The advantage of Custom Fit Golf Clubs

We can have a love-hate relationship with our golf clubs at the best of times. It is easy to blame a bad shot on them, and it is easy to place all the praise on your new $700 purchase when you hit a good shot. But is this the best way to get the most out of your game?

Getting clubs that are custom fit to you is so much more than just getting the most distance out of your driver (although that is a big perk). It is also making sure that we stay within the "Goldilocks" zones when looking at launch angle and spin rate. (Remember that storybook take with the too cold, too hot, and just right porridge?)

Why is this so important?

Your personal launch monitors

Improve your swing! Both Burnaby Mountain and Riverway are offering ES15 launch monitors on their ranges! You will be able to measure your distance, ball speed, spin rate, smash factor and club speed for each shot. If you wish to analyze your swing's DNA, come check out our innovative new launch stalls! Easy to use with instant feedback - 15 minutes for only $6.00 (tax included). By connecting your smart device to the ES15 through Bluetooth, you will also have access to the free app and can record your session, save and analyze your data. Come and check it out! 

Watch this video to see for yourself on how easy this machine is to use!

Where golf can take you by Rachel Maruno

I’ve taken a lot of golf lessons in my life, but, the first lesson I ever took was a Burnaby Mountain Golf Course.  Growing up and living across the street from the course, much of my time was spent there; playing, practicing, and even working in the pro shop.  I was fortunate to receive support from both the Senior Men’s and Women’s clubs which I’m grateful for as golf has opened many doors for me. 

Chipping Drill: Landing Zones

Find a hole that is 10 paces on the green.
Place 5 golf balls in a line away from the target. Space each golf ball one yard apart.
Chip each golf ball with your PW and log your results.
Setup the golf balls in the same way, put place a towel 5 steps from the pin (Half way between the flag and the edge of the green).
Chip each golf ball with your highest lofted golf club. Each ball must land past the towel.

Scoring
Birdie: Ball finishes within 6 feet of the pin

Par: Ball finishes within 9 feet of the pin

Bogey: Ball finishes outside 9 feet of the pin
OR the golf ball did not land past the towel

Track your score, and try and beat your personal best! Remember the fastest way to lower your scores is to hone in your short game!

Chipping Drill: High - Medium - Low

Hone in your short game with this quick and easy drill that will track your progress. Start by chipping 3 balls to the same target, with 3 different clubs.

• The first ball, is hit with your highest lofted hybrid.
• The second ball, is hit with your Pitching Wedge.
• The third ball, is hit with your highest lofted wedge.

 

Score as follows:

• Score a Birdie if your ball finishes within 6 feet of the pin.
• Score a Par if your ball finishes within 9 feet of the pin.
• Score a Bogey if it finishes outside of 9 feet of the pin

Practice Drills: Hazard Play and understanding your shot pattern

Hazard Play

Using the poles at the end of the range as your guide, try and hit the golf ball as close to the line as possible without going right. Everything hit to the right would be considered in the hazard. Hit 1 shot with every club in the bag and track your results.

Scoring

Birdie (green)
Ball lands between the selected pole, and one to the left

Par (Yellow)
Land the ball between 1 and 2 poles left of the selected pole

Bogey (red)
Land the ball more than 2 poles left of the selected pole, or right of the selected pole

Repeat with the same rules, but reversed (must land to the right of a selected pole)

Practice Drill: Putting

Breaking Putts: The High/Low Drill
High and Low: Start with one golf ball 20 feet from the hole. Place a tee 2/3 of the distance between the ball and the hole on the line you think the ball should take to get to the hole.

 

Practice Drills: Pitching Control

Pitching Control

Hit 3 shots to each flag on the driving range.

1. On your first shot, try and hit the ball as close to the target as possible without having the ball stop short.

2. On your second shot, try and hit the ball as close to the target as possible without having the ball stop long.

3. On your third shot try and hit the ball as close to the target as possible.

The next step is to log your efforts. This is how you will be able to find out which ball ended up the closest to the three targets. The most proven way to lower your scores is to hone in your short game. Everyday is a good day to visit the Driving Range to improve your skills!

 

Enhance your performance this winter

Shield the weather and stay connected to the golf club with Rain and Winter Gloves

Rain Gloves: With quick-dry knit material along the back of the hand and fingers, assures optimum breathability, flexibility and quick-drying comfort. The knit palm provides an unmatched grip in wet or humid conditions, conforming to both your hand and clbu for a sercure grip and maximum control


Winter Gloves: The water resistant grip palm provides a soft feel and consistent fit with a secure grip during cool weather conditions. The extended knit cuff keeps whe warmth in and the cold out. With a waterproof structured nylon and weather-sheild foam fleece on the back of the glove which helps retain warmth and resists the cold.

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