GHQ Lesson Tee: Get Out of the Sand

GHQ Lesson Tee: Get Out of the Sand

One of the toughest shots for the amateur is hitting out of a bunker/sand trap. A big reason is because you just don’t practice that shot very often. Unless you belong to a club with a practice short game area there aren’t a lot of public courses that contain a practice bunker. And with how booming golf is currently and how packed the courses are, you probably don’t have much time to drop 3 or 4 balls in the greenside trap on #4 without the group behind you jamming tees into your voodoo doll and damning you straight to hell....

The Curious Case of Anthony Kim

The Curious Case of Anthony Kim

The name Anthony Kim rings a bell with most golf fans and then is often paired with the “oh yeah, whatever happened to him” response. Most remember his incredible performance in the 2008 Ryder Cup at Valhalla, his flamboyant and shiny belt buckles, and his swashbuckling style that quickly made him one of the best players in the game in a very short time. Then as we reminisce, we remember it ended just as quickly as it began. Kim turned in pro in 2006 after playing 3 years at the University of Oklahoma. He tied for 2nd in his pro...

“Why Do I Hit My 3-Wood Better Than My Driver?”

“Why Do I Hit My 3-Wood Better Than My Driver?”

Three of the most popular questions I get asked as a swing coach are “How do I hit it farther, how do I take my range swing to the golf course, and why do I hit my 3-wood better than my driver?” If I had a dime for each time I heard these questions I’d be writing this blog from my Malibu beach house with a $20,000 pen on $500 paper. There’s a few reasons as to why the average player is more consistent and more successful with their fairway wood over their driver, and I’m gonna hit ya with...

Father & Son In-Cink

Father & Son In-Cink

Sometimes what was meant to be a temporary situation or something just for fun ends up being a successful, long-term solution. Thus is the case with the Cink’s. Stewart and son Reagan have formed a dynamic duo that was intended to be a one or two-off. Reagan looped the bag for dad at the first event of the 2020-2021 wrap around season back in September, the Safeway Open. Stewart won that by 2 strokes shooting 65-65 on the weekend. That was Cink’s first win since the 2009 Open Championship, where he broke everyone’s hearts by beating a surging 60 year...

Long Live Langer

Long Live Langer

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. This is Christmas for golf. This is Masters Week. In the north and Midwest this is the unofficial start to our golf season. And as blessed as we were to enjoy the event just 5 months ago in November, this just feels right. We return to the 2nd week in April. We return to the reds and pinks of the azaleas. The patrons also return. As does Bernhard Langer. I truly believe in the term “horses for courses.” No matter what condition a player’s game is in, when they step on a...

3 Speeds. 3 Drivers

3 Speeds. 3 Drivers

There’s extra-stiff, stiff, regular, and light…or senior flex. We know these as the different shaft flexes offered in golf clubs. Most notably everyone wants to talk shaft flex when it comes to their driver, and everyone wants to talk their swing speed when it comes to selecting a flex. Sure that is an important variable, but that’s not all there is. Shafts come in different weights with different torques, kick points, and bend profiles. I can hand a player 4 stiff flex shafts and they may all be different. Ernie Els and Rickie Fowler both have a swing speed of...

Golf in a Pandemic: 1 Year Later

Golf in a Pandemic: 1 Year Later

This week marks one year since we realized that this pandemic was something serious and our world was about to change. I was on a buddies golf trip to St. Augustine and just a few miles from our condo they cancelled play after 36 holes at The Players Championship. We sat there playing cards, drinking cocktails, and listening to the TV. That TV, along with alerts on our phones, seemed to come through with a new virus related report or story every 5 minutes. Tom Hanks had it. The NBA and NHL postponed their seasons. All hell was breaking loose....

Is Distance Really an Issue?

Is Distance Really an Issue?

We’ve heard about golf’s battle on distance for 20 years now. We heard about Augusta National “Tiger Proofing” the course after Mr. Woods tore it up in 1997 by hitting pitching wedges into par 4’s and 6 irons into par 5’s. All that simply meant was stretching the holes and moving the tee boxes back to make it longer. The USGA has already set a limit on the size of a driver (460 cc), the length of a driver (48”) and they’ve limited the “trampoline effect” off the face as well (Characteristic time 257). Jack Nicklaus has gone on record...

GHQ Classroom: How to Spot a Fake Scotty Cameron (Revisited)

GHQ Classroom: How to Spot a Fake Scotty Cameron (Revisited)

This post was originally published last June. This is the time of year for trade-ins and people upgrading to new equipment so use this as a handy guide to identify that often duplicated, counterfeit Scotty putter.  For the most part, the government has cracked down on counterfeit items being sold on third party sites like Ebay and Mercari, but they are still out there, just in smaller quantities. In fact, the seller will sometimes state that the product is a fugazi (fake), like a jersey or handbag, in lieu of passing it off for authentic. That is not the case...

Golf Glossary: What Does That Mean?

Golf Glossary: What Does That Mean?

This isn’t where I tell you what a birdie means or what a bunker is. Chances are you already know that or you wouldn’t be reading this blog. But I am here to help you break down what some of the more tech terms are when it comes to golf equipment and getting fit or finding your next club; because that’s the side I come from and I use a lot of these terms in the blog and our website in product descriptions. You have certainly probably heard of all of these, and some you maybe were never quite sure...