Golf is a unique game in that it combines relaxation and competition, and creates the ultimate addictive game. You begin the game leisurely putting along and then begin to take the game seriously. If you truly want to take the game seriously there are some things you will need to do, starting with buying the ultimate golf clubs, the following are some tips to get you started.
The nice thing about buying golf clubs is that they can be custom fit to your specifications. It is all in the measurements. To make proper adjustments you should begin with your height and the measurement from the wrist to the floor.
The general height of a player is approximately 5 foot 2 inches and the wrist to floor length is about 34 inches. For the average player standard length clubs are perfect. However if you are significantly shorter or taller you may want to consult a golf club professional to get the optimum size club.
Testing your swing speed is probably a good idea also. Men will generally swing the club at about 75-84 miles per hour making a 5 or 6 irons the optimum club. For the ladies an average swing speed is closer to 60 miles per hour meaning a 3 iron or wood would be the best.
Most players that are of average height will not need to use custom-made golf clubs. Save yourself some money and stick with standard unless you are quite a bit taller or shorter. The right size club will give you the best accuracy and distance per swing.
We all need to be very honest about the topic of golf distance. The reason being that everyone that plays the game of golf is preoccupied with getting good distance. This article will examine the many misconceptions about shot distance.
Almost every bit of advertisement these days, whether it is about golf balls, clubs or accessories, entices the golfer by offering greater distance of some sort or another. Using our driver will give you more distance off the tee or try our new xxx golf ball for greater distance, they exclaim! In the meantime they try to convince you that distance is really number one. Golf distance has been so ingrained into our psyche that we even make sure we inquire about distance when buying just about any new golf item.
Playing good golf is more about accuracy than about distance. Granted, hitting a 275 yard drive off the tee is a great fun but if it isnt accurate and on the fairway, it wont do much to help your score. What good does it do to hit a Pitching Wedge 140 yards if it is not hit accurately? Distance is important but Ill take accuracy over distance any day. To prove my point just look at the L.P.G.A. Tour. There is no way that these excellent women golfers can hit the ball as far as most male PGA Tour Players, yet, their scores are very commensurate with men. Yes the courses they play are, for the most part shorter but this proves my point, which is that golf distance is not as important as golf accuracy.
I think every golfer needs to step back and ask themselves just how important golf distance really is to their game. Which is more worthwhile a 275 yard drive that lands in deep rough or a 240 yard drive that lands in the center of the fairway? In my view, striving for greater distance is the single biggest contributor to poor scores. Rather than swinging within themselves, many golfers try to kill the ball. This is a chronic problem which is relatively easy to correct with the use of the proper mental discipline.
Buying golf clubs is merely the first step to your championship game. You must perform routine maintenance on your golf clubs. You will occasionally be required to regrip your clubs to prevent them from coming loose. Take care of your clubs properly and they will last you a long time and save you money on replacements.
The most important aspect of buying golf clubs is proper measurements. Many people automatically assume that because a club is more expensive it is a better piece of equipment and will help them play better. In reality the more comfortable you feel using your club and the better, you maintain them the better your game will be.
Steel or Graphite?
An often-asked question when you are looking to buy golf clubs is whether to purchase steel or graphite clubs. The main difference in the two materials is weight; steel clubs are much heavier than graphite. Men who are 50 or younger are advised to use steel shafts and only resort to graphite when their swing gets slow. Women, on the other hand, should normally use the lighter weight graphite due to the fact that their swing is naturally slower.
A typical golf instruction manual should include a step by step description of all the swing basics. It should be written in a very clear and concise fashion that is easy to understand and comprehend. Included should be swing diagrams with ample explanation for each drawing. A golf instruction manual should also have plenty of photos.
Sometimes you will find a golf instruction manual to contain subject matter that relates to one particular topic such as: putting manuals, swing manuals, rule manuals, etiquette manuals and even betting manuals! Woods With a little research, I am sure that you will be able to find one that will be right for you.
The internet would be an excellent source to find a good golf instruction manual. You can obviously go to your local golf course or retail store. Another great source for golf manuals is your local library. Not that long ago manuals were only available in paper form, but now you can get all sorts of titles on DVD. I think the DVDs are great because of the ability you have to re-run each scene or segment.
Their downside is that the only way you can use them is with a DVD player. On the other hand, manuals in paperback form can be carried around with you. I have played many rounds of golf where a rule manual came in very handy to settle a discrepancy or an infraction. In fact, I would not feel comfortable playing a round of golf without one in my bag.
One golf instruction manual that I have seen deals strictly with the psychological aspect of the game. One of my old sayings is that golf is a game played mostly between your ears! That is why golf psychology is becoming a very important topic these days. Of course, there have been times when I thought I should see a shrink because of my game but that is another story altogether.
Tiger Woodsis a perfect example of the importance of golf psychology. Next time watch Tiger and note how high his level of concentration is during a tournament. He’s never down, and he’s rarely up! He knows just how destructive emotions can be while playing. Have you ever noticed how far your shots go when you are pumped? A good golf instruction manual based on this topic will make your game much more interesting and enjoyable. Isn’t that what this game is all about?
Many golfers are not aware of this very new and innovative technology. A golf ball finder is an electronic device that can quickly locate your lost ball. Most varieties work with any standard white golf ball. Digital photo imaging is behind this new development. Some ball finders incorporate a super-fast imager that can locate a golf ball with a range of up to 35-feet if only 1% of the ball is visible. These devices are battery operated and can be clipped to your belt for very convenient usage.
There is one particular product endorsed by golfing great Nick Faldo called The Ballfinder Scout. This unit uses a video-like camera and can search up to 600 square feet in on e second which equals 1/7 of an acre in 10 seconds. All of the 3.2 million pixels are scanned in nanoseconds and analysed. The GLS locating system is scanning for a unique color signature stamped on any standard white golf ball. This unique golf ball finder requires only 1% of the ball to be visible (3 dimples). The Ballfinder Scout will not locate a ball if it is in the water or if it is totally covered.
A golf ball finder is used to speed up play which will greatly increase the enjoyment of every member of your group. The Ballfinder Scout is very easy to use. Just point the unit in the approximate area where you think the ball landed as you are walking toward it. There is a green neon button to press. Once the unit is turned on, slowly scan the area where your ball may be and keep it pointed below the horizon. Now you have a second pair of more sophisticated eyes. Once the ball finder locates the ball it will vibrate and the blue directional lights will come on. Walk in the direction the lights are pointing to locate your golf ball. It is just that simple to use.
Add up the minutes you spend each year searching for your own golf ball and that of your playing partners and you will understand just how convenient a golf ball finder can be. On top of everything else, your golfing friends will love you to death for using one. This isn’t one of those frill products, it is a very useful item and well worth the investment. Ball finders cost in the vicinity of $90.00.