AimPoint Putting Express Read Explained

One of the major skills in putting is learning how to read greens properly. If you are lacking in green reading ability, first off, you have come to the right place and chances are you are frustrated with your putting. The good news is green reading isn’t an innate power the golf gods have given to a select few. With just a little understanding and practice with aimpoint express you will have an entire new appreciation for just how much break you weren’t seeing before. Statistically golfers miss most of their putts on the low side. Reason being they are not playing enough break. Made popular by famous short game teacher Dave Pel’z he described the reason for this with the term”Invisible Break.” The first 4-5 feet of a putt is often overlooked by the golfer. When you look up to watch the ball roll it is often past this 4-5 foot mark thus overtime this section of the putt is never taken into consideration when factoring the amount of break. Rather than relying so much on visual input, the aimpoint express read involves using your feet to judge the slope of the green. Immediately after impact the slope of the green will start pulling the ball. When reading the greens the trick here is not to confuse the apex with starting line. The correct starting line to an under-reader will seem to them as if they are playing WAY to much break. The aimpoint read goes a step farther and gives a specific visual indicator to just how much break the putt will have. Which solves the invisible break problem and gives you more confidence in your...

Best Used Golf Balls You Can Trust

In golf, one man’s penalty stroke is another man’s gain. Tens of millions of golf balls find the bottom of golf course water hazards every year just in the United States alone. Divers are then contracted by courses to collect the white gold sitting at the mercy depths. After the recovery and cleaning process, these used golf balls are sold for nearly half the original retail price to golfers looking for exceptional quality at a major discount. Distance off the tee and control around the green in crucial when choosing a golf ball for your game. But, how do you know what ball is best for your game? Test of course. Only The Best Used Golf Ball Brands For Your Game 1.  Used Titleist Pro v 1 / x Designed for all golfers seeking to shoot lower scores. Empirical evidence proves that used Pro V1/Pro V1x balls are comparable to new. I have switched between using regular pro v 1 and pro v 1 x throughout my career but cannot get away from the ball. The regular Pro v 1 has a 3 piece design with more dimples for a higher spin rate and softer feel. The Pro v 1 x is a higher compression 4 layered ball with less dimples designed to reduce spin but still maintain that very soft feel in the urethane cover. Generally I would recommend most golfers to use the regular pro v for that extra control. 2. Used Callaway – Chrome Soft For the longest time I would refuse to play Callaway golf ball because of how hard the golf ball felt off the face. The feedback was there but...

Top 10 Golfing Training Aids- Your Key to Professional Level Golfing

Are you looking for a better way to improve your golfing game? Now there is a superior way to improve your game. Whether you need to perfect your putting skills or improve your golf swinging technique, these golf training aids have proved to be very helpful. Let’s face it, there is a lot of useless training aids on the market today. I want to share my top 10 training aids that have increased my understanding and skill of the game. A good training aid I believe is one that you can continue to use throughout your entire career and is hard to replace. Here we go….. Top 10 BEST Golf Training Aids On The Market.   1. Golfnsticks Golf Alignment Sticks Proper alignment is key to a successful shot, which can be perfected by these tools. Alignment is one of the most important fundamentals that must be mastered. This alignment tool helps improve your putting, chipping, and full swing skills. Throw them down to practice with perfect aim and alignment. This training aid is used by PGA instructors as well. 2. EyeLine Golf Edge Mirror The edge mirror lets you make sure that you are hitting the shot perfectly. It will help you see your body alignment, so that you can fix it for an optimal shot. The alignment lines help you aim the ball to desired target. If you putter face is aligned properly with your over the ball perfectly you will see the line better and make more putts.  This mirror works on all of these and is small enough to store in your golf ball. Works perfect...

Mechanize your Golf Swing via Exclusive Workouts

A Unique physique and the sport to match has made the 21st century man, juggle many aspirations, but with smart planning, dedication and the right technique you can tailor your  work-out to suit an inimitable swing . Learn the formula behind the best ball-striker that you can become. The Exceptional Swing Golf is changing. Course conditions have greatly improved especially around the greens leaving scoring less to chance. Equipment continues to make the game easier for the beginner and more advanced players. A less spinning golf ball and huge drivers are making many golf courses obsolete. Without a doubt it’s a power game now. Swing Speed + Launch Angle + Backspin = More Distance! Everyone swing the golf club differently. It’s your job to optimize your attack angle with your given swing speed. Of course, the faster you can swing the club, the more distance you will produce. Make sure to stretch and strengthen the hips and torso giving yourself the best chance to swing as fast as you are capable. Changing attack angle is one of those variables that can dramatically increase distance while keeping swing speed constant. This is exciting because if you have reached a point where you cannot swing any faster or are limited attack angle can be your holy grail to increased distance. In general having a positive attack angle will reduce spin and launch the ball higher. This means more carry and roll distance. I wrote extensively on how to achieve this result and hit the ball farther here. Big shoulder turn – It is important to turn your left shoulder under your chin instead of raising your...

The Effects of Windy Conditions on Golf Balls and How to Tackle Them!

If you’re a golfing enthusiast, you will be aware of how the wind keeps affecting your shots. The wind can affect the shot in many ways. A perfectly executed shot could land miles away from the hole, while an ordinary shot can glide in the air to land awfully close or prove extremely worse. Normal wind speeds, like up to 30 mph, can affect the golf ball’s path drastically. It can be frustrating to deal with the wind when playing shots. Concentration won’t help either, as the wind has no respect for your expertise in the sport. You can’t just rule out playing golf on account of wind, we’re too in to the game. So how can we get a hold of a shot with the wind messing it up from all directions? Here are some tips for you to help overcome this barrier and conquer playing in the wind. But first let’s take a close look at the affects fast blowing wind has on the execution of our shots. Top Effects of Wind on a Golf Ball: A normal golf ball weighs just 1.68 ounces. The weight of the ball is too low to tackle the challenge of a fast blowing wind. We are penning down the most evident effects that wind can have on a golf ball.  The wind can totally change the amount of carry on a ball, with different speeds. According to observations, a ball launched at an angle of 14.7 degrees with a speed of 130 mph, carried about 184 yards in calm air. This totally changed when the wind blew at 10 mph and with the...

Fitness Program For Major Muscles Used In The Golf Swing

With everything else in golf, finding balance and a happy medium will be the key to a successful fitness program. There is such thing as being too flexible or too strong in the golf swing that will hurt your performance just as having deficiencies in strength and flexibility will. You never want to overdo a good thing with your workouts. All golf fitness programs should focus on three major muscles groups to add power, consistency, prevent injury and improve overall golf performance. Core Muscles Hamstrings and Glutes Flexibility Primary Core Muscles Used In The Golf Swing The core is the body minus the legs and arms. The core muscles are the engine that drive your golf swing. Your Power originates from the center of of your body and is transferred out to your arms and hands in a chain reaction that multiplies in force. The transition from backswing to downswing is a very dynamic move that requires the core muscles to tantalize the spine and pelvis. Lower back pain is an all too common injury amongst golfers. Strengthening thereby stabilizing your center will help reduce the strain put on your lower back. Strengthen all area of your core Abdominals or Rectus Abdominus: (six pack abs) Obliques (sides) Lower back Upper back Lower Body (hips and legs) Hamstrings and Glutes Muscles Used In The Golf Swing If you have a hard time maintaining posture in the golf swing strengthening your glutes and hamstrings can help solve this problem. You will also get the added benefit of increase power and prevent lower back injury. My favorite exercises for the lower body include...

Top 4 Indoor Putting Drills At Home

Develop a solid, repeatable stroke, by practicing the best indoor putting drills in the comfort of your own home. In my experience I have found there are two types of golfers. Those that live on the golf course and those that only get the chance to play 2-4 times a month. When the latter player is finally on the golf course he is usually upset and unsatisfied with their abilities. The game of golf is hard enough, even to the golfer that plays on a daily basis. Half of the game is played on the putting green. Next time you play, count how many putts you had for the round. The PGA Tour average is 29. The idea with these indoor putting drills is to give you the best opportunity to improve your game without spending a lot of time or having to leave your house. So when you show up to the golf course at least your putting will be sharp. The point of all these indoor drills is to provide convenience, instant feedback, and quality to your putting practice. Let’s get started. Dave Pel’z Pillow Drill (for tempo) So much of excellent putting is the ability to keep a smooth stroke through the ball. I am hear to tell you that a smooth stroke is not something you are just born with and can be learned with two pillows and a metronome. (you can download one onto your smartphone for free) This drill is done without a golf ball. Set the cadence on the metronome to a comfortable tempo that lets the putter swing freely of muscle tension. Usually...

Key Lessons In Creating Lag In The Golf Swing For Powerful Shots

Creating and maintaining lag in the golf swing is a key component in producing consistent and powerful shots. Fast club head speed is generated by proper swing sequencing and a delayed release of the wrist angles. Lag in the golf swing helps the golfer use centrifugal force to swing the golf club through the ball, not at it.  This in turn helps with your tempo and makes it easier to find a balanced position at the top of the swing. Casting, or club head throw away immediately destroys any chance for a good shot and works against gravity instead of using it to your advantage. The downswing feels very forced, guided, and inefficient as you lose the main power source of your swing. The leg and core muscles. Losing lag in the golf swing is often the symptom of another problem of which there are many possibilities. Simply working on holding lag with your wrist can just make matters worse. Stick around and after this you’ll understand what it means to have effortless power.   Here is a simple checklist for a powerful impact position. Make sure your hands are leading the club face and are in front of the ball. Your head is behind the ball. Slight horizontal hip slide with weight transferred to 90% on your left leg. Film your swing from face on and check for these positions. The golf swing is always cause and effect. Make sure to perfect as much as you can before you start the backswing. Aim & Alignment Grip Proper Posture Ball Position Balance It starts with your swing sequence. Ben Hogan had such tremendous lag in his swing. It’s...

Top 10 Rules For A Rock Solid Wedge Game

Anytime you find yourself within 100 yards of the hole you should train yourself to have a make mentality. In order to do that you need to control your distance, trajectory, and spin. Phil Mickelson, one of the best wedge players in the game at worst expects to be 5 feet from the hole. Now that’s confidence. Practice these 10 rules and start sticking your wedge shots tight. 1. Never let the number scare you. Sometimes those 30,40,60 yards shots can be awkward. Don’t let any number scare you. With your new wedge game you are the master from any distance. Don’t just say it but believe it and back it up with practice. You can use towels, cones, head covers, or anything that will give you visible landing target in 5 yard increments.  Give your friend a baseball mitt and hit shots to him while he counts and calls off different numbers. Instant feedback is the best way to learn you are hitting the right distances. Good course strategy says to only layup to your comfortable yardages. Sometimes obstacles on the course force a change in strategy. Even if you attempt to layup to a perfect yardage you still might be left with a number you weren’t expecting. 2. Pressure forms Diamonds. Its always a good idea to practice technique while alone without distractions. However, at a certain point you need to challenge yourself in a pressure situation to gain the confidence in your newly acquired skills. I think people just assume on morning they will wake up “ready” enter a tournament and win. Unfortunately it doesn’t work that...

Dynamic Lie Test: DIY Club Fitters Dream

Getting fit for your lie angle is a very important aspect to consider when making sure your clubs are working properly for you. I recommend if you don’t already play a set of forged irons to consider switching from cast. This will give you the ability to bend your clubs to adjust your lie angle. Using impact tape and hitting down on a lie board does not accurately represent what will happen on the golf course. It makes no sense to fit your clubs based off a surface you will never encounter. Ditch the lie board. The dynamic lie test simple and allows you to hit balls from the grass. Draw a heavy line on one side of the golf ball with sharpie and place it perfectly vertical facing the club head. After impact, the line should be transferred onto the club face. If the line is perfectly vertical your lie angle is correct. If the line is tilted out towards the toe of the club, your club is too upright and you will need to flatten the lie angle to get the line vertical. If the ink line is tilted towards the heel your club is too flat and you would bend the club more upright. Make sure to check all of your clubs and bend them according to the results you got with the dynamic lie test. It will take some time to go through your entire bag but the confidence you gain afterwards is well worth it. It is not uncommon overtime that your irons will bend during practice without your knowledge. Frequently check your lie and...

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