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I often get asked “what clubs should I have in my bag”? The answer is “I don’t know! Everyone is different and there is no set rule on what clubs you should have. You can have only 14 and you need a putter and a driver, so how do you determine the other 12? Roget Maltby has a free card that you can download at http://www.ralphmaltby.com/348. Simply complete the card as instructed, or better have your caddy complete it for you. Complete a card for each round you play, preferably on a couple of different courses. When completed, evaluate the cards to see what clubs you don’t use or use very little. Then you can decide what to change. Its easy and it doesn’t cost you a thing!

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Golf history tidbit

While the exact origin of golf is often debated, it is thought to have begun centuries ago in Scotland.  At that time the ball was made of leather and stuffed with bird feathers. The men used sticks to hit the ball into a target several hundred meters away. They would place bets on who could get the ball into the target in the fewest number of strokes. The name GOLF actually started as an acronym for Gentlemen Only Ladies Forbidden”.  The game of golf we know today started in the 18th century when the Scottish game migrated to the rest of the U.K.

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The Australian golfers are tearing up the courses in 2013.

Adam Scott holds off Tiger Woods to win the Masters.

Rodger Davis fires a four under-par 68 to win the first event of the PGA Legends Tour.

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It’s true that an accomplished golfer will benefit more from a professional clubfitting than a beginner. But the truth is, all people of all skill levels can benefit from a club fitting. You’ll see why as you read on.

Static vs. Dynamic Clubfitting. There are two types of clubfitting—static and dynamic. A static clubfitting uses a series of measurements and charts to determine the specifications needed for a specific individual. This process is very generic in nature and the results may or may not fit the golfer. You’re probably wondering, “Why would anyone use this method if it doesn’t work?” Good question. This method is often used by the large golf club manufacturers when people order a set of clubs by mail. The manufacturer knows nothing about the person ordering the clubs, so they ask a series of questions such as gender, height, age, glove size, and whether the individual is right- or left-handed. They then take this information and look at a chart to determine what they need. Here is an example. John D is ordering a driver. He’s male, right handed, 5’ 8” tall, boasts a carry distance of 210 yards with a driver, and wears a medium size glove. By looking at the charts you will see that the man will get a standard length club with a regular flex shaft and a standard size grip (images 94–96). This might fit John, but chances are he will still need some fine-tuning. Static clubfitting, therefore, will get you in the ball park. It’s probably going to be better than your neighbor’s clubs, but not if you and your neighbor have similar specifications.

The second method is the dynamic method. This is a four-step process. The first step is a personal interview. This usually involves a questionnaire which asks specific questions about the person’s playing ability, strengths and weaknesses, physical limitations, and even desires and goals. The second step is taking the golfer’s existing equipment and measuring its specifications. The third step will find the golfer performing a series of hitting drills. Finally, in step four, the clubfitter sits down with the golfer and provides a recommendation on what the golfer needs. This may be alterations to the existing clubs, buying new clubs or having a custom set of clubs built. It may even be a recommendation for golf lessons to strengthen certain areas. As you can see, this is a much more thorough process than static clubfitting, and much more in tune with the golfer’s specific style. It’s also very flexible; the dynamic clubfitting process can be done on the entire set or just a portion of it. It can even be tailored to a single club like the driver or putter.

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As a professional golf instructor I hear many reasons why people don’t want to learn golf but honestly none of them are a valid excuse. Here are some examples;

1. I don’t have the time. People spend more time watching TV or playing video games than anything else. If they just took 1 hour a day 2-3 times a week to learn golf they would not only be learning the enjoyment of the game but they would be building new social circles and feel more healthy.

2. I don’t have the money. Poor excuse! Learning the game can be as easy as buying a book. For example the book Golf Made Easy! A Backward Approach to Learning Golf….. Or Is It? is only $10 on kindle (this is just one example, there are many more). Clubs etc can be rented at most public courses for just a few dollars. Golf doesn’t have to be expensive to be enjoyable.

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