Archive for September, 2015

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

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Pro Tips – Cure your shank and topped shots….

Saturday, September 12th, 2015

Ever topped your shots or suffered from not hitting the ball flush on the sweet spot? Well let’s discuss how we can cure your shank.. however, don’t despair, it’s something we have all done, especially when we first start playing the game, I know I did!

There are many reasons why you could shank the ball but let’s go through the most common reason and something that you can easily fix yourself at the range.

Cure your shank – The Problem…

At some point in your swing, you stand up. People will often say “you lifted your head” or “you looked up” and to some degree they are right.

However, when you hear someone say this, they actually mean you looked at the target before you struck the ball – which does not have a direct link to hitting these horrible shots.

Cure your shank

Cure your shank – are you standing up?

Cure your shank – What do I mean by “standing up”?

During your swing, your hips push forward towards the ball.

As you do this it straightens your spine angle, you come out of your posture and “stand up”.

To the right,  I’ve shown the address position and what I mean by standing up.

If you do this in the swing, you are moving towards the ball and often you find the hands (therefore the club) move towards the ball, causing the hosel of the club to contact the ball.

By going towards the ball and lifting up, you are effectively not allowing the club to bottom out at the ball, and this can mean you hit the ball from the bottom of the face and/ or the top of the ball.

Cure your shank – How do we fix it?

To fix the problem, we need to maintain our posture in the swing so that we do not move towards the ball. As I mentioned earlier – the reason you come out of posture is because the hips move forwards towards the ball. This is the root of the problem.

cure your shank and stop topping the ball

Cure your shank and stop topping the ball!

To keep the hips back, get your golf bag and place it against your bum. Make some swings and keep your bum back on the bag throughout – as shown right.

To start with just do this without the ball.

Once you start feeling your bum staying back, hit some shots. But when you hit some shots, feel the right bum cheek stay on the bag on the backswing, and the left bum cheek stay on the bag on the way through.

I’ve changed the thought slightly when you hit the ball just to make sure you still keep the hips turning whilst keeping the bum back.

Cure your shank  – Other things to consider…

Often when a golfer makes this movement, it is because they have a weak core and/ or their hamstrings are tight.

Nowadays, many of the tour players are doing Pilates or Yoga to strengthen their core muscles and help maintain posture when they practice and play for hours on end.

I think this just shows the importance of maintaining posture and may be something worth considering to help your golf. Speak to a personal trainer before undertaking any exercises yourself!

Now read about how to cure that slice

By Andy Clissold – TSG Head Pro

Golf participation is down…is golf expensive, elitist or just behind the times?

Friday, September 4th, 2015
Golf Participation

Golf Participation is down, why?

Golf is a sport that has long remained the same…. however with a recent golf survey showing that golf participation is down, we ask the question, is golf expensive and an elitist sport?

We know golf is a game, that appears from the outside, to be very difficult to understand, yet, those who are in the seemingly so-called ‘elitist golfing circle’, simply can’t understand why this is the case.

Whilst it feels that other sports have progressed and moved with the times, golf has got somewhat stuck in its ways.

The bad news is whatever the case, numbers of golfers are declining. A study that was carried out in 2012 on behalf of the National Allied Golf Associations showed that the growth had stagnated, with an equal number of people entering and leaving the game. Fast-forward to 2015 and that has continued….

They released a report last year (2014) that should the number of rounds played had gone from 28,700 in 2008, to 26,100 in 2013. This is a considerable decline, but determining why this is might be harder than it seems.

Why is golf participation down?

A lot of the problems that golf faces is that it is struggling to attract younger players. Where football and for example rugby, is offered in schools from an early age, and is much publicised on television; golf isn’t.

Not only this, but research carried out at the University of South Australia uncovered that children across the world are less aerobically fit than they were thirty years ago. This could be down to the fact that computer games have replaced outdoor games, which has also drastically affected this generation’s attention span.

Golf is a sport that requires a lot of work, and the above reports would suggest that the younger generation just does not have the patience for the game.

It doesn’t help that many of the world’s top players are out of reach to the average golfer, whereas it’s no problem visiting a football club to watch the Rooneys and Ronaldos of this world play.

It could be that golf participation is  down as golf fans are limited to possibly only one or two tournaments a year to watch their favourites play, therefore reducing those players exposure to the next generation.

Is golf too expensive?

Golf IS considered an expensive sport to play….

When you include the cost of a membership at a club plus all of the equipment,  it can be completely overwhelming for an amateur, and the cost of it all can be off-putting for someone who just wanted to make a hobby from the sport.

A survey carried out in 2009 by American Golfer suggested that the average golfer will spend around $2, 776 per year, which is just under two thousand pounds. An open forum suggested nearly double that amount.

That is a lot of money that many people will not be able to justify spending; however the majority of this is spent on equipment, which would suggest that this amount could decline annually.

Many online retailers have started offering great deals on golf equipment, and discounted items, to help those with a smaller budget. There are also public courses that anyone can play on that does not require the cost of a membership.

However, the fact that it costs a lot more than other sports to take up initially, essentially immediately cuts out a large chunk of the population, making it appear elitist.

Golf Participation

Encouraging the next generation…

Is golf behind the times?

It is perhaps unfair to suggest that golf is behind with the times and that we must just accept that the younger generation is essentially getting lazier and unfit, when, it might be more effective to encourage the younger generation to take up a sport, and put down their video game controllers.

Although golf may, from an outsider’s viewpoint appear to be elitist, and to a certain extent you could argue it is, it is argued that it’s merely traditional, and there are ways for everyone to enjoy the sport that do not mean having to spend a fortune.

All sports require a ‘set-up fee’ with regards to clothing and equipment, but to suggest that golf discriminates others because of this is unjust.These days it’s easy to enjoy the sport at the local range and plenty of clubs have opened their doors to ‘Pay and Play’ golfers.

However, reducing the decline in golf participation is ultimately is the job of the governing bodies and the clubs to break with the traditions and relax some of the outdated rules.

Once this is achieved, we believe golf will once again be a sport in the ascendancy!