TrackMan Gapping Session

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Trackman Gapping Session

One of the frequent uses of TrackMan is a gapping session. This is a trackman gapping session where golfers hit each golf club in their bag and trackman measures that distance. This is vital information for scoring better. As golfers, we need to know approximately how far we hit each golf club. Whereas, the process is simply hitting four to five shots per club. Albeit, there are all sorts of information gathered by trackman. However, we would be mainly focusing on distance carried per club. Furthermore, that specific information will be collected and a report will be sent later that evening.

Notably, a trackman gapping session will take approximately 1hr to complete. Also, there will be golf swing coaching as we progress through the gapping session. The cost for this service is €110.00.

Also, for golfers that are buying a new set of golf clubs from John Dooley PGA. Additionally, a trackman gaping session is now included with every new set of irons bought. Certainly, if you’d like more information please contact us today.

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Pace of Play “Get going and Move faster!”

Pace of play | Golf Lessons Cork


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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Cork Christmas Golf Lessons

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Christmas Golf Lessons in Cork

Christmas Golf Lessons Cork and Play better Golf with John Dooley PGA.

Contact John today to purchase golf lesson vouchers for your loved one for Christmas.

I offer; one to one golf lessons at €50.00 per 30 minutes golf session


3 x 30-minute golf lessons for the price of 3 at €100.00

I can post the voucher to you asap and I can take payment over the phone or I can send a payment link to your smartphone.

Please call or text at 0879277997 or email to or contact us by clicking here to complete this process.

Enjoy playing golf in Cork for 2017 and happy Christmas from John Dooley PGA

Overcoming Nerves


Overcoming Nerves

Rather than fighting nerves (sometimes the nerves can return with overpowering emotions resulting in poor performance) overcoming nerves are not easy to do.

One strategy suggested by Robin Sieger is to accept the nerves and not focus on them, remove that any value from them and let the nerves flow over us, in a detached manner, observing them but not enduring them. This method can be applied when adapted into your pre-shot routine.

During your pre-shot routine or when you are playing a shot of importance.

The goal is to remain calm, positive and confident. These emotions can be practiced as part of your pre-shot. Let’s take the stage on the practice ground, in your mind recreate a shot when you felt most nervous and the outcome was poor.

If you do not have a pre-shot routine, for the most part, I would suggest to creating one. Consequently, if you cannot feel calm, positive and or confident as you are working on your pre-shot routine. In this case, practice acting and feeling those emotions from your previous life experiences. Then, you can start practicing feeling calm, positive and confident for your pre-shot routine.

During the actual on-course golf shot just simply go through your pre-shot routine. With this in mind, set up to play the shot, be aware of the nervous feelings, remember how you practiced controlling those emotional.

If you are struggling with finding or creating your own personal pre-shot routine? Notably feel free to call or text on 0879277997 and or email  to discuss what I can work with on.

Referencing from *Golf’s Moment of Truth

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.



A Quick Putting Tip

Putting Tip

A quick putting tip to workout if you are hitting putts off the heel of the putter. You may be trying to make too straight a putter backswing. Thus causing a hooded putter face which can send the putter off track when putting the ball.

The following is a tip for you to work on your putter swing path:

Practise; making the putter swing slightly inside during your backswing so you can hit the ball along the line of the putt towards your target. The point here is to keep the putting function simple but spend a lot of time practising the art of putting.

The following is a tip for your grip:

If you are looking for a guide to help you with hitting the ball along the line of your putt. (For right-handed golfer) Place your index finger from your right hand along the right side of the putter grip. This finger position is aimed at giving you a sense of hitting/putting the ball to your target or along the line of the putt.

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John Dooley PGA


Putting tip with John Dooley PGA

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Should you arrange a Golf Club custom fitting?

What is a Golf Club custom fitting?

A golf club custom fitting is going through an accurate process of trial and error to find the best combination of golf club loft, club lie angle, shaft weight & flex and club swing weight that can be suited to a golfer’s swing to hit more accurate golf shots.

In recent years the technological advances has made the golf club fitting process easier to measure and analysis all types of golf swings. A golf club custom fitting used to be a method for only the top amateurs and golf professionals identifying what is the best golf club they should use to play better golf.

But this is not the case any longer. Golf club custom fittings has become increasingly popular in recent years, offering golfers the ability to measure their golf swings and understand what golf club specifications works best for their swings.

During a golf club custom fitting, you would expect to be measured and tested to collect the following information:

How tall are you, the length of your arms or measuring from your knuckles to the ground, club head speed and your golf swing technique. We use the Mizuno Shaft Optimizer and Swing DNA system along with trackman to clearly identify what shaft and club head will suit your golf swing. Our club fitting session typically lasts about 1 hour. We need to test your current golf clubs performance verse the suggested new golf club to show you the differences in performance. If asked I will gladly offer golf swing advice during the club fitting session.

Checking loft and lie angles

Checking loft and lie angles

Where can you find a location to book a golf club custom fitting?

  1. Visit your local PGA Professional. He or She will have the experience and knowledge to work with you to find your particular golf club specifications to suit you. But depending on their golf club facilities that golf club fitting maybe hitting golf balls into a net and this is called a static club fitting. The disadvantage with a static fitting is that it’s hard to get a feel for the golf club and you wont be able to compare the ball flight against your current clubs. A PGA professional at driving range would be best suited that at a golf club with poor facilities. At the driving range you could well be hitting balls with a launch monitor comparing data between different golf club models and shafts.


  1. Sign up and test golf clubs at demo days by hosted by Titlest, Taylormade, Ping, Callaway & other golf club companies. These golf club demonstration days are typically arrange through PGA Golf Professionals, driving ranges, golf club custom fitters and golf retailers. You can be fitted by excellent club fitters from their total range of shaft flexes, there should be just about every type of golf club to test from that company’s product range. The down side is that this type of fitting may only be scheduled once a year in your area.


  1. This is probably the best option; book into a golf club fitting centre such as the Titleist or a Mizuno Club Fitting Centre. You can arrange a Mizuno Golf Club fitting with us at John Dooley PGA or we can arrange a Titleist fitting for you at the Carton House. There are also Ping & Taylormade fitting centres located in the UK.


  1. Make an appointment with a local professional golf club fitter. Their service is focused solely on finding the best golf club specification and there is no bias on what shaft of what your best fit club is for your swing. You can research this on-line by checking who is the local golf club custom fitting expert. They may well be skilled club fitters using technologies like Trackman or a launch monitor that will highlight the differences how golf clubs performs for your swing.

My Suggestion:

Visit a club fitter that uses a good quality golf balls, uses reliable technology to measure golf club swing speeds & etc, that has an up to date certifications (such as Trackman University Certification, level 1 or level 2), that you are fitted hitting balls off grass and that you can see the ball flying rather than hitting a ball into a net.

Mizuno Golf Club fitting Cork

Mizuno Golf Club custom fittings

Trackman summary test results: 

Recently using trackman we tested the difference between hitting golf balls off a golf range mat that we use verses hitting balls off the grass. From the trackman data collected, we have found that there are major differences between the two scenarios.

Hitting golf balls off a range mat will more than likely launch the ball higher resulting in longer shots than hitting off the grass and the ball spin rates are completely different. I would recommend that golfers should be fitting hitting balls off grass rather than a range mat.

What type of player should arrange a golf club fitting session?

All golfers should be measured and fitted for golf clubs to suit their golf swing. It does not matter if you are a beginner, a scratch, a mid or a high handicapper. You will hit your better shots a lot better with the right clubs for your golf swing.

If you have any questions or if you would like to talk in more detail about golf club fittings? Please do not hesitate to contact me at or please call at 0879277997


Sources for this article Trackman golf data from Drive Golf and Golf Digest | Golf Club custom fittings | Golf Lessons in Cork

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 . This golf study will not cost volunteers anything to sign up.

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Golf club loft and Lie angles


A golfer that I teach golf had bought a new set of golf clubs. During a recent golf lesson with that golfers, he asked me “do these clubs suit my swing?”

From previous golf swing data I have on file for this golfer’s golf-club testing days with Trackman. The shaft weight and shaft flex suited his swing speed, however the ball flight was generally swinging hard to the left at the end of the shot. So that would indicate that the golf club’s lie angle was a bit too upright from him.

We worked for about 20 – 90 minutes going from hitting balls on a strike board to adjusting the lie angle on his 6 iron until we had the correct lie angle to suit his swing. We ended up adjusting all his golf club’s lie angles by 5 degrees flatter, which is a lot, but the resulting ball flight became straighter and his scores are better.

Do check:

  1. That your golf equipment is suited to your golf swing
  2. Check the shaft flex is suited your swing speed your golf club loft and lie angles.
  3. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at this web link

Happy golfing!

Checking loft and lie angles

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Fake Golf Pride Grips on the loose

Red is a Fake

Not only are there counterfeit golf clubs but there are also counterfeit golf grips. 

A customer arrived yesterday with some new grips to be fitted and on an initial glance they looked like normal Golf Pride Multicompound whiteout grips. However as soon as they were touched it was obvious there was something not quite right about them. The grip felt too rubbery.The ridges along the grip were much more pronounced. The font on the grip sticker was different. The grip was longer then the genuine one. The thickness of the grip was variable. The writing on the top of the grip was just a little different too. Suspect!

Red is a Fake


When the grip was installed it didn’t quite fit the shaft well either and the top of the grip was slightly loose at the top when fitted. I can only imagine that the grips will become useless in the rain after a short space of time been used. “Buyer beware! Watch out for the Fake Golf Pride grips”

In the photos I hope you can see the differences. The blue whiteout is genuine. The red is the counterfeit grip.

Grip on the left is counterfeit


Remember if the deal is too good to be true it’s a red flag, especially is you are purchasing from an Internet website or sales contact. If you are in doubt, try and get one grip as a sample. Then take that grip to a trusted golf repairs expert for his/hers verification. I strongly suggest to view Golfpride’s website (, you can zoom in on the grips and this can help you make a decision.

Or just contact my good self… or mobile 0879277997 should you have any questions.

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