Three Great Golf Training Aids for Christmas

This is the LAST weekend before Christmas!  It’s not too late to pick up some awesome gifts for the golfer on your holiday gift list.  Today we are featuring three fantastic golf training aids.

Arc Angel

The compact and easy to setup Frogger Arc Angel is a putting training aid which helps golfers groove their putting plane and sink more putts.  Arc Angel folds up and stores easily in the golfer’s bag, and comes with an instructional DVD.  Golfers can use a golf club as the alignment stick (photo below), or the Frogger Alignment Sticks (below).

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Swing Hero

Golfers who grip the club too tightly suffer bad scores as a result of the “grip of death.”  Gripping the club too hard leads to distance loss, bad accuracy, and bad scores.  That all equals less fun.

Swing Hero helps golfers get the feel of the proper grip pressure, and can also help golfers change grips to reduce slices, promote draws, or promote fades.

Alignment Sticks

Golf is a game of physics and geometry.  When a shot travels 250 yards, the originating angle being off by a degree or two at impact can result in dozens of yards of inaccuracy.

Many golfers practice and setup with alignment sticks to make sure their setup is aligned properly.  There are countless drills and benefits to having Frogger Alignment Sticks in the practice bag.

Three Great Golf Accessories for Christmas

Christmas is ONE WEEK away.  While that may be a bit too tight to order from the Frogger Online Shop, you can still pick up all sorts of great Frogger Golf accessories at local retailers like Dick’s Sporting Goods and Golf Galaxy.

An all-time great golf gift idea is the Frogger BrushPro, the crown jewel of golf brushes.

BrushPro

BrushPro

Of course, the best golf towel in golf would make a great holiday golf gift, so pick up an Amphibian towel for the golfer on your shopping list!

Amphibian Towel Pink

PINK Amphibian Towel

One of the newer and very popular Frogger accessories is the Golf Cart Poncho.  So small, but so effective!  Let it rain.

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Stay dry when everything else is wet!

Stay tuned for more Frogger Golf Christmas gift ideas coming soon…

Birdie

What’s Samuel Eaves’ going to do when a bird steals his ball at the 2014 Australian PGA?

He ended up getting the ball back. Either way since an outside party took the ball, he would get a free drop without penalty where the ball was originally sitting.

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Tuesday Tip – Same Swing, Different Club

golf-finish-by-tonykorologosMany amateur golfers make the mistake of thinking they need to swing harder for longer shots.  More often than not, swinging harder will produce all sorts of problems from poor strikes to bad accuracy, to….  less distance!  Yes, less distance.

There are 14 clubs (the legal number of clubs a golfer can carry) in the bag for a reason.  Some clubs go longer than others.  When faced with a longer shot a golfer should use the proper club and put the same swing, with the same tempo, on that club that he/she would use for a shorter club.  That’s why there are different clubs.

The longer the club is, the longer the shaft is.  The longer shaft produces a wider swing arc and therefore gets the club head moving at a faster speed than one with a shorter shaft.  Therefore the same swing one might make with a 7-iron would have a higher club head speed than it would with an 8-iron.

Some golfers may also think that the swing for a longer club should be harder than for shorter clubs.  Once again, the swing should be the same.  It is not necessary to “swing harder” for a 4-iron versus a 6-iron.

So the next time you need to hit the ball farther, don’t swing harder.  Use the same swing with more club!

Weekend Wrap

HPBNC_2011_068Interesting weekend in the world of golf.  First on the list was the debut of Fox Sports’ golf coverage.  This past weekend’s Franklin Templeton Shootout marked the first time Fox broadcasted golf, with Joe Buck and Greg Norman on the call.

Reviews are mixed for Buck and Norman, and surely the network has a lot of issues to work out.  Hopefully they’ll be up to full speed by the U.S. Open.

Franklin Templeton Shootout
Dates: Dec. 11-12
Venue: Ritz-Carlton Resorts of Naples (Tiburon Golf Club), Naples, Fla.

Jason Day and Cameron Triangle won the Franklin Templeton Shootout by one shot over Matt Kuchar and Harris English.  It took a final nine string of six birdies in eight holes to edge out the one stroke margin of victory.  In this “off season” event each player wins $335,000.

I wish I could make that kind of scratch in the “off season.”

EUROPEAN TOUR
Alfred Dunhill Championship
Dates: Dec. 11-14
Venue: Leopard Creek CC, Malelane, South Africa

How is this for intense?  In the Australian Championship two aussies duked it out in a massive playoff which lasted seven holes.  The two aussies, Adam Scott and Greg Chalmers, recorded the longest playoff in for a high-tier tournament in Australia.

Adam Scott’s 3-putt on the seventh playoff hole handed the trophy to Chalmers.

PNC Father/Son Challenge
Dates: Dec. 13-14
Venue: Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Orlando, Fla.

One day you are sitting at home playing video games, and a short-notice later you’re winning a big golf tournament in front of millions of people on TV.  That’s the story of Bernhard Langer’s son Jason, the 15-year-old who took the place of his sister who withdrew due to back issues.

The Langers recorded a final round 13-under 59 to claim a two-stroke victory in the better-ball format.

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Friday Fun – Two Ball Practice Round

balls-on-greenOnce in a while we golfers find ourselves out on the course as a single player, with nobody else around.  This is a great time to practice some shots, and experiment with different clubs and strategies on the course.

Two Ball

Provided that there’s nobody else around and the pace of play is not impacted, play a practice round with two balls.  Mark each ball in some unique way to be sure you know which ball is making what score.

In my case I’ll mark the first ball with a big letter C on it.  The C stands for conservative.  This ball will be the conservative ball.  On all the holes this ball will be used in a conservative strategy, such as playing irons off the tees on par-4’s, playing for 3-shots into par-5’s, and aiming for the fat of the green instead of the pin.  Putting will be conservative as well, such as lagging to insure two putts rather than hitting harder putts trying to hole it.

The second ball will be the A ball.  As you may have guessed, the A ball is the aggressive ball.  Play with this ball will be taking chances, going for par-5’s in two, aiming at tucked pins, etc.  Putting will be more aggressive as well.  Try to hole them all.

How Will It Come Out?

In the end which ball will card the best score?  Which style of play will be the most enjoyable?  Results will vary and hopefully you’ll learn a little bit about your abilities, and how you make your best scores.

Weekend Preview

seve-bDespite the fact that the LPGA Tour, PGA Tour, and Web.com Tour are done for the year, there’s a ton of golf to watch this week on TV. Golf die hards rejoice!

PGA TOUR Australasia
Australian PGA Championship
Dates: Dec. 10-13
Venue: RACV Royal Pines Resort, Gold Coast, Australia

Tournament Airtimes On Golf Channel (Eastern):
Wednesday 8 p.m.-1 a.m. (Live)
Thursday 8 p.m.-1 a.m. (Live)
Friday 8 p.m.-1 a.m. (Live)
Saturday 8 p.m.-1 a.m. (Live)

Headlining the field: Adam Scott, Scott Stallings, John Senden, Brendan De Jonge, Mark Leishman, Jarrod Lyle, Steven Bowditch, Boo Weekley, Greg Chalmers and Robert Allenby.

PNC Father/Son Challenge
Dates: Dec. 13-14
Venue: Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Orlando, Fla.

Tournament Airtimes On Golf Channel (Eastern):
Saturday 2-3 p.m. (Tape delay) / 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (Live streaming on Golf Live Extra)
Sunday 2-3 p.m. (Tape delay) / 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (Live streaming on Golf Live Extra)

Tournament Airtimes On NBC (Eastern):
Saturday 3-6 p.m. (Tape delay)
Sunday 3-6 p.m. (Tape delay)

Teams: Stewart & Connor Cink, Steve & Sam Elkington, Nick & Matthew Faldo, Raymond & Robert Floyd, Hale & Steve Irwin, Lee & Connor Janzen, Bernhard & Christina Langer, Tom & Thomas Lehman, Davis Love III & Dru Love, Sandy & James Lyle, Johnny & Andy Miller, Larry & Josh Nelson, Jack Nicklaus & Jack Nicklaus II, Mark & Shaun O’Meara, Nick & Greg Price, Dave & Ron Stockton, Curtis & Tom Strange, Vijay & Qass Singh, Lee & Daniel Trevino, Lanny & Tucker Wadkins.

EUROPEAN TOUR
Alfred Dunhill Championship
Dates: Dec. 11-14
Venue: Leopard Creek CC, Malelane, South Africa

Tournament Airtimes On Golf Channel (Eastern):
Thursday 5:30-7:30 a.m. (Tape delay); 7:30-10:30 a.m. (Live)
Friday 5:30-7:30 a.m. (Tape delay); 7:30-10:30 a.m. (Live)
Saturday 5:30-9:30 a.m. (Live)
Sunday 5:30-9:30 a.m. (Live)

Headlining the field: Louis Oosthuizen, Charl Schwartzel, Peter Uihlein, Danny Willett, Oliver Wilson, Richard Sterne, Branden Grace, Thomas Aiken, Robert Rock and George Coetzee.

Franklin Templeton Shootout
Dates: Dec. 11-12
Venue: Ritz-Carlton Resorts of Naples (Tiburon Golf Club), Naples, Fla.

Tournament Airtimes On Golf Channel (Eastern):
Thursday 1-4 p.m. (Live) / 5-8 p.m. (Replay)
Friday 1-4 p.m. (Live) / 5-8 p.m. (Replay)
**Saturday’s final round will air on Fox**

Teams: Harris English/Matt Kuchar, Graeme McDowell/Gary Woodland, Keegan Bradley/Camilo Villegas, Billy Horschel/Ian Poulter, Jason Day/Cameron Tringale, Patrick Reed/Brandt Snedeker, Ryan Palmer/Jimmy Walker, Jerry Kelly/Steve Stricker, Sean O’Hair/Kenny Perry, Retief Goosen/Mike Weir, Charles Howell III/Scott Verplank, Justin Leonard/Rory Sabbatini.

ASIAN TOUR
Thailand Golf Championship
Dates: Dec. 10-13
Venue: Amata Spring Country Club, Chon Buri, Thailand

Tournament Airtimes On Golf Channel (Eastern):
Thursday 1-4:30 a.m. (Live)
Friday 1-4:30 a.m. (Live)
Saturday 1-4 a.m. (Live)
Sunday 1-4 a.m. (Live)

Headlining the field: Sergio Garcia, Bubba Watson, Martin Kaymer, Victor Dubuisson, Lee Westwood, Darren Clarke, Chesson Hadley, Thongchai Jaidee and Guan Tianlang.

LET TOUR
Omega Dubai Ladies Masters
Dates: Dec. 10-13
Venue: Emirates Golf Club (Majlis Course), Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Tournament Airtimes On Golf Channel (Eastern):
Wednesday 2-6 p.m. (Tape delay)
Thursday 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Tape delay)
Friday 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Tape delay)
Saturday 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (Tape delay)

Tuesday Tip – Hard Packed or Wet Sand

Sand TrapWe will all run into the hard packed or wet sand situation at some point in our golfing adventures. The sand may be hard packed because of lack of maintenance, or it may be packed due to hard rains the night before, or possibly even the course’s sprinkler system.

Previous rain or the course’s sprinklers will obviously be causes of wet sand, which from a shot perspective presents the same issues as hard packed sand.

Regular Sand Shot

In a regular sand shot we are taught to open our sand wedge up and take quite a bit of sand with the ball. Depending on the distance the shot needs to carry, we may aim one inch to several inches behind the ball. The design of the sand wedge’s bottom allows the club to dig in just enough, then bounce through. This keeps the club from digging in too far and stopping.

The result is that the ball comes out soft, accompanied by a hand full or two of sand.

Hard Packed or Wet Sand

The above technique does not work for hard packed or wet sand. If the player were to open up the sand wedge in those conditions, the bounce of the club and hardness of the ground would cause the club to bounce too much. The increased bounce causes the club to strike the ball with the blade.

Bladed shots are among the worst shots in golf. The ball will either fly 100 yards too far, or it may not clear the lip of the bunker and might embed.

To properly hit the hard packed or wet sand shot, only open the sand wedge slightly, or perhaps not at all. In fact, sand wedge may not even be the right club. Perhaps try a gap wedge or pitching wedge.

Try to skim the club over the top of the sand and keep the finish lower than a typical high sand shot finish. The ball will come out lower, perhaps with more spin.