Archive for the ‘Golf Tips’ Category
Tuesday, June 14th, 2016
Thanks to beginner-friendly golfing venues such as TopGolf, the sport is seeing an influx of new players. While activities such as driving the ball into specific targets can give a potential golfer a taste, it doesn’t necessarily set them up for success at the tee.
To try to shed a little light, and encourage our newest golf enthusiasts, we have compiled a series of tried-and-true golf tips that literally ANY golfer can benefit from.
Tip #1 (this may be the most important of all, so if you can only remember one, this is it!)
Keep Your Head Down!!!
Keeping your eyes as firmly planted on the ball as your feet are on the ground. From the backswing all the way down, and into the follow through until it lands (or disappears into the water), your eyes are on the ball.
Get into a solid stance…
…and commit it to memory. Feet shoulder-width apart. Hips square. Posture straight. Completely balanced. Find this stance and be sure you can duplicate it every time you approach the ball.
Practice your correct grip
- Draw lines on your glove.
- Put the side of the grip against your fingers, with the toe up.
- Let the handle rest just under your heel pad and runs to your index finger.
- The grip should touch the middle joints of your middle two fingers.
- Your right hand should sit over your left thumb.
- Hold the club at a 45-degree angle with wrists facing each other and proper grip pressure.
Leave your driver out of play… for now
We know you went out and bought yourself the latest and greatest, fastest, and lightest driver you could find… but most experts recommend that you not use it for at least 18 months. Start with your pitching wedge and master using each club effectively over time before you introduce the driver to your game.
Stick to mostly par 3 courses in the beginning
Allowing yourself to develop as a player, perfecting your grip, your stance, and your swing. Playing “easier”, lower-par courses will give you the confidence you need to master each skill.
Learn how to correctly strike the ball
Even the pros need a little help from time to time, and when they’re not recording their own videos, they’re watching other pros’ how-to videos, hoping to gain a little insight, steal some wisdom, and improve upon what we would all consider pretty darn close to perfect. Watch videos, and practice the tips you’ve learned regularly.
Perfect your swing
Ok, we lied—it’ll never be perfect, but alongside putting, it’s the one thing you’ll always have to work on.
Even Tiger has a swing coach, so don’t think that if you had one good day on the course that you’ve perfected your swing!
Some of our favorite swing tips:
- Keep your hands low—The lower you hands and followthrough, the lower the ball flight, and longer the trajectory
- Fix the “flip” or early release—Set up a duffel bag full of towels and push the club head into the bag. Set your body into a good impact position with the lead arm and shaft forming one straight, vertical line. Hold this position to learn the “feel”.
- Keep the “K”—In your stance, bend slightly forward from the hip sockets and back from the knees. You should be able to draw a line from the top of the spine through the tip of the elbow and then from the tip of your knee down through the ball joint of your foot. Your bent leg creates a “K”, which should be maintained all the way through the swing.
- Take the inside path—Your swing path needs to come just slightly from the inside. Practice this using the “Box Drill”. Stand the top half of a golf ball box on its side, aligning it parallel to your desired path. Practice swinging so the shaft passes just over the box without touching it.
Once you’ve mastered everything here, you’re ready for the next nemesis of every golfer… putting. Stay tuned for more tips, and in the meantime, keep golfing!
Friday, May 27th, 2016
“Where the Competition of Sport Meets Your Favorite Local Hangout”
The time has come where the sport of golf isn’t exclusively a businessman’s sport, a “rich man’s game”, or for “gentlemen only”. It’s gaining popularity at a rapid rate, shedding its exclusivity, and becoming a sport that knows no race, religion, or income level. The catalyst for that change largely in part is Topgolf.
What IS Topgolf?
A typical bay at a Topgolf facility
From the Topgolf website: “Topgolf is the premier golf entertainment complex where the competition of sport meets your favorite local hangout. Players hit golf balls containing computer microchips that track each shot’s accuracy and distance while also awarding points for hitting targets on the outfield. Each venue offers an upscale, laid-back experience that features climate-controlled hitting bays, event spaces for groups of all sizes, and an impressive food and drink menu.”
If you haven’t had the pleasure of attending an event at a local Topgolf, or played there with a group of your friends, the concept is simple to explain. For a regular Topgolf match, players score points by hitting balls assigned using microchip technology into any target. The more accurate your shot and the farther the distance, the more points you earn.
They have several types of games and matches you can play, including:
Beginner, and experienced golfers compete mano-a-mano on a level playing field. Players are split into teams, and the best score on each ball is used as the score for the team.
For fans of the short game, TopChip uses just the red target (five shots), yellow target (five shots) and green target (10 shots). Hit the correct target and you’ll score points, but hit the wrong one and see your points disappear.
This high-scoring version of Topgolf rewards you for going big. The farther the target you hit and the closer you get to the center flag, the higher the multiple of points you’ll receive.
Test your touch and accuracy by hitting all nine sections within the yellow target. Close out the first level, then see point values multiply during levels two and three. Be careful not to hit the same section twice or you’ll lose points.
Break out your big guns, and take aim at our farthest targets. Not for the faint of heart, this game challenges even the most experienced and powerful drivers.
Similar to TopChip, this game challenges you to hit the targets at four consecutive distances (five shots each). The starting target you choose (red, yellow or green) determines the game’s level of difficulty.
Groups of players can reserve a bay in a local Topgolf for as low as $30, and enjoy the game and one another’s company in their own climate-controlled area. Food and beverages are delivered straight to you and your guests, and they have a great selection of both.
“The overall Topgolf concept is bringing potential new players to the game in great numbers. According to reports, 8 million people played at a Topgolf in 2015, and more than half had previously never taken a swing.”
This influx of new golfers has caught the attention of PGA and LPGA executives, and the three entities have now begun cross-promoting their services and events.
If you’re looking to plan an event, and aren’t sure what venue to choose, Topgolf may be your answer. Absolutely NO golf experience is required, and they offer food and beverage packages for medium to large groups.
Thursday, March 31st, 2016
We’ve covered pro tips on how to reduce your putting average, but before you concern yourself with getting your ball into the hole in the fewest strokes possible, let’s focus on how best to get the ball TO the green. We are going back to basics here to give you the most effective ways to get some distance off the tee.
Making sure your posture is correct, with your weight over your thighs, and your belt buckle facing the ball. Your weight goes to the inside of your right heel, through to the ball and onto your left foot, just as if you were throwing a ball. One drill you can use to encourage proper transfer of weight is to actually shift your feet as you swing. On the downswing step left, swing through, and bring your right foot to your left. This will give more power to your swing, and allow the ball to travel even further distances. Watch the video
One way to make sure you’re the correct distance from the tee is to set up to the ball, then attempt to lift your heels and wiggle your toes. If you can’t lift your heels, you’re most likely too far away from the ball. If you can’t wiggle your toes, you’re too close. Next, let go of the club with your right hand and make sure you can pass it through between the butt end of the club and your body. Watch the video
Want longer and straighter shots off the tee? If barely hanging on is a zero and gripping as tightly as you can is a 10, you want to be at a 4. A loose grip causes you re-grip the club on the downswing, resulting in decreased swing speed. Watch the video
Starting in golf-proper position, reverse the direction of the club, holding it just below the club head. Using a nice, relaxed motion, swing the club through, making sure that the “woosh” noise happens near the ball rather than behind it. Watch the video
Make sure your shoulder is turned over your right thigh on the backswing, allowing for more upper body torque and a more powerful, explosive swing. Watch the video
Imagining that the ball is a globe, and the midline of the ball the equator, the top half of the ball should be above the top of the driver. Teeing the ball too high will make the ball fly straight up in the air, teeing the ball too low will drive the ball into the ground—but teeing the ball so that the imaginary line of the equator falls just above the top of the driver will encourage the ball to travel farther and straighter. Watch the video
Reversing the backswing to “out to under” instead of “under to over”. Get the club head to stay outside your hands on the backswing and drop it inside on the downswing. Watch the video
Using a driving range basket held between your elbows, this drill will help you keep your elbows and torso aligned and tighter, promoting a better backswing and simplifying your downswing. Watch the video
Use the wide variety of golf ball technology to your advantage, using different balls in different situations. Most amateur, high-handicap golfers should be playing with a high-spin long shot ball, low-spin short shot ball. On a firm, dry course, for example, you can play the Titleist Pro V1 for more spin, while on a softer course, you could play a ball like the Titleist Pro V1x. Watch the video
We hope you found something useful here. Let us know if you find any of these successful in improving your distance off of the tee! Follow us on Facebook to stay up to date on our latest Golf Tips articles.
Monday, August 31st, 2015
When we choose our club and step up to that tee, we all want to believe that we play like a pro. When the driver connects with the ball and sends it flying toward the pin… our hopes go with it. Hole in one? Will we land in the rough? Have to chip out of the sand? Land on the green but 20 feet away from the hole with an impossible slope? These pros face these same challenges… and with16 hours a day of practice… you can, indeed, play just like them. Otherwise, check out the clubs they use to get the job done, and watch a few videos while you’re here.
Longest Average Drives: Rory McIlroy
Rory McIlroy Driver Swing
Longest recorded PGA Tour drive
In Sept. 25, 1974, Mike Austin rocketed a drive 515 yards while competing in the U.S. National Senior Open Championship at Desert Rose, Las Vegas. What’s even more amazing was that Austin, now deceased, was 64 at the time he set the record.
Longest average driver in the PGA today:
Not quite 515 yards, but definitely a respectable distance. Rory McIlroy has a 306.6 yards average drive during his career.
What’s in Rory’s bag?
Driver used: Nike Vapor Pro
Also in his bag:
3-Wood: Nike Vapor Speed (15 degrees, Fujikura Rombax Pro 95 X shaft)
5-Wood: Nike Vapor Speed (19 degrees, Fujikura Rombax Pro 95 X shaft)
4-9 Irons: Nike VR Pro Blades (Royal Precision Project X 7.0 shafts)
46-Degree Wedge: Nike VR Forged (Royal Precision Project X 6.5 shaft)
52-Degree Wedge: Nike VR Forged (Royal Precision Project X 6.5 shaft)
56-Degree Wedge: Nike VR Forged (Royal Precision Project X 6.5 shaft)
59-Degree Wedge: Nike Engage Dual Sole (Royal Precision Project X 6.5 shaft)
Putter: Nike Method 006
Rory McIlroy’s Driving Method:
Rory McIlroy Driver - Extreme Slow Down
Phil Mickelson: Trick shot
Phil Mickelson Trick Shot
It’s no secret. Despite his failed attempt at the Barclay’s this weekend, Phil Mickelson is the king of the trick shot… and following along with the modern saying of “pics or it didn’t happen”, he’s released a few videos demonstrating his trick shot mastery.
Phil Mickelson trick shot over Roger Cleveland
Phil Mickelson Backwards Shot
Phil Mickelson Backwards Shot How-To Video
What’s in Phil’s bag?
Equipment is accurate as of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational (8/9/15).
Wedges: Callaway Mack Daddy PM Grind (56-13, 60-10, 64-10)
Shafts: KBS Tour-V 125X
Other clubs in his bag:
Driver: Callaway Big Bertha Alpha 816 Double Black Diamond (8.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Rayon Fubuki J 60X
3 Wood: Callaway X Hot Pro 3Deep (13 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Rayon Fubuki K 70X
Utility: Callaway Apex UT (18 degrees)
Shaft: KBS Tour-V 125X
Utility: Callaway Apex UT (21 degrees)
Shaft: KBS Tour-V 125X
Irons: Callaway X-Forged ’13 (5-PW)
Shafts: KBS Tour-V 125X
Putter: Odyssey PM Prototype
Loft: 5 degrees
Grip: SuperStroke JP 40
Golf Ball: Callaway Chrome Soft Prototype
Jason Day: Putting
Jason Day Putting
Ranked #2 for putting as of the 2015 Barclay’s, Jason Day’s short putt technique is second to… well… Jimmy Walker.
What’s in Jason’s Day’s bag?
Putter: TaylorMade Ghost Spider IB Black Prototype
Driver: TaylorMade R15 460 (10.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Rayon KuroKage S TiNi 70X (tipped 1 inch)
Swing Weight: D3
Fairway Wood: TaylorMade AeroBurner 3HL (16.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Rayon KuroKage S TiNi 80X
Specs: Actual loft is 14.5 degrees
Irons: TaylorMade RSi 2 (2 iron)
TaylorMade RSi TP (4-PW)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold X7
RSi TP Specs: Irons are bent between 2.5 and 3 degrees strong
Wedges: TaylorMade Tour Preferred EF Tour Grind (47, 52 and 58)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400
Ball: TaylorMade Tour Preferred X
How to putt like Jason Day:
Walk the line and get a feel for the pitch of the green.
“You’re not walking around the putt,” Day said recently at a media outing presented by Adidas at Reynolds Plantation. “In this case, you’re walking the line so you may be feeling something with your feet that you can’t see, even if you’re staring down from the hole to the ball. You’re able to feel the actual putting line.”
Why? Your eyes can sometimes deceive you. Course designers are notorious for optical illusions, using the lay of the land to trick your eyes into either seeing breaks that aren’t there, or hiding subtle breaks that are.
The only way to tell for sure is to use your sense of touch, through your feet.
PGA article on making fewer putts: http://www.pga.com/golf-instruction/lesson-learned/putting/four-tips-help-make-more-putts
Monday, April 4th, 2011
Budget Golf is pleased to announce our new Callaway Iron Selector application on our website! The Callaway Iron Selector helps take the guess work out of finding the correct Callaway iron for you! To use this handy feature, select any in-line Callaway iron on our website and click on on the iron selector link. Follow the prompts and in a matter of minutes you will be brought to the Callaway iron that best suits your game! If you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to give one of our customer service representatives a call to help select the right set of sticks for you!!!
Wednesday, March 30th, 2011
Check out the new Tour Striker Swing Trainer! We just got these in and I after spending a little time in our practice area, I was already noticing the benefits of this swing trainer. The Tour Striker is designed to teach golfers how to properly hit down on the ball at impact. The leading edge of the Tour Striker is rounded and the face is located high up on that curve, forcing you to deliver the club with a descending motion in order to make contact with the ball. The Tour Striker features a cast stainless head and comes stock with a light weight regular flex steel shaft. Of all the new training aids on the market this year, I think the Tour Striker may be the best!
Saturday, February 19th, 2011
Tuesday, July 20th, 2010
Finally, a putting trainer that is designed to help you keep your head in place. The new Putting Cyclops is a unique putting aid that can be adapted to both right and left handed players and the device will accommodate a wide variety of putting strokes. The Putting Cyclops was designed by LPGA Tour players looking to find a way to keep their head in place throughout the entire putting stroke. A common mistake that most golfers have is that they tend to directly watch the putter head or look at it in their peripheral vision. This causes you to take your eye off of the ball and the movement of your head will often make you open or close the putter head causing your ball to roll offline. (more…)
Tuesday, July 6th, 2010
Hank Haney has worked with some of the world’s best players including Tiger Woods and now you can benefit from his teachings without the huge price tag! It is now your time to learn what Hank has been teaching to over 200 professional golfers worldwide. The new Hank Haney Swing Band is designed to slip over your wrists to teach you the correct wrist position throughout the swing. The Swing Band will help put your wrists and arms in the correct swing plane and show you the correct grip pressure to maximize power and accuracy. (more…)
Monday, June 28th, 2010
Step onto any practice range at a professional golf tournament and you will definitely notice these new Tour Sticks Golf Sticks populating the bags of today’s top touring professionals. The Tour Sticks Golf Sticks are the hottest training aid on the market right now and are an absolute must have for anyone looking to make dramatic changes to their golf game. Tour Sticks are a portable multi-functional training tool that is used to reinforce the fundamentals of the swing. Golfers can now work on their swing plane, alignment and aim with the use of one simple tool. (more…)