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Don’t fan your face to stop your slice before it starts   Leave a comment

imageMany of you chronic slicers get too handsy with your takeaway. When your first move is to whip the club back from address, your forearms and wrists rotate immediately out of the chute. Here’s a check: If your right palm is facing skyward halfway through your backswing, so is your clubface. This means that the clubhead is outracing your upper body, and you’re going to end up slapping weakly at the ball. Fore, right!

Quick-whipping your hands is the fastest way to weak shots and more sidespin.

imageInstead of rolling your wrists right off the bat, focus on using your chest and arms to start the swing. You’ve got it right if, when you stop your swing halfway through your backswing, your right palm faces toward the ground, just like the clubface (and your spine!). This rock-solid position helps you control the clubface better while also giving you time to rotate your upper body even farther back into a power-charged coil.

When you do it right, your club-face and right-wrist angles should be very close to the angle of your spine.

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Posted 15 December, 2017 by E. Marino in Golf.com

Swing shorter for more yards   Leave a comment

Today’s longest hitters tend to swing the club past parallel at the top of the backswing. But that doesn’t mean it’s the best technique for a weekend golfer, who tends to be far less flexible than a pro. Nor is it the path to power. In fact, you would probably hit it farther if you shortened your arm swing—overswinging only leads to weaker drives and fewer fairways hit.

The problem with overswinging is that it can force a golfer out of his address posture, leading to an early release of the hands; this saps power and creates a poor impact position. So think “short” to go long. Here’s how.

FIX: SWING SHORT OF PARALLEL

STRAIGHT HITTER Your backswing is done once your left shoulder passes the ball and your weight has loaded into your right thigh and right foot. That’s plenty of turn! Your arms should be extended, with the shaft short of parallel and pointing left of your target (viewed from behind). Hit these checkpoints for an on-plane swing that’s primed to deliver the clubhead on a powerful, inside-out swing path.

STRAIGHT HITTER Swinging past parallel at the top (above, left) is okay for the pros, but it can hurt the posture of weekend golfers—the hands release too soon robbing you of power.

DRILL: HOW TO FIND YOUR PERFECT BACKSWING

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Hold your driver with your right hand on the hosel and your left hand on the grip (above). With arms extended, turn as far as you comfortably can while maintaining your address posture and spine angle (below left), then stop. Slide your right hand down to take your normal grip (below right). That’s the perfect-length backswing for you!

Posted 19 October, 2017 by E. Marino in Golf.com, Tips

Try this 3-level system for laserlike wedges   Leave a comment

To hit the ball half the distance that you normally would, rotate your body about a quarter of the way back and bring your hands up to your hips. Only allow your wrists to hinge halfway. From this backswing position, you should be able to hit the ball 50 percent of your normal full-swing distance for that particular wedge. The ball should also come out on a much lower trajectory, which is good for attacking back pin locations. Remember to rotate your torso through the shot and swing to a full finish.

SWING 1: HIP LEVEL (50% OF YOUR NORMAL FULL-SWING DISTANCE)

 Power Hitter  To hit the ball half the distance that you normally would, rotate your body about a quarter of the way back and bring your hands up to your hips. Only allow your wrists to hinge halfway. From this backswing position, you should be able to hit the ball 50 percent of your normal full-swing distance for that particular wedge. The ball should also come out on a much lower trajectory, which is good for attacking back pin locations. Remember to rotate your torso through the shot and swing to a full finish.

SWING 2: CHEST LEVEL (75% OF YOUR NORMAL FULL-SWING DISTANCE)

 Power Hitter  To carry the ball 75 percent of your full distance, rotate your body about three-quarters of the way back and bring your arms and hands to chest height. Hinge your wrists fully so that your leading arm and the clubshaft form the letter "L." From this mid-length swing position, you’ll generate a little more clubhead speed and power and carry the ball on a medium trajectory, ideal for center pin locations.

SWING 3: SHOULDER LEVEL (100% OF YOUR NORMAL FULL-SWING DISTANCE)

 Power Hitter  To get the maximum distance (i.e., 100 percent) out of your wedges while maintaining a high level of accuracy, make a full body turn and swing your hands up to shoulder height—but no farther. Again, make sure to hinge your wrists fully and swing to a full finish. You can expect a higher-trajectory ball flight and greater stopping power, which makes it much easier to attack those difficult front and tucked pin locations.

Posted 14 October, 2017 by E. Marino in Golf.com

Swinging past parallel could be just what your game needs   Leave a comment

PASTYou want more distance. You need more speed. Here’s how the math works: for every mile-per-hour you add to your driver swing, you can tack on three extra yards off the tee. You can gain 10 mph simply by swinging past parallel. That’s 30 extra yards!

Getting past parallel isn’t about extending your arms back higher or farther, or forcing a shoulder turn your body isn’t capable of making. Your key: Become "softer" at the top of your backswing. Allow your wrists to hinge fully and your elbows to bend a bit more than normal

It should feel like the clubhead is "dipping" a few inches at the top. That little dip means your driver has to travel just that much farther to get back to the ball, giving you extra time to build speed. The idea is to reach max velocity when the clubhead meets ball. Now go hit it like you mean it!

Posted 14 October, 2017 by E. Marino in Golf.com

How to get more out of your long bunker shots   Leave a comment

If you’re the kind of golfer who makes freenside bunker shots look easy, but back up 15 to 20 yards and find it almost impossible to get the ball to the hole, it’s time to understand technique.

Why? Because your greenside maneuver doesn’t generate the necessary clubhead speed to get the ball close from 30 or 40 yards. You need more speed for longer blasts, and the way to get it is to make the following two swing adjustments.

STEP 1: SWING BIG

 LOW HANDICAPPER  Make a full turn as though you were trying to hit a full 7-iron—you should turn until your left shoulder is under your chin and your back is facing the target. Most amateurs don’t make a big enough backswing on these shots and instead try to muscle the ball out of the sand. That’s how you take too much sand and come up way short of the hole. Make a big turn both back and through—pretend you have 140 yards to the pin, rather than 40.

STEP 2: EXTEND THE RIGHT ELBOW

 LOW HANDICAPPER  Unlike a short or mid-range greenside bunker shot, you want the clubhead to turn over and release, which will give you more distance. To encourage a full release, straighten your right arm through the hitting area. Extending the right elbow will allow the clubhead to accelerate faster through the sand, hitting the ball the required distance.

Posted 14 October, 2017 by E. Marino in Golf.com

How to pitch it closer and attack every pin   Leave a comment

You play well, but you want to shave those last few strokes off your handicap. Pitching it closer is a guaranteed way to save shots every single round.

HOW TO PITCH IT CLOSE TO ANY PIN

Pin position is everything when it comes to planning and executing an effective pitch shot. Here’s how to attack a short pin, which requires the ball to quickly sit down, and a long pin, which will demand plenty of roll.

SHORT PIN: USE LOFT TO MAKE THE BALL SIT
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If there’s little room between you and the pin, take your most lofted wedge, play the ball forward in your stance, and open the face a few degrees.

You’re 20 yards off the green, with a pin cut near the green’s front edge. To stop the ball quickly, use your most lofted wedge and play the ball forward in your stance, to increase the club’s effective loft.

A heads-up: The clubface will want to close and point left of your target, so open the face a few degrees and check that you’re properly aimed.

Posted 9 September, 2017 by E. Marino in Golf.com, Pitch, Tips

For consistent ballstriking, use an magazine   Leave a comment

PLLongDo you struggle to hit good irons consistently, round after round?

You may suffer from a poor setup. To fix this, take an issue of magazine and lay it on the ground, with the front and back covers face up. Assume your address using a mid-iron and position the ball opposite the magazine’s spine, with the instep of each foot opposite the outer edges. Align your hands with the spine so that the shaft leans slightly toward the target.

Bend from the hips enough so that your eyes are over the magazine’s top edge. Your arms should hang naturally from your shoulders, placing the butt of the club over the bottom edge of the issue. Master these setup positions and you can expect to hit a lot more greens.

For consistent ballstriking, use a magazine as your setup guide. Align the ball with the spine, and get the instep of each foot even with the magazine’s outer edges.

Bend from the hips until your eyes are even with the top edge of the magazine, and let your arms hang down.

Posted 9 September, 2017 by E. Marino in Golf.com, Tips