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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!

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!

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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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!

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!

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!

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!

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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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!

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!

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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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!

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!

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 my putting stroke must be reliable 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 principles 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.

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

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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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!

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!

To hit a consistently good chip shot on the golf course, you have to do two things. First, 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. So, 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.

Source: Meandmygolf

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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!

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!

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 fundamentally sound and 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.
Brush Up on your Fundamentals with Smylie Kaufman!

BACKSWING: DON’T SWAY

 
Brush Up on your Fundamentals with Smylie Kaufman!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!

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!

Topping the golf ball is a malady that every beginner golfer goes through.  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!

Source: Videojug

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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?

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!

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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