In this video you will learn how to take the club back properly on plane with a square clubface.
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Andrew Kiger, PGA
This fundamental is key when switching between clubs. Make sure you practice your ball position along with alignment to improve your ballstriking.
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Andrew Kiger, PGA MBA GSEB
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, visit http://www.andrewkiger.com, or call 919-449-4274.
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,
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One of the best ways to get better in your short game is to become more creative around the greens. There is never one “perfect shot” that you can play in every situation. For instance; When you want to hit a 20 yard shot to a back pin where you have plenty of green to work with it is best to play a low bump and run shot back in your stance. This provides less room for error with a shorter more repeatable backswing. However if the pin is in the front of the green with sand or rough to carry you must be able to hit the high pitch/lob shot to loft the ball into the air and land it softly next to the pin. Being able to hit multiple shots around the green with multiple trajectories will help you play the shot that best fits the situation.
A great way to practice imagery and creativity is to imagine hitting shots through different rungs of a ladder. In the picture of the ladder above there are 10 levels and 10 trajectories that you can possibly hit. Imagine the ladder about 10 ft. in front of you and attempt the following drill. The drill below has you hitting 10 different shots with 10 different ball positions. Using this drill will help you develop the skills necessary to hit the ball close to any pin in any situation.
Has anyone ever been through the following scenerio?
Your first tee ball hooks hard into the trees just like this one. (yikes, this could be a bad day)
On the next tee box you slice your ball 40 yards right of the fairway into someone’s house.
At this point you are wondering if you want to quit this game of golf?
No way. You don’t want to quit. So what do you do?
You want to change your golf game for the better so you embark on a quest to overhaul your golf swing and change everything about it.
In fact there are several teachers out there who would be happy to help you on this long journey. But ask yourself this question before you take off on the trip. “Do I really want to spend this much money and this much time creating brand new parts to my swing when I may already have some of the parts I need?”
Now if you are trying to build a Mercedes Benz and you have a bunch of parts meant for a Pinto then by all means you might need an upgrade. But if you’re that person with some decent parts looking to have a decent game you may only need to get an oil change.
There have been several times in which a student has come to me expecting that their swing is in total disarray and it needs to be overhauled into an entirely different package. They also have it in their mind that everything is wrong with their swing. In reality it is often the case that only a few things are missing and key components are not matching up. Here are a couple of keys to making sure your swing components match up.
1. Make sure your clubface matches your path-
When there is a difference between the clubface and the path the club is traveling there will be a curve to your golf ball. The more significant the difference between the two the more your ball will curve. Here are some minor changes that can help straighten out your ball flight. If your swing is too outside to in it is often the case that you need a stronger grip and a closed clubface at impact to match. Vice versa if your swing path is too inside to out you need to make sure your grip is weaker and your clubface is more open at impact to match. To fix your path here are some simple reccomendations. If you notice your divots are headed left of your target imagine swinging to first base and that your target is second base on the baseball field. If your divots are going too far to the right swing more towards third base to straighten out your path.
2. Make sure your ball position matches relative to the lowpoint of your swing-
Many players think there is a stock ball position that all players should be playing to but this is not always the case. Players who hit down sharply with a great deal of weight shift into the front foot (lowest point of the swing in front of left shoulder) usually benefit from a farther forward ball position than normal. Vice versa if you tend to hang back on your back foot and sweep the ball you should put your ball farther back in your stance than normal.
3. Match your swing type to your body type-
Different body types require different methods to hit the golf ball and you need to make sure your method is something you can repeat without difficulty. More flexible players will be able to use a longer swing while stronger less flexible players should shorten their swings. Taller players tend to utilize steeper more upright swings better while shorter players tend to swing better with flatter swings. If you are going to pick out a model to copy make sure that you are not trying to copy a swing like McIlroy’s if your body type is like Craig Stadler’s. Pick a swing that looks similar to your build and stick to it.
There are many more simple fixes that can be done to a golf swing to alleviate a great deal of swing errors. I still believe in swing overhauls from time to time but more often than not there are minor details that can be fixed to allow for better ball flight and more enjoyment. I also greatly recommend that you check in with your professional routinely for a check up to make sure your swing is running on all cylinders. After all you should take care of your game like it is a car you greatly care for. If you are not hitting the ball well check with an experienced PGA professional near you who can help you to hit the ball better simply by changing a few parts instead of making you buy a new car.
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Has any one seen this golfer before?
Top… Top… Top…. “Why can’t I keep my head down?” Chunk… Chunk… Chunk… “My head came up again.” Top…Top…Top… and so the devestating cycle continues. They have been told 1,000 times by their spouse, parents, or friends that they continue to raise their head, as well as take their eye off of the golf ball. The golfer might get so upset that they can’t keep their head down, that they might even consider quitting.
If you have seen this golfer, please save them before it is too late! (That picture is over 100 years old. It’s too late for him.)
Here is a great video I did with GolfGuruTv host Jason Sutton that shows the most probable cause to topping the ball, as well as how to fix it.
The head does not stay down. It pivots and follows the ball!
This allows the body to turn through the shot with a better chance of keeping the shaft leaning forward.
Stay tuned to the next post where I’ll go over the top three reasons golfers top the ball and how to fix them.
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