Sunday, September 27, 2009

Callaway X18R Irons Review

What are the Callaway X18R Irons?
It appears that Callaway has realized that it has a gap in pricing when it comes to irons. So they took the X18 Pro Series Irons put the regular X18 medallion on them and put the “R” on them to mean R-educed offset.

The Callaway X18R irons are recommended for mid-to-high handicappers, but they are also playable enough for those with a low handicap. They have the traditional Callaway head shape and they come with a nice polished finish. They have a thinner top line, which mid and low handicappers will like. Plus, they feature an Undercut Channel, which is supposed to maximize perimeter weighting and to improve forgiveness. Another feature is the Extreme Notch Weighting. What this does is it moves more weight to the heel and toe of the club giving it increased stability.

The Callaway X18R Irons - 4-SW - Steel Shaft for the avid athlete are priced around $400.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Average Distance Chart for Golf Beginners

Distance Chart is Now Complete
I have finally completed finding the average distances for golf clubs by using myself, my father, and my oldest son. These yardage distances hopefully will be of benefit for beginners. It took me a little over a month to complete but now I am able to show my average distance chart, plus I have provided a distance chart for my personal set of clubs and what clubs I now use in my bag. Use the link above or in this paragraph to view the golf club distance chart.

Average Golf Driver Distance

If you missed my weeks of posting the distances for each club, you can start here by viewing my results with our drivers. Use this link to view our average golf driver distance.

Average Woods Distance in Yardages

If you missed our average woods distance in yards, click here. We used the 3 wood, 5 wood, and 7 wood.

Yardage Distance for Hybrids

We also used 4 hyrbids of various degrees. We used a 16 degree, a 21 degree, a 24 degree, and a 27 degree hybrid. Click here for average yardage distances for hybrids.

Distances Hit With Golf Irons

If you are looking for average distance hit with golf irons, use this link.

Average Distance With Wedges

We used a pitching wedge, an approach wedge, a gap wedge, a sand wedge, and a lob wedge to get our average distances with wedges.

So if you are looking for average distances or average yardages for golf clubs these posts can help. You really need to find your own yardage averages but these findings can help you get started or if you don't have time, can get you close to what you should have as a beginner in golf. The chart(s) sum up all of our findings.

Here are 2 average distance charts that show average golf club distances and one that shows my average distances with each golf club in my bag.

Average Distance Chart

The above chart is the average distance chart.

My Average Distance Chart

Monday, September 14, 2009

Lob Wedge Distance (Average)

The average distance of a lob wedge, like almost all the golf clubs in your bag, is sort of difficult to determine because the distance one-person hits his lob wedge can be very different than someone else. I guess that is why it is called an average, but so many other things have to be factored in when it comes to lob wedge average distances. For example, it depends on if the golfer is performing a full lob shot, a partial lob shot, a pitch short, a chip shot, or even a bunker shot. You also have to take into consideration the lofts of lob wedges. Lob wedges come in various degrees of loft ranging from 58 degrees to 64 degrees and obviously each loft will be a different distance. Another thing to consider is whether or not we are talking about an average man’s distance or average women’s distance. Are we talking about PGA Pro’s or LPGA Pro’s, how far do they hit a lob wedge?

So you can see that to give a single answer to the lob wedge average distance inquiry is very difficult to do. Finding out average distances for golf clubs is something that a lot of people want to know about. I, for example, bought a new pitching wedge recently and I immediately went out to chart how far I could hit it. But I didn’t just come up with one yardage. I used it for multiple shots. I used a full swing, and also partial swings. I used my PW for low and high pitch shots, and I used it around the green to get the feel for chip shots, such as the bump and run. So many golf shots can be played using a lot of different clubs, and the lob wedge is no different.

Lob Wedge Hitting Tips
The thing to remember about a lob wedge is that when you are using a full swing it does not go very far. This is not a distance club because it is meant to be a short game club used from about 90 yards and in. The lob wedge is great for getting your golf ball out of deep rough and it is excellent for chips around the green especially when you need to stop the ball quickly. The high loft imparts a lot of backspin on the ball causing it to check-up very fast, with very little roll.

If you are faced with having to go over a hazard, for example, such as a bunker, a tree, or even water, the lob wedge will send the ball up and over very high and it will land softly on the green. However, there is a warning that I need to pass on about the lob wedge that some people do not know about. From experience, it is very easy to blade a lob wedge causing the ball to go sailing over the green. So please practice using this club before trying it out on the golf course. Play the ball in the middle of your stance if you are hitting a full lob shot, and you must commit to play the full shot. It is very easy to lay off on the downswing because you are so close to the green. You cannot finesse it, you must swing back fully and thru fully. This is not easy because your mind tells you that you are only a short distance away and to use a full shot seems like overkill. But it is not. The club is very high lofted and the full shot will send the ball way into the air but it will only travel a short distance forward. And if you baby it or decelerate you will no likely hit it short, landing possibly in a hazard. So again I must state that you need to practice hitting your LW, which will help you to gain confidence to use it correctly on the course.

Distances for the Lob Wedge (Ranges)
Instead of giving a single average yardage that people hit their lob wedges with a full shot, it is easier to give a distance range. I’ll start with PGA Professionals. Their full lob wedge distances are between 80 and 90 yards. The LPGA Professionals distances are 60 to 80 yards. An average golfer hits his lob wedge from 40 to 60 yards, whereas an average woman golfer tends to hit her lob wedge in the range of 20 to 40 yards.

Lob Wedge Distance Conclusion
A lob wedge (LW) can be a very effective club to have in your bag. Since most iron sets do not have a LW, you must purchase them separately. But the more wedges you have in your bag the better you will be at improving your short game. Knowing your average distance for your lob wedge is the best way to lower your score but I hope that the ranges I have provided will help you to know approximately what your lob wedge distance will be.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Short Game Drills for Golf

Short Game Drills
  • Driving Range Drill from 100 Yards
  • Golf Course Drill from 100 Yards

  • If you have played the game of golf for any length of time, you no doubt have heard that you need to learn to practice short game drills, especially from 100-yards and in. So I decided to put together a golf game exercise that focuses on the 100-yard marker. You can practice this drill at your local driving range or better yet when you are out on the golf course. Practicing this exercise on the golf course is the best way to perform the drill, but don’t slow up play just to do it. If you are in a group and there are golfers behind you then I suggest you wait and practice on the driving range. If you want to practice these short game drills at the golf range then see bullet point number 1. If you want to practice these short game drills while out on the golf course then see bullet point number 2.

    Driving Range Drill from 100 Yards

    Purchase a bucket of balls (I recommend a small bucket) and find a spot on the driving range where you are in line with the 100-yard marker. It would help if you have a digital range finder. If you do, then verify the distance from you and the marker. Another way to do this is pick a spot anywhere on the range that measures 100-yards. If you don’t have a range finder, don’t worry, just concentrate on the marker that is available to you, it should be pretty close.

    Always begin doing exercises or drills by warming up. Perform some stretches to loosen you lower back, your hips, and your shoulders. Now warm up further by hitting 2 balls each with your 8-iron, your 9-iron, your pitching wedge (PW), and your sand wedge (SW). Don’t worry about aiming at a target just yet. The purpose of this is just to make sure you are properly warmed up.

    Begin the drill by taking 2 golf balls each time and starting with your 8-iron aim directly at the 100-yard marker. Try to land as close as possible to the marker. Now take 2 more balls, and try to land 10 yards beyond the marker. Take another 2 and try to hit them 10 yards short of the marker. Take another 2 and hit them left of the marker, and finally 2 more but this time hit right of the marker. Don’t worry about being extremely accurate just yet. Short game accuracy will come in time if you continue to practice these short game drills.

    Do this short game drill again but this time use your 9-iron. When you are done with your 9-iron move onto your PW and conclude with your SW.

    Golf Course Drill from 100 Yards

    You can practice these exercises or drills while out on the golf course. But you will want to make sure that you are not holding up your group or the group(s) behind you just to perform it.

    You can practice this short game drill while out playing a normal round of golf. As you approach the 100-yard markers on each hole that has one, take an extra golf ball out (keep an extra one in your pocket for this short game drill) and drop it near the marker. Take your 8-iron and aim for the center of the green. Swing away. Finish the hole out with your original ball, but don’t forget to pick up your practice ball. On the next hole, use your 8-iron again, but with this attempt try to hit your golf ball to the back of the green. On the next hole focus on hitting to the front of the green. Then on the next hole, try to land your ball left of the center of the green, and then on the next hole following that one, land to the right of the center of the green.

    Keep going through this same practice routine until you have finished your round.

    The next time you play a round of golf, you will then use your 9-iron for your short game drill. Then on another day use your PW, and so on.

    Short Game Drills Conclusion
    What will you accomplish with these short game drills? These exercises help you to develop feel with your short irons. Most people pull the same club from one distance but these drills will help you to develop the feel to hit the same yardage(s) with different clubs. Using a longer club like your 8-iron will result in you having a lower ball flight, perfect for situations that call for a lower flight, such as if you are hitting into the wind. Using a shorter club will allow you to hit the ball higher, allowing you to stop the ball faster on the green.

    I want to add one thing to these short game drills that is very important! Don’t alter your back swing to hit farther or shorter. Adjust your hands on the grip down a little bit or hit slightly harder. You want to be able to hit the same shot over and over again with pretty much the same repeatable swing. These drills to improve short game are perfect for anyone trying to learn how to break 100 in golf. Good luck with your golf game and in practicing these easy short game drills!

    If you are new to golf, you may want to check out this golf instruction DVD.