Tips

GLF Pro Tip 19. Distance for Slower Swing Speeds.

If your golf game is distance challenged it could be for many reasons, perhaps due to lack of strength, getting older, taking the game up later in life infact there are many, many explanations for not hitting the ball very far off the tee.

In order to hit the drives further there are also many ways of improving this. More turn on the backswing, create more clubhead speed through the ball, better angle of attack etc. There are 1001 videos and books on this subject. If you are going to attempt any of these I would recommend you book a series of lessons from a PGA Professional always asking for the Pros PGA qualifications beforehand. 

Changing anything in the golf swing requires hard work, persistence and patience so please think carefully before you start on this.

In this weeks tip I'm going to give you a few handy hints that may just be what you are looking for in gaining those extra few metres off the tee without spending hours on the driving range beating balls which is not everyones favourite pastime.

*The below tips are for people with slower swing speeds

  • Check your Driver. The clubhead should be a 460 c.c. game improvement club. The loft on your club should be quite high (up to 15 degrees). The reason for this is that the extra loft gets the ball flying higher off the clubface which in turn will give you extra trajectory and carry. A lot of people (in particular men) make the mistake in thinking that lowerIng the loft of a driver will make the ball fly further. In most cases this is false particulary for slower swing speeds.  Also check your shaft flexibility and weight as a club that is too heavy and stiff in flexibility will decrease your clubhead speed. A nice light, flexible shaft will increase your distance.
  • At address make sure your ball position is at least in line with your left heel (for right handed golfers). With the driver we are trying to hit the ball on the upswing towards the follow through and if the ball position is too much in the middle of your feet then the swing will make the club hit down on the ball which decreases the loft.
  • The upper body at address should be tilted about 10 degrees to the right (right handed players) again making it easier to hit the ball on the upswing. This tilt is done without moving the lower body i.e. the hips do not move to the left.
  • Grip the club lightly and turn the left hand slightly to the right giving you a slightly stronger grip (again for right handed players) With this grip let the club swing with a feeling of control. Almost as though you are hearing the club swoosh through the ball instead of trying to swing the club as fast as possible and hit at the ball - trying to hit it miles will only result in lack of control and shorter drives. Trust your swing 100% to give yourself a chance.
  • Swing the club smoothly through to a full finish with your belt buckle pointing down the fairway.

These tips do not require you to change your swing but they should help to maximise your distance off the tee - try them you'll be amazed.

If you have any further queries or questions please send me an e-mail I'd love to hear from you.

You never know you might even win a longest drive competition - wouldn't that be great.

Happy golfing, Gordon


GLF Pro Tip 18. Sidehill Lies

There are many times on a golf course that you will find the ball on a sidehill lie i.e. the ball is well above or below your feet. You don't have to be on an extremely hilly course to experience this as it could be on the edge of a bunker or something similar. As with uphill and downhill lies which I talked about last month there are one or two tips for these situations that will make it much easier to get the desired result.

Ball below your feet 

This is probably the harder of the two as most people have difficulty from this lie in getting down to the ball and staying there through the shot. Most pull up or move onto your toes, leading to topped shots or poor contact with the ball. I like to bend over more from the waist and squat down a little in the knees. This should lower your centre of gravity and finally your weight should be more on your heels 

It's an awkward position so your swing will be restricted and as with up and down hill lies the swing is more hands and arms than normal. The flight of the ball will be more left to right in the air due to the more upright swing so make sure you aim slightly left (for left handers the opposite)

Ball above your feet

As the ball is above your feet  grip down an inch or two from the top and stand more upright. Put your weight this time more on your toes as the tendency is that during your swing the weight will transfer automatically onto your heels.

Your swing will be more round your body (flatter) because of your stance and to compensate for the slope. Again swing more with your hands and arms than normal. The fight of the ball will be more right to left in the air due to the flatter swing so aim more right than normal (for left handers the opposite)

 

With both shots swing easy and don't expect miracles; it is very, very difficult from lies that are not on a perfect spot so be patient and practice these tips before you try them in a competition. Follow these simple guidelines and I'm sure you'll make your life much easier when your ball ends up on a sidehill lie.

Happy golfing, until the next time

Gordon

 

 

 


GLF Pro Tip 17. Uphill & Downhill Lies

If you don't play on a flat course or even if you do there will be times when you have to play shots uphill or downhill. These are not the easiest shots to execute but if you follow these simple rules and practise them they will become far easier

Uphill Lies

  • Take a longer club (i.e. iron 6 instead of iron 7) - The slope of the hill tilts the clubface back, adding more loft to the club.
  • Position the ball more towards the front (higher) foot
  • Try to get your shoulders parallel to the hill
  • Lean into the slope slightly with your weight
  • Always try to swing with the slope, the ball will go higher than normal. Don't fight this natural occurence just be aware it's going to happen
  • Swing within yourself (perhaps 3/4 swing speed)

 Downhill Lies

  • Take less club (i.e. iron 7 instead of iron 6) - The slope of the hill delofts the clubface
  • Position the ball more towards the back (higher) foot
  • Try to get your shoulders parallel to the hill
  • Lean into the slope slightly with your weight
  • Always try to swing with the slope, the ball will go lower than normal. Don't fight this natural occurence just be aware it's going to happen
  • Swing within yourself (perhaps 3/4 swing speed)

Simple rules that will help you when you have a lie that is not on perfectly even ground. Remember as always don't over complicate or over think things.

It's an easy game - Ha!Ha! Yeh right I here you say!!!


GLF Pro Tip 16. Improve your Iron Play

This month's tip will help you to gain confidence in your irons and see the ball fly closer to the pin on a regular basis.