Golf tips & tricks

Serious:

1. The old saying "practice smarter, not harder," is the key to seeing improvement from your practice time.

 

Quality practice means having a specific purpose to your practice. And that's only possible if you have a clear understanding and awareness of your strengths and limitations. Don't show up at the driving range and just randomly knock balls around. Have a plan, pick targets, execute shots.

 

Don't practice in the dark - it's hard to see the way to improvement.

 

2. Most slices are caused by an "over the top" swing; that is, a swing that approaches the ball on an outside-to-inside swing path. Open clubfaces at impact are another common cause. Drawing the ball comes from your setup position. The main keys are:

  • Keep your alignment closed.

  • Put the ball back in your stance.

  • Take a strong grip (your leading hand - the top hand on the club - should be turned a little more to the inside).

  • Take a Swing from the inside-out; that is, the club should approach the ball from an inside-to-outside swing path. These fundamentals should help you produce a shot that goes right to left (for right-handers).

 

3. Losing your balance during the swing can be caused by basic swing faults. The first is swinging too hard, and another is having too narrow a stance.

 

The key to a balanced swing is to keep a good rhythm. Swing within yourself and, remember, the longer the club, the wider your stance should be.

 

4. The main reason golfers lift their heads when putting is because they focus too much on results - you want to look at that golf ball as soon as it comes off your putter and see if it goes into the hole. But that desire often causes golfers to come up out of their putting posture too soon, leading to bad putts.

 

To counteract the impulse to lift your head and watch the ball, the key is to listen for the ball to enter the hole, rather than looking for it to do so.

Light-hearted:

1. Your best round of golf will be followed almost immediately by your worst round ever. The probability of the latter increases with the number of people you tell about the former.

 

 2. Brand new golf balls are water-magnetic. Though this cannot be proven in the lab, it is a known fact that the more expensive the golf ball, the greater its attraction to water.

 

3. "The reason a pro tells you to keep your head down is so you can't see him laughing." - Phyllis Diller

 

4. It's often necessary to hit a second drive to really appreciate the first one

 

5. An extra ball in the pocket is worth two strokes in the bush.

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