Good evening all and welcome to another of my blogs, this week features new group lessons, advice on internet purchasing and more success with my SkyTrak, I hope you find it insightful and helpful for your golf. Since my last blog Jane, Arthur and I have returned from Lanzarote where we had a short break and had the opportunity to feel a bit of sun on our face. It was 20 degrees most days which was perfect and, as an added bonus, Arthur behaved on both the flights!!!
This Friday sees the start of a new set of group lessons and, due to the busy nature of things, there are only 5 sessions available so make sure you come along. You do not have to be a member of a golf club to take part, just a keen attitude and a willingness to learn. These sessions are great for socialising whilst sharing views on the game. If you would like to book onto these sessions then please click on either link below
Beware the Internet!
This week I had a member come to me with some irons he bought from the internet about 6 months ago. He filled in information about the specifications he wanted (standard loft and lie) and bought them online, but after 6 months of seeing his handicap go up and his ball flight changing he decided to get them checked with me.
He had suspected that they were maybe 2 degrees upright, which for someone who would require a flatter lie angle due to his height, would have not been ideal. When I put them in the loft/lie machine I could not believe what I saw. Each club was 4 degrees upright and each club had 2 degrees more loft than it should have…not wonder some of his partners were starting to hit it further than him!
Now, maybe you’re reading this thinking 4 degrees is not a large amount, but when you consider that a lie angle that is 1 degree out can lead to a ball that finishes 4 yards away from its intended start line. So these clubs were upright by 4 degrees and when you consider that the gentleman in questions should probably have 1 degree flat we can work out that 5 degrees difference will mean that the ball is finishing 20 yards offline!!! This is a huge distance off target for any golfer, but when you consider that this gentleman is a category 1 golfer, these clubs are putting a lot of pressure on his short game!!!
Luckily we have caught this issue before the season really kicks in and the gentleman has enough time to get used to his ‘new’ clubs, but take a moment to think about what he must have gone through over the last 6 months…self-doubt must have crept in which could have led to changes in his game he did not need to make…all because he got told by someone on the internet that the clubs were a ‘standard’ lie angle!
We cannot stop you from buying on the internet, but we can ask you to be very very careful of what you are buying. When you buy from your local Professional you are not just buying a product, but the expertise that comes with it. Also, when you buy from your local Pro, you have someone to speak to afterwards if anything should happen…these are the sort of things you will not get when you buy off the internet…please be very careful!
I am sure you are probably sick of hearing me talk about my SkyTrak already, but the results I am getting are showing how important it is to have the information it is giving. Last weekend I gave a lesson to a pupil who I have been working with for a couple of months. Before I got the SkyTrak I thought he could gain more distance and a more consistent strike from his game, but due to prioritising other areas of his game we only started working on this now.
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