Know the Distance You Carry Each Club

Learn the distance that you carry the ball with each club. You can always predict total distance depending on ground conditions. Does your 3-wood really carry farther than your 5-wood? Unless you have an 85-m.p.h. clubhead speed, I doubt it. How many yards does each wedge go? Does it have the proper loft configuration? How far do you carry your driver? Can you carry those bunkers on the 4th hole at Downingtown CC? It's best to know the answer before you try. Did you know the simulators ... Read more...
Steve Graves, Wednesday, January 16, 2019

What is "Indoor Golf?"

Video games have been around for almost 50 years. The release of Pong in 1972 wasn't the first, but it planted the seed for today's booming video industry. Since the advent of Pong, playing video games have steadily increased. Recent studies indicate that young people are playing on average over 1.2 hours per day. New versions of video games immerse the player into the game for real fun. Indoor golf combines video game technology with real golf clubs, balls, and swings to create an exciting, ... Read more...
Steve Graves, Thursday, October 25, 2018

Building a Repeatable Shot

Once you can hit shots the way you like, then you need to learn how to repeat it. First thing is to have the same set-up routine each time. Record your routine on video, writing down each step. My routine is grip on, right foot pointing at the ball, club behind ball, set feet, shuffle feet to find balance, waggle club, look at target, second waggle, second look at target, settle in, quiet the mind, and swing. Do yours until you can repeat it without thinking. Next work on the sequence and ... Read more...
Steve Graves, Friday, September 7, 2018

Winterize Your Game - Improve Your Putting

Good putting results from building good mechanics and then letting your feel and touch take over. The first mechanic is to aim the putter straight. Most golfers are not so good at this. To learn aim, you need a mirror that is placed on the ground so you ensure that your eyes  are over the ball. If your putter is correctly fitted for you (lie and length), this should happen naturally. Next, learn to hit the sweet spot every time. This is what allows you to develop touch, which is impossible ... Read more...
Steve Graves, Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Winterize Your Game - Check Your Equipment (Pt. 4)

The part of the golf club that shows the most wear is the grip. With smaller bags, the grips develop more erosion just from taking them in and out of the bag. If you see a shine on your grip, it's time for a replacement. You should also clean your grips every month. Use hot water, soap, and a stiff-bristle brush. You won't believe the amount of dirt that is hiding there. Next, check the shafts for wear-marks or flaking. Look at the hose where the shaft is attached to the head. Look for any ... Read more...
Steve Graves, Thursday, November 2, 2017