Sunday, November 29, 2009

Shaft Flex Tips for Golf Beginners

Why Golf Shaft Flex is Important for Beginners

Knowing the proper shaft flex for your golf clubs is very important. If you missed my article on the length of the shaft, then go to my article that talks about the right length shaft for beginners.

When the golf club gets a certain amount of torque it will bend. If the club bends too much then you can have problems and if it doesn't bend enough you will have problems.

A Generic Way for you to Pick the Right Flex
Please answer the following question: What distance do you hit your driver?

250 yards+: Stiff Flex (S)
230-250 yards: Regular Flex (R)
200-230 yards: Senior Flex (A)
200 yards-: Ladies Flex (L)
Some hitters may actually have to use extra stiff because of having so much swing speed. However, most golfers will be beginners and they will use a regular flex.

Things you Need to Know about Shaft Flex
Before going to buy a set of golf clubs see if they offer custom fitting. Also, see if you can demo some clubs to see which ones you like the feel of first before you get fitted and make a purchase. Ask to see if you could hit some drivers with different shaft flexes. If they do, then take the drivers to a local golf range and see what kind of ball flights you get with each type of shaft. For example, say that the distance you can use the driver is 240 yards, then you should consider a regular flex. But if your use a regular shaft and your ball tends to go to the left, then try using a more stiffer flex. If your golf ball moves to the right, then try a softer flex.

Golf Shaft Flex Conclusion

The choice is really, what flex of shaft will allow me to hit the golf ball down the fairway. Distance is important, but for those of us who are mid to high handicap we should be focusing more on control of the golf ball. Therefore, to ensure that we do that, make sure you are fitted to the proper flex for your swing.

If you would like to learn more, check out this book entitled: Golf Club Design, Fitting, Alteration and Repair: The Principles and Procedures

Friday, November 27, 2009

Changing Your Grips-How Often Should You Do It?

How Often Should I Change My Golf Grips?
I have already said it is important to replace or change your GRIPS routinely. You want to replace or get different golf grips often, especially if you play often. How often is often? If you play 2 or 3 times a week, then you should replace them every 6 months or so. If you play more, then every 2 or 3 months may be needed to maintain your GRIPS sensation within your hands. If you play only on weekends, then you may only need to replace once a year.

You can have your grips replaced by a clubfitter, or some golf shops offer golf grip installation services. The cost of a new set of grips vary from store to store, and from manufacture to manufacture. You must pay the cost of each grip, and then you must pay for the installation of grip. The easiest way to determine the cost, is to call some local places and ask around. Many are willing to take care of them for you, because this is an easy way for them to make money. I know, because I used to do it. In fact, for a brief period I had a business of doing nothing but changing golf GRIPS. My company used to be called, Get-a-Grip. But anyway, that was a different time, and for those wanting to start a business this is much easier than you might believe! So consider replacing GRIPS! I went into the business of repairing furniture, and that's what I have done over the past 20 years, by the way.

Is It Easy To Change Golf Grips?
But one can ask: "Can I change my own GRIPS? Sure! Is it hard to do? Not really. And 'expensive? Not as expensive as to leaving it to someone else do it for you. You will need to pay for your new grips, purchase some grip tape, and buy some grip solvent to help you slip the grips on easier. But the cost will ultimately be its advantage. An easy way to get started is to get a Professional Regripping Tape & Solvent Kit. It is not difficult to do, it's inexpensive, and also allows you to experiment with different types of grip sizes and thicknesses, so that you can get your golf grips just the way you like them. So, change your golf grips regularly, but most of all, have fun!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

How To Break Par In a Year

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    I came across an affiliate link and a book entitled Dream On: The Challenge to Break Par in a Year that comes from a guy that claims that he was able to break par in golf in a year. The guys name is John Richardson, and his story has been featured in all kinds of golf magazines, such as Golfer, Golf Digest, Golf World, and was also featured on BBC television, twice! What he essentially claims is that he has viewed a lot of DVD's, read a lot of books, picked up a number of golf tips, and has narrowed down the things that actually work. He, in essence, has done all the leg work for us beginners of golf and has come up with a tried and tested method of breaking par.

    In One Year You Can Break Par in Golf

    His landing page has a video that is quite humorous. Click here if you would like to view it for yourself. Now does it mean that because he has a funny video that his method of breaking par works? Not necessarily but he has gotten my attention. What I was wondering is, have any of you tried his methods? If so, did you find that they worked, or is it a big scam?

    How To Break Par In a Year Conclusion

    I am going to give it some time before I sign up for his Free Stuff Page. I am going to do some more research and talk to a few more people first. Please feel free to try it for yourself and if you do, give me your feedback. If anybody comes back with a positive report I'll do a review of his stuff and post it here on Golf Tips for Beginners. If I find out that it is a big scam I will also post my thoughts on it as well. So let me know if you can break par in a year!

    Sunday, November 1, 2009

    Adjust your Grip to Improve your Golf Score

    Control Your Distance by Adjusting Your Grip
    I have been working toward improving my golf score by finding out the average distances that I hit each club in my golf bag. In fact, I just recently finished posting my iron yardage distances over on my other blog. By knowing how far I hit each club I am better able to zone in on hitting better shots. But you can fine tune your club distances even more by adjusting your grip.

    UPDATE: Another way to improve your golf score is by checking out the Golf's Red Zone Challenge: A Breakthrough System to Track and Improve Your Short Game and Significantly Lower Your Score.

    Grip Adjustment and Distance Control

    I hit my 8 iron an average of 126 yards and I hit my 9 iron an average of 115 yards. The distance between those clubs is 11 yards. So if I come across a yardage that is 120 yards, for example, I could try and hit my 9 iron harder or I could hit my 8 iron softer. But I have found that you can make a more accurate swing by simply adjusting your grip. What I mean by that is, simply move your hands a half inch farther down on your grip. By doing this, you take off approximately 5 yards from your shot but you don't have to change your swing. You can still make a full swing and not have to worry about hitting harder or softer. When I do this, I am able to hit my 8 iron about 120 yards. You can move your hands down an additional half inch to take off another 5 yards. And you can do this with almost every club in your bag (minus the putter of course). It's almost like your adding 2 more golf clubs in between each club.

    Improved Golf Score
    I am amazed at how accurate this little golf tip is and I believe this can benefit all golfers, especially beginners and newbies. But you may be wondering, 'how can this improve my golf score?' I thought of a few examples that can show how this could improve your score.

    Imagine, if your would, that I am playing from the fairway for my second shot and there is a nice breeze coming from behind me, which would carry my ball farther. I figure that the wind may push my ball a good 5 to 7 yards. If my yardage was, let's say, 126 yards to the center of the green, I would normally hit a full 8 iron. But since the wind is helping from behind, it could send my ball to the back of the green or even off of the back of the green. So I would adjust my hands on my grip about a half inch farther down on the shaft, which should take about 5 yards off of the shot, and then I would make my normal full shot. Hopefully the wind would push my ball the additional 5 yards and I would get a 125 to 126 yard shot that would land in the center of the green. All without having to hit a softer iron shot.

    Another golf score improvement shot might come when the wind is in your face, or if, for some reason, you need to keep your golf ball flight down, like if your playing from under the trees (which I find myself doing a lot of the times, haha). So here is another real world scenario. Imagine that I have driven my golf ball the the right and it came to rest underneath some trees. I have a somewhat clear shot to the green but I will need to keep my golf ball kind of low to avoid hitting some branches. Let's say I am 115 yards from the centre of the green, and that normally would be a full 9 iron shot for me. But the loft of the 9 iron may send my ball too high. So what I would do in this situation is take my 8 iron (which I normally hit 126 yards with a full shot) and would place my hands about an inch farther down shaft than I normally would. I would then make a full shot. Choking down an inch on the shaft should result in a shot that is 10 yards shorter than my average, resulting in a 116 yard shot, but with a lower ball flight, hopefully missing the branches.

    Adjust your Grip to Improve your Golf Score
    I'm sure I will find other areas that this golf tip method may come in handy. But it certainly makes a point that beginners should learn the average distance of each golf club. By knowing these numbers, you will be able to make fine tuned adjustments in your swing that can result in more accuracy thus resulting in an improved golf score. I recommend that you find an open field or a fairway where you can take the time to find your average distances. Write them down for future references. I printed mine out on a sheet of paper and cut it out and taped it to my golf shaft so that when I look down my shaft from address, I can instantly see my average. This makes it easier for me to know how to adjust my grip for yardage changes as well. Once I see the number, I just minus 5 yards or 10 yards off the number.

    Beginners, try this golf tip and let me know what you think about it. If you have tried this, or you currently do this, give us your comments about how it has helped your game or if it has improved your golf score. Can you come up with other areas in the game where this may prove to be helpful?