Archives for May, 2019

Why Golfers Don’t Break 90 !

I found this listing on line and decided that we can all benefit by prioritizing the primary weaknesses in our game and focusing on corrective action. The game of golf will drive you insane if you don’t make changes to improve your game.  Choose your worst problems from the list below and find your fix. Why not set a goal to lower your average score by 5 strokes this summer (be aggressive and make it happen).

Einstein defined insanity as “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results”. Why not start practicing with your GOLFSTR+ to improve every swing in your game?

In the following list I found the best options to improve my game and you may want to consider doing the same. Most golfers can’t get into the 80’s consistently … even though they have the ability to do it. You refuse to play from tees that suit your ability. It’s a lot more fun to break 90 every time you play so choose the tee that allows you to reach the par 4 greens in 2 strokes. Hitting less than 30% of your Greens in Regulation is BAD for your MENTAL HEALTH so make your change today.

Brooks Koepka loads up on his back foot to build up energy for his swing.

ONE: Too many big numbers. [Hit more fairways by using less power in your swing and LEARNING TO SETUP for THE DRAW OR FADE that suits your swing on every drive. Know where your ball is going to go.]

TWO: Not enough distance off the tee. [Be happy with less distance and landing in the fairway 80% of the time. Stop trying to 250 yards when 220 yards will land in the fairway every time.]

Then he shifts to his leading foot as he “feels” the direction and power of his swing.

THREE: Some STUPID decisions are easy to fix. [Don’t go for the miracle shot. Take your “penalty shot” to setup for a perfect recovery shot to the green.]

FOUR: Thinking “I have to HIT the ball” instead of “collecting” the ball. [Smash vs Control: I never thought of it this way but I love the thought of feeling my shot instead of killing my shot.]

FIVE: Missing too many short putts. [Take the pin out and hit your ball with enough power to stop 12 inches past the hole (and make sure that you plan for less break). Downhill putts take a lot more care so leave the pin in and focus on rolling to the hole.]

SIX: Too many shots around the green. [Learn to pitch over hazards like water and sand traps. Open your club face your stance then put more pressure on your leading foot to make sure that you strike your ball before skimming the grass or taking a divot.]

SEVEN: Three-putting too often. [Keep track of your putts and make sure that your first putt stops within a 4 feet radius of the hole. (Of course better putters should focus on getting the first putt within 2 feet above, below or past the hole because short putts never go in.)

EIGHT: Too many lost fights with hazards and OB. [Focus on #2 and a save your sanity.]

NINE: Lack of confidence. [Work on #1 to #7 and your confidence will continue to improve.]

Now print this blog out and read it before every game this summer. Of course you need to practice with your GOLFSTR+ for your drives, fairway shots, approach shots and putting. Improve your game for all 6 swing fixes by practicing with GOLFSTR+. Buy one today at www.golfstr.com

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Cheat your Swing for More Distance

The pros all swing with a straight leading arm in their backswing and downswing for more power and distance. Aging bodies lose their flexibility for a full backswing so you better find a way to “cheat” your swing to improve your body rotation. You may not be able to hit your drives 300 yards but you can certainly add 30 to 50 yards to your drives by making a few adjustments.

Clay at Top Speed Golf suggested some of the following tricks for more body rotation in his blog. Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer figured these tricks out well before  the end of their careers.

 

On the left Jack lifts his leading foot to allow for more backswing and then on the right he shifts forward with is leading foot to force the transfer of his weight at the start of the downswing.

1/ Lift your leading heal in your backswing to allow more rotation. You don’t see the pros doing this as they want to coil their bodies during the backswing. Jack Nicklaus always used the heal lift in his swing and he used the same trick during the ceremonial tee shot this year at the Masters.

2/ Exercise and stretch your shoulders to allow for a high backswing so that you can loop down and up the slot (for more power) the way that Jim McLean and so many others recommend.

3/ Rotate your head back so that you can see your ball with your leading eye during your setup. Yes, Jack did this throughout his career. This allows you to rotate your shoulders a little more during your backswing and really forces you to keep your leading eye ball on the ball (even during your down swing).

4/ Try a takeaway waggle the way so many pros are adding motion before their swing (like Rickie Fowler, Mike Weir and Michelle Wi). When you make the Weir Waggle, just leave my head rotated slightly (the way Jack does) with your leading eye firmly focused on your ball. This is another way to hold your head rotation during your backswing (as described in #3).

5/ When you setup make sure that your trailing foot is rotated back to assist in your backswing rotation and rotate your leading foot 45 degrees forward to help you complete the finish of your swing. Flaring your feet make it easier to rotation back and then forward.

6/ Finish your follow-through with the butt of your shaft pointing outside of your target line. This will force you to avoid leaving the face of your club open at the point of impact. [You need to do this to avoid slicing your shots.]

All of these “cheats” will help with your body rotation. Don’t depend on your arms to power your swing. Power comes from shoulder and hip rotation in the backswing followed by hip and shoulder rotation as you downswing and follow-through. Practice with your GOLFSTR+ to help you generated rotation with a straight leading arm in your backswing and down to your point of impact. Buy one today at www.golfstr.com

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Swing with Controlled Speed for Consistency

Repeat of OUR MOST POPULAR Blog in 2018
Golf really is an easy game. If you play a very conservative game, avoid mishitting any shots and hit a maximum of 2 putts on every green, you can easily break 90 or even 80 on every round. The key is to hit consistent and controlled shots every time you swing. All you have to do is determine the limited power of your swing (60%, 70% or 80%) and limited backswing that will allow you to consistently hit every shot.

Of course you’d love to smash every drive and try to hit it 250+ yards. I noticed that the long ball driving champions often mishit all 8 of their shots because they are trying to kill the ball. Even in their case, the harder they swing the more inconsistent they get. So why not find your happy medium where you can hit 10 balls consistently for each of your clubs?

If you are NOT creating consistent hits, even with reduced swing power, you may not be impacting the ball with the correct ANGLE of impact FOR YOUR CLUB SHAFT. Pete, an instructor at Golf-Info-Guide by Thomas Golf gave us the following tip:

NOTE: I love this setup as it forces you to put a little more pressure on your leading foot and that in turn helps you to transfer your weight to your leading foot during your swing through impact. NO MORE FALLING BACKWARDS DURING YOUR SWING.

Setup with your iron handle pointing at your leading hip. This also help your keep your weight forward on your leading foot to finish in a perfect forward pose.

1/ For your higher angle irons like a pitching wedge, setup with the ball in the center of your stance and hold your club handle pointing forward toward your leading hip. That angle will allow you to impact the ball on a downward swing and then taking your divot. [If you setup with you club pointing at your nose, you may bottom the club out before you connect with the ball and end up with a fat hit.]

2/ For lower angled clubs and fairway woods you should setup with the ball progressively further forward of the center line between your feet and with the shaft still pointing at your leading hip. (This is very similar to the club angle created by Dustin Johnson during his takeaway using an early wrist cock.).

3/ For your driver, you should be setting up with the ball forward and in line with your leading heel and the shaft of you club pointing at your nose so that the shaft has a slight tilt away from vertical (away from your target). This allows you to bottom out your swing before you reach the ball on your elevated tee. The driver impacts your ball on the upswing to give you an elevated hit without taking any divot.

Don’t try to kill the ball. Creating a consistent swing speed to control your consistent hits is the most important step that you can make to improve your game. Of course you also want to practice with GOLFSTR+ for 6 swing fixes to improve every swing in your game. Buy one today at www.golfstr.com

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Change Your Clubs and Your Game

Technology continues to change and that’s why the pros are hitting their shots longer and with more control. If you haven’t changed your clubs in the past 5 years, take the opportunity to tryout a new set of demo clubs from a number of different manufacturers. You will be surprised to find that the weight, shape and feel of different clubs will all give you new insights on your ability to improve your game.

Consider the Following Steps before your Change Your Clubs

Take a Private Swing Lesson
Don’t expect that a new set of golf clubs can solve your swing faults. Observations and recommendations from a PGA professional can steer you in a new direction with your swing problems. If you are changing your swing to fix one problem, you may be creating another problem. Very small changes in the position of your ball, the flair of your feet and your grip can create major problems or improvements in your swing. Start with a lesson and get back to the basics.

Changing Your Grips May be a Quick Fix
Changing your grips will give you a new feel for your existing clubs. A word of caution: There are 3 grip sizes (Regular, Midsize and Jumbo). Holding your clubs with “soft hands” is an important step to generating more power and distance so you would think that thicker grips could allow you to hold your club with a softer hold. I changed my driver grip to a Jumbo size to gain more distance with “soft hands”. I was told that Jumbo grips will cause me to fade my shots. (Changing to a stronger trailing hand grip was not a great solution for consistency.) The fitter was correct and I quickly changed back to a regular grip.

GOLF is wonderful when you are playing in “THE ZONE”. You control your game and it’s all in your mind to take control and lower your score.

The Good News about New Irons
The extra weight in the head of every new iron that you will try today will help you slow down your transition, help you hold your lag and give you more time to execute your weight shift from your trailing leg to your leading leg during your transition. Don’t rush the transition. USE LAZY HANDS to allow your hands to whip your club through impact. (Just listen to the whoosh at the bottom of every swing.)

At the practice range, you can feel the delay at the top and the whipping action of your club.

If you rush your swing during your round you will lose your weight transfer to your leading foot and you will lose that whooshing sound at your point of impact.

Tips
1/ Work with a Club Fitter
2/ Test out different shaft weights and flexes for your height and arm length.
3/ Compare your performance with new clubs to your existing clubs before you buy.

Feel the momentum of your club as you change direction at the top of your swing. (If you don’t feel it, you are swinging too fast.) Allow your weight to shift your leading foot, keep your left ear over the ball to bottom out your swing as your impact the ball and then graze the turf after the ball. Enjoy your new clubs and perfect your swing with GOLFSTR+. Buy one today at www.golfstr.com

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