Monthly Archives: May 2014

Golf Tip: Finding Consistency

Golf Quick Fix: Pre Shot Routine

Most golfers have issues staying consistent for eighteen holes of golf. This can be due to a variety of reasons, but there is a fix that cures most of them. golfsmith

I remember reading an article years ago that someone put a stopwatch to Tiger Woods’ pre shot putting routine. They reported that it took Tiger same amount of time, within a second, each and every time. When he sets over the golf ball and begins his routine, he sets his putter…he checks his alignment…he adjusts his feet…he takes one look…and then another…then he putts the ball. Tiger is the standard in consistency.

Golf Quick Fix: Be consistent in your pre shot routine and you’ll be consistent in your performance.

Low handicappers generally have a pre shot routine that doesn’t change. The pre-shot strategy should actually be more than a pattern. It should be a ritual. It should help you focus and give you confidence for the time it takes to hit your shot.

Your personal ritual prior to your shot should become a trigger that sets you in motion to perform the best shot you can hit at that time. And if the wheels temporary fall off…get back to your routine and back to hitting the shots you know you can hit.edwin watts

Here’s what I suggest for a pre-shot trigger that will help you realize consistency.

  • Begin with a strategy for your shot.
  • Check your lie (Don’t skip this)
  • Select a club
  • Take notice of the wind
  • Visualize the shot
  • Pick your target
  • Practice swing, find your rhythm
  • Hit your shot

 

 

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The Players Championship

The Players Championship

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After a 90 minute weather delay, German born Martin Kaymer nailed down his first win in two years.

The 2014 Players Championship belonged to Kaymer from the first day of the tournament as he led after eighteen, thirty-six and fifty-four holes. He briefly allowing Jordan Spieth to take the lead on Sunday, but Kaymer ended the day shooting a 1-under 71 en route to a one stroke victory over late charging, Jim Furyk.

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The Par 3, 17th hole, true to form gave Kaymer some trouble. His tee shot landed 65 feet from the hole just missing the front bunker. He sank an incredible 28-foot putt to save par as Furyk could only watch as the 29 year old held on to his one stroke lead.

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A par on the last hole preserved the round and the tournament for Kaymer, who is only fourth European player to win the Players Championship. (Sandy Lyle, Sergio Garcia and Henrik Stenson)

American, Jordan Spieth went the first 58 holes without a bogey. The 20 year old then hit a rough patch and bogeyed five of eleven holes. He went on to finish at 10-under for the tournament, tied for fourth with Justin Rose.

Top-10 Leaderboard 

POSITION PLAYER SCORE
1 Martin Kaymer -13
2 Jim Furyk -12
T3 Sergio Garcia -11
T4 Jordan Spieth -10
T4 Justin Rose -10
T6 Jimmy Walker -9
T6 Rory McIlroy -9
T6 David Hearn -9
T6 Lee Westwood -9
T6 Francesco Molinari -9

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Golf Lesson: Hitting Off The Toe

Golf Lesson: Stop Hitting Off The Toe

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Last week during a round I was struggling with my driver. I was hitting everything off the toe. It was clearly a case of over compensating for my normal potential miss hit, which is a pull to the left. My distance was fine but I only hit four of fourteen fairways but two of those I hit my four hybrid off the tee.

My Iron play and putting were solid but missing that many fairways is a lot to overcome. The next day, off to the range I went. I treated myself to a free golf lesson. I used my smart phone to video tape myself after twenty warm up hits. I saw in my video that I was losing my spine angle during my setup which caused a chain reaction of other swing flaws. Thanks to the beauty of technology I was able to correct this within fifteen minutes at the driving range.

This may or may not be the cause of your hits off the toe. Golf Quick Fix highly suggests seeing yourself hitting golf balls on video. It may very well be the best golf lesson you have ever had. Here are some additional ideas to keep in mind while you try to stop hitting the ball off the toe.

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1) Don’t Squeeze The Grip
In order to hit the ball more consistently and avoid hitting the golf ball off the toe, it is essential to maintain a consistent and not too firm grip pressure during the course of your golf swing. Some of the greatest golfers that ever lived encouraged a gentle grip…Nicklaus, Snead, and the great Bobby Jones.
Try to understand, the maintaining of a light grip from set-up through impact and to your finish position permits you to swing the golf club quite naturally along an arc. Squeezing the golf club produces a jerking movement that results in inconsistent tempo during your swing This can very often lead to hitting the ball off the toe of your club (more so off the driver).

2) Check Your Stance 

taylormade-logo Much like myself, to stop hitting off the toe, it is imperative that you position yourself the appropriate distance away from your golf ball. Many people make the blunder of setting up too close to the golf ball. This can very often result in a plethora of issues (such as inconsistent contact).
Golf Quick Fix Rule of Thumb: your hands should hang directly below your shoulders. This will help you judge if you are too close or too far from the ball. Standing too close will cause you to not give the golf club enough room to work smoothly right through impact. Not giving the club sufficient room to work in the impact zone, will cause you to hit the golf ball off the toe. Standing too far just makes it even more difficult to find the sweet spot of the club head. You may find yourself reaching or lunging at the ball.

3) Solid Stance 
Try not to sway. Swaying prevents you from turning your shoulders and hips correctly during your back swing. Rather than turning away from the golf ball, you unwittingly modify your spine angle and shoulder level. This suggests that in order to strike the ball solidly, you have to somehow make some awkward body movements through-out your swing to just to get your spine angle and shoulder level back to a point where you can merely make contact with the golf ball. Obviously just making contact is not good enough. These “compensations” cause inconsistent contact and more often than not causes toe hits.

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In order for any golfer to stop hitting the ball off the toe, it is imperative to consider the above swing fundamentals as gospel. If you address the issues discussed above, you’ll be on your way to a higher quality golf swing, and more consistent ball contact.

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