Lesson 2 what is in the bag ?

Lesson 2 Tell you all about the clubs in your bag.   IT may be a little to soon to be thinking about 300 yard drives.  But no harm in look at the special feature we are lucky to have.

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Taking into account this is a beginners course we best cover the important elements like having the correct clubs.

What is in the bag?

One rule you must remember, you can only have 14 clubs in your bag.

In the bag: We all have our own personal preference.  Therefore to make it easy I have used the clubs from my bag as an example.

Please do not assume we are promoting these clubs, the clubs you select are your choice. To start with, do not rush out and buy the most expensive clubs you can find. First, learn the fundamentals’ then buy your clubs there are many ways to purchase a good set of clubs at a reasonable price. You can check out (Callaway pre-owned)

Driver

The Driver: There are many different lofts, which play a major part in trajectory –flight path – distance.

To go in all the technical details of loft would only confuse you at this stage, so to keep it simple the average club player will use 10.5° and a regular shaft.

Driver played from the Tee

Later in this course, we go in far more detail.

Three woods

(Strange they have retained the name woods) but over the years have been redesigned, and are now fairway metals

Fairway Metals: Easy-to-hit fairway metals that bring any green within reach.

Average club player would select 13° with graphite shaft.

3 wood

Irons:

Long Irons Numbered 3 to 9 The lower the number the more distance you achieve. We will teach you how to be consistent, and learn to know the distance you play with each club.

Irons are a set numbered three to nine the higher the number the more loft the club has. The lower the loft the more distance you will hit the ball, the higher the loft less distance but more control.

Wedges:
Wedges are unique providing increased spin, developed with a precisely machined, tight tolerance groove that provides the player with increased spin on both full and partial wedge shots.

Wedges loft designed for shots close to the green or out of the bunkers, we will teach you all the different shots.

The average club player will carry two wedges one 50 degree – 58 degree

With the 58 degree you can play chip shots onto the green, with a 50 degree will play shot out of the sand traps

Putter: The putter is the most important club in your bag. You will use your putter on every hole. Even with professional golfers, their putting will determine if they win or lose.  One of the first objectives learn how to read the greens and to never three putt.

Putter is used more than any other club in your bag

Putter is used more than any other club in your bag

We may believe we have the text book swing and that all our basics are correct, Grip, Stance, Posture, Address, take away, top of back swing,

Follow through, and balance.

Top pro golfers have experienced coaches who in a very tact-full way tell them when some thing is not quite right.

We may not have that watch- full eye of our own trainer.

For beginners even the basics can seem complicated

The grip is important, strange, as it may seem the correct grip does not immediately feel comfortable.  Look at the photos. There are other grips, however for this lesson we the feature to interlock grip, because that is the grip that most professional golfers use.

The photos below are simple visual checks that we can ALL make; which we can do in front of a large mirror.

In these three photos, you can check stance, which should be the width of your shoulders. Posture knees bent a little, hold the club out in front of you and bend forward from the hips the point at which the club come to rest is the position the ball should at address, which of course is different for each club.  Your back should be straight.

It is always good to learn from the experts, when you are watching golf on TV focus on your favourite player and TV slow motion cameras they will show you the pro-swing from when they start. You will note they are not swinging at the ball they are hitting right through the ball and they never take their eyes off the ball until it well on its way. We can not expect to swing like the Tiger Woods; they are born with natural talent.

However, we can learn to develop a perfect swing you must work on timing, rhythm, balance, and tempo. (Do not swing like a mad axe man)

Pay attention to detail. Complete your pre-shot routine.  Once you are ready, concentrate, visualize your shot; waggle your club to take the tension out of your arms. Start your back swing take the club back low and in line with the target, do not start to pick the club up until it is pasted your right foot. (Head still eyes on the ball.) Complete your upper body- turn. Your wrists will hinge as you lift your arms and turn. At the very top of your swing you club must be level and point at the target. Your upper body starts to turn back, pull down with a straight left arm. Do not force the shot, nice easy natural swing eyes still no the ball, (Do not cast the club out) your club must return on the same path in line with the target at impact, follow through –hit right through the ball

If you are just learning golf, it may still be too early for you to venture onto the golf course, assuming you now have a set of clubs and shoes we suggest a trip to your local driving range. Go when it is not busy; allow your self plenty of time, no rush. If there are some good players there, spend time watching how they set up and how they swing.

When you are ready get your bucket of balls, find a tee box on your own.

Have your Hand Book of Golf with you then you can read and refresh your memory. Your Link will be sent with your welcome message, please submit your e-mail address on the form at the bottom. ( We need your prior permission ) We Hate Spam.

We hope that you have already practised your set up, stance and grip. Now it starts to get exciting. Be confident but do not expect too much, because it takes a time to develop your natural swing, once you do and you can practice with a consistent swing muscle memory will come into play and then your swing will be natural.

(Which is the main reason to learn the correct mechanics from the start it is hard to correct bad habits later)

OK now take your seven iron tee up a ball just a little of the mat.

Follow the aforementioned instructions, and then take your swing. (Do NOT look up until after the ball is the air) Practice with the seven iron until you can consistently hit the ball straight. If the ball is going right that is a slice, if the ball is going left it is a hook. By checking and readjusting, you should be able to correct the problem. If not then you can go to our top tips.

For beginners even the basics can seem complicated

The grip is important, strange, as it may seem the correct grip does not immediately feel comfortable.  Look at the photos. There are other grips, however for this lesson we the feature to interlock grip, because that is the grip that most professional golfers use.

The photos below are simple visual checks that we can ALL make; which we can do in front of a large mirror.

In these three photos, you can check stance, which should be the width of your shoulders. Posture knees bent a little, hold the club out in front of you and bend forward from the hips the point at which the club come to rest is the position the ball should at address, which of course is different for each club.  You back should be straight.

It is always good to learn from the experts, when you are watching golf on TV focus on your favourite player and TV slow motion cameras they will show you the pro-swing from when they start. You will note they are not swinging at the ball they are hitting right through the ball and they never take their eyes off the ball until it well on its way. We can not expect to swing like the Tiger Woods; they are born with natural talent.

However, we can learn to develop a perfect swing you must work on timing, rhythm, balance, and tempo. (Do not swing like a mad axe man)

Pay attention to detail. Complete your pre-shot routine.  Once you are ready, concentrate, visualize your shot; waggle your club to take the tension out of your arms. Start your back swing take the club back low and in line with the target, do not start to pick the club up until it is pasted your right foot. (Head still eyes on the ball.) Complete your upper body- turn. Your wrists will hinge as you lift your arms and turn. At the very top of your swing you club must be level and point at the target. Your upper body starts to turn back, pull down with a straight left arm. Do not force the shot, nice easy natural swing eyes still no the ball, (Do not cast the club out) your club must return on the same path in line with the target at impact, follow through –hit right through the ball

If you are just learning golf, it may still be too early for you to venture onto the golf course, assuming you now have a set of clubs and shoes we suggest a trip to your local driving range. Go when it is not busy; allow your self plenty of time, no rush. If there are some good players there, spend time watching how they set up and how they swing.

When you are ready get your bucket of balls, find a tee box on your own.

Have your Hand Book of Golf or print off the lesson you need then you can read and refresh your memory. The in trend – for training programs, to have your phone with the link to the program / schedule / lessons you can check on screen.

We hope that you have already practised your set up, stance and grip. Now it starts to get exciting. Be confident but do not expect too much, because it takes a time to develop your natural swing, once you do and you can practice with a consistent swing muscle memory will come into play and then your swing will be natural.

Do not try your driver or fairway metals until you master your irons

You need to know the exact distances you can achieve with each club.

Hit a great shot with the wrong club and you end up short or way over the green.

You will need to make your chart so you are sure of the average distance you play with each club.

Next practice session take five balls with each club full swing and record the average distance with each club off the tee refer to the scorecard distance to the green.

If you have not played the course before it pays to purchase from the clubhouse the course planner.

Always check the course markers they will show you 150 yards from the green – 100 yards from the green.

Take time to think, Chose the where the ball needs to land and how much it will roll.Always think positive- Ball in the hole

You need to know the exact distances you can achieve with each club.

Hit a great shot with the wrong club and you end up short or way over the green.

You will need to make your chart so you are sure of the average distance you play with each club.

Next practice session take five balls with each club full swing and record the average distance with each club off the tee refer to the scorecard distance to the green.

If you have not played the course before it pays to purchase from the clubhouse the course planner.

Always check the course markers they will show you 150 yards from the green – 100 yards from the green.

Take time to think, Chose the where the ball needs to land and how much it will roll.Always think positive- Ball in the hole.

The table below gives you the average distance the average player will hit with each club.

Examples:  yardages.( average club player )

Check and record your own yard -age

Driver             220 yards

3 wood           200   “

5 wood           175   “

7 wood           160   “

3 Iron              175   “

4 Iron              165   “

5 Iron              155   “

6 Iron              145   “

7 Iron              135   “

8 Iron              125   “

9 Iron              110   “

P wedge          100   “

S wedge           70    “

YOU MUST KEEP YOUR SWING CONSISTENT the same speed timing and tempo for every shot develop a repeat swing is the key to top class golf.

Once you achieve that level of golf you just select the club with the correct loft and  distance. You will be on target every time.

The key element on developing a consistent game is attention to detail, for example ball position at address. With the driver it is in line with your left heel, as the number of your club gets higher the further back in you stance the ball, with your five iron the ball is in the centre of your stance

With you driver it is level with your left heel.   With your wedge, it is level with your right heel. (Get the principle 10 clubs 5 iron centre. High numbers move to the right low number move to the left e.g. towards the front of your stance.)

Your pre-shot routine, you must practice until it is second nature. Determine your optimum target area, and the correct distance from the tee. Taking into account all these factors hazards, water, bunkers, trees, heavy rough, out of bounds. Wind direction from behind, wind against, swirling. Is the fairway narrow or wide? Does it dog leg right or left? Where are the Fairway Bunkers?

There can be many hazards not all as fearsome as this:

My caddie said " it will not hurt you" you are right because I am going no where near it.

With golf you will see wild life, beautiful scenery, meet people who know how to enjoy life. It is a unique sport. Challenging, family sport every one can play mums, dads, grand dads and mums, children. (Fastest growing children sport in  the world)  On of the only sports where you stand on the start with a equally chance of winning, that is the beauty of the handicap system. A very good player will have a handicap of say 6 the average club player will have a handicap of 18. The good player must play to his full potential because to win he has to go round in 13 stokes less the average player.

So even in club competitions’ you have every chance of winning trophies.

Please do not worry: We will recap on all the basics in each lesson, and remember it is all interactive you can ask us questions we will reply the same day.

Ok big day you are out on the course.  Be prepared:

Be ready: Check your golf equipment, and allow plenty of time.

Golf day, you still need a check-list, and to prepared before hand.

Clean your clubs, make sure all the dirt out of the grooves on the face of your clubs, they are there for controlling spin.

Clean the grips with warm soap and water to remove any grease,

Select the clubs you need you are only permitted 14 in your bag.

Place them all in the bag in the correct order I personally like them in my bag clockwise.

Check that you have golf balls: We play with Pro-V1; you will have your preference.

I like the number 3 and if possible the name of my golf club on the ball. Then NEVER have any problem in identifying my ball.

Make sure you have tee pegs selection of sizes. Pitch repairer, ball marker, pencil to mark your scorecard, towel to clean your clubs and the ball, if you use an electric golf cart ensure the batteries are charged.

Correct code of dress is required at many clubs, check your clothes are ready, shoes clean. Most clubs will not permit steel spikes, so make you have rubber grips in good condition , comfortable soft wool socks, correct size glove. If there is a chance of rain, take a wet weather glove and umbrella. Golf cap and sun cream if the sun is shining.

Take drinks and fruit.  Make the car has fuel, and you have directions to the course, Checked your tee time.  Plan to arrive at the course in plenty of time. Double-check your tee time, and who you are playing with.  Purchase a course planner; note in your mind any special hazards; be aware of wind strength and direction.

Pay your green fees; check your recorded handicap is correct, be sure you know the competition rules and understand which game you are playing, match play, best ball , stroke play.  Study the course scorecard so you know the degree of difficultly index for each hole. Plan you strategies.

Welcome to the Pro golf club from Ascharapan : Come on now even a bad day at golf is better than a good day in work

Coffee and a bacon roll, sit back in the club house relax for 20 minutes,

If you still have plenty of time go to the range play three balls with each club DO NOT SWING HARD timing balance. Start with your wedge through to driver, then putting long putts to feel the speed of the greens, place ten balls all round the hole downhill up hill, finish with a few easy putts to see the ball dropping in the hole gives you confidence.

Now you are ready to win most important thing to remember is if you are playing with a single handicap player, DO NOT try to play to his level PLAY YOUR OWN GAME. You have the advantage of the handicap play to your handicap and you will win.

Golf is a mind game, no negative thoughts.  Stand over every shot with a positive mind set on the first Tee:

You should have checked the distance and know where the hazards are selected your target area. Visualized the shot.

Now select the correct club, you should know the distance with each club, on average 200 yards, driver 220-230 yards depending on the wind and ball selection.

Between the tee blocks select precisely where to place your tee, it needs to be positioned to give you a direct line to your target. Your tee MUST to be the correct height, so the ball is level with the sweet spot on your club.

Now step back behind the ball select the target, line the logo up pointing directly to the target. Maybe select an old divot a short distance ahead, which is in line with your target, aim to hit the ball over this marker. Take a relaxed practice swing. Step up to the ball. Arms and club stretched out in front of you, slowly bend fore-ward from the hips until the club touches the ground behind the ball. Take your stance the width of your shoulders.

Feet aligned slightly left of the target, check your grip, do not grip the club too tight. Pressure the same as squeezing a tube of toothpaste, now you are ready to take the shot. Take one last look at the target, deep breath relax no tension in the arms, just think rhythm and timing, keep your eyes fixed on the ball.

Do NOT freeze over the ball waggle the club, push back low a smooth with the left arm your upper body starting to turn, DO not sway back, only the upper body turning (SET IT LOSE MOTHER GOOSE). That is your tempo. Pull down with the left arm in control keep your head down eye fix on the ball hit right through the ball the club staying low and in line with the target.

Key objective to teach your mind and body to synchronize maintain balance, smooth transfer of weight from right to left, follow though, DO NOT LOOK UP UNTIL THE BALL HAS GONE.

Once you have a swing which smooth natural and you can repeat it Every time then will be a single handicap golfer.

OK re-cap your stance is width of your shoulders.  Your feet in line with your target, knees bent, with your weight on the balls of your feet. Hold your club out straight in front of you, now bend from the waist where the club come to rest is the distance you should be from your ball.

Check you are taking your club it back slowly and on the same line with the target.

At the mid point, the club-face should be facing out. Continue to turn the upper body. At the top of back swing left arm straight full upper body turned, club pointing at the target, pull down with the left arm while your upper body un-coils the club MUST return on the same path as your take away and when it reaches point of impact it should be exactly the same as it was at address,

KEEP your HEAD DOWN Hit through the ball; your balance should have transferred from your left foot to your right foot

Key objectives: Course management;

Know what you want to do before you take the shot.

Always go through your pre-shot routine.

Take a practice swing push back low to the ground, take away in line with the target until pasted the outside of your right foot. Allow your wrists to cock naturally, keep your head still eyes fixed on the back of the ball. Left arm straight full turn, weight transferring from left to right, DO NOT LEAN your upper body turns square, start your down swing upper turn back pull down with the left arm, club returning on the same line reaching the point of impact exactly the same as it was at address, hit right through the ball

NOW you are ready for the real shot:

You need a high level of concentration as you prepare to take your shot. Just for a few seconds. Do NOT freeze over the ball

When you start your back swing, relax and switch into relaxed happy mode try to move with the balance timing and rhythm of a good dancer.

One-piece takeaway, push back with your left hand low and smooth in line with the target. Turn fully; coil your upper body against the resistance of the lower body. Keep the right knee flexed, left arm straight, complete your back swing. Make a smooth transition, pull down with the left hand, butt pointing to the ball, open up your hips to the target on the down swing, keep your head still and behind the ball, hit through the ball, rotate your wrists, extend your arms towards the target, good transfer of weight and balance.

Develop feel; the club needs to feel just like an extension to your arms, Swing with rhythm- timing.

Important: Throughout the swing, your left hand remains in control push back with the left hand pull down with the left hand.

Do not allow your strong right hand to take control if you do you will never keep the ball straight

NEVER underestimate the importance of set up and pre-shot routine

Sure, we would all like to emulate the pro swing. However, set-up first, swing later.

Commitment, it takes self-discipline, time and determination to get it right.

Practice set up in front of a large mirror, or the reflection in the patio glass. In front of a mirror there will no be hazards or wind, but still train your mind to check every thing as you prepare for your shot.

Just an idea, you can print your pdf version of Hand book of Golf and put in in a filo fax folder for easy reference

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About Thaigirl

Pro-golf coach teaching golf at resorts world wide. Love travel and golf so I am very lucky to have the perfect job. As a female coach in the High to Low golf academy will be happy to teach beginners how to play golf, or do my best to help you improve your game Ascharapan LPGA ( Free Books and Coaching NO FEES just submit the form)
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