Golf Swing Tips

Golf swing tips and the Tip of the Day

How to swing a golf club and how to play golf well can be one the most challenging things anyone can learn. It is important to follow simple approaches that you can apply to help you play better and to improve your golf swing. Often the simplest golf swing is also the most effective at hitting the ball farther and straighter. Getting out of trouble is important to saving strokes, with the correct swing you will start enjoying your game more and build the confidence to meet any challenge.

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3 simple shots for short-game success.

We need to learn how to cut strokes around the green. Learning to control the Trajectory of the ball is the key. Here are some fundamental short shots-low, medium and high-and when to use them.

What to hit when:

LOW: The bump and run

  • You are close to the green and have a lot of green to work with.
  • The path between you and the hole is flat and hazard free.
  • You need to keep the ball low to avoid hitting overhanging branches or other obstructions.

SETUP:

Take a narrow stance and shift your body weight onto your front foot. Place the ball line with the instep of your back foot and press your hands forward, angling the shaft toward the target. Keep the clubhead square and use a 7– or 8-iron, I prefer my 6 for less loft. I can use my 6-iron almost to 30 yards out and get a real nice bump and run.

BACKSWING:

While keeping your weight on your front foot, move your shoulders, arms and hands back from the ball in a one-piece takeaway. Allow the weight of the clubhead to hinge your wrists slightly.

IMPACT

Let your knees shift toward the target in the downswing and keep your hands in front of the clubhead. Without releasing your wrists, hit down on the fall. Follow through with the clubhead low to the ground.

MEDIUM: Basic Pitch Shot

  • Your ball is far enough from the hole to require at least a half-swing wedge to get there.
  • At least half of the ball's journey to the hole needs to take place in the air.
  • There is enough green to work with to allow for some bounce and roll.

SETUP:

Place the ball in the center of your stance and move 60% of your body weight unto your front foot. The club's shaft should be vertical. Use pitching sedge or a 9-iron and square up the clubface.

BACKSWING:

Move the club back and hinge your wrists moderately; turn your shoulders and shift your weight slightly onto your back foot. Don't use moe than a three-quarter backswing.

IMPACT:

Swing the club down while shifting your weight forward, returning your hands to the position established at address. Follow through until the clubhead reaches hip height.

HIGH: FLOP or LOB

  • There is an obstacle (water hazard or bunker or brush) between you and the green.
  • The flagstick is tucked close to the front edge and you have little green to work with.
  • You have a reasonably short shot into an elevated green.

SETUP:

Center your body weight and place the ball toward your front foot. Open the clubface slightly and position your hands behind the ball, angling the club's shaft away from the target. Use a sand wedge or a lob wedge.

BACKSWING:

Make steep, three-quarter backswing while keeping your arms loose. Shift your weight back and turn your shoulders. Feel like your arms are collapsing toward your chest.

IMPACT:

Let the clubhead pass the hands at impact; if it were a race , the clubhead would beat the hands to the ball. Take a full follow-through and finish with the club very high.



How to escape a "fried-egg" lie, When the ball is buried in the sand, square up your clubface for the best shot at getting out.

Club Selection: Use the highest-lofted club in your bag, preferably a sand wedge or lob wedge.

Set-Up: Play the ball in the center of your stance, and dig your feet into the sand. Instead of opening the clubface as you would for a normal bunker shot, leave it square, or perpendicular to the target line.

The Shot: Take your usual backswing, then swing down with enough force to dig the club hard into the sand, about two inches behind the ball. Your follow-through-if you have one at all-will be short, and your hands should remain slightly ahead of the clubhead throughout the swing. The force of the blow to the sand will pop the ball out in a low trajectory, with minimal spin, so allow for more roll than you would for a standard bunker s@

Greenside Bunkers: Square-up

Those greenside bunkers can really be nightmares. We are taught to open the stance and clubface then position the ball forward when preparing to hit a bunker shot. We may not generate the clubhead speed needed to effectuate the blast needed to propel the ball out of the sand from that sort of setup.

We end up skulling it up against the tip of the bunker or flying it across the green, because the slightest miss will result in the club's leading edge to hit the ball first.

With setting up square to the hole, we're more likely to hit the sand before the ball, this will improve our odds of getting onto the green on our first attempt.

Trudi Timmons tells us how:

  1. For a short bunker shot, use a 60-64-degree lob wedge. Grip the club with square hands and lower them to mid-thigh. Do not turn your hands to open up the clubface. Position your feet a bit wider than usual, at a square angle to the flag. The ball should sit one inch forward of center in your stance. Bend your knees slightly and bury your feet in the sand to stabilize your body. Address the ball with a square clubface and then square your shoulders.
  2. Relax your arms and elbows and take a full swing. Your knees should remain slightly flexed from beginning to end. Remember to keep accelerating the club through the sand at impact.
  3. Follow through to a relaxed, balanced finish, with the butt end of your club pointing toward the flagstick.
TIP: DO NOT STOP OR INTERRUPT YOUR MOTION AT THE BALL OR TRY TO SCOOP THE BALL ONTO THE GREEN. THIS SHORT SHOT REQUIRES A FULL, ACCELERATED SWING. THE GOOD RESULTS WILL COME.


Want to hit the green from a fairway bunker?
Nancy Lopez tells us how:

  • Make the right club choice. Since the front lip of a fairway bunkder is usually lower than that of a greenside bunker, odds are you can use the same club you would from the same distance in the fairway and still get out. Safely, if you pick one more club that you'd from the fairway, your chances of reaching the green are even better.
  • Know the correct setup. Unlike a greenside-bunker shot, the key to a fairway-bunker shot is to catch the ball before the sand. To accomplish that, you need to set up with the ball farther back in your stance than normal. Dig your feet into the sand and choke down a little on the grip. As you swing back, keep your lower body as still as possible and try not to turn your hips (this way, you have a better chance of returning clubface to the ball without digging it into the sand first). Accelerate through impact and follow through to a full finish.
  • Try different solutions. Don't be afraid to use a fairway wood for this shot. In fact, experiment hitting fairway-bunker shots with all the long clubs in your bag-irons, hybrids and fairway woods. You'll be surprised how well they all work.



Hitting the "sweet spot", music to our ears.

You know when a ball has been hit out of the ball park with the sound of that cracking of the bat. There is that same sound we want to hear when our club strikes that golf ball.

Let us define just what that "sweet spot" is when it comes to golf, it is the center of the clubface-is the area that should make contact with the ball for optimum performance. When it is hit it gives you that all over good feeling, from head to toe, you know you have hit a great shot.

Here are some do's and don’ts that will help you hit it just about every time, if you execute this sound swing technique.

  1. Improve your posture: Good posture is crucial to hitting the "sweet spot", and it begins on the ground. If your weight is too far back on you heels at address, your stance will be too upright. If your weight is too much on your toes, you will be hunched over. To ensure proper posture, try to center your body weight over the balls of your feet. This will create an optimal spine angle and give you that feeling of being completely grounded at address. By rocking back and forth onto your heels and toes, you can feel your way to that centered position.
  2. Stay Centered: Too much lateral movement in the backswing will cause the body to sway through impact rather than turn, giving a weak glancing strike to the ball. To find out if you're swaying and shifting too much, stick a clubshaft into the ground next to your right heel at address. Try to complete your backswing without pushing the shaft from its position. Try this to familiarize yourself with the feel of keeping your body weight on the inside of your right foot in your backswing, you can also practice with a ball wedged underneath the outside of your right foot at the arch.
  3. Widen your take away: A wide arc throughout your swing is a must to optimize distance and control. If you let your left arm bend or collapse at the top of your swing, you will get into trouble, guaranteed that the folding of arms (the arm crunch) will get you no where. As you bring the club back, let your left shoulder move under your chin, keeping the same distance between your upper body and your hands as the one established at address. Be careful of over swinging, where you take the club too far back and then have to reconnoiter yourself to get back on plane.
  4. Take the pose: A controlled, balanced finish is the sum of a sound swing. If you find yourself falling forward or backward in the follow-through, you have transferred too much or too little body weight to your left side. Ideally, you should shift enough onto your left leg to finish in an upright position. To check if your in balance, where is your belt buckle facing? It should be level and facing the center of the fairway.
Thank you Sam Lilac, my original instructor.