Aiming is critical in a really good chip shot!

Aiming is critical in a really good chip shot!

Aiming is critical in a really good chip shot!

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In order to hit a consistently good chip shot on the golf course, you have to do two things. Select the correct club and aim the clubface correctly.  Easier said than done! Here, Piers Ward and Andy Proudman of Meandmygolf help you understand both things. Now all you have to do is go to the chipping green and work on this!

The shaft angle can make a big difference in your chipping.  The more shallow the shaft, the more the clubface will tend to aim to the left.  Get the shaft in a more upright position for better chipping.  And check the grip.  You want a neutral grip, meaning the palm of the lower hand and the back of the upper hand are facing the target.  Do these two things to really help our chipping!

Golf tip – Chipping it close. In this week’s Go Low PGA Professionals Piers Ward and Andy Proudman talk about set up and grip to help you improve your accuracy when chipping.

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Brush Up on your Fundamentals with Smylie Kaufman!

Brush Up on your Fundamentals with Smylie Kaufman!

Brush Up on your Fundamentals with Smylie Kaufman!

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Smylie Kaufman is better known for his friendship with Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler than his accomplishments on the golf course where he has won only once on the PGA Tour.  This came in 2015 at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.  But what he does have is a great golf swing that is very fundamentally sound and is a perfect role model to learn from.  Thanks to  and Ron Kaspriske of Golf Digest for such an interesting and informative article!

Make a list of Your Specific Swing Keys.

Just a guess, but there are probably three or four things you need to work on with your golf swing to improve. Am I right? Then jot them down. I don’t care if you use an index card, like I do, or dictate them to your smartphone. Just make a list of swing keys, and when you practice, stick to them. For example, maybe you swing off your back foot and need to transfer your weight better. Or maybe you cut your swing off short, and should let your chest keep turning.

Whatever issues you have, don’t let them always get the best of you because you’re not paying attention to how to fix them. Working with my swing coach, Tony Ruggiero, I’ve identified four fundamentals that I constantly try to improve. Keeping the index card handy allows me to stay on point. See if my notes can help you be a better ball-striker, too.


Whenever my swing gets a little funky, I go back and check to see that my right arm isn’t drifting too far away from my body when I make a backswing. A little separation is fine, but a real loss of connection means it’s going to be a challenge to re-sync my arm swing with my body pivot on the way down, so my timing isn’t off. I want everything turning back together, so I’ll often work on keeping my shirt sleeve tucked into my armpit as I make a backswing.
 
Here I’m demonstrating what I mean by bunching my shirt into the armpit as I make a one-handed backswing (pictured). This helps remind me to keep the movement of my arms and body in sync.
 

BACKSWING: DON’T SWAY

 
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Making a Full Turn.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Making a full turn and really loading up the right side as you take the club back is a huge power generator. Do that and you can really hit the ball hard. However, be careful you don’t let your body sway a lot in that direction. That will make it much harder to get back to the ball and produce solid contact. One thing I do to prevent that sway is to make a backswing where my pivot feels centered over the top of the ball (pictured above). Tony will even hold an alignment stick next to the right side of my head as a reminder. If I bump it, I’m swaying too much.
 
 
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How to stop topping the golf ball forever!

How to stop topping the golf ball forever!

How to stop topping the golf ball forever!

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Topping the golf ball is a malady that every beginner golfer goes through.  In order to get rid of this swing flaw, the golfer needs to have the ability to control the bottom of the swing arc.  That control is achieved by two things – The length of the lead arm and the position of the head remaining constant.  Rickard Strongert of Videojug explains this in an easy to understand manner!

Videojug’s golf guru Rickard Strongert explains how to avoid topping the ball. Learn the basics of golf, and make sure that your ball always get’s off the ground with this short tutorial. Improve your golf game the Videojug way!

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What is your Killer Move in the Golf Swing?

What is your Killer Move in the Golf Swing?

What is your Killer Move in the Golf Swing?

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Every amateur golfer has a Killer Move in the golf swing.  The one move that completely ruins their chances of hitting consistent golf shots.  Today we have Alistair Davies of Alistair Davies Golf to explain the dreaded “chicken wing” and the importance of NOT keeping the head down too long!

Avoid these killer moves – Part 3.This video is the third in the series avoid these killer moves. This video focuses on the impact conditions. Alistair discusses how golfer’s tend to lose their arm radius and keep their heads down too long. This is what he commonly sees on his lesson tee. Look out for the rest of the series on Killer moves.

Source: Alistair Davies Golf

Picture: Peter Dutton

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Learn the Secrets of the Long Ball with Dustin Johnson!

Learn the Secrets of the Long Ball with Dustin Johnson!

Learn the Secrets of the Long Ball with Dustin Johnson!

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Dustin Johnson is the longest, straight hitter on the PGA Tour.  He accomplishes this with a combination of these things: an amazingly strong and flexible body, a wider stance that tilts the spine angle slightly back, and a slightly open stance to help cut across the ball slightly, giving him a very powerful baby fade!  Today, Piers Ward and Andy Proudman of Meandmygolf talk to Dustin and find out the secrets of the long ball!

In this week’s Impact Show PGA Professionals Andy Proudman and Piers Ward Interview world number 3 Dustin Johnson about how he smashes his driver. During the video Dustin gives some useful advice to anyone looking to get that extra distance off the tee and how he hits the ball over 300 yards.

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Learn how to Master the Fairway Bunker Shot with Ian Poulter!

Learn how to Master the Fairway Bunker Shot with Ian Poulter!

Learn how to Master the Fairway Bunker Shot with Ian Poulter!

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The fairway bunker shot is one of the easier shots for the PGA and LPGA Tour player, and yet, the average player seems to struggle with this shot.  Ian Poulter, European Tour winner and Ryder Cup player explains the art of this shot. The keys are getting a good footing,  choosing the correct club and making sure to hit the ball first.   Thanks to Ian and Golf Monthly for sharing this informative video!

In part two of our Ian Poulter tips series, he explains how to hit the fairway bunker shot.

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What is the correct motion to set the wrists on the backswing?

What is the correct motion to set the wrists on the backswing?

What is the correct motion to set the wrists on the backswing?

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There is no specific way to set the wrists on the backswing.  Johnny Miller and Hubert Green set their wrists very early on the backswing.  Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods have almost no wrist cock until their backswing passes hip height.  Piers ward and Andy Proudman of Meandmygolf give a very good explanation on the various options available to you.

In today’s Impact Show, we talk about when and how to set your wrists in the backswing. We also share our preferences and ideas on how to set the wrists, although there is no one way to do it.

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Can you make a full shoulder turn - I bet you can!

Can you make a full shoulder turn – I bet you can!

Can you make a full shoulder turn – I bet you can!

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A full should turn is part and parcel of the “power package” in the golf swing.  But, as Chuck Quinton of Rotary Swing.com (why he does not introduce himself at the beginning of the video is a mystery to me) shows us, a poor shoulder turn is the product of trying to start the backswing with the lead side.  By using the trailing side, you have a much better chance of making a full shoulder turn.  Work on this on the range before you try it on the course just to get comfortable in changing the sequence pattern of your golf swing.

Now that you know you can make a full shoulder turn, it’s time to add some POWER back into your golf swing!

Source: RotarySwing.com Golf Instruction

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How a can of foot spray can lead to straighter golf shots!

How a can of foot spray can lead to straighter golf shots!

How a can of foot spray can lead to straighter golf shots!

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Do you have the tendency to hit the ball both ways?  Sometimes you hit it to the right and sometimes to the left?  The problem here is you then don’t know where to aim.  Chris Ryan of ChrisRyanGolf at the Belfry Golf Club in Wishaw, Warwickshire England, close to Birmingham, explains the reason is a lack of center hits.  He also explains how using a can of foot spray can lead to straighter shots!  Check it out.

Hitting the centre of the driver face is so crucial to long straight tee shots. Here Chris Ryan explains exactly why this is the case and how you can establish what your strike pattern is.

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Learn to hit it pure out of the rough with Sir Nick Faldo!

Learn to hit it pure out of the rough with Sir Nick Faldo!

Learn to hit it pure out of the rough with Sir Nick Faldo!

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Because we hit our second shots from the rough almost 50% of the time (or more), it would be cool to learn from one of golf’s best,  Sir Nick Faldo, on how to succeed in this situation.  Faldo explains the two critical aspects of this shot – the angle of attack and clubface angle at impact!  Thanks to Golfing World for sharing.

Who better to teach you a thing or two about the game of golf than a six-time major champion? Here Sir Nick Faldo focuses on playing the ball from the rough when you stray off line

Source: Golfing World

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