4 Ways to Improve Your Golf Game in 2018
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With a new year upon us and New Year's resolutions in place, I thought I would chime in with a few ways to improve your golf game in 2018. I am sure all golfers would like to play better golf this year,because we all know it is more fun when we play well.

 

  • Discover Patience The hardest part about change is being patient with yourself. Change is never easy, but with patience you can create a more relaxed atmosphere which will create less tension. The process goes much faster without tension.
  • Have Fun The most important important thing is to remember to have fun. This can be a challenge some days, but you have to find a way to always have fun and enjoy the moment. I can remember some young players that I coached who were lucky enough to play a practice round at the US Open with Annika Sorenstam. The one thing Annika’s Coach emphasized to her was to always have fun. His rule with Annika was she had to laugh after a bad shot. We have to remember getting upset only creates more tension and, once again, slows down the process.Good luck, have fun and enjoy the process.
Improve your Posture for Straighter Shots

Every golfer wants to hit the ball straighter off the tee and into greens. And, everyone will agree that the game is much easier if it is played from the fairway. Hitting the ball straighter is easier than you think; and, it all starts with your set-up and posture. Here’s how to get into the correct posture:  proper_golf_swing_stance2

  • Start out by bending over to the ball from your hips—not by bending your knees or curling your shoulders.
  • Your weight should be on the balls of your feet.
  • Arms should naturally hang straight down from your shoulders.
  • Back should be flat and not have a curve at the lower part of your back (see picture)
  • Your feet, hips and shoulders should be parallel to your target at address.

When the posture and set-up is correct it allows our body to make a more efficient shoulder turn back and then to rotate through the ball to a finished balance.

Enjoy the game by hitting it straighter and feel free to visit our website for more tips at kandicomergolf.com.

How to Control Distance with Your Pitch Shots

I am always having golfers ask me how to hit pesky 30-70 yard shots so here is your weekly golf tip. The basic pitch shot is a miniature golf swing. The set up is slightly different in that your feet are slightly open to your target and your hips and shoulders remain square to your target. The ball is The Pitch Shotplayed in the middle of your stance with a slight knee bend.

Once you have the set up you want to keep the lower body (legs and feet) quiet on your back swing and swing the arms and upper body together, keeping the club on the correct plane. If you keep a light grip the club will have a better chance to hinge naturally on your backswing, preventing the golf club from going behind your body.   Here’s a good checkpoint: as you swing the club half way back, the grip end of the club should be pointing to the ground with your lead arm forming an L with the shaft. A good visual image is to feel like you are getting your stomach in motion. This will allow you to turn away from the ball and then turn towards the target on the follow through.

There are two ways to control distance on these pitch shots. You can grip down on the golf club and/or you can shorten your backswing. As you grip down on the club also narrow your stance a Clocklittle and move the ball a little back in your stance. Another good way to control distance is to think in terms of matching numbers on a clock – swing back to 9:00 and through to 3:00 and see how far you hit it. Practice different distances using different times on the clock to dial in yardages.

You can also work on different trajectories on pitch shots. To hit a lower shot, move the ball back in your stance and keep your weight on your front foot. To play a higher shot move the ball forward in your stance and your weight will be more evenly distributed on your feet.

As always, you never want to try a shot on the golf course until you have practiced it. Practicing this pitch shot will help your tempo with full shots.