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Short Game Strong

Posted by Ryan C. Erxleben on Oct 15, 2018 4:21:43 PM
Home, sweet, Sarasota.

I have successfully made a move south to Sarasota Florida, my new home until May 2019. As an Up North Michigander, there are quite a few differences in the way I play golf down here in Florida. One of the main differences is the type of grass in which I play on. Up North, most courses are bent, and ryegrass, down South most of the grass, is Bermuda. This grass change has the most significant effect on the way the golf club interacts with the ground in your short game. Therefore, we’re going to make sure your short game is up to date with all of the best tips and techniques.

Short Game Rules
Ball Position: Middle.
Weight: Stay on your lead side.
Keep hands, forearms, & shoulders tension free
Keep your arms in a V at address, in the backswing, at impact, and in your follow through.
Keep the clubface square to the golf ball in the backswing, and square to the target never allowing the clubface to close.

These tips are for general stock shots.

Each club in your bag has a different loft, for example, most players I see have three wedges in their bag. Typically a 50, 54, 58, or a Gap Wedge, Sand Wedge, Lob Wedge. Each of these wedges has a different loft which will affect the height, trajectory, and spin.

There are also variables on the course that will affect the height, trajectory, and spin of the golf ball.

When the ball is in the fairway or on the fringe, we call that a “tight” lie as the golf ball is not sitting up. This is a situation where you have the option to produce a lot of backspin and stopping power; therefore you can fly the golf ball in the air close to your target.

When the golf ball is in the rough or long grass, there are multiple lie options. The golf ball can be sitting down in the grass, and sitting up on top of the green. Both of these options are going to produce a shot with less spin as the golf ball is not making direct contact with the clubface at impact, there is grass in between them.

Now that we have a general understanding of some different variables let's look at how to execute the shots you need around the greens!

Higher Softer Shot:
Club Options: 58, 60, Lob Wedge
Ball Position: Forward of Center
Loft: Most
Follow Through: High, Making sure to follow through with the clubface pointing to the sky
Spin: Greatest Amount, Least amount of roll
Lie: Rough

Standard “Stock” Shot:
Club Options: 54, 56, Sand Wedge
Ball Position: Middle
Loft: Medium
Follow Through: Medium, Making sure to follow through with the clubface pointing to the sky
Spin: Medium Amount, Little bit of Roll
Lie: Rough, Tight Lie

Bump and Runt:
Club Options: 50, 52, Pitching Wedge, 9 Iron
Ball Position: Behind Center
Loft: Least
Follow Through: Short
Spin: Least Amount, Most Roll
Lie: Rough, Tight Lie

Medium Height Spinner:
Club Options: 54, 56, 58, 60, Sand Wedge, Lob WedgeBall Position: Slightly Behind Center / Slightly Open Club Face
Loft: Medium
Follow Through: Short
Spin: Most
Lie: Tight Lie

The top picture shows more loft (higher shot), the middle image shows a stock standard loft (medium shot), and the bottom photo shows less loft, with more roll (lower shot).

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Cheers!
Ryan
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Club Face & Starting Line Awareness

Posted by Ryan C. Erxleben on Sep 10, 2018 4:14:17 PM

As we enter into the fall season here in Michigan… the rain, the wind, and the cold are all reminding us that winter is on its way. But, and as of today, there is still plenty of sun and golf to  play before the flurries.

Today let's talk about the club face and how OptiShot Golf’s technology can help players of all abilities play better golf, specifically by controlling the club face and starting direction of the golf ball. If you have watched any of the PGA or LPGA tours lately, you’ll quickly notice there are different body physiques which result in different styles of how to swing the golf club. Although most of the look slightly different, they all have at least two things in common … a square clubface & a golfball that starts on the target line they choose!

These tour players have excellent club face awareness and understand the ballflight laws of the golf ball. What I love most about the Optishot technology is the ability to measure whether the club face is open or closed, and the starting line of the golf ball.

Here are some general tips to help you tighten up your shots by training on on your OptiShot at home:

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You Asked: How Do I Play Better Golf

Posted by Ryan C. Erxleben on Aug 21, 2018 10:24:05 AM

Welcome back! 

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Topics: putting, BallFlight, golfsimulator, golf, swing, club face, golf tips, better golf, golf swing, golf simulator, The Club House, team optishot, ask a pro, golf pro, pinpointgolf, blog, ball position, Insider, optishot golf, pro tips, optishot tips

Playing Into The Wind

Posted by Ryan C. Erxleben on Jul 17, 2018 10:22:35 AM

Hey, golfers -- hope all is well!

With the OPEN Championship right around the corner, I’d like to spend some time sharing how to play your best golf in dry, windy conditions.

Let's start at the tee box with a roaring wind rushing into your face. Hint: the driver is not always the play! There. I said it. Many club companies are developing driving irons, and strong lofted driving metals, to help increase ball speeds and decrease spin and loft. 

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Putting in Clutch

Posted by Ryan C. Erxleben on Jun 19, 2018 4:32:55 PM

Hey guys, hope all is well, and you’ve been out on the course working on your game!

I recently spent some time looking at Brooks Koepka and what it took for him to win the U.S. Open. Everyone is hitting it farther, straighter, and more consistent yet; there is only one winner eachweek on the PGA and LPGA Tours. The players who are winning at the professional and amateur levels have a few things in common, one of them being the fact that they make putts -- clutch putts.

Koepka was coming down the stretch make a 45ft plus putt to save par and made many 6-10ft putts to either save par or avoid a double bogey. Let's take a look at a great putting drill to solidify your stroke, and make more putts!

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The next generation of golf simulators has arrived.

Posted by Ryan C. Erxleben on Jun 4, 2018 4:12:13 PM

Pro Golfer and instructor, Ryan C. Erxleben takes his game indoors and out, with OptiShot's latest addition to the lineup: BALLFLIGHT.

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Topics: golfsimulator, golf, swing, club face, golf tips, better golf, golf swing, golf simulator, The Club House, team optishot, ask a pro, golf pro, blog, ball position, Insider, optishot golf, pro tips, optishot tips, BallFlight

The Best of Both Worlds

Posted by Ryan C. Erxleben on May 8, 2018 3:49:23 PM
Taking training time to the course, and the course to your training.

 

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Five Ways to Improve Your Practice

Posted by Ryan C. Erxleben on Apr 25, 2018 1:45:55 PM

Spring has sprung ... at least it seems to have finally arrived here in the mitten. As we enter the official "golf season" I thought I'd throw out some of the tips I use to drop my scores on the greens.

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Topics: golfsimulator, golf, swing, club face, golf tips, better golf, golf swing, golf simulator, The Club House, team optishot, ask a pro, golf pro, pinpointgolf, blog, ball position

OptiShot® Introduces BallFlight™

Posted by OptiShot Golf on Apr 17, 2018 4:17:49 PM

New simulator offers trio-tracking technology to provide intuitive club and ball data.

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Topics: golfsimulator, golf, swing, club face, golf tips, better golf, golf swing, golf simulator, The Club House, team optishot, ask a pro, golf pro, pinpointgolf, blog, ball position, optishot tips, pro tips, optishot golf, Insider

No Off Season

Posted by Hannah Pietila on Apr 12, 2018 12:24:01 PM
Why an indoor golf simulator?

To this, I say: "why not?"

For many, seasonal climates and unpredictable weather patterns can create a challenge for training your swing outdoors. Fortunately, indoor golf simulators offer an opportunity to keep your game on point, even when the weather is less than cooperative.

So how do you make the most out of your "simulation experience?" Easy: focus on one data point at a time -- quality not quantity

One common mistake golfers make when playing indoor golf is to focus on all the data thrown at them after each shot. While it is good to have an understanding of each data point and its effect on your shot, it can also be quite overwhelming. When training, I leverage the focusing on a target number and creating an upper and lower boundary, a.k.a. "the green zone."

The result? A more focused training experience on my OptiShot.

Once I am consistently hitting shots in the green zone, I move to my next data point, keeping the previous "zone" in mind. This makes it easier to improve your experience and find "quick wins" for your performance.

Golf is a game of confidence, it's crucial to build that up on every shot. When hitting on a simulator, you have the ability (and blessing) of hitting everything off the same lie. The key is to use this to your advantage. By focusing on hitting the same shot, off the same lie, the opportunity to build your confidence grows for that same shot on the course.

The consistency of a good golf mat will allow your body to relax and be more focused to hit the tough shots you need to during your training time.

Call it baby steps, or training tips, ultimately the goal of becoming confident in any shot is just a few more swings away.
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