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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.

Good luck and hit’em straight from Golf Quick Fix.

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Chipping: Golf Lesson From Golf Quick Fix

Golf Lessons: Chippinggolfsmith Nothing makes up for missed greens in regulation like a solid chipping game. Tightening up your short game will turn many would-be two putts for bogey into a chip and a putt for par. Golf Quick Fix Attempting to lift the golf ball is one of the greatest causes of poor chipping. A weak chipping approach is exposed even more so  when a golfer attempts to to hit a high chip shot when there is really no need for it. This causes them to hit up at the ball in an overstated fashion which turns a bad thing into something worse. Before you try to lift your chip shot, you need ask yourself, what exactly are you trying to hit the ball over? Unless you are trying to hit over a sand trap, a group of bushes or even a range of tiers on a large green you will most likely be better served keeping the ball down. Low balls tend to get down quicker and roll. Golf balls that roll are less difficult to control. The next time you are watching the weekend highlights on the Golf Channel and they show the tournament winner chipping in from off the green, observe if the golf ball was hit high and bouncing or hit low and rolled-up into the hole. Whenever a golf ball bounces in it certainly makes for electrifying T.V., having said that the vast majority of the time you will observe the ball is usually rolling a good distance before it gets to the hole.

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Creating a one-piece chipping stroke with limited hand movement is imperative to developing short game precision. A stable left (lead) wrist is the most fundamental component. If you allow your left (lead) wrist to break down thru impact, it unnecessarily increases the loft to the golf club. That can often times cause your chip shots to fly higher and much shorter than you anticipated. It can also cause to hit the ball thin or even top it. A large number players mistakenly hinge their left wrist hoping to get the ball up into the air, which is completely unnecessary since you are using a club with loft built into it. Don’t fight this…you will just have to learn to trust it. Nevertheless, you need to have a firm left wrist and arm to hit a solid chip. Be cautious not to squeeze the club too tightly or tense up. Additionally, your hands and forearms need to be free to rotate without your wrists hinging during your back swing and more importantly, your follow thru. I heard Fred Couples recommend that letting your stroke be all about swinging your arms on short hits and have a quiet body and legs. Be all arms, so to speak. I find that this swing thought helps me not to decelerate through impact. taylormade-logo   Prior to hitting your shot rehearse chipping with your lead arm and the golf club establishing and sustaining a straight line thru your swing. The top end of the grip or the butt needs to set up stay close to the lead wrist thru impact…do not allow your wrist to breakdown. Remember to set up with hands forward of the golf ball, this will create the downward motion and crisp impact you need to chip it close.

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Golf Lesson For Hitting Off The Toe

Golf Lessons: 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.

Golf Quick Fix 

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.

edwin watts

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.

Good luck and hit’em straight from Golf Quick Fix.

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Golf Lessons Should Always Begin With The Take Away

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The Takeaway

Many golfers stress about proper swing plane, proper position at the top, the downswing, et cetera. However each of these components of the swing are predicated on the beginning of the back swing.

The means or direction by which the back swing is initiated can and will influence the rest of the golf swing all the way thru the impact  position and quite often the follow through (or lack there of).

The important thing is to make full use of your larger muscles to begin the back swing, instead of pulling the club with your hands, inside the target line or basically just lifting your arms up.
The golf take away is perhaps the most integral components of your golf swing. In the majority of circumstances, the first two feet of your back swing determine the swing path the head of the club will trek thru impact.

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The mistake that is most common among amateurs is beginning their take away from a closed set up position. This causes the club head to get “stuck” behind you, leaving you no other alternative but to cast the club (coming over the top). Now you’ll be cutting across the golf ball generating the least desirable ball flight…the pull fade.
On the flip side, positioning yourself with a closed golf stance to promote more of a draw on the ball is often times a “band aid”.  An inside take away with a closed set up position is really fairly simple and can feel 100 % natural the first time someone tries it. It’s not very often you find a professional with a golf stance with his/her feet pointed more than a few yards to the right of the intended target (left for you south paws).



However somehow, somewhere along the line golfers still hear it or read it someplace that merely closing your set up position will help promote a draw of the golf ball. In some instances this “might” be true, but many times positioning with a closed position causes a pulling of the golf ball to ensure it flies in the direction of the particular target area.
The “pull” is an outside to inside swing path, this creates a slice or even a fade of the ball when he face of the club remains open at impact. To generate a draw the swing path of the golf club needs to begin from the inside to outside from the top thru the point of impact.

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Fundamentals For The Take Away 

  • Get shaft of the club parallel to the ground while still below your waist.
  • Your club shaft should also run parallel to your target line.

Golfers initially may fear or not like the feel or the aesthetics of this positioning, however, you can not argue with the results. Try to embrace that proper mechanics in golf feels very different or even feels weird at first. This  is reason playing golf is so challenging. We, as human beings  get pleasure from instantaneous gratification and immediate outcomes.
If playing golf was easy… wouldn’t everyone be a tour pro?
As I said earlier, the important thing is to make full use of your larger muscles to begin the back swing.

Here is a great video to help you better understand what that means.

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Golf Lessons: The Wet Sand

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For years the thought of landing in a sand trap filled with wet packed down sand was one of my greatest fears on the golf course. There was no need for it. There are now times that I find the wet sand is a little more manageable for me, depending on the height of the trap. Now that I understand how simple the technique is, it is no longer a great concern of mine.

I am not trying to downplay landing in the bunker. There is a good reason they call the sand bunker a hazard. You can come across a wide variety of  of lies in the sand trap. Each of them can require a somewhat unique strategy.
Some golf courses have a light and fluffy sand in there bunkers  however the course a mile away might have sand traps loaded with a very heavy and course type of sand. Some bunkers have heaps of sand while the others will only have a thinner covering. All that being said if the bunkers are wet due to rain or in the path of a rotating sprinkler, you are working with another factor all together.

The powers that be in golf do not permit you to tryout the texture of a sand trap with a golf club, so you will have to depend on your feet to deliver any feedback regarding the depth of the sand, the texture and the consistency.

Your sand wedge typically has a particular amount of bounce. The bounce is found on the sole of the golf club head. The bounce provides the ” lift ” required to burst the golf ball out of the bunker under regular or dry conditions. In cases when the sand is flattened by dampness, the bounce that assisted you to hit the golf ball out of the dried out sand can lead you to blade or skull the golf ball…hitting it thin from wet sand.

If you are in green side bunker, you should consider using a lob wedge. A lob wedge has more loft but does not have as much bounce. If you do not have a lob wedge, try a few practice shots with your pitching wedge, it also has less bounce.
The approach from wet sand is not quite the same as from dry sand. Utilizing this approach, the golf ball will come out a little hotter and fly a bit further than a typical sand shot.

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Open your stance, however not as much as with a standard sand shot. Open the face of the club, but not as much as in typical conditions. Keep most of your body weight on your lead foot. Shorten your back swing. You will not want to strike as far behind the golf ball as you would if the sand was dry. Swing the wedge a tiny bit harder than normal. It is vital that you follow through or the ball may stay in the trap. When executed correctly you will hear a ” thump ” when the sole of the club hits the sand. Listen for the ” thump ” when you rehearse this shot.

Your short sticks are your scoring clubs. And this is one of the shots you need to have in your bag. If you don’t have one, think about getting a lob wedge.

Good luck and hit’em straight from Golf Quick Fix.

 

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Golf Lessons: The Flop Shot

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When you absolutely NEED to play a flop shot, you really should optimize club face loft to the max at the point of impact with the golf ball.

To begin with, utilize your most highly lofted wedge in your bag; usually for me that is a 56 degree but at times I carry a 60-degree. You will need all the control can so I recommend that you choke down an inch or so.  Now play the golf ball a bit up in your stance, slightly inside your left or lead foot’s heel. Try not to push your hands forward during address…this will de-loft the golf club.

Your swing needs to be long and relaxed. Upon take away hinge your wrists to create a 90-degree angle between the golf club and the left or lead arm arm. Remain centered, try to minimize any weight shift. Then swing downward, and of course accelerate right through the golf ball to a complete finish.

A particular action that can destroy the flop shot is an overly aggressive weight shift to lead foot on the downswing. This impulsive action tilts the golf shaft frontward, which decreases the loft of the club face.
Take a crack at this exercise: Play some practice flop shots while keeping the heel of your lead foot just a tad bit off the floor from beginning to end. This will keep you from driving forward, keeping more loft on the club.
Good luck and hit’em straight.

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Golf Lessons: More Distance

GOLF LESSON: PUTTING              

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Sink More Putts

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More distance or more accuracy? If I had my druthers I would take both, but if I had to choose one I would take accuracy. Even so, we all know a par four somewhere that we know if we could just crank one its an easy birdie. Besides, who doesn’t want the drive of the day to brag about in the club house?

Golf Quick Fix is a strong proponent of the philosophy that professes, in order to make a proper back swing, you need to do a bit more than simply turning your hips and shoulders. For real power, the midsection (the area from the breastbone the hips) has to wind up and coil.

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Golf Lesson: I remember a drill from David Leadbetter from a few years ago that helped me feel what it should feel like to make a proper back swing. The drill is designed to put you in position to get all you can out of that 460cc monster in your golf bag.

The goal here is to work on getting your midsection to turn away from the intended target.

First grip the golf club with your weak hand only (I’ll say left hand for the sake of clarity) and get hold of the left side of your torso just under the rib-cage with your dominant or right hand. At that point execute a motion during which the right hand pulls the left side of your torso away from the intended target. You should now get the sensation as though you are  twisting and stretching out as the left arm sways rearward. This movement provides you the coil you require to execute a strong back swing which consequently promotes a wide arc in your back swing which, in turn sets up a powerful transition into the golf ball.

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Playing From The Rough

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Golf Lessons: Escape The Rough

Buried in the rough: If the golf ball is laying down, a seven-iron is ordinarily the longest of my golf clubs I would contemplate utilizing. Golfers really need loft and club head speed to escape the rough.

Perched up: If the golf ball is on top of the turf, work a typical swing however be prepared for a flyer, most especially if the grass is dried out. I consider taking one less golf club.

Hitting from thick grass is a reality of life in this game. Some courses are set up so difficult today, and they’re very punitive for tee shots that elude the fairway. You should know how to read your lie & take a measured risk when you whack it out of the rough.

If you aren’t particularly certain if you can get the golf club to contact the rear of the golf ball cleanly, a cut shot is a useful consideration. Play the golf ball somewhat back in your stance, and allow for a little left-to-right movement when you select your target area. Opening up the club face will actually give you some added loft, which will help in the high grass. 2013-driver-year-tm-bnr

Do not release the golf club too early in the high grass. If you do not maintain your position, you’ll make too much contact with the turf and shed clubhead speed. Defy the desire to lift the golf ball out. Rather, depend on the loft of the club and open the club face to manage the shot.

Considering the turf and open club face, I think about  taking one additional club for shots out of the rough when I play golf, unless of course the golf ball is perched on top of dry grass. Then, I utilize added loft & swing softer, attempting to swing at it about 70% as to sidestep a flier beyond the green.
Good luck from Golf Quick Fix…hit’em straight.

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