Amateur golfers seem to have more problems with sidehill lies than any other shot. Almost every time the shot will be poor. The main reason is not understanding the basic principles of the sidehill lie shots. Watch and learn as PGA Tour player Hunter Mahan shows you how to master these shots!
Pro V1x loyalist Hunter Mahan shares his setup keys for playing a shot from a sidehill lie with the ball above the feet
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 make this shot a whole lot easier!
Hank Haney offers advice on how to recover from a buried lie in the bunker.
Ben Hogan’s Five Lessons on the Modern Fundamentals of the Golf Swing is the book that I and many professional golfers grew up reading. Hogan was the ultimate ball striker and despite a major car crash half way 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!
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”.
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 for 2017!
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.
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.
Understanding the “feel” of a proper backswing or a proper downswing normally takes many hours and days on the practice range to train your body in the right sequence of motion. Here, David Leadbetter 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 KaspriskeBACKSWING: 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—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.
Eric Hogge shows a drill that I learned over 40 years ago from my friend and mentor Phil Ritson. This drill is definitely one of the best to cure casting from the top and because you are holding the angle between the wrist and lead forearm for as long as possible, you will generate more clubhead speed! Thanks Eric and PGA.com for sharing!
Making the transition from your backswing to downswing is key to hitting a good shot. PGA Professional Eric Hogge shows how his “pump drill” can help you successfully make that transition.
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. Check it out!
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.
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. Enjoy!
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.
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.
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.
Jordan Spieth is one of the best putters on the planet. So when his coach, Cameron McCormick, talks about putting, everyone listens. These are some really useful ideas to retool your putting stroke if your flat stick behaved less than stellar in 2016. 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 in 2016 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.