Equipment

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Great golf to all.......

I strongly believe that golf equipment has been pushed too far. The game of golf has been dumbed down significantly by trying to offer people large headed 'woods' and large perimeter weighted clubs and plastic balls that don't sidespin. 

The best thing we can all do to make our golf game better is to at least practice with (and hopefully play with also) older smaller heavier golf clubs such as blade irons and persimmon woods. 

FEEDBACK of the golf swing is necessary for improvement to take place       

If you make a poor swing and miss hit the shot you NEED to know about it so you can work on improving your technique. Today's modern clubs allow for NO FEEDBACK as all shots basically feel the same no matter where they are hit on the club face. Without the brain receiving any knowledge about a mis-struck shot poor habits will only become farther entrenched in your swing.

The modern golf club is too upright in it's lie angle which prompts golfers to slap at the ball with their hands instead of using their body to power and rotate the club through impact to a full strong finish.

Club fitters are even doing it wrong by attempting to fit clubs for you based on the few swings they watch you hit into a net or on the range. You would be much better of getting correct instruction and then setting up your clubs to how you WANT TO SWING in the future and build your swing action around your clubs...NOT the other way around.

Clubs are also made too light again initiating the brain and body to swing wildly with the hands to create speed bringing all kinds of problems to the swing such as casting, acceleration too soon in the downswing and flipping the clubface through the impact area making accuracy a hit or miss proposition based on luck.

All club advertisements we see on television and in magazines point to distance and length by offering clubs lighter and lighter each year in head weight, shaft weight and now even grip weight. The companies promote this for revenue to themselves and their share holders but it comes at a huge cost to the golf swing. 

You are MUCH better advised to swing a club with some weight and mass to it. It will help with promoting speed in your swing in the correct area and from the correct inside path. This will in turn impart the mass to the ball with increasing velocity and you will still hit long shots but with much more accuracy. The new technology is rewarding the ego of players and who can hit their pitching wedge 150 yards but it is slowly disintegrating whatever decent swing mechanics they had in their system with every passing round or practice session.

Every day I give lessons I hear this common complaint from my students.

"I got this new driver and I can hit it far when I connect but most of the time I have absolutely no control over the ball and my game is getting worse and worse"....well now you know why.

Your shots may go shorter with the older equipment but it is all relative. Today's 6 iron is really a 4 iron based on the lofts and length. The golf industry is obsessed with distance and will do anything to market it...ALL AT THE EXPENSE of better more controlled golf. 

Iron lofts have been tweaked stronger so everyone thinks they are hitting the ball father than they actually are. This has made long irons obsolete...so now they have to sell you a hybrid club....cha-ching.. more $$$...and with the modern wedge loft being that of an old 8 or 9 iron, they now have a space that has to be filled between your 47 degree wedge and your 56 degree sand iron...so invest some more $$$in a gap wedge and added even more expense to your game. 

It is all brilliantly marketed to attract you to buy a game but the concept places long lasting deterioration to your swing at the same time. Now you have less money in your pocket and a finger scratching your head wondering "What just happened?" 

A new latest greatest driver is put on the market every 6 months or so making new claims to be the longest and the farthest and the best. We now see white headed drivers and 'woods' because they have run out of ideas to get people to part with their hard earned cash....so make something in white and call it different.

YET THE AVERAGE HANDICAP of golfers is stagnant.

Ponder that.....and then really assess...

The golf ball doesn't lie...it does what it is told...so in my belief that makes the person holding the club more important than the implement striking the ball.

Improve your swing and you will improve your game. The lightweight, upright lie angled clubs that are marketed today will NOT do it for you.

Here's a great article I found talking about this very thing:(click link)

http://www.startribune.com/yourvoices/51781722.html 

 

 

FLAT LIE ANGLES - The Reason behind the Logic of The Great Ballstrikers

I know from personal experience in a question asked directly to Lee Trevino that he used clubs that were at least 3 degrees flat in lie angle from the old standard.

Doug Sanders also informed me in the interview I recently did with him that he had his clubs flattened down so the toe sat down and the heel would never strike the ground first

If we look at Ben Hogan's club that is in USGA Golf House Museum it is close to 6 or 7 degrees flat in lie angle when compared to clubs of the same length and loft of today.

If flat lie angles were the choice of the game's best ball strikers throughout history then WHY do manufacturers insist on putting upright lie angled clubs in the hands of golfer's today?

The upright clubs make the player come steeply into the ball on descent.

The upright clubs tell the body stall and insist that the hands flip through impact to try and square that upright lie angled club with the ground. 

The upright club straightens the right arm away from the body and increases clubface roll throughout the shot making timing a huge problem.

Upright lie angles deteriorate the swing by not stressing the importance of swinging the golf club behind and around the body and rotating through impact with the correct body effort and sequence. 

Too often we now see golfers throwing the club through impact- pushing the club head off to the right of the target or throwing the clubhead left of the target with their hand roll --flipping the club face over by hand action trying to correct the mistake.

Today's clubs should all come with a :warning label:   "Swing Deterioration And Poor Mechanics Possible By Using This Club"

Add the fact that the shafts are too long and the swingweights and overall club weights are too light and it is little wonder we don't see ball striking mastery on any level any longer.     Remember: Feedback of the club and the swing is necessary for improvement to take place. 

That's why golfers are not improving. 

They don't know the difference between a good strike or a bad strike of the ball because the permieter weighting and large sweet spots don't allow such reference. The equipment golfers are using is NOT designed to help them adjust their swing to the correct efficient motion.

The unfortunate thing about the technology invasion of golf is the fact that most -if not all- of the great golf courses of the past have become all but obsolete for tournament play.

Clubs and balls that fly too far have made for golf courses being built that are too long and too difficult for your average golfer. 

Golf courses have too often become residential selling areas with 18 holes attached to them. The golf course itself has become secondary to the amount of real estate that can be sold at a profit.

Distances from greens to the next tee have been increased to upwards of 100-200 yards more or less making golfers drive in carts instead of walking and enjoying the surroundings.

Course designers are trying to outdo one another with water carry holes, island greens everywhere, crazy hole designs with ski moguls down the sides of the fairway and greens far too undulating for a tour pro let alone a regular golfer.

Golf has become over priced. A round of golf now takes far too long, Golfers lose too many balls in a round adding more expense because the courses are far from reality and not well designed tests of golf that offer different avenues for golfer's of varying abilities to be able to play upon.

The great courses are stretched to their limits and cannot be used for the world's greatest events as showcase courses any longer.

Courses are being built as a huge expense because of land needed which only adds to the cost of playing the game and golf is being over priced.

I doubt things will ever get back to how they should be but it would be a great time to stop the madness and have the golfing bodies of the world reign in the technology surge before golf becomes only for the rich and unenjoyable for your average player.

 

 

This photograph of a hole shows perfectly what the modern golf game has become. 

 

The red line indicates how this hole was designed to be played.

With the older equipment where the ball didn't travel as far and a 'wood' was actually made of wood you had to slide a drive up the left side of the fairway and let the natural contours bring the ball down towards the center of the fairway. You then had to avoid the fairway bunker with a shot that went too far and you had trees blocking your approach if you drove too far to the right and also a water hazard for the severe heel or toe mis- hit that veered off sideways. The left side was no bargain either with rough and a downhill sloping lie adding to the difficulty.

The blue line indicates how this hole is played today with the new technology

Drivers that have hot trampoline like faces with huge heads and huge sweet spots and light graphite shafts and hard plastic balls that hardly move in flight allow a fantastically designed golf hole to become nothing more than a joke . Players now drive over all the trouble that was intended in the course design. Players now put their tee shot with in a few yards of the green, hitting a chip shot instead of the 120 yard approach that the designer of the hole required by positioning the tee shot.

 

This is your classic example of why great courses are now being made obsolete and why newer courses are coming up with ridiculous 520 yard Par 4 holes and 680 yard Par 5 holes- so they can try and protect par. All at a huge cost. Wouldn't it just have been easier for golf's governing bodies to reel this stuff in when they saw what was happening to the old courses and what the new courses had become?

 

The governing bodies of golf well and truly dropped the ball by allowing companies to advance their technology with almost no restrictions, to the point of making the course designers and even golfers from the past an after thought.  It's a very sad state of affairs

GOLF AND THE PRESERVATION OF THE PASTAND THE PROTECTION OF THE FUTURE

 

 

usga from Golf Aus on Vimeo.

 

Golf's governing bodies saying one thing and totally doing another........

And here below we have a newspaper article from 1976....with quotes and future references from the USGA equipment committee chairman about equipment that have been shelved and totally forgotten and not put into place.

It's very disappointing. If we can only take what they said in the past with a grain of salt how can we believe what they are saying now is the truth?

Ability is what should separate the good from the bad. The entire playing field has leveled out because of equipment that allows for mishits and by allowing clubs that are distance orientated even for the most obscene looking golf swings.

The golf ball travels too far and has terrible flight characteristics that don't allow for shot shaping. The ball flies too far and is designed to not curve and we have seen incredible ball strikers and control players such as Corey Pavin, Hal Sutton and Nick Faldo  phased out of the game.

Golf has now become a smash it as far as you can from the tee and been disheveled into a putting contest... The courses have become too short and many of the world's greatest courses are stretched to their limits and are now set up in a manner that is entirely off the mark of the original design set out by the world's great course designers of the past.

It is very sad that the state of the entire game has been influenced by money and equipment sales, instead of a golfer's ability to learn to swing the club correctly to produce the desired results.

 

NICK PRICE quoute.....

"With perimeter weighted clubs, considering my shots on a scale from 1 to 10, I know I wouldn't hit a shot worse than a 6- but because of the clubs resistance to subtle influences I may want to impart, my best shots wouldn't be better than an 8 or a 9.

With blades my bad shot might be as bad as a 3, but my best shots would be 10's, and the difference between 8 or 9 and a 10 at the top end of the scale is the difference between winning and losing a Major Championship"

bobcharlesequip from Golf Aus on Vimeo.

Listen and view a recent video of Sir Bob Charles - 1963 Open Champion

talking about equipment and the pros and cons of today's V's yesterday's clubs

This is a great testimonial about equipment from one of the game's greats.

Many of my students and people I talk to just in general conversation find it very amusing that I try to get them to practice with old style blade clubs that have flat lie angles  and persimmon woods.

Their belief is.."I can't hit those"

That IS NOT THE POINT......IF you learn to hit them then just think how much easier your regular equipment will become to use!! 

I have stated many times you need feedback from your swing. The lighter, upright perimeter weighted equipment deteriorates your swing and doesn't allow your hands and brain to feel the mistakes that have occurred throughout the swing and the strike of the ball. 

To gain improvement you HAVE to make the playing field more difficult.

It amazes me that people all want to take the easy way out. They use horribly designed clubs that insist on no good basic movement. Their swing evolves from a pile of dirt into a pile of rubble.

They blame lack of improvement on their clubs and go buy the newest latest greatest equipment to hit the market thinking those clubs will hold the 'golden ticket'  inside them somewhere and help them improve. They waste thousands of dollars and are still blankly staring at square one. 

If you were a mathematician and all you ever saw pass across your desk was questions that involved 4 + 4 or  5 + 2...how would you gain knowledge? 

I always think back to the most remarkable cricket player the world has ever seen. 

Sir Don Bradman was an Australian cricketer who finished first class test cricket with the unbelievable batting average of 99.94 runs per innings. 

This means he made 100 runs EVERY time he went in an batted. No-one has come even remotely close to approaching that figure and no-one ever will. 

When Bradman was growing up he used a cricket stump or a branch of a tree to practice. He would hit a golf ball up against a wall with the stump/branch which was about 1/10th the size of a regular cricket bat. 

He made the act of striking the ball more difficult .... once he could do that well... when he had a regular size bat in his hands and the regular size cricket ball was coming at him from a bowler's delivery ...it looked like a watermelon to him. 

He was so good, the other teams couldn't get him out and had to resort to trying to bowl at him and hurt him so he couldn't bat. The man was a genius and excelled at his sport by making practice HARDER....not by making anything easier. 

A great lesson to be learned right there and worth evaluating for your own golf game. 

Here is a video of Sir Donald Bradman in action.......



http://www.vimeo.com/video/21356386

 

bradman from Golf Aus on Vimeo.

Interview with Bob Vokey- designer of Titleist Vokey wedges

Q: “Voke, who was the first your player to win using one of your wedges?"

Bob Vokey: I’ll go all the way back. The first wedge in play was Andy Bean in 1997. That was a 456-14. He took it right out of my bag, put it in play, and I guess it would have been in Memphis. I’ll never forget that. That was a prototype wedge. “Voke, I gotta have it.” So I said, wait a second. I made a phone call, let him use it.

The first tour win, I’ll go all the way back to Bradley Hughes, playing in the Australian Masters. He won in early 1998. Then, my very next one was with Steve Flesch. He won the Nationwide Tour Championship.

 

Q: " How did you end up getting Bradley Hughes’s wedges in his bag?

Bob Vokey: It’s funny. I’d known Bradley for a while. He just came up on and asked me for a wedge when I was out there on tour. He used to play the PGA tour as well as the Australian tour.  He just came up and started talking to me saying he didn't like his contact with his wedges around the greens. I said, “What do you need?” He said, “I’d like to try this and that and I went and set him up a couple of wedges.” So, boom. He tried it out. We sat in the bunker with him and he made shots. And about 4 months later he became my very first winner"