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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:  

  • 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 balanced finish.

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How to Make More Short Putts

Although short putts are one of the most frequent shots played, it is one of the most feared. Short puttsAs a matter of fact, studies show that the fear of missing is one of the main reasons this shot is missed so often. Although no one makes 100% of these shots, this tip will help you make the short putt with increased confidence and success. When dealing with this shot, the player must do four things:

  1. Be absolutely certain that the putter face is aimed at your intended target. This sounds overly simple, but you'd be surprised how many putts are missed because the face was not pointed directly at the target. Try marking a line on your golf ball and then line this line to your target.  Then all you have to do is align the center mark on your putter with the line on the ball; if you have read the putt correctly and you have the correct speed, you will make more putts.
  1. Make sure you have a very specific target. Aim at something definite - a blade of grass or spot on the line of your putt. The theory is that if your target is the entire hole, a quarter inch left or right of that target will result in a miss.
  1. Stroke the ball hard enough to go 12 inches past the hole. When you hit the ball hard enough to go 12 inches past the hole, it is less likely to be affected by such things as grains of sand, or other impurities that might deflect the ball. A ball that is accelerating to the hole will hold its line much better than a ball that "dies" at the hole.
  1. Listen for the putt to go in the hole. This means you need to keep your head still and do not follow the ball with your eyes as it leaves the putter face. A good thought is to count to two before you look up.

Give these tips a try and you'll see improvement in your putting and your score. So practice it regularly. Good luck and have fun!

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How to Hit a Draw

During lessons, I always ask golfers what shape they are looking for with their shots. It seems like everyone wants to hit a draw. Since I wrote about the clubface controlling the launch direction of a shot in last week’s article, I figured I would explain how to hit a draw this week. There are several theories on how to draw the golf ball, and the theories have changed over the years due to more testing with new and better launch monitor technology. That new technology has determined new ball flight rules and has revealed what causes the ball to curve.draw_trajectory

Here is my advice:

  • If you are a right-handed golfer, aim your clubface to the right of your target.
  • Aim your feet, hips and shoulders further to the right of the target than your clubface. This will give the clubface a closed position in relation to your swing path, which will create draw spin on the ball.
  • Swing along the line of your feet, hips, and shoulders. The ball will start right of your target, because that’s where the club face and swing path are going, and will curve it back left because the club face is closed to the swing path.
  • Note: if you are a left-handed golfer, reverse the direction of alignment.

Hit the range this week and practice this advice so that you are comfortable with it before you take it to the course.

Enjoy the game! Find a PGA professional that uses a launch monitor so that learning and improving can be easier for you. Launch monitors tell us the cause and effect of each shot; therefore, it is much easier for the golfer to make corrections in their ball flight, which results in quicker learning and quicker results.

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