Tips From The Pro

Tips from the Pro

TENSION AT ADDRESS

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TENSION AT ADDRESS

Tension is a killer. Relax and free up your swing shake hands with the grip and keep the arms soft. Swing the club initially in slow motion and once you have enhanced your feeling of softness and can feel the weight of the club head swing at normal speed. Keep your chin up as a further guard against tension in your shoulders. The more relaxed your body is the more rhythmic your swing will be and the more club head speed you will be able to produce.


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SETUP

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SETUP

Too many golfers tend to take their stance and then plunk the club down. This causes them to build their aim around their stance. Your stance should be built around your aim by squaring the clubface first and then setting your feet. Try this:

  1. Square the club face behind the ball.
  2. Place your left foot in position. Thw placement of your left foot sets your ball position.
  3. Place your right foot in position. The stance width is created by the placement of the right foot.

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To Fight a Hook

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To Fight a Hook

Players who typically struggle with overactive hands and arms can use the split hands drill to promote a belt turn of the chest and torso through the ball. This will allow you to maintain a square clubface at impact (Facing more towards the target) with the right hand and forearm more underneath the left. Ideally as it approaches the ball the clubface should be squaring slowly in tandem with the rotating torso. The key to consistency is to find the right blend of body, hand and arm action.


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Hard Bunkers

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Hard Bunkers

I was fortunate to play a few rounds with Bobby Locke and one of the best tips he gave me concerned playing from a bunker with little sand. When playing out of a bunker with little sand try to limit your follow through to approximately hip height. Try not to follow through to shoulder height. This tip has always served me well when playing from bunkers with little sand in them.


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Why a neutral grip is the best option

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Why a neutral grip is the best option

A Neutral grip requires no compensation later in the swing and less manipulation of the clubhead through impact. A neutral grip is one in which the v formed by your left thumb and index finger points to your right eye. A grip is strong when both hands are turned more to the right, its weak when the hands are more toward the left. When working on your grip its easier to assure the correct position of your hands if you holf the club out in front of you. If you tend to slice turn the grip a bit to your right and if you hook turn your grip a bit to the left.


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Make more short putts: Learn to accelerate through the ball

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Make more short putts: Learn to accelerate through the ball

Most players miss short putts because their backstrokes are too long and they decelerate through impact. A good drill to do is the tee drill. Stick a tee in the green about one putter head length directly behind the ball. Using the tee as a backstop practice 1m putts feeling the shorter motion. Accelerate the putter-head through impact to start the ball on your intended line. This drill will ingrain a stroke that’s shorter going back and accelerates through the ball.


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Bunkers

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Bunkers

Widen your stance. Stand a little more open and further away from the ball than you would normally. Lower your hands and place them behind the ball so that you effectively add loft to the clubface. As you swing back try to cup your left wrist. Stabilize your swing with a solid lower body action and accelerate the club into the sand sensing that your right hand works under the left so that the face of the club is looking skyward as it passes beneath the ball.


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Maximise Distance

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Maximise Distance

Sometimes we fail to maximize our distance due to a faulty setup. The following adjustments to your address position should be relatively easy to make.

Tee the ball a little higher than normal and play it forward in your stance opposite the instep of your left foot. Widen your stance slightly and settle at least 60% of your weight on your right side. Your head and your hands should be placed slightly behind the ball. Main tain a light grip pressure and relax the
shoulders.

Make a full and free shoulder turn, create a wide arc and get your body fully turned behind the ball at the top of your swing. You should be aware of an increase in the amount of coil that you create which will then enable you to move back to the left side and accelerate the club through impact.


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Tee Shots – lack of distance

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Tee Shots – lack of distance

Sometimes we fail to maximize our distance due to a faulty setup. The following adjustments to your address position should be relatively easy to make.

Tee the ball a little higher than normal and play it forward in your stance opposite the instep of your left foot. Widen your stance slightly and settle at least 60% of your weight on your right side. Your head and your hands should be placed slightly behind the ball. Maintain a light grip pressure and relax the shoulders. Make a full and free shoulder turn, create a wide arc and get your body fully turned behind the ball at the top of your swing. You should be aware of an increase in the amount of coil that you create which will then enable you to move back to the left side and accelerate the club through impact.


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Chip as you putt

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One way to gain confidence is to regard your chipping stroke merely as an extension of your putting stroke. Try this with your 8 iron. Take your normal putting grip and play the ball back in your stance. Keep your hands and weight forward favouring your left side and spread your elbows. The heel of the club must be raised off the ground – thus you must stand very close to the ball. Control the stroke with a gentle rocking of your shoulders. Concentrate on maintaining the width of the gap between your elbows as you swing back and through.