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Golf Swing Tips

Take advantage of golf swing instruction from top pros and drop strokes from your game. Our golf swing tips will help you hit the sweet spot and keep your game in the fairway.



Prospective

What can you learn from Camilo, J.B. and Jesper

ProspectiveCamilo Villegas and J.B. Holmes are two of the game’s longest hitters. Jesper Parnevik is one of the longest iron players. What can you learn from them?

10 Best Tips

(You've Never Heard)

10 Best TipsIf you’ve ever received a lesson, or better yet, a series of lessons, it’s likely you’ve been told to do the same thing more than once.

Tips From The Tour, 2009

The best players in the world aren’t just fun to watch. There’s a lot to learn about their swings that you can incorporate into your game.

Tips From The Tour, 2009They may not know it, but several of the best golfers in the world are actually darn good instructors. They may not articulate their moves verbally, but in watching them play, there’s a lot that we as wannabe-Tour pros can learn and pick up from their amazing abilities.

Fake vs. Real

How to spot a good backswing from a bad one

Fake vs. RealGolf instruction usually is loaded with tips on what you need to do to optimize your downswing and impact position. And while that's obviously important, I believe it's just as important to know how to make a proper backswing.

Anthony Kim Snapshot

Anthony Kim SnapshotDon’t get us wrong, Anthony Kim still has in our opinion, one of the most compact and powerful swings on the PGA Tour. As is the case with this shot, he actually just barely missed green, albeit a long ways to the right and at the opposite end of the pin which was tucked in the back left corner.

The Turn Zone

Swing Don't Sway

The Turn ZoneWhy the golf swing is called a “swing” is beyond me. It’s actually more of a turn than a swing, with the body's weight moving sequentially from one side to another via a rotary motion—not a swinging one.

Shank Stoppers

Why You Shank And How To Stop It

Shank StoppersWhat’s the most hated, feared and downright embarrassing shot in golf? Without a doubt, it’s the dreaded shanked shot.. The shank has no limits, often affecting both great players and novices, with varying degrees of effect.

Plane & Simple

Get Your Swing On-Plane Now!

Plane & SimpleSo much has been written about swing plane over the past few years, that students of mine often come to me very confused about what it is. Simply put, to make an “on-plane” swing, all you have to do is swing the club on the same angle it’s at when it rests on the ground.

Educate Your Hands

Better Iron Play Is Within Your Grasp

Educate Your Hands

Most of the time when you read golf instruction pertaining to the hands, it has to do with how you grip the club. 

Pro Vs. Joe

How to take your swing from average Joe to touring pro in no time.

Pro Vs. JoeWhen you compare an average golfer (in this case, we’ll called him “JOE”) to a Tour player (let’s call him “PRO”), you notice big differences in each golf swing. For example, the PRO can achieve certain swing positions because he’s more flexible and has stronger golf muscles than JOE. In fact, physical limitations often prevent JOE from reaching the same positions as the PRO, making it critical for him to make certain adjustments to his technique in order to still strike the ball solidly without hurting himself.

Hit Shots Like A Pro

Quick Tips From The Tour

Hit Shots Like A ProIt stands to reason that if you want to learn how to do something the right way, you should learn from the best. For this reason, we’ve gathered some shotmaking tips from current PGA Tour players. Pay close attention to the techniques they describe, and practice them regularly, just like they do. Soon enough, you’ll find that these Tour-proven tips will pay dividends in terms of better shots and lower scores. In addition, we offer a swing sequence of Padraig Harrington, arguably the best player in the world at the moment. Check out Padraig’s swing and strive to copy both its simplicity and consistency. You’ll be glad you did.

Body Movin'

How to use the body in the golf swing

Body Movin'Players like Charles Howell III, Rory Sabbatini, Jonathan Byrd, even the budding superstar Anthony Kim, all have something in common. Besides obviously being PGA Tour players, they’re all relatively small guys in both size and stature who manage to hit the ball with tremendous power. How do they do it? Each of these players, as well as a handful of other professionals, understands that true power and control come from swinging the golf club with a powerful core.

Spin City

The quick and easy on all things spin.

Spin CityTo execute a wedge shot that hits, takes a hop and stops (or spins back), the first thing you need is the right kind of ball (see the sidebar) and a high-lofted wedge with sharp grooves. Next, you need a good lie from the fairway so the ball compresses against the clubface and the grooves “bite” into it and get it spinning fast.

Lean Machine

How to lean the body effectively

Lean MachineSimply put, when you address the golf ball—and because the ball is both on the ground and in front of you—you’ll have to lean forward to reach it. To do this effectively, adjust the upper-body lean by hinging at the hip socket, not in the back or by excessively squatting.

Simple Shotmaking

How To Be A Complete Player

Simple ShotmakingI was hitting balls one day with my friend and fellow teaching professional, Ron Gring, when he described a way of looking at all the key shots in golf as “the nine panes of glass.” This obviously refers to the image you see above, with a fade, straight shot and draw at low, medium and high trajectories fitting into the nine slots. 

Sweetspot: Sergio Garcia

A look at the future of major-winner's swing

Sweetspot: Sergio GarciaSergio’s left shoulder points down toward the ground and behind the ball late into the downswing. This serves two purposes: First, the steeper shoulder angle keeps the left arm close to the body and enables him to create his famous “lag.” Second, the closed position of the shoulders prevents the club from coming over the top.

Oomph Shots

Faced with a tough shot? Here's what to do.

Oomph Shots

By now, you’ve probably seen footage of Tiger Woods snapping his 4-iron against a tree in the 2007 Masters. If you haven’t, it happened on the 11th hole when he found his ball at the base of a tree. Tiger had three choices: hit it backward or backhanded (two choices that would have probably led to a bogey) or advance it down the fairway. Of course, Tiger chose the latter, but to pull it off, he had to sacrifice his 4-iron.

Tips From The Tour

Improve your game by learning from the pros

Tips From The TourThe best players in the world are as proficient as they are for very good reasons. Not only do they possess an incredibly high level of talent and athletic ability, but they also have sound fundamentals and outstanding overall technique. If you’re going to learn from anyone, these are the guys you want to study.

1 And 2

Swing with a tempo like the pros and you'll learn to make solid contact every time

1 And 2

The main difference between good iron play and poor iron play is quality of contact. Everyone that plays golf knows the difference. We all can hear the difference and we certainly can feel the difference. And while we all know that striking the ball with a descending blow is a must, most of us just can’t get it done consistently. 

Ready, Set, Swing

Six ways to improve your game without ever swinging the club

Ready, Set, SwingGolf, at its core, is a game that can be learned and practiced without ever swinging a club. By learning what we call the fundamentals (mind-set, grip, posture, ball position and aim/alignment), you’ll train your body and mind so they’re in all the right positions before you swing the club.

Top 50 Tips

Check out these top 50 tips from one of our best pros.

Top 50 TipsA good backswing creates torque and is achieved by rotating the body away from the ground using the feet as an anchor. Except for unusually flexible players, the knees, hips, core, back and shoulders should all be used to create torque. Once you get the feel of creating leverage against the ground, your power will increase significantly.

10 Best Swing Tips Ever!

10 Best Swing Tips Ever!

Keep Your Hands Low - Limiting the height of the followthrough will effectively reduce the height of your shots. The lower the hands, the lower the ballflight. Moving the ball back in your stance or choosing a stronger club and trying to swing easy are other ways to accomplish the same thing, but they’re less reliable and more difficult to execute.

Going Low

Jam Your Back Foot

Going Low

In the last issue of Golf Tips, I showed you how to use the edge of a wall to help improve your chipping. This month, I’m going to show you how a simple household item, such as a doorjamb, can help you hit the ball farther.

 
 
 
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