Sunday, March 29, 2020

Importance of being fitted for your putter

    For most players putting accounts for 40 to 50 percent of their total strokes. Considering this it certainly makes sense to be fitted for your putter rather that buying a random one off the rack. Three important factors are length, lie and loft. Proper length is based on your height, wrist to floor length and putting posture, i.e. do you crouch over like Jack Nicklaus or stand taller like Tiger Woods. Lie angle is the angle between the putter shaft and the ground. If your putter sits with the toe up the heel can catch the ground and twist the putter face closed. The opposite can occur it the putter is too flat. Putters have an average of 3 degrees loft on the face. Depending upon the amount of negative or positive shaft lean you have at impact your putter may need more or less loft to create a proper roll.
    The iPing Putting App is an excellent tool in determining the right specifications for your putter. I use it in all my putter fittings. Call the shop to schedule an appointment and learn how a custom fit putter can save you strokes on the green.

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

10 Year Anniversary

    This month marks the 10 year anniversary of Golf Rx. I opened this business to provide instruction, custom fit golf equipment and club repair services to the Nashville Golf Community. In the past 10 years Golf Rx has been featured in PGA Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Tee Times Magazine and was named to Golf Digest’s 2017 Top 100 Clubfitters List. This attention and very kind referrals have allowed me to reach beyond Nashville into the surrounding areas. 
   When you visit our studio you deal with me personally. You benefit from my years of experience and my standards and ideals. I value each and every one of you who has helped Golf Rx and me, reach this milestone.

Steve Kirkpatrick

PGA Professional – Owner

Golf Rx

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Should I choose steel or graphite shafts?

     I often hear customers say they now should be using graphite shafts because they are getting older.  I ask them why they think this and they usually respond " Well, all my friends tell me that I should".  There are a number of factors to consider when choosing graphite or steel shafts. - age can be a factor but it certainly isn't the most important one.
    First, what are the primary differences between graphite and steel shafts? Graphite shafts are usually lighter than steel and have better dampening ( absorbing vibration) characteristics. Because shaft weight is the number one factor that controls the overall weight of the golf club, graphite shafts  have the potential for more speed and possibly more distance. Today, because of improved technology the disparity in weight between graphite and steel has narrowed considerably. Steel shafts weigh between 80 to 130 grams where graphite shafts weigh between 50 and 125 grams.
     There are a number swing characteristics to consider in finding the right shaft for a player. Club head speed, swing tempo, how the player loads and unloads the shaft as well as the physical strength and fitness of the player.
     In some cases a heavier shaft gives a player a more favorable "feel" and more control of the club head. Generally we find this to be the case with players who are physically strong with more aggressive swings.
     The best way to determine the right shaft for you is to be fitted by a qualified professional. During a fitting the player will hit a variety of shafts to determine which one results in the best shot dispersion, consistent launch and more frequent on center hits. Shaft fitting is also subjective meaning the players feedback on how the shaft feels is important to consider. 
     If you have questions please feel free to call Steve at Golf Rx or stop by.  

Thursday, January 2, 2020

Bushnell GPS items on clearance

Right now we have the 2019 Bushnell GPS products on clearance. Included are the following products:

Bushnell Tour V4 Laser Rangefinder                       $279
Bushnell ION2 GPS Watch                                      $169
Bushnell Phantom GPS with magnetic mount         $119

Prices apply to in stock items only.      

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Save $100 on PIng G410 woods and irons

Effective November 27:
     Ping has dropped the price on their G410 woods and irons. Save $100 on the G410 driver - Price went from $499 to $399. The G410 irons went from (set of 8) $999 to $899. G410 fairways and hybrids are at lower prices as well.
Call Steve at Golf Rx to schedule your fitting and take advantage of this great deal.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

3 Keys to shooting lower scores

     This past weekend I watched Tiger Woods tie Sam Snead's record for the most PGA Tour wins by winning the ZOZO Championship in Japan. Tiger won by three strokes and finished at 19 under par.
     Tiger's amazing record as a front runner is because he rarely makes mistakes coming down the stretch. He keeps the tee ball in play, has control of his approach shots and almost never three putts.
    Obviously we don't play at Tiger's level but focusing on these three factors is the key to shooting lower scores.

Eliminating penalty shots
1. Most penalty shots occur from errant tee shots. If you struggle keeping your tee ball in play seek help from a PGA Professional. Correcting a swing flaw combined with a properly fitted driver can do wonders for your tee ball.

Consistency inside 60 yards
2. Developing a better than average wedge game is paramount to improving your scores. PGA Tour Players average hitting 12 to 13 greens in regulation per round yet still shoot under par regularly. This shows how good they are at getting the ball up and down. Good distance control on chips and pitch shots is key to saving par more often.

Eliminating three putts
3. Believe it or not putting is often 40 to 50 percent of your score. Three putting is usually the result of poor distance control on longer putts. Practice getting the ball within a three foot circle from twenty feet and longer. Focus on the speed rather than just the direction.

Dedicate your practice time to improving these three areas of your game and I guarantee you will shoot lower scores.

Holiday Lesson Special

   Give the gift of better golf this year with our Holiday Lesson Special. Now through Dec. 25th purchase three lessons for $270 and get the fourth one free. This is a $90 savings.
    Our indoor teaching studio is the perfect learning environment. We utilize a Full Swing Golf Simulator, ION2 Tracking Camera and video swing analysis. Steve Kirkpatrick, PGA Professional and Owner has 30 years experience teaching players of all skill levels.
    For more information contact Steve at 615 288-4539 or stop by Golf Rx at 11972 Lebanon Rd. in Mt. Juliet.