Where Do You Line Up The Golf Ball?

Tell us where you line ‘em up

Ordinarily the majority of golfers will align the club head behind the ball at address with it centered in the score line area on irons and wedges and on woods and hybrids at the alignment aid on the crown. After all, that is why golf club manufacturers go through all of that trouble adding these features.

This is how I address the ball and generally don’t have problems returning the club at impact in the center of the face. However, I have played with golfers that will line the ball up at either the toe or way inside toward the heel of the club.

I usually try to avoid looking at a player that does line it up differently than I do because mentally it messes with my mojo the next time I go to align the club. Now I am not just talking about bad golfers either, but good golfers doing this too.

I played with one played that I swear the ball was teed up beyond the toe. But whatever he did during the swing he managed to hit the ball in the center of the face and land the ball in the fairway. It just proves there is not one perfect set up.

Do you line up the club elsewhere other than the center of the face? If you do what happens when you line up the ball “conventionally”? Do you hook it? Slice? Need a GPS to find which fairway (or state) your ball landed?

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You Want To…Walk?

The good ‘ole days

Don’t worry people, I am not going anywhere. But I did go golfing last night after work and was surprised by that same question I got by the young lady behind the counter. As usual I handed her the money and said “Just walking 9 tonight.” Then in shock or disbelief she had asked “Are you going to… WALK? You are the first person all day that has walked.” I calmly told her that my doctor would probably encourage it and that I would be OK.

Granted it was near 90 degrees, but it was a nice day and the humidity hadn’t settled in. Plus it was 6 o’clock in the afternoon surely someone else would have had to walk on that given day. I walk whenever possible. Not because I am cheap (OK, I won’t answer that), but the real reason is it is good exercise in the great outdoors. Am I so out of touch with society that driving in a cart has become an integral part of golf?

It is no wonder why we are fighting a battle with obesity or rely on fossil fuel to get around. That’s why we are drilling offshore in the Gulf people. The feet we were born with have the answers to solve both of those problems.

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Heck, I saw on TV early this morning that lawyers were getting ready to sue McDonald’s for putting toys in their Happy Meals. Now toys are causing obesity? Just like walking off pounds and getting you heart rate up by lugging a fully loaded 25 pound golf bag on the course, it comes down to personal responsibility. Those same lawyers if they remember back to when they were a kid were happy to get a prize in their box of Cracker Jacks. Not exactly health food is it, especially in the good old day when lead paint was probably put on those same prizes. But then again, we didn’t have an obesity problem either.

Look back only 30 years ago at one of the greatest movies of all time – Caddyshack. This classic showed golfers actually walking on the course. Is that so far back in our distant future?

But if you elect to walk in the heat like I do – be prepared. Wear a Hireko hat or visor to keep the heat and direct sunlight off your head. Keep a towel handy and bring water for hydration. You may even want to wear some sunscreen as well. Besides staying fit, remember to enjoy the scenery.

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Breaking Down The Hireko Clubhead Line

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Breaking Down the Hireko Clubhead Line

For those of you who are unfamiliar with our extensive line or new to Hireko, here is a quick breakdown of some of the products offered if you are in the process of hunting down some new gear for yourself or perhaps someone for Father’s day.

What would be ideal is that you could input the player’s handicap and a few other parameters and out would spit out an exact list of what the person should use. However, clubhead selection is not as simple as that because fitting is based more on tendencies and recommending those clubs that will remedy the situation rather than worsen them. So here is a quick skinny on the iron and driver categories.

IRONS

High Handicappers or Beginners

If someone is a new golfer or a higher handicapped golfer, then chances they will need all the help they can get not only to get the ball up in the air but control the direction so they have at least a fighting chance that the ball will go in the direction they are aiming. For those golfers I would seriously look at the Acer Cabriolet, Acer XK HT (High Trajectory) and the Dynacraft Avatar XMOI’s. OK, I through you a curve there, but I categorize the Avatar XMOI’s as irons because they have the face profile of an iron rather than a wood profile that you see on most hybrids. Lastly, in our ladies line select the iBella Bellissima.

What do these all have in common? They are all wide soled clubs. Like that old Pontiac commercial – wider is better. For that reason these would be the models I would suggest for those that are new to the game or can’t seem to break 100 on a consistent basis.

Lower Handicappers

For lower handicapped golfers, well…they can use just about anything they want because they can hit the ball on a consistent basis But they may prefer irons that aren’t geared to prevent a push or a fade, don’t necessarily have the maximum forgiveness so they can manipulate ball flight when needed or have a certain appearance at address. If that sounds you or someone looking for a new set of weapons, then the short list would be the Dynacraft Prophet CNC Forged, Prophet Tour and the Acer XK Pro. All of which have traditional appearances, reduced offset and still some game improvement technology built in.

Mid-Level

This leaves us the mid ranged player or the irons designed for the widest group of players out there. If you want an affordable no nonsense iron, then there is no better choice than the Acer XK or the Power Play Q2. These possess a little bit of everything from great looks to the game improvement features the irons in the high handicap category but without the wide sole.

Then BAM! Like Emeril Lagasse, we are taking those up a notch we have the Acer XK Ti-Ceptional and the Power Play Caiman irons. What makes these so special is that we have incorporated a secondary lighter material in the face so more material can be placed toward the perimeter and the sole of the club to make them even betterer (my neighbor kid uses that word). This created what we call the super game improvement category of clubs. Yes, they cost a little more, but if you are serious about your game, the extra cost is easily justified by providing better results.

DRIVERS

Today, all drivers are designed for maximum forgiveness and really can’t be broken down into scoring or ability the same way as the irons. The drivers to choose from are a little like buying ice cream. Let’s say your favorite flavor is chocolate and all you see is row after row of different varieties of your favorite flavor. What you select is probably based on those subtle little differences, but at the same time you know you cannot go wrong with whatever choice you make.

Mass Appeal

The models that will have the most mass appeal will be the Acer XK and the Dynacraft Avatar XMOI and Power Play Caiman and Q2. None are really any bigger than another or provide any more game improvement from one to the next in how they perform. So how do you choose? Simply by whatever looks better to you or the person you are buying the club for as they come in four distinct geometries. Believe it or not, hat’s all it comes down to regardless of how much you research when you look at the big scheme of things. You can also add the iBella Bellissima to this group, with the only difference having the higher loft for those that don’t hit the ball that high off of the tee.

What, You Live in the Zoo?

If you have more banana balls playing 18 holes than the number of bananas a monkey at the zoo will eat in a day, then you need one specific driver in our line. Look no further than the Acer XK Draw. This will be the most beneficial to help find your own fairway instead of endangering the foursome playing on the adjacent fairway or ending up with a rash of poison ivy caused by looking for your errant ball. It is the combination of the offset, closed face and internal weighting that will give you the best chance of lowering your score and not holding up the group behind you.

Doctor, it’s not that bad is it?

If you know you have some problems hitting the ball with the push, fade or slice and conventional drivers just haven’t cut the mustard lately, you know you need some help. But you don’t want all the side effects from a heavy dose of medicine either. In this case, the Acer XDS Insider or even Thriver edition is on call and maybe just what the doctor ordered.

This leaves us with the ultra-versatile Dynacraft Prophet ICT, which really could fit into any category. Better players who could easily hit the ball with a snap hook or sweeping draw may be attracted to this model for a couple of reasons. While big, it is not massive and has the traditional appearance at address. The adjustable adapter can also be moved to positions that are more open faced than commonly available on the market to prevent the ball going so far left. But then again, there are several more positions that shaft and adapter can go into to help those that suffer from the case of the “rights”.

We will break down some of the other categories of clubs at another time. As you can see we have a little bit of something to offer anyone who has the itch for some new sticks. With this information you should be betterer able to scratch that itch with the most appropriate iron or driver whether it is for you or someone else.

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Maybe Your Favorite Driver Isn’t The Best For Your Game

I had a chance to catch up with an old friend who happens to be a very good golfer. He is also extremely long off the tee due to his 110 mph swing speed once he gets warmed up. Even with his high clubhead speed he has always fared better with a 10.5º lofted driver rather than lower lofted one. However, there is a very reasonable explanation for that. He consistently hits the ball with driver with a descending blow by approximately 1-2 degrees, thus de-lofting the driver at impact.

Well, he is not going to change his ball position or tee height as he has the same set up for a long time. Plus you can’t argue with the results as he is a very low handicapped golfer and has a good idea where the ball goes each time – if only I was so lucky! Well, he happened to pick up a driver that was a mere 1” longer in length then what he had been using and proved to be a valuable lesson.

To prove that fitting is never cut and dry, that 1” extra in length changed the way he swung the driver. Don’t get me wrong, I used to call him the human swing robot. I have had the privilege of watching his ball flight over the years. The ball flight with the 1” longer club mirrored what he has done for a very long time – striping the ball long and straight with a tight little draw. What changed was the ball trajectory with the same loft he had been using. He went from hitting consistently down on the ball by 1-2 degrees to hitting the ball on a 1º upward angle. Effectively he was adding 2-3 degrees of loft and caused the ball to go a mile high. Any benefit of the added length was negated (in his case) using the same amount of loft.

The morale of the story is if you are going to change certain specifications from what you have been using, your swing may change slightly or enough that what you think you should use might be wrong. This is why it is helpful to keep an open mind when being fitted and be aware of the cause and effect relationships. Whenever possible experiment by trying various clubs or consult with your local fitter who is willing to work with you in finding what works best.

For instance, if you are considering going to a shorter driver, like the Acer XDS Insider Thriver Edition, you may find the shorter length forces you to make a steeper swing. I truly believe this is the reason why the higher loft (14º) doesn’t yield as high of a ball flight as one would think as the steeper

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swing reduces the loft at impact.

If you are deciding to change to a shorter driver you may want to start out with slightly more loft than what you were using. Conversely, by going longer may require you to reduce the amount of loft to obtain your same trajectory. Remember these are generalities and your or your customer’s tendency will need to be addressed on a case by case basis.