Titleist Tips: Escaping from a Short-Sided Bunker

Check out these great tips from Titleist! Another reason why proper club fitting is so important.

When facing difficult bunker shots, a lot of great sand players rely on their powers of visualization and paint a picture in their minds of the exact shot they want to play. They envision the arc of the shot, how far it should fly and precisely where the golf ball needs to land in order to get close.

And in the tip above, Titleist Brand Ambassador John Peterson walks us through his technique and thinking process when faced with a bunker shot to a short-sided pin.
In a deep bunker with very little green to work with, John demonstrates how a few fundamentals and executing the shot with confidence can help turn this situation into a scoring opportunity.

Give John’s advice a try and hopefully you’ll be able to convert a few more sand saves when faced with a similar shot.

Make 2014 Your Best Year For Golf

Will 2014 be your best year for golf? Nobody knows for sure but wouldn’t it be nice? Maybe it’s a hole-in-one or just having that newfound confidence to play better golf with your friends. We see thousands of golfers passing through our Newport Beach golf shop every year and we take pride in matching your golf equipment needs to our products and services.

Sometimes all it takes is something small, a re-grip here and there, a tune-up lesson or an adjustment in your club lie angle. Sometimes it’s a refreshment of something else, perhaps a new golf bag, pair of shoes or addition of a lob wedge to your set. If it’s been a while you may be inclined to make a change in your golf clubs. When it’s your time to change, consider seeing our friendly staff to help you find the right technology for your game. We are not commissioned salespersons, we are certified golf club fitting experts who are experienced in helping you find the right technology to optimize your game – our prices are highly competitive, our analysis equipment is the best in the business and we back up our service with a 100 day – 100% satisfaction guarantee which is like having a free insurance policy.

Steve Carfano's Newport Beach Golf Shop

We are rewarded everyday by seeing customers we’ve won over because of our service and pricing. As the golf industry continues to consolidate to giant superstores, customer service can get a little diluted and we want you to know we are committed to providing you with the personalized service, selection and expertise you’ve come to expect of a family owned and operated business. Please contact us for any of your golf questions.

Why Professional Club Fitting?

Club Fitting is subjective and not everyone takes the same approach. A colleague in the golf industry once made an analogy between custom clubfitting and washing your car that I believe to be very appropriate.

If your car is dirty and trashed out, you can pull it into the driveway, hook up the hose and spray off most of the surface dirt and grime. On the other hand, you can do a better job washing your car by filling a bucket with soapy water and scrub off all of the dirt with a sponge. Or, you can pull out all of the stops and not only scrub the outside of the car, but wash, wipe, vacuum and detail the inside as well and finish with a wax and buff job. Yet all of these can be considered to be “washing your car.”

Custom clubfitting is very much the same way. There are different options available in the golf business, all which are termed by some to be a “custom fitting.” The problem is, since 98% of all golfers really don’t know what constitutes a professional custom fitting, it’s easy to think you’re getting the ‘full detail job’ when you’re really ending up with only a ‘hose job.’

Give us a call today and schedule a club fitting. Thank you,

Steve Carfano

Steve Carfano’s Newport Beach Golf Shop Launches New Website

Steve Carfano has benefited from 30 years of learning from some of the best authorities in the fields of golf equipment, golf techniques, and training. Learning from everyone from golf pros to designers and engineers, Steve has put in the time so you can benefit from his experience. Steve’s new website launch heralds the many benefits of his Newport Beach Golf Shop, connecting you with decades of experience and super store prices in the atmosphere of a private club, all brought to you in a family-owned environment. If there has ever been a win-win scenario for golfers in the Newport Beach area, this is it.

This golf store is one you will return to time and again. Here you will find the latest equipment from a wide variety of the most popular manufacturers in the industry. Steve’s family-owned shop brings you the best in equipment and accessories as well as brand name golf apparel. And this golf shop doesn’t stop there. Steve Carfano’s Newport Beach Golf Shop specializes in re-gripping and golf club fitting, club repair, and swing analysis to help you smooth out your mechanics. Golf lessons are available from PGA professionals, and you can even trade in your current equipment. But you may not even have to trade. Steve will analyze your equipment to evaluate whether it suits your current needs or not. If it does, you will get an honest answer. This golf store is centered around you and your needs as a golfer, not some artificial sales quota that has to be met to suit manufacturers or some retail giant’s projected earnings report.

When you are ready to buy equipment, you will get the best for less. Because we have no incentivized affiliations with any club manufacturers our overhead is low. Our prices are in the discount super-store range on the very best equipment available. We are what we say we are, “A discount golf shop with the look and feel of a private club.” We offer more for less. You win. Stop in and see us. Tour our new website to learn more about what we offer. You won’t be disappointed.

Steve Carfano’s Newport Beach Golf Shop provides the ultimate in professional service, training, and equipment at super-store prices, to hone your game to perfection.

 

“Wedgeducation”, How To Use Your Lob Wedges

At Steve Carfano’s Newport Beach Golf Shop many people ask us, “which Wedge is the best one for Pitch Shots”? Well my friends that is a loaded question! There are as many options out there as there are types of golfers, but we’re here to help. Here are a few options for you to choose from as well as a video by Callaway to help you find your Pitch Shot. Why not bring your wedge in or try out a new one on our Indoor Trackman Launch Monitor where we can provide you with accurate information about your swing.

Callaway, Mack Daddy 2 Lob Wedges, offer 3 different types of 58 and 60 degree wedges that have different grinds for different lies.  The “C-Grind” allows you to open up the club and get the leading edge under the ball without bounce affecting it too much. This is a versatile club that is beneficial for golfers with different shot types. The second Callaway Wedge, the U-Grind, has a wider sole that is concave into the center of the club that gets the leading edge under the ball where bounce comes in a little later. Also known as “Phil’s wedge” this club is good for people who are steeper into the ball with their swing. The third club type is the “Standard Grind” which provides relief in the heel of the club allowing for a basic pitch shot. This is good for people that have a standard typical golf swing that want more consistency placing the ball on the green. All of the clubs mentioned help to create loft with the Pitch Shot. 

Watch the video for a demonstration of each Callaway Wedge to help determine which one is right for you. Thanks for watching and we hope to see you in the Shop soon!

– Steve

 

Club Fitting

Club Fitting is subjective and not everyone takes the same approach. A colleague in the golf industry once made an analogy between custom clubfitting and washing your car that I believe to be very appropriate.

If your car is dirty and trashed out, you can pull it into the driveway, hook up the hose and spray off most of the surface dirt and grime. On the other hand, you can do a better job washing your car by filling a bucket with soapy water and scrub off all of the dirt with a sponge. Or, you can pull out all of the stops and not only scrub the outside of the car, but wash, wipe, vacuum and detail the inside as well and finish with a wax and buff job. Yet all of these can be considered to be “washing your car.”

Custom clubfitting is very much the same way. There are different options available in the golf business, all which are termed by some to be a “custom fitting.” The problem is, since 98% of all golfers really don’t know what constitutes a professional custom fitting, it’s easy to think you’re getting the ‘full detail job’ when you’re really ending up with only a ‘hose job.’

Thank you,

Steve Carfano