Seven Technology Factors to Improve Your Golf Game
We are all looking for that little extra something that is going to make
this wonderful game a little bit more forgiving. Here are a few
Technology Factor #1 .
Shorter Driver Length and More Loft Today.s
that are sold .off the rack. are made in lofts from 8-11 degrees, and in
lengths of 45. to 45 1/2.. However, only 10% of all golfers have the
required swing mechanics and athletic ability to warrant playing such
equipment. If you swing over the top or have an inconsistent tempo, and
your wrist to floor measurement is less than 40., then a 45. driver is
probably too long for you. If you.re swing speed is less than 95 mph and
you are using a driver with a loft of 9-11 degrees, then you are probably
not maximizing your distance off the tee. If you hit a 3 wood better and
more consistent than a driver, you can definitely take advantage of higher
Technology Factor #2 .
Closed Wood Face Angle Wood face angle is
equipment correction device for driver accuracy. Face angle is the
direction the face points when the head is placed in playing position or
It is a design factor that helps correct minor swing path faults or the
inability of the golfer to square the clubface at impact. How many golfers
do you think have that problem? Most golfers with driver problems either
push or slice the ball off the tee. Yet, when you purchase .off the rack.
drivers you have very little opportunity to alter the face angle. They
just don.t offer that as an option. Most drivers will only have a closed
face angle of 1 degree. A face angle with a 2-4 degree closed face angle
will cut down a slice from 5-15 yards.
Technology Factor #3 .
Set Make-Up Today.s 7 iron has the same loft
as a 5
iron of 15 years ago. Ever wonder why it is so difficult to hit today.s 3
and 4 irons? With today.s stronger lofted long irons, many golfers are
going to higher lofted woods or hybrids. Which one is best for you? That
depends. If you are currently having success with higher lofted woods,
then staying with woods makes perfect sense. However, if you are not
consistent with the fairway woods, then the shorter lengths of the
.hybrid. clubs may make you more consistent. Each option has its pros and
cons. The lower and deeper center of gravity of the wood heads will tend
to hit the ball higher and are easier to hit. But the shorter lengths of
the hybrids should be easier to hit on center and with more control.
Either way it is probably time to get rid of your 3 and 4 irons and take a
serious look at higher lofted fairway woods or hybrids.
Technology Factor #4 .
Use the Most Flexible Shaft You Can Control.
using a more flexible shaft, you will probably hit the ball a little
higher, the shot will feel a little bit more solid, and the face might
close a little more at impact. These are all things that will allow you to
score better. By using a stiffer shaft you will probably hit the ball a
little lower and with less distance, and the impact will be slightly
harsher while the clubface may remain slightly open. Therefore, consider
dropping down a flex and you might just be rewarded with a tighter shot
dispersion and lower scores.
Technology Factor #5 .
Use Cavity Backed Irons
Cavity backed irons truly are more forgiving on off center hits. You have
probably heard this before, but take a cavity-backed iron and
muscle-backed iron to the course and take a 10 shots with each and plot
the results (when the greens keeper is not around). Plotting these shots
will show you which type of iron performs best for you. I.m sure you will
see better results with the cavity-backed iron.
Technology Factor #6 .
Go With a Wider Sole on the Sand Wedge If
to leave the ball in the sand from digging too deep under the ball, look
for a sand wedge with a much wider (thicker) sole than on your current
sand wedge. Also, if you tend to have a very steep downward swing plane,
look for a wide sole angle and more bounce to get out of the sand more
consistently. Sole angle will allow the club head to create lift as it
travels through the sand to get the ball out. Bounce allows the leading
edge of the head to glide through the sand because the trailing edge is
actually lower than the leading edge. Having a wider sole angel and more
bounce together creates favorable conditions to get out of the sand
Technology Factor #7 .
Add weight to your Putter . In the Grip More
golfers are starting to notice a more consistent stroke with a heavier
putter. But not just by adding weight to the head. I.m talking about
counterbalancing your putter by adding weight to the grip end. I will be
talking more about this in future articles, but many of my customers are
noticing huge performance gains by adding weight to the butt end of the
putter. The method is called .Balance-Certified Golf. and Custom Clubs of
Frederick is one of only a few shops in the area that can perform this