Best Driver Shafts

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The shaft on a golf driver is the heart and soul of the club. A well-designed shaft can help with swing speed, accuracy, and distance; just as a poorly customized shaft can negatively impact your swing and sabotage your overall game. First, the importance and technical design specifics associated with driver shafts is discussed in detail below, then we include several reviews on the most popular and best-selling driver shafts.
 

Top 5 Best Driver Shafts

 

Best Feel
Mitsubishi TENSEI CK Pro Orange 60 Ready to Play w/Grip & Tip Choice Shaft
  • New materials like carbon fiber/DuPont Kevlar weave in the butt section of the shaft
  • Mitsubishi Chemical’s strongest carbon fiber to date
  • Enhanced level of stability and maximum feel
Best Overall
Project X New HZRDUS Black 6.0 75g Driver/Fairway Shaft
  • Increased stiffness along the full length of the golf shaft
  • Stability is also a major selling point with this shaft, doesn't kick too hard
  • A low spinning and low launching shaft
Best Control
Graphite Design Tour AD BB 6 Shaft
  • Material Stiffness Intergration (MSI) Technology for enhanced feel and performance
  • Integrated with Advanced Toray Nanomaterial Technology
  • PGA and European Tour Validated
Most Accurate
Project X HZRDUS T1100 65 Driver Shaft
  • Custom Built by Tour Shop Fresno
  • Low Spin and Low Launch Shaft
  • Choose Your Club Head Adapter
Best Value
Graphite Design Tour AD IZ-6 - Driver Shafts
  • Graphite Design Tour AD IZ-6 - "Ready To Play Shaft"
  • Choose Your Club Head Adapter
  • Comes With Golf Pride MCC New Decade Black/Black Grip

 

The Different Types of Driver Shafts

There are many different types of driver shafts these days, but two of the most widely used types are the graphite shaft and the multi-material shaft. It’s important to understand these two types of shafts.
 
Best Driver Shafts
 

Graphite Shafts

Graphite shafts are the industry standard. These shafts are very lightweight; a quality which has enabled manufacturers to lengthen them without adding a lot of extra weight. Consequently, these lighter graphite shafts are great for increasing swing speeds for amateur players. Also, since they are longer and lighter than traditional steel shafts, they can also generate longer drives.

On the flip side, graphite shafts tend to be less accurate, more expensive, and slightly less durable than steel shafts. Regardless, they are still very popular among a wide range of golfers, particularly beginner, intermediate, and senior players.
 

Multi-Material Shafts

Multi-material shafts essentially combine both graphite and steel in an effort to exploit the advantages of both materials. Most multi-material shafts boast a lightweight graphite tip with a firm steel shaft. The result is a club that can add distance to your swing thanks to the lightweight graphite, while also controlling accuracy due to the firmness of the steel shaft.
 

The Different Types of Driver Shaft Flexes

  • Extra Stiff. As the name suggests, an extra stiff shaft has very little flex. It is more appropriate for advanced golfers who have a swing speed over 110 miles per hour and a carry distance of over 275 yards. Many Tour players use extra stiff shafts.

  • Stiff. A step away from extra stiff in terms of the amount of flex is the stiff shaft. The stiff shaft is ideal for those with a swing speed of around 95 to 110 miles per hour.

  • Regular. Considered perfect for amateur and weekend players, the regular shaft is generally the recommended stiffness for players who swing their drivers at about 85 to 95 miles per hour. This type of stiffness, or flex, is usually associated with carry distances of about 200 to 240 yards.

  • Seniors. Usually marked “M” for “medium” or “mature,” this shaft stiffness is perfect for older golfers with slower club head speeds (75 to 85 miles per hour). With this stiffness the carry distance typically ranges from 180 to 200 yards.

  • Ladies. Those who typically drive the golf ball fewer than 180 yards, such as many female players, are better suited to clubs with this level of flex. It is ideal for anyone with a swing speed under 75 miles per hour.

 

Shaft Technology

Best Driver Shafts
 

What Is Shaft Torque?

Torque is the force that produces or tends to produce rotation or torsion. If you look at the shaft of the golf club as an axis, where the heel of the head of the club is centered on that axis, then the toe and most of the club head’s weight would be off-center. When swinging the club, the head rotates around the shaft. The toe of the club essentially lags behind as you start your downswing, then it later catches up and returns to its normal position at impact. The shaft resists that twisting motion, allowing only a certain amount. This twisting—the twisting permitted by the shaft—is the shaft’s torque, which is measured in degrees.
 

What Is Shaft Kick Point (Flex Point)?

On a club like a driver, the flex of the shaft is perhaps the most important factor, one that can be customized to the speed and accuracy of the swing. Within this formula is the “kick point.” This point, which is also known as the “flex point,” signifies the height at which the shaft bends, and thus dictates the ball’s trajectory on each shot.
 

Weight of a Shaft?

Graphite and multi-material shafts are available in a wide range of weights, ranging from 50-gram ultra-light shafts to heavy 100-plus gram shafts. The correct weight of the shaft can be matched to the strength of the player. This is an important decision to make because a shaft that is too heavy can leave you exhausted by the 9th hole, while a shaft that is too light might cause you to lose feel in your shots.
 

Alignment of Shaft?

Every driver shaft has a spine, and that spine is the stiffest and largest part of the club’s shaft. Experts say that aligning the spine with the club head—and therefore aligning the shaft with the spine—will make the shaft perform better and lead to purer more assured shots.
 

Parallel/Tapered Tip?

Tips of the golf driver shaft can be parallel or tapered where the end of the shaft fits into the hosel.

With a parallel-tip shaft, the entire tip section—the part of the shaft below the last step—is a constant diameter. Conversely, with tapered-tip shafts, the shaft gets smaller where it meets the hosel.

Parallel-tip shafts are cut the same throughout the model of the club. For each club they are generally the same yet trimmed to match the appropriate length. Tapered-tip shafts, on the other hand, are made to the proper length for each club, which means they are very club specific.
 

Pureing a Shaft?

Golf shafts are NEVER perfectly straight, nor are they perfectly round. These slight irregularities can create problems when the shaft of the driver twists and bends during the swing. To clean up these irregularities many golfers elect to “pure” their shafts—a process in which the most stable bending plane (or neutral axis) of the shaft is determined and corrected.
 

How to Find the Perfect Shaft Flex For Your Game

 

Reviews of the Best Driver Shafts

Below we have reviewed several of the most popular and hottest-selling driver shafts on the market today; highlighting the performance and feel you can expect to experience with each one.
 

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Best Value
KURO KAGE Silver Dual-Core TiNi 60 - Driver Shafts Upgrade + Grip - Choose Adapter (Flex X Stiff) (Adapter - Callaway XR/BB/Epic)
EDITOR'S CHOICE
Project X HZRDUS T1100 65 Driver Shaft - Choose Adapter - Includes Grip (Graphite - 65g, (Flex 6.0) Adapt-Taylormade M1/M2)
Most Popular
Graphite Design Tour AD BB 6 Shaft for Callaway Rogue/Rogue Sub Zero/Rogue Draw Drivers Stiff
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KURO KAGE Silver Dual-Core TiNi 60 - Driver Shafts Upgrade + Grip - Choose Adapter (Flex X Stiff) (Adapter - Callaway XR/BB/Epic)
Project X HZRDUS T1100 65 Driver Shaft - Choose Adapter - Includes Grip (Graphite - 65g, (Flex 6.0) Adapt-Taylormade M1/M2)
Graphite Design Tour AD BB 6 Shaft for Callaway Rogue/Rogue Sub Zero/Rogue Draw Drivers Stiff
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Best Value
Preview
KURO KAGE Silver Dual-Core TiNi 60 - Driver Shafts Upgrade + Grip - Choose Adapter (Flex X Stiff) (Adapter - Callaway XR/BB/Epic)
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KURO KAGE Silver Dual-Core TiNi 60 - Driver Shafts Upgrade + Grip - Choose Adapter (Flex X Stiff) (Adapter - Callaway XR/BB/Epic)
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EDITOR'S CHOICE
Preview
Project X HZRDUS T1100 65 Driver Shaft - Choose Adapter - Includes Grip (Graphite - 65g, (Flex 6.0) Adapt-Taylormade M1/M2)
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Project X HZRDUS T1100 65 Driver Shaft - Choose Adapter - Includes Grip (Graphite - 65g, (Flex 6.0) Adapt-Taylormade M1/M2)
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Most Popular
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Graphite Design Tour AD BB 6 Shaft for Callaway Rogue/Rogue Sub Zero/Rogue Draw Drivers Stiff
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Graphite Design Tour AD BB 6 Shaft for Callaway Rogue/Rogue Sub Zero/Rogue Draw Drivers Stiff
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1. Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro Orange


The Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro Orange golf driver shaft features a well-designed counter balanced, low-launch, tip with a stiff profile to provide added versatility for stronger players with rapid club head speeds.

The shaft boasts a multi-material design that incorporates more performance-oriented materials than the company has ever used. This includes a carbon fiber/DuPont Kevlar weave in the butt section of the shaft.

The tip-section of the shaft is reinforced with MR70—Mitsubishi Chemical’s strongest carbon fiber to date—which promises to deliver lower torque, and Tour-level control and stability.

Collectively, the high-quality materials used to make the Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro Orange shaft provide an enhanced level of stability and maximum feel, all incorporated into a one-of-a-kind versatile design.


 

2. Project X HZRDUS Black


The Project X HZRDUS Black shaft is made with the stronger and more aggressive player in mind. The shaft delivers incredible distance without sacrificing control, and boasts a feel that has to be experienced to believe.

The shaft features increased stiffness along the full length of the golf shaft—a level of stiffness that allows golfers to put more power behind the ball on every shot type.

Stability is also a major selling point with this shaft, as it has just enough kick to keep the shaft from feeling too stiff. This is important to golfers, because when a shaft is too firm, they may tend to over-swing and lose control. The Project X HZRDUS Black gives you just enough action to keep your swing smooth and let the shaft do its job.

The Project X HZRDUS Black is a low spinning and low launching shaft that is available in for both woods and hybrids.


 

3. Graphite Design Tour AD-BB


The Graphite Design Tour AD-BB (Blue Bullet) shaft model is specially designed to promote a low- to mid-launch angle and a lower degree of ball spin for straighter, longer shots.

The shaft takes advantage of premium, aerospace quality 50t carbon-fiber materials, as well as the company’s DI Technology in the tip section, all of which combine to provide the best performing shaft available.

The Tour AD BB design features an increase in stiffness from the tip to the mid-section of the shaft, which produces a higher kick point for lower launch angles. The end result is a tighter shot pattern and an overall increase in ball speed.

You can always expect a high-quality experience with the Graphite Design Tour AD-BB, as all shafts are designed and manufactured exclusively at the Graphite Design factory headquarters in Japan.

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  • "Ready To Play Shaft" Graphite Driver Shafts
  • Choose Your Club Head Adapter
  • Comes With Golf Pride MCC New Decade Black/Black Grip

 

4. Project X HZRDUS T1100


The Project X HZRDUS T1100 shaft is the lowest spinning and lowest launching shaft in the Project X HZRDUS family; and with a bend profile that is stiff throughout, the shaft is the ultimate spin killer for the game’s most aggressive tempo players.

The makers of this performance-rich shaft utilize the tough T1100G carbon fiber—the strongest carbon fiber available—to create a shaft with an extra stiff tip section that is also counter-balanced.

The latest in the Project X HZRDUS family, the T1100 uses the highly-sought-after Toray composite material. This high strength yet high modulus material improves the strength of the shaft to resist ovaling during the swing and offers a level of impact resistance that provides less movement on off-center hits.

In addition to its great performance, the Project X HZRDUS T1100 is also very aesthetically pleasing, thanks to its deluxe metallic chrome paint and uniquely designed logo.

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  • Custom Built by Tour Shop Fresno
  • Low Spin and Low Launch Shaft
  • Choose Your Club Head Adapter

 

5. Graphite Design Tour AD-IZ


The latest in the Tour AD premium line of golf shafts, the Graphite Design Tour AD IZ (Into the Zone) shaft is made with the expert golfer in mind.

The new Tour AD IZ shaft has a firm stiffness, beginning at the handle to the medium center section, and a firm-plus tip profile to promote a high launch angle and super low spin.

The shaft is designed with TORAYCA T1100G carbon-fiber with NANOALLOY technology, giving it increased stability in the mid to tip region of the shaft and unsurpassed feel that makes swinging your driver a real treat.

The new Tour AD IZ wood shaft also looks very good, designed in black and white colors with orange accents and a new, sleek matte finish.

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  • Graphite Design Tour AD IZ-6 - "Ready To Play Shaft"
  • Choose Your Club Head Adapter
  • Comes With Golf Pride MCC New Decade Black/Black Grip

 

6. Mitsubishi Kuro Kage


The Mitsubishi Kuro Kage Series is Mitsubishi Chemical’s latest design innovation, a shaft that features a carbon fiber, elastic titanium nickel wire blend in the tip section for superior performance.

The body of the Mitsubishi Kuro Kage, coupled with twice the amount of tin-nickel wire in the tip-section of previous models, is sure to deliver the utmost in stability, power, and control.

The Mitsubishi Kuro Kage has a very smooth profile, a shaft that is softest in the tip, regular in the mid section, and stiffest in the butt, making it ideal for those golfers with smooth swing tempos.

Although modest looking at first glance, with a predominantly black color scheme, a closer look reveals a lot of cool detail and character, such as the noticeable rainbow foil look throughout the shaft.

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  • KURO KAGE Silver Dual-Core TiNi 50
  • Ready To Play Shaft Choose Your Adapter
  • Comes With Golf Pride MCC New Decade Black/Black Grip

 

7. Aldila NV 2KXV Green


A shaft that offers a low launch angle and less ball spin, the Aldila NV 2KXV Green is made from thin high-performance carbon fiber combined with the latest in advanced fiber resin technology.

The result of this technology is a shaft with even more layers of carbon fiber, which ultimately offers golfers maximum consistency and performance.

Aldila’s next generation micro laminate technology (MLT) uses super-thin layers of premium aerospace-grade materials to create solid, stable shafts that are void of “dead zones.”

This unique design revolution, present in all Aldila NV 2KXV Green shafts, eliminates inconsistent shots caused by shaft variability, while enhancing the overall feel.

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  • Aldila 2KXV NV Green 65
  • Shaft Flex: Extra Stiff
  • Shaft Material: Graphite

 

8. Fujikura Atmos Black Tour Spec


The Fujikura Atmos Black Tour Spec line of golf shafts is geared toward the performance-hungry golfer seeking a lower launch angle with less ball spin.

The shaft produces a solid kick upon impact for longer and more consistent drives and the low launch angle lends itself to greater roll-out on the fairway.

The colors of the Fujikura Atmos Black Tour Spec shafts actually represent a code, with red producing a higher launch angle, blue offering a mid launch path, and black offering the lowest of the three launch angles.

Although flighted series of shafts is not a new concept, what the Fujikura Company has done with its ATMOS line is produce a greater degree of reliability. That’s because the handle of each shaft is the same, despite the color, offering golfers a consistent feel throughout their line of clubs.

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  • Featuring Proprietary High Inertia Tip Technology, Phantium Paint Finish, Generate More Power and Speed, Guaranteed to Increase Distance

 

Conclusion

As you can see, golf shafts come in an abundance of shapes, sizes, and designs, each with its own special purpose. Finding the right golf shaft can really help you obtain the extra distance and accuracy you are looking for to help take your golf game to the next level.
 

Rory McIlroy WITB? (What’s in the Bag)

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Rory McIlroy is one of the best golfers in the world and one of the most exciting players to watch. As of 2018, he has earned 14 PGA Tour victories, the most recent coming in the 2018 Arnold Palmer Invitational, as well as 4 Major Championships. Known for his incredible length off the tee despite his smaller stature, Rory McIlroy brings an excitement to the game few others can match. When he’s firing on all cylinders, he’s almost impossible to beat.

In our “What’s in the bag?” series (or “WITB”) we highlight the best clubs and gear that the top Tour pros are currently using. If you are currently looking to take your golf game to the next level, take a look at what’s in Rory McIlroy bag.
 

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Driver


 

Driver: TaylorMade M3 (8.5 degrees)

Shaft: Mitsubishi Kuro Kage Silver 70X

The TaylorMade M3 driver features Twist Face technology, which is engineered to reduce side spin and to deliver straighter tee shots as well as provide more loft in the high-toe and less loft in the low-heel for more consistent spin where golfers commonly miss-hit. The M3 also features a Hammerhead Slot that provides a larger sweet spot and increased ball speed for more distance while the Y-Track system allows you to move weight and adjust your settings for optimal trajectory, maximum forgiveness, or raw speed.

Key Features

  • The wide sole channel delivers more distance by flexing at impact which helps to launch the ball off the face with higher speed and lower spin.

  • The high-speed face insert, made of a thick center and radially thin perimeter located in the heel and toe of the club, helps to deliver greater distance on off-center hits.

  • Reducing the thickness of the club up front allows for the weight to be strategically placed in the back, resulting in a low and deep center of gravity that provides greater ball speed and more forgiveness.

  • Sixteen unique loft and lie combinations provide players with the perfect combination to deliver the best fit available.

 

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  • New face curvature w/corrective face angle on off-center hits, to reduce side spin & deliver straighter shots. Provides more loft in high-toe & less loft in low-heel for more consistent spin
  • New sole slot implemented into our most adjustable driver for the first time. Reinforced outer portions of the slot allow for a lighter, more flexible face
  • The center portion of the slot increases ball speed low on the face & drops unwanted spin for more distance

 

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Fairway Wood


 

Fairway Wood: TaylorMade M3 (15 and 19 degrees)

Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro White 80TX (15 degree); Fujikura Rombax P95X (19 degree)

The TaylorMade M3 fairway wood sports a lighter 5-layer carbon crown and sole with 8g of weight that has been moved down for a lower center-of-gravity. A longer Speed Pocket provides more flexibility and ball speed low on the face while the new track delivers precise and consistent turf interaction for improved playability.

Key Features

  • Twist Face Technology: By twisting the face open on the high-toe and closed on the low-heel, golfers produce straighter shots on mishits.

  • The Hammerhead Slot makes the sweet spot larger by increasing ball speed and forgiveness across the entire club face.

  • Y-Track: Two 11-gram weights can be adjusted to personalize ball flight for draw/fade or high/low launch.

 

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  • Lighter 5-layer carbon crown and sole frees up 8g of weight for a lower more powerful CG location. Lengthened speed pocket provides more flexibility and more ball speed low on the face
  • Improved playability: new Track overhang delivers precise and consistent turf interaction
  • Personalization: more left-to-right adjustability due to a heavier, 29g movable weight. More streamlined, 12-position 4 degree loft sleeve

 

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Driving Iron

TaylorMade P790 UDI Individual Iron RH 2 Graph XStiff

 

Driving Iron: TaylorMade P-790 UDI (2 Iron)

Shaft: Project X HZRDUS 6.5 105

SpeedFoam in the new P790 UDI creates a high COR for incredible distance in a forged iron. Enchanced by an ultra-thin 1.75mm face and a mini Inverted Cone, this driving iron delivers distance and accuracy like never before seen in an iron

Key Features

  • Minimal offset and straighter topline provide a confidence building look at address.

  • Super-thin face promotes unparalleled distance from the tee and the fairway.

  • A smaller version of the Inverted Cone acts as a springboard, further enhancing distance.

 

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Irons

TaylorMade Men's P750 Irons #3-Pw Tt Dynamic Gold Steel Stiff Right

 

Irons: TaylorMade P-750 (3-4), TaylorMade “Rors Proto” P-730 (5-9)

Shaft: Project X Rifle 7.0

The TaylorMade P750 irons are designed for players who prefer a compact, forged clubhead for precise shot making and immediate feedback after impact. The irons are crafted from 1025 carbon steel through a new mutli-step forging process which ensures precise head shaping with minimal hand polishing for a pure players iron with a soft, solid feel. The P750 irons feature a thin topline (thinner than the P770) and progressive offset for a clean look at address as well as a narrower sole and tighter leading edge for improved turf interaction.

Designed for the best players in the world, the TaylorMade P730 irons are amongst the best irons TaylorMade has to offer. The Tour-inspired shaping features improvements over previous muscle backs, including a smaller blade profile, refined leading edge, and sharp lines. Built from forged 1025 carbon steel head, the face and grooves are precision-milled to produce soft feel, crisp turf interaction, and exceptional shot-shaping capabilities.

Key Features

  • Forged from quality carbon steel, these irons provide the ultimate in feel and feedback.

  • Precision milling allows you to control your distances with remarkable accuracy.

  • Designed for the serious golfer in mind, these irons look great at address from any lie and perform just as well.

 

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  • P770 irons utilize an advanced forging process to create a pure and simple head shape that appeals to the better player's eye. Combined with precision-milled faces and grooves, P770 provides golfers with a soft, solid feel at impact.
  • Designed with direct input from Tour, P770 irons feature carefully considered contours for an appealing look at address.
  • Constructed to suit the eye of the better player, P770 features a progressive offset with a thin topline and a tight leading edge to promote a clean look and crisp impact.

 

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Wedge

TaylorMade Milled Grind Wedge Black

 

Wedge: TaylorMade Milled Grind (48-09SB, 52-09SB, 54-11SB, 56-12SB), Taylormade Hi-Toe (60)

Shaft: Project X Rifle 6.5

The TaylorMade Milled Grind wedges set a high standard in precision, featuring up to 3 different bounces for a given loft. The CNC machined sole geometry coupled with a precise leading edge, this wedge inspires a lot of confidence at address. New ZTP-17 grooves and a precision weight port combine to lower CG which maximizes spin and gives you incredible control around the greens. The Low Bounce is designed for firm turf and sand conditions, and a shallower swing. The Standard Bounce is designed for moderate turf and sand conditions and for players with a standard swing. The High Bounce is designed for soft turf and sand conditions, and steeper attack angles.

The TaylorMade Hi-Toe wedge offers incredible versatility around the greens. Designed to produce a lower launch and more spin, it features a sole cavity with three trapezoid-shaped pockets to optimize weight distribution. Full-face scoring lines ensure consistent ball contact out of the rough while the high bounce leading-edge with increased belly offers less resistance for improved contact from turf or sand. The Hi-Toe wedge also has a Channel Cut Mid-Sole which prevents excessive digging.

Key Features

  • Deeper bore and shaft insertion allows weight to be removed from the hosel, increasing performance.

  • ZTP-17 grooves provide maximum spin from tight lies as well as wet rough.

  • More centrally located center-of-gravity improves feel and forgiveness.

 

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  • CNC Machined sole geometry and a precise leading edge promote consistent turf interaction
  • New ZTP-17 groove features steeper side walls and sharper edge radius for maximum spin
  • Precision weight port moves 10g for an optimal CG location, providing a lower launch angle and increased spin RATE

 

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Putter

TaylorMade 2017 TP Ss Mullen Putter Rh 35In Tour Preferred Collection Super Stroke Mullen Putter

 

Putter: Taylormade TP Mullen Tour Proto

Shaft: Golf Pride Pistol

The TaylorMade TP Collection Mullen putters are designed with a flawless and precise Milled 303 stainless steel head with a tour stain finish. The Milled 360 Roll Insert allows for better ball-gripping which results in improved roll, sound and feel. The TP Collection putters also feature strategically positioned high contrast sightlines that makes alignment easier before you make your stroke. By combining the features of a blade putter with a mallet design, the Mullen is a perfect fit for players who release the toe through impact.

Key Features

  • Mallet-style design provides incredible stability throughout the stroke.

  • Two 5g weights in the sole of the putter further enhance stability and feel.

  • Engineered with a slight toe hang, this putter is ideal for the open-to-close stroke.

 

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  • Milled 303 stainless steel heads and Tour satin finish for premium look and feel
  • Adjustable sole weights, to ensure playable swing-weight
  • Strategically positioned sightlines to aid in alignment

 

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Ball


 

Ball: TaylorMade TP5x

The TaylorMade TP5x golf ball features a Tri-Fast Core and Dual-Spin Cover which combines for a 5-layer golf ball construction, specifically engineered to perform with every club in the bag. The Tri-Fast Core provides progressive compression for maximum energy transfer while the Dual-Spin soft cast urethane cover with its 322 seamless dimple pattern produces incredible spin performance. The TP5x ball also features 90 compression and high launch combined with low spin for extremely long distance on all shots.

Key Features

  • One of the most popular golf balls on Tour.

  • Provides more consistent flight, extraordinary distance, and the ultimate short game spin and control.

  • Low spin with the woods and higher spin with the irons make it the perfect high-performance golf ball.

 

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  • 5 LAYERS. ZERO COMPROMISES. TP5x feature a Tri-Fast Core and Dual-Spin Cover that combine for a 5-layer golf ball construction that is specifically engineered to perform with every club in your bag.
  • TRI-FAST CORE. The unique 3-layer core system in TP5 and TP5x features progressive compression, enabling maximum energy transfer and generating massive speed on full shots.
  • DUAL-SPIN COVER. Contrast of an ultra-soft cast urethane & a semi-rigid inner-cover creates maximum interaction between the cover & club grooves, resulting in exceptional spin performance with full wedge shots & pinpoint control from around the green.

 

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Conclusion

Rory McIlroy is one of the best golfers in the world and uses some of the best clubs and equipment in the game. Being a high-profile player, Rory has access to clubs that are perfectly designed for his game. The good news is once he finds something that helps him perform his best, it usually becomes available to the general public in no time. If you are looking for the highest quality golf clubs from the TaylorMade family, his set would be a great one to emulate.
 

Justin Thomas WITB? (What’s in the Bag)

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Justin Thomas is one of the best golfers in the world and a fun player to watch. In 2017, Justin Thomas had a career year, with four wins, his first major championship at the PGA Championship, the FedEx Cup and Player of the Year honors. Justin Thomas is an amazing player who continues to play incredible golf well into the 2018 season.

In our “What’s in the bag?” series (or “WITB”) we highlight the best clubs and gear that professional players are currently using in their bags. So, if you are currently looking to take your golf game to the next level, then take a look at what’s in Justin Thomas bag.
 

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Driver

Titleist 917 D2 Driver 9.5 Degrees Rogue Max 65-S Stiff Headcover Tool Kit 31536

 

Driver: Titleist 917D2 (8.5 degrees)

Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana BF 60TX

The Titleist 917D2 Driver possesses technology that maximizes distance and improves forgiveness for every player. The Titleist 917D2 Driver’s SureFit CG allows the center of gravity to be adjusted from heel to toe with interchangeable weights. With these weights, spin and launch conditions can be optimized for the ultimate customization. The Active Recoil Channel 2.0 has been upgraded to flex more at impact, which reduces spin and increase ball speed. The forgiving 917D2 has a 460cc full pear profile, delivering a slightly higher launch angle and spin rate than the smaller 440cc 917D3 Driver.

Key Features

  • The SUREFIT® CG allows you to move the center of gravity with interchangeable weights to optimize spin and launch conditions.

  • The wide Active Recoil channel on the sole reduces spin and increases ball speed by flexing more at impact.

  • The sixteen unique loft and lie settings in the SureFit Hosel help create a more consistent and optimized ball flight through precision fitting.

 

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  • Titleist 917 D2
  • Active Recoil Channel 2.0 refined thickness through the channel reduces spin and increases speed.
  • Radial Speed Face 2.0 enhanced with a thinner perimeter face width to promote a greater off-center ball speed for more overall distance across the face.

 

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Fairway Wood


 

Fairway Wood: Titleist 917F2 (15 degrees); Titleist 915Fd (18 degrees)

Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Blue 80TX (3 wood); Fujikara Motore Speeder VC 9.2 Tour Spec X (5 wood)

The Titleist 917F2 fairway wood is a long, forgiving fairway wood and one of the best Titleist has manufactured. The club features Active Recoil Channel 2.0, a wide channel that has improved flex at impact in order to reduce spin and increase ball speed. The Titleist 917F2 has a variable thickness face insert, which gives off-center hits more distance. The forgiving 917F2 has a 179cc full pear profile which delivers a slightly higher launch angle and spin rate than the 917F3 Fairway Wood.

The Titleist 915Fd fairway wood features a slightly smaller more compact profile compared to the 915F and delivers a slightly lower launch angle and spin rate with no draw bias. The face delivers long distance and all-around performance off the tee as well as the fairway and light rough. It features a lower spin rate a higher ball speeds from the forward positioned Active Recoil Channel™. and Ultra Thin Face. The lower CG and high MOI design increases forgiveness and the SureFit® Tour Hosel technology provides the ultimate in customization.

Key Features

  • The wide sole channel delivers more distance by flexing more at impact, launching the ball off the face with higher speed.

  • 16 unique loft and lie combinations in the SureFit Tour Hosel deliver the most precise fit available.

  • The thinner fine promotes more springboard effect, proving incredible distance.

 

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  • Titleist 917F2
  • SureFit� Hosel our industry leading SureFit� Hosel offers 16 independent loft and lie settings that help create a more consistent and optimized ball flight through precision fitting.
  • Active Recoil Channel� 2.0 improved channel with elastomer insert for increased speed and lower spin.

 

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Irons

Titleist 718 AP2 Iron Set 4-PW True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 Steel X-Stiff Left Handed 38 in

 

Irons: Titleist 718 AP2 (4 iron), Titleist 718 MB (5-9)

Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

The Titleist 718 AP2 irons are some of the best irons available, used by many pros on Tour. They are perfect for players who want the ultimate in playability with consistent distance and forgiveness. The Titleist 718 AP2 give players higher MOI, speed, distance, and control thanks to its perimeter weighting and co-forged construction. The Titleist 718 AP2 are beautifully made clubs, that feel great and sound amazing when hit off the turf.

The Titleist 718 MB iron is a modern muscle back forged from a single billet of carbon steel for the purist look, sound and feel possible. The iron features a simple, compact blade profile with strategically designed CG locations to deliver superior shot making and responsive feedback, allowing you to hit any shot possible.

Key Features

  • It’s forged body and face create greater distance and ball speed.

  • Sleek design instills confidence at address.

  • An increase in moment of inertia (MOI) provides more forgiveness on off-center hits.

 

 

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Wedge

Titleist Vokey SM5 Tour Chrome Wedge Lob LW 60 11 Deg Bounce K Grind Titleist SM5 BV Steel Wedge Flex Left Handed 35 in

 

Wedge: Titleist Vokey SM5 (56-14F), SM6 (46-08F, 52-12F, 60-12K)

Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue (SM6 Models), Nippon N.S. Pro Modus 3 (56)

The Titleist Vokey SM5 wedges are some of the best wedges ever designed. Bob Vokey is synonymous for the highest quality wedges, and the SM5 wedges deliver in spin and versatility thanks to the innovative Spin Milled technology and deeper TX3 grooves.

The Titleist SM6 wedges define the standard for wedge performance with improvements in three areas: distance gapping, shot versatility, and spin control. Progressive Center of Gravity design, engineered using innovative CAD technology, aligns the center of gravity with the optimal impact position of each loft, producing precise distance and trajectory control while maintaining exceptional feel.

Key Features

  • Progressive Center of Gravity improves distance and trajectory control.

  • Spin Milled grooves deliver up to 100 rpm more spin than other wedges.

  • Proprietary heat treatment for longer lasting spin.

 

 

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Putter

Titleist Scotty Cameron Circle T X5 Tour Dual Balance Putter Steel Right Handed 33.5 in

 

Putter: Scotty Cameron Circle T X5

Shaft: SuperStroke Pistol GT Tour

The Titleist Scotty Cameron Futura X5 putters are amongst the best crafted putters in the world. Constructed with a precision-milled 303 stainless steel body and an aluminum sole, it features a modern, angled, wing back mallet design and utilizes vertical and horizontal sight lines for alignment. The unique head design features advanced perimeter stability weighting by combining a balance bar with deep heel-toe weighting and additional perimeter weighting under the face. The Futura X5 putters milled face provides incredible feel while its unmatched stability delivers a great roll.
 

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Ball

Titleist Pro V1 Golf Balls, White, Low Numbers 1-4

 

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

The Titleist Pro V1x golf balls are the #1 golf balls used on the Tour. It’s no wonder, the Titleist Pro V1x provides extraordinary distance, consistent flight, and the very best in short game spin and control. The Titleist Pro V1x has been engineered to provide soft feel, durability, and incredible short game control to help elevate a players performance when on the course. Its multi-component construction utilizes a ZG process Dual Core with a soft Urethane Elastomer cover system, and spherically-tiled 328 tetrahedral dimple design. Every element of the Pro V1x golf ball works together to deliver the best in performance with every shot.

Key Features

  • The #1 Ball used on the Tour by a wide margin.

  • Provides consistent flight, unmatched distance, and the ultimate in short game spin and control.

  • Lower spin with the driver and fairway woods and higher spin with the irons.

 

 

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Conclusion

Justin Thomas is one of the best golfers in the world and uses some of the best clubs and equipment in the game. So, if you are looking to improve your golf game, take a look at what’s in Justin’s bag, your may find something that will help you take your game to the next level.
 

Tommy Fleetwood WITB? (What’s in the Bag)

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Tommy Fleetwood is a professional English player on the European Tour. He currently has a total of four professional wins including his most recent in January 2018 at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. Notable in the 2018 Ryder Cup, Tommy was paired with Francesco Molinari, and they became the first duo to win all four of their matches.

In our “What’s in the bag?” series (or “WITB”) we highlight the best clubs and gear that professional players are currently using in their bags. So, if you are currently looking to take your golf game to the next level, then take a look at what’s in Tommy Fleetwood’s bag.
 

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Driver


 

Driver: Taylormade M3 (8.5 degrees)

Shaft: Mitsubishi Kuro Kage 70TX

TaylorMade consistently provides players with high performing drivers and when they released the TaylorMade M3, it went beyond anyone’s expectations. The M3 driver was created with a new Twist Face technology engineered to reduce side spin and to deliver straighter drives. This new face design also provides loft in the high-toe and less loft in the low-heel resulting in more consistent spin when players may have a mishit. The M3 was designed with a Hammerhead Slot to provide a larger sweet spot for a noticeable increase in ball speed, which means more distance. Lastly, an integrated Y-Track system allows players to move the weights and adjust settings for a customized drive to improves both trajectory and forgiveness. Even though the M3 may not be the newest driver that TaylorMade offers, it’s definitely a favorite on the Tour.

Key Features

  • Newly added Twist Face Technology allows the clubface to be “twisted”—open on the high-toe and closed on the low-heel to produce straighter shots on mishits.

  • Hammerhead Slot integration makes the sweet spot bigger by increasing ball speed and forgiveness across the entire club face.

  • The featured Y-Track system comes with two 11-gram weights that can be moved to personalize ball flight for a draw or a fade.

 

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  • New face curvature w/corrective face angle on off-center hits, to reduce side spin & deliver straighter shots. Provides more loft in high-toe & less loft in low-heel for more consistent spin
  • New sole slot implemented into our most adjustable driver for the first time. Reinforced outer portions of the slot allow for a lighter, more flexible face
  • The center portion of the slot increases ball speed low on the face & drops unwanted spin for more distance

 

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Fairway Wood

Titleist 917 F2 Fairway Wood 2017 Right 3 15 Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana S+Blue Limited 70 Graphite Stiff

 

Fairway Wood: 3 Woods: Titleist 917F2 (15 degrees), Nike Vapor Fly (13 degrees); 5 Wood: Nike Vapor Fly (19 degrees)

Shaft: 3 Woods: UST Mamiya ProForce VTS 7X, 5 Wood: Mitsubishi Diamana Blue 80TX

The Titleist 917F2 fairway wood features technology to maximize distance, forgiveness, and precise customization for any player. The club features Active Recoil Channel 2.0, which is a newer design aspect that was incorporated to improve flex at impact to reduce spin and increase ball speed. Dialing in trajectory and spin is available through customization of the SureFit CG adjustability. In addition to the improved feel and sound, players will definitely see an increase in ball distance. Additionally, the fairway wood has a variable thickness face insert, to give off-center shots greater distance, making it a very forgiving wood. The Titleist 917F2’s soft feel and more muted sound than most fairway woods on the market make it a top choice for players on the Tour.

The Nike Vapor Fly fairway wood is designed with a classic authentic Tour shape for workability. Along with Nike’s FlexLoft this wood provides players a unique ability to adjust loft and lie angle independently, offering up to six individual settings for customization. The Hyperflight face and compression channel offer accelerated ball speed across the entire face to support forgiveness on mishits. The forgiveness of this wood is further extended through the Covert cavity back design, which spreads the weight toward the heel and toe. Lastly, the Nike Flybeam structure creates a stable body throughout the swing providing players with a confident feel on any shot. The Vapor Fly wood is sure to impress any player by providing enhanced performance and forgiveness.

Key Features

  • Titleist 917F2: Improved channel with elastomer insert reduces spin and increases speed by actively flexing at impact.

  • Titleist 917F2: Generates more speed around the perimeter of the club face for greater distance on off-center hits.

  • Nike Vapor Fly : Flybeam structure stabilizes the body and channels more energy into the face.

  • Nike Vapor Fly : Hyperflight face for extreme ball speed across the entire face.

 

 

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Irons

New Nike VR Pro Forged Satin Chrome Wedge 54.12 DG Steel Uniflex Left Handed

 

Irons: Nike VR Forged & Titleist 718 CB (4 iron), Nike VR Pro (5-9 iron)

Shaft: Project X Rifle 6.5

The Titleist 718 CB iron provides a classic style cavity back but offers players shot control when they want it and forgiving performance when they need it. The refined leading edge provides more efficient turf interaction, which enhances that favored forged feel for smooth contact and launch on every shot. The compact but forgiving blade delivers Tour-proven trajectory and shotmaking, no matter where the ball may lie.

The Nike VR Forged Pro irons are produced with a precision forged 1020 head construction. This head design features Nike’s X3X high-frequency groove system, to create one of the most exacting irons ever made. This X3X engineering utilizes more grooves, that are deeper and closer together, resulting in more water and debris being channeled away from the face for impressive control. Nike also applied different features between the long irons and short irons. The long irons feature a polymer filled Pocket Cavity that improves feel and allows for more forgiveness on longer shots. Meanwhile, the short irons feature a Split Cavity for impressive feel and control in one’s short game.

Key Features

  • Titleist 718 CB Iron: Traditional cavity back irons with plenty of forgiveness and added performance.

  • Titleist 718 CB Iron: CG location on each iron produces ideal trajectory for control and dependable shotmaking.

  • Titleist 718 CB Iron: Refined leading edge glides through the turf better for more consistent shots.

  • Nike VR Forged: The X3X high-frequency groove system, featuring grooves that are deeper and closer together, results in more water and debris being channeled away from the face for optimal control.

 

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  • Nike VR Pro Forged Satin Chrome
  • Shaft Flex: Uniflex
  • Shaft Material: Steel

 

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Wedge

Callaway Golf Mack Daddy Forged Wedge Nickel Chrome with Copper Strike, Right Hand, Steel, 35" Length, Wedge Flex, 60 degrees

 

Wedge: Callaway Mack Daddy Forged (48-09, 52-10, 56-10, 60-08)

Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Callaway has always been one of the top producers of wedges and with the Mack Daddy Forged wedge players still get their signature shaping and Tour performance, but with a forged design. This forged design incorporates numerous features such as a squarer toe, a less offset club head, and a straighter leading edge. Combining these features provides players with a clean feel and a confidence-inducing appearance at address. Additionally, Callaway has strategically placed the CG to promote lower and easier-to-control flight paths without having to sacrifice spin. Finally, this wedge is fitted with the new Mack Daddy 16-groove configuration to give players the ability to attack the pin from any lie.

Key Features

  • Newly featured 16-groove design allows for more spin on pitches and chips.

  • Engineered R-grind design helps increase versatility of shots.

 

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  • Exceptional control from signature shaping and progressive CG - beautiful new shape and progressive CG locations to promote a lower, more controllable trajectory in the higher lofts
  • More spin from new 16 groove configuration - new 16-groove configuration incorporates an added groove near the leading edge for more spin, especially on pitches and chips
  • Increased versatility from new gear will grind - a defined crescent sole creates more precision shot-making options in the short game, especially on half shots and off of tight lies

 

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Putter

Callaway Golf Odyssey White Hot Pro 2.0 Black, #1, Standard Grip 35' Length Putter, Right Hand

 

Putter: Odyssey White Hot Pro #3

Grip: Super Stroke Mid Slim 2.0

Odyssey is one of the most recognizable manufacturers of some of the best putters available. The White Hot Pro putter features a Gun Metal PVD finish for an industrial, non-glare look. The PVD application process increases wear resistance for incredible durability over years of play. Callaway named this putter for its improved White Hot insert that is more consistent in sound, feel, and performance across the entire striking surface. With its classic design and balanced construction the Odyssey White Hot will be a favorite of Tour players for years to come.
 

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  • Designed to Meet the meticulous performance demands of the world's best golfers
  • Re-engineered White hot insert generates improved sound, feel and overall performance
  • Laser milling insert cutting process achieves tight tolerances for consistent performance

 

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Ball

Titleist Pro V1x Golf Balls, White, High Numbers 5-8

 

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

The Titleist Pro V1x golf balls are the #1 golf balls used on the Tour. It’s no wonder. The Titleist Pro V1x provides extraordinary distance, consistent flight, and the very best in short game spin and control. Its multi-component construction employs a ZG process Dual Core with a soft Urethane Elastomer cover system, and spherically-tiled 328 tetrahedral dimple design. The Titleist Pro V1x have been engineered to provide a soft feel, long lasting durability, and outstanding short game control to help elevate a players performance when on the course. Each element of the Pro V1x golf ball works together to deliver the very best in performance, no matter the shot.

Key Features

  • By far the #1 Ball used on the Tour and a favorite for any player.

  • Provides more consistent flight, extraordinary distance, and the very best in short game spin and control.

  • The very best in performance with low long game spin and higher flight.

 

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  • Extraordinary Distance with Consistent Flight
  • Low Long Game Spin and High Trajectory
  • Drop-and-Stop Short Game Control

 

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Conclusion

Tommy Fleetwood is one of the most popular players in the world and uses some of the best clubs and equipment available on the market. He utilizes numerous brands throughout his set, which allows him have more distance, accuracy, and control. So, if you are looking to improve your golf game, take a look at what’s in Tommy’s bag, you may find something that will help you take your game to the next level.
 

Gary Woodland WITB? (What’s in the Bag)

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Gary Woodland is a talented American golfer who has numerous award winning performances in his professional career. He has a total of 5 professional PGA Tour wins, including his most recent at the 2018 Waste Management Phoenix Open in Arizona.

In our “What’s in the bag?” series (or “WITB”) we highlight the best clubs and gear that professional players are currently using in their bags. So, if you are currently looking to take your golf game to the next level, then take a look at what’s in Gary Woodland’s bag.
 

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Driver


 

Driver: TaylorMade M3 440 (9 degrees)

Shaft: Accra Tour-Z RPG

TaylorMade produces some of the best drivers in the market and its M3 440 driver is an excellent example. The TaylorMade M3 440 driver introduced the new Twist Face technology which was engineered to reduce side spin and to deliver straighter drives off the tee. Additionally, this new technology also provides more loft in the high-toe and less loft in the low-heel resulting in a consistent spin on any mishits. The M3 440 was engineered with a Hammerhead Slot that provides a larger sweet spot for a noticeable increase in ball speed which means more distance. Lastly, an integrated Y-Track system allows players to move some weight and adjust settings for a customized drive that improves both trajectory and forgiveness. Even though the M3 440 may not be the most current driver that TaylorMade offers, it’s definitely a favorite on the Tour.

Key Features

  • Twist Face Technology gives the clubface a twist open on the high-toe and closed on the low-heel to produce straighter shots on mishits.

  • Features a Hammerhead Slot that makes the sweet spot bigger by increasing ball speed and forgiveness across the entire club face.

  • Y-Track has two 11-gram weights that can be moved to personalize ball flight for draw/fade or high/low launch.

 

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  • New face curvature w/corrective face angle on off-center hits, to reduce side spin & deliver straighter shots. Provides more loft in high-toe & less loft in low-heel for more consistent spin
  • New sole slot implemented into our most adjustable driver for the first time. Reinforced outer portions of the slot allow for a lighter, more flexible face
  • The center portion of the slot increases ball speed low on the face & drops unwanted spin for more distance

 

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Fairway Wood

TaylorMade Fairway-M2 2017 #3 R Golf Fairway, Right Hand

 

Fairway Wood: TaylorMade M2 2017 (15 degrees)

Shaft: Accra Tour-Zx 4100

When TaylorMade released the M2 2017 fairway wood, it provided players a multi-material club with exceptional distance and added forgiveness. Featuring a 6-layer carbon composite crown, this upgrade provides a lower CG. It combines with a longer, more flexible, and open-channel Speed Pocket to give players enhanced performance on the fairway. TaylorMade also integrated for the first time in a fairway wood its Inverted Cone technology, which assists in maintaining consistent ball speeds across the entire clubface for a larger sweet spot. Finally, the M2 has a fluted hosel design which produces that impressive sound and feel without affecting the shot’s distance. The features of the TaylorMade M2 2017 provide both performance and forgiveness.

Key Features

  • Multi-Material Construction allows this club to be both high performance but also forgiving on mishits.

  • Speed Pocket Technology increases ball distance no matter the location on the fairway.

  • Shallow Head Design gives the wood a sleek look and the lower profile helps boost a player’s confidence.

  • Inverted Cone Technology helps provide a larger sweet spot which means more consistent ball speeds across the face.

 

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  • MULTI-MATERIAL construction for low CG with 6-layer carbon crown, 450 stainless steel body, and 455 stainless face
  • Inverted cone technology in a fairway wood for the first time protects ball speed across the entire clubface to produce a bigger sweet spot for more forgiveness
  • Geocoustic technology that has advanced shaping with a two-tiered sole design provides added playability from all lies and sound ribs that have been externalized for exceptional sound and feel

 

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Driving Iron

Titleist 716 T-MB Iron Set 4-PW Dynamic Gold AMT S300 Steel Stiff Right Handed 38 in

 

Driving Iron: Titleist 716 T-MB (2)

Shaft: KBS Tour C-Taper 130 X

The Titleist 716 T-MB Utility iron is a great driving iron for players who need distance but also want a high launch with forgiveness. The 716 T-MB was designed with a thin, fast face which increases speed while the high density tungsten weighting provides a low and deep CG. The combination of these two features results in a higher launch, less spin, and increased carry distance for long shots where a fairway wood may not work. The 716 T-MB irons were also configured with a muscle back frame design that provides more forgiveness for more consistent play. If you are in the market for a driving iron, the Titleist 716 T-MB is a great choice that won’t disappoint.

Key Features

  • The thin, fast face allows for increased clubhead speed for higher performing long shots.

  • High density tungsten weighting provides a low and deep CG.

  • Muscle back frame design provides players with more forgiveness for added consistency.

 

 

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Irons

Titleist 716 MB Iron Set 4-PW True Temper Dynamic Gold S300 Steel Stiff Right Handed 38 in

 

Irons: Titleist 716 MB (4-9)

Shaft: KBS Tour C-Taper Limited Edition Black PVD 130 X

When Titleist sought out to manufacture an iron set capable of high performance with a classic feel, the result was the 716 MB Forged irons. These irons feature a compact, high muscle design which gives impressive performance capabilities. The 716 MB irons were engineered with numerous features such as a squarer toe, thinner topline, pre-worn leading edge, and a high muscle design. These features work together as one magnificent system providing players maximum shot control on every shot. Titleist was certain to take advantage of Tour player input and utilized high tech CAD modeling to deliver a pure, forged feel that is preferred by accomplished players. This was a key point in the design of the Titleist 716 MB irons and makes it a popular choice for players on Tour.

Key Features

  • Refined blade provides assistance with any shot that a player might face.

  • Precise shot control is created by combining multiple features such as a squarer toe, thinner topline, and pre-worn leading edge.

  • High muscle design increases the irons performance capabilities.

 

 

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Wedge

Mint Titleist Vokey SM7 Brushed Steel Wedge Lob LW 60 12 Deg Bounce D Grind FST KBS Wedge Steel Stiff Right Handed 35.25 in

 

Wedge: Titleist Vokey SM7 (48-10F, 52-08F, 56-10S), Callaway Mack Daddy PM Grind (60-10)

Shaft: KBS Tour C-Taper Limited X (48), KBS Hi-Rev Black PVD S-Flex (52, 56, 60)

The Titleist Vokey SM7 wedge is one of the most recognized wedges used by pros on the Tour. Players can feel more confident with their short game thanks to Titleist’s unmatched technology, craftsmanship, and performance. The Titleist Vokey SM7 helps players increase their shot versatility, distance, trajectory control, and spin through its advanced technology. Its Progressive Center of Gravity locations help improve trajectory, distance control, and better feel. While its finely tuned Spin Milled grooves deliver up to 100 rpm more spin on average. Designed to weather the elements, the Titleist Vokey SM7 also incorporates the popular Tour Chrome finish that helps to retain its bright, clean, chrome finish look through the life of the wedge.
The Callaway Mack Daddy PM Grind wedge was designed by Callaway and features direct input from Phil Mickelson. Every detail was finely engineered in order to produce a wedge that had the precise look and performance that Phil wanted to obtain. Features such as a higher toe and grooves that run across the whole face were certain to be integrated in order to produce a high performance wedge. The Callaway Mack Daddy PM Grind is very unique and very versatile for assisting players in everything from a flop shot, bunker shot, or a shot from deep rough.

Key Features

  • Titleist Vokey SM7: Progressive Center of Gravity location helps to improve distance and trajectory control.

  • Titleist Vokey SM7: Spin milled grooves deliver up to 100 rpm more spin on average.

  • Titleist Vokey SM7: Proprietary heat treatment for longer lasting spin and lengthened life of the club.

  • Callaway Mack Daddy PM Grind: Unique shape for aggressive wedge shots.

  • Callaway Mack Daddy PM Grind: Versatility to take any shot from bunker to rough.

  • Callaway Mack Daddy PM Grind: Designed by world famous Phil Mickelson.

 

 

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Putter

Titleist Scotty Cameron Circle T X5 Tour Dual Balance Putter Steel Right Handed 33.5 in

 

Putter: Scotty Cameron Circle T 009

Grip: Scotty Cameron Matador

When you think of high end putters Scotty Cameron putters are the first to come to mind and for good reason. These putters are well known to be of the highest craftsmanship and design which makes them a true thing of beauty. The Scotty Cameron Circle T 009 is a Tour-only putter at this time, but is a sought out putter for professional golfers. The Circle T 009 putter features the classic pro platinum finish giving it a beautiful aesthetic. It features the Tour red dot on the heel of the face with a matching Tour red dot in the back pocket as well as the famous dancing “CAMERON” imprint. The back bumpers also feature a “009” imprint while the sole has Scotty Cameron’s infamous Circle T “TOUR ONLY” stamp. The Scotty Cameron Circle T 009 is another example of why these putters are some of the most prized clubs in the market.
 

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Ball

Bridgestone Tour B X Golf Balls - 2 Dozen

 

Ball: Bridgestone Tour B X

Bridgestone has always been able to provide players with exceptional, high performance golf balls. The Bridgestone Tour B X golf ball is designed to increase control of the ball on every shot. The gradation core construction delivers a lower side spin for better accuracy. Also, the improved 330 Dual Dimple design provides increased ball speed for greater distance. Cobra’s attention to detail is shown further in the softer urethane cover which enhances the feel on every shot. While it may not be the most popular golf ball on Tour, the Bridgestone Tour B X is a great choice for all levels of experience.

Key Features

  • Gradational Core for faster speed and reduced spin off the driver

  • Dual Dimple Technology for more distance and increased roll and the SlipRes Cover provides durability and a more stable hit.

  • Seamless Cover Technology offers more consistent accuracy, distance, and trajectory.

 

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  • Seamless Cover with a perfectly balanced dimple pattern gives consistent flight & performance with aerodynamic balance
  • Bridgestone focused on improving the feel and control of the ball for lower handicap players
  • The SlipRes urethane cover increases friction & feel allowing for more spin control

 

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Conclusion

Gary Woodland is one of the most talented golfers in the world and uses some of the best clubs and equipment available on the market. He utilizes multiple brands throughout his set which helps him have more distance, accuracy, and control. So, if you are looking to improve your golf game, take a look at what’s in Gary’s bag, you may find something that will help you take your game to the next level.
 

The Ultimate Guide to Golf Putters

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The putter is one of the hardest clubs in the bag to get right. While major golf club manufacturers steer marketing to their flagship drivers and irons, relatively little information is provided for what putters can help your game the most. It is our goal to create a buying guide that is easy to understand and highlights the ways that different putters perform and can help you play better golf.

 

When Do You Use A Putter?

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It may seem obvious to only use your putter when you are on the green. However, many handicap golfers can benefit from using their putters from off the greens as well. Do not be afraid to experiment with using your putter from the short grasses and fridge for shots near the green.

 

Finding the Best Putter Your Golf Game

This guide is designed to help golfers of all abilities find the best putter for their games. We take you step-by-step through the features of putters and help you match their unique components to your putting motion. Your swing and the types of greens you play on will dictate which putter types you should be using.

 

Budget

Putters are made from a wide range of materials and can be crafted by hand or produced by a machine. These differences give rise to a wide range of prices in golf shops and online. Due to putter collections, it can be difficult to tell if a putter is priced based on its performance or its shelf-appeal. Not everyone is ready to spend hundreds or thousands of dollars for their new flatstick. Be assured that your performance does not have to suffer in order to save money when it comes to putter buying. Many great performing putters are available at low prices that golfers can take advantage of.

 

Top Putter Features

All putters will share the same basic components of the club head, shaft, and grip. Beyond that, the shape of the putter head, the length of the shaft, and the type of grip the putter has will influence its’ performance. When selecting a putter, it is important to balance each of these to create a club that helps you play the bet golf.

Top Putter Feature
Golf putter features. Source Truespecgolf.com

 

Grips

Putter grips vary in size, shapes, and weights. Putter grips are designed to help golfers shift their focus from distance to making precise movements over undulating greens. These grips are designed to relieve tension and promote a shoulder-driven stroke. Standard, midsize, and oversize grips help golfers of all putting styles find a grip that is right for them.

Traditional putter grips are designed with shapes that are thicker at the top and taper toward the bottom. Players that grip the putter with a conventional style grip may feel comfortable with this tapered design due to its exceptional responsiveness. However, golfers that feel apprehensive when putting may find that larger grips help them hit better putts.

Larger grips have been used to offset the increasing weights of modern putter head designs. These grips do not taper as much as traditional models or not at all. This uniform factor gives golfers versatility when deciding how they are going to hold their putter. Players using a cross-handed putter grip or the claw method will benefit from grips that do not change in size as they move down the shaft.

In order to provide struggling golfers with even more help, counterbalance grips add weight beneath the player’s hands. This added weight helps to eliminate wrist hinging during the putting stroke and can yield better putts. Golfers may find improved mechanics and increased consistency by installing counterbalanced putting grips on their putters.

Putter Head Shape

Putters come in many shapes and club head sizes. All of these shapes can be grouped into three major classes. Blades, mallets, and perimeter weighted models will provide golfers with a variety of weights, alignment aids, and color options to choose from. Beyond their looks and feel, these models also differ in their performance characteristics.

Blade putters garner the most favor from golf traditionalists and putter collectors. These beautiful shapes are great for golfers with strong and slight arc putting strokes. Bladed putters provide superior feel and responsiveness to other model putters, but do not offer as much forgiveness due to their smaller size. Struggling golfers may want to test larger, more forgiving models for help with their putting.

Mallet style putters have the largest head shapes. This increased head mass gives these putters the edge in forgiveness and swingweight preferences. Players struggling on the greens will likely improve their putting the most with mallet designed putter shapes. Club craftsmen work hard to blend these larger shapes into profiles that golfers enjoy looking down upon. While they may not offer the same visual appeal or feedback as bladed models, the mallet putters often lure golfers who just want to make putts.

Perimeter weighted putters can offer the cleaner aesthetics of blade putters with forgiveness that is more similar to mallet designs. Made famous by the Odyssey #7, these models typically have wing-like rails coming back from the club face. This redistribution of weight allows these putters to blend the squat blade topline with flanges that flow out of vision and retain ball speeds on mishits. Many golfers will find their putter of choice in this category as they offer advantages from both the other categories.

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Putter Shaft Length

Golfers should aim to position themselves in a stable, comfortable putting posture to take their stroke. Once in this posture, the putter shaft length should be built so that the golfer’s eyes align directly over the golf ball or just inside of it. This ensures that your vision is aimed to help you hit the golf ball most directly at the target.

Most putters are sold in lengths of 33, 34, and 35-inches. Counterbalance putters come with shaft lengths typically 35 to 38-inches. These putters are designed to leave part of the grip beyond the hands of the golfer and should align their posture like shorter model shafts. The length of your putter should produce a fluid, relaxed motion that is repeatable through several golf rounds.

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Putter Faces and Inserts

Putter technology has allowed modern putters to be engineered with grooves or face inserts that help the golf ball roll more effectively. When the ball is struck with the putter, it should launch just enough to skip for two or three bounces before beginning its forward roll. To aid golfers in creating this ideal trajectory, putters now have patterns that are the product of decades of research.

Beyond the performance benefits of face inserts and grooves, putter milling or multi-material design can create soft or firm feels. Players looking for maximum feedback will enjoy the more firm feel associated with precision milled, solid putter faces. Players looking for soft feels will enjoy the luxury provided with blending multi-material inserts into the hard metal bodies of putters.

 

Putter Shafts and Hosels

Hosels are created by the angle at which the shaft enters the putter head. This angle has a large influence on how much toe hang each model of putter will have. Putters with minimal toe hang will have shafts that enter the club head directly and point the shaft’s center towards the middle of the club face. Maximum toe hang will have shafts that are either set in front of the putter head or set directly into the heel of the putter. Matching your putter’s toe flow is a critical part of refining your most successful putting motion.

 

Types of Putters

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As alluded to earlier, the types of putters and hosel shapes can affect the playability of each model. Golfers with improperly fitted putters will be fighting their natural strokes on the greens. For golfers wanting to precisely dial in their stroke types, stroke analysis software can be used. Once you have identified your stroke type, you will need a putter well suited for your arc.

By placing your hand under the shaft of a putter and suspending the putter head you can crudely measure how much toe hang the putter has. Putters that point toward the sky when suspended are denoted as facebalanced. As putters begin to swivel down towards the ground, their toe hang increases. Maximum toe hand will hang at almost 90 degrees from the ground when balanced.
 

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Frequently Asked Questions

A buying guide would not be complete without addressing some of the most common questions golfers have when buying new putters. We have answered some of these questions below.

 

Q: How do I know which putter is best for me?

A: Knowing which putter is best for you is entirely dependent on your putting arc style and visual preferences. Players with strong and slight arcs will need putters with more toe flow and players with straighter arcs will need minimal toe flow. Seeing your local golf retail shop or PGA professional can give you insight into what your stroke type is and which models are best for your game.
 

Q: What is the most important factor to consider when buying a putter?

A: Length and toe hang are the most important things to consider when choosing which putter to buy. Getting your eyes properly aligned and matching your putter head’s toe hang to your natural stroke will create more consistent putting results. All factors are important when making a buying decision but prioritizing these two things can help you get the most from your new club.
 

Q: When should I use a putter from off the green?

A: Anytime you believe that you can get the ball nearer the hole with your putter than a wedge you should be using your putter. For many golfers, a poor put will be much closer to the hole than a poor chip shot. Experimenting with you putter from different spots around the greens can lead to lower scores during your next season.
 

Q: Should I switch putters if I’m not putting well?

A: The most important thing that will determine your putting success is your ability and stroke. However, putting with a club that does not match your arc type can make the game much harder than it already is. For players that have worked hard on their stroke, but have yet to see their putting improve, a putter switch could be the jolt that gets them to lower scores. Anytime a new club is vying for a position in your bag, first ensure that it is better than the club it is replacing and properly fit for your game.
 

Conclusion

While it is true that no guide can have all the answer for anyone looking to buy new golf equipment, it is our goal to help golfers understand why what they already have isn’t working for them, and how new clubs can help their games. Every piece of the putter is designed to help golfers achieve getting the ball closer to the hole. The grip, shaft, and club head are all important things to consider when choosing your next flatstick.

Keep in mind the different advantages of blades, mallets, and perimeter weighted putters. Understanding that the right amount of toe hang can supplement your already good putting mechanics can be the difference in making putts and leaving the greens frustrated. Remember not to overlook the club that is going to be responsible for over 40% of the shots of your next round. Go and get your putters fit and come back here for more information on the best clubs for your game. Thanks for reading and make sure to check out our putter reviews and curated lists for the putters tailored to your preferred club head styles and handicaps. Happy testing!

The Ultimate Guide to Golf Grips

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Golfers often overlook the importance of choosing the proper grip for their clubs. The performance of different models, weights, textures, and sizes cannot be overstated. The grip is the only connection to the golf club players have. Grips that are the wrong size or texture prevent golfers from swinging the club freely and causes them to alter their ideal swing arcs. Your thirteen clubs and your putter should all have a grip that has been fit for your hands and helps you hit your best shots.
 

Types of Golf Grips

There are many types and styles to golf grips, and there really is not one size fit all. Here are the different types and styles of golf grips.

Golf Grips

Rubber Golf Grips

Grips made completely of rubber are the most common grip installed for golf clubs. Popular rubber models include Golf Pride’s Tour Velvet, SuperStrokes’ S-Tech, and Lamkin’s Crossline Black grips. These grips are versatile and smooth in your hands. Golfers often prefer the feel of these smooth grips to more course options. Another advantage of rubber grips is their longevity. Due to their uniform compositions, these grips are more durable than a hybrid, corded, or wrapped grip.

Corded Golf Grips

Corded grips, or hybrid grips, have grown in popularity with the most prominent being the Golf Pride Multi-Compound grips. These grips leverage the benefits of rubber with infused brushed cotton for a more coarse texture. This texture is great when playing in the rain or for golfers whose hands perspire a lot. Golfers new to these grips may find them harsh when taking lots of swings. If you do prefer these grips, be aware that the rough cotton will wear down more quickly than the rubber components of other grips. Golfers playing these grips should expect to regrip their clubs more frequently.

Wrapped Golf Grips

Wrapped grips were traditionally designed to provide golfers with an exceptionally soft feel. Modern wrapped grips use high-performance leather to achieve a tacky-soft feel that helps golfers improve comfort and control. Some premium grips come wrapped in leather and can be beautiful additions to your golf clubs.

Lightweight Golf Grips

Lightweight golf grips help players to balance the weight of their clubs. Many grip models come in lightweight options. Golfers with smaller hands or who prefer to grip the club lightly may find that these grips offer more freedom to swing the club quickly and maintain control. Junior golfers many find these grip especially useful to ensure their clubs are not stressing their mechanics as they develop their swings.

Putter Grips

Choices for putter grips have grown exponentially in recent years. The high subjectivity of how a putter feels in different player’s hands makes choosing a putter grip more art than science. A variation of sizes, weights, and taper designs are available. Brands such as SuperStroke and Golf Pride make numerous options for golfers of all types to fit a wide range of putter head models. Counter-weight options are also available, and this helps to promote less wrist action in the putting stroke and help to counteract the increasing weight of the putter head.
 

Grip Size

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Many golfers play the wrong size grip. Conventional wisdom encouraged golfers fighting a slice to move down in grip size and golfers fighting hooks to use larger grips. Many tests have been done to try and support the use of grip size to alter ball flights. However, club fitters agree that grip size in the hands of different golfers produces different results. Ultimately, a golfer should choose a grip size that feels the best in their hands and allows them to swing the club the most naturally.

Beyond just the size of the grip, taper rates can largely affect how a grip feels and performs. Most grips are created with a bottom section that is smaller in diameter than the top section. Couple that with a butt-section in the shaft that is largest at the top and you get grips that are noticeably larger under a right-handed golfer’s left hand and a left-handed golfer’s right hand. To combat this discrepancy, golfers have traditionally used wraps of tape to make the grips uniform in size. For most grips, adding four wraps of tape under the bottom hand reduces the taper.

Undersized, standard, midsized, and jumbo grips are available to help fit a wide range of golfer preferences and hand sizes. These grip sizes vary in weight and clubs should be swingweight tested once your grip of choice has been installed to ensure that your club is built for you. Between models, rubber or hybrid and wrapped options, the weight of the grip can change and should always be referenced when making a club buying decision.
 

Round vs. Ribbed Grips

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Round grips and ribbed appear very similar. After the installation of these grips, the ribbed grip has an extra piece of rubber that creates a ridge above the golf shaft. This ridge serves as a reminder for golfers who want their hands in the exact same position every swing. Ribbed golf grips make a great choice for beginning golfers who need help with where to put their hands on the club. Golf Pride has taken this ribbed design to extremes with their ALIGN Technology.
 

Firm Grips vs. Soft Grips

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Choosing a firmness of grips is highly player specific. Testing different grip textures and firmness levels, is the best way to know what is best for your swing. Aging golfers who battle fatigue and arthritis can find relief in wrapped grips and softer rubber models. These softer grips help absorb impact and can ease hand and arm pain over the duration of the golfing season.
 

Frequently Asked Questions

It is not uncommon to have questions when trying to select a good golf grip. Below, we have outlined the questions golfers have most often.
 

Q: How long do golf grips last?

A: Many grip manufacturers recommend regripping your clubs each season. However, less used clubs among your iron sets and your putter will not need to be changed as often. Depending on your grip model, the lifespan between grips can vary. Hybrid or corded grips tend to wear out more quickly than 100% rubber alternatives.
 

Q: When should you replace your golf grips?

A: Once your grip begins showing signs of wear, they will need to be replaced. Things to look for are color changes in the grip, black to grey or white to off-white, thining spots where your thumb and index finger hold the club, or a lack of tackiness when compared to new models.
 

Q: Is it better to buy one grip or a set of grips?

A: It is recommended that your entire set of clubs, minus your putter uses the same grip. Similar grips keep the feel of each club consistent to promote better scores. Many golfers will find cost-saving benefits in buying 13 grips as a set rather than buying each grip individually. Many pro shops even offer free installation when 13 grips are bought from their shop as a set.
 

Q: How do you maintain your golf grips?

A: Making sure that your grips are dry between each shot and before and after golf rounds is the best way to improve the duration of your grip’s life. Storing your golf clubs inside rather than in the trunks of cars will also help your grips retain moisture.

When storing your clubs over the winter break, make sure to keep them inside your home where the temperature is regulated. Leaving your clubs in a garage or vehicle can damage not only the grip but also the integrity of the club head.
 

Q: How do you replace your golf grips?

A: For do it yourself golfers, a grip knife, vice, double-sided grip tape, and grip solvent are required. The old grip should be removed carefully with a hook knife or box cutter. The old tape should be removed using the grip solvent and an old rag.

Once the butt-section of the shaft is free of any old tape and grip residue, place the shaft into the vice and secure your club. Measure a strip of double-sided tape that is one inch longer than the grip. This one-inch overhang will be tucked into the shaft to help seal the grip.

Place a golf tee in the hole at the butt-end of the grip and generously pour grip solvent into your new grip. Shake the grip to ensure that the interior of the grip is lubricated. Pour the grip solvent from the grip onto the tape and then quickly slide the grip over the shaft and into position. Be sure to quickly arrange any logos or marking on the grip into their proper alignment because the solvent will begin to solidify quickly. Freshly installed grips should be stored in a cool, dry environment for four hours before they are completely solid.

If you would rather employ the help of a club builder, most golf retail chains including Dick’s Sporting Goods and local pro shops have professionals with all the tools necessary to install your grips. Many offer discounts for the installment if you purchase your grips with them. Aftermarket grip installation usually costs between three and six dollars depending on your professional and number of clubs being regripped.
 

Conclusion

When purchasing golf equipment, every detail is important. The golf grip is the only part of the club your body will interact with. This relationship between your hands, the grip, and ultimately, the club head can make all the difference in good shots and bad. Differences in size, texture, weight, and price should all be considered when regripping your clubs or buying a new set. Thanks for reading and if you have any questions regarding your clubs or grips, check our other reviews and buying guides or talk with your local club pros and club builders.

How to Play Golf: The Ultimate Guide on Everything You Have Ever Wanted to Know About Golf

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Golf is a wonderful game, one that combines skill, camaraderie and decorum, all while enjoying the warmth and deep green beauty of the great outdoors. However, if you are a novice golfer, perhaps someone who is just now learning about the game and how to play golf, you may have some questions regarding certain aspects of the sport? If this accurately describes you, or you need a refresher, then the following article may prove very enlightening and useful to you. Here we will highlight and define almost everything you need to know about this great game, including the general rules of golf; the proper etiquette to follow while playing; the equipment you will need while out on the course, and the general purpose behind each piece of gear. We will also talk about golf scoring; the difference between match play and stroke play; and provide some helpful information about golf handicap—what it is and how to calculate it.
 

The Rules of Golf

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If you have ever watched golf on television, you have no doubt heard the announcers use terms like birdie, bogey, par and eagle (even “albatross” if you are lucky). And while these terms may lead you to believe that golf has its own secret language, along with a scoring system that is intricate and complex, nothing could be further from the truth. Why do we say that? Because golf, as well as being a great game, is also an incredibly simple one, particularly when it comes to scoring.

Unlike most other major sports, where the highest score wins, in golf the aim is to achieve the lowest score possible. The object of golf is to get the ball from that initial teed-up position into the hole in the fewest number of strokes (hits) possible. From the moment you tee your ball up on the first hole, each time you hit the ball counts as a stroke. Then, when you roll your ball into the cup on that first hole, tally up all the strokes you used to achieve that goal—that is your score for hole number one. From there, you will simply repeat that process for the remaining 17 holes, writing down the number of strokes you used on each hole into the corresponding spot on your scorecard. For instance, if it took you 5 strokes to get the ball into the cup on the first hole, and 7 strokes to achieve that goal on the second hole, your score after two holes would be 12. At the end of the round, you merely add up the strokes you recorded for each of the 18 holes—that is your final score. Simple, right?
 

Scoring Relative to Par

Golf scores, either on a particular hole or the overall round, are often expressed relative to par or in relation to par. Par is the number of swings or strokes that an expert golfer is expected to require on a given hole or on the course as a whole.

If the “par” on hole number one is 5, and you score a 6, your score is now 1-over par. If your total number of strokes on the next hole is 3, and the “par” for that hole is listed as par-4, you are now at “even par.”

Like the individual holes, golf courses also have a “par.” For instance, if a golf course is listed as a Par-72, an expert golfer is expected to play the entire course in 72 strokes. If you play on a Par-72 golf course, and your cumulative number of strokes is 96, your score would be expressed as 24-over par, or +24.
 

Golf Lingo and Scoring

Going back to that secret language we talked about at the onset of this section, the game of golf has certain nicknames for a score that one achieves on a particular hole. Shooting 1-over par on a hole is called a bogey (two over is a double bogey, etc.), while shooting 1-under par is called a birdie. An eagle is a score of 2-under par, and the rare albatross is achieved when a golfer scores 3-under par on a hole. These names will become second nature the more you play.
 

How Many Clubs Are (Should Be) in a Golf Bag

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Understanding the number of clubs you are permitted to carry in your bag is crucial, as having too many clubs in your bag could result in penalties during tournament play. The governing body of golf, the United States Golf Association (USGA), states that a player is allowed to carry no more than 14 clubs in the bag. Therefore, if you purchase a standard set of 12 golf clubs, with three woods (driver, 3-wood, and 5-wood), eight irons (3-9 iron and pitching wedge) and a putter, you are allowed to add 2 more clubs to the bag—no more.
 

Tee Markers

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The “tee areas” on a golf course, commonly known as the tee boxes, are where each player starts the various holes. The area is named after the golf aides of the same name (tee), which are used to elevate the ball slightly off the ground before striking it.

The boundaries on each tee box are delineated by tee markers, one to the left and one to the right. Golfers must tee-up their ball between and (at least slightly) behind these markers.

On most golf courses, there are usually several sets of tee markers, with each set painted a different color. Municipal courses, for example, typically have three sets of tee markers, colored blue, white and red. Here is what those colors indicate:

  • Blue Tee Markers. Typically used in men’s tournaments and by male golfers with low handicaps, the blue tee markers are the furthest markers from the hole (on most municipal courses).

  • White Tee Markers. The white tee markers denote where most mid to high-handicap male golfers will start the hole.

  • Red Tee Markers. Red tee markers are where most women golfers will start from.

In country clubs and championship golf courses, there are also other colors that may be used in the tee boxes, such as black or gold (used for championship play by expert professional and amateur golfers), green (where junior players start from), and gold or yellow (for senior golfers).
 

Lost Golf Ball or Out of Bounds

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Covered under rule 27-1 of the USGA rule book are the penalties that will be enforced should your ball be hit out of bounds or if you lose your ball and cannot find it within five minutes of the time you first hit it. Under part B and C of that rule, the rule book states the following for each situation:

  • Ball out of bounds. “If a ball is out of bounds, the player must play a ball, under penalty of one stroke, as nearly as possible at the spot from which the original ball was last played.” In other words, you are penalized one stroke and you must hit the ball again—from the same place in which you initially started.

  • Ball Lost and Not Found within Five Minutes. The same holds true for this rule, as the rule book clearly says: “If a ball is lost as a result of not being found or identified as his by the player within five minutes after the player’s side or his or their caddies have begun to search for it, the player must play a ball, under penalty of one stroke, as nearly as possible at the spot from which the original ball was last played.”

 

Touching the Ball

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If the ball is on the putting green, you are allowed to pick up that golf ball after placing a marker directly behind it. However, from a general standpoint, this is the only instance in which touching the ball on the golf course is permitted.

As the old saying in golf goes, “you must play it where it lies,” and touching your golf ball while out on the course is simply not allowed (in most instances). For example, you cannot pick up your ball to clean it while it is on the fairway, and you cannot improve your lie by moving it even a little bit in any direction.

There are a few exceptions to this rule that you will learn as you go along, but the rule of thumb is this: except when your ball is on the putting green, you must not touch it or you will incur a one stroke penalty for that infraction.
 

Golf Etiquette

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Golf Etiquette

 
Golf is a game of manners; a gentleman’s game—or at least it is supposed to be. Thus, when you hear the term golf etiquette it is referring to a certain way you are supposed to act when out on the course, even though these actions are not specifically required under the USGA rule book. Below we have covered just a few of the general rules of golf etiquette that have been followed for centuries.
 

Avoid Slow Play

Golf is a popular sport, with lots of players typically sharing the same course. Golf course employees usually try to space golfers out by giving them “tee-times”—a time at which the golfers in a particular group (usually a foursome) will tee off on the first hole. These tee-times are spaced out by roughly 10 minutes, but if you take too long on any one hole—such as looking for a lost ball for more than 5 minutes—you are not only delaying your own foursome, but the group behind you as well (and so on). Hence, try to keep it moving when out on the golf course so that everyone can enjoy the course equally.

 

Maintaining the Course

Taking care of the golf course as you play is just common courtesy. Doing so will ensure that the players behind you can enjoy the same great conditions you were afforded while playing that hole. To maintain the course as you play, you should do all of the following:

  • Replace your divots on the fairway. When striking a ball from the fairway, you will undoubtedly take a chunk of sod with you. This should be replaced as best you can before moving on.

  • Fix your divots on the green. When your ball lands on the green, it may leave an impression in the short-cut grass. Fortunately, there are very affordable tools you can purchase in any Pro Shop that will allow you to quickly fix these small divots and keep the green rolling smoothly.

  • Rake the Sand Trap. If you are hitting a ball from a sand trap, make sure that you then rake that sand trap before moving on to your next shot.

  • Keep Carts on the Cart Path. Fairways are not intended to withstand the weight of heavy golf carts—carts that can leave divots and cause the grass to be ripped out. Instead of driving to your next shot on the fairway, park the golf cart on the cement cart path as near as you can to your ball and then walk to it.

 

Yelling “Fore”

Yelling “Fore” is golf’s version of saying “heads up.” If you strike a ball on the course, and you fear that ball may hit or come close to another golfer, you should ALWAYS yell “Fore” while the ball is in the air, giving golfers up ahead of you the chance to take cover. Chances are your ball will not hit another golfer (although it has happened), but if your ball comes close to another golfer, and you fail to yell “Fore,” you are bound to stir up some much-deserved anger in the golfers ahead of you.
 

Golf Putting

There are a few golf etiquette rules to follow when putting on the green with other golfers. Here is a quick breakdown of those rules:

  • Farthest away hits first. The player who is furthest away from the hole when on the green is the first to putt. Should the ball not go in, that golfer should (usually) then mark his ball and wait for his next turn.

  • Avoid other golfer’s lines. You should NEVER step in another player’s “line.” The line is defined as the path between that golfer’s ball and the hole. Shoe or spike imprints on that line could potentially alter the path of that golfer’s putt, causing him to miss.

  • Quiet. This applies throughout the course, but especially on the green. When another player is putting, you should refrain from talking or making any other noises that could distract the golfer.

  • Hats Off, Shake Hands. On the final green of the course, and after each player has completed their final putt, all players should remove their hats/caps before shaking hands.

 

Golf Equipment

If you are going to play golf, you are going to need a few key pieces of equipment at minimum, including golf clubs; a golf bag (of some type) in which to carry those clubs; golf shoes; and, of course, golf balls. Let’s take a closer look at each of these items:
 

Golf Clubs

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There are many different types of golf clubs, each with a specialized purpose or purposes. These clubs, which will help you successfully navigate the golf course, include the driver, fairway woods, irons, wedges, hybrid clubs, and a putter.
 

Driver

Usually the longest club in your bag with the largest club head, the driver can be made from a variety of materials (graphite, fiberglass, wood). Today’s drivers are very sturdy and durable, yet also very lightweight. They are used by golfers typically at the onset of each longer-yardage hole—holes that play to a par-4 or par-5 ranking—to hit the ball off the tee, but they can also be used on the fairway. Drivers have a loft angle that can range from 4 degrees to 20 degrees, although the average driver loft is between 9 and 15 degrees. A qualified salesperson can help determine which loft is most suited to you based on your swing mechanics and the club head speed you generate.
 

Fairway Woods

As the name suggests, fairway woods are “driver shaped” clubs that are generally used on the fairway to advance the ball towards the hole. Some golfers may also use these clubs on the tee box if the yardage justifies it. Fairway woods come in many different sizes (3-wood, 5-wood, 7-wood, 9-wood, etc.). As a beginner, we recommend you keep a minimum of two fairway woods in your bag—the 3-wood and 5-wood—in addition to a driver. A 3-wood has a loft angle that ranges from 12-17 degrees; while a 5-wood has a loft of 20-23 degrees in most cases. Generally speaking, golf balls hit with fairway woods travel longer than they do with irons, but have less distance than the driver.
 

Irons

While the irons in a standard golf set may all look the same, each has a different loft angle. As a beginner, we recommend you carry 7 of these irons in your bag—the 3-iron through the 9-iron. Higher numbered irons, like the 3-iron, 4-iron, and 5-iron, will enable you to hit the ball with more distance than you would the lower irons, because the loft angle on these clubs is lower. Here is a look at each of these clubs with the corresponding average loft angle: 3-iron—15 degrees; 4-iron—20 degrees; 5-iron—25 degrees; 6-iron—30 degrees; 7-iron—35 degrees, 8-iron—40 degrees and 9-iron—45 degrees.
 

Wedges

There are many different types of wedges, with the two most common types being the pitching wedge and sand wedge. The pitching wedge is a very versatile club, one that can be used for short approach shots, chipping around the green and pitching out of troubled areas to improve your lie. These wedges typically have a loft angle between 45 and 54 degrees. The sand wedge, which can also be used for the same purposes as a pitching wedge, is primarily designed to hit balls out of greenside sand traps. These clubs have an open face design, a loft angle of about 56 degrees, and a wider sole than other clubs, which allows them to cut through the sand more easily. Other types of wedges include the gap wedge—wedges with a loft angle of 50-54 degrees that help fill the “gap” between the pitching wedge and the sand wedge; and the lob wedge—the steepest of the wedges with a loft angle of about 60 degrees or more.
 

Hybrids

As their name suggests, hybrid clubs are utility clubs that are essentially a cross between a fairway wood and a long iron, sharing similarities with each type of club. Many golfers have gone to hybrid style clubs for their ability to launch the ball into the air like an iron, while also having the ability to cover the long distance of a fairway wood.
 

Putter

Putters are used on the green (and sometimes just off the putting surface) to roll the ball into the hole. Appropriately nicknamed the “flat stick,” a putter has no loft whatsoever. These clubs come in a variety of shapes, sizes and styles. We recommend you try out several of these styles before making a final decision on the putter for your bag.
 

Golf Bags

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Different types of golf bags

 

Golf bags are essential for toting your clubs, golf balls and any other equipment you will need on the course. And as with golf clubs, there are many different types of golf bags from which to choose. Once you decide on the type of golfing you plan to do (walking, riding in a cart, etc.), you can then decide on a bag that best suits your purposes. Here is a quick look at four different types of golf bags:
 

Staff Bags

The “Cadillac” of all golf bags is the staff bag. Staff bags are the types of bags used by professionals on the tour. They usually sport a very prominent logo, are very roomy and spacious, and certainly deluxe. However, staff bags also tend to be very heavy and cumbersome. This is probably why those professionals pay for someone else (caddie) to carry the bag for them.
 

Cart Bags

Cart bags, as you might guess from the title, are bags designed to be carried on a golf riding cart or golf push cart. Usually weighing about 6-7 pounds, they are much lighter than your average staff bag, while still boasting more than enough capacity for your clubs and gear. Cart bags are designed in such a way that they give golfers quick and easy access to all the bag’s pockets and compartments while it is strapped to the back of a cart.
 

Stand Bags

Stand bags are unique in that they have two retractable legs. These legs enable the bag to stand completely on its own, either upright or slightly tilted, in which its two legs extend out further to stabilize the bag while providing easy access to any club. When the bag is lifted, the legs retract and lay snug against the bag for easy carrying. A favorite among golfers who prefer to walk the course, stand bags are very easy on a golfer’s back—golfers who would otherwise have to lay the bag down each time he/she took a shot.
 

Carry Bags

Carry bags are like stand bags without the extra hardware. Nicknamed “Sunday Bags,” these types of bags are designed to be carried on the course. They have the advantage of being the lightest bags in the industry, weighing just 2-3 pounds when empty, and they are also the most affordable golf bags on the market, making them perfect for beginners.
 

Golf Shoes

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Different types of golf shoes

 

There are two main types of golf shoes available for wear on the course: spiked golf shoes and spikeless golf shoes.
 

Spiked Golf Shoes

Spiked Golf Shoes are those that feature actual cleats on the outsole (bottom) of the shoe. Once made of metal, today these cleats are mostly made of soft plastic to avoid damage to greens and fairways. Spiked golf shoes usually offer a bit more lateral stability overall than do the spikeless styles of shoes, especially on hilly courses and in wet conditions.
 

Spikeless Golf Shoes

Spikeless Golf Shoes are those that feature a flat outsole (bottom) with rubber studs or dimples in place of spikes. Causing no marks or holes in the green, spikeless golf shoes are usually a bit more comfortable than their spiked counterparts, but you may sacrifice some stability in the conditions mentioned above.
 

Golf Balls

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Golf Balls

 

Golf balls are not all the same—at least not anymore. To help you become more familiar with these little marvels, below we will talk a little about a golf ball’s construction, compression and spin.
 

Construction

Golf balls can be constructed with just a single piece of material or many layers of materials that overlap to offer added distance, spin and control for golfers.

  • One-piece golf balls are typically made from a solid piece of Surlyn with dimples molded into the ball. Today, these inexpensive balls are generally used by beginners and at driving ranges only.

  • Two-piece golf balls are the hardest balls on the market and thus cover the most distance. In these balls, the solid inner core is made of high-energy acrylate or resin and is covered by a tough, split-proof outer covering.

  • Three-piece balls have either a rubber or liquid core, followed by a layer of enhanced rubber and finally a molded cover of durable Surlyn or Urethane. Softer than the two-piece ball, these balls offer more spin and control.

  • Four-piece and five-piece golf balls have several layers, each with a different purpose (distance, spin, control, etc.). These are the most expensive golf balls on the market

 

Compression

When you hear the word compression with regard to golf balls they are talking about the deflection a ball experiences when it is struck by the golf club. Compression is measured using numbers between 0 and 200, with 0 being a ball that compresses 5 mm or 1/5 of an inch; and 200 being a ball that does not compress at all. When shopping for golf balls, just remember that lower compression balls tend to be softer and compress more to create more distance. Higher compression balls offer more control and are used by more experienced players who can produce faster swing speeds to compress the ball.
 

Spin

In addition to their compression, golf balls are also rated for their spin. Low-spin golf balls enable the ball to fly straight, and while they may lack some distance through the air, you can expect more roll after they land on the fairway.

Mid-spin golf balls try to incorporate elements of both low-spin and high-spin technology to offer a mix of distance and control; while high-spin golf balls tend to travel farther in the air but may lack roll upon landing. High-spin golf balls also offer experienced golfers much more control around the green.
 

Golf Handicap

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Determining your Golf Handicap

 
One of the very attractive aspects of the game of golf—one not seen in other major sports—is its ability to create even and fair matches between golfers of different ability levels. This is made possible through the process or system known as “golf handicap.” Officially termed the Handicap Index by the United States Golf Association, golf handicap is a system that can level the playing field for golfers of different skill levels, thus eliminating the one-sided “blowouts” that often occur in other sports.
 

What Is Golf Handicap

Generally speaking, a golf handicap is a number, based on earlier rounds of golf played, that indicates how many shots over par a golfer is expected to shoot. For instance, if a golfer is playing a par-72 golf course, and has a handicap of 20, he/she is expected to take roughly 20 more strokes (92) than the indicated par.

In a competition, if that same player (with a 20-handicap) actually shoots a 91 (19 strokes over par) on that par-72 golf course, he would then subtract 20 strokes (the handicap) from that score, giving him an adjusted score of 71—or 1-under par for the round.

To understand how the handicap system levels the playing field, let’s assume that our 20-handicap golfer was playing against a player with a 7-handicap. While our 20-handicap golfer was shooting a 91 for an adjusted score of 71 after adding in the handicap; our 7-handicap golfer actually takes 79 strokes to complete the course, giving him an adjusted score of 72—or even par. As you can see, even though our 7-handicap golfer took far fewer strokes to complete the golf course, he still lost by a stroke to the other golfer when both scores were adjusted for handicap.
 

How to Calculate Golf Handicap

As a beginner, the best way to calculate your golf handicap is to join the USGA and get an official USGA Handicap Index. In doing so, you will not have to worry about calculating your golf index, as this (fairly difficult) calculation will be done for you by other people (or most likely, by a computer) .

To get started in establishing your golf handicap index, you will need to play at least 5 and up to 20 rounds of golf, and save the scorecards for each round indicating the actual number of strokes you took in each of those rounds.

At most golf courses, there is a computer located in or around the pro shop where you can enter the score you achieved at that course and follow the prompts given to you by the computer. Continue to follow these steps at each course at which you play and soon you will have established a recognized golf handicap—one you can use as a benchmark for continued improvement.
 

Golf Formats: Stroke Play vs. Match Play

As you become more experienced in the game of golf, you may have occasion to play in tournaments and competitions. These events are usually based around one of two types of golf formats: stroke play and match play. Below we will describe each of these formats in more detail.
 

Stroke Play

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Stroke Play. Source Golfweek

 
A stroke play tournament or competition is the format with which most golf fans and new golfers are most familiar. If you remember the section “How to Score Golf,” you already understand the concept of stroke play.

The most basic form of golf, stroke play is the format in which the golfer with the lowest score after the competition wins the prize. In stroke play, each golfer keeps a record of how many strokes he/she took on each hole. When all 18 holes have been played by all the golfers on the course, each participant adds up the total strokes they took during that round and compares that number against that achieved by the other golfers in the competition. The golfer with the lowest cumulative score is the 1st place winner, the golfer with the second-lowest number of strokes places 2nd, and so on.

In some tournaments, such as those played by golfers on professional tours, multiple rounds will be played. However, this does not change the scoring format. The golfer with the lowest score after the 2, 3 or four rounds of golf is declared the winner.

Should two golfers tie for first place in a tournament, there is typically some type of playoff format to determine the ultimate winner. In some of these playoffs, golfers will merely play individual holes until one golfer scores lower on that hole than the other golfer. For instance, golfers may first play the 18th hole—if one golfer shoots 1-under par (birdie) and the other shoots even par, the golfer who shot the birdie is deemed the champion. If they tie on that hole, they would play another hole (and so on) until one golfer is victorious.

Another type of playoff, although rarely used, involves the playing of an entire round of golf (18 holes), with the golfer shooting the lowest score declared the winner.
 

Match Play

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Match Play. Source Tucson Sentinel

 

Much as the name implies, match play golf “matches” two opponents against each other. In these types of tournaments, golfers are matched up against one another in a tournament bracket format, and they must face off round by round against each other until there is only one champion remaining. Whereas most major tournaments on professional tours utilize stroke play, which are won by shooting lower scores than the rest of the field, the individual rounds in match play are won by shooting lower than your particular opponent.

The rules for match play golf are fairly simple: Get a better score than your opponent on a particular hole, and you win a point for that hole. If you both have the same score on a hole, no points are awarded to either golfer. At the end of the round, the golfer with the most points wins and advances in the tournament. One of the main advantages of a match play tournament is it can move along faster than stroke play due to the flexibility in the rules.

One of these flexible rules is the notion of conceding. If your opponent is closer than you are and is within feet of the hole—a distance at which he will almost certainly sink the putt—you can concede him the shot without it having to be taken. In the same way, your opponent can concede the hole and the point to you if he or she feels the hole cannot be won. If at any time one golfer is ahead by more points than there are holes remaining, the match is over. For instance, if one golfer is 7 points ahead of his opponent, and there are only six holes left to play, there is no reason to continue any further.

Match play is unique in that it forces players to compete to win individual holes, as the golfer with the most holes won is the winner of the match. This means your strategy can be more aggressive for each hole. For example, instead of using a stroke to get your ball into a more favorable position for the next shot, golfers often take more risks in order to defeat their opponent and win the hole.
 

Conclusion

As you can see there is many details to the game of golf. However, we tried to condense it down into one simple guide, so you can spend less time reading and more time playing. Now that you have the foundation, it’s time for you to go out on the course and enjoy this beautiful game.

The Ultimate DIY Guide on How to Regrip Your Golf Clubs for Free

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Are your once-pristine golf clubs beginning to feel a little worn and shabby? Is the rubber or grips around the clubs beginning to feel loose, tatty, unstable or uncomfortably slick? If so and if this wear and tear is beginning to become a problem when holding or swinging the various clubs in your bag—it may be time to re-grip your clubs, a process that can make even the oldest clubs feel and respond like new.

Fortunately, the process of re-gripping your golf clubs is not a very difficult one, and it is easy to do right from the comfort of your own home. Instead of shelling out the big bucks to send your clubs out for re-gripping, which predictably can take a lot of time, money and keep you from your clubs for longer than you desire, you can systematically handle this task yourself with just a few materials and a bit of time and patience.

In the following article we have laid out a helpful strategy that will enable you to re-grip your golf clubs from home—a step-by-step strategy that is very easy to follow. Keep in mind, though, that this process does involve the use of some sharp objects and potentially toxic chemicals (when handled irresponsibly), so it is ultra-important that you observe all the best safety practices when performing this task (such as wearing gloves), as these safety precautions will drastically reduce the chance of injury and accidents.

 

Step 1: Gathering the Materials/Supplies

Before you undertake the gratifying chore of re-gripping your golf clubs you will first need to assemble and lay out all of the materials and supplies you will need to successfully complete the job. Having all of the required materials and tools nearby and at the ready will ensure you can work straight through, without any unnecessary interruptions or stoppages. This will, in turn, lead to a more complete and professional end product of which you can be proud.

In addition to gathering the tools and supplies you will need, make sure you select an appropriate work location in which the total space is ample and abundant, giving you more than enough room to work comfortably and sufficient space to lay the clubs down after they have been successfully re-gripped.

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Workspace for regripping golf clubs. Source Roberth Blomberg

 

Here are the materials, tools and supplies you need:

  • New Grips. Of course, you will need to purchase the new grips you plan to put on your golf clubs. New grips can be purchased at most golf supply stores; some pro shops; and are widely available online and at golf repair shops. Currently, I am using the new Golf Pride CP2 Grips and I love them. They are the most comfortable grips I have ever used, and I have better control of my clubs than ever before. Check them out, you will not be disappointed.
  • A Tee. Although this may seem odd, you will need a standard wooden or plastic golf tee when applying the grip solvent.
  • Bench Vise. A bench vise will help you properly secure the club as you remove the old grip and install the new one.
  • Shaft Holder. A rubber shaft holder will help protect the shaft of the club when it is clamped in the bench vise.
  • Double-Sided Tape. Two-sided tape is always necessary when installing new grips.
  • Scissors. Scissors may be needed to cut and remove the old grips.
  • Scraper. You will need either a dedicated golf club scraper or another type of dull scraping tool to safely remove the old tape and solvent residue.
  • Utility Knife. The utility knife you select for this job should have a hooked blade, as a sharp pointed blade can cause damage to graphite and fiberglass shafts.
  • Solvent. For best results, we recommend you purchase some type of specialized grip solvent for adhering the new grips to the golf club shaft.
  • Catch Basin. A bowl or some other type of collection container is needed to catch any run-off solvent.
  • Rag. An old rag or piece of cloth is a must when re-gripping your golf clubs.

Although this list may look extensive, many of these items can be purchased at the corner drug store (if you don’t have them already). The remainder of the items can be found at golf supply and golf club repair outlets, or even online at a discounted rate.
 

Step 2: Removing the Old Grips

When removing the old grips, you will need to hold the golf club underneath your arm with the grip end out in front. You can also use the bench vise to hold the golf club as you work. Cutting away from your body, use the hooked utility knife to slice through the grip lengthwise, making sure it is completely cut from top to bottom. Once you do this, it should be very easy to merely peel off the old grips by hand. If this doesn’t work, use the scissors to cut away the old grips.

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Cutting Old Grips from Golf Clubs. Source Be Your Own Handyman @ Home

 
When using the utility knife, always cut away from the body to avoid injury, and make certain that nobody is standing in front or to the side of you as you work.
 

Step 3: Removing the Old Grip Tape and Tape Residue

Although in some cases the double-sided tape used to secure the old grips will easily peel off in long strips, this is not always case. On some clubs, you may need to use the scraper to completely remove any leftover tape.

Once all of the old tape has been successfully removed from the grip area of the club, you will see that the shaft is coated with a sticky and often rough residue. This is from the old tape and solvent that was on the club and any adhesive that was used to apply the old grips. This will need to come off. To accomplish this, squeeze a generous amount of the solvent onto your old towel and rag and scrub the shaft clean as the solvent loosens the adhesive. When all of the residue has been removed, dry the club thoroughly before moving on to the next step. The grip area of the club should now look and feel just like the rest of the shaft.
 

Step 4: Applying New Grip Tape

Place the club into the rubber shaft holder and then secure the club with the bench vice clamped over that protected area. When finished doing this, the club face should be perpendicular to the ground with plenty of room to work on the grip. You do not have to—and shouldn’t—over-tighten the club, as this can damage the shaft. Just make sure it is secure and immobilized.

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Applying new grip tape. Source Walker Tape

 
Using the double-sided tape, cover the entire grip area of the shaft, leaving about a half-inch of the tape hanging over the butt end of the club. To accomplish this, you can apply the tape around the club in a parallel path, or use a candy cane-type striping. Just make sure there are no areas of the grip that are left untapped.

Now that the club has been wrapped, remove the backing off of the double-sided tape, and fold the overhanging portion neatly inside the end of the shaft.
 

Step 5: Applying Solvent over the Grip Tape

Prior to applying the solvent over the grip tape, place the bowl or catch basin directly under the work area to catch any runoff solvent.

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Applying solvent to grip. Source Lamkin Golf Grips

 
Using a golf tee, push firmly into the vent hole of your new grip and carefully pour the solvent into the exposed end. Once you have completed this step, you will also want to cover the grip tape entirely with solvent from the new grip—this will help you to easily slide the grip over the tape. Once you finish that step, remove the tee from the vent hole and quickly move onto the next step (before the solvent has a chance to dry).
 

Step 6: Sliding on the New Grip

Once you have poured the solvent over the new grip tape, align the new grip at the top of the shaft with the logo facing upwards.

Once the grip has been properly aligned, gently squeeze the open end of the new grip and slide it onto the shaft in the proper position. You will need to push the grip all the way down until you feel the butt end of the shaft pressing against the grip cap.
 

Step 7: Checking Your Work

After you complete each club you intend to re-grip, you will want to check your work before moving on to the next club—and before the solvent has a chance to dry. To check for the proper alignment, remove the club from the bench vise and hold it in its proper position—the same way you will hold it while playing. Look down the shaft to make sure the logo is properly aligned.

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Check out your new golf grips. Source Lamkin Golf Grips

 

Step 8: Repeat Steps 2-7 for Each of Your Clubs

 

Conclusion

As you can see, re-gripping your clubs can be a very laborious and time-consuming process, but it is also an affordable and satisfying way to bring back the luster and proper feel of your clubs, making them look and feel like new.

 

How to Regrip Golf Clubs Video

 

How to Regrip Golf Clubs Infographic

How to Regrip Golf Clubs
 

The 7 Best Proper Golf Stance Tips that Will Help You Hit The Perfect Shot

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The Golf Stance:  According to many of the most successful golfers—and golf instructors—it is one of the most crucial fundamentals in the game.  Sadly, it is also one of the most overlooked skills, one that when performed incorrectly can have some very serious implications on your game.  To help you avoid this fate, below we have compiled a step-by-step tutorial regarding the proper golf stance—an instructional manual aimed at giving you the most advantageous and fundamentally-sound setup prior to your shot.
 

Tip 1: Alignment and the Proper Golf Stance

No golf stance could reasonably be “deemed” proper without the correct alignment.  The position of your body, which for the purposes of this instructional guide means your feet, knees, hips, forearms, shoulders and eyes, should all be completely parallel to the target line—the imaginary line from the ball to the hole.

Golf Stance

To ensure you have achieved the proper alignment, have a friend stand a few yards behind you. If you are aligned correctly, it will appear as if your body (assuming you are a right-handed golfer) is aimed just a bit left of the target. But don’t fret about this perceived misalignment; it is actually an optical illusion—an illusion that occurs because the ball is directly on the target line and the body is not. This optical illusion will be even more pronounced the further your friend moves behind you, making your body appear 3-5 yards left of the target line from 100 yards back; 8-10 yards left at 150 yards; and a whopping 12-15 yards left of the target line when viewed from 200 yards behind you.
 

Tip 2: Your Feet and the Proper Golf Stance

Once you have aligned your body correctly, it’s time to think about the proper foot placement for your setup. As a point of reference, your feet should be shoulder’s width apart. We hear that term—shoulder’s width apart—a lot, but what does it actually mean? Simply put, it means that the inside of your heels should be spaced out so that they are roughly even in distance to the outside of your shoulders. This is what we will call the “base” position. This base position is the proper foot placement you should employ when hitting any of the middle irons (the 4-iron-7-iron). When hitting your driver or longer irons; or when setting up to hit the shorter irons (8-iron-wedges), you should adjust your stance two inches wider and two inches narrower, respectively.

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The front foot, also known as the target foot, should be opened up by about 30 degrees. This will enable your body to rotate fully towards the target as you make your downswing. In most cases, you should keep your back foot totally square—90 degrees to the target. In rare cases, you can open up the back foot slightly to aid in a more complete hip turn. Generally speaking, your foot placement should be dictated by your own personal degree of flexibility and the speed at which you rotate your body.
 

Tip 3: The Golf Ball and the Proper Stance

Ball position has a lot to do with the proper golf stance. Although most amateur and weekend golfers utilize the same ball placement in their stance regardless of the upcoming shot, most of the premier golf instructors will tell you that “the ball placement in one’s stance will vary depending on the club you intend to use.”

  • Short Irons. When using the short irons, such as your 8 and 9 iron and wedges, you will typically want to place the ball in the center of your stance—equidistant between your front and back foot. These clubs, which have a steep angle, must be swung with that angle in mind, which means you will usually leave a small divot in front of the ball.

  • Middle Irons. When positioning yourself to hit the middle irons, usually defined as the 7-iron through the 4-iron, the ball should be about one ball-length north of dead center. For right-handed golfers, this means the ball should be one ball-length to the left of dead center. These clubs have a flatter trajectory and will thus leave only a very small divot when hit.

  • Long Irons. Finally, when striking the long irons (3-iron, 2-iron, 1-iron) and woods, including the driver, the ball should be placed an additional ball length north of dead center, or a total of 2 ball lengths to the left. This will allow you to strike the ball at the very bottom of your swing arc and leave little to no divot.

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Tip 4: Balance and the Proper Golf Stance

When we talk about balance as it pertains to the proper golf swing we are actually talking about “how” to stand and “how” to distribute our weight between each foot. What you NEVER want to do when approaching a shot is stand on your heels. This is naturally UNBALANCED, not just for a golf swing, but for any athletic movement. Instead, you want your weight to be on the balls of your feet. Not only will this keep you more balanced throughout the swing, it will also help you to generate more power.

In terms of weight distribution, this again depends on the club you plan to use for a particular shot. For middle irons, you should take the MOST balanced position: with 50 percent of your weight resting on your left (target) foot, and the other 50 percent of your weight resting on your back (anchor) foot. You want this even distribution for the middle irons for two reasons: because of the length of those clubs and the relatively flat arc with which you will use to strike the ball.

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This even, 50-50 weight distribution can technically be used for all your clubs if it makes you feel more comfortable, but for more effective and consistent results you might want to tweak this weight distribution slightly when hitting the lower irons, and the higher irons and woods. For the lower irons, again the 8-iron, 9-iron and your wedges, try placing 60 percent of your weight on your front or target foot and the remainder of your weight on your back foot. This extra weight will help produce the desired arc for which these clubs are designed. When setting up to hit a long iron, a 3-wood or a driver, just reverse this weight distribution by placing 60 percent of your weight on your back foot, and 40 percent of your weight on the target foot. When swinging these longer and more powerful clubs, this extra weight on your back foot will enable you to achieve the correct angle on your back swing.
 

Tip 5: Posture and the Proper Golf Stance

Some might say that your golf “posture” and golf “stance” are one in the same. This is pretty close to the truth. How you stand, or setup to the ball can literally be the difference between a terrific shot and an embarrassing “worm burner” that settles just a few yards away from the tee box. To avoid this latter scenario, check out the following tips on the proper golf posture. As you settle in front of the ball, bend your knees just slightly for balance, but not so much that is causes any discomfort. Your knees should be directly over the balls of your feet, and your upper spine—the part between your shoulder blades—should be on the same basic imaginary line formed by your knees and feet. You will also want to cock your back leg (right leg for right-handed golfers) inward just a bit toward the target. In doing so, you will not only be able to brace yourself throughout the swing, you will also prevent the lower body from swaying too much, which can potentially cause any number of swing complications.

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When you bend over the ball in preparation of taking the shot, your body should always bend at the hips rather than at the waist. If you do this correctly, your rear end will be protruding slightly backwards. Remember that your spine is the axis for your swing—the part of your body around which everything else (arms, hands, club) will rotate. Because of this, it should be bent over the ball—at the hips—at a right angle (90 degrees) to the shaft of the club. Keep your back straight as you set up to the ball, keeping in mind that every degree of bend in the vertebrae decreases your shoulder turn by almost 2 degrees.Your head should be tipped at the same angle as your spine, and your chin should be up and away from the chest, which again allows for a more complete shoulder turn. Your eyes should, of course, be looking downward, with a focus on the back end of the ball.
 

Tip 6: Positioning Your Arms and Hands in the Perfect Golf Stances

When you approach—or address—the ball prior to your shot, your arms should hang freely, just off the inside of your front thigh and just north of your pants zipper.  There is some debate among golf instructors as to how far away from the body you should place your hands, also known as the hands-to-body distance.  Most agree the correct answer to that query depends on the club you are planning to use.  So, for the purposes of this tutorial, we will explain the hands-to-distance conundrum in the following manner:

  • Short and Middle Irons.  When using any of your short or middle irons—from the 4-iron all the way down to the wedges—your hands, as they grip these clubs, should be 3-4 inches away from your body, roughly the distance of the width of your hand.

  • Long Irons and Woods.  When swinging the “big boys,” the long irons, fairway woods and driver, your hands will need to be a little further away from your body as you grip the club in order to achieve the proper backswing and follow-through.  For these clubs, we recommend you hold the club about 5-7 inches away from your body, or roughly the distance of the length of your hand—from your wrist to the tip of your fingers.

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As you grip the club—any club—your arms and shoulders should form a triangle and the elbows should point to the hips.
 

Tip 7: The Perfect Golf Stance, Putting It All Together

As you start to take your stance now, it’s finally time to put it all together.  Here is what you need to remember:

  • The alignment of your feet and body in relation to the target line
  • To stand with your weight on the balls of your feet
  • The proper position of the ball in your stance
  • To remain balanced throughout the swing
  • The proper posture—how you stand and bend
  • And the proper positioning of your arms and hands

You should also remember that tension in your back, hands or arms can be an enemy to the proper stance and a solid golf swing.  You should grip the club lightly; just firm enough to prevent it from twisting during the swing.  Your arms should hang loosely, and your back should be relaxed.  The only place where you should feel the slightest of tension is towards the inside of the back leg, as this is what you will use to pivot.

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To cement these tips for the proper golf stance into your memory, we recommend you practice your perfect stance in front of the mirror. You may even want to ask a friend to critique you based on the tips you learned here. Remember that the perfect swing is impossible without the perfect setup—and the perfect setup begins with the perfect stance. Once you have mastered these tips, your next trip to the golf course is sure to be a memorable one.

 

Proper Golf Stance Position Video

 

Proper Golf Stance Infographic

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The Ultimate Guide on the Proper Golf Grip

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What is the proper golf grip?  This is a question that has been pondered—and experimented with—since the game’s invention many centuries ago.  And although several grips have been tried (with varying levels of success) throughout this popular sport’s many decades, today these choices have been narrowed down to just a few: the overlapping grip, the interlocking grip and the ten-finger grip.  Today, most professionals in the sport of golf rely on one of these “general” grip options.  But while their grip style may vary, all of these professionals agree that the manner in which the golf club is initially positioned in the hand is the absolute key to power and control.

Below we will briefly define each of the grip styles mentioned above.  We will then provide a step-by-step tutorial for properly gripping the club—a tutorial that will lead to better club control with every shot you take.
 

The 3 Ways to Properly Grip the Golf Club

According to a recent poll of some of the world’s top golf instructors, “even the slightest error in the manner in which the golf club is held can have enormous negative consequences on the course.”  Hence, most of these teachers admit that the proper golf grip is one of their first instructional priorities when working with new golfers.

Golfers can choose from three basic grip options:  the overlapping grip, the interlocking grip, and the ten-finger grip.  Here we will briefly explain each of these options.

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The Overlapping Grip

The overlapping golf grip, also known as the Vardon Grip or Vardon Overlap, is perhaps the most popular grip in the world of professional golf.  The grip was popularized by Harry Vardon, a global golf superstar in the late 1800s and early 1900s, with six British Open titles to his credit.

As the name suggests, the overlapping grip is one in which (a right-handed) golfer should overlap the pinky finger of their right (bottom) hand, placing it between the index and middle fingers of their left (top) hand.  As this is done, the thumb of the left hand should fit into the lifeline of your right hand (the lifeline is the line on your hand that extends vertically from the base of the palm to the index or middle finger).

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Most of today’s professional male golfers (over 80 percent by all estimates) employ the overlapping grip.
 

Ten Finger Grip  (aka the “Baseball Grip”)

Popular among many weekend golfers, the ten-finger grip is widely used on municipal golf courses around the country for its comfortable feel.  However, it is used by very few professional golfers—golfers who prefer the control provided by the other two grip styles. Hall of Fame LPGA golfer Beth Daniels is one of the most notable users of the ten-finger grip, which was also the grip of choice for PGA stars Bob Estes, Dave Barr and Masters Champion Art Wall Jr.

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To properly grab the club using a ten-finger or baseball grip, you will want to begin with a perfect lead hand (top hand) grip (explained in the next section).  Once you have set your top hand correctly on the grip, you will then place the bottom or trail hand on the club, making sure the pinky finger of that hand is pressed closely against the index finger of the top hand.  Next, you will once again cover the thumb of the top hand with the lifeline of the bottom palm.

People who lack strength in their wrists and forearms, such as arthritis sufferers, should perhaps use the ten-finger grip, but all others should seriously consider switching to an overlapping or interlocking grip, especially if their goal is to improve their score.
 

The Interlocking Grip

Although the majority of professional male golfers employ the Vardon overlapping grip, it is interesting to note that two of the greatest players ever to walk a golf course—Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods—used (and continue to use) the interlocking grip—the second-most popular grip in professional golf.

The interlocking grip, which is widely used on the LPGA tour, is perfect for those with smaller hands or less-than-muscular wrists and forearms.  It is commonly taught to beginners because it helps take some of the guesswork out of finger positioning.

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To employ the interlocking grip, you will want to take the little finger of the bottom hand and interlock it with it the index finger of the top or lead hand.  As with the overlapping grip, you’ll need to make sure that the thumb of the left or top hand fits along the lifeline of the bottom or trailing hand.
 

The Proper Golf Grip: Positioning Your Hands for the Perfect Grip

As we mentioned briefly in the introduction, the three above-outlined golf grips are all used in the sport of golf today, some certainly more than others. However, despite how the two hands ultimately come together on the golf club—by overlapping, interlocking, or just touching (ten-finger)—the manner in which the two hands are initially placed on the club is far less subjective. In fact, the majority of professional golf instructors agree that the following step-by-step guide for grasping the golf club can mean the difference between a great and a poor shot.

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Step 1 – Grasp the Club with Your Right Hand

Note:  For this detailed guide on how to attain the proper golf grip, we are assuming you are a right-handed golfer.  If you golf left-handed instead, simply reverse these instructions.

With your right hand, also referred to as the bottom or trail hand, grasp the golf club where the metal of the shaft meets the grip.  Naturally, this is not where your bottom hand will remain in the final gripping of the club, but it is a necessary step that will help you properly align the top or lead hand.  After you have grasped the club where indicated, hold it out in front of you at a 45 degree angle.

Step 2 – Set Your Lead (Top) Hand

As you are holding the club in front of you, place your left or lead hand behind, but not on, the club, with the palm facing you. Next you are going to properly set this lead hand. To accomplish this correctly, you will want to nestle the club along the line in which your first knuckles (closest to the palm) meet the very top of your palm. Many weekend or amateur golfers have the tendency to set the club more to the middle of the palm on their lead hand. This is a no-no—one that takes the fingers out of the swing altogether and tends to cause erratic shots.

Step 3 – Grip with Your Lead Hand

With the club set along the very top of the left palm where it meets the fingers (and without moving the hand), curl your pinky finger, ring finger and middle finger around the grip or handle of the club.  You do not need to grasp it tightly.  In fact, most instructors advise golfers NOT to grip the club too tightly.  If you have done this step correctly, it should feel as if the underside of each of these three fingers is now in contact with the grip.

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Step 4 – Set the Thumb and Forefinger of Your Lead Hand

With the three most outer fingers of your top hand now wrapped around the club—and with the club still nestled along the top of your left palm where it meets the fingers—it is now time to set the lead thumb and the forefinger.

Without changing the position of the club, simply roll your thumb over to the right side of the handle or grip. As you do this, curly your left index finger around the club. If this step is done correctly, you should feel the meaty portion at the base of your thumb pressing directly down onto the handle or grip of the club.

Step 5 – Set Your Trail (Bottom) Hand

Once the top or lead hand has been properly set, the next step is to incorporate the bottom or trail hand into your grip. As you will recall from Step 1, up until now the right or bottom hand has been grasping the club at the point where the shaft meets the grip, as you were setting your top or lead hand.Now, slide your right hand up the club towards your left hand. As you did with the left or top hand, you will want to set the club along the line formed by the base of your palm and the first knuckles of the fingers.

Step 6 – Overlapping, Interlocking or Ten-Finger Grip

At this point of the grip procedure, you will need to choose between the overlapping, interlocking or ten-finger grip.  If you select the overlapping grip, simply wrap your right pinky finger into the space where your left middle finger and index finger come together.  For the interlocking grip, you will want to intertwine the right pinky finger and the left index finger.  And if you select the ten-finger grip, press your right pinky finger against the forefinger or index finger of the left hand.

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Whichever (final) grip you select, it’s important that you add some pressure to the club with these last two fingers—the right index finger and the left pinky finger.  This is where a lot of your control and power can be gained or loss, so this connection is critical.

Step 7 – Setting the Thumb and Forefinger of the Trail Hand

In this final step, you will want to roll your right or trail thumb toward the left of the club, while also curling your right index finger around the club.  Be sure to place the right hand directly over the left thumb, using the lifeline of your right palm as a guide.  If you have performed this step correctly, you should feel some pressure on your left thumb. This pressure is caused by placing the meaty portion of your right thumb over your left thumb.
 

Proper Golf Grip Video

 

Final Words

The proper golf grip can add a measure of power, control and enjoyment to your game, helping you shave strokes even on the toughest of courses. Keep in mind that this grip is often referred to as a “neutral” grip by teaching professionals. Many of today’s star golfers are known to slightly tweak this grip from time to time, opting for a strong or weak grip when hitting certain types of difficult shots. This, however, is not recommended for beginners, as the results can often be disastrous.
 

The Propert Golf Grip Infographic

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How to Swing a Golf Club to Hit the Perfect Shot

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If you were to ask ten golfers the question, “How to Swing a Golf Club,” you would probably get 10 different answers.  Unlike tasks in which there is a definitive right or wrong answer, the art of swinging a golf club is a bit more subjective. From the type of stance involved to addressing the ball, to the takeaway and follow-through, many of today’s most successful golfers have minor variations in their setup and swing. However, if you are a beginner golfer that is new to the game, there are some basic tips you should definitely follow to construct a consistent golf swing.
 

3 Simple Steps that Will Help You Hit the Perfect Shot

Each day a countless number of new and enthusiastic golfers flock to driving ranges around the country to test their new set of golf clubs. Collectively whacking away, these eager golfers continue hitting ball after ball until they finally hit that one perfect shot, the shot that will keep them coming back to the golf course or range time and again. Unfortunately, what most of these individuals quickly discover is they are not able to repeat that “perfect shot” consistently, and hence discouragement begins to sink in.

How to Swing a Golf Club

Learning how to golf in this manner just indiscriminately hitting balls may work for the truly gifted athlete, but is not the best of ideas for the rest us mere mortals, as it tends to reinforce bad habits that can remain with a golfer for years if not rectified. Instead, players new to the game (or those eager to break bad habits) should first learn to divide their swing down into several different components or steps, and move through each step only after the one before has been mastered. This strategy can develop consistency, which can ultimately lead to lower scores and a greater enjoyment for the game.

Step 1: Address the Golf Ball

As the Golden Bear Jack Nicklaus once said, “A good setup can often turn even the most miserable swing into a reasonable shot.” is how to properly address the ball an address that will lead to more consistent shots with every club.

Perfect Ball Position Drill

How to Swing a Golf Club

  • As you stand in front of the ball, keep your feet together while holding the club in the air at a perpendicular angle above the ball.

  • As you open up your stance, try to stand in the most comfortable, non-forced position possible.  For most people, the most relaxed stance is one in which the feet are roughly shoulder width apart. Your feet should also be parallel to the target.

  • With the club still held straight up and down before you, lock your knees.  As you do this, you should feel your weight shift just a bit to your heels.

  • Using only your hips, bend forward slightly, making certain your spine angle is straight and your shoulder blades are back. Now, place the club behind the ball, square to the target.

  • Flex or unlock your knees just a bit, maintaining your comfortable position. The trick is to flex your legs just enough that you can still keep them engaged.

  • Finally, move your upper body slightly to the right, making sure your head is just behind the ball.  You are now in a perfect striking position./li>

 

Step 2: Set Up Your Hands and Arms

Before you move on to a full golf swing (and all the moving parts that swing entails), there are several practice exercises you should master first. The first of these is a mini-swing drill that focuses exclusively on the arms and hands. Keep in mind that the following instructions are for a right-handed golfer; if you golf left-handed, simply reverse the hand positions.
 
How to Swing a Golf Club

 

The Mini Swing Drill

  • While standing in front of the ball take a stance just as we described in the address.

  • Next, grasp your club with your left hand near the top of the club and with your right hand about 4-5 inches below your left hand. Now, without actually moving the hands along the club push down with your left hand as you pull up with the right hand.

  • After taking your grip, and without moving anything but your hands, wrist and forearms, rotate the club backwards until the shaft is horizontal or parallel to the ground and the toe of the club is pointing up. The key to this part of the drill is to keep your left hand in the same place it was upon address. This hand the left hand for right-handed golfers and the right hand for left-handed golfers is the fulcrum around which the swing rotates..

  • As you open up your stance, try to stand in the most comfortable, non-forced position possible. For most people, the most relaxed stance is one in which the feet are roughly shoulder width apart.  Your feet should also be parallel to the target.

  • With the club still held straight up and down before you, lock your knees. As you do this, you should feel your weight shift just a bit to your heels.

  • Using only your hips, bend forward slightly, making certain your spine angle is straight and your shoulder blades are back. Now, place the club behind the ball, square to the target.

  • Flex or unlock your knees just a bit, maintaining your comfortable position. The trick is to flex your legs just enough that you can still keep them engaged.

  • Finally, move your upper body slightly to the right, making sure your head is just behind the ball. You are now in a perfect striking position.

Step 3: Incorporate Your Body into the Swing

The next step towards creating a consistent golf swing is to incorporate your body into the swing, adding it to the movement of your arms and hands. The manner in which your body turns during the takeaway (backswing), fore-swing and finish is one of the keys to consistency.
 
How to Swing a Golf Club

The Backswing Drill

For the backswing or takeaway portion of your swing, try following the outlined steps of this helpful drill for adding the proper body movements to the motions of the hands and arms.

  • While standing at address, cross your arms over your chest. As you do this, make sure to place your right hand on your left shoulder, and your left hand on your right shoulder.

  • Next, slide a golf club horizontally across your chest just below your shoulders and grasp the club with both hands.

  • While maintaining this cross-arm position, turn your body as if you are starting your backswing. As you do this, allow your left knee (if you are a right-handed golfer) to turn slightly inward. Ideally, the knee should now be pointing at the ball.  Continue to turn your body until the shaft of the club is straight up and down—a 90 degree turn. The club should now be perpendicular to the ground—or perpendicular to a line formed by the tips of your toes.

The primary purpose of this third step is to keep your right leg stationary, although slightly flexed at the knees as it was at address.  Maintain this flex in your right leg and you will find that the only way to achieve the 90 degree turn that is necessary for getting the shaft of the club in that position is to rotate your body.

Think of your right leg as a pivot point—a point around which the rest of your body rotates. If done correctly and completely, your back should be pointing at the target once you reach the very top of your backswing. Also, remember that the angle of your spine at address should be maintained throughout the backswing until you reach the top.

How to Swing a Golf Club

The Unwind Drill

Now that you have reached the top of the backswing, the trick is to allow your body to unwind or uncoil back to the ball by essentially reversing the above-outlined sequence. Like with the backswing, you will maintain the cross-arm position for this drill.The unwinding process, which starts low and goes high in terms of the body parts involved, is as follows:

  • First, slide your front knee forward—moving it from its position over the top of the ball until it is now pointing at the target. Ideally, your kneecap should stop directly over your left or front foot. One of the biggest mistakes of the newbie or weekend golfer is an under-shifting or over-shifting of this front knee, especially the latter, which causes your legs to slide past the ball, thus interfering with the proper uncoiling process.

  • As we move up the body, you will now slide the front hip toward the target until it is directly over the front knee and foot. Once again, under or over-shifting of this hip can negatively impact the golf swing.

  • While practicing the uncoiling of the club using this cross-arm drill, pay close attention to the shaft of the club across your chest. The shaft of the club should be parallel with the slope of your shoulders. One way to practice this is to perform the drill in front of a mirror.

How to Swing a Golf Club

The Finishing Drill

The hand, arm and body movements you practiced in the two drills above are the same movements you will use when making a full golf swing. However, there is one final drill remaining: finishing or following through.

  • As you begin to shift your weight (as you did in step one and step two of the “unwind” drill), bring the club downwards through the point of impact and all the way to the finish position. In doing so, remember the proper swing plane you practiced in the mini-swing exercise.

  • As the club comes through, keep your left (front) leg straight and allow your right knee to rotate slightly until it just touches your left knee. When you finish, your spine angle should again be the same as it was at address, and your belly should be pointing at the target.

How to Swing a Golf Club to HIt the Perfect Shot Video

 

Final Words

The next time you hit the driving range, try incorporating each of these exercises/drills into your routine. After mastering the mini-swing drill, combine those movements with the backswing, uncoiling and finishing drills we outlined above. Keep practicing each drill until you feel comfortable enough to combine the steps into a full golf swing. Once you accomplish this, you’ll have the framework for a very consistent swing. Remember to use all of your clubs at the driving range (not just the driver), and practice these movements over and over until they become second nature. By implementing this strategy you have a much better chance to create the necessary muscle memory to repeat a consistent swing time and time again.
 

How to Swing a Golf Club Infographic

How to Swing a Golf Club
 

The 60 Best Golf Quotes of All Time

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At Golfers Authority we are here to not only help you with your physical golf game, but your mental golf game too. That is why we wanted to put together our list of the 60 best golf quotes of all time. These quotes are here to inspire you, gain more confidence, or simply just make you laugh. If you find that we are missing one of your favorite golf quotes be sure to comment in the section below. Note that the quotes are not listed in any particular order. So please read, share, and enjoy.

Golfers Authority Best Golf Quotes of All Time

Keep your sense of humor. There’s enough stress in the rest of your life not to let bad shots ruin a good game you’re supposed to enjoy.

 Amy Alcott

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There’s no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing.

Anonymous

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Golf is good for the soul you so mad at yourself you forget to hate your enemies. 

Will Rogers

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In golf life it is the follow through that makes a difference.

Anonymous

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The worst day of golf beats the best day of work. 

Anonymous

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Life is better when you’re golfing. 

Anonymous

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Success in this game depends on strength of body than strength of mind and character.  

Arnold Palmer

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Concentration comes out of a combination of confidence and hunger.  

Arnold Palmer

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I have a tip to take 5 strokes off anyone’s game … It’s called an eraser. 

Arnold Palmer

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Always make a total effort, even when the odds are against you.

Arnold Palmer

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Putting is like wisdom partly a natural gift and partly the accumulation of experience. 

Arnold Palmer

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Track and field is tougher physically, but golf is tougher mentally. 

Asher Eaton

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As you walk down the fairway of life you must smell the roses, for you only get to play one round.

Ben Hogan

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The most important shot in golf is the next one.   

Ben Hogan

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I have found the game to be, in all factualness, a universal language wherever I traveled at home or abroad. 

Ben Hogan

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A good player who is a great putter is a match for any golfer. A great hitter who cannot put is a match for no one. 

Ben Sayers

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The only thing a golfer need is more daylight. 

Ben Hogan

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He that can have patience can have what he will.  

Ben Franklin

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Placing the ball in the right position for the next shot is eighty percent of winning golf. 

Ben Hogan

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The only time my prayers are never answered is on the golf course.  

Billy Graham

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Golf is not a game of good shots. It’s a game of bad shots.  

Ben Hogan

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Golf is a game that is played on a five-inch course: The distance between your ears. 

Bobby Jones

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Golf is not, on the whole, a game for realists. By its exactitudes of measurements it invites the attention of perfectionists.  

Heywood Hall Broun

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Everybody can see that my swing is homegrown. That means everybody has a chance to do it. 

Bubba Watson

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Golf’s three ugliest words … Still your shot.   

Dave Marr

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Golf is a science, the study of a lifetime, in which you can exhaust yourself but never your subject.  

Dave Forgan

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A routine is not a routine if you have to think about it. 

Davis Love Jr.

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It’s about hitting the ball in the center of the club face and hitting it hard.  

Bubba Watson

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I’ve taken up golf … or golf has taken me up. 

Dennis Farina

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Hit the shot you know you can hit, not the one you think you should.  

Dr. Bob Rotella

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Acting is like golf: Analysis leads to paralysis.      

Peter Falk

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A good golfer has the determination to win and the patience to wait for breaks. 

Gary Player

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I know I am getting better at golf because I am hitting fewer spectators. 

President Gerald Ford

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Golf gives you an insight into human nature, your won as well as your opponent’s. 

Grantland Rice

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It took me seventeen years to get three thousand hits in baseball. I did it in one afternoon at the golf course.  

Hank Aaron

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For this game you need, above all things, to be in a tranquil frame of mind.  

Harry Vardon

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While playing golf today i hit two good balls … I stepped on a rake. 

Henry Youngman

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The best quick tip in golf is to focus on your rhythm and balance.  

Hal Irwin

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If you think it’s hard to meet new people, try picking up the wrong golf ball. 

Jack Lemmon

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Resolve never to quit, never to give up, no matter what the situation.   

Jack Nicklaus

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It’s emotional highs and lows in the game of golf.  

Jason Day

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Sometimes the biggest problem is in your head. You’ve got to believe.  

Jack Nicklaus

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In golf, “close” is like the north and south rim of the Grand Canyon.  

Johnny Miller

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The value of routine; trusting your swing.   

Lorii Myers

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Golf is a good walk spoiled. 

Mark Twain

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It’s good sportsmanship to not pick up lost golf balls while they are still rolling. 

Mark Twain 

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Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success.      

Napoleon Hill

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Golf is a game in which you yell “fore”, shoot six, and write down five. 

Paul Harvey

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I’ve always said, the harder the golf course, the better I play.  

Paula Creamer

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The object of golf is not just win. It is to play like a gentleman, and win. 

Phil Mickelson

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One thing that golf teaches you is humility. 

Robert Wagner

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Of all the hazards, fear is the worst.  

Sam Snead

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If I have to believe in myself. I know what I can do, what I can achieve.  

Sergio Garcia

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Forget your opponents; always play against par.  

Sam Snead

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I always think under par. You have to believe in yourself.  

Sergio Garcia

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I get to play golf for a living. What more can you ask for, getting paid for doing what you love.  

Tiger Woods

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Achievements on the golf course are not what matters, decency and honesty are what matter. 

Tiger Woods

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Achievements on the golf course are not what matters, decency and honesty are what matter. 

Tiger Woods

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I’m addicted. I’m addicted to golf. 

Tiger Woods

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Golf will grow so long as it’s fun.  

Tom Watson

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The game of golf is fragile and I respect that. I think it’s a mirror image of life itself.   

Steve Stricker

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I just played, and I played my heart out.  

Lee Trevino

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The 60 Best Golf Quotes of All Time

Wow you made it to the end. I hope you enjoyed our list of the Best Golf Quotes of All Time. So what is your favorite golf quote? Please share in the comments below. If you have a quote that we are missing please let us know, we may add it to the list so we can share it with our readers! 

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