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
13. Stay Put
Keeping your backside on the line it began against at address (right) ensures that you won’t get closer to the ball through the swing. Keeping “away” from the ball in this manner produces solid contact on the clubface and keeps the angle of the clubshaft from becoming too steep at impact. Most people move closer to the ball, which prevents the arms from extending through impact, sapping power and accuracy.
14. Try This! Synca-Swing
Proper tempo and speed is critical to any successful golf shot. The problem is that both parameters are difficult to discern. Sure, any golfer can sense fast from slow, but those small yet critical differences from one swing to the next are beyond typical human delineation. The Synca-Swing ($150) training device is no human and is one of the more fascinating self-learning tools we’ve seen. Simply attach the Synca-Swing unit to any shaft and begin making swings. As you do, the Synca-Swing records the timing and speed of each. Eventually, “best swing” timing and speed values are developed, to which you can compare future swings for every club in the bag. Better yet, data from the Synca-Swing can be downloaded to your PC or Mac and analyzed with user-friendly charts and graphs. The graphs allow you to compare hundreds of practice swings to your best, visually indicating speed rises and drops during different segments of the swing. It’s great for practice and for grooving your best swing before teeing off. Visit www.syncaswing.com for more information.
15. Pro Files: Get Your Left Arm And Shaft In Line like Sergio For Straighter Shots
Touring professionals like Sergio not only hit the ball a long way, but they’re also amazingly accurate, even with the long irons. Of course, talent plays a significant role in creating this enviable combination of distance and direction, but there’s one thing every top-quality player does in his or her swing that makes straight hitting possible. Notice how Sergio has his left arm lined up almost perfectly with the shaft of the club at the top of his swing. This position allows for an aggressive move through the ball without the need for any manipulation during the downswing, making for both great accuracy and speed. If you’re serious about hitting longer and straighter shots, pay close attention to this position and spend some time integrating it into your swing. Once you do, you’ll be able to swing as hard as you want and still have confidence.
16. Gear Effects: If You Go Light, Go Heavy In The Change
Jeff Jackson, Director of Marketing, Tour Golf
Balance point, torque, flex—these are all highly influential shaft specifications. But if you really want to alter shot shape and trajectory, as well as your ballstriking ability, consider a weight change. A switch to a lighter shaft allows for a longer club, which in turn creates a longer swing arc and potentially more distance. In addition, a lighter club is easier to swing. Most steel iron shafts check in at 125 grams; the lighter-weight graphite iron shaft models weigh as little as 90 grams. Such a drastic change in weight could have a positive, practical effect on your game. Most fitting experts agree, however, that at least a 40-gram change in weight is needed to produce tangible results (considering similar balance points). In the past, when golfers went with a lighter shaft in their irons, they had to opt for graphite. Today, the market offers numerous ultra-lightweight steel models. So if you’re looking for more power and more accuracy in your iron game, yet still desire the consistency of steel, there are more options now than ever before.
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