Justin Thomas has really made his mark with the Blue Mountains and the North East of Australia. A former rugby player for Australia, he rose to become a world-class golfer. With so many greats in the sport, why does Thomas still have so much to offer? There are many theories on this. A good place to start is his own swing set, which he has designed and built at his home club, The Bakery.
“I started this club with my son when he was six years old and since then it has been an obsession,” says Thomas. “We have done several different courses around Australia including the Blue Mountains. I always design my course to incorporate a challenging balance between a friendly environment and a challenging course.”
For those new to the game, Thomas recommends that you first hit some lessons with an instructor at the local course. Then, take a practice swing set from home. You can then concentrate on improving your technique at the same time as working on improving your physical fitness. Both of these work together.
So how hard should you really work on improving your golf game? Thomas says you could spend countless hours practising – but in reality, most people only use about 40 minutes on any particular course. By breaking it up into manageable segments, you can keep it interesting while still working on your technique. This would be a good way to spend a Saturday for example.
If you buy a used swing set from eBay or from a classified ad, make sure it is a “real” swing set and not one just designed by someone looking to sell. A real club is one that has been club-worn by a pro. You want to be able to hit it just as far as you would if you were playing in a wet green. A pre-owned club is very likely to have been handled by many different pros. It will have more club head wear than a new set, so it will be easier to see when you are swinging where the ball actually goes.
The other thing to look for is the club head speed. A faster club head means you will swing the ball faster. The faster the club head moves, the faster you will swing. This applies not only to golf but to almost every sport – when you apply the technique described above, the faster you swing as well.