My Bag

During this past year I invested in new clubs.  I read the golf digest top 100 hot list and talked with other golfers.  Finally, I decided there was only one way to find the right clubs for me.

I contacted the in-store Pro at my local Golfsmith store.  At that time, I liked my driver and other woods, so I decided to replace my irons first. After trying several brands I decided the Ping G30 were best for me and my particular swing.  The pro took about one hour and a half and fitted the clubs to my particular impact and angle needed.  At that time, I had steel shaft Clevelands and the Ping G30 was available in both steel shafts and graphite shafts.  Testing my swing speed, the graphite swing speed was about 10mph faster than the steel, so I chose the graphite shaft and black Ping G30 irons.

I have found that the PingG30 irons are very forgiving and provide me with a confidence unlike I had previously.  Since the Ping G30 irons worked so well for me, I decided to move on to the Ping G30 Woods.  I found the woods to be similar in forgiveness and were givimg me more consistency and predictable shots.

Update: just added Ping G, 4 hybrid,  leaving only the 5 hybrid Callaway. 

Have you purchased new clubs within the past year?  If so, let others know of your experiences, good or bad.

Here is what is in my bag:
Ping G30 Driver
Taylormade Mini Driver
Ping G30 3 Wood
Ping G30 5 Wood
Ping G 4 Hybrid
Calloway X2Hot Hybrid 5
Ping 6,7,8,9,Wedge, (U) Gap, (S) Sand Wedge
Update:  New See More Blade FGP Putter
*note:
When in Florida, I use the the 5 Hybrid, when at home in Delaware I use the 5 Ping Iron. Debating whether I need Taylormade Mini Driver.

Too Busy

Its been a busy last few months.  I guess I have been lazy posting on this blog, but I have been playing a lot of golf and having a lot of fun playing and working on improving my game.

This time of the year is when you start to evaluate how you are going to approach where you are going to play golf next year.   If you are happy with your current venue, then continue your same course.  However, if not, you most likely have a lot of choices.

Here are some the things I have put in my think tank for next year:
1.  Should I consider a country club and play that club exclusively?
2.  Should I stay the course and continue to do what I am doing now?
3.  What can I afford to spend?
4.  How close are venues to my residence?
5.  What are the conditions and maintenance of the course I currently play vs others?
6.  What is the attitude of the staff in pro shop and equipment stocked?
7.  What is the attitude of the owners who manage and control the course?
8.  Is the price currently charged a good value?
9.  Do the goals I have for my golf game coincide with my course choices?
10. Do I like the people I play with me on a consistent basis?

These points are just a few and you may have others.  My own evaluation is that  I think #10 rises as the #1 reason to play a particular golf course.  Relationships, comradery, and a general comfortable feeling with those you know and play golf with are the most important. Afterall, its frienships and our families that bind our lives and keep us happy and well balanced.

 

When Puttting I Feel the Need for Speed

Putting is almost 50% or more of your golf score.  So, working on putting is a wise choice if you want to bring your score down.

Practicing putting is boring.  You have tomake it fun to keep yourself engaged and to get better at putting.   I like to practice putting with a buddy and make it a game.  For me I like to keep putts within 10 feet or less.  My logic is that if I can get within 10 feet (preferably 6 feet), I have a chance of having no more than a 2 putt.  We all know that 3 putt holes will kill your score.

Anyway, you know I am not a pro, but the guys at Golf Tec, seem to know what they are doing.  Click Here, to learn some words of wisdom and a great practice drill to help improve your putting and overall golf game.

Spring is right around the corner, unless like me, you’re in sunny Florida…..

 

James Hahn….and Winning

This past weekend James Hahn won the Northern Trust Open.  His play was spectacular, but most inspiring is his  story and  willingness to not give up.

Before becoming a US PGA professional, James Hahn was playing in the Canadian PGA tour.  Down to his last $200 and not knowing how to pay his caddy, he was ready to throw in the hat, but fortunately he won $3000 and thus, continued to play.  Getting real serious, he hung in there and Voile, is now on his way to a stellar golf career.

Often I play with guys who are ready to throw in the towel after 9 holes.  They are good guys, but the reality is that we are amateurs and golf is hard.  For me, I have some really good days, then turn around and have some really bad days.

My goal, in the words of Sir Winston Churchill is to “never, ever  give up.” I am always striving to do my best in golf, that’s just the way I am. I consider myself a student of the game and so far, have never graduated!

SAC LJThe other day, my partner (Larry J) and I, came in 2nd in a local member/guest tournment.  We came from behind the 1st day and managed to pull off a 2nd place finish.  No, we did not win, but it was a great day to come from 5 down, to finish 2nd.

Have a great Day!  Go Play!

A Student of the Game of Golf

Today I found out something I did not know.  Yes, I was told that I was a student of the game of golf.

ben hogan five lessons

Here’s how it happened…
Since being down here in Florida for my winter break, I often take about an hour on my off playing days to go to the driving range. Every time I went to the range, I would see this gentlemen trying his best to hit the golf ball.  He was having a tough time!

My intrigue, led me to ask him a few questions.  I wanted to know how long he’d been playing.  He admittedly said he had just begun playing.  So, I offered some advise and words of encouragement.  So, our conversation continued over a 3 week period.  He was so nice and appreciative of tips and hints. I got to know him and has wife as friends.

So, today I went to the range.  He called me over and he said I have something for you. He gave me the now famous, “Ben Hogan’s Five Lessons” in paper back.  Unbeknown to him, I already owned the ebook, but really wanted the real, paperback, to underscore important parts of the book.  It’s a must read for  anyone who plays  golf.

Receiving this book gift was one of the nicest things that has happend to me since playing golf.  Maybe, you too could reach out to someone who is struggling with their game.  It’s a good for you and a good thing for them.

Keep on playing golf and never, ever give up!

 

 

 

Relaxing in the Sun Makes Golfing Fun

Are you freezing?  Has your golf game been shut down  by extreme cold and frozen tundra.  Disgusted and disgruntled, with nothing to do?

17th fairway worthington

Why not take a short reprieve to sunny Florida or someplace warmer nearest you?  My wife and I decided to make the great escape to the sunny south.  Call us snowbirds, I don’t care, but I prefer smart-birds.

So far, I have played golf once and found the greens to be challenging,  so I just got back from a putting clinic.  The head pro here was very helpful and helped me a lot.  Hopefully, my score will reflect what I learned.

Here are a couple good tips I got:
1.  On short putts, grip the putter just a bit firmer with  the left hand.
Vise versa if you are a lefty.
2.  On long putts, follow through more with the right hand, similar to when you might throw a ball underhanded.
3.  Your goal on long putts should be to get close enough, to make it down in 2 putts.
4.  Your next goal is make at least 3-4, one putts.
5.  Overall goal is get putts to within 29-32 putts overall.  Avoiding 3 putts.
6.  Last, relax when putting, keep your stance and eye just over and inside the ball; which will get you from rocking back on your heels and keeping your balance and feet firmly planted.

Got a putting tip?  Let us know by commenting….

PS
You don’t have to come south to practice the above.  Give it a shot on a carpeted room at home.

Go Retired Golfers………….

One Player – 2 Birdies on One Hole

Are you wondering how you can get 2 birdies and a greenie on the same hole, by the same player?

Our Sunday morning golfing group divides into groups of 3 or 4 depending on how many golfers show up that morning to play golf.  When you only have 3 golfers on your team,  that team gets an extra shot on Par 3 holes in order to compensate for not having a  4 man team.

Last Sunday, Steve H, being on a 3 man team, had the extra shot, on a Par 3 hole, about 172 yard hole.  His first shot went on the green and his second shot also landed on the green.  He was able to make both putts, thereby getting 2 birdies for his team.  Next, the added bonus was that he also got another point for being closest to the hole.

I might add, Steve did all this at the cool temp of 40 degrees. Congrats Steve!

Golf can really be fun…let it go!

How about you? Share a cool story. Make a comment…

Putting – the most important part of your golf game

We’ve all heard the saying, “drive for show, putt for doe.” Sure, but putting is easier said than done.

Think about it? Par for most golf courses is 72. Of that, it accounts for hitting the green in regulation in 1 or 2, and 2 putting. So, at least 50% of golf scoring is putting.

What if you could shave 4 strokes off your score? Say 2 on the front and 2 on the back nine. You are talking a significant change in your handicap.

If you talk to your buddies, look at the different stances, putting approaches, and putters, I bet you will find a different stance or putter for each. Why? I think because putting is a personal thing, that is you putt in a way that is comfortable for you.

However, to improve your putting, may require taking yourself out of your putting comfort zone. Change requires practice and adopting a putting stroke that will improve your game.

One of the most interesting approaches of late I’ve seen is that of Jordan Speith, especially as it relates to short putts. I constantly miss 4-6 footers and end up 3 putting and instead of a par, I get a bogey or double bogey.

One other thing about his putting is the left hand grip. Check out what Dr. Eric Wilson has to say about this approach and grip.

Here’s another simplied video for the crossover putting grip >>>>

I’ve noticed with the left hand dominate grip that your putting stroke is more level. For example for left or right hand dominate putters, the right or left shoulder naturally leans down, unlevel. However, when you change the dominance from right to left hand, your shoulders become more level, hence a smoother more accurate putt. Especially short putts.

As a senior golfer we all know we don’t drive as long as we used too, but we sure as hell can keep our game in line by putting better than our younger opponents.

I’ll let you know how I do on my putting journey.

Go for it…give it try.

If you have a putting tip, go ahead and share it! Hit it forward!

Golf is what you play when you’re too out of shape to play softball.
(badgolf.com)

Join the Conversation