Ironing Out the Kinks in your Swing

Now that you have had the chance to improve the quality of your golf clubs and equipment without spending an arm and a leg, let’s focus on improving your form and your swing. Ideally this is something that you are already practicing and are continuing to perfect, the video below does a great job hitting the major points of what goes into an excellent golf swing. And it also notes the fact that even if you have been playing for a while, it’s easy to pick up some bad habits or mistake one thing (like good rhythm) for another (a good swing). So put aside your ego for just a few moments, and take a moment to reflect on the discussion brought out in the video below.

Enjoy!

Watch the Wedge : Top 5 Golf Wedges

Adrian Rubin GolfAs we have already discussed, arming yourself with the proper tools for the game is critical if you want to ensure that you are playing at the height of your abilities. While you never want to depend on the quality of your instruments or equipment as the basis of your talent, it is important to showcase your strengths by using the proper gear.

While most well made equipment tends to be expensive, always keep in mind that there are ways of finding quality gear and not paying a lot for it. The game of golf carries the stigma of being exclusive in all ways. And that is terrible. The sport has so many benefits and should be accessible to anyone interested in picking up the sport. And if the cost of getting new clubs is prohibitive… get creative.

Can you rent clubs? Can you split the cost of a nice set of clubs with your friends who also want to learn? Can you look in the paper or online for some tag sales. Make sure to go to second hand shops or look on Craigslist or other community forums that could have a set of clubs. Even if those clubs aren’t the best of the best, they will provide a chance for you to get comfortable with the game before investing too much money upfront in the game.

Additionally, you would be surprised at the quality of golf clubs that you can find at tag sales and estate sales. Even if you’re not into antiquing or vintage shopping generally, this is a mission worth accepting. When looking for wedges those listed below are currently the top of the line, but if you’re looking at slightly used irons, just stick with the classic brands, don’t worry about how old they are, just pay attention to their condition. If you find anything from; Callaway, TaylorMade, Titleist, Nike, Cleveland/ Sixiron, Mizuno, Adams, Odyssey, Ping or Cobra and it’s in good condition… get it! Now, onto the wedges.

Callaway Mack Daddy 2/Tour Grind

The MackDaddy features deeper and sharper grooves than any other model from the brand in the past. This design feature enables greater spin and more control. A winner all around.

Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0

The 588 RTX offers versatility. It has 3 sole grinds and an incredible eighteen loft options, so based on probability at least one of these combinations will work wonders for you.

Mizuno MP-T5

Not only is Mizuno a great brand all around, but this particular wedge will offer you excellent control when it comes to determining the spin-particularly on shorter hots.  There’s also a great selection when it comes to bounce options at different lofts.

Ping Glide

Ping knew what they were doing when they designed this model. With the glide you have more potential for spin while simultaneously having more control of your spin. Thanks, Ping!

Titleist Vokey Design

Titleist, always a crowd favorite, offers 21 loft and bounce combos with 6 options when it comes to sole grinds. What’s not to love?

Mastering Your Game : Drivers

adrian rubinWhat is it that makes a painter great? Is it his or her canvas? Is it the quality of his or her paint? Is it the saturation of the colors or perhaps the learned techniques of studying at a prestigious institution or under the direction of a master painter? The likely answer is no. Instead it’s the creativity, the passion, the composition and the subject matter that makes for the compelling work and professional career of a true painter. However, all of those other elements are tools that enhance, incubate and showcase raw talent. Without high quality tools, a vision may not be properly executed, or others may not notice the beauty of the piece. While it doesn’t make or break the talent behind the piece, the proper tools can provide the extra edge that any young artist needs in order to get pushed forward.

“But what does this painterly metaphor have to do with golf?” you might ask, skeptical of my response. In truth this scenario draws a direct parallel with a golfer and his or her equipment. While spending a lot of money on fancy golf accoutrement will by no means make you a better golfer if it is not the game for you, you will notice a series of incremental advantages based on how you choose to equip yourself.

While each individual item may not contribute significantly to your overall performance alone, When added to your constantly improving game, you are allowing your best self to play with no impediments. In some cases, it’s true, you will have to spend a bit of extra capitol to get the best version of whatever it is you’re looking for. In other cases a little bit of cash and a lot of ingenuity can go a long way. In the case of golf clubs, the drivers listed below are indisputably the best in the game right now.

 

Callaway Big Bertha Alpha 815

What is it that makes this driver so amazing? Customization. This driver is incredibly versatile and sueper adjustable and comes with numerous settings in order to optimize your spin. It will set you back $450 to $500 depending on the model.

Cobra Fly-Z

Not only does this driver have a thrilling name, but the product itself lives up to its namesake.

The cobra fly-z comes equipped with internal design that is light and functional. It also includes an 8-way adjustable hosel. Overall a great driver for stability and adding height to your stroke. Costs around $330.

Callaway XR/XR Pro

Callaway engineers are AMAZING at enhancing the aerodynamics found in a driver. A large part of this is due to how they work the crown. Additionally, the design is much lighter than it’s competitors, a great addition to any golfer’s collection. And the price ranges from $350 to $400.