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

John Dooley PGA email john@johndooleypga.ie | www.johndooleypga.ie | Tel: +353879277997

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

Read the fine print!

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Read the fine print

Read the Fine Print

Recently I read about an offer for a golf fitness program. Particularly, The offer was €200 and now €99 for a six-week training program. Indeed, this offer was fine, however, from the above picture what stands out clearly is the fine print statement. The initial line states “results not guaranteed!” My opinion from reading between the lines is that this service lacks confidence and a number of questions spring to mind. Consequently, is the company delivering the service is panicking for business? Surprisingly, there may not be a market for his or hers service? Maybe the service is not wide-ranging to deal with all sorts of golfer’s training issues? Why are results not guaranteed? What results should you expect? Can the service meet and exceed my expectations? Why would I or anyone else buy a service where results of some description are not guaranteed?

Questions:

Ultimately, perhaps the company delivering this service is desperate for business? Maybe there is not a market for the company’s service? Maybe the service is not wide-ranging to deal with golfer’s training issues? Notably, the main question is, why are results not guaranteed? What results should be expected? Moreover, can this service meet and exceed golfer’s expectations? Why, why and why buy a service where results are not guaranteed?

Nonetheless, a coaching service that is confident about the service that is offered, the first line should read in bold “results are guaranteed or your money back”.

Conversely, this statement in bold is the very same for golfers golf coaching needs. Regardless, avoid buying into golf coaching services unless the service is backed expert golf coaches and good communicators.  My promise to golfers that I coach is that you will become a better golfer during and after working with me. Understandably, there are obstacles and challenges that may limit the time golfers can spend practicing and playing golf. Clearly, golfers should set realistic goals that can be measured by recording activities such as scores & etc. Finally, play as much golf as possible!

My promise to each golfer that I coach is that I will make you a better golfer or your money back…

Contact:

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Curing Shanks!

There is nothing worse that a shank or a hosel rocket! Playing a shank is possibly one of the most destructive shots in golf. Curing shanks is never easy in golf, but what you can do is start working on a new habit. The following two golf swing tips can certainly help golfers cure their shanks.

Chip shot drill:

Place two balls down and set up as normal. Our intention is to hit the outer ball and also hit the inner ball.

This drill will train you to swing the club closer to your body during the downswing. Should the club move too far away from your body that’s likely to become a shank or a hosel rocket! Also, place a pole pointing parallel the target and use that pole as a reference for swing direction. Notably, the pole can help you feel your club swinging along a straighter swing path that is straighter back and straighter through. Play Better Golf with www.johndooleypga.ie

Curing Shanks with John Dooley PGA

Curing Shanks

For full golf shots:

Place a golf driver headcover or similar very close to the toe of the golf club head at address. The method is; simply do not hit the head cover when you’re hitting the golf ball. Also, this is a drill for a more accurate swing path to the ball.

What I recommend to golfers that hit the headcover as they hit the ball is as follows: Setup, where the toe of the clubhead is close to the head cover. Make really good practice swings without hitting the headcover. Then apply the same type of swing just practised to hitting the ball. Keep on repeating this action until you crack that habit.

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Curing Shanks

Should you suffer from this affliction? Please do not delay and contact me today and let’s get working on fixing that problem.

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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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Golf practice routine

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Some say the winter time is a good time to work on your golf swing. Or is it? Perhaps it is, but, if you develop and keep a golf swing practice plan simple to the point. Ensuring to avoid over-complicating your golf swing and how to practice that swing. With this in mind, may I suggest the following approach to you:
1. Certainly, identify what your golf swing or practice goals are? 
2. Be sure to keep your practice goals simple and avoid making too many technical changes. However, make changes that will make a difference. If you don’t know what will make a difference, please find and work with a golf coach that can make that difference. 
3. Also, keep your golf practice routine simple, for example. “I am hitting too many golf shots off the heel of the club”. “I have worked with my local PGA golf pro/coach and we have agreed that my heel strikes are coming from a mix of my hands getting too far away from the body as the club hits the ball and sometimes my weight shifts to my towards my toes during my take away”.
4. Finally, (continuing the example from point 3) this plan was to improve his golf swing body movement, golf swing timing and, pre-shot routine and golf club aim. 

A summary of this person’s practice plan

This is what we want to do. 
  • 10 – 20 minutes practising hitting the ball with an opposite hand club (practice hitting the ball left hand for right handed golfers) 
  • 5 x hip and full body rotation exercises after every 5 shots
  • After every 5 shots hit, change club and change target
  • Aim the club and set up correctly at every shot
The practice plan is for approx. 45 minutes to 1 hour, 3 times a week. 
Turning exercises x 5 x 2 sets
Practice swings, feel what you want to do
Hit 5 shots to a target, go through your golf pre-shot routine before each shot
Change club, change target and repeat
In addition, after ever 20 shots hit, swap to hitting to the opposite hand club for 10 shots
Please do not hesitate to contact if you have any questions.
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Contact: john@johndooleypga.ie or 0879277997
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Sequencing A Golf Swing

Sequencing a Golf Swing…

Golf swing

A miss hit can be the result of a quicker than normal golf swing or a golfer’s swing is out of sequence (one part moving too fast or too slow for the other parts to coordinate). This action can also be described by golfers by saying, that “you are swinging too fast”, “your backswing is faster than your downswing” “you need to control your swing speed” “your backswing to downswing is too quick” and etc.

I have from time to time talked about rhythm and golf club timing by simplifying the term or movement by saying “you need to pause at the top of your golf swing”. This comment can come and I note with its own set of problems. My point here is that words and different types of golf swing descriptions affect each golfer’s internal body movements differently.  In other words tomayto – toomato this is same fruit just said and spelt differently.

During the golfer’s backswing, there is a point when the club will stop moving in one direction and start in another direction. That does not mean that the body has stopped moving too. In fact, you may notice with really good players that their body is moving ever so slightly (starting the downswing) before the club reaches that point at the top of the backswing.

There is evidence to support that at the top of the backswing if you stop moving all the parts of the swing altogether. You can be reducing your body speed and the tension that produces distance. However, this type of swing and pause drill may be necessary for some golfers to practise. This type of swing feeling might work for you to feel your type of swing sequence.

The following note is a golf swing drill that can improve a golfer’s golf swing movement from the top of the backswing to starting his/hers downswing.

The Drill

So if you imagine standing on a sheet of ice. Without using a ball, set up as normal with a 6 iron. Now make a slow back swing, and as you become aware that your upper body is getting close to the top of the backswing or at the end of your turn away from the ball. Now feel that your movement is slowing down, and at the same time push with your right (back foot) foot as though you’re trying to spin it away from the target. It’s not likely that your foot will move with spikes on, but, the pressure that you are creating may start your hips to translate and turn in the opposite direction or toward the target. Or another way to say this is, as you reach the top of the backswing, start turning your hips to the target.

This is a bit of a mouth full, but, it’s a pretty good activity whilst watching your swing from a mirror.

What effectively is happening, is that the lower half of the body is now moving before the upper half of the body has reached the top of the backswing. This can encourage the arms, hands, and club to slot into a good striking position. But, this type of drill will take some time to master.

You could start by making this type of movement slowly, then try to quicken up the speed of this drill. I tend to coach this type of drill as an add-on to the practice session that would help improve timing. This type of drill can become over complicated quickly. So please keep the thoughts simple and too the point.

If this works for you great, if this tip is too confusing, please feel free to contact me to discuss.

John@johndooleypga.ie or 0879277997

 

Golf Clubs and Golf Lesson Deal for Beginners

Golf Clubs Deal with Golf Lessons for Beginners

We have a starter pack deal for clubs and golf lessons for people that would like to take up playing golf. Learning to play golf can be challenging at times and it is important to get off on the right foot. A series of golf lessons with the right set of clubs to suit your new golf swing are a must. The deal we offer is for 9 irons, from 3 iron to Sandwedge, a putter and four woods ( from a seven wood, a five wood, a three wood and a driver). This is an ideal set of golf clubs for guys and or girls starting to play golf. We offer the golf clubs in both left-hand and right-handed sets.  I would suggest that this is a deal worth investigating without paying out a large outlay.
Golf Clubs and golf lesson deal

Golf Clubs & Golf Lesson deal

The price for the clubs and the golf lessons is €360.00

To arrange to buy or to look at the clubs before purchasing, please contact; John Dooley at John Dooley PGA at 0879277997.

John Dooley at John Dooley PGA at 0879277997.

 

 

Show me your best golf swing!

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Show me your best golf swing!

Recently I was working with golfer on his golf swing. After stretching his body and hitting a number of golf shots to warm up his golf swing, he hit two shots straight at the target and then one shot dead left and the next shot dead right. He asked me, “Why do I hit those shots way over there and why did I hit the other shots straight?”

I answered his question by explaining what those swing faults were and what we needed to work on to eliminate those swing faults. After a few more golf shots the conversation moved from focusing on what we are working on, to “what did I do wrong with that last swing?”. Generally golfers over analysing their golf swings and this is a very common issue for most golfers. Then after a moment of inspiration we can come up with a quick fix to remedy that bad swing. This type of a swing fixing is effectively the worst kind!!!!!

However, we talked about changing his practice process and avoid over analysing his good and bad golf swing. We hammered out an agreed plan to practice golf by practising what he feels is his very best golf swing that he can make every time. Please note that some swings can feel better or worse that the previous swing, the point is to keep believing and working on making each golf swing better than that previous golf swing.

He hit 20 balls and I ranked the shots either by yes that was a good swing movement or a good strike versus, no, it was not a good swing movement or ball strike. We also took the approach to make the “his very best practice swing” as a core part to his pre shot routine. His focus changed from being reactive and over analysing his bad golf swings to making the best practice swing he could make. Then setting up to hit a ball with that feel good swing in mind and repeat the same feel good swing hitting the ball.

*Please note that generally each golf swing that we make may have a swing fault or swing faults of some description. But, keep working towards a simple golf swing process and with an overall blueprint for your golf swing that feels easy to complete.

1 hr Golf Practice

1. Full body turn exercises x 5 times
2. Hip turn exercises x 5 times
3. Make 5 x sequence drills (make a 3/4 length backswing, then pause for 3 seconds, start your downswing by turning your hips and swinging fully through to a completed follow-through position) 
4. Make 2 of your best practice swings possible you can possibly make
5. Practice your on-course pre shot routine to hit 5 of your best golf
6. Change club and change target, then repeat from step 1.
Please feel free to contact if you would like to work on improving your practice method for your golf swing? Please contact me at john@johndooleypga.ie 

Enjoy working on your golf swing…

 

Golf Study

Golf study

Working on his left handed swing

Every golfer wants to hit the ball further

We are looking for volunteers to take part in a two month study on “hitting the ball further”. This golf study has already started but we would be delighted with a few more golfers to take part. Our final date for volunteers to start is next Saturday the 6th of February between 11am and 12pm.

This study entails training a right handed golfer to start practising swinging and learning to hit golf shots left handed to increase their right handed club head speed. (Or vice versa if you’re a left handed golfer)

This study will involve initially measuring the club head speed of each participant’s normal golf swing. Then each participant will be required to practice their opposite handed golf swing for, a one hour practice session every week for two months.

We have coaching support meetings at our practice ground in Riverstown every Saturday running for 8 weeks from 11am & 12pm and from 3pm to 4pm. We would kindly ask each of our participants to attend a weekly meeting if possible. We would like to talk to our participants about their progression and observe each participant hitting 25 shots.

Any type of golfer is welcome to join and if you’re interested, please email me at johnny.dooley@gmail.com . This golf study will not cost volunteers anything to sign up.

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