Yearly Archives: 2013

Golf Training Aids

Every golfer is looking for that golf training aid to improve their game. You can hire a pro instructor or go back to the old standby of practice, practice and more practice.. However, we can’t all afford professional help so we go alternatives for help. Such as acquiring an inexpensive driving net.. I have one that is under $100, easy to set up and takes very little space. This is a real benefit and allows for convenient practice without having to drive to the driving range. This is a good investment, give it some thought.

Another excellent training aid is the practice mat. I have two and they usually cost under $25. One has a level hitting area and the other offers two options, one level and the other is of the fairway or rough makeup. This gives you the opportunity to hit from different lays. Both these mats come with different size tees for variety. Set these in front of your net and your all set for a good round of practice. You can use your driver, irons or wedges. Please visit for all of your backyard golf practice mat needs.

What if you live in a cold climate area and none of the above is appropriate for the conditions. Well, I purchased a swing trainer called the “Groovie” which you can use indoors throughout the winter months.

Golf Tips to Improve Your Swing at the Driving Range

It’s hard to find time to practice you golf game when life gets in the way. And the million dollar question is, even if you can find the time to practice golf are you sure the practicing the correct things to improve your golf game?

Here are a few golf tips to help you make the most of your time at the driving range.

1) Identify Your Weaknesses and Practice That Aspect Of your Game. One of the biggest mistakes golfers make when practicing – is that they practice what they are good at. I’m guilty of this myself and it’s easy to understand. When I’m pounding the ball off of the tee, but putting poorly — It’s much more fun to drive a bucket of balls off of the golf mats, strike a pose and watch the ball sail a few hundred yards rather than head down to the putting green and get depressed missing a pile of four-footers.

2) Now that you have determined what it if that you want to practice you have to you need to determine practice drills that will help. I also like to come up with goals that indicate success. For example I’ll pledge not to leave the practice green until I make 8 out of ten putts from without leaving a putt short. This is where professional golf instruction will pay off – have your golf pro give you specific drills to work on during your practice session and keep a golf practice journal to chart your progress as well as struggles. One of the worst things you can do is practice in ignorance – you could actually be practicing and reinforcing your swing faults.

3) Practice at Home – Ask your instructor for golf drills that you can do at home (inside or in your backyard). Some drills can even be done without a club or ball (core weight transfer drills, one piece takeaway,…) There are some great golf practice mats available today that make it easy to work on your short game in the backyard to help develop touch around the green.

4) Practice at the office – If you have a casual office atmosphere, see if you can get an office putting green. We have a putt off every day we can at my office and chart the results on a calendar for all to see. The putts are 6-foot and in and usually we keep the putting mat flat. You wouldn’t believe the pressure – great practice for the real thing.

A Beginner’s Guide to Golf Clubs

Golf is one of the best sports around. It is relaxing yet challenging, steeped in tradition yet always changing with new golf courses and club technology. For these reasons, along with the initial cost of buying good golf clubs, taking on golf as a beginner can be a very daunting task. One of the first things beginner golfers should learn is about the different types golf clubs. After all, choosing the best club for a shot is a big part of golf game success. Let’s take a step-by-step look at the different types golf clubs we see on the course.

So, you’ve finally made it to a golf course to play your first round of golf. You’ve acquired a set of clubs, and you step up to the first tee. Now what? Well, now it is time for a driver. A driver is a long-shafted club with a full head used to hit a ball off the tee. The club head aims to achieve maximum distance, so there will not be much lift when you swing it. Club heads are limited in size, but many popular models feature ‘oversized’ club heads that approach the legal size limits set by the USGA. Oversized drivers are often a good choice for beginning golfers, because they can give you a long, straight shot even if you do not hit the ball just right. The ability of a golf club to straighten and elongate bad shots is called ‘forgiveness’. Many brand name drivers can cost anywhere from $200 to $400. However, sometimes good drivers can be bought at a discount if you find the right sale, or you can purchase a used driver. For great discounts on brand name driver clubs, see our driver pricing information. We even have cheap drivers that are under $100, perfect for beginners!

Fairway Woods

Fairway woods a similar to drivers. They are basically drivers that provide different trajectories. This trajectory is often called ‘loft’. Basically, the higher the ball goes in the air, the more loft it has. Fairway woods are a misnomer of sorts because they, like all other golf clubs, are usually made out of metal. The name ‘wood’ is just a reference to the old days, when these golf clubs were actually made out of wood.

Fairway woods come with different numbers associated with them, which indicates the amount of loft. Starting at two (the driver counts as the one wood), fairway woods can go up as far as eight and nine, but these higher numbered fairway woods are not as common. The higher the number wood, the more loft the golf club provides. For example, a three wood will hit a ball lower and longer than a five wood, which will hit a ball higher and shorter. Fairway woods can be used for shots from (you guessed it) the fairway, or from off the tee instead of a driver, for a more accurate tee shot. A beginner wood set would normally consist of a three, five and seven wood, and cost somewhere in the range of $150 to $300 dollars. At Total Golf Clubs, we feature fairway woods for all budgets, everything from discount fairway woods, which won’t break your budget, all the way up to the brand name fairway woods you know and love.