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Friday, December 26, 2008

Average Distance For Golf Clubs

Update:
I recently re-analyzed and updated my golf club distances and I also created a new average golf club distance chart. Please check out this newer post for more up to date information.

Know Your Average Golf Club Distances
Many golfers, including beginners, want to know how far the average golfer hits their golf clubs. Well, I'm an average golfer so I decided to provide a chart based on the distances that I play my woods, irons, and wedges. PGA Professionals obviously hit their clubs a lot farther, but I am not a professional by any means. In fact, compared to my playing partners, I'm the shortest hitter of the bunch.

My average score falls between the mid-80's to the mid-90's. A little over a year ago I was shooting between 90 and 100, but I have been practicing a lot with my short game and I am starting to bring my score down slightly. I have not added a hybrid to my bag yet, but I own 2 now and I may replace my 4 and 5-irons with those soon. Now that I have a better idea of how to hit a hybrid club, it won't be too long before they are in my bag permanently. I'm sure the distances will be pretty close to my 4 and 5-irons, but the trajectories will be higher and I will be more accurate.

Here is a chart outlining my distances. Obviously I don't hit my clubs exactly these distances because these yardages I've rounded off. But the yardages are fairly accurate for me and these are the numbers that I use when I decide to pull clubs from my bag.

For example, if I have a shot that is 146 yards to the center of the green, I will pull both my 7-iron and my 6-iron out. If I have a little bit of wind behind me and the distance between me and the green is fairly flat or slightly downhill, I'll play my 7-iron. But if I'm hitting into the wind, or I'm playing slightly uphill, I'll play my 6. Sometimes, I'll opt for the longer club but I'll choke down a quarter of an inch on my grip.


Men's Clubs


Approximate
Distance

#1 wood (driver)


230 yards

#3 wood


210 yards

#5 wood


190 yards

#7 wood


180 yards

#4 iron


170 yards

#5 iron


160 yards

#6 iron


150 yards

#7 iron


140 yards

#8 iron


130 yards

#9 iron


120 yards

Pitching Wedge


110 yards (full
swing)

Sand Wedge


85 yards (full
swing)

Lob Wedge


60 yards (full
swing)

I hope this chart will be of use to some. If you want to learn to play better golf, then you need to learn your yardage distances. What are your distances? Please feel free to comment.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Golf Suggestion for Beginners-TourGolfClubs-Clone Clubs

May I Suggest Clone Clubs!
TourGolfClubs is a company that is devoted to having the game of golf low-priced for everybody. With prices of name brand golf clubs in the 1000s of dollars, the majority of golfers from novice to the more advanced players are discovering that it's difficult to keep up with the newest technologies.

TourGolfClubs has exhausted a good amount of time looking for and testing high quality golf clubs, for a fraction of the cost. They offer you a line of discount golf clubs that equals the top name brands in features and performance at an affordable price. Name brands that they are similiar to are Callaway, Nike, Ping and Taylormade. For example they offer hybrid clone golf clubs , but for the fraction of the price.

TourGolfClubs is a company that's dedicated to offering golfers the highest quality clone golf clubs. Yes, I said CLONES! They supply excellent performance at a cost that won't bankrupt you. A few people feel better about forking out 4 times more for their clubs simply because Tiger or Phil plays the same ones. But you will feel better knowing you're acquiring similar quality and performance for a fourth of the price.

TourGolfClub gear is constructed with similar materials and technology as its comparable name brand golf clubs. Clone golf clubs are not to be confused with the branded products they may try to flatter, but they're fabricated from basically the same materials and design rules. They employ a lot of the same shaft and grip suppliers, and execute similarly to the name brands. The significant point is they buy their heads, shafts, and grips from the same small community of golf manufacturing suppliers. They offer the same performance but they give you a better deal. Some of the name brands that they have corresponding clones for include; the Callaway X-10, The Callaway Big Bertha, Callaway FT-i driver, the Ping G5 series, the Nike Sasquatch and Sumo, and the Cobra Speed series woods.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Improve Your Golf Score by Learning to hit a 60-degree wedge

60-degree Wedge
When I first started playing golf I didn't have a 60-degree wedge. I only had a pitching wedge and a sand wedge. One of my playing partners had bought a new lob wedge and asked me if I wanted his old one. It was a Cleveland 588 RTG, and I fell in love with the club, but not at first.

In the beginning, I had a problem hitting it correctly. I would try and use it around the green and I would attempt to hit a high, soft shot, like Phil Michelson. But I would end up blading the ball, sending it 15 yards off the other side of the green. So needless to say, at first, I didn't like the wedge, and I would leave it in my bag. I fell in love with my lob wedge when a friend of mine gave me some great advice. Here was his advice:

1. Calm down. To be able to hit a lob wedge you need to be very relaxed. If you are tense and you rush the shot, it will turn out disastrous.

2. Do not try to help the club. He told me to let the wedge do the work. Considering the huge loft, the club does not require your assistance in launching the ball into the air. A lot of golfers lean back and try to lift, or scoop, the ball up with their swing. The secret to a quick, high launch is in how you pre-set your weight, coupled with a balanced swing.

And so, here's what he told me to do: Lean your weight forward so the club comes down with a descending blow on the ball. This will get the ball spinning up the clubface. Swing down and through, not under and up. Avoid trying to lift the ball at all costs. And finish with a half-swing.

Here is a good practice drill he had me do. I would put a ball close to a short fence or a low-lying object, and I would practice hitting over it. I started out about 10 feet away from the fence and I as I improved I would move closer.

I had to learn not to overpower the shot. With putting my weight on my forward foot, I soon found that the clubhead energy would roll the ball up the clubface and into the air, stopping it quickly on the green. I was stoked.

Keep this golf tip in mind to improve your golf score: Do not scoop or lift the ball, stay calm, and finish with a half swing. If you do, you will allow your 60-degree lob wedge to do the job it was designed to do.

Update: make huge improvements in your golf score by learning your average distance that you hit your golf clubs.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Playing Golf in Arizona-Golf Tip for Beginners

Beginners and Golf in Arizona
Did you know that there are literally hundreds of golf courses in Arizona? If you are looking for all inclusive golf packages in Arizona, you don't have to worry, because you won't be disappointed. There is one golf course in particular that I just recently read great reviews about and it is in Arizona. It is the Saguaro Course at We-Ko-Pa Golf Club in Scottsdale.

The reviews about this golf course have been incredible! It opened about 12 years ago in 1996 so it's a fairly new course, but it has caught the attention of a lot of serious golfers.

The condition and the setting of this course was described as 'spectacular' by one person, and another who played the course made this comment "you'll swear the striking blue sky over the desert looks like it came from a special effects studio." I have only been to Arizona once and I must admit there is something about the sky that makes it amazing to see. So I can imagine when you couple the beauty of the sky with an immaculate golf course you would end up with some breathtaking views.

Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw designed this course and they designed it to be a walking course. You don't find a lot of these today and sad to say, a lot of golfers prefer to ride the course instead which sort of detracts from the design, I believe. However, for those who like to ride that is OK. I live in Florida and that's all we do is ride. But walking has its benefits and this course sounds like one that I would want to walk, that's for sure.

Another aspect about this course that impressed me is the appearance from the tee boxes. Some say the fairways are wide and some say that the fairways just appear to be wide but in reality they are not. I'm not sure who is right but both parties did agree on one thing: you must be accurate with your tee shots or else your ball can go rolling off into the desert. That's a great golf tip if you plan on going to play there.

I noticed that there is a lot of diversity as well when it comes to the length of the holes. There are par 4's from 310 to 490 yards, and par 3's from 120 to 240 yards. It sounds like you would probably end up using almost every golf club in your bag. And that's the way it should be. Sometimes a few golf courses can be a bit boring because all the holes are fairly even in length. But the Saguaro Course doesn't have that problem.

I've been impressed by the reviews and it certainly sounds like a fun course, both for the beginners in the game of golf, as well as those who are more skilled at the game. Now this beauty doesn't come cheap, though. You can expect to pay over $200 for 18 holes of golf. I don't know about you but right now I am on a tight budget so a course like this one would be out of the question. But when I decide to take a trip to Arizona, I will make sure to set aside some funds to play this spectacular gem! Playing golf in Arizona would be a dream come true!