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A Brief Message      July 9 /07

  • Congratulations to KJ Choi for winning the T &T National this weekend.
  • My last newsletter focused on some myths of golf technology. View the previous newsletter here.
  • This newsletter discusses some of the reasons for Tiger Woods' success (book review), some results from some testing I've done with club head speed and different length shafts, and a few putting tips.

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Tiger Virtues -- Why is he so good??

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    I'm sure you're aware of many of Tiger Woods' accomplishments. Currently, for this year, he's number one for the FedExCup, Money Earned, Official World Golf Ranking, and Scoring Average. Oh, and he's number two in Greens in Regulation. He's quite amazing.

    I picked up a copy of "Tiger Virtues" the other day in my local bookstore. It's a very well written book by Alex Tresniowski that lays out some of the reasons Tiger is such a dominant force in golf. He attributes much of Tiger's success to a 18 virtues that parallel Buddhism. These virtues include humility, preparedness, positive thinking, fearlessness, vision and balance. He also ties in how we can all use these virtues to improve our games and our own personal lives.

I'd strongly recommend you give this book a read. It's less than 200 pages and has a great history of some of Tiger's great moments so far as well. If you can't find it at your local bookstore, you can get it from Amazon.


Measuring Your Golf Ball Speed

I continue to play with my new set of 1 Iron Golf clubs am thoroughly impressed. I believe my iron game is now more consistent as a result of the shafts all being the same length. My scoring has been excellent shooting in the low 70s. I even shot a 68 one Men's Night (my second lowest round in recent years).

I used my Swing Speed Radar Detector to do some testing of my club head speed and golf ball speed. If you lay the radar down on it's back about 3 feet in front of the ball, it will measure the ball speed as the ball soars over it on take off. Of course, if you topped the ball and the ball hit the radar, it could be damaged. I placed the radar at the front of the hitting mat (I was testing at a driving range) which is raised about an inch or two so the radar was slightly protected. You can also get a protector shield that will deflect any topped balls.

I hit my One Iron 5-iron gripping it at full length and then choking down 2-inches on the shaft. Here are my results from hitting 16 shots.

Full 5-iron Club Speed
Full 5-iron Ball Speed
Short 5-iron Club Speed
Short 5-iron Ball Speed

The second to last column includes the averages of the speeds. The last column includes the percentage difference between the full 5-iron and the short, 2 inch choked down 5-iron. Choking down on the 5-iron by 2 inches only decreases the club head speed and resulting ball speed by 2%. The result would be a corresponding decrease in distance by 2%. On a 170 yard 5-iron, that would be about 3 yards shorter or 167 yards.

This validates the fact that a difference in club shaft length does not significantly affect distance. It is the loft of the club that has the major influence. Thus, the One Iron concept of equal length shafts makes perfect sense. Swinging clubs that are the same length and the same weight can only improve consistency of shots. Let the loft control the distance.

You might be asking the question why we wouldn't want a Driver the same length as our irons, then. Well, longer clubs do result in longer golf swings (swing with a choked down pitching wedge and then with a full length Driver). Lengthening your golf swing can lead to greater club head speed and thus greater distance. Of course, a Driver which is the same length as your irons would be more accurate, it wouldn't go as far. How far would a Driver fly if it's length were the same as your 5-iron? I'll explore that in my next newsletter.

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Putting Tips

    Since we're on the topic, how about a few tips on putting in general? Of course, alignment is critically important. Using the Pro V1 A.I.M. idea can really help. A Laser Putting Alignment System. can also greatly assist teaching you whether you are actually aimed where you think you are.

    Once you are good at aligning your putter properly, then you need to be able to read the green to determine what line to roll the ball along. I advocate using the Plumb Bob method to assist. What also helps is to understand some basic principles about breaking putts:

1. On fast, downhill putts, it's very difficult to put a smooth stroke on the ball because so much less speed is required.
I always play the ball out on the toe of the putter (about a half inch to an inch) and take my normal stroke for the distance. The off center hit decreases the ball speed. You're able to take a smooth stroke with distance control. Experiment with this; you'll find it really helps you putt the slick ones better.

2. Putts break most during the final half of their journey.

3. Uphill putts break less; downhill putts break more.

4. Fast greens yield more break; slow greens yield less break.

5. To maximize the number of putts that drop, the speed should be such that it the ball does miss the hole, it would end up about 17 inches past the hole (Dave Pelz's Putting Bible)

6. Hitting putts with greater speed reduces the amount of break (that's why putts break less on slower greens; the ball is moving faster). So, you should putt your short putts firmly to minimize break (17 inches past hole is best).

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