BUYING NEW CLUBS CHAPTER 2

In addition to the information I provided to you in the previous post, I failed to mention that many of the retailers now do offer 90 day money back (or shop credit) after you purchase your new equipment.

I however am not up to speed on what happens if you buy directly from the manufacturer or a golf club. If you have custom fitted clubs, it makes it difficult for the wholesaler to sell the equipment without taking a sizable loss.

These major golf outlets all offer the 90 days guarantee on any golf equipment you buy, but make sure you understand all the rules associated with this guarantee.

  1. Golf Galaxy
  2. Worldwide Golf
  3. Golf Mart

Are just a few of the big ones that offer the guarantee.

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PROPER CLUB FITTING

Getting the right club fitting is not easy and can be an expensive exercise in frustration. You could go to 5 different club fitters and get 5 different recommendations on clubs and shafts.

What is the solution? You usually don’t know how good the club fitter is. You may ask a few questions, like how long have you been fitting golfers? When was the last time you calibrated your launch monitor? What special arrangements do you have with club manufacturers where you may get special pricing.

You can spend upwards of $5,000 on a complete set of clubs.Club fitting’s are usually off a perfect lie on artificial turf, and typically your numbers will be better than what you’ll get on the course. The most important consideration in a club fitting is getting the proper shaft. With so many choices available it can be confusing and difficult to get the right shaft for your swing speed and swing path. Your swing speed will be more critical in determining your shaft, while your swing path will more important when deciding on a driver with different loft options.

Go to https://proschoicegolfshafts.com/tour-ad-iz-wood-shafts/

scroll down too Fitting and see how your club head speed matches up with the shaft stiffness recommendation. I think most club fittings put golfers into shafts that are too stiff once the player gets out into the elements with cooler temperatures and wind. If your shaft is too stiff you’ll lose distance and control, and have trouble launching the ball. There’s a lot of good information on shafts here, take a look. As well as a locator that will give you the club providers closest to you.

Why then do so many golfers get fitted, hit it great into the net, spend the big bucks, and experience massive disappointment when they hit their course. It’s too late then, the purchase has been made and the check has cleared.

So what are your options in making sure this doesn’t happen to you?

  1. Most Golf Clubs have demo clubs that can be borrowed for a day or two. Take advantage of hitting the clubs you are about to buy on the course, compare the results to your current equipment. Take 10 balls, 5 with a certain numbered ball with your old club, and then 5 shots with the new equipment. What a lot of players find is the new equipment does not deliver results that justify the large investment.
  2. Like buying a new car, when you drive it off the lot, its value just dropped 15-30%. The same applies with golf clubs. There’s a massive online second market for new and used clubs. You can spend a lot less buying slightly used clubs to try first. Always ask what the return policy is, see if you might have 30 days to try the equipment
  3. Don’t make a big buy decision off just one fitting session. Our bodies change daily with our flexibility and club head speed. On Thursday you may get fitted for an X shaft, and on Saturday a weak S shaft, so get on the launch monitor twice before making a big purchase. Make it a condition of the fitting if you are paying for it, that you want a quick re-check to make sure your numbers stay consistent over a few days

When looking at numbers over a few days, also make sure that you ball spin rate is consistent. You don’t want to buy expensive new equipment that gives you good distance, but a high spin rate. It will kill you in windy conditions. Spin rates are very important to consider especially when buying a new driver. You should be closer to 2000 not 3000.

Having been fitted for clubs over the last 30 years using the greatest and latest technology I often find that the new seasons clubs being introduce do not perform as well as my older clubs. Club manufacturers need to sell new equipment to stay in business, and every year they are challenged with introducing new equipment and then paying their PGA Tour team of players to play with that equipment so that you and I will see how great they hit it, and in turn buy that new equipment. Don’t fall into that trap, buy what is best for you and your game. Be patient when buying clubs, as the price of most newly introduced equipment goes down in price over time.

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GET STRONG DURING COVID 19 add 20 extra yards off the tee

Length in golf is a combination of many things. Without core strength and flexibility the rest rarely matters. These two videos will give you some easy exercises that take 5-10 minutes 3-5 times a week.

I do these when watching TV I get up off my ass when there is commercial break. These will pay dividends to your quest for additional yards off the tee.

ORDER THE BALL AND GET A WEIGHT THAT WORKS FOR YOU

YOU CAN ORDER THE WEIGHT BENCH AND WEIGHTS AND HAVE THEM DELIVERED TO YOUR HOME, BUT FIRST MAKE SURE YOU GET THE RIGHT WEIGHTS FOR YOU, START LOW AND WORK YOUR WAY UP AND YOU’LL SEE THE EFFORTLESS SPEED IN YOUR SWING

LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK?

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PGA CHAMPIONSHIP AT HARDING PARK and the unique swings from Sunday’s skins game

Will the PGA Championship actually be held in early August? I can tell you that the place is a ghost town now, having played there yesterday. Yes there are some grandstands up, but no seats, no TV towers and no workers doing anything right now.

With the event just a little over 70 days away, will major championship golf return to an empty stadium. I say YES. I don’t think the powers to be in California and San Francisco will be ready to put in place an acceptable system to ensure the safety of the players, volunteers and spectators.

The rough is brutal, and at approx 7300 yards with the 9th and 12th holes converted to par 4’s from 5’s this will be a major test. But will the event really feel like a major to the players and fans watching live on TV?

We can clearly tell from the first televised golf this past Sunday at Seminole, that without the roar of the fans, it just looks like a couple of friends out playing golf. Albeit some good golf was played (despite the 3-4 water balls hit by Dustin) it was interesting to hear the players comments to each other after missing putts. Especially Dustin who did not get many putts on line.

With each player taking different layoffs during this Pandemic, you can clearly tell that extended layoffs even affect the best players in the world. It was especially interesting to see the 4 completely different swings each player possess on the back swing and set at the top, but yet how similar each is at impact.

All of our bodies allow different range of motion, and each player needs to find the optimum way to deliver the club with the most speed, while maintaining the right angles and position of the body at impact. This is exactly why I have always chuckled when players try to copy or emulate a PGA tour swing that will never work with the god given body that we are stuck with.

My advice to you is work more on your range of motion and flexibility, and then see how to properly fit it into your golf swing. Clearly Rory has the best looking swing of the 4 players, he is text book at almost every point of the swing, producing massive lag and speed generation. Rory is a physical specimen, he is crazy strong, crazy flexible, combined with massive hand eye coordination.

But when you exam the other 3 players you see VERY different positions and form. Ricky is so laid off at the top of his swing, I marvel at how he is able to transition into a near perfect delivery position at impact. If you look at Dustin at the top, you would NEVER think this guy was once #1 in the world. He is SOOOOOO shut at the top of his swing, that only his massive strength enable him to square the club at impact and keep it square all throughout the hitting area. But certainly not a swing to emulate.

You may want to try the Matthew Wolff technique of producing a huge leg waggle prior to starting his swing. He does this to feel the position he wants at impact. He’s a lanky guy that loops his club way outside only 3/4 back, and then generates massive lag on his downswing producing drives of 350+ yards.

This photo was taken yesterday at Harding Park. This is the view into the 18th green from about 165 yards. This will be a pivotal and challenging hole in the 2020 PGA Championship.

More coming on the best golf exercises you can do at home.

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SIDE SADDLE PUTTING 101

Just a look at an old video from the US Senior Open when the commentators said perhaps a lot more players may look to Side Saddle putting. But sadly that has not happened.

Take a quick look at this clip.

Check it out the technique

The reason why the Pro’s have not converted is simple, it takes a long time to adjust to the different speeds and length of putts. It took me well over a year to get proficient at judging the speed especially on my longer putts. But then I had a run from 1997 to 2005 when my side saddle (FaceOn) putting was my biggest weapon in my bag, and made me feel like I could win almost anything I entered. Sounds cocky I know, but if you lack confidence in your putting, good luck trying to win a major tournament coming down the stretch with the pressure cranked up.

Go to YouTube and check out some of my videos on the technique required to putt well using this method.

And let me know how it goes.

I’m off to Harding Park for my 2:20 tee time with my good buddy (non Olympic member so cannot play there yet with a guest)

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WHAT DO YOU MISS MOST ABOUUT GOLF

The NCGA recently asked me to write a few paragraphs about what I miss most about golf in its absence from COVID 19. I thought I would share with you my reply, as they posted it on the NCGA website

https://ncga.org/2020/04/17/faces-of-the-ncga-the-players-randy-haag/

Yesterday was the first day I played golf again since the final round of the Florida Azalea in Palatka Florida on March 15th. That’s 41 days without hitting a single shot, putt or chip.

The funny part of this story is to keep in shape, I took an overgrown piece of my property here in Orinda that had 100 trees and small bushes and over 20 rats nests, cleared it, dug up all the roots and Ivy, and built garden boxes out of redwood. I now have 100 feet of corn growing 4 rows deep, and about every imaginable veggie growing. This is something that I have always wanted to do, but never had the time. I am sure we all have been living life differently than in the past with the “Shelter in Place” order.

During this cleanup I found 7 baseballs from my youth (my brother and I would routinely throw baseballs everywhere on the property) and some old tennis balls and other balls and old artifacts.

On Saturday I received an email that The Reserve at Spanos Park was opening on Sunday for golf with the usual precautions built in (single cart riding, no pulling pins, no rakes). I decided to book a tee time and see if I could get three buddies to play. This course is an hour and half drive from Orinda, but was well worth the drive as its a very nice public course and provided us an opportunity to get back out on the links.

I got confirmation that 3 of my best pals wanted to play and would all be there at 11:50 for our time. So on Saturday in the back yard I decided to try chipping an old tennis ball with a 60 degree sand wedge I had out there. I was in shock when I shanked the tennis ball 5 consecutive times, and decided to quit, and that it must be because the tennis ball is so big that it hits the hozzel of the shaft first.

Well my warmup yesterday included many chunks and wayward shots, so the money game was set at a very small roar. We decided to allow a “lunch ball” off the first tee and everyone found a drive they liked. The 1st hole at Spanos is very short, and I drove the ball to just short of the green side bunker leaving me about 35 yards to the pin. I remembered the great success I had in my previous tournament with weakening my grip on all my chip shots.

So there I was, thinking about starting off my first golf in 41 days with an opening birdie. But OH NO, I hit the ugliest chip shank you have ever seen. It literally went sideways, and only traveled 15 feet dead right. I decided to now strengthen my grip, and again I cold shanked it sideways. On my third attempt I actually hit it worse than a shank, it literally didn’t go more than six feet. On my fourth attempt I just straight armed it onto the green and scooped up my ball for a 6X.

This was the start to my new season. I’m not sure what is worse in golf, the yips, or the shanks. I think the shanks are easier to cure, but I had both going on the front nine. I carded a +3 39, my two scratch playing buddies shot 34 and 35, and my 10 handicap buddy shot a 41. At this point I was losing a small fortune.

The back nine was a different story, but every time I was faced with a chip shot, you better believe that I was frightened to death that another shank would appear. Luckily I got up and down twice, made three birdies and shot a 33 on the back nine. And received that my game had not completely left me.

My one buddy, almost didn’t miss a shot, and played a bogey free round of 67 (he won the money) my 10 handicap buddy threw the party, but has a chance to redeem himself as we travel to Elk Grove (again in Stockton) for a rematch.

Even after 41 days off from golf I have a completely different appreciation for golf, life, my health and freedom. So many families have been affected by this horrible virus that we will never live the way we have in the past. My thoughts, prayers and heartfelt affection go out to all those that have been devastated by this virus.

Golf is a wonderful outlet to life and its problems, I am supremely grateful that I had this safe reunion with my friends, which in the end, I do indeed miss those personal inter-relationships more than anything else.

Be safe, be well and stay tuned

PLEASE HELP KEEP GOLF ALIVE

Many factors have resulted in the steady decline of golf globally. It’s up to us, those that love the game to keep it alive.

The link below is a gallant attempt to save another historic golf course in South San Francisco called Gleneagles. The history of this Jack Fleming course is worth reading about. Please first read this Golf Magazine Story About Gleneagles and COVID-19, March 23, 2020, Josh Sens
https://www.golf.com/travel/2020/03/23/gleneagles-golf-san-francisco-muni-monday/

Please help Tom Hsieh keep his dream alive by donating to this worthy cause. Please click this GoFundMe link below to help. PLEASE HELP

https://www.gofundme.com/f/gleneagles-covid19-relief-fund

Stay tuned for more information on the BEST IMMUNE POWER PACK I KNOW OF