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Flight your short irons lower to be a better iron player!

Flight your short irons lower to be a better iron player!

Flight your short irons lower to be a better iron player!

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

If you want to become a good short-iron player, learn from Travis Fulton and Callaway Golf to fly your short irons lower for better control and accuracy.   Turning your lower hand down as you move through impact is one of the big keys to learning this shot!

If you struggle to keep that angle of the lower hand through impact, there is a training aid on the market that will help.  It’s called “The Secret” and was based on Ben Hogans’s move through impact.  Many instructors thought this was Hogans Secret to becoming a phenomenal iron player.  Certainly something worth looking into.  Here is the link.

When you first start working on this drill, I suggest the backswing and follow-through are even shorter than Travis suggests.  Build up your confidence slowly, then build up the pace as you get better!

PGA Professional Travis Fulton shows you how to take dead aim with your short irons and ensure you’re making solid contact.

Source: Callaway Golf   Travis Fulton

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How do you play those shots that are in between Clubs?

How do you play those shots that are in between Clubs?

How do you play those shots that are in between Clubs?

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

We have all experienced the situation where we need to hit a shot 165 yards to get the ball close to the hole, but our regular 7 iron goes about 160 yards, and our 6 iron goes 170 yards.  Today Greg Hiller, an instructor with the Alamo City Golf Trail, walks you through the steps needed to play those shots between clubs and make this shot a success.

The two keys to selecting the right club are:

Take the longer of the two clubs and grip down an inch. This will take half a club off the shot.

Look at where the trouble is.  It is short of the green most of the time, but occasionally you don’t want to go long. So take this option into consideration before you play your shot.

Take wind and elevation into consideration.  If the green is above you, you need more club.  If the green is below you, you need less club. So you might not be in between clubs after all!

Source: Greg Hiller       Alamo City Golf Trail

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How to Strike the Fairway Woods Solid!

How to Strike the Fairway Woods Solid!

How to Strike the Fairway Woods Solid!

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

Piers Ward and Andy Proudman of Meandmygolf are at it again, this time on a pretty chilly morning by the looks of their gear!  Today’s topic is one that amateur golfers seem to struggle with fairly often, 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 are 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’ 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 how 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 club’s leading edge 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 club’s bounce 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

Picture: Insidegolf.com

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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 many professional golfers and I 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 driver’s shaft is also important to allow the club to travel at its maximum speed for your golf swing. The final additional ingredient will be the angle of attack.  To get the ball flying the furthest distance possible, there 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. Of course, 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

Thanks for watching – Just the thing to improve your golf swing rhythm!  You’ll play better golf without even changing your swing!

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Acquiring the backswing and downswing sequence with David Leadbetter.

Acquiring the backswing and downswing sequence with David Leadbetter.

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

Understanding the “feel” of a proper backswing or a proper downswing normally takes many hours and days on the practice range. Yet, 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.

Source: Meandmygolf

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Want to improve your putting - Improve your aim!

Will the Forward Press improve your putting stroke?

Will the Forward Press improve your putting stroke?

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

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 forward shaft angle you need 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

Pictures: GolfWRX

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