March 2nd, 2014

Fast Fixes...for my members

~~Never try to solve all the problems at once; Smart people will get you there faster.  Spring golf is right around the corner, so I assembled some great TIPS to help you brush off the winter rust. Unless, that is, you have been out beating balls every day. (I don't think so.)
Everybody talks about coil for power in golf, but a lot of players don't really know what it is. To me coil, it's the difference between the hips turn and shoulders turn on the backswing. If you are flexible, the hips turn 45 degrees and the shoulders turn 90 degrees on the backswing.
Don't rush the backswing, and be sure you make a full turn behind the ball. You are going to want to keep your upper body behind the ball through  IMPACT to use your power. Like Tiger Woods when he was in BIG trouble used to say to his brain;”Keep the Right shoulder BEHIND the ball at IMPACT” tell your brain that, it will work.
The biggest fault I see with hybrids is a simple one:I see members  letting the ball position creep forward, into driver and fairway-wood territory. Keep it no more than two inches ahead of center in your stance. The most common mistakes with the longer clubs (3, 4, 5 irons)—and hybrids which are so popular now—is a quick transition from the top of the backswing to the downswing. As you start down, wait an extra beat to let your arms drop first before you begin rotating your torso.
Iron Play
A major swing error I see with my members with the irons is cutting across the ball because they get stuck on the toes of their back foot. You can't compress the ball much that way, so the result is a weak shot, usually a slice. I will give you the DRILL again to fix it. My members know that I use this drill all the time, set up with a ball under the toes of your right foot, and pretend the ball is an egg you don't want to break. During the backswing, make sure your weight stays between the arch and heel of that right foot.
My members know this chipping ACTION here is a refresh. First, use your putting grip. This puts the lead wrist in a more unhinged (downward) position, promoting a more upright shaft angle. With the heel of the club head slightly raised, there's less chance of the club digging. Second, let that lead wrist have a slight cup to it so that the area where your watch would sit is curved away from the target. Almost every other shot in golf works better with a flat or slightly bowed lead wrist at impact just like in putting.
Let your arms swing freely. Many players try to keep their arms pinned to their bodies in an effort to create a "one-piece" stroke. The trouble is, this rigid action doesn't have any rhythm, which is the key to distance control. To introduce some freedom and flow to your stroke, feel as if you're sweeping the putter head low to the ground on the backstroke. On the through-stroke, let your lead arm naturally separate from your body. The putter head should work gently from low to high in the forward stroke, finishing higher off the ground and closer to the target.
Get off to a really great start this spring and see you around the driving range at Lighthouse Golf Course.