Friday, 15 August 2008

Why SkyCaddie Will Help Your Course Management and Save You Shots

It’s like SatNav for the golf course, but it’s much easier to use than the one in my car, and it doesn’t have that monotone voiced woman telling me I’ve ‘driven’ in the wrong direction. I love this gadget; it is proving itself to be a really useful course management aid. By giving you targets to aim for and to avoid, it helps you make better decisions off the tee. Using the Driver less often, I have been finding more fairways and greens in regulation, which has got to be a good route to saving shots.

At £299.95 it’s not cheap. After all you could have your choice of drivers for this kind of money. But I would lay a £10 bet that you would save more shots on your next round with SkyCaddie in your hand, than a new driver in your bag!

The only potential drawback is that your playing partners will start asking you for distances from around the 2nd hole until the end of the round – Tell them to get their own!

Products I have Been Trying This Month

Always looking to save shots I recently fitted a 2Thumb putter grip to my putter. 10 minutes to fit it, 15 minutes practice with it and off I went onto the golf course. 3 rounds later my putting stats have improved by just over 1 stroke a round and I feel as if I cannot miss from 8 foot. If I could save a stroke for every £17.99 I spent on golf equipment it would cost me just £233.87 to get to scratch!

There are at least 7 different ways to grip it and it certainly feels different when you first pick it up. It stops you breaking your wrists and reduces putter face rotation and I’ve found it has helped me achieve a better roll on the ball. – 3 different styles, 7 different colours, prices from £14.99 to £17.99 per grip. As a bonus it will soon be shipping with a putting lesson DVD from PGA Master Professional Denis Pugh.

Tuesday, 12 August 2008

Golf Blog From Sandy Jamieson (Robert Allenby's Coach)

I came across this golf blog recently from Sandy Jamieson, one of the world's leading golf coaches and currently coach to Australian star Robert Allenby. On his blog he periodically talks about his trips around the world (not always in private jets) and the odd golf tip or too. The one tip I found particularly useful was the one about using an alignment aid when practising. It's so simple and it helps you form and keep good habits and you will see the benefits on the golf course. He's also uploaded a video of Robert Allenby's swing on his profile page on this new golf instruction website.

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