Image Credit: The Winnipeg Free Press Store You may not know who Jared Steger is, but you’ll probably be interested in some of his golf theories and tips. Image Credit: TourBound Golf Academy Steger is the Head Teaching Professional at TourBound Golf Academy in Chicago. He competed professionally on the Web.com, PGA Tour Canada and Latino America Tour. His coaching experience includes Assistant Varsity Golf Coach at New Trier High School in Winnetka, Illinois, and Lead Instructor at International Junior Golf Academy in Bluffton, South Carolina.
Some people believe golf comes down to the club in your hands and the execution of the shot, but Howard Glassman and Tim O’Connor take the approach that the mental side of the game is equally, if not more, important. Glassman, a professional broadcaster by trade, and O’Connor, a golf performance coach, launched a podcast called Swing Thoughts in December 2015. It is dedicated to the mental aspect of golf and has become so popular that it has attracted some key sponsors, including TaylorMade.
Getting a grip on your golf game has literally become more important than ever. Oversized grips have changed the game, and it’s certainly become a major topic. Like anything, once something has some kind of success, it becomes more popular.
Former NHL stars (left to right) Marcel Dionne, Rick Vaive, Mike Gartner and Gary Leeman. Image Credit: B'nai Birth Canada During my conversation with former National Hockey League player Gary Leeman, I asked him for some tips about golf. You can read more about Gary's NHL career and how he got into golf on my previous post. As someone who was a decent amateur and is now a three-handicap, Gary told me that physical fitness, in particular strengthening the core, can help improve your game.
Every time I go to the gym, I do a light warmup riding the stationary bike for about 10 minutes at moderate speed and then do some easy stretching before I increase the intensity of the workout with weights and other apparatus. The reason I do all this is because I’m trying to easy my body into something more extreme. It’s the same with golf.
In recent years, technology has become more and more a part of the game of golf. From rangefinders to launch monitors, it is hard to go to a golf course nowadays without seeing someone loaded up with all of the latest gadgets and gizmos. However, with so many pieces of technology on the market, it can be hard to choose the best one. Well, no need to worry. We have put together a list of our favorite gifts for your tech obsessed golfer.
So, you’ve taken lessons, changed your clubs and your grips and have studied videos to improve your game. Wearing a custom-made mouthpiece might be the added piece of equipment to improve your game by maximizing strength and power. That’s the opinion of Rob Charlton, a Canadian entrepreneur, whose company, New Age Performance, is marketing a molded mouthpiece that can enhance performance by properly aligning the jaw.
Have you ever gone to a range or the practice area at a golf club and noticed how many people are working on their driving? Despite the fact drivers may be needed only 14 times on a standard 18-hole course, they have a particular fascination with golfers, particularly hackers or those who play only a few times a year. There is something fantastic about standing on a mat or on the grass and blasting away to see how far a ball can be driven. If it goes straight and true and beyond 200 yards, it's a great feeling of pride. If it’s sliced or hooked, it’s the surest way to, well, drive you crazy.
Another exciting Masters is in the books. Massive drives, precise approaches, broken hearts and putting prowess were on full display at Augusta National. But if you’ve paid close attention to the tradition unlike any other throughout the years, there’s one thing you’ve probably noticed…every Masters champ shares one thing in common: a masterful short game. The humps and bumps of Augusta National demand imagination and perfection around the greens. Remember Tiger Woods’ epic chip-in on the par-3 16th in 2005 which catapulted him to his fourth green jacket? How about in 1987 when Larry Mize’s pitch shot on the par-4 11th found the bottom of the cup to beat Greg Norman in a playoff? Mastering your short game will shave strokes off your round immediately, so the LostGolfBalls team is here to help with three basic shots that will turn you into a master around the greens.