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July 2019 www.insidegolf.com.au INSTRUCTION 34 The relationship between equipment and coaching Corey Cruickshank www.tempegolfrange.com.au Lee Hunt Corey Cruickshank is a PGA Professional at Tempe Golf Range & Academy in Tempe, NSW. www.tempegolfrange.com.au Lee Hunt is Head Professional at Bankstown Golf Club and the NSW board member for On Course Golf. Lee discovered his passion for the game at age 11 and later played for two years with a full tour card on the Australian Tour. He’s been a golf pro for 17 years and relished the transition from tour player to coach. Lee is passionate about coaching and club fitting and enjoys being able to make a real difference to people’s games – no matter their age or how long they’ve been playing. He’s been described as one of the top 50 club fitters in the country. A mongst playing, coaching and club fitting a lot of people have asked me“Am I using the right equipment?”I guess that begs the question“How do we know what equipment will actually help us?” Now, as a club fitter and golf coach, I understand the relationship between having the correct equipment in someone’s hands and actually improving someone’s golf game. I’ve seen it time and time again: people getting frustrated with their game, their practice session or even during a lesson when simply they don’t have a golf club that is even close to suitable for them to use. I always hear the classic case of“I tried my mate’s driver on the weekend and it went great so I’ll go out and get one.”All you’re doing here is taking an uneducated punt and ultimately wasting your time and money. Why not spend the time to get properly fitted by a professional who actually knows what they are talking about? Here is the question you’re now asking yourself: “Why should I pay to get fitted by a professional when I’ve already hit the latest driver and it seems to go so great?”You have to realise that with club fitting it is actually a combination of what type of shaft works best for you, then what club head is the best combination and also fitting with the actual type of golf ball you use on the golf course. “But isn’t a golf shaft just a shaft with a certain stiffness?” you ask. When you get a fitting from a golf retail store, for example, they generally only look at club speed to determine which shaft you need. When determining a shaft for someone, however, there are a number of variables that need to be looked at to determine which will actually perform well for the person. These are shaft weight, type of shaft (Steel, graphite, composite), torque and kick point. In regards to shaft flex, the way a fitting should be done is to fit to a specific CPM (Cycles Per Minute) number rather than just a general flex. The goal for me as a fitter and golf coach is to improve someone’s golf game and their enjoyment of the game. Now, by getting a fitting with an expert you’re taking the guess work and time wasting out of the equation. Think about a period of a year: if you chop and change clubs trying to search for the right one, you would have spent possibly double if not triple the amount of money you would if you had just booked and paid for a proper fitting with an expert. It will also allow you to use the correct equipment sooner and also enjoy the great game of golf more often. The last thing I ever want to see is someone give away this amazing game over not being happy. If you want to stop “guessing” about clubfitting and your golf swing in general, drop in to the Tempe Golf Range and see our expert team of golf coaches and club fitters. On Course Golf – Pro Tip of the Month Q A T his month, we introduce a new monthly feature, the On Course Golf Pro Tip. Every month, we will answer your questions, and share quick, practical, usable tips to help you with your game. Question: Hi Lee, I have an issue getting out of bunkers. I almost always find that I skinny the shot to the other side of the green or it doesn’t carry the lip and I find myself still in the bunker. Any suggestions on how to get the ball airborne so my next shot is a putt for par? Cheers, Paul, Melbourne. Answer: Hi Paul, Great question! I’ve got a really easy way to get you back on the green next time you find yourself with one of those knee-trembling bunker shots. I always encourage my students to get the sand onto the green. If you do that, the ball should follow. You’ll need to have a stable base with your feet about shoulder-width apart and position your ball 2 inches inside your lead foot/heel. This will ensure you’re balanced when playing the shot. Hit the sand 1 inch behind the ball and keep following through with a full swing. This will get the sand onto the green and the ball in the air so it lands soft, ready for you to make that par putt. Good luck! Let me know how you get on. Game stuck in a bunker? Got a question for Lee? Send your golfing woes to cnett ley@oncoursegolf.com.au and w e’ll make sure he gets it. www.tropicsgolfclub.com.au SOCIAL CLUB & GROUP PACKAGES AVAILABLE 16 - 100 Players PGA PROfESSIOnALS Available for event clinics and lessons BOOKInGS ESSEntIAL 16 nineteenth Ave, Kirwan, Qld 07 4773 4777 | info@tropicsgc.com.au 18 Hole Championship Golf Course I 50 GPS Electric Golf Carts I fully Licensed Bar & Café 350m Golf Driving Range I Comp 6-days a week I Open 7 Days from 6am to 7pm 300 DAyS Of SUnSHInE HERE At tROPICS MID WEEK SPECIAL (Monday-thursday) 18 Holes + Cart $35pp unlimited golf Quote Inside Golf when making a booking WEEKEnD Available for $49PP