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 now they have to sell you a hybrid club....cha-ching.. more $$$...and with the modern wedge loft being that of an old 8 or 9 iron, they now have a space that has to be filled between your 47 degree wedge and your 56 degree sand invest some more $$$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 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 does what it is 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)





usga from Golf Aus on Vimeo.

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.

Alas, the state of the entire game has been influenced by money and equipment sales, instead of great designs that interest the player and 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 + 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 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.......


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"