On the Golf Academy page you will learn valuable tips and lessons by the pros in the world of golf. If you are interested in improving any part of your golf game you will probably find just what you are looking for in Tee Times Magazines large collection of articles and lessons.
My mentor and friend, Hank Haney (golf coach to well over 100 tour players including Tiger Woods during his career) always says that “the road to good golf has no right turns”. By right turns Hank is saying good golf has no slices!
This is the first of an on-going series to identify the COMMON DENOMINATORS of all successful players. Each issue, I will make you aware of one or more of the commonalities required to eliminate all wasted practice time. Interested?
In striking the golf ball, impact is where the clubface gives the golf ball all its instructions on its flight. The ball’s direction, trajectory, and curve are all determined in the 1/2000 of a second that the golf ball spends on the clubface.
This piece isn’t designed to describe the details of each golf shot, but to ask the reader to consider building their swings from small to big motions following proven motor skill research.
The club’s path is the direction of the swing through impact relative to the target line. The direction of clubface relative to the path at impact creates the curve of the golf ball
Do you fear taking golf lessons? Do you believe that the professional will overload you with information?
On a center of the clubface strike, the clubface has the biggest influence on the direction that the golf ball starts.
It would be best if each range practice session began with a number of ¼, ½ and ¾ length pitch shots with your sand wedge.
In striking the golf ball, impact is where the clubface gives the golf ball all its instructions on its flight.
Should your practice energy and goal be to change yourself or what happens to the ball? In early learning stages you CAN’T have both.
The way a ball moves on the putting green is simply the effect of gravity. Gravity moves the ball in the direction of the low point.
Did the title of this piece surprise you? Regardless, it is true. The iron clubhead was not designed to hit the ball, it was designed to strike the GROUND.
Distance control is the most important element in putting. With good distance control a higher percentage of makeable putts are made, and the chance of three putting is greatly reduced.
To see lasting improvement in golf (or any other field for that matter) relevant understanding must become the ultimate goal. Do you understand the importance of developing your best set-up?
This month we are going to focus on the stroke mechanics. The basis of good stroke mechanics is the set-up. As we discussed in the last issue of Tee Times, commonalties of the set-up of great putters include the following.
To transfer technical requirements for your full swing (good for the practice areas) to the actual golf course (when technical details hamper your athleticism and instincts), each player should strive towards simple triggers and/or images to instruct the body on what it needs it to do.