This week, we’re at the London Club where we’re joined by Martin Hopley who is Golf Monthly’s putter and utility iron expert. He talks us through some of the best putters and best utility irons he has tested in 2022 as well as offers some advice for those looking to invest in a utility iron this year. Our discussion this week focuses on how often golfers should look to be upgrading their driver. With new drivers due in 2023, will next year be the right time for you to upgrade?
As always, anything you’d like to see us discuss on future episodes of the Gear Of The Week show let us know in the comments. Enjoy!
02:55 Favorite Putters 2022
11:22 Favorite Utility Irons 2022
18:32 How Often Should You Update Your Driver?
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How To Improve Your Golf Game Quickly
Luckily for would-be golfers out there, you can find a ton of literature on the sport, as well as various training videos and programs. However, some people only wish to seek out some simple and easy-to-implement golfer tips. If you fit the bill here as “some people,” then you’ll love the tips listed below.
A helpful tip when it comes to golf is to make sure that you do not even attempt to play a round of golf on a course until you are at least competent at hitting the ball. This is important because you will save yourself much frustration and embarrassment by doing so.
When starting out, the best instructions to learn are to just do what feels comfortable. Concentrate on hitting the ball, do not worry so much where it goes, just consistently hit the ball. Once you can consistently hit the ball with nearly every swing, then go to a PGA certified instructor or to a friend who is a fairly good golf player.
Keep your head down! Your natural instinct is to immediately lift your hear up to see where the ball is going, but it is important to make sure you make accurate contact between the club and the ball. Turn the ball face up so that you see the logo. Imagine that the middle of our club hits that logo and watch as you do it. Look up after contact is made.
If you want to increase the distance of your drive, use a ball color that really contrasts against your pants and shoes. When you are looking down at it, you will quickly instinctively think “I need to get this thing out of here”. It’s not about whacking the ball harder, but meshing with your own clothes psychologically so you use your whole body in the swing like you know you should.
It is wise to make and aim for a target when you are practicing your golf skills. By having something to aim at, you may find that it is easier to get the ball to go where you want it to. Before you start an actual game of golf, do the same thing – get some target practice in (it’s fun too!)
To add more power to your swing, work on your arm muscles by doing lateral raises, one-armed rows and bench presses. These exercises work the essential muscles that will help you get more from your swing. The dedication to your golf game will keep you motivated to start and continue your exercises.
It is wise to avoid buying golf clubs over the internet, even if you have seen a picture of it. This is because although the club may seem to be in good condition, there could be flaws or problems with the club. Instead, buy a new, durable one at a sporting goods store.
After you have been playing golf for a while, you may decide you want to invest in a whole set of high quality clubs. When you get to this point, you should schedule a golf club fitting with a pro. In this way, you can make wise choices about each club in the set you build so that you will have the perfect set of golf clubs to suit you personally.
To maximize your enjoyment while playing the game of golf, bring a group of friends instead of golfing alone. This will make the game more fun, as you will have the additional competition of winning against someone you know. Playing with friends will bring out the best in you and help to elevate your game.
Always warm up before beginning a game of golf. Golf is an enjoyable sport but it can also be very stressful on the body, especially the back, arms and legs. If you stretch prior to playing you will decrease the chance of getting injured. Stretching will also limber you up, which helps your swing.
Sure, you can always opt for lengthy books explaining golf or complicated simulators that will only hurt your swing in the long run, but going with these simple and quick tips in the text above will improve your game better and in a shorter amount of time. Use these common sense golfing tips, and watch your game improve.