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SkyGolf SkyPro Golf Swing Analyzer Review

Blue­tooth golf swing ana­lyz­ers pro­vide a large amount of infor­ma­tion about your full swing and putting stroke, all with a price tag well under $200. One of the best golf swing ana­lyz­ers avail­able is the SkyPro by Sky­Golf.

The SkyPro pro­vides mea­sure­ments on the fol­low­ing para­me­ters:

Speed Address
Club­head Speed Shaft Angle
Swing Tem­po Shaft Lean
Top of Back­swing Half Back
Back­swing Length Take­away Angle
Face Angle Face Angle
Shaft Direc­tion  Impact
Half Down Shaft Lean
Return Angle Shaft Angle
Face Angle Attack Angle

 

The SkyPro comes with a charg­ing cra­dle and USB cord. To charge, place the SkyPro in the cra­dle and plug in the USB cord to a com­put­er or wall charg­er. It is rec­om­mend­ed that you charge the SkyPro after every use. The only oth­er piece you will need before you get start­ed is the SkyPro app which is avail­able for free from both the iTunes and Google Play stores.

Attach the SkyPro on the shaft of the club about one inch below the grip. When you open the SkyPro app, it will con­nect to the device and ask you to cal­i­brate. Cal­i­bra­tion is an easy three step process. Once the SkyPro is cal­i­brat­ed, you’re ready to start swing­ing!

The SkyPro will auto­mat­i­cal­ly detect when you have swung and trans­mit the data back to the app. From the app, you can rotate your swing 360 degrees and see infor­ma­tion for sev­er­al posi­tions of the swing. Alerts are also dis­played for para­me­ters that the app feels are out of nor­mal range. The num­ber of alerts are dis­played on the i next to the swing name at the top of the screen. Tap­ping the i icon will take you to a screen that dis­plays all of the para­me­ter read­ings.

  

The SkyPro golf swing ana­lyz­er is a great tool that will help the begin­ner or high-hand­i­cap golfer improve their swing. It is a great train­ing aid for increas­ing your swing speed, get­ting the right tem­po, con­trol­ling your club face and more! It can even by used for putting!

Click here to buy the SkyPro at Ama­zon!

3 Up 2S14 Golf Ball

The 3 Up 2S14 golf ball is one of the best golf balls for begin­ners. It is a two-piece ball with a low com­pres­sion of 55. It is in the same class as the Wil­son Staff Duo and Call­away Super­soft golf balls, which have com­pres­sions of 40 and 38, respec­tive­ly. Super low com­pres­sion balls are made for play­ers with slow­er to mod­er­ate swing speeds.

The deep-soft core tech­nol­o­gy of the 3 Up 2S14 pro­vides great feel on and around the green while still pro­vid­ing long dis­tance off the tee. The ionomer cov­er is very durable while pro­duc­ing less spin off the dri­ver than the soft­er cov­ers of 3-piece tour balls.

3 Up Golf was found­ed by Rob Zim­mer­man and his wife Danielle. In addi­tion to the 2S14 golf all, 3 Up also sells the 3-piece 3F12 golf ball along with appar­el and head­wear.

The best part of 3 Up Golf is their com­mit­ment to giv­ing back to char­i­ty. From every dozen golf balls that 3 Up Golf sells, they donate $3 to golf and can­cer relat­ed char­i­ties. You’re donat­ing 25 cents to char­i­ty every time you lose a 3 Up Golf ball!

If you’re look­ing for a great per­form­ing golf ball and a way to help out char­i­ties, check out 3 Up Golf today!

Bushnell Hybrid Pinseeker Laser Rangefinder and Golf GPS System

Shoot­ing 90 has always rec­om­mend­ed golf GPS sys­tems over laser rangefind­ers as the pre­ferred yardage mea­sur­ing device for high hand­i­cap golfers. Golf GPS sys­tems make it eas­i­er to hit greens in reg­u­la­tion as they give you the dis­tance to the front and back of the green. While laser rangefind­ers will give you the exact yardage to the flag, going for the pin on every hole will often leave the high hand­i­cap golfer in green side trou­ble.

The Bush­nell Hybrid Pin­seek­er Laser Rangefind­er pro­vides the best of both worlds. It’s a laser rangefind­er and a golf gps sys­tem in one.

The GPS gives the yardage to the front, cen­ter, and back of every green, allow­ing the high hand­i­cap golfer the abil­i­ty to think of their approach yardage as a range, increas­ing the odds of hit­ting more greens in reg­u­la­tion. The Bush­nell Hybrid Pin­seek­er comes pre­loaded with over 25,000 North Amer­i­can cours­es and there is no sub­scrip­tion fee.

The laser rangefind­er uses Bush­nell Pin­seek­er tech­nol­o­gy to pro­vide accu­ra­cy with­in plus or minus one yard. This pro­vides the exact yardage on the holes where the time is right to go for the pin. 5x mag­ni­fi­ca­tion makes it easy to lock in on your tar­get.

Con­sid­er the Bush­nell Hybrid Pin­seek­er if you are in the mar­ket for a new golf GPS sys­tem.

Should You Be Fitted For Golf Clubs?

Many begin­ner and high hand­i­cap golfers strug­gle with when and if to get cus­tom fit­ted for golf clubs. Should a golfer who is buy­ing their first set of clubs and just start­ing out in the game get cus­tom fit­ted for clubs? Many say golfers should wait until they can con­sis­tent­ly repeat a swing. But what exact­ly does that mean? What lev­el of repeata­bil­i­ty does one have to reach? We’re all going to have the occa­sion­al mishit.

There are many mea­sure­ments and obser­va­tions that are part of a cus­tom club fit­ting. Some mea­sure­ments are sta­t­ic such as your height and arm height. Oth­er mea­sure­ments per­tain to your swing and are more dynam­ic, or flu­id.

It is not the best idea to buy a set of clubs off the rack with no fit­ting what­so­ev­er. You will cre­ate bad swing habits that may be dif­fi­cult to cor­rect lat­er on if you adapt your swing to clubs that do not fit you.

At the very least, get fit­ted for shaft length, shaft flex, and lie. Start­ing with clubs that phys­i­cal­ly fit you will allow you to build a cor­rect, con­sis­tent swing over time.

As time goes by, your swing will improve and at some point you will ben­e­fit from being refit­ted. You will have the con­sis­tent swing that can then be ana­lyzed for spin rate, launch angle, and ball speed. This infor­ma­tion can be used to deter­mine the exact right clubs for your game.

If you are look­ing for a new set of clubs, be sure to make a fit­ting part of the process. It will be high­ly ben­e­fi­cial to your game. Any club fit­ter, whether they are a big retail­er like Golf­smith or Golf Galaxy, or a small­er pro shop at your local course, will do a free or very inex­pen­sive fit­ting when you are buy­ing a new set of clubs.

Invest in the Right Putter

Last week was the PGA Mer­chan­dise Show in Orlan­do, Flori­da, a year­ly show­case of new advance­ments in golf equip­ment. New advanced equip­ment comes out every year aimed at improv­ing your golf game. Through equip­ment upgrades, golfers have the oppor­tu­ni­ty to imme­di­ate­ly improve their game.

The most advanced equip­ment, how­ev­er, is not always right for the high hand­i­cap golfer. Many high hand­i­cap and begin­ner gofers play with a Titleist Pro V1 golf ball. Although Titleist may tell you dif­fer­ent­ly, a Pro V1 tour ball is almost always the wrong choice for a high hand­i­cap­per. A less expen­sive two piece ball is most like­ly a bet­ter fit.

Many golfers also have no prob­lem drop­ping sev­er­al hun­dred dol­lars on the newest dri­ver, a club they use 14 times a round at the most.

The club you do not see many golfers beg­ging to show you the bright, shiny, new mod­el they just bought is the put­ter. In fact, more than a few golfers prob­a­bly use a $10 put­ter. Golfers take a major­i­ty of their strokes with their put­ter. We need to put some effort into mak­ing sure the put­ter we are using is best for our game.

Length is an impor­tant fac­tor when choos­ing a put­ter. You need a put­ter that con­forms to your stance instead of chang­ing your stance for a put­ter. A prop­er putting stance has you bent at the hips with your eyes over the ball. Cut­ting a put­ter shaft that is too long down to size is not a good thing to do as the weight of the put­ter head is matched to its length. Your short­ened put­ter will feel too light.

Your put­ter also has to match your putting stroke. Your putting stroke will fall into one of three cat­e­gories — straight back straight through, slight arc, or strong arc. A straight back straight through stroke is just what it implies. The put­ter head goes straight back and then straight through impact with the ball, with the put­ter face remain­ing square to the tar­get line all the way through. An arc stroke means the stroke trav­els on a path that starts inside of the tar­get, moves out to the tar­get line for impact, and then back inside. The put­ter face will be slight­ly open at the start, square to tar­get at impact with the ball, and then closed at fin­ish.

Put­ter heads are weight­ed dif­fer­ent­ly. A face bal­anced put­ter, where the weight is equal­ly dis­trib­uted from the heel to the toe of the head, is ide­al for golfers that have a straight back straight through stroke. A toe weight­ed put­ter, that has more weight in the toe of the head, assists the face in mov­ing from open to closed through the shot, mak­ing it ide­al for golfers with an arc putting stroke.

So how do you tell if your put­ter is face bal­anced or toe weight­ed? Bal­ance the shaft of the put­ter in the palm of your hand. If the face points up and is hor­i­zon­tal, it is a face bal­anced put­ter. If the toe hangs low­er than the rest of the put­ter head, it is a toe weight­ed put­ter.

Final­ly, should you use a blade or mal­let put­ter? While per­son­al pref­er­ence plays a small role as you can get both face bal­anced and toe weight­ed ver­sions of both blade and mal­let put­ters, face bal­anced  mal­let put­ters are best suit­ed for straight back straight through strokes and toe weight­ed blade put­ters are best for arc strokes.

Go to your local golf store or pro shop if you’re not sure what type of putting stroke you have. They can ana­lyze your stroke and make sure you have the right put­ter for your game.

Super Low Compression Golf Balls

The abil­i­ty to com­press the golf ball is what allows golfers to hit for long dis­tance. The ball com­press­es after impact with the club and then springs back to orig­i­nal shape. This gives the ball a “sling­shot” effect off the club face. Many golfers do not have the abil­i­ty in their cur­rent game to com­press the ball to a high degree. This inabil­i­ty is caused most­ly by slow swing speeds. Swing tech­nique does impact the abil­i­ty to com­press the ball, as some golfers with high­er swing speeds still do not effec­tive­ly com­press the ball, but swing speed is the main dri­ver in com­press­ing the ball.

His­tor­i­cal­ly, most of the golf balls avail­able had com­pres­sion rat­ings from 70 to 100. The high­er the com­pres­sion rat­ing the more den­si­ty the ball has. Tour balls used by pro­fes­sion­als and low hand­i­cap golfers have a high com­pres­sion rat­ing. Bet­ter golfers typ­i­cal have high­er swing speeds which allow them to com­press a high den­si­ty ball. The ben­e­fit of a high den­si­ty ball is that it offers more con­trol to advanced play­ers.

The aver­age male golfer has a swing speed in the mid 80’s mph while the aver­age swing speed for women is in the low 60’s mph. For a long time, golf ball man­u­fac­tur­ers have pro­vid­ed balls with low­er com­pres­sion rat­ings (around 70) to help golfers with slow­er swing speeds to bet­ter com­press the golf ball. These balls have less den­si­ty which allows them to com­press more and offer more dis­tance. The major­i­ty of these balls are tar­get­ed to women golfers. I’m not sure if that is the best mar­ket­ing ploy, as there are a large num­ber of men who could ben­e­fit from a low com­pres­sion rat­ing ball but refuse to play a women’s golf ball.

The Wil­son Duo golf ball was intro­duced in 2012 and cre­at­ed a lot of buzz in the golf com­mu­ni­ty. Wil­son was able to pro­duce a ball with a super low com­pres­sion rat­ing of 40, pro­vid­ing long dis­tance and min­i­mal spin off the dri­ver while still hav­ing a soft feel around the green. Many ama­teurs, includ­ing some with rel­a­tive­ly faster swing speeds over 100 mph, find suc­cess with the Wil­son Duo. It is a great ball for high to mid hand­i­cap golfers. Low hand­i­cap golfers will most like­ly find that the 2 piece Duo does not give them the nec­es­sary high spin, espe­cial­ly with their wedges.

Call­away recent­ly intro­duced anoth­er ball into the super low com­pres­sion mar­ket, the Super Soft golf ball. The Super Soft golf ball has a com­pres­sion rat­ing of 38 and incor­po­rates Callaway’s HEX Aero­dy­nam­ics as the dim­ple pat­tern. Like the Wil­son Duo, it’s main sell­ing point is long, straight dri­ves off the tee with more soft­ness around the greens than oth­er two piece balls. The Call­away Super Soft pro­vides anoth­er option to those look­ing for a super low com­pres­sion ball.

If you’re a high to mid hand­i­cap golfer look­ing for more dis­tance, give a super low com­pres­sion ball a try. The Wil­son Duo and Call­away Super Soft both offer super low com­pres­sion to give golfers with slow­er swing speeds added dis­tance.

The Real Best Golf Balls for Beginners

In the past posts Best Golf Balls for Begin­ners and Choos­ing the Right Golf Ball, we’ve talked about match­ing your golf game to the cor­rect ball. By play­ing a two-piece golf ball, you’ll save mon­ey as the cost is only around one dol­lar per ball. You also gain dis­tance and reduce ball spin off the tee which will help min­i­mize your slice or hook.

How­ev­er, the golf ball you play does rel­a­tive­ly lit­tle by itself to improve your game. By com­par­i­son, the irons you play have a much greater impact on your game. For exam­ple, high hand­i­cap and begin­ner golfers should be play super game-improve­ment irons. Super game-improve­ment irons will give a golfer much more for­give­ness than a golf ball ever could.

A golf ball does very lit­tle to mask major swing flaws. High hand­i­cap and begin­ner golfers should choose a two-piece ball brand and play it con­sis­tent­ly, tak­ing advan­tage of its cost, dis­tance, and reduced spin.

So what are the real best golf balls for begin­ners? Of course the answer is the prac­tice ball. The quick­est way to improv­ing your game is through prac­tice, not equip­ment. Reg­u­lar time at the prac­tice range is vital for becom­ing a bet­ter golfer. It is impor­tant to not use your prac­tice time to just whack ball after ball. Your time is too impor­tant and lim­it­ed to waste prac­tic­ing in a non-opti­mal way.

Too many golfers head to the prac­tice range and hit ball after ball with their dri­ver. While it is very nec­es­sary to learn how to hit your dri­ver, you should split your prac­tice time between full swing, short game, and putting. Spend one third of your prac­tice time in each area. Address­ing each area of your game in prac­tice is required to improve your over­all game.

Do long win­ters pro­hib­it you from vis­it­ing your local course’s prac­tice range for months at a time? Vis­it a local indoor golf facil­i­ty and spend reg­u­lar time on one of their sim­u­la­tors. The instant feed­back you receive on club head speed, ball spin, ball flight path and more puts you on the fast path to improv­ing your swing.

Golf GPS Systems vs Laser Rangefinders

There is no rea­son for ama­teur golfers to con­tin­ue to rely on on-course yardage mark­ers in today’s world. Mark­ing off the actu­al yardage from your ball to a yardage mark­er is inac­cu­rate and time con­sum­ing. There are two dis­tinct­ly dif­fer­ent devices avail­able on the mar­ket to help you deter­mine yardage on the course; the golf GPS sys­tem and the laser rangefind­er.

Which one is right for the begin­ner or high hand­i­cap golfer?

First, let’s take a detailed look at each.

Golf GPS sys­tems uti­lize the same GPS satel­lite sys­tem that a car nav­i­ga­tion sys­tem does. GPS coor­di­nates must be mapped for each course that the man­u­fac­tur­er offers on the device. This is pri­mar­i­ly done through the use of satel­lite images but Sky Golf, mak­er of Sky Cad­die sys­tems, prides itself on walk­ing every course. The accu­ra­cy of a golf GPS sys­tem is usu­al­ly with­in a few yards with the Sky Cad­die sys­tems claim­ing even bet­ter accu­ra­cy. Using these GPS coor­di­nates, the device can tell you the dis­tance from your ball to var­i­ous points on the hole. The most basic of sys­tems tell you the dis­tance to the cen­ter of the green. Most tell you at least the dis­tance to the front, cen­ter, and back of the green while some offer more includ­ing the dis­tance need­ed to car­ry haz­ards. An over­head view of the hole is anoth­er fea­ture on some sys­tems. Most of the touch­screen mod­els offer the abil­i­ty to drag to any point on the hole and see the dis­tance to it.

A laser rangefind­er shoots a laser off an object to deter­mine the dis­tance to it. By far the biggest ben­e­fit of a laser rangefind­er is its accu­ra­cy in mea­sur­ing the dis­tance to the flag. Sev­er­al rangefind­ers boast of accu­ra­cy with­in one yard or less. A sec­ondary advan­tage of some rangefind­ers is the abil­i­ty to deter­mine the slope from your ball to the tar­get and fac­tor it into the dis­tance. So if the actu­al dis­tance is 150 yards but the tar­get is uphill, the device would also give a longer “play-as” yardage. Rangefind­ers are also able to lock onto tar­gets oth­er than the flag, although this can some­times be trick­i­er and take more time. The major draw­back of a laser rangefind­er is the fact that it can­not mea­sure the dis­tance to a tar­get that it can­not see. So any blind shots are not mea­sur­able.

So which device is bet­ter for the high hand­i­cap or begin­ner golfer?

A golf GPS sys­tem is the best choice for the begin­ner or high hand­i­cap golfer. There are sev­er­al rea­sons why.

  • The goal of a high hand­i­cap golfer is to hit greens in reg­u­la­tion – not to go for every flag. Many times holes are guard­ed by haz­ards and the safe play is an area of the green away from the hole. A golf GPS sys­tem that tells you the dis­tance to the front, cen­ter, and back of the green will help you think of the dis­tance remain­ing to the green as a yardage range instead of a spe­cif­ic yardage, help­ing you hit more greens.

 

  • Many golf GPS sys­tems show an over­head view of the hole. Visu­al­iza­tion is a cru­cial com­po­nent of being a suc­cess­ful golfer. An over­head view of the hole is high­ly ben­e­fi­cial in uti­liz­ing course man­age­ment to plan out your shots on each hole.

 

  • A golf GPS sys­tem is quick­er than a laser rangefind­er. Slow play is becom­ing an increas­ing­ly larg­er prob­lem in golf. It takes time to zero in on a tar­get with a laser rangefind­er. A GPS will instant­ly tell you the remain­ing yardage to the green.

 

  • You can keep score and track stats on many golf GPS sys­tems. In addi­tion to deter­min­ing yardage left to the green and haz­ards, many golf GPS sys­tems allow you to keep score and track stats.

 

While hope­ful­ly some­day your golf game will progress to a lev­el that requires the accu­ra­cy of a laser rangefind­er, it is sim­ply not nec­es­sary at the high hand­i­cap lev­el. The added ben­e­fits of a golf GPS sys­tem make it the easy choice for the begin­ner or high hand­i­cap golfer.

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Best Golf Balls for Beginners

A lot of peo­ple find Shoot­ing 90 by search­ing the Inter­net for the best golf balls for begin­ners. There are many dif­fer­ent golf balls on the mar­ket today. Depend­ing on how they are con­struct­ed and the mate­ri­als used, they cater to golfers of all skill lev­els.

Tour balls, the same balls pro­fes­sion­als use on tour, the Titleist Pro V1 being the most pop­u­lar, are made of three, four or even five lay­ers and have a soft cov­er. This con­struc­tion pro­vides a high lev­el of spin and feel around the green. Many ama­teurs, includ­ing begin­ner and high hand­i­cap golfers, emu­late the pros and use tour balls think­ing they will get an advan­tage from them. How­ev­er, with­out the high lev­el of nec­es­sary skill, tour balls are not help­ing your golf game and may actu­al­ly be hurt­ing it.

Begin­ner golfers should start with a basic two piece ball that costs around $1. There are many rea­sons a basic two piece ball is bet­ter for a begin­ner than a tour cal­iber or oth­er advanced ball.

  • High spin of a tour ball can mag­ni­fy slices with a dri­ver.

The same high lev­el of spin that helps around the green can increase the sever­i­ty of your slices and hooks off the tee with your dri­ver. Begin­ner golfers are still improv­ing their shots and will occa­sion­al­ly hit dri­ves that result in a slice or hook. A tour ball’s high amount of spin with mag­ni­fy these errant shots. A two piece ball has a hard­er cov­er that pro­duces less spin while using a dri­ver. Less spin off the tee will help con­trol slices and hooks.

  • Tour balls are expen­sive.

Let’s face facts. As a begin­ner golfer, you are going to lose your fair share of golf balls. Addi­tion­al­ly, golf is already an expen­sive sport. Los­ing Titleist Pro V1 balls on a reg­u­lar basis, which cost $4 a piece, unnec­es­sar­i­ly makes the already expen­sive sport of golf even more cost­ly.

  • Two piece balls are more durable.

You may be ask­ing how a $1 golf ball can be more durable than a $4 golf ball but that is exact­ly the case! The cov­er of $1 two piece golf balls are made with a hard­er mate­r­i­al than the cov­er of tour balls. The soft cov­er of a tour ball is need­ed for the required feel around the green. This soft mate­r­i­al is more eas­i­ly cut by mishits than the hard­er mate­r­i­al of the two piece ball cov­er.

 $1 two piece golf balls are the best golf balls for begin­ners. Click the link below for our list of two piece balls that cost around $1 a piece.

Click here for the best golf balls for beginners

5 Affordable Holiday Golf Gift Ideas

With the hol­i­day sea­son fast approach­ing, here are 5 afford­able gifts for the golfers on your list. Find the per­fect gift for your favorite golfer with these gift ideas!

PHOTO BALL MARKERS

Pho­to Ball Mark­ers make an amaz­ing hol­i­day gift for any golfer on your list. Upload your spe­cial pho­tos and build an amaz­ing golf gift. Pho­to Ball Mark­ers make a great golf gift for ladies, men, senior, and junior golfers.

Photo Ball Markers

Website: www.photoballmarker.com
  

MONOGRAMMED GOLF BALLS

A per­son­al touch shouldn’t cost a for­tune. Mono­grammed golf balls are the per­fect way to dis­tin­guish your balls from those of the hacks out there. Say good­bye to remem­ber­ing golf ball num­bers! Of course, you’ll still know per­fect­ly well which golf ball is yours when it’s the only one on the green… Ele­vate your game with mono­grammed golf balls.

Monogrammed Golf Balls

Website: www.monogrammed-golf-balls.com
  

GOLF BALL IDENTIFIERS

With a huge selec­tion of orig­i­nal styles to choose from, Golf­dotz are sim­ply the best way to ID your golf ball and add style to your game. USGA R&A con­form­ing. As used on PGA, LPGA, Euro­pean & Cham­pi­ons Tour. Proud­ly made in the USA.

Golddotz

Website: www.golfdotz.com
  

TRAINING GOLF BALLS

Golfers can per­fect their swing in the pri­va­cy of their yard and get imme­di­ate results. If you are using a tee or a mat, an iron or a dri­ver, when hit prop­er­ly, the ball will move about 20 yards in a low tra­jec­to­ry. Prop­er impact, ball first, with the club shaft lean­ing for­ward results in a full-dis­tance shot, where­as a fat shot or skulled shot sim­ply rolls.

Home Striker Balls

Website: www.homestrikerballs.com
  

CUSTOM PUTTER COVERS

Sur­prise your golfer with a cus­tom made put­ter cov­er from Delilah Golf Cov­ers and Girly Golfer! Your golfer doesn’t need a put­ter cov­er? Girly Golfer also has cus­tom wood cov­ers, golf tow­els and tee bags!

Girly Golfer

Website: www.girlygolfer.com