Posts Tagged ‘golf-balls’

Best Golf Swing Tips!

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

This blog has WAY too many golf swing tips, I try to look over my own swing tips and recommend you the best ones to read:

Swing Tips on Full Swing:

Short Game Tips:

Golf Course Strategy Tips:

  • Golf Course Strategy! – Playing smart golf is about maximizing your angles of attack into the greens and minimizing the effects of your mistakes.

Golf Diet Tips:

Trick Shot Swing Tips:

Golf Psychology Tips:

Golf Clubmaking Tips:

 

Golf Ball History – Featheries, Gutta Percha, and more…

Monday, September 22nd, 2008

Golf balls have been developed for over the last 500-600 years or so and it’s very interesting to note that golf balls in the beginning, consisted of bird feathers stuffed inside some cow/horse leather called, “Featherie”.

Now, these featheries were great for couple hundered years.

Here’s an excerpt from golfeurope.com on featherie history:

In 1618 the feather golf ball or ‘Featherie’ was introduced. This was a handcrafted ball made with goose feathers tightly packed into a horsefeatherie golf ball or cow hide sphere. The feathers and leather were fashioned into a ball while wet. As the assembly dried out the leather shrank and the feathers expanded to create a hardened ball. The ball was then finished off by painting it and punched with the ball-makers mark. Quality varied according to the skill of the craftsman. Unfortunately, the handcrafted nature of the balls meant that they were priced beyond the pockets of the masses, sometimes more expensive than a club. Notable ball-makers of the 1600s were Andrew Dickson, Leith and Henry Mills, St Andrews.

Next up is the Gutta Percha, made from the rubber tree sap given off by the Gutta tree.  These balls were definitely easy to mold but couldn’t really travel beyond 200 yards.  They still didn’t have “dimples” which allow golf balls to travel further.

Here’s an excerpt from thedesignshop.com on Gutta Percha history:

The first “Gutta” ball is believed to have been made in 1848 by the Rev. Dr. Robert Adams Paterson from gutta-percha packing material. Gutta-percha is the evaporated milky juice or latex produced from a tree most commonly found in Malaysia. It is hard and non-brittle and becomes soft and impressible at the temperature of boiling water. Gutta balls, were handmade by rolling the softened material on a board. The new durability of the Gutta, together with its much lower cost, resistance to water, and improved run, provided rejuvenation to the game of golf. Not without some resistance from traditionalists, the Gutta gradually replaced the Feathery.

After that, there’s the rubber core golf ball, then balatas, and now 3-piece core balls.

Perhaps, one day, golf manufacturers will start making these cool featheries and gutta perchas for the masses to enjoy.  Imagine playing your same 7,000 yard championship course with these old balls.  Then, you will be able to appreciate modern golf equipment.

Well, there it is and I hope you enjoyed a little history of golf balls.

Here’s some golf ball history resource links you might want to check out:

DIY – How to Make a Golf Ball Pool Table!

Sunday, August 31st, 2008
DIY - How to Make a Golf Ball Pool Table!

DIY - How to Make a Golf Ball Pool Table!

If you are a golf fanatic like me, you will not only go to the driving range daily, you will need to build yourself one of these cool Golf Ball Pool Tables which is basically a Pool Table with Golf Balls instead of the standard-size Pool balls.

It’s basically just a table-top pool table that uses golf balls. It’s actually quite fun and makes for a nice, quiet, drinking game. Plus, it stores as easily as a card table.

via instructables

Floppy Indoor Golf Ball!

Thursday, August 28th, 2008
Floppy Indoor Golf Ball!

Floppy Indoor Golf Ball!

For the ultimate indoor golf experience, you might want to consider getting couple of these Floppy Indoor Golf Balls.

You can hit your 330-yard drives in your livingroom without any broken-windows.  Now, just make sure your hands are not wet, otherwise you WILL have broken ceilings.  (I have personally broke couple ceiling in my life)

The revolutionary indoor practice golf ball. Whether you want to practice your game at the office, or in your home. The Floppy® will give you the same feel and feedback of a golf ball but without the fear of damaging your property. Designed for the short game The Floppy works wonders with your wedges and short irons.

Product Page

How to Practice to be a Scratch/Pro Golfer!

Tuesday, May 13th, 2008

If you are trying to be a scratch golfer or a pro golfer, often people will ask themselves how many balls to hit per day.

Now, having experience watching other aspiring junior golfers when I was a junior golfer, the number of balls you hit actually does not mean anything once you get to a certain point. (Let’s say you can consistently shoot around 75 or lower)

I do however, have experince of hitting 10 buckets per day, that’s about 1,000 balls. I did that for about 3 months during summer and school breaks.

My mom would drop me off at the practice range at 8am, she’d pick me up around 8pm when I was done hitting 1,000 golf balls.

After I grew up and around college I was shooting consistently 3 under par. Those days, I didn’t practice with focus on quantity. However, I did focus on hitting each shot on the range as if it were a real tournament shot.

Now, that is called, quality practice. I still do that same type of practice and even do couple practice swings before I even hit the ball.

What does this do for you? Well, it let’s you hit the best possible shot you can on every practice shot.

Now, I average only 100 balls and practice maybe once a month. But I can still go out to the course any day and shoot around par.

So today’s lesson?

Next time you practice, do the following before hitting each shot:

1. Visualize your golf ball flight and your swing.

2. Make 2 or 3 practice swings matching your visualization and “see” the ball hit perfectly to your target.

3. After doing 1 and 2, go up there and hit that ball without thinking too much. Rely on your muscle-memory to hit it, just like in tournament golf or under pressure situations where you’d have to make a birdie to win all those skins.

Explanation

Golf is a game of visualization. If you hit 100 balls in a row at the range without clear thinking (visualization) of what you want to do, you are basically instilling that into your brain.

The next time you go out and “play” on the golf course, your practice habits will be present whenever you encounter any kind of pressure.

More Tips on the Range

1. Do not hit the same type of shot more than 10 shots in a row. You need to keep hitting a 5-iron, sand wedge, driver, etc…etc… and keep it rotating.

2. Practice your weaknesses.

Golf is all about lowering your percentage of failure. The more you practice your weaknesses, the less chance you will make bad shots on the course.

3. Practice your strengths.

Golf is also about having your strengths. For example, if I am at 125 yards from the hole, I can promise you that the ball “will” end up within 10 feet 10 out of 10 times. You need to find out what shot you are good and also practice that a lot.

Pros call this, “bread and butter” shot. Every pro has one including Tiger Woods. It’s a shot you can rely on the most toughest situations. Make sure you have couple in your bag.

4. Practice lots of wedge shots from 100 yards in.

I actually do about 50-60% of my practice shots for wedge shots from 30 yard, 50 yard, 75 yard, and 100 yard targets.  These are the shots that can save you “lots” of strokes.  Tiger practices these about 80% of his practice balls.  I did see Tiger practicing couple years ago, where he’d “hit” every target with his wedges.

Now, try these tips and I am sure it will help your score next time on the course especially if you have been banging those poor balls mindlessly and carrying that to the course before.

Golf Humor Video – Will it blend? – Golf Balls

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2007

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These guys must be getting so much traffic from blending stuff…then again…maybe not.

P.S. I wonder what kind of balls they used.  Probably some cheap hard balls.  But then again, maybe a beat up balata ball from the 90s…

via willitblend