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Carl Pettersson was finishing round one. He’s on the 5th fairway. He’s getting into his backswing and all of a sudden “wham” his ball gets hit. It turns out that an errant tee shot from the 2nd fairway hit his ball while he was in mid-swing! How many times will you see that happen in your life time? Watch the video and read the full story here: http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/golf-devil-ball-golf/carl-pettersson-golf-ball-literally-gets-hit-other-134216094.html

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Before I became a professional clubfitter I didn’t even know that there were different size grips!  It is true that most people can benefit from moving up 1 size in the grip for the left hand. It is also true that most people can benefit from moving up 2 sizes under the right hand as well. I believe that it is more of a subconscious feeling rather than a physical feeling because one size in a grip is only 1/32”-1/16”. You must have some very sensitive hands to actually feel the difference.

Here is why it works. We all know that we don’t squeeze the grip. Instead we hold it as lightly as possible while still maintaining control. If your grip is too small it causes the hand(s) to squeeze just a little bit tighter and that in turn causes a push or pull in your swing. Its happening and you don’t even realize it. Now that doesn’t mean that everyone should run out and get larger grips. Merely get them checked.

To check the size of your grips, grasp the club in a normal grip, just like you are getting ready to take a swing. While maintaining that grip let go with your right hand. Twist your left hand so you can see your palm and look at your finger tips. They should just barely touch your palm. If they dig in your grip is to small.  The best way is to check what size is correct for you is to visit your local clubfitter who may have different size grips on sample shafts that you can actually try and see what feels better. Happy golfing!

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For many years I would hit the links and the first few holes were always bad. I was not sure why but I figured that was how it worked.  Years later I started looking at what other golfers did before they played. Almost all would show up for their Tee time and hit the links. I was doing what everybody else was doing but I was not happy with the results. One day I noticed a guy moving around the area. He was on the practice green, the driving range and I saw him doing some exercises. I thought that he was just there to practice. Then his tee time came up and he hit the course. I was astonished at first and then it hit me. I had no warm up routine. I looked into it to see what I should do and what I could do and came up with a plan. Once I put the plan into action I played soooo much better and actually felt better playing. Here is what I do:

First I show up about one hour before my tee time. I start with some simple stretches and exercises-Side stretch, trunk twist, body twists, and a neck stretch. From there it is off to the practice green. I try to get the feel of the grass by hitting maybe 30-40 balls from various positions on the green both long and short. You can pretty much bet that the grass on the practice green is the same as the greens on the course so why not see how they run. From there it is off to the driving range. I usually get 1-2 buckets/trays of balls. I start with the wedges, and then go through some irons and then the hybrids and finally the driver. Now it’s time to hit he links. Now the first few holes are not bad as in using them as a warm up, they are as good as I am going to play for the day!

This little routine saved me a consistent 9 strokes per round. It’s so easy and yet helps so much! So why doesn’t everyone do it? Good question! What your warm up routine?

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Most people don’t know this but face angle is very important. It could be the reason that you are driving the ball in the woods all of the time.

For the purpose of this article I will only address face angle with regards to drivers and fairway woods. Face angle refers to the angle of the face of your club in relation to a straight line. If the angle is to the left it is considered closed. if it is to the right it is considered open and if it is flush it is considered square. An angle of just two degrees will put you in the woods at 200 yards easily!

Years ago when the “big head” drivers came out I said “I just have to have one” so I ordered one online. When it arrived I went straight to the driving range. All of my shots were going way left and I couldn’t figure out why. I shrugged it off to a bad day. I then tried it on the course with the same results. That club got put away. I ordered another but different brand. When it arrived I had the same results except this time I was way right. This club got put away and I went back to my old driver. Sometime later, when I was studying to become a clubfitter, I became aware of face angle. I pulled out the two old clubs and measured them on a special device. I found that the first was two degrees closed and the second was one degree open.  The clubs went back in the corner. I still wanted a big head driver so I went to the pro shop and asked the staff for big head drivers that had a square face angle. You would have thought that I was speaking Turkish as they had no clue what I was talking about. As far as I now there is no marking anywhere on the club that tells you what the face angle is. The only way to tell is by having it checked by a clubfitter. My end result was that I made/built my own with a square face angle and I have never been happier!

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Before you can begin play, you must first choose a golf ball to use. Take a look in any golf pro shop and you will find multitudes of balls from numerous manufacturers. There are one-core, dual-core and three-core balls. There are balls for accuracy, distance and spin. Even taking a quick look at all of these different balls can be overwhelming. But as the next two paragraphs will explain, choosing the right ball for you really isn’t that difficult at all.

Cheap is good. To be quite honest, most balls will travel basically the same distance when hit by the same player. The major difference in all of the balls is feel. Since you, as a beginning player, have not yet developed a feel for the ball, you can dismiss this factor. The next thing to look at is cost. As a beginning golfer you’re going to lose plenty of balls, so you don’t want to spend a lot of money on them. Truth be told, any dual-core ball will work just fine for you at this point. These types of balls are made for the slower swing speeds of a beginning golfer and are relatively low-priced.

Balance is crucial. Not all balls are created equal and most have a veavy spot.So no matter what ball you choose, it is very important to know if you have a balanced ball. A ball that is out of balance can cause you to miss your shot. This is not so important with a long drive but is especially critical during putting. You can still play with a ball that is unbalanced if you use the heavy spot to your advantage. Have you ever seen a golf using a ball that has a line on it? That indicates that the ball has a heavy spot. The line on the ball is lined up with your line to the hole using the heavy spot to your advantage. Fortunately, balancing a golf ball is quite easy once you know how.

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