Golf club set makeup is a topic that is often overlooked by golfers, but can be critical to your success on the golf course. The proper set makeup should make club selection for any given shot easier. Think about how far you hit your shortest club, and how far you hit your longest club (excluding your driver). Ideally, you should not have any gaps of more than 10-15 yards unless you are a pretty long hitter, in which case you may have a 20 yard gap near the longer end of your range if you have a 3 wood. If you have any gaps of less than 10 yards, that could also signal an issue with your set makeup. The golf professional staff here at SentryWorld is happy to discuss your set makeup with you so that you can be sure you have the right equipment for the upcoming season.
-Danny Rainbow, PGA
It takes PERFECT repetition for a swing change to become natural. That’s why the winter is one of the best times to put in the work. We don’t have the option to play a round of golf and revert back to old habits. I like to use my wedges when making a change because they are the easiest clubs to get PERFECT repetitions. Go slow and make sure you are fixing whatever you are trying to fix. If you can’t hit your wedges solid and accurately, there is no reason to move to a longer club.
-Joe Wood, PGA
Timing has great influence on the direction, trajectory, and distance of a golf shot. Many times, a golfer’s body and club are not in sync or the golfer’s swing speed (especially on the backswing) is far too fast to result in solid, consistent shots. When you feel your timing is off, practice by swinging at what feels like 75% tempo. This swing will likely feel very slow, but will actually be a swing speed that will be more appropriate and will produce better timing. Practicing to the rhythm of a metronome is another good exercise and is very effective for improving timing of both a full swing and a putting stroke.
-Katie Kreuser, LPGA
Getting custom fit for equipment can make a huge difference for your game. Finding the right shaft is the most crucial part. Manufacturers continue to offer new shafts with the latest technology that are made for very specific swing types. If you are having trouble getting your drives in the air it could be because you have a high kick point, stiff tip shaft. If you have a quick tempo and fight an over the top move, a heavier shaft might help smooth out your transition. There’s way more to finding the right shaft then choosing between a regular or stiff. We are one of the few courses in Wisconsin that have a Callaway Fitting Cart that is fully stocked with 2016 equipment. If you’re interested in getting fit, contact Joe Wood at 715-346-8703 or email@example.com. A fitting session is $75, but that will be credited towards any purchase of new equipment.
-Joe Wood, PGA
Putting practice: Decelerating at impact is not the major problem I see in putting. It's the opposite: Many players take the putter back short, then gun it through to try to get the ball to the hole. The ball explodes off the face without any consistency. Fine-tune your feel on the carpet at home. Set down a metal yardstick and place a ball in the center. Put stickers on the yardstick the same distance in front of and behind the ball, and balance a penny on the back of your putter. When you hit some putts, swing the putter head the same speed to the back dot and then to the front dot. Accelerate too much, and the coin on the putter will slide off. Your goal is to roll the ball the same distance every time.
-Brian Dumler, PGA