Use the Rules of Golf to Lower Your Score -- Part 3: Know Your Equipment
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The Right Equipment Has Its Advantages
Have you ever looked at The Rules of Golf to see what restrictions there are on golf equipment. You can do so at www.usga.org/playing/rules/rules.html. The USGA does testing each year on golf balls and golf clubs to determine if they conform with the rules. On their site, they publish a list of conforming golf balls and conforming Driver heads.
Almost all golf equipment you find in your golf pro shop should conform with the rules. Any equipment that doesn't conform can't be used in competition. Many of the non-conforming Drivers out there can be purchased in Japan, where much of golf played is at the Driving Range.
Here are some ideas of how you can use golf equipment to lower your score.
1. Golf Ball Technology
I have long advocated playing a golf ball that suits your short game more than it suits your long game. Well over half of your strokes are played with the short game. You need a ball that has sufficient feel (so is fairly soft and compressible) and sufficient spin so that your wedge shots stop as quickly as possible. Forget about playing those inexpensive, hard balls. The softer balls go just as far so you're not compromising distance (see my Longest Golf Ball Report for more). You don't need to spend a lot of money to play good balls.
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Almost all balls you'll find on the shelf are legal. If a manufacturer claims signficantly more distance (10 - 30 yards), then there's a good chance they are illegal. Check the list of conforming golf balls.
2. Golf Club Technology
If you haven't bought a new Driver in the past 5 years, you're really losing out. The large headed Drivers on the market today do enable players to hit the ball farther, especially on mishits. With the older, wooden headed Drivers, one could lose 15-30 yards on mishits. With today's metal Drivers, mishits usually only result in a loss of less than 10 yards. Of course distance is correlated directly with clubhead speed, so if your mis- swing has lower clubhead speed, you'll realize a great loss in distance.
The greatest advantage of the new drivers comes from their high MOI (moment of inertia. MOI is a measure of tendency to twist. Heads with high MOI have a lower tendency to twist on off center hits and thus more energy will be transferred to the ball.
The added distance of the new Drivers comes from the spring-like (or trampoline) effect of the thin, metal club faces. The USGA has put a limitation on the amount of allowable spring-like effect. There are Drivers out there that exceed the limit. Check the list of conforming Driver heads if you're in the hunt for a new Driver.
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The USGA changed their ruling this year on using RangeFinders (USGA Decision 14-3/0.5).
A Golf Club can make a local ruling to allow the use of rangefinders for measuring distance.
How many times have you queried the distance for a shot? Perhaps you're at a funny angle relative to yardage markers or you're doubting the distance measured by those markers.
My advice? Use a RangeFinder to determine the exact distance (they're accurate +/- 1 yard), add another
(because most times you come up a bit short), select the club for that distance, and FIRE!!
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I'll have some more suggestions of how you can use new golf technology to lower your score in my next newsletter such as golf club speed radar monitors. Until then, hope my tips help you improve.
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