Fat-proof pitching: Stop duffing the short shots   Leave a comment

There’s something about shots from 30 to 60 yards that give a lot of golfers fits. The biggest problem is making a backswing that’s too long, and then, in fear of hitting the shot too far, slowing the club down as it approaches the ball. The typical result is contact with the ground behind the ball—the dreaded fat shot. If this is your issue, here are four ways to make your pitching swing foolproof—or fat-proof, if you prefer.



Posted 22 August, 2017 by E. Marino in GolfDigest, Leadbetter, Tips

Stop blading shots   Leave a comment

Put your game on your shoulders

correct-shoulder-tiltPure shots feel way different than mis-hits, obviously, but what exactly is the cause of all those bladed shots and weak grounders?

It’s probably your shoulders.

Shoulder tilt is the inclination in relationship to the ground. Looking at the illustrations above, if you drew a line across the top of your shoulders, it’s the relative angle you’d get. On the left, your shoulders are tilted more toward the ground. On the right, they’re nearly parallel to the ground.

Whether you start with decent shoulder tilt and lose it during the swing or never establish it, you make it really hard to keep the bottom of your swing within a consistent range. And when you can’t put the bottom of your swing consistently in the same place, you’ll struggle to routinely center the clubface on the back of the ball and launch the shot at an ideal trajectory.

To improve your tilt, you first need a frame of reference to establish the correct feel. Get in your stance and hold a club across your chest with the butt end facing your target. Now mimic a backswing.

When fully turned, the grip should be angled toward the ground, not level with it. That’s good tilt.

Posted 22 August, 2017 by E. Marino in GolfDigest, Tips

Pitching to a short-sided pin   Leave a comment

Zip through the grass with an open face

short-sided-shotWhen the pin is close to the edge of the green you’re playing from and you’ve got a little cushion of grass, try to put some zip on the ball to make it stop quickly once it lands. By holding off the rotation of my right arm, You can add some real speed to your swing. The added loft from the open clubface and the extra spin it puts on the ball makes it easier to get it close to the hole.

You still need your hands involved with a feel shot like this, but you want them synced with the rotation of your body as you turn toward the target.

If you keep those tattoos skyward, you’ll make better contact and have a real chance at getting up and down.

Posted 22 August, 2017 by E. Marino in GolfDigest, Tips

Trigger Your Touch   Leave a comment

How to control distance with two fingers

Initiate movement using your right thumb and forefinger.

magazine-2010-04-maar01-smith-220To create the feel you need to chip it close, use the thumb and forefinger of your right hand to initiate the movement. Those fingers are crucial to controlling wrist hinge, which is the key to hitting accurate distances.

As you start back, squeeze the grip with a trigger-finger action (right), letting your right wrist hinge and the club move slightly inward and upward. Once you’ve done that, simply maintain that hinge as you pivot your body toward the target through impact. Your goal is to keep the shaft leaning forward and to make ball-first contact.

The most common amateur mistake, is gripping the club in the right palm, which makes it harder to hinge the club correctly and control distance.

Posted 12 August, 2017 by E. Marino in GolfDigest, Putter, Tips

Drive it lower in crosswinds   Leave a comment

What to do when wind is zipping across the fairway

There are only two scenarios where it makes good sense to hit your driver lower than normal. The first is when you know the ball is going to run a long way once it hits the fairway. The second is when the wind is really blowing across the fairway, and it’s going to greatly affect your normal shot shape. For example, strong gusts from the left could wreak havoc on someone who slices. That golfer needs to flight the ball lower just to keep it in play.

To hit your driver lower, make these adjustments: (1) Tee the ball a half inch lower than you usually do, and grip down on the handle about an inch. (2) Make a slightly shorter backswing. (3) Strike the ball with a level blow, meaning the clubhead should be moving low, just above the ground through impact.

A good swing thought is to quiet your wrists as you swing back and through. The ball will come out lower and be less susceptible to the breeze.

1.) Grip: Hold it lower on the handle.


2.) Backswing: Stay compact.


3.) Impact: Strike the ball with a level blow.


Posted 12 August, 2017 by E. Marino in GolfDigest, Tips, Tom Watson

Loft it high from a bunker with ease   Leave a comment

loft-from-bunker-leadFor most weekend golfers, the typical greenside bunker shot is already an ordeal to be avoided. Toss in a towering bunker face and an overhanging lip, and that sand shot can make you feel like you’re in a remake of Escape From Alcatraz. Good news: Freeing yourself is easier than you think. Just copy the following setup and swing adjustments, and you’ll loft the ball higher, making the most penal hazards look easy.





 SENIOR PLAYER Take an extra-wide stance, with your feet outside your shoulders. Dial the clubface slightly open and hold your hands as low as they can comfortably go. Then angle the shaft back so that the grip end of the club is clearly behind the ball, pointing just to the right of your belly button. This will make it easier to throw the clubhead under the ball, which will add much-needed loft to the shot.

Take a wide stance (as you might use with your driver), open the clubface and tilt the shaft back. This position will allow you to get maximum loft out of the clubhead


 SENIOR PLAYER As you start back, pick the club up steeply with your arms, quickly pointing the clubhead to the sky. Don’t worry about a big shoulder turn or getting your arms to a certain position—this shot is all about the angle of attack. From the top, swing down steeply along your stance line, throwing the clubhead under the ball with nice speed. As the club exits the sand, pull your hands and the club in tight to your body. This will ensure that the clubhead travels upward through impact, adding loft to the face and extra height to your shot.

This shot requires a steep angle of attack on both sides of the ball. Take the club straight up to the top in the backswing, follow that same path down to the ball, and then pull the club in tight and finish with a steep follow-through.

Posted 12 July, 2017 by E. Marino in Golf.com

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.

Posted 11 July, 2017 by E. Marino in Tips, Today´s Golfer