Search the Community
Showing results for tags 'Game improvement'.
Found 4 results
Looking for a cheaper price set of iron heads. looking to throw them on some x100 shafts. I am a blade player but wanna try some super game improvement irons. just experimenting. please message me with offers. also have some putters to trade or flyz pro iron heads. putters like ping sigma g kushin 35 inch odyssey protype 82 putter head mla mallet putter 34 inch (brand new) give me some offers im a willing trader
I am new to mygolfspy.com and I love all of it. I have recently started golfing again regularly and am interested in some new clubs and overall improving my game with and without technology. My handicap is somewhere around 18-22 if I had to guess. Driver: Orlimar tri-metal 440cc fairway woods: also olimar tri-metal Irons: ACER XK pro 4-GW slotline putter (probably 28 years old) titelist 14 way bag brooks running shoes. I don't have favorite grips, but my hands sweat even when they shouldn't and am in the market. I am also a big guy...5'10 300+ and am trying to lose weight while improving my golf game. I am intrigued by blades. If I can hit them well, I know I am doing it right. (I don't own blades). Say hello, and any advice would be appreciated. Jason
To read with pictures and headings, visit this link. Recently, I was struggling with my game, frustrated, and didn't know how to get out of the slump I was in. I was shooting in the high 70s just about every round, and couldn't seem to get myself to even par or better if my life depended on it. After several weeks of reminiscing on some of my better periods of golf, I realized that the main reason I was struggling was a result avoiding high numbers rather than trying to shoot a low numbers. In golf, there are two mindsets that play tug of war while we are on the course. In order to play our best, we need to feed the mindset that produces low scores. As a golfer, I know that this is easier said than done! Changing your mindset on the golf course is nearly impossible if you don't know how to go about doing it! About two years ago, I was playing some of the best golf of my life. I would arrive to the course with a smile on my face, and shoot even par or better without much of a sweat. Golf seemed easy at the time, but as we all know, these streaks don't last forever. Eventually, I fell into a bit of a slump. For several months, I would arrive at the golf course nervous, lacking confidence, and would wish my 3-footers on the first hole in for par. I became frustrated with the poor results I was getting, and starting thinking about where my mind was when I was playing my best. I realized that at my best, I was playing for the sake of playing great golf. The only thing I thought about the night before an important golf tournament or casual round with my buddies was how I was going to break 70 the next day. Not everyone is as score oriented as I can be, but it seemed to work in my favor. Having this mindset completely changed the way I would approach a golf round. Instead of wishing the ball in for par on the first hole, I was charging birdie putts into the back of the cup. I remember a period of time where I started my round with a birdie six rounds in a row! When I was struggling, birdieing the first hole was the equivalent of holing out from under a tree in the rough. It seemed impossible. I don't want to get too personal about my own game, because everyone is different, but I would like to share some things that I learned when I was finally able to turn my game back around. The truth is, every golfer, no matter what skill level can play to win. When I say "play to win," I am referring to the mindset that we as golfers have when we are playing at our potential. For some, this could be shooting a round of 90, and for others, it could be shooting a round of 70. Regardless of your skill level, the lessons I learned in the process of getting out of my slump should hopefully do wonders for your game! Here are the four ways that I was able to break out of my slump and start playing well again: 1. Trying to birdie the first and last hole of every round This may sound a bit strange, as we all know that our first and last holes do not determine the outcome of our round. By consciously making an effort to birdie the first and last hole, we are priming the winning mindset I'm talking about, whether we know it or not. If you are like most golfers, you have probably tried to "ease" into a round. I think that trying to "ease" into a round is another way of avoiding the pressure that comes along with a good start. Sure, it's easy to bogey or double bogey the first couple of holes and enter the "comfort zone", but what good does that do for our score? If you decide to take this piece of advice, apply it with reason. If you hit your drive into the trees on the first or last hole, there is no reason to play the "hero shot" in a desperate attempt to birdie the hole. The point of this is to prime your mind to think in terms of playing to win rather than avoiding losing. Also, if you are a 20 handicap golfer, your goal might be to par the first hole. Use common sense, and I think this will help you. Next time you go to the course, ask yourself: What will I have to do to birdie/par the first and last hole? Where must I place my tee shot to give myself the best approach angle into the green? What is my target? Which side of the fairway/green should I favor? What shot should I hit? By asking yourself these questions, you are opening your mind to an entirely new world. Welcome to the mindset of shooting lower scores 2. Practice practice practice Argghh!! I know this is a scary word, but let's be honest... How are you going to play to win with no confidence in your game? In my opinion, the best way to get some confidence back is by getting in the reps. Go on my Pinterest account and watch some of the instructional videos that pertain to your current struggles. If you can't find what you're looking for there, search YouTube for instructional videos. Then, go to the practice area and apply what you've learned! If you're busy with work, intentionally schedule some times to practice. It is amazing how much confidence a two hour, focused practice session can give you. Just do me a favor, and avoid watching too many instructional videos at once! If you have too many tips in your head, this exercise will be counterproductive. I suggest that you first find some credible sources of instruction, and then stick with one source for all of your instruction. There is nothing worse than jumping between instructors! If you want a great site for golf instruction, check out Bradley Hughe's site. Bradley is a former PGA tour player, and was actually the first player to ever win a professional event with a Titleist Vokey wedge! He is a two time Australian Masters champion, and can surely provide you with the advice you need (I do not receive commissions for referring to his site -- I just love his instruction so much that I can't help giving him a referral). The goal of practice is to give us the confidence that we need to go out there and birdie the first hole! No matter how much you are tempted to play play play, getting to the practice area is essential. If you get bored, listen to some music! 3. Listen to Golf Self Hypnosis Tracks I personally don't know many amateur golfers that utilize self hypnosis for their golf game, but would highly recommend it to anyone. No, it does not require you to embarrass yourself, and no, it is not as uncommon as you might think. Tiger Woods has practiced self hypnosis, and other forms of hypnotherapy (meditation) to improve his game. I like to think about self hypnosis as "intentional visualization." I can't sit in one spot and visualize for an extended period time, which is why I use self hypnosis scripts before bed a few times a week. Personally, I use the scripts from the book Zone Golf, but you can make your own audio scripts, or find others online. By falling asleep to a golf specific self hypnosis track, your brain is basically primed to dream positive golf thoughts. Kelly Sullivan Walden talks a lot about dream therapy in this book, and I have been amazed with the results! If you would like to see my summary or purchase this book, click here. The key to having success with forms of hypnotherapy is having an open mind. Give this a try for a couple of weeks, and be sure to comment with your results! 4. Gain Momentum with Little Victories Although golf is unpredictable, and we often see players turn their games around from day to day, you most likely won't get out of a slump in a day. It will take a few weeks of applying these tips consistently to see results. Unfortunately, a golf game doesn't get better without conscious action. It might improve day to day, but if you want to see long term improvement, I suggest getting serious about applying some or all of these tips. When I talk about "gaining momentum," I am referring to the thoughts that go through our heads while on the course. Say you are standing over a five footer on the first hole for birdie... If you aren't comfortable birdieing the first hole, this putt will not bring a good feeling to you until you make it. Use these small opportunities to gain some momentum, and transform your game! Say to yourself: "I'm going to make this putt, and it will be the beginning of a great round! I will make this putt and keep my foot on the gas for the rest of the round!" By talking yourself through an uncomfortable situation like this, you will train your mind to "play to win." The more often you use your conscious brain to create this type of momentum, the faster you will improve your golf game. Over time, your mind will become aversive to negative thoughts, and you will see your scores drop. If you commit to continuous improvement, it will almost be difficult to play bad! Golf won't get any easier, but it surely will become a lot more fun! I hope you have found some, or all of these tips useful, and I hope that you will apply them (consistently) to your game over the next few weeks, struggling or not. I also hope that you will apply these tips to anything you do in life! Playing to win is not only a great way to approach golf, but also your job and many other competitive arenas.
Ok, I'm a 56 year old 8.2 index golfer. I have been as low as 4.5 this year and have been playing the game seriously for 30 odd years. I would describe my self as a golf tragic club ho, who is a victim of most good marketing and often looks for an excuse to buy something new when it comes to golf. I have followed the pending release of the GMax and I series irons since I got wind of it sometime ago. My club Pro has been tooting his horn about the Gmax in particular, with his war cry of "12 yards longer guaranteed" by Ping. I had seen the photos of the GMax and was underwhelmed by them. I thought "Hmmn G25/30's dressed up with a hotter face." I hit the course this morning for my first game back since tearing something in my back. I hadn't hit a ball for a week and it felt like a month and was having a practice putt when the trainee Pro stuck his head out the door and casually mentioned to me that they had the new demo sets in from Ping and did I want to have a hit with them. Crafty little bastard that he is, knew I couldn't resist the bait and I went inside to check 'em out. Tâ€‹he Unboxing: My unboxing consisted of seeing these babies pristinely clean and new in a golf bag in the shop. There is no denying it, they are ugly yet at the same time curiously functional and you just know that you can hit them. The head is quite large even for a Super Gameâ€‹ Improvement iron. The top line is thick, and the off set is big. The finish is a matt gun metal grey/brown and not unattractive but not gorgeous either. The shafts seemed to blend in and I struggle to actually remember what colour they were but at the end of the day I didn't really care. I took 'em out side and put them in the bag. They had 4 - SW in graphite but I only took the 4 - PW, leaving my Vokey's in the bag and they were yellow dot, which is apparently 1.5 degrees upright. I had a few practice swings with the pitching wedge and 6 iron, feeling their weight and letting the bounce of the irons interact with the grass not taking a divot but just gently making practice swings. They felt good and I wondered how I would go with the offset. I owned a set of G30's and got rid of them because of the offset and hitting them left all the time. I had 40 minutes or so before tee off so I grabbed five old balls out of my bag and took the seven iron and a tee onto the range. I hate our range because it is set up on a weird angle to everything and to hit the ball "straight" it feels like I have to aim miles right. I teed up the first ball that just happened to be a Mizuno JPX. They are firmer than a Pro V1 and they launch quite high. I was very tentative with my back and so tried to make just a smooth warm up swing and this ball took off like a scalded cat launching high with a gentle draw and flying about 150 yards. The feel was typical of a cast Ping iron, sweet but no Mizuno buttery goodness, and the sound was just plain ugly! It sounded like a metal wood. That is the closest approximation I can come up with and I put it down to the JPX ball being a bit harder than most other balls. I had a Bridgestone, a Srixon and two Pro V1x's and hit them in that order gradually hitting them harder with each swing. The last being the hardest and probably the best sounding of the five. They all had a great trajectory and flew with a gentle draw the last one flying about 165 yards. I was impressed. The longest I can hit my Mizuno 7 iron is 155 max. I hoped the sound would grow on me. The ball speed off this iron was impressive from the get go and it was a prelude to my experience out on the course. The Mid Irons:â€‹ Yes you are right, it is an odd place to start the review but the first five holes apart from the third at my course require mid iron approaches especially when my tee shot is not what it could have been. I hooked my tee shot on the first and left myself a good 165 yards to the flag and had the same distance for my third on the second hole which is a par five. With my back still at the fore front of my mind the swings I made on both shots were a bit tentative and came up short of the green. Both shots were lower trajectory wise than I expected but again I put that down to the quality of swing rather than the club. Both had a gentle draw and finished on line and I was satisfied with both. There were a couple of occasions on the day where I had to hit half seven irons or chippy type shots out of trouble and the seven iron is my go to club when I do. The Ping was more than up to the challenge and it's not often that I stand there admiring a half seven iron that I have chipped back out onto the fairway but I did today. The fourth hole is a long Par three that plays 205 from the tips and today was playing 183. I have aced the fourth before from where the tees were today so I selected the same club I used back then which was a six iron. I put a good swing on it not hard but smooth and the ball launched slightly right of the flag which was back centre and flew with that gentle 2-3 yard draw pitching 2 paces from the flag and according to my playing partners hit the hole and finished 3ft above the flag. The exclamations of approval from aforementioned playing partners and the feedback from the club let me know I had hit a top shelf shot. The sound was growing on me. I will point out at this juncture that I normally hit my Mizuno 6 iron 165 yards. As I began to warm up and loosen up, the better I was compressing the ball and hence the better sound. Fast forward to the 8th Hole another par three playing 183 yards and just short of the tips. For some reason I decided that I should hit 5 iron. Probably because that is what I would hit from there if I was using my Mizuno's. Call it a brain fade. Once again I just made that smooth swing protecting the back and as soon as I made contact I knew it was too long. I had pulled it slightly - always a harbinger of a longer than wanted hit and it was high and drawing and yes too long, and I was jumping up and down yelling "Get down!" It didn't and I holstered the five iron and pulled out the six and hit my provisional (read practise ball) to ten feet pin high. I will add I made a great up and down with the first ball. That was pretty much it for most of the round with the midirons. The most surprising thing was the way the ball just jumped off the face. There was never any doubt in my mind that the shots were going to cover the distance required. And having that ability in my bag boosted my confidence levels to a place they haven't been for some time. The Long Irons: I guess technically the four and five irons are the only clubs in this class that I used today. I used the four iron off the tee on 3 and a couple of times off the fairway on par fives as my layup club. The tee shot on three that I hit was smoked and had me looking for melted ball on the club face. Like the mid irons the ball exploded off the club face and the trajectory was high but penetrating. I never felt like I had to swing hard at the ball at all, all day with any of the irons, but if I do feel that way it is usually with the long irons. â€‹ Certainly not the case today. I hit that tee shot pretty close to 200 yards and again the exclamations of approval from my playing partners put that happy face on my head and a grin on my mouth. I hit a towering 4 iron from the fairway on 16 for my second shot that was again close to 200 yards that was as sweet an iron shot that I have ever hit. That I was impressed with both irons would be an understatement. The Short Irons:â€‹ These were the 8,9 and PW. I normally hit my eight iron 140 yards and it tends to probably be my most used short iron in the bag. I think all the times I hit it today I was either between clubs or mishit the eight. The mishits all finished in playable lies, usually short but online and now that I sit here thinking about it I only hit it three times. The nine iron I hit twice and missed left both times -now there's a surprise - not! Damned off set! But having said that I remember addressing the ball and feeling very confident looking down at the loft and the way it sat at address. The wedge I hit multiple times and hit it from 110 yards to 125 yards comfortably with a nice draw and spun it off one green that I typically do that on with any wedge that I hit from 110 yards in. My shot of the day came on the eighteenth hole and was an eight iron that had escaped my memory. I hit my drive into the fairway bunker â€‹leaving 143 yards to the flag. It was a hanging lie and I had my right foot outside the bunker. A smooth swing focussed purely on clean contact and I picked the ball clean and knew without a doubt I had the distance perfectly. The trajectory was perhaps a little higher than I expected and the ball flew like a wire guided missile at the flag and landed about six feet left and above the flag exactly pin high. It was as purer contact as I have ever made with a Ping type club and was just one of those gorgeous shots that when you remember it, a smile comes to your face. I think given a good lie I could happily hit the eight iron in this set 145 -150 yards. The 9 iron 135 -140. Certainly in summer with the thinner air. Not bad for me. Looks, Sound and Feel:â€‹ The only real surprise in this category was the sound. I would describe it initially as quite off putting. I really need to hit them again to see if I could live with it but on a scale of 1 -10 I would give the sound of these irons a low 4. I got used to it and basically switched off to it as the round progressed, probably because they performed so well in the other departments. Looks wise they are plain ugly, yet function able. Even with the big heads and thick top line I felt confident when I addressed the ball. Again on a scale of 1- 10 I give them a 7. There was no surprise in the feel department, They are a cast Super Game improvement iron and Mizuno's they aren't and feel wise I'd give them a 6-7 depending on contact. Performance overall and I have to give them an 8.5 perhaps higher after playing them again. Likelihood of Purchase: This is a sticky one. My ego says on a scale of 1 - 10 3 or 4. My desire to improve and play consistently better golf says 7 - 8. Overall I was impressed by the way these clubs performed in both the distance factor and accuracy. The effort to hit the ball as well as I did today was surprisingly less than I have been experiencing in my game of late. I intend to have several more rounds with these before I make any decisions about another set, and the silly thing was that I had all but written off Ping as a contender in that department. When I think about the G30's I had and the fact that I had got my handicap as low as 4.5 I don't wonder if perseverance with them and really working on how to aim the shorter irons might have been a better way to go rather than what I have been through getting a players iron and letting my ego get in the way. At least with the G30's a bad round was an 80 or 82 rather than anywhere from 80 - 90 now with the less forgiving players type iron. As they say the proof of the pudding is in the eating and todays taste was refreshing. That these clubs are not the most attractive to look at for my eye at least they work. And as the title of this review would suggest I may not be running around showing everyone my new clubs but rather telling them what I scored in any given round. Who would I recommend these clubs to? Just about anyone who can deal with their clunky looks, terrible sound and great performance. We all can do with more forgiveness in our games and apart from those elite amateurs and professionals that hit the ball so far no matter what they use maybe we should leave the players irons to their domain and play what suits us the best. Hope you enjoyed. Cheers!