Saturday, December 8, 2018

Gift Certificates for your golfer

   Golfers can be rather particular when it comes to their equipment as well as who works on them. As one who has played golf practically my whole life I would certainly put myself in this category.
This makes a gift certificate the perfect choice for the golfer in your family. They can be used for lessons, golf equipment or club repair services. If we don't have an item they desire we can order it and have it in a few days.
   Gift certificates can be purchased for any amount and there is no expiration date. If a trip to Golf Rx is inconvenient just call us and we will be happy the mail it to you. Make sure you have a happy golfer this year with a gift certificate from Golf Rx.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Our Business Philosophy

    I opened Golf Rx in February of 2010 after nearly 25 years in the golf business. I had a concept in mind of an indoor golf studio to provide instruction, custom fit equipment and club repair services. After a lot of soul searching and support from family and friends I decided to take the leap into entrepreneurship.
    Let's be honest though, starting a new business is a risky undertaking. According to the Small Business Administration 50% of new businesses fail after the first five years and 66% during the first ten years. So how was I going to avoid becoming one of these statistics?
    Golf enthusiasts have lots of options when it comes to taking lessons, buying equipment and having their clubs worked on. How was I going to make them want to come to Golf Rx rather than the big box stores, franchises and the internet?
    The only thing I could do to set myself apart was to provide better customer service and a higher level of knowledge and expertise. My goal was to have each and every customer leave my shop 100 percent satisfied. If so I felt they would tell their friends and if their friends visited and were happy they would tell their friends.
     You don't develop a business reputation overnight - it takes years and you start with one customer at a time. I am happy to say that nearly ten years later I have hundreds of repeat customers and many new ones that are referred here.
     This holiday season I would like to thank my many friends and customers for your continued support and to wish you a Merry Christmas and prosperous New Year!

Steve Kirkpatrick
PGA Professional / Owner
Golf Rx

Monday, November 19, 2018

Best current deals in equipment

     In my opinion the best current deals in golf equipment belong to Ping. The Ping G400 driver has been repositioned by Ping and is now available for $299.00. Considering that most of the top line drivers are selling between $400 and $500 makes this a tremendous value.

     Also in the Ping stable is the Ping G iron. This model preceded the G400 iron but is very similar in looks and feel. This iron is available in steel for $85 per iron and graphite for $99 per iron. Keep in mind this includes any custom fitting needed. For the player who wants to move up to a professional grade custom fit set of clubs this is the best value by far.

     At Golf Rx we have gift cards available that can be used for lessons, golf equipment or club repair services. Call Steve or stop by the shop if you have any questions.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Quick cure for a slice

      I have found during my teaching career that chronic slicers of the ball have two faults in common: a weak grip and a tendency to fan the club open early in the backswing. If you have always fought a slice do these two things to cure it.

    First, adjust your grip so you can see 2-3 knuckles on your left hand, and the V's formed between the thumbs and forefingers of both hands are pointed at your right shoulder. Your left hand will feel more on top of the grip and your right hand will feel more under the grip.

   Second, keep the club facing the ball as you begin your backswing. The feeling will be of the club facing downward rather than skyward until it reaches waist high.

  These two adjustments will deliver a square clubface at impact so the ball will no longer curve to the right.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

PIng G400 has big week

   The Ping G400 driver was in the bag of both the winner and runner up last week at The Sanderson Farms Championship in Jackson, Mississippi. In only his second event as an official member, Cameron Champ led wire-to-wire to win his first PGA Tour event. Champ was using a G400 Max driver. Another Ping Pro, Corey Conners finished in solo second using a G400 LST driver.
    Tony Finau, who also plays the G400 driver tied for first place in the WGC-HSBC Champions in China. Needless to say, the Ping G400 driver had a pretty impressive week.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Speed comes from Flexibility

   The phrase "The less I try the better I do" certainly applies to the golf swing. Often times my students return from their first PGA Tour event describing the player's swings as "effortless" and yet they create amazing distance.

   The reason is speed comes from flexibility and flexibility means lack of muscle tension. The more speed you desire the more important flexibility becomes. Try to throw a baseball with a tense, stiff arm or try to run fast with stiffened legs. You get the idea...

    For golfers, tension is their biggest enemy, and flexibility is their greatest ally. At address your arms should be completely tension free and remain this way until the swing is completed. When you arms are tension free the feeling is transmitted to the entire body. This allows you to swing the club with a feeling of effortlessness.

   Most players think the harder they swing the farther the ball will go. NOTHING COULD BE FARTHER FROM THE TRUTH!  Trying to hit the ball harder creates tension. Remember, tense muscles do not move fast - they are a speed killer. Speed comes from flexibility and flexibility means lack of muscle tension.

   Next time you practice or play focus on making relaxed swings with a more relaxed grip pressure. Ensure you can feel the clubhead in your hands throughout the entire swing. You will hit straighter, more solid and longer shots.

Monday, October 8, 2018

Determing the proper length club for a golfer

     Determining the proper length club for a player is one fitting component that is often done incorrectly, resulting in a player using clubs that are either too short or too long. Using a ruler or yardstick to measure wrists or fingertips to floor is an incorrect method, and has little to do in determining the proper club length for an individual. This method doesn't take into consideration a player's ability level or posture when addressing a ball.

     A player should use the longest possible length club they can handle that produces consistent center face impact, good directional control and a solid feel at impact. Keep in mind as a club gets longer it is more difficult to hit in the center of the face resulting in a loss of distance and directional control.

      Using impact tape on the clubface is the correct method to determine the proper length club for a player. During the process the player is given a progressively longer iron of the same number (i.e. 7 iron) We know we have exceeded their proper club length once the player can no longer produce consistent impact marks near the center of the face.

     As you can probably tell by now the biggest factor in determining proper club length is the player's ability. As a player's expertise improves his impact patterns will be more consistent and closer to center.

     In regards to the driver it is interesting that a shorter driver length will often increase a player's distance. This is because the ball is struck closer to the center of the clubface applying more energy to the ball.  Most weekend players will hit the ball straighter and more consistent using a driver no longer that 44 1/2 inches in length.