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The Taylormade R1 boasts the following:
- (7) standard and (5) upright loft options between 8 degrees and 12 degrees (±2 degrees) to obtain optimal launch angle.
- (7) face angle options: N/square, open, medium-open, maximum-open, closed, medium-closed, maximum-closed.
- Shot-shaping movable weights promote a neutral/straight flight or a distance-enhancing draw.
- Black clubface, non-glare white crown and new gray/orange/black crown graphic together promote easy alignment.
- Aldila RIP Phenom 55-gram shaft promotes faster club head speed while delivering greater feel than typical ultra-light shafts.
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When you absolutely NEED to play a flop shot, you really should optimize club face loft to the max at the point of impact with the golf ball.
To begin with, utilize your most highly lofted wedge in your bag; usually for me that is a 56 degree but at times I carry a 60-degree. You will need all the control can so I recommend that you choke down an inch or so. Now play the golf ball a bit up in your stance, slightly inside your left or lead foot’s heel. Try not to push your hands forward during address…this will de-loft the golf club.
Your swing needs to be long and relaxed. Upon take away hinge your wrists to create a 90-degree angle between the golf club and the left or lead arm arm. Remain centered, try to minimize any weight shift. Then swing downward, and of course accelerate right through the golf ball to a complete finish.
A particular action that can destroy the flop shot is an overly aggressive weight shift to lead foot on the downswing. This impulsive action tilts the golf shaft frontward, which decreases the loft of the club face.
Take a crack at this exercise: Play some practice flop shots while keeping the heel of your lead foot just a tad bit off the floor from beginning to end. This will keep you from driving forward, keeping more loft on the club.
Good luck and hit’em straight.
All the best,
Golf Quick Fix
More distance or more accuracy? If I had my druthers I would take both, but if I had to choose one I would take accuracy. Even so, we all know a par four somewhere that we know if we could just crank one its an easy birdie. Besides, who doesn’t want the drive of the day to brag about in the club house?
Golf Quick Fix is a strong proponent of the philosophy that professes, in order to make a proper back swing, you need to do a bit more than simply turning your hips and shoulders. For real power, the midsection (the area from the breastbone the hips) has to wind up and coil.
Golf Lesson: I remember a drill from David Leadbetter from a few years ago that helped me feel what it should feel like to make a proper back swing. The drill is designed to put you in position to get all you can out of that 460cc monster in your golf bag.
The goal here is to work on getting your midsection to turn away from the intended target.
First grip the golf club with your weak hand only (I’ll say left hand for the sake of clarity) and get hold of the left side of your torso just under the rib-cage with your dominant or right hand. At that point execute a motion during which the right hand pulls the left side of your torso away from the intended target. You should now get the sensation as though you are twisting and stretching out as the left arm sways rearward. This movement provides you the coil you require to execute a strong back swing which consequently promotes a wide arc in your back swing which, in turn sets up a powerful transition into the golf ball.
Golf Lessons: Escaping The Fairway Bunker
Fairway sand traps do not have to destroy your scorecard but they can certainly blow it up if you skip a few key fundamentals that make all the difference. Since we seldom have the oppurtunity to practice this shot it behooves us all to keep the following essential keys in the back of your mind.
Leave your pride in the golf bag and go one club longer: The not uncommon miss from fairway bunker is fat, and consequently this happens by driving your legs on the forward swing. Generally the driving move lowers our center of gravity, which you may find works well from the turf but in the soft sand frequently causes one to hit behind the golf ball. To calm that frontward leg drive, swing a tad easier with a larger golf club. Beware the high lip. Make sure you have sufficient loft to make it out, however if the lip is minimal, club up and swing smooth and a little easier.
DON’T BE A SLOUCH
Stand Tall. Keep your your chin up to position your spinal position a bit more erect. Taller posture encourages an around your torso swing and a level stroke, therefore, you will be able to pick the golf ball minus the digging. Fight the desire to plunge downward into impact, as golf players frequently do, in an effort to assist the golf ball out of the bunker.
SKATE ON THIN ICE
Pretend your golf ball is resting on a sheet of thin ice. Golfers should want to pick it off the ice without breaking through the ice. Imagine that you “stay tall” entirely right through the golf shot. Keep in mind, striking the golf ball thin in a fairway sand trap is considered a quality shot, and overly thin is most often more ideal than any type of fat. These simple swing thoughts are as valuable as a golf lesson. Good luck and hit’em straight!
Golf Lessons: The pitch shot
For the majority of you, the 80 yard pitch is one of the most challenging shots in the game. Due to the fact you are not taking a complete swing, solid contact and your expected distance is seemingly close to impossible. More often than not, you strike the golf ball thin or fat.
Davis Love Jr., had a tip for the “part-wedge shots,” (80 yards and in) that I feel still works well today. Davis revealed how to execute a little hip turn within the backswing and a comparable hip turn on the thru swing…that is similar to the arm swing.
Golf players end up in a quandary with this shot when they swing nothing but the arms or lower their knees. They neglect to let the hips turn back and thru (comparable to a miniature complete swing).
Davis stressed more about the hips turning back and of course simply clearing through, and a bit less concerned with a players hands and arms. Have a go at it, and I really feel you are going to discover your club-ball contact are likely to start to improve dramatically on these partial shots, as will your feel for distance.
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Golf Lessons: Bunker Play
Tour pros for the most part do not stress about beach shots the way the vast percentage of amateurs do, despite the fact that only a fistful of the professionals get up and down from the bunker in just about sixty percent of their chances. Precisely what is the moral of this?
Golf Lessons: Understand the fundamentals, so you do not stress bunker play, and also, modify your expectations. Make certain you get out of the bunker and allow yourself an opportunity to make a possible one putt, despite the fact that the vast percentage of players would be, in some measure content with getting up down in three.
Charged with the task of getting out properly, open the club face of your wedge so it can spring off the sand with a good bounce instead of dig. You want to hit behind the golf ball to splash it out on a cushion of sand, so play the golf ball in a position forward of your normal golf stance, up by your left foot. The major principle during the course of the swing is to follow right through, and simply turn your upper body toward the intended target.
The vast percentage of hackers, no offense intended, swing the club right into the bunker and when they encounter a certain amount of resistance the sand creates, they give up on the swing. Moreover, they are surely anxious, so they employ a tendency to lock their body in place and simply wave at the golf ball with their arms. Commit to a complete finish, and you are going to get the ball out each and every opportunity.
Good luck and hit’em straight.
Golf players who encounter first tee jitters are not psychologically prepared. You will need to begin preparing yourself to hit your initial tee shot well right before you stick the tee in the dirt and setup to the ball on the 1st tee box. If you have played the course in the past, begin visualizing your 1st tee shot on your drive out to the golf course. This is what I suggest.
Just picture yourself approaching the tee box and initiating your pre-shot regimen. Imagine standing behind the ball and selecting out your target (a bush, bunker, yardage marker, whatever) and then approach the ball and start your setup. Picture looking up from your address toward the target, returning your eyes back to the ball and beginning your swing.
Think of what a good swing will feel like, then envision how the ball comes off the club and travels through the air, where it will land at and where it will stop running. Be as illustrative as possible. Are there any hazards that you smartly elude, what is your typical ball flight, how high do you usually hit the ball, how far does it generally go, and how far does your ball typically roll out?
You have very likely played the 1st hole at your home course a great number of times, and even if it was by pure good luck you have hit a magnificent shot off the 1st tee at some point. Imagine that shot.
If you have not played the course prior to this and the 1st hole is a new frontier for you, step up and take a peek at it as soon as you get out of your vehicle. Make sure you figure out what club you are going to hit and just how you want to hit the shot, then start imagining the perfect play.
This mental exercise is going to absolutely support a great commencement to your round. Your brain doesn’t know the difference between graphic visualizations and a real encounter. You are training yourself to be a success with this exercise.
This isn’t exactly a playing tip or golf lesson but the overwhelming buzz around TaylorMade’s R1 is not a topic we can ignore. I checked the web and saw that Amazon is offering a $50.00 discount but in limited supply. Click any link
Somehow TaylorMade has figured out how to squeeze out 15 extra yards of distance legally for the average golfer. Combine that with this clubs adjustability (168 configurations) and you’ll have a club that can change with your game as appropriate.
The concept for this club…a driver head with several lofts originated out of TaylorMade research development with 800 average golfers. The results disclosed that 80% of golfers were in the wrong loft and that 24% had the incorrect loft by at least 2 degrees.
The test group also showed that 52% percent needed more loft while only 28% required less loft.
The R1 may be the last driver you ever have to buy.
With spring approaching is easy to think about golf and how this year is the year you put it all together and take your game to the next level. The driving range is the place to start but if you are just hacking away at a hundred balls in thirty to forty minutes…save the effort and go practice your putting.
But if you want to get the most out of that bucket of balls, give yourself a free lesson. First stretch and warm up with some easy swings and increase your speed a little at a time.
Golf Lessons: Now take your smart phone out and set it up behind you so you can record yourself hitting some balls. After each shot look back at the camera and yell out if you hit it on target, hit a hook or hit a slice. Five to ten shots should be fine. Now go watch yourself on the video you just created. It’s amazing to see how we think we look as opposed to how we really look hitting a golf ball. In my case it helped correct my habit of coming over the top and just about eliminated my slice. The feedback is instantaneous and this will cost you nothing. More importantly you turned your leisurely trip to the driving range into a golf lesson.
Professional instructors are incorporating video more and more into their lesson plans. It’s easy for one of your instructors or one of your playing partners to tell you that you are casting the club or coming over the top but it’s not something we embrace because that’s not how it feels to us. But seeing is believing when it comes down to it.
You have nothing to lose except strokes. Take this golf lesson seriously and start hitting some fairways and greens in regulation. Good luck.