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.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

PIng winning streak

     Ping golf professionals have won the first three events of the season on the PGA Tour. Joaquin Niemann, Sebastian Munoz and Cameron Champ, all playing Ping equipment have won in the last three weeks. As a result they are 1 - 2- 3 on the Fed Ex Cup points list. 
     Also Kirk Triplett, a Ping staff player won on the Champions Tour last week at Pebble Beach. Golf Rx is an authorized fitting center for Ping golf equipment. Call Steve Kirkpatrick, Owner and PGA Professional to schedule your Ping fitting. 

Monday, September 9, 2019

New Bushnell products just arrived

We just received 3 new products from Bushnell Golf to help you improve your scores.

The Tour V4 Laser Rangefinder provides accuracy to 1 yard and measures up to 400 + yards. It utilizes Pinseeker technology and a fast focus system. Price is $299.00

The iON 2 GPS watch is pre-loaded with 36,000 + courses and Bluetooth allows for wireless course updates. You can play 3 rounds before charging. It also has a shot distance calculator and round
odometer. Price is $199.00

The Phantom is an easy-to-use, convenient Golf GPS with a magnetic mount. It is pre-loaded with 36,000+ courses and Bluetooth allows for wireless course updates. You can play 2 rounds before recharging. The BITE Magnetic Mount sticks to any metal surface. It also includes a clip holder to attach to your belt or bag.  Price is $139.00.

Stop by the shop and check out these products from Bushnell.

Friday, August 9, 2019

Why fitting is more important to average players

    The biggest misconception I hear from average players is they are not good enough for custom fit clubs. In fact just the opposite is true. The reason is that properly fitted clubs will reduce the severity and frequency of your bad shots. Low handicap players have sound swings and a much smaller percentage of off center hits. This is not the case with the average player.

    I urge you to seek out a professionally trained club fitter who has a proven track record of knowledge, expertise and experience. A professional club fitter is what a tailor is to a suit. Properly fitted clubs can and will improve your scores.

     I worked for a big box golf retail store for 4 1/2 years before opening Golf Rx. They want to sell you what's on the rack - in most cases their "Certified Fitter" has no professional training. Also keep in mind that bad specifications on todays clubs are getting in the way of you improving. Drivers and fairway clubs are too long, fairway clubs don't have enough loft, nor do long and middle irons.

     Determining the correct shaft for the average player is critical in the fitting process. The total weight and swing weight must be fitted to your size, strength, downswing tempo and swing force or you cannot achieve proper swing consistency. Properly fitted shafts will result in a higher frequency of on center hits. As a result you will get the best set of clubs you have ever played with.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Hybrids are a better choice than long irons

   In my opinion hybrid clubs are the best thing to come along since sliced bread. You will have a lot more fun and hit better shots if you will ditch your 3 and 4 iron and replace them with hybrids. If you are a 15 handicap or higher I would recommend replacing your 5 and 6 iron as well.
   The reason is simple: Hybrids are MUCH easier to hit than long and middle irons. 
  • Their low profile gets the ball up in the air - to do this with a traditional long iron requires a lot of club head speed. 
  • The head has a higher MOI than long irons resulting in more distance on an off-center hit. 
  • They are much more effective hitting from the rough because the club head doesn't twist as much as a traditional iron. 

     For years I carried a 2 iron which now are practically obsolete. I continued to carry a 3 and 4 iron for many years. Even though I still carry a 2 handicap I can no longer created enough club head speed to hit a 3 and 4 iron high enough to be effective. Last year I experimented with a 3 and 4 hybrid and was amazed at the results. The ball launches much higher so the ball no longer rolls off the back of green due to the low trajectory of my long irons. The ball carries about 5 yards farther than my irons did and is much easier to hit from tough lies. 

The typical lofts on hybrids are:
2 - 17 degree
3 - 19 degree
4 - 22 degree
5 - 26 degree
6 - 30 degree

     So now the longest iron in my bag is a 5 iron and I have a lot more confidence with the 3 and 4 hybrids than I did with the 3 and 4 irons. They are a lot more fun to hit as well. Make sure to be professionally fit for your new hybrids so they will blend correctly with your existing irons. 
 If you have any questions call us or stop by Golf Rx.