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Thursday, June 1, 2006
A Lifetime Of Lessons: Lesson 2 Chip Shots
An excerpt from Marshall Smith's latest instruction book focuses on the 50-year teaching veteran's favorite tips.The most important thing you can do to improve your chipping game is to know your distances precisely. Heres a drill that can help. Find an area where you can pace off 30, 60 and 90 yards. Then place a small builders brick at each distance. Hit pitch shots at the 30-yard brick until you land one on it. Youll get a great thrill from seeing the ball bounce way up in the air, and you should start to develop confidence and an aggressive attitude when you begin to hit such a small target with regularity. After you hit the brick from 30 yards, go for 60 then 90 yards.
Monday, May 1, 2006
The Secret To Speed
For more clubhead MPH and more yards, turn to your hipsIf theres an absolute truth in golf, its that the faster you can move the clubhead, the greater the potential for extra distance. Granted, you still need to make solid contact in the center of the face and with the club moving on the proper plane, but all other things being equal, more speed definitely means more yards. The big question is: Where does speed come from? Your hands can move fairly quickly, and theres no faster part of your body than your fingers. But where the golf swing is concerned, a fast clubhead almost always results from fast hips moving correctly and in the proper direction.
Monday, May 1, 2006
Every round requires at least one money-shot situation to win a few skins or to stay competitive when the chips are downIt doesnt matter how great or poor youre playing, any given round requires at least one spectacular shot to win a skin, save a much-needed stroke or, in some cases, avert a disaster. We like to call these money shots, as opposed to miracle shots, because we believe that with practice, these types of shots will be your go-to plays when the game is on the line. Better yet, learning a few money shots will not only help you lower scores, but your overall game is likely to improve, thanks to a newfound confidence in knowing you can face anything that comes your way.
Saturday, April 1, 2006
Five Fundamentals Of Iron Play
Improve your scoring by refreshing yourself with the must-know components of the iron swingWe admit, blasting a huge drive is a ton of fun. Nothing beats splitting the fairway with every ounce of swing speed you have, watching the ball soar for what seems like miles in the air and basking in the success of the result. But whats a 300-yard drive if you cant hit the green on your second shot? Worthless!
Wednesday, February 1, 2006
Swing Thoughts That Really Work
Think your way to a better golf swing nowOld-school golf instruction is full of imagery that was originally created to help players make what were perceived as the the proper moves in the swing. In those days, many of the technical aspects of the golf swing werent completely understood, largely due to the lack of video technology that exists today. Instead, players mostly relied on feel, natural talent and repetition to hone their technique and overall game. Not surprisingly, the average scores of recreational golfers barely ever improved significantly, other than what was delivered by technological advances in equipment and golf course conditioning.
Tuesday, November 1, 2005
Look at the end of your swing to find and fix hidden flawsBasically, there are only two positions in the golf swing: the address and the finish. Everything else is a motion and, as such, difficult to analyze. But the finish is static and allows for serious self-analysis. If you know what to look for, then how you end your swing can give you some good ideas of whats going on in your motion.
Tuesday, November 1, 2005
Two Wrongs Make A Right
Don't fear flaws, use them to correct any type of ballflight
No matter how fundamentally superior the swings of the world’s best players are to those belonging to the rest of us, there has never been, nor is it likely will there ever be, a golf swing without at least one flaw.
Monday, August 1, 2005
Its Your Turn
Most recreational golfers think the pros are playing a completely different game and that they struggle with totally different mistakes. Of course, touring pros are more advanced than weekend golfers in terms of technique and ability level, but believe it or not, there are some problems that almost all golfers struggle with from time to time.
Friday, July 1, 2005
An Easier Way?
Fueled by the legend?and memory?of Moe Norman, the single-axis swing continues to intrigue with its simplicityMoe Norman was considered by many to be the best ballstriker of all time. Even Ben Hogan was once quoted as saying that Moe was the only guy that I would walk across the street to watch hit balls. But anyone whos familiar with Moe Norman knows that his golf swing was a bit unconventional. Compared to todays popular techniques, Normans golf swing adhered to a single axis, not the two planes normally associated with the modern dynamic. Taking away and returning the club on a single plane fueled Normans consistency and correctness at impact by de-complexing the swing. Is a single-axis motion the best way to swing a golf club? The debate has raged for decades. At the very least, it effectively simplifies and helps improve the most important part of the swing—impact. A comparison of the single-axis technique and the modern swing shows how.
Wednesday, June 1, 2005
4 different shots with four different clubs from greenside sandBunkers are the only place on the golf course where youre not always required to hit it perfectly. Its okay—even encouraged—that you sometimes hit it fat, hold the face open through impact and minimize your weight shift and rotation. So why, then, are golfers terrified of what seemingly should be one of golfs easier shots? Astonishingly, the top player on the PGA Tour through 20 rounds of golf this year—Luke Donald—has nearly a 90 percent success rate from the sand. Theres no reason you cant be at least half that good.
Sunday, May 15, 2005
The three components for proper hip movement—a critical component of a fundamentally solid downswing—are weight shift, a slight lateral slide and hip whip (the explosive rotation just before impact that generates power). Good players know how to mix these components in the proper proportion to achieve both maximum power and outstanding accuracy.