17 September 2013

    How to get in the "slot" at the top of the putting stroke

    Ben Hogan imagined the ideal backswing plane as a pane of glass extending from the ball through the player`s neck. But what worked for Hogan might not work for you.

    Keep your hands more in front

    In my experience, the image that Hogan used tends to set the golfer`s hands too deeply across the chest--that is, too far around and behind it. This can lead you to simply lift your arms to complete the backswing, ultimately arriving in a weak, noncoiled position at the top.

    A more helpful image shows a golfer standing within a curved sheet of glass. This is ideal for the backswing, because the curve in the glass represents the slight, gradual steepening of the plane.

    Keeping your hands more in front of your chest allows you to move from the halfway-back position up to the perfect "slot" at the top simply by completing your shoulder turn--the ideal way to complete the backswing.

    16 September 2013

    Best golf clubs for a beginner

    If you're just starting out in golf, the biggest thing you should be looking for is a consistent set of the clubs, hand-me-down club sets are notorious for being a mix-n-match, different manufacturers therefore different club weights and swing weights.

    It is not necessary to buy expensive sets of clubs; Wilson, Tour Edge, Spalding, Ram to name a few, put out entry level sets, $200-$350, that are good quality and will last you a lifetime.

    If you decide to put in more time and effort you can always sell off your set, and by that time you'll have a better grasp of what you want your clubs to do for you.

    Check out your local newspaper Buy/Sell or On-Line Swap Shop, sometimes there's some real bargains to be had. Try all your buddies clubs, that way you get a feel for what fits best for you.

    Good Luck and hope to see you on the Links.

    13 September 2013

    Stop Lipping Out with this Putting Drill

    Lip outs drive me nuts! Here's a putting drill that is helping me control my power on shorter putts so that they don't lip out as much:

    Place a pencil right in front of the hole, and secure it with four tees.

    Practice putts from six feet and in. If you hit them too hard, the pencil will launch them over the hole, but if you hit them too softly, they won't make it over the pencil.

    You need to putt it with just enough power to make the ball "hop" over the pencil and find its way into the cup. Once you can do this, you should sink more putts at close range.

    Good luck!

    12 September 2013

    Inside path to stop slicing

    Here's a way to make sure you are bringing the clubhead from the inside.

    Put something like a plastic water bottle about 18 inches behind the ball standing up. On your backswing take it inside the bottle and on the downswing do the same. If you can't keep from hitting  the bottle than your clubhead is coming from the outside.

    If you want to spend the money, The Inside Path, does the same thing. You can get it for less than $50 if you look around. Still too much money though but it does work.

    Bottle works almost as well.

    Another similar drill is to take about an 18" length of soft pine 2x4 and lay it so that the near edge of the board is about 2 to 3" from the opposite side of the ball from where you adress the ball.

    In other words the opposite side of the ball from you. 

    Make sure most of the length of the board lays behind the ball.  You don't want to come into the ball and hit the end of the board.  If you come from outside in you will hit the top of the board.  Start with half and three-quarter swings. 

    The feedback is a little harsher than the bottle method but it will sure make you want to come from the inside.

    Good luck!

    A True Putting Tip

    Take your stance. Line up your putt. Look at the hole. Now stroke the ball while looking at the hole.

    I have shot 30 putts in one round like that. Have yet to break 30 putts, but I soon will. It is AWESOME and EASY to do. Try it.

    I kill my playing pard in putting everytime we play. But my up and downs.....that's another story.

    2 September 2013

    Putting on Fast Greens

    Here are two easy-to-remember tips from the late Payne Stewart to help you putt better on fast greens.

    1. Keep a light, relaxed grip on the putter. A tight grip prevents you from controlling the pace of the clubhead.
    2. Make your stroke as smooth as possible, making your follow-through longer than your backstroke.

    30 August 2013

    Putting Tip: Develop FEEL

    We all know that there is a lot of ‘feel’ in the game of golf. This is amplified on the greens.  Wouldn’t it be nice to have some of that magic ‘feel’ the pros seem to have?

    Here’s a tip that just might help.  Hover your putter just off the ground prior to starting your stroke.  According to Don Kotnik’s article in the Golf Magazine, this will help you have a smoother start to your stroke, and therefore make a stroke that rolls correctly.


    More importantly, you will feel the putter differently because it is not resting on the ground. This might help you develop that elusive ‘feel’ you’ve been trying to achieve.

    29 August 2013

    Short Putts - Head Still

     Keep Your Head Still on Short Putts

    For short putts, listen to the ball go into the hole rather than looking at it. More short putts are missed from looking up rather than poor alignment. Keep you head still on short putts and you'll hear the putt go into the hole more often than not.

    Transition Smoothly

    For better control of your irons, focus on making a smooth transition from your backswing to your downswing. 

    Instead of lunging at the ball, start your downswing at about the same speed as you started your backswing. This will help you make sweet-spot contact, and to improve your accuracy.

    28 August 2013

    Golf Tip: Pitching Rules to Remember

    Into the Rough offers you these basic, yet important tips to help you pitch it close:

    • The distance you need to cover is determined by the length of your backswing. Remember, always complete the swing. Once committed, complete the follow-through. 
    • Better to be a little long (as long as it is safe back there) than flubbing the shot and not making the green.
    • Don’t be an eager beaver to see the result of your shot.
    • Keep your head down, eyes on the ball. 
    • Don’t pick your head up until you have completed your follow through. 
    • Placing the ball forward in your stance will create a higher trajectory. Placing the ball farther back in your stance will create a lower trajectory. Remember higher up shorter out, lower up longer out.