Not so Hazardous Water

According to the USGA, “‘Casual water’ is any temporary accumulation of water on the course that is not in a water hazard and is visible before or after the player takes his stance. Snow and natural ice, other than frost, are either casual water or loose impediments, at the option of the player. Manufactured ice is an obstruction. Dew and frost are not casual water.” “A ball is in casual water when it lies in or any part of it touches the casual water.” According to rule 25-1 without penalty the player can lift and drop the ball within one club length of the nearest point of relief. Whenever you can see standing water under your feet or your ball you are allowed free relief at the nearest point where there is no standing water but the relief also has to be no closer to the...

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Type of Golf Grip Material

There are many different types of golf grip material out there. Each one has its own benefits and drawbacks. What golf grip material is best for you? Rubber Pros Inexpensive Cons Certain types are not very tacky Synthetic Pros Soft on hands Cons Not very durable Not very good feel Cord Pros Durable Tacky Good wet weather playability Cons Rough on hands Leather Pros Traditional Look Tacky Durable Cons...

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How Many “Strokes” did You Actually Take?

The USGA defines a stroke as “the forward movement of the club made with the intention of striking at and moving the ball, but if a player checks his downswing voluntarily before the clubhead reaches the ball he has not made a stroke.” This means you do not actually have to touch the ball for it to make a stroke. Under this definition a “whiff” would count as a stroke. This also means that in the process of your downswing you can “abort” the swing by intentionally missing the ball. It will not count as a stroke because you did not intend to strike the ball nor did you strike the ball. If you strike the ball, regardless of your intentions, it counts as a stroke. The next time you count up your score make sure to count those...

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The Truth About Size! Big Isn’t Better!!

Just when you thought it was safe to go back to the blogs!!!  Here I am again bringing you the latest from PPGS FITTING CENTRAL.  I would like to say what a pleasure it has been to meet and work with so many of you over that past couple months and I look forward to meeting more of you in the next few months.  Many of you from the Inner Circle responded to the offer to get a driver like the one Don plays and the feedback  has been great.  Thanks to all of you that have purchased to date and for the very positive feedback on the performance of the driver.  I have decided to extend the program for a few more weeks so those of you that are Inner Circle members that are interested, you can still contact me to order. This week I had a fitting with one of our PPGS members that was rather unique in one respect but not so different from most of the others that I had done lately.  The difference in this fitting was that it was with a former student of Don’s back when he was on Hilton Head.  We will call this person DN.  Now, DN had scheduled an appointment for a lesson and a fitting well in advance and even contacted me a few days before he was due to arrive to give me some information regarding what he was currently experiencing with his present clubs.  His frustration exuded from his email.  No matter what he did, he hit the ball on the toe and it was very...

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The Truth and Nothing But the Truth About Drivers

Golfers will often ask “what is the hottest driver out there?” The real question is what driver will give them the most distance as if manufacturers are able to make one driver longer than the other. The fact is that in the past 7 years or more almost all drivers have the maximum COR/CT allowed by the USGA.  In theory, all drivers should go the same length! This is not the case. One of the most important variables to consider is the effect of custom fitting. The professional fitter will work with the golfer to find a club head model that maximizes ball speed in relation to swing speed. This ratio is called “Smash Factor” or “Power Transfer Ration.” The objective is to achieve a PTR of 1.50 or a ball speed that is about 1½ times the speed of the club head.  The fitter will also work on narrowing the dispersion rate, or the tightness of the shot pattern.  One of the most critical aspects in the fitting is to find the proper launch angle for the golfer as this helps send the ball on the correct flight path which is instrumental in achieving the maximum distance.  Closely related to the launch angle is the spin rate.  Achieving the correct spin rate also helps establish the correct trajectory of the golf ball.  To achieve the correct spin rate, the fitter will work with different shafts, lofts, and perhaps even the golf ball. Once all these factors have been matched for the golfer, the driver should be almost at it’s optimum. Ball speed, centeredness of hit on the club...

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The Absolute Golf Truths

THE ABSOLUTE GOLF TRUTHS There are three absolute truths about golf, golf clubs, golfers, and golf swings!  Truth One:  If your golf clubs are properly fitted and if your golf swing is sound, then great golf is 100% mental attitude. Truth Two:  If your golf clubs are properly fitted and if your golf swing needs help, then great golf is 65% proper swing and 35% mental attitude. Truth Three:  If your golf swing is sound and if your golf clubs are not properly fitted, then golf becomes frustrating and less enjoyable.  The mental aspect has sharp ups and downs and developing a consistent golf game is impossible.  GREAT GOLF IS IMPOSSIBLE IF YOU DO NOT HAVE: 1.  PROPERLY FITTED GOLF CLUBS 2.  A SOUND GOLF SWING 3.  A POSITIVE MENTAL ATTITUDE  The swing and the attitude will vary from day to day but the one constant is properly fitted golf clubs.  No matter if the golfer is a beginner or low handicapper, that golfer should consider in investing in the one factor which is absolutely necessary.  GREAT GOLF WILL RESULT WITH PROPERLY FITTED GOLF CLUBS!  Gene Ware 1997 “Accurate club fitting is for all golfers, not just professionals or single digit handicap players.” -Tiger Woods, 2006 “90% of amateurs use golf clubs that do not suit their game.” -Nick Faldo, 2003...

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The Master Fitter

As important as golf is to most of us and as important as it is to have properly fitted equipment in order to play our best, there is a “fitting” that we ALL need to take place in our lives. Mankind is born into this world missing a vital part to his eternal existence. Most of us have spent years trying to fill that void with countless “things” yet the initial joy and fulfillment soon gives away to the same old restlessness. Just what does fill this void? The Bible teaches us in Romans 3:23 that we have all sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Romans 3:10 tells that “none are righteous, no, not one”! Since we have all “missed the mark” and can’t make it to Heaven on our own, just how do we make it? The answer to both questions is the same, Jesus! The void that exists within us is the need to have that part of the Creator that He has sent to make us whole. John 14:6 puts it very clearly as Jesus said ” I am the way, the truth, and the life, and no man comes unto the Father except through me.” So, what must one do for this transformation to take place. It’s really quite simple. In fact, so simple that it has mystified generation after generation. The path to Heaven is laid out for us in 1 John 1:9 which says “if we confess our sins He is faithful and just to forgive us of those sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Mankind wants to...

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Is Long Really Longer?

I had an opportunity to speak with Surge this afternoon and in the course of our conversation mentioned to him a particular fitting session that I had today with a long drive competitor.  He asked me to share this information with the PPGS readers.  We think you will find this eye opening. We have watched as driver heads have gotten bigger and bigger over the course of the past few years.  Something that has also been happening that has not been as well publicized is that shafts have also been slowly getting longer.  Four years ago the average driver shaft length sold in retail shops was 45”.  Now you can find drivers with shafts that are over 46”.  A question that still begs to be asked is similar to one we asked about driver size.  If big was so much better, then why weren’t fairway woods getting proportionally bigger also?  So, if longer is better, why aren’t fairway wood shafts getting longer as well? What the equipment companies will tell you is that by having longer and lighter shafts you can swing faster.  In the first place, the error here is that it’s not your swing speed that is important rather club head speed.  Let’s suppose that I gave you a stick that’s 2 feet long and one that’s 6 feet long and asked you to swing them, which could you swing faster?  If you said the 2 foot stick, you are correct.  So, if you can swing the 2 foot stick faster, it would also stand to reason that you would generate more speed at the end of...

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