So this week has been slightly kinder to us weather-wise. The course is playing really well and with the new GPS on our buggies, our golfers have been able to use them every day this week when other courses are putting them away for the winter.
Win a Titleist stand bag
In the shop this week we have started a draw to win a FREE Titleist stand bag worth £109.99. When you buy a dozen of Titleist golf balls, enter your name on the table and when we get the sheet full up we will draw out the winner of the bag. There is no stipulation of how many dozen you buy, if you want to stock up and buy three dozen then put your name down three times. As the Meerkat advert would sa:y 'Simples'.
What's in the bag?
Over the winter I would like to introduce a feature called 'what's in your bag'. You may have come across the feature when watching golf on TV or reading various golf magazines. However, they always focus on the tour professionals whereas I am going to be diving deep into your bags, our Panshanger members! After I have been through your bags I will then say what I like about your set and make suggestions on how I would improve it.
This week we will be looking at Luke Simkins' bag. Most of you will recognise Luke as he works in the shop at Panshanger and is a decent golfer playing off of a three handicap. Here is what I found in Luke's bag:
Driver - Callaway Razr Fit 9.5* (Aldila NV 60g Stiff shaft)
3-wood - Cleveland FL 3-wood 15* (Miyazaki 43g Stiff Shaft)
Rescue - Cleveland Mashie 18* (Miyazaki 59g Stiff Shaft)
Irons - Callaway X Series forged (4-PW) (Project X 6.0 Steel Shafts)
Wedges -Callaway Jaws wedges 50* and 56*; Cleveland CG15 60*
Putter - Cleveland Classic putter with 3* loft
Bag - Nike VS carry bag
In the pockets - Nikon CoolShot Range finder; push trolley; winter mitts and a spare towel
As you can see, Luke has a very nice set of clubs and seems very loyal to Callaway and Cleveland. First thing that stands out is the different weights in the shafts that Luke has in his woods and rescue. I would like to see a slightly heavier shaft in his 3-wood to bring it more in line with his driver and rescues which both are around 60g. This would make his longer clubs 'feel' a similar weight and in return should make his long game more consistent.
Luke doesn't have a 3-iron, in return he has gone for an extra wedge which is fantastic to see. Near 60% of shots are played within 100 yards so having four wedges in his bag gives Luke lots of options and shot types when he gets within the yardage to use his wedges. If I am being picky, I would like to see his 50 degree wedge change into a 52 degree so that it gives equal gaps of 4 four degrees between all of his wedges.
I would also get him out of the Nike bag, just because he doesn't have any Nike clubs and looks out of place. He uses a push trolley so I would especially recommend a trolley bag which would sit perfectly on the trolley and not tend to slip about like the stand bag does.
The range finder is a great bit of kit that tells you exactly how far you have to a particular target. Mainly the flag but you can 'zap' anything, trees, bunkers even people to see if they are out of range before you hit your tee shot! You can hire one of these in the shop for only £5 why not try it on your next round.
He also has some winter accessories which I mentioned last week. Don't let the cooler weather stop you playing golf, as long as you have the right equipment there is no reason to stop playing this great game that we love.
If you would like to feature in the 'what's in your bag' bring your clubs into the shop. Then we'll take some photos and I'll talk you through your set and accessories and then I will put in the feature what we have discussed. I hope you have enjoyed this new feature!
What state are your grips in?
It's amazing how many people watch when I re-grip a club of theirs as a lot of people really have no idea how the grips get put on!
Re-gripping clubs hasn't really changed much over the last 25 years. To change a grip you:
- Rip the old grip off
- Put double-sided tape on the shaft
- Pour lots of white spirit over the tape and in the grip
- Slide the grip on the shaft before the tape gets grippy again.
- Then you have to wait half an hour before you can use it!
A very long winded process (especially when you are doing it for 14 clubs!). After visiting The Golf Show, I have moved into the 21st century and we are now putting grips on with air!
Watch the video to see how (click on the image to view)!
Grip on and ready to go! No waiting for it to dry!