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.
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!
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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.
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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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