Monday, March 5, 2007
50 Ways To Lower Your Score
Use our top tips, equipment advice, Tour examples and a few new training aids to play your best golfFrom driving and iron play to putting, tough lies and strategy, it’s all covered in the “Big 50,” including easy tips to groove a foolproof swing and gear advice from the brightest minds in golf.
Pro Files If you really want to play like a Tour pro, you need to study the guys who make their living on the toughest courses in the world, and that’s just what the Pro Files are all about. Pay close attention to the techniques highlighted within, with an eye toward absorbing and mastering them. Before long, they’re sure to pay dividends.
Try This! At times it seems there are an endless number of swing flaws, and an equally endless number of training aids to go with them. To improve, however, it’s critical to determine exactly which faults you need to fix, and which training aid is best suited for the job. Check these out, because they’re some of the best-designed aids you’re likely to find.
Gear Effects Any accomplished player will readily confess that the right equipment can have an enormous effect on both shotmaking and scoring. With this in mind, members of Golf Tips’ esteemed Equipment Panel provide their insights on a number of topics, including how to choose an anti-slice driver, how to assemble a wedge set, and more.
Ten Tips For Solid Drives
1. Create A Launching Pad
Establishing an address position that maximizes power is key for long drives. This type of setup (left) features flared feet, flexed knees, a right shoulder that’s lower than the left and pushed slightly back, and a head placed well behind the ball. The flared feet allow the body to rotate more freely for increased speed, while the flexed knees lower your center of gravity and make you more athletic and dynamic, which is a must for explosive movement. Keeping the right shoulder low and the head back helps create a more inside attack. This approach not only promotes a right-to-left shot shape and an on-plane swing path, but keeps shots like the slice at bay.
2. Gear Effects: The BIGGER The Better
Don Wood, President, For Golfers only!
When driver heads first passed the 300cc threshold, it seemed that was as big as a driver could get, but now, club designers and manufacturers are limited only by the USGA ceiling of 460cc. This size seams outrageous only until you hit a few long, straight drives with one of these titanium behemoths. But what are the real benefits of such tremendous size, and is it the size of the head or the size of the clubface that really benefits the golfer? The answer is both. Driver head size and face size go hand in hand, as do their respective benefits. The large clubhead volume permits a low and deep CG placement, which helps provide the optimum combination of low spin and high launch characteristics mandatory for the production of distance. The large clubface provides an effective hitting area that’s more forgiving and less demanding of precision. Also, by necessity, modern, large clubfaces have to be thinner-walled, which makes them inherently more flexible. Face flexibility at the point of contact, commonly known as “spring-like” or “trampoline” effect or COR (coefficient of restitution), plays a significant role in a driver’s ability to provide maximum distance. The bottom line is if you want to hit the ball longer and straighter, consider getting yourself one of the new, large-headed drivers with a large, thin clubface.
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