Sunday, September 4, 2016


    Worden Building Same Length Irons

  Just like all golfers you have a favorite iron that you hit perfectly every time you pull it out of the bag.
  Why do you have just this one favorite iron our of your entire set?
  It is because it is the only one that actually comes close to fitting you properly and allows your body to make its most fluid and powerful swing.
  It is simply common sense that in order for you to play your best all of the irons within your set should be built to the same fitting and dynamic specification as this favorite iron producing an entire set of favorite irons (same length, weight, flex angle, etc.)
 A custom fitted set of single-length golf clubs produces a stunning increase in consistent ball striking, distance and accuracy for golfers at all skill levels.
  Club-making is a big part of Dave's Golf Shop in Middletown and he said to me the other day that he is now getting requests from golfers to build single-length sets of golf sets.
  "Imagine being able to hit your #3 iron with the same ball striking consistency as you do #9 iron and wedges," Worden noted.
  The Middletown club maker pointed out that these same length irons are custom fitted based on the length from your wrist to the ground and this custom fit allows golfers to make their best and most confident swing every time with every club.
  Golfers using this single length method experience an overall increase in power and distance as well as a decided increase  in control and accuracy.
  We are going to go the distance and have Dave construct a set using Pinhawk single length irons mainly because we feel the difference using our favorite club compared to the feel of the other irons in our present set.
  Dave Worden has been in the golf-related business for 35-years and offers opportunities to golfers 12-months of the year. 
  The 55 year-old former outstanding four-letter Middletown Central School athlete opened The Golf Shop in Middletown in 1992.
  Taking golf indoors during the late fall, winters and early spring months has become a speciality at Dave's Indoor Golf Center located within The Golf Shop at 316 East Main Street, Middletown where winter indoor golf is played on Deadsolid Golf Simulators.
  The Indoor Golf Center features leagues for single men, two man teams, single ladies, two lady teams and juniors.
  Dave points out that the golf simulators provide realistic computer images, swing speed, swing tempo, face angle, face rotation , impact point and yardage. "This is real golf with amazing feedback," Worden said.
  Clubmaking has been a part of The Golf Shop for over 20-years and Dave is associated with the Golf Clubmakers Association and Professional Clubmakers Society.
  Worden lettered in four sports at Middletown High and played football and lacrosse at Hudson Valley Community College before moving on to the University of South Florida.
   Dave Worden breathes, eats and sleeps the game of golf and his  outstanding enthusiasm for the sport and his desire to help others enjoy the sport is a beautiful thing to see. 
  Stop by or call Dave at 845-344-2582.

    Ed's Outlook

  Golf Course Designer Robert Trent Jones Sr. developed a gem when he put together the plans for the the Fallsview Golf Course at the Honor's Haven Resort and Spa located just outside the Village of Ellenville. 
  On this nine-hole facility there is not a weak hole to be found and some consider holes seven through nine the toughest three finishers in the Tri-State area.
  H & L Golf Management out of Wall, New Jersey manages the golf course for Honor Haven Resort with thirty-one year-old Sean Crawford serving as the Director of Golf Operations.
  PGA Certified Golf Pro Michael Girardi offers golf lessons by appointment only and is not employed by the resort of H & L Golf Management.
  Sean serves as both the general manager and golf course superintendent.
  The general manage/superintendent has a certificate in Turf Management from Rutgers University and has worked as assistant superintendent at the Pelham Bay and Split Rock Golf Course in the Bronx, at the Latolurette Golf Club on Staten Island, at the Arrowhead Golf Course in Wheaton, Ill., at the Butler National Golf Club in Oak Brook, Ill., at the Ridgewood Country Club in Paramus, NJ and the Randalls Island Park in New York City.
  The course is presently struggling for lack of open play golfers but does play host to three leagues.
  Continuing our search this golf season for the toughest golf holes in the tri-county area there is no doubt that the No. 6 hole on this layout easily fits into that category.
  The 606-yard par 5 starts out with a dog leg left and a bunker on the right side of the fairway. There is trees and water on the left side. After negotiating the dog leg you have some long 3 wood shots to reach the green which is protected by sand trap on the left. This is the longest hole on the course and is a demanding three shot challenge. A miss left into the ancient sycamore trees or a miss right into the strand of oaks will leave virtually no shot to the green. If on the green in three shots, the challenge is far from over. The sixth green is so severely sloped from back to front that players have been above the hole and putted off the green. A real tough par 5 and a bogey here is more than welcome.   
  Hole No. 3 is a 509 yard par 5 with high risk and can easily be considered the second toughest hole. The Sandburg Creek greet golfers off the tee and runs parallel to the third hole and Gully Creek must be traversed off the tee. A bunker lines the right side of the fairway and is reachable with your tee shot. The green is defended by a pond on the right and a deep face bunker green-side. A five on this hole requires accurate shooting. 
  Additional  photo coverage from this course can be seen at 

    The Golf Tip
    By Robert Menges

  The Importance of Wedges:
  In today's ever-changing golf game, most players are under the influence if they hit the ball longer they will play better.
  Even though technology has increased now far the ball will travel, the scores are about the same. There is no doubt that if you hit the ball longer you should have less club to the green and be able to get the ball closer to the hole and make more putts.
  I believe this to be true, but you better be able to hit  shots on the green close to the pin. In order to hit the ball close, I feel it is important to carry three wedges in your golf bag. Most people have a pitching wedge that some with their set. This club has 47  to 49 degrees of loft. You have a choice to make for the other two wedges. A gap wedge with about 50 to 55 degrees of loft and a lob wedge is about 60 to 64 degrees of loft. I would choose between these two clubs depending on how far you hit the ball.
  A lob wedge will save you shots around the green and a gap wedge will help you with the in between yardages in the fairway.
  You should always carry a sand wedge that has 54-57 degrees of loft.
  Some touring Professionals will carry 4 wedges in their bag.
  The next time you play a round of golf, count how many shots you take from 100 yards in to the green. I think you will find that this will total about 60 percent of your score.
  When you are trying to improve your score, it is important to lower the number of shots you take close to the green. I think having three wedges in your bag will help you accomplish a lower score.
  Robert Menges is the head golf professional at the Swan Lake Golf & Country Club, Mt. Hope Road, Swan Lake. He is available for private lessons and if you have a question or subject you would like covered, he can be reached at 845-292-0323 or email at                 
 The Putting Tip
  By Joe Bermel

  The USGA banned anchoring the putter against your body for one huge worked great.
  By holding the handle against something more stable, it reduced extra motion in the stroke, and gave players a better chance to produce predictable results.
  Those days are over, but you can still feel the benefits of an anchored stroke without actually cheating.
  The main thing anchoring fixed was shoving your hands toward the target during the stroke.
  When you practice, you want to do something that will get your to swing the putter-head instead of shifting the handle.
  To do it, choke up on the putter so that your left hand is on the shaft, and stick the butt of the grip into your gut.
  This will force you to move the head end and not the grip. Once you get the feel, switch back to your standard grip and roll some practice putts.
   Joe Bermel is available for private lessons, group, corporate, organization and golf shows/tournaments. His special edition DVD "How to Putt Well" is available by calling 631-589-1384, at his web site or by email at 

    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.  If you have league and tournament information, shoot a hole-in-one or even shoot your age, let Ed know at 845-439-8177, email at or fax at 845-205-4474. View this column and all of Ed's pictures at  We are also on Facebook and Twitter.


Club builder Dave Worden, owner of  Dave's Golf Shop building a single length golf club.



Golfers tee off the sixth tee at the Fallsview Golf Course at Honor's Haven Resort & Spa. The 606-yard par five with a dog leg left is the No. 1 handicap hole and  requires long fairway shots. Easily the most difficult hole on this 9-hole Robert Trent Jones Sr. designed course.



Fallsview Golf Course General Manager and Superintendent Sean Crawford.   






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