In the near future, long putters that are attached to your body in some way, either belly or chest, are going to be against the rules of golf. If you currently putt with that style, you will have to find a new method if you wish to play within the rules. However, that doesn’t mean you have to move down to a standard putter of 33” to 35”. In fact, club makers have already started to adjust and create putters that fill the need they expect from former belly or long putter users. These putters, sometimes called ‘alternative’ putters, are long enough to stand upright while using them, but short enough to not be anchored into your body.
The Odyssey Tank #1
One such putter is the Tank #1 from popular putter-maker Odyssey. This putter has a very traditional shape and look, however it is much heavier than a regular putter and is offered in both 38” and 40” models. Depending on your height and preferred stance, both of those lengths could work for you in terms of a putter that allows you to stand upright and make a stroke. One of the biggest benefits of this putter is you won’t have to get used to any crazy-looking head designs or anything else – it is a traditional putter in an un-traditional length.
Proven White Hot Pro Insert
One of the things that has made the Odyssey line so popular is the White Hot insert that is found in most of their putters. This insert gives the player a firm feel while still grabbing the ball and starting it rolling, instead of skidding, right off the putter face. Unlike other inserts which can be soft and ‘bouncy’, the White Hot insert has been enjoyed by players of all skill levels thanks to its consistency and firmness. If you have normally looked past insert putters in favor of a solid-milled putter, you might want to at least give this one a try.
Great for Back Problems
Even if you are already happy with your putting performance with a standard length putter, a 38” or 40” putter still has benefits. One of the biggest benefits is what it can do for your back health out on the course. Bending over at the waist to putt, both during the round and during practice, can be tiring on your back and may eventually take a toll. Using a longer putter to stand upright during your putting stroke might just be the change you need to relieve pressure and stay healthy over time.
Putting is the most important part of lowering your scores. If you are ever going to reach the handicap goals that you have set for yourself, you will want to do everything you can to improve your putting consistency. By eliminating three-putt greens and making a few more 10 footers, you will be amazed at how soon you can seen your
The one aspect of improving on the golf course that most players overlook is fitness. While you don’t have to run or just to play good golf, you do need to maintain a level of fitness in your muscles to be able to produce good swings over the period of 18 holes. If your muscles are out of shape, or you are inflexible in certain key areas, you will have trouble getting good distance, making consistent swings, and lowering your scores. There are many products on the market today that specialize in improving your golf-specific fitness, and each of them go about it in a different manner.
The Sona Fitness Trainer
The best way to think about the Sona Fitness trainer is like an advanced, golf-focused medicine ball. This product comes in both 6lb. and 8lb. versions, so you can pick the one that will work best for you. Most of the focus around golf fitness is relating to your ability to rotate back and through during the swing. The muscles that control the core of your body are the target of any golf exercise. These muscles need to be strong but flexible so you can make a full turn and unleash that energy into the golf ball.
What sets this product apart is that it is not simply just a medicine ball for you to swing back and forth. There is a built-in Swing Place Guide System intended to help you work on the plane of your swing while also improving fitness and conditioning. There are thumb placement point located on the ball so you can take a proper grip each and every time. The two halves of the ball are also different colors to make sure you are releasing the hands properly through the swing. When you are able to make repeated training swings with your Sona Golf Fitness Trainer, you will be that much closer to having success out on the course.
Not Just About Strength
One mistake that golfers make is thinking training and exercise is only about getting stronger and adding yards. If they are happy with their distance as is, they will neglect golf-specific exercises. The important point here is that golf exercise will not only help to add yards, but also prevent injury. In a repetitive stress game such as golf, injuries are common – especially to the back. Nothing will knock you off the course longer than a back injury, so train your body for the course so you can keep playing as the years go by.
Thanks to the included instructional DVD, anyone can use the Sona Golf Swing Fitness Trainer. Consistent use of the trainer will help to add distance, improve strength, and prevent injury. Any product like this one should always be used exactly as intended with careful attention being paid to the directions. Rather than spending extra hours out pounding balls on the range, investing some time in your golf-related fitness can pay off big time in the way of lower scores and more enjoyable days on the course.
Taylormade, as a company, has never been shy about bringing new products to the market. In fact, one of the complaints that some golf consumers have regarding the TaylorMade brand is that they bring too many new clubs to the market in too short of a time period. Not long after their latest-and-greatest hits the market, another one is coming right behind it.
The good news for TaylorMade is that they seem to have a knack for producing one quality club after another, so golfers are willing to spend on the latest models because they tend to perform at a high level. Once a golfer decides to add TaylorMade clubs to their bag, they often become a TaylorMade player for life.
The New JetSpeed Driver
The most recent addition to the large TaylorMade line of drivers is the JetSpeed. There are a couple of features that make the JetSpeed unique and give it an edge in the market that many players are likely to want to try for themselves. The most notable design change is the ‘Speed Pocket Technology’ that is found on the sole of the club. The idea behind this channel on the bottom of the club is to provide more forgiveness on balls that are miss-hit low on the face. Normally, a ball hit low on the face will not get a great deal of speed and will spin more than a well-struck shot. This pocket is designed to help reduce spin and allow the ball to travel further when it is hit low on the face.
In addition to the speed pocket, the JetSpeed driver also offers a 25 percent larger sweet spot as compared to the RBZ Stage 2 driver. The shape of the head is shallower and lower, which has moved the center of gravity forward and reduced spin rates. High spin rates rob the golfer of distance off the tee, so lower spin is almost always a good thing.
Popular New Features Still Present
While there are some new aspects of the JetSpeed that set it apart from its predecessors, there are also some popular TaylorMade features carried over from previous models. Most notable among those are the matte black finish and variable hosel that can be adjusted up to 1.5* in either direction. The adjustable hosel allows for the golfer to customize the club to better fit their swing or the playing conditions for the day. The matte black finish on crown of the driver removes glare on bright sunny days and makes the driver pleasant to look at when addressing the ball.
Players who have enjoyed previous TaylorMade drivers are a good bet to appreciate the attributes that the JetSpeed brings to the table. Low-face hits are common off the tee among amateur golfers, so improving the results of those shots is a great way to add distance on less-than-perfect drives. With the traditional TaylorMade quality and durability that golfers have come to expect, the JetSpeed seems likely to become yet another highly-successful driver from this golf equipment leader.
Along with a new umbrella, which we previewed in another post, a quality rain jacket is key to enjoyable golfing in the wet and cold winter months. Good rain gear can mean the difference between a round that leaves you damp and shivering and one that you enjoy from start to finish and are free to play your best golf all throughout the day. Rain gear is big business these days, with top golf companies putting serious effort into research and development to combine the best of water repelling and comfort into a single garment.
A Better Solution
The problem with most rain jackets from years gone by is that they were too restrictive when trying to make a golf swing. Sure, they kept the rain out, but at what cost? It isn’t much good to stay dry on the course if you are unable to swing in your usual fashion. At that point, you might as well just head in for the day because you won’t be playing golf like you normally are able to. The best rain gear on the market today is able to block all of the water being thrown at you while simultaneously giving you the freedom to make a good shoulder turn and full release.
One jacket that has been successful in this quest is the Nike Mens Storm-FIT Rain Jacket. Offered in three colors, including black, grey, and blue, the Storm-FIT makes it easy to stay dry for 18 holes or more even in the heaviest of rains. The key to the jacket is both the Storm-FIT material that Nike has created along with the seam sealed design. There is no exposed stitching on the jacket, which is the usual place that water would make its way through to the inside. The jacket is unlined, which means you can dress how you normally would on the inside without having to worry about being too bulky when you through the jacket on. If the rain stops, simply take the jacket off and you will be dry, comfortable, and ready to go on with the day.
Another feature of this rain jacket that you will appreciate is the mock neck that zips right up to your chin. Far too many rain jackets through the years have stopped down around the neck line, leaving an opening for you to get soaked when you bend over at the waist to hit a shot. Even when you are in your stance, the Nike jacket will remain close up against your neck, meaning you are staying dry at all times. The ends of the long sleeves have Velcro to tighten them against your wrists, and the hand pockets are covered with zippers to keep your scorecard and pencil dry and safe.
Enjoy Your Golf, Rain or Shine
Truth be told, most of us would probably rather not have to own a rain jacket. However, the reality is that sometimes the weather doesn’t cooperate with our golf schedule. When that is the case, having the Nike Mens Storm-FIT Rain Jacket in your bag will be a welcome sight. It is comfortable enough to let you keep playing your best – and looking sharp, too.
- October 9, 2013, 6:06 pm
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Most golfers take a least a little bit of pride in their appearance when they hit the course. It doesn’t have to be a GQ outfit, but looking sharp while walking down the fairway does appear on most golfers list of things to do. From the shoes up to that hat, dressing in a style that is comfortable and classy will make you feel good about yourself – and who knows, maybe you will even play a little better as well.
Looks Good, Feels Great
While there isn’t much creativity involved in picking out a golf shirt and some slacks, golf shoes are a different story. Finding shoes that are comfortable enough that you can play golf for hours in them without getting sore should be the main concern. However, you also want them to look good and coordinate with the rest of your attire. That goal can seem impossible when you first look at the shoes on the market. Of course, there are very classy (and very expensive) leather shoes that will look great – but your feet might be screaming by the turn. On the other hand, there are ‘tennis shoe-style’ golf shoes that you could probably play basketball in, but they don’t look good at all. Very few shoes accomplish both sides successfully.
One such shoe is the FootJoy Mens FJ Sport Athletic Golf Shoe. This pair of shoes are some of the most comfortable around, and yet they look very professional. Offered in both white with black trim, and black with white trim, you will be proud when you arrive at the course in these affordable shoes. Equipped with soft spikes and a molded plastic sole, you are sure to keep your grip on the turf even when the weather gets a little soggy.
Speaking of soggy weather, these FJ Sport shoes are totally waterproof thanks to a Proofguard membrane. They also have an athletic mesh liner that makes them more breathable than other, more expensive shoes. Full-grain leather uppers mean these shoes are built to last and will get you through round after round with no blisters and happy feet. Trying to play golf when your feet are angry is not a fun experience, so trust your toes to FootJoy and you will be comfortable no matter how long you are on the course.
Better Golf through New Shoes?
Beyond making you comfortable, these shoes can help your swing as well. External heel stabilizers are in place to make sure your swing doesn’t sway too much from side to side. The most important thing a golf shoe can do for you from a performance perspective is help to keep you on balance. The FJ Sports do just that, so don’t be surprised to find your game improving shortly after lacing these shoes up.
It is always smart to replace your current golf shoes before they get too worn, so you can avoid damage to your feet. Opting for the FootJoy FJ Sport Athletic Golf Shoes is a great way to go because of their moderate price tag, durability, and long-lasting comfort.
There are a lot of great things about the game of golf. The time you get to spend outdoors, competing with your buddies on the course, and trying to improve your game are all things that keep us coming back time after time. One thing that most of us don’t love about golf, however, is the cost of playing the game. Not only can greens fees get expensive, but you also have to deal with purchasing all of your equipment. Quality golf clubs can run into the thousands of dollars, and that doesn’t even mention golf balls, gloves, bags, clothing, and more. Simply put, golf can be an expensive hobby to keep.
Great Clubs for a Great Price
With that in mind, it is a welcome change when the opportunity arises to save some money in your pursuit of the game. Of course, purchasing less expensive clubs can be a catch-22 – trying to save money could lead you to inferior clubs that hurt your game in the long run. The trick is to walk the line between affordable and lower quality so you end up with a product that can get the job done without breaking the bank.
That is exactly what you will get out of the Wilson Mens Staff Ci11 Irons. This is a great looking set of clubs that carries with it the Wilson name and has the performance to match. You will instantly be impressed with the feel of these clubs, and nothing about them will say ‘discount’ at all. Everything from the graphics to the head design looks premium, but at a price that is more reasonable then some of the big name brands.
To start, these irons are finished in black, which is a look that has gained popularity in recent years. The head design falls somewhere between blade and cavity back, giving the clubs a nice balance between control and forgiveness. The playability of these clubs will appeal to a wide audience because they are big enough to forgive some mis-hits, while not resembling a shovel on the end of the shaft. Players from low digit handicaps all the way up to 20 and beyond will be able to use these clubs right away and find that their games benefit from the switch.
The offset in these irons is progressive, meaning it is largest in the long irons (4-5) and gradually gets smaller as the clubs get shorter. They are available in both left and right handed versions, and both steel and graphite shafts are also offered. When you see that the price tag for this set comes in at around half of what some other iron sets retail for, you will know you have found a winner.
Save Money and Still Play Your Best Golf
Don’t fall for the marketing – you can play great golf without spending a fortune to build your set of clubs. Make sure any set of clubs you purchase makes sense for your game regardless of the price tag, but don’t be scared away just because the Wilson Mens Ci11 Irons are more affordable than some other brands. All that means is you will have more money in your pocket to play golf more often – and isn’t that the goal? Enjoy these irons and play well!
As summer fades into the rear-view mirror and the sunny weather goes with it, you probably aren’t ready for golf season to end. The good news is that, unless you live somewhere with heavy snowfall, golf can be a year round activity if you are geared up for it appropriately. Having the right clothing and accessories at your disposal makes playing golf in the rain and cold a much more enjoyable experience than you ever thought possible. In fact, you just might enjoy playing in the off season even more than the middle of summer because the courses are less crowded, the rates are lower, and conditions are perfect for shooting low scores.
Stay Dry at All Costs
One of the most key pieces of equipment for an all-weather golfer is a quality umbrella. If you try to play golf in the rain without appropriate cover, you will quickly become wet, cold, and disinterested. A good umbrella can shield you from the elements and keep you dry even on the ugliest of days. Quality golf umbrellas are large so as to keep you protected even from sideways rain, and will not turn inside out after a gust of wind. If you can sport one that represents your favorite golf brand and looks good at the same time, all the better.
This umbrella is sure to please Ping lovers, although it will make a nice addition to any golfer’s bag. The Ping Double Canopy Tour Umbrella has everything you should be looking for in an umbrella. To start with, it is positively huge. Measuring 68″ across, you will be able to fit an entire foursome under neath the canopy – although you should probably tell your playing partners to go buy their own cover. It collapses down to a manageable size when the weather improves, and will easily fit inside your golf bag when all wrapped up.
While the size is a great advantage, the ‘double canopy’ portion of this umbrella is what really sets it apart from the crowd. The double canopy design allows wind to pass through the umbrella while keeping water out. The end result is an umbrella that you don’t have to worry about turning inside-out while you are walking up the fairway in a rain storm. Built to last, this umbrella is reliable in the worst of conditions – if there is too much wind for this umbrella to handle on the course, you probably should just call it a day and head to the 19th hole.
Not only relegated to winter duty, the Ping Double Canopy Tour Umbrella also provides excellent shade from the sun during those blistering July afternoons. With a push button opening mechanism and high-density fiberglass ribs, you will be able to rely on this addition to your bag for many years to come. Simply purchase this umbrella, place it in your bag, and forget about it. When the time comes to put it into action, it will be right there waiting for you.