Minimalist Golf:Less is the New More?

Seeing the words ‘minimalist golf’ in any of my golf posts might have you spraying your morning coffee all over the keyboard. After all, I am notoriously unfaithful to my clubs. As I sit here typing, I have a lovely set of Mizuno irons in a bag next to me. In another corner, I can see my single length set. A shiny set of Wilson blades is hidden behind a component build with graphite shafts.

Two drivers are jostling for position in the gaming bag and two other driver heads are waiting for the right shaft. This really isn’t the set up of someone who is a minimalist!

And yet I am curiously fascinated by the idea of a minimalist bag set up. In fact, even with all these clubs, I rarely have the full 14 in the bag. I prefer to carry most of the time (although age is pushing me more and more towards hand carts!) and a couple of clubs fewer makes for a lighter bag.

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The End of the Golf Equipment Industry?

 

The number of companies that thrive in the golf equipment industry could be counted on your fingers (even if you are missing a couple!) This space is basically dominated by a couple of big names like Ping, Callaway, Nike golf and Taylormade. These companies are the ones you find in big box stores as well as advertised through the various professional tours.

Nike Golf quits golf equipment
It might be one of the most recognizable logs in the world, but even they are losing money making golf clubs

Of course, there are plenty of others out there, but they aren’t part of the big hitters in golf. Even someone like Wilson, one of the biggest companies in sports, doesn’t rely on golf to make a living.

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Swing Speed and Distance:How Far do You Hit Your Clubs?

 

swing speed and distance
Trackman is a great way to capture data from the swing

Distance, especially with the driver, is one of the driving forces in the golf market. Clubs are sold on the distance they generate. Check out the ads for any recent range of clubs and you will find distance placed squarely front and center. In fact, if you want to guarantee that your latest range flops, try selling it as ‘slightly shorter than all the rest’ (then start clearing your desk while you wait!)

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The Ultimate Guide to Breaking 80

ultimate guide to breaking 80

It is a well-known fact that the vast majority of internet golfers regularly shoot under par from the tips, need xx-stiff shafts in all their clubs (including the putter!) and are just keeping their game sharp until they get a shot on tour. However, in the real world, this isn’t the case. An oft-cited statistic says that most people who golf won’t break 100, never mind breaking 80. This is probably true if we include those who pick up their clubs once a year at most on a golf day at work. For those of us who play regularly or semi-regularly, we can fix our sites a little higher.

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How To Practice Putting

practice putting
good putting makes for better scoring and more enjoyment on the course

You will often hear that a good short game is the key to shaving strokes off your score. Whilst it is true that keeping it in play off the tee and hitting a few more greens will make a difference, holing more putts is always going to make the biggest dent when you look to take a few shots off that card. Just imagine going from 36 putts to 32, for example. There aren’t a lot of areas that will cut four shots in one go.

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Teaching Golf to Kids:Which Tips Work Best?

Kids Should Enjoy Learning the GameIt is a pretty common belief that the sooner you start hitting the little white ball, the better you can potentially become. Everyone knows about Tiger smashing it aged two, right? Of course, for every tour pro who was given his first club before he could walk, there are hundreds who never want to see a golf course again after being taken there daily by pushy parents as kids or being told to swing in front of the mirror every day after school.

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Single Length Irons: Do they Really Work?

Bryson Dechambeau's unque iron set
Bryson Dechambeau’s unique iron set

Unless you are living under a rock you have almost certainly heard a little of the biggest story in golf over the last couple of months. Namely, Bryson Dechambeau and his unique swing and club set up. He plays all his irons at the same length (37.5 inches) If you aren’t a regular golfer, you might wonder what all the fuss is about. Seems logical, doesn’t it? For the rest of the golfing population, Bryson has just told us that the earth is flat after all. So what is it all about? Does his unique set up really work? Should you try it to improve your game?

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7 Ways to Make Golf More Fun

Bunkers Can be Fun Too!Golf should be fun. not many of us are earning anything for our time on the course. in fact, I bet that it uses up a fair amount of your disposable income, so surely we should at least be enjoying our time our there on the fairways/rough, shouldn’t we?

Here are seven tips that will bring a little bit f pleasure back into the great game. If you are finding yourself trudging around the back nine, why not give them a try?

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Should You Choose a Golf Rangefinder or GPS device?

Sometimes you aren't right next to the marker post!
Sometimes you aren’t right next to the marker post!

Walking into a golf pro shop or sporting goods store, every golfer is confronted with hundreds of devices promising to take dozens of strokes off your game. Some of these devices are clearly gimmicks meant to skim your wallet. Some of them look like they might be potentially helpful while overpromising results. And then there are some that you might have even seen experienced golfers use.



Rangefinders and GPS units fall into this last category. While not gimmicky, nor guaranteeing that using them will get you on a PGA Tour, they are tools that even experienced golfers consider useful, if not essential.

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Understanding Slope for Golf Rangefinders

rangefinder for slope 2017

Not all Golf Courses are Flat
Not all Golf Courses are Flat

Any golfer who has played an even slightly hilly course knows that changes in elevation can greatly affect their game. These changes, if not properly taken into account, can be detrimental to your final score and in 2017 there is no reason why this should still be the case.

This is actually obvious to anyone from hacker to pro. We have all stood on an elevated tee and tried to guess just how many clubs difference it really makes. Of course, we usually get it completely wrong, hence the need for something that really tells us the difference that slope is going to make to the shot.

Golf equipment manufacturers know all about slope and have included features that are aimed at helping golfers compensate for these changes. If you are in the market for the best golf rangefinder with slope, it is important to understand just what it is and how the right golf rangefinder with slope can help take strokes off your game.

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