US Open Golf: Is your performance up to par?

14 June 2016

With the US Open set to start on Thursday, many of us will be dusting off that old set of irons in the garage and getting back on the course or the range. After a few practice swings you might even wonder why you never made it as a pro, until that first tee shot slices out-of-bounds, that is.

Whether you're looking for some gear that wouldn't be out of place at Oakmont this week, or you're just hoping to earn bragging rights at the 19th hole of your local club, here at Think Sport we've got a great selection of gear for all standards. 

Innovative Technology

If you're a good player looking to take your game to the next level, then you're going to have to get technical. Most of us won't have a coach carefully analysing our every shot, but with the Zepp Golf Swing Tracking System you won't need one! A revolutionary training system, the Zepp Tracker comprises a motion sensor, glove mount and mobile app, which combine to give you detailed data on your club head speed, swing plane, tempo, back swing position and more.

If you're just in need of the glove mount to easily attach your sensor to, you can pick up the Zepp Golf Mount on its own too.

Arm Yourself

Swinging a golf club isn't the most natural action in the world, so it's understandable that certain injuries may occur. With the repetitive nature of the sport, overuse injuries in particular are common, such as medial epicondylitis (golfer's elbow). A few years ago Tiger Woods was struggling with this condition, and while most of the front-runners seem to be healthy this time, there are sure to be a few niggles going around.

Wearing something such as the Neo G Tennis/Golf Elbow Strap is a great option, as it is light, compact and won't inconvenience your swing. By dampening vibrations, the Elbow Strap makes hitting the ball less uncomfortable and painful so you can focus on your performance rather than your body.

Tape Up

Comfort gripping the club is fundamentally important to any Pro's golf game, which is why many of them use products such as the Mueller Golfer's Tape. You're unlikely to see Jason Day or Jordan Spieth withdrawing due to a bad case of blisters, because they take the necessary precautions to keep their hands in good shape. It may not sound like a big issue, but sore, chafing fingers can really affect your feel and control. Preventing these injuries, whilst also improving grip, the Golfer's Tape is the smart choice. 

Keep Cool on the Course

With the mercury potentially hitting 30°C this weekend at Oakmont, it's vital that the players stay cool in order to perform at their peak. While it doesn't seem likely that the weather here in England will match that this week/ever (what is sun..?) a round of golf is still hard work in any conditions.

The professionals might choose to wear a simple cap with their favoured brand (or it could be something to do with sponsorship money) but you'll have no such obligations, meaning you'll be free to wear something like the Techniche HyperKewl Evaporative Cooling Sports Cap. Using unique technology, this cap not only protects you from the sun but also features an evaporative material that absorbs and slowly releases water, to keep you nice and cool.

Get out There!

Now we've teed you up for a great round and flagged up some potential issues, it's time to hit the golf course. If you want to find some other gear that could help your game, check out our full range of golf products