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We all know this type of short par 4. The one where you’re trying to decided wether you should hit an iron or a driver off the tee, then questioning where to aim on the green. Here’s the nitty gritty on this smart golf post:

Par 4 – Water at 90 yards from the green. Tighter landing area, and well guarded green with 4 bunkers. For this hole, wind is not a factor, nor is elevation change.
Tips: 380 yards
White Tees: 365 yards
Forward Tees: 345 yards

Alright, so we’ve set out three different scenarios on this diagram based on your skill level (and tee-boxes of choice). But here’s some of the questions you should be asking yourself as you’re on the tee analyzing how best to play this whole.

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  • What’s the easiest way to get the ball on the green?
  • Is this hole going to give up very many birdies?
  • Is there any benefit of driving over the water?How often would I be able to accomplish that?
  • If I’m in the rough, will I still be able to hit the green? – How far is too far on the fairway?
  • Will I be able to hold the green if I’m too cautious off the tee?[/box]

Okay, once we’ve asked ourselves some of these questions, it should be relatively easy to figure out the following answers:

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  • The widest part of the green is to the right of the flag.
  • Hitting over the water would leave you with a tough pitch to a guarded pin, and the hole shape will likely leave you short sided.
  • There are some trees in the landing area, the fairway is by far the best place for your tee shot.
  • Ideally I would want 150 yards or less in to the green, as I do not have much green to work with.
  • Both the right and left side of the fairway have more room then the center before the creek.[/box]

Smart Golf 101

Based on all this, here’s how I would suggest playing this hole based on your handicap and skill level to maximize your chances of making a good number, and reducing your chances of a high one.

Beginner

If you’re in this category, your main goal here should be to keep the ball in play and away from the water, and sand traps. The best course of action is likely a 3-wood off the tee, which should leave you plenty of room short of the water, and more or less avoid the trees further up.  Your next shot should be towards the bail out area short of the green. This will give you plenty of room after the water, and allow your next short chip shot to avoid the bunkers, with plenty of green to work from. Chip up, two putt, take your bogey, and run to the next hole.

Intermediate

Your tee box gives you one of the best angles for this hole, but try not to get too greedy, likely a long iron is all you need, a driver will likely get you in trouble, and not benefit your approach to the green. Be careful about going to far left here, with the mid-left pin placement. Try to hit the ball between the 150 and 100 yard marker to give you the best chance at hitting the green in two. When hitting your approach, it’s likely best to aim for the fat part of the green, and let your putter bail you out. With so many bunkers in play, it’s best to simply take your medicine and look for easier birdies elsewhere.

Advanced

Based on the pin placement, your ideal tee-shot is one that huge the right hand side of the fair.  This short par 4 is a tough one though.  Though you may have considered hitting your driver over the water, there really is no benefit once you get up to the green.  You’d be better off hitting a full wedge to this tucked pin and have a guaranteed par, but a good look at birdie. Hit a long iron to the right hand side of the fair, and hit your approach to the green, from this angle the pin is a little more accessible but be careful of the bunkers on the left – if you get too greedy you may end up paying for it by short-siding yourself. Your bail out is to the right. Par is a good number here.

Callaway X-Series N415

Hey everyone – thanks for stopping by.  We’ve got a new release to share with you today on the USGA and R&A conforming list from Callaway.  This looks like a budget driver model to us, for the average golfer, and I would expect a lower pricetag, possibly in the $200-$250 range if this stick ever makes it to market.  This driver is lacking much of the bells and whistles of most premium drivers these days, like adjustable lofts, weights, sliders and whatnot, so I’m thinking this price is a safe bet.  Callaway tested both a men’s and women’s model in 9.5 for men and 10.5 for both men and women.

Callaway X-Series N415

Fast Crown Bridgestone

Bridgestone Golf recently trademarked the term “FAST Crown” in the USA on August 12th – meaning possibly a new driver is coming the the American market sporting this bit of lingo. Speed crown was already taken by Cleveland, so this is surely the closest they could get this late into the game when it comes to shaping the driver head in order to reduce drag and increase speed. We’ll keep an eye out on this one for you guys! I’d expect to see this pop on the USGA conforming list sometime in the fall.

Stay tuned!

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Hello – and thanks for stopping by today. Callaway Golf introduces the Big Bertha V series driver and fairway wood. There are lots of ways to achieve more distance off the tee – one of them is speed. The new clubs will become available at retail on August 22nd.

For now, here are some videos to learn more about the new Bertha V driver and fairway wood:

Intro and Features

Callaway Talks Video

Explain This To Me Video – explaining some of the more complex technical elements of the club design

Who’s It For Video – outlining what types of players will benefit most from the Big Bertha V

What are your thoughts on the new Callaway Big Bertha V? Let us know in the comment section below.

bridgestone-japan-715

Hey everyone, thanks for stopping by.  The USGA recently released photos of a new driver likely set for the Japanese market (even though we’d like to see models out here) – the J715 line.  Two new drivers popped up on the list – the B3 & B5. They both feature an adjustable hosel, two weight ports, and a pretty cool paintjob.  Thanks to http://www.tourspecgolf.com for the photo.

Bridgestone J715 Drivers Bridgestone J715 Drivers

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Hey everyone, thanks for stopping by.  We’ve got a few new sticks to show you from the USGA conforming list that look very interesting.  Bridgestone has two new drivers, Mizuno one, we’ve got another pic of the Titleist 915 and Callaway’s v-Series driver.

Callaway V-Series

This driver is the next generation of the Big Bertha re-vamp by Callaway. They included a curious yet playful picture of Isaac Newton saying “you can’t argue with physics”. This driver has the OptiFit hosel, a speed channel around the crown, and some “velocity” like letters around the “v-series” logo. Three models were approved by the USGA – the 9.5,10.5 and 13.5, which makes us this that this line is likely geared towards the average golfer, but time will tell.  We’ll keep you up to date as more information becomes available.

 

 

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Hey everyone, thanks for stopping by.  We’ve been sent a truly informative and interesting infographic that should help provide all golfers no matter their skill level some direction on hitting the ball further, including plenty of exercises and stretching techniques.  We had to share it with you.  Special thanks to www.sklz.com for this cool piece.  Enjoy it below!

Driving The Golf Ball Further Infographic

Hopkins-Golf-DJ21

Hello and thanks for stopping by. Earlier this year, Hopkins Golf introduced their new line of DJ21 irons. The DJ21 irons are designed for those good at the game, accomplished golfers.

Hopkins new irons are designed with soft, heat-treated carbon steel for an appreciable feel. They feature what Hopkins Golf describes as Dynamic Gold. The clubs also have an undercut channel that produces an attractive look and a smooth swing.

Hopkins Golf products are available exclusively online and feature free shipping. Hopkins provides customization with their clubs. To learn more about the DJ21 Irons, click here.

Image courtesy of Hopkins Golf.

SeaStar Paspalum

Hawaiian Turfgrass recently licensed SeaStar Paspalum, a grass suited for the Hawaiian climate. The grass was developed by the world’s leading seashore paspalum turfgrass breeder, Dr. Paul Raymer, at the University of Georgia. SeaStar can be used for golf courses wall-to-wall.

“Hawaii is one of the most ideal environments that exists for seashore paspalum grasses. It’s the temperature, the humidity, the soil. It’s just happy there,” Raymer stated. “SeaStar, in terms of pure quality, color, density and texture, is better across the board than any other seashore paspalum grass on the market today.”

SeaStar will be available as sod, as well, can be installed by Hawaiian Turfgrass. The grass makes for superior sports fields and beautiful home laws. For golf, SeaStar offers the rare and uique opportunity to use one grass on every playing surface.

“It is truly a grass for golf course applications that can go wall-to-wall. It was developed with wall-to-wall in mind, from roughs and fairways, to tees and greens. It performs very well at all of those wide ranges of mowing heights,” Raymer said.

SeaStar Paspalum

Other benefits of SeaStar include: a high level of salt tolerance, tested and confirmed short-term drought tolerance, and the ability to be mowed with a reel or rotary mower.

Hawaiian Turfgrass is currently taking reservations for SeaStar golf projects for 2016.

Feature image via: Georgia Cultivators
Article image via: SeaStar Paspalum