Watching golf on the weekends should be relaxing. However, you could be sitting there watching Rory strike an iron perfectly and then the commentators ramble on for five minutes about some golf term you’ve never heard of, and you’re left with a blank stare on your face.
You can argue that sometimes the commentators can go way in the ditch on some topics, but when it comes to angle of attack, you better listen up.
Angle of attack refers to the degrees downward or upward you hit the ball. It’s important to note because angle of attack directly impacts your contact. But instead of going into too much detail, we’re going to help ensure your angle of attack is just as good as the pros with this simple drill.
The pros have an average angle of attack of 4º to 6º down. That guarantees ball-first contact. However, the average amateur golfer’s angle of attack ranges from 10º down to 2º up, which makes total sense since amateurs are inconsistent with their irons.
So, why are amateurs so unpredictable with irons? Well, one of the main reasons comes down to a simple swing mechanic that a lot of golfers struggle with, the chicken wing.
Some golfers approach the ball with their knees bent, their hips close to the ground and start to shallow out the hit by bending their lead arm, a.k.a. the chicken wing. That movement can cause an erratic angle of attack, which is hard to control contact.
That’s how you don’t want to hit your irons and we have a drill to show you how you should. To begin this drill, your goal is to brush the grass while keeping your arms and legs very straight from about when the club is parallel to the ground on the backswing, all the way through the follow-through.
Once you start grooving with this new motion, add a ball and begin chipping shots down the range. Eventually, you’ll be able to integrate this into a full swing with the proper angle of attack.
To see this drill in action, watch GOLFTEC’s Nick Clearwater demonstrate it in the below video.
Patrick Cantlay entered Sunday’s round at Muirfield Village four strokes back of the leader. But eighteen holes and a scorecard marked with only threes and fours were enough to earn a two-stroke victory over Adam Scott.
Last year’s Memorial Tournament resulted in a playoff to determine the winner, which Cantlay missed participating in by a single stroke due to a flat back-nine.
We could argue this win was nice redemption.
His victory at the Memorial moves Cantlay to No. 8 in the Offical World Rankings, his first time within the Top 10.
Cantlay won with the Titleist 917 D2, a fine driver from a couple of years ago. Titleist currently has the new TS line. They recently added to the line with the addition of the TS1 and TS4 geared towards very different golfers.
Another oldie but goodie Cantlay had in his bag to help him secure his victory were the Titleist 915 F fairway woods. These woods might be great for Cantlay, but we know the new technology in the TS3 and TS2 fairway woods have been extremely forgiving and long for our students.
Cantlay is a golfer who likes to stick to the clubs he knows he can play well with and that’s no exception with the Titleist 718 AP2 irons.
Congratulations to Patrick on a fantastic win! If you’re interested in trying out any Titleist clubs, contact a local GOLFTEC to schedule a fitting.
If every single golfer in the world had an identical swing, finding a driver to fit your game would be simple. Obviously, we all know that’s not the case, and that’s why Titleist just released two new drivers with very different golfers in mind.
Titleist TS1 and TS4 couldn’t be for more different players. The TS4 has already helped one PGA Tour player to victory this year with Max Homa’s win at the Wells Fargo Championship. But you won’t see the TS1 in any Tour player’s bag anytime soon. Let’s get into why these two drivers are different, and with good reason.
As I mentioned earlier, the TS4 has already made its way to the PGA Tour, so there wasn’t much Titleist was keeping under wraps about that particular driver. The TS4 is primarily for golfers with high swing speeds and high spin.
“While we know most golfers find their best fit in a TS2 or TS3 driver, there is a percentage of players out there with distinct performance needs, such as aggressive spin reduction,” said Josh Talge, Vice President of Marketing, Titleist Golf Clubs. “TS4 is the ultra low-spin driver that still produces exceptional ball speed. If you want to hit it longer but are having trouble controlling spin off the tee, TS4 was made for you.”
So, of course, it would make sense that this particular driver would make its debut on tour. You can make the case that the TS4 was designed for that specific group of players, but if you’re a golfer that falls into the high spin category, this might be the driver for you.
Now if you can imagine the opposite swing of a tour player, someone who struggles with distance and has a much slower swing – the TS1 was precisely designed for that golfer.
The ultra-lightweight 275g design produces high launch with mid spin to help deliver increased distance for players with swing speeds less than 90 mph. When golfers with moderate to slow swing speeds try to hit averagely weighted drivers, at 330g, their distance suffers.
Because of this, Titleist engineers strategically shaved 55g off of the TS1 to help golfers get that distance they’re missing.
“There are so many golfers that can benefit from the performance of TS1,” said Talge. “For seniors, women, juniors – really anyone who is the moderate swing speed player – TS1 is an absolute powerhouse. You can swing as smooth and easy as you want and the ball just takes off. The distance just feels effortless.”
The TS1 also features the Speed Chassis body that is found on all TS drivers. The Speed Chassis body is designed with maximum speed in mind with a thinner, faster face, ultra-thin titanium crown, a new streamlined shape, and optimized weight distribution.
With the addition of the TS1 and TS4, the TS line has four different drivers designed for very diverse types of golfers. The only way you’re going to know which driver is the best for you is to find a local GOLFTEC and experience a club fitting yourself.
Head size: 460cc Speed Chassis Body
Lofts: 9.5º RH, 10.5º RH/LH, 12.5º
Length: Men’s – 45.75″ Ladies – 44.5″
Shafts: MCA Fubuki MV (Max Velocity) Men’s – 45g (S, R, A) Ladies – 39g, Fujikura Air Speeder Men’s – 40g (S, R, A) Ladies – 35g
Ball flight: High launch, mid spin
Head size: 430cc Speed Chassis Body
Lofts: 8.5º RH, 9.5º RH/LH, 10.5º RH
Shafts: HZRDUS Smoke Yellow 60 Men’s – 60g (6.0, 6.5), Even Flow TT100 White 65 Men’s – 65g (6.0, 6.5)
Ball flight: Mid launch, ultra-low sping
If you didn’t know by now, GOLFTEC is kind of into numbers. We back all of our instruction and club fitting with data to ensure you’re getting the best results in both categories.
However, it doesn’t take a scientist to figure out that most golfers have room to improve their putting, because the average bogey golfer is four times more likely to three-putt from 20 feet than a pro golfer!
So what’s a bogey golfer to do to slim down those three-putts from 20 feet? It all starts with improving distance control.
Stable distance control is the main differentiator between getting the ball in two-putt range and setting yourself up for yet another three-putt. One way to bridge the gap? Challenge yourself to putt to varying distances, and that’ll refine your distance control.
GOLFTEC’s Director of Teaching Quality, Patrick Nuber, stopped by Golf Channel’s ‘Morning Drive’ and shared a simple yet effective drill to help with just that.
First, place three strips of electrical tape—or any other visual aid you have on hand—about two feet apart. Once you have the target lines laid out, grab a few golf balls and set yourself up about 20 feet away from the farthest target.
Now putt a ball to each line while trying to stop the ball on top of the lines. Alternate which line you’re trying to hit each putt to, but continuously switch between the distances to engrain better control of your roll.
When the lines disappear and you’re actually on the course, instead of stopping the ball on the intended line, your goal is to stop the ball near the hole. Simple as that!
Moreover, once you eliminate those nasty three-putts from your game, you’ll post scores that are better than your average bogey golfer.
To see this exercise in more detail, check out the video below.
With a tournament best of 62 on Friday and a round of 66 to top off Sunday, Kevin Na sailed to a four-stroke victory over Tony Finau to win the Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas.
The three-time PGA Tour winner had a hot putter throughout the weekend, but it was his dialed in fairway shots that solidified his victory this past weekend. Check out what Kevin had in his bag to help him with win number three.
Sometimes you can’t go wrong with the original. Kevin Na was long and accurate off of the tee using the GBB Epic driver. GBB Epic is the first Callaway Driver to feature Jailbreak Technology.
Kevin had the new Epic Flash Sub Zero fairway woods in his bag. The new Flash Face featured in these woods helped his accuracy and distance from the fairway.
Helping Kevin with the win were his Apex Pro irons. He led the field in greens in regulation and strokes gained approach to the green. We could argue his irons had a little to do with that.
Kevin had the Mack Daddy 4 50º and 54º wedges in his bag, which feature the new groove-in-groove technology for added spin.
Congratulations to Kevin on a spectacular win! If you’re interested in trying out any or all of these clubs, contact a local GOLFTEC to schedule a fitting.
There’s nothing like getting up and down to save par. There’s also nothing worse than blading or chunking a chip and failing to get your ball anywhere near the hole.
Having a solid short game is crucial for any golfer, no matter the skill level. But some of us weekend warriors will never be able to spend hours around the practice green to dial in every single wedge like the pros.
However, we know your time is just as important as your short game, so we’re here to improve your chipping in 90 seconds.
Okay, we might be a little ambitious. Your short game isn’t going to magically transform in 90 seconds, but you can practice this drill in that short amount of time.
Pick a section of the practice area just off the green, set two clubs down about two feet apart and place a few balls in the middle of the shafts. Your goal is to hit the balls onto the green without hitting either of the clubs that are in front or behind the balls.
There are different ways to approach this. You could keep your club very close to your body as you swing down, but you’ll likely just clip the top of the ball. You could also chop down at the ball and limit your follow-through, but that’ll result in a low screamer across the green. Neither of these shots are very useful.
The best way to successfully complete this exercise is to let the bounce of your wedges do all the work. Bounce dictates how the sole of your club interacts with the ground and ultimately makes chipping less of a guessing game.
To use bounce properly, you need to think about the bottom of the club literally bouncing off the ground. In this drill, the shafts on the ground are meant to encourage a more predictable angle of attack — not too steep and not too shallow — which controls how you present the club’s bounce at impact.
Once you get a feel for how to use bounce, continue to practice that same swing using the two clubs on the ground as guides.
Do you want to see this quick-hitting drill in action? Watch GOLFTEC’s Nick Clearwater demonstrate it in the video below.