Monday, March 26, 2012

Golf Tips On Choosing Your Golf Equipment - Sports - Golf

I have been asked about this particular subject recently by several people so, here we go with some golf tips on choosing your golf equipment. Golf has changed a lot in the last 100 years or so, but the biggest change is in the equipment. Today, you have no excuse for playing with equipment ill-suited to your golf swing, body, and game. Probably one of the biggest changes in golf equipment is the golf ball. Now, I know a lot of this info on golf balls is going to sound real technical, but you will be better informed. A golf ball may not be smaller than 1.68 inches in diameter. It can be bigger if you want, but a bigger ball is not going to go further. The golf ball may not be heavier than 1.62 ounces. The USGA has a machine for measuring velocity and they are very strict about this. No ball may exceed 250 feet per second at a temperature of 75 degrees. A tolerance of no more than 2 percent is allowed so that golf balls don't go too far. Your distance will be the most impo rtant factor to consider. The USGA has a "Iron Byron" machine ( named after Byron Nelson ) they use to hit balls with and the balls cannot exceed 280 yards. You have probably seen this machine on commercials or the golf channel. A tolerance of 6 percent is allowed here, making 296.8 yards the absolute farthest the ball can go. If you or somebody you know is hitting the golf ball 300 yards plus, then you are in a special group of powerful people. When you're looking to buy golf balls, either the manufacturer is claiming that this ball goes farther and straighter or that it gives you more control than your other brand. Golf balls come in three types. One-piece, two-piece, and three-piece. The one-piece is cheap and found only on driving ranges. The two-piece is better suited for the beginner and the three-piece is better for the advanced player. Golf balls come in three compressions: 80,90,or 100 compression. The 80 compression ball is the softest, and the 100 is the hardest. All balls go the same distance. Play with all types until you find the ball that is most suited for you.Deciding on the type and brand of golf clubs is up to you and you can start out with used golf equipment, but eventually you will need to have your clubs fitted to you. Clubs with the correct loft, lie, size of grip, etc... In fact, you can go to your local driving range and they will have clubs you can rent or just use until you get a feel for what you like and what suits you. You can also ask to try your friends clubs on the range. The point is go with used equipment until you have developed your game to a point. You can go to an online golf store that sells used clubs or even go on craig's list or ebay and find some really great deals. Today, the tour pro and the average amateur golfer have access to the same club-fitting technology and information. Let's go over some factors that you need to consider. First, the grip on your clubs are very important. The proper-sized g rip should allow the middle and ring fingers on your left hand, right if a lefty, to barely touch the pad of your thumb when you take hold of the club. If your fingers don't touch your thumb, the grip is too big or if your fingers dig into the pad, then the grip is too thin. Next, the golf shaft. Consider your height, build, and strength when you choose a club. If your real tall, you will need longer and probably stiffer shafts. If your shaft is bending at the top of your swing, you need a very strong shaft and if not, then you need a regular shaft. All in-betweens need a medium-stiff to stiff shaft. The loft of your club is an important factor. If you are a slicer, you can get clubs with less loft or offset heads to alleviate that problem. The clubhead size is another factor. Today you can have a standard, midsize, and oversize head on your clubs. I recommend bigger because they are more forgiving and have a much bigger sweet spot. Your irons are going to be a big part of y our game. Forged, muscle-backed irons are for good players who hit the ball on the clubface precisely and cavity-backed irons are for those players who hit the ball all over the clubface. Cavity-backed means hollowed out in the back of the iron. If your not sure about this, get a professional to help you out. If you find a set that fits you and you're hitting the ball with consistency, then stick with that set. Club-fitting can be expensive so ask first how much it costs before you begin. Then, your club-fitter can help you with what shaft length you need and what lie-angle you need on your clubs. What grip size you need along with what material, such as, leather, cord, all-rubber, half-rubber, what best suits you. Ask advice on what irons you need such as cast, forged, over-sized, or cavity-back and what kind of shafts like boron, titanium, graphite, or steel. By the way, the steel shafts are the cheapest, which is still very good and used by most players on tour, including myself. The best golf clubs aren't always the best clubs for you. Test out the putters and see which one works best for you. Is it center-shafted, end-shafted, or maybe a long putter? Remember, your paying the money so test every brand they carry until your satisfied. Also remember, you can only have 14 clubs in your bag when playing, so match the composition of your set to your strengths and weaknesses. Other accessories, such as clothing, should be your personal preference. Just remember to wear collared shirts and dress shorts or slacks. No bluejeans or tennis shoes. The same holds true for women golfers. More accessories to consider would be covers for your clubs, golf balls, some tees, a couple of gloves, rain suit, pitch mark repair tool, a couple of pencils and several towels. You can never have too many towels when it rains.Go and get a couple of golf lessons on golf swing tips and how to golf. When you first start out, you want to be practicing correct techniques a nd not just guess at it. If you have played for quite some time without any golf instructions, then it will be much harder to break those bad golf swing habits when you get serious about your game. Your not going to have the perfect golf swing, but correct tips on golf will take you a long way. Nobody has a perfect swing, everybody has their own swing that works for them and that is what you need to develop. I know you've heard it before, but without practice, your game will never develop and you will never get better. I know we're all pressed for time, but be creative. You can buy plastic balls to hit in the yard or house, yes I said your house. In fact, they have nerf golf balls that I hit in my house on rainy days and I mean a full swing. I close the door to my living room and hit nerf balls with a full swing into the door. Doesn't hurt a thing and the balls usually bounce right back to me. The biggest thing you need to concentrate on is your short game because that is wh ere you score. Try to practice your putting at least a few minutes a day, you'll be surprised what a difference it can make. Now get out there and make it happen and remember to be courteous to other players. See you on the blog side.

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