4 ways to improve your golf game: It’s not always easy

This was finally going to be the year.

Instead, Memorial Day arrives with many golfers still struggling with inconsistency and looking for new ways to save strokes.

Any solution requires time, energy and resources. Invest wisely.

Here are some ways to improve your golf game that might not be obvious.

John Preston caught you cheating again, only this transgression could hurt more than a two-stroke penalty.

The Director of Education at TrueTurn, Preston has made improving thoracic spine mobility his mission. Few recreational golfers properly rotate their middle 12 vertebrae and alter their swings.

“People know they need a shoulder turn,” says Preston. “So they grab their 5 iron and start trying to spin and start swinging all over the place. It is an illusion of rotation.

“It looks like spinning, but my body really isn’t spinning.”

True chest rotation generates speed and power while preventing injury. Getting there takes practice.

To use TrueTurn, extend both arms to grip the device, brace both shoulder straps, and assume an athletic stance. Slowly rotate to a point of resistance, then repeat the movement while gradually increasing the range of motion.

Regularly performing two sets of half a dozen exercises in 10 minutes will unlock the spine and expand the mind.

“It’s hard to teach rotation because people don’t know what it feels like,” Preston said.

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A resistance band is included for use as golfers progress. Whatever their level of fitness and flexibility, TrueTurn ($269) will improve them.

“Your body plays golf; the club is the instrument,” Preston said. “If you want the golf club to do what it’s supposed to do, your body has to be able to do it.”

It’s time to take charge. A long history based on the experience of Scott Curry.

The President of PURE Grips has seen too many golfers play with a wedge due to well-worn grips lacking in tactility and texture.

A recent convert had never re-aggregated his 1984 PING Eye2s.

“I was like, ‘What are you doing?'” Curry recalled.

He continued: “The grip may not be the most vital part of the golf club, but it certainly cannot be ignored. It’s the only part you actually touch.

Sensing an opening in the market, the Arizona-based company was launched in 2009, as many handle manufacturers moved production to Asia and material costs rose.

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Made of 100% natural rubber, the PURE Grips ($12.99 each) stay sticky in damp or wet conditions and durable enough to offer a 100-shot guarantee. Available in a range of colors – from traditional black to neon yellow – and styles, including conventional wraps and the heavily textured DTX pattern.

Most importantly, injection molding technology ensures PURE grips maintain consistent thickness and weight distribution. Curry maintains that Tour pros grab each club multiple times to find grips of similar weight.

“We spend so much time and investment getting the perfect take,” Curry said. “The discrepancy is only one gram from its original design. Other grips have a 5 gram, 8 gram, 10 gram discrepancy.

Curry guarantees that golfers will feel a difference.

Consider the golfer with the PING of 1984 and handicap 5.

“I don’t think he went to a 2 handicap, but he said, ‘I swing more freely,'” Curry said. “”I don’t put a death grip when I have 120 yards. “

Henri Johnson said your clubs were probably fine. You are the problem.

Johnson, the South African CEO of Orlando-based FlightScope, has a solution for golfers who want to track the data and put in the effort.

“Whatever clubs you own, you’re guaranteed to get better if you use technology, pay attention to detail, and change your behavior accordingly,” Johnson said.

FlightScope’s tracking technology is available in four devices with varying price points, including the X3 ($14,995) used by PGA Tour pros like Bryson DeChambeau.

The Mevo ($500) costs as much as a new driver and produces more reliable results.

“You could land some good shots,” Johnson said. “After a few weeks, months, you’ll be pretty much where you are now. There will be no change in behavior. »

Mounted 6 feet behind a golfer in practice, FlightScope’s Mevo logs eight parameters of data for every swing to a free app, including ball and club speed, carry and spin rate.

Johnson suggests golfers focus on one read with one club. Work to duplicate at the data point again and again.

“We have very complex brains, but it’s very difficult to focus on more than one thing at a time,” said Johnson, an electronics engineer who founded FlightScope in 1989. “Pick one thing and then try to take control. Once you have control, you are going to have confidence.

A golfer who can produce a similar ball speed, say, with a 7 iron, suddenly has a repeatable golf swing – the foundation of a quality game.

“If you put in the work, put in the hours, you’ll get better,” Johnson said. “The one thing we can’t do for everyone is do the work for them, and that’s disconnect. We cannot solve discipline.

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The lure of a quick fix is ​​FlightScope’s main competition. Johnson hopes golfers looking to improve will consider a new path.

“You can’t buy a game,” he said. “There is no magic solution.”

A good short game goes a long way in lowering scores.

Most golfers still prefer to drive for show than putter for dough. But investing the time to select a set of scoring clubs pays off.

“Most fit their drivers or irons,” said Rob Lang, president of Indi Golf. “When was the last time you heard of someone getting ready for wedges and putters? A lot of people go to the rack and they look at it, ‘Oh, that looks cool.’

“Then they take it out on the course.”

Lang is on a mission to change this self-destructive mentality.

In 2018, Indi turned heads in a crowded market. Lang’s clubs feature a thick topline, shorter hosel, center of gravity to the toe and 22 grooves on a milled face.

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The result: better contact, superior control and strong spin, even on mishits.

“We found that if you have the ability to spin the ball, you just become a better corner player,” Lang said. “Our product is designed for that.”

The Southern California-based company offers wedges in six lofts, ranging from 50 to 60 degrees, with three different sole grinds, depending on the golfer’s angle of attack and home course conditions. Indi wedges come with steel ($160) or composite ($170) rods.

Indi’s line of putters are available in blade and mallet styles ($350) with balanced toe and face designs to match the golfer’s stroke.

See the website fit tool for any questions.

“It’s more important than getting the latest technology,” Lang said. “If you have something that you’re properly integrated into, you’re just going to play better.”

This article first appeared on OrlandoSentinel.com. Email Edgar Thompson at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter at @osgators.

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