Monday, May 22, 2017

How to get more distance with your driver

   
    What golfer doesn't desire to hit longer and more consistent drives? In this article I will discuss four elements that are important when you are in the market for a new driver.
    The first step to maximizing distance with your new driver is to get fitted rather than selecting a brand or model off the rack. This way the custom specifications of your new driver will be matched to your size, strength, athletic ability and individual swing characteristics. The tour pros spend a great deal of time with the equipment companies trying to get the right combination of launch angle, spin and ball speed to drive the ball longer. Amateurs are losing distance and consistency by not taking advantage of the same opportunity. Here are the factors to consider in finding the right driver.

Driver Length
    Hitting the ball in the center of the clubface is crucial to increasing your distance. All drivers sold off the rack today are between 45.5 and 46 inches in length. This is too long for the average golfer preventing most from reaching their distance potential. Most any player will increase their distance and consistency using a driver no longer than 44 inches. Keep in mind the average driver length on the PGA Tour since 2005 is 44.5 inches.

Driver Loft
    The proper launch angle and spin rate is what you are striving for. The lower your clubhead speed, the higher you need to launch the ball with more spin. The higher your clubhead speed the lower you want to launch the ball with less spin. Players should be analyzed with a launch monitor to determine what loft provides their optimum launch angle and spin rate. 

Shaft
   Weight, overall flex and bend profile are factors to be considered in finding the correct shaft for your driver. The stronger the player the firmer and heavier a shaft profile is needed with a firmer tip which helps lower the launch angle. A weaker player should look at a lighter, more flexible shaft with a softer tip. This helps kick the head upward adding loft for a higher trajectory.

Total Weight and Swing Weight
    A physically stronger golfer with a more aggressive swing should be using a driver with a heavier total weight and swing weight. The opposite is true for a weaker golfer.

    All four elements are important in the fitting process and can make a dramatic difference in your distance and consistency. My advice is to seek out an experienced, professional clubfitter with the right fitting equipment at their facility.  


Steve Kirkpatrick is the owner of Golf Rx in Mt. Juliet, Tn. He has been a PGA Professional since 1987 and was chosen as a Certified Golf Digest Clubfitter in 2017.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

PIng lowers prices on G and Gmax line

Ping recently lowered the prices on its line of Ping G and GMax clubs.

 Drivers were  $399 and are now $299
 Fwys were $219 and are now $199
 Hybrids were $199 and are now $179

Irons in steel were $100 each and are now $88 each
Irons in graphite were $113 each and are now $100 each

Take advantage of these prices from the world's finest golf equipment company. A custom fit set of Pings from Golf Rx will help you play your best. To schedule your fitting call Steve at 615 288 4539.

Monday, April 17, 2017

How to practice after your lesson

If you've invested time and money in golf lessons it is obvious you want to improve your game. Your actual lesson is only 45 minutes to an hour so what you do between lessons is crucial to your long term improvement.
First of all you need to be realistic. Any player when making swing changes is going to hit some bad shots. This is not the time to panic and give up on the changes, especially in the early stages. Right now you are working on a technique, so it is a mistake to judge your progress by the immediate results. Your focus right now is on your technique -  the results will come later.
Rather than hitting balls nonstop make lots of practice swings. Sense the feeling of your new technique rather than thinking about it. Work with a mid club like a 7 iron and tee the ball up slightly. I suggest 3 or 4 practice swings focusing on technique then make one swing with a ball. Begin with 1/2 or 3/4 length swings at a smooth pace.
Keep in mind that great swings are not created overnight - they require a lot of work. Persevere with your new technique and you will be rewarded with better shots and more consistency.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

March News

I am home sick with the flu this week so between naps and lots of Gatorade I thought I'd send everyone some updates from my home computer.

New lower prices from PIng...

Ping has recently lowered their prices on Ping G product including drivers, fairways and irons.
Drivers are now $299, fairway woods are $199, G irons are $87 each in steel and $99 each in graphite. As always customization is free.

We still have a few select PIng putters on clearance for $99 each. These are new putters and include putter covers.

Our grip sample display area has been enlarged and updated with all the new grip styles for 2017. Brands include Golf Pride, Winn, Lamkin and Super Stroke. We offer same day service on all in-stock grips and next day service on all others.

Our Full Swing Golf Simulator has been upgraded with the latest E6 Software. We have also installed an Ion Tracking Camera providing club path and club face information for our students. This is an invaluable tool for teaching and club fitting.

We have all the new 2017 models of irons and woods from Ping, Mizuno, Callaway and Taylor Made.


Golf Rx is Nashville's Headquarters for PGA Instruction, Custom Fitting and Club Repair. Call Steve at 615 288 4539 or stop by at 11972 Lebanon Rd. in Mt. Juliet. 

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Nashville Golf Show

   The Nashville Music City Golf Show will be Jan. 20th - 22nd at The Music City Center in Nashville. This regional show will be an expo of equipment, apparel, instruction and travel for golf enthusiasts.
   There will be competitions with prizes for driving, chipping and putting, as well as hourly giveaways. Numerous PGA Professionals will be on hand for tips and lessons. A Kids Zone will be available with competitions as well.
   Each person purchasing a ticket will receive a free round of golf at one of these courses:
Old Hickory Country Club, Nashville Fairways, Gaylord Springs Golf Links, Nashville Golf and Athletic Club, Oak Hills Golf Club, Henry Horton Golf Course or Montgomery Bell Golf Course, Each attendee will also receive a Free 1 year subscription to Golf Digest Magazine.
   For more information log onto www.nashvillegolfshow.com.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Putter Fitting

    During a round of golf the putter is used more than any club in your bag. On average 43 %  of a player's shots are struck with the putter. Yet most players buy their putter "off the shelf" based on reviews, or because that is what the pros are putting with. I agree a putter must fit the eye of the person using it. If a player isn't comfortable with the look of a putter behind the ball they will not have confidence in it. However if the putter's length, loft, lie and weight balance are not matched up to a golfer's style of putting there is a little chance the putter will lower their score.

Length - Golfers are so different in height, arm length and putting posture that the putter length  
should be custom fit to ensure a smooth putter stroke.  Arms cramped into the body or stretched out while stroking the putt are not helpful to putting consistency.

Loft - Putters generally have between 2 to 4 degrees of loft. The loft of a putter should be matched to a golfer's hand position at impact to ensure the ball rolls smoothly. If a player uses a forward press to start their stroke or positions the ball back of center in their stance they may need more loft. If a player is a wristy putter or positions the ball ahead of the center of their stance they may need less loft.

Lie - Since putters do have loft if the toe or heel of the putter is off the ground at impact, the face will be pointing either left or right of the target line. The lie angle should be adjusted for each player so the putter sits perfectly in the center of the sole from heel to toe.

Putterhead Styles - There are many different styles of putters and knowing the correct type for your stroke can improve your putting. If you swing the putter on a slight arc, a putter with a "toe hang" balance is built for you. If your stroke is more straight-back and straight-through, you will benefit from a face balanced putter. If you struggle to hit putts solidly, a high MOI putter will help. These are the large, mallet-styled putters. The sweet spot is much bigger and distance control will be easier for you.

At Golf Rx we specialize in putter fitting. Our fitting process ensures your new putter is custom fit to your stature, putting posture and putting style. Get a properly fit putter and you will definitely see dramatic improvements in your putting this year.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Golf Rx included in 2017 Golf Digest Best Clubfitters List

     We are very excited to recently learn Golf Rx was named to the Golf Digest 2017 Top 100 Clubfitters List as a Certified Clubfitting Facility. This list is based on a poll of Golf Digest panelists and industry sources, and is chosen from a list of over 1,200 nominations. Golf Digest deems a certified clubfitting facility as one offering the technical tools and individuals with the expertise to conduct proper fittings.
    When I opened Golf Rx in 2010 the purpose was to offer a truly professional level of expertise, service and products to golfers in Middle Tennessee. As we begin our 8th year of business I would like to thank all of our customers for your business and referrals.