Don’t ask why, ask the PGA guy

Congratulations to all the high school champions, notably Hinsdale Central, whose boys team won the state championship and whose girls team finished third. It was a cool, windy day downstate last Saturday and conditions were not easy. Special shouts out to my students Isabella Abdullah (Benet), Sam Buddig (Hinsdale South), Jack Costello (Morgan Park Academy) and Madelynn Swank (Hinsdale Central) who all made it downstate and played well. You are all winners in my eyes. Now for some questions.

Craig from Western Springs asks one of my favorites: How do I cure my slice?

There are a number of ways, Craig, but the first thing I look at is the position of the hands on the grip. Most players that slice the ball have a “weak” grip in their upper hand (left hand for right handed players), one where they hold the club more in their palm so that the palm faces directly opposite the direction of the shot. That palm should face more towards the ground so that the back of the hand is visible from above. The other hand should be set so that the palm faces more upwards. This should allow the player to square the clubface more easily through the impact area. If that doesn’t work, schedule a lesson with your PGA professional and get it fixed.

Ellen from Downer’s Grove asks: When should I replace my wedges?

If you play regularly Ellen, say 3-4 times a week, you should probably get new wedges every other year. The faces wear down and lose some of their “grip” making it less easy to spin the ball. Tour players change their wedges on average every month and some as often as every week, well Vijay Singh does, for one! Try to stick with the brand and model that you are currently using so that you will be familiar with the new wedges pretty quickly.

Peter from La Grange asks: Is it really a good idea to be fitted for clubs?

Honestly, Peter, it depends on how often you play. The occasional golfer that only plays five or six times a year should probably not bother but if you are serious about game improvement and play frequently you should definitely be fitted by a qualified PGA professional. A fitting will probably last about an hour and will make sure that your clubs fit your swing. Fitting involves length of club, loft, lie angle and shaft flex and should include set configuration. Make sure you get fitted properly for your putter too. As a qualified SeeMore fitter I work with all my clients to ensure length and lie angle are correct before getting a new putter. I will also throw in a free half hour putting lesson once the club arrives.

Next week – more of your questions.