nike-vrs-covert-ironsAll right so it’s time to get new irons. Why? Let me guess… you’re not sure if you need new irons because your set looks okay but, you think that a newer irons will help you play better.? uhm… I think I actually projected my self with that statement he he.

Well if you’re a beginner that may be your case also, but like my first golf instructor told me I must tell you… “Not even the best golf clubs in the world will fix your swing faults”.

And though that statement is true, I have to say that some golf clubs do help us a bit to play better. Nevertheless, this is not about telling you “hey before buying new clubs first learn how to swing your clubs”, if you are reading this is because you want an honest review from an average golfer and that’s what I’m about to give, so here it goes:

Top 5 Forgiving Iron Sets (2016 Model Reviews)

Adams Idea

Adams-IdeaOverall Rating
4.7
Look & Feel
Tech Innovation
Price Range$545 – $700
Buy it from Amazon
Performance

Adams Golf has always been known for making easy-to-hit golf clubs having the average weekend golfer in mind. But this time they outdid it in creating game improvement technology. The Idea 2016 set includes 3 enhancement technologies in one set:

1) Hybrid technology (club head is a mix between wood and iron) on 3, 4 and 5 irons.

2) Slot technology (a slot that kind of wraps around the club head creating more launch and ball speed) on 6 and 7 irons.

3) Deep Cavity Technology (a hollow or pocket shape in the back of club head that increases forgiveness).

Besides the club design is nice and the feel is awesome. These are great clubs for either beginners or senior golfers.Continue reading

wedge-which-golf-brandSo you figured out you want to get a golf wedge eh? Good for you! (And your golf bag) but now the other trickier question… “What type of wedge and brand should I get?” Well if you’re expecting an answer from a golf pro or golf tech specialist, you surely won’t get it from me he he.

Like I already stated in my profile page and in a few posts here, I don’t pretend to be a pro nor a scratch golfer, but I’ve been playing for a few years now and have spent good cash in many golf products, golf clubs included. And that should give me some kind of knowledge from experience… at least enough to help newbies, and that is my mission!

Okay so enough jibber jabber!! let’s get down to business, so what wedges do I recommend for beginners? I will break my answer into 3 categories as follows:

1) BY WEDGE TYPE:

What kind of wedges do I need?

Like already explained a bit in the What Wedges Should I Carry I suggest if you are a beginner, you just have to worry about getting a SW (Sand Wedge) assuming that you already have a complete set that includes a PW (Pitching Wedge or 10-iron).

And last but not least, if you are already experimenting with flop shots you may want to get a LW (Lob Wedge).

Again, your wedge priorities while you’re a newbie are (in order of priority):

  • PW (44º to 48º) which is likely already included in your golf starter set.
  • SW (54º to 58º) this is crucial to play around the green and bunkers.
  • LW (60º to 64º) only if you want to get more creative with the short game, but you won’t need it for a while.

I have never found a need to buy a GW (or AW). I’ve tried that club borrowing it from a couple of friends a few times. I just can’t find a reason to trade a long iron or hybrid in my bag, in order to fit a wedge to make shots that I can do with the PW or the SW. But then again, maybe that’s why I’m not a scratch golfer lol.Continue reading

Hey! how’s it going? If you’re new at golf or are a casual golfer that’s looking to get a new golf set (maybe your first?), you’ll be glad to have found this page because within the following list are some great suggestions for you to buy the best golf set for beginners for less than $300 USD to get you ready for rolling the fairways.

Later on, I’ll post some of my picks for each type of golf club from drivers to putters, but for now let’s take a quick look at complete starter golf sets that will help you get from tee to green on a low budget.Continue reading

Bigger Cup Sizes…really?

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In short, here’s how it goes:

Problem: The golf industry has lost about 5 million golfers in the past decade. According to recent statistics from the National Golf Foundation.

Solution: Let’s make it easier for golfers in order to get back old advocates and attract new comers to the sport; let´s make the hole from 4.5” to 15” holes.

When I first heard this, I thought it was an April Fools Day prank so I said “Yeah right and make the Par 3 holes Par 5 ”.

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garcia-woods-be-gentlemanIt’s great to be enthusiastic about playing golf and know the basic rules on the game in order to play. But there’s another important aspect of the game, which has to do with the decency of knowing the rules of fair play, respect for other golfers, the golf course rules and your conduct in a golf environment. And that is called Golf Etiquette.

If you know and practice the following basic rules, you’ll be considered as a “gentleman of the green carpets” … ok I just made that title up, there’s no such thing. But seriously, please take a few moments to read the following rules and you’ll surely be playing as a true gentleman golfer, worthy of playing in any course.

Top 20 Basic Rules of Golf Etiquette

1. Wear proper attire where required

Many golf courses require you to wear proper golf attire in order to be admitted. And though regularly nobody will tell you anything (unless you’re playing in your underwear), just pay respect to the course and the game in general by wearing proper clothing. And that clothing is:

  • Collared Shirt, frequently a polo shirt (no t-shirts or tang tops)
  • Golf shoes with soft spikes (no tennis shoes, boots or sandals)
  • Slacks, casual shorts or golf skirts (No jeans, dresses, or swimming wear)

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Discount Tee Times – 5 Quick Tips to Play More and Pay Less.

get-ready-ball-2-618802-mLooking for Discount Tee Times is one great way to play more golf and pay less.

And the following are 5 quick tips that every golf beginner, well… in fact any golfer who wants to save money for that matter should know.

Read on and you’ll find out how.

1) Online Tee Time Reservation

Booking your tee times online is the 21st century way to go. I mean 15 years back you had only 2 ways to book for golf tee times, and those where either …

  1. Visiting golf courses expecting to have available tee times.
  2. Booking by phone. And even this one could be a hassle because sometimes took a while to first make the call; wait for the staff to answer; asking for your details and desired date and time and look on their schedule. And if they had no available spots, then you made another call to another course and another 5 to 10 min. wait on the phone.

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wedges-golfAll right so you finally made a decision to get a wedge besides the PW you already have but then you discover… Whoa! There is more than one type?

Well at least that was my expression the first time I wanted to get a sand wedge. I then got confused between the different types, loft angles, and the letters (P, A, G, S, L) in them. Not to mention deciding what wedge brand to pick.

In the middle of my confusion I asked my self “Do I really need all of those wedges? I thought I only needed the sand wedge”. Some time after I found out a quick answer.

Quick Answer! = Just carry a Sand Wedge (SW)

If you’re a beginner and the only wedge you have in your bag is a pitching wedge (PW as this is not really a wedge) then just add a Sand Wedge (SW) to your bag. Or a 54º to 58º wedge would be the same thing. Most major golf brands like to tag their wedges with the loft angle rather than to include the wedge type letter, and this makes it harder for newbies to identify what kind of wedge it is. But once again, just be sure a SW (54º to 58º) is part of your set.

I’m not saying the other wedge types are not important, but only if you really dig golf after a while and really want to hone your short game, should you consider getting more than one wedge.

As a golf beginner, you really just need a SW and your PW to learn all the needed shots in the short game. So if you want to get just one wedge besides the PW, it’s okay just make sure it’s a SW.Continue reading

Boost your golf bag in 10 steps minding your budget

7931713960_364ff0b387_z-300x300Let’s face it, it is likely at the beginning that your swing will be horrible and your game may suck for a while. That is unless of course you’re following the advice on the How To Learn Golf Properly guidelines, in that case you may stink a little less and will become a decent golf player in a shorter period of time.

Nevertheless, keep in mind that if you care about the money in your wallet the best option is to invest either on a used golf set from a garage sale or something, or to get an inexpensive new set for beginners, trust me you won’t notice the difference for sometime, maybe never if you turn out to be a casual golfer playing no more than once a month.

Anyway, after you get your first golf set and you play for some time with it, if you find yourself really diggin’ the sport but not actually convinced to spend a lot of money on a new golf set, then you can just upgrade it little by little until you get the set you want.

Upgrading a starter golf set for a few more hundred bucks more instead of going all the way to the top-of-the-line equipment spending anywhere from $1000 to $3000 is a good alternative when keeping your budget low is a priority.

So here are a few pointers on how to upgrade your starter golf set in the future. You don’t have to upgrade all equipment all at once of course, but be sure to take care of items 1 thru 4 in the very short term:Continue reading

clone-golf-clubsTo better understand what are clone golf clubs, let’s put the following example: If you ever heard the term “after-market” in the automotive industry, you’ll know that there is a community of auto part manufacturers mostly in Asia, that make the parts for the big car companies like Honda, Nissan, Toyota, Ford and Chevrolet just to name a few.

Most of the parts and accessories sold by the actual big car company dealers are in fact made by the same manufacturers as the aftermarket, and many car savvy people in the car repair industry, actually buy from this after-market at lower prices at the exchange of shorter warranties that do not come from the brand company of the car.

one industry, which uses this term very often and recognized by the consumer is the computer industry… I’m sure you’ve heard phrases like “are you going to buy an HP, a Dell or a clone PC?”

This applies to many industries like mobile phones, audio and video appliances, electronics, clothing and footwear among others. In fact one industry, which uses this term very often and recognized by the consumer is the computer industry… I’m sure you’ve heard phrases like “are you going to buy an HP, a Dell or a clone PC?”

Well the golf industry is no different. Most of the best brand golf clubs are manufactured overseas and then distributed to the US and other countries to be sold by their corresponding golf brand companies.

So a “clone product” is in essence the same product (or very close to it with a slight design variation) as the name brand product. And the main difference between the two relies in the use of the brand. Where the brand name product is selling at higher rates than of the clone product because it’s also selling something the clone product does not have or has it at a lower level… and that is, “prestige” because of its popularity and acceptance from the consumer due to massive media exposure.Continue reading

What do you mean properly? Learning golf is just learning golf isn’t it?? …nope icon_smile it may sound like stating the obvious, but actually we are referring to the fact that in order to learn to play golf properly, there is a right way and a wrong way to learn, a right method and a wrong method that I will explain in each of the 12 guidelines to learning golf properly. But before you continue to read, I must must be clear that this is not an article on golf techniques, or quick tips on how to to improve your golf game, rather this are just guidelines to consider before you even start or continue to learn if you’re a golf beginner. And before you even spend your money buying the “best brand golf clubs” out there because you think that’s a solution for improving your game.

The “WRONG WAY” is based upon self taught mechanics, instinctive impulses, imitation, guessing, trial and error, and a mix of things heard by different people, read on different books and magazines or seen on different video sources.

The “RIGHT WAY” will provide the understanding of the fundamentals and mechanics involved in the golf swing, your body, ball striking and ball flight, as those are the four pillars of a solid foundation for learning golf. Care to learn about how those four things work and you’ll be on the right path to learn golf faster and more effectively. Of course, there are way more than four things or fundamentals about golf itself, but these four pillars refer to the things you need to focus on learning and practicing before you even start playing at the golf course.

“…the golf swing, your body, ball striking and ball flight, as those are the four pillars of a solid foundation for learning golf...”

In other words, before you start to focus on things that every golfer craves like hitting the ball longer and straighter, shaving strokes from your score card, mastering the greens, and being a short game wizard, you won’t be able to do so before you have a basic understanding of the four pillars, and those are:

  1. Golf Swing. How does the motion, the speed, and the plane of a golf swing affect the ball and what mechanics are involved in order to produce the shot you want. And how important are the four stages of the golf swing (backswing, downswing, impact and follow-thru) around these mechanics.
  2. Your Body. How does your golf address position (whole body position considering spine angle, arms, hands, legs and distance from the ball), grip, and feet alignment affect your swing and ball impact.
  3. Ball Striking. How does the club head angle and ball position affect the shot at the moment of impact.
  4. Ball Flight. What causes all the different ways the ball can travel in the air, and why the ball reacts in different manners when it lands.

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