5 Driving, 5 Wedge Play and 5 Putting Mistakes
May31

5 Driving, 5 Wedge Play and 5 Putting Mistakes

Mistakes—we’re all going to make them, especially on the golf course. Luckily, this isn’t a game that demands perfection. Even on Tour, low scores can be had without being perfect on every swing. The key is to limit the mistakes that can cause the most damage and jump on scoring opportunities whenever they arise. At the highest level, on-course mistakes typically take the form of a slight mis-hit or an error in club selection. Within the recreational ranks, however, mistakes run the gamut from poor mechanics to poor course strategy. However, you don’t need an overhaul of your swing to keep many of these mistakes at bay and, certainly, there’s no need to correct them all. It’s a simple matter of fixing the ones that produce the type of results from which recovery is impossible. I’ll address 15 of these over the next several pages, encompassing the areas of driving, wedge play and putting. By doing so, you’ll be in better position off the tee—a blessing for most recreational players—and have greater ability to get the ball close and into the hole. Driving Driving is paramount to success. As you probably know, the flood of low scores on Tour is fueled by longer, more accurate drives that leave shorter approaches into the green. Eliminating common driving mistakes will leave you with the same, welcomed proposition. Mistake #1: Equipment A big mistake recreational players make when driving occurs even before the swing is begun—more specifically, even before the round has begun. Some golfers are dead-set in their belief that a driver should feature no more than nine degrees of loft. Most recreational players would be better served by a driver with 11 or even 12 degrees of loft for several reasons. One, more loft creates more backspin, and more backspin means less sidespin and, thus, less slice and hook. Second, it’s becoming apparent that it’s easier to create optimal launch conditions with a high-lofted driver. Many Tour players and long-drive competitors are increasing the lofts on their drivers to create the higher angle associated with optimal launch. Also, don’t make the mistake of thinking you need a stiffer shaft than what your swing realistically needs. If you’re not sure what flex is right for you, err on the “flexier” side. A key component of successful driving is getting the face square and through the golf ball, which is more easily accomplished with a softer flex. If the shaft is too stiff, you’ll have to make compensations to get that head to turn over. Mistake #2: Level Shoulders I know you’ve heard it a thousand times before, but I’ll repeat it...

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Shoulder Golf Stretches for Fluid Power and Consistency : Golf Instructional
May21

Shoulder Golf Stretches for Fluid Power and Consistency : Golf Instructional

Shoulder flexibility for golf is an essential aspect of a fluid golf swing. The shoulder joint itself is a classic ball and socket joint. Similar to the hip but with a lot less stabilization.  This design allows the joint a lot of motion in all planes of movement but puts it at a greater risk of injury. Even as mobile as the shoulder joint is made to be, if not moved through its full range of motion on a regular basis, golfers over 50 will  begin to very quickly lose the motion needed for a consistent golf swing. So lets get technical for one sentence and define the motions that we want to target in the shoulder. The motions most commonly limited that restrict the golf swing include the motions of  ABDuction, horizontal ADDuction, and external rotation. Formal definitions out of the way, lets focus on why you might need to work on your shoulder motion. The Golf Backswing – Left Shoulder And Arm In regards to your left arm (assuming you are right handed…no offense to the south paws out there, we love you too), the left arm needs to reach across the body during the backswing. The upper half of your left arm should be touching your left chest muscle (called horizontal adduction).   Right Shoulder And Arm Your right shoulder needs to have good range in two different motions: abduction plus external rotation. Shoulder Abduction:   Shoulder External Rotation We find a lot of golfers over 50 without lacking the shoulder external rotation needed to get the golf swing on plane. This will cause your elbow to “fly out” or “chicken wing” in your backswing. As I have mentioned in previous articles, there are two different ways that you can and should stretch the shoulder. Use both stretches involving static holding and stretches that are more dynamic, with shorter hold times. Dynamic Golf StretchesDynamic stretches address both muscle/tendon length and the mobility of the shoulder joint itself. Generally, you don’t want to hold a specific position for more than 5 seconds with dynamic stretching. Below is a great dynamic stretch to improve shoulder mobility for a fuller, more fluid backswing. 1. Alternating Arm Cross golf Stretch Begin with arms in front of you. Reach across your body with one arm and use the other arm to increase the stretch while rotating your head the opposite direction. Hold for 3 seconds and repeat to the opposite side. Do 10+ repetitions.   2. Wall Angels Golf Stretch Wall angels address both shoulder abduction and external rotation. This is a great stretch for the shoulders and is also great...

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Why ReGrip Your Golf Clubs
May05

Why ReGrip Your Golf Clubs

When you have been constantly practicing shots with your golf club, chances are quite high that the grip is being worn out and is turning flimsy. It is then a good idea, and a necessary measure, that you re-grip your club to get back the new, sturdy feeling again. New golf grips are robust and firm, thus giving you a steady hold over the club. The traction is, in turn, indispensable for you to have an accurate judgement and to make that perfect shot. When the club begins to slip in your hands, it is bound to also fling away when you attempt to putt the ball. As your shots start to go awry, you might also end up demoralizing yourself to be a terrible golf player, something that will give you bad nightmares, if golf is what you live for. Chances for such a letdown are particularly high during the wet seasons. But before you lose heart, or your ball, we are here to tell you that all you need is a change of the golf grip, to have you right back into the game. Bring in the punch to your shots with the ideally firm, and tough, golf grip. It is not just an overuse that wilts down the grip. Even heat, moisture, dirt and ozone can do this to your golf grip. Getting down to the details, a good golf grip will let you have a skilfully light wrist action, one that doesn’t really need too much pressure or tension in swinging the golf club. This lets you masterfully make accurate strokes, without being weighed down by any subconscious inhibitions of losing your club or swinging the ball out of the field. This will also prevent any arm pull or wrist injuries, which golfers are usually prone to. A new and sturdy golf grip will smoothen your swing mechanics, and will give you a greater sense of power and control over your shots. Since it is the grip that backs the shot, the perfect golf grip will surely bring you closer to your hole-in-one dream. So, now you know why it is necessary that you re-grip your golf club time and again. A new set of golf grips will effectively bring about a change in your confidence, and in your game. (img source info...

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