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Junior Golf: Hello Girls-Speed Wins!

In this Friday Flop Shot we’re looking at speed. There are some places where speed gets a bad rap, but in golf, including junior golf, speed is a big deal and more speed is better.

If, Dad and Mom, you watch enough golf events: junior golf, high school golf, elite junior golf and college golf, you’ll see some truths emerge.

Example for high school upperclassmen and college boys/men, if their drives average about 280-285 yards, they are able to be competitive in a tournament.

Guess what young women, it’s different for you. The girls who hit their drivers the farthest have the best chance to win an event. Too many young ladies/girls just can’t get the ball far enough down the fairway to seriously compete.

This makes sense. If Judy consistently hits her drives 25 yards farther than most of her competition, she’s pretty much hitting 3 clubs less. She can hit a 9-iron and the rest are hitting a 6 or 7-iron. Who, over the 18 holes, has the better chance of getting the ball closer to the pin? Certainly, it’s Judy.

How does your girl increase her swing speed? Let’s skip the obvious multi-faceted reasons and go to speed training and only speed training. Parents, the math is: if the ball is hit in the sweet spot of the club, every 1mph increase in speed results in an additional 2.5 yards. So an increase of 10mph yields 25 more yards, yes indeed!

Our good friend, Michael Romatowski’s speed training is taking off like wildfire, speed fire! Linda, S3 and I are attending his classes and increasing our swing speeds and it’s a blast! Our collegiate golfer below has reached her goal of 100mph.  She has gained 11mph of clubhead speed. The point is folks most everybody can gain 5-10%. The math for an 80mph swing is: 5% of 80 is 4mph increase x 2.5 yards per mph=10 yards farther! 10% of 80 is 8mph x 2.5 yards=20 more yards!

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How do Mom and Dad followup? Stay tuned to this post because I’ll have much more about Michael’s innovative speed training in the near future. Follow Michael Romatowski on Facebook. Plan a vacation to San Antonio and attend some of his classes. Ask your PGA swing coach to get in touch with Michael.

Some of his regular attendees are a PGA Tour winner, a current PGA Latin American Tour player, a former World Long Drive Champion, a current World Long Drive Competitor and countless local golfers who want to improve their golf game.

Like so much we post, this stuff is real, it works! Please consider taking some action.

See you on #1 tee with a faster swing speed… Sam

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Junior Golf: What Is Bubba’s New Golf Ball?

In today’s Monday Mulligan we will take a look at Bubba Watson and his new golf ball that he is playing. Bubba is all about having fun while he creates his amazing golf shots. (image jennleforge.com)image

So on January 3, 2017, golf ball manufacturer Volvik announced they had signed Bubba to play their ball. OK, some of you are saying who or what is a Volvik golf ball? And I’m right there with you. The 1st time I saw a Volvik ball was a couple of years ago when I found one on the golf course. It was a matte finish crystalline-looking ball and I have no idea what I did with it. Not being familiar with it I had no pressing desire to play it.

The top players are always looking for ways to improve their games and Bubba wants to add a fun factor as well. In his own statement, Bubba said he became interested in the balls because they were used by the guys in the Long Drive Championship and with great success. So Bubba, as if he needs more distance with his driver, got some Volvik balls and started hitting them on the range and liked them. And better yet, Volvik makes balls in a bunch of different colors and finishes.

I’ll give you 1 guess what color Bubba is looking for. Hot pink of course! The story goes that the Volvik S4 ball which is what Bubba would play is only available in white. Well, Bubba is really wanting to play a pink ball so Volvik apparently found a few dozen for him and is now considering making a run of pink S4’s for Bubba. And Bubba wants a pink golf ball because? He says it would make the game even more fun. And he likes the feel and flight of the S4’s.

What is the next step for Dad and Mom? 1st and foremost , if you have not done so in the last 90 days, have your son’s swing speed checked. It will change as he gets bigger and stronger and it is necessary to know his speed in order to buy the correct golf balls.

Now, having his swing speed, proceed to Volvik.com and look around the site. It is user friendly and all the colorful golf balls make it fun just looking around. After you have cruised the site a bit, select the Ball Fitting tab. This is a logical, clear path toward selecting some proper golf ball options for your son. It is good!

My toughest choice was the color. Different eyes see colors differently. The blues, reds and dark pinks are hard for me to see. White is easiest, but I would enjoy playing with a color other than white. Not sure what color I’ll end up with, but I must be able to see it easily.

Perhaps it’s no problem for you or your son, but remember that the pros have caddies, forecaddies, marshals and fans to help them find their golf balls. Your son on nearly every shot has only himself and perhaps every now and then a group member to help find his ball. The easier it is for his eyes to see his golf ball, the better. Try some different colors. Let him choose several and go along with his choice. There is a definite fun factor with colored golf balls. Help your son increase his fun factor, go with those young eyes!

See you on #1 tee with a fun-looking golf ball… Sam

Junior Golf: The Right Ball-Better Golf

In this Friday Flop Shot we will discuss the positive difference that the correct golf ball can make in your son’s game. The right ball equals better golf and here’s why.img_0106-1

It was perhaps 6 months ago that Ryan Moore began playing considerably better on the PGA Tour. Something changed and he was finishing in the top tier, even top 5 or top 10 in almost every event. What’s going on? It turns out that 1 of the golf announcers, I can’t recall if it was Johnny Miller, Nick Faldo or who said, “He (Ryan Moore) has made some equipment changes and is now playing a ball which he is more comfortable with, and it is a better fit for his game and the golf ball is every golfer’s most important piece of equipment.” Wow, great stuff! (photo offcoursegolf.com)

I don’t know his previous ball but I think Ryan changed to Titleist Pro V1 or Pro V1x. Look at his record for the last few months including his dramatic Ryder Cup final round victory. The right ball makes a huge difference for the pros and it will for your son too.

Growing up there were Titleist, Maxfli/Dunlap, Wilson, Spaulding and a few other brands I can’t recall. I always loved Titleist, in fact if I wasn’t playing a Titleist I didn’t really feel like I was playing golf. In high school we jokingly called ourselves “Titleist snobs!” Yes, Titleist was that dominant during the 1960’s. There weren’t any lady’s or youth balls and you just played what felt good. We had no idea of our swing speeds or anything else, we just played what we could afford. I can’t tell you how many times we bought used golf balls from guys who were picking them out of hazards…for like
10 cents each or 3 for a quarter.

Today of course, there are golf balls for ladies, juniors, for any player young or old with a fast or slow swing speed. How do you find the proper ball for your junior golfer? Beginner to intermediate should be trying 2-piece or 3-piece balls if they even still make them. Read the box. Go with slower swing speed balls for 105 mph speeds or less or 95 mph or less. Basically, the younger your son, the slower his swing speed.image

Stick with the name brands like Titleist, Bridgestone, Callaway, Nike, Taylormade and Srixon. Golf ball marketers change the names and designations of their balls all the time. It’s impossible to keep up with so you must read the labels. Unless your son is breaking 80 and has a swing speed of 105mph or higher, you will benefit him more if you buy the lower to mid-price balls. Titleist NXT Tour or Velocity are excellent. Bridgestone e5, e6 or e7 are good for swing speeds of 85-95 mph. Callaway has some balls in their Hex and Supersoft lines that would work. Srixon has some Soft Feel balls as well as their Q-Star ball that your son could try. I have a good friend who plays Taylormade balls and loves them. And don’t forget Nike. Their RZN balls have been favorites of S3 and mine for some time. The Speed Red or Speed White is great for me and S3’s swing speed requires the RZN Tour balls. (photo GolfWRX)

The bottom line is that your son must like his golf ball. And the 1st thing he must like about it is how the ball feels coming off the club face. This list of balls will get you started on a solid path. Have fun!

See you on #1 tee loving your golf ball… Sam

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