What Golf Club in Your Bag Is Used The Most?

CLEVELAND_WEDGEIf golfers drive for show and putt for dough, where does the wedge game fit in the mix? According to a recent report by Cleveland Golf, 65% of all shots for an average golfer come from inside 125 yards. Even more importantly, 45% of all shots, not including putts, are used with a wedge.

Research from the National Golf Foundation indicates that only 22 percent of all golfers regularly score better than 90 for 18 holes on a regulation length course. 25 percent of all males regularly break 90 while just 7 percent of females eclipse that mark. According to the NGF, the average 18-hole score on a full-size course is 97 for men and 114 for women.

Therefore for an average male golfer who averages 36 putts per round, roughly 27.5 strokes per round are taken using wedges. That number increases to 35 strokes per round for women. The wedges in your bag might include a pitching wedge, gap wedge, sand wedge and maybe even an additional wedge.

According to Cleveland golf, 13.3 is the average handicap of a player carrying three or more wedges. The average handicap climbs to 18 for avid players who use two or fewer wedges. The numbers seem to indicate that carrying more wedges might actually improve versatility around the green by giving players the option to hit a lob shot, pitch and roll, bump-and-run or even an explosion shot.

To address this issue, Cleveland Golf has introduced a new wedge fitting system that will help golfers quickly and accurately select a proper wedge set. The Wedge Fitting Application at the Cleveland Golf website, helps golfers, golf club fitters and golf shop employees identify the correct models, lofts, and bounces so the wedges can be customized for lie angle, shaft and grip.

The Cleveland Golf Fitting System also features interchangeable wedge heads that are available in a different loft, bounce, lie angle and model options, and include a variety of interchangeable wedge shafts. Cleveland said changing wedge heads and shafts is done in a matter of seconds and interchangeable wedges feature identical specifications to the wedges a player will use on the course.

“It’s no secret that a player’s wedge game is critical to scoring and performance,” said Todd Harman, President of Cleveland Golf/Srixon – U.S.A. “We’ve raised the bar with wedge innovations over the years such as multiple bounce options, Zip Grooves, cool finishes and now Rotex technology. With the introduction of our new Fitting System and Fitting Application, we’ve made it easier than ever for any player to use the right set of wedges and get the correct loft gapping throughout their entire set. This is a game-changer for us and the equipment industry. The way that golf professionals and retailers are now able to comprehensively fit a golfer for a wedge set is truly a breakthrough.”

To learn more on the Cleveland Golf Wedge Fitting Application visit the Cleveland Wedge Fitting Application.

Review: Phil Mickelson DVD Secrets of the Short Game


Secrets of the Short Game

Phil Mickelson’s DVD “Secrets of the Short Game” wasn’t the first short game video series and it won’t be the last. But it just might be the best production that can truly change your game and improve your technique around the greens immediately.

Yes, I’m a long time Dave Pelz fan and so is Phil. However, the quality and quantity of tips, technique and tricks in this two DVD set is worth its weight in gold. In fact, it’s often surprising at not only the content, but the candor Mickelson has while teaching and demonstrating the various shots in front of the camera. His personality and confidence shines through brightly in this DVD series which was produced and directed by Terry Jastrow, a seven-time Emmy award winner whose credits include Producer/Director of six previous Olympic Opening Ceremonies, Super Bowl XIX, 68 Golf Majors and events ranging from an Indianapolis 500 and Kentucky Derby.

The first “Secrets of the Short Game” disc focuses on putting and chipping while the second disc includes a flop shot section, bunker play and specialty shots such as buried lies and longer bumker shots.

Phil’s putting approach can be at times analytical, but almost always makes simple sense. One of the main suggestions that I took away from this section was the Jackie Burke 25/75 concept. Burke suggests that your backswing swing should be 25 percent and your swing through the ball should be 75 percent. This should allow you to hit the ball aggressively while accelerating through the shot and creating a smooth rhythm.

The chipping section is quite blunt – there is only one effective way to chip. In fact, Phil is quite honest in saying anyone who doesn’t subscribe to this theory is nuts. Here Mickleson teaches to break your wrist immediately when going back on a chip, then hold on and accelerate toward the hole. After watching him demonstrate this simple technique, it’s hard to imagine why you would want to do anything else.

Another highlight of the series is Phil’s precise explanation of his famous flop shot. The amateur golfer might actually be a bit frightened from trying this type of shot after learning about how much thought and preparation Phil puts in even before attempting such a shot. But this knowledge is priceless and Mickelson’s in-depth explanation of matching the shot with the lie can only help golfers of all experience levels.

Can Phil Mickelson’s “Secrets of the Short Game” help your game?  Yes, most definitely. In fact, you’ll be hard pressed to find more quality golf short game instruction content packed into a more entertaining and easy to watch format. Phil Mickelson’s “Secrets of the Short Game” retails for $49.95 and is available from Golfsmith.

Golf Shop Live Phil Mickelson – Secrets of the Short Game DVD

Golf Shop Live Phil Mickelson - Secrets of the Short Game DVD

Save Strokes With a Simple Flop Shot


Shawn Clement, Director of the Richmond Hill Golf Learning Centre, demonstrates the proper setup and swing for a high, soft golf flop shot that could help save you strokes immediately.