50 Ways To Lower Your Score
Use our top tips, equipment advice, Tour examples and a few new training aids to play your best golf
10. Swing Around Not Under
Moving the shoulders and club more around (big photo) and less up and down (small photo) into the finish creates a swing that’s athletic and uninhibited. It also makes it easier to produce a right-to-left ballflight, which is obviously the best way to get rid of a slice. Another reason this move is helpful is it gets the body out of the way of itself, meaning it won’t interfere with its own movement. When the weight travels around the body, it allows for rotational movement and improved balance.
Ten Tips For Iron Shots
11. Get On Top At Impact
Maintaining a “stacked” position (chest on top of knees) through impact allows you to strike the ball with a descending blow, reducing the chance of thin or fat shots and producing divots that start at the ball and continue beyond it. Solid iron shots are all about compressing the ball against the ground, which requires ball-first-grass-second contact. If your chest is pointed behind the ball, the club will bottom out early, creating heavy scoops and thin shots. But if you “stack” your chest over your lower body, you won’t have to try to hit down on the ball—your arms will simply extend into the correct position.
12. Gear Effects: Tell A Lie
John Tudor, CEO, Savile Row Golf
Every golf club is built with several key specifications, one of the most important being lie angle—the angle formed by the golf shaft and the sole of the golf club at address. The lie of the golf club determines how the face rotates through impact, a phenomenon that can negatively affect your shots if the lie angle is incorrect. For example, if the lie angle is too flat, the toe of the golf club will be lower than the heel at impact and the ball will fly right of target. If the lie angle is too upright, the heel of the club will be lower than the toe at the point of contact and the ball will fly left of target. The lie angle effect is most noticeable in mid- and low-irons.
Lie angle doesn’t function autonomously. The overall length of the golf club controls the lie of a particular club set. If the clubs are a 1⁄2 inch too long, the lie will become one degree upright. Conversely, if the clubs are a 1⁄2 inch too short, the lie will be one degree flat. Each 1⁄2 inch change in length, either way, will effect lie angle by one degree.
Clubhead design also can influence the dynamic lie of the golf club. A club with the majority of its mass positioned in the center of the face (as seen in a traditional forged blade) forces the toe downward 1⁄8 inch during the strike phase of the golf swing. A golf club with the majority of its mass around the toe (as seen in a cast, cavity-back blade) could force the toe downward as much as a 1⁄2 inch.
Therefore, at address, the toe of the forged club should be 1⁄8 inch off the surface and the toe-weighted club should between 1⁄8 to 1⁄2 inch off the surface. Most golfers fail to acknowledge these basic spec requirements. If you’re serious about your game, then have your lie angles checked by a clubfitting professional. Those unexplainable, wayward shots, either left or right, may not be your fault after all.
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