Put your right knee into it   Leave a comment

Weight-shiftShifting your weight toward the target allows you to apply your body mass to the strike.

A good drill to get that weight moving forward is to make practice swings focusing on the movement of the right knee.

It should move outward toward the ball and forward toward the target as you start the downswing.

Knee action was a hallmark to his powerful swing.


Posted 13 January, 2018 by E. Marino in GolfDigest

When big effort leads to small drives   Leave a comment

More-powerYou’re playing with a couple of really big bombers, and you’re trying to keep up. After they blow it way by you on a couple of holes, you start swinging harder to pick up extra yards. But the harder you go after it, the shorter your tee shots go. What gives?

Average golfers don’t play enough to control a super-fast swing. They’re trying so hard to smash the ball, they have the club moving its fastest in the wrong place—at the start of the downswing instead of the bottom of the arc. They also often lose their balance swinging harder, and that makes centerface contact a challenge. If you want more distance, don’t try to kill it. Swing with a smoother tempo and concentrate on hitting the ball in the sweet spot. Here’s how:

First, make practice swings varying the amount of effort. Swing at 50 percent of your fastest, then 60 percent, then 70 percent and so on. You’ll start noticing that the "swoosh" sound the club makes comes later and later in the swing. You certainly don’t want to hear it before the clubhead reaches the ball.

The proper grip also will help you pick up yardage. Be sure to hold the handle so you feel the connection of the top-hand thumb (left thumb for right-handers) to the lifeline of the lower hand. You also want to feel pressure in the last three fingers of the top hand and the middle two fingers of the bottom hand. Holding the club in this manner gives you control, while allowing your wrists to remain flexible, so they can release the club like a whip through the ball.

If you can do that, you won’t have to stare at the back of your playing partners’ heads all day.

Posted 13 January, 2018 by E. Marino in GolfDigest

Ball buried on the upslope? You need speed   Leave a comment

One of the most difficult lies you can get in a greenside bunker is when the ball embeds a little into the upslope. This is especially true if the sand is soft. It’s difficult from an awkward stance to swing with enough acceleration to get the ball out of a slightly buried lie. But how to generate the power necessary to execute this tricky shot?.

Posted 13 January, 2018 by E. Marino in Bunker, GolfDigest

Slicers: Try to Hook It   Leave a comment

Butch-Harmon-drivingDoing the opposite will fix that miss to the righ

Maybe you only sometimes hit that big slider to the right off the tee, or maybe you fear it every time you step up. Whatever the case, a slice happens when the clubface is open to the path of the swing at impact.

The move that typically leaves the face open is the back shoulder lurching toward the ball at the start of the downswing—a common problem when golfers swing hard. When the shoulder moves out, it pushes the club onto an out-to-in path, and the clubface will usually be open to that path when it reaches the ball. Fore right!

First, close your feet, hips and shoulders to the target at address.

Second, swing the club back slightly to the inside as you turn your shoulders to the top.

Third, start the downswing by shifting your lower body toward the target, taking care to keep your right shoulder—for righties—back and in.

Finally, swing your arms and the club out and through the ball, letting your left elbow fold down and the upper part of your left arm stay close to your side. Your right arm will release over your left, squaring the face. It’s the quickest way to fix a slice.

Posted 13 January, 2018 by E. Marino in GolfDigest, Notes, Tips

Want to hit it longer? For more power, break the speed limit   Leave a comment

According to TrackMan statistics, the average 7-iron clubhead speed on the PGA Tour is 90 mph. The average male recreational golfer, on the other hand, swings the same club at closer to 75 mph, which is why he hits his 7-iron about 140 yards, compared with 170 to 180 yards for the Tour guys.

One reason amateurs generate so much less clubhead speed is that they try to hit "to" the ball rather than "through" it. The fastest part of your swing should occur after impact, not before. If this sounds like your problem, here are two drills that can help get your speed in the right place and create faster clubhead and ball speeds.


 Straight Hitter Find a chair that’s about as wide as your stance and straddle it so you feel some pressure on the insides of your legs. Take your normal address position with a 7-iron and turn your shoulders slowly to the top until you can’t turn them anymore. The chair will keep you from turning your hips, which will allow you to feel the sensation of coiling your upper body against your lower half.

The more tension and resistance you create this way, the more potential energy and clubhead speed you’ll create in your downswing. Practice this drill several times a day for a few weeks, and you’ll soon find yourself wielding a powerful slingshot motion through impact.

Do you gasp a little every time you hear that a Tour player has pulled a 7-iron to hit a ball that’s 180 yards from the green? The pros achieve that kind of distance by hitting through the ball, not to it. Straddling a chair to keep your hips stationary as your shoulders turn back is a good way to get a feel for the proper power-generating resistance you need in your swing.


 Straight Hitter Hold a 7-iron across your shoulders and make a full shoulder turn to the top. As you start down, picture the spot on the ground where the butt end of the shaft is pointing as you reach the top, then bump your left hip forward without moving the grip.

This will help get your hips, rather than your shoulders, started first, and this will allow you to create greater separation between your hips and shoulders and retain more of the coil created in your backswing as you swing down. That’s how you generate maximum speed after the ball. You want to lead with your hips and turn them as fast as you can from the top while leaving your shoulders in place.

Once you reach the top, bump your left hip toward the target, which will help give your hips a head start over your shoulders in the race to impact. More separation between your hips and shoulders in the downswing means more power transferred to the ball.

Posted 23 December, 2017 by E. Marino in Golf.com

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.

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

Putting   Leave a comment

imageThe three of us put our minds together to really determine the most important aspect of sinking a clutch putt. A soft grip and a smooth stroke back and through matter.

But kept coming back to as the key to holing a crucial putt is a steady head. Any excessive head movement can cause you to roll the ball on a different line than you intended, or alter the face so it’s no longer square to that line.

You’re anxious to see where the ball’s going, and it’s hard not to track the movement of the putter or ball with your eyes. But to make sure you give yourself the very best chance of making one, you’ve got to check your head. Keep it as still as possible.

Just remember not to tense up simply because you’ve got this feeling of being in lockdown with your noggin. In fact, when you stand over the putt, don’t make a stroke until you feel your shoulders and jaw bone relax. When the tension is gone, hit the putt and don’t look up for at least a full second.

You don’t need to see it go in. It’s way more illin’ to hear the ball rattle around as you stare at your opponent.

Posted 10 December, 2017 by E. Marino in GolfDigest, Putter