Golf Club Reviews and Discussions
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Speaking of tinted glasses for golf, here was the text of an article on Golf.com
Sunglasses for golf come in more than a half-dozen varieties of tinted lenses. Some golf sunglasses are sold with more that one lens color to allow you to change lenses depending on the sky conditions. One brand sells two-toned lenses, with a gray tint on top and amber tint on the bottom. Your best bet is to try different-colored lenses and determine the colors that work best for you. Dark amber, copper, brown, green and gray lenses are among the recommended options for golfers. Golf-specific sunglasses are superior to regular sunglasses on the links – the lenses are cut differently to eliminate distortion on the bottom half of the lens, and that's the part of the lens you look through to see the ball.
Lenses with copper, dark amber, brown and cinnamon tones heighten contrast and visual acuity. They are recommended for golfers because they improve contrast on grass as well as against blue skies, so you can follow the ball in the air and enjoy sharp contrasts on fairways and greens. In addition, these colors increase contrast without significantly causing color distortion.
Green and gray lenses are considered neutral, because they cut the sun's rays without substantially affecting true colors. A green lens mildly increases contrast while retaining good color balance, and a gray lens reduces brightness while preserving true color recognition. You can buy golf sunglasses with dark gray lenses for the brightest days and medium gray lenses for partly cloudy days.
These colors heighten contrast but distort colors. Such tints can be particularly effective on the putting green. When you line up a putt, the color green saturates the naked eye. Rose or red lenses highlight red and yellow hues in the color green that helps you see the contours of the putting surface, enabling you to read breaks better. However, other tints that don't distort colors as much are better suited to the tee areas and fairways.
While the lens color in your sunglasses might help you play your best, the most important reason to wear sunglasses on and off the course is to protect the health of your eyes. Golf-specific sunglasses with tinted lenses protect your eyes from damaging UV rays that can lead to eye damage, so no matter what your color choice, put on the shades whenever you hit the links on a sunny day.
I like Tifosi brand, they are available for under $50 on Ebay with various lenses. I had a pair which included some red colored lenses which were excellent for cloudy/glare conditions, they sharpened contrast. Don probably has some gun-shooting sunglasses which would help.
It's not how...it's how many
As it happens I have about 5 pairs of of golf sunglasses that work quite well for playing golf. All ot them help to show the contour of the greens as they make the different shades of green look more different, so it's easier to see when you will be hitting the ball into the grain or down grain. They also make each blade of grass stand out a litttle from the others around it. So they all help with seeing the contours of the ground. Problem is NONE of them help to see a WHITE golf ball against WHITE clouds in the sky, so hitting balls on a cloudy day makes it hard to see where the ball went.
For years now I've wondered WHY Pro golfers don't wear glasees when they putt or hit shots to take advantage of the help you can get from golf specific sunglasses. Maybe they don't know about golf specific glasses but that's hard to believe.
Has anyone seen the golf sunglasses with a Reader Lens at the TOP of the lens? They are great for golf. As anyone with bi-focal glasses well knows, bi-focals don't work for hitting balls as you can't see the ball looking through the lower part of the lens, But with the bi-focal part of the lens at the TOP, it's NOT in the way when hitting the ball, and you can just tip your head down a little to make it easier to read the score card or you GPS unit. I got a pair of them after I saw them at a Golf Expo here in Denver last year. Very impressed with how well the work for playing golf. Also excellent for pilots as they make it very easy to read overhead gauges in the cockpit while flying. I believe that's where the design started, for pilots.
Putting is easy if you have the Right Putter.
went to the range friday after work. Or more accurately, after nap after work. I'm hoping my poor results were due to not being fully awake. We were supposed to play on Saturday but cancelled due to thunderstorms in the area and it's probably better, a day to forget the horror.
The wife and I went to a FREE clinic at one of the local city owned golf courses. The city has re-started an old free clinic program this year after a few years absince. We got to hit free range balls and get tips and pointers from two of the golf courses regular instructors. It worked out pretty well for us. I got a pointer on how I was setting up in terms of my balance point. Seems I was getting too much weight on my heels and not centered more front to back. Did a little playing around with my balance and did a bit better afterwards. Both of the instructors asked me what club I was hitting, (8 iron) and they were surprised at how far I was hitting the ball for an 8 iron. One of the instructors was playing Callaway X18 irons, and I offered to let him hit my 8 iron, which is a clone of the X-16 clubs. He was quite impressed at how Solid my club felt compared to his Callaway, which had the stock shafts in them. That's when I pulled out my SnakeEyes 24* 9 wood to let him try. He was so impressed with the 9 wood that now he wants to add one to his bag. Problem is they are NOT all that easy to find these days. All in all it was a pretty decent day at the range, and I have a new customer looking to have some club work done. Can't beat that for a free day at the range.
Good Deal Don! Free advice, free range balls and possibly some connections...
So my last couple rounds, I've played too on the Par 4s and Par 5s but not the Par 3s. Essentially, the mid irons have been problems for me. So i was t the range two times ago and was hitting and struggling for consistency with them and sort of remembered that one of the things I do is get too quick on the start of the down swing and I"jump" on it and the transition gets messed up and my wrists bounce and things go wrong. So I again remembered to think "Smooth" at that time. i immediately started hitting the irons better. So that night I took some white markers and I wrote "SMOOTH" on 4 iron club head covers I bought when I bought a really expensive set of irons. Anyway, I'm hoping that works as a visual cue for me when I take that club out of the bag, I have to be SMOOTH with it. I had another good range session with it yesterday. Missed some but hit a ton more better than I did on the course. So we'll see what happens next time I play.
I hope you can take your good practice results to the course next time you play. Let us know how it works out for you
Went out to the practice area near me to work on the new chipping setup recommended by Stan Utley. Did NOT go all that well. It's a BIG change from how I currently chip and it will take a LOT of time and practice to get it to work well. Stan Utley claims his way is EASIER to do, but so far I'm NOT finding it to be true for me.
Good luck Don. Changes like that aren't always easy, especially after years of chipping another way. And given the short game is ALL feel, could be a challenge to get used to Stan's method.
Went to a nearby course which has an excellent practice area to work on chipps, pitches and sand shots. First time swinging a club since last year. Put about 50% of the chipps and about 30% of the pitches where intended. Got all of my greeside bunker shots out of the sand with about 80% within makable putt range altghough I only putt out a few. Had one chipp-in from about 10' off the green. Not too bad after a long layoff, figured I did not deserve to play a round without some sort of practice. I intend to use the driving range to work the driver 4 and 7 woods this coming weekend then maybe I'll be ready for a 9 hole round.
Nice Fred. Glad you go some swings in...don't blame you on not playing after the long lay off....though sounds like you didn't have too much rust to take off!
My wofe and I went to our second free golf clinic last week. One of the instructors was surprised at how far I was hitting my 8 iron, so I let him hit a few balls with it and he was quite impressed at how solid it felt in his hands. I then pulled out one of my drivers for him to try and he was again impressed with how he was hitting it. After hitting 3 of my drivers that I had with me for him to try, he asked me to build him a driver with a UST VTS 75 gram stiff flex shaft and a Cleveland Launcher Comp 10.5* head. I meet him at the course yesterday to deliver the driver for him to hit. He was very impressed at how well it performed, much better than his current driver.. Now he's wanting me to build him a new set of irons, simular to the irons I had with me and he hit last week. Now I just have to find out IF the club heads are still available for the company I got them from.
Nothing like a FREE gold clinic that turns into a business deal that makes me some extra cash.
nice Don. so for the irons, are you buying specific heads that he wants or what?
The instructor hit my 8 iron which is the Leyland LX 2 from CSG Golf. The LX 2 is a copy of the old Callaway X16 design, can't tell the difference other than the name on the head. I'm trying to find out IF the heads are still available or not, as he really liked how he was hitting my club. If I can't get the same head, I know of a few other designs that are real close to the LX2 and I have at least two of those designs on hand to let him demo them. Shaft wise he's looking for an R flex (5.0) either the Dynamic Gold or the Rifle Flighted. He's looking at getting a set from the 5 to the Gap wedge, so that makes it hard to do with a lot of OEM brands. so components is the only way to go for this type of setup.
Hit the range tonight with a 7I and my driver. Main plan was to hit the 7I and try to get more comfortable with my iron swing after this weekends debacle with them. Wedges were fine but mid irons augh! Anyway, remembered a small swing "thing" I used to do to help get me in position at the top so I hit some swings doing that, SOLID strike fter strike. I used to do this more but kinda felt like it was gimmicky so I stopped for some reason. Might bring it back LOL!!
Anyway essentially it's me tucking/cocking my right elbow in during my setup to where it feels like it's pressed against my right side and when I swing back my right arm just sort of folds around and my right elbow is nicely positions and pointing down like it's suppoed too. Anyway, harder to describe than do. But when I do it I know I'm in a good position at the top. Given how I was hitting the ball during the tests, only a couple off the toe, it tells me I'm not quite getting in the right position at the top with my normal swing. Anyway, I'll keep working it in practice. if I keep striping them as well as I did tonight, I may try it on the course. Gimmick or not! LOL!
ALso brought out my 3bays Golf Swing analyzer to play with since I installed the app on my phone. That makes it a lot easier to use since I don't have to lug the ipad around. Anyway, I don't know how close the swing speed numbers are, I figure they're within 2-3 MPH, but they were similar to what I was seeing from the fitter with Flightscope. I like using it just to see how my swing progresses as I try different things like faster tempo on the backswing, or flipping the hips through. Anyway, now that they updated the android app, I think I"ll be using it more.
I got a call back from CSG Golf and it seems that the old LX 2 iron head are NOT available anymore, not is complete sets at least. Only have 3 heads left, so I'll have to see if the instructor is willing to go a different route for a set of irons. There are a lot of different heads on the market that are close copies of the Callaway irons, so it should be pretty easy to find one or two designs that he will like as well as the LX2 heads I have.
last time I was at the range I was NOT too happy with my swing speed with my woods. so I started to work on hitting my 5 wood ONLY for a while. My speed was in the low to mid 90's with the 5 wood, and I was not happy with that number. So I started to work on Starting my Downswing with a good hip turn. It's rather impressive what a good hip turn at the start of my downswing can do for my swing speed. My speed went from low 90's to upper 90's in a few minutes of work. Then it was 99 MPH a few times, and that's when I told my practice partner I was going to hit 100 before I quit. Turns out it took me about 5 more balls to reach triple digits, but it was worth the effort. I kept at with with the hip turn FIRST thinking and I maxed out at 102 MPH with my 5 wood. Then it was on to the driver to see how it would transfer over too the longer but lighter driver. I'm happy to say that it works just as well with the driver as it did with the 5 wood. Topped out with the Launcher Comp at 106, which is just a few MPH short of my good swings from a couple of years ago. My plan for my next range session is to work on repeating my HIP turn work with the woods and the driver and try to see if I can maintain my speed whiile working on hitting as many fairways as I can. If I can keep up the speed and hit it straight most of the time, I should be on my way back to playing some decent golf again.
That's similar to what I've seen working with the 3bays golf simulator, if I start the swing with firing my hips first, I can definitely add MPH to the swing speed. It's controlling the resulting shot that's sometimes the problem :) I was going to work on some of the same things myself to see if I could build that control. I'd lke to get the carry distance of my driver up a bit, as right now it's in the 245-255 range, which isn't bad but I play some holes where you can cut off a dogleg if you can carry the water and it's in that 250-260 range. I can do it but I have to hit my current swing well to do it.
I think I just need to work on it more so I can get both the sequence and the timing down and consistant. When I was playing a lot more rounds, I had it down pretty well, but with less practice and a lot fewer rounds now it's gotten off a lot.
Got back to the range today. Hit about half a bucket. Been a few days, but I did OK. Shanked a couple shots but other than that, hit the irons pretty well. Trying to get ready for a trip to Myrtle Beach next week. Looking at the score card, I'll have a few mid-irons for par 3s. So going to work on those. Hit the driver pretty well until I was trying to swing too hard. Last Friday I played in a captain's choice event and swinging for the fences was the norm. Have to get back to my normal swing speeds now.
Used my range finder a bit as I hit. Saw with the range balls, my driver carry was about 240 yards. I put some scuffed golf balls in my bag so that next time I hit, I can hit a few of those and see how far they fly. I've heard range balls go about 10% shorter but I'm not sure if that's accurate or not. My 7I seemed to carry about 155-160 which is a bit shorter than I normally expect. Anyway, was beautiful outside today so was great to be out there.
some range balls do go shorter, mainly due to being OLD and DRIED OUT from laying out in the sun all day. Depending on how often then rake up the balls, they could be sitting out in the hot sun for a few days or more. It also will depend on what BALL you normally play, Since disatance will vary from ball to ball, if you are playing one of the longer balls on the course, you could see a lack of distance with range balls compared to the ball you nromally play. And some ranges do use Limited Distance range balls as it allows then to build the driving range on a smaller piece of land. One way to find out would be to "Borrow" a few range balls and hit them on a par 3 hole along with a few of the balls you now play and compare distances, You can alway take the range balls back to the range when you're done, so no harm done.
Hit the range today...first day since last week it wasn't pouring rain...and the only day in the next week when it won't be. So took advantage of it and went and hit half a bucket. I was at the gym yesterday so I was pretty stiff at first. The grass was very thick and lush given all the rain and no way to mow. So it made hitting driver tough since the ball was not sitting too far off the ground. I hit a 7I and my driver. I'm trying to work on my irons to hit more in the center of the club face. At the beach I was pretty inconsistent, usually pulling my iron shots. So I went back to basics trying to rotate my shoulders the way the instructor at GG told me. So after taking a few practice swings I put some impact tape on and - just like in golf - I nail 4 straight shots dead center on the clubface. I mean the impact marks overlapped totally. WHERE WAS THAT AT THE BEACH???? AUUGGGHHH! I hate this game sometimes :)
So I hit a dozen or so and then hit some with the driver. it really killed me at the beach. I was either in great shape or I was duck hooking it left. It all comes down to where I get the club on the back swing. if I "THINK" about where it needs to be , it usually doesn't turn out well. I hit about 10 balls with the driver, mixed results. I then played a little with firing my hips through to start the downswing and I hit about 3 or 4 really good ones. Was getting tired at that point and building up a sweat so I stopped. between the swings and the gym, I figured I'd stop and come back again after the monsoons come through. So we'll see...very very much still a work in progress.
I went to the range last Friday and hit some balls with a friend. Did pretty well with the driver, Not all that long at the start, but then I made it a point to swing EASY, and the distance started to get longer. It's amazing how much longer I can hit the ball when I swing easy. Same with the 5 wood. I was getting 130 or more yards of carry when I made a nice and easy swing. When i tried to HIT IT. it was NOT so good. Nice slow and easy back swing and then easy downswing, and the ball just goes farther.
While I was at the range, I noticed a guy hitting some balls and went over to talk to him for a minute. Very nice looking swing. I gave him one of my business cards and then he told me his name. Turns out he was Rich Upchurch, one to the Denver Bronco's players from awhile back. Rick was a wide receiver and Kick returner and he had 8 kick returns for touchdowns in his carerr. He retired from football in 1984. Really nice guy to talk to and still looks like he could play ball after 30 years away from the game. Going by his swing, he's not bad at golf either.
I was at Golf Smith this Saturday killing some time while my wife was out Christmas shopping. Lucky for me there is a Golfsmith store just a few hundred yards from the mall she was shopping at, so she dropped me off to play with some golf clubs while she was doing her shopping. As it would turn out, they were having a Long Drive contest going on when I got there, so that was fun to watch, The guy running the contest was a Long Drive Pro, that has been rahter successful over the years, so it was really fun to watch him hitting the ball on the launcher monitor. He's longest drives were in the 390 yard range. The Open winner hit 369 yard drive, while the Senior winner got it out to a nice 322 yards. I didn't bother to enter the contest this year as I know I can't do better than 322 yards especiallly since I have not been hitting the ball all that long recently. I did hit a few drivers from thier DEMO selection and I did manage to get a half dozen drives in the mid to high 280 yard range, Had a high of 289 yards with the Ping G30 driver. Needless to say, I was VERY happy with that kind of distance after having a hard time getting much over 270 yards with my drives out on the course the last few months that I played. Now I feel like I really NEED to get back out to the range to get back working on my club head speed and my distance with the driver and fairway woods to see if I can get my distance back up to where they were a few years ago.
Sounds like a fun time Don. I've not seen our Golf Galaxy do anything quite like that. Will have to check their schedule of events next time I'm there.
You can go to the Golfsmith site and check online. They have a few events going on at thier different stores. Do a search on their site and see what you can find
Nothing I can see near me. I did see they have started selling 30 minutes in their simulator for $20.. Maybe that's a winter - be able to keep your swing in shape - sort of deal. Not sure I'd do it though.
Might hit the range this weekend and see how bad the swing is. I've been trying to swing a few times in the house just to keep the body memory going...and usually there's a bit of an ouch when i start....
Hit the range yesterdya. Was about 58 here but rained so much Friday that the range was soaked. I forgot my golf shoes so I just hit some irons and tried to not overswing so I didn't slip . All and all not bad. Ball went straight :) Tried working on a low and slow takeaway and not having a really long back swing.. Hit some nice shots .
Today we wake up to snow :) It's gone now but man crazy weather..