photo credit: bradleypjohnson The bounce on your sand wedge makes it possible to slide the club under the ball from the sand. After a rain when the sand is tightly packed, the last thing you want is for the club to bounce into the ball from the firmly packed sand.
1) Try using a pitching wedge; having a sharper leading edge it will help cut into the sand. 2) Stand a little squarer to the target and have the clubface only slightly open. 3) Hinge your wrists earlier in the backswing to create a slightly steeper angle of attack. Aim to hit a spot about 1 inch behind the ball. Be sure to accelerate through the shot. Take a little less sand than normal.
As a general rule, if you cannot see the ball from 10 paces, you should think about pitching the ball safely on to the fairway, where you can regain complete control of your game. The purpose of the 10 pace rule is to reduce your chances of making a high score on the hole. The real problem occurs when the decision is made to go with a longer club which vastly increases the chance of a mis-hit. Doing so means you might end up in a worse lie than where you started.
The DVD lesson series takes you through the swing and the shots that will make your game more consistent. There is a section on course management and the secrets to success in competition.
Tom Watson's career spans 40 years and included 68 PGA Tour victories (8 Majors), 5 on the Champions Tour. He is one of the most knowledgeable Professionals on the mechanics of the golf swing and considered a master teacher. In 2009 at age 59, Watson came in 2nd at The Open Tournament at Turnberry. To learn more go to www.TomWatson.com.
photo credit: jwillier2 Golf Pride has introduced it's new Tour Wrap 2G golf grip. The 2G grip has the look and feel of patent leather and the durability of high-tack rubber. Golf Pride engineered the new grips for comfort and control with a softer and more secure feel. The company maintains that the 2G is revolutionary in that it promotes smooth, tension-free golf shots.
Improper grip size is a problem that can easily be corrected with the purchase of new grips AFTER being measured for the proper fit (grip size) by a person fully qualified to do so.
The Tour Wrap 2g grips have the feel of leather and durability of rubber. The Tour Wrap grips come in three colors: red, white and black . To learn more, go to to www.golfpride.com.
photo credit: petersbar As your round progresses, the flow of your adrenaline increases . This occurs even if you are having a poor round. The outcome of any adrenaline rush is a tempo that speeds up . Speeding up your tempo will ruin your timing. When your adrenaline starts to flow and your tempo increases, try slowing your backswing.
Taking the club back quickly means that you will have to use more gripping power to stop the club at the top before the downswing begins. This tightening at the top means that you will automatically tighten your grip which will create a slower clubhead speed on the way down.
Take the club back slowly until you reach the top. Maintain very light grip pressure at all times during the swing.
photo credit: jasleen_kaur Callaway has joined forces with Nikon to introduce the new iQ Rangefinder. The new iQ Rangefinder is what Callaway calls “their most advanced laser rangefinder ever.” The new rangefinder has an Active Brightness Control Viewfinder which illuminates the field of view for enhanced visibility. Weighing less than 1/2 lb., the unit has a range of 1/2 mile and can easily fit into a golfer's pocket.
The new laser rangefinder makes it easy for the golfer to judge distances in an accurate and speedy manner. It is waterproof and shock-resistant and capable of withstanding many, many years of use. Nikon is known the world over for it's research and development in the field of optics. For more information go to www.callawaygolf.com.
photo credit: SD Dirk Sunglasses are more than a fad, they are a way to protect your eyes from the dangerous rays of the sun. Here are some popular brands: Adidas Retego ($140) light and durable flex-frame and distortion-free lenses > www.shopAdidas.com. Callaway Chev Air ($130) ergonomically wrapped frames designed to help sharpen vision > www.callawaygolf.com. Kaenon Sequence ($339) lightweight frames, air-bag nose pads, spring hinges, polarized lenses > www.kaenon.com. Oakley Split Jacket ($260) transition lenses that darken or lighten, contour frames > www.oakley.com. Peakvision XR4.01 ($160) grey top lens, amber bottom lens to help the golfer read greens > www.peakvisionsports.com. Maui Jim Breakwall ($149) scratch-resistant polarized lenses. Switch Vision ($169) comes with three sets of magnetized lenses for changing conditions. Nike Victory's ($269) lightweight magnesium frame and customized lenses > www.nikestore.com.
photo credit: nsaplayer Ecco Footwear is quite the rage after Freddie Couples was seen wearing a pair at a recent Champions Tour event. The pair Couples had on were a sneaker-like design with bright orange soles. Couples had on the very popular Golf Street Premier shoes ($140). After Couples was seen wearing these unique shoes, demand soared. It escalated to the point where golfers had to put their names on a waiting list.
The shoes can be worn casually or on the golf course. They have a thermoplastic urethane rubber-like sole that has pre-molded angled knobs that improve traction and distribute weight more evenly across the foot. They come in various upper/sole color combos for both men and women. There is a removable antibacterial insole. To learn more go to www.EccoUsa.com.
photo credit: James Chutter Hale Irwin blew a two-inch tap-in at the 1983 British Open at Royal Birkdale. Irwin's tee shot, on the par 3 – 14th hole came to rest 25 ft. from the cup and a chance for a birdie and a win. After missing the putt, his ball came to rest 2-inches from the cup. Unbelievably, he whiffed the two inch putt and finished tied for second.
Mark Calcavecchia faced an extremely long putt over a mound at St. Andrews, Scotland during the 1990 Dunhill Cup competition. Rather than putt, he used his wedge to pitch the ball to within a few feet of the cup. The gallery was horrified at the size of the divot Calcavecchia took. He proceeded to sink his 2 footer for his par.
photo credit: Hawaiiwave19 Every golfer has a desire for more distance. PGA Professional Bubba Watson, one of the longest drivers on Tour has some ideas: 1) Use a shorter shaft. Longer shafts actually decrease distance. 2) Learn to hit a draw; it will allow more roll and bore better into the wind. 3) Accept the days when you are just not on the mark, off days are more common than not. 4) Use emotion when hitting a tee shot, get a little mad and go for it. 5) Practice hitting more balls especially if your a senior. 6) Flare your front foot, it allows you to clear your left side for more power. 7) Play more than once per week. 8) Don't restrict your backswing by not fully turning your hips.