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Toss For Distance

Toss For DistanceHere’s a drill that transforms golfers into more consistent ballstrikers and longer hitters. The most remarkable aspect of this drill is that it doesn’t involve swinging a golf club at all, but I feel strongly it best teaches the athletic movements involved with swinging a club.

Are You A Candidate For Cross-Handed Putting?

For most golfers a left-hand-low grip cures all setup flaws

Are You A Candidate For Cross-Handed Putting?Every golfer is built differently, but in constructing a putting posture that will yield the most successful results, you have to take into account subtle, less obvious differences in build. The most important of these “anatomical fingerprints” is shoulder lines. When standing naturally, every golfer has shoulders that are either open (left shoulder behind right), closed (right shoulder behind left) or square. Most golfers have open shoulders, and the putting setup that best accommodates this anatomical structure is one that features a cross-handed (left-hand-low) putting grip.

Putt The Percentages

Live on the pro side and sink more putts

Putt The PercentagesThere’s no quicker way to establish yourself as totally clueless on the greens—and to inspire confidence in your opponent—than to set up for a right-to-left putt, make a little pull stroke that sends the ball dead left, and watch the ball meander aimlessly on a path five or six inches below the cup, totally oblivious to the hole. Ditto the left-to-right breaker that you push well right of the hole. There’s a reason they call this “missing on the amateur side”—these are the putts that haven’t got a chance.

Drop 5 Strokes

Add to your arsenal of short-game shots and hit to tap-in range every time

Drop 5 StrokesInstead of taking advantage of clear scoring opportunities from less than full-wedge distances, most recreational golfers unnecessarily struggle, often needing additional strokes to get the ball into the hole following a poor approach. Not only does this situation work to balloon your scores, it robs you of the momentum you might have gained had you made par or birdie.  Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be this way.

Score From Anywhere

Shotmaking tips from the seaside links of Scotland to help you save strokes wherever you play

Score From AnywhereRegardless of how good your golf swing is or how crisply you strike the ball,  you won’t post good scores if you don’t know how to think your way around a golf course. Obviously, solid technique helps, as does driving the ball long and straight. But throughout the course of a round, there are a variety of situations in which fundamentally solid golf skills simply won’t get the job done. Instead, you must be able to rely on good decision-making to put yourself in position to shoot the lowest score possible without risking double and triple bogeys.

Speed Plane

Speed PlaneOne of the main reasons why recreational golfers can’t generate the power they’d like to is that they never fully get the club in their hands on-plane, especially the longer irons and, to an even greater extent, the driver. What recreational golfers need to understand is that the plane on which the club should travel changes from club to club—it’s a path dictated by the lie angle of the iron or wood you wish to swing. As the lie angle decreases from the short irons to the driver, the desired swing plane becomes flatter.

Get Some Shut-Eye

Get Some Shut-EyeGolfers tend to get worked up about putting. They make it into a far more complex exercise than it has to be, which is why I often jokingly compare putting to performing brain surgery. No doubt about it, we put unnecessary pressure on ourselves as we stand over that little white ball and whisper a prayer before pulling the trigger.

Flaws And Fixes 2002

A guide to finding and fixing common flaws that may be hiding in your swing

Flaws And Fixes 2002Over the years, I’ve worked with thousands of golfers, and if I had to find a common trait among them all, it would be that each and every one has his or her own unique swing. A second—albeit unfortunate—universal characteristic is that all of these swings are plagued by at least one major flaw.

Hit More Fairways

What to do when you absolutely have to be in play

Hit More FairwaysJust round the corner from my house in northeastern Oklahoma lies Miami CC, a course on which I grew up and learned the game. It’s a track steeped in history, having at one time Ky Laffoon as its head professional. I taught each one of my five children to play golf on Miami CC—a course where each hole seems to demand a different golfing skill.

Break The Ice

Break The IceThe majority of my new students fight a slice. That is, they tend to leave the clubface open at impact. An open clubface will impart left-to-right sidespin on the ball regardless of the path on which your club travels through the hitting zone. If you struggle with a slice, you know how frustrating the game can be. Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be that way.

Wiggle Your Toes

Wiggle Your ToesPosture and balance in golf are extremely important if you want to be a consistent ballstriker. In fact, in all sports, balance is paramount. The next time you thumb through a sports magazine, look for a baseball player awaiting a pitch at the plate or a quarterback set in the pocket and ready to throw. In every case, you’ll immediately recognize the high level of balance all professional athletes possess.

Putt With Precision

Putt With PrecisionJust like it is with the full swing, it’s easy for golfers to get sloppy while executing their putting strokes. By sloppy, I mean hitting the ball all over the putterface rather than striking the ball precisely on the sweet spot.

Squeeze And Let Go

Squeeze And Let GoOver the years, much has been written about grip pressure and what this level of pressure feels like. This has been a difficult task for instructors because how can you aptly describe what something feels like?

The New Basics

Get set

The New BasicsIn this article, we'll take a look at what I like to call the “get set” position, or what's more commonly referred to as the top of thebackswing. Properly achieving this position supplies the power. Most amateurs make the mistake of never “getting set,” instead shifting into a reverse pivot or simply sliding laterally away from the target. Either of these moves will result in a great loss of power. In order to unload and  properly return the club back through impact with balance and rhythm, you must have a good “get set” position.

Maintain The Bend

Keep that right knee flexed for more consistent golf

Maintain The BendThere are many important facets to a good golf swing, but maintaining the bend in the right knee is one that simply can't be overlooked. When a student comes to me with a common complaint (slicing, poor ballstriking or a general lack of consistency), I always take a close look at his or her body angles, and make certain that their posture and knee position are constant throughout the swing. If the student is having problems with posture or knee position, it's not worth spending a lot of time working on other aspects of the swing. Solid results just can't be achieved without correcting these problems first.

A Call To Arms

A Call To ArmsEvery golfer will experience periods of inconsistent ballstriking, low confidence and a general sensation of swinging out of sync. For these times, I offer a quick fix: Quiet your lower body, and concentrate on swinging the golf club with only your hands and arms.

See Spot Putt

See Spot PuttWhen the pressure is on, I've found spot putting to be especially effective. In fact, two of the great pressure putters of all time, Dave Stockton and Jack Nicklaus, employ the spot technique.

The Secondary Angle

Maintain your spine tilt for improved ballstriking

The Secondary AnglePosture is a critical element of the golf swing, and is often overlooked by golf instructors and recreational players alike. It's not particularly dynamic or flashy, and most golfers just don't get excited about spending time developing correct posture. However, establishing the proper body angles at address—and maintaining them throughout the swing—is absolutely crucial to solid ballstriking and good shotmaking.

Staying On-Plane

Staying On-PlaneA major fault of both accomplished and recreational golfers alike is taking the club too far inside on the backswing. This inside position generally leads to the club getting stuck behind the right hip (for right-handed golfers) on the downswing, preventing the desired, down-the-line release. Getting stuck too far inside creates a number of problems, the most serious of which is a compensatory flipping of the hands at impact, a move that creates nothing but glancing blows and non-compressed golf shots.

Why Factor

Get all the answers for your best golf ever

Why FactorIn a recent poll on the Golf Tips® Website, we asked you what swing flaw you’d most like to correct. More than 5,000 readers responded, with the majority citing slicing (27%) as fault number one, with a lack of distance and poor putting following close behind.

My Favorite Drills

Jeff Yurkiewicz Passes On His Five Favs

My Favorite DrillsIf you want to truly improve your golf game, it’s going to take practice. By that, I mean good practice.

Slice Killers!

Quick tips to help eliminate the dreaded banana ball once and for all

Slice Killers!Ever wonder what causes a slice to curve?

Learn Like A Pro, Play Like A Pro!

Apply lasting improvements to your golf game

Learn Like A Pro, Play Like A Pro!No matter how advanced the best players in the world become, each and every player does something, somehow, someway to make himself or herself better.

Battle Of The Bend!

Learn How To kill A Hook Or Slice—Immediately!

Battle Of The Bend!In golf, there are really two kinds of players: those who bend the ball predominantly to the left and those who bend it to the right.

Drop Strokes From The Green

Five different ways you can drop strokes by improving your performance on the putting green

Drop Strokes From The GreenHere's the weird thing about the game of golf.

 
 
 
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