7 Deadly Swing Sins

Say goodbye to making the same swing mistakes

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Let's face it, folks, there's really no excuse for bad chipping. It's one of the easiest strokes to learn and should be one of the easiest to repeat. Again, like the pitch shots, often I see mistakes made because golfers feel they need to lift the ball up into the air with their hands. In reality, better chippers tend to keep the ball lower to the ground and have more roll with their chips.

Unique to chipping, go ahead and set up into a posed impact position. This means setting up with the left foot back and the hips open, and your weight is on the left side. The shaft should be in line with the left arm and the clubface pointing at the target. From there, swing the club back and through with minimal wrist hinge. If you take your normal setup in this short swing, you have to create some hinge to flatten out the left wrist and increase your rotation speed to get the hips open at impact, which increases your speed, thus hitting the ball farther than we need for a short bump-and-run shot. Also, once you set up with the desired impact position, simply swing the club and try to keep the "Y" look as the wrists stay fairly quiet. Focus on your finish position, with the hands extended out, hips open and right heel off the ground. You want the ball to release and roll

In order to eliminate 3-putts, you have to focus on your speed control. If you misread the putt by two feet and you have the speed correct, you can walk away with a two-foot putt, but most 3-putts occur because you were seven feet long or six feet short. To improve your speed control on the course, you need to learn how to use your eyes better and incorporate more feel into the stroke.

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Make your practice strokes one foot behind the ball with your body facing the target. Your eyes are at the target and you want to feel the putterhead in your practice stroke. This allows your eyes and brain to match up the feel of the putterhead and coordinate the desired amount of energy needed for that putt. If your eyes are on the putter or on the ball, your mind is more into your stroke instead of feel and distance control. The reason you're not parallel to the target line in the practice stroke is that if you're right eye-dominant, you have to turn your head and shoulders to see the target, which affects your putting stroke, and this creates confusion in your mind and stroke.


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