5 Tips to Playing Golf in Wet Weather.
Most golfers prefer a dry course, but inevitably you’ll find yourself facing wet conditions. Perhaps you are playing in a tournament or on a special out-of-town course and don’t want to pass up the opportunity. Whatever the reason you have to do it, playing golf in wet weather, wet course requires some special techniques and skills.
Here’s some advice to help you get through a wet course without sacrificing your score:
1. For those new to golf, here’s a quick safety tip.
Never play golf during a thunderstorm. Being struck by lightning is no laughing matter. Standing out in the open, totally unprotected, near water, and holding a metal shaft in your hands puts you at a drastically higher risk.
2. When you are playing a course that is truly wet, and not just damp, you may notice your feet sinking into the turf. Choke down on the club – up to one inch – to prevent making fat shots.
3. The first hole you play on a wet course should be an assessment hole. Many inexperienced golfers assume they can play the same club on a wet course as they would on a dry course, but this is almost never the case.
As you hit your first series of shots on the first hole, pay close attention to how your ball reacts when it lands. You’ll most likely find that it will not roll anywhere near as much on wet turf as it would on dry.
If this is the case, don’t be afraid to add more club to your future shots. You may find that you can add one, two or even three clubs depending on how wet the course is and how far or little your ball rolls.
4. If you find yourself in the rough on a wet course, consider raising your hands slightly at address to make your shaft more vertical. This get through wet grass easier than a horizontal shaft. Playing out of the rough also requires more power to compensate for the sticky grass that slows down clubhead speed.
When playing on a dry course in the rough, avoid gripping the club too tightly. On a wet course, make sure you are holding the club tight enough to keep the face of the club from flying open upon impact with the ball.
5. Putting on a wet green is almost always slower than normal. Take this into account when judging the pace of a putt.
You will also find that balls do not break as much on a wet green (with the exception of a cross-grain). You may find that your ball actually “slides” down the grain on very wet greens.
In general, my advice is to be more aggressive on a wet course. Try to make more solid hits on a straighter target path to compensate for the drag caused by the water. This may not work in every case, but it’s worth a shot.
Playing a wet course requires you to adjust your course management skills and play modified shots that work with the water rather than trying to fight it.
Be patient, be mindful of your shots, and don’t be afraid to change your tactics as you move from hole to hole. When playing golf in wet weather demands more concentration and focus on your technique so take your time and assess all your options.
Swing Analyzer Can Show You the Details of Your Swing.
It’s not uncommon for many golfers to execute certain shots quite well yet struggle with others. To be a truly well-rounded golfer, the goal is to make all shots properly and efficiently. To achieve that higher level of play, you need to identify the golf shots you make poorly, find the cause of the problem, and correct it – easier said than done, I know.
Over the years, I’ve discovered that the best way to hone in on a golfing problem is to begin with the big picture and work backwards.
Here are some tips to help you pinpoint your weak areas, plus suggestions on how to fix them.
Head or Hands:
The first step in diagnosing your weak areas is determining if the problem lies in your mechanics or your nerves.
Even golfers with perfect swing mechanics can make bad shots when they feel pressured, such as during a tournament. When it is your mind that is causing the problem, working on your swing can actually cause more harm than good.
Before you do anything, make an honest assessment of the root cause: mind or mechanics.
When looking at your weaknesses, it’s important to start with the fundamentals. If your weakest golf area is your
swing, take a look at this “Simple Golf Swing” Guide that makes it easy for you to see improvements:
If you decide that your nerves are just fine and that the problem is in your swing, take note of which shots are causing the most grief. Is it the drive, fairway play, chipping, or pitching? It could be more than one type of shot, or it could be that all of your shots are flying erratically.
The good news is your problem may be simple to fix.
Perhaps your grip on the shaft is too strong or too weak to achieve a proper, neutral grip.
The bad news is, some swing problems can be very hard to identify on your own. In fact, being your own swing doctor can be an incredibly frustrating role to play. When seeking outside help, you have two options:
Visit a good golf store that has an analyzer, or visit your local PGA pro.
Using a Swing Analyzer to Help Your Game
The swing analyzer can record your swing, from address to follow-through, and break it all down for you. This is one of the fastest and most effective ways to nail down your swing mechanics.
You local pro can be a great help in diagnosing your weak areas. A good course professional will spend time with you, examining your swing and offering tips. While the swing analyzer may be able to show you the details of what you are doing, they cannot teach you how to correct a specific problem as well as an experience human can.
When looking at your weaknesses, it’s important to start with the fundamentals. If your weakest golf area is your swing, take a look at this “Simple Golf Swing” Guide that makes it easy for you to see improvements:
A course pro can also watch you move through all of your clubs and offer important tips on how you should play each one. As little as an hour or two spent with an experienced professional can do wonders for your golf game.
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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.
Purepoint Golf Team