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Eliminate those three-putts with good rhythm and timing

If there is one area of the game where the Pros really outplay the amateurs, it is in their putting.

If you were lucky enough to see Kevin Na’s win at the Shriners Open on the US Tour you would understand – with one of the best putting performances ever seen on the greens. In the second round he holed 202 feet of putts; to put that into perspective – he holed an 11 foot putt on every green. A good day on the greens is about 100 feet – to double that on one day is simply incredible and Na only won the tournament in a play off that lasted six holes.

What can the average golfer learn from players like Na is that good rhythm on the greens is the key to controlling speed and eliminating three-putts. When most amateurs are faced with a 20 foot putt, the tendency is to simply hit the ball harder; make a short back swing and then ‘accelerate’ the putter through very quickly in a jerking fashion, often losing control of the strike and therefore having no consistency of speed.

The key to controlling your speed is to swing the putter with consistent rhythm and timing to allow your backswing to become much longer than your follow through on those 20 and 30 feet efforts. One of the biggest myths in golf that prevents this is to putt with your shoulders and no wrists. To allow the backswing to lengthen, your wrists should naturally hinge a little as should your elbows. Try throwing a ball without hinging your wrists – you can’t and putting is no different.

If you want to conquer the big putting surfaces at Eastern, spend some time working on your lag putting with the above techniques and watch the handicap slowly come down.

Better still book in for a putting lesson using SAM Puttlab and BLAST Motion with our Director of Golf,  Scott Barradell.

 

 

Scott Barradell

Director of Golf I TaylorMade Australia Brand Ambassador

Date: October 9, 2019


australian golf digest magazine : ’25 greatest clubhouses in australia’ 

“The Members’ Lounge, fitted with comfy armchairs at nearly every table, that spills out to the terrace overlooking the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges has to be arguably the most comfortable members’ lounge in Australia.com “ Terry Hicks, panellist Australian Golf Digest ‘25 Greatest Clubhouses in Australia’.

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You may be practicing, but is what you are doing helping you improve your game?

It is not uncommon to see the driving range full on any given day, but are you really getting the full benefit out of what you are doing? Chances are that you may not be achieving as much as you could be.  Here’s my guide 

to getting the most of your time on the range.

If you are hitting balls before a round, half a bucket of balls is more than enough. This is the time when you are warming up, not practicing. Spend 15 – 20 minutes going through your bag with the focus on rhythm and tempo. Most of your balls should be hit with the scoring clubs and very few with your driver or longer clubs. I reguarly see people arrive at the driving range and immediately pull out their driver and start hitting the ball. Make sure you include some time on the chipping and putting greens before heading out on course. 

If you do have the additional time, separate to those days that you are playing a round of golf, to get some more practice in then do your golf game a favour and make it worth while. I would estimate that the large majority of players spend time hitting on the driving range without any plan, and no structure, and are not really making any significant improvement to their game.

If you are having lessons, or working on something constructive to the improvement of your game, the driving range is the place to do it, so invest the time in this.  The worst thing you can do on the range is to just hit balls with no purpose or thought. A good simple exercise is try and ‘play golf’ on the range. Hit a driver at a certain spot, pull out a 6 iron and hit at a different target and finish off with a small pitch. This is more constructive, and beneficial to your game than just ‘hitting away’ with the same club, ball after ball. Have fun with clubs and different shots too; try and hit your 5 iron low and high; try and hit a 7 iron half its usual distance. Don’t be one of those players just trying something different every day, thinking you’ve got the fix, but only to find in a day or so, that you haven’t.

All Eastern Golf Club members enjoy full use of the Driving Range facilities including unlimited golf balls. 

Some final thoughts for improvement:
  • Get some help and appreciate that changing anything takes time. Don’t be one of those doing the same thing over and over expecting a different result.
  • Small changes can lead to big improvement – especially in your short game technique.
  • If you do practice, then spend 70% of your time on shots inside 120 metres.
  • Before taking advice from someone, including yourself, ask are they qualified to give it? 

 

Scott Barradell

Director of Golf I TaylorMade Australia Brand Ambassador

Date: August 1, 2019


Improve your putting and lower those scores now

When I ask people about their putting I usually receive two answers: “It’s OK, or good one day, bad the next” or “It’s pretty close to the truth but only thing I’d say is it’s more down than up”.

 

No matter what skill you are looking to assess, the first stage of the improvement process is to measure and assess. Once you know what you are doing, whether it’s right or wrong, you can then plan what y

ou need to improve and go from there. The important thing to remember is that the assessment must be measurable so that, over time, you can continue to assess and track your improvements. An example of this is trying to improve your fitness and health – you would collate vital information including how much you weigh, your body measurements and other important health details.

With anything you would like to get better at doing, you always need a starting point from which you can begin your program of improvement. 

For years the golf industry has not had the technology to measure and assess a putting stroke; which is one of the main reasons why many golfers never improve in that area of their game. The other reason is that most golfers think their technique is actually efficient as they have never been shown otherwise and the majority of time, it’s not. 

We now have the technology to measure and assess a putting stroke in extreme detail and provide golfers with clear reasons as to why they are OK one day and bad the next using SAM Puttlab and the BLAST sensor.

In simple terms, feel is determined by putting dynamics; and by dynamics I am referring to your timing and tempo. Once you develop the correct parameters in these areas which can be achieved with as little as five minutes practice a day, you can improve your putting stroke in no time and you will see your scores come down with it. It was interesting reading an article by Australia’s Cameron Smith in the July edition of Australian Golf Digest saying that he uses the BLAST sensor before every round in his warm up as his feel changes every day. Yours does too.

The BLAST sensor and SAM Puttlab station are both available within the TaylorMade Performance Centre and are the complete solution for improving your putting and lowering your scores.

To enquire about our selection of golf tuition packages; and our calednar of golf clinics, please discuss your requirements with The Sports Shop team or email me directly.

 

Scott Barradell

Director of Golf I TaylorMade Australia Brand Ambassador

Date: July 31, 2019


australian golf digest course review

“Moving house is never easy to do. For Melbourne’s Eastern Golf Club, the relocation from suburban Doncaster to Yering in 2015 was an emotional mix of sorrow and opportunity. The former sentiment was over the

 loss of 90-odd years of history at one site and the latter a chance to simultaneously make a powerful statement and fortify a new chapter in the club’s history.”

To read Steve Keipert’s full course review in Australian Golf Digest please click on the link below:

COURSE REVIEW 

 

 

Date: June 27, 2019


It’s winter time and that means a few changes in your preparation.

This year we have been blessed with some great weather but in recent weeks we’ve seen winter arrive with arctic temperatures being experienced and darkness arriving late afternoon. 

With the colder weather well and truly upon us, you may have noticed that your golf ball does not travel as far and many adjustments need to be made to your game, with one of the most important ones being to review the clubs you are using, with an extra club or two often required.

The other noticable thing during the colder months is that the ball rolls less when on the fairway, and it is often best to choose a club with more loft and less roll. Sounds simple but many golfers overlook these easy adjustments that are required during cold and wet conditions that can be the difference between a great, or challenging, day out on course. 

Preparation is imperative when playing in winter and we’ve outlined some of the essential items we recommend to not only play better golf, but to stay warm whilst out there:

  • A good set of waterproofs is a must when playing in winter. Many companies now provide waterproof pant options that can be worn instead of normal pants. The FOOTJOY range of waterproof outfits is one of the best on the market and available in The Sports Shop
  • Keeping your hands dry and warm is probably the most important thing during winter and it’s as easy as having a pair of winter gloves and a rain grip glove in your bag. There are several options in the winter glove market that can be used when swinging in those freezing conditions; and equally as important is a rain glove when playing in the wet. Both items cost approximately $30 each and can last up to three to four seasons, depending on your use.
  • Grips are another thing which many people overlook. Depending on your use, grips should be changed every one to two years. There are many options on new grips and our team in The Sports Shop can assist you in finding the best pair for your needs.  
  • It’s fine to try and stay warm by wearing three to four layers of clothing but you still must be able to swing freely. Two absolute essentials for me include a base layer under garment and wind vest. Both keep the body warm without causing extra bulk and impeding your ability to swing freely.
  • Finally the list concludes with some basic items including a beanie to keep the head warm, umbrella and hand warmer. Once you are fully kitted out, you will be able to stay warmer this winter and, hopefully, enjoy your golf more. 

When sourcing your equipment, please remember our price match guarantee which means that we will honour a lower advertised price for the identical product advertised by a local competitor; and when you’re purchasing your golf equipment through The Sports Shop you are benefitting the club. 

In addition to your club and equipment preparation, it’s also imperative to undertake a good warm up before playing. One of the great benefits of your golf membership at Eastern is access to our extenstive practice facilities include long and short game Practice Range facilities including a grass tee driving range and covered practice bays with high quality TaylorMade range balls.  The Club’s practice facilities, with unlimited drive range balls, are available to playing golf members only.  

Scott Barradell

Director of Golf I TaylorMade Australia Brand Ambassador

Date: May 29, 2019


director of golf recognised in 2019 ‘top 50’ greatest clubfitters

Fantastic to see our Director of Golf, Scott Barradell featured in Australian Golf Digest 2019 ’50 Great Clubfitters’.

Scott leads a team that takes a great deal of pride in assisting each member with their individual requirements and are fully trained to review your personal playing needs, and how the latest golfing technology and equipment that is available can assist in improving your golf game.

The team are trained in specialised club fitting systems and we can provide assistance with coordinating any repairs and maintenance of your clubs; with the aim to get you, and your clubs, back on the golf course as quickly as possible  All club repairs are done offsite and we can assist with the organisation of substitute clubs if required. 

The Eastern Golf Club Golf Shop prides itself on three core values:

  • Providing value for money – our price match guarantee means that we will honour a lower advertised price for the identical product advertised by a local competitor
  • 100% money-back-guarantee on fitted equipment
  • Exceptional after-sales service

We only stock products that we endorse, and personally use ourselves. 

Well done Scott!


 

Why a good set up position is most important.

If I was asked to prioritise just one tip that will provide maximum benefit to the average golfer’s game, it would be how to set up a golf ball correctly.

There are very few lessons that I give in which we don’t talk about the set up – it is often an evolving thing, and without players realising, can change from day-to-day. It can include areas such as the width of your stance; standing too far away, or too close, to the ball; poor ball position and, finally, poor posture. Each of these elements can have different effects on your swing; but, the good news is that some subtle changes to your game can make huge differences.

Having good, sound, technique before you hit the shot is imperative to giving yourself the best chance to make a good swing. From an improvement point of view, set up changes are the easiest ones to make as they are ‘static’ and can easily be practiced on the Driving Range, at work, home or practically anywhere.  Within short time frames, an improvement in ball striking can be seen with a few minor tweaks.

In this tuitorial I would like to focus on two of these set up areas – ball position and the effect it has on your spine angle.  As a general rule, most players that slice have the ball too far forward and those that hook have the ball too far back.

The most common mistake I see golfers make is having their spine too straight (Image: 1 & 2) and their head too far on top on the ball. Poor positioning of the spine, with the ball being too far forward, will lead to a number of things including lack of rotation, swaying of the hips and in general the swing being too vertical which causes big slices or pulling the ball.

In the correct position (Image 3 & 4), the stance should be shoulder width apart with the ball slightly forward and the left hip and left shoulder slightly higher than the right. In this position the head is positioned behind the ball allowing the body to turn correctly and have the club swing around the body as it should.

In our ‘Full Swing Tune Up Package’, the set up fundamentals are included within the areas of your game that we cover over four sessions. To book in for a lesson, or if you have any questions answered regarding your game, please send me through an email.

Incorrect: ball forward and spine too straight.

Incorrect: too far away from ball.

Correct: left hip high and head behind ball.

Correct posture. Good balance, arms just hanging.

Scott Barradell

Director of Golf I TaylorMade Australia Brand Ambassador

Date: March 26, 2019


TaylorMade move ahead again with new M5 & M6 products

February is the time of the year when TaylorMade release their new products and, once again, they have taken a giant leap forward with the new range of M5 and M6 products.  The introduction of twist face last year was a forward step on the consistency front, without doing a lot in terms of distance;  however it is a completely different story this time.

The key feature behind the new M5 and M6 metal woods is the company’s Speed Injected Twist Face and the focus is on speed and then, of course, more distance.

In 2019, TaylorMade has taken Twist Face to the next level of performance with the introduction of Injected Twist Face technology, exposing the false narrative that speed limits have been reached in a metalwood.

There are four key features to the design of Speed Injected Twist Face that allow TaylorMade to maximise ballspeed, working in unison to allow every M5 & M6 driver to be precision-tuned with a new, rigorous process to maximise speed to the allowable limit…

  • Ultra-thin Titanium face with redesigned Inverted Cone Technology (ICT)
  • Reengineered, more-flexible Hammerhead 2.0 slot
  • Internal support foam with variable amounts of injected resin
  • A proprietary algorithm to tune each head

Every M5 and M6 driver head is inspected, measured, and tuned for maximum speed and to ensure conformity; a process truly unmatched in the golf industry. Whereas current drivers have a level of variation from one to the next, TaylorMade’s new engineering and development processes effectively deliver a level of precision that ensures every golfer gets a hot and fast driver head. That’s where sometimes you may use a demo or fitting club and it feels great and you purchase one and its not the same…well no more of that from TaylorMade

The drivers have been designed with a thinner, more flexible face, in fact, initially designed above the legal limit before going through the tuning process, a process in which resin is injected to ensure maximum speed for each head. The injection process utilises two new tuning ports on the face of the driver (both M5 and M6 models) and a proprietary algorithm to ensure the appropriate amount of resin is used, systematically dialing in the speed for each driver face.

A significant benefit of the thinner, faster face design is that it provides the M5 and M6 drivers with faster off-center COR, effectively increasing forgiveness. The new face design is optimised with up to a 20% reduction in thickness that results in a 66% larger sweetspot in the M5 drivers over the M3 and more than 100% larger than the original M1 in 2015.

Added to the range is  the fairway woods, hybrids and new M5 and M6 irons which all have similar stories – more speed, more consistency and more distance. From some of the initial testing I’ve undertaken gains of five to ten metres with a driver are not uncommon and those who are using much older equipment can expect to see greater distances. 

Following on from the launch of the TP5 ball two years ago, stay tuned as there is more exciting news coming on this front. It’s quite possible that the most exciting product of the year will be the new TP5 and TP5x golf ball releases. Two years ago, on its launch, the TP5 ball was the first ball to rival the Titleist Pro V and the success was immediate with wins on every tour around the world. This time the level of hype will be the same, with Rickie Fowler changing golf balls for the first time in his professional career – adding the TaylorMade TP5x golf ball to his bag. What’s great for golfers, is that the TP5 and TP5x balls will still be priced $10 below the Pro V. 

All new TaylorMade Product will be available from early February; and with Callaway now available at Eastern, you will have the opportunity to compare the two industry leaders side-by-side.

 

Scott Barradell

Director of Golf I TaylorMade Australia Brand Ambassador

Date: January 29, 2019

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