Golf Lessons 101: Finishing a Good Round

Everyone has had one of those rounds where everything is going great and then you get to the last two holes and your score blows up because you mess those holes up. This happens to a lot of players because the thought of a good round sometimes gets in your head. Most players try to get too much out oftheir round instead of focusing on finishing strong.

When you get to those final holes, most players are thinking, ” Let’s get one more birdie,” and they end up overextending themselves and hitting some questionable shots during those last holes costing them their good round. To avoid making those mistakes toward the end of a good round it is important to take those mistakes and bad misses out of play.

The Steps to Making your round the best of your life are really simple and can make all the difference:

  1. Accept that the round you have put together is good and that you want to finish strong.
  2. Once you have accepted that you have a good round going, your next goal is to focus on finishing the best that you can.
  3. Take note of the holes you have left and decide that you should minimize any chance of going out of bounds or losing a golf ball. Hitting balls out of bounds or losing your golf ball can be the detriment of a good round. Limit your misses and take the appropriate club for your tee shot.
  4. Hitting the tee shots on your final holes are the most important part of finishing strong. Think positive and concentrate on hitting the fairway. KEEP YOUR DRIVER OUT OF YOUR HAND!!!
  5. Hitting your second shot (or 3rd shot) into the green is important. You want to focus on the middle of the green. Do not go after any dangerous pins or any tough shots. We are trying to finish our round strong. Remember That!!!
  6. Lag every putt to the hole. Try to leave yourself a 1-2 foot putt for your par. Going after birdies will sometimes result in 3 putts so please focus on keeping your putts short of the hole.
  7. Focus on a hoola-hoop sized ring around the cup and hit your putts inside that.
  8. If you do this for the rest of your holes you will surely finish with the round you were hoping for after the 1st step.

These tips are for people trying to finish a great round that they have never been able to do before… Please Send your videos to us so we could analyze your swings and give you a free golf lesson online. Visit our about us page and send us your videos.

Golf Lessons 101: Balance Drill

Balance is probably the one fundamental that I would put above all others for developing a consistent golf swing. I firmly believe that most amateur golfers have terrible balance and are completely unaware that they have balance issues. There are a few things that you can check to determine if you have balance issues in your swing.

Ask Yourself These Questions:

  1. Can I hold my finish??
  2. Where is my weight in my golf swing??
  3. Can I stand on my left foot after I finish??
  4. How is my balance when I close my eyes??
  5. What am I doing after I finish my swing?? Fall, Lose Balance??
  6. If you lose your balance, which way do you fall??
  7. Does your finish look like Paula Creamer’s??
  8. Can you hold your finish for more than 5 seconds??
Answers You Should Have:
  1. It should be very easy to hold your finish.
  2. Your weight should be centered and slightly on your right side at address.
  3. When you finish, can you lift your right leg without falling over or losing your balance.
  4. You should feel at ease when your eyes are closed. This should be the same when you stand on either leg with your eyes closed.
  5. Finish with a stable balanced swing with your weight on your left side and holding your balance.
  6. If you fall at all you should be doing some sort of balance drill.
  7. Your finish should be balanced and poised with your weight completely transferred to your left side.
  8. If you can count to 5 while holding your finish, your balance is pretty good and you might want to work on something different than balance.

*These questions and answers are for right handed players- for lefties you should flop which foot you balance on in the golf swing.
Balance Drill
If your answers differed from the answers I have provided then this drill could be an answer to your problems. Hopefully, this video will be a great drill that will help you find your balance in your golf swing. This drill is called the Single Leg Balance Narrow Base Golf Posture. If you wish to see a video of this drill check it out at mytpi.com
  1. Start with one foot off the ground and get into your golf posture.
  2. Get your balance and hold this pose.
  3. After you have your balance, slowly lift your heel off the ground and balance on the balls of your feet.
  4. Feel your “proprioceptors” activate and strengthen your balance muscles.
  5. This drill should begin to slowly affect your balance- you will feel yourself trying to balance as soon as you start this drill.
These tips are designed to help the average golfer improve their game.  If you have any questions or wish to receive your own personalized golf lessons feel free to contact us.

Golf Lessons 101: Knee Action Basics

Knee Action is a key part of the golf swing and an important movement that everyone should learn how to master. Knee Action starts the motion of the golf swing and controls where the center of gravity in your swing goes. Knee Action is also one of the hardest things to master but it is very easy to mess up. I will start by explaining the wrong way to use your knees.

The Wrong Way 

Some people have what I would like to call “Elvis Knees” and they can not seem to keep there knees from moving side to side in their golf swing, kind of like the King doing his dance. This move has a distinct look and a distinct pattern and we will talk about that now.

  1. The knees start severely bent at address and the person usually looks like they are about to sit on the toilet rather than hit a golf ball.
  2. This posture limits the ability to move the knees properly during the golf swing.
  3. On your backswing, with this posture, your right knee (for right handed golfers) will begin to “sway” back and will look like your knee will be over your right foot.
  4. Your left knee will move in and under your body creating a poor base to begin your downswing. It is very important that your base be strong and stable to swing the club around.
  5. During the downswing your knees will shift and slide toward the target making that dancing move that Elvis used to do during his concerts.
  6. This terrible swing fault causes mis-hits, chunks, thin shots, and inconsistent shots that affect your round of golf.

The Right Way

The right way to use your knees in the golf swing is a process and somewhat differs for every golfer depending on their posture and flexibility. This is because the lower body flexibility has a big affect on how easily you can stabilize your knees and center of gravity. I will discuss the “proper” sequence of movements for a standard golf swing.

  1. The hips start to turn back and around by the bending and straightening of your two knees. The way you will know that you start the backswing properly in the lower body is that there will be tension in between your right thigh and right hip flexor.
  2. At the top of your backswing you should notice that your right leg is slightly straightened and your left leg is slightly more bent- However: notice that your posture has not risen, that is to say your head is still in the same spot as it was at address.
  3. It is key to notice that you posture does not move up and down even thought your legs are bending and straightening. It is acceptable to have a little side to side head movement in the golf swing but never up and down.
  4. On your downswing the left knee and hip begin to rotate up and around your body creating the look that you are “squatting” into impact. This is a huge power move the allows for awesome distance if done correctly.
  5. Notice: Tiger’s knees never go outside of his feet which means he is not swaying on the way back and he is not sliding on the way down and through. This is a great picture that shows the knees in perfect action. Take note of Tiger’s performance.

If you have any questions or wish for me to check out your Knee Action please feel free to contact myself or James for more information. Feel free to contact us anytime. 

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