4 Steps to Better Iron Shots

Let’s talk about the full golf swing and 4 things you need to keep in mind to improve your scores.

We want to give you the fundamentals that we find to be the most helpful for players when they are looking to better their game, so let’s dive right in!

1.) Come Into The Ball From Inside The Target Line

Number one is the swing path. Most players with higher handicaps are swinging from outside the target line, which is going to give them a big slice and not very much distance.

Instead, we want the club coming into the ball from inside the target line.

If you have the clubface square and you’re coming from inside the target line you’re going to get a bit of a drop, giving you more distance as well as help you keep the face of your club lined up.

2.) Slight Descending Blow

The second thing that we want is the club coming down and to bottom the club out around two to four inches beyond the golf ball so that we’re hitting the ball with a slightly descending blow.

When you hit a shot, you want to brush the ground for about three or four inches after impact.

What a lot of players are doing is they’re trying to get the club under the ball and lift it and they’re hitting way behind the ball and instead we want to hit the ball with a downward blow to make good contact.

Tour players call this forward shaft lean where the shaft is leaning towards the target at impact which helps you keep your shot on target and is caused as a result of hitting that ball with a descending blow.

3.) Square Clubface

Next thing is we want is to get the clubface squared up when we make contact with the ball so that it goes straight in the direction we want it to go.

The clubface won’t be square to the target during your entire swing, however, as you bring it around it needs to become square at the point of impact, similar to the way a tennis swing works.

If you have an open face the ball will curve the direction of your dominant hand and if it’s closed it will go the opposite direction which is what we don’t want. We want that clubface square so that the ball will go the direction that you want it.

4.) Completely Balanced Finish

Lastly, the fourth thing is getting to a completely balanced finish. Too many times we see golfers finishing with the weight on the back foot. What you want to do is have all of your weight on your front foot when you have completed your swing.

A good way to test this is to try and lift up your back leg after you sing and you should be able to balance on your front foot without having to shift your weight.

If we put all of that together, swinging on the correct path, hitting the ball with a downward blow, getting the clubface squared up, and a complete balanced finish we can hit some good shots!

How to Creatively Use a Tee to Hit the Ball Straighter!

One of the most common issues that golfers have is creating a hook or slice as a result of an open or closed clubface, so in this video, we teach you a simple drill that you can do with a tee to train yourself to keep that clubface square.

For this drill, all you need is a golf club, a glove, and a tee.

What you do is put your golf glove on, stick the tee right in the little spot where the velcro meets at the top, and it should hold the tee in place face straight out away from your hand.

Now when you set up with the clubface nice and square this tee should be pointed right at your target.

The biggest misses happen when you are swinging and this club comes through and it’s open or closed, however, having the tee like this will actually show you if you are closing or opening the face by facing away from your target.

If the tee goes toward you (right if you are left-handed, left if you are right-handed) then you are closing the clubface and if it goes the opposite direction then you are opening the clubface.

To make this drill even more effective, try laying down some alignment sticks like railroad tracks, nice and square to the target line, that way you have a visual of lining up your clubface as well.

Now, when I make a swing I can really visually see that tee has a direct connection to my clubface so if you can get the tee back to the target at impact you will have a square clubface.

That is the tee in the glove drill that will help keep that clubface square at impact. All you need is your glove, a tee, and then just start swinging that golf club and really trying to get that tee back to square at impact.

We hope this helps from you keeping it open! If you would like to schedule a lesson with Calvin, just call the golf concierge at 916-808-2531!

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The “Hockey” practice drill is a must-try during your next practice session at the Driving Range.

Recently, we spent some time with our Apprentice Professional Hank Vereschzagin to create a video that explains how to incorporate this drill into your game. This is what he had to say.

“There are many ways we can practice, but some of them can be detrimental to improvement. When we go to a session, whether it is the range or practice green, we should have at least two goals. These factors we have decided are most important to us are the highlight of the session. Ben Hogan discussed writing them down before leaving to practice and then grading how well you stayed true to that goal upon returning.”

Let’s say we want to improve contact. When you arrive at the range do you remember your goal or did it become a show of strength or speed (I hit 100 balls in 25 minutes)? If something goes a little awry, did we become frustrated and give up or did we step back and do a couple of drills to regain our form? Are we trying to feel what our bodies are doing during the swing and tapping into whether it is working or not? Are you hesitant to go to the range to practice because of fear of what others may see or that it might not be that great of a session (trust me, I have times on the range I would rather forget, but they were great learning tools.”

Another great way to become a better golfer is to invest in an Orange Whip Trainer.

Whether you are a Tour Player or a beginning golfer, using the Orange Whip Trainer allows you to feel if your swing is actually in rhythm and balance. Providing a low impact workout, the Orange Whip Trainer will increase your flexibility and strengthen your golf muscles. Ask any Tour Player or Golf Instructor and they will tell you it’s the perfect warm-up tool because it properly stretches your golf muscles while perfecting tempo and balance.

Three key components that make up the patented design of the Orange Whip Trainer; a weighted orange ball, a counterweight, and a very flexible shaft. The orange ball replaces the clubhead and allows you to focus on swinging naturally without worrying about the position of the clubface. It’s weighted to promote a fluid swinging motion rather than a jerky hitting motion. 

The counterweight balances the Orange Whip, stabilizing your swing from the start through the finish. It’s essential in providing critical feedback on whether you are loading and unloading the golf club properly. 

Our proprietary shaft naturally promotes the need to swing in rhythm creating synchronization between your arms, upper body, and lower body. The result is a perfect tempo and balanced swing creating more consistent and powerful shot-making on the course. Feedback from the Orange Whip Trainer is instant and any wobble in the swing indicates a need to improve tempo and balance. Swinging it, you will naturally find the tour like motion needed to be a better golfer.

Whether you are a Tour Player or a beginning golfer, using the Orange Whip Trainer allows you to feel if your swing is actually in rhythm and balance. Providing a low impact workout, the Orange Whip Trainer will increase your flexibility and strengthen your golf muscles. Ask any Tour Player or Golf Instructor and they will tell you it’s the perfect warm-up tool because it properly stretches your golf muscles while perfecting tempo and balance. 

Three key components that make up the patented design of the Orange Whip Trainer; a weighted orange ball, a counterweight, and a very flexible shaft. The orange ball replaces the clubhead and allows you to focus on swinging naturally without worrying about the position of the clubface. It’s weighted to promote a fluid swinging motion rather than a jerky hitting motion. 

The counterweight balances the Orange Whip, stabilizing your swing from the start through the finish. It’s essential in providing critical feedback on whether you are loading and unloading the golf club properly. 

Our proprietary shaft naturally promotes the need to swing in rhythm creating synchronization between your arms, upper body, and lower body. The result is a perfect tempo and balanced swing creating more consistent and powerful shot-making on the course. Feedback from the Orange Whip Trainer is instant and any wobble in the swing indicates a need to improve tempo and balance. Swinging it, you will naturally find the tour like motion needed to be a better golfer.

The All-New PING Blueprint Iron Review!

Today we are talking about the New PING Blueprint Irons (Check them out here) which are a new take on some very classic, blade-style irons.

These irons, however, have a lot of R & D that has gone into them, making them some of the most usable blades ever created that can help any intermediate to advanced golfer gain more control and more accuracy out on the course.

These new irons have a couple of new features that allow them to overcome some of the common complaints that have been made about blade irons in the past.

These complaints include a dead feeling if you hit it near the toe of the club as well as them being known for being very unforgiving. So, to try and overcome this, PING has made a few key changes that address these common challenges, including:

  • A tungsten weight near the toe of the club to bring the center of gravity toward the center of the clubface rather than being at the heel. This helps with shot consistently and getting rid of that “dead feeling” on those shots when you hit it closer to the toe.
  • A custom shaped clubhead that puts more weight near the toe and continues improves accuracy and consistency.
  • A special finish on the club that actually pushes away water and grass when you hit so that when you catch the ground, the club will actually move right through it and won’t lose as much energy. This allows you to maintain a consistent clubhead speed and have more accurate shots, as well as making the experience of using the club far more enjoyable.

If you would like to get all the details about these new irons, how they can affect your game and if they are the right club for you, then just watch the video above to get all of the information!

If you would like to purchase a set of your own, you can here.

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The Key to Better Chipping: Always Use The Same Stroke!

When you’re just off the edge of the green there’s a couple of different shots that you can play.

The first is called a chip shot which is a shot that’s going to fly real low, no more than a foot off the ground and is going to land somewhere between three to four feet from the edge of the green then roll up and drop in the hole. The other one is called a pitch shot which flies considerably higher, approximately two-thirds of the way to the hole and then rolls the additional 1/3 of the way.

The critical thing with any chip shot is choosing the correct club for the distance you are from the hole.

The farther the flag is from where you are, the less lofted you want the club you choose to be so that you can reduce the amount of time it’s in the air and have it roll to the hole.

Most people tend to use a wedge regardless of the distance to the pin, which is not the right mindset to have. Instead, you want to judge which club to use from the perspective of it landing only a few feet away each time and rolling the rest of the distance to the hole. Whatever club you choose should land the ball three or four feet onto the green and let the distance you need to the hole. The farther you have to go, the less lofted the club should be.

For example, for a pin that is only a couple of yards from where you are, you may want to use the usual wedge, however, if you have a pin that is about 15-20 yards away you may want to use a 7 iron instead. Regardless of the club you choose, its all about keeping the same short stroke and having the ball land only a few feet away and then roll to the hole rather than spending too much time in the air.

Some additional things you should take into account when selecting your club are:

  • Is the green level?
  • Is it uphill or downhill?
  • Are you close enough to putt it in?
  • How thick is the grass around the ball?

So, while you’re out on the course, make sure you keep this in mind and practice using different clubs for you chip shots! If you do, you’re going to find that your consistency will significantly improve when you’re using this one club, single stroke strategy rather using a different stroke each time.

Need any new clubs? Check out all of the top quality clubs and sets we have available for the best possible price here!

3 Quick Tips to Get Out of the Bunker Every Single Time!

When it comes to trying to get out of the bunker, there are a few key points you need to keep in mind.

1.) Your Stance

When you’re in the bunker you want to get your feet nice and wide apart. You want to get into an athletic stance, almost like if you’re playing defense in basketball.

Bend your knees and put your hips back a bit to be able to have a stable foundation for your swing.

2. Put Weight on Your Front Leg

Net, you need to lean your weight on your front leg. This will be your right leg if you’re left-handed and you left leg if you are right-handed.

You do this to get extra leverage on the ball and to change your attack angle so that you can get even more of a nice ark on your shot and really get out of the bunker.

One of the biggest reasons that people don’t get out of the bunker is because they don’t get far enough under the ball and don’t hit it high enough to get over the lip.

Putting your weight forward like this allow you to make sure you get under the ball and pop it out the bunker.

3.) Big Swing

Lastly, you want to take a big swing to make sure that you really get under that ball.

You to focus on a nice high finish and hit that sand right behind the golf ball with a big finish toward our hole.

You want to hit the sand right behind the ball so that you don’t top it and make great contact with it.

Recap

So, in short, the three things you need to keep in mind to get the shots out of the bunker are:

  1. Athletic Stance
  2. Weight on that left side
  3. Big Swing and Hit the Sand Right Behind the Ball

Apply those 3 things and you will definitely see and improvement in your ability to get the ball out of the sand pit next time you hit it in.

5 Essential Tips for Staying Cool While Playing Golf During the Summer

You can beat the heat and enjoy a round of golf during the hot months of summer.

It is important to be prepared when embarking on your round of golf during the hot and sweaty dog days of summer. You are at a higher risk of dehydration, sunburn and potentially even heat stroke. Thankfully, you don’t have to be uncomfortable on the course. There are several ways to keep cool while enjoying your next round of golf this summer. We have gathered our 5 top tips for staying cool and beating the heat.

Hydrate…Hydrate…Hydrate

This may be the most obvious, but it is also the most important. When the temperatures rise, your body is going to sweat more which makes staying hydrated imperative to prevent dehydration. Sweating is good for the body – it keeps you cool so you may not want to towel off the next time you are feeling a bit ‘drippy.’ The U.S. National Research Council recommends eight to ten eight-ounce glasses of water a day. You are going to need more when you are outside playing golf in the heat. How much more? Well, that depends on several factors so pay attention to the signs of dehydration and increase your water consumption as needed. If you have a headache, muscle cramps, experience fatigue or have darker yellow urine or are urinating less, then grab some water and drink up! Learn more here.

Wear Breathable Tech Fabrics

Nike Golf Men’s Dry Polo

Focus on fabrics that will wick away moisture. This means you should stay away from cotton which tends to get heavy as it soaks up your sweat and will not help you stay cool. Which fabrics wick moisture away from the body? Nylon and polyester are good choices. And don’t panic when you hear the word ‘polyester.’ This fabric is not what we all remember it to be from the 70’s. It has made technological leaps and bounds through the years and it is trendier and more stylish than ever before. Many companies have proprietary names for their tech fabrics that feature one of these synthetic materials.

The benefits for these fabrics are that they are breathable, lightweight, dry quickly, resist pilling and most importantly, they wick away moisture. When shopping in your local pro shop, look for the terms Dri-FIT when shopping Nike, ClimaCool for adidas, PLAY DRY for Greg Norman or ProDry for FootJoy.

Pay Attention to the Heat Index

Many of us consider the temperature when we book our tee time, but you are better served checking the heat index. The heat index measures how hot it really FEELS when factoring in relative humidity. For example, if the outside temperature is 92 degrees and the relative humidity is 70%, then the heat index tells us that it FEELS like it is 112 degrees. What does this mean for your summer golf? In this case, stay away from the heat of the day. Play either very early in the morning or only play 9-holes of golf to reduce the time spent outside. Click HERE to see the National Weather Service’s Heat Index Chart.

Use a Personal Water Mister

CoreGear Classic USA Misters 1.5 Liter Personal Water Mister Pump Spray Bottle. Available at Amazon.

If you know you are going to spend 4-6 hours in the summer sun, then a personal mister is a must! Put ice water in the bottle and the cool mist will make it feel 10-30 degrees cooler. I never spend a day on the course without one!

Bag Boy even makes one that can attach to your golf cart. Click HERE to learn more.

Wear Protective Sun Sleeves

Sun Sleeves from assorted manufacturers.

Few people consider wearing long sleeves during the summer, but there are numerous benefits to doing so. Most sun protective sleeves are UV protective and will protect your skin from sunburns. They are also moisture-wicking. Our customers tell us that they feel cooler with them on than when they are not wearing anything! Many companies make them, including Nike, Ice Rays , and iconic del Sol, but not many people have heard of them.

Follow these five tips to stay cool and safe this summer while still enjoying the outdoors during your next round of golf.