How To Hit A High Draw

How To Hit A High Draw

Let’s face it, hitting a beautiful high draw off the tee with your driver is something many of us dream of.  Not only will you pick up distance, but it’s also a helpful shot to have in your bag for those dogleg lefts where you can significantly cut off distance to the pin by cutting the corner.  Practicing this type of shot will also help your entire swing since it requires the crucial inside-to-out swing path.  This is not an easy shot to master but we’re going to give you the tips and drills you need to add this spectacular shot to your golf game.  With some practice on the driving range and determination you should be able to eventually master this shot and hit it with ease when needed.

So the first step to hit a high draw starts before you even swing.  Your setup is very crucial to hit a high draw off the tee.  All of these tips will take some guess, testing, and revising on the range.  Let’s start with the simplest tip.  Tee the ball higher than usual.  By teeing the ball higher you’ll be able to hit your drive on the upswing, increasing your launch angle to get the high trajectory you’re looking for.  On a side note, you should always try to hit your driver on the upswing to create a high launching drive with low spin to create optimal distance.  In the case of hitting a high draw this is even more crucial.  Experiment on the driving range with different tee heights to find your perfect trajectory.

How To Hit A High Draw

To go along with your setup the next step is how you position yourself to the ball.  To hit a high draw you should play the ball further up in your stance.  Test this on the range by starting with lining the ball up with the inside of your left foot (for right-handed golfers), then hit about a dozen balls.  The repeat this lined up perfectly with your left foot, then again on the outside of your left foot.  All should produce slightly different results but by testing this on the range you’ll learn the best ball position.  By place the ball further up in your stance than usual this allows you to rotate your hands and arms more through impact to create the draw you need.  Again make sure you experiment with this, we’re looking for a high draw that only draws 5 yards to 15 yards tops.  We want to avoid hooks, snap hooks, or dead out pulls left off the tee.

How To Hit A High Draw

Another great tip is to stand a bit further away from the ball at setup.  This will allow you to create an inside out swing path which is one of the most crucial parts to hit your gorgeous high draw.  This is once again something you’ll just have to test on driving range to figure out what distance away from the ball is comfortable and produces the best results.

So while on the subject of an inside-to-out swing path, let’s dig into that further.  If you’re unsure of what exactly that means we’ll explain it a bit further.  During your downswing you want the club head to feel like it’s going to the part of the golf ball that is closest to you.  An outside-to-inside swing path creates the opposite golf shot, a slice or fade.  Having an inside-to-out swing path will help your golf game in all aspects.  If you’re looking for more tips on that check out our Top 5 Golf Swing Thoughts.

How To Hit A High Draw

The last tip has to do with the grip.  You may or may not need to do this but if you’re still struggling to hit your high draw off the tee after trying the above techniques give this last tip a shot for an added edge.  Strengthen your grip at set up.  This will help your hands and release and rotate through impact closing the face just enough to hit your perfect high draw.  When we say strong grip or strengthening your grip, that just means that your right hand goes under the grip more showing more palm up and your left hand will show more of the top of your hand.  An easy tip to measure this is when you look down at your normal grip, count how many knuckles you see on your left-hand.  Most will see 2-3 knuckles.  Now strengthen your grip so you see one more knuckle.  Hit a dozen balls and see what happens.  Then try it even more so you see all 4 knuckles of your left hand.

How To Hit A High Draw

With this last tip, it’s very important to keep a loose grip during your golf swing.  This will help your hands rotate through impact to create the draw you’re looking to hit.  If you grip the golf club too tightly your hand won’t rotate naturally through impact and will most likely create a push to the right.

This shot isn’t something you’ll master overnight or during one range session, but it’s a great shot to have in your repertoire and it’s definitely worth taking the time during each practice session at the driving range to at least spend a quarter of the drives practicing these tips and this shot.  It will definitely increase your distance off the tee and improve your overall golf swing.   We hope this helps you lower your scores and wow everyone in your foursome!

FootJoy Tour S Golf Shoes Review

FootJoy Tour S Golf Shoes Review

New for 2018, is FJ’s latest and greatest high-end tour level golf shoe, the FootJoy Tour S.  It’s not cheap and it may not be for everyone, however there are many benefits that make it worth it, especially if it fits your golf game.  It’s tour-proven performance is hard to pass up.

The biggest thing we have noticed is the amazing stability this shoe provides.  It brings back memories of the older XPS-1 that was also a very stable shoe.  The new Tour S golf shoes will allow you to go after the ball without ever losing your balance.  You can seriously rip into every drive and have that picture perfect finish each and every time. One of the first things you’ll notice about the sole of the FootJoy Tour S Golf Shoes is the nine FJ Launch Pods which help make the sole feel wider in the heel and the forefoot to create this amazing stability throughout your golf swing.  You can barely see these launch pods if looking down at your shoes but FootJoy has done a great job making them transparent as possible, while maintaining that wide sole and stability.

Now if you like a more mobile shoe, then the Tour S probably isn’t for you.  This is a stable and structured shoe so you won’t feel as connected and close to the ground as some of other FJ models in the past.  This isn’t a bad thing, just a personal preference based on each players individual needs based on their type of golf swing.

FootJoy Tour S Golf Shoes Review

From an aesthetics standpoint, the FootJoy Tour S is somewhere in between the classic traditional look to a more modern look.  They’re not quite as flashy as the FJ Freestyle, but more modern than the traditional FJ DryJoys. There are currently four styles, three of which are laced, along with one BOA model.  FJ brought out a white, black, white/blue, and a white/grey BOA with some orange accents.  The overall look of these shoes are quite appealing to the masses and it seems that FJ decided not to go crazy with aesthetics and focus more on the performance of this shoe.

FootJoy went to many PGA Tour pros to gain insight on how to create one of the best performing golf shoes in the industry at the tour level.  More features include the lightweight PowerPlate outsole that coupled along with the FJ Launch Pods you’ll find that this allows more efficient power transfer throughout your golf swing.  The PowerStrap design also adds upper support while the PU Fit-Bed gives you comfort in the underfoot.  Because these are top-of-the-line FootJoy shoes they make take a round or two to break in but rest assured they will be very durable and last you for many rounds and/or years to come.  Although it’s typically a given you’ll also get the typical FootJoy 2-year waterproof warranty so you don’t have to worry about what type of weather conditions you’re playing in.  The SecureCollar and ComforToungue technologies also offer a secure and precise fit so not only are you getting a tour performance golf shoe, but one that is also extremely comfortable.

FootJoy Tour S Golf Shoes Review

In conclusion, we feel that FootJoy really outdid themselves with the new FootJoy Tour S Golf Shoes.  They may not be for all golfers, but for any golfer that truly wants the best of the best for tour-level performance the FJ Tour S golf shoes are simply the best on the market.

Golf Is A Mental Game: Stay In The Moment

Golf Is A Mental Game: Stay In The Moment

We’re going to look into one of the most important things you can do to help your mental game on the golf course.  Often in golf, as in all aspects of life, we’re often too focused on the past and future instead of staying in the moment.  You may have heard this phrase before, sometimes used as stay in the present or stay in the zone.  This tip is crucial to golf for many reasons which we’ll dive into in more detail.

How many times have you seen another player or even a tour pro have a complete melt down on the course?  We’ve seen PGA Tour pros miss a three foot putt, then out of anger and emotion, rush the next putt or two, missing again and again.  It happens all the time, we’re human.  If you want to stay in the moment you have to train your mind to stay in the moment and only think about the correct steps needed to hit your next shot as best as you can.  This mindset is achievable through practice and training your brain to block every other thought out of your mind.  Once achieved, you can apply this concept to other aspects of your life, as well as other sports.  In basketball, if you are shooting two free throws to tie the game and go into overtime, you shouldn’t be thinking about whether or not you’ll make the second free throw until you make the first free throw.  One shot at a time, you can’t be thinking about the past or future, you have to only think about the exact steps needed to correctly hit your very next shot and nothing else.

As mentioned above, we’re human, we’ve all been in a position where you’re either thinking about the last time you played a hole and hit it the lake or out of bounds.  Or the last time I was in a sand trap it took me 3 shots to get out.  Or maybe you just missed a 5 foot birdie putt and you go to the next tee and you’re still thinking about how you can’t believe you blew that putt?  That is looking into the past and only distracts your brain from focusing on the shot at hand.

The same goes for looking into the future.  If you’re playing competitive golf you may know that you need to birdie 2 of the next 3 holes to have a chance to win.  That just adds unneeded pressure and takes away your focus from making a good swing on your next shot.  Another issue we all have is when you hit a bad shot and while walking up to your ball, all you can think about is how hard you’re next shot will be and the consequences if you don’t hit that shot as expected.  These negative thoughts need to be blocked out completely.

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None of this is easy and takes practice to train your brain to think correctly and stay in the moment.  Have you ever heard about how some of the best players ever will finish a round 6 or 7 under par, maybe throwing in 5 birdies in the last 6 holes and when they finally putt out on the 18th hole they have no idea what they actually just shot?  This is true for many of the best golfers in the world.  You may be wondering how in the world they couldn’t know they were in the midst of shooting the best round of their life or about to break the course record, well it’s because they’ve gotten so good at staying in the moment that they could care less about their score or any other distractions.  All they are focusing on is the very next shot at hand.  If that’s all you’re focusing on it’s very easy to lose track of the fact that you literally just made 3 birdies in a row and on your way to your best round ever.  Whereas, we’ve also seen the opposite where a golfer knows he only needs to par the last two holes to break their personal best but then that’s all they can think about and end up bogeying the last two holes instead.

So outside of just truly trying to reset your mindset on the golf course, there is one other thing that all great golfers do and practice it until they’re extremely good at it.  It’s called a pre-shot routine.  You can read more about the pre-shot routine in detail in another article, but we’ll briefly describe how it can help.  Your pre-shot routine is a series of steps you take systematically before every drive, iron, sand shot, chip, or putt.  It’s very mechanical and that’s on purpose.  You take each step of your pre-shot routine one at a time until you’re ready to hit your shot.  This is crucial because it keeps your mind and brain focused on one small task at a time and helps to avoid those negative thoughts that can creep into your brain.  You will be pleasantly surprised at how much difference a pre-shot routine makes in your game.  Even if you don’t play competitively but just play once a week in your golf league, you’ll find that the pre-shot routine also helps block out some of the other players in your foursome that may be talking or laughing, etc. once again putting you back in your zone and only focusing on the next step of your pre-shot routine until you’re ready to step up to ball and take your swing.

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What else can you do other than your pre-shot routine?  Well you should look at each round of golf as a new lesson, then take it a couple steps further and learn from not only each round but every hole, and every shot as a new lesson.  Look back at your round and try to remember your mindset during not only your worst shots, but your best shots as well and think about what your mindset was like during the best and the worst.  If you hit your drive on the 17th hole out of bounds on the right side, reflect and think about what you were thinking when you stepped up to the ball.  Were you thinking about how you went out of bounds the last time you played that hole?  Or were you thinking about how you didn’t want to hit your drive left into the woods and overcompensated and went right instead off the tee?  These are all the things that you need to train your brain to realize are not helping your golf game, so the next time you’re in that position you can tell yourself, forget about the past and only focus on the task at hand and staying in the moment.

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This type of mindset will not only help you on the course but off the course in life as well.  Ryan Reynolds once said in one of his comedy movies, “Worrying is like a rocking chair, it gives you something to do but doesn’t get you anywhere.”  It’s funny, but true at the same time, it reinforces the fact that when you’re standing over the ball ready to hit your next shot and all you are saying to yourself, don’t hit it into the lake on right.  Then what do you know, you either snap hook it left or end up going right into the lake.  Train your brain to block out all lakes, sand traps, out of bounds stakes, etc.  Use your pre-shot routine to focus ONLY on your target and block out everything else, almost like racing horses that wear blinders to stare straight ahead and only straight ahead.  Train yourself to put blinders on so you can focus solely on your target, goal, and task at hand.  You should treat every single golf shot exactly the same, regardless of the end result.  If your shot didn’t turn out the way you expected, let it go, stop thinking about it, stay in the moment and focus solely on your next shot and keep on keeping on with your round.

It’s alright to make mental notes in your head while you play, based on previous shots, however you can’t let them completely take over all of your thoughts and let emotion come into play.  You have to always remain calm and if you do think about any past shots, do so without placing judgment on yourself or your golf game.  If you do think about a putt or a drive from a previous hole, it should be a positive thought that you’re just trying to learn from by being a student of the game.  If it’s a negative thought, then you’re not ready for this step yet and you’re better off not thinking about it at all.  All of these things take time and a lot of mental practice to train your brain to think the right way while on the course.

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So hopefully this will help everyone not only in golf, but in life as well.  As humans, we all know how to worry, but that just takes up valuable thoughts in our brain that we could be using in better ways to focus on the task at hand and stay in the moment.  Don’t think about the next hole or the last hole and how you may have failed.  Take it one day at a time, one hour at a time, and one moment at time by truly staying in the moment.  Stay in the moment, don’t judge the moment.  You’ll be surprised how you can apply this concept to golf and many other aspects of your life and if you can master it, you’ll not only be a happier person on the golf course but a happier person in life in general.

Golf Etiquette For Hackers

Golf Etiquette For Hackers

This title may be misleading and you may think it doesn’t apply to you but anyone who plays in casual foursomes where betting isn’t a factor or handicap postings are not a factor, have probably encountered one, some, or all of these situations.

There are many golfers who just play for the fun of it and for some their fun can be aggravating to others in the group, but because of friendships you just bite the bullet and go on. Unfortunately, a potential good score can be affected by some of these antics.

Some golfers have what may be called a “football mentality”. It really applies to a sport where hollering or screaming are part of the event. In fact, most team sports fall into this category.

Many of the golfing population fall into one or more of these sports before they ever took up the game of golf and since they are playing with friends they don’t feel committed to any different type of behavior.  Afer all, if you ask them they will tell you that all that good behavior is only for the pros and obviously they don’t consider themselves or anyone playing with them a pro.

We all understand the proper etiquette in golf especially if we ever played in local tournaments with strangers in our group or local leagues with serious consequences for the winners but many of our friends have not and have never considered that type of behavior used in those situations.

These are the guys who no matter how many strokes they take on a hole, when asked on the next tee what they had their response usually starts with these two words,”Gimmie a” and then a number that usually equates to a bogey or double bogey. Their attitude toward a lost ball would be “It’s bad enough that I just lost a ‘new’ ball, now you want me to take a penalty for it.” These are not arguments you want to have with people who you barbeque with, go the your kids games with, and share other friendship activities with.

The problem is that is does affect your game and you have to be clever in trying to fix some of this behavior when possible with other losing a friend or a member of the foursome. I guess the old saying of “change the things you can, accept the things you can’t and know the difference between the two’’ would really be appropriate here.  Obviously any wagering would have to be non-existent or of no consequence in these types or groups.  So now you get the jest of where this article is going.

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PRACTICE SWINGS AND LOST BALL

One of first areas we encounter is the teeing ground. As your playing companion approaches the first tee you will probably hear “I haven’t touched a club in a week or two weeks and then proceeds to take two or three practice swings with a divot on each one. Some courses will post a sign of no practice swings on the tee which he never sees and if there is a starter the swings are taken so fast he can’t even stop him.  You may want to make a group rule of only one practice swing on every shot including putts. This may work or may not but if the whole group agrees it may bring the culprit to agree.

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The next issue will be the lost ball.  This level of golfer is always hitting new ones because he loses so many. If he decides to buy an expensive one or some family member buys him a dozen of Titleist Pro V1′s  for a present. You better have a miner’s hat with a light on it because you will be out to dark looking for it. You can imagine the response you will get when you cite the five minute rule looking for a lost ball and as mentioned above a stroke and distance rule.  The rule for this guy will be “drop one where you have a swing and good lie.”

CARTS

Carts are a big challenge to the hackers. If you have a golfer, especially an older one, who walks super slow on the course, you may want to suggest a handicap flag for the cart. If no other reason than you will not get to know the ranger on a first name basis. Most of these golfers think they can drive up to the ball no matter where it is. Heavily wet areas, wooded areas and the fringe of the green. At least with the flag there is some forgiveness. Unfortunately, these golfers usually balk at the idea that they need the flag.  If that is the case and you can’t win the argument the best solution is for you to drive him. If not, then plan on getting a lot of mud on you when pushing him out of a heavily wet area.

SPEEDING UP PLAY WITH A RIDING CART

Several things can be done when riding a cart to speed up play. One of the simplest is the art of cleaning and putting away your club after a shot. After hitting your shot just return to the cart with your club and wait until you arrive at your cart partner’s ball. (If playing alone you can do the same thing as you go to your next shot.) As your cart partner is preparing to hit his shot you can clean your club and put away. This really can save time and still get the cleaning done. The real time killer on a cart is the club cleaner with soapy water that is available on some carts. Our player who is taking divots that you can plant a tomato in really falls in love with this tool. By going to your playing partners shot first they can scrub away without slowing play.

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The same is true in just returning club to the bag. This can also be done when arriving at the next shot since you are pulling out a new club for next shot anyway. Keeping carts behind the player who is hitting is something that the hackers usually forget to do and it does affect the person playing their shot. It’s amazing the faith your fellow players have in your ball striking the ball although they have seen every ugly shot ever hit from all the players in your group.

PUTTING ETIQUETTE

Bad behavior on the green is really the most obvious.  When pulling the flag do not, I repeat, do not lay the flag down a few feet behind the hole from your putting line. Make sure it is away from all putts. A good rule of thumb is to not let Mr. Hacker even touch the flag.

Another bad move is when they stand about two feet behind your ball when you are putting.  They want to watch it break.  Or they are walking around as you putt to get ready to start their three putt.  Continual talking is always a problem and like the other actions listed above you probably have to work on ignoring it or lose a friend. It is the sudden stopping of the chatter when you’re ready to pull the trigger on your shot that is really troublesome, so just get used to the chatter. If you mention something about these breeches you risk being called a “pro” and have an announcement every time you go to hit that everyone must me quiet.

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Hitting practice putts after putting out is one of the worst faults of golfers who are oblivious to the world. We all have dragged back a short putt that we miss to hit it again. This only is a problem when a group is waiting to hit their shots to the green. The one that is really bad is the golfer who goes back after everyone has putted out and hits his 30 or 40 foot putt again. Usually you can remind him that there are people waiting to hit and you really don’t want to be rolling on the grass with them because he wants to tick them off with his practice putts.  Did you ever notice how they get their ball out of the hole?  First they will try to get it out with their putter which usually damages the hole on the second, third, or fourth try .If you repair the hole damage as they are picking up their ball the message may be delivered that this technique really isn’t a good idea.

The next problem is how they walk around the hole as they drag their feet . Tapping down the spike marks hopefully gives them the message. Better yet, someone from your foursome that is closest to hole should pick the ball out of whole and toss it to him.

HITTING INTO OTHER GOLFERS

This is really a no-no and should be avoided at all costs. The classic line by the hacker(s) in group is either they won’t hit it that far or you won’t hit them. What is missing from this concept is that hitting a ball that hits the ground within earshot of the group in front of you is just as annoying as hitting close to them or worse yet, over them.

First of all it does nothing to your mind set if the thought of whether you should hit or wait and secondly you bring in the real possibility of a confrontation with the group in front of you.

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This very easily could ruin and nice round of golf.  Here is a real experience that you should be aware of… Friends of mine went out on Father’s Day, father and two sons.  The group behind them hit in to them  twice and a confrontation took place. A short time later the father and one son had a dislocated shoulder and broken nose. Needless to say that it really put a damper on the barbeque that was scheduled after the round. Usually if you do hit close to a group it is best to apologize as soon as you get within earshot of the group.

If you are playing behind a slow group and most importantly, there is a hole or two open in front of them, use your iPhone to get help.  At least one of your group will have a phone with them, for better or worse, and your scorecard will have the course phone number on it. Call the clubhouse to ask for help. If there is a ranger on the course the clubhouse will call them or if not they will send someone out to move group along.

SCORES

This is really one of the more subtle things that the hacker will do very innocently .  Telling you how good you are playing. We all hear about staying in the moment and not getting ahead of yourself., but this will usually happen as you are playing well and don’t want to get in your own way. You birdie or par three holes in a row (depending on your skill level)  and he announces that if you birdie or par the next hole it will be four in a row. Or you have a 4 or 5 foot putt for birdie and he announces that you will definitely make that putt. It’s bad enough that you just watched him drag a putt from four feet in the hole for a ‘six ‘and then to act like there is no way YOU can miss that easy putt for a birdie.

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Along the same thought, it is always fun when this golfer will announce that if he makes a six or less on the last hole it will be the first time he will break 50 for nine holes or 100 for eighteen holes.

If you have the deed to your house or your savings account book with you, bet it. You know he will make at least a seven on that hole and won’t be happy for the rest of the day. It is so automatic that you just can’t make it up.

In conclusion, these are just some of experiences you will deal with in that friendly group you play with.

The reason finesse is so important is that you don’t want to ruin an otherwise good friendship or lose a member of group, especially if you have a small group to start with. By using finesse, over time, you can make things better for all. Each person is different, personality wise, so each solution should be handled differently based on the person.

Patience is absolutely a virtue in these situations. However look at the bright side.  When you do venture out to play competitively, you will be so relaxed playing with all the distractions that you have dealt with and adjusted to in your friendly group! Hopefully this will be of some help to a very real situation, but is one that is never discussed.

FootJoy DNA Helix Review

FootJoy DNA Helix Golf Shoes Review

Hot off the press from FootJoy are the brand new FootJoy DNA Helix Golf Shoes.  If you’ve worn the original FJ DNA or the FootJoy DNA 2.0 golf shoes we’re here to give you a FootJoy DNA Helix Golf Shoes Review.  If you’re remotely familiar with the FootJoy brand you’ll definitely have heard about FootJoy DNA (DryJoys Next Advancement).  For a long time the FootJoy DryJoys brand has been huge and is a staple in the FootJoy brand.  So a few years ago FootJoy took the DryJoys brand further with FJ DNA.

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FootJoy DNA Helix Review

Thus far there have been two models of the FootJoy DNA line of golf shoes.  The original FootJoy DNA and then in 2016 FootJoy DNA 2.0 golf shoes were released.  The brand new FootJoy DNA Helix are actually the 3rd generation of the FootJoy DNA line and there are significant improvements.  When we say significant we really mean it.  There is a quantum leap between DNA Helix and the previous season styles of FootJoy DNA golf shoes.

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There were many PGA tour players wearing the original DNA and have moved on to other FootJoy models, whether it’s the FootJoy Pro SL Spikeless Golf Shoes or maybe the FootJoy FreeStyle.  However, with the launch of FJ Helix, we’re going to see a lot of tour players make the change to Helix.  A spikeless Pro SL shoe like Adam Scott is now wearing is great when you’re playing in dry, firm conditions.  But if these tour players have to play in rain or windy conditions we’ll definitely see more DNA Helix out there.  Think about playing in the Open Championship at Royal Birkdale this year, golfers will need a very stable, spiked golf shoe to get the best out of their golf game.

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Some of you may already have a pair of FJ DNA’s and are thinking to yourself, I love these shoes, how can the new FootJoy DNA Helix be that much better?  Well here we go folks.  The new DNA Helix still have all the great features of the original DNA shoes and DNA 2.0, such as the Chromoskin Leather Uppers, 2 year waterproof warranty, etc.  But here is how they differ considerably.  The new FJ Helix are 17% more stable, 23% lighter, and also have much more cushioning in the sole and the heel collar.  PGA Tour Player, Scott Stallings was quoted saying, “I’ve worn every version of DNA and this is BY FAR THE BEST.  The added stability is exactly what I was looking for.”

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Once tried one you can definitely tell that they are much lighter.  There would be no problem wearing these to walk all 18 holes.  The biggest improvement we see is the increased stability and wider sole.  Remember how in the original DNA you felt like you were falling off your heels.  This is no longer the case with Helix.  In direct response and feedback from PGA Tour Players, FootJoy has made Helix to give golfers a much more stable base.  When wearing DNA Helix you really feel like you can get after it off the tee while maintaining perfect balance.  You truly feel like you’re rooted to ground when wearing Helix.  The original DNA golf shoes were classified by FootJoy as a more stable shoe, while we feel that the Helix will fall into their more structured category.  Remember the old XPS-1 golf shoes?  The new Helix seem to feel like a mix between the original DNA and XPS-1.  The stable base really is drastically different and a huge improvement to the DNA brand of golf shoes.

FootJoy DNA Helix Shoes Review

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We also noticed that the new Helix have a lower profile, getting your feet closer to the ground.  FootJoy has a new TourLock cleat system with Tornado Softspikes cleats that help them to get you closer to the ground, which a lot of players prefer.  They are also considerably more comfortable.  You can tell right away once you slip them on, there is no need to break them in.  The ChromoSkin leather is extremely soft, but the real improvements are in the “Xtra-Thick FTF (Fine Tuned Foam) FitBed.  Somehow FootJoy made this even softer and with more cushion.  Not sure how they did it, but they did.  The TourSpec Stretch Tongue is also an added improvement.

FootJoy DNA Helix Shoes Review

FootJoy DNA Helix Review

So obviously the new FJ DNA Helix are much better in terms of performance, but what about the new look?  With first glance you can still tell that the style in still in line with the last two generations of DNA.  They also look like FJ took a bit of style and looks from the Pro SL line as well.  There are currently four models to choose from, black / silver (Style 53318), white / silver (Style 53316, Red / White / Blue (Style 53317), and a BOA model that is white / black (Style 53319).  The hero shoe will be the Red / White / Blue model and that’s the shoe you’ll probably see in FootJoy’s advertisements and commercials.  FootJoy also has some sleek styling on the sole, the DNA Helix BOA model has some subtle lime green accents on the BOA knob and the sole.  FootJoy has also added some subtle Helix branding on the tongue and has “HELIX” written just under the laces.

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While we’re on the topic of the Helix BOA model, FootJoy has now added a BOA know that not only tightens the laces but you can reverse turn it to loosen the BOA lacing system.  In the past you would have to pull the knob out to completely loosen the lacing system but that is no longer the case with the new DNA Helix BOA.  So if you’re a BOA fan, you’ll definitely love this new added feature.

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Overall we really feel that the styling is fantastic.  In past FJ releases, such as FootJoy Hyperflex or FootJoy FreeStyle, the look has really been bold and flashy, but that isn’t the case with DNA Helix.  The look has sporty and athletic look but it’s much more subtle and fits perfectly with the DNA name and brand.  We easily see players that only wear DryJoys Tour Golf Shoes, that are truly traditional with the saddle shoe look move into DNA Helix without a problem.  They still have that classy look that you can wear to a country club without getting odd looks from other players.  They would look great with golf shorts or with a pair of classy golf pants.  If you had some Puma High-Top golf shoes on, that obviously would not be the case.

FootJoy DNA Helix Golf Shoes Review

Now let’s talk about sizing.  For those of you that own the original FJ DNA’s you may have noticed that they run a bit large.  About a half-size larger than other FootJoy models.  We have heard that FootJoy recognized this and fixed the sizing in DNA Helix.  We tried on FootJoy Pro SL, FootJoy FreeStyle, and FootJoy DryJoys and the new FootJoy Helix fit perfectly in line with these other models.  So you can expect the size to run true with other FootJoy models.

2017 FootJoy DNA Helix Review

FootJoy DNA Helix Black Golf Shoes Review

This is one of FootJoy’s top-of-the-line golf shoes and the price tag does reflect that.  The laced versions are running $209.95 and the BOA Helix model is $239.95.  So yes this is an expensive shoe, but if you’re a golfer that only wears one pair of golf shoes all season, the price tag is easily justified because not only will the Helix last you for years to come but it will truly be the best shoe you’ve ever worn.  We also realize that can find the original DNA for around $80 and the DNA 2.0 for $150, however the extra cost is definitely worth it with Helix.  This is easily now the best shoe in golf that we have reviewed so if you’re looking for a new pair of golf shoes forget about the price and treat yourself and your feet.

FootJoy DNA Helix Review

In conclusion of our FootJoy DNA Helix Review, we highly recommend this shoe for any golfer.  Even if you already have a pair of the original DNA golf shoes or the DNA 2.0 shoes, you have to get yourself a new pair of FJ DNA Helix.  These shoes truly are remarkable in performance, stability, comfort, and are a great looking golf shoe.  For those of you that wear BOA, which once you get your first pair of BOA, we know you never wear laced shoes again, the new Helix BOA is off the charts amazing.  The fit and feel is absolutely incredible.  Also if you like the feel of spikeless golf shoes on the course because of the low profile, you have to get a pair of Helix on your feet.  You get the traction of a spiked golf shoe while at the same time you feel like you’re wearing a spikeless golf shoe in terms of being closer to the ground.  Our DNA Helix review has opened our eyes quite a bit.  We have reviewed a ton of golf shoes over the years, however, the DNA Helix truly is a quantum leap past any other pair of golf shoes we’ve ever put on our feet.  So get to your local shop and try a pair on as soon as possible or if you’ve already made up your mind get online and order a pair of FootJoy DNA Helix Shoes today.  We know that you won’t be disappointed.  FJ DNA Helix is now without a doubt the best shoe in golf.

Myrtle Beach Golf Trip Guide

Myrtle Beach Golf Trip Guide

For decades, Golfers have packed their bags and headed to the welcoming shores of Myrtle Beach. Days are spent catching up with good friends, eating delicious food, having an occasional drink, and of course- countless rounds of golf. So before you throw your favorite pari of FootJoy golf shoes into your bag and buy your plane ticket, let’s consider all that Myrtle Beach has to offer.

What brings golfers back year after year to South Carolina’s Atlantic coast? Perhaps it’s the famous vibrant boardwalk, where you can walk along the beautiful beach taking in the sights and sounds of Myrtle, stopping to indulge with an ice cream cone or just to have dinner outside. Maybe it’s Springmaid Pier, where you can mingle with fisherman and feel like a local. Or maybe it’s the abundant sunshine that allows you to show off that new golf polo you recently purchased. It’s undoubtedly a combination of all of these attractions, as well as their countless top-ranked golf courses that sprinkle the coastline with endless opportunities to perfect your game in beautiful weather.

Myrtle Beach Golf Trip Guide

Myrtle Beach Golf Courses

Nestled a few miles away from the hustle and bustle of the boardwalk, lies TPC Myrtle Beach Golf Course. This 18-hole, 72 par located in Murrell, SC is known for its immaculate greens – as well as boasting a challenging terrain that ensures a test for golfers of every level. The course was designed by Tom Fazio, winner of The Old Tom Morris Award.  TPC Myrtle Beach is open to the public, and has become an absolute favorite of both locals and travelers alike. You can book your tee time online, which makes it even more convenient. For these reasons and more it has found its way for the second year named to Golfweek Magazine’s listing of the “Best You Can Play in South Carolina”.

An additional Myrtle favorite is yet another course to crack  “America’s Top 100 Greatest Public Courses”. Tidewater Golf Club describes, “Marvelous TifEagle grass greens; lush, perfectly manicured fairways; well-maintained bunkers and an exceptional practice facility offer one of the finest playing experiences in Myrtle Beach”. A fact that has become undisputed by golfers everywhere. The course is surrounded by nature, offering a truly breathtaking view. It’s best to book in advance to take advantage of their many offers and incentives.

At the center of all the golf action, you’ll find Barefoot Golf. Offering four different courses, Barefoot is a golfer’s paradise. Dye course is a sure favorite,  offering a beautiful layout, challenging holes (make sure you pack a lot of golf balls), and meticulously maintained greens. Golfer’s flock to the challenge that these courses offer, and boast of the first class treatment received by staff.

Best Places to Eat in Myrtle Beach

After a long day of golfing, the next thought is always where to eat. Part of the experience of going on a golfing trip includes the long awaited meals out with your buddies. Whether you’re looking for a quick bite in a beach town bar where your toes can feel the sand, or prefer to put on your best Callaway Golf Polo and head to a more elegant dinner, Myrtle Beach offers golfers a unique dining experience.

What says golf trip better than ordering up an oyster shooter at the bar? Biminis Oyster Bar & Seafood Cafe in Myrtle Beach offers that authentic seafood vibe that golfer’s crave. Known for their oysters, crab legs, and various other seafood, Bimini’s is a place where the locals go and make you feel like they’ve been waiting for you to walk through the door. This place isn’t known for their looks, but one taste of their seafood chowder and you’ll be adding it to your lists of “musts” for next year as well.

Perhaps, in the spirit of vacation, you want to try something a little more edgy and different than your norm. Art Burger Sushi Bar is the perfect place to expand your palate after perfecting your golf game. This restaurant offers unique and diverse dishes, including gourmet burgers and decadent sushi. Their happy hour is enough to get you through the door, and the view from the patio is enough to make you want to stay round after round. This Japanese-American bar offers Vegetarian and Gluten-Free options as well.

Myrtle Beach Golf Guide - Art Burger Sushi BarIn the case of wanting  to treat your group to an upscale dinner, the place to go is Sole Italian Restaurant. This family-owned restaurant is a favorite among golfers. It may not look like much from the outside, but once inside you can smell all the wonderful Italian dishes being prepared with love. Treat your group to a couple of appetizers such as the calamari and then try their famous pear gnocchi. Servers offer up plenty of recommendations.

Myrtle Beach Golf Guide - Sole Italian RestaurantWondering when you should pack your golf bag and travel to Myrtle Beach for your long awaited trip? Spring golf means pleasant temperatures and typically copious sunshine which makes perfect golfing weather. Summer golf, although sometimes a little hot, provides long days and the option to hit the beach afterward. Fall golf is about as good as is it gets, with temperatures averaging in the 70s.

Myrtle Beach offers something different for every golfer. Myrtle Beach golf vacations are also very affordable and you can often find great packages.  Whether you are seeking new challenging courses, a weekend away with some friends, or just some sunshine – Myrtle Beach is the place that calls back thousands of golfers every year.

2017 U.S. Open: Top 20 Golfers to Watch

2017 U.S. Open at Erin Hills

The 117th 2017 U.S. Open Golf Championship will be held at Erin Hills, in Wisconsin for the first time ever.  The U.S. Open has been played at some of the most iconic golf courses in the country, totaling 51 golf courses.  However, only six public golf courses have held the U.S. Open with Erin Hills being the 6th public course behind Pebble Beach, Bethpage, Torrey Pines, Pinehurst, and Chambers Bay.  You can’t play Erin Hills until May 7th, 2018, due to the 2017 hosting of U.S. Open Championship, however if you do want to play the championship course you can walk 18 holes for $295.  With over 35,000 people expected to attend each day, the 2nd golf major tournament of the year will certainly be as spectacular as it is every year.  The first tee time begins at 6:45am on Thursday, June 15th, 2017 and will conclude Sunday, June 18th, 2017.

2017 U.S. Open

The U.S. Open has historically been known for insanely high roughs as well as playing very long and this year will be no different.  Normally at 7,000 yards, Erin Hills is playing closer to 8,000 for the U.S. Open.  With little protection from trees, if the winds pick up, this course can  be exponentially harder, even for the best players.  It could almost play like a links course, which makes it more similar to the course conditions of the British Open and requires quite a different skill set than playing at Augusta National in the Master’s Tournament or in the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow.  The winner will need to be an extremely good ball striker.  Hitting it long and straight will be extremely important to stay out of the high rough and fescue.  Although the fairways are wider at Erin Hills than previous U.S. Open golf courses, if you do miss the penalizing high rough almost certainly means a bogey or worse.  Whoever emerges as the victor will need to hit fairways and greens…a lot of them.

Who Is Most Likely to Win the 2017 U.S. Open

Below are players to watch during the 2017 U.S. Open.  These 20 golfers are at the top of list of who you’ll want to keep your eyes on.  Although Vegas Odds are usually quite accurate in sports, golf is a different story, as one hole can change the entire tournament.  Take a look at our list and let’s see Sunday night how close these 2017 U.S. Open predictions end up.

1. Dustin Johnson

This one is sort of obvious but for good reason.  He’s the best player in the world right now, not to mention he won the U.S. Open in 2016 and was the runner-up in 2015.  With 3 straight top 5 finishes in the last 3 U.S. Opens, there isn’t another golfer out there that could sit at number one.  After having to withdraw from the Master’s in Augusta, Dustin Johnson is itching to get another major under his belt.

2. Jordan Spieth

In 2015 at Chambers Bay Jordan Spieth beat out Dustin Johnson to win the U.S. Open and recently tied for 13th at the Memorial Tournament and tied for 2nd at the Dean & Deluca Invitational.  He also is one of the few players to play competitively at Erin Hills in the 2011 U.S. Amateur quarterfinals.  Jordan Spieth’s mental game is about as good as gets.  Pair that along with his exceptional all-around golf game and you have a very likely choice for him to take home the championship.

3. Jason Day

Jason has five top 10 finishes at the U.S. Open over the last 6 years.  He is an amazing ball-striker which is not important at any U.S. Open but more so at Erin Hills.  He hits it long and straight which could be the key to success at Erin Hills.  Even though he only has 2 top 10 finishes in 2017, he did just finish 2nd at the AT&T Byron Nelson Tournament  a few weeks ago.  He also has a scary 70.71 career scoring average in the U.S. Open so don’t take Jason Day lightly.

4. Rory McIlroy

Even though Rory has been battling a rib injury, he just got married, went on his honeymoon, has a new bag of TaylorMade golf clubs.  So why is in our top 5?  Well he can flat out play, the wider fairways and wet conditions will play to his advantage.  He steps in up in major tournaments, finishing tied for 7th at the Master’s this year.  We might just see another repeat of his 2011 U.S. Open at Congressional.

5. Jon Rahm

Even though this is Jon Rahm’s first U.S. Open as a professional he did tie for 23rd in last year’s open and was the low amateur.  Since that tie for 23rd at Oakmont last year, Rahm has ten top 10 finishes on the PGA Tour.  He already has a win under his belt at the Farms Insurance open that was held at Torrey Pines.  He has the skills and shot required to go low at Erin Hills and could be a surprising new young golfer to take home the championship.

6. Justin Rose

Justin Rose’s golf game fits this course perfectly.  He is fantastic on approach shots from 225 to 250 yards which will be extremely important this week on an almost 8,000 yard course.  He also finished 2nd in this year’s Master’s Tournament at Augusta as well as 4 top 10′s this year.  As the 11th ranked golfer in the world we could very easily see Justin Rose come home with a win this year.

7. Rickie Fowler

You can’t always look at a player’s past U.S. Open history.  Even though he has missed the last 2 cuts in the U.S. Open, he , he has truly improved his golf game within the last year or two.  He also finished tied for 2nd in the 2014 U.S. Open so we can’t rule him out.  He recently tied for 2nd at the Memorial Tournament, he won the Honda Classic this year in February, and has 5 top 10 finishes this year.

8. Sergio Garcia

Every year golf fans are anxious to see if a golfer will win all four majors within the same year for a grand slam.  Jordan Spieth almost did it in 2015, will Sergio be next?  With his recent Master’s win under his belt and an explosion of confidence Sergio could get it done this year.  He was in top 5 last year at Oakmont in the U.S. Open and has made the cut in the last 5 U.S. Opens.  It will very interesting if he pulls off another major win after getting his first major at Augusta this year.

9. Adam Scott

Adam Scott tied for 4th in the 2015 U.S. Open and has 2 top-10 finishes in the last 3 years.  He has also finished in the top 10 in his last 2 of 3 tournaments leading up to this week.  With 4 top 10 finishes this year and 7 finishes in the top 25 he is still playing great golf.  He also has the 10th best scoring average this year at 69.9.  You can’t just write off the 12th ranked golfer in the world.

10. Hideki Matsuyama

Hideki has 2 wins, 4 top 10 finishes this year and is the 4th ranked golfer in the world.  He can flat out play and he hits a ton of greens in regulation.  Although his game doesn’t fit Erin Hills as well as some of the other golfers on this list you simply can not rule him out.  Once again, the 4th best golfer in the world.

11. Brooks Koepka

With three straight finishes in the top 20 at U.S. Open we have to have Brooks in our top 20 rankings.  He is very long, ranked 5th on the PGA Tour.  This length off the tee will certainly come to his advantage at Erin Hills.  Have you ever played an 8,000 yard course before?  Length off the tee is needed and if Brooks hits greens and putts well he could very easily take home the championship.

12. Henrik Stenson

Henrik Stenson won the British Open last year and Erin Hills could play similar to those conditions if the winds pick up.  Even though he historically hasn’t played well in U.S. Opens, this one may be different.  With wider fairways, this year could be his chance to bring home the championship.  Even though he only has 2 top 10 finishes this year, major tournaments can be a different story.  He is also coming off a tied for 16th finish in his last tournament at The Players Championship.

13. Thomas Pieters

This will be Pieters first U.S. Open, however he did tie for 4th at the Master’s in Augusta this year.  He also has 3 top 10 finishes.  We know he is a gamer and gears up in major tournaments.  We also saw the same at the Ryder Cup at Hazeltine.  No one has ever won the U.S. Open the first time playing in the tournament since Francis Ouimet in 1913.  Thomas might just be the one to break that century old record.

14. Justin Thomas

Justin Thomas is one of the best ball-strikers on the PGA Tour.  He is ranked 11th in driving distance and 12th in greens in regulation.  The perfect recipe for success at Erin Hills.  He has the 4th best scoring average on tour this year at 69.7.  He also has 3 wins and 7 top 10 finishes.  Not to mention he also shot a 59 this year.  What is not to like?

15. Jason Dufner

Coming off a win a couple weeks at the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village you have to like Dufner.  He has three top 10 finishes in the U.S. Open over the last five years, has 2 top 10 finishes this year, and 10 top 25 finishes this year.  If Dufner hits a lot of greens and regulation and his putter gets hot watch out!

16. Billy Horschel

Billy is coming off a tied for 4th finish at last week’s Fedex St. Jude Classic.  He has 4 top 10 finishes and 6 top 25 finishes, including a win this year at the AT&T Byron Nelson tournament.  Billy is another golfer that hits a ton of greens in regulation, currently tied for 9th, so just like Dufner, Billy Horschel could sneak up the leaderboard if he starts draining putts left and right.

17. Branden Grace

Brandon Grace tied for 4th in the 2015 U.S. Open and although he only has 1 top 10 finish this year, he might be quite a sleeper pick.  He strikes the ball well, it will just depend on how hot he can get to take home the championship at Erin Hills this year.

18. Paul Casey

In his last tournament at the Dean & Deluca Invitational he finished tied for 10th.  He also has 4 top 10 finishes and 10 top 25 finishes this year.  Currently ranked 7th in greens hit in regulation, Paul Casey could pull this one off by putting well for 4 straight days.  You can’t rule out the 14th ranked golfer in the world.

19. Shane Lowry

Shane Lowry finished 2nd in last year’s U.S. Open and has 2 top 10 finishes in the last two U.S. Opens he has played in.  The Irishman has 5 finishes this year in the top 25 and the guy knows how to make birdies.  He is currently ranked 13th on the PGA Tour this year for birdies and anyone who can make a lot of birdies can fare well at the U.S. Open which also forces a lot of bogies.  Par golf could make for a win if it’s windy at Erin Hills.

20. Daniel Berger

Daniel Berger is coming straight from a win last week at the Fedex St. Jude Classic.  With a lot of confidence going into the U.S. Open, that make the difference between a win and a missed cut.  He also has 4 top 10 finishes this year.  He’s been playing well and his recent victory could push him on to two in a row.

Source: http://www.pgatour.com/stats.html

 

Best Golf Gifts for Father’s Day

Best Golf Gifts for Father’s Day

If your Dad is a golfer, with Father’s Day fast approaching, we have put together a list of the Best Golf Gifts For Father’s Day for you.  Golf gifts make an excellent gift for Dad for on his special day.  Even if your Dad or even Grandfather don’t play golf or only play a few times a year, every Dad can use a brand new golf shirt or pair of flat front golf shorts or pants.  So put a smile on Dad’s face this Sunday with the help our Best Golf Gifts for Dad.

#1 Best Golf Gift for Father’s Day – Golf Balls

Golf balls are something every Dad needs, obviously you can’t play golf without them and it’s something that they will surely use at some point even if they already have a stockpile of golf balls.  If you want to truly impress Dad the #1 ball in golf and the most widely used golf balls on tour are the Titleist Pro V1 Golf Balls and Titleist Pro V1x Golf Balls.  These are especially great golf balls if your Dad or Grandpa or any Father in your family are very avid golfers that play pretty well.  If you’re wondering what the difference between the two are, the easiest way to choose the best one is by the age and if you know if they swing really hard at the ball that helps as well.  The Titleist Pro V1 is best for most average swing speed golfers, so for most golfers up in age, this ball works best.   The  Pro V1x is faster swinging golfers, so usually younger golfers that play well and often.  The Callaway Chrome Soft Golf Balls are also extremely popular for avid golfers and will make a great gift as well.  They’re also not quite as expensive as the Pro V1.

Titleist Pro V1 Golf Balls - Best Golf Gift for Father's Day

You don’t have to break the bank with the best ball in golf though.  There are also many mid-range priced golf balls that are very good and you can often find 2 for deals on them, such as the Bridgestone e6 golf balls and the Wilson Duo Golf Balls.  These are for golfers of many skill levels from a 5-8 handicap all the way up to a 25 handicap.  If Dad only plays Titleist you can take a look at the Titleist NXT Tour Golf Balls or the Titleist Velocity Golf Balls.

Wilson Duo Golf Balls - Best Father's Day Golf Gifts

Lastly, if Dad only play a few times a year or if you’re buying for Grandpa (lower swing speed) the Titleist TruSoft Golf Balls are fantastic.  You can also look at the Srixon Soft Feel 24 pack of golf balls or once again the Wilson Duo Golf Balls where you currently also get 2 dozen for only $30.

Srixon Soft Feel Golf Balls 24 Pack

#2 Best Golf Gift for Dad – Golf Shirts and Golf Shorts

The next best golf gift you can get your Dad is golf apparel.  Golf Shirts or Golf Polo’s can make an excellent gift for any golfer.  We all know every golfer can never have enough golf shirts and with so many styles out there you can surely find something that suits your Dad’s particular style.  Whether he likes striped golf shirts or only solid golf shirts, or even fancier and bolder golf shirts with much more creative designs and prints you’ll easily find him something he’ll love.  There are many amazing brands to choose from so whether Dad’s favorite brand is Adidas Golf Shirts, Callaway Golf Shirts, Oakley Golf Shirts you’ll easily find him the perfect shirt.  If he wants a premium brand look at J. Lindeberg Golf Shirts, FootJoy Golf Shirts, or Under Armour Golf Polos.  Not to mention Dad can also wear his golf shirt off the course as well, either to the office or to dinner.

Best Golf Gifts for Father's Day - Callaway Solid Golf Shirt

You can also complete an outfit for him with a nice pair of golf shorts or golf pants.  One of the most popular lines of golf shorts and pants are the Adidas Ultimate Golf Shorts and Adidas Ultimate Golf Pants.  There are endless colors and styles in both.  You can find the Adidas Ultimate Shorts in many different prints, from the Adidas Ultimate Camo Shorts to the Adidas Ultimate Gradient Stripe Shorts, Adidas Ultimate Geo Print Shorts, or Adidas Ultimate Heather Golf Shorts.  The Ultimate short line is also very good for hot summer days.  They also fit very true to size as well.

Best Golf Gifts for Father's Day - Adidas Ultimate Golf Shorts

#3 Best Golf Gift for Father’s Day – Golf Shoes

Golf Shoes make an excellent gift and just like golf shirts, golfers can never have enough golf shoes for every type of course and conditions.  Our Men’s Spikeless Golf Shoes are very popular as you can wear them not just on the course but off the course as well.  Some golfers will wear these shoes to dinner or even to the office.  The FootJoy Versaluxe Golf Shoes are perfect for the golfer that plays golf and wants golf shoes he can wear right into the clubhouse without having to change his shoes.  We also carry dress shoes that aren’t as much meant for playing but just to wear to dinner at the country club or with a nice pair of dress slacks.  If that’s what you think Dad needs check out our FootJoy Professional Spikeless Golf Shoes.

FootJoy Versaluxe - Best Golf Gifts for Father's Day

If Dad plays a lot of golf in all types of weather you’ll definitely want something waterproof so make sure you check the description of each shoe.  Most golf shoes are waterproof but there are some lower-end golf shoes that are synthetic leather or have a mesh upper that may not be waterproof.  If you’re looking for the best we recommend checking out the FootJoy DNA 2.0 Golf Shoes, which just dropped in price, and are FootJoy’s top-of-the-line golf shoe.  The FootJoy FreeStyle Golf Shoes also just dropped in price as well and make another excellent option.  If you already know Dad prefers Adidas Shoes we recommend the Adidas Tour360 Boost Golf Shoes and the Adidas Powerband BOA Boost Golf Shoes.

FootJoy DNA 2.0 Golf Shoes

Now if you don’t want to break the bank because you know Dad doesn’t play a ton of golf, don’t worry there are many discount golf shoes out there for you.  Take a look at the Closeout FootJoy SuperLites Golf Shoes or the FootJoy Contour Golf Shoes which can currently be had for around $60.  Both still provide a waterproof warranty, the Contour line, even comes with a 2 year waterproof warranty, which is the same warranty all of the higher end golf shoes carry.  There is nothing wrong with buying Dad a pair of cheap golf shoes since there are so many good closeout options out there for you.

FootJoy Contour Golf Shoes

One last thing to note, if you can sneak out and check the size of the shoes your Dad currently wears that helps a ton.  If not it’s good to know that FootJoy shoes typically run a half size larger than Adidas Golf Shoes.  So if Dad wears a 10 in an Adidas Shoe you should probably get him a 9.5 in a FootJoy shoe.

#4 Best Golf Gift for Dad – Golf Gloves

Golf gloves just like golf balls are something that every golfer needs more of and they’ll always use them eventually.  They also make a great add-on golf gift since they run anywhere from the $7 range to the $25 range.  If you want the best golf glove for Dad because he plays a lot and scores well, take a look at an all Cabretta leather, such as the FootJoy StaSof Golf Gloves or Ping Sensor Tour Golf Glove.

FootJoy StaSof Golf Glove

If your Dad is more of just the weekend warrior and an average golfer you don’t need to break the bank.  You can find many great deals on golf gloves when purchasing them in packs of 2, 3, or even 6.  Then Dad will be set for the entire season.  You can easily go through 6 golf gloves or more throughout your golf season.  Check out the Wilson Grip Soft Golf Gloves or Mizuno Comp Golf Gloves that can currently be had for as low as $6.67 each when you buy 6 gloves.  The FootJoy WeatherSof 2 Pack Golf Gloves are also a fantastic solution.  FootJoy is also the #1 Golf Glove on Tour and is known for the highest quality golf gloves on the market.  If you’d like to learn more about the fit of golf gloves or if you’re wondering why do golfers need a golf glove you can here.

Wilson Grip Soft Golf Glove

#5 Best Golf Gift for Dad – Golf GPS and Golf Rangefinders

Golf GPS & Rangefinders are something every Dad loves, even if they already have one, just like a cell phone, the features improve every year so it’s never too late to upgrade.  Golf GPS make a perfect gift the tech-loving Dad.  If you’re unfamiliar with what GPS and Golf Rangefinders are, the difference is a Golf GPS tells you the distance to hole and many other obstacles such as how far to carry a sand trap or a water hazard.  A golf rangefinder is something you put to your eye aim it at the pin or any target and it will tell you the distance.  It seems most average golfers prefer a golf gps because sometimes on hilly courses you can’t see the pin.

Best Father's Day Golf Gifts SkyCaddie GPS Watch

A new popular item is golf gps watches.  They’re also perfect if Dad tends to leave things behind.  It can be very easy to leave your expensive golf gps in the golf cart at the end of your round.  One very popular gps watch is the SkyCaddie SW2 GPS Golf Watch which provides excellent value and can be currently has for about $120.  All golf gps are very popular for golfers of all ages and are much easier to set up than they used to be 5 years ago.  Some are even ready to use right out of the box with around 40,000 pre-loaded golf courses on them all over the world.

Best Golf Gifts for Father's Day - Callaway Golf Rangefinder

If you’re unsure you may find it helpful to take a look at golf gps buying guide or contact the customer service department of the online retailer you shop with or at talk to a sales rep at your local golf store to make sure you find one with the best features, ease of use, etc. for your Dad.  The same goes for golf rangefinders, some come with slope, which basically takes into consideration if the shot is uphill or downhill.  Rangefinders with slope are illegal for tournament play in official USGA golf tournaments, however some come with the ability to use slope and then turn it off for official tournament play.  Callaway Golf Rangefinders have become increasingly popular and also provide great value.  Rangefinders can start around $150 and go all the way up to $600 so if Dad wants a rangefinder you can determine your price range by how often and how serious he takes the game.

Hopefully these gift ideas help you find the Best Golf Gift for Father’s Day this year and you can make Dad very happy on Sunday while watching the U.S. Open!  Golf Headquarters has everything you need for a Father’s Day Golf Gift!

Golf Gloves: Do I Need to Wear One?

Golf Gloves: Do I Need to Wear One?

Have you ever wondered if you had to wear a golf glove?  The simple answer is you don’t have to wear a golf glove, however there are several reasons why you should.  The most obvious reason is that the golf glove helps you with tackiness and holding onto the club easier without having to increase your grip pressure.  If you watch the PGA & LPGA Tours you’ll notice that just about every professional golfer wears a golf glove.  There are some rare instances where a professional golfer doesn’t, Fred Couples, for example, but most golfers do wear a glove.

Golf gloves are especially helpful on hot summer days when your hands are sweaty as well as when it’s raining or wet.  Your grip is one of the most important aspects of your swing and keep the correct grip pressure throughout your entire swing is extremely important for a variety of reasons.  The material of a golf glove is much tackier than that your hand so it’s obvious that there are benefits to wear a golf glove.

Golf Gloves Will Save Your Hands

If you play a lot of golf and hit a lot of balls on the driving range, a golf glove is even more important to protect your hand(s) from blisters.  Some golfers that do not wear a glove but play often typically have calluses built up on their hands so they’re not bothered by not wearing a glove.  However, it’s highly recommended that if you’re going on a golf trip in the spring after a long winter of not playing golf, you get yourself a golf glove, otherwise you’ll surely have blisters on your hands.

Golf Gloves Do I Need To Wear One?

If you’re just a typical golfer that only plays once or twice a week, you may always just worn a golf glove because it’s what golfers do and it always what you’ve seen the professionals do on television.  However, it wasn’t always this way…golf gloves were first invented in the 1890’s and for the main reason that the golf grips on older golf clubs, usually leather wraps over a hickory shaft, were very hard on the hands.  Golf gloves helped prevent damage to the hands from the roughness of the shaft and grip.  It took another 40 years until sometime in the 1930’s for tour professionals were seen wearing golf gloves.  One of the first high profile players to use a golf glove was Sam Snead.  Although at that time not all high profile golfers used a glove.  Ben Hogan and Bobby Jones never used a glove, however it’s obvious they beat so many golf balls on the range they had plenty of calluses and gloves weren’t necessary.  In the next three decades golf gloves truly rose to popularity and the large majority of professional golfers wore a glove.  Look back at pictures of Jack Nicklaus and he always had a white golf glove on.  Now the golf glove is a staple golf accessory for almost every golfer.

What Hand Do Golfers Wear a Golf Glove On?

Most golfers will only wear a glove on one hand and in rare instances will you see golfers wear a glove on both hands. Some women prefer to wear two gloves to save both hands, but for the most part you’ll see guys only wear one Men’s Golf Glove.  You typically wear your golf glove on your leading hand, so for right-handed golfers, you will wear a left-handed golf glove.  Left-handed golfers wear gloves on their right hand.  Sometimes this is confusing, just remember that you wear your glove on the opposite hand of your dominant hand.  Also to note, some companies like FootJoy sell gloves in 2 packs, such as the FootJoy WeatherSof 2 Pack Gloves.  So make sure you pay attention to packaging, most of them will be a 2 pack of 2 left-hand gloves the same size just at a better value than buying just 1 glove.  However, there are also some companies that offer a right and left-hand glove as a pair in the same package.  These are more common among Women’s Golf Gloves.

FootJoy Weathersof 2 Pack Gloves

Golf Glove Fit

What about fit?  It’s very important that you get the right fit in your golf glove, otherwise you could be doing more harm than good.  If your glove is too loose your hand could be slipping within the glove throughout your swing and completely defeating the purpose.  If your glove is too tight it could end up restricting hand and wrist movement throughout the swing which is also not helping matters either.  Make sure your glove fits snugly but is flexible enough for you.  After you wear it for a few rounds it’ll also start to conform to your hand.  If you are about to purchase a new brand of golf glove that you’ve never worn before you should definitely try it on, because even if you buy the same size you’ve always worn there can be slight differences in size from one glove manufacturer to the next.

Mizuno Comp Golf Glove

Cadet Golf Gloves

What in the world does a cadet golf glove mean?  That question comes up a lot so don’t feel like you’re the only one who isn’t sure what a cadet size means.  The cadet size means that the palm size is the same but just with shorter fingers.  So a large glove fits a large palm size and a cadet large fits the same palm size but just with shorter fingers.  Long story short, getting the right fit for a golf glove is very important.  If it doesn’t fit correctly or is uncomfortable your doing yourself more harm than good.

Wilson Grip Soft Golf Glove

Golf Glove Material

Does material matter when deciding on which golf glove to buy?  It does, but for most it’s just personal preference.  Some lower handicap golfers only wear all cabretta leather gloves, such as the FootJoy StaSof.  The advantages tend to be a thinner material and feel so it feels more natural almost like they’re not wearing a glove at all but still getting all the benefits from a glove.  Typically these gloves are less durable and wear out faster.  There are also synthetic leather gloves as well as a combination of cabretta leather and synthetic leather gloves.  These tend to be less expensive and can last longer.  There are also glove that have lycra or flexible stretching material to add to the comfort of the fit around the joints of the knuckles.  For the most part, the type of material depends on personal preference, how often you play, and your best bet is just to try a few on and see which type you like the best.  You can often find amazing value in synthetic/cabretta combination or all synthetic golf gloves, such as the Mizuno Comp Golf Glove or Wilson Grip Soft Glove.

FootJoy Spectrum Golf Glove

Almost every major golf equipment manufacturer has a golf glove these days so your best bet is to choose the glove that fits and looks the best.  You can even find gloves in just about any color imaginable such as the FootJoy Spectrum line of golf gloves.  Some are even using gloves as part of their fashion statement now.  There are also specific golf gloves for rain, where you get a pair for the right and left hand.  These rain gloves also work best when completely wet and actually make a world of difference if you get stuck in the rain.  Rain gloves can save your round so don’t forget your FootJoy RainGrip Gloves.

FootJoy WinterSof Golf Gloves

There are also gloves designed for playing in cold weather, for example FootJoy WinterSof gloves.  They provide just enough thickness for you to keep your hands warm enough to play more comfortable when its 40 or below.  So yes, as you can see there are a number of reasons to wear a golf glove so take everything in this guide into consideration when deciding whether or not to wear a golf glove at all and if you do hopefully this will help you decide on what type of glove to wear.

How to Lower Backspin with Your Driver

How to Lower Backspin with Your Driver

Follow these simple steps to help you lower backspin with your driver.  Hitting a driver off the tee requires a slightly different swing than hitting an iron from the fairway.  When you hit an iron you swing down at the ball trying to trap it against the fairway to create optimal spin and a crisp shot.  However, this is not the type of swing you should take with your driver.  If your drives start out low then rise or balloon quickly up in the air and come straight down with very little roll that is a sure sign you are getting way too much backspin with your driver.  While an equipment change with an experienced custom fitter and a launch monitor can also help as well, try these simple techniques first to see if it makes a difference.  It may feel a bit awkward at first and it will take some practice but these simple changes can make a difference in lowering your backspin off the tee and ultimate hitting it further.

If you have been fit on a launch monitor before, some of these things will make more sense to you.  The key to hitting it far off the tee is having optimal backspin and launch angle.  So to start off, make sure you’re teeing the ball up high enough and play it up in your stance right around the instep of your left foot.  You want to hit your drives on the upswing and these two easy steps at setup will help with that.

How to Lower Your Backspin with Your Driver

You should also take a slightly wider stance, about should width apart.  You should also set up with your right shoulder tiled slightly lower than your left shoulder.  You can also setup with your weight about 60% on your right foot and 40% on your left foot.  You want to feel like you’re sweeping the ball of the tee and not hitting down on the ball.  Both of these moves again will help create the optimal swing path so that you’re hitting your drives on the upswing.

It’s also important to take the club back low and slow with your shoulders and hips.  If you have too much wrist action you will not get your weight back correctly.  You’ll want to feel like your weight is on the inside of your right foot during your backswing.  If you don’t get your weight back properly during your backswing, it will be very difficult to hit your drives on the upswing.

During your downswing you should feel like your head remains behind the golf ball as you move through impact.  Keep a loose grip throughout your entire swing so that your hands and wrists rotate correctly through impact.  If you don’t, you may find that some of these tips will cause you to block the ball to the right.  After impact, you should feel the momentum of your swing pull your weight to your left foot so that you finish with your chest and hips facing the target.

How to Lower Your Backspin with Your Driver

Follow these simple techniques and you’ll immediately notice that you have lowered the amount of backspin off the tee with your driver.  By lowering your backspin by just 500-1000 RPM’s can easily add 10-15 yards to your drives off the tee.  Having too much backspin can be deadly off the tee.  Even if you swing over 100 mph, without an optimal backspin rate and launch angle you could be losing a ton of distance off the tee.  So go to the driving range with a bucket or two of balls and try to implement these tips.  With practice you’ll quickly notice a big difference in distance and realize that by lowering your backspin with your driver is very important.

Once you’ve mastered these tips, take it a step further and go get fit by an experience custom fitter with a launch monitor.  Bring the driver you’re currently playing and compare it against 2-3 other drivers.  Some newer driver heads and shafts will also help you to lower your backspin.  With all of these combined you’ll soon be hitting it further off the tee than you ever have.