I'm all for investing in the latest golf clubs,
especially if you haven't upgraded your woods, irons,
or wedges in a while. With so many performance
features in the new clubs, it's hard to argue against
the benefit of changing things up every few years, if
not more frequently. And that's especially true of
Did you know that some Tour pros change
wedges several times a season?
But, as we all know, none of this new equipment
will do any good without technique. Which (dare I
use the word) trumps just about any technological
advantage your playing partners may have on you.
Recently, I've been experimenting with the best
short game gadgets, and found that one of the best
is, indeed, one of the simplest to buy and
I'm talking about EyeLine Golf's Short Game
Targets, a set of three well-made rubber rings in
different colors that allow you to put some purpose
to your practice.
Talk to any short game specialist, and they will
tell you that visualization is one of the keys to
executing any shot around the green. If you think of
where you want to land the ball on the green, and
how you want it to roll towards the cup, your body is
more likely to allow you to hit the right shot. Too
often in practice, I found myself wasting time around
the green because I didn't have a shot or landing
point in mind. I started focusing on the short swing
and the contact, and paid the price when it came
time to execute on the course.
So I purchased a set of three ($29.95) at www.eyelinegolf.com. This
Colorado-based company makes far and away the
best short game tools on the market -- everything
from putting mirrors to "balls of steel" to
promote solid contact and accelearation in putting
(you've gotta try them too). The set consists of (3)
15-inch circles in different colors: Red, Yellow, and
Green. They are bright, easy to see, but I might
suggest that the green (even though it contrasts with
the color of a putting green) would be better if it was
in white or some other bright color. Small thing
though, for the most part these handy circular
objects are the best.
Placing them around the green I found I could
do a couple of things -- chip to the first one and set
the second one up as a landing zone. If the shot has
break, even better. Because by placing the landing
disc on the perfect line I really got into the groove of
my "spot" and adjusted my setup and
shot accordingly. I am getting better, and the Short
Game Targets are helping.
Another cool thing - the green I practice on can
get crowded at 5pm and by not needing the hole I
could practice effectively without having to worry
about others around me. And it looks like I know
what I'm doing -- that alone inspires confidence.
Eyeline Golf - thanks for being one of the good
companies in golf that makes a quality product, with
a purpose, at a reasonable price.
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