Occam’s razor (also Ockham’s razor or Ocham’s razor) is the problem-solving principle that the simplest solution tends to be the right one. “When presented with competing hypotheses to solve a problem, one should select the solution with the fewest assumptions”.
When presented with the challenge of how to formulate an instructional curriculum for physically or mentally challenged golfers, we quickly realized that coming up with a program that made it easier for challenged players to be introduced to the game or improve their existing game, would entail moving away from traditional methods and focusing on simple and logical concepts.
What is the single biggest challenge for vision or physically challenged golfers? Putting the club head on the ball consistently! With traditionally designed golf clubs, you have thirteen lengths, thirteen different lies, and thirteen different weights….ergo thirteen different swing planes. Does that make sense if you’re trying to have the fewest assumptions? Of course not. Therefore, why not create a two plane system that allows the challenged golfer to only master two swings, irons/hybrids and woods? Traditional logic enforces the notion that variable length irons are correct and that smart people before us deciphered the most accurate way to play the game. Yet, few have questioned the reason why our clubs variate in length. In golf terms, a set of clubs that allows the player to maintain a single ball position, swing plane, and rhythm rate would provide the logical explanation to achieve optimal performance. All with a club that has singularity of length, weight, bounce, shaft weight, and shaft flex to optimize the simplicity of repeating your ideal swing.
Over the past 10 years, single length clubs have advanced from a curiosity to a major manufacturer offering. Single length irons are being offered by Cobra, Edel, and a couple of component builders. Single length woods and hybrids are offered by Cobra, 1Iron and Pinhawk. On the high end, Edel offers custom fit irons (only) that are unique in that the emphasis is on the custom shaft design. From the Edel website: “Pre-Loaded for fiber tension according to flex, weight and shaft profile. Each single length iron shaft combines strategically positioned variable kick and balance points with gradient torque and frequency progression. Optimizing launch conditions independent of clubhead loft, insuring the golfer of an optimal fit option throughout a set of single length irons. Paderson Kinetixx Loaded Single Length iron shafts are an innovative three (3) shaft constant weight design. Long, Mid and Short shaft profiles are designed to harmonize trajectory and optimize distance gapping in all corresponding lofts.Mirroring performance of the mid irons, long irons are finally easy to hit and more forgiving. Flying higher and longer with more spin and increased ball speed as compared to conventionally built sets of irons having longer playing lengths and lighter head weights. The shorter iron profile generates precise distance and target control accuracy; optimizing launch conditions and playability as never before seen in a set of irons.”. Learn more about these clubs here at http://edelgolf.com. On the low end, Pinhawk offers a solid game improvement club with customized lengths (+/- 1/4”, 1/2” increments), multiple shafts, grips, and lie adjustment to fit just about any player. You can buy components or completely assembled clubs at a very reasonable price (assembled are $49 per club). In addition, other than 1Iron, Pinhawk is the only one to offer single length fairway woods and hybrids. Overall, a pretty strong lineup and in our opinion, a great place for the cost conscious who are looking to get into the SL game. You can find more information at http://www.pinhawkgolf.com. While Sterling and 1Iron both have had positive reviews, if you’re looking for a major brand with the reputation and development prowess to match, you really can’t go wrong with Cobra. Both the F7, F8 and now King SZ, single length irons are strong contenders for best single length system. With the recent success of Bryson DeChambeau, rest assured that Cobra will continue to innovate with the new features to increase their market share. The great thing about Cobra is that you can build your own custom setup with multiple shafts, grips, lengths and club setup at no extra cost over retail. Also, Cobra is now offering SL Hybrids that can replace your 3,4,5, even 6 iron with a club that is not only easier to hit, but with the lower CG gives you the ability to get more height on your mid-long iron clubs (common complaint among first time SL users). Overall, we feel that Cobra is the best place to start your SL experience from a solid company and at a very reasonable price. You can find more information at http://www.cobragolf.com.
Occam’s Razor….it’s with this principle that TeeItUp is entering into the sight and physically challenged golf world to provide instruction, tools, and opportunities for both challenged youth and adult golfers of all ages, with our new program “You Don’t Have to See It, 2TeeItUp©”. Most importantly, we will have a decided focus on sight and physically challenged youth to introduce them to the game and the values of golf, which in itself will allow us to continue our mission to bring new golfers of all abilities to the game. Stay tuned for Edition 2 of our four part series, Using Technology to Improve Your Game.
The TIU Shootout 2021
We are pleased to announce that as of 3/5/2021, the TIU4All Shootout to benefit UArizona Adaptive Athletics is officially sold out with 144 golfers committed to play. While we still have a couple of sponsorships available, we have exceeded expectations and will be proud to post the results of the biggest single day benefit golf tournament ever in Southern Arizona. This benefit will feature many of the most prominent business leaders in the Tucson market and will show case the Adaptive Ambassadors of the Adaptive Golf Players Association, who showcase and demonstrate the unique abilities that world ranked adaptive golfers possess.
The Ambassadors of the AGPA consist of some of the most accomplished adaptive golfers in the world. We are pleased to welcome the following adaptive golfers to our TIU4ALL Shootout
The Conquistador Paragolf Championships
The inaugural 2021 Conquistador Paragolf Championships is being held at Sewailo Golf Club in SW Tucson, AZ on 4/20-22/2021. This will be a 54 hole championship adaptive golf tournament being played under the guidelines of the USGA and USAGR national rating system. Our host facility is the Casino del Sol (on property with Sewailo) and features some of the most elegant hotel rooms with more than 13 dining options on property. You really don’t have to go anywhere else to have a most impressive experience, but we have all sorts of options in Tucson in which you can experience. We will be posting other dining and sightseeing options in the next couple of weeks.
We will be having a players reception dinner after the first round on Tuesday 4/20 at Traks Tucson, which is an outdoor equestrian facility located within the city. This will be a socially distanced and COVID compliant event featuring some of the finest Southwest BBQ in the region. Information can be found on the website. The awards ceremony/dinner will be held at the same location after the final round. Transportation will be provide for those who wish, to and from both events. Many of you I’m sure are asking why aren’t we doing it at the Casino…..the Casino will not be allowing mass banquet or gathering events until 5/15, so we had to plan something proper offsite.
While we are intent on fielding a field of 72 adaptive golfers minimum, we have the capability of hosting up to 144. So, by all means, share the experience with your adaptive golf contacts and direct them to https://www.theconquistador.org for registration and further event information.
The Tip of the Spear to benefit fallen Special Forces Veterans
The Invisible Shield National Championships – Info coming soon
Well everyone, it’s been a busy month with respect to the Conquistador. Here are some updates:
- Casino del Sol just announced that “shared” rooms will now be allowed. Previously, the had a protocol that you can’t share a room unless it’s with an immediate family member. If you want to share a room, make sure you register with both names on the reservation. They are only accepting phone reservations at this time (no online). Mention Conquistador Paragolf to access our room block and rates for the Estrella Tower. If you want to upgrade, make sure to mention it when making the reservation. Hotel info can be found here.
- Both the welcome reception and awards ceremony will be held at TrakTucson, a working equestrian facility located in the middle of Tucson. TRAK is a beautiful ranch in the city, centrally located at 3250 E. Allen Road, near Brandi Fenton Park. Here’s a video overview. Both events will begin at 6 pm and shut down at 9 pm and will be catered by Firetruck Brewery, who have some of the best BBQ in town. More info on the events can be found here.
- Sewailo Golf Club is in excellent condition and by April should be “perfect”! We will be establishing tee complexes by flight within the the next two weeks. We will publish them in the next Update.
- Registrations have been very active in the past few weeks. It’s been decided that we will also include an Associates flight in which non-adaptive sponsors and local supporters will be able to compete. Without these gracious hosts, we would not be able to have this tournament. They will be paired together so Adaptive players can compete with their peers. Be aware that the Sewailo room block is going quickly so register soon if you want to stay on site. We do have blocks at Hilton and Doubletree next to the airport. Info is on the website.
- We will be using Golf Status as the official scoring app for the tournament. In keeping with property protocols, there will be no physical scorecards/pencils on the carts. Once you signup, you will be given a unique code to access the tournament site. You can familiarize yourself with the app by downloading it here.
- All competition parameters and local rules will be posted in the next update.
About it from Tucson. Looking forward to seeing all of you in April. Fairways and greens, y’all!!!!!
Great program in Upstate Carolina that is leading the way for adaptive golfers, wounded veterans, and youth (in partnership with PGA)
TIU Tour Productions and TIU4ALL are proud to announce that Vice Golf has agreed to being our preferred golf ball and allow us to become Vice Brand Ambassadors. We will be offering Vice balls at all events that we sponsor and it will be the official golf ball for our Collegiate Adaptive golf program, including the University of Arizona’s program. While all of us here at TIU having been playing Vice balls for a while now, we felt that having a top quality (Golf Digest Golf List) ball that is also affordable was simply a win/win for all of us. Managing Partner, Jon Moore stated, “Having Vice as a sponsor and being able to be a brand ambassador, is a huge milestone for all TIU companies and divisions. We’re all looking forward to the new opportunities provided by this great alliance.” Our initial promotion will be to distribute the Vice Variety pack to all competitors in the Quest for the Shield event that starts this month. Stay tuned for more announcements and events involving Vice Golf.
About Vice Golf
THE VICE BUSINESS CONCEPT
Vice was founded on the belief that quality golf balls should be available at a more affordable price point.
The golf ball is a consumable item – although durable, sometimes it only lasts a few holes. Nevertheless, high-quality golf balls can cost upwards of $4 apiece. It’s no surprise that many golfers fall back on low-quality golf balls: either cheap ones off the shelf or refurbished ones out of the lake. Even replacing their expensive ball with a cheap one when hitting across a water hazard is something we have seen on the golf course. Your game doesn’t need to be compromised by low-end equipment. To play your best, golfers should always play a high-quality ball that matches their swing—just as professionals do.
Vice Golf makes affordable, top-performing, tour-level golf balls a reality. We started off as a direct to consumer, online-only brand, which was the perfect channel to offer high-performing products at a low price by cutting out the middleman. After years of growth and acceptance in the golfing world, we are now able to produce even better golf balls and accessories at the most competitive prices. We still focus our sales through vicegolf.com, but have also explored retail options in our quest to make golf more affordable and accessible for as many people as possible, both online and offline.
Even after multiple years in the industry, we refuse to spend millions of dollars on PGA Tour sponsorships,- and proudly stand by our results and awards from independent testing facilities and publications like Golf Digest‘s Hot List.
Get the best value for money when ordering at least five dozen per model, equal to the average annual ball consumption for a weekend golfer. Nevertheless, you can also benefit from our step-pricing model that’ll give you the best deals when mixing dozens.
Great article with the details of the four originating Foundations that form The Invisible Shield.
A rolling stone gathers no moss, right?
That has long been a mantra of mine and with the wintery December weather slowing golf lessons down. I’ve been trying to help with this by publishing daily “Advent Golf Tips” on my “On the Mark” PGA TOUR podcast, which I’d love for you to check out.Continue reading “Focus on the Dimple”