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. 

Friday, June 7, 2019

Why to consider Golf Rx for custom fitting

     I opened Golf Rx in 2010 to provide my customers professional golf instruction, custom fitted equipment and club repair services. I have been a PGA Professional since 1989 and have 30 years experience in fitting golf equipment.
     I attended my first professional club fitting school in 1988. Since then I have personally custom fit over 5,000 players. I have written articles on custom fitting for numerous publications, trained other PGA Professionals and been featured by PGA Magazine, Golf Digest and The Wall Street Journal.
     In 2013 I was named to the "Worlds Top 100 Club Fitter" list by a panel of industry experts for my superior skill, integrity and passion for club fitting. In addition I have written 3 books and have done two cable TV shows in two different states.
      I have invested in the latest technology at Golf Rx to provide my customers with the best possible information during their club fitting. I take great pride in being recognized by my peers as an expert in custom fitting.  
     You may have noticed a number of new businesses that have entered the custom club fitting business in the past few years. When visiting them I would simply ask you to compare their experience and qualifications to mine before deciding where to purchase your custom fit clubs.  

 To learn more about Golf Rx please visit www.golfrx.biz or stop by our studio at 11972 Lebanon Road in Mt. Juliet, Tn.  We look forward to talking with you.

Steve Kirkpatrick
PGA Profesional / Owner
Golf Rx

Monday, May 13, 2019

Proper Wedge Gapping

    One of the most overlooked items in custom fit clubs is proper wedge gapping. In most iron sets the loft increments between irons will be 3 to 5 degrees. The average pitching wedge today is between 45 and 47 degrees in loft. Often times the next wedge in a players set will be a sand wedge which is generally 56 degrees loft. This means they have a 9 to 10 degree loft difference between these two clubs.

    A good rule of thumb is to have no more than a 5 degree difference in loft between your wedges.
If you are not sure of the actual loft of your wedges stop by and let us check them on our Mitchell  Golf loft and lie machine. Often times wedges can be a few degrees stronger or weaker than what is stamped on them. We can also recommend what loft wedges you need to complete the wedge make up in your set.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

For solid irons maintain the width in your backswing

    Rather than hitting their irons solid from the turf many players struggle with fat or thin shots. One reason is losing the natural width or radius in your backswing arc caused by your right arm not working correctly.
    The right arm controls the width of the swing - if the angle between the upper and lower arm is less than 90 degrees the hands collapse resulting in the shaft going past parallel. During the change of direction from backswing to forward swing the collapsed right arm will immediately straighten causing the wrists to uncock too early (also known as casting). This results in the club bottoming out too early. If the clubs goes into the turf a fat shot will occur. It the club bounces off the turf the clubhead is moving upward when it contacts the ball resulting in a thin shot.
     Practice swinging in front of a mirror observing the position of your right arm at the top of your backswing. At first your backswing will feel shorter and you'll notice a more effective coiling of your torso. With practice this new "shorter but wider" backswing will result in solid and crisp iron shots.