When it comes to golf instruction, I firmly believe that every golfer is in need of advice specifically intended to help their individual swing. No two golfers are the same, thus, no two golf swings will be the same. That being said, there are several common swing flaws, each with a simple fix, that I see every day on the driving range. While reading this article, please keep in mind the following quote: â??If it isnâ??t broken, donâ??t fix it!â?
While belly putters and long putters have been around for decades, it seems there are an increased number of tour players who are converting to them leading to several heated debates on their legality. As a teacher and club professional, I have been approached by dozens of amateurs with questions concerning anchored putters. I am guessing that most of you have either experimented with or are considering trying an anchored putter so I hope this column will answer some questions that you may be having.
Letâ??s start with the basics. What is the difference between a chip and a pitch? Generally speaking, a chip shot will have more roll than flight, while a pitch shot will have more flight than roll. Consequently, we usually chip the ball when closer to the green, and pitch the ball when we are further away. Most of us understand that the chip shot and pitch shot are designed to make the ball react differently. Why then do I see players using the same club for both? I cannot tell you how many times I see players chipping with a high lofted wedge when they should be using a different tool.
First, letâ??s establish a good set-up for the chip shot. I refer to the chip shot as a putting stroke with loft. The stance should be narrow and slightly open. Opening your stance, or dropping your left foot back, will effectively shorten your left leg and move your weight to your left side. The ball position should be center and your hands should be slightly in front of the ball. You may want to choke down on the grip for control. Finally, you are using your shoulders, not your hands, to make the stroke. Thus, I recommend using your putting grip. (more…)
With the holidays in the rear view mirror and spring approaching, the golf season is nearly upon us and itâ??s time to start thinking about some golf getaways. Whether you are looking to take a long golf vacation or a long weekend, youâ??ll find the perfect destination in this article. Here are my top 10 golf getaways.
Bobby Jones once said that tournament golf is played on a 5 Â½ inch fieldâ?¦â?¦the space between your ears. This month we are going to focus on the mental side of the game of golf. The brain is a powerful mechanism and it is amazing what you are able to achieve through positive thinking. In this article I am going to talk about how to mentally prepare for a round the night/morning prior, during, and most importantly after the round itself.
If you have been keeping up with my articles, you may have realized that I have not been giving too much â??instruction.â? This is because I do not believe in quick fixes, and without actually seeing your golf swing, itâ??s hard for me to help improve it. Most instruction articles, although correct in the information they give, are only good for a small percentage of golfers. So instead of providing information that may set you back, I have chosen to appease the masses and focus on the information that can help all golfers.