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Wedge or 7 iron around the green?

Many golfers find the shot around the green the most difficult to master. It can only be a matter of yards but causes great frustration.

Nowadays, you as the golfer have multiple options to undertake the shot. 3 wedges, a putter, midsize iron and even the fairway wood if your Justin Rose. The aim is to execute the shot with the least amount of difficult with one goal to get the ball as close to the hole as possible, if not in.

The amount of golfers that struggle is huge, mainly because of the lack of confidence and bad technique. It’s a definite that everyone has encountered the duff, the thin or the complete air shot trying desperately to control the length, directory, spin and flight of this small, score reducing shot.

The two real options you have as an amateur golfer are the wedge and the 7/8 iron. Both have their pro’s and con’s and need to be used appropriately given the situation faced.

Confidence has a lot to do with the choice. Are you happy to address the shot with a wedge, flight the ball to the hole, use spin to control the roll out close to the hole or would you feel better using a 7/8 iron, address the ball like its a putter and get the ball on the ground as quickly as possible rolling towards the hole?

The choice can be determined by how the land lies between the ball and the hole. If it is fairly flat with no obstructions such as rough, bunkers or large ground undulations use a 7 iron. Get the ball running towards the hole. However, if you need to fly the ball over any of the former inconveniences the wedge is needed. Pick the club appropriate to the shot.

Build confidence, better scores and measurable results around the green by learning the right style and correct shot selection. The only way is to get professional lessons through your local pro or via videos on excellent websites/mobile apps.

 

Should i buy golf lessons or get new clubs

This question probably doesn’t get asked as much as it should. How many golfers do you know go on about their latest lesson and the new grip or technique for hitting the ball longer? I bet the same can’t be said for the golfer going on about his/her new clubs or wedges or driver?!

There is something programmed into every amateur golfer that they must have the latest irons, wedges or drivers to make them a better golfer. They all get sucked in by the marketing jargon surrounding the latest must have clubs and their hooked. You can’t say the same for the local pro pushing his ‘buy 4 lessons get the 5th free’, doesn’t really have the same appeal. However, it most definitely should.

Golf is a game that has developed over the years and all the brands have jumped on this and spun it with only one intention. To get all golfers buying more of the newest clubs on the market. To be fair they don’t really have a difficult job as most golfers have the mindset that if they buy a new club, regardless of what club, it will make them a better golfer and reduce that scorecard.

The fact of the matter is this. If there was you with all the latest equipment and a pro from any tour with just one club, say a 7 iron from the 1950’s, the tour pro would still beat you on a round of golf if he/she was only allowed to play with that one club and you any club you desire from your new flashy set. Why? Only one reason. The tour pro has over the years had the correct tuition/lessons and without doubt done one thing. Practice, practice and practice so more. The pro could play all the shots necessary with one club to overcome and outwit the golf course.

So to answer the question. Keep the clubs you have, buy several lessons, measure the improvement and have a goal to achieve. Once achieved, buy more lessons or as a treat to reaching the target buy new clubs! check out the latest tuition app Gateway Golf.

2019 – the year of the golf lesson

You may of been playing golf for longer than you care to remember or just a beginner, full of motivation to improve and become the next Tiger Woods but the bet that you’ve hardly had any lessons wouldn’t be a bad one.

2019 should be the year that this changes. Golf is a game that comes and goes with the wind. One round you can play really well with all the luck and the next can’t catch a break and score terribly. We’ve all been there, it happens to the professional on the European Tour as well as any amateur. The difference being the pro’s identify the faults in the their game and then spend hours working it through with their retained coaches on the driving range. Amateurs tend to put the clubs in the boot of the car, drink beers and have a laugh with their playing partners about one shot or another in the round.

This is all well and good if you are happy with just playing golf socially (which is highly recommended). However, if you would really like to see measurable gains in your performance, there is only one simple answer. It’s professional tuition. This can come from your local golf club or form the excellent websites/mobile apps on offer nowadays.

The nature of the golf swing entails many moving parts. That’s why it’s an impossible game to fully master but you can, with the correct advice from quality coaches set the foundations so you have a good base of knowledge and technique to work from.

If there is one thing you want to do in 2019 with regard to golf it should only be to spend some time on your swing. This is guaranteed to improve your game unlike the latest golf club.

Driver or Iron of the tee?

It is an age old dilemma for any golfer of any playing level. What’s the best decision when on the tee – Driver or Iron??

Now it is an arguable fact that most amateur golfers are on average more accurate with their irons, this over time has given confidence which results in better results. Whereas the driver to some can feel like they are holding an alien object with the intent of hitting a little white ball as far as possible in a pre-determined direction.

The facts are simple, the driver is one of the least hit clubs in the golf bag and most of the time one of the hardest. It does however guarantee one thing – it will hit the ball the furthest out of any club you have. The long iron, say a 3 or 4 iron, will increase accuracy and should provide the golfer with that extra bit of confidence once on the tee.

What needs to be accounted for is the situation where the decision needs to be made. Is it the first tee? Is it in a club competition where you need to protect a score or go for broke?

Another important consideration is what is the design of the golf hole that needs to be navigated. If it’s fairly open with a higher percentage of locating the ball if it goes off path, the driver then out ways the option of the iron. Whereas if its a tight, tree lined fairway with OB everywhere then the iron for position would be sensible.

As with any shot in golf a lot needs to be considered. Current playing form, importance of shot in competition or scorecard, the design of the golf hole and most importantly is how you feel when you take all these factors into account. Your inner belief and confidence will play a key role in the outcome. The commitment you put into the shot will provide the desired outcome.

This is all very important but this comes after one essential part. The ability to use the driver or long iron correctly. This comes with practice and knowledge which only truly comes from expert advice and tuition. The world’s very best coaches can be your personal professional. You just need to know where to find them. Perhaps you first point of call before troubling yourself with what club to use is to look at Gateway Golf first class tuition videos…

Whats the value of a golf lesson

It is impossible to put a measurable value on a golf lesson. Each and every golfer that decides to seek the services of a professional will have their own desired needs and outcomes from the tuition.

It can not be challenged that having golf lessons is a definite if any level of golfer wants to improve. Lessons allow a professional who usually has a PGA qualification or excellent pro playing record to analyse a swing, identify weaknesses or areas for improvement and implement a manageable, consistent session that attends to these weaknesses with the clear aim of improving the learner.

The value a golfer will get from a lesson or a bunch of lessons will really be determined by the quality of the tuition and the golfers effort to listen to what is being taught. A lesson may only be 30 mins or an hour long so it is important for the learner to continue what has been taught in purposeful practice sessions at the driving range or on the practice chipping/putting green.

The amount of avid amateur golfers who have never had lessons is huge. Most would rather buy the latest clubs in the confused mindset that the club will improve their golf game. This is just backward! This is where the real value of lessons comes to the forefront. A new set of branded golf clubs may cost thousands, once drivers, fairway woods, wedges and putter are put with the irons. Think how many lessons you could have with that money?! The lessons will undoubtedly make you a better golfer, the new clubs perhaps not so much.

If you are thinking you have not got the time or it seems a huge amount of effort to take the lessons there is an alternative. With the benefit of technology, there are now top quality mobile apps/websites featuring the worlds very best coaches. These are short detailed videos which can be played/reviewed as and when the golfer needs them. https://www.facebook.com/gatewaygolfapp/

How to be a better golfer – Short Game

Like most golfers, you probably want to score better and win one or two of the club competitions. If this is you, a sure fire way to do this is to improve your short game.

So what is your short game? It’s anything within 100 yards of the pin. So this pitching wedge down to putter. When practising, the majority of your time should be spent on this area of your game.

Short game includes approach shots as mentioned to chipping, pitching and putting. Your improving short game will guarantee better scores every time you play. It will be immediate, obvious and a key aspect to improving your handicap.

An important aspect of the short game is accuracy. Practice should be focused on controlling the ball with your wedges and putter. Understanding what capabilities you have with each club will improve your accuracy, which will result in fewer less shots taken on each round. Each wedge in your bag can be used to manufacture several different shots. The more confident you are to execute each shot the more likely you are to achieve the desired results.

For longer wedge approaches the driving range is the place to spend hours practising. Generally a decent range will provide flags at distances applicable to a comparable approach out on the course. Your aim should be to target the flags and leave the ball within a reasonable putts distance. For shorter chips, a practice green (which allows chipping practice!!!) would be where you should spend your time whilst your mates or playing partners are on the range trying to hit the back fence of the range with their driver.

Practice abbreviated swings, softer controlled shots with the ultimate target to land/stop the ball close to the holes within a make-able putts distance. These shots can save so many shots on a scorecard.

With putting it goes without saying that it needs to take most of you r focus when practising. Short, long and anything in-between needs to be worked on. Do as the professionals do…drive for show, put for dough.

Tempo in the Golf Swing

The vague term tempo is used to describe the correlation between the speed at which a player swings and the flight of the ball.

A particular speed can feel correct but it may not give the desired results. To master the golf swing a player must swing with control. This ensures the club swings on the correct plain and the club head connects with the ball in the right position at the correct time & speed.

All amateur golfer’s have this naive belief that the faster and harder they swing the club the further the ball will go. It is the complete opposite. If the golfer swings with tempo and control the club does as it is designed to do – provide power! This is something that needs to be learnt and practised over time.

Holding and swinging the club to hard will not give the results needed to improve. The swing needs rhythm – a pure balance between efficiency and energy.

How do i know what my tempo is? Naturally we all have a built in tempo. This is how we walk, talk and even write. Some do these things fast others do things at a slower pace. This is the tempo used to swing the club. Your inner tempo dictates the club speed. It should never be forced, whatever feels natural. On the driving range hit balls at both ends of the spectrum. Some really fast, some really slow and then work towards your natural speed and rhythm. When it feels right that’s your optimum tempo!

Over time you will find the ability to combine control with power a well as keeping the club on the correct plain with the appropriate energy put into the shot.

If you’ve ever watched the tour pro’s on the TV you will notice that even though their swing speeds are individually different, their shots regardless of the club is always the exact same speed (except perhaps the driver of Rory Mcilroy!).

The tempo of the swing demonstrates the control the player has over his/her swing. A golf swing should be relaxed, balanced and rhythmical.

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