Practical Golf Lesson Articles
I just regripped a set of golf clubs for a friend of mine because he had long fingers and the standard grip size was causin g him to have the incorrect grip. The floor stock of golf shops that are supplied from the golf companies come in a standard grip size. However many golfers have larger hands or longer fingers. A standard grip size makes taking the correct golf grip difficult. Just ask your pro or shop assistant to assess whether you would be better off with thicker grips.
There are two ways to do this.
The grips are taken off and layers of tape are wrapped around the shaft before the original grips are put back on. You may get one to four wraps of tape.
Use thicker grips that come in various sizes like midsize or oversize. You need new grips for this option.
This process takes about an hour and unfortunately most shops don't give you the extra service you need to help you one of the important fundamentals of golf, the grip, correct.
Over the last two weeks I have completed 4 playing lessons with 6 different golfers of different ages and abilities.
The first one was with a father and son, the second also a father and son but a little younger age group, and two individual male golfers.
Every person was at a different level in their game and had different goals.
However the common denominators I see in all the players are their own basic natural ability to hit a golf ball. All of them naturally wanted improvement in their consistency, accuracy, distance and control in all areas of their games.
The great thing about a playing lesson is having time to observe someone's game, time to explain the principles of the game and implement those techniques step by step, from putting to the full swing.
Over the first three holes, I just observe the player's games and their equipment. While most people can get way with standard length clubs and grip thickness, some just can't and this can really cause compensations in the important areas of posture and grip.
Clubs that are too short can cause people to hunch over too much and have their weight too far toward the toes. Grips that are too thin prevent a secure grip on the club causing difficulty in maintaining a secure hold on the club throughout the swing.
In looking at how someone plays, I usually see some areas I can help with their putting right away. The first problem isn't the player's fault. It is invariably the length of the putter. The vast majority of golf stores don't custom fit putters. The 35" standard length is standard for who? When a putter is too long, the upper arms don't connect with the chest making it hard to putt by rocking the shoulders.
The second problem is lining up. It is very difficult to line up a putt looking at a putt from your normal stance. So crouch down, face the hole and line up the brand name on the ball with the point you want to aim your putt. Then you can line up the putter face with the line on the ball.
The third problem is decelerating the putter as you strike the ball. If your putter goes back more than thee or four inches for a three foot putt, you will have to decelerate the putter as you hit the ball. So put a tee behind the ball and the putter head to stop your backswing becoming too long.
This was just the first mini lesson of the many I help people with as we finish the round. Stay tuned for more installments.
By the way, Mark had played two rounds on his holidays and had 97 and 101. After the lesson, he shot his best score of 84 at Parkwood International.
Andrew was averaging 20 over par from his last 90 rounds. I reckon he had 87 with me, and had a double bogey and a triple bogey on the first 6 holes before the changes we worked on helped him play a great round. This was off the blue tees at Hope island.
I received a promotion for an Over 35 4 Round Golf Tournament in Hobart early next year. How about 5 days and 2 rounds each at both of Tasmania's premier courses. You play Royal Hobart Golf Club (home course of Matthew Goggin, Australian on the the USPGA Tour) and Tasmania Golf Club with breathtaking views for the Wrest Point International Masters Championship. There are 15 divisions (5 Age Divisions with A, B and C Grade) and $30,000 in prizes.
In addition, I will be looking after you for all your instruction needs and debrief your rounds. There is an optional trip to Barnbougle Dunes and Launceston after the tournament.
So drop me an email for more details.
Update: This tournament is now finished.
Hi, This blog is all about conversations that a golf professional (me) has with golfers. I am going to talk about three players in particular.
The first player is about 30, handicap 12 and plays at least once a week. He was excited about a new driver he was fitted for and gained 30 metres so he now hits 270 metres. He said he only misses 4 fairways in a round and with a driving distance of 270 metres and 10 out of 14 fairways hit, that is not the recipe for a 12 marker, his handicap should be much lower. So I asked what his stats were over a month and he said he didn't know.
I asked how many lessons he had and he said one, the pro said he didn't need any more. I asked why his handicap wasn't lower and he said he didn't really care anymore and he just played for fun. I challenged him and said "Isn't golf more fun when you shoot mid 70s off 12?" So next time we catch up I am going to show him how he can track his scores and find out why he isn't on single figures from real data.
The next player was over 50 and plays twice a week at a challenging private course. He said he has one good 9 and one bad 9 and his handicap had slipped from 12 to 16 and going further out. I am sure I will be able to help him when we get out on the course together.
The third player is in his 60s and is off 15. He had a goal to play well and win the World Transplant Games golf tournament. He prepared well by having 2 lessons with me. The first was at a golf range for an hour and was based around swing technique to fix the problem of a fade that lost him distance.
After some practice on that we went to the course where the tournament was played and his ball striking was excellent but he wasted about 10 shots with putting, chipping and bunker shots. While the help I gave would not have saved 10 shots every round, if he only saved 50% of those, then his score would be pretty close to the score needed to win the tournament. He took the advice on board and a couple of weeks later let me know that he had won the Individual Silver Medal and the Pairs Bronze Medal.
So I hope this gives you a good example that you can turn your game around with some goal setting, skillset analysis, taking remedial action, practicing and then taking it on to the course and playing well.
That's all for now,
All the best for your golfing future,