The 8-Week Golf Improvement Program on DVD

TOURAcademy Home Edition

TOURAcademy Home EditionOn the PGA TOUR there are four major golf championships and The PLAYERS Championship, which typically is mentioned as a would-be fifth major. The PLAYERS is managed by the PGA TOUR and is contested at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.

For golfers who are looking to learn the game of golf or drop strokes from their handicap, the PGA TOUR created the TOURAcademy Home Edition, which is an 8-week golf improvement program presented by PGA instructors that was filmed at TPC Sawgrass, home of The PLAYERS and the PGA TOUR. The TOURAcademy Home Edition features top quality golf video instruction that you can use on your own schedule.

The program is hosted by the likable CBS golf analyst Ian Baker-Finch and features instruction from TOURAcademy instructors with highly focused lessons and practice sessions. If you like learning at your own pace, this is a great solution.

At $180 or 3 payments of $59.99, the TOURAcademy Home Edition isn’t cheap. However, it does present an incredible amount of materials and information along with the highest possible quality of golf instruction. It also includes free shipping to the USA or Canada and comes with a 60-day no-hassle money back guarantee.

TOURAcademy Home EditionThe product provides ten DVDs containing 28 lessons and practice sessions that are broken down by ability – white track for all abilities, blue track for advanced golfers. You’ll also receive an 8-week calendar and practice guide, two golf training aids and a 100+ page TOURAcademy® instruction book.

TOURAcademy Home Edition does a nice job of adding value for any golfer, from novice to advanced by providing quality structured practice based on skill development and building a golf swing from the ground up. As most golfers know, eight weeks is typically not enough time to learn the game, but this program will do a good job of equipping a player who’s never swung a golf club before with a basic, functioning golf swing. There’s also a lot of great insight into the golf swing that will help even low handicappers.

Here’s what covered in the TOURAcademy Home Edition DVDs:

1: The Set-Up – Grip, Posture, and Alignment
2: Rolling It – The Essentials of Putting
3: The Impact Zone – Educate the Hands
4: Learning Small Swings – Chipping
5: Developing Body Motion – The Pivot
6: Mastering Intermediate Distances – Pitching
7: Synchronizing Body and Club – The Full Swing
8: Power and Distance – Driving with Authority
9: Specialty Shots – Lob and Bunker
10: Troubleshooting – Ball Flight Laws, Tips, and More.

There’s no such thing as a quick fix in golf, however, there are plenty of products that provide poor quality information that slow progress or even hurt your golf game. The TOURAcademy Home Edition won’t replace Butch Harmon, Sean Foley or your local PGA TOUR professional. But what will do is provide you with a solid resource library of golf tips and instruction that you’ll use for the rest of your life.

Secret Grip Putter Grip Helps Win Web.com Tournament

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SECRET_PUTTER_GRIPThe new Secret Grip Putter Grip from Boccieri Golf, pioneer of the popular Heavy Putter and critically acclaimed “Control Series” of full-swing clubs, recently made a major impact by winning the Web.com Tour’s Midwest Classic at Nicklaus Golf Club at LionsGate in Overland Park, Kansas. The Jack Nicklaus-endorsed Secret Grip Putter Grip helps counterbalance the putter for improved stability, consistency and control on the greens.

The putter version of the Secret Grip retails for $24.99 and is easily installed on clubs from any manufacturer for an instant boost in performance. The added weight is achieved via a tungsten insert in the butt-end of the grip, combined with a rubber compound 40-percent heavier than what is used in standard grips. The Secret Grip features an oversized design, popular pistol shaping for comfort and an attractive black and green, two-tone color scheme.

“Early acclaim for the Secret Grip led this great young player to purchase it three weeks ago at The Bear’s Club and we see the immediate positive results” says Stephen Boccieri, President and CEO of Boccieri Golf. “We’ve preached the benefits of counterbalanced equipment for years, with increasing validation by Tour players showing its ability to maximize performance in all areas of the game.”

Recent testing of more than 3,000 players shows 95 percent strongly prefer the Secret Grip over traditional offerings. Beyond independent testing, the grips continue to receive praise from scores of leading media, including “Top Products from the PGA Show” honors from Golf Digest and GOLF Magazine.

The principal of using counterweight within golf club design has proven to benefit golfers of all abilities, as strategically placed weight in the butt-end of the shaft produces a higher balance point for smoother, more repeatable swings from driver through putter. Boccieri Golf equipment has played a key role in victories on the PGA, European, Champions, Nationwide, Asian, Canadian and European Challenge Tours, and has received critical acclaim from golf and lifestyle media worldwide.

The full-swing Secret Grip and the putter version may be purchased at Dick’s Sporting Goods, Golf Galaxy and Edwin Watts, as well www.SecretGrip.com.

Golf Training Aid Uses 3D Camera to Produce The Perfect Golf Swing

MYSWINGGURUIf you’ve got a 3D camera, such as the Microsoft Kinect for Windows, you can now have your golf swing immediately analyzed and compared to top PGA professionals using a revolutionary golf training aid. Guru Training Systems recently announced their new My Swinguru, which is an intuitive and interactive golf swing analysis software tool that enables self-learning through video recognition.

A golfer simply takes a swing in front of a 3D camera and My Swinguru provides instantaneous visual and audio feedback, detects flaws and recommends customized drills for rapid game improvement. The golfer can also compare his swing to top professional golfers.

More than just video analysis software, My Swinguru is designed to be used in golf simulators, hitting bays, recreational centers, training facilities, retail shops, events or even at home in your garage or in your living room.

“The launch of My Swinguru is an incredible milestone for our company. My Swinguru is our best and most comprehensive software yet. It’s a completely new engine and redesigned interface based on customer feedback from the past 2 years and made everything better: performance and accuracy, user experience, flaws detection, graphics. And it’s still version 1.0, our roadmap is full of future exciting add-ons. We managed to transform gesture recognition technology into a powerful yet simple and easy to use swing analysis software, with no extra expensive hardware required” said CEO Sébastien Wulf.

My Swinguru brings golf swing analysis software into a brand new era for all golfers who want to improve their game. Guru Training Systems is a leading software company that specializes in digital learning, training and teaching golf solutions. The product is available for a 30 day free-trial on the Swingguru website.

Golf Training Aid Investment Opportunity

PERFECT_PITCH_GOLFIf the majority of golf shots are taken near or around the green, why do so few golfers have an efficient short game? Two avid golfers have created a new golf training aid that could answer this question, but they need your help to make their dream a reality.

Jonah Mytro and Clay Hood have created the Perfect Pitch Golf Mat to help amateur golfers improve their setup and improve their results around the green. The goal of the product is to provide an alignment aid to help hit more consistent chip, pitch lob and bunker shots.

The Perfect Pitch Golf Mat is a portable mat (3 lbs) that golfers can use at home, golf range or practice facility. Color coordinated foot and ball markers allow golfers to correctly line up their feet as well as ball position based on desired – red for a chip shot, white for a pitch shot and yellow for a lob or bunker shot. The Perfect Pitch Golf Mat golf training aid was developed for golfers of all sizes and skill levels and comes in three different sizes to accommodate a variety of players – junior, medium and large.

The Perfect Pitch Golf Mat improves five critical areas of the golfer’s setup – stance width, alignment, aim, ball position and distance from the ball. This golf training aid helps golfers consistently feel the proper setup position so they can focus on the shot.

To help with the product launch, Myrto and Hood have set up a funding campaign on Indiegogo.com with the goal of raising $15,000. Their campaign will receive all of the funds contributed by midnight PST, Saturday, July 20. All money raised will go towards fulfilling their first order of 1,000 mats.

“My teaching experience has shown me that the biggest issue with a golfer’s short game is their setup. Our mats shows golfers how to setup correctly every time”, said Clay Hood, a PGA golf professional with over 10 years of experience teaching golfers of all abilities. “With a good setup, golfers have a much better chance of hitting better shots and shooting lower scores.”

It is estimated that 75% of golfers shoot 90 or above with the average score of an adult golfer at 98.3 (source: National Golf Foundation). With nearly 50% of all golf shots within 50 yards of the green, the Perfect Pitch Golf Mat has helped golfers achieve improved results around the green.

The funding campaign for the Perfect Pitch Golf Mat officially runs until July 20. The Perfect Pitch Golf Mat is expected to be available for order online on July 25.

Avoid Three Putts With Paceyourputt Golf Training Aid

PEEKACEWhat the quickest way to lower your golf handicap? Most experts agree that one of the best ways for the average golfer to lower scores is to avoid three putts. Consistently judging the speed of a putt is often where the professionals differentiate themselves from the amateurs.

One new putting training aid could assist golfers of all skills levels improve their distance control in the comfort of their living room. The Paceyourputt® mat is 13′ long and 2′ wide and provides distance and alignment markings to help golfers practice hitting putts at the optimal length.

This unique golf training aid provides immediate feedback on alignment, direction, roll, pace and distance control. The product includes multiple visual aids and even ideal backswing lengths for 3-foot, 6-foot and 10-foot putts. The backswing length marks are a great tool to help golfers feel how far the putter should extend during the backswing.

Golfers can putt from both ends of the mat. Going towards the hole provides you with the backswing lengths and alignment lines, while when putting away from the hole, you are faced with six target zones, that decrease in size to develop feel and touch.

After practicing with the Paceyourputt, golfers will have a better feel for key distances and will also be ready to adjust their putting stroke to be more aggressive or conservative if needed. The Paceyourputt mat comes with a bag and a training book. It weighs less than seven pounds and is easy to use and easy to carry. Learn more about this unique golf training aid at the Paceyourputt website

Odyssey Answers Golf Putter Anchoring Ban

ODYSSEY_METALXThe proposed rule change for anchoring putters has been talked about for years, so it certainly didn’t come as a shock when golf’s governing bodies finally took action. What took considerably less time was the reaction by one popular putter manufacturer to produce a new line of putters to help bridge the gap between anchored and non-anchored putting.

Odyssey Golf, which is owned by Carlsbad-based Callaway, recently announced their new line of Metal-X Arm Lock Putters, which are built to help golfers who are used to the stabilizing feel of an anchored putter. According to the manufacturer, the new Odyssey putters will conform to the USGA’s anticipated ruling and offer a unique method of stabilizing the putter through a natural-feeling extension of the golfer’s arm.

“We have been working toward solutions for the proposed ban on the anchoring technique for some time now, and working with our Tour players, have identified an alternative and Tour-proven putting method,” said Chris Koske, Global Director, Odyssey Golf. “We’re now moving quickly to deliver the Arm Lock products that promote a stable and consistent putting stroke for both Professionals and amateur golfers.”

The Odyssey Metal-X Arm Lock Putter will be available initially in two models, the Metal-X #7 and the Metal-X DART. Both products will allow golfers to extend the shaft and grip up their lead forearm for consistent performance and control through the stroke.

“At Odyssey we were adamant about offering alternative solutions to golfers who might change their current technique based on the recent anchoring proposal,” said Austie Rollinson, Principal Designer, Odyssey Golf. “We have more Tour players around the world playing and winning with Odyssey putters than any other company; we worked closely with many of them to dial in the new Arm Lock Putters to ensure they perform at the highest level.”

The Odyssey Golf Arm Lock Putter will be available at retail in January 2013 for a new product introduction retail price of $189.99 in the United States.

Make More Putts Now With Free Ebook

PUTTINGZONEWith the average 20-handicap golfer typically needing about 36 putts per 18-hole round, it makes sense that most golfers are looking for any advantage they can find when using the flat stick. Improving your ability to read greens more accurately is one way to chip away at unwanted putts and one of the top putting coaches in the world is ready to help.

Geoff Mangum, a leading putting coach with over twenty years of experience working with amateurs and professionals on all tours, recently announced the release of his FREE 45-page ebook entitled “Slopes and Break”. Mr. Mangum’s new book details how to use one simple putt on the practice green before a round in order to test standard breaks on that course’s greens. His simple method uses real physics and greens science combined with the personal putting pace used by any specific golfer to make more putts.

“This method for learning break overcomes the flaws in green reading systems used by others who simply take a physics formula, assume some supposed “optimal” putting pace in general for all golfers, and then calculate breaks that don’t fit any specific golfer’s personal putting pace, and give breaks that are wrong for that golfer” said Geoff Mangum. “These calculated breaks also require golfers to use electronic gadgets on the course before playing the real round to measure green speeds, fall lines, and slopes in order to look up the breaks in calculation tables or charts, but never teach the golfer how to have skill to perceive these parameters independently as golfers are required to do when they play real golf. The PuttingZone teaches perception processes for putting reading and aiming, and the eBook covers these perceptual skills and methods.”

Mr. Mangum combines traditional putting techniques with modern neuroscience for human perception and movement in putting’s four skills as an integrated system: reading, aiming, stroking, and controlling distance. The result is a permanent and dramatic increase in putting competence and the added confidence that comes with real skill. His teaching has benefited PGA Tour players and launched amateurs into the top of the world amateur ranking and to victory in the British Amateur and the US Amateur Championships.

To learn more, visit the Putting Zone website. The eBook “Slopes and Break” is available FREE by email request to geoff@puttingzone.com.

Buy Your Own Golf Massage Therapist for $50

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GOLFROLLERMany of the most worthwhile golf improvement products on the market often come from simple ideas and innovations. One relatively straightforward product that is a generating a lot of interest lately is the GolfRoller, which is a simple training aid designed to increase back and core strength while improving flexibility. The repetitive motion of the golf swing and the stress it puts on your body definitely cultivates the need for core, back and neck assistance.

Unlike many complicated golf training products, the GolfRoller is a lightweight and durable tool that you can bring and use virtually anywhere. The product concept is similar to conventional foam rollers, but the GolfRoller actually consists of a hollow core of plastic wrapped in a neoprene layer. It’s extremely lightweight and portable, easily fitting into your luggage or even your golf bag.

Using the product is relatively easy and allows you to target specific parts of your body with each individual movement. The GolfRoller website has helpful videos that instruct how you can use the product to stretch your calves, hamstrings, hips, glutes, lower spine, middle spine, upper spine, quads, shoulders and neck. In addition, since you’re basically using your own body weight, you can control the pace of the movement throughout the entire process.

Think of the GolfRoller as your personal golf massage assistant. The technical term for massage produced by this type of body rolling motion is called “myofascial release”, a form of soft tissue therapy used to relieve pain and restriction of motion. By investing only a few minutes every day using the GolfRoller for your own golf massage, you can dramatically reduce lower back pain and increase your range of motion. It’s also a great tool to use as part of your warm up routine prior to leaving for the course or a golf practice facility.

The GolferRoller consists of a two piece construction, which allows the outer layer to easily be washed. The product is available for $49.95 on the GolfRoller website, where you can also watch multiple videos on how to use it to improve your golf fitness.

Minimize Golfers’ Tan With Naked Sports Gear

NAKED_SPORTS_GEARIt’s a problem fashion-conscious golfers have faced since the game first began. How to avoid the dreaded golfers’ tan? Now one new sports apparel company could have the answer.

Naked Sports Gear creates sports apparel for avid outdoor athletes and fitness goers that minimizes tan lines using a patent-pending concept that is moisture wicking and tan through. The company’s products are made of lightweight mesh fabrics to minimize tan lines and a quick-dry material to keep the skin cool and dry.

In addition to their first product the Naked Sports Bras, the company now offers opaque and sheer golf shirts. All of their products are sourced and manufactured in New York City’s Garment District.

“Our company’s launch earlier this year kickstarted a frenzy of interest and requests for more tan-through items,” says co-founder and CEO Reilly Starr. “It was the best problem a start-up could have, so five months later, we now have five products to offer those looking to minimize horrid tan lines. “

“We are very excited to satisfy the interest of our fans with new products that are fun tie-dyed colors, sexy styles and most importantly, tan-through,” says Katie Sue Nicklos, co-founder and Chief Design Officer. “The challenge to transform traditional active wear into one of a kind tan-through active wear has been an innovative and rewarding experience.”

You can review their entire product line at the Naked Sports Gear website.

Bad Golf Weather No Longer a Problem With Nike Lunar Bandon

NIKE_LUNAR_BANDONGet ready to add another piece of equipment to your bad weather golf arsenal with the introduction of the new Nike Lunar Bandon golf shoe. The sportswear giant believes these new kicks can match whatever harsh weather a player might face on the golf course, while keeping their feet warm and dry. These new weatherproof golf shoes are designed for all elements – whether hot, dry, wet or soggy.

In creating the Nike Lunar Bandon, the company looked to add the ultimate in protection and playability for footwear under the most difficult conditions on the golf course. According to Nike Golf’s Footwear Product Director Lee Walker, “You have outerwear, all-weather gloves, and covers for your golf bag. We wanted to complement that with a shoe that works with the rest of your gear to protect while it performs. In some climates, if you waited for fair weather days, you wouldn’t have many options to get out and play. In the Lunar Bandon, golfers have a shoe that allows them to practice and play in any condition.”

For the past few years, golf shoe manufacturers and golf retailers have been looking to feed the public’s interest in footwear that doesn’t look or feel like regular golf shoes. Many of the latest shoe models have featured ultra lightweight, low profile shoes that place an emphasis on comfort and flexibility. Many of the games top stars now wear these types of low profile “slippers” including legends such as Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer. Ernie Els, winner of the 2012 Open Championship, has played many competitive tournaments recently wearing the casual street-style Callaway Del Mar golf shoe. “I can’t recommend them highly enough,” said Els. “You can basically put them on in the morning, drive to the golf course and walk straight on to the first tee.”

The Nike Lunar Bandon is an even less traditional golf shoe than the street-style shoes that Els wears. Featuring a bright, asymmetrical zipper across the top of the shoe, the Nike Lunar Bandon provides a waterproof shield and higher silhouette than traditional golf shoes to better exist with rain pants. The shoe utilizes an integrated traction design on the outsole that is engineered to help eliminate clogging and increase ground contact. It also offers speed lacing with a simple toggle to help the fastening process and a notched-out heal to maximize walking comfort.

The Nike Lunar Bandon will be available at retail stores starting in October with a minimum advertised price of $139. This type of bad weather shoe could be the next necessary component for golfers around the world.

Learn more about the Nike Lunar Bandon at their website.