Train your swing the right way with Garmin Truswing

Keep an eye on your swing whilst you practice with Garmin Truswing

People who are having lessons or trying to alter their swing in a certain way often fall back into old habits, so how can you ensure you are doing it correctly? Well technology has evolved and there are some fantastic training aids out in the marketplace and one I like particularly is the Garmin Truswing. This consists of a small unit that sits on the shaft of the club you are using and syncs back to your phone or compatible garmin gps device giving you real time information about the shot you just hit. With it you can check and then monitor your Swing path, Club Speed, Face angles and Swing tempo as well as other important swing elements and then change them accordingly or speak to your golf professional about what you should be focussing on. You can also view a 3D run through of your swing itself allowing you to monitor progress.

This really is a great unit to stop you drifting back into old habits or practicing the wrong things and we have these in store at Westridge Golf Centre so please come in and see us and we can talk you through the other benefits of the device or tell you what you should concentrate on whilst using it.

For further information about exactly what you can measure watch the short video below

Dan’s Weekly Top Tips

3 Simple Ways To Improve The Strike With Your Chipping

Take It Back To Basics

Getting a consistently clean contact on delicate chip shots feels almost impossible at times. With so many moving parts in your technique, things can easily be miss timed and the results can be disastrous at best.

If you fall into this category, then take yourself back to the basics of chipping and use a simple putting technique. Use a less lofted club like a 7/8 iron and take your putting grip. Address the golf ball as if you are holding your. If you notice, the heel of the club will be up in the air slightly more than usual. Now, all you need to do is make a smooth, simple putting stroke.

These slight changes will help simplify the movement and allow you to focus on the strike, which will make you be more confident with the stroke. The ball should pop up into the air lovely before rolling out towards the hole.
Tempo Is Key

During my time teaching, the one thing that most golfers who struggle with their chipping have in common is the tempo of their chipping action. For instance, they rush back to the ball from the top of the backswing. This quite commonly comes from the anxiety that builds up by over-thinking too much about the specifics of the chipping action. Adopting a simple putting method will certainly help with this.

At address, soften your grip pressure and feel the tension leaving your muscles. In practice, count in your mind 1 - 2 and whilst your counting you should start your golf swing on 1 and finish on 2! If you finish before 2, then slow the acceleration down even more.
The Destroying Hinge

During your takeaway, try to avoid the long takeaway and the big wrist hinge, as this can cause an excessive amount of speed if it’s not controlled and the hinge can create a very steep angle of attack which can be detrimental for other reasons that I will go into on another “Top Tip Blog”. So just make sure that when you are adopting the putting grip technique, keep your wrists firm and backswing a little shorter. This will give you greater control of the speed.

If you would like any more tips on chipping or you want to develop your technique to a more advanced level, then call me on 01983 613131 and we can get a lesson booked in.

Daniel West

Assistant PGA Professional

The only way to go is fitting when it comes to buying new equipment

The only way to go is fitting when it comes to buying new equipment

This time of year is when all the new equipment is being released and almost on a daily basis we get asked by customers can I try out this new club, which is great as we as much as the customers are keen to improve your performance and believe with the right equipment this can really help you do so. BUT we believe the only way to ensure you get the greatest level of improvement is through getting the club properly fitted. Although with our Toptracer range you can measure the exact ball speed and distance, the actual roll amount is predicted and it will not tell you the amount the ball is spinning.

Take a look at the pictures below. These shots were hit with the same make of driver but with different loft and shaft combinations and you can see the different results from each one.

As can be seen the ball speeds do not vary that much but the other figures vary quite dramatically as does ultimately the distance of the shots. There is 43 yards total difference between these 3 shots and 25 yards difference in carry distance. This just highlights how important getting the right shaft and loft combination is and this cannot be worked out successfully by trying out a golf club on the course or even on the driving range.

During a fitting we will get you to hit shots with your current club first and then you will get the opportunity to try any of the latest models you desire, plus recommendations we may make to you and get the one that works best for you. We use our Trackman software and in particular one feature called the optimiser which highlights the achieved spin loft, ball speed, launch angle, spin rate and height and shows us what distances we can achieve with the correctly set up driver.

To get the correct set up we will look at not just the club head but also the shaft flex and type as well as the loft, and adjust these to ensure you are getting the best distance you can. If you are looking at getting any new equipment, we cannot stress enough that this should be the only way to go about it, plus there is no extra charge for this service! So what are the drawbacks? There really isnt any, a fitting takes approximately 40 minutes and with no cost involved when you purchase a club and our price match promise meaning we will match any of the top 5 online retailers for price.

With this in mind if you would like to book a fitting then please contact us here or on 01983613131 to book a space

Dan’s Weekly Top Tips

This weekly top tip is going to be a simple one, however, very effective and can prove itself by doing just a little practice. This is something that we perhaps dabble with a little or maybe do for a few minutes before we go out and play.

As you may have guessed, it’s going to be about putting practice.

How many of you can say you at least spend 15/20 minutes on the putting green every time you go to the golf course or driving range? Probably about 10% of you, MAX! You’re not alone, I use to do the same. Especially when it’s cold. So with the season ahead, it’s time to get practicing your putting and get lowering them scores!

Here are two simple drills to effectively work on the two key areas within your putting.

Short putts

Distance control

Firstly, let’s get you working on them shorts putts with a game of “Round the Clock”. All you need is 6/8 golf balls and your simply going to put them in a circle around the hole at only a putters length away. This may seem easy, but let’s see how many you miss on your first go. If you beat 5 out of 8, then you beat my first attempt! Well done 🙂

You need to focus on the back of the hole and make a good confident stroke and for the first few times, you can’t leave the green till you’ve made at least 75% of the putts. Then after a few sessions, be tough on yourself and say you can’t leave until you’ve made at least 1 round at 100%.

Secondly, let’s work on your distance control. For this you will need 5 golf balls and about 35ft of putting green to work with minimum from the edge of the putting green. If your golf course doesn’t have this much length, then come and use ours when you’re using our other facilities.

You’re going to start from the edge of the green and walk to 15ft away (drop a ball down), walk another 5ft (drop a ball down) and so on until you have put all 5 balls down and there is roughly 5 feet between each ball and your last should be about 35ft away from the edge of the putting green. All you are looking to do is get the golf balls to stop as close to the edge of the putting green as possible. If they go more than 1ft passed or finish 1ft short, then you need to start the game again. Like the previous game, don’t leave until you make all the putts within the area!

Be tough on yourself for the best results.

If you need any help or want to know more then please come and have a chat with me and I will more than happy to explain in more detail. However, if you are still having problems then you can always book a lesson in with myself. Just call the shop on 01983 613131 and get something booked in at a convenient time for yourself.

Daniel West

Assistant PGA Professional

Westridge Golf Centre

 

 

Understanding Shot Shaping

Have you ever been on the golf course and wondered to yourself “I’d love to be able to hit a nice high draw shot” or “A low cut around the tree here would be perfect”. In this blog, I’m going to give a simple guide to help you control your trajectory and get you hitting the desired shape on your golf ball. Shaping your golf ball can be quite tough to understand at first take, but once you get your head around the theories involved it can be pretty easy to do. There are 9 different shot shapes a golfer can hit by making changes to their set-up position, and this will give them a fantastic number of options when out on the golf course tackling the weather conditions or course challenges presented! These consist of high, low, straight, fade, draw shots which are all produced by making changes to the set-up position, which then intern change the golfers swing path. Remember that swing path (the direction the club travels before, during, and after impact) controls what happens to the curvature on the golf ball, and the initial starting direction is dictated by the relative position of the clubs face angle at impact. Below are tips on what to do in order to hit a fade and draw shot.

Hitting a Fade: In order to shape the ball left to right (for right-handers) you will need to swing the club with an out-to-in swing path. As you set up to the ball, you will need to aim your feet, body, and shoulders left of the intended target. Aim the clubface slightly left of the target to mark the starting point of the shot. Alignment sticks are a great aid in helping you get into the right position when practicing, and are not expensive to purchase. Then simply swing down the line of your feet and body, and providing the clubface is still in the same position at impact as when setting up to the ball, the shot will fade nicely back to the target.

Hitting a Draw: In order to hit a draw, you will simply need to do the complete opposite of what I have said about hitting a fade. For you to shape the ball right to left (for right-handers) you will need to swing the club with an in-to-out swing path. As you set up to the ball, you will need to aim your feet, body, and shoulders right of the intended target. Aim the clubface slightly right of the target to mark the starting point of the shot. Then simply swing down line of your feet and body, and again providing the clubface is still in the same position at impact as when setting up to the ball, the shot will draw nicely back to the target.

 

If you would like to book a lesson with me and learn about this in more detail, Please call 613131. Thank you

 

Christopher Reed

PGA Professional

Westridge Golf Centre

Steve Davis earns his Advanced Certificate in Coaching Studies

Congratulations to Steve Davis on achieving an Advanced Certificate in Coaching Studies

Over the last few years staff member Steve Davis has been working towards his advanced certificate in golf coaching and it got awarded to him last week. This puts him in a select group of PGA professionals who have completed this qualification and most likely an even smaller group of Professionals to have passed it with a Merit grade. Steve who is also a Callaway Golf Staff Ambassador has been at Westridge Golf Centre for over 18 years now and is keen to continue his learning and give even better lessons.