The Club House

Learning the Game

Posted by Ryan C. Erxleben on Dec 10, 2018 5:10:21 PM
Some say golf is a game where experience matters most. A game where lessons are learned, friendships are rekindled, and lifelong memories are made.

Many golfers learn from similar experiences...
"Do I lay up here?"
"Can I really carry the water at 260?"
“I know I can hit a high pull cut around this tree to carry to carry that pond.”
Yet.. we rush to retailers to buy a new club or a new golf ball, or a new training aid to lower our scores when in reality, the best tool of the trade is your own experiences: hit more golf balls and learn your own tendencies.

Whether you are a PGA/LPGA Professional or you are a 15 handicap the goal is the same, how do I get better at getting that small white golf ball in the hole? The answer is rather simple -- and even more affordable.

There are many ways to achieve success on the golf course: hire a swing coach, play more golf, attend a clinic, or practice, practice, practice. TIME Magazine published an article on learning and stated, “anytime a student learns, he or she has to bring in two kinds of prior knowledge: knowledge about the subject at hand and knowledge about how learning works.”

To indeed change a swing flaw, (which we all have), one must understand why the golf ball is doing what it's doing, understanding how to fix it.

Here's where I can make a pretty reliable (and affordable) recommendation: The OptiShot 2 swing pad.

The OptiShot 2 swing pad is a swing coach, a simulator, a training aid, and unlimited on course play, and access to challenging the best in the game in online tournaments. All this for less than $300. And the best part? I am offering a free Swing Analysis and free 30 Minute Lesson to answer any and all golf questions to help you on your way to play your best golf.

The OS2 swing pad offers a variety of data points, the key points being the club path and club face. After we complete your swing analysis and lesson, you will have an understanding as to how to hit straighter shots while becoming more efficient and consistent. The swing pad will continue to provide you the instant feedback necessary to improve while in the comfort of your own home!

If you have questions about your own setup, space requirements, custom buildouts, or how we can help you become part of the OptiShot family, please send me an email at ryan@optishotgolf.com, and I would be happy to help.

I look forward to working with you, helping you win club championships, lower your handicap, and take your best friends lunch money.

Until then, cheers!
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The Match: Tiger vs. Phil

Posted by Ryan C. Erxleben on Nov 21, 2018 4:23:42 PM
Tis the season of Turkey, deep discounts and ... golf? That's right, the great game of golf gave us one more sport to fit in between the stuffing, pumpkin pie and festivities this weekend. It's finally here: The Match - Tiger Vs. Phil.

What better way to celebrate the season of giving (and golf) than with a giveaway for you, our customers, followers, and fellow golfers! Team OptiShot has partnered in a "Insta-Giveaway" of some of the best golf swag in the game.

Want in on the wager? Here are the conditions:

Leave a comment on our latest Instagram Post (featuring Match Pros Tiger and Phil) with the winner and the end score of this one-on-one match play format. The winner will be selected at random and announced following the event. There is no purchase necessary, just a little luck, and a whole lot of rivalry.

Here are some stats going into the match, in case you needed a refresher.

Tiger Woods:

Height: 6’1”
Weight: 185lbs
Turned Pro: 1996
Age: 42
FedEx Cup Rank: 2
Official World Golf Rank: 13
Scoring Average: 69.35

Phil Mickelson:

Height: 6’3”
Weight 200lbs
Turned Pro: 1992
Age: 48
FedEx Cup Rank: 123
Official World Golf Rank: 27
Scoring Average: 70.64

Tiger is coming off a hot win at the 2018 Tour Championship and seven top ten finishes in 2018. You could say that the juices are flowing and Tiger is beyond ready to get back into the winner's circle. Phil also has a win in 2018 at the WGC Mexico alongside his six top ten finishes in 2018. On paper, it looks as though Tiger could take home the trophy, but can the lefty mix things up and put another W next to his name?

You tell us! Head over to our Instagram page and drop your pick in the comments. Until then, we wish you and yours a very happy Thanksgiving!

Cheers.
- Ryan
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Bring Golf Home: Meet #TeamOptiShot

Posted by Ryan C. Erxleben on Oct 29, 2018 12:02:19 PM

For almost two years, I have been a member of #TeamOptiShot. But who IS OptiShot Golf, exactly?

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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).

Stay up-to-date on pro tips and tools by following @OptiShotGolf and @RyanCErxleben on Instagram.

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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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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