Grouchy Golf Blog
Friday, February 28, 2014 at 8:23 PM
A golfer played (or tried to play) golf. The golfer played poorly, or at least below their expectations. The poor play continued and the frustration level of the golfer built up like the steam in a pressure cooker. Finally, at the 7th hole, the golfer blew a gasket from hitting an awful shot with an iron. The golfer took the iron and broke the club out of anger and frustration. The rest of the thousand word description are all swear words spoken by the golfer!
Friday, January 31, 2014 at 4:23 PM
- Use a premium golf ball: The primary benefit of a premium ball over it's lower-cost brethren is that it is composed of multiple layers of different materials. The outermost layer is made of a soft yet durable material that is designed for maximum grip. This makes a premium ball spin much more with irons. A Top Flite rock just wont cut it. If you want to suck it back up on the green, you're going to have to suck it up and spend some green.
- Use a high-lofted iron: The combination of high trajectory and high spin makes the ball spin back on the green. The higher, the more it will roll back. When it comes to golf clubs, the higher the loft, the higher the trajectory and higher the spin. It's simple physics.
- Swing hard: The higher the swing speed, the higher the spin. Again, simple physics.
- Make proper ball contact: With irons, the clubhead should make contact with the ball on the descending part of the swing path. This minimizes interference from grass and debris and maximizes spin.
- Have a clean lie: When there is grass between the ball and the clubface, it becomes vaporized upon contact. This grass juice reduces the grip and consequently the backspin. This is why it is nearly impossible to back it up on the green from the rough. There's just too much grass getting between the ball and the clubface.
- Have clean and deep grooves: Much like the grooves in tires channel away water to allow clean contact with the road, grooves in irons allow clean contact with the golf ball to maximize backspin. The greater the groove volume, the more grass juice it can whisk away. That's why it's important to clean grooves before every shot and play with the deepest and widest grooves allowed.
Labels: Swing Tips
Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 8:04 PM
In other sports, it's perfectly fine to set lofty expectations and actually have a reasonable chance to exceed them. These are rational sports where there is a low variability in one's performance. For instance, I'm an accomplished tennis player. Sure I can play poorly on a given day. But I would never play as badly as a beginner or even an intermediate level tennis player. Playing poorly in tennis is just a slight negative deviation from normal. Not so in golf. When I play badly in golf I can be mistaken for a rank beginner. It's simply amazing how easily one can lose one's golf swing. But I'm not alone. I've spoken to countless other golfers who experience the same phenomenon. I suspect that it is a major reason why so many golfers quit the game altogether.
So the key to long-term enjoyment of golf is to recognize and accept it's uniquely irrational quality. Lower your expectations and you'll raise your enjoyment!
Saturday, November 30, 2013 at 11:42 PM
On this historic day, I was playing well, especially my short game. After 7 holes I stood at par and was excited at the prospect of shooting par for the first time in my life. But a great tee shot on the par-3 8th hole led to an unexpected tap-in birdie. My nerves started acting up on the 9th hole knowing that I had the opportunity to break par, let alone shoot it. I hit the fairway but my approach shot came up short in the rough. My chip left me a tricky 7-footer for par. Sinking it would mean breaking par so it was easily the biggest putt of my entire life. Knowing that my nerves could easily get the best of me if I let my mind think, I didn't take any more time than normal. I figured the worst that could happen is that I shoot par, a great accomplishment. But the Golf Gods smiled on me for once and I sank it! I've been on Cloud Nine ever since.
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