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Warm Up For Longer Drives

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Warm Up For Longer Drives

Like any sport, proper warm up is key to playing your best. Golf is no different! A full and proper warm up will help you hit longer drives…This I guarantee.

Today made me realize how important this really is. I was in a rush today, but wanted to go hit some balls. So I ran over to a local indoor simulator to take some swings. I had no time to properly warm up. I went right in and starting swinging driver, which I never would normally do.

My club head speeds were low to start off, but never got to the normal range for my swing. My club speed with a proper warm up ranges from 125mph-131mph. Today with no warm up the fastest I could get to was 122mph, which was 3mph-8mph less than average.

I understand, many of us don’t have enough time to practice and warm up. But, taking 10 minutes will help you hit longer drives without lifting a single weight or going to the gym.

This is what I call the 0-300 warm up. Go from 0 to 300 yards or as close as you can. Rest 2-3 minutes between sets.

1. 10 swings of Sand Wedge at 40% power – REST 30 seconds between swings! This is extremely important to training your muscles for speed.

2. 10 swings of 8 Iron at 50% power.

3. 10 swings of 6 Iron at 60% power.

5. 2 swings of 3 wood at 80% power.

6. 5 swings of driver at 80% power.

7. 3 swings of driver at 90% power. Rest for 3 minutes

8. 3 swings of driver at 100% power. Rest full 1 minute between swings.

9. 10 swings of driver at 100% power. Rest 2 minutes between swings.

10. 5 swings of driver at 100% power.

DONE. Go play golf.

This is a simple warm up that can help you still go through your bag and get properly warmed up for longer drives off the tee.

This may seem very similar to a basic warm up, but the proper amount of rest between swing sets will help you get loose properly.

Give this warm up routine a try next time you are looking to bomb your drives longer and make your friends jealous!

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Q & A with Golf Wrx

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Q & A with Golf Wrx

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December has been incredibly busy, but I still had time to sneak in a few interviews. Zak from Golf Wrx interviewed BombTech golf and myself.  Here is his interview.  If you have any questoins of your own. Please feel free to contact me direct!

"Q&A: BombTech Golf Founder “Sully” Sullivan

BombTech Golf Founder and CEO Tyler “Sully” Sullivan.

If you’re into golf equipment, you can probably name several small companies that make putters, irons and forged wedges. Now name a small company that makes drivers. Yes, it’s much more difficult.

BombTech Golf is on the short list of small golf equipment companies that produce metalwoods, and it’s almost certainly the smallest. Founder Tyler “Sully” Sullivan is a true one-man show, building and shipping every club himself.

The BombTech Grenade Driver ($299).

Sullivan’s story goes like this: His niche was long drive, and he broke several drivers that another club builder had built for him in a span of two months. He thought he could do better, so he started to start his own custom-fitting company in 2011. A few months later, he had what he calls ” a crazy and expensive idea.” He wanted to design his own driver.

The idea became less crazy when he reached out to his alma mater, the University of Vermont, whose engineering department agreed to co-design the golf club that ultimately became BombTech’s Grenade driver.

Why green? To honor Vermont (The Green Mountain State) and the University of Vermont’s colors. Sullivan also lives in a suburb of Burlington.

College kids and professors designing golf clubs? That’s out-of-the-box thinking, which is why Sullivan likes it.

“The reason I use the University of Vermont instead of golf engineers is that they’re not in golf.” Sullivan says. “They can come up with ideas that people in the golf industry might not.”

Sullivan, 30, says business is good, especially considering the difficulties the large equipment manufacturers have had selling their products. He guarantees every BombTech clubs he sells — drivers, fairway woods, hybrids and putters — and says his return rate is miniscule, roughly 1-to-5 percent depending on the month.

A BombTech Grenade driver (10.5 degrees) at address.

Sullivan expects to shed his one-man show persona in 2015 and hire club builders and shippers to meet increased demand. One thing the former salesman says he never let go of, however, is his role in customer service.

“I promise to be the person who takes the phone calls and calls and does the customer service,” Sullivan says. “They’re buying from me, so there’s a connection. That’s one of the reasons things are going so well.”

Learn more about Sullivan and the BombTech brand in the Q&A below.

ZK: Every major golf equipment manufacturer seems to have its own view on what will create more driver distance. For TaylorMade, it’s a driver with a low, forward center of gravity (CG). At Ping, it’s a driver with a low, rearward CG. Other companies such as Callaway believe that different golfers need different types of drivers to hit their longest drives. What’s your take?

Sully: There’s all this talk about center of gravity (CG), but there are two things missing. The first is the production process. Here’s the question to ask: Is your driver manufactured out of two pieces or four pieces.

Most companies use a four-piece forged technique because it is more affordable, but tolerances will be wider. Why is this important? A two-piece driver has tighter tolerances for loft, weight and most importantly COR or CT. A four-piece driver has wider tolerances. As you may have guessed, the Grenade is manufactured using a two-piece cast with a plasma weld. This is not propriety to us, but most companies that use it charge double what we do.

The second thing missing is design. Yes, TaylorMade is now using a low-and-forward CG and Ping’s are low and back. Low and back would be considered the traditional placement for CG. Our Dual Cavity design offers a CG that is low and back with an intersection with the face at true center. The benefits are increased club head speed due to the reduction in drag, which leads to high ball speeds. Our design also offers unique accuracy benefits as well, due to airflow.

Bottom line? We don’t promise 20 more yards, but we are so confident that you will add distance and accuracy that we offer a 60-day money back guarantee. We want you to try it, and then you can decide.

ZK: How did you come up with your design?

Sully: All of our products are co-engineered with the University of Vermont. This unique relationship takes the marketing piece out of the equation.

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We could have designed a golf driver that was adjustable, but our testing found that a bonded driver creates better numbers in all categories. Our pure engineering approach has proven that with high quality materials, production processes, and a great design, you can compete with the big brands.

ZK: We’ve found that the biggest advantage of adjustable drivers is that they allow golfers to fine tune the launch conditions that help them hit their longest, straightest drives. How do you fit someone for a driver without them hitting it?

Sully: Adjustable drivers are a great option for fitters, but we tested our bonded driver versus adjustable options and saw better ball speeds and tighter dispersions with our bonded driver versus a driver with an adjustable hosel. For this reason, we engineered a driver that you can’t adjust. Adjustability is/was hot, but we don’t let marketing influence design.

Each BombTech golf club is hand assembled in Vermont for the individual customer. This custom build approach gives the consumer more control over their golf club. Especially with regards to shaft length — this is rarely talked about but has a huge impact on performance.

Since each club is custom built, we offer a free online fitting service. This online fitting helps insure that you find the proper specs for your unique goals. We’ve found that many golfers are playing shaft flexes that are too stiff and too long. Our online fitting helps address that and insures increased performance without adjustability. In addition to the online fitting, we are available to communicate directly. Call us to discuss your driver, what you like, what you don’t and what you want out of your next club.

ZK: Do you measure the loft and face angle of the drivers you sell? Do customers ask for specific lofts and face angles?

Sully: Yes. It is not extremely common, but some of the more experienced golfers know exactly what loft and/or face angle works best for their swing. For these instances, I gladly will spec out a driver head for their exact needs. So if you want a 10-degree loft, 1 degree open, it can be done. This type of “hand picking” is offered at no costs.

ZK: You’ve recently partnered with World Golf Hall of Famer Chi Chi Rodriguez. What kind of relationship is it, and what does he bring to BombTech?

Sully: It is a dream come true to have Chi Chi on our team. Chi Chi is an unbelievable golfer, person and representative for our brand and he brings wisdom and input that others couldn’t possibly offer.

Golfers have been asking for more shaft options and I honestly have tested hundreds of different combinations, but it wasn’t until we brought Chi Chi on board that we found a shaft technology that was worthy of the upgrade cost.

Chi Chi, Matrix Golf Shafts and I worked together to make a lighter shaft that would still be stable. The new Chi Chi Signature Series Shaft is 5-to-7 grams lighter depending on flex but is actually more stable due to the HD technology that Matrix designed. The lighter shaft is a benefit to those that want to increase club head speed and it surprisingly has been popular with our higher swing speed players as well.

Bottom line, I am humbled to have the opportunity to work with a true legend in the game of golf. Welcome to the team CHI CHI!

ZK: What’s next for you and BombTech?

Sully: The answer to that questions changes daily! But right now, I am working with the University of Vermont on a new wedge design. The goal is to increase spin and forgiveness and will certainly be a challenge for the Engineering students and department. Potential launch date is May 2015.

In addition to new product expansions, I personally am making an effort to ask as many questions as I can from our fans and loyal customers. It is my hope that I can give our current customers and potential future customers a golf equipment experience that they enjoy.

If anyone from WRX has feedback, please let me hear it!

ZK: Thank you, Sully.

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The 3 Keys To Hitting Straighter Drives

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The 3 Keys To Hitting Straighter Drives 

I speak to hundreds of golfer’s a week. Out of these hundred’s of golfers a week, you may be surprised to hear that about 60-70% of them tell me they want to hit straighter drives. Everyone talks a big game on distance, but who cares if you hit it 300 yards in the woods.

Straighter drives usually mean better contact, and better contact means a higher smash factor and a higher smash factor means more distance anyways!

So, is there a key to hitting straighter drives?

Well, Yes. There are a number of things you can do to hit it straighter. Use these tips when you have first tee jitters, in a high pressure situation or just have a tight fairway to hit!

1. Choke Down

If you normally hold your grip all the way at the butt end of the grip, choke down 1-2 inches. A choked down grip will give you more confidence and is an easy thing to do when you need to hit those straight drives. It is sometimes the smallest things that make the biggest difference and I have found that this tactic to be one of the easiest and quickest ways to hit it straighter.

2.Shorten your Backswing

Don’t take a full backswing. That’s right! Getting your arms to 3/4 of your full swing will still give you good distance, but will allow you to maintain better control to hit those straighter drives. I have done extensive testing on a 3/4 backswing and a full backswing, the distance lost to swing 3/4 is marginal. As golfer’s tend to hit it more solid with a shorter backswing which leads to those higher smash factor numbers we spoke about earlier.

3. Pick a Target – Yea you gotta aim somewhere!

Find your target landing location and then visualize a line going from the golf ball to the target. Use this line to pick out a spot that is 6 inches out front of your golf ball. Focus on hitting your golf ball over that spot 6 inches away. Picking a target that is in your sight during the swing makes aiming much easier.

These 3 basic tips will help you hit straighter drives. Try them out and let us know if these keys helped you hit more fairways!

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Fastest Golf Driver Ball Speeds In The Industry

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Fastest Golf Driver Ball Speeds In The Industry – No Marketing! Just Engineering.

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All the major golf companies promise more distance and accuracy with each golf driver they release to the market. But are they longer and straighter than previous models? I want to cut through the BS and explain how the Grenade golf driver compares to the major OEM’s.

The chart above was conducted by an actual golfer at Golfballed.com, which is an independent golf equipment blog. I had no knowledge that this test was being conducted and I had no influence on what drivers were used or the parameters for the testing. With that said, the results speak for themselves. The Grenade golf driver has the highest ball speeds against every golf equipment company. Higher ball speeds lead to more distance, it is that simple. Well not completely…but pretty much.

If I had any influence, I would have asked the golfer to use our X flex driver shaft instead of our S flex. This would have further increased our results in the head to head test. Note: Cleveland golf driver was custom fit with a X flex.

So, why did the Grenade golf driver show a higher ball speeds and more distance in this test?

Reason 1: The Grenade golf driver utilizes a dual cavity design that reduces drag. The Grenade dual cavity shape versus a traditional shaped driver showed a 48% reduction in drag. Less drag equals higher club head speeds.

Reason 2: The Grenade is tour weighted at 199 grams head weight. This weight combined with reduction in drag creates higher ball speeds.

More Mass X More Club Head Speed = More Ball Speed (Which Means More Distance)

Reason 3: The 2 piece cast plasma weld construction is an extremely precise but expensive process. I decided to manufacture the Grenade golf driver in this manner because it offers tighter tolerances, durability and sound. Most importantly it means that the Grenade can be closer to the legal limit for COR and still be legal. Other golf companies that use a four piece forged process can’t get so close to the legal COR limit due to the wider tolerances in there production process.

No BS, just engineering!

The Grenade golf driver is backed by a 120 day guarantee! Prove it to yourself.

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How to hit your golf driver longer

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How to hit your golf driver longer! I mean, who doesn't want to hit your golf driver longer!

There is so much misinformation about golf and specifically how to gain distance that I felt obligated to give you my “how to” guide to distance.

I am not the longest golfer in the world, but I have recorded a number of 360+ yard drives. And I was not always that long..

So how can you hit your golf driver longer? You are going hate me for saying this, but gaining distance and hitting your golf driver long takes time and practice. I mean if you want to be really long.

The first step is to find your baseline. How far are you currently hitting your driver? Go to the range and hit a small bucket of balls. How far was your longest drive? And how far are your average drives?

Use your average driving distance for your baseline.

Now that your baseline average driving distance has been established. It is time to develop a plan to gain yards.

Before we get into the training there are a few tips that can help you gain distance without practicing.

QUICK DISTANCE TIPS:

1. Open your stance. A narrow stance will give you a weak base to turn and pivot on.

2. Open your right heel to about 10 degrees. This more open back heel position will allow for a larger hip turn without any practice or training.

3. Tee the ball higher! A high tee height will allow for a higher initial launch angle. I like to think of it as teeing up from the second story when others are hitting from the first. Many long drive professionals use a 4 inch tee that is barely in the ground. Please note: this is not an easy adjustment and will take practice

4. Swing up at the ball. You can’t have an upward swing path without a higher tee, so once you tee it high, practice hitting up on the ball. This will create a higher launch and less spin.

5. Rotate in balance. It is very common for the average golfer to get off balance when they attempt to hit it longer. This will instantly rob you off any distance potential. Balance will only help you strike the ball better thus resulting in more distance.

These quick tips will help you gain a few yards. Now for those that are willing to put in the work. Here are a few practice guidelines to gain distance that will shock your friends.

Practice. No one likes to do it, but practice is key to getting better at anything. And how you practice is what will separate you from the average golfers.

GO TO THE RANGE! Hit your driver….A lot. haha. But seriously, you need to go to the driving range and swing for the fences. If you have not done this before. Prepare yourself, you will likely be sore after. The first day you are at the range, only hit a small bucket. Hitting golf balls at 100% power for a small bucket seems easy, but this will test your body and help you understand the challenge that is distance.

Power tip – once you have hit your longest golf ball of the range session, stop. Once you go beyond this point, you are over training and actually hurting your distance. Remember this is a sprint not a marathon, so hitting 10 xxl buckets of golf balls will not help. Hitting a small bucket at maximum speed and power then stopping at the longest golf ball is the best way to train for distance.

Rest. Now that you are hitting golf balls at full power, you need to rest. Hitting golf balls every single day at 100% will not help your distance at all. Taking a day off between power range sessions is vital to growing your muscles and getting faster.

Stretch. You will see that not all of the long ball hitters are big guys. How? They are flexible. Proper stretching will help you create a stronger coil and larger swing arc. When you are not at the driving range stretch your hips. A simple hip flex lean stretch for 4 sets of 10 seconds with deep breathing will help open your hips. Having flexible and quick hip movement is the best way to gain speed quickly.  

SWING THOUGHT QUICK TIP: When swinging for more distance think about swinging fast not swinging hard. When you try to swing hard, your muscles will  tighten and you actually end up hitting it shorter. Think fast to be fast.

Last key. Stay loose. Seriously, having loose hands, shoulders and hips will allow your body to rotate quicker and create more lag.

DISTANCE TAKEAWAYS: Stay loose, swing fast not hard, balance and tee it high to let it fly. 

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If I can do it. You can do it. Hit your golf driver longer now!

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