Which Golf Grip is Best for You?

Holding a golf club is one of the most important fundamentals to a great golf swing.  The slightest change to the position of the hands has a tremendous impact on whether the ball finishes in the woods or in the middle of the fairway.  Focusing on how to hold a golf club is the first step to developing a great golf swing.

There are three basic golf swings: the baseball grip, the overlapping grip and the interlocking grip.  Each grip has its own unique advantages and disadvantages.  As each player evolves, many have experimented with each grip to suit their game. Continue reading

New World Number One!

Arnold Palmer Invitational 1Is it possible that Adam Scott will take over as world number one?  His play at the Arnold Palmer Invitational is nothing short of fantastic.  After the second round, Scott will have an 7 shot lead and if he continues to play well, he should take over as the number one golfer in the world.  But…..

ABC reports :” The complex world ranking system assigns points to an event based on the current world rankings of those playing and while official projections are not computed until all players begin the event it appears a win for Scott would still leave him fractionally short of Woods.

Had Day been able to play, a win for Scott in Woods’s absence would have most likely been enough to take the top spot.

Regardless, a win would at the very least get him close enough to pass Woods at the Masters with a higher finish than the American, even if he did not defend.”

Does this seem fair?  It is very difficult to determine how the world rankings are calculated. I have tried to follow the process, but I am always tripped up by the ‘strength of the field’ and ‘head to head’ competition.  I am sure the golfing experts use an algorithm that would stump Albert Einstein, but it seems to work for them.  Regardless, Adam Scott is playing outstanding and if he stays focused, should cruise to a win at Palmer’s tournament.

On a side note, I wanted to point out a statement by Adam Scott posted by White Dragon Golf:  ” I made a lot of putts today, and a lot of putts from considerable length. I hit a lot of nice shots, too, but it wasn’t like I was hitting it four feet. ….”  Scott’s comment reinforces the recent discussion on focused putting and breaking 100 with consistency.  An amateur’s and professional’s short game can be the difference between an average score and a great score.

As the this weekends event unfolds, Should Adam Scott be crowned world number one if the wins the Arnold Palmer invitational?

I am a grateful golfer!  See you on the links!

Why 14 Clubs – Part Two

As previously discussed, the 1938 rule limited the number of clubs during a round of golf to 14.  If you ask 100 golfers I bet most would say that 14 is plenty.  However, if you ask a professional golfer they would say it is not enough.  Why the discrepancy?

When I started golfing 37 years ago…..OK, no old jokes….I had a started set.  It consisted of a driver, 3-wood, 3-5-7-9 iron and a putter.  As a beginner, this was plenty.  I did not have to over think club selection or worry about any finesse type shots.  Basically, I bashed the heck out of the ball and developed a passion for the game.  Slowly, my game improved I started looking for another set of clubs.

My first full set of clubs was Spalding Rebels.  I bought them 34 years ago; the set included 1-3-5 wood, 3-pw irons and a putter – 12 clubs in all.  They were my first cavity back set of clubs and I used them for about 10 years.  My game did not really improve because I played on and off during that time.  This set was perfect for me because I did not have much money invested and they were of a good enough quality that it matched my game.  I was about a 16 handicap during this period.

In 1990 things changed.  I was given an old set of Ping Eye 2 red dot clubs and started golfing more seriously.  1990 was the first year I broke 80.  I went from a 16 handicap to a solid 10 handicap in no time.  I carried a 1-3-5 wood, 3-pw irons, sand wedge and a putter – 13 clubs in all.  I used these clubs for about 10 years and only replaced the ping eye 2 persimmon woods with Callaway Warbird 1-3-5 metal wood.  It was during this time that I had quality equipment, practiced 3 days a week and played approximately 100 games per year.  The result of my increase play was a solid 8 handicap, which stayed that way for about 10 years.

Whats in your golf bag?From 2000 to present, my game improved exponentially. I have hovered around a 5 handicap with runs of breaking par once in a while. My success resulted in some club changes. I removed my 5-wood, added a 52 and 60 degree wedge, and change to hybrids for my 3-4-5 iron – I now carry 14 clubs.

This transition to more wedges has propelled my game to a new level.  The extra wedges help with the scoring around the green and that is where most amateurs should focus.  Currently, I use Cleveland Launcher irons, Callaway Razr Fit driver and 3-wood, Titlest vokey (52-56-60 degree) wedges and a pro gear putter.

The 14 club rule is limiting for some players.  Personally, I would add my 5-wood and 64 degree wedge.  The reality is that I would only hit these clubs once every 3 rounds because my other clubs cover all the normal gaps in distance and position. So I stick to 14 clubs because 16 clubs is not legal.

Ultimately, the skill and experience of any golfer will have a direct impact on the type, quality and number of clubs in their bag.  As most players improve the number of clubs will change to match their abilities; there is not set rule or rule-of-thumb.  The reason for club changes will vary, but low handicap players identify early that focusing on their short game will result in lower scores.

See what is in the pros golf bag:

What do you carry in your golf bag?

I am a grateful golfer!  See you on the links!