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.

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Golf Lessons 101: Masters Week Mental Game

Most announcers this week will be talking about the mentality and the discipline that the professionals need to have this week to stay in contention. Well it’s not a far strMost announcers this week will be talking about the mentality and the discipline that the professionals need to have this week to stay in contention. Well it’s not a far stretch to practice some of the same mental discipline in your own game while playing with your friends. Through this blog segment this week we will discuss different techniques to keep your round going throughout the day.

  1.  Positive Affirmations are probably the most important things you can do during your round. Maintaining a good “vibe” during your round is paramount to maintaining good play.  -Repeat these sayings before every golf shot or just while you are driving down the fairway:

>”I am a good player and I hit good shots”

>”Putting is easy and I always hit my putts on my line”

>”I like hitting good golf shots”

>”I always hit it where I aim” These are a few quick things to say to yourself during the round.

Now some of you might be thinking “Well I don’t always hit it where I am” or ” I’m really not the best putter” and these are valid concerns, but it is important that to stay positive throughout the entire round and to keep those positive ideas in your mind. Maintaining positive “vibes” during your pre-shot routine and during your round will keep your confidence up even when you are not playing your best.

Stay tuned to this blog for more tips on mentality coming up later in the week. Remember that we are really interested in user videos so if you have a video of your swing or a friend’s swing please send it to one of our email addresses. Feel free to contact us with any suggestions or feedback on our blog.

Golf Lessons 101: Lower Body Posture

In a game where alignments are so important, it is vital to make sure your posture is correct at address before ever thinking about actually making a swing.  Think of it this way, a shot performed perfectly in the wrong direction is still an incorrect shot and a waste of a perfect swing.  In this post we will discuss lower body alignment and how it affects the golf swing.

For the lower body I want to focus on three different functions: hips, knees, and feet.  These three parts help to stabilize the body throughout the swing for better balance and more consistency.  Any beginner golfer should learn their importance in the golf swing before hitting balls.

Hips

The hips generate a lot of power in the golf swing and have a direct impact on both distance and direction.  Although most of the time your hip alignment will comfortably fall parallel to your foot alignment, it is still possible for a golfer to setup with hips too open or closed to the target.  Make sure to start with the hips aligned parallel to the target and set directly over the center of your stance to encourage balance throughout the swing.

Knees

The knees affect rotation and lateral movement in the swing and have a direct impact on distance and direction as well.  Throughout the swing the knees will bend and rotate slightly in either direction making it important to set them in the proper position initially to allow full range of motion.  At address the knees should be aligned parallel to the target and slightly bent to ensure an athletic stance and readiness to transfer energy to the golf ball.

Feet

The feet affect balance throughout the swing and have a direct impact on both distance and direction like the hips and knees.  At address, start with your foot alignment parallel to the target line.  Turn your lead foot towards the target approximately 30 degrees and your trail foot away from the target approximately 15 degrees.  This, once again, allows for maximum rotation and better balance throughout the golf swing.  The club head should be square to the target while the foot line is parallel to the target line, aimed slightly left (for a right handed golfer).

An easy way to test this is using training rods.  At address set one down on your foot line and another parallel to the first on your target line.  If you step away and look down the line, your first rod should point just left of the target while the second is directly at it.  Don’t be shy to use these rods in every practice session to emphasis proper alignment while hitting balls.  They will come in handy later when checking swing plane and club head positioning in the back swing as well.

This may seem like a lot of information for some, but if broken down properly, can be very simple and will become a natural part of your swing.  Once you have mastered the lower body you are ready to move on to upper body posture, ball positioning, and the takeaway.  Check back later in the week for more advice on upper body alignment and how it will affect your swing.

Golf Lessons 101: The Grip- Pressure and Precision

This is Part 2 of our Grip Series- obviously the grip can not be explained in a couple of blogs so we will continue to post more about the grip as the site grows.

Pressure

This is a debatable subject because Pressure is relative to the person and to the club being used. However, it is important that any increase in grip pressure, during the golf swing, should be instinctual.

  1. We are going to pretend that the grip of the golf club is a bird and we are trying to hold it tight enough not to let it go but loose enough as not to kill it.
  2. Imagine how your hand would react instinctively to the bird’s attempts to leave your hand. This is how gripping the club works.

It is really important that when you are working on your grip, you have a PGA Professional ensuring that your Pressure is consistent each swing. This is important because maintaining a consistent grip Pressure will ensure a consistent shot pattern.

Precision

This ability is the Most important because it is the skill that gives you the most consistency in your grip. It is funny how many people just grab the club any which way without a care in the world; when the grip is the most Important place to be precise. Remember there are 27 bones in each one of your hands and they all affect how you grip the club. Placing these 27 “children” in the same place each time you grip the club is a chore that should not be taken lightly.

  • Whether you grip the club in a “closed faced,” “open faced,” or “neutral faced” grip, it is vitally necessary to place your hands Precisely each time you grip the club

 The way you promote precision in your grip is simply by practicing your grip and practicing correctly. Developing a consistent routine that you do before every shot is crucial to maintaining your grip. This means that you have to commit to your routine and stick to it throughout every round you play. Remember that every time you put your hands on that club you are preparing to hit the shot of your life. If you treat every shot like you are breaking your scoring record you will learn precision very easily.

Keep following this blog for more tips on the grip and how to maintain your position, placement, pressure, and precision. Send us your videos for your free golf lesson. To send your video contact us.

Golf Lessons 101: The Grip – Placement and Positioning

The golf grip can be broken down into four different categories to focus on. These include: placement, positioning, pressure, and precision. Today we will be talking about placement and positioning.

Placement – Placement is where your hands are located vertically on the grip.  The main factors in placement are the size of your hands, strength, and type of shot you are trying to hit.  Placement also includes whether you grip the club using the overlapping, interlocking, or ten-finger grip. Generally, those with larger hands tend to use the overlapping grip to help feel as though their hands are more connected throughout the golf swing.  The interlocking grip may be used by golfers with smaller hands to allow the hands to work as one. Newer golfers are most likely to use the ten-finger grip since they feel they need to have as much of their hands touching the club as possible to help control the clubface. While there isn’t a grip that is considered better than the rest, it is important to find the grip that is comfortable and results in the most consistent shots for yourself.

A golfer may also find themselves ‘choking down’ or moving the placement of their hands closer to the head of the club.  This is common in shots that require a lower trajectory, are being taken out of a fairway bunker, or in a chip shot around the green. With the hands further down the shaft the clubhead swings on a shorter radius, providing less room for error and more confidence in the swing.

Positioning – Positioning is considered the rotation of the hands on the grip.  Ideally a golfer wants to see two knuckles on the back of the left hand and one knuckle on the back of the right hand at address. If anymore knuckles are visible on the left hand it is considered a strong grip, while anymore visible on the right hand is considered a weak grip.

A strong grip, or closed-face grip, will encourage a hook. Naturally the hands want to be more neutral on the grip. Since a strong grip positions your hands clockwise on the grip, they have to turn over more through impact to get back to neutral, resulting in a closed club face. One benefit to the hook is that it produces less backspin and greater distance.

A weak grip, or open-face grip, will encourage a fade. This positions your hands counter-clockwise on the grip. Once again, since the hands want to be more neutral there will have to be compensation at impact. This compensation will result in the club face being left open through impact producing a fade. One benefit to a fade is that it produces more backspin allowing you to control your approach shots to tighter pin locations.

One final tip to consider is that the more rotation you have in the positioning of your hands on the golf club, the less you can cock your wrists throughout the back swing. This limited motion in your wrists removes a lever from your golf swing and prevents you from hitting the ball further. Therefore, not only does proper positioning of the grip affect direction, but distance as well.

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: Three Steps to Improve Your Aim

Understanding how to aim the clubface can be one of the most important aspects of the golf swing. A golfer can execute a perfect swing every time, but if they don’t know how to aim the clubface properly it will be difficult to score well. Most golfers feel as though they are aimed propery, so instead of making an adjustment to aim point they will make compensations in the downswing and jeopardize changing a swing that may not need any adjustments at all.

There are many factors that go into aiming so we will only discuss a few at this time. Three things to consider: where should you be at impact, how does shoulder alignment affect your aim point, and how to use visualization to improve ball flight.

The first step towards hitting a straight shot is to understand the position of the clubface at impact and the path it took to get there. It is important to realize that the path must be travelling towards the target and that the clubface must be square to the target through impact.

Once a golfer understands these points he can start to focus on the other alignments that need to be considered to execute a straight shot. Unfortunately, aligning the clubface correctly isn’t the only factor to hitting the ball on your intended target line. Other alignments to consider at address include foot alignment, hip alignment, and shoulder alignment to name a few. If there are no additional compensations being made throughout your backswing, your swing path should follow the line that your shoulders started on.

At address take your golf club and hold it up to your chest so that the shaft is touching both shoulders and aimed down your target line. If this line created by the golf shaft is aimed left or right of the target, it will be difficult to start the ball off on the target line.

One final piece of advice is more mental than physical, but some argue that golf is more of a mental game than anything. Most tour players visualize their shots before executing. The reason being, if you can see the shot being made, it is easier for your body to follow through with those thoughts.

If you are playing around a tree or towards a yardage marker, make sure that you are focusing your target line at that point rather than confusing your thoughts between the desired target and the pin. While playing around a hazard, pick the point you want to hit to and focus on that as your aim point. If you produce the correct swing path and clubface position at impact to work the ball around the hazard, executing won’t be a problem. The problem usually arises when the brain has multiple swing thoughts going through it at one time. Visualize and execute.

These golf 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.

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