Monday, March 5, 2007
50 Ways To Lower Your Score
Use our top tips, equipment advice, Tour examples and a few new training aids to play your best golf
6. Try This! Swing Magic Driver
The new Kallassy Swing Magic Driver provides the same level of full-swing training as the original Swing Magic, but in a driver-length, wood-headed design. The Swing Magic Driver features a special split-handle sliding grip, a transition clip (which allows each individual to customize his or her desired “set” position at the top of the swing), and a flared right-hand grip, which helps reduce tension and promote a more relaxed hand action. The Swing Magic Driver is designed to teach a mechanically sound, rhythmic swing that allows a player to feel the club “swing” through impact. Other benefits of the Swing Magic Driver include increased shaft loading, improved tempo and acceleration, and the development of a slightly inside-out swing path for reduced slicing. Also available in left-handed and junior models. For more information, visit www.swingmagic.com.
7. Gear Effects: Light Is Right
Jamie Pipes, PGA, Product Development, UST Golf Shafts
Golfers who want to increase swing speed should consider improving their technique and their level of flexibility and fitness. However, there are simple equipment changes that can be made to help add speed and power. The most obvious step is to determine if your driver is set up for optimum distance. In many cases, golfers are using drivers that don’t have enough loft for their particular swing speed, which effectively limits carry and overall distance. The basic formula for maximum distance is high launch and low spin, and a driver with too little loft will accomplish neither of these goals. Equally if not more important is shaft flex and weight. Using a shaft that’s too stiff or too heavy can significantly limit swing speed and driving distance. If you’re not hitting the ball as far as you’d like, try switching to the lightest and most flexible shaft you can control. This will allow the shaft to do as much work as possible during the swing and will help increase clubhead speed.
8. Gear Effects: Eliminate The Slice
Benoit Vincent, Chief Technical Officer, TaylorMade Golf
Helping golfers who struggle with a slice was our primary goal in designing the new TaylorMade r5 D driver. We approached this challenge by packaging the elements we know reduce slicing into a dedicated productÂ—a driver meant for slicers, not the full range of golfers. The elements that we found critical for the reduction of slicing in average golfers were a two-degree closed clubface (we did this rather than offsetting the head, which distracts some golfers), a CG that’s located significantly toward the heel of the club (which helps the toe of the club release past the heel through impact), as well as a tip-flexible shaft that further aids in the release of the clubhead. These design elements are critical to overcoming a slice off the tee, and any golfer who has a chronic problem with slicing should try our r5 D, or another club that features at least one or more of these known, anti-slice design elements. Good luck!
9. Follow The Ball
A common mistake recreational golfers make is keeping their head down for too long in the downswing, which hinders the amount of turn, and power, they can produce. Instead, it’s best to let your head rotate with the downswing of your shoulders, which should let you follow the ball as it comes off the clubface and heads toward the target. Loosening your head movement through impact will speed up the rotation of your body toward the target, making it much easier to finish your swing.
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