IN THIS ISSUE
- Driver Technology
- TEE TIME PRO: MICHAEL WOLSLEY
Turning bad technique into good
- TEE TIME PRO: BOB E. SMITH Think
balance when facing uneven lies
Fall is upon us and that means plenty of great games to watch in the
stands and on TV. But that's no reason to let your golf game suffer. Tee
Time is open from early morning until dusk every day but Monday (when
we open at 10), so there's no excuse not to grab your clubs and come out
to the range. In this issue, we give you some valuable tips about getting
the most out of your swing from two of our pros, and tips on optimizing
your driver from one of our custom club fitters. Happy reading!
The USGA has put limits on driver volume at 460cc
and driver face COR (spring face) at .830. These
restrictions limit any technological changes to the head that would lead
to more distance. New face designs in the future may expand the hitting
area sweet spot a little, about a 3/4 inch diameter circle, instead of
the present pencil point, to give golfers a little better distance from
off center hits. So,
what's left to enhance driver distance?
There are two remaining ways to get more distance
today: (1) change to a shaft that fits you better than the current one
in the club; and/or (2) get your driver optimized.
When a tour player is in search of a new wood, he
goes to the OEM and tests many shafts until he finds
the one that he likes. Most
people do not have this advantage when searching
for a new driver.
So, what can you do to get the right shaft? At Pro-Fitted Golf Clubs,
we have a computer
program that can find several shafts, from a data
base of over 200, that match your swing. Stop by Tee Time's custom fitting
shop for a demonstration.
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Tuesday-Friday: 12:30 - 5pm Saturday & Sunday:10am
- 4:30pm Closed Monday
TIME PRO: MICHAEL WOLSELEY
TURNING BAD TECHNIQUE INTO GOOD
The game of golf sounds easy and it looks easy when performed by good
golfers. However, if you stand at one end of the range and watch golfers
practice as I often do, you will see that in reality, it is not easy at
all. I see golfers every day putting too much effort into swings which
don't hit the ball anywhere. The reason? Bad technique: making the
wrong moves through wrong positions made by inappropriate parts of the
Simply defined, good technique is achieved by making
the right moves through the right positions with the parts of the body,
resulting in effortless power. Note, that the only quality any golfer
must have in order to achieve effortless power is the ability to be able
to tell the difference between a push and a pull.
Here's a summary of the moves that lead to good technique.
- From the top of a correctly coiled backswing,
begin with a transfer of weight from the back foot
to the front foot, this is a gentle push.
- Pull on the shaft with the right arm as if you
are pulling on a string. Do not push with the
right hand and do not push with the right shoulder.
- As the pulling proceeds past the right pocket,
the hips begin to clear. At this point, the right
shoulder must not tilt backwards nor the pelvis
push forwards. Your buttocks must stay back and your right shoulder
must be free to follow the right arm.
- Maintain the pull until the right arm has
passed the left pocket and the right shoulder
has followed it around to its final position
over the left toe. Any tension in the torso will
reduce the right arms ability to pull effectively
and any pulling with the left arm through impact
will severely reduce club head speed. Now go and hit it miles...effortlessly!
This article is an edited excerpt from "The
Reasons Why Golfers Don't Get Better" by
TIME PRO: BOB E. SMITH
THINK BALANCE WHEN FACING UNEVEN LIES
Balance is very important-not only in the fairway,
but when you are confronted with uneven lies. On uphill and downhill lies,
it's important to start by turning your low foot. On an uphill lie, your
right foot is the low foot. If you address the ball normally your weight
will move to the outside of your right foot, causing you to be off center.
The solution? Turn your foot out at least 45 degrees from the target line.
From this position you will be more over your right foot on the backswing,
leaving you more in balance.
To eliminate fat or thin shots, move the right shoulder
lower so your shoulders are parallel to the ground. As for club selection,
remember that with uphill lies the ball will shoot up higher and not carry
as far. I suggest you take at least two clubs more than needed, allowing
you to swing easy and allowing you to stay in better balance.
When you have a downhill lie and your foot turned
out, the club has less loft. What is normally 7 iron distance may now
be an 8 or 9 iron from this position. Using these techniques will allow
you to be more comfortable on the golf course. More comfort equals better
balance and more solid contact.