Thursday, February 14, 2008
Top 50 Tips
Check out these top 50 tips from one of our best pros.
15. Check Your Lofts And Lies
If you play a lot or practice off range mats, your irons and wedges need to be checked and adjusted every year.
16. Get New Grips That Fit
New grips can soup up your clubs, and your game, overnight. But make sure you get ones that fit—grips that are too big encourage slicing.
17. Try A Premium Driver Shaft
The shafts that come with modern drivers are better than ever, but if you want to maximize your performance, check out an aftermarket model.
18. Add More Wedges
It’s easier to fill distance gaps with new wedges than with tons of practice.
19. Buy Some Long Tees
Your new driver will be easier to hit.
20. Get On A Launch Monitor
If you’ve spent a significant amount of money on a new driver and shaft, you want want to make sure they’re properly fitted to your swing.
21. Experiment With Golf Balls
Don’t just go out and buy the model that that your favorite Tour pro uses. There are tons of outstanding golf ball models available that cost less, last longer and go farther.
22. Don’t Neglect Your Clubs
There’s nothing wrong with throwing your clubs in the trunk after a round, but make sure they get properly cleaned on a regular basis.
23. Try Some High-Tech Clothes
We know some of the new materials look a bit different, but they really do wick away moisture and keep you cooler than cotton.
24. Wear Wristbands
A must if you want to look cool.
25. Prime Movers
Notice how my upper left arm and chest are connected. It’s this connection that initiates the backswing and encourages the club to be moved by the pivot of the body and not the hands and arms moving independently. In addition to the left arm and chest, movement of the shoulders and back should also contribute to the finish of a powerfully coiled backswing. Don’t ever begin your backswing by lifting your arms or rolling your wrists by themselves.
26. Free Turn
The lower body should serve to support the movement of the upper body by leading the backswing. Flexed and relaxed, the legs are able to be moved by the rotation of the upper body, in no way inhibiting the turn. While the legs don’t initiate the backswing, they contribute to the wind up of the body against the ground. A good thought is to imagine the legs as braces that connect you to the ground.
27. The Truth About Impact
Looking at the two pictures below, there’s no doubting the differences between the proper address and impact positions. But while the correct impact position is obviously extremely important, it’s impossible to isolate this one moment of the swing through manipulation. Instead, you have to understand and apply the proper mechanics to create the correct “look” and feel at impact. It’s no coincidence that a proper-looking impact position tends to create solid shots.
28. The Tilt
Creating the proper tilt in the shoulders requires two elements: The hips must move closer to the target at the start of the downswing while the head stays slightly back. This drives the left shoulder up and the right side down.
29. The Hands
The hands should completely reverse themselves from address to impact. Notice how the left wrist is flat while the right has moved from flat to bent back (Above right). This position is a must.
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