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Is technology good for golf?

Tuesday, February 7th, 2017

Is technology good for golf?Golf is among the most popular sports in the world with an estimated 390 million fans worldwide, according to Sporteology

So it comes as no surprise that companies are looking to the digital landscape to release new innovative golf-themed apps, games and training tools to sell to such a vast market.

And these products aren’t just aimed at novice golfers, some are targeting at professional players.

Unlike other sports, golf (as you know) is a non-contact sport and for the most part isn’t as physically demanding as say, rugby or football.

However, while it may not be as demanding on the body, the margin for error on a golf course is psychologically draining, meaning you need to be on top of your game at all times.

If you’re a beginner you can consider taking golf lessons to improve your game or venture to the driving range as much as possible to improve your ball striking.

But if you want to sharpen your technique without having the luxury of a course professional at your beck and call, alternatively you cab use many of the new digital aids now available on the market.

Is technology good for golf?

In the digital age, as well as mobile apps that can support players in terms of technique and collect useful data and stats on things such as swing speeds, impact angle.

One of the most impressive pieces of technology we have seen to date has to be The Robot, recently installed in state of the art golf studio in Camberley Surrey.

However, at over £150k per unit this will be out of most golfer budget.

Here are just some of the latest (affordable) technology available on the market in 2017…

Is Technology good for golf – SKY PRO…

Is technology good for golf?SkyPro is an app which focuses on one important skill – a player’s golf swing.

Combined with a small device (the size of a thumb drive) that can be attached to your golf club, SkyPro analyses your swing and identifies faults which you can then fix and/or improve upon.

This nifty little gadget will cost you around £200 (App is free) and is reasonably priced considering that a Golf Coach will probably cost you around £40+ per hour.

SkyPro has been around for a couple of years now, with the app getting regular updates. One of its main supporters is Hank Haney, the former coach of Tiger Woods, who stated on twitter that SkyPro is revolutionising the way teachers help golfers.

SkyPro allows you to be your own coach if you’re unable to get professional guidance.

Is Technology good for golf?  Zepp Golf 2…

Unlike other golf gadgets, Zepp Golf 2 doesn’t attach to your club – instead, it fits on your glove.

Utilising a synchronous connection with your mobile through Bluetooth, the app can render your movements in a series of 3D still shots or a video, which you can then view on your phone giving you instantaneous data to work with.

Is technology good for golf?The makers have specified the six mechanics measured by the device, namely: club speed, club plane, hand plane, hand speed, backswing position and tempo.

You also have the option to follow a preset required number of swings per week and get a detailed report from the app afterwards, complete with tips for further enhancing your performance.

The device retails at around £130, while the app is free.

Is Technology good for golf? Hole19…

Hole19 is a different kind of tool because it’s main function is to help golfers familiarise themselves with around 40,000 golf courses, which is roughly 95% of the world’s courses.

But Hole19 can do so much more, as it can assist players in gathering course data such as GPS yardages, hole map imagery, stat tracking and other key statistics which will aid players in making quick decisions and adjustments – while playing.

The free app is also compatible with smart watches, which brings more convenience to players especially in the middle of a game.

In 2016, Hole19 acquired more than 800,000 active users from all over the world.

Is Technology good for golf? Away from the course…

Is technology good for golf?Having these three trainer aids in your arsenal (or in today’s parlance your smartphone) is a good start, but there are plenty of other digital tools that can help develop your golf skills.

With the continuous development of mobile technology, there is sure to be more apps and devices in the coming 12 months that will break new ground in helping golfers hone their skills.

However, there has also been some evolution in the way we play golf away from the course….

For example, Phone Arena revealed that the World Golf Tour Mobile app provide updates with the latest Pro tournaments and now includes the 2016 Virtual US Open in its database, mainly due to requests from players of varying abilities.

We’ve also witnessed the evolution of PGA Golf on the PlayStation, originally made famous by Tiger but now endorsed by Rory McIlroy on the cover.

Another notable game that has been released in honour of the sport is the slot game Golden Tour, which was brought to the market by online gaming platform Betfair.

While the last couple of examples of the sport’s popularity in the gaming world cannot help you improve your golf swing, they certainly represent golf’s popularity as the sport breaks new ground in digital entertainment, giving fans alternative options to pursue their love for the game away from their local course.

Is Technology good for golf? The Future…

Is technology good for golf?We can only speculate where this form of the golf industry go next but one thing for sure is that whether it be a Swing App, a GPS Tool or a gaming activity – technology is set to develop more and quicker than ever before over the next few years….

The best thing about digital age is you longer have any excuses for improving your game or indeed for enjoying the game more than ever before.

Ps The TSG Team will be at the PGA Golf Show in Jan 2017, bringing you more updates on the latest technology product available in the company season…


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By Ian Mullins

Whos tipped for success in The Majors in 2017?

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017

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Every year we look forward to the start of the new golfing season, which is traditionally marked by the first of the Major’s, with tee shot being hit at The US Masters…..and 2017 will be no exception!

This event is quickly followed by the remaining ‘Grand Slam’ events including:

  • The US Masters (Augusta National) April
  • The US Open (Various) June
  • The Open (Various) July
  • The PGA Championship (Various) August

This is then now complemented but The Olympics every four years (from 2106) with the host city supplying the venue.

However, most of the discussion around these events in dominated each January by the talk of the pundits and on who will build on the success of the previous season and who is expected to break though into the top 50 and even the Top 10 and even win one of the above.

Predicting who the glory and trophies will go to isn’t as easy as you think!

In a series of article regarding The Majors in golf, we start with the first official event….


The-Open-Championship-The MajorsThe Majors – The Open Championship…

Golf’s Majors began with the introduction of The OPEN (only played in the UK) in 1860.

The Open was first played on 17 October 1860 at Prestwick Golf Club in Scotland.

The Open Championship is the only major hosted in the UK (Great Britain & Northern Ireland) and not at a course in the United States.

The oldest and arguably the most prestigious of all the Majors, players compete for the now famous Claret Jug – first presented in 1873 – is one of the most iconic trophies in all of sport, but originally they players competed for the Challenge Belt.

The inaugural tournament was restricted to professionals and attracted a field of eight golfers who played three rounds of Prestwick’s twelve-hole course in a single day.

The event was won with a score of 174 by Willie Park Sr. who beat one of golf’s original luminaries in the game.

The following year the tournament was opened to amateurs; eight of them joined ten professionals in the field.

However, when Old Tom Morris won this for the third time in 1864, he was allowed to keep The Challenge Belt and thus the Claret Jug was commissioned!

In 1871, it agreed to organise it jointly with The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews and The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers.

In 1892 the event was doubled in length from 36 to 72 holes, four rounds of what was by then the standard complement of 18 holes.

The 1894 Open was the first held outside Scotland, at the Royal St George’s Golf Club in England.

Other key dates include:

  • 1898 – Cut introduced after 36 holes. Those 20 or more strokes behind the leader were excluded
  • 1904 – Extended to a third day with 18 holes on each of the first two days. Cut rule unchanged
  • 1905 – Cut rule changed to exclude those 15 or more strokes behind the leader
  • 1907 – Qualifying introduced, replacing the 36-hole cut and the contest reduced again to two days
  • 1910 – Cut reintroduced instead of qualifying, play extended to 3 days again. Top 60 and ties made the cut.
  • 1911 – An increase in the no. of entries, the first 2 rounds were spread over 3 days, with 36 holes on 4th day
  • 1912 – Qualifying reintroduced to replace the cut. Contest reduced again to two days
  • 1926 – Cut reintroduced. First Open with both qualifying and a cut. Extended again to a third day with 18 holes on the first two days. Those 15 or more strokes behind the leader were excluded from the final day. Days standardised as Wednesday to Friday
  • 1929 – Cut rule changed to ensure that at least 60 made the cut even if 15 or more strokes behind the leader
  • 1937 – Cut rule changed to top 40 and ties
  • 1946 – Cut rule changed to be a maximum of 40 players. Ties for 40th place did not make the cut
  • 1951 – Cut rule changed to be a maximum of 50 players. Ties for 50th place did not make the cut
  • 1957 – Leaders after 36 holes go off last, replacing the random draw
  • 1963 – Cut rule changed to top 45 and ties
  • 1964 – Playoff reduced from 36 holes to 18, followed by sudden-death if still level
  • 1966 – Play extended to four days, 18 holes per day from Wed to Sat. Cut rule changed to top 55 and ties
  • 1971 – Cut rule changed to top 80 and ties after 36 holes and then top 60 and ties after 54 holes
  • 1973 – Play in groups of three introduced for the first two rounds
  • 1974 – Use of “bigger ball” (1.68 in, 42.67 mm) made compulsory
  • 1978 – 10-shot rule introduced so that players within 10 shots of the leader make the cut even if outside the top 80/60
  • 1980 – Play changed to Thursday to Sunday
  • 1986 – 54-hole cut discontinued. Cut rule changed to top 70 and ties after 36 holes. 4 hole playoff introduced
  • 1996 – 10-shot rule dropped

 


Royal Birkdale 2017 - The MajorsThe Majors – Present Day…

Since the inaugural championship, the tournament has gone from strength to strength and journeyed to numerous locations in the UK but surprisingly has still only been hosted by ONLY 14 venues.

However, whilst the R&A look to add new venues to the list, in 2019, the event returns to Northern Ireland at Royal Portrush Golf Club. Not part of the roster since 1951.

In 2017, The OPEN Championship will be held on the Royal Birkdale course that is located in the town of Southport, just north of Liverpool.

This is the 146th Open Championship and the 10th time it will be hosted at the Royal Birkdale.

It has hosted the men’s championship nine times, first in 1954 and most recently in July 2008.

It is scheduled to host the 2017 Open Championship.

Previous winners of the Open at Royal Birkdale ionclude: Pádraig Harrington, Mark O’Meara, Ian Baker-Finch, Tom Watson, Johnny Miller, Lee Trevino, Arnold Palmer and Peter Thomson (twice).

It hosted the women’s tournament for the sixth time in 2014, and was the site of the Senior Open Championship in 2013. Royal Birkdale has also hosted the

Royal Birkdale has also hosted the Ryder Cup (19651969), the Walker Cup (1951), and the Curtis Cup (1948).


The Majors – Making your own predictions…

With golf’s Majors generating a huge audience from around the globe (even when Tiger isn’t playing!) it creates a lot of column inches and conjecture.

So, choosing your winner is going to be difficult…I picked Danny Willet last year but didn’t place a bet!!

If you are thinking of getting in on the action this year here is some of what you need to know The Open and how best to place a bet.

Interestingly, as of November 2016, the Commission announced that online betting had overtaken localised betting in shops and casinos.

There are plenty of high street options but with smart phones now allowing us to predict winners from our armchair, it can only add to the viewing experience knowing you may get lucky.

However, before taking advantage of some of the advertised TV offers, check out the many great offers available online available e.g. Ladbrokes £50 free bet offer.

Something to consider given the additional value you can get from some of offers online gambling sites give, even providing you with the chance to bet heavier on your favourites.

Of course, like the Grand National, this may be your only bet of the year…. but who should you register with?


The Majors – How Best to Place a Bet…

Firstly, there’s never been an easier time than to place a bet but ensure you are only using a recognised bookmaker who is also regulated by the UK Gambling Commission.

Secondly, study the form…. many a bet has been wasted by not checking the recent form of the field.

A schoolboy error some would say, so also ways look for advice and help before committing to your bet.

There are plenty of pundits available via national press and on social media but we would also recommend you do your own research.


The Majors – Our favourites…

The Claret Jug - The Majors

One of the most difficult things for new betters to wrap their heads around is the fact that there will be few if any, new faces on the course because, most qualified for being previous 10 years of winners of the Open Championship and 30 from the European and PGA tours.

Then there are another 50 who are considered to be global greats who are not included in that number above so that only leaves a little over 60 golfers, many of whom are just making it to the limelight.

Some of the names we are tipping for honours for the first time or those looking to add a second or third major to their portfolio (15th in Tiger’s case!):

– Mark Fitzpatrick (New kid on the block with a win at Wentworth and Dubai in 2016

– Andrew ‘BEEF’ Johnstone (Won Spanish Open in 2016 and a crowd favourite)

– Alex Noren (Winner at British Masters & Nedbank Challenge)

– Rory McIlroy (Tipped to be a multiple Major winner, he’s now in his prime!)

– Lee Westwood (Could he finally break his duck after numerous Top 3 finishes)

– Tiger (Yes, we still rate him and he’s got some people to prove wrong!)

But, that’s about it for our tips!


The Majors – And finally…

It’s probably now easier to bet online than ever before, so if you want to step into the world of gambling on your favourite sporting events, begin watching possible entrants as early as possible.

By the time July rolls around, you’ll be ready to place your bet and then just sit back and watch the fun.

Lastly, we always recommend betting responsibly (like the ad says, When The Fun Stops, STOP!) but equally, when played properly, there’s a real incentive to bet online, for sure!

#havefun


By Ian Mullins

G/Fore launch new designer golf bag….

Thursday, December 15th, 2016

G/Fore Golf Bag

We love it when new golf products are launched into the market – so we were very interested to learn more when we heard about the new G/Fore golf bag!

The new ‘Transporter’ G/Fore golf bag features weatherproof matte leather, tonal onyx black logos and quilted patent leather front pockets making it the ultimate luxury stand bag in a sleek, black design.

It is available exclusively on the G/FORE website with international shipping, which will launch by the end of the year (2017).

Priced at around £260 and weighing six pounds (2.7kg), the bag can also be customised with embroidered name or initials on the front pocket for an extra £20.

Manufactured in collaboration with Vessel, it is also brimming with features including a cooler pocket, an inner valuables pocket with two combination lock, magnetic tee pocket, patented Rotator Stand technology allowing maximum stability and a double equilibrium strap.

Having forged its identity on brightly-coloured, high-quality gloves and eye-catching footwear and apparel, the G/FORE brand – created by fashion industry pioneer Mossimo Giannulli in 2011 – has made significant strides in its first few years on the golf scene.

And this latest addition allows golfers to show off even more of their G/FORE style.

G/Fore golf Bag – What they said….

Mossimo Giannulli said: “We are very excited about our new golf bag collaboration with Vessel. Vessel’s innovative golf bags paired with the clean aesthetic of G/FORE makes for the perfect combination.”

To view the brand’s full range of apparel, gloves, shoes and accessories, visit www.gfore.com

By Ian Mullins


 

G/Fore Golf Bag – Company history…

G/FORE logo 9_14– Mossimo Giannulli – who is married to Full House and Summerland actress Lori Loughlin -founded G/FORE in 2011 after becoming frustrated in his search for colourful and functional golf gloves.

– A fashion industry veteran and avid golfer, Giannulli founded the billion-dollar clothing company Mossimo Inc in 1987 and brokered a first-ever designer-exclusive distribution deal with Minneapolis-based Target Stores in 2000.

– G/FORE embodies Giannulli’s expertise in fashion, passion for golf, and dedication to creating products of unmatched performance and unparalleled style.

– G/FORE’s first few years have seen it grow from crafting colourful gloves to also producing premium golf shoes, apparel and accessories for both men and women.

– In just a few short years, the G/FORE brand has been worn by a host of top-level professional golfers, award-winning actors and music industry stars.

– G/FORE golf gloves are worn by professionals every week on the PGA, Champions, European, Japanese and LPGA Tours.

– In spring 2016, Bubba Watson joined G/FORE’s line-up of elite ambassadors.

 

Used Golf Balls – yes or no?

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

used-golf-balls-tin-cupIf you’ve played golf long enough, you’ve probably had that “Tin Cup” moment?

It might not have come on a par 5 but on a par 3 but you basically find yourself pumping most of your ball supply into the greenside water, as you stubbornly try to reach the green over a hazard.

But what’s more painful, the nine you made on the hole, or the dozen golf balls you just lost?

If you’re like most regular golfers, it’s the £15-40 a dozen you just drowned.

Of course, if they’re used golf balls, it’s far less painful.

Used Golf Balls – The Prejudice…

Sadly, there’s certainly a stigma associated with playing used golf balls. But why?

If we find a good one (such as a Titleist Pro V1)  in the trees, most of us will feel like we’ve won the lottery but if you buy used golf balls, you may be considered a cheapskate, but what’s the difference?

For some reason buying recycled or used golf balls is beneath many players. Yet, it was so long ago – post-recession – that we were all quick to return to the days or

Yet, it was so long ago – post-recession – that we were all quick to return to the days of ‘Make do and Mend’.

After all, these golf balls are usually harvested from ponds, streams and lakes, but surely the water has to be bad for them, right?

Well, that’s true but probably to a much lesser degree than you think and it used to be truer than it is now.

Used Golf Balls – The Truth…

The golf manufacturers have long made claims that balls recovered from water lose a significant amount of performance yet much of that was before the solid core technology and advanced cover materials used today.

The truth is, golf balls are so well made today that they can spend a few weeks in the water and come out just fine, at least for casual play. (I mean, if you’re playing in the U.S. Open qualifier, by all means break out the new sleeves.)

The good news, today, the companies that sell millions of used golf balls harvest lakes regularly, so they’re not spending much time in the water.

In addition, the used golf balls are sold according to grade, so you get what you pay for.

It also depends on where the golf balls are lost.

Buy the top-graded used golf balls, and it’s almost impossible to tell from new.

In fact, some golfers have been known to buy high-grade used golf balls and put them back in their old sleeves.

used golf ballsUsed Golf Balls – Who supplies them….

One of the UKs largest online retailers of used golf balls www.premierlakeballs.com

The company was started in 2003 by Scott Phillips, a ‘+1 golfer’ who saw the savings used golf balls offered and the business has grown year on year since it started.

The reason being that PEARL grade lake balls offer the exact same performance as a new ball and offer HUGE savings.

“We ship a lot of golf balls across Europe and no doubt they find there way back to us said Phillips

He’s joking to a degree, but it is conceivable that you could actually buy your own golf balls back after you dunk one in a pond.

After all, in 2015 Premier Lakeballs sold between 1.8-2 million golf balls across the EU and UK.

Phillips says “All we ask is try us once and you will never buy a new ball again

 


By Ian Mullins

SkyTrak Partners with TruGolf…

Monday, August 8th, 2016

SkyTrak - TruGolfE6GolfThe world’s most famous golf simulator software is now available on the revolutionary SkyTrak – the sport’s most talked-about new game-improvement technology….

SkyTrak Partners with TruGolf for Realistic HD Golf Simulation…

SkyTrak LLC, a joint venture of SkyGolf and SportTrak, is pleased to announce a new partnership with TruGolf and its E6Golf software to give golfers the ability to play and practice on stunning, high-definition branded golf courses with SkyTrak (RRP £1,695) using their laptop or PC.

Golfers can now use the award-winning SkyTrak Launch Monitor, golf’s first complete Practice, Play and Entertainment System, with TruGolf’s E6Golf via the PC platform.

E6Golf has the sport’s largest selection of branded world-class golf courses, each one being a precise replica of its physical counterpart.

Millions of golfers have played TruGolf computer games over the last thirty years, with familiar blockbuster names such as World Class Leaderboard and LINKS the direct ancestors of today’s version, the thrillingly-realistic E6Golf.

“We are excited to partner with TruGolf to offer avid golfers a high-quality golf experience,” said Andy Allen, SportTrak Managing Director of Golf.

Golfers will be able to play well- known courses they see each week on TV broadcasts, and compete with their friends and family in a variety of games and scoring modes.”

“E6Golf is a well-established simulator brand with a long history of both commercial and consumer use.  We’re delighted to be able to make this offering available to SkyTrak owners.”

SkyTrak - TruGolfSkyTrak users can sign up for the annual TruGolf Standard Package for a £289.95 annual fee, which is additional to their minimum SkyTrak subscription plan (the £89.95 SkyTrak Game Improvement Package).

In this way, subscribers gain access to 15 E6 Golf championship courses including Pinehurst #2, Torrey Pines, Harbour Town Golf Links, and Bay Hill.

In addition, they receive a driving range, scoring zone, chip and putt practice area, long drive and closest-to-the-pin challenge.

Golfers will also soon be able to add additional E6Golf Course Packs, each subject to a one-time fee.

TruGolf is ideal for both in-home use and for golf clubs who would like to have a true golf simulator at an affordable priceadded Allen.

SkyTrak combined with TruGolf allows golf clubs to offer – at a previously-unavailable price – launch monitor rental deals and special golf simulator events & tournaments for members and guests, plus it’s a superb entertainment option for the golf club during weather delays and those dark autumn/winter evenings.”

For more information on the SkyTrak Launch Monitor System and TruGolf packages, please visit www.skytrakgolf.com or www.skycaddie.co.uk.

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TSG Pro Tips – Selecting New Golf Clubs…

Monday, July 18th, 2016
Selecting new golf clubs

                      Selecting new golf clubs

How many times have we all been heard to say the words, “I need new clubs!“? Probably once a round if you’re playing with some of my friends… so, should you change your equipment? And how do I go about selecting new golf clubs?

Selecting new golf clubs – How to choose…

Should you change your equipment? Fancy a new driver to boom those drives 300 yards? How about a new putter so you can putt like Speith?

Your next question should be – will it really help my game?

If the answer is ‘yes’ then great. An exciting time! But how do you make sure you get the correct equipment for your game?

Selecting new golf clubs – The Driver

Selecting new golf clubsIf you are looking for a new driver, the first thing is to get the correct loft.

Way too many golfers I see do not have enough loft on their driver, this can affect their swing as they try desperately to get more height and distance.

Such an issue this is, I have had a few golfers come in for a new driver, but with the help of a launch monitor, discovered they actually hit a 3 wood further.

A couple of years ago Taylormade launched their mini driver with more loft to help with this issue.

Selecting new golf clubs –  What the correct loft is for you?

The simple answer is to have a custom fitting with a qualified golf Pro who has a launch monitor (be wary of American Golf as often their custom fitters are not Pro equipment and have much less knowledge).

They will be able to tell you how high the ball launches, combined with how much you spin the ball to get the correct loft for you.

You will be able to see yourself both the difference in results of launch and spin, along with (hopefully!) how much longer you now hit it!

I’ve talked about a lack of loft here – just remember too much loft could mean shorter drives too (although in my experience this is less common).

Shaft flex and length is important too – so if you are getting fitted the pro will advise on shaft flex and just make sure it ‘feels’ ok to you.

I mentioned shaft length too – the average driver shaft off the shelf is 45”-45.5” long.

The average driver length on the PGA Tour is 44”-44.5”.

So why would us mere mortals think we can use a longer clubs than those experts!

It’s only making things harder. Now, although a longer club can create more clubhead speed and therefore longer drives – it is much more important to strike the ball out the middle of the face for distance.

Always try a shorter shaft (or grip down) to see how your results are affected.

Selecting new golf clubs – Irons…

Selecting new golf clubsThose thin, shiny blades always look great in the bag.

People will think “that guy’s good!” but if you proceed to shank one in the woods – they will be less than impressed!

So what do the different head types do?

Cavity back – This is more forgiving – the sweet spot of the club is made larger by cutting the back out the club and moving the weight around the perimeter of the club.

There are differences in these though. Some have a big cavity on the back – the bigger the cavity the more forgiving the club will be. If it is only a small cavity, the club will not be quite so forgiving.

Who should buy these? Essentially anyone. There are many Tour Players using cavity back irons now but it is important to buy the correct ones.

Hybrids – You can buy a few hybrids or even a whole set of hybrids! Essentially small woods, the sweet spot can be large as possible as the clubhead is hollow which means more weight to put around the perimeter. Often there is a little more weight put near the sole to give a low centre of gravity which helps to result in higher shots

Who should buy these? Anyone who struggles to strike the ball out the middle or hits the ball very low.

Blades – Hardest of the club to hit. A small sweet spot and a slightly higher centre of gravity leads to shots that go lower but if you do not hit the sweet spot – do not expect to be hitting the green!

Who should buy these? Only elite players – scratch and less

Selecting new golf clubs – How to choose your set…

Selecting new golf clubsYou may feel you fit into a few categories here but firstly make sure you are giving yourself as much forgiveness as possible – if the tour players use forgiving irons, why don’t you?

Golf is hard enough, give yourself a chance!

Next look at how high you are hitting the irons; for example, if you are trying out hybrids and striking them pretty well but they are going too high (possibly costing you distance), try a cavity back.

This is all about getting the balance between forgiveness and hitting the ball on a good trajectory to give you the most distance possible.

Selecting new golf clubs – How high you should hit these clubs…

  1. Hybrids
  2. Cavity back irons
  3. Blade irons

It is possible now to not have to have a full set with the same head type, you can mix and match.

That is why you see golfers now having hybrids in the longer irons but there is no reason why you can’t go all the way down to say 6 iron in hybrids then cavity backs for the rest if it is going to make the game easier for you.

This may help you to find the blend between forgiveness and getting maximum distance.

In order to determine the correct shaft and lie angle (which can have a massive effect on the direction of your shots) seek out a professional with a launch monitor to see the differences between shafts and lie angle.

As a simple rule, if you want the ball to go higher and longer, try a more flexible shaft – not the most scientific approach but is a good rough guide!

Selecting new golf clubs – The Putter…

Selecting new golf clubsThere are many styles of putter from blade to mallet. In my opinion, the most important thing to go for is a style you like the look of.

Take this a little further and hit a few putts. I’ve found the putters I get on best with are a shape that allows me to “see” the line to the hole.

By that I mean the design allows me to easily line the face with my target.

What can be of importance is the shaft you choose. Now we are not talking about flex here but rather how the shaft goes into the head.

Some go into the centre of the head, some go into the heel (as with other clubs), some go into the heel but have a kink near the end. But what is the purpose of these different shafts?

Depending on the shaft you choose, the putter will be balanced differently from toe to heel.

For example; a shaft that goes straight into the heel will mean the toe hangs down if held horizontal to the floor. (Picture).

This will encourage the face to rotate open and closed through the putting stroke.

Whereas a shaft that goes into the centre on the head, the putter face will remain flat.

This encourages much less rotation of the face through the putting stroke.

The same happens when you have a shaft that kinks into the head as if you were to continue the shaft line down to the head, ignoring the kink, the shaft would end up in the centre of the head.

Selecting new golf clubs – What does this mean for you…

If you have a putting stroke that is rounded, i.e. the putter swings on an arc like a small semi-circle, then the clubface needs to rotate with that arc. nd therefore you are best to choose a putter where the shaft goes straight into the heel.

And therefore you are best to choose a putter where the shaft goes straight into the heel.

If you have more of a “straight back and through” stroke, you want little rotation in the clubface, therefore a putter where the shaft goes straight into the centre or KINKS into the heel, will be better for you.

It is best to get your pro to check what type of stroke you have (or get a friend to, if this is not an option).

This is quite important as a lot of people think they putt ‘straight back and through’ but in fact have quite a large arc.

Selecting new golf clubs – How long should the putter be…

So many golfers have a putter that is too big for them.

The easiest way to find out is to set up as if you are hitting a putt, then let go of your putter and let your arms hang naturally.

There should be a slight bend in your arms, but as long as they are hanging naturally and comfortable you will be on the right lines (picture).

Then put your putter back in your hands and see how low (or high) on the grip your hands are. This is the length of putter you need.

So there you have it, more great Pro Tips from Andy next month!


By Andy Clissold – TSG Head Pro. If you have a specific shot you struggle with contact Andy at

If you have a specific shot you struggle with contact Andy at andrew_clissold@hotmail.com

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Lake Balls – How are they retrieved?

Friday, March 4th, 2016

For a guy who doesn’t play golf (or even one who does), the retrieval of ‘Lake Balls’ is somewhat of a mystery!

So in order to find out, The Social Golfer asked leading Lake Balls provider Scott Phillips of Premier Lake Balls, how it’s done…

Lake Balls – The Collection

Premier Lake Balls DiverFirstly, let’s start with the basics – this should never be undertaken without professional supervision.

Water on the golf course isn’t just a hazard to those playing, it can be laced with chemicals, laden with bacteria that can cause lockjaw and a plethora of other infections.

And of course, in some countries, they are home to snapping turtles, poisonous snakes and alligators.

So think again before diving in head first to retrieval your ball, following a wayward shot.

Whilst many may assume there is some wizard tech machine used to collect the Lake Balls, it’s much more lightly that it will be a ‘frogman‘ or in today’s parlance ‘A certified Scuba Diver‘.

In some quarters, and especially those working in the industry, these Lake Balls are often referred to as  ‘white gold’.

Although we wouldn’t use a sieve to find them… it’s basically a simple process of diving to the depths.

And given the hazards stated above, it no surprise that we lose between 3-5 divers a year (on average), paying with their life!

Lake Balls – The Numbers

As with many things in life, one man’s loss is another man’s gain, and there are many divers livelihoods that hinge on the misfortunes of the golfer.

Of the estimated 100 million missing golf balls recovered each year, in various countries, roughly three times as many never get found.

However, around 2.5 million make their way into Premier Lake Balls warehouse.

As they arrive in their pallets, awaiting their next chance to play, these Lake Balls are processed in massive ball washers, that are able to accommodate 20,000 balls a time.

Lake Balls – The Cleaning/Grading

Processing at this point is pretty quick. Once washed and dried, the grading starts.

This is the labour intensive part, as ensuring we grade the Lake Balls to the highest standard ready for resale on the website is paramount.

With this done, we can then start pricing and tagging by size, brand, and/or range.

And with new ball prices having continued to climb in recent years, more and more golfers now prefer to purchase 2nd hand Lake Balls.

Which is not only good for your pocket but also on the environment.

Often many of our balls look like new, once cleaned” Said Scott.

Premier Lake Balls

Lake Balls – The Cost

Given the labour cost in this retrieval process, there very small margins to be made but each ball represents a small profit to both the retriever and the supplier.

However, there is a profit to be made in ‘quantity’ and with the lake balls retrieval market continuing to grow, there is a happy future ahead for the industry.

Ask any traditional golf ball retailer about Lake Balls and they’ll  tell you that any ball pulled from a pond is an inferior product.

Sorry, but that is a thing of past with the introduction of surlyn covers (replacing balata balls) as this do not deteriorate in water and they perform exactly the same as a newly boxed ball, that is three times the price.

In short, buying used Lake Balls via a respected retailer such as Premier Lake Balls, will not only save you money at a time of economic uncertainty but it could also save the planet.

Thanks Scott, who knew!

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By Ian Mullins

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Nearest Pin and Longest Drive Markers…

Wednesday, September 16th, 2015
Nearest  Pin and Longest Drive Markers

Nearest Pin and Longest Drive Markers

As you know, we are always on the look-out for new products and this month we are enthusing at the invention of these new and innovative Nearest Pin and Longest Drive Markers by Golf Marker Systems.

For many years, we’ve all be using the flimsy and cumbersome Titleist markers that are provided by the course. However, this new ‘waterproof’ and attractive design is a real sea change.

However, how many times have you done this and had the markers returned soggy and wet? The crisp paper now nothing more than a mushy unreadable mess? Or you try to write your name but the whiteboard and pen are so wet it’s impossible?

No more  scribbling names in the wet and covering with a plastic bag, just use the waterproof paper and pencil. We ordered this product in time for the TSG Par 3 Championship at Pedham Place Golf Club and loved them!

Nearest Pin and Longest Drive Markers – The idea…

Nearest Pin and Longest Drive Markers

Nearest Pin and Longest Drive Markers

The GMS team began to experiment with different options on how he could create an all weather marker. In the beginning, they explored how they could still add names to the marker without changing the concept.

This led the trial of magnets, which worked well but were not cost effective or viable. They needed to find something that could be written on but withstand the rain whilst still being lightweight and look professional.

After two years of development the company found the solution and have been overwhelmed with the response to the product. They have taken orders from clubs such as The Royal St Georges, Loch Lomond and Ham Manor amongst many others.

Nearest Pin and Longest Drive Markers – Not just for golf clubs…

However, not just an accessory for golf clubs, these Nearest Pin and Longest Drive Markers are being used by golf societies and charities all over the UK and as far away as Australia.

They come in a number of colours and sizes and you can add any image or logo to the front, making them unique. They can also make for handy travel sized marker for your golfing holidays too.

TSG OFFER: We have arranged a 10% discount off all purchases in September and October for TSGers, just use the using the following code when purchasing: SOCIAL

Visit – www.golfmarkersystems.com