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A Friendly Driver

Ed Townsend - Columnist
Posted 8/20/20

For many golfers the search for that perfect driver ends up turning into frustration and plenty of bucks out of your wallet.

We travel as often as we can to golf shows and golf club exibitions and …

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A Friendly Driver


For many golfers the search for that perfect driver ends up turning into frustration and plenty of bucks out of your wallet.

We travel as often as we can to golf shows and golf club exibitions and even to those golf club demonstrations to learn about club making and what the golf manufacturers have to say about their new golf clubs.

Early in the year we saw email advertisements about the all-new 2020 GX-7 Jato driver.

Since I already had in my golf bag, the original GX-7 medal driver, which I became very fond of, I called the manufacturer to learn about the new 2020 GX-7 driver.

They told me it took three years to make with a “superstar” club designer at the helm.

Manufacturers of the Jato driver are not new to the game.

They point out that the GX-brand was first launched in 2016 with the original GX-7 “X Metal” and that this club turned our to what they called “groundbreaking, trent-bucking and industry-shaking.”

For thousands of golfers, GX manufacturers said it, “Was quite simple, game changing, insanely easy to hit, accurate to the point of being unfair and the ultimate off the tee and the turf weapon for amateurs.”

Claiming the new GX-7 Jato driver is everything the original was but “much, much more.”

“Like the original, it's a tad shorter and higher lofted than standard, which maximizes control and carry, and it also has a proprietary shaft designed specifically for the Jato clubhead,” a company spokesman said.

The new 2020 driver is said to deliver a drive that is every bit as straight as the first GX-7, but the drive is “a whole lot longer and even more consistent.”

This new driver is built to inspire confidence right off the bat and promises “you'll make dead center contact within your first three swings.”

The Jato-7 driver on line advertising says, “to prove the unmatched east of drilling the GX-7 Jato's sweet spot we're welcoming buyers to take a 'three-swing challenge'.....if you don't hit the center at least once in your first three swings, you can send the club back for a full product refund.”

To be sure of your impact spot, apply foot spray or masking tape to the Jato's clubface, then check it after each shot.

While Jato's clubhead is closer in size to a 3-wood than a conventional driver, its sweet spot, or effective hitting area, is the size of a driver's and this gives the golfer a much better chance of making a solid strike, according to information released by Jato manufacturers.

“The center of the clubface is closer to the hosel (and your hands) so it's easier to square the face and strike the sweet spot,” company manufactures say.

The clubhead is rated at 267cc.

A very interesting concept in the golf driver's market.

We're happy to be able to provide you information on new golf products. We don't endorse anything. If you desire further information call 888-529-6158 or email support@gx7golf.com.

Ed's Outlook

The Frank Finn Memorial Golf Tournament, sponsored by the Liberty Elks Lodge #1545 will be held on Saturday August 22 with a 10 a.m. start at the Swan Lake Golf & Country Club.

The price of $80 includes 18-holes of golf, golf cart, lunch and a chicken BBQ.

To sign up, contact Bob Menges at 845-866-5567

Golf Tip

By Bob Menges

To start your downswing, you want to feel as though your hands stay at the top of the backswing and your front leg starts the downswing. Of course this won't happen but that's the feeling you should have.

You should also experiment with different parts of your front leg to start your downswing. I recommend using either your front knee or your front hip. So simply swing back as normal and then feel as though your hands do nothing because it should be your front knee or hip that pulls your downswing into action.

A good drill to get this feeling is to swing back as normal but pull your front foot in so it touches your back foot at the top of the back swing. And then to start your downswing simply move your front foot into its normal position and swing through.

This will help to teach you the correct chain of events for the downswing.

Robert Menges is the head golf professional at the Swan Lake Golf & Country Club, Mt. Hope Road, Swan Lake. He is available when the course opens in mid-May. If you have a question or subject you would like covered, he can be reached at 845-292-0323, 845-866-5567 or via email at bobmenges22@gmail.com

Putting Tip

By Geoff Walsh

To become a great putter, and any golfer can be that.....practice with purpose....develop a routine....trust your technique.

Practice putts from 4 feet, on as level a spot on a green as possible. Strive to be automatic from four feet and in. Develop a routine that is repeated for all putts...determine the line...feel the distance...set up...stroke with confidence.

The most important factor when putting is to strike the ball with the “sweet spot” on the putterface. Our brains are hardwired for distance control based on a solid strike. Experiment with hand position, shaft length, and grip size to find and develop a consistent hit on the “sweet spot.”

Geoff Walsh is a Class A PGA Professional at the Tarry Brae Golf Course at 387 Pleasant Valley Road, South Fallsburg. At this time private lessons are not available. If you have a question or subject you would like covered, he can be reached by telephone at 845-434-2620.

Ed Townsend is a Public Relations Consultant to the sport of golf and brings over 60-years of sports journalism experience in writing and compiling the information for this column. When leagues and courses are fully in operation send your league or tournament information to Ed at 845-439-8177, email to bghtnews@aol.com or fax to 845-205-4474. View this column and Ed's photos at http://bght.blogspot.com We are also on Facebook and Twitter.

Golf Scores 8/21


Wednesday Night League

1. J. Fink & J. Graham 107.5

2. B. Orr & D. Tanous 106.5

3. M. Brand & E. Stratton 102.5

4. F. Barrett & D. Hendrickson 101.5

5. D. Immoor & H. Tighe 100.0

6. F. Stabbert & A. Stabbert 95.5

7. R. Schmidt & H. Russell 92.0

8. J. Hinkley & P. Alden 91.5

9. D. Kuebler & R. O'Mara 89.0

10. L. McAllister & R. Lennon 84.5

11. D. Hoskings & R. Esposito 74.0

12. M. Kovsh & C. Rodriguez 42.5


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