Thursday, August 2, 2018

Proper gapping between irons and wedges


      In regards to improving your short game one of the most important factors in ensuring the proper gap in the distances between your irons and wedges. Typically the loft between irons is three to four degrees. Because of this you will probably need about 4 degrees between wedges.
To find the proper gaping measure compare the loft on your most lofted wedge to your shortest iron. Let's say your wedge is 58 degrees and your pitching wedge is 46 degrees. This 12 degree gap requires adding a 50 and 54 degree wedge to your bag. This spaces your lofts at 4 degree increments. Without these wedges you have an excessively large gap that requires partial shots on a regular basis.
     Getting fitted by a professional will ensure proper gaping between your irons and wedges and will most certainly lead to a better short game.   

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Mizuno JPX 900 Tour and Hot Metal irons / New Ping models

    Because Mizuno is introducing a new line of irons in September the JPX 900 Tour and Hot Metal irons are no longer available for order. The 900 Tour is the same iron Brooks Koepka has been using the past two years, and the Hot Metal is the best selling iron in Mizuno's history.

    I currently have one set of 900 Tour irons ( 4-PW KBS Tour C-Taper 120 S ) and two sets of Hot Metal irons ( Both 4-PW, one set has True Temper XP 95 R-300 and the other has Nippon NS Pro 950 GH R ) in stock if you are interested in a set. I will see the new models next month and the fitting clubs will be here in September.

    Ping has introduced two new iron models to their line up.

The i 210 replaces the i 200 and features a larger, softer elastomer insert for better feel at impact. It also has a more compact shape and thinner top edge.

The i500 is a hollow body design combining a forged C 330 face with a 17-4 stainless body. This results in faster ball speed for longer and higher shots. The design has a clean blade style shape similar to the i blade.

If you have any questions regarding your equipment call me at the shop or stop by.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

How long should your clubs be?

    Having your clubs fit to the proper length is an important variable in custom fitting. It is obvious that a person 5' 7'' tall compared to a person 6' 4" tall should not be using the same length clubs. But how do you know the correct length for you?
    A good starting point is measuring the distance from a player's wrist to floor. We use this measurement rather than height because body types are different. For example one person may be 6' 5" tall but has very long arms so his wrist to floor measurement is 36 inches. Another person may be 6' 0" tall but because his arms are shorter his wrist to floor measurement is also 36 inches. With this in mind a taller person may or may not need longer clubs.
    I am 6' 0" tall and have a wrist to floor measurement of 36 inches. For me standard length clubs are fine. A person 6' 3" tall with a wrist to floor measurement of 37 inches would generally need clubs 1/2 inch longer. Some players feel more comfortable with extra length which is fine as long as they can make solid contact with ball. In these cases I use impact tape to see where they are making contact on the clubface. At some point using a progressively longer club the player will no longer be able to consistently make solid contact You know that club is too long.
     Shorter players don't necessarily need shorter clubs, but often will need their lie angles flatter. When fitting juniors it is a good idea to make them slightly longer because they will be taller six months from now.
     Putter lengths will vary between 32 and 36 inches. Because putter length is more of a personal preference I use a fitting putter with an adjustable shaft. I will have a player address a ball to putt. I then hold the putter head against the ground and have them slide the grip up or down to their preferred length.
     Driver length is very important in regards to maximizing distance and control. The average length driver on the PGA Tour is 44.5 inches, yet most off the rack drivers are close to 46 inches. Almost every player would benefit using a slightly shorter driver because they will hit the ball more solidly resulting in more distance.
   In summary club length is an important fitting variable and should be done with a qualified club fitting professional.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Why is launch angle important in maximizing distance?

     We all want to hit our drivers as far as possible. Obviously clubhead speed and center face contact are the two most important factors, but launch angle and spin rate also play an important role.

     Launch angle is the angle the ball flies as it leaves the club face. The optimum launch angle for each player depends on their club head speed. The faster the club head speed the lower the ball should launch. The slower the club head speed the higher the ball should launch. Let me give you an analogy to help explain why. You are watering a flower bed with your garden hose and the water pressure is at its highest. You are twenty feet from the bed so with a powerful stream of water you can hold the nozzle at a relatively low angle. If your turned the water pressure down by a third you would have to raise the angle of the nozzle in order to reach the flower bed. You are adjusting the angle of the nozzle according to the amount of water pressure you have. Think of club head speed the same way you think of water pressure.
    The average club head speed on the PGA Tour is 113 MPH with a launch angle of 10.9 degrees and spin rate of 2686 RPM. The average player I fit in my shop swings between 80 and 90 MPH.
Those players need to launch the ball between 13 and 15 degrees with a spin rate under 3,100 RPM.
By finding the right shaft and loft combination players can maximize their distance and improve their shot dispersion.
     When in the market for a new driver or fairway woods seek out a qualified professional that utilizes a launch monitor. You will be pleasantly surprised with the results.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Why is the golf swing so difficult?


Through the website Quora I recently was asked to answer the question, "Why is the golf swing so difficult?" I thought about it for quite awhile and below is my response. 

     The golf swing itself is not a difficult motion, but rather the proficiency required to become a good player. Let me give you an example: Most anyone has the physical ability to attempt shooting a free throw in basketball or to roll a bowling ball down a lane. The same is true for tossing a horseshoe or pitching a dart. But how many people can make ten free throws in a row, make ten strikes in a row, throw ten ringers in a row or hit the bulls eye 9 out of 10 times with a dart?
     That’s where the proficiency comes into play. These individuals have spent years practicing to develop their skills. The golf swing is no different. It doesn’t require an extraordinary amount of athleticism to swing an object weighing less than a pound to propel a ball weighing less than two ounces. It does however require a tremendous amount of practice to develop the skills and proficiency to hit shots with any level of consistency.
     Most individuals possess the necessary physical attributes to play golf at a reasonable level. A player’s determination, work ethic and mental attitude will have a lot to do with how good a player they become.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

What is Golf Rx?

     Over the years many people come in the shop saying " I have driven by here a number of times and saw your sign. I finally decided to stop in to see what you do here." They are often surprised by seeing our equipment and the services we offer. For those of you who haven't visited our facility I thought I would take a minute and explain what Golf Rx is all about.

     I would best describe Golf Rx as a "golf studio" that offers golf instruction, custom club fitting and club repair. As an indoor facility weather is no longer a factor when teaching or club fitting. Our equipment is state of the art. We utilize a Full Swing Golf Simulator with the latest E-6 software along with an ION 2 Tracking Camera. We provide video lessons using V1 Digital Video software.
Today's technology is simply amazing and provides the professional and the students tremendous information for teaching and club fitting.

    We have fitting systems in house for Ping, Callaway, Taylor Made and Mizuno golf equipment. Players are able to hit a variety of head and shaft combinations enabling us to determine the best combination for distance and consistency. We also have a full service club repair department offering re-gripping, re-shafting, loft and lie adjustment and frequency matching for shafts.

    So whether you need some help with your swing, shopping for some new custom fit equipment or need a club repaired Golf Rx is here to help you. Next time you are in the neighborhood stop by or visit us online at www.golfrx.biz.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Steve's latest book now available

    My latest book, The Pocket Caddy  is now available for golf enthusiasts. This helpful publication is a quick reference guide designed for players to keep in their golf bag. The spiral bound booklet covers twenty of the most common shot problems.
    The cause and correction for each shot problem is explained in two or three paragraphs, and written in easy to understand terms. Each topic is accompanied by pen and ink drawings done by a professional artist. The illustrations provide excellent visual explanations of each shot problem.
      The Pocket Caddy is a great reference tool and the next best thing to having your instructor with you on the practice tee. 
 To learn more about The Pocket Caddy  and Steve's other books visit www.pocketcaddy.net. All books ordered will be personally signed by Steve.