Changing the way you see your golf

We often spend a lot of time post round reflecting on what didn’t go so well, you only have to sit in the club house on a Saturday afternoon and listen to the tales of woe about how the drive up 9 or the duffed chip shot on 6 ruined what could have been a good round.  We don’t tend to see all the good shots as much. Take an average 18 handicapper who’s just shot 5 over their handicap it’s fair to say within the 95 shots during the round a high percentage would have been more than adequate for their standard of golf they expect to play, however they seem to gloss over the good and primarily focus on the bad stuff.

To develop as golfers, we must reflect on what is both bad and good equally and focus our practice to both maintain our strengths and develop our weaknesses. That’s why I believe to truly improve our golf having a fair, clear minded reflection process can help us continually improve our golf. Once we understand what is both good and what needs improvement we can start to structure our practice and tuition sessions around both the good and bad.

I often have conversations with pupil’s regard what needs working on, whether it be improve driving, chipping or putting and when in the coaching room a lot of what they describe of how bad it is or how they can’t play certain shots doesn’t really show up, then I get the “well it’s because your standing behind me, I’m focusing more so I’m playing better today” line. I very rarely hear any pupil come to me with them wanting improve their process to how they approach shots to reproduce the good shots that they know they’re able to achieve that doesn’t come to fruition on the course, it’s always about the technique.   Granted often there is some fundamental technique issues that are the root cause of some of the stray shots or duffed chips, but we have to remember for a high percentage of the round those technical issues aren’t hitting bad shots. The best golfers have a wonderful ability to manage their ball around the course irrespective of how good or bad they’re hitting it on any given day. I put most of this down to the mental toughness of being able to stay in their process for each and every shot no matter what has happened on the previous shot. It’s a bit of a cliché but each shot IS the first shot and we should train ourselves to approach it as that. We can change what has just happened and we can’t fully control what might happen in two holes’ time, we can only focus on the shot in hand that we are faced with each time, we can’t fully do that if we are stood on the 11th tee with our minds are still on the 9th tee where we hit a huge slice out of bounds.  Which makes be start to think the reason why a pupil on the range tends to hit more good than bad shots is that they are focused on the shot in hand without the mind drifting off about the previous shot or fear of what might happen if they slice it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you can begin to develop the skill of treating each shot the same no matter how well or how bad the previous shot was, you will start to see the true golfer that is within. Will you start to play perfect golf each round? No! but you will start to see you start to reduce the rounds where one bad shot causes the rounds to fall away from you and reduce the poor scoring patterns lasting so long during competition rounds. It won’t happen straight away you have to work on it, you have to practice YOU as much as you practice your technique. Something as simple as starting to do your pre shot routine each shot in practice will start to develop a process that works for you, the more you practice it the more you’re likely to reproduce a good process for each shot on the course to help reduce those scores and when not being quite on point reduce the bad scores.

 

Happy golfing

Bring out the junior in your golf

When I look back to my junior days, there were a bunch of us around the same age who all progressed at slightly different speeds by the age of 14-15 most were low single figure golfers and a couple down around 1 & 2 Hcp we all had some level of coaching from time to time. Looking back i think the group of juniors at my club were the biggest influences on what my strengths were as a junior some were clear to see. Until the age of about 15 I was about 5’5” and mildly rotund, I couldn’t hit very far in comparison to my friends who grew a lot quicker than me. My biggest strengths were short game and pitching. From 75 yards in I was on a level playing field against junior and adult golfers and without blowing my own trumpet (unlike me I know) I would smash them out the park on most occasions.  read more »

Why Cant I take it to the course?

Below is a great article written by TrackMan Master Patricia Baxter-Johnson from the Trackman blog page (www.blog.trackman.com)

 

Worth your time to read the full article to take in just why golfer struggle to take their practice & swing improvements to the course

 

“Why can’t I take this to the golf course?” is one of the most common questions and complaints in golf. Why can I do this on the range, but not on the golf course? Why is golf so hard, especially in the area of consistency?

Amateurs are also led to believe that the magic golf tip a simple mechanical swing key or thought is the secret to real game improvement. The realistic answer, however, is that they don’t know how to take and practice the knowledge of striking the ball well and turn it into a habit that they can transfer to the golf course. read more »

SAM Puttlab What is it?

Precise analysis of your strokes
The results of the putting strokes registered with the SAM PuttLab are displayed in concise graphic reports. A variety of graphic reports are delivered with the system. Each of the 28 parameters measured can be included into the clearly presented data display.
The following graphic reports are provided by SAM PuttLab:
Training reports: read more »

Cobra Bio Cell Pro Driver

Bio Cell Pro Driver

The Bio Cell Pro is the latest addition to the Cobra family of drivers has been released and I have been given one of the first chances to measure and review it during a sunny may morning on the Trackman..

So whats it all about ?

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The Bio Cell Pro driver head size is still a 440cc compact design and has been developed from the feedback from the tour players like Poulter & Fowler . The cobra blurb is that the Bio Cell Pro driver has the lowest CG out of all of Cobras driver range and with the forged E9 Bio Cell face, Smart pad technology helping deliver a square face at address. The E9 face technology removes weight from the face and re-positions it low and back to effectively increase sweet spot size and delivering extreme distance.

There are 8 loft settings that allows you the golfer to fine tune the head to deliver the maximum distance to suit your swing through Cobras MyFly8 Technology. There is no option for a draw setting in the Bio Cell Pro driver but allows you to have lofts from 7 – 10 degrees and fade settings in lofts 7.5 / 8.5 / 9.5

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The Bio Cell Pro comes at 45″ rather than the 45.25″ in the Bio Cell+ and the 45.75″ in the standard Bio Cell. Standard stock shaft is the Matrix Red Tie (Reg 60g, Stiff 62g & X flex 64g) the Matrix shaft is a mid torque high kick point shaft which aids to the design and want to launch the ball high and low spinning (more info on the Matrix shaft )

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Thoughts –

This is yet again a wonderful product from Cobra Golf, the full Titanium head looks far better than the not so good looking two color of the Bio Cell+ but as I said in the Bio Cell+ Review looks aside it was a great performing diver, so I was eager to try the Bio Cell Pro to see if there was any improvement other than looks……… Simply put YES! the Cobra Bio Cell Pro is up there with the best thing I have been able to try. Forgiveness is still up there but the distance was the most notable thing. For those of you who have followed the previous driver reviews my numbers are always around the same carry distances, well with the new Bio Cell Pro I found there was a noticeable distance increase and the feel and forgiveness was up there with the best.

The Bio Cell Pro driver is an absolute must try for the better player market, its looks are still not as nice as others out there, but the performance and distances out way any sort of reservations I may have on the looks. Cobra were asked by the tour players to produce a better driver than the Bio Cell+ driver for the tour and in my honest opinion they have well and truly succeeded, in fact for the small amount of testing I had chance to do with it I’d say they have produced one of the best drivers on tour.

Cobra Bio Cell+

The Bio Cell+ Driver Review

The Cobra Bio Cell+ driver is the by far the most colorful driver range on the market. Available in five different crown colours (red, blue, orange, gray & black)
As with the standard Bio Cell driver the Bio Cell+ comes with Cobra’s MyFly8 adjustable hosel, however the loft options are slightly different with options 1 degree lower than the Bio Cell, This is to accommodate the better players who tend to prefer the lower lofts.

The Cobra Bio Cell+ has a lower centre of gravity (28 percent) aided by the light weight crown, the “Venollum” crown is 4.1 grams lighter than the standard titanium crown on the standard Bio Cell driver range. With the Lower COG, the higher launch and lower spin rates in comparison to the standard Bio Cell will appeal again to the better players market, Golfers who suffer from high spin rates will be looking toward the Bio Cell+ over the standard Bio Cell for their longer low spinning drives. The head size of the Bio Cell+ is 440CC, 20 CC smaller than the Bio Cell. There is a small difference in the MyFly8 Hosel this year in comparison to the previous model (AMP cell Pro) there is no longer a fade setting on the hosel, This is said to be due the that from Cobra’s research only 7% of AMP Cell customers actually used it on a fade setting, none of which were Tour players. At its lowest loft of 8 degrees the face will sit around 1 degree open and when in the highest loft 11 degrees the face is said to sit perfectly square.

The stock shaft is the Matrix red Tie 6Q3 which is stiff is a 62 gram high kick point, mid torque shaft. For those who like a heavier shaft, you can upgrade the shaft without charge to the Diamana D+72 which is 74g is stiff and 75g is X-flex.

Verdict

This in my opinion would be my driver of choice without their being the Callaway Alpha in the world. The ball speeds, flight & accuracy of this driver were very impressive however some may think the feel is a little too solid, but its something that I really like. Looks wise again the Cobra designers are going for the younger market and maybe I’m getting a little old as the flashy white head and colourful crown are simply not for me, if I had my way a simple black headed model would be on offer too for those who don’t want to standout like Poulter and Fowler. All in all I think this has been the biggest surprise for me when testing the driver for 2014 and if you can stand the looks, the performance is really quite impressive.

Nike Covert VRS 2.0 & Forged Iron Review

Nike Covert VRS 2.0 Forged Irons

The new Nike covert  VRS 2.0  Forged irons are now out and we were very interested to see what the forged VRS was like. Like last years product range, the 2014 range comes with an intermediate iron which is both forgiving and forged. The market seems to be calling for the forged irons to be available to the mid handicap range. I was particularly taken with the Callaway Apex which is of similar ilk in the game improvement iron category.nike_VRSCOVERTforgedirons

So what’s the Nike Covert VRS 2.0 Forged iron all about? Nike are still using the NexCOR face design which in their words delivers higher ball speeds on both centre and off centre hits. The head design has a lower, deeper centre of gravity helping produce both longer and straighter shots.  Nike’s focus was improving distance and forgiveness with the VRS forged irons to appeal to a broader market, giving the golfer who wants a forged feeling iron with the characteristics of a cast low COG forgiving iron. This being Nike’s first time of adding the NexCor high speed face design in a forged iron and the feel and ball speeds are really quite impressive. The performance of the Nike Covert 2.0 VRS forged irons have been further enhanced with balanced perimeter weighting via the deep cavity design.

Verdict –

The Nike Covert VRS 2.0 forged irons feel lovely; the ball speeds are very good on both centre and off centre hits.  Looks wise these are not for me – a little bulky for my eye but don’t let that stop you trying these out. The Nike Covert VRS 2.0 forged irons are going to be the one to watch this season. They have everything the intermediate golfer would want feel, forgiveness and for most, the looks are pretty good too. I like them for what they are and think they might even give the Taylormade Speedblades  a run for their money and those were pretty long!

Nike VRS Covert 2.0 Irons

The Nike Covert VRS 2.0 irons are the big brother to the Covert 2.0 forged iron, aimed at the higher handicapped golfer who’s looking for a little more forgiveness and high ball speeds. Although the looks of the Covert VRS 2.0 irons are not the greatest, my complaints about this iron stop there. The performance of the deep undercut high speed cavity back,  hit the ball higher and straighter than last years model, combined with Nike’s NexCOR face design the ball speeds are very impressive no matter where you hit it on the face. VRS-Covert-Iron

Nike’s Blurb on the Covert VRS 2.0 irons

– x3x groove technology, grooves that are closers together and deeper giving the golfer maximum spin and ball flight

– Thinner no weld sole promotes greater distance and accuracy

– Deep cavity design features lower, deeper COG, added perimeter weighting to deliver longer, higher and straighter shots.

– NexCOR face design, the advance head construction incorporates variable face thickness which will deliver fast ball speeds.

Verdict –

The Nike Covert VRS 2.0 irons are great. They deliver what Nike says they will and apart from the looks of the bulky heads I can’t fault these irons. Although I was a little surprised to find the VRS 2.0 Forged irons a little longer it was minimal the difference between the two. We have to remember these irons were not designed for professionals and low amateurs. The Covert VRS 2.0 irons are designed with the game improvement golfer in mind. If you don’t mind the bulky looking heads, the high launching, forgiving and fast ball speed characteristics these irons have are the traits that every golfer will want,  so these need to be high on the list of irons of must try in 2014.

Callaway Big Bertha Alpha Driver

Big Bertha Alpha Driver Review 

The Callaway Big Bertha Alpha driver has hit the shelves. This year has to be one of the most exciting years when it comes to new products being launched and the Callaway Big Bertha Alpha driver is at the top of the pile of drivers people have been looking forward to trying. The Callaway Big Bertha Alpha driver is the first to incorporate a moveable weight system which is positioned in the middle of the head the “Gravity Core” as it’s known has, on one end, weighs 12 grams and the rest of the of the core weighs another 1.5 grams. By flipping the core round in its carbon fibre tube in the centre of the head, it enables the player to insert the heavy end up or down in the tube, moving the heads centre of gravity up or down in the head.  The gravity core allows you to independently adjust the spin without changing the launch angle, so you can set the Callaway Big Bertha Alpha driver up to completely optimise a players launch conditions. read more »

Custom fitting……. your golf

Custom Fitting….More than just a Shaft, Loft & Lie check The time of year is not far away, the time when we are starting to allow ourselves to think about the golfing season being just around the corner. Many of the manufacturers are bringing out the latest product, some of which I have been fortunate to have already tested before launch dates (you’ve got some very impressive performing clubs on the way to market) Some of you may well be thinking about buying Rory’s new driver, the latest TaylorMade fairway woods or the new Callaway X2 hot Irons and from what I have seen of each of the products they are sure to make an impact on your game. However they will only do so if you have the right set up, many of you maybe uttering the similar words we hear on a regular basis “I’m not good enough to be custom fitted” well the mere fact you think you’re not good enough suggests that you could do with help and custom fitting isn’t exclusive to elite amateurs and professionals. From my experience custom fitting has had huge impacts on their games. read more »

Cobra Bio Cell Driver Review

Cobra Bio Cell Driver Review

The Cobra Bio Cell driver is not for the faint hearted, as for the past few years Cobra has not been shy in getting attention with the colour schemes of their product. The new Bio Cell driver is no different, available in red, blue, orange, silver and black. Cobra are hoping that the paint job is not the only talking point about the Bio cell line of woods. I’m sure the consumer will want more than just a pretty looking driver. read more »

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