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Stability from the Ground Up - Hit shots with bare feet!

Stability from the Ground Up – Hit shots with bare feet!

Stability from the Ground Up – Hit shots with bare feet!

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!

Stability in the golf swing starts with your feet.  

If you have poor footwork, you will lose power and have difficulty swinging the club in the correct sequence.  By practicing barefoot or in socks, as you see with Sean Foley here in the video presented by Golf Digest, you get the feel of how the feet contribute to the stability of the swing.  Sam Snead, one of the sweetest swingers in the game, did this when growing up.  Not as a drill per se, but because he couldn’t afford golf shoes! But look at what it produced! So step out into your beautiful lawn and make some good balance swings!

Pictures: Golf City
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The fewer moving parts you have in a golf swing the better!

The fewer moving parts you have in a golf swing the better!

The fewer moving parts you have in a golf swing the better!

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!

Sean Foley is one of the top teachers in golf.  

Former teacher to Tiger Woods, Sean currently works with several PGA Tour players.  His knowledge of the golf swing and his understanding of biomechanics make him a sought after coach by all golfers’ levels.  TourCouncil.com and Sean bring you an important fundamental in the golf swing – how the body moves throughout the swing to create consistency!  The one thing that Sean and I completely agree on is that the fewer moving parts you have in the golf swing, the better you will play!  Enjoy the video!

Sean Foley of tourcouncil.com shares the # 1 swing tip for amateurs to help establish a fundamentally sound swing and hit the ball with solid contact on every single shot. Learn more at www.tourcouncil.com.

Source: TourCouncil.com

Picture: CBC Gem

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How high should you tee your Driver - Check it out here!

How high should you tee your Driver – Check it out here!

How high should you tee your Driver – Check it out here!

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!

Students often ask me, “How high should I tee my driver?” and my answer is “It depends.”  

If you want accuracy to tee it a little lower. If you want distance, tee it a little higher.  Also, the depth of your driver’s face will be a determining factor, as you need to tee it up higher if you have a very deep face driver and a little lower for a slightly shallower driver.  Here is Sean Foley to tell you how to do it, thanks to Golf Digest TV.

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How high should you tee the ball for your driver? It depends!

I know a lot of long drivers hit up on the ball to maximize carry distance and reduce backspin, but there’s a right way and a wrong way to sweep it off the tee. Pay attention to where you feel your body weight during the downswing. Even though you want the driver to be slightly ascending at impact, make sure you transfer your weight to your front foot as you start down. The common mistake is keeping the weight on the back foot and trying to help the ball launch higher. You can shift forward and still hit up on it.

To see the rest of this instructional article, plus a really neat video, click here.

Source: Golf Digest TV    Sean Foley.

Pictures: stuhillphotography     Mike Bitzenhofer

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Tiger Wood's Shift in Priorities - A More Relaxed Tiger?

Tiger Wood’s Shift in Priorities – A More Relaxed Tiger?

Tiger Wood’s Shift in Priorities – A More Relaxed Tiger?

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!

Tiger is getting older, as we all are, and with time comes wisdom. 

Tiger is putting his priorities in order, and I think this will put him in a more relaxed and a more “quiet” place in his mind.  Jack Nicklaus went through the same thing.  When his kids came along, he found it difficult to manage his golfing time and family time, which showed in his game.  As soon as he was able to prioritize his commitments, he came back strong.  This is what I think will happen to Tiger in the near future.  Here is Brendan Mohler of GOLF.com’s take on the “New Tiger.”

Tiger's Shift in Priorities - A More Relaxed Tiger?

Sean Foley, Tiger Woods’ former instructor and as insightful a mind as any on tour, spoke favorably Tuesday at the Honda Classic about Woods’ desire to trade time spent practicing for time spent with his children.

“Compared to when I started working with him,” Foley told the Toronto Sun, “I’d say he’s in a far better place with that.”

Foley is learning firsthand just what that’s like. With two young sons of his own, Foley, like Woods, has scaled back his workload.

The 40-year-old instructor said he is now limiting himself to three players, and in years past he was so overworked that he often mixed up the names of his students. According to the Toronto Sun, Foley admits that the baggage associated with coaching the world’s top player (and arguably most recognizable athlete) took a toll on him more so than the long hours logged with Woods on the range.

At this point, both Woods and Foley seem to be feeling the effects of the tremendous time and efforts each has spent honing their craft. They’re also experiencing a new source of satisfaction and accomplishment that is more fulfilling and less momentary than hoisting a trophy.

“If you win a tournament, it feels good, but you go home and your kid takes a bee-line at you and jumps in your arms that just feels better,” said Foley. “So I’m sure, as we all get older, we all have this kind of discussion with ourselves. And I’m sure [Tiger’s] had that.” 

Tiger Wood's Shift in Priorities - A More Relaxed Tiger?

Will Tiger have a resurgence anytime soon?

In February, Woods acknowledged that he’s spending less time practicing now than ever and more time with his kids:

“I just have to manage my time practices differently. Over the years, especially now that they’re getting a little older where they’re getting more activities after school, that plays a role in my practice time, and it’s just life. It’s just the way it is. I would much rather have it that way than not be able to see my kids.”

Priorities for both Woods and Foley are changing, and Foley has admiration for Woods’ public disclosure of that fact.

“The golf world doesn’t want that, but he’s my friend, and to watch him with his kids, he’s easily one of the most patient fathers I have ever seen,” said Foley.

“My hat’s off to him because I think he’s seeing things for how they matter, and if that upsets the golf world, then so be it.”

It seems as though Foley attributes Tiger’s recent woes not to injury or a lack or trying, but rather to Woods’ changing views on what’s important in life. Does Tiger even want to return to top form? Regardless, Foley hasn’t ruled out Tiger rediscovering the kind of play his fans are longing for.

“He’s Tiger Woods. If he wants to, he will. It’s that simple.”

Source : Golf.com  Brendan Mohler

Pictures: US Army  Keith Allison

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