Long Arms Drill for Improved Distance & Better Ball Striking

Posted by Nick Miller

Jul 31, 2014 5:04:42 PM

The follow-through of the golf swing is much like its report card. If you have a quality follow-through with your arms straight, body turning, tilting, and extending you most likely have a quality impact position. As we discussed in our Credit Card Drill, having the proper impact position allows you to achieve more solid contact and greater distance. However, if your follow-through has poor body positions and your bent elbow has too often been described as a "chicken wing," then very likely you are a golfer frustrated by inconsistencies in ball contact, a slicing ball flight, and not hitting it as far as you feel you should. 

What is really involved in achieving a quality follow through? It's a combination of good arm and wrist motions as well as a body that is doing its part. Keeping the arc of your follow-through as wide as possible through arms that you never allow to bend at the elbow affords you more distance and will contribute to controlling your low point for good contact and your club face for ball control. As for the body–the primary power source for the golf swing–it is turning, staying tilted, and extending up and toward the target to help increase distance. 
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Exclusive First Look - Callaway Big Bertha Gets Faster!

Posted by Justin Kruger

Jul 25, 2014 12:21:00 PM

Hands-on Test Results of the New Callaway Big Bertha V-Series

It seems as though the driver market is shaking out into three different categories. You have a collection of drivers promising low spin, such as the TaylorMade SLDR, Callaway’s Big Bertha Alpha and the PING i25.  In another group you have the drivers that focus on center of gravity (CG) touting high Moment Of Inertia (MOI) and/or adjustability. Lastly, you have the group that seems to be making a comeback, which is the speed group. This segment of the driver market focuses on weight, aerodynamics and club head speed in hopes of getting you that coveted distance gain.

With the release of the new Big Bertha V Series, Callaway has entered the fray in the aforementioned speed department. The new line-up boasts a lightweight design, totaling approximately 290 grams in static weight.  To help in reducing the overall weight and head weight, a forged composite material is used on the crown. The head has also been reshaped to reduce aerodynamic drag throughout the swing. All of these changes are in an effort to help you swing the club faster with the same amount of effort.

The hope is that with more club head speed comes more ball speed. But just in case, Callaway has incorporated the Hyper Speed Face to help deliver more ball speed across the entire hitting surface. Of course, the face is lighter and hotter than the previous face design in the X2 Hot product to help deliver faster, more consistent ball speed.
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Topics: Golf Equipment

No Woods or Mickelson In The Ryder Cup?

Posted by Nick Miller

Jul 23, 2014 6:39:49 PM

As captain of Team USA for the 2014 Ryder Cup, Tom Watson is going to be faced with some very difficult decisions. With the current standings for the Ryder Cup team, two of the biggest names in golf would not automatically qualify and need to be selected using a Captain's pick - Phil Mickelson & Tiger Woods. 

Watson has continued to say that no player is exempt from scrutiny. "If Phil and Tiger don't make it in the mix there, I've got some real thinking to do," said Watson. "Everybody is thinking that I'm going to pick them automatically. I can assure you that I'm not going to pick them automatically." 

Following his worst 72-hole finish in a major, Tiger Woods was asked if he would be inclined to pick him if he were in Watson's position. His response: "I would say yes."
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"Process & Spot" - How These Two Words Won The 2014 Open Championship

Posted by Nick Miller

Jul 21, 2014 3:42:15 PM

Throughout the week at the Open Championship at Royal Liverpool Golf Club, Rory McIlroy had talked about two secret words he used as his trigger for the shots he played and that he would only reveal them if he were to win the tournament. As Sunday evening rolled around in England, Rory was addressing the media with the Claret Jug at his side.

When asked about the secret words, McIlroy said, "Very simple. It's going to be a big letdown for everyone. It was 'process' and 'spot.' That was it." He elaborated on the process of his swing. "With my long shots, I just wanted to stick to my process and stick to making good decisions, making good swings. The process of making a good swing, if I had any sort of little swing thoughts, just keeping that so I wasn't thinking about the end result, basically." As for the spot, McIlroy said, "I was just picking a spot on the green and trying to roll it over my spot. I wasn't thinking about holing it. I just wanted to roll that ball over that spot. If that went in, then great. If it didn't, then I'd try it again on the next hole." So why were these two words so crucial to McIlroy's win this past week? It's really quite simple.
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Driving Irons Are Great...For Tour Players

Posted by Justin Kruger

Jul 17, 2014 2:13:15 PM

In honor of the Open Championship being played this week, I thought it would be a good time to look deeper into the trend of driving irons. This week especially, we hear a lot about tour players putting these specialty clubs in the bag. Coincidentally, many manufacturers will also coordinate the launch of the latest and greatest driving irons with the start of the British Open.

First, lets talk about the benefits of the driving iron and why they are so popular for the world’s best players. The driving iron offers a smaller, more compact head design than a hybrid, yet more forgiveness than a traditional 2 iron. This smaller head design pushed the center of gravity (CG) closer to the face and creates less dynamic loft at impact. For weeks such as this, where wind typically plays a factor, that creates a lower, more penetrating ball flight, due to a lower launch angle and decreased spin rates.
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2014 British Open Odds - Pick Your Winner!

Posted by Nick Miller

Jul 15, 2014 3:15:20 PM

Rory McIlroy Is The Current Favorite

With the British Open getting underway on Thursday morning at Royal Liverpool, it's time to evaluate the odds to win the tournament. You might be surprised at the current front runners given some recent tournament performances. Rory McIlroy is the current favorite to win the Championship with World #1 Adam Scott close behind. Fan favorite Tiger Woods faces the worst odds for a major championship he has faced for years. After missing the cut at Quicken Loans National a few weeks ago, many wonder if Woods will be able to truly compete in what will be his first major of the season. And even with a win at the Open Championship this week, Tiger Woods cannot reclaim the World #1 from Adam Scott.

However, there are four players that have a chance to take over as World #1 should Adam Scott struggle. Henrik Stenson, Justin Rose, Bubba Watson, and Jason Day all have a mathematical chance of replacing Scott at the top of the list. Check out the most recent odds below, courtesy of Odds Shark. Who do you think has the best chance to win the Open Championship this week?

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Stu Blasius's U.S. Senior Open Gets Under Way

Posted by Nick Miller

Jul 11, 2014 5:57:06 PM

After a hot and humid day at Oak Tree National, round 1 of the 2014 U.S. Senior Open is complete. Colin Montgomery led the pack heading into day 2 after a 6-under 65 but has started today's round slowly. Halfway through Round 2, Scott Dunlap is at the top of the leaderboard following a 3-under 68.

GolfTEC's StuBlasius shot 83 during round 1, finishing the day at 12-over par. After an even-par start through the first few holes, Stu got a first hand look at how demanding theseUSGA courses can be and the immense precision required to post a very low score. Stu'scaddy BryanVander May said that while the course was set up very fair, a few shots a fraction off line was the difference between a good round and the round he had. Despite the score, Stu was in good spirits.


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Countdown to the British Open

Posted by Patrick Hester

Jul 10, 2014 4:11:00 PM

The oldest of the four major championships, The Open, inaugurated in 1860, has only been skipped during times of war (1915-1919 and 1940-1945) and once due to a lack of a prize (1871). The current champion, Phil Mickelson, joined the ranks of champions in 2013 when he shot a 66 (-5) in the final round, edging out runner-up Henrik Stenson. That match was played at Muirfield, host to sixteen championships to date. Muirfield is a links course arranged as two loops of nine holes, one clockwise, one counter-clockwise (out and in), and was extended by 211 yards following the 2002 Championship game, bringing the total yards to 7,245.

But this year, the championship is being played at the Royal Liverpool in Merseyside in North West England. Here, an extra competitor stalks the greens and whether you’re Rory McIlroy, Keegan Bradley, Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods or Sergio Garcia, you need to be prepared for this competitor known simply as - The Wind. Winds, blowing in off the Irish Sea, is the biggest defense offered at Royal Liverpool. You have mounds and moguls, uneven stances, thick heather and deep pot bunkers - even flat greens - but it’s the wind you have to watch for.

 

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Golf Course Evolution: Good or Bad?

Posted by Nick Miller

Jul 10, 2014 11:11:00 AM

Do Longer & More Challenging Courses Help The Game?

There is no denying the game of golf has evolved dramatically over time. It is a completely different game than when players like Bobby Jones, Sam Snead, Ben Hogan, and Byron Nelson played. It has even shifted significantly since Arnold Palmer & Jack Nicklaus were competing for and winning major after major. But has golf evolved in a way that is beneficial for the sport? As technology continues to improve, golf lessons are becoming more advanced, golf clubs are becoming more forgiving, and the game should be more enjoyable than ever before. That doesn't seem to be the case as 24% fewer people are playing the game now than at the peak of the sport in 2002, according to Pellucid Corp, a consulting firm specializing in the golf industry. Coupled with the rising cost of the game, it seems there are new barriers to entry that simply turn people away before they even get started. In my opinion, nobody said it any better than Lee Trevino in 2012 during an interview with the Golf Channel: "Golf is too long and difficult." 
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Stuart Blasius Wraps Up His Preparation for Round 1

Posted by Nick Miller

Jul 9, 2014 4:05:00 PM

Tuesday at the U.S. Senior Open. Only two days until Round 1 begins and all the players are starting to feel the excitement. Stu and Bryan have kept themselves busy and offer another account of the overall experience and what they continue to learn as the major gets teed off later this week. 

Stu tees off Thursday, July 10th at 9:00am on hole number 1 and will be playing with Ron Skayhan and Rob Gibbons. For live scoring updates, be sure to check the official website of the 2014 U.S. Senior Open. 

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