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Ball Position


This fundamental is key when switching between clubs. Make sure you practice your ball position along with alignment to improve your ballstriking.

Thanks for watching and I hope to see everyone on the lesson tee soon

Andrew Kiger, PGA MBA GSEB

919-449-4274

drew@marclapointegolf.com

www.andrewkiger.com

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Posture- An Important Fundamental


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One day after Louis Oosthuizen’s amazing double eagle at the 3rd hole at the Masters I had one of the most amazing events in my golfing career. As if inspired by the professional’s amazing 4 iron from 254 I found a way to duplicate his amazing 2 on a par 5. That’s right! A DOUBLE EAGLE! It was an electrifying experience that I will never forget.

It all started when I blocked my Drive about 290 down the right hand side on the 17th hole at the Ballyntyne Resort. The miss almost hit a group of ladies who thought that the cart path was a good place for a morning stroll. (Little did I know they would be my only witnesses!!!)  For those that have not played the course it is exactly where you should be if you miss the fairway because of the ominous water hazard on the left hand side. The ball was sitting down in the rough a bit so I knew it was going to come out hot and with little to no spin. I lazered the distance off to 252 and started to plan a fade in my mind’s eye. When I saw the shot I wanted to hit I got my 3 wood out and made some fade rehearsals with my usual swing thought (3 quarter control swing). Then when I got up to the ball and hit the shot it felt like any other 3 wood and I assumed the worst when it started at the bunker that is placed just in front of the green.

Low and behold the ball finally started to fade just a bit to the right narrowly missing the bunker and hitting the front edge with a forceful bounce towards the back of the green. Once on the green the ball took on a mind of its own as it rolled over the ridge on the right side of the green making the ball break back beautifully right to left with excessive speed. I really expected the ball to chase off the back of the green and into the rough behind when out of nowhere the pin made a vibration that I could feel from 252 yards out. The vibration shot up my feet and before I knew it I was 5 ft up in the air jumping around like I had just won the masters. Luckily I turned around to the ladies behind me and asked “Did you see that?” “We sure did!” When I pulled the ball out of the hole I was happy to see my “Fightin’ Camels” logo on theProV1X.  (Campbell University’s mascot)

Too bad I couldn’t have hit the shot in the Masters like Louis did, but who knows if I can keep making some more double eagles I might give that a try next year!

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Solid State


Hit More Greens In Regulation This Spring By Staying More Centered-

As the golf season quickly approaches the time has come to brush off the dust and rust on those irons and to get back into playing shape.  Think about what will make this year your best on the golf course. Is it more power? More accuracy? If you’re like most golfers you want the ball to fly like a rocket, and for the shot to feel great. With that in mind, a good goal for this year might encompass striking the ball more consistently to hit more greens in regulation.

One of the most important aspects of solid ball striking is to strike the ball first, and then take a divot. This is done by controlling the lowpoint of the golf swing. The lowpoint should be just ahead of the golf ball to ensure solid contact. How can you improve your lowpoint so that you hit the ball solid every time? Start by staying more centered in the backswing.  When looking at the driving range this year at the Wells Fargo Championship I saw every player on the range take a divot after the ball on their iron shots. The winner, Lucas Glover, was the best that week and provides a great example of staying centered in the backswing. Ben Hogan, Sam Snead, Jack Nicklaus, and with his recent swing change Tiger Woods, are also prime examples of great players who have stayed centered in the backswing.

Shifting your weight dramatically to your right foot or swaying back away from the target with your upper body will make it almost impossible to control the low point of your swing. By shifting or swaying too much, the player is forced to hunt for the ball, as well as compensate by lunging back into the ball on the downswing. When shifting your weight by moving your upper body back and behind, the ball literally moves in your line of vision. As your upper body shifts back towards the target during your downswing, your eyes have to search to locate the ball. This moment of hunting will kill your hand-eye coordination and your consistency. Instead, focus on a pivot that will make the swing more effortless. The best players throughout time make a minimal move away from the golf ball as they rotate their shoulders in a circle around their center. The center of the shoulders should remain fixed throughout the swing to help the club bottom out in the same place every time. By not shifting your weight, and rotating your shoulders correctly, you will create a more centered backswing. As a result, you do not have to rely on timing, and will find the lowpoint in front of the golf ball more consistently.

Drill #1

To keep your body centered in the backswing, have a friend hold a shaft with the grip end an inch behind your right ear (for a right handed golfer). If you are swaying back in your backswing, you will feel the grip touch your ear. In the backswing allow your left shoulder to turn down more towards the ball, and underneath your chin so that your shoulders are rotating in a circle correctly. Another version of this drill is to find a door frame at home. Without a club, practice your backswing keeping the right side of your head against the door frame. This will not allow your body to sway back behind the ball.

Drill #2

Another great drill is too practice hitting the ground in the right spot. Draw a line in the ground or use your clubs to mark where you want to start your divot. Practice hitting the ground just ahead of where the golf ball would be, taking a divot ahead of the line. This will help you find the right lowpoint and you will start catching the ball on the downswing just like the tour pros you’ll see this year at the Wells Fargo Championship. This will result in more pure shots and more Greens in Regulation.

Enjoy the best golf season ever this year and I look forward to seeing everyone on the lesson tee. To schedule a lesson you can contact me at drew@marclapointegolf.com, visit http://www.andrewkiger.com, or call 919-449-4274.

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Crack The Whip (power for your golf swing)


If you need more power watch this video to find out how you can gain yardage and clubhead speed.

This video will show you…

  • How to create angles on your backswing
  • How to store them appropriately on the downswing
  • How to release them like the cracking of a whip

As always thanks for watching and I look forward to seeing everyone on the lesson tee at the Dana Rader Golf School

Contact Info:

Twitter: andrewkigerpga

Website: www.andrewkiger.com

Email: drew@marclapointegolf.com

Phone: 919-449-4274

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Getting Out Of The Sand


If you are struggling with your bunker game or just want to get better this video will help you get better and you will start having more confidence in the sand.

Here are the key points that I address:

1. The main technique that allows you to get out of the sand. For example; Wrist hinge, weight forward, thumping through the sand to the follow through, hitting the same spot every time)

2. Not Everyone needs to open their clubface. (An explanation of which technique is right for you and how to use that technique)

3. What is Bounce? How is it used? When should I use it? How much should I have on my wedge?

 

Thanks for stopping by and I hope everyone enjoys the new year!

Please email drew@marclapointegolf.com if you have questions or call 919-449-4274 to schedule a lesson.

Check out our website www.andrewkiger.com and feel free to message me on twitter at http://www.twitter.com/andrewkigerpga

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One of the most important aspects of putting is to make sure that the ball starts on your intended line. This skill is what separates the amateur from the tour pro. To start your ball on-line your clubface has to be square to the target. With these things in mind I recommend that you make sure your eyes are over the golf ball so that you can have a better perception of where your clubface is aiming. If the eyes are not over the golf ball things can become tricky due to the illusions a golfer sees when their eyes are inside or outside of the golf ball.

To illustrate these concepts I took some pictures of what the target line looks like to three different players.

This is a picture of two balls underneath the target line. In all of the following pictures this never changes. The first ball is the ball the player sets up to and the second ball represents where the ball starts (on the target line).

Here are the examples of what a golfer sees when their ball starts online to the target. Notice the difference in what the ball looks like in relation to the target line.

 

The clearest view to see the target line from is over the golf ball. Let me be clear though that I have taught all three of these types of players and all three players can be great putters. The point I want to make is that it will take you far less time to develop a repeatable stroke knowing that your clubface is square and that you are going to start the ball on the line you intended if you have your eyes over the golf ball.

To get better at this skill find yourself some string and two rods (pencils) and place them over your intended line towards the hole. Use this line to make sure the ball and putter look like the middle image above. If you do this you will know that the line on the back of your putter is square and your eyes are over the golf ball. Next stroke the ball down the intended line and practice getting your ball to start online just like the tour pros. I have no doubt that if you practice this your putting will improve and your scores will lower.

Cheers to better putting,

Drew

If you enjoyed this post and would like to work with me personally please call 919-449-4274 or email me at drew@marclapointegolf.com. Also visit my website at http://www.andrewkiger.com.

 

 

 

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How To Fix Your Slice


If you enjoyed this video and would like to work personally with me call 919-449-4274 to book a lesson or email me at drew@marclapiontegolf.com

I have also been taking video request from my students on what type of content should be on the website. If you would like to see a certain topic on this website please leave a comment below.

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Grip- The #1 Fundamental in Golf


Take a look at the following video to see how to properly grip the golf club. Gripping the golf club properly will not only lower your scores but it will also feel incredible when you start striking the ball more squarely and in the sweet spot.

If you enjoyed this video and would like to work personally with me call 919-449-4274 to book a lesson or email me at drew@marclapointegolf.com

I have also been taking video request from my students on what type of content should be on the website. If you would like to see a certain topic on this website please leave a comment below.

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