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.”

FootJoy DNA Helix Review

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.

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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

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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.

How to Hit Out of a Fairway Bunker

How to Hit Out of a Fairway Bunker

Let’s face it, there isn’t a single golfer out there that loves to hit sand shots, but learning how to hit out of a fairway bunker is one of the most difficult shots in golf to master.  There are so many factors that come into play.  Is it a sidehill lie, downhill or uphill lie?  Is it a deep bunker where you have to get the ball up quickly over the lip of the bunker?  What type of lie do you have with the ball, is the ball buried in the sand at all?  Is the sand dry and fluffy or is it wet and firm?  These are all things that will need to be taken into consideration when hitting out of a fairway bunker or sand trap.

How to Hit Out of a Fairway Bunker

First, let’s talk about the basics and assume you have a normal lie in the sand with no lip to worry about getting the ball over.  This is the easiest tip, but also very important regarding club selection.  It is often best for the majority of golfers to take 1-2 extra clubs.  Meaning if you’re 150 yards away from the center of the green and you normally hit an 8 iron from 150 yards, you should be using a 6 or 7 iron.  The reason for this is because the sand alone will usually slow down your swing through impact, thus lowering ball speed and distance.

The second tip is about the position of the golf ball in your stance.  More so with an iron but it helpful for most golfers to position the ball a bit further back in your stance.  This helps to prevent hitting the ball fat and taking to much sand.  You should try to pick the ball clean off the sand with your club touching the sand as little as possible.  Obviously if you take too much sand your shot will come up way short of your target.

The next tips are important but must be practiced until you perfect them.  You should dig your feet into the sand an inch or two to keep your body stable in the sand.  Some teaching professionals also advocate choking up on the grip by an inch or two.  This also helps you to pick the ball clean off the sand.  If you don’t dig your feet into the sand enough and choke up too much you’ll over do it and end up hitting the shot thin or even top the ball.  If you’re wearing spikeless golf shoes it’s  even more important to make sure you get your feet dug into the sand.  This could lead to having to hit the exact same fairway bunker shot all over again so practice this as much as possible.

The last tip, which is one of the best tips is to keep your lower body out of the swing as much as you can.  Keeping your lower body still and out of the swing will help your hips to spin less during your swing.  If you are a slicer of the ball, this is even more important.  An over the top swing tends to chop at the ball, which is the exact opposite move you need to have when hitting out of a fairway sand trap.  You should feel like you’re swing with all upper body.  Again, by keeping your lower body out of the swing, you will be able to make that perfectly executed golf swing and pick the ball clean out of the sand.

With plenty of practice you can master this shot.  Try to find a driving range with a bunker so you can practice hitting short and long irons, as well as a fairway wood or hybrid.  But what about all the other scenarios we spoke about earlier?

Let’s talk about sidehill and downhill or uphill lies.  If you already know how to hit these shots from the rough of fairway the same concepts apply when hitting out of a fairway bunker.  For a sidehill lie where the ball is lower than your feet, you’ll want to dig into the sand as much as possible to get your feet closer to the level of the ball.  You also should not choke up in this instance.  The last thing to remember is you’ll typically hit a fade or left to right shot from this type of lie so you should take that into consideration and aim left of your target.  If the ball is above your feet you won’t need to dig into the sand as much and you should definitely choke up on the club.  The opposite applies with this lie and you’ll tend to draw the ball, hitting it right to left, so again aim right of the target for this shot.

If you have a downhill lie, meaning your left foot is lower than your right foot (for right-handed golfers) you should play the ball back in your stance and your weight should be forward towards your left foot.  This will help you to pick the ball cleanly out of the sand.  If you have an uphill lie, play the ball slightly up in your stance with your weight slightly more towards your right foot.  The simple tips at setup will help you make cleaner contact with the ball.

What about wet firm sand versus dry fluffy sand?  Wet firm sand is much easier to hit out of and you can be slightly more aggressive with taking some sand when hitting your shot.  However, for dry fluffy sand it’s extremely important you try to pick the ball clean out of the sand because even the slightest amount of extra sand you take at impact will dramatically take distance off your shot.  You should also take club selection into account here, with wet firm sand you may only need to take a half club or 1 club extra.  In contrast, you may need to take 2 extra clubs if you find yourself in dry fluffy sand.

Now if you find yourself with a bad lie, meaning the ball is buried or slightly buried in the sand you need to make a smart decision.  In most cases it’s best to take your sand wedge or a high-lofted iron and get the ball back into the fairway and try to get away with a bogey at worst.  The same applies if you find yourself in a bunker with a very high lip.  Depending on the distance to the green and the height of the lip you’ll have to make a smart decision, even if it means coming up short from the green and having to get up and down to make your par.  There is nothing worse than finding yourself in a bunker and having to hit the exact same shot over again because you hit the lip of the bunker and the ball just rolled back to the same position.  So play smart in these cases and you don’t always have to try to hit a miracle shot.

Take these tips on how to hit out of a fairway bunker and practice them as much as you can.  With experimentation, experience, and a lot of hard work you’ll find that hitting out of a fairway bunker isn’t nearly as scary as you might think.

Pre-Shot Golf Routine

Pre-Shot Golf Routine: How Important Is It?

If you’ve read any golf psychology books you’ll notice how each stresses the importance of a consistence pre-shot golf routine.  Bob Rotella, a famous writer about golf psychology talks about the pre-shot golf routine in much detail.  So if you’re unfamiliar with a what a pre-shot routine in golf is, it is basically a sequence of steps or actions that you take before every single shot during your round.  Every golfer has their own particular pre-shot routine, this can include alignment, the number of practice swings, waggles over the ball, as well as the timing of each movement or event.  This all happens before actually hit your golf shot.

Why is a pre-shot golf routine important?  A pre-shot routine basically makes you only focus on each step of your pre-shot routine.  It helps to eliminate any bad or negative thoughts, nervousness, etc. before hitting your shot.  A lot of golfers will step up to the tee and see white out of bounds stakes right or maybe there is a lake you need to carry and then you only start to focus on avoiding those obstacles.  So if you see out of bounds stakes right, you may make a swing that overcompensates and you end up in the left woods.  Or if you’re thinking about hitting it over a lake 200 yards away when you’re average carry is 220 yards away you may swing to hard to make sure you hit it over the lake when you really just needed to get up to the ball and take your normal swing.  The pre-shot golf routine helps prevent these negative thoughts.  It forces you to focus and only focus on the certain steps of your pre-shot routine and if you’re focusing on those simple, yet relevant tasks you’re not thinking about the lake you have to carry or preventing yourself from slicing the ball out of bounds to the right.

If you watch any golf professionals during a PGA Tournament on television you’ll notice they all have a pre-shot routine.  Each one has different steps and mannerisms before they step up and begin their actual backswing of the shot at hand.

Pre-Shot Golf Routine

So what can a pre-shot routine actually consist of?  There can be very few steps you take during your pre-shot routine or there can be more.  It all depends on the type of golfer.  Once you have your club selection and you’re confident you have the correct club you can start your pre-shot routine.  This can start with alignment.  Some golfers prefer 1-3 practice swings and some take their practice swings behind the ball, while others may take their practice swings right next to the ball lining up to the target.  It can also include any current swing thoughts you have.  Maybe you’ve been working on a move in your backswing that you repeat three times for muscle memory right before you step up to the ball.  Once you step up and actually rest your club behind the ball, you may have a certain number of waggles, and you may also have a certain number of times you look at the target.

A good example of a pre-shot golf routine to start with if you’ve never had one before would be as follows.  Choose your club selection and be confident with it before you start your pre-shot routine.  If you go through your pre-shot routine and are about to swing but feel a wind gust, step back, re-think your golf club selection and start your pre-shot routine all over.  This also includes any distractions during your pre-shot routine, just step back and start it over.  So now that you have your club, take 1 or 2 practice swings.  Then stand behind the ball and pick your alignment, a lot of golfers will pick a blade of grass 1 foot in front of the ball.  That way when you step up to the ball you’re only aligning your clubface to a blade of grass 1 foot in front of the ball.  This is much easier than looking back and forth and at a target and trying to line up correctly.  Then you take one waggle, one last look, at the target, visualize your perfect shot and take your swing.

This is just an example but it’s a starting point to developing your own pre-shot golf routine.  You can alter it in any way you want.  You can also watch your favorite PGA Tour player on TV for tips as well.  Also a lot of golfers will develop their pre-shot routine based how quickly they play.  If you typically are a fast player on the course your pre-shot routine might be very simple.  Sometimes this also helps with you giving you less time for negative thoughts.  Or if you are a slower player who is very meticulous and likes to take your time, you may take a few more relaxed practice swings and take your time with each detail of your pre-shot routine.  If you’re that type of golfer a fast-paced, quick pre-shot routine probably doesn’t make sense.  You do not want to feel rushed during your pre-shot routine, you should feel relaxed and focused only on the next step of your routine.

It is also worthy to note that some players have different pre-shot routines for full swings, chipping, sand shots, or putting on the green.  However, it’s still important to have a solid consistent pre-shot routine for every type of shot.  For chipping, one part of your pre-shot routine you may walk up to the green and determine exactly where you want the golf ball to land.  You may take extra practice swings to get the feel of the shot so you hit it with the correct force and achieve the correct distance.  For putting you may read a putt from behind the ball, then behind the hole.  You may stand over the ball once to get a feel for the putt, then step back from the ball and focus on alignment.  Regardless of all of this make sure all of your pre-shot routines are consistent and literally become second nature.

You may also find that over time you add steps or remove steps from your pre-shot routine.  This is perfectly fine, you may be working on take your club back low and slow, so you add that move in and repeat it 3 times for added confidence and muscle memory.  Developing a solid pre-shot routine may take some time before you are 100% comfortable and confident you have it perfected.  You want it to mimic your style as a golfer, but once you have it down and consistently apply it to each shot you’ll continually see improvement.  You also should practice it and not only make sure you apply it to every single shot on the course but you should also go through your pre-shot routine while on the driving range.  This will force you to not only solidify your pre-shot routine but also makes sure you are practicing properly on the range and thinking about every shot.  It’s important to practice with a purpose and rushing through a bucket of balls just to say you practiced today isn’t helping.  So start to begin forming and practicing your pre-shot routine today and you’ll begin to notice a lot of improvement in your scores as well as your course management and the mental aspects of golf.

How to Hit a Low Punch Shot

How to Hit a Low Punch Shot

This is a shot that is crucial for all golfers to learn and attempt to master regardless of your handicap or skill level.  We have all found ourselves in trouble from an errant drive and end up in the trees, whether it’s the left or right side of the fairway.  When this happens, we often have several options.  You can take the safe route and just chip out to the fairway through the biggest opening in the trees.  Or there is often a riskier option of hitting through a thinner opening but also advancing the ball further up the fairway or even all the way up to the green and possibly close to the pin.  If you haven’t mastered hitting a low punch shot yet, it’s almost always best to chip out the safest way possible and use good course management.

So let’s get to how to actually go about hitting this low punch shot.  First you should think about club selection.  This usually depends on how low and how far you need to hit your punch shot.  If you want to hit a punch shot that is only 5-10 feet off the ground but need it to fly and roll out over 100 yards, you’ll want to grab your lowest iron in your bag, whether you still have a 2 iron, or even a 3 or 4 irons will work.  I would recommend against using a wood or especially a hybrid.  Hybrids are harder to hit to keep a low trajectory with.  I have used a driver before but only under very special circumstances.  Also know that a driver off the deck will often product a cut or left to right golf shot.

So now that you have your club selection what is next?  Let’s talk about setup first.  You will to setup very similar to hitting a chip shot.  You want your weight forward towards your left foot for a right-handed golfer (opposite for a left-handed golfer).  You then need to keep your hands in a forward-press position ahead of the ball and the ball should be played a bit back in your stance.  These three things will help you keep the ball low when hitting your low punch shot.

Once you have your setup correct, you’re ready to take your swing.  This next part is also just as important as your setup.  You do not need to take a full swing.  You’d be surprised how hard and how far you can hit a punch shot by only taking a quarter to half swing at the ball.  The further your backswing and the harder you swing the higher your punch shot will go.  You also want to try to trap the ball and make sure you make clean contact.  This is very important, a fat or thin shot will alter your trajectory, and can make matters much worse.  Your follow through should be abbreviated as well, you will not want much wrist action at all.  You’ll want to finish your swing with the golf club closer to the ground to help keep the trajectory low.

How to Hit a Low Punch Shot

Now all of the things mentioned above, from club selection, to how hard you swing, where you play the ball in your stance, etc. all come into play for each specific type punch shot.  Sometimes you may need to hit a punch shot 10-15 yards high but only fly it 30 yards, for that shot you may use a 7 or 8 irons.  You will need to get to the driving range and really experiment with each iron and also try different distance and trajectories with each iron.  Remember the 40 yard drawing punch shot Bubba Watson hit through the trees at the 2012 Master’s?

Once you feel like you’ve mastered hitting a straight punch shot, you can also try hitting a punch shot that slightly draws or fades.  To hit a punch shot with a slight draw, the easiest way to do this is to close your stance a bit.  You can also close the face of your iron at setup or more advanced golfers can also use more wrist action, especially with the right-hand through impact.  It’s important to make an inside-out swing to hit this low drawing punch shot.  If you want to hit a fading punch shot (left to right), you’ll do the opposite.  You can slightly open your stance and you’ll want to extremely limit your wrist action, holding on without breaking your wrists through impact.  If you are hitting one of these types of punch shots that fade or draw just make sure you line up correctly to take the fade or draw action of the shot into play.  So if you’re hitting a draw make sure aim further right and vice versa for a fade.  Seve Ballesteros was a master at this shot and getting out of trouble.  Seve once said, “I’d like to see the fairways more narrow.  Then everyone would have to play from the rough, not just me.”

How to Hit a Low Punch Shot

Again, these are all shots that truly take a lot of practice to master, especially when you start to try to move your punch shots from left to right or right to left.  Take an entire bucket of golf balls and visualize the window you need to hit your punch shot through and make mental notes of how all factors from club selection, to your swing and setup alter each shot.  This is a very valuable shot to have in your repertoire because we all know how difficult the game of golf is and everyone ends up in the woods at some point.  You can not only use this shot to punch out through trees but you can apply the same techniques to hit a low knockdown shot into a strong wind.  Hitting a low punch shot can save you so many strokes, especially on tight courses with a lot of trees so get out there and practice it until you’ve mastered it.

Tiger Woods Charged with DUI

Tiger Woods Charged with DUI

UPDATE TO STORY BELOW.

Tiger Woods Dashcam video released below from Fox News.

One of the most dominant golfers in the entire game, Tiger Woods was arrested and brought into custody around 3 a.m. on Monday morning for driving under the influence.  According to Jupiter, Florida police spokeswoman, Kristin Rightler, Tiger was booked at 7:18 a.m. and released on his own recognizance without bond at 10:50 a.m. from Palm Beach County jail. According to TMZ, Police said that they did smell alcohol on Tiger’s breath.  Tiger did refuse a breathalyzer test which is an automatic arrest for DUI and a driver’s license suspension under Florida state law.  TMZ also reported that Woods’ people have been calling the police all morning asking if the police officer was wearing a body cam.

Tiger Woods DUI

Tiger Woods released a statement regarding his DUI attributing his behavior to prescription medications and said alcohol was not involved.

“I want the public to know that alcohol was not involved,” he said in the statement. “What happened was an unexpected reaction to prescribed medications. I didn’t realize the mix of medications had affected me so strongly.”

Regarding his recent DUI, it’s still not known if he tested positive for alcohol or any type of drugs or even prescription drugs since there is no arrest report currently available.  It is also unknown whether or not he was the only person in the vehicle or if there were other people with him during the incident.  A full arrest report could be released to the public as early as Tuesday and more details could surface as to if alcohol was the real culprit or if it truly was a mix of prescription medication.

Tiger made a statement saying that he apologizes to all of his friends, family, and his fans, “I would like to apologize with all my heart to my family, friends and the fans. I expect more from myself too.”  He went on to say, “I will do everything in my power to ensure this never happens again.”  Woods also mentioned in his statement, “I understand the severity of what I did and I take full responsibility for my actions.”

In his statement he also went on to stay, “I fully cooperated with law enforcement, and I would like to personally thank the representatives of the Jupiter Police Department and the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office for their professionalism.”

According to several sources, Mark Steinberg, Tiger’s agent would not comment on whether this mix of medications was related to his recent back surgery or back problems in general and no further information to report at this time.

Tiger has been in and out of the game over the last year to year and half due to back problems.  Tiger withdrew from the Dubai Desert Classic in the United Arab Emirates after shooting 77 in his opening round because of back issues.  He has not played since this last tournament in February, 2017.

He had a fourth back operation, in April.  This operation was expected to keep him off the golf course from about six months or so, however he did write on his website that he did expect to get back on the course and start playing in PGA Tour events again and his pain was too severe to play before his surgery.  After the surgery he said he felt much better, quoting “I haven’t felt this good in years”.

After the April surgery, Tiger said that his only focus was on rehab and just following his doctors orders, while only focusing on short-term goals.  Tiger stated, ” I want to thank my doctors for their great work and support throughout this process. I also want to thank the fans for your phenomenal support. It means more than you know. There’s a long way to go, but as I said, words cannot convey how good it feels to be pain-free.”  He also said, “Presently, I’m not looking ahead. I can’t twist for another two and a half to three months. Right now, my sole focus is rehab and doing what the doctors tell me. I am concentrating on short-term goals.”

Over the last 10 years or so, it’s a been a difficult road for Tiger.  He hasn’t won a major since 2008, which was the U.S. Open.  After that last major win, Tiger hit the spotlight in a negative way again, when  he was involved in a crash near his Jupiter home in 2009.  Tiger wrecked into a tree and fire hydrant but was only cited with careless driving and there was not any evidence that alcohol was involved in that incident.  This eventually led to the scandal about Tiger being unfaithful to his wife, Elin Nordegren, which took over the news for quite some time.  Around that time Tiger Woods stated, “I’m human, and I’m not perfect.” In 2010, Tiger and his wife, Elin, divorced.  Tiger also reportedly went to rehab for sex addiction.

After that scandal, it took Tiger about 3 years to come back to the number 1 ranked golfer on the PGA Tour in 2013.  Before that scandal Tiger was the number 1 ranked golfer for 12 straight years from 1998 to 2010.  He had surpassed Jack Nicklaus with 79 career PGA wins for the 2nd spot on the all-time list.  Many thought it was a sure thing he would beat Jack Nicklaus’s record of 18 major wins, with Woods already at 14 major wins.  Obviously that hasn’t happened and there are probably more people out there that believe that is now much more unlikely.

Tiger then has his first back surgery in 2014 and has since only played in 19 tournaments and only finished in the top 10 once.  He also missed 7 cuts and withdrew from 3 tournaments.  He hasn’t won a tour event since 2013 at the WGC Bridgestone Invitational.

With all of Tiger’s back problems, and now more public scrutiny for this recent DUI, his future is very unclear.  Tiger did state that he still remained committed to getting back on the course and returning to the PGA Tour.  When will that happen?  That is still uncertain and what’s more uncertain is will he ever win again.  Or more so, will he ever win a major and will he win 5 more to overtake Jack Nicklaus’s record of 18 career major wins.  Tiger is currently, ranked 876th.  He does hold the record for 683 straight weeks as the number 1 ranked golfer, but that streak ended about 7 years ago.  Where his career will go from here is unknown, he is adamant about returning to the game and playing competitive golf again.  Only time will tell.

UPDATE: 5/30/17 12:53pm EST.

The police report has been released and it turns out that Tiger was telling the truth about not drinking any alcohol.  He was found asleep in his Mercedez-Benz and told the police he was traveling back from golfing in Los Angeles.  He was pulled over on the side of the road with his right blinker on with his foot on the break.  His speech was slow and slurred and admitted to taking several prescription drugs, including the painkiller Vicodin.  He failed all field sobriety tests and when asked to spell the alphabet backwards, the officer asked him he understand what they were asking him to do and his response was, “Yes, recite the entire national anthem backwards.”  He then tried several more times and eventually did the alphabet backwards task correctly.  He also did blow 0.000 when given a breathalyzer.  He also was charged with illegally parking and is scheduled to be arraigned for the two charges on July 5th.

Tiger Woods DUI Dashcam Video