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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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Stuck in the middle? The keys to dialing in your distance.

How often do you find yourself "stuck" in between two clubs? If you're anything like me, a lot!  This dreaded juncture almost always leads people to think they must pick the lesser of two evils. They can either swing out of their shoes and "muscle" the shorter club there or settle for the lazy swing and try to shave off some yardage. Neither of these options produce consistent results. Below are a few keys to dealing with this tricky situation you'll undobutly find yourself in multiple times during a single round of golf.

  • Go with the longer club and grip down. Once you have gripped down on the club, simply take your normal swing. You will find that this will naturally take a little yardage off your shot without forcing yo u to sacrifice consistency. Taking a normal swing will always leave you better off than trying to create a "Band-Aid" fix for whatever dilemma in which you find yourself.
  • Pay attention to the playing surface. For example, the rough will automatically take a little yardage off a shot. Therefore, be sure to take that into consideration and club up. This will again allow you to take a normal swing rather than being forced to swing hard and fast. If you're going uphill or downhill, make sure you factor that into your distance calculation as well. If you're going uphill, take a little more; downhill, a little less.
  • Never forget what actually controls distance. Always keep in mind that distance is controlled by where you grip the club and the length of the backswing, not the speed of the swing. Want to hit it shorter? Go with the three-quarter swing at the same tempo before attempting to mess with how fast you swing.

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Stay in Better Balance for More Consistency

If you watch great players swing the golf club, you will notice they all swing in balance. You will also notice that they swing every club with a consistent tempo. There are some players who have a naturally faster tempo (Tiger Woods) and there are some players that have a naturally slower tempo (Ernie Els); yet, they all maintain their balance over their front foot on their finish and their golf swing appears very rhythmic and athletic. I believe the key to consistency is to maintain your balance on every swing. If you rush your golf swing, you will lose your balance. The result will be inconsistent contact and poor ball flight. Tempo and balance are the glues that bond the positions and movements of the golf swing in a succinct and coherent way.

If you want to be a more consistent ball striker, start by making sure that you are finishing in balance over your front leg. It is that simple. When I was learning the game at a young age, the late Davis Love told me I could swing as hard as I wanted to as long as I was in balance throughout my entire swing. This meant holding my finish over my front leg.

1-feet-together-2Drill: One of the best and simplest ways to improve your balance throughout your swing is to hit balls with your feet together. Start with half swings with short irons and then progress to full swings with the longer clubs. Feel free to tee the ball up on a low tee if necessary. You will be amazed at how much more connected your golf swing will feel after trying this drill on the range.

Drill: Hit balls starting with a full swing at 50% speed, then go to 75% and then go to a 100%. Remember, this is a full swing and the swing is 50% from start to finish.

Drill: Try to hit a driver a 100 yards with a full swing and consistent tempo. For some this will make the tempo very slow, but you will learn to control your balance through better tempo.

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