The Simple Golf Swing http://www.golfswingguru.com Get Your Hands On The “Simple Golf Swing” Training That Has Helped Over 67,546 Improve Their Game–FREE! Wed, 21 Oct 2015 02:42:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.4.10 Tough Conditions http://www.golfswingguru.com/tough-conditions/ http://www.golfswingguru.com/tough-conditions/#comments Thu, 09 Jun 2011 19:10:40 +0000 http://new.golfswingguru.com/?p=398 Continue reading ]]>

Tough Conditions

Have you ever gone to play a round of golf and the first hole the wind is straight into you, the next two holes it’s blowing out of the right, the next two holes it’s from the left, then four holes in a row straight back into the wind, and then it gets worse?

The next three holes it’s blowing harder from the left. Then you get the shortest hole in the golf course downwind. And then, of course, you know the rest of the story, the next three holes, the longest holes in the golf course, dead into the teeth of it.

Well, those are tough driving days and you have to be prepared to react to it, because the wind isn’t going to stop just for you.

And when you're playing well, I know you're going to laugh, but it seems like every hole’s downwind. And when you're playing difficult, it seems like every one of them is into a gale.

Remember this about tough driving days, this driver is not always the answer. How many times have you driven the golf ball 50 yards left of the fairway and only wished that you would have hit 6 iron off of the tee to get a better golf swing?

I’m not advocating that into the wind. However, the flatter the face on the golf club, the more the golf ball’s going to curve and the better your golf swing will be. And the windier it is, it exaggerates the curve if it’s going in the direction of the wind. So, this isn’t always the answer.

I have a 1 iron that I love, and I have driven with it many times on windy days, even into the wind, because it was important to find the golf ball in the fairway and not out of bounds.

So, don’t forget this is not the answer on rugged days. This is the answer when you're driving the ball well.

When you're not, it might be a 3 wood. Don’t give into the driver.

Thanks and have a great day.


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Stance and Ball Flight http://www.golfswingguru.com/stance-and-ball-flight/ http://www.golfswingguru.com/stance-and-ball-flight/#comments Thu, 09 Jun 2011 19:09:45 +0000 http://new.golfswingguru.com/?p=396 Continue reading ]]>

Stance and Ball Flight

I’m going to talk with you about how to draw the golf ball, hook the golf ball, or fade or slice the golf ball on purpose.

That way, the next time you go play, if you have a dogleg right or a dogleg left, or the wind’s blowing from the left or wind’s blowing from the right, you’ll be able to curve the golf ball that will be beneficial towards you.

Let’s say I’m going to play a hole that has a big dogleg to the left, and I think that I can get it out and around the corner. I’m going to give you a couple of ideas on how to draw the golf ball.

After you go through your routine, make sure that you aim the golf ball further right than normal, than you're used to.

The second thing is I’m going to give you some golf grip instruction. You should turn your grip a little bit to the right. This will encourage the face to curve over.

And lastly, make sure that you're aiming with your shoulders, knees and hips to the right. And if you’d like to and you feel comfortable, you can put the right foot back a little bit.

This will encourage the golf club to swing a little bit more underneath you from the inside.

Now let me give you a little bit of information on how to make the golf ball fade.

After you’ve gone through your routine and you’ve aimed down the left side of the fairway, another golf trip instruction is to make sure that before you draw the golf club back that you turn your grip to the left a little bit. And this will delay the face from closing opposite of the draw, and the face will return more open than it will square or closed. And then swing away and that will help the golf ball fade.

Now let’s spend a minute correcting a hook. If you’ve been struggling, really hooking a lot of your tee shots, all you have to do is check your grip. The golf grip instruction is to make sure that it’s over to the left a little bit and that will encourage the face to stay open.

If you’ve been slicing the ball, make sure you turn your grip a little bit further to the right, and that will help the golf club close and bring the ball back to center instead of slicing so much.

Try that the next time out and see how it works.


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Driver Ball Position http://www.golfswingguru.com/driver-ball-position/ Thu, 09 Jun 2011 19:08:46 +0000 http://new.golfswingguru.com/?p=394 Continue reading ]]>

Driver Ball Position

I often see a number of amateurs prepare for their driver golf swing by walking up, after they have teed the ball up, they just take a step back and they address it. They grip the golf club and they address it, and they sort of just plot their feet down wherever they land, but let me tell you the proper way.

This way you’ll be able to get the ball in the correct position more often than not. After you have the golf ball and you’ve gripped it and you have addressed it, then you’ll just look down, take a peek down, and if this golf ball is running towards the left heel, then this is correct.

If you look down and you see the golf ball is a little too far forward off your left, that’s too far forward and you’ll probably see that the shoulders are aimed too far to the left.

On the other hand, if you look back down and you think the ball is too far back in your stance when you put this shaft along you, you’ll be aiming way off to the right.

So, after you’ve addressed the golf ball, all you have to do to get ready for your driver golf swing is bring the shaft up and lay it along your shoulder line, and it should be going in the direction you want to go with it.

If you get it too far back in your stance at address, you’ll wind up aiming your shoulders too far off to the right.

And if you get it off the left heel, this should be proper for most people.

Give that a try the next time out.


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Timing – Golf Instruction Lesson http://www.golfswingguru.com/timing-golf-instruction-lesson/ http://www.golfswingguru.com/timing-golf-instruction-lesson/#comments Thu, 09 Jun 2011 19:04:39 +0000 http://new.golfswingguru.com/?p=392 Continue reading ]]>

Timing – Golf Instruction Lesson

I want to review something with you that I consider to be one of the, I don’t know, I think it’s one of the most misunderstood verbiage’s or terminology’s in all of golf.

It’s called timing. And it’s used a lot on television and in all the magazines, but they don’t explain to you what timing is and what it means.

So, let me give you a little golf instruction lesson, and then, that way you’ll start to understand the value of the word timing. Okay, here it goes.

Whenever you watch a good player hit a golf ball and or when you hit a good shot, this is what timing means. It was your ability to swing the arms down as your left hip moved out of the way, and gets out of the way for you.

Now, there are a couple of mistakes you can make. First of all, some people swing the arms down, and this never moves and you stay still. If you do that, you would be one that would come down and the club face closes quickly at the bottom of the hit.

If your timing is off because you didn’t move the bottom out of the way, the arms will cross over real quick.

On the other hand, most of the golfing public, when they swing down, their body moves out of the way and leaves the club behind them and open.

So, a little golf instruction lesson, if your timing is off and your body’s too quick, you’ll go to the right. If your timing’s off and your body’s a little too slow, you might hook it.

If your timing is on, all that’s saying is that you have the combination of the body, the bottom part of the body moving out of the way, as the arms swing down.

Again, the body moves, arms swing down. It’s just a combination of getting the arms and the hands to match up with the bottom part of the golf swing.

Thanks, and have a great day. I hope that golf instruction lesson helped.


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Tee Height – Improve Swing http://www.golfswingguru.com/tee-height-improve-swing/ http://www.golfswingguru.com/tee-height-improve-swing/#comments Thu, 09 Jun 2011 19:03:18 +0000 http://new.golfswingguru.com/?p=390 Continue reading ]]>

Tee Height – Improve Swing

Two minutes from now I’m going to have an answer for all of you on how high you should be teeing your tee shots so you can improve your swing. The new drivers that have come out in the last 5, 10 years have what is referred to as a deep face.

From the bottom to the top it’s about two or more inches. Most players associate all of that space with teeing the golf ball high. We even have three-inch tees now.

So, that isn’t true. You don’t need that. Some of you might, but most of you don’t.

So, here’s my rule of thumb for how high should you tee the driver: If the mistake you make is that you constantly top the golf ball, that isn’t always the answer. You could fix your posture and bend over a little bit and that would fix topping the golf ball.

If you always hit underneath the golf ball, this isn’t always the answer, where you tee it down so low. Maybe you simply need to get your chin up.

So, a great rule of thumb is that the golf ball should be slightly higher than the center of the club face.

If the golf ball sits much higher than the center of the face, the swing tip to improve your golf would have you hitting the golf ball on the upswing. If it was teed down close to the ground, and you tried to hit the golf ball on the upswing, you might wind up hitting a little grass behind it. Instead, you would have to hit this one on a little bit of the downswing, which is defeating the purpose of the driver. The driver’s swing is a sweeping swing. And you want to catch the golf ball at the bottom of the arc.

At worst, you want to catch it on the way up but not too much on the way up.

Experiment with your tee shots. Play a whole round of golf where you tee it a lot lower than normal, then the next round a little bit lower than normal. And then play the third round where you tee it real high.

I promise you that real high is not the answer. Try that the next time out.


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Tee Height for Draws and Fades http://www.golfswingguru.com/tee-height-for-draws-and-fades/ Thu, 09 Jun 2011 19:01:53 +0000 http://new.golfswingguru.com/?p=388 Continue reading ]]>

Tee Height for Draws and Fades

I have a great golf strategy for you. I recently played 18 holes on a little bit of an odd golf course.

It was a good golf course, but the first nine holes, there was out of bounds on the entire left side.

On the back nine there was desert on the entire right side, the first nine holes, trouble left.

The golf strategy I used was that on the first 9 holes, I teed every golf ball exactly the same height, as close to the ground as I possibly could.

The last nine holes, I teed every tee shot as high as I possibly could.

On the first nine holes, when I teed it down low, if you tee a golf ball as low as possible to the ground, it’s very difficult to get the club face to cross over and to hook it. I never hooked one ball out of bounds for the first nine holes.

The last nine holes, trouble right, this is very difficult to slice from here. The golf club will cross over and you’ll wind up hooking the tee shot way before you’d slice it.

I missed one fairway on the front nine and I never missed a fairway on the back nine.

The golf strategy to use here is instead of changing your golf swing, change the way you tee it: low for fades of slices and high for draws of hooks.

Thanks and the next time out, give that a try.


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Short Game – Chipping Golf Instruction http://www.golfswingguru.com/short-game-chipping-golf-instruction/ http://www.golfswingguru.com/short-game-chipping-golf-instruction/#comments Thu, 09 Jun 2011 19:00:40 +0000 http://new.golfswingguru.com/?p=386 Continue reading ]]>

Short Game – Chipping Golf Instruction

I believe that the setup is the key to hitting a great chip shot. Of course, you need the backswing and the downswing, but if you're not standing to it properly, hitting the golf ball with the correct impact is going to be a very difficult thing to do.

I’m going to give you some chipping golf instruction. The next time you're out playing, check your ball position. Critical, the very first thing, make sure that the golf ball is in the middle of your stance, not off your left foot, not off your front foot, and not off your back foot, but in the middle.

The next part of the chipping golf instruction is to make sure you put your weight on your left leg, not in the middle, not on your right leg, but on your left leg. And when you do that, take the butt end of the club, and push it over to your belt buckle.

So, you see the angle you have? This enables the golf club to swing up and down so you’ll make solid contact with the golf ball.

And then, this will enable the golf club to go up so it comes back down and makes solid contact with the golf ball.

Try that the next time you go to the golf course.


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Golf Swing Tempo http://www.golfswingguru.com/golf-swing-tempo/ http://www.golfswingguru.com/golf-swing-tempo/#comments Thu, 09 Jun 2011 18:59:34 +0000 http://new.golfswingguru.com/?p=384 Continue reading ]]>

Golf Swing Tempo

How many times have you stood in the middle of the fifth fairway at your local golf course and you always hit 9 iron from that little bush?

Or you always hit 7 wood from that little tiny tree on the side of the fairway, but today there’s just a little breeze in your face, or maybe the pin is in the back of the green? And you really don’t want to hit 8 iron and you really don’t want to hit 5 wood, but you’d like to hit the club you're trying to hit a little bit further?

I want to give you a little tip, or a little pearl on how to hit it further by increasing your golf swing tempo, but I don’t want you to get hung up on the fact that it’s just for the driver. This can be for any club.

The next time you're out, try this. Take a couple of practice swings. Warm up before you hit the ball, and then raise the club up in the air like you would a baseball bat.

If you can swing it in the air and increase your golf swing tempo, that’s 20% harder than I usually swing a golf club. Then put it down on the ground and do the same thing twice. Step up to the ball and give it a whack.

Now, if the truth were known and we went out and measured that 9 iron, I guarantee you that 9 iron went 10% further than my average 9 iron.

So, here it is. Make sure that just before you get ready to hit that you raise it in the air and increase your golf swing tempo a little bit faster than you normally would. Then put it on the ground and give it some swish. And then put it up to the ball and give it a whack.

Don’t forget, the further you hit it the more offline you might be.

So, if you're looking to hit it a little bit further, try that practice session.

Thanks, and have a great day.


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Common Mistakes when Pitching http://www.golfswingguru.com/common-mistakes-when-pitching/ Thu, 09 Jun 2011 18:58:36 +0000 http://new.golfswingguru.com/?p=382 Continue reading ]]>

Common Mistakes when Pitching

Ever wonder what the most common miss/hit golfswings are when pitching a golf ball? It’s when you top it, when you skull it, or when you hit it real, real thin and it runs over the green. I’m going to tell you why that happens.

A little review of the setup: ball in the middle of your stance, your weight left and handle forward. But here’s the first mistake most of you make.

When the club starts back, you start back. Now 70% of your weight isn’t on your left leg. And if you do that, it’s very difficult to get the club underneath the golf ball.

So, the most common golfswing is when you slide backwards and you hit the ground behind it, or you top it or skull it.

Now, here’s the next most common mistake that I’ve seen over the years. Everybody thinks that to hit a great pitch shot you have to have this beautiful, high followthrough.

As a matter of fact, that is not true for pitching the ball up in the air.

It’s a very pretty golfswing, but so many of you have been sold on the idea that you have to follow through real high.

To stop from skulling or topping the ball, weight in the middle, handle left, weight on your left side, swing the arms up and swing the arms down in the downswing.Up/down makes the golf ball go up.

Now, many golfers hit it fat. This is caused by the club being to vertical. If you go too vertical, you’ll wind up chopping the floor.

After you get all set up, make sure you're not leaning too far over on the left side. A little weight on your left side, but the trick is to swing the golf club up on the inside. And that will give the golf club a little better angle into the back of the ball.

Try these golfswings the next time you're out. I promise you it’ll help you.

Thanks.


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Pitching Shots vs. Full Swing – Golf Swing Basics http://www.golfswingguru.com/pitching-shots-vs-full-swing-golf-swing-basics/ http://www.golfswingguru.com/pitching-shots-vs-full-swing-golf-swing-basics/#comments Thu, 09 Jun 2011 18:57:44 +0000 http://new.golfswingguru.com/?p=380 Continue reading ]]>

Pitching Shots vs. Full Swing

There is a big difference between the golf swing basics of pitching the golf ball in and around the edges of the green, over bunkers, over little trees, over a pond, 30 yards, 20 yards, 40 yards, and the golf swing basics of hitting your full pitch shot swing.

Whenever I’m talking about chipping and pitching, I’m talking about golf shots that are in and around the green. If I’m not talking about that, then I’m talking about your full swing.

The technique to hit to the green in front of you is ball in the middle, weight left, handle forward. And it’s an arm swing.

Now, if you want to hit a full wedge shot, it will go way over the green.

With the 90-yard swing, you can see a difference with your golf swing basics at address. Your body turns, your shoulders turn, which moves the weight a little bit over to the right side, and the arms swing up and down.

As you start to bring the golf club back, your shoulders start to turn and your weight moves backwards a little bit. That’s a full golf swing.

And the 40-yard pitch shot is a big difference in the two swings. One, the 100-yard wedge was just like the driver swing, but with a wedge in your hand. The pitch shot is a miniature little tiny golf swing that you don’t move any weight to your right side.

I hope that clears it up for you, and thanks.


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Pitching with Loft http://www.golfswingguru.com/pitching-with-loft/ Thu, 09 Jun 2011 18:56:38 +0000 http://new.golfswingguru.com/?p=378 Continue reading ]]>

Pitching with Loft

I’m going to get you back on track with your pitching with golf technique and instruction that you're just going to love. It’s the reason why you need loft, and here’s why.

A lot of you hit a lot of pitch shots that, after it’s in the air, it maybe has 2, 3, 4 feet of loft to it, and when it hits the ground, it takes off running and runs over the green.

A couple of reasons why you struggle with not getting the ball up in the air: Number one, you have to start using your pitching wedge or your sand wedge and your lob wedge, not your 9 iron to chip with. You need a loftier golf club.

Number two, check the ball position. Make sure it’s in the middle of your stance and your weight’s on your left leg.

And lastly, make sure that you start hitting down on the golf ball so it’ll go up.

Some golf technique and instruction advice I have to give you is don’t get all hung up on backspin. Backspin’s great, but would you rather have a golf ball drop straight out of the sky, or a golf ball that had a lot of revolutions going backwards?

I’d like the one that drops straight out of the sky. That will slow down quicker than one with backspin.

So, don’t forget, for more loft put the ball in the middle of your stance with a little weight left. But make sure you use your sand wedge and your loftier club, maybe your loft wedge to pitch with, and not your 9 iron or your pitching wedge. Your pitching wedge is okay, but it’ll go off a little flatter.

And lastly, the golf technique and instruction never to forget is, don’t forget to follow through low, so you can hit down so the ball will go up.

Thanks and have a great day.


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Pitching – Golf Setup http://www.golfswingguru.com/pitching-golf-setup/ Thu, 09 Jun 2011 18:55:47 +0000 http://new.golfswingguru.com/?p=376 Continue reading ]]>

Pitching - Golf Setup

I’m convinced that the golf setup is so important for chipping, let alone pitching. This is where it has to be just perfect, when you're all ready to pull that trigger.

So, let’s go over the golf setup step by step, so the next time you go out you’ll have a better idea how to stand to the golf ball.

If you're wanting to pitch the golf ball up, you take a lofted golf club with you; okay, a pitching wedge, a sand wedge, or any of your wedges.

The second thing in the golf setup, is that the ball doesn’t have to go right in the middle of your stance. If you’ve been struggling, put it in the middle of your stance. But if you want to hit it a little softer and higher, you could put it just a hair forward in your stance.

So, you now have the ball position from center to just forward.

The next part is put 60%, 70% of your weight on your left leg, and when you do that push the handle over.

Now, that’s how simple it is: ball in the middle, a little bit of weight on your left leg, maybe 70%, and then push the handle over.

What that’s going to do, and here’s the tip of all tips. When you start your backswing, make sure that your arms start back, but don’t slide your body. This will make you hit the ground behind it, top it, or skull it over the green.

So, again, weight on the left leg, the handle’s on the left side. Let the arms go away from you without your body moving.

This golf setup will enable you to hit down on it a little bit and not up on it where you would skull it.

Thanks and have a great day.


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Pitching Distance Control http://www.golfswingguru.com/pitching-distance-control/ Thu, 09 Jun 2011 18:54:45 +0000 http://new.golfswingguru.com/?p=374 Continue reading ]]>

Pitching Distance Control

Hey, let’s spend a couple minutes on learning a golf instruction swing tip on how to control the different distances that you want your pitch shots to travel.

Now, when you chip you have one golf swing, so your control is from the different golf clubs that you use. If you want to hit a short chip, use a 9 iron. If you want to hit a long chip, you’ll need to use a 5 iron.

But when you pitch, you change your golf swing, not just the club you use. It’s pretty simple but it’s not easy to do. You have to practice it.

The first golf instruction swing tip is if you want a small pitch, your golf club goes parallel to the ground in the backswing. That’s the length that it goes. So, when it’s right at parallel, I’m pretty sure you can tell it’s not up in the air and it’s not just that far back. But it’s parallel.

If you want to pitch it a little bit further, take it back where the shaft is sticking in the ground. The butt of the club is ticking straight down, and this will go a little bit further.

And lastly is when you take a full golf swing but just with the arms, not with the body. That’s your longest pitch shot.

See, I have three wedges. So, I have a 60-degree, my sand wedge, and a pitching wedge. Each wedge has 3 different shots so I have 9 shots total.

If you own two wedges and three different length backswings, that’s six golf shots you have in your bag.

Good luck with those golf instruction swing tips and hang in there.


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Pitching Backswing http://www.golfswingguru.com/pitching-backswing/ Thu, 09 Jun 2011 18:53:55 +0000 http://new.golfswingguru.com/?p=372 Continue reading ]]>

Pitching Backswing

Let’s talk about the backswing when you're pitching. This could be one of the most misunderstood parts of the weekend golfer’s short game or pitching problems.

I own three pitching wedges. I own three wedges. I own a pitching wedge, a sand wedge and one that’s sort of in the middle. They go three very different distances.

But let me explain something to you about the backswing that will help you a lot. Most amateurs that miss/hit their pitch shots make a big windup every time, and then they slow down to match up how far they want it to go.

So, if they have a pitch shot, they wind it up and slow down and hope they match up how far they needed to go. Two holes later, if they have to pitch it a little bit further, they make a bigger windup and they try to slow down.

The only way to hit a pitch shot is to make sure that the backswing is broken down into three parts. And this is what I mean. This is a small pitch shot. I take the golf club back where the shaft is parallel to the ground, but I have a nice followthrough that continues on after I make impact.

If I want the ball to go a little bit further, then my next length swing is where the shaft is pointing into the ground, and this goes a little bit further, but it’s the same followthrough.

And lastly, if I have a pitch shot and I want it to go all the way to the back of the green, I make a full swing with the arms, not with the body, with the same followthrough.

Now, let me start with the next part. The direction that you swing the golf club is very important.

So, after you get your setup, the arms swing the golf club just slightly up and down on an arc. The arc has a little curve inside, not inside to your right foot and not away from your body in the backswing. The weight stays left and the arms swing up and down.

Thanks, and have a great day.


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Pitching – Uneven Lies http://www.golfswingguru.com/pitching-uneven-lies/ Thu, 09 Jun 2011 18:52:26 +0000 http://new.golfswingguru.com/?p=370 Continue reading ]]>

Pitching – Uneven Lies

I have a little tip for you here today and I’m convinced that it’s going to help you a lot. 
It’s about pitching and chipping on uneven lies.

Not every lie around the green is flat where the ball is sitting even with your feet and you could bend over and give it a nice little whack.

Sometimes you have downhill pitch shots, uphill chip shots, ball below your feet chip shots, and ball above your feet pitch shots.

All right, now let me go over this with you real quick so you understand it.

When you're making a full golf swing, it’s very important that you pay close attention to all of your uneven lies.

Remember, if you're going uphill on a full swing, make sure your shoulders are level to the slope you're on. If you're going downhill on a full swing, make sure your shoulders are level to the slope you're on.

So, here it is. If you’re going uphill, you want to stand to the slope. If you're going downhill, you want to stand to the slope.

If the ball’s below your feet on a full swing, you want to make sure that you bend way over and bend your knees. And if the ball is above your feet, make sure that you stand up tall and sit back on your bottom.

But it’s different when you're chipping and pitching.

Make sure that when you have uneven lies that you don’t change your chipping and pitching stance and setup. Remember, for pitching and chipping, stance and setup, ball in the middle, weight left, handle left, and you're standing in this fashion, where 60% of your weight, 70% of your weight’s on your left side, and you swing your arms up and down.

When you have an uneven lie, don’t change that. The reason why? The swing isn’t that long and you don’t shift your weight back over to your right side.

So, when you're on your uneven lies around the greens, don’t change your setup away from the traditional pitching and chipping setup.

Thanks and have a great day.


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Left Hip – Golf Problem Swing http://www.golfswingguru.com/front-hip-golf-problem-swing/ Thu, 09 Jun 2011 18:51:13 +0000 http://new.golfswingguru.com/?p=367 Continue reading ]]>

Left Hip – Golf Problem Swing

Of all the words and all the talk about the different parts to the golf swing, let me tell you something that is extremely important when you're trying to drive a golf ball. It’s important whether you're trying to hit a wedge shot.

Let me tell you the value of the left hip and what role it plays and what it means to “clear” your left hip, or get out of the way.

After you’ve addressed the golf ball and your feet, knees and hips and shoulders are all square to where you're wanting to go, the right shoulder turns and the arms swing back. And now you’ve turned away from it and a lot of your weight is over on your right side.

Now you're going to begin the downswing. Many weekend golfers start the downswing with the left hip moving towards the target. This is a problem golf swing.

Now, here are the two things that can happen if you do that.

From the top, if you move the hip towards the target, you’ll get inside too much and the club face won’t come back down on the arc. And, as you can tell, it’s going to take off and go to the right.

The other thing that happens as you start the downswing is that the body will stop and if the arms are quick, you’ll cross it over.

Better players hit this shot, which is a duck hook, and the weekend golfers usually hit a push.

So, here’s a great rule of thumb: the left hip, in the downswing, must go backwards. It goes around. It doesn’t go down.

So, when you start your downswing make sure that you get the left hip moving back and out of the way so the arms have a place to swing to.

Thanks and try that the next time out and I guarantee you this will help with your golf swing problem.


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Golf Instruction – Golf Swing http://www.golfswingguru.com/golf-instruction-%e2%80%93-golf-swing/ Thu, 09 Jun 2011 18:50:27 +0000 http://new.golfswingguru.com/?p=365 Continue reading ]]>

Golf Instruction – Golf Swing

I think skulling or topping is the most common missed golf swing when you're chipping the golf ball.

You’ll have a great shot lined up, but when you look up, you’ve skulled it, or topped it, or hit it thin and bladed it over the green.

So, let me tell you about an exercise that will help you a lot with your golf swing.

After you set up, ball in the middle, weight left and handle left, watch the club head, not a giant followthrough. Here’s why.

The angle that your club goes back is up. So, if it goes up, it’ll come back down and you’ll hear a click.

Now when you skull, your golf club travels too much inside. That means it didn’t get up high enough.

But if it goes inside low, it will try to go and get underneath the ball on the way down.

So, the next time you're out on the golf course or the practice facility, try this little exercise to improve your golf swing. See if you can take the leading edge, and see if you can chop some grass with it.

Not a giant followthrough, but a very functional way to chip a golf ball and not skull anymore.

Thanks.


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How To Stay in the Shot – Golf Technique http://www.golfswingguru.com/how-to-stay-in-the-shot-golf-technique/ Thu, 09 Jun 2011 18:49:03 +0000 http://new.golfswingguru.com/?p=362 Continue reading ]]>

How To Stay in the Shot – Golf Technique

There is a term that commentators on television will often say. He came, or she came, up and out of the shot. When you hear that, it usually means that the ball has gone to the right.

So, let me tell you an example of what ‘up and out of the shot’ means, and then I’ll give you a golf technique that you can use for your own golf game.

In the downswing, both knees stay bent during the bottom of the hit. And as the golf club passes you, the arms have to get out in front of you before you can turn through.

Now, here’s an example of a player that comes up and out of the shot. As they start down, they get out in front and their body unwinds. And they get tall in the hitting area and the spine comes up and you’ll see a push to the right.

So, here’s the golf technique. If you push to the right and you think there’s a chance that you may be coming up and out of your shot, you’ll hit it weak to the right.

A great little practice is for you to keep a little more weight on your right side and let the arms pass you before you turn through.

Thanks, and have a great day.


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How To Avoid Hitting Fat While Chipping http://www.golfswingguru.com/how-to-avoid-hitting-fat-while-chipping/ Thu, 09 Jun 2011 18:48:12 +0000 http://new.golfswingguru.com/?p=360 Continue reading ]]>

How To Avoid Hitting Fat While Chipping

I just thought of a shot that I don’t see it very often, but for those of you that struggle with it, I wanted to give you a little golf tip on chipping, and I feel confident it will help you.

Do you hit fat shots when you chip the ball? In other words, do you hit the ball and it barely moves on the green?

You’ll hit it fat or you don’t hit any golf ball at all. You’ll hit it fat where you hit a little bit of golf ball, and then you’ll hit it fat where it moves, maybe 4 or 5 feet.

The correct path that your chip shot’s supposed to travel on is just slightly, ever so slightly on the inside.

Well, if you're hitting it fat, then here’s a little golf tip on chipping. You're going too much outside, which makes the club go too vertical.

And the correction is you feel like you're going to swing the club a little bit more inside, and then this will give you proper impact.

So, if you're hitting your chip shots fat, you're too vertical.

The way to make sure that you round out the backswing is to let it travel a little bit to the inside, a little bit.

Try that golf tip on chipping the next time out.

Thanks.


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Grip Pressure http://www.golfswingguru.com/grip-pressure/ Thu, 09 Jun 2011 18:47:19 +0000 http://new.golfswingguru.com/?p=358 Continue reading ]]>

Grip Pressure

Have you ever asked yourself how hard should I hold a golf club?

There’s something real common in this country. When we shake people’s hands, we kind of know whether you’re shaking their hand and it’s a little too light, or maybe it’s a little too firm.

But when we swing a golf club there’s no gauge. There’s no one on the other end saying, “Hey, you’re holding on too tight.”

I have a great golf grip lesson for you. Let me tell you something that will really help, because there really is something down there saying, “Hey, I think you’re holding on too tight,” or maybe, “You’re holding on too softly.”

Watch this. The tighter you hold a golf club, the slower the face is to roll over and release. The lighter that you hold a golf club, the easier it is and the quicker the toe will cross over.

So, if you’re struggling and you feel like you’re hitting the golf ball shorter than you should and you’re fading a little bit, lighten up on your grip.

If you feel that maybe you’re hitting it left with a little too much hook, and you’re really hitting it far, maybe even a little further that you might normally hit it, then maybe you hold on a little too softly.

For those of you that hook the golf ball and you want to hold onto the grip a little tighter, start with the left hand. Hold onto the club with the left hand just a little tighter than the right, but hold on firmer.

Again, if you feel like you’re fading, loosen up on it. If you feel like you’re hooking, grab onto it just a little bit tighter. Hopefully this golf grip lesson will help you.

Have a great day, and thanks.


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Golf Lesson – Greenside Bunker http://www.golfswingguru.com/golf-lesson-greenside-bunker/ Thu, 09 Jun 2011 18:45:42 +0000 http://new.golfswingguru.com/?p=354 Continue reading ]]>

Golf Lesson – Greenside Bunker

If you’ve just recently played a round of golf, if you really struggle with your sand game, I have a golf lesson that’s going to help you a lot here.

It’s a very difficult thing to do, but it’s so simple to get the right setup.

Now, here’s the golf lesson for setting up for a bunker shot. The ball goes across from your left foot always when the ball’s setting up. The weight goes on your left leg 70%. And from here the arms swing up and down as you turn through. Make sure you turn through.

What you're trying to do is you're trying to displace some sand. You're trying to put a little sand between the club face and the golf ball, and lift it and throw it out of the bunker.

So, the setup: Weight left, ball off your left foot, full arm swing. But don’t transfer your weight over to your right side. Stay on top of that left leg. Go up and down, even if you have to put the toe up in the air to stop you from sliding backwards.

Here’s a golf lesson if the ball is buried. If it’s buried, this swing won’t work because the club won’t go steep enough. So, put the ball in the middle of your stance, weight over on your left leg. Don’t open the face, and catch a little sand behind the ball and throw it out on the green.

I hope this golf lesson works. Give it a shot.

Thanks.


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Golf Instruction Tip – Full Swing http://www.golfswingguru.com/golf-instruction-tip-full-swing/ Thu, 09 Jun 2011 18:44:35 +0000 http://new.golfswingguru.com/?p=352 Continue reading ]]>

Golf Instruction Tip – Full Swing

Fortunately, if there’s one really great thing that’s happened in golf instruction tips in the last, maybe ten years, people aren’t writing about it as much, people aren’t talking about it as much, but it’s still important.

It’s, “What does the head do during the golf swing?”

Now, up until ten years ago, every time someone hit a shot and topped it, the golf instruction tip everybody would give was, “You lifted your head. You need to keep your head down.”

Well, here’s the great news. That wasn’t always the case. It was sometimes, but not always the case.

But let me tell you what role the head plays because I have a golf instruction tip that is equally as important. You should not keep your head down throughout the entire swing. That would be just as wrong as if you were lifting your head up in the downswing.

So, there’s a very fine combination of what the head should do. So, here we go.

As the golf club swings back, the head hasn’t moved at all and your eyes are on the back of the golf ball. Now, in the downswing, as the arms unwind and the left hip starts to get out of the way, the golf club’s going to swing to the bottom of the hip.

At that point, the speed of the right arm is going to start to pull you around.

So, the speed of the arms and hands are what pull you up and around. So, you can keep your head down as long as you like without forcing it down, and then the speed of the arms and hands coming past the golf ball turn you and pull you through.

So, here is the golf instruction tip again, keep your eye on the back of the ball, swing your arms up and down, and let the speed of the arms turn your head as you turn through.

Thanks, and I hope that helped you.


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Full Swing Alignment http://www.golfswingguru.com/full-swing-alignment/ Thu, 09 Jun 2011 18:43:40 +0000 http://new.golfswingguru.com/?p=350 Continue reading ]]>

Full Swing Alignment

How many of you are convinced that you are hitting it offline because of the club face not being square at impact? Maybe you're hooking it or maybe you're slicing it.

I want to give you a little golf swing lesson that I think will help you a lot.

Grip the golf club like you normally would, and put it on the ground. Now raise it up in the air and make half a golf swing, or really, all the way back, and then stop.

Now, look at that club face. That club face should be perfectly square.

Now, here’s a golf swing lesson in case you grip it off to the right a little bit. Alright. Now, maybe you’re hooking the ball, but you’re not paying attention to your grip.

Now that club face is closed, and that right there would tell me that you need to change your grip. Maybe you’re slicing the ball and not paying close attention to my grip.

Okay, the club face is open. Then I would put it on the ground and turn it a little bit until it’s square.

And if it’s too far over to the right, put it on the ground and move your grip to the left.

This controls the face. Ninety percent of the time that’s the reason the face isn’t square.

So, if you're convinced that you're slicing and hooking and it has to do with the grip, the golf swing lesson is that all you have to do is hold the club in the air and take a little half-practice swing and see if the face comes back square.

Try that the next time out, and I promise you it will help you.

Thanks.

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Full Swing Knee Bend http://www.golfswingguru.com/full-swing-knee-bend/ Thu, 09 Jun 2011 18:42:53 +0000 http://new.golfswingguru.com/?p=348 Continue reading ]]>

Full Swing Knee Bend

I’m going to tell you the role that the knees play during the entire golf swing. The correct posture in golf, in order to improve your golf swing, is that you bend at your hips, over the bones that are on both sides of your hips.

We don’t sit in this sport. We have our knees slightly flexed, and then we bend from the hips.

In the golf swing, the knees never ever get straight in the backswing. They stay flexed the entire way.

The game of golf starts and ends right here. Good players play the sport from inside the right knee as they turn. It doesn’t go out and it doesn’t go straight. But it stays where it was at the beginning of the backswing, so as we start back the knees don’t move.

Now, the downswing: As the arms start to unwind the knees don’t move at all. The centrifugal force, the speed of the golf club swings into the ground.

As the club passes you and your left hip starts to move out of the way, then, and only then, does the right knee start to get straighter in the downswing after impact.

And the entire time, make sure that you don’t lock your left knee in the downswing. Keep it slightly flexed as you swing through. You don’t have to come all the way up and straighten it up.

I think that that might help you improve your golf swing. Think about this tip a couple of times and make sure that this is what you're thinking of when you swing the golf club, in relation to your knees.

And thanks.

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Golf Backswing Advice – Full Swing http://www.golfswingguru.com/golf-backswing-advice-full-swing/ Thu, 09 Jun 2011 18:42:00 +0000 http://new.golfswingguru.com/?p=346 Continue reading ]]>

Golf Backswing Advice – Full Swing

I’m going to give you some great golf backswing advice that’s going to help you a lot with your backswing. There are two mistakes that you can make in the backswing. And then I’m going to tell you the correct way to do it.

The first mistake is, if your shoulder doesn’t move and doesn’t turn backwards, then your arms will run into it and the shoulder will tilt up in the air. And if you do that, the golf swing will look too vertical, and you’ll hit the ground and you’ll hit a lot of shots off to the right.

On the other hand, some of you think so much of turning that you turn your right shoulder and your hips together, and the golf club gets way around inside.

So, for those of you that do this, you’ll wind up hitting a lot of tops because the club won’t swing back down.

So, let me give you some golf backswing advice. This is the correct way. After you’ve addressed the golf ball, the right shoulder starts turning backwards. And that way, this enables the golf club to swing up on the correct plane.

So, if you can move your shoulder out of the way and don’t turn your bottom much, the golf club will move up on plane as you turn away from the golf ball.

Try that the next time out, and I guarantee you that will help you.

Thanks and have a great day.

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Golf Swing Instruction – Driver http://www.golfswingguru.com/golf-swing-instruction-driver/ Thu, 09 Jun 2011 18:40:44 +0000 http://new.golfswingguru.com/?p=344 Continue reading ]]>

Golf Swing Instruction – Driver

If you're driving the golf ball poorly and not very consistent, let me give you these two golf swing instruction pearls. They go hand in hand.

And I promise you this will help you find out if your problem with your driver is in the backswing.

For you to become a really good driver of the golf ball and consistent, the shoulders have to turn. The only way they can turn in the backswing is if you have your chin up and not down.

Most mistakes that I’ve seen with amateur golfers in their difficulties of driving the golf ball is their posture.

Their head is too far down. The only thing your shoulders can do is go up in the air. You won’t have the ability to swing the golf club around you. You won’t have the chance of your shoulders turning.

So, the best golf swing instruction I can give you is, the next time out, after you’ve addressed the golf ball, gone through your routine and you're almost ready to swing the golf club back, simply lift your chin up in the air an inch or two. And don’t forget that your shoulder should turn in the backswing.

If you have your chin up, the shoulder can turn around it. From there, you can really let it fly in the downswing.

Again, chin up, not down, promotes the shoulders turning in the backswing.

Try that the next time out and I promise you it’ll help you.

Thanks.

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Driver Timing http://www.golfswingguru.com/driver-timing/ Thu, 09 Jun 2011 18:39:48 +0000 http://new.golfswingguru.com/?p=342 Continue reading ]]>

Driver Timing

Let’s spend a couple of minutes talking about one of the three most abused and misunderstood golf swing fundamentals, timing. It’s an important term but it’s misused a lot. So, let me explain to you what timing is, and then it’ll draw you a lot closer to understanding when you're struggling.

Timing is your ability to swing your arms and hands back to the golf ball as your hip turns out of the way. And the reason it has to turn out of the way is so the arms and hands can pass your body and wrap around you. That’s the definition, no more, no less.

Now, I have gone to the golf course many days where I’ve hit the ball beautifully, solid, straight right. So, my timing was off a bit because my body was turning out in front of my golf club and that was sending it off to the right.

Now, the correction would be to slow the bottom half down and speed up the top part. There have been days where my timing has been off because the arms and hands were quicker than the bottom.

How do you correct that? Speed up the bottom and it’ll catch up with the arms and hands, and that will help that.

Now, how do you fix your timing? That’s probably the most difficult question in the game of golf. How do you get your timing back? I believe that if you can’t hit your pitching wedge, you probably aren’t hitting your 5 iron and your 5 wood and your driver.

So, I love to send people out to the practice facility to hit thousands of pitching wedges and work on their golf swing fundamentals. That, to me, is the easiest way to find your timing.

Now, let’s say that your favorite club in your golf bag is your driver and you're driving the ball beautifully. Then go hit a thousand drivers. Or maybe it’s a 5 wood or a 5 iron. Whatever club you're struggling with, stay way away from that one.

Go to the club that you're doing well with. And if you're not doing well with any of them, then go to a pitching wedge.

Now, the next question most difficult after that: How do you know when your timing’s off? I believe that your timing is off when your miss/hit pattern is not consistent. One’s fat, one’s thin, one’s top, one’s good, one’s to the left, one’s to the right. That’s a great indication that your timing’s off.

Find your favorite club and go to the practice tee and hit ten thousand of them and remember when you hit the golf ball to think of the golf swing fundamentals.

Thanks and have a great day.


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Driver Golf Slice – Driver Setup http://www.golfswingguru.com/driver-golf-slice-driver-setup/ http://www.golfswingguru.com/driver-golf-slice-driver-setup/#comments Thu, 09 Jun 2011 18:39:01 +0000 http://new.golfswingguru.com/?p=340 Continue reading ]]>

Driver Setup

I have often been asked what I think the most important part of the setup is when you're getting ready to drive a golf ball. I don’t know if there is one answer to that question.

The way I answer it is based on what I’ve observed over the past 30 years of teaching.

After you’ve addressed the golf ball, and this is not an easy thing to see, you might have to have someone watch. Or, I’ll tell you how to check for yourself.

After you’ve addressed the golf ball and you're all ready to hit, I would say that 90% of the people that struggle with the driver have their shoulders aimed way off to the left.

Now, why? It’s pretty simple. Oh, I don’t know, 80% of the golfing public has a driver golf slice. So, if you slice the golf ball, you're going to try to aim off to the side, so when it recovers and comes back around it’s in play.

Now, unfortunately, for those of you that have a driver golf slice, simply by squaring your shoulders up, that isn’t going to take away the slice. But it’s going to encourage the golf club to swing more from inside than from outside, and it will help it a lot.

You may need a grip change. But there’s no question about it, the most important part of the setup for the driver has to be the shoulders.

Make sure they're aimed parallel to your feet, knees and hips going left of the target.

Thanks.


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Driver Posture http://www.golfswingguru.com/driver-posture/ Thu, 09 Jun 2011 18:36:56 +0000 http://new.golfswingguru.com/?p=338 Continue reading ]]>

Driver Posture

I’m going to touch on posture for a minute and I’m going to explain something to you that I think will help you improve your golf game, especially if you're trying to become more consistent driving the golf ball.

I’m 5’ 7”, maybe 5’ 8” tall. And when I address the golf ball, because I have bent my knees slightly and have bent forward, I would then say I was probably 5 feet tall, maybe 5’1” or 5’2”. But you get the idea.

After I have slightly bent my knees and I have bent from the waist forward, I’m now 5 feet off the ground.

I’m 5 feet tall, and as the club starts back, I’m still 5 feet tall. As the club starts back even further, and continues back, I’m 5 feet tall.

Now, as my right shoulder turns and I start to move some weight over to the right side, I am still 5 feet tall. At the top of the backswing I’m 5 feet tall. And now I start my arms and hands down, as my right elbow starts to straighten up, I’m still 5 feet tall.

Now I’m getting closer to impact, but I’m still 5 feet tall. And then I’m at impact and I’m 5 feet tall. The speed of my arms and hands and the golf club on the end of it is now going to start to pull me around a little bit.

And then, and only then do I start to come out of my posture a little bit and I get back to where I’m 5’ 8”.

After the address and I’m all ready to swing, I’m going to maintain my height until the golf club pulls me around.

Try that the next time out and I guarantee you this will help improve your golf game.


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Golf Swing Training Aid – Driver Drill 4 http://www.golfswingguru.com/golf-swing-training-aid-driver-drill-4/ Thu, 09 Jun 2011 18:35:50 +0000 http://new.golfswingguru.com/?p=336 Continue reading ]]>

Golf Swing Training Aid – Driver Drill 4

I once gave a golf lesson to someone who desperately needed help with his consistency when driving the golf ball. When he swung, as the golf club went back, so did he, and then he slid back over to his right side. Now, from there you have to be extremely talented to match up the club face with your body, because you're just going to slide right back into it.

This reminded me of when I was little and the lesson my mother used to give me. A number of years ago, because I was so small when I was younger, I used to drive the golf ball sliding backwards. And I did it so many times I got pretty good at it.

But at one point, when I was probably 12 years old, my mother used a golf swing training aid that I will never forget. There was an aluminum garbage can on the back of the practice facility at Fort Myers Country Club, and I remember it very well.

My mother went and got it one day and brought it over to the pile of balls that I was standing across from. She made me climb into it and hit balls while standing inside.

I hit balls for two weeks and she teed up every golf ball for me. And as you can tell, if you use your imagination, by using this golf swing training aid, it helped me to stop moving away from the golf ball. It made me start turning around, and that changed everything for my driver.

I didn’t hit it as far, but I hit it a lot more solid, and eventually, I got my length back.

So, if you're struggling, if some of your friends are saying to you that they see you sliding, use a golf swing training aid of your own, or use your imagination and feel as though you’ve stepped into a garbage can so you can feel the club go around and have your body turn around and not slide back and forth.

If you're struggling with sliding, think of the aluminum garbage can.

Thanks.


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Golf Instruction Fix Golf Slice – Drill 3 http://www.golfswingguru.com/golf-instruction-fix-golf-slice-drill-3/ Thu, 09 Jun 2011 18:34:33 +0000 http://new.golfswingguru.com/?p=333 Continue reading ]]>

Golf Instruction Fix Golf Slice – Drill 3

I’m going to tell you the most common fault with a driver. It’s slicing it, that’s a given.

But let me tell you the reason why I believe that so many people slice it. If you turn when you go back and you swing your arms up, in the downswing the arms have to come first.

So many amateurs open the shoulder up in the downswing. And that makes the golf club cut across it.

From the top the arms swing first, and your shoulder never opens.

So, let me teach you something that I think will help fix a golf slice.

I cannot tell you how many golf balls I have hit with my feet and knees touching each other and making normal, real golf swings. Everything else stays the same.

It is a wonderful way for you to start feeling that the arms swing away from the body. And they aren’t connected to it when you turn into it with the left shoulder.

The arms are free to swing past you and you don’t have to worry about the body.

You can play golf that way. I shot 71 on a really good golf course ten years ago with my feet and knees touching each other the whole way around.

You will hit about 80% of your regular length this way but have 100% better contact with the golf ball and fix your golf slice.

Give that a try the next time out.

Thanks.


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Learning How to Play Golf – Drill 2 http://www.golfswingguru.com/learning-how-to-play-golf-drill-2/ Thu, 09 Jun 2011 18:33:27 +0000 http://new.golfswingguru.com/?p=331 Continue reading ]]>

Learning How to Play Golf – Drill 2

Of course, when you’re learning how to play golf there’s a million different ways to address the golf ball because there’s millions of different people that play the game. But there are some absolute musts that you have to try to do to try to get in different positions at address.

Now, bad posture would be where the knees are too straight: no bend at the hip and the back is too straight. This doesn’t work, I promise you. This posture, you probably would hit a lot of pop-ups with your driver and hit the ground a lot with your irons.

The complete opposite would be where the knees are flexed too much and you're bent way over at the hips and you slouch your shoulders. This doesn’t work either. This one creates hitting ground behind it and topping.

So, there’s somewhere in the middle where one of these postures has to be about right, so let me give it to you.

Slightly flex your knees. Put two index fingers on your hip bones, and tilt over your belt buckle or tilt over your waistline. But don’t let the shoulders slouch. Keep the shoulders back.

From here you can then turn and the golf club will be on plane.

If you try this when learning how to play golf, I promise you, this will help you.

Thanks.


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Golf Swing Tip – Divots http://www.golfswingguru.com/golf-swing-tip-divots/ Thu, 09 Jun 2011 18:32:19 +0000 http://new.golfswingguru.com/?p=329 Continue reading ]]>

Golf Swing Tip – Divots

I’m going to tell you a great way to become your best teacher.

The next time you go to the practice facility, pick out a nice green patch of grass. And after you have hit balls for 10 or 15 minutes, walk back behind the golf ball and look and see where your divots are going.

If these divots are going to the left, that means your club head is coming out to in and across the golf ball.

On the other hand, if after a few minutes of practicing you look up and see that you have divots going to the right, or that you're hitting the ball real thin, this divot would tell me that you’re swinging too much from in to out.

So, here’s a golf swing tip that will tell you how to correct it.

For those of you that find that the divots are going left, every time you get ready to hit a golf ball, simply put this club along your shoulder line and check to make sure that you’re not aiming miles over to the left. That’s probably what you're doing. You're standing with your shoulders aimed left and that’s why you’re seeing divots going to the left.

If you're hitting golf balls for a few minutes and you see your divots going to the right, your shoulders are probably way over to the right.

So, here’s another golf swing tip that will help you correct it.

For those of you that discover your shoulders are going left, put the ball back in your stance a little bit.

For those of you that find out that your shoulders are aimed way right, put the ball a little further forward in your stance.

Try those golf swing tips the next time you're out and I promise they’ll help you.


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Hitting a Golf Driver – Different Drivers http://www.golfswingguru.com/hitting-a-golf-driver-%e2%80%93-different-drivers/ Thu, 09 Jun 2011 18:31:08 +0000 http://new.golfswingguru.com/?p=327 Continue reading ]]>

Different Drivers

There are so many drivers on the market today that you often get confused over what you should own. So, let me give you some pearls on what to think about when hitting a golf driver and what will help you in the future when you go to purchase a driver.

For starters, for the ladies, they don’t give you a lot of choices. They give you a Lady’s Shaft with a ten- or twelve-degree loft head on it.

So, if you're a little bit taller that the average height lady and you're strong enough, make sure to get the next shaft up, which is usually an A shaft, it’s a Senior Shaft. It’s nicknamed a Senior Shaft. It’s a little bit longer and it’s a little bit heavier, but you should be able to handle it.

Now, for the weekend golfer, the amateur, that’s maybe a hundred shooter that’s not very strong, there’s a shaft out and it has an R on it. It’s called Regular.

Now, that covers a large group of people. It covers the newer golfer that’s not very strong, all the way up to lady players that are good, long, and strong hitters when hitting a golf driver. So, that R Shaft fits in all of those categories.

The next step would be the real good players, maybe the 7 or 8 handicappers and lower, and the younger players. The shaft has an S on it.

Now, these letters that I’m telling you, L for ladies, A for seniors, R regular, S stiff, that’s the flex in them.

What this means is that when hitting a golf driver, if your speed of swing is fast enough, that makes the shaft flex at the right point.

And lastly, for the real good players, or the young and strong players, some shafts have an X on them. That means that it’s really tough to bend. You have to be really strong.

Let’s talk a little bit about the head. The loft on the head ranges anywhere from six degrees to twelve degrees, and all that means is that how much loft is on the face of the golf club. The more loft, the more backspin. The more backspin, the higher it goes.

The flatter the face, the less loft, the more it will curve left or right. So, if you have a driver that’s, let’s say, a 12 and you slice it all the time, you’ll probably want to find one that says 14.

If you have a driver that says 6 1/2 and you're a great driver of the golf ball, keep it. But if you curve the ball, make sure that you get a driver that has more loft, not less loft.

The grip: 99% of the grips come in a standard size. So, if you're a lady with real tiny fingers and hands, make sure that you get a Junior Grip.

If you're a man that has real tiny fingers or hands, get the Ladies Grip.

If you're a real strong player and you have large hands and you hook the golf ball, get a Regular Grip or a Jumbo Grip.

But if you get a Regular Grip, get it built up.

So, I think that may give you some insight into what’s out there. I’m a big fan of graphite. Unless you're a real young, strong player stay away from steel. It’s too heavy. And the performance of graphite these days is just incredible.

I think that gives you some information that you may not have been aware of and it’ll help you select your driver the next time you're looking for one.

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Short Game – Chipping Distance Control http://www.golfswingguru.com/short-game-chipping-distance-control/ Thu, 09 Jun 2011 18:30:00 +0000 http://new.golfswingguru.com/?p=325 Continue reading ]]>

Chipping Distance Control

In case you’re not sure about what clubs to use when you’re chipping, I have some advice to give you for your golf short game. I’ve been a big advocate of using a 5, 7, and a 9: a 9-iron for your short chip shots, a 7-iron for your medium length chip shots, and a 5-iron for your longer chip shots.

The reason? Because you can use one golf swing, and let the different golf clubs control the distance.

For instance, a 9-iron chip shot will make the golf ball go about 30 feet. Now, that doesn’t mean that it’s 30 feet for everybody in the world. Some of you might only chip your 9-iron chip shots 15 feet. Some of you might go 35.

But the way I like to do it is on an average-size green. My 9-iron chip shots go to the front third, my 7-iron goes to the middle third, and the 5-iron goes to the back third.

So, for your golf short game, if you use the same golf swing, but change to a 7-iron, you will see the difference is in the length that the golf ball goes. It’s the same golf swing, but now, the golf ball will go maybe 50 feet. And, lastly, if you use your 5-iron, it’ll go maybe 100 feet.

Here’s another thing that will be helpful for your golf short game. If you’re in the front of the green and it’s a steep green and the pin is in the middle of the green, maybe you chip that with a 5-iron, because it’s so steep.

If you’re on a flat green, 9-iron, 7-iron, 5-iron.

If you’re on a steep green and you’re in the back, maybe a 9-iron for all the different distances coming down the hill, because it’s so much quicker.

The next time you’re out, try that.

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Chipping Backswing http://www.golfswingguru.com/chipping-backswing/ Thu, 09 Jun 2011 18:28:47 +0000 http://new.golfswingguru.com/?p=323 Continue reading ]]>

Chipping Backswing

Let me tell you something that will play a major, major role in whether you can make solid contact with your chip shots. I’m going to tell you how to use the correct golf swing when chipping and it has to do with the backswing.

There are two ways that you could swing the golf club back when you're chipping that are incorrect, and there’s one correct golf swing.

There are the two ways that you possibly could be doing it wrong after you’ve gotten all ready and all set up.

If the golf club travels too much inside, away from the golf ball, that means the golf club didn’t go up in the air.

When it goes inside, it stays too low to the ground. If you do that, you’ll hit tops to the right, or you’ll hit the ground behind it.

Those of you that are hitting the ground behind it or thin tops to the right, it has to do with the club going too much inside.

Now, here’s a mistake that few people make, but you could be one of them. If the golf club goes outside, you’ll go up in the air too much, and if you do that, you’ll pull to the left and hit it low and flat to the left.

If you stand correctly, with the ball in the middle and a little weight left, and use the correct golf swing, the golf club travels straight back. Okay, so it goes just a hair inside, but mostly straight back with just a little, tiny curve inside on the way back.

And then you’ll be able to make solid contact. Not too much inside in the backswing and not on the outside, but straighter back with just a slight curve to the inside.

That’s your backswing when you're chipping.

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Chip Shot – Bump and Run http://www.golfswingguru.com/chip-shot-bump-and-run/ Thu, 09 Jun 2011 18:27:53 +0000 http://new.golfswingguru.com/?p=321 Continue reading ]]>

Chip Shot – Bump and Run

I’m going to describe two very different golf shots to you. One is called a pitch shot with loft, and the other is called a chip shot with run. Now what’s the difference?

Well, first of all, sometimes the pin is in a situation where you have to go over an uneven lie, or you have to go over the edge of a bunker, or you have to go over a little tree and you need it to stop a little quicker.

So, you take out your loftier golf club, your lob wedge or your sand wedge. Put the ball in the middle of your stance, a little weight left and swing your arms up and down. And after it hits the green, it will slow down and stop because it has so much loft on it.

Now, for a chip shot, or a bump and run shot, it’s the same golf shot, but it’s done with a pitching wedge, or you could even use a 9 iron.

In this situation, the pin is in the back of the green and there is no trouble in front of you. So, you put the ball in the middle of your stance, put a little weight on your left leg, and swing your arms up and down. But because you did it with a pitching wedge, the shot takes off flatter and runs more.

Now, some of you get confused because the pin is in the back of the green and you want it to run, but you use your sand wedge or your lob wedge. That won’t happen. That won’t run.

So, make sure in the future when you need a running chip shot, use a pitching wedge and put the ball in the middle of your stance. And if you really want it to run a lot, put it in the back of your stance.

Thanks and have a great day.

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Golf Setup – Ball Position http://www.golfswingguru.com/golf-setup-ball-position/ http://www.golfswingguru.com/golf-setup-ball-position/#comments Thu, 09 Jun 2011 18:25:48 +0000 http://new.golfswingguru.com/?p=317 Continue reading ]]>

Golf Setup – Ball Position

I have a great tip for you that’s going to end all the doubt you had in your mind about golf setup and where the golf ball goes in your stance. It’s called ball position.

A lot of amateurs, unfortunately, address the golf ball, what I call, backwards. They come in and they put their feet down and try to aim where they're going, either down the fairway or towards the pin, and then they just stand to the golf club that they're holding onto. Sometimes their golf setup is too far back and sometimes it’s too far forward.

Other amateurs do this. They like to play all of their shots off their front foot. Some like to play all their shots off the middle of their stance. But let me tell you something, and I think this is really going to help you.

This weekend if you're sitting around watching TV, watch the tour players and watch how they come up and they grip the golf club first, they take a look at where they're going, and then they stand to the golf club that they're using.

For instance, put the butt of the pitching wedge across from your belt buckle, and stand to the golf club with the face square and your shoulders going where you want them to go.

What that does is put the golf ball in the middle of your stance for your pitching wedge. Now, keep that stance with your 7 iron.

Now, the 7 iron is three inches longer than the pitching wedge. If you just stand there and grip it with your shoulders square, look how the golf ball is just starting to move forward in your stance over towards your left heel, and it’s about three inches apart.

Now, pick up your long iron and do the same thing. Keep your shoulders square, don’t move your stance, and grip the golf club. And all of a sudden, the long iron starts to move even further forward.

Lastly, watch this. During golf setup, when you hold your driver in your hand. If you just put the butt of the club across your belt buckle, put the club on the ground the way it was built in the factory and stand across from it with your shoulders square, that puts the golf ball across from your left foot.

It’s not complicated, but remember this: During golf setup, stand to the handle of the golf club. Don’t address the golf ball first, but address the golf club to the ball and then take your stance.

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Greenside Bunkers – Getting out of the Sand http://www.golfswingguru.com/greenside-bunkers-getting-out-of-the-sand/ Thu, 09 Jun 2011 18:23:07 +0000 http://new.golfswingguru.com/?p=314 Continue reading ]]>

Getting out of the Sand

I have a tip on getting out of the sand that you're just going to love not matter if you're a new golfer or if you're a +3 handicap.

When you have a buried bunker shot, you either make a great big smash at it and the ball doesn’t move but a foot or two, or, if you happen to hit it out, it takes off on a line drive and it doesn’t have any backspin on it, and you whack it over the green.

The reason that you either have trouble getting out of the sand or skulling it over the green, is because on a sand wedge the trailing edge has a bounce on it. It’s a curve and it makes the leading edge sit up off the ground.

So, if you try to hit the golf ball out of a buried lie the conventional way, the back of this bounce will run into the sand and carom off the sand, and you’ll hit a skull.

What you should try to do; is the next time you’re getting out of the sand and you have a buried lie, put a little weight on your left leg, but tilt the handle over so the leading hits the sand first and digs into the ground.

It doesn’t matter how deep; you can bury it all you want. Ball in the middle of your stance, weight on your left leg, handle on your left leg, up and down, and it will pop right out of there. You won’t believe it. You’ll love this.

So, in closing remember this: getting out of the sand means you need to get the bounce off the back.

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Swing Technique – Fairway Woods http://www.golfswingguru.com/swing-technique-%e2%80%93-fairway-woods/ Thu, 09 Jun 2011 18:21:50 +0000 http://new.golfswingguru.com/?p=312 Continue reading ]]>

Swing Technique – Fairway Woods

If you had to rate golf shots on degree of difficulty, personally, I would think fairway bunkers is a top five. There’s no question about it. I’m going to share with you a golf swing technique to help you with this shot.

One of the main reasons some of you struggle with fairway bunkers is when you have a long fairway shot, a Par 5, you’ve hit the fairway bunker in 1 shot and now you want to reach the green in 2, so, you pull out your trusty fairway wood.

There’s a problem with that. The sole on the bottom of a fairway wood, a metal wood, is a lot wider than that of an iron; let’s say the 8 iron. The sole on the 8 iron is about, maybe a fifth or a fourth as wide as a 3 wood. This is what happens if you try to hit a fairway wood from a fairway bunker shot.

What you do is, as you start to swing down, the sole of the golf club catches the ground and makes the wood skid. A lot of times you’ll take a little too much sand and hit it 10 feet, or you’ll top it.

Fairway woods, metal woods, were not designed to be hit out of fairway bunkers. The reason is, if you take a normal golf swing and if you catch a little sand you won’t go far, or you’ll top it. That’s what your golf swing is designed to do is to run level with the ground.

Let me share with you a great golf swing technique that will help you in the future when you're in the fairway bunker.

Using an 8 iron, if you play this golf ball in the middle of your stance and put a little weight on your left leg and put the handle of the golf club over towards your left side and swing your arms up and down, the ball will go near 125 yards.

The next time you're in the fairway bunker, if you're looking for 125 yards, try this golf swing technique and use a lofted club, a 7, 8, 6 iron. Put the ball in the middle of your stance, put a little weight to your left leg, swing your arms up and down, and feel the chop down on it for a 125-yard golf shot out of the bunker.

Try that tip.

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Chip Shot Tips – Short Game http://www.golfswingguru.com/chip-shot-tips-%e2%80%93-short-game/ Thu, 09 Jun 2011 18:20:32 +0000 http://new.golfswingguru.com/?p=310 Continue reading ]]>

Chip Shot Tips

I recently played a round of golf with a friend of mine. Every time he had a chip shot, he used a sand wedge. It didn’t matter if he had a short chip shot or long chip shot. Every single time he chipped the ball, he chipped it with a sand wedge.

Let me tell you what the problem with that is. If you use a lofted golf club to chip a golf ball, you might be okay on the smaller chip shots, the short ones, where you don’t have to make too big of a golf swing. But to make a golf ball go further when you're chipping, you have to make a bigger golf swing.

If I had a small chip shot, the backswing would go maybe a foot or a foot and a half long. If I had a longer chip shot, I would have to make a longer backswing. You have to be very talented to do that.

Here’s something that will really help you. If you have a short chip shot, try chipping with a 9 iron. Ball in the middle of your stance, a little weight on your left leg, the handle over towards your left leg, and make an arm swing out of it.

If you have a medium length chip shot, the very same golf swing: ball in the middle of your stance, weight over to your left leg with the handle over on your left leg, and make another little arm swing. Because the loft is flatter, the golf ball will go further.

I’ll take it a step further for you. Let’s say you had a chip shot and you had to go all the way to the back of the green. Instead of making this long golf swing with a sand wedge, why not try a 5 iron? Ball in the middle of your stance, a little weight on your left leg, handle over towards your left leg, and make the same golf swing that you made with a 9 iron and the same golf swing you made with the 7 iron. I guarantee you this will help you.

Get a picture of what you're trying to do. You're trying to make the golf ball go a short distance in the air and a long distance on the ground for a long chip shot: a short distance in the air and a medium length distance on the ground for a medium chip shot; short chip, short distance in the air, and a little bit on the ground.

To do that, try to change the golf club. Control the distance you want the chip shots to go by your club selection, not by the length of your backswing.

Try that and have a great day.

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How to Cure a Golf Slice http://www.golfswingguru.com/how-to-cure-a-golf-slice/ Thu, 09 Jun 2011 18:18:52 +0000 http://new.golfswingguru.com/?p=308 Continue reading ]]>

How to Cure a Golf Slice

If you have been slicing the golf ball, this tip is for you. Here’s how to cure a golf slice.

The way I grip the golf club enables the club face to return square when it comes back down to the golf ball.

I don’t have any challenges slicing the golf ball. But if you've been slicing the golf ball and when you look down at your left hand and you don’t see any knuckles, your club face is probably wide open at impact.

So, the next time you go tee up, give this a shot. Turn your left hand over towards your right hand. Make sure you can see one or two knuckles and make sure both palms are facing each other. This is how you cure a golf slice.

With that, I guarantee you that the club face will now start to square up at the bottom.

Thanks and have a great day.

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Training Aid – Hitting Your Driver http://www.golfswingguru.com/training-aid-%e2%80%93-hitting-your-driver/ Thu, 09 Jun 2011 18:17:22 +0000 http://new.golfswingguru.com/?p=306 Continue reading ]]>

Hitting Your Driver

Do you really struggle hitting your driver? You thought that when you went out and purchased that 8- degree titanium boron shaft with a super-duper new grip, that it was going to drive down the middle of every fairway. I don’t think so.

Here’s a little golf training aid that will help you with hitting your driver.

I was getting ready to tee off in Scottsdale at Starfire golf club. The first hole is a great little par 5. But it’s a little narrow and I wasn’t quite warmed up, and I didn’t feel confident yet that I would be able to hit my driver and play.

So, here’s the golf training aid on what to do on the first few holes.

My driver has 8 degrees of loft. That means the face is very flat. If I happen to have the club face a little too open or a little too closed at impact, the flight of the ball will either go to the far right or to the far left.

Therefore, I decided to use my great little 3 wood, and no matter what I do, I might miss it, but it won’t curve as much as if I used my driver.

So, I hit the golf ball with my 3 wood and guess what. It went into the rough, but not as far into the rough because I went with a more lofted golf club for the first few holes.

So, the next time you go play, remember this golf training aid for hitting your driver. You don’t have to pull the driver out every time you get on the tee box. Maybe you don’t use your driver for the first two or three holes until you get a little warmed up, but in the meantime, take your favorite lofted wood and give it a whack.

Thanks, and I know that’ll help you, and have a great day.

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Golf Tips for Driving Better http://www.golfswingguru.com/golf-tips-for-driving-better/ Thu, 09 Jun 2011 18:15:42 +0000 http://new.golfswingguru.com/?p=304 Continue reading ]]>

Golf Tips for Driving Better

Some of you tee the golf ball low, thinking that that will be able to drive the golf ball through the air at a different trajectory. And those of you that tee it high think that that will make it soar through the air.

Now here are the golf tips for driving better. The lower you tee a golf ball, the more your chance will be that you slice the ball to the right. The higher you tee the golf ball, the more your chance will be for you to hook the golf ball to the left.

So, here’s a great tip.

If you're hooking the golf ball, tee it down a little lower. If you're slicing the golf ball, tee it up a little higher. And here’s why.

When the golf ball sits on the ground and it’s a little lower than it should be, the golf club has to come in on a steep angle and that will cause it to slice. On the other hand, if you tee it up a little higher, it will come in and enable the club face to close a little quicker.

Try these golf tips for driving better the next time you're out.

Thanks and have a great day.

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Keeping the Ball Low http://www.golfswingguru.com/keeping-the-ball-low/ Thu, 09 Jun 2011 18:14:33 +0000 http://new.golfswingguru.com/?p=302 Continue reading ]]>

Keeping the Ball Low

Let’s start with the golf ball that you’re trying to hit as low as you can and hit a quality golf shot. Sometimes you're faced with this shot when you’ve hit it off the fairway and you have a tree in front of you. You’re a little worried about, “Can I get to the green and hit the golf ball low on the ground?”

The next shot you’re worried about is, “Can I get over the tree and get the golf ball on the green?” Sometimes you try to have your cake and eat it too. These golf lessons are going to tell you how to hit the golf ball low on purpose and then how to hit the golf ball high on purpose.

For starters, make sure that when you reach into your golf bag, before you take out a golf club, that you see the picture of the shot you're trying to hit.

If you want to try to keep the golf ball in the air as it goes underneath the tree, you’ll want to pick a low lofted golf club, one that has a flatter face. I suggest going with a 7 iron.

The method that you want to be really careful of and make sure that you get it right on before you start the swing, is have the ball back in your stance, across from your right foot, a little weight on your left leg, and have the handle over on your left leg.

This will ensure that the golf ball doesn’t go up in the air. From here all you have to remember is that it’s a low follow-through.

You want to make sure that you keep your weight on your left leg during the backswing, but that you follow through low so the golf ball has a running effect and it won’t get up in the air and hit the trees.

This is what a lot of us do. We start on our left side, we go back on our right side, and then we wind up hitting the golf ball up in the tree.

One last time: ball back in your stance, handle over toward your left pant leg, weight on your left let, arms up and down. If you follow these golf lessons, the golf ball will take off running and go underneath the tree.

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Chipping Woes http://www.golfswingguru.com/chipping-woes/ Thu, 09 Jun 2011 18:13:02 +0000 http://new.golfswingguru.com/?p=300 Continue reading ]]>

Chipping Woes

The golf teaching tool is conventional. You could use a 5 iron, a 7 iron and a 9 iron to chip with. I like doing this, 5 for the long chip shots, 7 for the medium chip shots, and 9 for the short chip shots.

Let me tell you the method and how easy it is to use. If you have a small chip shot, use your 9 iron and put the ball in the middle of your stance, put a little weight on your left leg, and push the handle over to your left leg. From there, make an arm swing with a little chop of the club head.

Now, if your shot has to go to a little further, take a 7 iron. Don’t change the golf swing; same golf swing, same method, but choose a golf club that will send the ball a little further.

Using this club will probably get the golf ball to go back up towards the pin. Again, ball in the middle of your stance, weight left, handle left, arm swing. And, it will go a little bit further.

Now, let’s just say that you had to hit a golf shot where the ball had to go all the way to the back of the green. Now you're going to use a 5 iron. Here it is, ball in the middle of the stance, weight left and handle left; same golf swing, an arm swing with a chop. And that 5 iron will send the ball a lot further.

Now, you may struggle with your short chip shots. And if the grass is mowed down, don’t ever hesitate to putt the ball.

Do everything the same that you normally do when you putt a golf ball. The only challenge is, is that sometimes it comes out of the rough, bouncing a little bit, or when the fairway is mowed and it’s not perfect like the putting green.

Now here’s the last golf teaching tool for you. You may struggle with your conventional chip shots and you don’t like to putt the golf ball. So, why don’t you try this utility wood? This is the 3 iron. The difference is, is that it’s built like a wood. So the bottom of it, the sole plate, is a little bit longer and it’ll stop you from stubbing the golf ball.

So, here it is. Approach it just like a putt and grip it like a putter, stand to it like a putt, and stroke it like a putter. And if you do that, the golf ball will take off and head to the hole. And that’s when you use a utility golf club.

I hope this gives you some insight into making your short game a little easier when you're in and around the fringe. Don’t forget to putt, use a flat-faced club like a putter, try your 3 wood, try your 4 wood, and lastly, do the conventional way, and I guarantee you that will help you.

Thanks and have a great day.

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Chipping from Deep Rough http://www.golfswingguru.com/chipping-from-deep-rough/ Thu, 09 Jun 2011 18:10:52 +0000 http://new.golfswingguru.com/?p=298 Continue reading ]]>

Chipping from Deep Rough

Here are a few golf instructions about a couple of shots that are the most popular when you're hitting from out of deep rough. You will have a tendency to hit it thin or skull it or top it. And let me tell you why.

When the golf club starts to swing into the back of the golf ball, there is grass growing around it. Because of the bounce on the back of the golf club, it’s very difficult to get the golf club to go deep enough into the ground to find the bottom of the golf ball.

Another golf tip is when you're struggling and the ball is down in some deep grass, whether you're pitching the golf ball or whether it’s a full golf swing; make sure that you put a lot of weight on your left side. And the final part is to make sure that the golf club finishes low to the ground after impact.

So, on a full swing to the green with a pitch shot, the ball in the middle, weight left, hand to the left, swing your arms up and straight down into the ground. And I think that you’ll be able to see that there’s a big change in the trajectory of the golf ball.

Now lastly, do not expect any backspin when you have a golf ball coming out of deep rough.

Thanks, and I hope you learned a lot from my golf instructions today.

Good luck, and have a great day.

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Posture http://www.golfswingguru.com/posture/ Thu, 09 Jun 2011 18:03:29 +0000 http://new.golfswingguru.com/?p=296 Continue reading ]]>

Posture

When you go out and play golf, do you consistently hit the ball fat? How many times to you hit the ball thin?

I believe it has a lot to do with your posture. There have been a lot golf tips written on posture, but let me give it to you real quick, real simple, and I guarantee you this will help you the next time you're out.

If you tend to hit the ball fat and hit the ground behind the ball, there is a chance you might be bent over a little too much. If I try to hit the golf ball while I’m bent over too much, I run into the ground, way behind it.

Here are a few golf tips to help you. Instead, at address, simply lift your chin up a little bit, and that will help you swing the golf club back into the golf ball where you’ll hit the ball first and then the ground.

If you tend to hit a lot of thins and tops, there’s a chance you might be standing a little too tall. When you come back into the back of the ball, you constantly run over the top of it, or you hit it thin and you blade it.

Take these golf tips with you the next time you go play. Also, feel that your knees are slightly flexed, and from the two bones on each side of your hips, just bend over a little bit.

I guarantee you that these golf tips will help you stop from hitting the ground behind it or topping it, whatever the mistake is that you make.

Thanks and have a great day.

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Golf Instruction for Pitching the Golf Ball http://www.golfswingguru.com/golf-instruction-for-pitching-the-golf-ball/ Thu, 09 Jun 2011 18:01:59 +0000 http://new.golfswingguru.com/?p=294 Continue reading ]]>

Golf Instruction for Pitching the Golf Ball

Today, I wanted to talk about pitch shots and more specifically, pitching the golf ball with loft. The most common golf instruction problem I’ve seen is when a golfer tops the ball over the green when pitching.

Well, I have a great golf instruction tip for you today. Are you ready? The reason that you struggle when you pitch is because the golf club swings down in the downswing, and just before it gets to the golf ball, it starts to swing back up and you wind up hitting the middle of the golf ball.

When you pitch the golf ball, the goal is to hit down on the ball and to have the ball crawl up the face of the golf club and go onto the green. The only way to make this happen is for the leading edge of the club to hit the bottom of the golf ball. The reason that many golfers skull the ball over the green is because they focus on the follow through being high and as a result, hit the ball on the upswing. In short, they don’t hit down on the ball, but rather hit up on the ball.

Imagine the golfer with the high follow through. As they come down, they start to swing back up again. Can you imagine how high the club face is at follow through? This is the incorrect way to hit a pitch shot. I’ve been in golf instruction for a long time and this is one of the most common problems I see.

The correct way is to put a little extra weight on your left leg, or the front leg, lean over on top of it, and with your arms, swing the club head down and let the golf ball go up. It will crawl right on up the club face. The key is to follow through low to the ground, not high.

In the downswing make sure, with your weight on your left side, that you swing your arms down and get the leading edge to swing into the ground. And then, the golf ball will crawl all the way up the face and take off for the target.

So remember, ball in the middle of your stance, weight on your left leg, swing your arms up and down. We like to keep golf instruction simple.

For better impact and for a little more loft when you're pitching, get the feeling that you're swinging the club face down into the ground.

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A Cure for the Fat Shot http://www.golfswingguru.com/a-cure-for-the-fat-shot/ Thu, 09 Jun 2011 17:59:00 +0000 http://new.golfswingguru.com/?p=292 Continue reading ]]>

The cure for a fat shot

This problem may be easier to fix than you think. You may not realize it, but your back shoulder may be dipping towards the ground. This move forces the club to hit the ground too early. Most of the time it happens when you are really trying to get into the ball. Imagine…You're 200 yards out and you've chosen to hit the 4 iron. When you've got it in your head that you have to hit the ball hard to get it there, it's natural tendency to start your downswing with the hips in an effort to "really get into the ball". That may work in baseball, but not in golf.

I'd like to take you through what happens if you make that move in golf. First, get in the your setup position, now take your backswing and hold it at the top. Now move only your hips horizontally towards the target, and notice the way it forces your back shoulder to "dip". If you've made that "dip" with your back shoulder, it's over. You are going to hit behind the ball 90% of the time, and if you do make good contact, you'll probably end up with a killer slice. Lateral movement is no good for the golf swing.

To avoid this problem, and to simplify your golf swing, keep the lower body out of the equation. If you really want to get into the ball, start your downswing with your arms. It's tough to do if you have a habit formed, but once you get used to it, you won't be hitting the ball fat anymore. Most golfers over-emphasize the weight shift. If you keep your hips still, the weight shift will still occur, but it will happen naturally.

Get to the top, keeping your leading arm as straight as possible. Now start down at the ball with your leading arm fully extended. Your head hasn't moved laterally, and your hips haven't moved laterally. Now to take this to the next step, imagine the entire golf swing, through impact, occurring underneath the upper body.

Concentrate on keeping your front shoulder strong and "down" on the ball. This will enable you to keep your swing on the correct plane, and it will help your hands to keep up with your body. Don't let that shoulder come up and away from the target before impact as that will cause your body to get ahead of your hands leading to fat shots and slices.

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