Golf is the Most Difficult Sport in the World to Play

By: Alan Wilson

GOLF IS THE MOST DIFFICULT SPORT IN THE WORLD TO PLAY

There is no reason to make it harder by using poorly suited equipment. If you want to play your best golf, your golf clubs must fit you perfectly! This is the reason why major golf manufactures have developed custom club fitting department to assist golfers with fitting and ordering golf clubs which are designed to assist all golfers with fitting and ordering golf clubs which are best suited to them.

Many of today's best golf clubs can be custom fit for lie angle, shaft type, length, and grip type and size. Professional club fitter can frequency-match each club in your set to get the ultimate feel.? Therefore, you can order the club you want with the specifications that best fit your swing. And in many cases, at a cost which is the same as an off-the-rack set of clubs.

This is done by checking swing speed electronically and then properly orienting all shafts to ensure greatest shaft stability at impact.

Some equipment considerations for the average golfer include:





  • The clubs should be forgiving.? Investigate oversize, perimeter-weighted clubs, which allow the ball to be hit higher and easier.? For lower handicap players and professionals, the blade club head is preferred and allows the ball to be hit lower with more control.




  • Consider being custom-fitted for your irons to ensure the shafts are the right length and stiffness for you. You know when you feel in control of the club-head and this feel can be duplicated in all of your clubs.? It may also be worth checking your shafts as they are known to deteriorate and bend over time, which will cause a loss of distance.?




  • Using clubs that are proper length and lie can have a significant impact on the consistency and direction of your ball flight. A golfer who consistently pushes the ball and hits shots on the toe of the club may have a club that is too short and/or a lie angle that is too flat. Conversely, hitting pulled shots off the heel of the club may be the result of a club that is too long and/or has a lie angle that is too upright.




  • During putting, your eyes should be directly over the ball at address.? It may be necessary to check the length of your putter's shaft. If your eyes are inside the target line, the shaft is probably too long and may need shortening.? Also worth considering if you are currently have the dreaded putting yips is the 42 or 50 inch long putters made famous by professional golfers such as world number two Vijay Singh and Peter Senior.




  • For all golfers, consistency in driving long and accurately allows the person to play to their handicap.? The larger titanium drivers around the 400-420 cubic centimetre mark with a 43-44 inch shaft provide a greater spring-like effect and consequently more distance.




  • Consider adding a 60-degree sand wedge to your bag for those short tight shots out of the bunkers and around greens. Phil Mickelson, the world leading short game expert, swears by this club.




  • Choose the golf ball to suit you. ?For the average golfer, the lower compression balls are better matched to the speed of the person's swing.? Solid core balls are generally replacing the wound balls and include the multi-layered and two-piece solid core types.? For example, an 80 compression golf ball may result in better distance and accuracy than the 90 and 100 compression balls.? Compare a variety of different types of compressions over a round of golf.




  • Have your grips checked for size and wear, and replace if required.? If grips are too thin, you may hook, and if too fat, you may slice.




Happy Golfing
Alan Wilson PGA

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