Monthly Golf TIPS
(From the 'Golf Guy')
TIP #26. (December, 2011)
TIP #25. (November, 2011)
Putts More Solidly!"
Logically, since a putter is swung more slowly than any of
the other clubs, it should stand that it would be a lot easier to hit solidly.
In a perfect world, perhaps, but in the world of golf it's actually one
of the hardest to hit solidly.
The very fact that a putter is swung so slowly is part of
the problem because the stroke itself takes almost as long as that of a
This gives the player plenty of
time to make a mistake -- the most common of which is the dreaded "LOOK
We often get so focused on the hole that we just
can't wait to see where the ball is going. As a result we move our heads
too early and our stroke is affected.
stroking a tough putt, try to focus on one single dimple on the back of
the ball. Try to resist tracking the putter head with your eyes as it
moves away from the ball.
importantly: make sure that the ball has rolled out of your field of
vision before taking a peek at where it's going to end up.
Remember that you can't help a putt drop just by
looking at it, so concentrate on what you can do to give yourself the best
chance of making a good stroke.
start hitting your putts dead-center, you'll see (or hear, anyway) a lot
more of them drop.
TIP #24. (October, 2011)
Up For A Fuller Backswing!"
A large percentage of us amateur golfers fail to complete
our backswings. As a result we have to 'lunge', 'chop' and 'heave' in order to
hit the ball.
"If you can wind up, complete the backswing and stay free of tensions,
you can hit the ball a mile with relatively little effort."
TIP #23. (September, 2011)
TIP #22. (August, 2011)
Contact With Your Irons...
First off, you need to understand where the true low point
of your swing is in relation to the ball. Then you direct the efforts of the
club shaft and head, and shifting your weight to improve your chances of solid
Your golf swing is moving in a circle on an angled
plane - as established by the angle of the club shaft at address. The
circle has a center point, which is your left shoulder.
When your arm is extended, this creates the radius of
the circle. The true low point of the swing is to the left of the ball
when hitting your irons. this is where the club should bottom out, which
will cause the divot to be in front of the ball.
You need to be sure the club shaft is leaning
forward at impact and your right wrist is in a bent position while
allowing the weight to support this by shifting into your lead foot.
If you can learn to deliver the club shaft forward
through impact supported by the proper weight transfer, you will be able
to achieve a low point past the ball!
TIP #21. (July, 2011)
Many amateurs display a quick movement of the body, and the
club gets outside the line. A good thing to work on is when you get to the top,
feel like you're pulling down on the club a little bit with your arms and
your hands... That way you can make sure you get a little bit behind the ball so
you won't top it or hit a slice.
You should feel like you're pulling a chain straight
down when you get to the top of the backswing. (It's a
sensation that you can work on and should help your swing.)
TIP #20. (June, 2011)
REACH FOR IT..."
One of the most common faults we average players make with
the driver is to stand too far from the ball...
Sometimes we feel more powerful when we are all stretched
out and reaching for the ball. We feel like we can really whack it from this
But reaching like that gets your weight too far out over
your toes and your spine angle too tilted. During the swing, gravity pulls your
weight toward the ground, and you lose your balance. It's difficult to make good
contact like this, and most people almost fall over when they hit the ball this
Pay close attention to your setup and make sure you're in a
more athletic position, like a basketball player on defense. Make sure your
weight is on the balls of y our feet, not your toes. (If somebody comes up
behind you when you are at address and gave you a shove, you'd be able to keep
TIP #19. (May, 2011)
You'll knock it stiff more often if you GRIP DOWN ON SHORT
Think of your 8-iron, 9-iron and pitching wedge as pure accuracy clubs. If you
want to hit the ball close consistently with these short irons, grip down
about an inch.
In most situations, you don't want your short irons to fly
too high and balloon -- typically a result of overswinging and trying to hit
them too hard. This makes it difficult to control their carry distance,
particularly in windy conditions.
Gripping down not only helps you make a compact swing, it
allows you to better control the trajectory -- you want your short irons to
pierce the air. Be sure y ou can see a piece of the butt end of the grip, and
focus on swinging through smoothly.
TIP #18. (April, 2011)
Accelerate through to a
ACCURATE DRIVING comes from spending an hour each week hitting drives on
the range, finishing in balance on each swing. Don't try to kill it--
throttle back so that the ball travels only 90 percent of your typical big-hit
distance, but still accelerate through to a complete finish.
Notice how swinging at 90 percent gives you a tighter
dispersion pattern. Once you recognize a consistent pattern, adjust your aim on
the course so that you give yourself the best chance to hit the fairway.
TIP #17. (March, 2011)
A WEDGE IN YOUR HANDS!
Always Aim at the Flag...
"Concentrate on your alignment and getting the
leading edge of the clubhead square to the target. Then set your body so it's
perpendicular to the clubhead. Most shots from inside 75 yards don't require a
full swing. Rather than restricting your backswing and follow-through to
restrict how far the ball will travel, try gripping down on the club. The
farther down you grip, the shorter the ball will travel. But swing at the same
TIP #16. (February, 2011)
Left Hand Lower... "If your putting is
inconsistent, try gripping the putter with your left hand lower than your right.
This helps to square your shoulders and start the putter on the correct path.
And IF you have to go...
TIP #15. (January, 2011)
Longest Yard!" - (3- Foot Putt)
This important putt demands your attention to
both speed control and line. You can't take it for granted.
Grip Pressure nice and light... "Address the ball
without your putter. Hands will be relaxed and loose, because you aren't holding
anything. That's the pressure you want!"
Stay Down.. "You probably lift your
head too soon in your anxiety to see if the ball went in. When your
head moves, the putter strays off line." RULE: "Don't look up until
the putterhead has passed your left shoe!"
You've got to accelerate... "Keep the
putter moving directly down the target line, and you must
maintain a square clubface. Ensure that the putter is gaining speed
as it strikes the ball, rather than decelerating. Make the putter
travel farther on the follow-through than it did going back."