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Golf Lesson: Find The Fairway

Golf Lessons: Hit That First Fairway

If you are like most golfers, hitting or missing the fairway on that first tee shot can determine what your confidence level will be for the first several holes of your round. Striking a drive down the middle with your first swing gives can give you that feeling that, perhaps today is going to be your day.

Of course, we all want to hit it long, but by the time you get to the green your only concern is whether or not you are putting for par. The emotional and psychological lift from playing the first hole from the short grass is huge.

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Hit The Fairway

Your first concern should always be about getting the ball in the fairway. Distance should be something you build and worry about at the practice range. On the tee box, thoughts of hitting bombs is only a distraction. Most likely, you already have in your bag, the equipment that will give you the fairway shots you’re searching for. Keep in mind – It’s not really about metal but the hand that wields it. The equipment can help once you have a suitable golf swing, but you’ll never correct your swing with an equipment upgrade.

Golf Lesson: Tee Height

The height of your may not seem like a pivotal component of your golf swing, but it actually does play an important roll in whether or not you find the fairway on a regular basis. Something so basic can frequently be the toughest challenge.
There are two primary errors people make when teeing the golf ball. Golfers can tee the ball too low or too high. Golf, as you may already know is a game of opposites. Tee height is a perfect example of this.

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If you swing the club too vertically on your downswing, you probably tee the golf ball too low. To be less technical, if you are concerned with swinging underneath the ball and you  tee the ball lower in an effort to find the sweet spot, this is probably you. Teeing it lower may help you somewhat, but the real culprit here is your swing plane. Adjusting the tee height is building a false confidence in a swing flaw.

If this sounds like you, try teeing the ball a bit higher. After your shot, look down and check if your tee is still in the ground. If you remain conscious of leaving the tee in the ground during your shot, you will tend not to pop them up anymore.

On the other hand, if you are topping your driver, you probably have the ball teed up too high. This, most likely is because you are trying to hit the golf ball on your upswing.

SWING PLANE

The club that you should be swinging most vertically, (up and down) is your lob or sand wedge, the shorter clubs. Contrarily, the driver is the club that swings more horizontally (around you)…the longest club. Many amateur golfers make the same common mistake. They swing their driver like a wedge and they swing their short club like the big one.

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Some simple swing thoughts:

When hitting your driver, keep your chin up and swing the club around your torso…not so up and down (vertical). If you can, try to leave the tee in the ground after you hit the ball without breaking it. You should be getting a few drives out of each tee. This will help you find the sweet spot of the driver face. Try to keep your swing thoughts in check. clear your mind, and focus on where you want the ball to go and just send it there.
This is nothing but a starting point that will provide you an effective cornerstone for building a more consistent swing on the tee box. It’s hard to know how to fix your swing without knowing what you are doing wrong. This should help.

From Golf Quick Fix, good luck and hit’em straight.

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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.

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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.

Here is a awesome video to help you:

 

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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.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&v=pMG7U_E19Lg&NR=1

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Golf Lessons: Adam Scott

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Golf Lessons: This years winner of The Masters,  Adam Scott displays a technique in his picture perfect golf swing that is virtually flawless. His golf swing is often compared to Tiger Woods’ golf swing…many times, both swings look very comparable.

The comparisons begin with their physical fitness levels. Adam Scott and Tiger have both taken golf health and fitness to the next level. Neither Adam Scott nor Tiger Woods have any apparent physical restrictions that impacts their swings and their technique…which is very atypical. Most golfers, amateur and professional, have a certain amount of restriction whether it be their lack of strength or their overall lack of flexibility that finds its way into their swing.

Scott has fantastic posture as he keeps a perfect spine angle at address and during his swing. As a matter of fact, Tiger Woods’ swing is a bit less efficient than Scott’s, but he (Scott) for the most part does not have Tiger’s short game ability nor his mental resilience that has given him, (Tiger) the number of PGA wins and Major Tournament victories that Adam Scott will never get close to.

However, We admire and praise Scott for his strength of character with his golf game training, and we expect him to win more tournaments and possibly another Major as his career continues. With a virtually perfect golf swing, all he really  needs is to continue putting and chipping around the greens like he did at the 2013 Masters Tournament in Augusta.

 

His driving distance and accuracy are close to the top of the stat sheets on the PGA tour every year, so there is not much room for enhancement in those areas. Scott says he will keep working with his golf training regimen which will invariably give him an advantage  with respect to power and consistency through out any golf event and the rest of his career. His short game and mental toughness are two of the few areas Scott will need to stay focused on. But as we said, his posture, spine angle and golf swing are nearly perfect. Every golfer should try to replicate Adam Scott’s address and golf swing.

Golf Lesson: Take a look at this slow motion video of him:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6GWDIXc5DSY

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