When looking to change your golf swing knowing what you have to change is essential, but knowing that you are making the change correctly is just as important. The below training aids are some of the options we chose to use when delivering lessons here at Norwich Family Golf Centre. Using a training aid can help you get the feeling you need to replicate in your full swing, stop you from practicing incorrectly and develop the new movement/action quicker.
DST Compressor Training Aid – Delayed Strike Technology
The DST Compressor will help you develop a repeatable, reliable, strong movement through impact. This is for the golfer that is looking to create shaft lean, a great aid for those that feel they cast the club on the downswing, hit the ball too high, or struggle to strike the ball cleanly.
This is an 8 iron that is not like a normal golf club, It has a curved shaft and a very wide sole, this is to put the golfer in the correct start position with hands forward of the ball and feel the optimal impact position.
This is an aid that has a heavy European and PGA Tour presence with 27 of the top 30 tour professionals using it. Justin rose, Dustin Johnson, Henrik Stenson & Alex Noren are just a few of the names.
The Hanger by Watson Golf
This is an attachment that goes from the butt of the grip to the shaft. It has a green bar that curves with a club face attached. the aim of this training aid is to help you manage your club face through the golf swing. The sweeping green bar will get in the way if you are trying to manipulate the club in the swing incorrectly. It can have key benefits like the following..
- Keeps the club head outside your hands.
- Ideal for training club face and path control.
- Promotes flat lead wrist at the top of your swing.
- Lead wrist flection in transition.
- Fixes the over-the-top move, scooping, and prevents the dreaded slice
- Dynamic shaft lean through impact.
- Promotes correct muscle memory.
As you can see there are many benefits to spending time using this club whether you are in a golf lesson or just practicing on the range.
The Callaway – Chip Stix
The ideal tool for improving your chipping. Quite a simple attachment that goes on the butt of your wedge with a long extended bar that sits by your side. This is to help you set up correctly with the right amount of shaft lean, will show you if you are releasing the club too early or using your wrists too much in the action. The benefits this could have on your golf game are..
Here at Peter Field Golf Shop we are always looking into new training aids for our lessons and users of the shop to improve their golf game. Now i’ll be honest I thought this was a bit of a ‘gimmick’… But its not..This is why and little of how it works..
“ It really helps me understand my game.. its facts!! its not just how you feel its exact numbers to show what you’re strengths are and where you are weaker”. – Alex Beckett
Game Golf Live is the first real time shot tracking device. It connects to your smart phone so you can see your stats as you play. (This is obviously for practice only..you can’t be doing this in competitions) However you can track your shots as you play competitions you just aren’t allowed to use the ‘live’ side on your phone.
All you need is your smart phone connected to the device on bluetooth and all the provided red tags in the end of your clubs and you are set to go. Log into Game Golf’s app and hit the ‘Play Golf’ button. The app has mapped over 33,000 courses, with 830,000 rounds of golf uploaded from more than 125 countries. Their platform also has data on over 68 million golf shots, which you have to say is pretty impressive. I feel we were actually pretty slow getting into this when looking at those numbers!!
For those of you that aren’t quite up to speed with smart phones you can log all your shots on the device and load it onto your computer when you get home. As much as i enjoyed logging my shots as i played and looking at the stats, you can obviously study them a little more when you are sat infront of them.
How you use it
When you arrive at the course you turn the unit on, you can then chose to pair the device to your phone or not. Attach the red unit to your belt, and tag your first shot over the golf ball you are about to shoot down that fairway.
The hardest part we found was remembering to ‘tag’ your club before you hit your shot..
I recommend before you play your shot you build into your routine the tagging side, this is tapping the red tag that you have inserted into the end of all your clubs agains a small red box that you either attach to your belt or clip onto your golf bag. For the most accurate results it is best placed on your belt. When you tap the red tag against the box on your belt you will feel it vibrate and make a buzzing sound, this is just to let you know its registered you are about to play a shot.
Even if you forget to tag a shot (which after analysing my stats for the first time i did on more than one occasion) i was surprised to see that it had detected movement and even started to suggest a club i had hit from that place on the course. you can then correct it when analysing your shots on your phone or computer when you get in from your round.
The analysis and stats
So… When you have completed your first round of golf you can log into the app/website to find all your collected data from that round. It tells you a mass of detail like the following…
- Live yardages of each club..what you hit it on the course, you’ll be surprised by the distances i expect.
- Percentage of Fairways you hit and the percentage you hit right or left showing you if you are more of a slicer or hooker on the poor shots.
- Percentage of greens you hit, whether you are long, short, right or left.
- Amounts of putts you have taken.
- What your scrambling is like (Amount of time you have managed to chip and putt successfully.
- Sand saves, the amount of times you get up and down from bunkers.
- Strokes gained against your desired handicap ( A GREAT TOOL FOR HELPING YOU REACH YOUR HANDICAP GOAL) This is split into a few different catagories Driving, approach, short game, sand saves, putting. It then tells you if you are better or worse in that area compared to your desired handicap, highlighting where you need to seek some advice or practice.
- Provides trophies for your longest drive, most pars in a round, most birdies, least amount of putts..so you always have goals to beat.
Now if you already have purchased a Game Golf feel free to add myself on Rob Wilkinson or Alex Beckett as a coach. This would allow us to have a good look at your numbers and info and provide you some feedback on your game. This is a great feature i have had with a number of my lessons, providing me a base to keep in touch and oversee how some of my students are progressing.
If you have any questions or are interested in learning more, please feel free to call us in store or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org
Golf is not easy. Thats probably not something you needed me to highlight but when the ball is on a uneven/ awkward lie it can make it considerably harder! Here are the best golfing hacks to make those awkward shots a little bit easier.
When the ball is Below your feet..
The hard part of this shot is getting down to the ball and getting a clean strike.
Grip right at the top of the grip, we want to make the club as long as possible to reach the ball. Focus on getting your weight into your heels and lowering yourself to the ground with more bend at the knees. The normal tendency is to get your weight into your toes..(that won’t help!).
Because of the weight in your heels and more knee bend it will restrict how much you can turn, this swing is going to be a lot more hands and arms motion. Your swing will tend to be more up and down, which means less clubface rotation, so aim left to guard against missing to the right
When the ball is Above your feet..
This lie brings the ball closer to you, so you have to stand a little taller and grip down the club (gripping down in relation to the severity of the slope). Get your weight a little more in towards your toes; gravity is going to try pull you downhill onto your heels.
As you are standing taller, the swing will be flatter or more around the body, baseball swing style. That creates more hand and arm rotation through the shot, with the clubface closing at a faster rate on the downswing. So the tendency with the ball above your feet is to hit it to the left. Aim right to allow for that.
Now for a little more technical talk, when hitting this shot you have to deal with face plane tilt. This is where the loft is tilted on an axis and aims the face in a different direction. so in this case where the face is tilted uphill it aims further left. The more loft you have on the club the further it aims left. Another reason for you to aim the appropriate amount right!
When the ball is Uphill..
On an upslope, take a less lofted club, the upward angle of the hill adds loft so you need help hitting a flatter shot to get the distance. Play the ball slightly more forward than normal, and try to get your shoulders parallel to the hill. If your shoulders are too level, you’ll dig the club head into the ground at impact we want the club head to contour the ground as best as possible.. not try and wipe the whole slope out at once!
When aligning to your target with this tricky shot you are best to aim to the right, how much is depending on the severity of the slope. We aim right with this one as when you are swinging you are releasing the club upwards through impact this causes more club face rotation than normal, encouraging you to rotate the club face closed.
When the ball is Downhill..
You don’t need to take as much club, choose a more lofted option as the slope is going to encourage this shot to come out lower and possibly roll more. Similar to the uphill lie we need to FEEL like we are getting the shoulders to match the slope, so get some more weight than normal on your lead leg and try to feel the club head contour the slope again. If you stand normal and don’t change your approach with shoulders it is likely you will hit the slope well before making contact with the ball.
Shots from downhill lies tend to go to the right because you’re holding off club face rotation, which can leave the face open at impact. But don’t try too hard to release the club head through the ball; just aim a little left to compensate.
Black Friday me be a distant memory but that doesn’t mean we haven’t got your back for Christmas with these great deals. Golf Gift ideas are something that shoppers are always on the hunt for – especially in the run up to Christmas! Buy what about us golfers? To help you, either buying a present for a loved one, or just treating yourself to something nice we have some cracking Christmas Present Golf Deals for you – so here they are!
Golf Christmas Present Ideas and Deals from Peter Field Golf
Game Golf Live Digital Shot Tracking
We have been using this for playing lessons for a few months and we think it’s a great bit of kit! Tracking your shots with a single click and then analyse your data after your round. Get info on longest drives, average shot length for each club, putting, inside 100 yards and everything else!
Currently £169 or ore everywhere on the web, grab it from us now for just £159.99! Buy it here now!
Mizuno Nexlite SL Golf Shoes
Whilst Mizuno may not be the first thought for golf shoes, we have been blown away by the amount we have sold this year and with good reason. Super comfortable and great to look at – the best bit? A 2 year guarantee is standard!
Big Max Blade Plus 3 Wheel Golf Trolley
Big Max are one of the most stable and easy to push three wheel trollies on the market. The new Blade Plus comes in a striking Black and Green colourway and is our favourite premium golf trolley.
Save £20 on this over Black Friday and buy for £249.99.
Callaway Chrome Soft Golf Balls – 12 Pack
Back with the new 2017 edition, the Chrome Soft ball from Callaway continues to go from strength to strength. Featruing a patented ‘SoftCore’ for reduced backspin off the tee for longer drives but with a DuraSpin outer for control and touch around the greens.
Save 10% on 12 balls and buy now for £29.99.
Bushnell Tour V4 Range Finder
Into your tech and gadgets? Want to be more precise with your yardages? Then look no further, a massive £50 off the RRP for one of the best range finders out there.
Just seek the mark, and press the button – it couldn’t be simpler. Buy now for just £249.99!
Masters iCart Go 3 Wheel Golf Trolley
Masters by far are by far the most popular 3 wheeled golf trolleys available and have paved the way for other brands to enter. The iCart Go is one of our most popular at a great price entry point for the quality of product you receive.
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First of all it is important to understand that Trackman 4 is not a generic name for launch monitors, it is very much a product in its own right. The purpose of this blog is to stick to the facts so you are able to make an informed decision which best suites you.
Trackman 4 is the choice for both European and PGA Tour golfers. The list is actually quite extensive with 700+ Tour players owning one. The following Tour & Major winners have been using it for some time:
Sergio Garcia – Rory Mcilroy
Jordan Speith – Dustin Johnson
Justin Thomas – Jason Day
Henrik Stenson – Justin Rose
Danny Willett – Hideki Matsuyama
Brooks Koepka – Luke Donald
You may have heard of some of the names of top coaches on tour, when dealing with the elite athletes the following use Trackman 4:
- Butch Harmon
- Claude Harmon (Dustin Johnson)
- Hugh Marr
- Sean Foley (Justin Rose)
- Pete Cowan (Henrik Stenson, Ian Poulter, Danny Willett)
- Mike Walker
If you have watched the golf on TV before and seen the below image…That is also the work of a Trackman 4 .
The major brands: Callaway, Taylormade, Ping, Mizuno, Titleist and Wilson all use Trackman 4 to represent their brands, Nike was even using it when they were building clubs!
With all these advantages how do the launch monitors survive? Basically price, they are a lot cheaper, to invest in Trackman 4 you need a cool £18,999 and that excludes all the training costs that a coach has to undergo in order to enable you to get maximum return from a session, as a result there is only one other Trackman 4 with in 100 miles of our facility
So if you are thinking of..
– Having golf lesson
– Why do I slice, hook, top or thin shots?
– Club fitting
– Looking into what irons are best for you
– What wedges spin the most?
– What flex shaft you should be using in irons or woods?
– What putter rolls the best?
You are not going to find this out hitting a ball indoors or into a net. But you will by getting on Trackman 4.
With 5 holes to play Titleist staffer Jordan Speith and Matt Kuchar were fighting it out for The Open, but there was going to be only one winner. Speith seems to have that Tiger-esque finishing ability when he’s in contention, with 9 out of 10 wins coming when he’s been leading going into the last day.