8 Golf Fixes That will Improve Your Game

8 Golf Fixes That will Improve Your Game

How To Improve you Game with Golf Fixes

 

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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.

Step One:

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.

Step Two:

Spend a few minutes stretching and warming up, focusing on calming your nerves.

Step Three:

Set a ball on the tee, and take your normal address. Find a target out on the range with an unobstructed view.

Step Four:

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.

Step Five:

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!

Step Six:

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.

Step Seven:

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.

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.

 

 

 

Jay
Purepoint Golf Team

Use These 6 Strategies to Get a Lower Golf Score

Use These 6 Strategies to Get a Lower Golf Score

6 Strategies to Get a Lower Golf Score

 

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How would you like to lower your golf score? Here are six ways you can do just that. 

No single strategy is better than the others, but taken as a whole they can become a powerful tool in your golfing arsenal.

 

  1. Practice:

 

To get a lower score tomorrow, you have to practice today. Yes, we have all heard this a million times, but let’s look at this standby advice from another angle.

Anyone who wishes to lower their golf score must devote time to all aspects of practice. This means spending as much time on your irons as you do on your driver and woods.

A good idea is to follow a practice program. The details can be up to you, but it should consist of all of your clubs as well as any trouble areas you may have. Make your practice program comprehensive and complete.

 

  1. 5 Rounds:

 

Anyone can have an off-day. This tip will help you discover where your problem areas are so you can work on them.

Play five rounds of golf, keeping detailed notes on the shots you have trouble with on each round.

At the end of the five rounds, sit down with your notes and carefully study them. Note down the shots you had the most trouble with, and concentrate your practice time on mastering those shots.

 

  1. Take a Lesson:

 

This is such an easy tip that I am surprised at how many golfers miss it. Chances are good that you have a registered PGA or LPGA pro somewhere near you, often working as a local pro at a club.

For a small amount of money, these professionals can monitor your swing and other fundamentals to help you solve problems that might take months for you to identify on your own.

 

  1. Position Play:

 

This tip is about landing the ball where it benefits your strong shots. Sounds simple enough, right?

Some golfers will tee up a ball and hit it as hard as they can, hoping it stays in the fairway, but not really caring where it lands. This is NOT position play.
If you are having problems with your short irons or wedges, rather than landing the ball where you will have to use these clubs, land it so you can play your mid-irons, if this means laying up.

The key to position play is to think about the next shot (or two) and to do what is needed to put yourself in a place where you can perform that particular shot (or shots).

 

  1. Percentage Shots:

 

Newer golfers may not yet fully appreciate the fact that they do not always have to hit a club at 100%. You can hit a driver (or any other club) at 70%, 80%, 90%, etc.
Once you learn how to regulate the power of your swing, you can begin to play position on the course with little fear of undershooting or overshooting your target.

Being able to regulate your power also allows you to use certain clubs for certain situations. For example, using your 7-iron for a pitch shot in high grass.

 

  1. The Six-Foot Putt:

 

There are many golfers who use as many strokes on the green as they do getting to the green. Sometimes, even more!

It can take years to master the long putt, but you can learn to make those six-foot putts in no time if you just practice.

By mastering the six-foot putt (or less), you can shave more strokes off your game than you might think possible.

If it’s your golf slice that is holding you back, you should give The Simple Golf Swing a go. This anti-slice swing system can cure your golf slice within minutes, and you’ll be lowering your golf score ASAP.

 

 

Jay Simcic
Purepoint Golf Team