Repainting a Club

November 30, 2010

First, I’d like to give credit where due. I followed the instructions on the following thread at the golfWRX forums, modifying (of course) for my own paint.

Also, I used Duplicolor Mirage paint, which has a tutorial at the following YouTube address.

A look at the paint itself is below:

Alright, so, now for the gory details. I decided I was sick of seeing scratches on the top of my Titleist 904f, so I starting trying to find who would repaint it for me. As I looked around, the light bulb went off, as if to say “hey, why don’t you do it yourself? It would be cheaper, and you could customize it!” So, I tried to found the information online, and the GolfWRX forum listed above is what I came across.

However, I wasn’t confident enough to try it off the bat on my precious 904f. Instead, I decided Read the rest of this entry »


JK’s Swing

November 27, 2010

Take a look. There are 3 shots in the swing–straight, draw, and fade. When LG was trying to learn the difference in shots, I sent this video to him to help him understand the difference in setup, swing path, and plane for the 3 different shots.

As you can see, there are subtle differences in the setup and actual swings between the three different shots.

And, the image below shows how the swing looks on path/plane, and how the hands get through the swing.

Please comment if you have any questions or would like any specifics. We’re happy to help.

Golf Fitness: Power

November 24, 2010

Much has been written about golf fitness in terms of how to generate power.  My goal is not to advocate a particular swing theory or exercise program, but rather to provide general fitness advice that should be helpful to any swing.  While the average golfer generally wants to get more power in his or her full swing, rarely is that energy properly focused at the gym to develop the right muscles.  Here are some fundamentals to focus on:

1) Mix in both Unilateral and Bilateral exercises – Bilateral exercises use both limbs in unison to move a load, such as barbell squats, barbell bench press, and chinups. If one limb pushes or pulls harder than the other, the load will not move evenly. Unilateral exercises focus on each limb working independently of each other. This can be accomplished by either isolating one limb at a time or by using dumbbells or independent stack cables to push or pull with both limbs at the same time. Examples of these movements include exercises such as dumbbell shoulder presses, dumbbell bent-over rows, and lunges.  Read more here on these terms.

2) Start with your lower body – the only way to swing faster (not harder) is to have a stable foundation.  Since good footwork is critical to nearly every swing, making sure your legs are strong is a good start to getting more power.  I personally try to work my legs every single time I go to the gym.  For me, mixing squats, splits squats, step ups, and a number of explosive leg exercises has helped improve my stability.  In particular, curtsy squats help replicate the hip rotation that occurs in the golf swing.  For those of you who are uncomfortable with weighted exercises, using an aerobics step for a number of ploy-metric exercises maybe the correct option.  For others, squats and lunges will provide more than enough resistance.

3) Don’t forget your lower back – This area of the body is often  forgotten but critical to maintaining spine angle throughout the swing – another fundamental of nearly every golf swing.  To effectively work your lower back, you could start with an exercise ball and roll slowly backward while lying with your back on the ball to stretch it out.  Most gyms are equipped with some variation of a back extension machine.  Start with the one at a 45 degree angle and work your way up to the horizontal back extension.  This exercise can be intimidating the first time you do it because you may feel as though you can’t support your body weight.  Ease into it.  Soon enough, you’ll be doing this exercise with only one leg supporting your weight.

4) Core strength – instead of just doing crunches, mix this up and use the cable machines to work your full range of motion.  Woodchoppers and bar bell torques are the best for really feeling the burn and can be done with low weight.  Also, don’t forget to work your lower abs.  This will not only supplement the work you are doing on your lower back, but it will prevent lower back pain from carrying your bag around the course (another great fitness benefit!).  One of my favorites is having a partner stand by your head while you are lying with your back on the ground.  Kick your feet up towards your partner while keeping your legs straight  and back on the ground.  Have your partner throw your feet back toward the ground, but don’t them hit the floor.  bring your feet back up to your partner and repeat.  Once this becomes to easy, have your partner mix it up by throwing your feet down at an angle.  This really burns.

5)  Work your back, chest, and shoulders evenly! – don’t over-exercise on any one area in an attempt to “bulk up” because you’ll throw off your natural rhythm.  Also, be sure to mix it up with bilateral and unilateral exercises here.  Doing too many unilateral exercises will definitely throw off your body’s ability to coordinate muscles for a powerful, smooth swing.

6) Work your wrists – an often overlooked area for generating power in the golf swing is wrist strength.  Rock climbers roll a weight that is hung from a dowel up and down while holding at arm’s length.  I also recommend holding a light dumbbell and simply rotating your wrists as long as you can.  These exercises will also help you generate clubhead speed  because your wrists will be more supple during impact.

7) Don’t be discouraged, Keep at it! – soreness from working out and the uneven strength gains you make will likely translate into some initial backward movement in your ability.  You may hit the ball shorter or make less flush contact initially, but give it time.  Exercising will only improve your ability in the long run.  Jokes aside, a good golf swing is an athletic motion that requires precision and balance.  Developing leg and core strength will only improve your ability to swing faster.

When I first started working out, I started with a friend using a program endorsed by Men’s Health Magazine.  You can find that program here.

More to come!   If you’re currently working on your own program, please feel free to post about it!

Sent at 2:10 PM on Tuesday
JK: Did you see my Kuchar post on the PF?

LG: I did. Well done. Not sure I agree 100%, but you make a compelling argument

JK: I am a little biased =)

LG: I’m not sure he’s “easily” player of the year. I think Jim Furyk won that particular award. 3 wins is a big deal

JK: So is 11 top ten finishes

LG: agreed. I think there’s something to be said for just the 72nd hole at the Tour Championship. $10 Million par.

JK: I know. But the 70th and 71st, Furyk tried to choke it away

LG: There are no pictures on a score card. The number is all that matters—and that number is 10 million.

JK: I’ll give it to ya. Kuchar’s on the top of the money list; above Furyk, Els, Stricker, DJ, and Phil. That’s pretty amazing company

LG: Defintiely man

JK: And the casual golf fan will not think of him in that company

LG: He’s easily the “where the heck did he come from” player of the year

JK: He definitely played above his level

LG: The Rocco mediate award

JK: And, he would’ve won the FedEx Cup if it had been played the same way as last year

LG: Yeah, definitely

JK: But they reset the points, so we wouldn’t even be talking about Furyk if Kuchar hadn’t gotten screwed

LG: It wouldn’t be very exciting if they didn’t, to be honest. Playoffs always work that way

JK: Then they need to find a better way to do it. But don’t penalize the guy for being great in the first 9 events and sucking the last one

LG: That’s how playoffs always work!

JK: No it’s not. The sprint cup isn’t Read the rest of this entry »

Play of the Week 5

November 23, 2010

This week’s play of the week has to go to Matt Kuchar. I’ll always give a shout-out to a Yellow-Jacket, but this week, Kuchar has certainly earned it.

The Top 10 on the final money list:
1. Matt Kuchar, $4,910,477
2. Jim Furyk, $4,809,622
3. Ernie Els, $4,558,861
4. Dustin Johnson, $4,473,122
5. Steve Stricker, $4,190,235
6. Phil Mickelson, $3,821,733

Kuchar was easily the top player of the 2010 season. He finished at the top of the money list for 2010. He racked up 23 cuts, 11 top 10 finishes, and 20 top 25s. Without the crazy resetting of the points before the Tour Championship, Kuchar would’ve cruised to the FedEx Cup championship, as long as he simply finished the Tour Championship (which he did).

2010 will easily be remembered for a lot of failures: Bubba Watson, Dustin Johnson (twice), the US Ryder Cup Team, Tiger’s Marriage…. But, in a year of failures, Kuchar was a shining star among the masses, playing solid golf every week.

Here’s to you, Kuch! And along with Stu (Cink) and Double-D (Duval), we’re looking for a great showing of Yellow Jackets in 2011.

Sting ‘Em!

Quote of the Day

November 11, 2010

Tiger Woods played 14 holes before finally missing a green in the opening round of the Australian Masters, which would seem like the ideal start to defending a title for the last time this year.

Woods had to settle for a 2-under 69 on Thursday, leaving him four shots behind a trio of players who competed before far fewer fans and had far less trouble on the greens at Victoria Golf Club.

“That was probably the highest score I could have shot,” Woods said.

Me thinks he’s back.  What say you, Papa JK?


Response from JK:

Well said, sir. Ever since Tiger dumped Haney, his swing has looked 1000 times better. I can’t wait to see what he does next year. I’m going on a limb here, but I think 2011 will hold some of the best we’ve seen of Tiger.

Play of the Week 4

November 9, 2010

Alright boys and girls, gather ’round.  This week’s play of the week goes to Byron Morgan Putters.  No more words needed.  Look at this beauty:

Go ahead.  Click on the image to get the full effect.