A new game improvement iron from Alpha/Silver Diamond is being introduced this week to the custom fit and built market. Named the Silver Diamond LX Tour iron. It is designed for the player that needs offset, modern stronger lofts and a medium-wide sole. One of the great factors that are not easily available to the golfing public is that the LX Tour are manufactured with 304 stainless steel and easily adjusted up to 5 degree lie angles. Most cast irons and manufactured with 431 stainless steel and only 2 degree lie adjustments can be made without risk of breakage. Available in both right hand and left hand from 4i thru SW. These LX Tour irons can be custom built with various steel and graphite shafts and various types of grips per the needs of the golfer and NOT break the bank. With the LX Tour irons softer 304SS and the ability of FGCC custom fitting and custom build out these new LX Tour irons will surpass any performance of an off the rack set.
I thought, I would deviate from equipment discussion here and discuss a golf training aid that has been out for a number of years that many great golf teachers have been using. It’s called The Impact Snap and was developed by Kelvin Miyahira of Hawaii. Kelvin developed this tool which will show the golfer how to correctly release the club. See video below.
This device (Impact Snap) is what I show players about the release. Supination, Flexion and Ulnar Deviation. These three facets are talked about in Homer Kelly’s The Golfing Machine. Helps maintain the Flying Wedge.
Once you develop a medium to later release you up club head speed, don’t add loft and have the need for less and less offset and closed face angle metal woods.
I have no connection to Kelvin or Marty and have found this tool to be one of the best out there.
Update. Impact Snap is being made available thru Marty Nowicki of New York state. The Impact Snap trainer can be purchased thru Marty’s website Impact Snap .
Most golfers know that general golf industry iron loft gaps are 90% of the time in 4 degree loft spacing which may or may not be correct for the distance gap between clubs for you specifically. Clubs are designed and built off the rack and industry wide to fit an average player but that does not take into account what you may need for correct fit and performance. As you can see below if you are a slower to slow-medium club head mid iron swing speed golfer you need different than 4 degree loft gaps in your set. You also maybe able to carry fewer clubs and get better performance with larger loft gap and corresponding distance gaps. All clubs should be fit and lofts adjusted for best performance. There are a few designs also like the Wishon 730CL with 6 degree loft gaps and specially designed high lofted driver, long and high fairway woods, hybrid in 6/7 and 8/9 plus wedges.
These are the mid iron club head speeds…..
mid iron speed over 72 mph – 4* increments (average player)
mid iron speed 60-72 – 5* increments (some seniors and some ladies)
mid iron speed under 60mph – 6* increments (seniors and ladies) Wishon 730CL work perfectly for these club head speeds with skill and ability.
You can make an argument to say that over 85mph you could go with 3* increments but you never do because that will leave you with a very odd set makeup. So over 72mph you stay with 4* and just live with the fact the distance gaps will increase to 15 yds or more as speed keeps going up from 85 with the mid iron.
Think about all these factors when you play golf and possibly why your distance gaps are off and you wonder why.
Swing Science has added to their FC-One Plus line a new driver, fairway, hybrid and putter. This completes the FC-One Plus line! A golfer can be custom fit from driver all the way to putter at a very attractive price.
The new FC-One Plus Driver comes with a 14 deg. 460cc head to help entry level and mid to high hdcp. golfers launch the ball high enough for better carry along with taking off side spin with more loft. The new FC-One Plus Fairway head is 20 deg. and 185cc again not a huge head but large enough for slight off center impact and able to be hit off tight lies on the turf. The FC-One Plus Hybrid is 24 deg. and 130cc for the same reason as the fairway head and blends right into the FC-One Plus royal blue or light blue irons and wedges. All the new heads have the same graphics as the other FC-One Plus line and look very smart. FC-One Plus M Putter is a goose-neck offset mallet head design slightly heavier 375 gram head that golfers prefer. FC-One Plus B model heel/toe Anser style also a 375 gram head for slightly head heavy feel. Both Swing Science FC-One Plus putters come in black PVD color and CNC milled face.
The new driver, fairway and hybrid can all be custom fit with the various Swing Science Legacy shafts for the correct fit for the specific player profile.
I will have these available spring 2018 in various custom fitting options.
According to a study done by Edgehill Golf Advisors for Madison, Wi city officials demand for golf will decline in the coming decade as baby boomers play less golf. In a story done by Madison Newspapers written by Chris Aadland which appears here. Madison, WI Demand for Golf
Chris said in his article that….”There are “considerably fewer” golfers in the 18 to 44 year-old age group than those between the ages of 55 to 75, who play more often than their younger counterparts, according to the analysis. The good news is the report….”found that the number of golf-playing Wisconsinites is twice the national average of about 7 percent, the number of golfers nationwide has steadily decreased from a high of 12.1 percent in 1999.”
There are two choices being considered by Madison City Golf Subcommittee to take to the City Common Council. #1) Close some (it is unclear whether City Golf is considering closing all of Yahara) of the Yahara Hills Golf Course 36 holes which has had large drainage issues for many years and keep Monona open. #2) sell and close the Monona 9 hole course course to pay for the 4 million needed to repair Yahara Hills. Odana Hills 18 holes and Glenway’s 9 holes are not effected.
It is this writers opinion that Yahara has been a leaking sieve for a multitude of years. It makes one wonder why wait all this time to address the issues. This isn’t something that is new business. This along with many poor business decisions now in the present and over the years has left the Madison City Golf Enterprise exposed to these decisions.
With global warming and it’s wetter spring, summer and fall almost a given as we have seen these past few years. It doesn’t make sense to try and reclaim Yahara built on a flood plain where Monona is dry upland and hasn’t been closed for wet grounds since 2008 to my recollection.
Add that Monona has the best driving range in southern Wisconsin while Yahara’s range is one of the worst, it surely doesn’t make sense to close it for that and so many other reasons. Monona being a 9 hole course and a very walkable mature course for juniors, seniors and the golfing public. And where Madison and Dane Co. are seen to be an above average stay in shape community why close the walkable mature course to keep open a harder to walk 36 hole Yahara Hills course where many need carts to even play the course.
Stay tuned more decisions will be on the way come spring 2018.
The Wishon 318RS hybrid in #3 hybrid at 22 deg., #4 hybrid at 25 deg., and #5 hybrid at 28 deg. Available fitted with Wishon S2S .335 graphite Blue 55 gram, White 70 gram, Black 75 gram and Red 80 gram hybrid shafts. The .335 diameter hosel gets the ball airborne easier and carries for better distance and performance.
Positive Impact Golf – The Easiest Golf Swing for Seniors?
Have you tried Positive Impact Golf? What have been your experiences? What tips do you have for others trying it? Respond in the comments below the article. . . . Ross Reinhold, guest author.
Brian Spark’s videos and methods (that he calls Positive Impact Golf and maintains it is the Easiest Swing in Golf for Seniors) were first recommended to me by Scott Starks in 2016. I watched a few but put it aside as I was concentrating on other methods. But in the spring of 2017 I found that over the winter something had changed to affect my iron play. I couldn’t hit my mid-length irons much further than my nine iron. I was also spraying my iron shots left and right.
So I took another look at Brian’s videos. Studied a few of them, did some of his recommended practice exercise sessions – what he calls La Danse du Golf – in my living room. Then I went out to my home golf range with my 5 iron. I took a very relaxed swing and the ball traveled 150 yards straight out, at least 30 yards longer than I had been able to accomplish earlier when my effort to swing the club was much greater. Wow, I think I may have found the Holy Grail!! (article continues after the video)
So I bought Brian’s book, Positive Impact Golf, and studied a few more of his online videos and that of one of his associates, Julian Mellor (some are cited at the end of this article). Brian and Julien’s methods are definitely body-friendly; their golf swing is effortless and uncomplicated. The PIG method is based on a set of 6 principles that are as much mental as physical: turning, weight shifting, rhythm, balance, coordination, and souplesse (supple and relaxed).
Brian also identifies 3 “deadly don’ts”- commonly held golfing ideas which complicate the golf swing: keeping your head still and eye on the ball; keeping your left arm straight; and keeping your left foot firmly planted in the backswing.
Brian’s book probably ought to be sub-titled the Psychology of the Golf Swing. While I found Brian’s book interesting and somewhat helpful on the mental side of my game, I found it too short on details of how to engage his 6 principles in my game. Part of this fits Brian’s Easiest Swing in Golf method in that he feels people over-think their swing. His top ten swing thoughts are no swing thoughts! The book and his videos are also light on swing mechanics details. Brian explains his lack of “how to” details because he believes in customizing his teaching to the student. For example, the particulars of the best grip that Brian or Julien might advocate to one golfer may be different to another.
I also think Brian wants the emphasis on your body, not your mind. He wants your body to learn the 6 principles and naturally avoid the 3 deadly don’ts. Doing daily exercises such as La Danse du Golf and a few others he illustrates in his videos go in that direction. Ironically his book, though, focuses on the mind. Because he believes our minds most often interfere with a balanced, natural, rhythmic, and easy golf swing – basically the mind most often prevents application of his 6 principles. Tension and negative thoughts are the enemy.
Brian’s videos and his book hit home with me. I get what he is trying to do. I also recognize I am a particularly hard case to correct. As a senior golfer, it is difficult to break lifetime habits that in other spheres have been part of my success: analyzing and thinking; attending to details; learning through reading, watching, and listening; expending maximum physical and mental effort, never giving up; concentration and focus; and the list goes on. I am guilty of all the sins he lists as blocking a natural golf swing.
I am finding these lifetime habits very difficult to change. Sometimes I’ll make a relaxed, balanced golf swing that sends the golf ball far and straight and I think “I’ve got it” but then later I lose it. And then I start thinking “what happened” and begin making adjustments and I’m down the primrose path to a bad round. Maybe I am not doing the La Danse du Golf often enough or doing it correctly. Maybe there are habits in my swing I don’t realize. I need coaching but to date no one in the USA is teaching using Brian’s golf coaching methods.
Have you tried Positive Impact Golf? What have been your experiences? What tips do you have for others trying it? Respond in the comments below.
A local client Albert H. from Madison, WI took delivery 7/13/17 on his custom fit and custom built Swing Science FC-One Pro Forged satin finish irons 4 – PW shafted with True Temper Dynamic Gold S300 .355 taper and PURE Pro Birdie Blue grips. The Pro Forged irons were custom fit to Series #5 True Length Technology and swing weight heft matched for Albert.
Albert had played Mizuno MP-32 blades in standard length and lie and commented that the new Pro Forged irons were…..“more forgiving on slight miss hits and more solid.” Albert’s general miss was a heavy draw and the new shafts with corrected lie and heft match cut down on his draw and made them more playable.
Swing Science FC-One Plus Fairway and Hybrid heads going into production. These should be available end of August. Designed for the mid to high handicap player. These heads will mate well with the many Swing Science models of shafts especially the Series 200 and 400 graphite shafts. The Plus series follows the FC-One Plus irons and offers a full set up for various player skill levels.
Swing Science has a new adjustable hosel fairway wood that can be fitted and perform well from 13* to 17* lofts with open +3.5* to closed-3.5* face angles and in between. The adjust ability allows various shafts of various shaft profiles and shaft weights to be tested and fit to perform great for the individual golfer.
The black matte finish on the honeycomb crown with a black polished sole are beautiful to use and look at. Swing Science designed this head with a lower CG to get the ball airborne easily and it’s 170cc volume size is easy to hit off tight lies in the fairway or for those players that like a smaller shorter playing length club off the tee.
There is also a matching adjustable hosel Swing Science FC-One A driver.