How to Strike the Fairway Woods Solid!

How to Strike the Fairway Woods Solid!

How to Strike the Fairway Woods Solid!

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Piers Ward and Andy Proudman of Meandmygolf are at it again, this time on a pretty chilly morning by the looks of their gear!  The topic today is one that amateur golfers seem to struggle with fairly often and that is hitting the fairway woods solid.  The big key is controlling the bottom of the arc because this is right where the impact takes place!  Enjoy!

Trackman does not lie!

The numbers given by Trackman on Piers Ward’s fairway wood shots.  The angle of attack is negative.  That means he is hitting slightly down on the ball.  The bottom of the arc is 1.7 inches in front of the ball.  This is great info for amateurs that think you should sweep the ball off the grass.  NO! It is still a slightly downward strike and the loft on the club (usually 15 to 16 degrees) will get the ball up in the air. If Piers’ is angle of attack is -1.7 then the effective loft is 13.30 to 14.3 degrees.  Plenty of loft to still get the ball comfortably in the air.

In todays Impact Show we discuss what is required to pure those fairway metals. The fairway metal is an important weapon in the arsenal of the amateur golfer and is often misunderstood on how to get the best out of it. In the show we use Trackman to get the all important delivery numbers and then give you an easy practical drill in how to hit that pure strike.

Source: Meandmygolf  GolfChats.

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Learn how to play the Buried Lie in the Bunker with Hank Haney!

Learn how to play the Buried Lie in the Bunker with Hank Haney!

Learn how to play the Buried Lie in the Bunker with Hank Haney!

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This is not the way I teach the buried lie in the bunker, but who am I to argue with Golf Digest Top 100 Teacher Hank Haney?  The key that both of us agree on is that you want the leading edge of the club to hit the sand first and hit DEEP!  Those are the 2 keys to making this shot a whole lot easier!

I like to hood the clubface slightly.  This moves the bounce of the club out of the way and guarantees that the leading edge will strike the ground first. The ball will come out slightly lower because of the closed clubface, and there will be no backspin on this ball at all!  So swing a little softer to allow the ball to roll out a little more than normal. 

Hank Haney offers advice on how to recover from a buried lie in the bunker.

Source: Hank Haney   Golf Digest

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Ben Hogan's Five Lessons presented by Kendra Vallone!

Ben Hogan’s Five Lessons presented by Kendra Vallone!

Ben Hogan’s Five Lessons presented by Kendra Vallone!

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Ben Hogan’s Five Lessons on the Modern Fundamentals of the Golf Swing

This is the book that I and many professional golfers grew up reading. Hogan was the ultimate ball striker and despite a major car crash halfway through his career, he still managed to win 9 Major Championships.  Thank you, Mr. Hogan, for these great lessons which are still relevant today and thank you, Kendra Vallone, in conjunction with  Cam Elkins for sharing!

I think Kendra has got Hogan’s waggle wrong!  If you watch Hogan as much as I have, the waggle is much more with the hands rather than the still shoulder movement Kendra shows. He also moves his feet while he is waggling, just to keep the motion fluid.  I also noticed in her swings, that she does not do the waggle. Either her way or Hogan’s way!  Practice what you preach, Kendra!

Professional golfer, Kendra Vallone runs through the essentials of Ben Hogan’s Five Lessons: The Modern Fundamentals of Golf. This video includes “The Grip” and “The Waggle”.

Source: Cam Elkins

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Impact - The only position in the golf swing that really matters!

Impact – The only position in the golf swing that really matters!

Impact – The only position in the golf swing that really matters!

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With all that has been written, filmed, and discussed on how to swing a golf club to produce good shots……. the only position in the golf swing that really matters is IMPACT!  Peter Finch of Peter Finch Golf explains this impact position.  So pay attention.  Once you understand this position you will definitely improve your golf!

Additional Ingredients.

Delivering the clubhead path slightly for the inside and at the same time slightly upward, although not the be-all and end-all of gaining distance, it does help! Also into this equation would be the loft of the driver and the ball used as these two ingredients affect ball spin.  The shaft of the driver is also important to allow you to allow the club to be traveling at its maximum speed for your golf swing. The final additional ingredient will be angle of attack.  To get the ball flying the furthest distance possible, these must be a positive angle of attack!

In the final part of this Smash It Long Series, we look at how to improve your impact and help link all the other areas of a powerful golf swing together.

Source: Peter Finch Golf  GolfChats.

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Just the thing to improve your golf swing rhythm!

Just the thing to improve your golf swing rhythm!

Just the thing to improve your golf swing rhythm!

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Golf is like dancing, if you have no rhythm you cannot do well.  Some people have better rhythm than others as we can all see with golfers on the PGA and LPGA Tours.  Golfers like Ernie Els, Freddy Couples, and Louis Oosthuizen make us all a little jealous.  Today, Chris Ryan of ChrisRyanGolf gives uncoordinated golfers new hope!

Chris Ryan demonstrates a fantastic yet simple drill that can be done during practice to help with both rhythm, tempo and making and is also great if you are making any swing changes.

Source: ChrisRyanGolf  Golfchats.com

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Acquiring the backswing and downswing sequence with David Leadbetter.

Acquiring the backswing and downswing sequence with David Leadbetter.

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Understanding the “feel” of a proper backswing or a proper downswing normally takes many hours and days on the practice range.  This is required to train your body in the right sequence of motion.  Here,  for Golf Digest, explains a simple drill using your golf towel to attain the feel in a fairly short period of time.  Have your golf club handy, so as you acquire this elusive feel, you can pick up your club and put that same motion into practice as you make a full swing!

 

If I tossed you a golf ball and asked you to toss it right back to me, without even thinking, I bet you’d throw it with your dominant arm. What this should tell you is that even though you’ve got two arms, you feel more comfortable using one over the other.

Remember that when you swing the golf club. A good golf swing is a blend of coordinated movement from both sides of the body.  But it’s really your dominant side that wants, and should, dictate the action. For most of you, that means taking a right-side approach to your swing. Grab a bath towel and I’ll show you how. – With Ron Kaspriske

BACKSWING: LOAD AND SEPARATE

Wrap a towel around your right arm at the elbow joint and hold it taut like I am here (above). Now mimic a backswing all the way to the top trying to resist the movement—just a little—while holding the towel with your left hand. You should feel like your upper body is coiling with the latissimus dorsi “lat” muscle really flexed on the right side of the back.

You’ll also notice that to swing to the top, you have to let your right arm separate from your upper body. I know you might have heard to keep that elbow tucked when you swing back, but letting the right arm “float” a little away from your trunk provides a nice, wide swing arc and puts you in position for the proper shallowing of the club on the way down. Essentially, you’re creating more room to swing from inside the target line. Couple that with the coiling the resistance of the towel promotes, and you’re poised for a powerful, right-side-fueled downswing.

To see how to use the towel to improve your downswing, go here!

Source:   Golf Digest  Golfchats.com

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The role of the upper and lower body in the transition of the golf swing!

The role of the upper and lower body in the transition of the golf swing!

The role of the upper and lower body in the transition of the golf swing!

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This great segment by Piers Ward and Andy Proudman of Meandmygolf explains the key role that the upper body and the lower body play in the transition between the backswing and the downswing.  Understanding that there is a disassociation between the two will help you hit longer and straighter drives. 

A considerable amount of flexibility is needed to get this motion really working.  So if you are stiff in either the upper or lower body, check out the link below on what exercises to do to help your body get into the correct positions.  This is an absolute must if you are going to gain more power in your golf swing!

In today’s Impact Show we discuss how to separate your hips from your upper body in the downswing and what can happen if you can’t disassociate your lower body from your upper body. We also show how other sports use disassociation so well. All this with the brand new TaylorMade M1 driver.

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Will the Forward Press improve your putting stroke?

Will the Forward Press improve your putting stroke?

Will the Forward Press improve your putting stroke?

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The forward press has been around for many years and Gary Player even uses it in his full swing.  He kicks his right knee into the left knee to get his backswing started.  Phil Mickelson and Jordan Spieth both use the forward press and everyone knows how well those two putt!  But what is important in the forward press is the amount of forward shaft angle you need to have to create optimum roll off the putter face.   Tom Stickney II for GolfWRX gives us his take on the illusion of the forward stroke. 

Most Tour Players have their hands ahead of the Putterhead!

If you watch the vast majority of Tour players putt, you’ll notice that their hands start in front of the putter head at address, and this condition doesn’t vary throughout their stroke.

Most golfers don’t putt this way, though. Their hands start behind the putter head at address and tend to break down even more. They “slap” at the ball through impact and beyond, which is detrimental for both speed and direction control.

Golf instructors can agree that in order to be effective on the greens, golfers must have the putter shaft returning to neutral or even leaning forward at impact, allowing the hands to lead the blade throughout the stroke. Fundamentally, we know that the left hand controls the putter face and its direction, while the right hand controls the putter head and its effective loft (for right-handed golfers). These two factors together allow golfers to roll their putts more consistently.

The bottom line: if you do not lead the putter head with your hands on today’s fast green, you’ll struggle to be an effective putter.

The Illusion

Will the Forward Press improve your putting stroke?

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Jordan Spieth keeps the back of his left hand stable and ahead of the putter head throughout his stroke.

So isn’t the solution as simple as forward pressing your hands during the address. Why is that so hard? Well, when most amateurs forward press it’s almost never enough. That’s because they’re fighting an illusion. 

That’s right, there’s an optical illusion that occurs when golfers look down from address at their hands and their putter shaft angle. It influences the breakdown of their impact alignments, and promotes a “slapping” action of the wrists and hands. It also encourages the putter head to swing past the hands, leaning the shaft away from the target at impact adding loft to the putter — not something we want.

Try It Yourself

To understand how putters are designed, place your putter flat on the ground, and up against the wall as pictured below. You will notice that the shaft leans away from the target.

Will the Forward Press improve your putting stroke?

If you still don’t buy it, take your setup in front of a full-length mirror and look down at the shaft of the putter. From your address position, you will swear that your putter shaft is even or slightly ahead of the golf ball. But when you look in the mirror you will see an entirely different picture. The putter shaft will actually be behind the putter head.

To see the illusion explained and how to overcome the illusion. go here!

Source: Tom Stickney II  GolfWRX

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Start the new year with an overhaul of your putting method!

Start the new year with an overhaul of your putting method!

Start the new year with an overhaul of your putting method!

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Jordan Spieth is one of the best putters on the planet.  So when his coach, , talks about putting, everyone listens.  These are some really useful ideas to retool your putting stroke if your flat stick behaved less than stellar last year.  Cameron gives you 4 ways to reboot your putting game. I really like #2.  Thanks to Golf Digest for this informative article!

Has your performance been slightly less than satisfying? I know it’s not enough to hear it happens to everyone from time to time. You want to shake off the year of stubs, lip-outs and three-jacks before golf season rolls back around and you’re racking up missed putts again like a kid catching Pokémon. Well, if you really want to fix this flat-stick fiasco, you’re going to need a bit more than a 30-minute session rolling balls into those tiny golf cups. I recommend a full reboot. Here I’m going to give you four ways to pull yourself out of that putting rut. Sometimes only one of these will do the trick, but be prepared for the reality that you might need all four. Best get started. —With Ron Kaspriske


1.) BENCH YOUR PUTTER

If you’re the kind of golfer who talks to a putter, gives it a good spanking when it isn’t performing, and even threatens to back the pickup truck over it in the parking lot, it’s time for the “we need to take a break from each other” conversation. Bench your putt-er for something different. Use a blade? Switch to a mallet. Always preferred heel-shafted putters? Try a centershaft. Everything from club length to grip circumference is up for consideration. Go get fitted (View: Your Ultimate Guide To Finding A Better Game). The big switch works for two reasons. First, there are no bad memories with a new putter. It’s a new day. Second, assuming the old one isn’t now residing in a scrap-metal yard, you’ll make it just jealous enough that it will perform its best when you rekindle your relationship.

2.) REALLY BENCH YOUR PUTTER

“It’s not you, it’s me” won’t fly as a break-up excuse after the second Tinder date, but it’s probably true of your relationship with the putter. It showed up ready to bury every five-footer—but sometimes you didn’t. You need a refresher on mechanics. So I suggest you practice putting with your sand wedge. It’s not as crazy as it sounds. A good stroke is propelled by the shoulders and requires minimal hand or wrist action. To get the ball rolling with a wedge, you have to make that kind of stroke hitting the ball at its equator with the leading edge (above). This type of practice elicits precision and is good for the ol’ ego. You’re more apt to forgive yourself for a miss, which helps reduce those anxious feelings that turn you into a puddle of goo when the putts actually count.

To see the rest on how to overhaul your putting method, go here!

Source:    Golf Digest    golfchats.com

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Putting is a game within a game - 4 keys to success!

Putting is a game within a game – 4 keys to success!

Putting is a game within a game – 4 keys to success!

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I have always felt that putting is a game within a game.  In the full swing, as long as I have the correct club selection, all that counts is clubface path and clubface angle. PLUS, if I hit the ball a little offline, I still have the opportunity to hit a good chip or bunker shot to save my par.  Not so with a putt! Once I miss a putt, the shot is gone forever, and I add another stroke to my score. So it is vital that my putting stroke is reliable in order to hit my putts time and time again on the EXACT line I choose.  Once I have that ability, I can become the golfer I always wanted to be!   Tom Stickney II of golfwrx.com, and a Top 100 teacher explains the 4 principals you need to become that golfer!

Repeatability.

One of the most important aspects of putting is the repeatability of your stroke. That’s because reading putts perfectly isn’t very helpful unless you can consistently control your speed and direction on the greens.

The average amateur has little control over how the putter moves back and forth, thus they have little consistency in how the ball comes off the blade. The mechanical side of putting is all about getting the ball to leave the putter face exactly where you want it to.

The question is, how can golfers accomplish greater consistency on the green? Below are 4 keys to help you hone the repeatable putting stroke you’ve always wanted.

The Four Keys

  • Address Alignment of the Putter Face
  • Impact Alignment of the Putter Face
  • The Path of the Putter Head
  • The Rotation of the Putter Head

Note: Before I begin, I want to make clear that I’m only focusing on the horizontal (side-to-side) launch of the ball, which governs the starting direction of your putt based on your intended line. We’ll assume you have perfect vertical (up-and-down) launch characteristics, which will be the topic of another story. 

1) Address Alignment of the Putter Face

It’s nearly impossible to be consistent on the greens if your putter face is aimed away from your target line.

In your practice sessions (on a real putting green or your carpet at home), use visual keys in practice such as putting mirrors, T-squares, chalk lines and lines on the golf ball so you can understand the difference between open, closed and square.

Don’t forget about putter designs! Different players respond differently to certain designs, and finding the right match for you could drastically improve your alignment. Take the time to read what David Edel says about how your alignment changes with different putters.

Putting Analysis Technology.

Also, I highly encourage you to use some kind of putting analysis technology at your closest fitter or instructor that has the technology. It can help you diagnose a problem that you may not even have known existed. I personally recommend SAM Puttlab, an ultrasound machine that measures more than 20 different factors of a putting stroke.

Below is an example of the feedback that SAM Puttlab offers. I have used it in my academies for more than 10 years to give my students a better understanding of their putting motion.

First, note the alignment of the blade at address. You can see that this player has a propensity to line up the face about 2.5-degrees open (to the right) of his intended target. It’s true that many players have issues aiming the putter perfectly at address, which they have to make up for during the stroke by altering their club face or club path into the ball. The more manipulation you have in your stroke, the more you have to rely on your hand/eye coordination to take over for your faulty alignments.

If you’re new to SAM, consult a professional instructor to ensure you’re reading the results properly. Diagnosing your issues is key to developing a plan to improve.

2) Impact Alignment of the Putter Face 

The second factor in putting consistency is the ability to return the blade to square at impact. As we saw above, the sample player’s putter was 2.5-degrees open at address, meaning an adjustment had to be made during the stroke to avoid pushing the ball to the right.

Thankfully, this player closed the putter face during the stroke and had a path that was right down the line. Ultimately, his horizontal launch conditions were not skewed, but it’s a move that’s very difficult to repeat consistently. It’s best to start with a square face, and return the face to square at impact.

NOTE: The face angle of the putter at impact accounts for more than 80 percent of a balls starting direction.

To see the other 2 elements you need to develop a great putting stroke, go here!

Source: Tom Stickney II, Golfwrx

Pictures: Tom Stickney II

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