Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Scotty Cameron Reviews

The top end of Titleist putter range are The Scotty Cameron putters, there are 14 putters, ranging from modern blades to mallets, and with mid-length and long putter options.

All the Scotty Cameron Select putters have deep-milled faces that Titleist says softens both the feel and sound at impact; and all have a silver mist finish.

Five of the putters are blades, and the five Cameron Select blades replace the previous Studio Select line of putters. The Cameron Select blade models are the Newport, Newport 2, Newport 2.5, Fastback and Squareback. These putters come in lengths of 33, 34 and 35 inches, and heavier configurations are available as a custom option (and designated 34H and 35H).

Newport 2
The Newport 2 also comes in a mid-length model.
All the Cameron Select putters use the Select weighting system with red-dot weights in the soles; have stepless steel shafts (of varying bends, depending on model); have standard lie angles of 71 degrees but can be adjusted +/- 2 degrees; and have standard lofts of 4 degrees but can be adjusted +/- 1 degree.

The Cameron Select mallets - GoLo, GoLo 3, GoLo 5 and GoLo 7.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Pitching Tips

Here are some very simple pitching tips to help you get the golf ball up and down, to help save you shots.

There are three general rules that are very important in the pitch shot.

1. Notice that at address the majority of my weight is on my front foot. This is important to help you not only keep your body steady during the swing, but to help you impart the downward blow that is important in creating the backspin you want on this shot. You will also notice looking at the other positions during the backswing that my weight does not shift to the back foot at any time. I keep my weight on the front foot even at the top of my backswing. (This is only for the pitch shot - not for full shots.)

 2. It is important that the pace of the swing be consistent throughout. It is no good swinging slowly through one shot and quickly through the next. You'll get very inconsistent results. Try to imagine a pendulum and the way it moves backward and forward at the same pace. Try to feel this in all of your pitch shots.

3. Lastly, as you see here, it is important to follow through. Do not stop your follow through on this shot or you will constantly come up short. The follow through should finish at about 3 o'clock.

Make sure that the follow through is directly at the target and not around your body. The hands should finish in about the middle of your chest, just like in the photo.

With just a little practice to establish your distances and pace, you will find playing these shots a lot more fun. You'll also get a lot of comments from your playing partners like "Where did you learn to pitch like that?"

Pre Shot Routine

It is so important to have a pre shot routine in golf and every bodies pre shot routine is unique.

This is my pre-shot routine that I have discovered really helps to get me out of the anxiety state and into a performance state. The pre-shot routine is as follows:

  • Get my target line from behind the ball fixed firmly in my mind
  • Take one practice swing
  • Take a deep breath and let tension out with it while exhaling
  • Go through my setup, which includes getting the target again firmly fixed in my mind
  • Take another deep breath and start my stroke right after exhaling
  • This will help you get good rhythm and tempo
Going through these steps each shot allowed me stop worrying about the results and focus on my routine.
Tour players know the pre-shot routine is so vital to performance that they will start the whole process over again if something disrupts it or if they have left out a step.
Having a pre-shot routine can help you as well.

  • Have a pre-shot routine and use it!
  • Identify steps that you need to complete.
  • Pre-shot routines clam the nerves and give a "ready" signal.
  • So developing a good pre-shot routine for the golf course is instrumental for settling your nerves and keeping you focused on the shot at hand.
  • Harrison Frazar's ability to focus was pivotal in earning him his first PGA Tour win.
    Here's what PGA Tour player Harrison Frazer suggests

    1.) VISUALIZE the shot. Before even choosing a club, take into consideration the target, distance, ball lie, wind, weather, obstacles, etc... and decide on the type of shot you want to hit. Only then should you choose the club. This is why pros leave their clubs in the bag until they've considered all the options.

    2.) FEEL the swing you want to make during your practice swing and rate your practice swing on a scale of "1" to "10" where "1" is poor and "10" is awesome! Only, if you would rate your practice swing (think of it as a "rehearsal" of the swing you want to make) an "8," "9," or "10," would you then proceed to the next step. By the way, on the course you should limit your practice swings to two.

    3.) SET UP to the ball now... focusing on fundamentals: grip, stance, posture, ball position, and alignment. What I call "controllables," because you have total "control" over these, meaning there is no excuse for sloppiness. And while you're at it, spend more time looking at the target and less time at the ball... much like a baseball pitcher staring at the catcher's mitt before throwing.

    4.) LET IT GO! You've done everything to prepare yourself for success, now it's time to just trust it and let it go.

    One final thought... just as important as it is practicing the mechanics of your game... it's just as important to practice your pre-shot routine. I recommend going through your entire pre-shot routine on at least every third shot during practic.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

How to Use a Belly Putter

Here is one method on how to use a belly putter.The belly putter allows a golfer to anchor the club in a third spot, which becomes a fulcrum. This gives the stroke stability and produces a more consistent stroke path. The hands, wrists and body are linked with the shaft. The shoulders move the arms, hands and putter as one unit, and this produces perfect pendulum action.

Belly Putter Technique

The technique for belly putting is very similar to conventional putting. The goal is to produce a pendulum-stroke action with a slight inside-to-inside arc. Here are a few setup and stroke keys for the righthanded golfer:
1. Make sure you set up with perfect posture every time. Your knees should be very slightly flexed, your upper spine straight and your torso bent forward from the hips.
2. Your weight should favor the left foot slightly, and you should be balanced on the balls of the feet.
3. Your elbows should be slightly bent and they should touch the side of your ribcage.
4. Place the grip of the putter in your palms and use your normal putting grip. Use light grip pressure for better feel and rhythm.
5. Anchor the putter just to the left of your navel. Since your weight is distributed slightly to the left foot, your stroke arc will bottom out just to the left of your body center.
6. Position the ball approximately two inches left of your stance center. This will allow you to make contact with the ball as the putter bottoms out and begins to rise.
7. Align your body parallel to the target line and position your eyes over the inside edge of the ball.
8. Use a pendulum stroke, equal length back and through, moving only your shoulders rhythmically. Your head and body must be very still with no up, down or lateral motion.
9. Allow your shoulders to turn around your spine.
If you struggle putting, I suggest that you experiment with the belly putter. As you can see, there are some definite advantages to using this club and technique and it might just work for you.

Fitting a Belly Putter

 To effectively use the belly putter you must select one that is fitted to your physique. It must have the correct length and lie angle to allow you to take a comfortable stance and get your eyes just over the inside edge of the ball. Below and on the following pages are some simple steps for fitting yourself for a belly putter.
What You'll Need
For this do-it-yourself belly putter fitting, you'll need the help of a friend, plus a small mirror, your current putter, a ruler and a protractor or goniometer.
What To Do
1. Lay a mirror on the ground and use its center to represent the ball.
2. Measure the length of your current putter (mine is 33 inches).
3. Holding your putter and the ruler, bend your elbows slightly, and set them against either side of your rib cage (left photo above).
4. Bow forward from the hips and take a comfortable putting stance with your knees slightly flexed and your forearms in line with the putter shaft (right photo above). When you are in the correct posture, your hands should hang under your shoulders.
5. Maintain your posture and adjust distance from the mirror so your eyes appear in the middle.
6. Once you have the correct stance, slide the ruler up into your belly and note how many inches must be added to your putter to get the correct belly putter length.
7. Have your friend place the protractor or goniometer level on the ground and measure the correct lie angle for your belly putter. For most players the lie on the belly putter will be between 68 and 74 degrees.
You will most likely need to order a putter built to the above length and lie, or have one modified. Additionally, make sure the head weight is at or near 400 grams. Avoid putter heads with a great deal of offset or double bend offset for your belly putter.
Most players choose straight-in shaft configuration and either center-shafted or a shaft that intersects the head closer to the heel. I recommend a toe-balanced putter head over a face-balanced head as the belly putter produces more of an arc stroke path rather than a straight line stroke path.

The Adjustable Long Putter

Ping Golf has done that with its Nome putter. The Ping Nome was first unveiled in early 2012, in both standard and belly lengths. Now Ping has taken the Nome 405 belly putter and made the shaft length easily adjustable.
Conventional putters most commonly come at up to 36 inches in length. The common range for belly putters is from 41 to 44 inches in length. The adjustable Ping Nome 405 putter allows the golfer to change the shaft length over a 9-inch range, from a shortest length of 37.5 inches to a longest length of 46.5 inches.

The upper portion of the shaft (the part under the grip) is graphite, and it slides up and down over the lower portion of the shaft (which is 17-4 stainless steel).

To change the shaft length, the golfer uses a Ping adjustment tool, which threads into a locking ring on the shaft. Turn the tool to loosen the ring and the shaft telescopically lengthens or shortens. Find the desired length and then tighten the locking ring, again using the Ping adjustment tool.

As with other putters that incorporate Ping's Fit for Stroke fitting concept, the adjustable-shaft Ping Nome 405 belly putter is available in three different shaft bends to match three different types of putting strokes: straight, slight arc and strong arc.

Basic Bunker Lesson

Getting out of bunkers is not difficult, here are some basic bunker lesson tips to help you get it out of the bunker easily.

Build a Stance When Hitting Bunker Shots

When we're hitting shots out of the bunker there's a couple things we need to be aware of. First of all, in terms of the rules, we are allowed in the bunker to go ahead and build a stance, so I'm going to recommend that you kind of dig your fit in a little bit to create a nice stable stance since the sand will tend to move a little bit in the motion.

Don't Touch the Sand When Practicing a Bunker

The next thing we want to be aware of is that we're not able to touch the sand in any practice motion. Now we can certainly hit the sand when it comes time to execute the shot but we're not allowed to test the sand or touch the sand with any practice motions. Once we're in here, a couple things we need to do different on a standard greenside bunker shot.

Club and Ball Positioning Basics of Bunker Shots

First thing is I'm going to recommend you grab a club with a lot of loft like a sand wedge or a lob wedge. We're going to then take the golf club, rotate the face a little bit open, which will allow the club to go thru the sand. Next, we want to position the ball slightly in front of center. So if this is the center of my stance right here I want the golf ball to be slightly in front of that.

Splash Sand Out When Hitting a Bunker Shot

I got my club face open, the ball slightly in front, the last tip I want to give you is I like to feel like my weight's just a little bit more on my lead side, my left side keeps me nice and stable and then the objective is going to be to just simply splash some sand out onto the green and the ball will happen to roll along with that. And so once again in the bunker get the club face slightly open, position the ball a little bit forward of center, get your weight a little bit forward, and then splash some sand out, and then as the sand flies out so will the ball.

Basics of Bunker Shots When Plugged in the Sand

When we run into those situations where our golf ball becomes plugged in the sand like we see here, I'm going to play this shot a little bit different. The first thing I'm going to do is I'm going to take the club face and I'm going to rotate it and close it down a little bit. By closing the club face, the club face will tend to dig into the sand and actually get underneath the golf ball and kind of pop it out.

Hit Bunker Shots Down When Plugged in the Sand

The second thing I'm going to do in the motion is I'm going to make sure I feel like I'm hitting down into the sand. I want this club going down into the sand almost like I'm just sticking the club into the sand and when I do that the golf ball will go ahead and pop out. So once again, close the club face, pick it up and feel like you're almost going to just stick the club into the sand and the ball will just pop right out.

Basics of Bunker Shots on Fairways

When our ball comes to rest in a fairway bunker, there's a couple things I need to be aware of. First of all I want to grab a little bit more club. If the shot calls for a 7 iron, grab a 6 iron. Next, in your stance get your stance a little bit wider than normal, move the ball back a little bit in your stance and then last but not least go ahead and choke down on the golf club. The key here is to catch the ball first. I want to hit the ball first and then the sand. If you do those things you'll find that you're hitting some quality golf shots.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Callaway Razr Rangefinder

Callaway Razr Rangefinder
Nikon have partnered up with Callaway and designed the Callaway Razr rangefinder, check out my Callaway Raxr Rangefinder review below, see all the features this little gem has, htis will cut shots of your round and is a must for every golfer who wants to improve their yardages and exact club selection.

The Callaway Razr Rangefinder provides quick and accurate distance measurement up to 600 yards (550 meters) and features First Target Priority Mode. Callaway Razr's cutting edge laser is Nikon's most advanced golf product ever, which yields faster target acquisition for the golfer. Nikon's most compact and powerful golf rangefinder has a fully elastomer armored body design that is 10% smaller than previous models.

Here are some of the cool features
 A  focusing diopter by simple twisting action on eyepiece Reticle allows users to know ranging in progress Capable of distancing different targets in succession for up to 8 seconds Compact, lightweight design Carabiner built-in for ease of access with all walking bags and tour bags Specifications Range - 11 yards to 550' / 3.35 Meter to 167 Meter Increment Reading - 0.5/1 yds. Diopters - Range of +/- 4 diopters Battery - One CR-2.

It is so important to know how far you hit each club and with your Callaway Razr rangefinder it makes it so much more accurate to find out how far you hit each club, so you can pick the right club when it is important.

                          CALLAWAY RAZR RANGEFINDER REVIEW

The Callaway Razr is their mid price laser rangefinder, but it comes with a ton of features. 

Really fast targeting and reading. It easily sight on bunkers, water, the flag, or other landforms or objects.

First, it's faster. With a GPS app there's always some time in advancing it to the correct hole, finding a signal, dealing with app crashes, etc. I whip out the rangefinder and I get a yardage reading in seconds.

 Secondly and this is where rangefinders are really beneficial: It makes practice at the driving range so much more productive. I can take this to any old driving range, one where they haven't updated their yardage signs in decades (even though the tees may move every day), and get precise yardages to all the targets on the range. Now I can get my updated distances on all my clubs.

Third, there is a beauty in keeping things simple. I like getting a yardage reading and that's it