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Ultimate Golfing Tips

March 28th, 2014

Precision, power, swing or all 3? We have the best tips for you to improve you game to bring that all important handicap down.

Boost your power

-      A simple technique to put more power into your swing is remember that your weight shift and the clubhead should travel in the same direction. For example, during the backswing, both the weight and clubhead move away from the target. However in the downswing, the direction switches so your weight should follow the clubhead and move towards the target.

Precision is just as important as power

-      Even if you have the best swing in the world, if you don’t take time to line up your ball and club correctly then you won’t be able to score accurate shots. Taking the extra time to prepare and correctly line up your hit is important for all elements of the game, but can be especially vital if taking a tee shot. This is because the margins for error are so small.

-      The best way to overcome this mistake is to correctly aim and imagine the ideal shot you want to play. This will help you line up the shot in the right direction and get the most out of your practice swings.

-      Make sure to create a target and only commit to the shot once you are sure it is achievable and accurately placed.

Play away from trouble

-      Sometimes a risk can pay off in a bad situation, and have a positive outcome. However in golf this is not often the case. The best plan of action if you find yourself in a tricky spot is to air on the side of caution and take the least damaging option. It may affect your score but avoiding the potential nightmare situation it could help to minimise the impact on your overall game.

-      Flag hunting is fair enough when there isn’t much trouble around, but sometimes it is best to accept a two-putt par than go for broke and end up with a double bogey.

Improve your chipping technique

-      A major tip to improving your swing is to keep your weight on your left hand side through the impact. For a chipping shot, it is best to set it up so that your stance is slightly open with your club sitting squarely to the target. Keep the club shallow to the ground on both the backswing and the downswing. Minimising the amount of moving variables in your swing is the most effective way for getting the most out of this simple shot.

Adjust and ignore for uneven ground

-      Getting the basics right for seemingly impossible shots is half the battle. With the right preparation, these type of intimidating set ups can be overcome with better results.

-      For example when faced with a downhill pitch to a sloping green, it is best to play the ball well forward in your stance. Place both your left foot and knee pointing outwards and keep the majority of your weight on your left side. From this position you can swing back and through, factoring out the difficult contours of the green. This stance can help you ignore the uneven ground and focus on getting the ball to where you need it with an accurate swing.

Practice makes perfect

-      A simple drill to improve your accuracy and pace of shots can be done with a spare club and some tees. First place one tee 10ft away from the hole, then four more at 5ft intervals to a distance of 30ft from the hole. Add the spare club 2ft behind the hole as a backstop. This creates your target area.

-      To start the drill, hit one shot from 10ft, then move back to 15ft and so on until you reach 30ft back. Hit one putt from each marker and concentrate on getting the ball into that 2ft area just past the hole.

-      Once you’ve mastered this drill, try putting from random distances to build on this skill. Vary them and this will help develop your pace control even further.

Understand the mechanics of your swing

-      The large muscles of your hips, back and legs generate the power in your swing. Ensure these are warmed up and primed for extensive work during your game.

-      Your shoulders, arms and clubshaft are the transmission lines, which act as levels to carry the power along to the final product which is the golf ball.

-      Power begins at the source: If you fail to coil, the amount of energy available for transfer is reduced

Remember to rebound

-      As you make your swing through the golf ball, your club whips past your body at high speed. This is a result of your body whirling around your front hip joint. In order to remain balanced through your swing, your spine must be allowed to tilt slightly away from the target. This is the correct reaction to the demands of physics which is called “staying behind the ball.”

-      Depending on your strength, flexibility and swing pattern, you may have more or less spinal deflection but all good players have some spinal rebound. This will develop over time as your body adapts and becomes used to the range of motion.

Underswing vs Overswing

-      In an “underswing” your arms move slower than your body is turning during the downswing. This means your club becomes trapped and the ball flies to the right.

-      “Overswinging” is the opposite, meaning your arms travel faster than your body is able to turn. It is usually caused by attempting to produce added power. This creates the problem of hitting the ball too hard where you hit from the top. This loops the club out toward the target line, resulting in a pull or pull slice.

-      The solution is relatively simple to correct. If your shots are veering to the right of the target, select one less club than you would normally use (a 7-vs. a 6-iron) and speed up your arms. If you’re pulling the balls, choose one more club and slow down your arms.

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