OUTDOOR -V- INDOOR RANGES

By Coach Colin Davie

Traditionally Golf has always been playing Outdoors. Golf, like everything has evolved. From Golf Balls Clubs, Gloves, Training Aids, Players Athletic and Aerobic Ability to the way the game is played and practiced.

Outdoor Ranges are great for cost effective practice, to be outdoors and be 'one' with nature. While indoor ranges (based on Sunshine Coast Golf Centre) have far superior balls that are replaced weekly and profile a controlled environment. Both have pros and cons which is completely dependant on the individuals needs. We will go through a number of pros and cons in this Blog so you can make your own mind up!

  1. Golf Balls:
    A primary distinction between traditional and indoor driving ranges lies in the type of golf balls used. Traditional driving ranges often employ range balls, which are specifically designed for durability and cost-effectiveness. These range balls are typically constructed with a two-piece design and a hardcover, providing longevity despite the repeated impacts they endure. On the other hand, indoor ranges frequently opt for high-performance golf balls, closely resembling those used on the golf course. These balls offer better feel, spin, and flight characteristics, closely mimicking the experience of playing on a real course.
  1. Ball Replacement and Maintenance:
    One notable difference between traditional and indoor driving ranges is the frequency at which golf balls are replaced. Traditional driving ranges tend to have longer intervals between ball replacements, as the primary goal is to provide sufficient quantity rather than quality. Due to the durable nature of range balls, they can withstand numerous hits before needing replacement. In contrast, indoor ranges typically replace their golf balls more frequently, often on a weekly basis, to ensure consistent performance and minimize wear and tear. This approach allows indoor ranges to deliver a higher standard of ball quality and an experience closer to that of real golf.
  1. Environmental Factors:
    Traditional driving ranges are subject to various environmental conditions that can impact the overall experience. Wind, for instance, can affect the flight path and accuracy of shots, requiring golfers to adapt their swing accordingly. Moreover, factors such as uneven terrain, inconsistent grass conditions, and sunlight angles contribute to the dynamic challenge of traditional ranges. Indoor driving ranges eliminate these external elements, providing a controlled environment that allows golfers to focus solely on their swing mechanics and ball striking.
  1. Convenience and Accessibility:
    Indoor driving ranges offer a level of convenience that traditional ranges often struggle to match. Regardless of weather conditions, golfers can practice in a comfortable indoor setting year-round. This accessibility appeals to both amateur golfers and professionals looking to refine their skills in a consistent environment. Furthermore, indoor ranges often feature advanced technology such as launch monitors and simulators, providing players with immediate feedback on their shots, clubhead speed, and ball trajectory. These tools enable golfers to analyze their performance more effectively, identify areas for improvement, and track their progress over time.

While traditional driving ranges and indoor ranges both serve as valuable practice venues for golfers, they differ significantly in terms of ball type, replacement frequency, environmental factors, and convenience. Traditional ranges offer a cost-effective option with durable range balls, providing an authentic outdoor experience but with potential variability. Indoor ranges, on the other hand, utilize high-performance golf balls and controlled environments, ensuring consistent ball quality and convenient year-round practice. Understanding these differences allows golfers to choose the range that best aligns with their practice goals and preferences.

How is golf played?

By Colin Davie.

Golf is a sport played on a large outdoor course using a set of clubs and a small ball. The objective of the game is to complete each hole in as few strokes as possible, with the ultimate goal of achieving the lowest overall score.

Here's a step-by-step guide on how golf is played:

  1. Equipment: Golfers use a variety of clubs to hit the ball. A typical set of clubs includes woods (for long shots), irons (for various distances), wedges (for short shots and shots around the green), and a putter (for rolling the ball on the green). Golf balls are small and dimpled to optimize flight and control.
  2. Teeing Off: Each hole begins with a tee shot from the teeing area. Players aim to hit the ball as far as possible toward the fairway, the open area leading to the green. The ball is placed on a tee, a small peg, to elevate it for an easier shot.
  3. Playing the Hole: Once the tee shot is complete, players take turns hitting the ball until it reaches the hole. The player farthest from the hole typically plays next. Shots are played from various locations on the course, such as the fairway, rough, or hazards like bunkers or water. The goal is to advance the ball closer to the hole with each stroke.
  4. Scoring: Each stroke counts as one point. The player's score is determined by the number of strokes it takes to complete the hole. The fewer strokes, the better. Once the ball is in the hole, the player's score for that hole is recorded, and they proceed to the next hole.
  5. Par and Handicap: Golf courses assign a "par" score to each hole, which represents the number of strokes an expert player is expected to complete the hole. Par 3 holes are typically shorter, while par 4 and par 5 holes are longer and more challenging. Handicap is a numerical representation of a player's skill level, which adjusts their score based on the difficulty of the course. Handicaps allow players of different abilities to compete fairly against each other.
  6. Course Management: Strategic decision-making is a crucial aspect of golf. Players must consider factors like wind direction, hazards, and the shape of the course to plan their shots effectively. This includes choosing the right club for each shot, aiming for safe spots on the course, and avoiding penalties or obstacles.
  7. Completing the Round: Golf is typically played over 9 or 18 holes, with players completing each hole until the round is finished. After the final hole, players add up their scores to determine their total for the round.
  8. Etiquette and Sportsmanship: Golf places great importance on etiquette and sportsmanship. Players should be respectful of other players, maintain a good pace of play, repair divots and ball marks, and follow the rules and regulations of the course. Politeness and courtesy towards fellow golfers contribute to a positive golfing experience.

Golf is a game that offers challenges, strategy, and an opportunity to enjoy the outdoors. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced golfer, the goal is to have fun and improve your skills with each round you play.

How to Maximise your Time using Trackman at SCGC

By Colin Davie

Sunshine Coast Golf Centre is equipped with cutting-edge technology, such as Trackman, which provide golf enthusiasts with a unique opportunity to refine their skills and enjoy the game regardless of weather conditions. With accurate ball tracking and comprehensive data analysis, Trackman offers a multitude of possibilities to get the most of your time at an indoor golf centre.

In this blog, we will explore some practical tips to help you utilize your time effectively and improve your golf game using Trackman.

  1. Set Specific Goals:

Before stepping into the centre, it's essential to establish clear objectives for your practice session. Whether you want to work on your swing technique, increase your clubhead speed, or enhance your accuracy, having specific goals will help you structure your practice and measure your progress accurately.

  1. Utilize the Data Analysis:

Trackman is renowned for its comprehensive data analysis capabilities. Take advantage of this by closely examining the feedback provided after each shot. Assess metrics like clubhead speed, launch angle, spin rate, and carry distance to identify areas that need improvement. Analyzing this information will help you understand your swing dynamics better and make data-driven adjustments to enhance your performance. We have very knowledgable coaches in the Centre to help you understand what numbers are important to you.

  1. Focus on Shot-Shaping:

Trackman technology allow you to experiment with various shot shapes and trajectories. Utilize this opportunity to work on your shot-shaping skills. Practice hitting fades, draws, high shots, low shots, and other specialty shots. By mastering different shot shapes, you'll gain greater control over your ball flight and be better prepared for different on-course scenarios.

  1. Work on Distance Control:

Trackman's precise measurements enable you to develop exceptional distance control. Spend time practicing with different clubs and pay attention to your carry distances. By repeatedly hitting shots at various target distances, you'll improve your ability to gauge how far each club will carry and adjust your swing accordingly. Distance control is a vital skill that can significantly lower your scores on the golf course.

  1. Simulate Realistic On-Course Scenarios:

At SCGC we offer virtual golf courses through our elite Trackman Subscription which simulates real-life scenarios. Take advantage of this feature to play rounds on famous courses or challenging holes. Simulating on-course situations allows you to practice shot selection, manage course strategy, and sharpen your decision-making skills. This experience will help you feel more comfortable and confident when playing in actual golf courses.

  1. Seek Professional Guidance:

Sunshine Coast Golf Centre have instructors who are skilled in utilizing Trackman technology. Consider booking lessons with these professionals to receive personalized guidance tailored to your skill level and goals. They can analyze your Trackman data, identify areas for improvement, and provide specific drills and exercises to address your weaknesses effectively.

In conclusion, Sunshine Coast Golf Centre is equipped with Trackman technology that offer golfers an unparalleled opportunity to refine their skills and enjoy the game regardless of weather conditions. By setting clear goals, utilizing data analysis, practicing shot-shaping and distance control, simulating on-course scenarios, and seeking professional guidance, you can make the most of your time at an indoor golf centre. Embrace the advantages of Trackman and let it be your guide to unlocking your golfing potential. So, head to your nearest indoor golf centre, grab your clubs, and get ready to take your game to the next level!

Why get a Custom Fitting?

By Colin Davie.

  1. Improved Accuracy: Fitted golf clubs can help improve accuracy by ensuring that the length, loft, lie angle, and other important specifications of the clubs are perfectly suited to the golfer's swing. This can result in straighter and more consistent shots.
  2. Enhanced Distance: Fitted golf clubs can also help golfers hit the ball further by optimizing the weight distribution, flex, and kick point of the shaft, which can generate more clubhead speed and energy transfer to the ball.
  3. Enhanced Comfort: Fitted golf clubs can also enhance comfort for golfers, as they are customized to their body type, swing, and posture. This can help prevent injuries, reduce fatigue, and improve overall enjoyment of the game.
  4. Personalized Experience: Getting fitted golf clubs provides a personalized experience for the golfer, as they work closely with a professional club fitter to select the right components and adjustments for their individual needs and preferences.
  5. Investment Protection: Lastly, getting fitted golf clubs can be a smart investment, as it can help protect against the potential cost of replacing or upgrading clubs that are not suited to the golfer's game. Custom clubs can be adjusted over time to adapt to changes in the golfer's swing or physical characteristics, making them a more long-term solution

    Here at SCGC we have regular Club Fitting Days so be sure to get in contact to find out when the next one is scheduled. We also have a great partnership with Drummond Golf Maroochydore and they can help you out with your fitting needs also - just mention you are an SCGC Advocate!

You should take along what ever equipment you already have but other than that you do not need anything else for the club fit.

You'll be shown everything as you hit golf balls and any and all your questions answered.

I'll leave all the suprises for your club fit.

PUTTING

By Colin Davie - SCGC Coach

Putting polarises* golfers. It’s either their favourite part of golf, or what they dread most. It’s easy to see why.

On one hand putting’s easy you’re simply rolling the ball a few feet along the ground. On the other hand poor putts can quickly ramp up your score. There’s nothing more frustrating than getting on the green in regulation, only to take three (or more) putts to finish the hole.

You ought to divide putting practice into two categories;

  1. putts you should be holing all of the time
  2. longer putts you probably will not hole.

It is important to make the distinction because it narrows your focus and takes the pressure off when playing competitively.

The putts you should be sinking almost every time are from three feet and closer. Touring professionals do it, and there’s little reason you can’t do the same.

In 2017, all 190 PGA touring professionals made at least 98% of putts within three feet.

The least successful putter that year was former Master’s winner, Adam Scott (Aussie). Of the 460 putts made from that distance, he’d missed only 9. Anything past three feet and a touring professional’s accuracy decreases exponentially.

Below shows the median average accuracy of all PGA Tour player’s putts in 2017.

2017 PGA Tour % of Putts Holed

within 3ft99.5%
3ft > 4ft92.6%
4ft > 5ft82.8%
5ft > 6ft72%
6ft > 7ft61.7%
7ft > 8ft55.2%
8ft > 9ft47.2%
9ft > 10ft42.6%
10ft > 15ft31.7%
15ft > 20ft20%
20ft > 25ft12.9%
Over 25ft5.6%

CANADIANS FOURSOMES (GREENSOMES)

Greensomes is a variation of Foursomes where both partners play from the teeing area and one of the two tee shots is selected. The partner whose tee shot was not selected then plays the next stroke and each subsequent stroke is made in alternating order until the ball is holed. For example, if the tee shot of player A is selected at the first hole, Player B will play the next stroke, then Player A plays and so on until the ball is holed. Both players then play from the teeing area of the second hole and the process is repeated.

THREE STEP SOLUTION TO YOUR GOLF

Golf is similar to business and life where if you focus on the wrong areas we end up doing a massive loop and seems like we never get to the end. Simon Sinek says, "Start with the why" and calls this concept the "Golden Circle"

1. Why?

2. How?

3. What?

Here is an example we often hear from the golfer we coach.

What are you working on? 

And the list just keeps going.

Then we ask how are you working on this?

and again the list continues.

The final question we ask is Why do work on this?

This question stumps a lot of golfers and the replies we get range from 

So lets take a step back and imagine if you solved things the proper way. By starting with WHY?

Why 

Being able to answer these questions leads to being more discipline to practice and sticking to the task on hand.

How

To play better there are number of things we can pick at however if you break it up into the sections of your bag, you can now create mini goals. For example if you want to break 100 which makes you the top 45% of golfers.

Driver - Keep the ball in play

Irons - Keep the ball in play

Chipping inside 30m - Hit the green and keep it on first attempt

Putting - Max 2 putts.

How many shots would you save?

To break 90 you are now the top 26% of golfers.

If you knew your shot shape how many shots would that save?

To break 80 you are now the top 2% of golfers in the world.

How many different types of recovery shots can you hit? Start with the 9 window drill. Imagine Low, mid, high trajectory then the curve, Fade, straight and draw.

To break 70 you are 0.92% of the golfers in the world.

This is purely short game so based on US PGA stats is your proximity to hole 6% of the distance. From here are you averaging 1.5 putts per hole and is the short game complimenting this?

What

So you can see from these simple questions what a player needs to work can be incredibly different. Imagine if you picked the wrong one to focus on to start with?

So because of this mess we can end up with we are Sunshine Coast Golf Centre want to give every golfer a chance to improve by offering a Game Planning Session for FREE.

Book it now! Stop waiting around as we aren't getting younger.

IS GOLF A MENTAL GAME OR PHYSICAL GAME?

So in a 4 hour round we actually do about 15minutes of hitting and the other 3hr 45min we are in our own heads. During this time we have a new thought every 3 seconds and 80% of the time we are thinking under the line Click here for more info. We can not change these fact as this is human behaviour, however we can be made aware of it then make the choice to enter a state of mind which helps us perform.

Step 1. What is your current state of mind out of 1-10 (1 being about to fall asleep and 10 being, you're about to explode)

Step 2. If you're answer is about 3 you are in a good calm state and you're ready to perform. If you're above this line try this exercise.

Step 3. Take 4sec to inhale, hold your breath for 4sec and exhale for 4sec. repeat this about 4 times.

Step 4. Remeasure your state our of 10. Remember the more honest you are to yourself the better this will be.

BALL SPEED! YOU WANT SOME?

Hey guys so I thought I'd make a quick blog for you just about hitting it further. As you all know I'm going to give it a crack at long drive and one big number that everyone is talking about is ball speed. So a lot of people try to work on ball speed they don't really know what it is that affects ball speed, so basically I thought I'd make this blog on what it is that affects ball speed. 

Three things that affect ball speed are face to path, spin loft and strike. Face the path really quickly is where the club is pointing relative to where it is swinging so if our club is swinging here and our face is pointing there we're not going to get a very good ball speed because it's a glancing blow we want it to look more like this where they point the same direction so that we get the most ball speed relative to our club, basically all that means is instead of our club being a glancing blow it is a straight hit through. Spin loft is exactly the same thing except the vertical axis, so if you can imagine instead of our attack angle being down like this and the loft of our club pointing up like that we're trying to make them point in the same direction as well, that way we see a higher return from club speed onto the ball.

The third option then is the strike on the club face so if we don't get a lot or a decent strike on the club face then obviously we're not going to get a lot of ball speed so i'll show you the difference here so if i go and hit really down and across and leave my club face open we're not going to see a lot of a lot of ball speed which will look something like that (refer to video). So we got quite a lot of spin left our club face is really open that's where we see those slices and we don't get to see the ball go very far, but if i make the same sort of effort swing but make everything a little bit closer what you see is that the ball speed number really really rises and the distance in total will go up as well. We hope this helps!

HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR WEDGE GAME

Step 1: Have the right mind set. Too often we see players tinkering with their technique in hopes to hit the wedge shot.  How many different techniques can you come up with to hit good wedge shots? Does this apply to low, mid, high wedge shots? or does it apply to players to who struggle just with gaining good contact? As you can see the list can be massive. 

Step 2: The solution

1. Pick the shot 

2. Understand how the club needs to move to provide the correct impact

3. Repetition - with a plan

This will guarantee you a successful wedge game.

Step 3: Action

All TrackMan units have the ability to choose the shot for you and from here you can analyse what is causing the poor shots. A feature we use is "Test Centre" which allows individuals to select a distance range and TrackMan randomly spits out the shot for you to hit. This is a great test to see if you are thinking about the shot or if you are thinking about the technique of how to hit the shot.