By Doug Hammer, Golf Contributor - Archive - Email
It's the New Year, Treat yourself!!
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - In the Holiday spirit, I thought I would discuss a common misconception that I hear on a regular basis. I have clients come to me all the time with older, sometimes borderline antique, equipment in their golf bags. All too often I hear the excuse "I am waiting for my game to improve, then I will treat myself to a good set of clubs!" If you are waiting on this before you splurge on a new set, you could be waiting awhile!

Good quality golf equipment is a necessity for shooting lower scores. Every year club manufacturers spend millions on research to squeeze every bit of distance and accuracy out of their golf clubs. This only helps you!!! In fact, playing with outdated or improperly fit equipment can actually impede your progress with the game.

For example, if you are playing with irons that are too long or too short for you, this can make it very difficult to hit the center of the clubface on a regular basis. Additionally, practicing with a club that is too long or short can cause unexpected changes in your golf swing. A club that is too long encourages a more upright swing which could bring about fat shots or toe hits. A club that is too short can encourage a flatter swing causing thin shots or heel hits.

Drivers and fairway wood technology has vastly improved in just the past 5 years. The USGA limits the size of drivers, thickness of face, and moment of inertia, however club manufacturers continue to get closer and closer to these limits each year. While it is a myth that drivers can wear out, if you have a driver that is over 5 years old, it may be time to upgrade. You most likely will find a few yards and who doesn't want that!!

Regardless of what you choose to do with your equipment, take the time to have a PGA professional or other qualified clubfitter spend some time with you and get an accurate prescription for the right equipment for your game. You have many options out there and trying to find the right equipment on your own can be confusing and sometimes maddening. Each manufacturer claims to have the best equipment that goes the farthest. The truth is they are all very close. My best advice to you is to go with a company that you know and trust, like the looks, and feel good when you hit them.

So get out there and treat yourself this holiday season! Your game deserves it!!

Doug Hammer * Director of Instruction * Troon North Golf Club
p 480-585-5300 ext. 251 * f 480-585-5161
10320 E Dynamite Blvd. * Scottsdale, AZ 85262 Managed by Troon Golf
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