Golf tips

May 14th,2014

Tiger Woods swing under Sean Foley v. Hank Haney

Tiger Woods’ swing under new coach Sean Foley finally seems to be taking shape. Tiger’s swing under Hank Haney where his shoulders move on more of a level plan and the new and improved swing under Sean Foley where the shoulders move on a more TILT way. Looks good. The swing lines and angles, especially at the top, look a lot better under Sean Foley. Look at this video with Sean Foley and learn how to move your shoulders. It’s an easy exercise you can do at home in front of a mirror. If my members learn to do this than correctly, I will show you how your arms work on the way back of your golf swing close to your body. And the next step how to swing the golf club in front of your body on the down swing.


Develop a Pre-Shot Routine to Achieve Proper Alignment, Aim

November 18th,2013

How you line up a golf shot pretty much determines where it will go. Aim and alignment are factors you can control before you swing. Because we rarely hit it "pure" everytime, a good pre-shot routine that gets you properly aligned to the target may help you have "superior miss-hits."

Begin your pre-shot routine from behind the ball. This is the only way that you can clearly establish the target line using both eyes (binocular vision). Once your brain has the intended message about alignment, you can begin your approach to the golf ball with confidence because this information is now stored in your temporary memory and will help you when you are addressing the ball.

From this point, the procedure is straightforward and can become automatic with repetition. First, place your hands on the club, keeping the clubface square. Then aim the square clubface to the target on the line you established from behind the ball.

Next, align your body (checking your feet, thighs, hips, and shoulders) parallel to the target line, addressing the golf ball. Last, with confidence, trust your alignment and make your best effort to execute the shot. Even if you do not hit it perfectly, it will most likely be on line, heading towards the intended target - a great miss!

With experience and repetition, this pre-shot routine will become automatic. Take time to work on a quality pre-shot routine because if you aim at nothing ... you will hit it every time!


Should you forward press the putter?

November 4th, 2013

Here’s how I do it, and why it works. Like I say: ”Give the putter a head start“. Although the forward press in putting is a matter of preference, it has always been my style to use one, and I recommend you to give it a try. Phil Mickelson does this the best from the entire tour players on the US PGA Tour. By nudging your hands toward the target a couple inches (5 cm) before starting your takeaway, you will find it easier to return at impact with your hands ahead of the ball-a real key to maintaining the ideal amount of clubface loft and making the ball roll smoothly. The forward press also will signal you to keep your hands moving toward the target during the forward stroke, instead of stopping and allowing the club head to pass your hands, which adds loft and often changes the face angle. No good player lets that happen. Finally, the forward press can help you at the start to establish good tempo and rhythm, which are as important in putting as they are in the golf full swing.

Keep it compact for control

October 21st, 2013

Try to keep the club under control at all times, especially at the top of the backswing. Each of us has physical limits. We can take the club back just so far. You’ve got to keep the backswing compact and well within your natural capabilities. Because the minute you’re stretching yourself as you swing back, the minute you’re fighting the weight of the club instead of remaining easily in control of it, you’ve swung too far. When you go too far, one of two things happens; you bend your left elbow, or the grip gets loose in your hands. Either way, you are lost.Long or loose is still a bad idea. There aren’t very many good players like John Daly.


Bunker Shot

October 14th, 2013

“Sit Down” on bunker shots

If you ever watch good bunker players, you will find that most of them have a lot of knee flex. It looks as if they are preparing to sit down on an imaginary stool. Then they swing with very little leg drive, using mostly their arms to accelerate the club.

By crouching and swinging with your arms, you’ll be less likely to “raise up” or “drop down” as you swing. You’ll find it easy to make the club enter the sand where you planned.

Professional golfers lock up on sand shots, or drive through them. KNEE flex promotes the right action.


Feel “Inward” when Putting

September 30st, 2013

The most important thing about putting is to remain absolutely motionless. Only your arms should move during the stroke. To eliminate body movement, I try to feel “inward” when I set up. I like to feel that my elbows and my knees are pinched in toward an imaginary axis that runs through the middle of my body. This feeling keeps my weight centered and my body quite throughout the stroke.

Keeping your body quiet during the stroke is still my No.1 putting key-and nobody does that better than TIGER.
Plan your putts on the approach make sure your putts finish below the hole, so that you leave yourself an uphill putt. The ball that runs uphill to the hole has the higher edge of the cup acting as a built-in back stop. The downhill putt has little or no backstop. A downhiller struck too hard has much less of a chance of going in than a similar uphill putt has.
With faster greens today, different from my playing days, this advice has never made more sense.


Three important rules

September 24th, 2013

1) Always Keep your Head in Place

Getting comfortable over the ball is a big part of keeping your head still: if you’ve got nice balance and your feet are good and firm, you have a far better chance to do it. Relaxation is part of it; if your body movements flow free and easy, there’s no physical force to pull you off your axis. But it’s mostly a matter of concentration; you’ve just got to be determined to hold steady. If a proper grip is the first fundamental in golf, then keeping your head steady is the next.

2) Start Out with a Strong Left Hand

Once the left-hand grip is taken properly, it’s simple to add the right hand. So be sure to take more time with the left hand. The shaft of the golf club should cross the left palm diagonally from the bottom (or outer) joint of the forefinger to just below the little finger. This position produces a “strong” left hand, in which the “V” formed by the forefinger and thumb points to the right shoulder. Fold your left hand over the club, and make sure the thumb rests on the right-top part of the shaft. For the beginner, a strong left-hand grip works best. You can always weaken it later to lessen a hook; that’s what I did.

3) Three Fingers that Make Your Grip

An effective grip requires strong hands, especially the last three fingers of the left hand, which will be the first to let go of the club at the top of the swing. To strengthen these fingers, squeeze the steering wheel of your car with them, as tightly as you can, for 10 seconds every time you drive. This exercise will do more for your game than any drill I can imagine.


Just win, baby!

September 17th, 2013

Many of us, me included, love to play a match with our buddies and will fight and claw throughout the match to come out on top. It doesn’t matter if you play for a few dollars, a cold beer at the 19th Hole, or just precious bragging rights, nothing feels better than walking off the last green of Lighthouse Golf Course with a win.

Regardless of the level of golf that you play, there are a few rules of thumb that can help you come out on top more often. The best match players are consistent in their approach and aren’t thrown off track when a couple breaks don’t go their way. My best example is when I was younger and I was playing pennants golf for my golf club I told my golf coach then Charlie Earp: ”Charlie look at this player how he holds the golf club?! Very strong and I will finish him off in “NO TIME”. I will remember his words even now some 3 decades later: ”Demi if he holds the golf club like that and he plays of 1 handicap, son he knows how to score on the golf course”. He was right like always. I got done, I lost 3/2 with my record that year to date being 15wins/0 losses a new record for my golf club. I finished that year 18/1.Now that our Club-Championship at Lighthouse Golf Resort comes close and the winner will be decided with a format of a "match play" between members, please use the following three tips which I used in my younger days with success and you could be tasting victory in your very next match.

Match Play Tip #1 – Forget It on the Front Nine

They say that the "Masters Tournament" doesn’t start until the back nine on Sunday because so much can happen in that final stretch of holes. In much the same way, your match shouldn’t start (in your mind) until the back nine of the round. For the first nine holes, just play golf as you always do and try to score your best. Pay little attention to the status of the match, whether you are up or down a couple holes. Good golf is good golf, so try to execute your shots and stay within yourself.

Match Play Tip #2 – Make Adjustments

After the front nine, take a quick moment to grab a snack at the turn and take stock of the match. If you are down, what changes can you make for a comeback? If you are ahead, how can you keep it rolling and close the match out quickly on the back? Many times, you won’t want to change much and sticking to your game plan will be the best bet. Your opponent may have had a hot putter or gotten a couple lucky bounces which are sure to even out. However, if you have one specific problem (can’t hit the driver), now is the time to cut bait and just focus on your score (put the driver away). There will be time later to practice, for now your only goal is winning the most holes.

Match Play Tip #3 – Hit First Down the Stretch

This tip isn’t always possible to execute, but try it when you can. If you are on the last few holes of a close match, it is always better to be hitting first into the green because there is less pressure. Consider hitting less club off of the tee so you have the longer approach shot and can swing first. When you safely land on the green, your opponent will really feel the heat in trying to match your shot.

Competing with friends or even other golfers that you don’t know is great fun and part of what makes golf so addictive. Use the three tips above to hone your match play game and become the player to beat at your club. While you will always need to hit good shots to win, a smart mental approach can go a long way toward deciding the outcome. Good luck in your matches and I’ll see you soon out on the course!

Importance of the impact zone

September 10th, 2013

1) Extend the IMPACT zone for accuracy

Many shots stray because the golfer has rolled the wrists to the left-closing the club face-during IMPACT,or moved the club "across the ball" through the hitting area.

To eliminate these causes of misdirected shots,continue the  clubhead along the target line for an instant longer than normal after IMPACT.Extending the IMPACT zone will automatically give you a full extension of your right arm on the follow-through and a nice,high finish position “a la Henrik Stenson”.(“so we have to kiss the shaft coach”as my players used to tell me).I like this idea,but don’t sway towards the target, just “THROW” the clubhead down the line.

2) Play all chips to land in one spot

Chip with the club that best fits that situation.Then you can land the ball in the same area on any spot-usually just past the fringe(first cut)Club selection depends on the distance from the landing area to the hole and the slope of the green.


Importance of balance

September 3rd, 2013

’ve seen a lot of changes during my time in golf, and one is that the teaching of the game has gotten complicated. If you do a handful of things correctly—like take the club away without breaking your wrists and keep your head still throughout the swing you can play pretty well without too much thought. When I was young my coach took my hands and set them on a golf club and said, „Now don’t you ever change that”. And basically I haven’t. With all the ways we have now analyzing the swing; you can make the game very difficult and not much fun. Here I give you my favorite tips from my old books and who knows one day I will write that golf book I always wanted to write(in Romanian and English of course). I believe they are as true today as the day I first used them; so every week for the next 10 weeks I will give you couple tips and of course this is what I teach my students;

1) Start the back swing with NO wrist Action

Begin every swing smoothly and without breaking your wrists. You have to take it straight back” in one piece” as they say. Strive to do this for the first 25 cm the club-head moves and you’ve got the swing practically controlled. Starting the club in this way gets your whole body into act, from feet to shoulders.

2) Stay over the ball on the backswing

If your body sways to the right on the backswing, you have to make a reverse sway on the downswing. This makes it difficult to return the club head squarely to the ball. It’s much better to stay over the ball during the backswing. The best method for accomplishing this is to place most of your weight on your left foot at address. At the same time, you should feel a slight downward pressure on the inner portion of your right foot. Going back be certain that any movement of the weight doesn’t go beyond the inside of your right foot. And if you go UP with your body on the backswing you must come DOWN in the downswing. So people let’s ” stay over the ball”.