How To Improve you Game with Golf Fixes
Very few golf fixes work immediately. Be prepared to spend some time perfecting your new, improved swing. The key is to not give up. So get out there to apply what you learn in practice
At the top of most golfers’ to-fix lists – right after the slice and hook – are the fat, thin and topped iron shots. The good news is, these common problem areas can be easily fixed with minor adjustments.
Fat & Thin Shots
For most golfers, the fat or thin iron shot occurs when the center of the swing is too far behind the ball at contact. When this happens, your club hits the ground first (resulting in a fat shot) or hits the top of the ball (causing a thin shot). See what the Golf Swing Guru has to say about fixing your fat, thin and topped iron shots:
The primary cause of a fat or thin shot is having the head too far behind the ball, which tends to put too much weight on the right foot. You can fix this by moving your head more to the center and making sure your weight is on the left foot at address.
Some golfers get into the habit of tilting the spine to the right more than necessary. This will throw off your swing path and cause the club to hit the ground before it hits the ball. The easy solution is to square your shoulders when you address the ball.
Also make sure you turn your right hip – not allowing it to slide to the right – as you begin your backswing.
One of the more common causes of thin and fat shots with irons is standing too far away from the ball at address. This will cause you to over-reach your arms at impact to get to the ball. Pulling the arms in at impact can also cause a fat or thin iron shot.
The hips have to move out of the way as you bring your arms through, or the left arm tends to bend, causing a chicken wing effect. When you get your hips forward at impact, your arms will have room to extend at the bottom of your swing.
Topping the Ball
There are two main things that can cause you to top the ball. The first is raising your body up at impact, which also raises the level of the clubhead and results in a topped ball. The main cause of this is tilting too far forward at address.The second trigger is setting up with your arms too far extended.
On the downswing, it can be difficult to make the sudden adjustment to get the arms back in quickly enough. An unmistakable sign of this problem is the left arm going into the chicken wing formation as you move through impact.
The effect of both of these mistakes is magnified as you move to the shorter clubs.
By the time you get to the 9-iron, the problem may have worsened, resulting in severely fat, thin or topped balls. To avoid topping the ball, slow down the swing, allow your arms to relax, and stay in the proper position as you move through the downswing.
Getting the clubhead to hit down on the ball is the key to success. A lot of material has been written on how to cure the dreaded slice. Rather than go through all the tips you’ve already heard dozens of times before, I have put together a simple step-by-step guide to cure your slice once and for all.
Go to the driving range and get a bucket of balls. This drill is designed for the driver, but can be applied to any club that hits slices.
Spend a few minutes stretching and warming up, focusing on calming your nerves.
Set a ball on the tee, and take your normal address. Find a target out on the range with an unobstructed view.
One very common cause of slicing the ball is lining up to the left of the target. To determine if you are doing this, simply hold a long club (such as your driver) straight across both of your hips as you address the ball. Check to see where the end of the club is pointing. A perfectly hit ball will follow that line. Once you have your hips aligned properly, look down at your feet. They should not be too open or closed.
Re-set your address, making sure your hips and feet are positioned properly. Hit four or five balls, aiming at your target. If you are still slicing the ball, you know alignment isn’t the problem. Proceed to Step Six. If your golf balls are no longer slicing, then your alignment was the cause of your slicing. Go play golf!
Now that you’ve made sure you have proper alignment, check your grip on the club. Step up to the ball, and look down at your hands. Count how many knuckles you can see on your left hand (if you are right-handed). If you do not see at least two knuckles on your left hand, rotate your hands until you do. If you see four, you went too far and need to back up. It’s very important to rotate just your hands, NOT the club.
Address the ball again, using this new grip. Hit four or five balls, again aiming at your target, paying close attention to the flight path. If you are no longer slicing the ball, your grip was the problem. If the balls are still slicing, move on to Step Eight.
It is possible that your swing is ending up with the dreaded chicken wing. Take several practice swings, keeping your right elbow pressed against your body.
When the right elbow flies too far away from the body, it causes an out-to-in swing path that almost always results in a slice.
Use Muscle Memory
Once you fix your slice, hit several more balls using the new information you’ve discovered on your alignment, grip,or swing path. Your muscle memory has already learned know how to make you slice the ball; now you have to retrain it to use the right process. By repeating the proper swing over and over again, your muscle memory will begin to register the proper mechanics, making it much easier to replicate a good swing later.
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5 Golf Drills to Improve Your Game
Golfing drills allow you to concentrate on one or two aspects of the game so you can easily measure your success as you go. They can make all the difference between having a full bag of golfing shots or an empty bag of tricks. You can get some great practice drill videos as part of the bonus material offered in The Simple Golf Swing:
Here are 5 great golf drills to get you started.
1. To beat your hook shot, start by taking your stance to a ball. Swing your club up to the very top of your backswing, and then stop. Slowly count to yourself, one … two … three, and then begin your downswing.
This golfing drill forces you to slow down your lower body movement and the rotation of your wrists. When you make yourself stop at the top, you have to deliberately set up your downswing process. Shift your weight slightly to the lead foot as you begin your downswing.
2. Chipping can be frustrating for many golfers. Instead of trying to hit the ball to the hole, place a folded towel on the green right where you want your ball to land. The bigger target area will make it much easier for you to concentrate on properly landing the ball, which is key to great chip shots.
3. If your putts routinely roll right or left of the cup, you may have a problem with your putting stance. It’s crucial to have a square stance when putting. Try placing a flagstick at your feet, aligned with your toes and parallel to your target line. Use the visual line of the stick as a guide for your putting line. Your shoulders and hips must be on this same line as well. Once your body is square with your intended target path, you should see immediate improvement.
4. This next drill is fun and easy, but very powerful. This works with all golf shots, from driver to putter. Make it a habit to mentally see the shot before you. Visualize it happening as if you are watching a movie in your mind. Then perform the shot and see if your results are the same as what you envisioned.
If the results are not the same, stop and consider what part of the shot went astray. Perhaps the fade shot you imagined went off just fine, but the distance was short. Or maybe the putt you saw riding the break fell well short of the cup.
This drill allows you to hone in on the particular problem you may have with a specific shot. Once you pinpoint the cause, you can begin to fix it.
5. Swing a broomstick.
This is a very good drill that focuses only on weight shift, which is crucial to powerful, solid golf shots. To get started, cut off the bristles from a broomstick, and use the straight stick as a pretend golf club. Go through your golf swing, paying particular attention to your feet, legs and hips. Concentrate on shifting your weight as you slowly move through your golf swing.
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Are You Tired of Missing The Green in Golf
Missing a green is a great source of frustration for all of us playing at some time or another.
Here are 5 of the biggest reasons for this problem.
1. Poor Club Selection:
This is perhaps one of the most common mistakes that causes golfers to miss a green in golf. There are many factors other than distance that go into picking the right club. When we play too quickly or ignore other issues associated with picking the right club, we miss greens.
2. Poor Shot Skills (Approach Shot):
Many golfers could dramatically lower their scores, and hit more greens, if they spent more time practicing approach shots with their fairway woods and long irons. These can be tricky clubs to master – and this goes for the hybrid woods as well, in spite of what the advertisers tell you. Because fairway woods and long irons have less loft, you must be able to get the clubface back to square upon impact with the ball. By mastering these clubs, you’ll be able to hit the green with a long approach shot.
3. Poor Shot Skills (Chipping and Pitching):
Players often miss greens from short distances because they mess up their chip or pitch shot. How often have you seen a player dig his or her club into the dirt with a wedge, popping the ball forward a foot or two? Pitching and chipping are two of the most common shots you will face on a golf course. The hours spent mastering the wedges are time well spent and will definitely help you to hit more greens.
4. Par 3 Tee Problems:
A lot of golfers miss the greens on what should be simple Par 3 holes. One reason for that is teeing up the ball too high or too low for the iron that
is used to play off the tee. Teeing up a ball for an iron is not the same as it is for a big, fat driver. Yet, many golfers approach both the same way. This can lead to pop-up balls, screaming hooks and slices and wild shots we have no name for yet.
5. Water, Bunkers and Trees,
A lot of Par 3 holes, and many other holes, have some type of hazard or obstacle that is strategically placed to mentally challenge the player.
One example is the island 17th hole at TPC Sawgrass in Florida. Although it is an easy, straight shot to the green, over 150,000 golf balls have gone into the water over the last 3 years. Talk about visual intimidation! Here is a good tip for those who have a hard time playing over hazards: Overlook the hazard. Assess your shot the way you normally do, but when you get ready to shoot, concentrate on some other focal point above the hazard. This might be a particular tree in the treeline behind the target, a tower, or anything else that gets the image of the hazard out of your line of sight.
Give these tips a try. I think you’ll be happy with the results you get out on the green.
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Ways to Develop More Power in your Golf Swing
There is a misconception in golf where some believe that power equals muscle. This is not exactly true. The true source of power in your golf swing is clubhead speed. The faster you can swing the club while keeping your swing pure, the more energy you will deliver to the ball. And that added energy equals increased power.
How can golfers increase clubhead speed?
Flexibility equals torque, and torque is how you gain that extra speed during your downswing. Here are a couple of quick tips to help you get the clubhead speed you need to increase your power shots.
Increase Speed: Head Position
Head position at address is important. Your head should be positioned just slightly to the right of the ball (as you look down on it). Poor positioning of the head restricts the shoulders from taking a smooth, full turn during the backswing.
The second thing to remember about head position is to keep the chin off the chest. You want your shoulders to be able to turn under your chin. If the chin is on the chest, this cannot happen.
Increase Speed: Reduce Arm Tension
Many golfers, especially those new to the game, will grip the club so tightly that the muscles in their forearms bulge. This happens more often with the driver than any other club, but it is not exclusive to the driver.
It is impossible to tell every golfer how tightly he or she should hold the club. One common analogy is to hold the club as you would a tube of toothpaste without squeezing any out. For those who truly want to add power to their game, added flexibility is the key.
Keep in mind that while the backswing is important it sets up the downswing the speed of the clubhead during the downswing is what truly matters. You can find a variety of flexibility exercises online to help you work out the kinks, release tension and loosen up your core muscles.
This should be your first step.
The type of exercises you do and the level of difficulty you choose must be dependent on your current health. If you are already somewhat limber and are not overweight, probably opt for the more intense programs. However, if you are older, have less range of motion or are overweight, then opting for the less-intense flexibility programs should be your goal. You can always move up as you become more limber.
Another Way to Increase Power:
Aside from your physical ability, one other way to add a bit more power to your shots is to use heavier clubheads. For most golfers, this means using a bigger driver. It is also possible to buy slightly heavier irons today.
The increase in power you get with heavier clubs is due to the added mass of the clubhead. More mass at contact equals more energy onto the ball. However, heavier clubs, especially heavier drivers, will require some getting used to. You should not expect to simply buy a set or new driver and be able to use it
without some practice.
Professional golfers who are looking for the maximum amount of power in their golf swing will take advantage of both of these tips. So work on your flexibility and master the modern driver, and you will benefit as well.
As you probably already know, one of the fastest ways to add 20 yards (or more) to your drives is to move up to the bigger 460 cc drivers. Over the last several years, driver heads and weights have been increasing. Currently, the USPGA has put a limit on drivers of 460 cc. So, for the time being, this is the largest driver you can use legally.
While these monster drivers can certainly result in longer drives, they have some unique characteristics that must be learned. To get the maximum effect, you have to spend significant time practicing with them and perhaps even change your thinking about ball flight in general.
When a ball is hit correctly with a bigger driver, the golf ball spins less, causing it to go higher than usual. The combination of high launch along with less spin causes the ball to travel farther. The trick is to get enough ball spin to create lift, while at the same time eliminating as much drag as possible.
Here are four very useful tips for using that new driver:
The Ball Must Be Teed Higher:
Older drivers normally required the ball to be teed up, putting the top of the driver about midway up the golf ball. For these bigger drivers, you need to tee the ball so the top of the driver is about 1/3 up the ball.
As you know, the standard tee is only 2 1/8-inches long. When you buy a 460 cc driver, make sure to buy some longer tees as well. You’ll need at least 3 inches, or a little longer if you can find them.
Change Your Stance:
A common mistake is trying to keep your old stance at address. For the bigger drivers, it is important to move the ball forward in your address stance. For right-handed golfers, this means moving it more towards your left foot.
With the smaller drivers, we were all taught to play the ball off the left heel, which is appropriate for those driver heads. But for the bigger ones, we need to hit the ball on the upswing, and the best way to do that is to move the stance forward a bit.
In addition to increasing the launch angle, hitting the ball on the upswing also decreases the ball’s spin rate. For some players, moving the ball forward might mean playing the ball off the big toe, and for other players it might mean moving the ball outside the left foot altogether. The only way you will determine your ideal ball position is to get to the range and experiment.
Train Yourself to Hit the Center of the Driver Face:
Here is a quick test to see if you need to retrain yourself.
Tee up a ball and take your address position. Stretch your arms out, noticing where the face of the driver is in relation to the golf ball. This is most likely where the face will strike the ball.
With the new drivers, you may find that your strike one the hosel or the heel of the club – bad news on both counts. If so, take a slight step back and repeat the test. Keep moving back until you have the proper ball-to-face alignment.
Hit the Golf Ball on the Upswing:
Learning to hit on the upswing is crucial to getting those added yards with your new driver.
For many of us, this is easier said than done. If you are still hitting your new driver on the apex of the downswing, you won’t get the boost in yardage. When you learn to hit on the upswing, you will get a higher launch angle and lower spin rate, the equation for longer distance. After you buy your new driver, give yourself 30 days to fine-tune its use. Once you get comfortable with it, your drives will improve and you will potentially produce more power in your golf swing.
Purepoint Golf Team