Each Wednesday, 18Birdies moderates a Twitter #golfchat where users tweet @18Birdiesapp for former PGA Tour player and Golf Digest PGA Instructor Darrell Kestner to answer. Make sure you join the conversation each Wednesday from 4-5PM EST with us on Twitter!
Q: @JoshHayesFS what’s the best golf equipment for high handicappers?
A: @DarrellKestner Taylormade M2 irons or the easiest and most forgiving irons to hit
Q: @BigMoneyFantasy How much of a difference do the top golf balls make over other brands?
A: @DarrellKestner better balls for better players is a must, higher handicaps can also benefit if the price doesn’t matter
Q: @Kraig_McLeod I’ve noticed more PGA tour pros changing to oversize putter grips, do you recommend it for players of all levels?
A: @DarrellKestner If you have overactive hands or nerves it can be a great alternative
Q: @AnishPatel21 Does a really good set of clubs make a diff. for beginners compared to a cheap used set?
A: @DarrellKestner you get what you pay for, newer technology usually performs better
Q: @Jacy_Jackson1 what is the best way for a low teen handicap to get into single digits?
A: @DarrellKestner absolutely short game, chipping pitching sand game and putting, the most strokes are lost in this area
A: @DarrellKestner absolutely,when you have money and technology behind you, you can make great equipment for anyone to play
Q: @mcleod_evan Who’s your pick for the U.S. Open?
A: @DarrellKestner played Oakmont Monday,the golf course wins! Over par! Low pro Rory Mcilroy
Q: @BigMoneyFantasy do brand name putters like Odyssey and Scotty Cameron really make any difference?
A: @DarrellKestner a good putter can putt with anything, it’s the archer not the arrow…helps for the putter to fit you and be well balanced
A: @DarrellKestner great idea, need high end swing speed to make them beneficial, also excellent fitter to build them
Q: @SilkAshton If someone is struggling with their distance control on elevated approach shots, what is a good drill they can work on?
A: @DarrellKestner good distance control requires great contact, focus on ball then turf contact and also club selection
Q: @BigMoneyFantasy how much should a typical golf lesson cost a beginner or high handicap golfer?
A: @DarrellKestner varies based on pro and region, if cost is an issue read Hogan’s 5 Fundamentals to start, then also find a short game book