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Tuesday, 24 September 2013 10:38

Two Drills to Cure that Snap Hook

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Snap hooks are worse than a slice because they travel farther on the ground, which makes it hard to keep the ball in play. Most hooks are the result of you altering your spine angle—hips move toward your target and your weight remains back. This causes you to close the face and release the club early.
 
Here are two drills that will help you fix that hook.

1. Take an iron and grip down at the metal part of the shaft. Swing using your normal stance. In order to make solid contact, you have to keep your hands low and your backside down. Raising either will cause you to miss the ball or hit it thin.
 
2. Take the stance you'd use for driving the ball, then slide your right foot about 4 inches away from the target. This drops your right shoulder as well as your center of gravity. Hit some balls with a ¾ swing. Using this wide stance, it'll be easier to stay down through your shot.
Wednesday, 18 September 2013 17:34

Golf Tips: Making Solid Contact

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You know the feeling and sound made by pure contact with the ball? It’s amazing, isn’t it? It’s one of the things that get you hooked. But solid contact can be difficult for golfers, and it’s ultimately what separates good players from high handicappers. But, like all aspects of golf, there’s a drill for that! (Several, really.) Let’s talk about some things required to make good contact with the ball and how best to practice them.

Posture

Using the correct posture keeps your swing on the right plane throughout the shot. Most golfers who struggle with solid contact don’t carry the proper posture all the way through to impact. This causes chunks, thin and fat shots, slices, and hooks.

Hands Forward

At impact, the grip end of the club leads the clubhead and your hands. This creates the downward strike on the ball that will cause the divot after the ball instead of before.

Squaring the Clubface

Your clubface needs to be square at impact. Beginners often leave their club faces open at impact, which diminishes power and distance. You want the club to move from open to square during your downswing.

Drill 1

Put a golf ball twelve to fourteen inches behind the ball you plan to strike on the same line. As you swing your club, try not to hit the extra ball. This will help you create a descending blow on the golf ball.

Drill 2

Stand in front of a mirror and take a half-backswing, then swing back down to address and stop. Repeating this motion will create muscle memory that will transfer to your game. Make this a part of your preshot routine. 

Learning how to golf like a pro takes years of practice both on and off the course. Here are three practical tips to use now to help improve your game.

1. Learn to choose the right club for the shot.

Since the rules of golf state that you can only have 14 clubs in your bag at a time, you’ll need to learn which clubs are appropriate for each shot and how far you hit each of them. Because no two rounds of golf are the same (even if you’re playing the same course every time), you’ll find that, over time, you’ll use all the clubs in your bag. Once you learn how far you hit each club, put that knowledge to use on the course. It’s helpful to write down how far you hit each club, laminate it, and keep it in your golf bag as a reference. The reference is also a great way to gauge how you improve over time, since your distance will increase with each club as you progress.

2. Think about your approach.

You aren’t Bubba Watson. Chances are very good that you can’t hit a shot that doglegs to land on the green for a shot at par. Be practical and take the easier shots. If you miss the green, your follow-up shot needs to get the ball close enough to sink the putt. Think about what direction the green slopes and what it looks like near the pin and adjust your shot accordingly. Understand how you mishit shots so that your well hit balls land on the green and give you a makeable putt but a miss will still give you an opportunity to sink it in two.

3. Stop trying to crush the ball on every drive.

The Tiger Woods video game has ruined many a real-life drive with the angelic sound of swishing and crushing as the ball makes contact with the sweet spot on the golf ball before soaring 300 yards down the fairway. Those shots aren’t likely to happen in your golf game if you’re more concerned with muscling the shot into going the distance as opposed to hitting a steady swing that makes good contact. Hinge your wrists as far back as possible on your backswing, rotate around your body as much as you can, and shift your weight properly. Improving your distance comes with hitting the ball better, not harder.

You're not going to become the next Rory McIlroy overnight; but learning how to golf like a pro might be a little easier if you're using these tips.

It's not a good feeling watching your golf ball take flight, only to crash and burn in a bunker. You know what's even worse?  Sometimes, adding insult to injury, the ball buries itself so deep you feel like you need a shovel to get it out. You need to find a way to get the ball back into play so that you can save par, and you also want to keep good control of the ball so that it doesn't hurtle across the green or into another bunker. Here's one way to approach these buried shots that will get you back on course.
 
1. Play the ball just behind middle stance. This gets your shot a little steeper to help you digi the ball out.

2. Take an open stance. If you use a closed stance it will be hard to get your clubhead into the sand where it needs to be and you'll lose the power you need.

3. Use a 60-degree lob wedge. This will send the ball flying at a high trajectory so it stops quickly when it lands.

4. Hit the sand 1-2 inches before the ball. This will pop the ball out of the sand, cushioning it to help control (and shorten) your distance. 

5. Take a smooth, powerful shot. Your ball will pop out and roll toward the hole.

 
 
Wednesday, 28 August 2013 10:29

Master Your Golf Swing (Infographic)

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We found this great infographic from 3 time LPGA world champion, Lorena Ochoa, and wanted to share it with you. It has some great tips for perfecting your golf swing. 
 
 
The Perfect Swing by Lorena Ochoa
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Wednesday, 21 August 2013 08:15

Playing Golf Shots from the Rough

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The best advice for shooting from the rough is to think long and hard about the best way for you to get out of trouble. Always play the safe shot—the recovery that will keep you in the game and avoid any more difficultly. Attempting a shot that's nearly impossible is more likely to end in a double or triple bogey, not par.
 
Here are more tips for hitting from the rough:
• Pop the ball of high rough quickly by using a more lofted club. Are you a mid- to high- handicap player, use a wood instead of a long iron—this makes it less likely that the club will get caught in the grass—and open your clubface a bit, as grass may cause the clubface to close slightly.

• For hitting out of light rough, use an upright swing, then hit down and through the ball.

• Choke down on the club slightly (one to two inches), and open your stance just a little. Use a quicker backswing than normal and break your wrists early.

• From a downhill lie, play the ball back in your stance and perpendicular to the slope. Follow the slop during your backswing, stay down through contact, and keep your head down.

• On an uphill slope, take your normal stance perpendicular to the slope. Swing the club parallel to the slope and take an easy swing. Since balls hit from an uphill position have a tendency to hook to the left, aim to the right a little to compensate.
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