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The TP line-up from TaylorMade is back for 2021 and they’re already making waves on the PGA Tour.

TaylorMade TP Hydro Blast putters: First Impressions

These have a much more classic styling compared to the popular Spider line-up perfect for all your traditionalists out there.

The combination of the intricate detailing and new finish make these really eye-catching and I also love the pop of blue from the TP badge.

TaylorMade TP Hydro Blast putters

TaylorMade have stuck to some popular classic shapings across the range with real attention to detail on the shaping and sightlines for optimal alignment.

TaylorMade TP Hydro Blast putters: The Technology

The stand out Hydro Blast finish to these putters is created by applying a high-pressure stream of water to the 303 stainless steel. This metal is used as it delivers superior feel and it looks stunning with this finish and the machine milling details.

In terms of face technology each model features the same White Pure RollTM Insert we see in the very popular Spider X putters. The insert features grooves at a downward 45° angle, this promotes topspin which helps the ball start rolling end over end sooner improving your overall roll.

Each model features movable sole weights so you can dial in the swing weight to best suit your stroke and length of putter.

TaylorMade TP Hydro Blast putters: The line-up

First up the Soto has a very classic blade design. It has very clean shaping and lines and features a single sightline on the back cavity. This model is all about producing exceptional feel putt after putt.

TaylorMade TP Hydro Blast putters

As we see with most blade putters it features an L-Neck hosel producing 40° of toe hang. This makes it best for players who have a stronger arc to their stroke with maximum face rotation.

If you’re after the looks and swing of a blade but the feel of a mallet the Del Monte is a great option. It has a shorter blade length and is deeper from front to back.

TaylorMade TP Hydro Blast putters

This is available in both an L-Neck and a single bend hosel giving an option for players with straight and arcing strokes.

The Bandon is a tour-inspired double wing design. Players like this shaping as it helps frame the ball at address. It also allows TaylorMade to increase the forgiveness by adding more perimeter weighting. We have already seen both Dustin Johnson and Tommy Fleetwood put these in play on tour.

TaylorMade TP Hydro Blast putters

Tommy Fleetwood first put the L-Neck version in the bag at the RBC Heritage in Hilton Head, South Carolina, after spending hours with TaylorMade’s Tour team and testing numerous configurations. He ultimately elected to use Bandon 1 because it improved the centeredness of his strikes – with his prior putter, he tended to have heel-ward mis-hits.

Fleetwood has a long history of using blade putters, and because this model features 22° of toe hang, it made the transition to a mallet-style head seamless.

“For Tommy, the centeredness of strike was a big reason for his switch to the Bandon. The heel– side miss is something he battled with his blade, and we’ve helped him develop a little more consistency with this one. Beyond that, he’s very comfortable with the shape of the putter and has said that it helps him with alignment.”

– Adrian Rietveld, TaylorMade Senior Tour Rep

The Bandon comes in two models the 1 has an L-Neck with 22° of toe hang. The 3 features a short slant hosel with increased toe hang (32°) for even more blade-like performance in this mallet design.

The DuPage has always been my favourite shape in the TP line-up. I really like the modern mallet shaping and the unique visual alignment cues that frame the ball really well at address. This is a face balanced putter with a single bend hosel for those of you with less arc to your putting stroke.

TaylorMade TP Hydro Blast putters

The Chaska takes inspiration from the original TaylorMade Corza Ghost design and features the familiar circular alignment aid in the back of the putter and three sightlines on top. This putter combines high levels of stability and simple alignment features to get you holing more putts. This is a face-balanced putter thanks to its single bend hosel so is most suited to players with a straight back and straight through putting stroke.

TaylorMade TP Hydro Blast putters

TaylorMade TP Hydro Blast putters: The details

Available: Now

RRP: £199

Grip: Lamkin Sink Fit Skinny Pistol

More info: TaylorMade website

This article was originally published by our partner National Club Golfer.

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Every fairway was stripped, every bunker renewed. Thousands of metres of irrigation piping were laid and more than 30,000 tonnes of sand shaped onto the holes.

The renovation project was massive and the aim – carpet-like surfaces that are playable all year round – was ambitious.

But, following an intensive year-long redevelopment, we’ll finally see the fruits of the labours when Chart Hills officially relaunches on June 1.

The Kent course has always been renowned for being Sir Nick Faldo’s first European design and for a collection of bunkers that were infamous for their scope and ferocity.

In recent years, though, the golf course had fallen on hard times.

Ramac Holdings, who also own Prince’s, bought the property at the end of 2019 and unveiled some big transformation plans.

Led by director of golf, Anthony Tarchetti, and course manager, Neil Lowther, the work pressed on despite the coronavirus pandemic and a series of shutdowns.

Tarchetti thinks the restoration has produced a playable, yet challenging, layout that will be presented and manicured to championship standards – while making the most of some picturesque South East countryside.

“We have made enormous strides and are hugely proud of the product we will be presenting,” he said.

“While the work has been significant, we absolutely will not rest on our laurels. This is just the beginning of a road of continuous improvement at Chart Hills, with plans already in place to continue developments over the coming years. 

“We are extremely excited to welcome our members and their guests back to the club in the coming months.” 

It was initially thought that completely redeveloping the property would take more than two years to finish and the team hoped for a late summer opening next year.

The pandemic, and forced closures because of government restrictions, gave Tarchetti and company a chance to change tack.

They had an opportunity to dramatically accelerate the timeframe. They decided to completely close the course in July 2020 and not to reopen until all 18-holes had been renovated – something of a risk given members couldn’t play golf on site and with the sport enjoying a post-lockdown boom last summer.

The fairways were exposed to the bare soil, and the finishing team spread creeping-rye grass on each before watering and fertilising.

This carried on despite a wet, cold, and challenging winter and new touches were applied to the green complexes, as well as a complete overhaul of Chart Hills’ famous collection of more than 100 bunkers.

The course was just the start. The entire venue has been remodelled, with a completely redecorated clubhouse, a new club shop and modernised bar area, along with an improved car park and signage and upgraded practice facilities including a state-of-the-art simulator room. 

While Chart Hills, like all other golf facilities, will still have to adhere to Covid-19 guidelines for the time being, the reinvigorated facility will be fully operational from the start of June.  

This article was originally published by our partner National Club Golfer.

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Shoulder stability is important in golf performance for a number of reasons – including allowing golfers to hit the ball further. A research study has found that 20% of total clubhead speed is, in fact, generated by the shoulder.

The shoulder is the most mobile joint in the body due to its inherent nature. This is great for a variety of movement but not so great for instability and injury. In many cases where shoulder movement is restricted – overhead or in rotation – it is due to the lack of stability in the joint.

The shoulder blades (scapular) are extremely important in shoulder health and a restriction in their movement can cause lots of issues.

Often due to postural issues (forward head position, flat back, excessively rounded back) and muscular imbalances, we see restricted movement of the scapula which can make it difficult to get optimum arm and shoulder movements.

Good scapular control allows a golfer to…

  • Adequately rotate in backswing
  • Increase the stretch-shortening ability of the muscles in the trail shoulder for more elastic power
  • Increase clubhead speed
  • Control the clubhead through impact
  • The ability to do all of the above with reduced injury to the shoulder

Having the ability to control the scapular and maintain good connection with the ribcage is vital to getting into a good backswing position.

In addition all the energy that we create in the lower body due to ground forces, has to migrate into the trail shoulder to then allow the golfer to apply the force to the club.

If you do struggle with shoulder stability and movement, there are certain exercises that you can work on to improve this. Check out my video below which has a number of exercises that you can easily perform at home with only a band.

Golf fitness tips: Shoulder stability

If you would like a more specific programme aimed at improving shoulder mobility to improve your game and performance, then why not arrange a FREE 30 minute consultation. We can discuss what specifically you are looking for and how we can help your game with a remote or face to face training programme.

About Rachael Tibbs

Rachael Tibbs is a TPI L2 certified golf fitness professional based in Leeds, specialising in golf-specific strength and conditioning.

She is currently offering FREE online TPI assessment when you sign up to 3 months of our online coaching.

If you want to find out more, you can visit the Dynamic Golf website.

This article was originally published by our partner National Club Golfer.

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The gluteus maximus – glutes, to you and me – are the largest muscles in the body and are extremely important to the golf swing.

Sitting down on them for long periods can cause them to be inactive and underused, which results in them weakening. This is not great news for the golf swing as they are a powerful hip extensor – along with the hamstrings – so are crucial for sports and athletic movement and performance.

Stronger glutes aid in golf performance as they:

Help to stabilise the hips and pelvis

Pelvic and hip stability is important in the golf swing as it helps to reduce lateral or excessive lower body movement, particularly in the backswing.

As the upper body and shoulders rotate into the backswing, the pelvis should stay stable to allow internal rotation into the hip. This allows the golfer to create coil and elasticity in the backswing, which can be used to generate speed to the club in the downswing.

Stability is also key for posting into the lead leg on the downswing as the upper body continues to rotate through impact and beyond.

Maintain posture through the swing

Being able to hinge at the hips and maintain this position as you rotate around it through the swing is linked to glute strength.

Maintaining posture allows the golfer the space needed to be able to use the legs to generate power and be consistent in striking the ball.

Generate power through extension in the downswing

The ground is a major power source for the speed produced in the golf swing and this has to come from the legs initially. Having the ability to transfer this force from the ground relies on a big push into it from the legs.

The force then comes back through the legs and results in a powerful extension of the hips – from the glutes – which is subsequently transferred into the trunk and golf club.

So if you feel you have spent far too much time sat down over the last few months and you want to maximise your golf performance, check out this 10-minute glutes workout that you can do at home.

About Rachael Tibbs

Rachael Tibbs is a TPI L2 certified golf fitness professional based in Leeds, specialising in golf-specific strength and conditioning.

She is currently offering a progressive and structured programme aimed at improving glute and core stability – why not check out her 16-week online programme?

Get started today for less than £5 per week.

If you want to find out more, you can visit the Dynamic Golf website.

This article was originally published by our partner National Club Golfer.

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Forget what Bryson DeChambeau is doing for a moment – hitting 250 drives a day at maximum speed – and remember that a strong short game is the key to shooting lower scores. Most amateur golfers would be better off working on those more delicate shots.

Mastering the basics will go a long way to improving your performance on and around the greens – but what are they and how else can you become more proficient in this crucial area of the game?

PGA Master Professional Keith Williams offers five ways to improve your short game.

1. Nail the fundamentals

For distances of 25-40 yards, remember that a smooth, co-ordinated swing action is key to gaining both the distance and direction control needed to get the ball close.

Generally speaking, the backswing and follow through distances should be approximately equal, and the speed of the swing one of smooth acceleration. In other words, there should be no panic and sudden effort to try and hit the ball.

Set up with the weight slightly favouring the lead foot and retain this position throughout the swing. You should feel that the hands, arms, and upper torso work together and that you turn through impact to face the pin. I like to see players standing ‘tall’ and balanced on the forward foot, with the hands and arms positioned opposite the middle of the body.

2. Use less loft pitching from fluffy rough

Assuming you’re fairly close to the green, shots out of the fluffy rough can be quite intimidating. In this situation, you require elevation and distance control of both the airborne and roll aspects of the shot.

My advice would be to not always choose your most lofted wedge. Instead, use a mid wedge (50-54 degrees). Position the ball off the inside of the back foot, with your weight slightly favouring the lead foot.

Next, open the clubface slightly so that the bounce of the sole of the club is more exposed. You want to execute a smooth, simple pitching swing – approximately waist-high back will be enough.

Avoid trying to help the ball out of the grass. Instead, allow the clubhead to descend smoothly and contact the grass fractionally behind the ball – yes, behind it!

If you make contact with the ball first, you’re likely to thin or top it. The idea is to allow the club to move down under the ball. What you’re looking to do is ‘gather it up’, to send the ball up softly and control its route to the flag.

Watch the pros and you’ll see they have this wonderful smooth swing action, with the hands, arms, and body working in harmony.

3. Work on your bunker basics

If you have a decent lie in a bunker, you should have nothing to fear.

Select your most lofted wedge (usually 56-60 degrees). Your stance must be wider than normal, and the knees should be more flexed to help you feel you’re slightly squatting down into the ground. Get a good footing in the sand itself. Now ‘open’ (left for right-hander) your stance just a little and position the club ever so slightly opposite (to the right).

Get your weight towards the front foot and keep the ball forwards in your stance (inside forward heel). You want to use the bounce of the club correctly so that it travels down, under the ball, and through the sand efficiently to help elevate the ball softly upwards and on its way towards the flag.

You’ll need a longer swing than for a pitch shot, as the impact into the sand will slow down the speed of the club. Think of the hands as swinging from shoulder height back to shoulder height through.

It requires smooth acceleration, and you should keep your weight forwards and turn the body to face the flagstick as you swing through.

4. Groove a centred strike  

It’s crucial to strike your putts from of the centre of the clubface, as this will impact distance and direction. To improve your strike, I recommend trying this drill.

Start three feet away from the hole with three balls. Before hitting the first putt, position two tee pegs, one on each side of the putter head, just wide enough for the club to pass through during the stroke.

Then, position each ball in the centre of the putter face and make your normal stroke. If you hit the ball cleanly, then you’ve struck the ball in the sweet spot of your putter. If you catch a tee peg on either the heel or toe of the putter, your stroke is incorrect. In this instance, you won’t get the best roll and you’ll lose control of the ball.

Carry on moving away from the hole in three-foot increments up to 15 foot, each time marking out the putting gate with your tees. It can come as a surprise to learn how your strike is sometimes off-centre. However, this drill is really effective in helping you to groove a better stroke. Give it a go and you’ll soon start holing more putts.

5. Putt from the apron

It’s almost always a safer and more reliable strategy to use a putter from the apron, assuming it’s a decent grass surface.

In this situation, try to make a longer and smoother putting stroke to allow for the grass on the apron being a few millimetres longer than the green itself. Employing this strategy can have a dramatic effect on your putt speed if you have quite a length of apron to go over.

This is something you need to practise, as getting the knack of judging the two speeds – apron and green – is the secret. However, you should find it to be a more consistent and reliable way to get down in two.

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As much as we’d all like Rory McIlroy’s practice facility in our own back garden, most of us have to take a trip to the driving range. Wouldn’t it be easier if you could hit balls at home?

Well, you can with a golf practice net, and whilst it’s always nice to see your ball flight when it leaves the clubface, this is the next best thing.

Think of all the times you’ve deliberated over going to the range, only to let the moment pass – which is just no good if you want to get better.

Here, we’ve selected the best golf nets that you can use at home all year round. Whether you’re looking for a low-cost chipping net or full swing driving bay, these nets can help make you a better, more consistent player.

Pure 2 Improve Chipping Net, £14.95

best golf nets

This 50cm chipping net, which features a pop-up construction for easy set-up, is perfect for indoor and outdoor use. It also comes with a carry bag for storing and transporting to and from your practice area. At £14.95, it’s not going to break the bank. Who knows, it might end up being the most important equipment purchase you make this year.

PGA Tour Pop Up Chipping Target Net, £9.95

best golf nets

This is not just any old chipping net, but one featuring the PGA Tour logo that’s sure to give you that added inspiration. With its 20” diameter hoop, it’s not designed to try and catch your attempts at a Tiger Woods stinger; it’s better used to get a feel for short shots prior to teeing off, or for messing around with in the garden. When you’re finished, it’s easy to fold down to a compact size.

Links Choice Practice Net, £59.99

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Now we’re talking. This is the driving net all serious golfers should have in their back garden. Measuring 7ft high by 10ft wide, it won’t allow even your wildest shots to escape. It’s manufactured from highly durable materials, so you can hit thousands of balls and be sure that it will last. It’s easy to assemble and once it’s up, you’ll have no excuses for being rusty.

PGA Tour Pro Driving Net, £69.99

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Here’s a net for every aspect of your game – driver, iron play, and chipping. The beauty of this product – which measures 214cm (height) x 305cm (width) x 153cm (depth) and features a lightweight fiberglass frame – is its three different target nets, which allows you to play games and challenge your accuracy. The frame and ground sheet are easy to set up, and it even comes with a set of driving and chipping tips to help you get started.

Longridge Quad Chipping Net, £24.99

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All the sports performance gurus out there will tell you that you need to practise with a purpose – and this net will help you do just that. It features five target pockets, so you can challenge yourself with any number of short game exercises. Not only does this mean you can create a bit of pressure for yourself, but the targets can also be used to help you understand how to flight various chips and improve your feel for where to land certain shots. It expands to 65cm x 67cm x 70cm and folds down to 30cm x 30cm for convenient storage.

Master Cage Super Size Driving Net, £449.99

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If you’re willing to spend more than £400 on a new driver, why not invest in a serious piece of kit to practise hitting it in? This is no ordinary net – it’s a 3m x 3m x 3m steel construction that can be used for a variety of sports with absolutely no worry of any balls escaping. So, as well as crunching drives at a target, the multi-talented athletes out there can use this robust product to practise pretty much any sport that involves hitting a ball.

Longridge Full Swing Practice Net, £119

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There can’t be many nets out there that have quite so many targets to go at – 18 in total. With the Longridge Full Swing Practice Net, you won’t ever get bored of setting yourself goals and playing games to improve your accuracy and ball striking. It can be used for chipping, driving and iron play, and measures 305cm wide x 213cm high x 151cm deep.

Slazenger Chip Net, £9

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For anyone looking for a pop-up net that won’t break the bank, this should be perfect. You can use it in the garden, in the office, or take it down to the short game area at your club in its lightweight, compact carry bag. The dartboard style targets are simple and, for many golfers, this is all that’s required.

Longridge Golf Pro Chipping Net, £22.95

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This lightweight and portable chipping net may have a target, but it offers quite a generous space to chip in to. Therefore, you can play plenty of different games and adjust your difficulty level. The blue colour works well, too, and helps you focus on your target. Plus, because of this net’s size, there’s no reason you can’t use it indoors – although we’d always recommend using air balls, especially if you value your furniture.