Click the link below for a recent article on Golf Digest plus some great tips for making those 3-4 foot pressure putts. Also, try the very simple "Push Drill" (video attached) for your putting. This drill is mentioned in the article and will really help you improve your technique.
Many golfers tell me that they intentionally try to keep their lower body still in the backswing. There are many reasons for this but usually golfers work on keeping the lower body quiet to reduce a sway or to “keep still”. While this makes sense, it is a distance killer and creates unnecessary pressure on the lower back.
Here are some tips to help you move better in the backswing:
1. Make sure you are in an athletic stance to start (neutral posture)
2. Begin the backswing with your arms and torso
3. Allow the lower body to move to help get more torque at the top of the backswing (See the pictures below illustrating the differences with and without hip turn)
4. Try this drill from the experts at the Titleist Performance Institute to get those hips in gear
*Swing Tip Suggestion: think of moving your torso or belly button rather than just your shoulders in the backswing to help your hips rotate more in the backswing
Next time you are at the range, add a little but more hip turn to really help your low back, improve your length of backswing, and give you more distance. Happy Practicing!
Important Note: See the difference in length of backswing and torque in the photos above
Just like bringing your car in for service, you have to periodically check your basics on all parts of the game.
Here are some items to check for your putting:
These reminders tend to be overlooked so before working on your stroke, make sure to check your basics.
We recently had Best-selling Author of Zen Golf, Dr. Joseph Parent come to our club and give our members some tips. Here are some great keys to help your game:
"If you executed your putting routine that way, you will definitely feel that you made your putt. Then only two things can happen - either the ball will go in the hole, or it won't. If it does, enjoy your success. If it doesn't, learn from it." - Dr. Parent
Want a better golf lesson?
Don't just leave it just up to the Coach...
Here are some tips for better communication between the golfer and the teacher:
With a little help from the sun, we can use this very simple drill to help your game. This drill is fantastic for the range, the golf course, and in the backyard. Although this blog post relates to fixing your sway, this exercise is terrific for self-correcting head movement, reverse weight shifting, and much, much more!
To try this drill:
1. Set up two alignment sticks or golf clubs on each side of your shadow (center yourself between the clubs)
2. Make full swings while you are watching the ground (see pictures above - starting position, correct backswing, and a sway)
3. Check your positions throughout to see/feel any extraneous movement
If you are a visual and/or kinesthetic learner, this drill is definitely for you. Unlike using a mirror, you can look at the ground with this exercise to simulate the same feel as your normal swing. Let's hope for some sunshine!
Take advantage of gym time and work on your swing. This exercise helps golfers to experience staying in posture while strengthening those muscles groups used for the backswing and downswing. Follow these simple steps:
Try this great exercise the next time you are at the gym - Happy Swinging!
When it comes to shots around the green, there are some very common questions. What club should I use? What shot should I hit? How do I practice? An easy way to answer these questions is to decide where the golf ball should land. Golfers too often focus only on the target rather than where the ball needs to strike first.
Here is a great exercise to help:
The creators of the Orange Whip have created a great aid that has multiple purposes and is very simple to use. Here are some keys to utilizing the "Orange Peel" effectively:
"The Orange Peel" can be used at the range or at home and is a great tool for fixing balance issues and helping you get comfortable with uneven lies.
Here is a great way to practice taking a proper divot:
1. Utilize an ordinary kitchen sponge
2. Using a golf tee, secure the sponge in the ground
3. Place the golf ball 8-10 inches in front of the sponge
4. Hit the ball without hitting the sponge
*Wet the sponge down if you really want to be mean!! :)
Watch the video below to see how to set up this drill. Happy Practicing!
Tasha Browner Bohlig, PGA Director of Instruction, shares some golf tips to help you