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Fix your slice   Leave a comment

Fault: Slicing, caused by pulling the club across the line
Fix: Raise your lead heel as you deliver the club

fryer-sliceThe slice typically starts with the development of an out-to-in attack path. This swing path makes it difficult to rotate the club face back to square consistently, resulting in slices and pulled shots.

While any number of things can cause the over-the-top swing shape, it can only take place if your weight movement allows it to. The slicer turns too early into the lead heel or ‘spins out’. Attack this tendency and you can change your swing pattern. Here’s the four key things to remember when you’re trying to fix it:

  1. Chest-on attack
    Thrust weight into your lead heel early in the downswing and you can get chest-on, attacking the ball from outside the line (see picture above).
  2. Raise the heel
    Swing to the top, allowing your lead heel to raise slightly. But as you move into the downswing, keep it raised.
  3. Hold position
    With your lead heel raised, your lead side is primed to hold its position throughout the downswing. By delaying the turn back through the arms can drop the club more on an inside path, promoting a squarer delivery of the club.
  4. Train the move
    You can use this drill on the course, but try it in practice first. It takes a few shots to get used to the feeling of pressure increasing under the ball of the foot. But in time, work the feeling into your regular, full- speed action.
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Posted 11 July, 2017 by E. Marino in Tips, Today´s Golfer

How far behind the ball should I hit a bunker shot?   Leave a comment

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This two-step drill will fix your bunker shots for good

Most golfers understand that when playing a short bunker shot, you normally want to hit the sand behind the ball. Unfortunately, many try to achieve this and help achieve loft by striking down into the sand very steeply. This steep angle of attack is doomed to fail.

You need the back edge of the sole of the club to strike the sand first. This allows the bounce of the clubhead to assist the club forwards through the sand, controlling the amount of sand between the ball and the clubface.

This only works when the angle of attack is shallow. When it gets too steep, the sharper, leading edge of the sole hits the sand and the club digs down. This will rob the club of momentum, cause a poor contact, and likely leave your ball sat in the bunker staring back at you.

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 Make a footprint in the sand

Make a footprint in the sand. Your goal with the bunker shot should be to remove the entire footprint. You can only achieve this with a shallow angle of attack. If your angle of attack is too steep, you won’t be able to keep the club moving behind halfway through the footprint.

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Now add a ball

Add the ball to the middle of the footprint and do the same thing. You’ll be amazed how nicely the ball floats out of the sand. On the course, simply imagine the footprint around the ball and do the same thing.

Posted 17 March, 2017 by E. Marino in Bunker, Today´s Golfer

Four-ball better ball handicap allowances have changed for 2016   Leave a comment

Rules of GolfSeveral changes to the Rules of Golf came into effect on 1st January 2016. Among them, the handicap allowance in four-ball better ball format changed from 75% of the difference in handicap between you and the best player in your group to a more generous 90%.

The number of extra shots that gives you obviously depends on the difference in your handicaps, as an extra 15% of 28 is more than an extra 15% of five.

Four-ball better ball handicap allowances

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Posted 1 November, 2016 by E. Marino in Notes, Today´s Golfer

How to save par from an upslope   Leave a comment

Should you risk a tough pitch, hammer a putt or reach for your hybrid?

Your approach comes up just short of the target, rolls off the front of the green and down a slope. Now you’re left with a tough up-and-down and club choice is vital. When you’re assessing it think about what your aim is. Is it to get the ball really close, or just to be on the green? If you’ve got to get it really close you might risk a wedge, but there’s a chance of getting the strike wrong and missing the green altogether.

A putter is a safer option, but the fact it requires a really firm hit increases the likelihood of coming up short, particularly if you face a really steep incline. Then there’s the hybrid. It is something that lots of you wouldn’t try, but it’s a very useful club. It gives more speed as it’s hotter off the face and runs well along the floor giving you good consistency and a great chance of a putt for par.

Wedge
A risk. From 10 shots you might get four close but six will miss the green. Use less loft and more bounce. Take a wide stance, stay low and keep your hands back to stop the leading edge digging into the slope. 

Hybrid
The safest play. The long shaft increases the mishit risk, so grip down and stand close, like a putt. Press your hands forward slightly, weight favouring the left side and focus on swinging your shoulders.

Putter
A safe play. The only danger is leaving it short as people often hit long putts into the ground, killing the pace. To counter this move the ball up in your stance, lean back a little and allow wrist hinge.

Posted 11 May, 2015 by E. Marino in Today´s Golfer