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Short Game Fitting
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Short Game Fitting
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Are you playing with the wrong club?

Think about your last round (or better still, keep shot details on your next round and check those).

1) Save Par Zone
What percentage of your shots was played in the 20 – 65 metres zone to save par?

2) Birdie Zone
What percentage of your shots was played in the 65 – 110 metres zone to give you a birdie opportunity?

How many clubs do you have that cover these two zones? Most of you will say two. But, chances are, neither is the right club.

We think that is a result of a lack of education on how to manage this part of the game.

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Now think about the percentage of shots you play from 110 meters out to Tee-Shots. It should be a bigger percentage, but it won’t be that much bigger. Yet for those shots, we are willing to bet you carry 10 or 11 clubs.

Does that sound sensible?

 

It may be the manufacturer’s fault
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As they seduce you to want to hit the ball further and further, manufacturers have continued to strengthen lofts.

The solution: you NEED to have accurate 50 - 60 degree Wedges in your bag as your go-to club in the 20 to 110 metres distance.

 

Specialist wedges

The alleged ‘Pitching Wedge’ in your bag is also just an extension of the Iron designs. Often the CoG is low and deep to provide ‘ease of launch’.

The trouble with that on your Wedge is, the harder you swing, the higher the ball goes with distance control out of the window. The ball is inclined to balloon.

Specialist Wedge designs have the CoG placed to provide an effective ball flight and easier, more consistent distance control.

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Make this an area for improvement

This year, invest a little time and money into having the right clubs in your bag to cover the short game. Then, sharpen up your technique so that you are taking shots off the scorecard. We would be more than happy to explain any details you’re unsure of.

 
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5 Steps to the perfect wedges for your game
Step 1 - Fit for turf interaction

Collectively, the bounce, sole width and camber make up the grind of your wedge,

The grind on your wedge impacts the way the sole interacts with the turf or sand at contact. A right grind makes it more difficult for the wedge to ‘dig’ into the ground and stall, and allows those with shallower approach angles to hit the ball cleanly.

Finding the right grind for your game is a product of the assessment of your swing and your angle of attack into the ball.

If we can get each wedge’s grind option set correctly, you will find it easier to hit consistently cleaner shots with more accuracy.

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Step 2 - Fit for trajectory

The shaft has a significant impact on the ball flight off of the Wedge face. Usually better ball strikers prefer a slightly lower ball flight and require a slightly heavier shaft with a little less flex. But it’s not that simple a match. You may be a consistent and precise ball striker who doesn’t generate either a lot of power or a high enough ball flight. In which case a lighter shaft will produce a much better trajectory and ball flight.

We have seen so many good golfers over-powering their wedges. When they try to add a few metres of distance, they only succeed in ballooning the ball. It goes higher but not further. Conversely, we’ve seen so many golfers who would benefit from the ball landing from a higher trajectory and stopping quicker.

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Step 3 - Fit for accuracy

You want your wedges to attack the pin. You want to strike the ball on line as often as possible. You need a lie angle that will ensure the sole is square to the turf at impact. You don’t want the heel striking the turf with toe up (the ball goes left of target) or vice versa (ball goes right of target). This is key to accuracy.

Lie angle is also function of length and posture. We will get you to hit, 1/4, 1/2, 3/4 and full swing shot for the wedges to determine if a particular lie is suitable.

 

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Step 4 - Fit for precision

The right balance of the wedge allows you to repeat that shot over and over again. The key to allow for precision is the use of the proper shaft weight, head weight and butt weight to configure a total weight and distribution of the weight to match the your bio-mechanics. This is key to precision.

Changing and moving the weights essentially changes the MOI of the wedge. For a detail discussion of MOI, please read this article.

 

This club was set-up too light for the player to swing with any consistency, as indicated by the erratic impact pattern ....
   

Same club, same golfer, but with the head weight adjusted to the optimum setting for this golfer's strength & swing ...

Courtesy of http://3jack.blogspot.sg/

 

Step 5 - Fit for consistent distance gap

You need at least 3 Wedges from 48° and up to allow you to hit the most ‘full’ shots from different Wedge distances. That will allow you greater control and increased consistency. Creating 4 or 6° loft differences between the Wedges will ensure that you have a standard 12 – 16 meter gap between each wedge.

Input to this step is the loft on the club you have in your Iron set marked as a PW. If it is 46° then we’ll probably start your Wedge set at 50° (although it could be 52°). If your PW is 44°, then the likelihood is that we’ll start your wedge configuration at 48° (but that does depend on your swing).

A proper Wedge configuration will make shot selection and execution easier in the final 110 meters.

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Get yourself fitted for a wedge set and you’ll have more options from 110 meters in, you’ll have easier shot selection, you’ll find it easier to execute and you’ll hit more accurate short shots with more percision. And you’ll see the impact on your scorecard, very quickly. Contact us for a fitting session today!

 

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Is all about Aim and Speed

If you are a golfer, you must be aware that the principle of play, for more than 40% of your score, is nothing but to strike the ball on an intended line based on a chosen speed to a hole 4.25 inches wide with your putter. The challenge or rather the secret to putting, is to sustain the variables that constitute the action of putting.

There are four basic skills of putting - Aim - Speed - Path - Green Reading

Our studies have shown that a high percentage of tour players cannot consistently aim their putter at the hole from 10 feet. Do you know where you are aiming?

Research has shown that many putter-design variables influence how an individual see as straight. Factors that can affect aim include head shape, hosel design, loft, lines, shaft length, and lie angle. When we talk about speed control, we are really dealing with several variables that change your sense of touch and feel.

Without getting into the techniques and concepts of how to produce better speed, putter-design variables affect your ability to control it include head weight, shaft flex & weight and counter weight

 

Make this an area for improvement

This year, invest a little time and money into having the right putter in your bag to hole more putts. Then, sharpen up your green reading with AimPoint so that you are taking shots off the scorecard. We would be more than happy to explain any details you’re unsure of.

 
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3 Steps to the perfect putter for your game

Our proprietary fitting process insures proper physical putter alignment and speed control.

Step 1 - Assessment

The first step is to assess a golfer’s aim. The golfer aims at a small laser projector that looks similar to an actual golf hole. When the ball is removed, the laser beam reflects off a mirrored putter face, then the reflected beam projects onto a black screen positioned vertically behind the projector, showing the difference between the golfer’s aim and the actual target. This process incorporates both aim and loft. Different variables like head shapes, lie angle, hosel type, hosel offset, shaft length and sight lines will be on the fly to see how the golfer's aim is affected by the different putter-design.

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Step 2 - Personalization

After the golfer’s aim is determined, the second step is to find the right fit to insure proper aim. We have access to our system of up to 273 million component combinations made up of various putter heads, hosels, offsets, lie angles to find the combination that corrects the golfer’s natural aim. Additionally, while aim is very important, speed merits special analysis. Our process incorporates the proper head weight, shaft weight, shaft flex and counter-weight to control speed dictated by each golfers stroke pattern.

 

 

Step 3 - Creating the putter

Once the diagnosis is made, we utilizes the information to hand-mill a custom putter that’s a perfect fit. Old-fashioned craftsmanship and modern technology are coupled with the highest quality materials, to create a putter that feels right, looks great, and is customized with the golfer’s name or other information stamped into the putter.

 

 

 

Find the solution with putter fitted @ Wiz Golf

Get yourself fitted for a putter and you’ll make more putts. More than 40% of your score are made with the putter and you’ll see the impact on your scorecard, very quickly. Contact us for a fitting session today!

 
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