Here’s a quick clip about coming “up and out” of your swing from Purepoint Golf. This clip shows you what happens when you come out of your swing and get ahead of the ball. The main thing here to think about is having a smooth pace and letting your hands come through before you start turning through your follow-through.
I used to have a bad problem with this because my hips were always too fast (that’s right ladies). By the time I hit the ball, my hips and body were way ahead of my hands and my clubface was left completely open because my wrists hadn’t come through. I hit the ball straight but to the right.
I came across this after I watched by Tiger Juggling video again today. I though it was pretty good, so I’m sharing it :-)
In a selfish attempt to sell our house, I’m posting the details here :-) We’re getting ready to break ground on our new house, so we’re trying to sell our current house. We’re trying to sell it ourselves for a few months, then we might have to look into agents :-/
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Added since purchase in 2000:
This is the new club I got for my 30th Birthday. Pretty nice, ey? The awkward bend is to “cure my slice”. Anyway, I thought I’d throw this up on the site because at the very least, it shows my grip. When I went to this grip (very similar to the Ben Hogan grip), my scores dropped from mid 90s to mid to low 80s.
In case you’re wonderng, I’m in a bar, and I’m loaded! My mom put this old driver in a vice and bent the hell out of it and said it was to control my slice… haha, funny!
The next day when we played (no, I didn’t use the club), I hit a 46/41. Not bad for being EXTREMELY hungover. Oddly enough, I hadn’t sliced a drive in over a year, and I sliced it 2 or 3 times that day. I was very weak and dehydrated though. It was kind of funny, actually.
Looking forward to playing again soon. I’ve been hitting my irons extremely well lately and I’ve beein hitting at least 80% of my fairways. The last 3 times I’ve played, it’s been a roudn mid-40 front 9 and somewhere around 41 on the back 9.
Just thought you’d enjoy some video tips… I did.
Here’s the link. It’s a little slow to load, but they were worth the wait. Nothing really special here, but I enjoyed them. Seems like video tips are worth a lot more to me.
Article Source: http://golf.about.com/od/golftips/a/hitting460cc.htm
How to Get the Most Out of Your Oversized Driver
The key to hitting the ball farther with the modern driver and golf ball (which spins much less off of a flat face than balls of the past) is high launch combined with a low spin rate. Our goal is to get enough spin to achieve lift, while minimizing (hopefully eliminating) drag.
Assuming that you have a driver with enough loft, here are four things that you can do to increase launch and decrease spin rate, thus increasing your distance off the tee:
Tee the Ball Higher
The old adage has always been that the top of the driver should be about halfway up the ball when it is teed up. However, with a 460cc driver, I like to see you set the ball high enough on a peg such that the top of the driver is no more than one-third of the way up the ball. Of course, this means that the standard 2 1/8-inch tee will not be long enough to accommodate.
You will need a tee at least 3 inches in length, but likely a little longer than this.
Move the Ball Forward in Your Stance
(Towards your left foot for a right-handed golfer)
The notion of playing the ball off of your left heel is no longer valid. We want to hit the ball on the upswing, thus increasing launch angle and decreasing the ball’s spin rate. In order to do this, we must move the ball forward in our stance. For some golfers, it will be enough to play the ball off of your big toe, while for others it may be necessary to move the ball all the way up so that it is positioned outside of your left foot. Experiment with different ball positions – but, whatever you do, move the ball forward in your stance!
Set Up to Hit the Ball on the Center of the Face
Most golfers set their driver on the ground at address. This results in a high percentage of driver shots being hit on the heel-side of the face, especially when we tee the ball higher. Test yourself this way: The next time you are at the range and set up to hit your driver, once in the address position stretch your arms out and move the club up to the ball’s height. Notice where the ball is going to contact the face of your driver? On the heel side – or possibly the hosel – of your driver.
This is a very common problem for golfers – and it’s an awkward adjustment. The solution is very simple, however. Instead of setting your driver behind the ball such that the center of the face is aligned with the ball, move backwards a couple of inches (towards your back) such that the toe of your driver is aligned with the ball. Now do the test again. Stretch out your arms and pick the club up to the ball’s height. Is the ball aligned with the center of the driver face? If so, put the club back down and fire! If not, keep moving back until it is.
Don’t worry that once you set the driver down it doesn’t align with the ball. The ball isn’t on the ground - it’s three inches above the ground!
Hit the Ball on the Upswing
The driver is now a specialty club, much like a putter. Our set-up, ball position – everything is different from any other club in the bag. You shouldn’t be hitting the ball at the bottom – or apex – of the golf swing like a fairway wood. The ball should be struck past this point, on the upswing. This will lead to a higher launch angle and lower spin rate – which is how we are going to hit the ball farther than we ever have before.
About the Author
Kevin Downey began his career in the golf industry as a club professional, but later turned to the equipment side. After working with Slazenger and Callaway, Downey launched Innovex Golf in 2004. He is also the author of the book, “The Art and Science of Breaking 90: A Guide to Modern Golf Course Strategy and Equipment.”
This tip is extremely valuable around the greens. I always forget this “rule” so I wanted to post it here so I can look it up again. Article source: ritson-sole.com.
The golden rule in chipping is: Fly the ball as little as possible and roll the ball as much as possible.
With that in mind, it is important to understand the air-time/ground-time ratios of shots hit with different clubs. The selection of the correct club is vital. You can chip with anything from a three iron to a sand wedge depending on the situation, but you must know the following formulas to decide which club is required.
When you chip with a 10 iron (or Pitching Wedge as it is commonly called) the ball will fly 1/2 the distance to the hole and roll 1/2 the distance. When you chip with an 8 iron the ball will fly 1/3 and roll 2/3. When you chip with a 6 iron the ball will fly 1/4 and roll 3/4.
Now these formulas are based on a normal paced, level green (a situation we don’t often find on the course) so if you are going uphill you would need to go up one club, and downhill requires going down one club. If the green is fast you again will need to go down one club and if the green is slow you will go up one club. I know this may sound confusing at first, but once you understand the basic formula, it really is just common sense from then on.
CLUB LEVEL UPHILL / SLOW DOWNHILL / FAST
6 iron Fly 1/4 Roll 3/4 4 iron 8 Iron
8 Iron Fly 1/3 Roll 2/3 6 Iron P/Wedge
P/Wedge Fly 1/2 Roll 1/2 8 Iron Lob Wedge
In the diagram I have drawn 3 different chipping situations. Always try to land the ball about 3 feet onto the putting surface (dotted line) and let the ball roll the rest of the way.
At the address position the weight is on the front foot, with the ball position in the middle of the feet. The hands are then slightly ahead of the ball.
The most important aspect of chipping (besides choosing the right club) is to make sure that the left wrist (right wrist for left-handers) does not break down during the chipping motion. The moment the wrist breaks down two things happen:
1. The loft on the club changes, therefore changing the trajectory which in turn affects the roll of the ball. Inconsistent distances will result.
2. The arm breaks down as well, causing bladed shots that go screaming across the green.
To ensure that neither of these things happen, work on keeping your arm straight and your wrist firm during the shot. If you find this difficult to achieve in practice try this: Take a thick rubber band and place it around your wrist. Slide the butt end of the club under the elastic band, keeping the butt end of the club close to the wrist. This will give you the correct feel when chipping the ball.
If you wish to lower your handicap, miss a few sessions on the driving range, and head for the chipping green instead. You’ll love the results to your game - your opponents won’t!
This will absolutely never get old!
Learn to hit what has been called the most powerful shot in golf - The Draw.
The How to Hit a Draw DVD will walk you through some simple steps to hitting a draw. The draw golf swing will improve your distance, give you more consistency (because you’ll be hitting the same swing over and over) and correct your slice forever.
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