A very basic way to improve your golf game is to keep stats every time you play. By using the stats you can pinpoint the area(s) that need improvement, define a practice schedule for these areas, and lower your scores. Click Here to find out more about integrating stats into your game and practice schedule.
The 3 Parts of the Game
Scoring is the ultimate test in golf but there are 3 parts that go into scoring.
There has been a lot of talk lately about ball striking being more important than putting. Let me put it this way, you can be the best putter in the world but when you one putt for a 10 you don’t have to be a great putter!
Let’s look at full swing first.
There are certain elements in the full swing that each player must achieve if they are to play the game. You must have the necessary length to play the course. This doesn’t mean you have to hit 300, or even 250 yards off the tee. The length of the course and the tees you play from dictate that.
You MUST keep the ball in play, NO penalty shots! You approach shots MUST be on OR near the green.
Fairly simple huh?
Short game are all of the shots inside of 100 yards, usually wedge shots. If you miss a green you MUST be able to get it up and down to minimize the damage. This could a greenside bunkers shot, a short pitch shot – from 50 yards and in – or a simple chip from the fringe.
Each of these shots require practice and a “feel” for the particular shot.
I have written extensively how to vary Impact and exit locations with wedges to change not only distance but trajectory. By doing so you can produce 9 different variations with each wedge in your bag!
Once on the green the flat stick takes over. There is no “one way” to putt just like there is no “one way” for full swing. Lots of great putters use different styles. Nicklaus “pushed” the putter with his right arm and Stricker uses more of a pendulum motion using his shoulders.
Find which way works best for you and stick to it! Players that experiment a lot never get a “feel” for what they are doing so they are constantly looking for that “lightening in a bottle.”
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There’s a time and a place for lower-trajectory shots, plus you’ll generally get more roll – especially in windy conditions. The key is to simply have your hands and weight more forward.
You still want to achieve a “steady head,” a “flat left wrist,” and a “weight forward swing”. You of course hit down on the ball with your hands forward and this means that you use less loft – which results in more spin, a lower trajectory and more roll!
As with any golf shot, hitting the sweet-spot is key to having a good solid shot, all good players hit the sweet spot with regularity.
If you choose to have a lower trajectory shot, then keep your head centered, maintain a flat left wrist, keep the pressure on your left (weight forward on downswing) and keep your hands in front of the ball!
Hit Lower Trajectory shots for more roll!
The simple principle for adding distance is to increase your club head speed. How do you do that?
In this video I use two exercises to help you Drive Like a Pro as well as increase your club head speed.
If you hit the ball solidly on the club face at 100 mph then your ball will travel approximately 240 yards in the air (and roll the rest of the way); if you hit it at 50 mph then you’ll hit it 120 yards in the air.
One way, is to practice with a heavy club. This will build up your strength and over time will help deliver the power you need to hit the ball farther.
Having a hard time controlling the path of your clubhead? Or do you think the club goes straight back and straight through? Take a look at this and learn how to control the path!
Thanks to Bill Cuebas, Go Live Golf and GOLFinHD for this video.
After researching the games greatest players we have found that there are only 5 things they all do on a consistent basis. No matter that they do it differently, have different swing styles, swing planes, grips and the like…they still have these commonalities.
Here is the first of the 5 Simple Keys…Steady Head.
Here it is August already…time really flies! There was so much to do this year that it’s hard for me to realize that we may actually get it all done!
In this months tip I’m going to talk about the biggest difference between great players and average players.
Sure some of what great players takes talent but they ALL do one thing that most players do not. A correct downswing sequence! You can look at all of the swing styles out there, Ernie Els versus Jim Fuyrk for example, and they all differ in some respect. But the ONE thing that they ALL have in common is the proper downswing sequence!
Here’s what happens.
From the top of the backswing the first move that initiates the downswing is a movement of the left knee. This movement is then followed by a lateral hip motion, then the shoulders unwinding, then the arms swinging, and finally the club moving.
Poor players get this sequence incorrect. For example, I recently saw a 30 handicapper that had a sequence like this. Club, shoulders, arms, and finally hips!
Holy cow Batman!
As you can see, and probably vividly, this golfer had a hard time being consistent. A huge loss of distance, couldn’t get the ball to start in the same place twice and wondered why he was having issues.
He was hating golf…and I don’t blame him…I would too!
The big question is though, can YOU change your downswing sequence to that of the best players in the world.
Of course the best way would be for you to come and visit me in the desert, but very soon we will have some drills that you can do at home too. In the next webinar I will be demonstrating how all of this works.