Fixing My Golf Swing By Going Backwards

Whats in your golf bag?

What’s in your golf bag?

Fixing any golf swing is difficult. Fixing your own swing without professional help is insanely challenging. Unfortunately, this is the path I chose to take this year because I did not want to take the time to practice something new given my life changes of retiring and moving. Well, unfortunately my decision caused frustration and disappointment in my game.

As many of you know I was fitted for Titleist AP2, 915 driver, 3-wood and 3-hybrid in June 2015. Since that time, I have struggled with my new driver to a point that I was ready to relegate this club to the no use again bag. So, I had to do something and surprisingly, the new path I choose worked!

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Chipping Practice – Always Learning Something

Practice is the cornerstone to great golf. It allows everyone to try different methods of making different shots. Practice helps players iron out the kinks and create a repeatable swing under pressure. Practice helps players prepare to shoot low golf scores.

Two days ago, I hit the range to work on my ball striking and more importantly my short game. After hitting a large bucket of balls (which really did not help my game much) I headed to the chipping area. I was intent working on my weight distribution and ball position. Continue reading

The Callaway Chrome Soft – First Thoughts


Thanks Golf Canada and Callaway for the great gift.

Thank you Golf Canada and Callaway for the great gift I received in the mail. A sleeve of The Chrome Soft and Chrome Soft Golf Ball with Truvis Technology were a pleasant surprise. At first I was not sure about the Truvis pattern, but I changed my mind when I saw Tom Watson use one during The Masters. On my last round, I used the “soccer ball” pattern (as nicknamed by the guys in my group) and my first impression was excellent.

As a member of Golf Canada I was automatically entered into a draw for two sleeves of Callaway golf balls when I entered 6 rounds into their official handicap system. I never gave it much thought after receiving the pop-up that I was entered in the draw, however when I received the email saying I had won I was pretty excited. Shortly after the emails, the little treasures showed up.  Continue reading

Choosing A Golf Ball

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Does a golf ball really make a difference to your game?  Is there any significant difference between the top-of-the-line manufacturers’?  After some research, I would suggest there is a big difference.  Through the years, I started off with Canada Cup (Spalding), Canada Club (Acushnet), Ultra (Wilson), Slanzenger (Slanzenger), many varies of Titleist and Callaway.   Each change was driven by my increase in skill level.

For the past 3 years, I played Pro V1 and Pro V1x.  However, I have found that I do not have the same feel or touch or something from them, so I have looked for another ball.  At the end of last year, I won a dozen Srixon Q Star golf balls at men’s night and decided to give them a try.  I really like them.  So, I think during the upcoming season, I will start using the Q Star as my primary ball; with the right to change if needed.

Choosing a ball is difficult.  Deciding which ball is best for you is no easy feat.  Really, it comes down to personal preference.  You can use a ball selector from Global Golf, which I did an ended up being directed to Q Star (go figure), or do research with the criteria at Golf SmithGalaxy Golf has a great chart to compare all the golf balls and more importantly why the ball was designed.  It provides an overview of most golf balls and is a good resource.

Image from: Jack Nicklaus has a newly released system for choosing a golf ball to simplify the entire process.  On a side note, his golf balls are sold to support his and Barbara’s charity:  Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation.  Jack’s efforts to simply the ball selection process is something that most manufacturers try to accomplish, but their advertising hype seems to get in the way.  I like Jack’s simple approach and would be interested to hear of anyone has played his golf balls.

Regardless of how you choose your golf ball, ensure it feels right for you.  I have played with scratch handicappers who use inexpensive balls and those who play the top-rated balls.  I could provide lots of advice, but unfortunately it would only apply to my game.

If I was to provide any advice it would be this: try different types and do not be afraid to change.  Once you find the ball you like, stick to it for a bit to make sure.  The choice is all yours and the right ball for your game will build confidence and ultimately lower your score.  Which ball do you use?

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