When is the Right Time to Buying a set of Golf Clubs?

Right Time to Buying a set of Golf Clubs

Right Time to Buying a set of Golf Clubs

When is the Right Time to Buying a set of Golf Clubs?

Birthday and Christmas presents along with special treats are a good time to pick up a new set of clubs. However, that timing might not fit into your golfing schedule. Consequently, it is difficult to know when the best time to buy new clubs actually is. There are financial implications, but, just as important is the time taken getting used to playing with your new bats. 

Starting out playing Golf

If you are beginning at the game of golf and the major questions are what should you do about clubs and how much will I spend in case I won’t like the game in 6 months? Buying the cheapest set of clubs is fine if the clubs suit your body build. To get the right advice, visit your local pro and not the biggest discount golf shop, as it’s likely the clubs you buy may not be the right fit for you.
You still don’t have to buy a new set of clubs; however, you should get golf lessons along with getting fitted for the right shaft length and the right golf club lie angle. Taking a series of golf lessons will develop a better golf posture and hitting action.

Taking Golf Lessons

During or before a series of full swing lessons is probably the worst time to buy new clubs. Also, depending on how much you practice and the positions within setup or swing that are being adjusted. Such as posture and hand position at impact will affect club lie angle. Other notables such as swing plane & angle of attack & spin rates are some of the factors for shaft selection. Just simply getting used to a new feel or a new golf swing move takes time to get used to.Subsequently, during a series of golf lessons, your golf swing to golf club specifications will change. Moreover, ideally, you would like to be at your best when spending time at a club fitting session. If you aren’t taking lessons and go for a club fitting. The golf Pro may offer some swing advice helping you to hit better shots.
However, changing your clubs before or after a series golf lessons may push you into your new swing method quicker. If you fall back into your old swing habits, your shots may get worse because your clubs may suit you as well as they could. This maybe more to do with the lie angle of the club rather than the shaft. I find that the shaft fitting process nowadays is accurate.

Ranting about playing bad golf and hitting crap shots!

As you know this can happen at some stage every week! When the game is so bad, “it must be the clubs”, missing puts “can’t line up the bloody putter” “ENOUGH!!” of this says you!!! The memories of all the great shots played are long since forgotten… Remember, it’s likely that you have played great golf with those clubs at some stage. However! A new club can get the golf blood flowing positively, given that you are custom fitted, the latest and greatest technology should offer you something your old driver didn’t.

How long to get used to a new set of clubs?

I would say to every person that I meet for golf club fitting or golf lessons, is to enjoy playing golf. Changing clubs during the season can affect your chances whilst competing for the major titles within your golf club. Changing a set of clubs will more than likely change how far you will hit each club. Consider the months that you will be playing lots of golf and if you do change clubs mid-season, are there 4 – 6 weeks where you can work on feeling the best shots you can hit and measure the average distances of each of the clubs?

Golf Club Performance

In the last 10 years, golf club technology means that the life and performance of golf clubs can be a decade rather than years. However, wedges are more frequently used than other clubs and the grooves on your wedges will wear out more quickly than on your irons. This means the spin shorts in will not grip as much as the ball used too. But you might find if you bought your clubs off the rack 10 years ago that the clubs available now will perform better for you!
Without question, Golf grips should also be replaced at least every 8 to 14 months.  Conversely, maintaining feel, grip, and control of the club. Furthermore, aging grooves on your irons can cause flyer lies more often and, so if your clubs are looking a little tired, it could be time to investigate an upgrade.

Final Suggested Advise!

While it’s hard to offer the perfect answer, I would suggest there is a seven-month period best suited to buying new clubs –  from September to March. Notably, the winter months will give you time to get used to them. Also, a winter purchase will accommodate any winter coaching while still offering enough time to be ready for the season’s opener.

Contact information

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Blog post Information Source “Golf Monthly’s Joel Tadman”

Accurate Golf Practice

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Accurate Golf Practice

Accurate Golf Practice

Firstly, ask yourself how accurate do you practise? Also, do you plan how and what you’re going to practice? Also, do you fit into any one of the following categories?

Are you a “Boom the driver”:

This is the type of practice where the golfer hits the range. Notably, after the golfer has hit a few wedge shots and perhaps hitting a few 6 iron shots. The golfer notices the sound of other golfers whacking the ball down the range! That sound sends the golfer straight for the driver and starts booming the ball down the range! The golfer is now hitting ball after ball without any practice swing or plan, except hitting the ball as hard as they can.

Do you have “a good idea of what to do”:

This golfer has taken a few golf lessons and he/she is practising their new swing movements.  Also, this golfer is almost following the practice plan agreed with the golf coach. However, they are just practising lightly and their concentration is broken by looking around at everyone else at the range and wondering how they are hitting the ball.

You have your very own “Specific Practice Plan & Log Book”:

Post each competitive golf round. This golfer is taking detailed notes from their on-course decisions and the variety of shots played. This data is gathered and plotted to track performance and scoring trends. Certainly, this activity can identify where this golfer is not scoring. This golfer is specifically working on the particulars of his or her game whilst noting the contents of their practice session. After their practice session, this information is compared to the overall practice goal and purpose of that practice session. Then noted and logged.

Final Point:

Remember you are in control of what you are doing today. You can control how you practice and only you can make the difference to how you play. I would suggest logging notes of how you do what you do. Ultimately, be specific and be accurate. The following are examples of golfing scenarios.

Such scenarios can be avoided by practising as well as you can for the time that you have.

  1. The on-course golfer may take casual aim at the target and after a well-struck shot; the golfer misses the target by some distance or the ball overshoots the target by some distance. Alternatively, the practised golfer is practising aiming the club as accurately as possible for each practice range shot. The shot distance is noted for the range of shots hit.
  2. The on-course the golfer makes a practice swing for the sake of doing something before hitting a shot. The golfer takes one look at the target and hits the shot. Then complains continually about why his or her shots are not going towards the target. Alternatively, the practised golfer makes the best possible practice, uses their mind to see, feel and picture the shot they are about to play. Furthermore, the practised golfer plays the shot and if the shot was good or bad. Consequently, the golf knows that he/she did the best they could do at that time to play a good shot. The outcome is noted and the golfer plays the next shot without a fuss.

Golf is fun and we can all enjoy how we play and how we choose to play. If you need to work on how you practice golf? Contact me today!

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Pace of Play “Get going and Move faster!”

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Pace-of-Play

Pace-of-place and playing faster golf is one of the big challenges facing the game of golf today. Imagine, the player-assistant or course ranger shouting at you from his fog horn! “Get going and move faster on the course, you are holding up the whole course!”. This situation would be very embarrassing and should be avoided at all costs. However, golfers can avoid the course ranger situation by ensuring that they play the game quickly. Also, by being aware of what to do before and after each shot played.

Player Behaviour & time wasting

A lot of time is spent by new golfers hitting the ball to the green and putting is a quicker than a lower handicap golf. The lower handicap will possibly play less shots to the green. But he or she takes more time on the green to complete the hole. So the solution is to be aware of the players that you are with and make up time where possible. In other words, all you can do is be responsible for your own pace of play. Also, encourage others to play faster within your group. The following examples are simple things golfers can do to keep play moving.

On Course Situations Solutions 
Golfers moving slowly between shots? walk faster, it’s healthier!
leaving the bag in the wrong position around the green? park your golf bag where you will exit the green and walk to the next tee.
Players not ready to play? walk to the ball first and be ready to play when it’s your turn to play
Golfers walking to the other player’s ball and watching the shot played. Each golfer should walk to their ball and be ready to play when it’s their turn to play.

Simple tips to help pace-of-play is important for every golf to understand and apply. Enjoy playing faster golf!

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Golf Rules Senior Golfers

New updated golf rules for senior golfers! Certainly, I can think of a few golfers that would find these rules adjustments fun for playing golf.

Golf Rules Senior Golfers

Bad lie!

Rule 1.a.5

A ball sliced or hooked into the rough shall be lifted and placed on the fairway at a point equal to the distance it carried or rolled into the rough with no penalty. The senior should not be penalised for tall grass which ground keepers failed to mow.

Rule 2. d .6 (B)

A ball hitting a tree shall be deemed not to have hit the tree. This is simply bad luck and luck has no place in a scientific game. The senior player must estimate the distance the ball would have travelled if it had not hit the tree and play the ball from there.

Rule 3.B.3(G)

There shall be no such thing as a lost ball. The missing ball is on or near the course and will eventually be found and pocketed by someone else, making it a stolen ball. The player is not to compound the felony by charging himself or herself with a penalty.

Rule 4. c .7( h )

If a putt passes over a hole without dropping, it is deemed to have dropped. The law of gravity supersedes the Rules of Golf.

Rule 5.8

Putts that stop close enough to the cup that they could be blown in, may be blown in. This does not apply to balls more than three inches from the hole. No one wants to make a travesty of the game

Rule 6.a.9( k )

There is no penalty for so-called “out of bounds.” If penny-pinching golf course owners bought sufficient land, this would not occur. The senior golfer deserves an apology, not a penalty.

Rule 7..G.15( z )

There is no penalty for a ball in a water hazard, as golf balls should float. Senior golfers should not be penalised for manufacturers’ shortcomings.

Rule 8. k .9( S)

Advertisements claiming that golf scores can be improved by purchasing new golf equipment. Since this is financially impractical for many senior golfers, one-half stroke per hole may be subtracted for using old equipment.

 

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John Jacobs 50 Greatest Golfers

John Jacobs 50 Greatest Golfers

John Jacobs 50 Greatest Golfers

John Jacobs 50 Greatest Golfers

Since the passing of the famous English golf coach, Mr John Jacobs. I have reread a couple of his books that I have on my bookshelf. Notably, I started reading “50 Greatest Golf Lessons of the Century”. In this book, from the dawn of golf to the modern day golfers, Mr Jacobs talks about 50 of the greatest golfers in the world during that period. From such great golfers as; James Braid, Henry Cotton, to Ben Hogan, Nick Faldo, Tiger Woods and Seve! Consequently, with my golf coaches hat on, I have picked three golfers out of the fifty that struck a chord with me.

Seve Ballesteros Imagination

The 1st was about Seve Ballesteros and “Imagination is the Key to creativity.” John makes a comparison between how Seve learnt to play the game with his 3 iron on the beach and how John learnt to play chips shots with a hickory club on their invented par 3 course behind the back of the caddie shed at Lindrick Golf Club. Both played for hours and used their imaginations to play different shots.

Certainly, Mr Jacobs points out that golfers should practice all types of lies, good, bad and indifferent. Similarly, challenge yourself and practice playing crazy and fun shots. Learn to visualise those shots in your mind and in time you will develop the golfer’s “touch and feel”. Or as he says “feel it, see it, play it, then the shot becomes reality”.

Gary Player The Master of Bunker!

Gary Player is known for how much he practised golf, he has won multiple golf events all over the world and his physical fitness. The amount of time he has spent hours practising golf shot out of bunkers is well documented.

Jacobs points out that golfers should practice from good bunker lies to terrible lies. Practice, hitting the ball taking a lot of sand and very little sand. Golfers should learn to adjust setup and swing path. So golfers can deal with plugged sand lies to the ball stuck on a slope with their feet outside the bunker. Golfers should use their mind to dream up all the worst places you can be in a bunker and practice!

Sam Sneed Clearing the hips!

Uniquely, Sam was possibly one of best rhythm golf swingers of all time.

“Sam’s swing is described as a strong turning motion of his upper torso build up enormous centrifugal force in the downswing which transferred out through the arms, hand and ultimately the club head.” (50 Greatest Golf Lessons of the Century).

Finally, John Jacobs mentions a key movement within Sam’s swing. “You have to learn to clear your left side in the downswing”. Notably, what John is talking about here is the hip movement during the downswing.

By the same token, when golfers have not played golf in a while, the golfer’s body movements can be out of sorts. In summary, the golfer’s swing sequence is a bit muddled up. Therefore, I would certainly recommend working on hip turning exercises and the pause/hold and swing drill.

On a final note, I would recommend reading this book to find which of his golf swing tips takes your fancy. May I add, please only take note of the tips that make sense to you and your golf swing. Please take note, that his ball flight philosophies are out-dated. There has been a lot of scientific evidence since that book was printed that proves other factors are responsible for initial ball direction. However, this book is still a great read and if you have any questions about those tips. Please do not hesitate to contact me.

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American Golf Cork Ireland

American Golf Cork Ireland

Trade in your golf clubs at American Golf Cork

 

Golf clubs trade-in with American Golf Cork

American Golf Cork Ireland has a trade in offer for golfers that is certainly worth investigating. I say!”Out with the old and in with the new!”

Take a number of golf clubs at a trade-in value of a €100. Remarkably, American Golf Cork will offer you double the trade-in value of €200 towards another set of clubs.

This is a bloody good offer! Notably, if you have the time to call into the shop and see if you can do a deal. Apparently, American Golf Cork are using the PGA of America’s golf club valuation book to establish the golf club trade-in value. However, the value book is in US dollars and American golf is using an exchange rate of 1.30 USD to the Euro. Therefore, if your clubs are worth $130.00 that amount will transfer into €100.00. I think this is value system is a bit off as 1 US Dollar is valued circa 0.95 cents, which is around €1.05. But, golf clubs at double the trade-in value, this offer might be a good move for you?

By all means, let’s take this example; you have 2 sets of clubs. 1st set is gathering dust and the 2nd set you have is a few years old. Furthermore, let’s assume that American Golf is offering you values at €150.00 and €350.00, leaving you with €1000.00 to work with. Also, if you have a number of old wedges and putters, I would suggest take what you have in your garage and see what you can get for all that stuff!

What we can do for you!

At John Dooley PGA; we would not be able to match a trade in value offer compared to American Golf Cork. However, contact us if you require a golf club fitting expert to identify what type of shaft suits your golf swing and or golf club lie angle.

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