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Improve your Driving

Improve your Driving

| December 2, 2013 | 0 Comments

Do you stand on the tee with driver in hand and hope to hit the fairway?

Driving seems to be most of my students main concern and the recent poll on my site saw 29.17% of responses say that driving was the worst part of their game.  Irons came in 2nd at 18%.

Having the ball in play with your tee shots sets you up for the rest of the hole so let’s look some things to improve your driving.

Focus on a definite target, not just somewhere down there!!
Aiming for a particular target when driving and not just the fairway in general will assist you in focusing on hitting the ball to a target.  If your target is the width of the fairway and you happen to miss your target, you are destined to finish in the rough or trees.  By narrowing your focus to a single point you can still miss your target but still a big chance to still finish on the fairway and in play.

Pick a definite target with all shots

Pick a definite target with all shots

You can apply this with all your shots and not just driver…  Take a positive approach to every shot.  If there is trouble then hit toward a new target away from where the trouble is, not just away from it.

Is driver the correct club choice for the hole?
The pro’s don’t hit driver every hole as their main focus is not length from the tee.  Ensuring the ball is in play will set you up for the rest of the hole.

Things to consider when choosing the club to tee off with on a particular hole:

  • Width of Fairway – Is the fairway wider where your 3 wood or hybrid lands? Then ask yourself if you would increase your chances of hitting the fairway by using something other than a driver.
  • Hazards – Are there fairway bunkers or water to contend with?  Aim to land short or hit over hazards rather than trying to miss them left or right.  Taking the hazard out of play will ensure you wont waste shots by going in them.
  • Dogleg run out – If the hole is doglegged and you can potentially hit the ball through the fairway, consider choosing a club to get you the correct distance to the dogleg.
  • Poor Form – How are you hitting your driver?  No use flogging a dead horse!!  If you are not having a bad day with your driver then consider going back to your fairway woods to get the ball into play.

Are you trying to out drive your partners?
Everyone has a handicap for a reason.  We are all different standards with different abilities and hit the ball different distances, so play your own game every hole and try not to be influenced by someone you are playing with.

Have a lesson
Having a golf professional give you advice to improve your technique, mindset and checking that your driver is right for you will help answer a lot of the questions about why you may be struggling with your driving.

 

David Williams AAA Rated PGA Professional Wilson Staff - Brand Ambassador Website: www.willowgolf.com.aui

David Williams
AAA Rated PGA Professional
Wilson Staff – Brand Ambassador
Website: www.willowgolf.com.aui

 

 

Putting Distance Control Drill

Putting Distance Control Drill

| November 30, 2013 | 0 Comments

Having good distance control is vital for consistent putting.  When a golfer hits a bad putt that finishes more than a metre from the hole, the majority of the time it will be caused by the distance the ball travels and not the direction.  When faced with a breaking putt, distance control becomes even more crucial as it will affect how much the putt breaks as well.

The Ladder Drill will help you to gain a good feel for distance which will help you get your longer putts closer to the hole.

  • Set up 2 tees or coins on the green roughly 2 putter lengths apart.
  • Start from 2 putter lengths away
  • Get 5 golf balls in a row to finish in between the 2 tees
  • The trick is to make each putt finish a little further than the last and still in between the tees.
The Ladder Drill for Putting

The Ladder Drill for Putting

Once you can get 5 putts to finish progressively further in the target area then move back another putter length.  If a ball finishes outside the target area or out of sequence then start over.

You can set yourself a distance goal or time frame to complete a certain goal.  You can also practice this in a carpeted hallway at home or in the office.

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Drive Straighter and Longer

Drive Straighter and Longer

| November 28, 2013 | 0 Comments

Everything we do should be about being able to deliver the club correctly to the ball on our way from the top of the backswing through to finish.

Miss-hits are the main reason for a lack of potential distance that your technique might produce.  I see so many golfer tee up the ball high, but then place the club on the ground with the sweetspot directly below the ball.

Addressing the ball with the sweet spot below the ball can lead to miss-hits

Addressing the ball with the sweet spot below the ball can lead to miss-hits

I used to tee the ball up like this and my miss hits would always strike the face towards the heel or nearer to the hosel.  Gear effect would usually mean a heel impact on the face would produce fade or slice spin.

I now tee the ball up so that when the club is on the ground behind the ball, the ball is positioned on the toe of the club.  This improved my ball striking with my driver immediately.

Addressing the ball so the toe is behind the ball will improve contact at impact

Addressing the ball so the toe is behind the ball will improve contact at impact

Here is the reason why…
When you strike the ball through impact, each golfer will have a set radius of their swing.  The radius of the swing is the length of your target side arm and club from shoulder to clubhead.

If you place the club on the ground at address and then lift the club up a couple of inches off the ground, if you maintain your radius the club will not only move up but also away from the body.  This is due to the fact that we play golf on an incline plane.

Centre Impact is essential for distance and control

Centre Impact is essential for distance and control

Since we must ensure that we make solid contact with the ball through impact it then seems logical that we allow for any differences from where we address the ball to where we need to strike the ball.

So in the photo below, we can see that SET UP should be with the toe of the club behind the ball (Blue Line) and IMPACT should happen with the sweetspot making contact with the ball (Yellow Line)

Setting up to allow for impact to happen correctly will lead to better ball striking

Setting up to allow for impact to happen correctly will lead to better ball striking

 

So now with teeing the ball up on the toe of the club, the golfer won’t need to make any compensations by:  shortening their radius (bending of the target side elbow or wrist) or by moving their centre of gravity either back or up to create room.

If the golfer sees the ball as slightly further away at address it will help promote extension through impact and allow the golfer to maintain their radius.  The result of this will be a more centered impact with less loss of potential distance and straighter shots.

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AAA Rated PGA Professional
Wilson Staff – Brand Ambassador
Website: www.willowgolf.com.au