Grip Master Golf Grips – new old technology

Last weekend I went to Lytham St Annes to watch the Seniors Open Championship. Its great to watch the legends of the game play and to see how impressive they still are.

Retief Goosen & Fred Couples both still flying the ball 330 yards through the air. The way they are so accurate, we talk about shaping shots, but most of the time their ball flights don’t really deviate more than a few yards. Short games so reliably impressive it’s a surprise when they drop a shot.

A big difference to the main tour was seeing them on the practice ground. The Tour vans had left. You don’t see a line of golf coaches with tablets in their hand reading trackman data, in fact I didn’t see a single Launch Monitor at all. That’s not to say than I didn’t see any innovation.

In fact the one I saw most consistently was a bit of a surprise in than it was the humble golf grip. Most notably the Grip Master Grip.

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Seemore Putters – a new discovery

Seemore Putters have been around for a while. In fact, they first came to prominence in 1999 when Payne Stewart holed the longest winning putt in USA history and also had the best final round putting performance in US open history with his Seemore Putter.

Whilst they have been around for in excess of 20 years now, they still seem to be a kind of insiders secret in the golfing world. In fact its only in the past couple of weeks that I have put one of their putters into my golf bag, and its for this reason that I want to share their RST technology and how it can help your game!

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Golf Practice Nets – The Backyard Driving Range

Innovation doesn’t have to be expensive.

With time so precious in this day and age, it’s not always feasible to get to the golf course or the driving range.

If like me you need your daily fix a Golf Practice Net could be just to solution.

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SkyTrak Golf – The Perfect practise simulator?

To continue my reintroduction to the game, I revisited one of my old coaches who has worked with LPGA and European tour players. When I arrived at his golf academy it was December, bucketing it down with rain, and blowing an absolute gale. As I approached the pro-shop my only thought was, “I hope this isn’t going to be outside!”

Much to my delight he said we were going into his swing studio, which turned out to be a large log cabin with and indoor putting green and two practice mats and nets. After a few warm up shots, he said we’d put a few on camera and then he produced a little black box that he positioned to the side on the mat. Suddenly a little red laser dot appeared on the mat and he told me to put the ball on the dot. I swung away and then he told me to look at the TV screen behind me, and there was the simulated flight of my shot tracing on screen.

This was my introduction to the Skytrak Golf simulator!

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Tag Heuer Connected Golf- smartwatch app

I have previously explored the idea of GPS golf apps and their place versus range finders or traditional yardage charts. Having always used Golf Shot previously, I recently discovered that Tag Heuer has developed an app to use with the Tag Heuer Connected smart watch.

I never normally wear a watch of any description when playing, but as an owner of a Tag Connected I thought I’d venture out for 9 holes last night and give it a go.

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Golf Ball Flights, new laws explored.

So I recently had another lesson, (old habits die hard) and once again I’m not getting enough rotation through the ball.

The problem is that the more I try to rotate through impact the further left I hit it, so based on my golf ball flights, my swing path must be out to in, right?

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Golf Club Fitting – a fresh start

So as a former professional I was fortunate to have benefited from equipment contracts from Top-Flite and Mizuno. With this background I thought I knew my spec. Swingweight D2, standard lie, 1/4 inch longer with dynamic gold S300 shafts and 2 layers of tape under a standard grip.

Why then when I came back to golf in 2018 wasn’t I hitting my distance numbers. Sure swing speed will have dropped over 10 years plus of not playing, but with all this development in equipment and the ball, why am I shorter now than I have ever been.

It’s time for a Golf Club Fitting.

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Golf Yardage Devices – is the yardage chart dead?

Professionals Yardage Chart

So one of the first things I noticed when returning to Golf last year is that almost every playing partner was constantly looking at their watch, or using a range finder on every shot.

I was playing the way I knew, pacing distances off markers and playing to what I could see, viewing these new devices with disdain.

But the more competitive I wanted to become the more I started to wonder,

How many shots per round could a Golf Yardage Device actually save me?

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