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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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Golf Quick Fix For Chipping

Golf Lessons: Chipping

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No matter how good a golfer you may or may not be, sooner or later you will find yourself the victim of a chip shot that you just simply sculled across the green, or you popped up leaving it way short of where you needed to land it. Either one of these mishits can occur if you get caught trying lift the ball instead of allowing the loft of your club do the lifting for you.

The number one player in the world, Tiger Woods was on the 18th hole on Friday of The 2013 Players Championship when he lost what would have been his first ever bogey free round in that tournament with a poor chip. Tiger had played 17 bogey free holes to that point. He needed to get up and down with a short chip and a putt. This was a relatively easy up and down for an above average golfer so I am sure Tiger was not too worried. He had an uphill lie so the ball was going to elevate itself more than usual, but Tiger still tried to lift it and left it short of the green. He settled for a bogey, blowing an easy par with a momentary lack of concentration. If this can happen to the best player in the world, it can and will happen to all of us, but the Golf Quick Fix to avoid it is quite simple.

Golf Quick Fix: Let’s Avoid This Miss Forever

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Let’s start off by selecting the most effective golf club for the chip at hand. This selection should based on the lie you are faced with, your proximity to the hole and whether or not you need to hit over an obstruction.

If you are twenty feet or further from the pin and chipping to a relatively flat green, it’s safest to utilize a lower lofted club. For me I love using an eight iron as opposed to pitching wedge in this case. I generally try land the ball halfway between my lie and the pin and allow the ball to roll the other half of the distance to the hole.

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For repeatable results and a low stress approach, use your putting grip and stroke to hit the ball. Envision yourself just putting the ball firmly. The putting stroke has several benefits. It prevents you from trying to lift the ball. It forces you to allow the loft on the club face to lift the golf ball for you onto the green and roll-out to the hole. And the putting stroke takes away the possibility of an improper wrist hinge.

It is so important, that you don’t try to lift the ball into the air, let the loft of the eight iron do this for you. Just trust your putting stroke and good things will happen!

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If you are inside of 25 feet or so to the pin, and you need to hit the golf ball over a bunker or a big bump on the green, you will of course need to utilize one of your higher lofted clubs (gap, sand or lob wedge). That shot demands a very different approach and a little more trial and error  to perfect.

However the straight chip and run shot is one of the easiest shots to learn and master. For more Golf Quick Fix chipping Golf Lessons, CLICK HERE.

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Golf Quick Fix For Chipping

Golf Lessons: Chipping

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No matter how good a golfer you may or may not be, sooner or later you will find yourself the victim of a chip shot that you just simply sculled across the green, or you popped up leaving it way short of where you needed to land it. Either one of these mishits can occur if you get caught trying lift the ball instead of allowing the loft of your club do the lifting for you.

The number one player in the world, Tiger Woods was on the 18th hole on Friday of The 2013 Players Championship when he lost what would have been his first ever bogey free round in that tournament with a poor chip. Tiger had played 17 bogey free holes to that point. He needed to get up and down with a short chip and a putt. This was a relatively easy up and down for an above average golfer so I am sure Tiger was not too worried. He had an uphill lie so the ball was going to elevate itself more than usual, but Tiger still tried to lift it and left it short of the green. He settled for a bogey, blowing an easy par with a momentary lack of concentration. If this can happen to the best player in the world, it can and will happen to all of us, but the Golf Quick Fix to avoid it is quite simple.

Golf Quick Fix: Let’s Avoid This Miss Forever

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Let’s start off by selecting the most effective golf club for the chip at hand. This selection should based on the lie you are faced with, your proximity to the hole and whether or not you need to hit over an obstruction.

If you are twenty feet or further from the pin and chipping to a relatively flat green, it’s safest to utilize a lower lofted club. For me I love using an eight iron as opposed to pitching wedge in this case. I generally try land the ball halfway between my lie and the pin and allow the ball to roll the other half of the distance to the hole.

Golf Lesson

For repeatable results and a low stress approach, use your putting grip and stroke to hit the ball. Envision yourself just putting the ball firmly. The putting stroke has several benefits. It prevents you from trying to lift the ball. It forces you to allow the loft on the club face to lift the golf ball for you onto the green and roll-out to the hole. And the putting stroke takes away the possibility of an improper wrist hinge.

It is so important, that you don’t try to lift the ball into the air, let the loft of the eight iron do this for you. Just trust your putting stroke and good things will happen!

edwin watts

If you are inside of 25 feet or so to the pin, and you need to hit the golf ball over a bunker or a big bump on the green, you will of course need to utilize one of your higher lofted clubs (gap, sand or lob wedge). That shot demands a very different approach and a little more trial and error  to perfect.

However the straight chip and run shot is one of the easiest shots to learn and master. For more Golf Quick Fix chipping Golf Lessons, CLICK HERE.

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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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Faldo Is A Flip Flopper

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Golf Quick Fix: The Masters

     Tiger Woods created quite a stir at The Masters with his questionable ball drop on the 15th hole on Friday. Tiger was was slapped with a two stroke penalty on top of the one stroke penalty he took for the drop in the first place.
     Nick Faldo Openly Criticized Tiger Woods For Not Knowing The Rules And Called For The World’s Top Ranked Golfer To Withdraw From the Masters.
As A So Called “Expert” For The Golf Channel, He Should Learn The Rules Himself! Faldo went on the air on Sunday and completely reversed himself after he took the time to find out what he was talking about.
     Frank Ridley, Chairman of The Augusta National Rules Committee got the call right.
Faldo should do the “manly thing”, as he put it, and apologize.
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Two Stroke Penalty For Tiger Woods At The Masters

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Golf Quick Fix:

The Masters – The governing body of Augusta National has determined that the ball drop Tiger Woods took in round two on Friday afternoon warrants a two stroke penalty rather than a disqualification as per 33-7 of the USGA.

There was a ton of social media and sports news discussion late Friday night and going into the early morning hours on Saturday that Tiger might possibly be disqualified for improperly signing his score card based primarily on an inaccurate drop of the golf ball on the fifteenth hole after his approach shot ricocheted off the flag stick and into the water. Apparently, Tiger hit the ball too perfectly when he hit the flag stick. The penalty left Woods five strokes behind tournament leader Jason Day.

Fred Ridley, chairman of The Masters competition committee released the following statement:

  • “In preparation for his fifth shot, the player dropped his ball in close proximity to where he had played his third shot in apparent conformance with Rule 26. After being prompted by a television viewer, the Rules Committee reviewed a video of the shot while Woods was playing the 18th hole. At that moment and based on that evidence, the Committee determined he had complied with the Rules.
  • After he signed his scorecard, and in a television interview subsequent to the round, the player stated that he played further from the point than where he had played his third shot. Such action would constitute playing from the wrong place.
  • The subsequent information provided by the player’s interview after he had completed play warranted further review and discussion with him this morning. After meeting with the player, it was determined that he had violated Rule 26, and he was assessed a two stroke penalty. The penalty of disqualification was waived by the Committee under Rule 33 as the Committee had previously reviewed the information and made its initial determination prior to the finish of the player’s round”.

Looking at the rule book, USGA Rule 33-7 reveals that a penalty of disqualification can be waived in exceptional situations. The penalty can be waived, altered or enforced if the Committee thinks such a penalty is warranted.

This is what seems to have unfolded in this case. Somebody viewing the tournament on t.v. evidently called it in to The Augusta National Rules Officials who at the time said Tiger was in conformance before he finished his round Friday afternoon.
Subsequent to that ruling, in a post round media interview, Tiger altered his own fate by disclosing that he actually took the drop two yards farther back than his original shot which gave him a more suitable yardage.

 

So of course the officials had to reopen the investigation. Due to the fact they had previously ruled he was correct taking his drop they didn’t feel it was appropriate to disqualify him from the tournament .

According to the rules Tiger could have taken a drop behind the point of entry in to the water hazard or from the spot he played the original shot, none closer to the hole.

Woods attempted to perform neither of the two rules interpretations. By misinterpreting the “none closer to the hole” rule Tiger knocked himself two strokes further off the lead by altering the distance of his next shot.  Truth be told, if Tiger hit the ball a little less perfectly he could have been one stroke off the lead coming into “Moving Up Day”.

Tiger now sits at one under for the tournament, five strokes behind Jason Day who is at six under. Day is clinging to a one stroke lead over fan favorite Fred Couples. The fifty-three year old Couples seems to show no signs of father time catching up to him whenever he plays at The Masters. If Couples wins he will be the oldest player to ever win The Masters. It will be interesting to see if Woods, who already has three wins this year can mount a comeback starting today.

 

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Tiger Reclaims Number One

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The Arnold Palmer Invitational

A fantastic effort by Rickie Fowler to try and catch Tiger Woods went right down the drain yesterday, “literally.”

Fowler cut Tigers lead to a mere two strokes after 15 holes and found the fairway on 16 while Tiger landed in the same fairway bunker he hit on Saturday. That bunker shot led to Tiger hitting his next shot in the water. Tiger bogeyed the hole on Saturday.

However, history never guarantees future performance and yesterday proved that. Yesterday Tiger hit the green from that fairway bunker on the par five, sixteenth, setting up an easy two putt for birdie. Fowler on the other hand hit his second and fourth shots into the water which all but destroyed any chance he had of catching Tiger over the last three holes.   Fowler ended up taking a triple bogey which cost him the first runner-up position.

When the World Rankings are re-calculated,  Tiger on the strength of his two stroke victory over fifth ranked, Justin Rose, will have overtaken Rory McIlroy as the World’s Number One Ranked Golfer. Golf Quick Fix already named Tiger the number one player in the world on Saturday, having already nailed down two wins in2013 before yesterday and looking like “Tiger Woods” in his prime doing so.

 

 

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Golf Quick Fix Declares Tiger Number One

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Forget the Official World Golf Rankings. No man on the planet is playing better golf than Tiger Woods right at this moment.

Yesterday, Tiger tore it up at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, Shooting a six under par to thrust himself into first place. Today Tiger will wearing his traditional Sunday red where he will be paired with fellow American and fan favorite Rickie Fowler (second place) who has played brilliantly  as well.

World Rankings CLICK HERE:

http://www.officialworldgolfranking.com/home/default.sps