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Will a golf GPS device improve my game?

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If you are striking the ball well and are getting consistent distances with your clubs then it may be worth looking into purchasing a golf GPS device.

The main benefit to a GPS device is they can accurately tell you the distance to the hole or a hazard. This information will give you confidence to strike the ball and not be concerned if you have either enough or to much club in your hands.

These GPS devices come as either handheld or watch format. We at Golf Talk prefer the watch type because in our opinion they are easier to use, with just a quick glance you can see the yardage to the front, middle and back of the green and they can be used as an every day watch as well.

The Garmin Approach S3 (as pictured) also debuts a digital scorecard. You can save, review and print scorecards from your home computer. Plus, when you hit a long drive you can check the distance with the Measure Shot feature.

11EmpmhX3tLOne of the newer features of the Garmin Approach S3  is Green View. This shows you the true shape and layout of the green. You can use the touchscreen to manually move the pin to the day’s location. This is especially helpful on par-3s where you’ll be able to dial in the distance you need, and fire away with confidence. We loved this feature out on the course, it proved much more helpful than we thought it would, providing you have the pin positions.

The only downside to these devices we could find is the battery drain. They are good for at least 18 holes of golf so this should not be a problem to most golfers. However if you are planning more than 18 holes in any one round then be prepared to give an external charge to keep your device going. We recommend the PowerGen External Battery Pack as a charger for your GPS watch and also many other devices if needed.

Overall if you are looking to improve your score out on the course then a golf GPS watch may just be the answer …

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The Golf Talk team

Deliberate Practice – The quickest way to lower your golf handicap

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Practice really does make perfect. The more you practise your golf game the sharper you will become on the course. That said, going to the driving range and aimlessly hitting hundreds of ball into the abyss is definitely not the answer. So what is?
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You may have heard the term ‘Deliberate Practice’. This term was first used by psychologist K. Anders Ericsson who published research on how we can achieve mastery in any subject or skill with 10,000 hours of practice. Now we are not suggesting that you need to spend 10,000 hours on the driving range. What we are recommending is that your practise sessions going forward are deliberate.

Deliberate practice means consciously working on certain aspects of your swing to get the best results. This may be your take away, or your address or even your timing. Go to the practice ground with a goal in mind. I want to improve my ? is the question we want you to ask yourself. This will give you purpose to your deliberate practise sessions.

When you are out on the course with your buddies playing a non-competitive round of golf why not analyse your round in more detail than just the score. Keep a note of how many fairways you hit, how many greens in regulation you get and how many putts to take. this will help you structure your practise session to work on the areas that will help you improve the most.

To help even further, what we would like you to think about ahead of your next practice session is where did you drop shots on your last round of golf and why? For example, was it that you missed the fairway from the tee due to a slice? If so, then we would recommend practising a slice cure only in that session. Or it maybe that you are not hitting the green from 100 yards. Then practise this shot only with a number of different clubs to a target a 100 yards away.

By having your deliberate practice sessions tailored to improving your golf game you will get the very best out of your practise time and you may find it more enjoyable.

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5 things to do when your golf course is closed

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It is winter right now in the northern hemisphere and at this time of year we will somwinteretimes have to accept that the golf course may be closed due to bad weather. In this post we give you some ideas of what golf activities you can be doing to improve your game and get the most out of your time off the course.

The driving range is a great place to not only practice your golf game but also to challenge your golfing buddies. Try playing 18 holes on the driving range. First start with your drive and all aim for a selected target. The closest shot wins the drive and gets one point. Next is the approach shot. The winner of the drive chooses another target for the approach shot and you will score the same way as the drive. Finally try a chip shot. You can play this through eighteen holes or the first player to reach a score of 50.

When the weather is very bad why not watch golf on TV. We learn lots by watching the professionals on television. However I want you to not only watch the ball and swing, I want you to pay close attention to their pre-shot routine. Having a pre-shot routine helps us be consistent when out on the course. So watch the pro’s and commit to a routine that you can use on your next visit to the course.

If you cannot get out on the course then why not go for a long walk. We golfers walk around 5 or 6 miles on an average golf course so not getting out can make us feel restless. Let’s not forget one of the reasons that we love the game of golf is because we can get out in the fresh air and get some exercise.

When the course is closed. It’s a good time to clean and re-groove your clubs. Having clean clubs can have a positive effect on your golf game. It helps you hit your irons with more backspin giving a truer flight on the ball. Here is the tool that we use at Golf Talk GroovTec Restorer Golf Groove Sharpener  why not give it a try …

Finally for those occasions when the weather is really to bad to even go outside why not relax and read a book. After much debate we have compiled our top 5 books for you to read.

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Reading a book can give you the sometimes needed inspiration or motivation to get out on the course in the winter.

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How to cure a golf slice

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The golf slice affects more than 80% of new golfers and can be one of the most irritating parts of the game. To get the most out of your golf game is essential that you learn how to cure your slice. In this article we talk through three main drills you can use today to stop slicing the golf ball.

Let’s start by looking at why we slice the golf ball. The slice is a result of an out-to-in golf swing with the clubface open to the target line. This means you are taking a glancing blow (slice) of the golf ball. The result is a shot that either starts left of the target line or on the target line and curves to the right. This shot will usually have a higher trajectory and will be of shorter distance.

Are all slice shots bad? Well no sometimes you will need to curve a ball from left to right around an obstacle, a tree for example. Or because these shots have a higher trajectory and stop quicker. You may want to use this type of shot as an approach into a green.

Where we see the slice the most is with a driver off the tee. This is because you are using a club with the least amount of loft that will enhance any side spin on the ball. Also the ball is travelling the furthest distance with a driver so again side spin will be exaggerated.

OK, so what drills can I use to try and cure my slice I hear you ask?

Drill #1 Get the golf ball above your feet. Try teeing up on a slope with the ball above your feet. This will encourage a flatter more rounded swing resulting in a more in-to-out swing path and a square or closed club face at impact. The ball should start right and curve to the left.

Drill #2  Close your stance. Address the ball with your normal square stance and then move your right foot (for a right handed golfer) 18 inches back. This will force you to swing at the ball from inside the target line. This drill is a favourite of Golf Talk’s because it can be used on the driving range. You can also use Golf Alignment Sticks to help you set up to the ball with the correct alignment.

Drill #3 Slow down your swing. Often the slice is exaggerated with the longer clubs in your bag because we sometimes feel we need to swing harder with these clubs. Start counting your swing one and two. ONE – is your back swing AND is the transition and TWO is the down swing. This will slow down your swing and give you a chance of striking the ball more solidly.

We hope these tips help you. Please comment and share below.

The Golf Talk team

Want a lower score? – Here is three quick ways to sink more putts

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If you ask any golf professional whats the quickest way to lower your score they would tell you to ‘get better at putting’. We know that for the average mid to high handicapper spends around half of their time on the greens so getting better at putting will definitely improve your score overall. In this article we would like to share with you three quick ways you can sink more putts an improve you score.

  • Practise, practise, practise. It is with putting as it is with mGolf player at the greenany things in life ‘Practise makes perfect’. The more you practise your putting stroke the better putter you will be. We would encourage you to practice a range of putts from all distances, practise putting from off the green and practise reading the green. This is a sure fire way to gain your putting confidence and get more into the hole.
  • Get into a putting routine. Watch the pro’s on TV and you will see them have the same routine after every putt, no matter what the distance or break. Having a solid routine will help you hole more putts, especially the pressure putts because you will be forced not to rush and make a bad stroke.
  • Try a new putter. As we all know golf is a game of confidence and if you are simply not holing as many as you deserve then maybe changing your putter ( or getting it re-gripped ) may have a positive effect on your confidence. Also putters are the clubs in our bag that we probably change the least, so you may be upgrading your putter to a newer technology that could help you hole with those off centred strokes.

Putting is a vital part of the game and if you are putting well then you will usually have a good round of golf and a more enjoyable time on the course.

Try these tips to improve your putting and please share any successes you have … good luck!

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Course management – The key to breaking 90?

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It’s the question that most new golfers want answered, how can I break 90?

Golfing couple high fiving on the golf courseIf this is you and you are scoring in the mid 90’s now, then great, this information should be of help. The good news is that you can obviously hit a reasonable ball if you can shoot in the mid 90’s. Where we see most mid to high handicappers fall down is with their course management.

Course management is often an over-looked part of the amateurs golf game because hitting a 7 iron off the tee for safety is not as exciting as a 250 yard drive. Every golf professional on the planet will analyse the ‘risk and reward’ of each shot to see if it is worth going for. What do I get if I pull the shot off? and what happens if I don’t?

So what is course management?  We define course management as the ability to play the course as the course designer intended. Hitting a variety of different shots and avoiding the hazards.

Course management can be divided into three main categories.

  1. Tee shots
  2. Approach
  3. Putting

Tee Shots – Don’t automatically reach for the driver. When on the tee, look to see what hazards the course designer has placed in front of you and work out how best you can avoid them. For example, can you play short of a bunker with an iron instead of hitting a great tee shot with a driver only to run into the hazard?

Also, do you have a favourite distance for your second shot into the green? It would make sense to try and leave yourself this shot instead of a distance that you are less confident to reach. For example, if you were to play a 4 iron tee shot to leave you your favourite 9 iron shot then you may have more chance of reaching the green in regulation.

Approach Shots – Now you have hit the fairway and avoided any hazards you need to think about your approach to the green. The golf professional will look for a safe area, somewhere – if they were to miss the green – where they would have a better than average chance of getting ‘up and down’. So where is your safe area? Usually the middle of the green is good enough however, we still go for the flag even though a miss may leave us with a very difficult third shot and a potential 5 0r even 6 on the scorecard.

Also, with your approach shots consider how well you have been hitting your clubs on the day. If you are not striking the ball particularly cleanly then it may be advisable to club up. The worst that can happen is that you strike the ball well and finish at the back of the green.

Putting – In an average round of golf almost a third of the shots taken are with the putter. Your goal should be to two putt every green. This means an approach putt that will leave you an easy ‘tap in’. We see many amateur golfer try to hole every putt which can sometimes leave them with a difficult return and a 3 putt on the scorecard. Also, when on the practice green do spend time trying to hole the 2 – 3 feet putts. on the scorecard they count the same as every other shot you take.

Using these course management tips will undoubtedly take shots of your score. Why not give them a try?

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The Odyssey Versa 2-Ball White Putter review

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Odyssey Versa 2-Ball White Putter with SuperStroke Grip 

Golf Talk’s hottest putter review …

The odyssey range of putters have been best sellers since there very first introduction almost twenty years ago. The two ball design help golfers of all levels line up putts better so they can concentrate on the distance control. Now with the Odyssey Versa 2-Ball White Putter the product range just got better.

The actual design of the putter head has not changed much in recent years, however the High Contrast Alignment System now makes it even easier to line up short to mid distance putts. In our hands this did have a positive feel and gave confident that we were lining up correctly. We immediately could see a difference in how many short putts were holed.

The Odyssey Versa also has Counterbalance Stability Weighting Technology. This means the putter has a heavier head (400g) and heavier shaft (150g) this helps to keep your hands quiet during the stroke and prevent wrist break. We felt that this counter balance system was effective at keeping the putter true to the target line.

The addition of the Super Stroke grip helps remove any tension in the wrists and keeps your arms swinging freely. Odyssey have also introduced a new high-tech PU material featuring CrossTraction technology for improved feel and tackiness and 1.30” in diameter weighing 60 grams.

Overall if you feel that you are not making enough putts out on the course and are looking for a new putter to try then the Odyssey Versa is definitely one that Golf Talk would recommend!

 

 

5 easy steps to lower your handicap before you get on the course

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Can you lower your handicap before you even get on the course? Yes of course you can with these five simple steps to help prepare you for your game ahead.

  1. Get yourself in the right frame of mind, remove any distractions you may be thinking of for example work or to do lists from home. If you are feeling distracted then don’t be surprised if you do not play your very best golf. Try to keep focused on your game ahead.
  2. Get into a routine of arriving at the course early. Give yourself plenty of time to get ready for your game. My own routine is to get to the course at least 60 minutes before my tee off time. This gives me plenty of time to get set up, check in at the clubhouse and go to the practice range to hit a few balls.
  3. Go to the practice range. Don’t expect to hit one of your very best drives straight down the middle of the fairway when the last time you hit a ball was over a week ago. Hit a few balls with a PW, 7 Iron and 4 Iron, 3 wood and Driver. Aim to finish your practice with the club that you will hit your first tee shot. Don’t leave the range until you have hit a shot that you are happy with to give you confidence.
  4. Go to the putting green. For the same reasons as in point number 3. Sinking a few putts before your round will not only give you confidence but also help you get the speed of the greens. A few putts from long, medium and short distance should do.
  5. Finally have a score in mind that you want to shoot. We play more seriously when we are keeping score. Think about it how do you know what a good round is unless you have a target score that you are trying to achieve?

Follow these simple 5 step and have fun on the course!

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Five essential tips for playing your best winter golf

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Tip no.1  – Make sure you spend a few minutes warming up to get some flexibility and prevent any injuries. A number of injuries could be prevented by simply spending a few minutes swinging two clubs and a few stretches
Tip no. 2 – Clean groves on your clubs are essential for a good strike on the ball and a true flight. A groove cleaner or an old toothbrush will do the job.
Tip no. 3 – When the ground is hard from the frost the ball can bounce anywhere especially around the green. Choose to chip around the green as much as possible. You can control the flight of the ball, but not the bounce.
Tip no. 4 – Club up, club up, club up, in winter the ball is cold and does not have the same compression as in the summer. We recommend at least one club even two clubs when the temperature is below five degrees Celsius
Tip no. 5 – Enjoy the day and don’t take the game to seriously. Remember why you are out there, get some fresh air, exercise and keep your swing going through the winter months.