Better iron play requires solid and consistent fundamentals. If you watch the best players in the world, and factor in the heavy pressure and stress they face during any given round, you’ll notice that the players with the soundest fundamentals are the players who rise to the top of the leaderboard come Sunday.
Have you ever been told to “hunker down” and get ready? Ever wonder what that means? The word “hunker” has been traced back to German and Dutch origins, meaning to squat, get low and bend the knees. Today, the expression means that and a few things more, including to settle in or to hold resolutely.
The best players in the world aren’t just fun to watch. There’s a lot to learn about their swings that you can incorporate into your game.
They may not know it, but several of the best golfers in the world are actually darn good instructors. They may not articulate their moves verbally, but in watching them play, there’s a lot that we as wannabe-Tour pros can learn and pick up from their amazing abilities.
Golf instruction usually is loaded with tips on what you need to do to optimize your downswing and impact position. And while that's obviously important, I believe it's just as important to know how to make a proper backswing.
Don’t get us wrong, Anthony Kim still has in our opinion, one of the
most compact and powerful swings on the PGA Tour. As is the case with
this shot, he actually just barely missed green, albeit a long ways to
the right and at the opposite end of the pin which was tucked in the
back left corner.
Why the golf swing is called a “swing” is beyond me. It’s actually more of a turn than a swing, with the body's weight moving sequentially from one side to another via a rotary motion—not a swinging one.
What’s the most hated, feared and downright embarrassing shot in golf? Without a doubt, it’s the dreaded shanked shot.. The shank has no limits, often affecting both great players and novices, with varying degrees of effect.
So much has been written about swing plane over the past few years, that students of mine often come to me very confused about what it is. Simply put, to make an “on-plane” swing, all you have to do is swing the club on the same angle it’s at when it rests on the ground.
For a long time I’ve been doing a drill that I like to call “Milking the Cow.” From the photos, you probably can guess where it got its name. Why is it important to “milk the cow” in your swing? Because it creates a 90° angle between your left arm and your club shaft and, in golf, that’s what we call “lag.”
It probably has happened to all of you at one time or another. You're in the middle of an otherwise solid round of golf when suddenly it all heads south, and no matter what you try, nothing can get your game back on track. It's a frustrating experience, and one that’s sometimes made worse by trying to "right the ship."
Hit bigger drives with the help of the game's longest drivers
Hitting big drives is arguably the most satisfying, and fun, part of golf. We all want to do it more often but simply don’t know the best method for harnessing our full distance potential. In the following pages, you’ll find tips and tricks from 13 RE/MAX World Long Drive Championship competitors, all of whom know a thing or two about power. Read carefully and get ready to go deep.
Hitting bigger, more powerful drives is just a few tips away.
As an instructor, it can be a challenge to get students to work on chipping and putting—however, they would drop anything to be able to spend time at the range working on their tee shots! Driving the ball longer and straighter is the ultimate goal for most, and there’s no club they wouldn’t buy if they thought it would help them drive the ball like Tiger Woods!
How to make the most of those crucial moments before you putt.
Standing over a putt for too long (and “freezing” up) can seriously impact the fluidity of your putting stroke. To make sure you don’t get this “overanalysis paralysis,” I suggest you don’t wait too long in between your last practice stroke and your actual putt. In fact, it should take you a maximum of eight seconds! Anything longer than that, and it’s hard to retain the desired feel for the putt at hand.
On the PGA Tour, the ability to get up and down consistently from around the green is critical, and being a good pitcher of the ball makes saving pars a lot easier. The three basic shots you need to know are high, medium and low pitches. Master these three, and you’ll be able to handle just about any situation.
How to take your swing from average Joe to touring pro in no time.
When you compare an average golfer (in this case, we’ll called him “JOE”) to a Tour player (let’s call him “PRO”), you notice big differences in each golf swing. For example, the PRO can achieve certain swing positions because he’s more flexible and has stronger golf muscles than JOE. In fact, physical limitations often prevent JOE from reaching the same positions as the PRO, making it critical for him to make certain adjustments to his technique in order to still strike the ball solidly without hurting himself.
With today’s enormous drivers, it has become easier to hit the ball a long way. But if you slice the ball, you’re probably not getting the type of distance you deserve, since sliced shots not only miss the fairway, but also rob you of powerful distance.
With a quick glance, you can hardly tell the difference between the photos, right? True, both shots look close to identical, but in actuality, they’re anything but. The photo on the left is at impact with a 6-iron, and the photo on the far left is the same impact position, only this time with my hybrid.