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Wearing a custom-made mouthpiece might be the added piece of equipment to improve your game by maximizing strength and power. That’s the opinion of Rob Charlton, a Canadian entrepreneur, whose company, New Age Performance, is marketing a molded mouthpiece that can enhance performance by properly aligning the jaw.According to Charlton, when the jaw is aligned perfectly, it results in increased strength, balance, flexibility, oxygen intake, range of motion and grind protection.
“This is such a huge item for golf,” Charlton says. “When you step up to swing your club, you’ve got to make sure your body is in alignment, your trajectory is good and you’ve got to keep your jaw straight and lock everything into position. The mouthpiece totally stabilizes the jaw and you’ve got more stability, more alignment and a greater chance of a perfect shot. If you don’t have body alignment and balance, your golf game isn’t going to be as great as it could be."
“You can put this in your mouth and go and hit balls and it’ll immediately tell you the difference. Without the mouthpiece, you hit it X amount of yards. With the mouthpiece, you hit X amount more yards. You have quantifiable measurements with stuff like that. Go to a driving range, go to some place that has a simulator and you’ll be able to see the difference immediately. It’s quantifiable and it’s instant. The difference is like night and day. That’s how drastic the line is drawn.”
Mouthpieces are not new – they’ve been used by professional athletes for years – but Charlton is convinced the prototypes his company is promoting are far superior to anything else on the market and affordable for the average consumer. There are two versions, a newer one that retails for less than $60 and the original one which costs less than $40.
Charlton had been using a mouthpiece he discovered at a trade show to increase his strength and endurance during workouts, when he decided to make some tweaks to the design to fit the six dimensions of the jaw. He started out with the 5DS and developed a 6DS, which prevents the jaw from sliding side to side utilizing a patented lateral stabilizer feature. The 5DS is geared more towards general physical fitness such as cardio and light training. The 6DS is more for intense workouts such as competitions dealing with time or increased weights. “If your balance is off, it could mean you don’t get the accuracy in your golf shot or you don’t get the power,” Charlton says. “The whole idea behind our mouthpiece is once you’ve got balance, your body becomes aligned, and once your body is aligned you’re able to perform better. It is not actually getting you stronger or giving you strength you never had, it’s unlocking the strength your body already has and allowing you to use it.
“It’s like if you drove your car and your front tires are out of alignment, how fast could you go? Not as fast as if it was properly aligned because your car has a lot of horsepower it’s not using. The mouthpiece is the same. You align your jaw and it aligns your shoulders, your hips, your knees and once that happens, it’s like aligning the tires in your car.”
For more information about the mouthpieces, visit www.newageperformance.com
Another exciting Masters is in the books. Massive drives, precise approaches, broken hearts and putting prowess were on full display at Augusta National. But if you’ve paid close attention to the tradition unlike any other throughout the years, there’s one thing you’ve probably noticed… Every Masters champ shares one thing in common: a masterful short game.
The humps and bumps of Augusta National demand imagination and perfection around the greens. Remember Tiger Woods’ epic chip-in on the par-3 16th in 2005 which catapulted him to his fourth green jacket? How about in 1987 when Larry Mize’s pitch shot on the par-4 11th found the bottom of the cup to beat Greg Norman in a playoff?
Mastering your short game will shave strokes off your round immediately, so is a few tips to help with three basic shots that will turn you into a master around the greens.
Best used when there’s a lot of real estate to cover and you need to get the golf ball rolling quickly, the bump-and-run is your safest choice around the greens. Here’s how to do it:
Use a lower-lofted club (like an 8- or 7-iron) and set up with your feet slightly open and close together. Keep your weight forward (this prevents you from falling back and catching it thin) and swing the golf club like stroking a putt (some golfers even use their putting grip). Next, pick a quarter-sized spot on or off the green where you need to land the ball and simply focus on hitting it to that point. It’s a shorter swing, so less can go wrong; think of it like a big putt.
When you need to get the golf ball up in the air yet travel a short distance, the pitch shot will be your best friend. Many golfers know pitch shots require less force, but they dial back power in the wrong way. Here’s how to hit the proper pitch:
Use a higher-lofted club (pitching wedge to lob wedge) and set up with your feet close together and square to the target. On the backswing, let your wrists hinge slightly so the handle stays close to your midsection. Keep your lower body fluid during pitch shots, so a little hip turn is ideal. On the downswing, let your arms pass in front of you and turn your lower body toward the target with your hips level; your hands and grip should finish almost in your left pocket (for right-handed players). Important to note, maintaining clubhead speed is key on this shot and you create it by releasing your hands, not by tugging the handle.
Minimal green to work with? Need to get the golf ball up fast and stopped quickly? Flop shots are the most difficult to pull off but the most useful in short-sided situations. Here’s how to hit a golf ball high and make it land – as David Feherty once said – like a butterfly with sore feet:
Use your highest lofted club (60- or 64-degree wedge) and set up with your feet close together. Open the clubface as much as you can (clubface to the sky) and shift your weight so the majority is on your front foot (around 80%; this is to avoid falling back, hitting up and thinning it over the green). On the backswing, hinge your wrists to keep the clubface open. On the downswing, maintain clubhead speed by releasing your hands; it’s important here to allow the clubface to pass the hands at impact. Be sure to practice this shot plenty before taking it to the course.
Nothing will sink a round quicker than poor play off the tee, so here are a few tips on gaining the distance and accuracy to ensure you’re setting the table for low scores.
Better Grip Pressure adds Distance & Accuracy
Did you know that grip pressure has a strong correlation to swing speed and can steal distance from every club in the bag? The key is don’t hold the club too loose or too tight. According to PGA Professional Patrick Brosnihan, you want your grip to be at a 4 on a scale of 0 – 10, with 0 being barely holding it and 10 being squeezing as tightly as you can. Some amateurs will want to grip to a 10 and re-grip during the back swing which actually ends up slowing your swing down. Try to keep grip pressure between a 4 and 5 throughout the entire swing.
More Power and Accuracy off the Tee
When hitting the driver one key component is always to keep your head straight, and avoid lifting up. If you have tried to prevent your head from lifting up, but are still having difficulty doing so, it can be due to your hips moving inward which will force your head to move upwards. If your hips move inward (toward the ball) and your head shifts upward it will also cause the face of to open, which leads to a slice. Here is a drill to help. Set up an object behind you on your hips, a golf bag for example, and take a few practice swings while maintaining contact with the bag. You should notice that now the low end of the spine and your hips are not moving inward. By keeping this spine angle it will prevent your head lifting up.
Fix Flying Elbows in Your Golf Swing
If you have flying elbows in your golf swing then this tip is for you! Reasons why your elbow could be sticking out are because your arms are reaching too far at address or your body is stagnate. Flying elbows can cause your right hand to disconnect from the left, which forces the player to “cast” the club to regain connection in the swing. A tip on improving this is to place a driving range basket between your arms and have your hands in clap formation in the address position. As you begin your back swing move the basket with your torso and keep the basket between your elbows. This will help your elbows be tighter, promoting a better takeaway and more simplified down swing. So get rid of those flying elbows!
With temperature gauges rising, golfers across America are starting to come out of hibernation. While getting your gear ready to go is a top priority, equally important is prepping your body.
Many teachers will tell you the golf swing actually starts well before you get to the course. Swinging a golf club is a very physical and violent action. To get your body firing properly you have to produce powerful movements, rotate strenuously around your spine, and put amazing amounts of pressure on joints, ligaments and tendons.
Stretching is vital to keeping your scores low and doctor bills lower. Developing a consistent routine before and after you tee off can greatly benefit your golf game and reduce muscle stiffness. What’s more, properly performing a handful of dynamic and static stretches on a daily basis will help increase your range of motion, boost power and ultimately reduce your handicap.
Here’s a warm-up routine to help you get limbered up and ready to play your best, pain-free golf...
Brisk Walk: Starting off nice and easy to get the juices flowing, take a brisk, three- to five-minute walk around the clubhouse, along the driving range, or to-and-from the 19th hole.
Supported Squats: Holding a short-iron over your head with your arms fully extended, squat down until your thighs are nearly parallel to the ground. Rise up and repeat 10 times.
Arm Swings: Standing tall with your arms at your side, slowly swing them back and forth across your body, repeating the motion for 30 seconds.
Trunk Rotation: Standing with your feet apart, place a club on your shoulders, bend your knees and waist slightly forward, and turn side-to-side. Bring the club directly in front of you each time for 15 to 20 rotations.
Side Bends: Holding a club on your shoulders, bend over to the left and right while keeping your torso straight. Hold for two seconds on each side and repeat the process eight to 10 times.
Standing Shoulder Stretch: Standing with your legs shoulder-width apart, bend from the waist and place both hands on the grip of your golf club. Lean forward, keeping your back flat, until you feel the stretch in your shoulders. Hold for 10 seconds repeating the motion three times.
Wrist Extensions: Extending your arm straight out, pull back your fingers until you feel a solid stretch in your lower forearm. Hold for 10 seconds and repeat twice for each wrist.
Regularly stretching will go a long way toward improving your skills and overall enjoyment of the game.
Philadelphia’s premier winter golf event returns to the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center on February 12th, 13th, and 14th courtesy of North Coast Golf Shows. Attendees will witness the east coast’s largest presentation of golf equipment, apparel, and accessories all under one roof.
Nearly 100 local and national golf resorts will be on-hand to offer special travel packages and golf vacations. In addition, there will be stage presentations, celebrity appearances, and the following activities:
- Manufacturers Demo Range
- Golfsmith Long Drive Championship
- Long Putt Challenge
- Free Lessons from Philadelphia Section PGA Professionals
Tickets cost $10 and can be purchased HERE.
On Friday only, all ladies receive FREE admission as part of the Valentine's promotion.
Since their first show in 1988 in Cleveland, North Coast Golf Shows has staged more than 200 golf shows and is considered to be the nation's premier golf show. In addition to a wide array of golf-related exhibit booths and displays, each show features a host of skills competitions, stage presentations and one of a kind ball-striking activities.
You wouldn't walk onto the course with a hat that's too small or a club that's too long, but have you ever thought about how well your golf ball fits you? Savor the peace of mind and confidence that comes from playing with the right golf ball by learning about the four basic types, and finding the one that corresponds to your game qualities like handicap and swing speed.
Two-Piece Golf Ball Cross SectionFirst up on the tee is the two-piece golf ball, engineered for a casual round for fun rather than competition. With a large inner core and cover, it has great durability and distance with every shot. Because of the soft feel of the club face, fast initial ball speed, and flight consistency, all manufacturers have a two-piece ball in their line. Two-piece golf balls are best for golfers with a handicap of 15-36 with a swing speed in the range of 70-85 mph, not for tour players because of their softness. If you would like to get a feel for a few on a hole or two before committing to one ball for the whole course, you can try a sample pack of the newest two-piece offerings from Titleist,Callaway, Srixon, and Nike, TaylorMade
Three-Piece Surlyn Golf Ball Cross SectionThree-piece golf ball with a Surlyn cover are crafted with a bit more engineering technology and higher-end materials to create better workability off the club face and overall game improvement. The trio of parts, an inner core, outer mantle, and cover, play off of each other to combine durability with feel and control. Meant for handicaps of 8-18, three-piece Surlyn golf balls desire a swing speed of 80-90 mph. The reason is that you need to generate enough swing speed to compress the ball in order to get all three layers really working for you.
Three-Piece Urethane Elastomer Golf Ball Cross SectionThe other three-piece golf ball in the market place is the Urethane Elastomer variety. The Pro V1, B330, Z-Star and other advertise shot consistency and performance, and spinning (although at the cost of durability) because of its soft urethane cover. With a solid inner core, outer casing, and thin urethane cover, this category of golf balls showcase greenside control, tour-grade performance and distance, flight consistency, steep angle of descent, short-iron control, and long-iron distance. Three-piece urethane golf balls have a swing speed of 90-105 mph for handicaps of 0-10.
Four-Piece Golf Ball Cross SectionThe four-piece golf ball with a urethane cover is cut out for the golfer with an above-tour-level swing speed or someone that has an unusally high ball flight. With a dual core, casing, and the same type of cover as the three-piece urethane ball, its minimal dimples limit the amount of spin, improving distance and playability. You can have a ball with deep, down-range peak trajectory, exceptional distance, steep angle of descent, and flight consistency that comes with this quartet. Only for handicaps of 0-5, four-piece urethane golf balls typically require a swing speed of 105+ mph.
Whether it's a two, three, or four-piece, with a Surlyn or urethane cover, you should love your ball to pieces. Lost Golf Balls can help couple you with a ball that's right on the money.
Jamie Sadlowski is a two-time Long Drive Champion. He can drive the ball of 400+ yards!Needless to say, he knows a thing or two about hitting a golf ball. Here is a good inside-out tip on the swing. Hopefully it will get you hitting straighter and farther shots.