Having Trouble with Golf Club Selection?

Having Trouble with Golf Club Selection?

There is more to club selection than just, “what did you hit Bill?”.  Back in the old days, most all the golf clubs were uniform.  A six iron had about 36 degrees of loft, (today’s average is 32) and the length was about the same, even if the golfer was 6″ 3″” tall.

I remember when Ping first came out with their golf clubs with the number on the back of the golf club.  Golfers at that time thought is was unfair for the opponent to know what golf club the golfer was hitting.

Most golfers have no idea exactly what they hit their six iron vs. their seven.  They guesstimate and in a lot of cases exaggerate their ability, because they think of that one great shot they hit instead of working with an average distance and with a swing tempo they can handle.  A consistent swing tempo is critical to developing golf club selection that is effective and dependable.

Here’s a road map you might consider:

1) Choose one golf ball you like and can afford and stick to it.
2) Go to a par three late in the afternoon when there sin’t a lot of play and hit a six iron to a green with about six balls and average out the distances to the pitch mark.
3) If you can’t do that try an open field or a quite driving range with your own golf balls.
4) Have your lofts and lie checked on your golf clubs.  Your lofts must be consistent, (most likely four degrees difference in loft per golf club) in order to have a consistent difference in distance per golf club.  Most say it’s about 10-12 yards per club.

Watch this video for further information on this topic.

Your Tournament Swing and Regular Everyday Golf Swing Are NOT The Same!

Your Tournament Swing and Regular
Everyday Golf Swing Are NOT The Same!

I had the honor of participating in the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame Golf Tournament on Wednesday and it was fun to feel that tournament swing again. I had a great group of guys to play with and considering all the fun we had, I thought we did pretty good.

The motto of this story is that you have to slow down and be more deliberate in tournament play. I noticed my playing partners hitting their short irons a mile but I personally throttle back and take an extra stick so I can hold my balance and tempo.

I had no idea who I was going to play with and it turned out to be a great day. I never consider “stacking” a team for a Captain’s choice event. The purpose of the event is to support the charity or cause and enjoy the fellowship and new friends you make.

That’s what golf is all about.

You Can Try Too Hard and Get Worse!

You Can Try Too Hard and Get Worse!

I see folks trying TOO hard at getting better and sometimes go through a very difficult period until they get tired and relax. When you’re practicing make sure you hold the golf club lightly in your hands. Take a breather after each shot. Grip pressure is a real killer if you don’t be careful.

In fact, many a golfer who says, “it was that last shot on 18th hole that keeps me coming back”….well did you ever think that maybe you just finally relaxed because you knew the round was over.

Nobody is shooting at you and they are not going to electrocute you if you play bad. Lighten up your attitude, grip and forearms. Nicklaus used to talk about soft forearms all the time.

Just like a receiver in football trying so hard he starts dropping passes you too can try so hard and think so much that you get yourself tied up in knots.

Overall on the golf course don’t think! Drill…drill…drill and forget it! Let the work you did on the range meld in to your golf game. Don’t take it on the golf course.

Playing Golf Under Pressure

Playing Golf Under Pressure

Whether it’s the US Open or a $2.00 Nassau with your buddies everyone feels some kind of pressure when they attempt to perform. An entertainer experiences pressure before starting a show, as does a concert pianist etc. How about Doctors about to perform a major operation…now that’s pressure! Somebody could die…this is only golf.

Let me give you a few tips that helped me. Please understand that we are talking about the mind and individual personal conditions that each of us carry along with us. Differences in personality and mental makeup. Also consider that sometimes the pressure is strictly psychological.

The first hurdle I had to climb was to NOT care what other golfers think. A touring pro I would used to take lessons with would make me rip up my score card after the round whether the score was good or bad. He would say…”it’s over and nobody cares.”

It true…can you remember who finished third in the US Open in 2005? You might not remember who won! I don’t…and yes I don’t care.

You’re not out to impress anyone and if you are concerned that you are going to be looked at in a negative manner just because you had a bad day on the golf course then you need to NOT play competitive golf.

My son Brandon was a football place kicker. I think the pressure place kickers experience is far greater than that of a golfer. You have 40 guys who are sweating on the side line after working their tails off all day and you are asked to make a 35 yard field goal to win the game. You have to face those same guys in the locker room after the game and during practice all week long.

What I taught my son I will now share with you. I always told him, “if you are busy enough trying to accomplish your pre-kick routine then you won’t have time to get nervous.”

I believe you need a very good pre-shot routine before you hit a golf ball. First you decide what club to hit and how the shot will look once you hit it…all in your mind’s eye. Then you start your pre-shot routine of approaching the golf ball the same way every time. Taking the same number of waggles before you hit every time…then let her go. What ever happens…..happens! No use worrying

You have to believe in your practice habits first…believing that you practiced the proper things and that you did them the proper way. Then you need to believe that you’re making the right decision in club selection and shot selection. Then believe in your pre-shot routine and again let it go. Don’t second guess yourself.

Stay focused on these tasks and you won’t have time to get nervous.

Jimmy Demerit gave me a tip once. He said whenever he would get a little tight on the golf course he would just say to himself. “well they can’t electrocute me if I play bad”. He said he would relax and do fine.

Relax and enjoy the game. They won’t electrocute you if you play bad but if I find out I might water board you!

Bobby Lopez, PGA