Archive for October, 2015

38 Most Requested Golf Tips

All tips are written from the perspective of a right handed player. Lead side vs. trail side. Lead = left side for right handed players  Trail = right side for right handed players.

  1. Match your sternum to the slope of the hill for uneven lies. I love this tip because all your practice on the flat range does not prepare you for the course. Setting your sternum to allow you to swing with the slope helps you hit the ball solid.
  1. Over-speed training- Here is a great video on over-speed training. Do this all winter and watch your ball fly another 20 yards!
  1. Stance alignment- Aim your stance after you aim the club head. Most mis-alignment comes from aiming your feet at the target first and then aiming the clubface 2nd. Aim your stance parallel to the target instead of at the target.
  1. Shoulder alignment- Square your shoulders parallel to the target for straighter golf shots. Most golfers aim their shoulders too far left.
  1. Forearm alignment- Align the top of your forearms parallel to the target. Most misalignment comes from the lead forearm set closer to your body than the trail forearm.
  1. Head tilt alignment w/ sternum- Due to many golfers being told to keep their eye on the ball their head position is often out of alignment and tilted towards the target in relation to the sternum. Set your head position in line with your sternum for a more powerful swing.
  1. Posture tilt- Create forward bend towards the ball at the pelvis. Create enough bend to be balanced in an athletic on the balls of your feet.
  1. Knee flex- Minimize knee flex on standard golf shots. A majority of the bend should be at the pelvis.
  1. Pressure shift backswing- The start of the backswing should shift weight into the inside of the right heel and ball of the foot. If you slide instead of pressure shift the weight will go to the center or outside of your right foot and you will lose balance and athleticism in the swing.
  1. Pressure shift forward swing- Before the club reaches its furthest point in the backswing the pressure on the inside of the right foot should begin to shift to the outside of the left foot. This initiates the forward swing.
  1. Arm/hand path- It could be argued that arm/hand path is even more important than club path. The arm and hand path should not move to much right or left in the backswing and even more importantly the hand/arm path should not be too much left or right in the downswing.
  1. Grip for max speed- Position the grip in the fingers of the left hand and wrap the middle of the palm over the grip. The heel pad of the left hand should not touch the grip.
  1. Grip for soft shots- Opposite the standard grip for speed, this grip is positioned in the palm and the heel pad of the left hand will have contact with the grip.
  1. Hitting out of rough- Observe the lie. You can likely sweep it more than you realize. Most mistakes out of the rough occur from thinking you need to hit down on the ball and going in too deep.
  1. Putting speed control- Never, never, never forcefully accelerate the putter. All that advice you received about putting when you were growing up was wrong. Good putters roll putts, they do not hit putts.
  1. Putting direction- Position your eyes directly over the ball to best see the line. Place a tee in the ground and putt 3 footers. Try to hit the tee dead center. 5 minutes of this practice makes the hole look 3 times bigger!
  1. Green reading- Use your feet! That’s right, Aimpoint green reading systems are far more reliable than your eyes. Learn more about Aimpoint at your next coaching session.
  1. Downhill putts are slow- What? “But my scramble team members are always telling me it’s a fast putt.” Yes, they do, but it is backwards thinking. In order to gain better touch and better reads on downhill putts, you must think of them as slow putts. As in, you are going to roll the ball slow, therefore it breaks more.
  1. Uphill putts are fast- Opposite of downhill putts, uphill putts must roll faster. Thinking of these putts as fast putts help you achieve better speed control and better direction.
  1. Carry vs. roll- One of the major mistakes when it comes to chipping is playing the shot without a plan. A good plan includes where the ball lands (carry) and how far it goes from there (roll). Your gap wedge will likely roll 50% on most chips around the green. Use this as your baseline and add 10% roll for each club down until you get to 90% roll with a 7 iron.
  1. Wedge distance control- Practice hitting your wedges in 5 yard increments from 30 yards to 100 yards. Keep the same tempo for every distance. Most wedge shot mistakes in this distance range occur because the tempo changes. Change the length of swing, not the tempo.
  1. Pitch shots- Pitch shots are longer carry and less roll than chip shots. Most pitch shots roll between 10% and 50% of the total distance and are hit with a log wedge, sand wedge or gap wedge. Tempo and soft consistent grip pressure are the key to hitting these shots well.
  1. Using bounce- Bounce is useful on all your short shots around the green. Bounce is what prevents your club from sticking in the ground and leaving the shot short. To use the bounce maintain good width to the swing. Keep your hands soft and passive. Hit the shot more with your body and arms moving at the same pace back and through.
  1. Sand shot bounce- In soft sand you must enhance the bounce by setting up with a wide stance and excessive knee flex. Set the hands low so the heel of the club is lower than the toe of the club. Set the face slightly open and keep it open through the swing. Create good speed and make sure the club enters and exits the sand as quickly as possible.
  1. Sand shot dig- In hard sand you must decrease the bounce by setting up with the face square to slightly closed. Position your hands slightly forward of the ball and attempt to create a steep approach on the forward swing.
  1. Grip pressure- Consistent grip pressure and positioning of the hands are important. Most players who attempt light grip pressure create gaps and loose positioning. They re-grip on the forward swing and create inconsistent tempo. Consistent, tension free grip pressure is the way to go.
  1. Where to tee off within the box- If you slice tee off on the right side of the tee box to give you maximum angle to aim left. If you hook do the opposite.
  1. Grass direction- The direction the grass is growing around your ball on chips and pitches changes your distance by as much as 30 yards. Beware of the direction of the grass and make your swing longer or shorter to adjust for the effect of the grass.
  1. Putting grip- Right palm facing target, left palm facing directly opposite. Position the grip in the palm of the left hand with thumbs down the flat part of the handle.
  1. Chipping grip- Use your putting grip for softer chips. Use your standard grip when you want the ball to jump off the face.
  1. Ball position related to upper body- Assuming your upper body is stacked properly on top of your lower and your alignment is correct, position your tee shots just inside your left armpit, position your long clubs an inch inside your tee shots and position your short clubs an inch inside of that. Hit all your short shots in the middle unless you want to lower or raise the standard trajectory.
  1. 9/10 rule- When you believe you can pull a shot off safely 9 out of 10 times… Go for it! If there is more than 10% doubt, take a safer route!
  1. Tee height- Tee the ball so that 1/3 to ½ of it is above the top line of the driver. Lower that relationship with a fairway metal and tee it as if it is on the ground with a perfect lie when using an iron.
  1. Club path- Much trouble has occurred with the idea of an “inside” swing path. The club head should never travel significantly inside the hands. Keep the club head in front of the hands half way back and trace a nearly identical (but slightly shallower) path on the forward swing.
  1. Intentional slice- Align the stance, shoulders, forearms and grip position left of the club face angle and swing the hand/arm path significantly left of the face angle.
  1. Intentional hook- Do the exact opposite of a slice J
  1. Hit it high- Tilt your sternum direction a few more degrees away from the target.
  1. Hit it low- Tilt your sternum direction a few degrees towards the target.

Special Bonus Tip- How To Hit When Goose Sh!t is behind your ball.