I have been spending a lot of time focusing on my short game. I recently moved to East Lothian and joined a club with amazing practice facilities and have been chipping and pitching most evenings. I have learned a lot about the way I pitch and gained a lot of confidence. I am new to links golf so am not really used to putting from too far off the green but with recent practice and confidence increased the putter is the last choice for me now. Don’t get me wrong, I am quite a decent putter as I practice putting everyday in my studio. With the right technique and equipment you can also have more options around the green. I just feel that chipping will often be just as safe as putting through the fringe has its own risks.
I will start with equipment. I think that the type of wedge you use around the green is often the fault of mishit chips. I use Scor wedges. Scor have a V sole which is low bounce on the leading edge and higher bounce on the trailing edge. For low swing speed chipping low bounce means the club and slide under the ball easily and reduces the chance of a “thin”
You should really have a fitter or teaching pro assess your swing when you are choosing a wedge. If you play with 3 or 4 wedges the most common selection would be PW, Gap Wedge( 50 degrees), Sand wedge ( 54 degrees) and lob wedge (58-60 degrees) or a 3 wedge system would be PW, Gap wedge at 52 degrees and a 56 degree sand wedge. The reason I say get fitted for wedges is most wedge manufacturers offer wedges in different bounce (sole shapes) Gap wedge would normally be mid bounce, 6-8 degrees. Sand Wedge would traditionally have 10-14 degrees of bounce and lob wedge would be 4-12 degrees. The quickest way to explain which one suits you is if you take big divots generally a high bounce wedge will work best for you, if you take little or no divot then then low bounce wedges are probably best. This is rule of thumb so go and be fitted for them. If you recently bought off the rack wedges that you are struggling with not all is lost. I can adjust loft, lie angle and bounce (relative to loft) and even regrind the sole to your required specs and thats before we even look at if the shaft is right for you.
Wedge play can have a bigger impact on your score than driving so why not get yours checked out.
I am proud to stock Tour Edge Exotics golf clubs at my North Berwick, East Lothian custom fitting studio.
Tour Edge was founded in 1985 by David Glod, as a former Golf Professional at Village Links Golf Club in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. David Glod really believed there was an opportunity in the golf industry to provide a high quality Golf Clubs at an affordable price.
In his mind there was no reason for the continuation in inflating prices that were overcoming the market. David’s vision was to change the Golfer’s perception of value and quality in golf clubs. He designed his first club in 1987 and has never looked back.
Their focus continues on the same path; Tour Edge will not waver from their promise of providing premium quality golf equipment that is affordable. As a top-10 manufacturer in every club category, Tour Edge continues to focus on product research and development, customer service, and customer satisfaction as the foundations to future growth.
They do not pay professionals to use their clubs, the Pros put them into their bag because they make a visible difference to their game, even if that means ditching the clubs they are paid to use by their sponsors. The clubs are chosen by lots of top professionals as they really perform and hit the ball a long way.
Tour Edge were the first company to experiment with titanium in their fairway woods and hybrids. Tour Edge were claiming 30 yards longer than your current 3 wood years before the other OEM manufacturers were claiming it and for most people they delivered that extra distance. In the US Tour Edge have a cult following for the fairway woods and this seasons drivers, the XCG7 and XCG7 beta have been getting great reviews and results in independent tests but don’t take their word for it call in and try them. I carry XCG7 driver and 3 wood in both regular head and low launching low spinning beta head. Tour Edge offer great options for shaft choice at no charge upgrades, Fujikura Fuel and fuel tour in the regular head and the Matrix white, red and black tie in the beta head. As a component account I can also custom fit you for a shaft of your choice as I can buy the head on it’s own which means you don’t pay for a shaft that doesn’t suit you just the one you are fitted for.
I have added Nippon Golf Shafts to my custom fitting line up this season in my North Berwick, East Lothian custom fitting studio. Nippon have been making steel shafts for a long time, They were making lightweight steel shafts in the 95g range when the norm was 130g. They were always seen as a premium product. They are built to premium tolerances but no longer carry the premium price tag. this means that when I build them they all weigh the same and flex the same. I have been testing 85g, 95g, 1050g and 1150g shafts. I play sub 100g shafts so haven’t tested the heavier “Modus” shafts as they don’t fit my swing speed so don’t feel I can comment fairly on them. Shaft feel is also very subjective so I won’t concentrate on the feel too much and more on quality of these shafts and how I selected my choice of shaft. I knew that sub 100g shafts fitted my swing speed and tempo as I had played 95g graphite last season. I built NS Pro 850, 950 and 1050 in both regular and stiff. I started with the 950 in stiff as it was the nearest to my current choice of shaft. I was hoping for some tighter dispersion and higher launch. The Nippon NS950Pro stiff delivered both. For me they feel amazing, you know when you hit them correctly and in my current Adams XTD X cavity irons I find them very forgiving on mishts aswell. As I mentioned earlier explaining shaft feel is very subjective. I would encourage anyone with sub 100mph driver swing speed to try them but would advise a comprehensive fitting for faster swing speed or quick tempo players. Nippon have a shaft for you but be sure to be fit on a launch monitor with real balls to ensure the correct choice and really concentrate on your launch angle figures and spin.