Monthly Golf TIPS
(From the 'Golf Guy')
TIP #33. (July, 2012)
UP TO SPEED!"
When putting, you want to get the ball
rolling at the right speed. That means hitting a putt so that if the
ball misses the cup, it finishes 14 to 19 inches past the hole. This
distance is true no matter the length of the putt. Two feet or 40
feet, your aim must be to hit the ball at a pace that has it finish
14" to 18" beyond the hole -- if it doesn't go in, that is.
Your ball needs the RIGHT SPEED, which gives
the ball the greatest chance of going into the hole. If the ball
rolls toward the middle of the cup, you don't want it moving so fast
that it rolls right over the hole. If it touches either side of the
cup, it may drop in. Your goal is to give the ball every chance to
drop in, from any angle -- front, back, or side.
TIP #32. (June, 2012)
BE A PESSIMIST!"
"Don't be a pessimist in club selection. Golfers tend to
choose clubs based on their best performance with that club. "Nine
times out of 10 they wind up hitting the ball short." Pick a club
that's one size longer than you think you need.
TIP #31. (May, 2012)
"Loosen your grip!" - Club head speed, which
is what generates power, is unrelated to your strength, so a death
grip isn't necessary. "Hold the club as if it were a tube of
TIP #30. (April, 2012)
Don't deliberately hit down on the ball with your irons.
Instead, practice this drill: Push a tee almost all the way down into the
ground, then set up with your 5-iron and practice clipping the top of the tee.
You'll learn to position the bottom of your swing arc right at the tee.
Controlling this low point is the trick to making solid
contact with any ball that's sitting on the ground.
TIP #29. (March, 2012)
Don't swing down steeply with your driver, as if you are
swinging an iron. Instead, try a shallow driver path into the ball.
A Drill: Stand up and swing the driver around your body
like a baseball bat. Once you ingrain that feeling, bend over at the waist and
rest the club on the ground. now hit shots continuing to feel that rounded
TIP #28. (February, 2012)
There are only two basic shots where you want to
hit up on the ball: Tee shots with the driver and Putts. On both
shots, play the ball toward your left heel, and place your weight slightly
on your right leg.
You need to swing up with
your driver because the ball is on a tee, so you can launch it with
You need to swing up with the
putter because you're trying to minimize backspin, so the ball starts
rolling smoothly as soon as possible.
TIP #27. (January 2012)
When you are facing a tough putt, you need 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, and more 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 be looking at
it, so concentrate on what you can do to give yourself the best chance of making
a good stroke.
Once you start hitting your putts dead-center, you'll see
(or hear, anyway) a lot more of them drop.