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Distance Alert!

Posted by Ryan C. Erxleben on Jan 15, 2019 1:57:50 PM

With the way the golf industry is heading, distance is everything.

The latest equipment has targeted distance, the golf ball is traveling farther, and golf simulators are providing instant feedback displaying clubhead speeds and carry distances. Most say to hit the ball farther you need more club speed.

What if I told you that isn’t the only way? Grab your notepad, you’re going to want to write this down: Ball Speed, Launch Angles, and Spin Rates are your key to unlocking distance you already have!

Ball speed refers to the speed of the golf ball immediately after impact. Ball speed is increased or decreased by varying club head speeds and location of impact on the club face. Launch Angle is the angle of ascent immediately after impact. Your launch angle varies based on the amount of loft presented at impact, as well as the location of impact on the club face. Your Spin Rate is the amount of spin on the golf ball immediately after impact. Remember, the golf ball only spins backward.

Here is the best news: Optishot Golf’s newest product releases BALLFLIGHT & VISION measure these data points using both radar and camera technology. To know your baseline and what your numbers are Optishot has you covered.

Now that you know you are looking to sync your ball speed, launch angle, and spin rate together, I am going to help you understand what those numbers are.

As a general consensus if you swing:

  • 80mph your launch angle should be 13-14 degrees with a spin rate of 3,000rpm
  • 90mph your launch angle should be 12-14 degrees with a spin rate of 2,700-3,000rpm
  • 100mph your launch angle should be 10-13 degrees with a spin rate of 2,300-2,700rpm

    PGA Tour Average
    Club Speed: 113mph
    Launch Angle: 10.9 degrees
    Spin Rate: 2686rpm
    Carry Distance: 275

    LPGA Tour Average
    Club Speed: 94
    Launch Angle: 13.2 degrees
    Spin Rate: 2611rpm
    Carry Distance: 218

    Ball speeds can be increased as a result of more club speed, or a more centered hit at impact. Launch angles can be increased as a result of an upward angle of attack and decreased as a result of a more downward angle of attack. Your spin rate is generally increased with more loft and more club speed.

    As we enter into mid-January, make sure you are putting in the work. Your golf game will thank you come June, I promise.

    As always please follow @ryancerxleben and @optishotgolf on Instagram and Facebook to see more tips! If you have a personalized question please send me an email at
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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, 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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