Welcome to YOUR Swing Support Center, a blog with tips to help you transition to your new straight leading arm back-swing. This blog allows us to share information which we find in articles by golf professionals or success stories submitted by GOLFSTR users. These tips have helped me and I hope they help you too.

Bill Curry, inventor of GOLFSTR

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What Waggle Gets Your Mojo Going?

Whatever you do to create your swing it really appears that you need to start by getting your body and mind moving with a waggle. Starting your swing from a dead stop seems to hurt the consistency of any golfer’s swing. Just moving your hands and wrists may get your mojo running but you should consider the waggle that many of the pros are now using.

Jason Dufner seems to make his hands dance when he does his famous waggle. You don’t have to go to that extreme. You should consider what many pros are doing. A wrist or shoulder takeaway waggle may be just the thing you should be doing to create a more consistent swing. They are actually rehearsing the start of their swing.

Ever since I noticed Mike Weir (2003 Masters Champion) using his takeaway waggle, I wondered why he was using that unique type of waggle. Mike did a rehearsal of half of his backswing in slow motion. As I later learned in one of his articles he was just adding focus to the mechanics of taking his club back on his chosen plane.

Wrist Cock Waggle:
Now I’m noticing Michelle Wie and Daniel Im (US PGA pro playing in the Irish Open) are both completing a wrist waggle by cocking their wrist without rotating their shoulders or hips. They turn their wrists to point the toe of their club up to the sky (without any shoulders or hips movement). This is the exact move that they make to start their swing. Part 2 of their swing is to rotate their shoulders and hips as they lift their arms. This 2 part swing seems to give them excellent direction control.

Rickie Fowler simply rotates his shoulders keeping a V with his straight arms to rehearse the start of his swing. (and his head remains motionless)

Shoulder Waggle:
The shoulder and hip waggle (recently highlighted by the Rotary Swing Blog) is the waggle that Rickie Fowler and many others PGA Pros are using. Their waggle keeps both arms straight as they rotate their shoulders and hips as they start to cock their wrists. Their shoulders and arms stay in a TRIANGLE during their short waggle. It focuses on:
1. the shoulder rotation to generate power in your swing.
2. a wide arc by keep your leading arm straight.

I have been using the Fowler Waggle because it helps me slowdown my backswing and to avoid creating a rushed loop during my transition at the top.

Pete the pro on Golf-Info-Guide by Thomas Golf also points out that your leading arm should be straight (not rigid) throughout your backswing. Your trailing arm should be slightly bent during your setup as you are using your tailing arm to pull your leading FLAT wrist to create lag during your backswing.

The world of golf is moving from a wrist waggle to a shoulder rotation waggle to rehearse the start of their swing. That motion gets your mojo and brain locked into a consistent swing. Practice with your GOLFSTR+ to feel and learn the impact of your waggle. It will relax your swing and create a more consistent swing. Buy one today at www.golfstr.com

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Simplify your Thoughts to Control Your Swing!

Golf is a game of “feel”.  You have to use a motion that is familiar to you and then transfer that feeling into a unique swing for every club in your bag. I just saw an offer where you can take 19 courses and watch 425 videos to improve your game. OMG is golf really that difficult?  Actually: Yes, but you can be successful if you simplify your setup and “feeling” for every shot.

You don’t have time to clutter your mind with thoughts during a swing which takes one (1) second.  You need to program your brain and body like a guided-missile. You only have time to “feel” the shoulder rotation, lag and release to a balanced finish. [If you rush the transition, your club will take a wild loop and lose the plane of your swing. On the 14th hole drive by Robert Streb in the Greenbrier Classic Tournament, you could see his club loop at the top, causing a “duck hook” into the bush and resulting in a bogie. Big mistake: he lost by 1 stroke.]

We all agree that Golf is not an easy sport to learn. However, you can learn to play well if you apply the following 6 simple points to every swing except putting. [Putting is another game.]

1/ Setup with a light grip to relax your wrists and arm muscles for power when you release your club. [Learn to lag your club and let your club head do the work.]

2/ Your head should stay in the same location from the setup to the point of impact. [Don’t sway back in your backswing.]

3/ If you tend to topping your ball, use the Jack Nicklaus eyeball trick. During your setup, rotate your head to the right (for right handed golfers) so that your leading eye stays focused on your ball through impact.

4/ Your shoulders (not your arms) need to start the backswing for every shot. As your shoulders rotate, your hips will follow.

“Feel” like the butt of your grip is pointing down at your swing plane and “bump” your hip to start your downswing.

5/ With your flat leading wrist and straight leading arm, the butt of your grip should be pointing down along your swing path as you reach the top of your swing. Your loose grip will let you FEEL the weight of your club, FEEL your smooth transition, LAUNCH your drives up, POWER your fairway shots through and CONTROL your chips/ pitches for more consistent hits.

6/ To start the downswing, use your hips to rotate your weight from your trailing to your leading foot. [If you can’t build this shift into your swing, then setup with more pressure on your leading foot. Eventually you will naturally learn to incorporate this weight shift during your swing.]

Putting is another ball game: Putt by rocking your shoulders to finish the swing straight up your target line. Choose your line, stare at your target for 3 seconds [AMAZING: Your brain works like a laser, some pros stare 5 seconds], return your stare to your ball and keep it there until you finish your swing. [Don’t let your eyes follow your putter head. Trust your swing.]

The pros who created these tips believe that these 6 tips will crystallize your mind to improve your game. Use them while you practice with your GOLFSTR+ to build your memory bank. Buy one today at www.golfstr.com

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Go Loosy Goosy to Hold Your Lag

The fastest way to improve your game is to land more drives and iron shots on the short stuff. Yes, landing them on the fairways and greens. And you don’t need brute strength to do it. Consistently hitting your ball at 80% of my maximum swing speed and up-clubbing is only half of the solution. You really need to let the club do the work!

You need to learn to lag your club in the backswing with a light grip. When your grip is loose you can feel the weight of your club as it changes directions. The mass of the head of your club and velocity change create a heavier feeling which is caused by the club head MOMENTUM change. At that very moment, when you feel the head of the club changing direction, your hands are moving down but the club should feel too heavy to catch up to your hands. UNFORTUNATELY, MANY RECREATIONAL GOLFERS CAST THEIR CLUB WITH BRUTE FORCE BY SQUEEZING THEIR GRIP HARDER. BIG MISTAKE!

This is a great view of Rory McIlroy creating lag at the top of his backswing. NOTE the Flat Leading Wrist and his trailing hand is pulling his LOOSY GOOSY Wrist to create Lag.

If you use “loosy goosy hands” with a flat wrist, you can simply pull down with your hands to fling the trailing club at your golf ball. Yes, you are actually throwing or releasing your club head the way you would throw a side arm pitch or fling a Frisbee. It’s that whipping action that creates the power as your club head accelerated to impact with your ball. That delay in releasing the club head is called LAG.

Try These Practice Tips:
1/ Make sure you setup by gripping with your left hand so that you can see 3 knuckles. Reduce your grip pressure. If your grip with your left hand is 50%, the grip with my trailing hand is 20%.  Learn to use your trailing hand as a guide to pull your flat leading wrist to create a 90 degree angle from your leading arm to the shaft of your club at the top of my backswing. [If you panic and rush the backswing you will not create the 90 degree lag.  Keep your mental focus on a light grip even when a gust of wind hits you or when you are hitting out of the rough. The momentum of your accelerating club head will take care of the speed and power of your hit.]

2/ Start the down swing with a forward press of your hip as you shift your foot pressure from your trailing to your leading foot. [If you are not able to make this shift of pressure, put more pressure on your leading foot during your setup and hold that forward press throughout your backswing. Over time you will learn to make the pressure shift as you reach the transition at the top of your backswing.]

3/ Practice your wrist release by reversing a club and swinging to create a whooshing sound at the point of impact. Lag and acceleration are the only way to create the speed to create the whooshing sound at the bottom of your swing [and to generate more distance].

4/ Practice the start of your downswing using a “pumping action” by pulling your hands down as you point the butt of your grip down at the ground to hold your 90 degree lag.

Focus on your loose grip and whoosh at the bottom to feel the power of your swing.

Practice with GOLFSTR+ to learn to lag with a loose grip, a flat leading wrist and a straight leading arm. These 3 steps will help you hit longer, controlled drives and fairway shots. Buy one today at www.golfstr.com

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Are you Pulling Your Putts?

If you want to shoot low scores you’ve got to be a good putter. Pros sink 95% of their 3 foot putts, 75% of their 5 foot putts and 50% of their 8 foot putts. Reading the green, choosing the right direction and swing weight will help your minimize your 3-putt holes.  But you will never be a great putter if you can’t hit straight putts, exactly where you are aiming. You have to swing straight up your target line. Now let’s improve YOUR success rate for those 3, 5 and 8 foot putts.

One of the biggest mistakes many golfers make is pulling putts to the left (for right handed golfers). In your next round of golf, focus on putting with enough speed to pass the hole by 12 inches (the short ones never go in). Keep a record of the number of putts inside of 8 feet that you hit to the left or right of your target line. Most right handed recreational golfers will pull their putts to the left of their target line. Why?

1/ Putt with a flat wrist by rocking your shoulders. Practice with GOLFSTR+.

Pulling a putt is often caused by looking up and turning your body toward the hole as you swing through the ball. This causes your shoulders to open up and forces your putter on an outside-to-in path, causing the ball to miss on the left side of your target line.

Keeping your head (and hips) still and focusing your leading eye (left eye for right handed golfers) on the ball is a common fix for golfers who struggle with this problem.

2/ Lock your wrist through impact. [Shown here practicing with GOLFSTR+.]

 You should be putting with a rocking motion of your shoulders. [Don’t get handsy or wristy.] Unfortunately many of us get our hips moving the same way they move when we make a full golf swing. Putting is a different swing.

Drill to Stop your Hips and Legs Moving when You Putt

3/ Follow through and up your target line only by rocking your shoulders.

On a practice green, lean a wedge at a 45 degree angle against the side of your trailing leg so that the end of the grip rests on the side of your leg. Practice 5 to 8 foot putts to determine if you can putt, by only rocking your shoulders. If your hips move, during the putting stroke, the wedge will fall off the side of your leg.

Swing Up Your Target Line
Always gripping your putter lightly with both hands and let your shoulders do all the work. To ensure that you are putting up your target line, swing your putter by rocking your shoulders and try releasing the grip with your trailing hand at the point of impact. Continue to swing your putter up your target line, only holding it with your leading hand.  This really takes practice but it sure does stop your from slicing your putts.

To help you putt by rocking your shoulders, practice putting with a locked leading wrist using your GOLFSTR+. If your putting swing is totally controlled by your shoulders, your will stop pulling putts to the left and you will sink more putts. You may never do as well as the average pro but that would be a nice goal. Sink more putts! Buy your GOLFSTR+ today at www.golfstr.com

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Refocus After a Mishit: Grip, Eye Ball & Posture

It’s the fine details of golf that create consistency. You may not know it but your mind and body change throughout each round of golf. That’s why a positive start for every round is so important. Just arriving at the golf course with a rested mind and limber body can make all the difference. A bad hole can spoil the rest of a round. Your success in golf is based on keeping your minds refocusing on the little details that create perfect shots. This Swing Tip gives you 3 checks to refocus your mind.

Recently I saw a friend arrive for a round of golf in a very quiet mood. He commented about his last round, shooting 79.  Unfortunately in perfect weather conditions, he shot a round of well over 101.  After his first bad shot he seemed to hit every shot long, short or wide of the target. He could not get back on track. He was uptight and out of focus.

GET BACK ON TRACK
When you are frustrated with a poor shot, you need to get your mind refocused. You need a mini check list to help you refocus. If you have not developed your own list of refocusing thoughts, why not start with this list: Grip, Eye Ball & Posture,

Make Love to Your GRIP:  With Greg Norman holding the 54-hole lead in a Memorial Golf Tournament, Jack Nicklaus interrupted Norman’s dinner to give him a swing tip. “I was squeezing,” said Norman, recalling the advice. “I was holding on too long, wasn’t releasing the golf club.” Nicklaus suggested that Norman relax his grip pressure. Norman took the tip to heart and won that tournament.

Norman said, “I started a little saying within myself to make love with my hands, And if you make love with your hands, you’re actually caressing your club.” [Don’t strangle it.]

Glue Your Leading EYE BALL: If you start to top your ball, you may be lifting your head too early as you peak up to watch your ball dribble down the fairway. Try Jack Nicklaus’ favorite trick. Glue your leading eye ball on the Ball. Well, not exactly glue it, but you should slightly turn your head back during your setup so that your leading eye (left eyeball for right handed golfers) can focus on the ball. It also helps you rotate your shoulders and to transfer your weight to your leading foot during your downswing.

I love Jack’s trick but to add extra focus with your leading eye, you could close your trailing eye during your backswing (but this suggestion is not easy to do without practice). Your left and right eye have a different point of view as you can see when you see with one eye and then the other eye. Your trailing eye will see the bridge of your nose or sun glasses during the backswing. If you close your trailing eye, that visual distraction will disappear. Your mind will just focus on the ball. [This has been an amazing breakthrough in my game and I hope it will do the same for you.]

This is my favorite video of Rory McIlroy’s swing in slow motion.  The center line of his chest just rotates without swaying back in the backswing.  You should do the same.

Line-up your POSTURE:  Don’t sway back. Mike Bender noticed that many golfers sway back in their backswing for more power. Unfortunately they never get the axis of their chest back to line-up with the ball for a clean impact. [Swaying back during your back swing normally gets worse late in a round when you get tired and are searching for more power.] Keep your chest rotating and centered over your hips throughout your backswing and downswing. Use your hips to rotate your body through the ball to a balanced finish.

When your game starts going down the drain, snap out of it. Go through your mini-checklist to get back on track. Practice all 3 of these tips while your work with your GOLFSTR+ at the range. Buy one today at www.golfstr.com

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Cure for Jerky Chipping Yips

I recently read a Consistent Golf blog that gave an easy solution to eliminate chipping and pitching yips. You may not have the yips but we all need to smooth out the transition to avoid jerking our club in the transition. Practice with this technique to build confidence for success during your round of golf. I’ve tried it and it really works.

You know how to swing a club to make the perfect chip or pitch (with your feet close together and 60% of your weight on your leading foot), but when you are on the course with a must make shot, your brain may backfire, lurch or pass gas. You hit it fat or thin. You need to build confidence to get your body moving with fluid motion during the swing. You need a way to trick your mind to find the motion of the perfect chip or pitch and then execute the shot.

Note: Practice your chipping separate from your pitching. Chipping is more like a putting swing with a flat leading wrist where the ball flies a shorter distance than it runs out on the green (depending on the loft of the club that you use). Pitching is typically a longer shot where the club cuts under the ball to create a reverse spin to limit the roll-out on the green. Decide on the roll-out that you need, then choose the right club for the chip or pitch that you need to get close to the hole.

David Leadbetter illustrates the right way to chip with your feet close together and 60% of your weight on your leading foot.

Solution: Build muscle memory and rhythm of a great chip. All you need is to get your mind and body in a mental and physical state where you can make a confident swing. Practicing this tip will give you the confidence and using the 3 ball preparation will relax your body to execute on the course.

YIPS cause JERKY SWINGS.   Power and distance comes from the height of your backswing so make sure that you practice for each height. Eliminate any jerky action in the transition from backswing to downswing. Use the weight of your club (not the force of your arms) to allow for a smooth transition and impact through the ball.
1/ With about 25 golf balls, hit one ball after another, as quickly as possible, without any concern for the distance or location. Your mind will automatically know if each hit was good or bad. You can feel a clean shot off the center-line of your club when you impact your ball before skimming the ground. This will help you smooth out your swing with a free effortless feeling.
2/ Now line of 10 ball in a row and repeat the free swing exercise.
3/ Now repeat this with 3 balls in a row.
4/ On the course, imagine that you are hitting 3 balls with 3 swings as you move closer in continuous motion and finally hitting your ball on your third “fluid” swing.

Have you ever noticed that you can mishit a ball and then drop another ball and hit it perfectly. It has to do with being locked up on your first attempt. Free your body, swing with fluid motion and create success. Practice with GOLFSTR+ for all 6 swing fixes. Buy one today at www.golfstr.com

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Amazing Brain Tricks That Work

Golf is a mental game. We don’t really understand why a streak of low scoring holes will happen but it has to do with our minds. An aura of confidence takes over our bodies so that a streak of pars and birdies just start happening. We should all be watching for the changes that we make or the actions we take to change our mental outlook. It has to be caused by something more than GOOD LUCK.

Here are 3 tricks that that you should try. There is really NO reasonable explanation why they work as our brains must be reacting and giving us confidence to execute a series of swings that help us par or birdie holes.

LOCK YOUR BRAIN ON A POINT: Jack Nicklaus always talks about focusing on a very specific target. Of course he is referring to his drives and iron shots.

I found that this works for PUTTING too. After I read the green, choose my target point and rehearse my practice swing for distance, I step up to the ball and STARE at my target point for at least 2 to 3 seconds, then STARE back at the ball for 2 seconds and swing by rocking my shoulders (with locked wrists). You must duplicate your exact practice swing and don’t follow your ball with your eyes. Initially staring at my target seems to burn an image like a laser target in my brain for both the distance and the line of the putt. I have no explanation for this. Very weird but I sink more short and long putts as long as I choose the right target point.

My wife Mary has always told me that her success in putting comes from a deep inhale and then exhale before she putts. June 3rd, 2017 she shot her first hole-in-one and skipped the putting.

EXHALE AND PUTT: Jason Dufner won the Memorial Golf Tournament using his newly found trick. He has always had problems with short putts. He recently adopted the trick used by military snipers. Inhale, exhale and shoot. In Dufner’s case he exhales before he makes his putting stroke. This is a very minor change in his routing but breathing is one less motion that must have been disturbing his putting motion. We should all try this. It can hurt.

KNOW YOUR CLUB DISTANCE AND THEN UP-CLUB: Mike Bender is a pro who played a lot of Pro-Am’s before tournaments. He saw that recreational players don’t handle pressure shots too well. We choose the club that we think our “perfect swing” will reach the green. Invariably our perfect swing rarely happens under pressure. When we need to make the perfect approach shot, there is a high percentage chance that we will hit our ball fat and short or blade it long and across the green. He recommends using 1 more club and swinging in control to hit the perfect distance. Works for me!

Get your GOLFSTR+ and start practicing with locked wrists for putting. Practice your straight leading arm swing at 80% of your power for more consistent hits. Buy one today at www.golfstr.com

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Tricks for the Recreational Golfers

We all read golf tips from the pros in golf magazines and watch for them on TV or the internet. You never know when you will find that perfect swing trick that will turn YOUR game around. Every golfer has different mental blocks and body strengths (and weaknesses). All you have to find is the mental and physical tricks that work for YOU. Recreational golfers are NOT in the same shape as pros and we don’t practice anywhere as often. That’s why tips from the pros point-of-view may not be working for you!

This week I just wanted to share a number of tips and tricks from Recreational Golfers who are having the greatest impact on my game. By the way, GOLFSTR+ is a good way to get your mind zoned-in when you are practicing for all 6 of its Swing Fixes.

Feel your heavy club in your back swing to help you hold your lag and then “throw” your club through impact and up the line.

Last week I told you that confidence breeds success. Unfortunately success goes to our heads. We get cocky and think that our last great drive will be even better if we just put a little more oomph into the next drive. WRONG!  I don’t know if its adrenaline or just a mental stupidity but consistent grip, stance and tempo seem to be the most important “tricks” that work for pros and recreational golfers.

Approach every shot using consistent tempo. Start your setup for every shot with the SAME constant demeanor. Get your heart rate down. Get in your comfort zone with your mind totally focused on YOUR shot. If you find yourself thinking about a squawking bird or an irritating person behind your swing path, just step out of your shot, remove the irritation and refocus your mind on your target, relaxation & and a smooth, accelerating swing.

Commitment: Focus on hitting shots to a specific spot. Hit it and builds confidence for my next shot.
1/ Light grip and relaxed shoulders for more power and distance.
2/ Swing with a straight arm take-away, flat wrist at the top and trailing elbow grazing your ribs on the way down to control your draw.
3/ By feeling a “heavy club” your transition allows you to hold your lag and then throw (or whip) your club head from the inside through impact for power and distance.
4/ On the fairway, use 1 more club and swing with more directional control with LESS force.
5/ Plan for less break in your putts when you put with a little more speed if you pass the hole by a foot. [Hint: the worst break happens as you ball slows down.]

If you expect a poor result, it will happen. Recognize the weakness in your game and then practice with GOLFSTR+ to eliminate the FEAR. Build confidence in your game. Buy one today at www.golfstr.com

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When You’re Hot, You’re Hot

Have you noticed that your hot streaks come and go? When you’re hot, you’re hot. When you’re not, YOU’RE NOT. The pros need 4 days of hot streaks to win a tournament. One bad hole seems to be the start of more bad holes so we all must have mental lapses. Recreational golfers have shorter hot streaks and longer cold streaks. Why is this happening?

Golf is a game of perfection. One bad hit can put you in the rough followed by a topped ball and then a brilliant blast over the green into a sand trap can leave you devastated. The wonderful thing about our handicap system is that we can just take a MAXIMUM score on a hole and move on to the next hole. Unfortunately tournaments put a lot more pressure on you as your total score counts.

“Better than Most”.  These words just about sums up Tiger’s streak. Shattered confidence ruined his streak.

For great golfers, the hot streaks seem to just keep-on-comin’. Why do they end?
Tiger Woods’ 142 streak of making the cut ended on a FRIDAY the 13th. Was it his unlucky day or were marriage problems on his mind.
Luke Donald was the first player to win more money than any other golfer on both the PGA and European Tours in the same year. He hasn’t won a tournament since.  Where did his confidence go?
Vijay Singh at 42 in 2005 was the youngest player elected to the Golf Hall of Fame. That was the end of his winning streak.

Recreational players have streaks of success during a single round of golf. Have you noticed that you par a number of holes in sequence or that one nine will be much better than the other nine. Your mental commitment is your turning point. CONFIDENCE and FOCUS must be the key factors in our success.

Tricks to create CONFIDENCE and FOCUS
Minor changes in your setup can destroy your distance and direction control. Determine your swing cues before every round.  Correct YOUR IDEAL grip, stance and relaxed body during your practice and lock them into your memory bank. The pros do it and you should too.

-Putting: Practice your swing for distance, then move up to the ball and focus for 2 or 3 seconds to lock your brain into your target. Refocus on your ball for 2 seconds and swing with your shoulders.
-Driver: Relax your shoulders and grip. Take a controlled backswing to create lag at the top. Feel like your club is HEAVY so that it accelerates as you “throw” it from the inside whooshing through the ball.
-Irons and Hybrids: If you can’t shift your weight to your leading foot during your transition then start your swing with 60% of your weight on your leading foot.

Learn your swing cues when you practice with GOLFSTR+. Straight leading arm, flat leading wrist and 90 degree lag in your transition are great swing queues. Buy one today: www.golfstr.com

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Are you Playing Army Golf? Left, Right, Left . . .

Last week we give you the formula for consistent hits by slowing down your backswing to control your transition and accelerating at 80% in your downswing. So why are your hits still going left or right of your target? The proper grip is important but are you paying attention to the slope of the ground from your feet to your ball?

You should be excited about your wonderful consistent hits on FLAT practice tees before you play a round of golf. Unfortunately, not only are golf course tees often sloped or crowned but you rarely stand on flat ground on the fairways or in the rough.

 

Fairways are rarely level. Using your foot wedge is not legal so you really need to adjust for the height difference from your feet to your ball

Golf Course ratings are measure by the SLOPE of the course. A high degree of the slope rating comes from the uneven terrain where you are addressing your ball. A 5 degree slope from your feet to your ball can throw your golf ball off course by 10 to 20 degrees. When your ball is 2 inches above or below the level of your feet, on a 100 yard hit your ball will end up at least 5 yards left or right from your target. A ball above your feet will tend to hook and that can double or triple your miss by 15 yards to the left (for right handed golfers). A ball below your feet will tend to slice and that can double or triple your miss to the right

Solutions:

1/ Always look for the flattest surface on the tee within 2 club lengths behind the line between the tee blocks.
2/ Raised Tees tend to slope down to the sides causing a crown along the center. If you don’t believe me, stand near the back of the tee when your partners tee off. Decide if the ground is sloping left or right when they tee-up. If a person has a proper swing, they will invariably hit left of their toe line if the ground is sloping left and they will hit to the right if their toe line if pointing right.
3/ The fairway, rough and sand traps will give you another challenge. Not only is the surface from your feet to the ball often sloped left or right but you may also be faced with an uphill or downhill shot on your forward target line. Expect to lose distance. Choose a longer club for uphill shots and more loft for a downhill shot. Setup with your shoulder line parallel to the ground and use a wider stance for balance. Gravity will keep you off balance so just do your best to step out of your stance as you follow-through to avoid falling.
4/ If your ball is slightly above the level of your feet you can choke up on your grip to compensate for the 1 or 2 inch difference in height. Remember to club up for the lost distance when you choke up on the club.

When hitting from any sloped ground, imagine the direction that your club face will launch your ball. Choose the right club and setup in the right direction to compensate or just hit into a level area for your next shot.

5/ If your ball is significantly higher than your feet, you need to judge whether the toe of your club will impact the hill and twist your club in your hand. The blade (leading edge) should be parallel to the ground when you impact the ball. If you are changing to a flatter swing plane to hit a ball above your feet, then you (right handers) need to aim to the right of your target as your ball will be pulled to the left.
6/ If your ball is significantly below the level of your feet, you can only bend your knees or waist to compensate for the extra depth. Plan to swing at a slower speed and lose distance as you try to maintain your balance during the swing. Expect the ball to slice away from your body. BEWARE that an early impact with your hosel on the ground can pull a right hander’s club face and ball to the left. Ideally, you need to aim for a flat landing site to avoid further damage.

Who said golf was easy?  Ian Poulter’s second shot out of the rough on the 18th hole at the Players Championship  reminded me that a bad lie is also a recipe for disaster. When in doubt, head for some level ground and enjoy your next shot. Practice with GOLFSTR+ to learn to control all of your shots. Buy one today at www.golfstr.com

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