How To Become Deadly Inside 4 Feet

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“You drive for show, but putt for dough” - Everyone

We’ve all heard the aforementioned phrase used on the golf course, during live broadcasts, and when you’re needling your buddies at the 19th hole after the round after you’ve just taken their money.  Coming from experience, being able to sink short putts consistently and at a high percentage is vital to your sanity and your chances for playing good golf.

Make Short Putts

 

If you struggle with your make percentages on knee knockers, use these three tips to improve your success:

1. Take To The Practice Putting Green

Pick a hole out on the practice putting green and bring some tees. Set up a circle around the hole from 4-5 feet with at least six locations with your tees and putt a ball from each designated spot. Don’t leave the location until you’ve holed all six in a row. If you miss one, you have to start all over. Don’t accept 5 out of 6. Be stubborn. That one miss can mean the difference between 1st and 2nd place, or making an important cut.

2. Smooth & Even Tempo

Too many amateurs struggle with either a short back, quick through stroke or deceleration before impact. You want to visualize your stroke and ball rolling into the hole before you putt.  Get in the habit with your pre-shot routine of mirroring your practice stroke to your actual stroke. A smooth, even tempo with the putter head going back and through the same distance will ensure better contact. Better contact means more putts on target and higher make percentage.

3. Be In The Right Mindset

We’ve all been there before. You’ve just come off a bad hole and need to make up for it, yet you left yourself this four-footer for par. Don’t let your pension for missing these putts all too often affect what you’re doing in this moment. Take a deep breath and make the best possible stroke you can. If you’re behind the ball reading the line and all you can think about is how you hate these putts, you’re going to be bad at them! Positive thoughts and clear focus can go a long way in being more consistent from inside four feet.

Quick Recap

1. Take to the practice putting green

2. Smooth, even tempo

3. Be in the right mindset

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Callaway Chrome Soft Golf Ball Review


As a PGA golf professional who has been playing tour level golf balls with high compressions for a long time, I was a little skeptical when word came out that Callaway was producing a tour caliber golf ball (Chrome Soft) with a compression level the likes that none of us have ever seen in the premium golf ball market. Most tour balls are in the 90-105 compression range, but a tour ball with a 65 compression? It’s extremely hard to make such a soft ball perform like a tour ball. Traditionally, if you played a soft core, it would feel great but not go as far. With a fast core, it would give you exceptional distance but felt harder. You would have to sacrifice one for the other.

This was going to be interesting for me to try. So I did. So did my playing partners. So has Phil (Mickelson). And so have many of you.

For anyone that has ever played with me, they know I’m a very opinionated player and also one that has always been reluctant to change when something has been working for a long time. So I’m not lying when I said I was uncertain of how this golf ball could possibly provide me the type of overall performance I’m used to experiencing from the likes of the Speed Regime, Hex Chrome+ and Tour-I series.

The tag line for Chrome Soft is “It’s the ball that changed the ball” and there are a few main features of the golf ball as prescribed by Callaway. I think it’s easiest to address each of them broken down in parts as to how it has performed for me.

Callaway Chrome Soft Fast Ball Speeds

1. Low Spin Off The Tee For Exceptional Distance

Chrome Soft’s trademarked SoftFast core is the primary engine behind this feature but Callaway’s HEX dimples also have a part in this ball’s overall playability. With a 65 compression, it wasn’t difficult for me to compress this golf ball as I have a driver speed on average around 105mph. The ball is extremely accurate off the tee since it spins less so my misses were a lot better in terms of maintaining overall distance but especially in reducing the side to side movement of the golf ball. It holds its line very, very well.

Side note for distance:  With my irons, I saw on average about a ½ club more distance. The ball seemed to really jump off the face and had a penetrating ball flight that performed well in all conditions.

Callaway Chrome Soft Soft Feel

2. Incredibly Soft Feel

This is achieved not only with the low compression but also the DuraSpin urethane cover. The incredibly soft feel was noticeable with all clubs through my entire bag, from the driver, to the irons, to the wedges, and even the putter. Because of the feel difference, my touch around the green improved, especially on touchy, short wedge shots. The feel was consistent regardless of the type of shot that I was playing. It was a small adjustment with the putter to get used to how soft the feel was, but by my 3rd round, I had adjusted to the way the ball reacted on putts.

Callaway Chrome Soft More Spin and Control

3. Excellent Greenside Control

The DuraSpin urethane cover provides a great platform for being able to control the ball on different types of green surfaces. In our area (the Carolinas), we have both Bermuda and Bent grass greens and I was able to control the ball well on each. I do not like a super spinny ball that pulls back. I prefer to be able to control the spin of my golf ball with drop and stop, one bounce and check with my irons and wedges and not create too much backspin or pullback.

It was very easy to get the ball close with bunker shots, difficult pitches, and short chips because Chrome Soft reacted very consistently off the face of my wedges. When you know what to expect from a golf ball around the green, it takes the pressure off of having to be overly precise. I didn’t feel like I sacrificed much, if anything, when playing this ball compared to another urethane cover tour ball.

Finally, with that type of cover material, I worry about how easily the ball would scuff or “cut.”  You don’t want to be having to replace the ball a couple of times a round. Overall, considering I have new wedges in my bag with aggressive grooves and face milling, I felt like the durability was one that was consistent with other tour balls.

Conclusion

Chrome Soft is a great golf ball for all golfers at an affordable price. It was easy to tell that each specific layer of the 4-piece construction was activated for the specific shot required of me.  The low compression core not only produced wonderful feel across all clubs but lower spin off the longer clubs to keep my ball flying straighter, especially on mishits. The outer mantle layer helped retain the energy produced from the SoftFast Core which provided me excellent consistency in what to expect from each club in the bag.  Lastly, the urethane cover added to the tremendously soft feel and made for easy drop and stop, controllable spin around the greens. Give the ball a try because it is worth it!

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New Launch: TaylorMade M2 Irons


Taylormade has completed the M family with the release of the M2 irons.These irons complement their number one driver, M1, and the new M2. The M2 irons will take the place of the RSi1 and AeroBurner series of irons and are billed as the longest, highest launching irons that the company has ever produced. With a unique combination of new features and technologies, the M2 iron will provide you the distance to reach the green but also the height to help you stay on the green, which are two features that sometimes cannibalize themselves.

TaylorMade M2 Iron Technology

Looks/Finish

On first look at the iron, it bears a remarkable resemblance to the ever popular Burner 2009 iron that produced some of the longest carry distances ever seen. The similarity stands out not only with the dark polished PVD finish but also the cavity of the iron, which houses the V-shaped 3D badge system. The badges are stiffer than previous models, including the Burner iron, and helps improve the sound of a quality struck shot while also eliminating unwanted vibrations for better feel, all without inhibiting the technology that produces the flexion of the clubface.

Fluted Hosel

Another second interesting piece of new technology brought to the M2 is the thick-thin fluted hosel. What this does is remove 3 grams of weight trapped in a traditional hosel construction and redistribute that savings as low as possible throughout the club head to lower the center of gravity and promote the higher peak trajectory. The new fluted hosel will not affect the club’s ability to be bent or weaken that area upon fitting adjustments.

360 Undercut

Other key technologies that allow the M-2 to achieve its height and distance gains are the 360-degree undercut and Taylormade’s patented Speed Pocket technology. The 360 undercut removes weight from the topline of the club head to create a lower CG location and expands the unsupported area of the face by six percent compared to RSi 1 to increase ball speed. This allowed the lofts to be stronger through the set (6-iron measures 25 degrees) to maximize distance without sacrificing the height needed to achieve the increased distances.

Speed Pocket

The Speed Pocket, again, has been incorporated in the 4-7 irons in the set. This technology increases flexibility of the face and launch angle, most notably on shots struck below the center of the face, a common miss for amateur golfers. When combined with the super thin face of the M2 iron, you’ll see ball speed numbers that remain consistent across the entire club head from heel to toe, regardless of impact location.

The TaylorMade M2 irons will will start with the 4-iron and have wedge options in AW, SW, and LW. The M2 irons will be equipped with Taylormade’s REAX 88 High-Launch shaft in steel and REAX graphite in 45 (ladies), 55 (senior/light), 65 (regular), and 75 (stiff). However, custom options will be available for those who like something else.

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