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The Natural Way to grip the club - by Jessica Korda.

The Natural Way to grip the club – by Jessica Korda.

The Natural Way to grip the club – by Jessica Korda.

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!

Jessica Korda is one of the most popular players on the LPGA Tour and one of the longest hitters.  Her strong play has had her represent both the Czech Republic and the United States in international competitions.  In this article, Jessica explains the way she grips the club in the most natural way possible.  I think this will help you grip the club more naturally as well!

Use these tips from LPGA Pro Jessica Korda to rip your driver using your body’s natural positioning.

1. Stand behind the ball and grip the club with your left hand only. It’s simple: Just grab the handle without looking. This sets your left hand in its natural power position. Wrist angle varies from player to player—I like to keep my wrist slightly bent.

 
The Natural Way to grip the club - by Jessica Korda.

2. Depending on your anatomy, your left wrist will be either flat or flexed (like mine). What’s important is that you maintain your left wrist position as you swing. Changing it disrupts your hitting instinct. Take note of the flex and accept it.

3. Put your right hand on the club and take your address, maintaining the position of your left wrist. Take a last look at the target and start back. Have no fear—you’re one step away from catching the ball smack on the sweet spot!

4. As you swing to the top, hold the left wrist angle you established when you first gripped the club with your left hand. Don’t manipulate your left wrist or “flatten” it as many experts advise. Trust me: When it comes to big hits, your body knows best!

Source: Jessica Korda

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Jessica Korda’s 4 Great Ball Striking Tips for Ladies Power!

Jessica Korda’s 4 Great Ball Striking Tips for Ladies Power!

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Jessica Korda hits the ball over 270 yards off the tee, ranking her 12th in driving distance on the LPGA Tour.  Her picture-perfect swing has earned her 4 victories since turning pro in 2011. Originally from the Czech Republic, she now calls the USA home. She is the daughter of former world #2 and Grand Slam winner Petr Korda, who won the 1998 Australian Open.  She currently lives in Bradenton, FL.

With Guy Yocom of Golf Digest and photography by , Jessica gives her 4 tips in great ball striking!

If you start talking swing positions to me, I’m probably going to zone out because that’s not how I play golf.

I respect the technical approach to driving the ball a long way, but my swing is about flexibility and rhythm—and letting good things happen from there. This simpler mindset is working for me. At my win in Malaysia last fall, I reached every par 5 in two (if you count landing in a few greenside bunkers as “reaching”), and I hit a ton of wedges into the par 4s.
 
Over the weekend, I deliberately avoided getting mechanical because I knew that would get me uptight and worsen my swing. I relied on a handful of non-technical swing keys. It’s like placing a plane on auto-pilot: You still have to push a few buttons, but then you can sit back and enjoy the flight. Even if you’re a feel player, it pays to know how your swing works. That way, you can bomb your driver knowing you’re going to keep it in play. Here are a few tips. —With Guy Yocom

Jessica Korda's 4 Great Ball Striking Tips for Ladies Power!

FEEL LIKE YOU’RE LOADING A SPRING

Don’t make special allowances or tense up just because you’re hitting driver. Your feet should be slightly more than shoulder-width apart, to maximize your range of motion and help you get through the ball more easily.

Swinging back, keep the weight on the balls of your feet at all times. Feel the stretching of your core muscles in your torso. I call it “the wind,” which is like loading a giant spring as you go to the top (pictured). I make my backswing to a slow count of “1.”

Jessica Korda's 4 Great Ball Striking Tips for Ladies Power!

DRILL: LIGHT IS RIGHT

Stay loose by swinging back with three fingers of your right hand (below). The club should feel almost weightless at the top.

If it feels heavy, keep trying until you get the balance figured out.

 

To see the rest of Jessica Korda’s Ball Striking Tips, go here!

Source: Guy Yocom  Golf Digest  

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Why you Should Watch the 2015 US Women's Open.

Why you Should Watch the 2015 US Women’s Open.

Why you Should Watch the 2015 US Women’s Open.

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 70th U.S. Women’s Open is being played from July 9-12 at Lancaster Country Club in southeast Pennsylvania.

The LPGA is the fastest growing tour in sports right now. The number of new and exciting young stars is fantastic. Stacy Lewis, Paula Creamer, Lydia Ko, Michelle Wie, Lexi Thompson, and Inbee Park are on that list. Many new tournaments have been added, and some include additional features like the KPMG Tournament’s Women’s Leadership Summit, a great inspirational experience for young women.

The women’s tour is very fan-friendly, so plan to take your kids to one of these events where they interact more with youngsters.

The world’s top female golfers and some very talented amateurs will compete at the U.S. Open, as it continually reigns as the world’s greatest women’s championship. Tune in and enjoy the excitement!

10 Reasons Why You Should Be Watching the LPGA Tour

 
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Jessica Korda, Michelle Wie, and Charley Hull are young stars in the women’s game.

The LPGA Tour has rebounded from the doldrums of 2008 and is one of the best tours in the world right now.

There are young stars ready to win, and the veterans are still competitive.

Even though Michelle Wie has been around the ladies game for nearly 10 years, she is finally maturing and already has a win on the LPGA Tour this year.

Through 13 events in 2014 only one winner is over the age of 30. Thirty-nine-year-old Karrie Webb won both the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open and the JTBC Founders Cup.

Jessica Korda (21), Anna Nordqvist (26) and Stacy Lewis (29) are the other multiple winners this season.

Lewis won the Shoprite LPGA Classic this week and will reclaim the No. 1 spot on the Rolex Rankings.

Youngsters Lydia Ko, Lexi Thompson and Lizette Salas have also won this year and seem to challenge every week.

The LPGA Tour is deep with talent, and every tournament offers exciting action for golf fans.

Check out the slide show to see why you should watch the LPGA Tour!

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Source: Fred Altvater   bleacherreport.com

Pictures: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images   Keith Allison

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The Resurgence of American Women on the LPGA Tour.

The Resurgence of American Women on the LPGA Tour.

The resurgence of American Women on the LPGA Tour.

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!

For almost 2 decades, we have seen the LPGA Tour dominated by Asian and European players.

But now, it seems as if American golfers have found their games, their guts, and their fearless play. In 2014 there were more American Winners on the LPGA Tour than in 2012 and 2013 combined. Americans won 13 of 32 tournaments, with other Asian, European, Australian, and South African winners.

I love this trend where spunky players like Stacy Lewis, Michelle Wie, Lexi Thompson, and Jessica Korda are duking it out with Europe’s and Asia’s best. This is a great thing for the LPGA, women’s golf, and the game in general.

 

Resurgence of American Women on the LPGA Tour.

Michelle Wie leads the charge of American women on the LPGA who are now winning again.

The resurgence of American Women on the LPGA Tour.

 If you’ve been watching any women’s golf lately you might have noticed a nice trend for our homegrown gals. The American women have found their games and are firing on all cylinders. It seems to be spreading like wildfire amongst the Americans too. If you watched the last 9 holes of the Airbus LPGA Classic this week you could see Lexi Thompson, Jessica Korda, and Michelle Wie all duking it out with 2 of Europes best in Anna Nordqvist and phenom Charley Hull.

In the end it was Korda delivering a back nine 30 that was exhilerating to watch as she poured every putt in from everywhere. Besides scoring a ho-hum Par on the reachable par 5 13th she hit sensational approaches and her red hot putter was there to finish the job. This was Jessica’s second win on tour this season making her the 3rd two time winner on the LPGA tour this year.

Michelle Wie almost had her second win this year in hand but for the buzz saw Korda.

Michelle had a few balky putter moments down the stretch and missed opportunities on par 5’s where she usually dominates. With all that she still finished with a strong final round 67 and it’s a great thing for the LPGA, women’s golf, and the game of golf in general when she’s in the mix. Michelle is on pace to have one of her best seasons on tour thus far, one we all hoped would come way back when but better late than never!

Lexi Thompson has continued to roll on in her consistent manner. Including her first major victory at the Kraft Nabisco she has finished in the top 10 in her last 4 events. Lexi’s improved putting and overall game management has really taken her to then next level and she has shown she has the game to beat anyone. With her length off the tee and impressive ball striking she has to be a favorite at Pinehurst next month.

With Korda, Thompson and Wie playing like they are, its hard to discount any of them on any given week, and we haven’t even mentioned Stacy Lewis or Paula Creamer.

Stacy seems to spoil us consistently with how steady and amazing she is.

With 6 top 10’s in the last 7 events it’s no wonder she leads the Race to the Globe and is only a top 5 away from becoming #1 in the world.  Paula also seems to be back on track with her game, with her first win in a while coming at the HSBC Championship earlier this year. She hasn’t lit up the field since then but has made all but one cut. We can never count her out as she is one of the most passionate players on the LPGA and always a crowd favorite.

These American girls are showing guts and fearless play as they have taken their games up a notch. They seem to be feeding off of each others games. So far in 2014 we have more American winners on tour than we did in 2012 and 2013 combined. 7 out of 12 events this year have been won by Americans. Lizette Salas has been another star on the rise as she mowed down Kingsmill two weeks ago. With players like Cristie Kerr, Angela Stanford, and Morgan Pressel representing the veteran group, they are great mentors for rookies like Amy Anderson, Kim Kaufman, and Jaye Marie Green who are all showing great promise in their rookie seasons.

So the present and future looks very bright right now for US women’s golf. We can only hope it continues on this trend and that these girls can get some redemption next year at the Solheim Cup.

Source : 9-Dine.com

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