8 Golf Analysis Terms To Know

Posted by Nick Miller

Sep 25, 2014 10:30:00 AM

Have you ever watched a round of golf on television and heard the announcer say things like "he really swung with a negative attack angle," or "he is using a lower bounce wedge this week?" Much of what is said when analyzing amateur and professional golfers is very technical and can often be confusing without the proper explanation. In this post, we look at 8 common golf analysis terms that are commonly used and many times misunderstood by the ordinary golfer. 

Attack Angle

The attack angle, simply put, is a measurement of how much a golfer is hitting up or down on the ball at impact. It tells you whether the club head is moving up or down at impact. In order to create "ball first" contact, shots hit off the ground should have a negative attack angle. Research has shown that the longer the golf club, the closer to level the attack angle should be in order to optimize distance. For instance on tour, the average PGA player hits his driver with an attack angle of -1.0 degrees and a six iron with an attack angle of -4 degrees.
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Golf Flexibility Drills - Part 2

Posted by Nick Miller

Sep 12, 2014 7:01:21 PM

How many times have you been playing golf and taken three, five, sometimes even nine holes to really warm up and find your rhythm? Or conversely, do you ever find yourself after your round sitting in the car or having drinks feeling very stiff and tight? Because at GolfTEC we know stubborn hips, tight shoulders, and stiff hamstrings don't help your golf game, we're back for part 2 of our series of golf flexibility drills and stretching exercises to do before and after your round of golf! 

In the latest edition of golf flexibility drills, GolfTEC's Ashley "AC" Cox explains four additional pre-round and post-round stretches to add to your golf routine. 
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Missbusters! The Common Slice Infographic

Posted by Nick Miller

Sep 11, 2014 11:21:00 AM

Welcome to Missbusters, where we analyze the top missed shots in the game of golf.

In this issue of Missbusters, we are looking at the most common miss in amateur golf, the slice. View and download The Common Slice infographic below. Be sure to visit GolfTEC.com/Missbusters for additional drills and information on the slice and check back often for the latest issue of Missbusters!

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Ryder Cup 101

Posted by Nick Miller

Sep 10, 2014 4:48:10 PM

Every two years, professional golf shifts its focus from individual competition to team competition in the Ryder Cup. The United States versus Europe. Players not only represent themselves, but their countries. Leading up to the 1987 Ryder Cup, Tom Kite said, "This has nothing to do with money. It's bigger than that. This is playing for Uncle Sam, and Sam expects a lot." For many years, the United States dominated the event. However, since 1985 Team Europe has won twice as many times as Team USA, winning 8 and halving 1 of the 13 Ryder Cups. 

This compelling and emotional event is unlike any other and thus the format doesn't follow that of a typical PGA tournament. The competition lasts for three total days with matches played in two different formats the first two days and twelve singles matches played on the final day. All matches are played under Match Play rules, so the winner of each match is determined by the number of holes won, not the total score. The names and formats of the matches can be confusing. Below are the schedules and explanations for the three days of competition.
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Staggered Stance Drill To Produce A Drawing Ball Flight

Posted by Nick Miller

Sep 10, 2014 4:33:00 PM

It is well documented that most golfers still have a slicing ball flight which for most is undesired since many elite players play more of a draw ball flight.  You can break this problem down into two basic components: 1-a club face angle that is open to the path and 2 – a club path traveling outside-to-in of where the club face is aimed.  Which one should you try to tackle first if you are struggling to rid yourself of that pull slice and hit more of a push draw?  The real answer is “it depends,” which is why you should see a local GolfTEC Certified Professional Coach near you. For the purposes of this drill, however, we are going to change the path of the club first!

Following up from a previous drill, the “Long Arms Drill,” it will be difficult to get your arms extended if your hands work initially away from your body during the downswing and move in towards your body through impact. The result is a slice, poor contact, and your buddies telling you “you're over the top again!”  The Staggered Stance Drill is going to help you better control the direction your club swings because, after all, the club is attached to the hands so it makes sense to control the swing of the hands if we want to control the swinging of the club. 

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10 Golf Etiquette Do's & Dont's

Posted by Nick Miller

Sep 9, 2014 10:22:24 AM

For a new golfer, getting into the game of golf can be intimidating. There are all these unwritten rules, different things you should and shouldn't do on the course. But getting started shouldn't intimidate you too much. There are a few key golf etiquette do's and don'ts that will have you feeling more comfortable being on the course in no time. Here is your golf etiquette cheat sheet: 

DO:

  1. Respect the rules of the golf course you are playing.
    • This ranges from dress code to keeping your cart on the path when instructed. 
  2. Be aware of other golfers on the course.
  3. Yell "Fore," when your shot is heading toward other golfers.
    • Even if your ball probably won't be near the other golfers, it's better to be safe than sorry.
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The 2014 BMW Championship at Cherry Hills

Posted by Nick Miller

Sep 2, 2014 3:14:00 PM

The excitement continues and the pressure builds as the FedExCup Playoffs continue this week at Cherry Hills Country Club in Denver, Colorado for the BMW Championship. Cherry Hills has been the home of many amateur and professional tournaments over the years, including nine USGA competitions and two PGA Championships. Past champions have included some of the game's greatest: Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, and Phil Mickelson to name a few. And while the course has been a host to many tournaments over the years, only a few of the top 70 FedExCup points leaders competing will have any prior course knowledge.

Among the most memorable events at Cherry Hills was the 1960 U.S. Open when Arnold Palmer collected his third major championship and first U.S. Open title. He started the day by driving the first hole, a 313 yard par 4 came and back from a seven shot deficit to defeat Jack Nicklaus. Palmer relives the victory in the video below:
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Say Goodbye to 3-putts!

Posted by Mark Legenza

Aug 28, 2014 11:13:00 AM

The Five-Second Rule

While we would all like to make every putt, the reality is that lag putting is an important part of the game. Improving your lag putting will allow you to leave yourself a much easier and more managable second putt, thereby reducing the frequency that you have a dreaded 3-putt. Eliminating 3-putts will quickly lower your score and improve your confidence on the golf course. 

I want you to try this at home; Find a friend and stand five feet apart. Toss a ball underhanded to your friend. Now have them toss the ball back to you. Continue this exercise for a couple throws. Did anyone underthrow or overthrow so badly that the ball was uncatchable?
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Mizuno Metal Woods - Do You Root For The Underdog?

Posted by Justin Kruger

Aug 26, 2014 10:20:00 AM

If you are looking for a dark horse in the driver race for 2015, I believe we may have found it. Later this fall, Mizuno will unveil a new line of metal woods, the JPX-850. The line will include a driver, fairway wood and hybrid option. By the looks of things, Mizuno is making a serious run at the metal wood category. This line up boasts some legit new technology that may help them make a run at some perennial favorites in the metal wood market. 

Let’s start in the hybrids, because if I started with driver, you wouldn’t read past that! The big story here comes in the form of the new Shock Wave Sole. Basically, it looks like an accordion on the bottom of the club, which officially marks the first time playing with an accordion can be considered cool. The real benefit of this new technology is the fact that it allows the entire face to contract and expand on impact. When this happens, more of the energy generated during the swing is actually transferred to the ball. More energy, more speed; more speed, more distance. Easy enough, right?!
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The Barclays: Fun Facts and Trivia

Posted by Patrick Hester

Aug 22, 2014 4:49:00 PM

It’s been a year since the 2013 Masters Champion Adam Scott finished early on Sunday night with a bogey-free round of 66 to win The Barclays. Scott moved to a career-best number 2 in the world that day (at that time in his career), finishing at 11-under 273, beating out Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Justin Rose in a heated race.

This month, The Barclays comes to the Ridgewood Country Club in Paramus, NJ, one of the oldest country clubs in America. The 27-hole golf course, designed by A. W. Tillinghast in 1929, has been restored and improved in recent years.  The $8 million dollar project saw the construction of 26 new tees, an expansion of the pond on hole #1 on the Center nine, a new irrigation system, and the restoration of the bunkers all back to their original A. W. Tillinghast design.  The Championship Course was developed for The Barclays tournaments and is a composite of the more difficult holes from the three original nine hole courses of the club known as: East, Center and West.  
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