Tee Height Important?

I watched a professional golfer (who will remain unnamed) set the height of his tee three times on one hole at the Million Dollar Challenge at Sun City – adjusting, adjusting and then finally feeling satisfied with the height he had set, promptly nailed it 3,000 plus miles straight down the fairway with a slight draw, much to the delight of the following gallery.

My initial reaction while watching this was – You my friend are a professional golfer and do this every day as your ‘job’ and you don’t know what tee height you want!!!! But after some reflection came to the conclusion that maybe it was just his way of making sure it was set ’JUST SO’……… or was it???

This was about 1999/2000 and set me on a path to find out what is the best height to set your tee or was there such an elusive beast to help us poor mortals.

Well, this turned out to be one of ‘those’ missions that not only found the answer but has helped many golfers to improve their game over the last 16 odd years or so and that includes my own game (most of the time).

(T-Sets left have  9 height settings, 10 to 50mm – 2 inches)

During my research I read as much as I could from all over to find the answer and it was articles such as these that helped me find what I was looking for and then some. These are some of today’s articles on the same subject from:

Peter Kostis – http://golftips.golfsmith.com/tips-hit-golf-ball-its-sweet-spot-1769.html

Mike Stachura – Golf Digest http://www.news24.com/xArchive/Sport/OntheTouchline/Wheres-your-hot-spot-20040224

Sean Foley – http://www.golfdigest.com/golf-instruction/2013-09/sean-foley-tee-height

Robert Cotter – Professional golf ball engineer – Director of golf swing instruction,Instant Golf® – http://www.instantgolflesson.com/golf-driver-hot-spot.php

This is the basics of what comes out of the above articles.

Teeing up the ball properly for a tee shot is crucial to ensuring contact with the sweet or hot spot – placing the ball too high or low may result in an errant or scewed shot. To properly place the ball on the tee, half of the ball should sit above the top of a driver that is resting on the ground. See below left…..

There was and still is a debate as to exactly how high to set your tee to get the optimum drive. The one thing that came through each time was to set it higher rather than too low with a lot of different aspects coming to the fore including how ball spin comes into the equation that affects how far you drive your tee shot and how much roll you get after the ball lands.  Another factor is the difference of where the sweet spot is and where the ‘hot spot’ is on your driver head. The hot spot is said to give you +- 15 yards/meters more on your drive than the sweet spot. Coming from the people in the know, most drivers hot spot is to be found just above the middle of your club face (the sweet spot) and slightly towards the toe of the face. Sounds dangerous but it works and if played well, will give you a slight draw.

Yet to gain the maximum of ‘that’ height setting and to set your mind at rest, you have got to set your tee at the same height consistently. If you don’t set it consistently at the same height for any given club you are going to get different results each time as your club head is going to be approaching the ball at slightly different angles which can result in more spin to your ball and hitting either the sweet or hot spot. We are not talking of huge differences here, 1 to 3 mm can affect your shot, although slightly, it can upset your rhythm and timing. Setting it 5 mm lower than the optimum height for your driver could cost you up to 20 to 40 yards which can make a huge difference in your round. The secret to good golf will always be consistency which includes your tee height settings.

This has always been a problem for the high to medium handicapper – You know you can play some good shots but you need to practice and play more to be able to repeat them consistently. But while that is happening, if you can’t be sure that you are going to hit a good shot, at least make sure that ‘your ball is ready to be hit correctly and consistently’ and off the correct tee height setting.

This is where the T-Set comes into its own. Set up your half ball for your driver – take the ball off the tee – using the T-Set find out which slot the tee fits into – make a note of the height. Using your woods and your hybrid, do the same and make a note of those heights. Now any time you pull your driver or any of your other clubs, slide the tee into the correct height setting and set your tee – done and dusted. No having to guess or fiddle, you have the right (optimum) tee height.

*** There is one slight adjustment when you play into a strong wind, set your tee 5mm lower, place your teed up ball, 2 to 3 balls back in your stance and you are ready to launch. What will happen with this set up, you will be hitting down slightly on the ball which will launch it on a lower trajectory but will still allow the ball to be hit on the sweet spot, so will still give you some distance and it will be easier to control – so if you looking for more control and accuracy, that is where you place it.

Even if you are driving with an iron, set it up. A Pro once said that any time you get the opportunity to tee up your golf ball…… DO IT!!!! The reason is pretty simple. If your ball is on a tee you get to strike the ball with no grass between your blade and the ball, so you get a clean hit. The other thing is that you can also control how much spin you get on a ball.Check the 2 photos below – playing an 8 iron you generally set your tee height at 10mm which means you clip the ball just off the grass the second photo shows the height setting at 15mm which means your club face will slide under the ball and impart a lot of back spin. For this shot to get the same distance as the 10mm setting you are going to have to play through the ball slightly harder because it will climb and spin more. So depending what you require from your shot, normal bounce and forward roll set it at 10mm and for a shot that spins back on the green set it at 15mm. You will find what works for you.

Our motto: ‘Right Height – Right Flight’ Not only do we set your tee height for you, consistently, we give you a hidden divot tool and two (2) sides to brand.

The pitch mark repair tool shown here has two different colors in the photo because it is a 3D printed prototype unit and the blue is painted on. (Did not want it to stick in the body of the unit so did not paint it)

‘Keep it on the short green stuff people – it helps’.

See you on the courses of the world – Enjoy!!!

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Tips for Buying Golf Bags

golfbagsOut of all the golf equipment, the bag is often the least carefully considered but is actually one of the most beneficial golf equipment. Your golf bag carries everything, from your clubs to your accessories and personal belongings. So it makes sense to get something that matches your needs.

Getting the right golf bag ensures your comfort and enjoyment on the golf course. Keep these things in mind when buying a golf bag.

Weight

If you frequently walk on the course and carry your bag around, then this is an important factor to consider. Choose a bag that is light enough that you won’t have trouble carrying it throughout the round.

Bag type

  1. Carry bags – Carry bags do not have stands. This bag is ideal for golfers who do not want to take their full set of clubs to the course as it can only hold a few clubs, balls and tees.
  2. Stand bags – Stand bags have 2 retractable legs, which allow the bag to stand upright. Unlike the carry bags, stand bags can hold a full set of clubs.
  3. Cart bags – A cart bag is ideal for golfers who use a golf cart, trolley or a buggy. Weighing around 6 to 7 pounds, these bags are not the best option if you’re planning to walk the course. The pockets are located on one side, which makes them accessible to even if the bag remains strapped to the back of the cart.

Material

Nylon, polyester and synthetic leather are the most common materials used in golf bags today. They are water-resistant and are more durable as compared to leather. Opt for golf bags with high quality materials.

Storage

Pockets provide you a space to place all your golf equipments and accessories. Make sure that your bag has enough pockets to accommodate all your equipment and personal items.

Look for a bag that comes with accessory pockets, rain pocket, valuable pockets and thermal pocket. You may not think a valuables pocket is important until your watch gets banged against the side of the cart.

 

Organizing Your Golf Bag for Spring

golfbag_3.8.Spring is finally here, and the golf season is almost in full swing. This means it’s time to dust off those clubs and think about your look on the course this season. Since most of you haven’t been to the golf course for a few months now, it’s time to get your golf bag ready and make sure your bag is loaded with essentials.

With that in mind, we came up with a list of things every golfer should have in their bag. Kick off golf season with these golf essentials.

Clubs

Start the new season with fresh clubs. While we’re not saying that you should purchase a new set of clubs, you should at least welcome the golf season with a clean set of clubs and a new set of grips. Get your gear off your golf bag and get rid of the dust that accumulated in winter.

Extra pair of golf shoes

Wet shoes are not only smelly, they are also uncomfortable. Just in case you find yourself standing in a pond or it rains lightly, you can change your shoes when it start to become uncomfortable.

Microfiber towels

Microfiber towels can be used to keep your clubs clean or wipe away perspiration. You want a small towel that you can stick out of your bag.

Extra gloves

Golf gloves are a great tool to have in your bag as it provides the needed grip. A soggy grip prevents you from properly gripping the club so it’s always a good idea to bring a spare. I would also recommend a set of rain gloves should it starts drizzling.

Sunscreen

You’re going to be out in the sun for about 4 to 5 hours. With skin cancer becoming more and more prevalent, you should always bring a bottle of sunscreen with you on the course. Make sure it has a minimum SPF factor of 30.

Medical kit

Blisters can kill a round, and it’s not uncommon for golfers to get a little blister. It’s always better to be prepared for injuries.

 

Signs to Upgrade Your Golf Equipment

golfequipmementThere comes a time in every golfer’s life when they need to say goodbye to their favorite clubs. Most golfers have a strong connection with their existing golf clubs that a lot of golfers opt to keep them for as long as possible. It may not be easy retiring your clubs, but it’s necessary.

Equipment plays an important role on a golfer’s performance and enjoyment. Without the right equipment, your game may suffer. Take a close look at your current golf clubs. You might want to invest on a new set of clubs if you notice any of the signs listed below,

The last time you bought new golf clubs was in the ‘80s

If you’ve been playing with the same set of clubs since the beginning stages of your game, then you really need to upgrade your golf equipment.

Club companies are making amazing breakthroughs. They are producing better golf equipment every year. If you are still holding on to the clubs you bought decades ago, then it’s certainly time for you to replace them.

You have too much memories of playing bad golf with your current set

Golfers are supposed to enjoy their time on the course. It’s hard to do that if you keep on making bad shots here and there. After taking golf lessons and spending several hours a week on the driving range, you’re still not getting better. You’re getting frustrated that you’re thinking of quitting golf at this very moment. Don’t.

Consult a professional. Maybe your clubs are too long or too short. A new set of clubs may be all you need to get your game back on track.

Your game has changed

Beginners often use clubs with cavity backs because they are more forgiving. But once they have perfected their swing control and their game has changed, it will necessitate a change in clubs. In this case, they may want to switch to blade or muscle back clubs.

 

Golf Accessories You Should Invest In

Golf AccessoriesWith all the things you need to purchase, golf can be an expensive game to play. Gear does not make the golfer, they say, but your golf equipment can help improve your game and make it more fun.

You’ve bought yourself some clubs, balls and clothes. However, the shopping doesn’t just end there. There are also a number of accessories you should invest in to make a round of golf easier and more comfortable. Here are some of them.

Shoes

Most people understand the need for a good golf bag, clubs and even balls. Some people, however, will look at those funny looking pair of shoes and have no idea as to why they are important a golfer’s success.

A golfer must be stable and balanced in order to execute the perfect swing. Most golf shoes are made with metal or plastic spikes, which provide extra traction. These spikes allow golfers to keep their footing. And since you’ll be spending several hours on the course, it is important to invest on a good pair of shoes that will provide support and protection to your feet.

Gloves

Gloves give a golfer a solid grip on the club. Golf gloves do not only prevent blisters and increase control, it can also add finishing touch to any golf outfit.

Most golfers wear gloves on their non-dominant hand. For left-handed golfers, the right hand has the most contact. For right-handed golfers, it’s the left hand.

 

Golf club head covers

The golf clubs are a golfer’s most expensive equipment. Of course, you want to keep that investment in top shape. Golf club head covers are designed to protect the shafts and heads of the clubs you carry in your bag. Add to that, it can also add character to a boring set of clubs.

Tees

A golf tee is a thin plastic or wood peg that raises the ball off the ground. This is needed for every tee shot, so we recommend that you buy one.

By putting the ball on a tee, you are giving yourself a slight advantage in hitting a quality shot, even when using a sand wedge.

 

Filling Your Golf Bag with the Essentials

golf bag essentialsThere are a lot of articles and video tutorials across the internet that provides you with helpful tips and teaches you how to play golf, swing better, get lower scores and a lot more. However, we have found that a lot of beginner golfers have no idea what to bring on the course.

With that in mind, we have compiled a list of things that you should pack on your golf bag. Read on and start filling your golf bag with essentials.

Sunscreen

Golf is often played on sunny days. 4 hours in the sun is not good for unprotected skin. Bring sunscreen to the course, and make sure it has an SPF of at least 30.

Rain gloves

On those not so pleasant days, rain gloves can come in handy. If you’re playing in the rain, your grips will start to get wet and slip. With rain gloves, the club will not slip from your hand.

Umbrella

If you think it’s going to rain, but you aren’t quite sure, pack it. When in doubt, don’t leave it out.

Towel

Golf is a dirty sport. It is important to bring some towels with you at all times. Pack a couple of microfiber towel to keep you and your clubs dry on the course. One will be used to wipe off your sweat; while the other one shall be used to clean your clubs after a shot. It is also a good idea to soak your towel in cold water to keep you cool on a scorching day.

Food and water

A hotdog and a soda makes a nice lunch, but healthier snacks like fruits, nuts, energy bars, water and sports drink will keep your energy up and your body hydrated throughout the game. Remember, you’ll be out on the course for several hours. Be sure to take some snacks and drink lots of water.

Business cards

Golf is a social game. You’ll never know who you’ll meet on the course. Tuck a few business cards in your bag so you can hand them to future clients or business partners.

 

Mistakes to Avoid When Buying Golf Clubs

mistakes to avoid when buying golf clubsGolf is an expensive sport. Because of that, golfers who are on a budget try to get the best discount clubs they can get their hands on. Some golfers, on the other hand, choose to buy used equipment.

Faced with an array of great sounding choices, not to mention the fact that you have very little understanding about how these clubs can help, finding the right clubs can be quite daunting.

Read on and take note of these mistakes when buying golf clubs. Use them as a guideline and you’ll be on your way to finding golf clubs that work for you.

Being too price conscious

While there is nothing wrong with wanting to save money, you should never base your buying decision on the price alone. Instead of focusing on the price, we suggest that you pay attention to the value. Think about what you’re getting in exchange of the money you are spending.

Also, do not buy the most expensive set of clubs and expect that you’ll do well on the course. Remember, it’s not about the clubs, it’s about the golfer.

Not doing your homework

Some people have no idea what they’re doing and buy for the sake of buying. They just walk over to the rack and start checking out clubs. They grab a club and hope it works. That doesn’t work that way.

Find a club that works for you. If you have no idea what to choose, feel free to ask the staff. They’ll be more than glad to assist you.

Failing to inspect the product

Everyone loves a good bargain, but don’t let the flaws blind you. Even if you’re buying used golf equipment, it is important to inspect it carefully as if you’re buying a new one. There’s no point in getting a bargain if the clubs are damaged.

Buying what others have

Just because your friend bought a new set of Callaway clubs, it doesn’t mean that you should too. Why? Because you don’t have the same skill level. Also, you don’t swing like your friend, and you’re not you friend either.