The Ten Best Swing Tips
That You've Never Tried!
By now, you've probably heard every tip in the book, right? I know I have, and I'm even guilty of repeating myself a few times! Fact is, some tips deserve to be repeated because they work, they're easy to understand and they, hopefully, lend lasting improvements. In this article, I've taken 10 of my favorite tips through the years and assembled what I think are a handful of tips that most likely, you've never tried. Some old, some new, all good for your game!
#1: SWEEP THE DEW
If you're struggling with coming in too steep to the ball when swinging a driver (which usually causes sky balls and scuffs on the top edge of the club), try this simple drill. Granted, it works best in the early morning when the grass is still wet, but that's not essential. The key is to set the club down about two feet or so on your natural arc path. For me, that's slightly to the inside. Once you set the club down, I want you to keep it there and sweep as much dew off the ground as possible, throw that water toward the fairway and finish with the hands high.
This will do two things for you. It'll teach you to extend the arms, and also force you to keep your weight behind the golf ball. Do it five to six times before the next time you tee off. I bet you'll see immediate results!
#2: CHIP LOW, PITCH HIGH
When it comes to short shots, one of the most overlooked aspects is the trajectory of your golf ball. Too many people assume that successful chipping means you have to get the ball in the air, and better pitching means hitting shots that hug the ground. Both are wrong!
The right way to hit a chip is to forget about hitting the ball up in the air. You want to keep your chips as low as possible. To practice this, I like to take some rope and two alignment sticks and practice hitting chips that stay below the rope. In doing so, you'll see that it becomes a lot easier to hit solid chip shots with a descending blow, as opposed to trying to flip the hands and lift the ball in the air. Instead, align your body with the ball back, hands forward and your weight on your left. And keep that ball below the rope.
When it comes to hitting pitch shots, it's okay to let the ball rise up. I like to raise the rope on my little goalpost and practice hitting higher pitch shots that fly up and over the rope. The key to hitting higher pitches is to keep your hands soft and let the wrists release through the ball. So, in reality, a pitch shot is a lot more like a regular iron shot than it is a chip. Let the club release, and the loft of the wedge will cause the ball to fling up into the sky. Keep those chips low and pitches high!
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