Golf Tips-Women Golfers

I thought I would give a shout out to all the women golfers (I am one). I have been doing some research on some easy techniques and tips to improve our swing. If we improve our swing and have a good putting game, we at least will lower our scores. Personally I am looking for new techniques, drills that will help me with my game in any way I can. This is why I am going to share what I have found with all of you, to maybe help with your game as it has helped me with mine.

How Important Is A Practice Swing

Some golfers say that the practice swing is not that important, well to these golfers who say this. I have one question, is your swing and other parts of your game perfect, is then I guess it works for you not to have a practice swing before you hit the ball for real. I am constantly on the range practicing my swing, focusing on certain aspects of it, such as my stance, swing speed, and followed through for the most part, so that when I am on the course, my muscle memory will remember the swing and I should perform it well.Golfer- woman

If I do not take a practice swing it never failed, I would either top the ball or not have followed through so that the shot would spray right. You guessed it, I would slice the ball every time. I am not saying that I did not slice the ball or duff the ball when I took a practice swing, but 95% of the time, I hit the ball with good contact.

The practice swing is a rehearsal for the best possible shot, and if you choose not to do a practice swing, you leave yourself open to inconsistencies in your swing, which of course will result in higher scores.

The best practice shots are done in the same way that you would swing for the real shot. This is taking a swing and lightly brushing the grass and posing at the end of your followed through. This is all done next to the ball on the fairway or tee (if it is your drive). If this does not feel right, then do it again and again til it does.

Chipping It Close/Females

If swinging right-handed, your weight should be on the left side of your body, leaning into the shot with your wrists out in front, this will create a descending blow upon impact. Your arms should be relaxed while choking down about an inch on the grip of the club. Your stance should be narrow with the legs very quiet and comfortable. The ball will be placed in the middle of your stance to your comfort level of stretch. Then everything that we have learned, just swing away with the impact to the ball being at the bottom of your swing, keeping the triangle shape with the shoulders and hands for more consistent, true shot, Follow through should be smooth and end up facing your hips towards the target. These tips for the perfect chip shot into the green.pitching wedge-34284

The Faulty Golf Swing

I would like to go through some swing faults and why and how we do them, and of course how to correct them.

I guess I want to mention first that conditioning is key to making good and great golf swings, so strengthening our core, flexibility, and having a good stance is where we should start, now lets take a look at a faulty swing that is more popular with women than men.

The sway and slide is a symptom that the hips are not working properly with your swing. What this means is that when swinging back the hips will have a swaying motion and when coming through the swing if your swing has a slide motion this is called the sway and slide motion of your hips. This will also create power leaks in your swing, which results in power left unused. The sway and slide also allows a lot of room for error, especially the control of the swing, which will lead to miss hits every time.

Now lets take a look on how to perform a swing the correct way. First lets practice a quick drill to work on. Using your hips and turning them forward without using the legs, first the left leg, then the right, this is the approach of the swing for a right-handed golfer. Of course do the opposite way for a left-handed golfer. For this drill you could also (having no club in hand) put your hands and arms across your chest, while crossing them, and practice rotating your shoulders, without moving your hips. These are two simple drills that will help strengthen your core muscles and flexibility.

After getting this practice down, it is time to use it with a club and ball on the range, hopefully this will get rid of the sway and slide swing we had before.

 

Creating The Perfect Swing To Drive The Ball

Everyone wants to hit their drive straighter and farther, being women we are no different, when you hit a good drive, it takes off the pressure on your second (fairway) shot and short game, which ultimately leads to lower scores.

We want to minimize your side spin and your back spin, by creating more top spin on the ball. In order to do this we will have to swing through the ball to create top spin, which is key to hitting the drive longer and straighter, this is called driver downswing.

Let’s compare, when hitting iron shots, you want to hit down on the swing impact to get the lift in the club, which will make the ball stop quicker (hopefully on the green) and have little run on the ball.ladies hand teeing it up

The driver is the only club that you get to tee the ball up, which will create an up spin on the ball if hit appropriately. All of your iron shots, you’re hitting down on the ball, when hitting your driver we will want to do things a little differently.

While swinging back with your driver, you will switch weight on back foot at about 10-20%, then hold it for a second or so, before throwing the club forward until impact with the ball, then the weight will transfer to your front foot, and hips turned at target. You should get the results you are looking for. This swing really works well for me and I suggest everyone give it a try on the range takes a strong core, relaxed arms, without relaxing your fingers to hang onto the club through swing. Do not let your body or hands get out in front of you and when taking your practice swing, listen for a swoosh sound.

In Conclusion

Women and men have the same golf swing except for the sway and slide that some women have naturally in their swing. This can be fixed if you just practice some tips listed above. Women also need to work on our core strength and flexibility in order to get a better golf swing and to perform the perfect golf swing. All the thing that I have learned here, the one that sticks out is, Practice, Practice, Practice.

 

Keep Golfing,

Bobbi

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The Simple Golf Swing – Review -Taking Off Strokes

This training has helped thousands of golfers improve their golf game by dropping strokes off their handicap up to 7 strokes in 2 weeks. I know that when I read this, my first thought was, yeah right, sure it does. So I set out to prove them wrong, well lets see how that turned out.SIMPLE  SWING

How Does The Simple Golf Swing Help You?

I have gathered some reviews that some golfers have left on The Simple Golf Swing Website and they seem to be mostly posit. Here is a small list of what some of them are saying:

1) “I swing with better tempo”

2) “I can hit the ball straighter”

3) “Slicing has become a thing of the past”

4) “Hitting irons more consistently”

5) “I have dropped 9 strokes off my game in three weeks”

6) “Golf is fun again”

7) “I have consistency on the fairways”

8) “Makes you think about only the important aspects of the swing-not all the other intricate details”

9) “I am making solid contact on every shot”

Looking at the comments on the website and the ones listed here, because there are numerous, the positive things that people are saying. I summed up that the product simplifies the set-up and makes it easier to have a repeatable swing when making more precise contact with the ball.

 

Numerous Products

Listed in the catalog section on the Simple Golf Swing Website DVD’s that I have listed below.

1) Simple Golf Swing-Bunker/Sand Shots

2) Simple Golf Swing-How To Hit A Draw

3) Simple Golf Swing-The Drive

4) Simple Golf Swing-The Full Swing

5) Simple Golf Swing-Putting Performance

6) Simple Golf Swing-Short Game

These DVD”s range in price from $47-$72
The Simple Swing Products have helped over 13,000 golfers around the world (I like that it’s not localized to the United States) improve their game. This system is geared to help people of all skill levels ( except for the newbie who has never played golf) because it is easy to comprehend and can definitely be implemented into your game.

The Simple Golf Swing offers a 100% satisfaction guarantee, if not satisfied with your purchase of any DVD, you will have 90 days (from the date of purchase) to return the DVD and request a refund. This can be done through Pay Pal or they will mail you a check if that is the way you want to go.tim clark- bunker shot

 

 

Tips and Secrets

In the DVD”s it will show you simplistic ways to improve your golf swing.

If you are like me, things I need to work on of a good swing, while at the driving range, my golf swing is consistency and straightening out the drive.

With this system they say what needs to be focused on is to hit longer straighter shots, which greatly improves your distance, not just on the drives, but all full swing shots. Well that sounds simple enough. However, at the range going through my routines of the skills that I do. I am hitting straight, powerful shots with consistency, because of the focus I give to my back swing, my follow through, etc. I do this with every shot. When I am through, I usually feel pretty darn good about how I am striking the ball and with consistency. Does this sound familiar, then it happens, maybe that day or the next day when I go out and play a round with friends or whomever. First tee box, tee it up, boom, huge slice almost going out of bounds. “What The Heck!” I then shake it off, I thought I did anyway and I top my next shot. This goes on and off throughout the round. I am not happy, what did I do wrong?

Watching a couple of the DVD’s and while we are on the range we are truly just thinking about your swing, the stance or approach to the ball, keeping all working parts of your swing in tempo. When we get on the course, however we have numerous distractions, not only do we have to think about swing mechanics, we have a target (the hole or somewhere on the fairway) we are aiming at. How about narrow fairways and the worry of hitting it out of bounds. The lie we have on the fairway could be another distraction. Lots of things going on before we even make contact with the ball.

When Practicing The Simple Golf Swing, the two most important things to focus on is the path of the club and the face angle of your club when hitting your shot. Sounds simple and it is just that simple and the DVD’s in this system will help and guide you.

 

Why Create The Simple Golf Swing

First of all, let me tell you that the creator of The Simple Golf Swing is David Nevogt, who is very well-known, and respected for being the creator of The Golf Swing Guru.com. This is a monumental achievement in itself, but now he has upped his game with The Simple Swing.

If you keep hooking, slicing, duffing, topping, or just not making good contact with the ball consistently, then this program could be for you.

People have invested money in their equipment, (which it does help to have great clubs and balls) golf memberships, golf lessons and they are still having issues with their game ( the swing mainly) and the game of golf becomes less and less fun to play. This program could work for you.

The Simple Swing DVD”s and the program will help you become a more consistent golfer with your drives, fairway woods, and even your wedges. Remember it doesn’t stop there they also added in a DVD to help with putting, The Simple Swing- Putting Performance. The system works on all things, such as techniques, consistency and the psychological part of the game, which are the elements of a successful swing.

The Good, The Bad and Final Thoughts

Well in this review of The Simple Golf Swing, I do not have a lot of bad things to say about the products they offer. I did notice that this system would probably not be a good fit for a newbie( beginner-never played golf) because this system is somewhat set-up to fix old bad habits and create new and easier habits when swing the golf club. So being a beginner or newbie wouldn’t work without knowing the basics of golf, but please get out there and have someone show you a little and come on back.

In conclusion, I enjoyed this program and what they say it will do for your golf swing. I will give it a big thumbs-up!

Sincerely,

Bobbi

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Golf Wedge Types

The other day I was talking with my neighbor about golf wedge types and how and when do you use them. I have a sixty degree loft wedge which I use around the green for flop shots and also I use this club for sand shots. I am looking for a new sand wedge and until I find the one that best fits me, I will keep using the lob wedge. This is not ideal but it works for now. The more we talked the more I knew that I had to share my thoughts with all of you. I am also going to get a sand wedge today, hopefully.

I have gathered some information about different kinds of wedges, the pitching wedge, the gap wedge, the sand wedge and the lob wedge, hopefully you will find this informative and helpful with the short game.

Let’s Start With The Pitching Wedge

The standard pitching wedge shot is usually the club you would use for the 100 to 130 yards out from the green shot. These yardages may vary, due to different skill levels. I n order to get the ball closer to the pin so that you have a chance for a one putt, which will drop your handicap hugely if you are making these one putts. The pitching wedge shot is very important to the game.pitching wedge-34284

The execution of the great pitch shot, you want to be free and rhythmical in order to create more power, letting arms go back farther after the body stops turning.  Hitting this wedge shot never be loose at the top of the swing. You will want a short and wide stance, which will produce a consistent amount of power but not maximum power such as you would use on your drive. Pitch shots are meant to be more precise and accurate.
Hitting the in between wedge shot, like if you usually hit your pitch shot 120 yards with a full swing, and you are 110 yards out, do not slow the swing down, but you will want to sliding hands down on the grip a little and take a full swing, which will shorten the distance and create more loft.

In order to practice this shot at the range, aim at different targets at different yardages, keeping track of how far down you are sliding hands down on the grip, to get a feel on how far each shots distance will be on the course.

The Gap Wedge, Why?

The definition, of a gap wedge, is a wedge used to hit a shot with higher and shorter trajectory than a pitching wedge and lower and longer trajectory than a sand wedge. Naming the club a gap wedge, comes from the club design to fill the gap between a pitching wedge and a sand wedge.

High trajectory of a gap wedge allows for the ball to bite on the green, which in laymen terms is stopping after making contact on the green.
Hitting the gap wedge, place the ball in the middle of your stance, not on the back foot where it will cause the hands to go forward when swinging. You want a nice free grip, opening up the face of the club a little to get a higher trajectory. Swing naturally, not slowing down swing on the impact with the ball. This is key to hitting a good gap shot.

If you need to create back spin because the lie that you have is short sided on the side closes to you, allowing for no run with the ball. Here are a couple of tips that might help.

1) Place the club behind the ball, opening the club face slightly.

2) Set up in an open stance or wider stance.

3) Place the ball in the middle of your stance, allowing for the club to swing down at a steaper angle creating more trajectory.

4) The open-faced club should slide under the ball, this happens by using slight wrist action when taking the club back, this forces the wrist to stay in place ad keeping the face of the club open, which will create some back spin, aim a little behind the pin to allow the spinning ball a chance to go in the hole.

The Sand Wedge-How To Use It And Why

The definition of the sand wedge is the type of golf club with an open-faced wedge, primarily designed for getting out of sand bunkers around the green. The sand wedge has the widest face of any wedge, which provides the greatest amount of bounce, allowing the club head to glide through sand and avoid digging in.sand wedge

A little history on the sand wedge. Gene Sarazen invented a wedge in 1935, which was specialized for sand play, where we got the name sand wedge.

Before the invention of the sand wedge (about three years) there was a club called the spoon club, which offered varying degrees of loft allowing players to scoop the ball from the sand. This worked O.K. until the sand wedge came along and it became easier to get out of the sand, which made for better shots at the pin. This club was much easier to hit and with more consistency, which gave way to lower scores.

tim clark- bunker shotThe sand wedge is primarily used to get out of the sand around the green side bunkers. Remember this club designed to lift up and out of the sand.

The sand wedge can also be used for hitting out of muddy patches on the course or in tall grass, the gliding, lifting motion of this club works great for these two scenarios.

The sand wedge is also the shortest club in your bag, this allows for a more precise shot with great accuracy when hit right.

Hitting out of the sand, trying to create back spin on the ball, you will want to hit the ball first before hitting the sand.

The Lob Wedge

The lobe wedge is generally the most lofted wedge in the bag, with measurements between 58 to 62 degrees of loft. This club is used when a golfer needs to stop the ball quick on the green with no run off from the ball. You do not want to use this club no more than 60 to 70 yards out (depends on how far you hit at full swing) from the green.

The lob wedge is also a great club choice when the pin is in a difficult place to have a pitch and run shot at the hole. This club will have a high trajectory and will not have the run on the ball that a pitch shot would. This club will get the loft you need and with no run off from the ball.

Some golfers say that the lob shot can be risky and a little scary if not done appropriately. In order for this club to wrk the right way, it will take practicing hitting the club over and over so that it will be stuck in muscle memory when you hit the course.

 

Wrapping It Up

What have we learned that the different types of wedges that are out there are designed for specific kinds of shots and by using skill and imagination all four of these wedges would be good to have in your bag. This will help short game play and allow you to show off to your friends on the incredible loft shots around the green. I remember when I first started hitting loft shots, (years ago by the way) and my brother said: How do you get the ball to go so high in the airsuch a short distance. I showed him my lob wedge and BOOM, he was hooked.

If you include all wedges in your practice sessions at the range and learn to hit them all, you will notice  many plays this will give you when you don’t have a straight shot at the pin. Please drop me a line if you have  questions or comments on the content today.

Best wishes always,

Bobbi

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Hybrid Fairway Woods

The hybrid fairway woods generally feature a head very similar to a regular fairway wood, with hollow steel or titanium with a shallow, slightly convex face, which makes it a hybrid. Fairway woods are mainly used for long distance fairway or tee shots, and your irons can be used for a variety of different shots. When you combine your irons with fairway woods you will get the hybrid clubs which create more precise shots with more control and accuracy.

Why Use A Hybrid Instead Of A Fairway Wood

Why indeed use a hybrid instead of a fairway wood. Before I get ahead of myself I want to let you know that a hybrid club and a utility club are the same, usually the utility club has a smaller face, because of being a little older than the hybrid. They both have e and elements of the fairway wood and the irons in one club. This brings out the better qualities of each. Going back to why do we want to use hybrid clubs?golf-clubs-3060658

1) Hybrids are easier to hit, that is in comparison to your longer irons, such as, 2,3,4 and sometimes the 5 iron.

2) The hybrid will hit the ball the same distance, but will allow for more forgiveness when striking the ball. You do not have to be as precise with impact on the ball as with your irons.

3) The hybrid clubs have a larger “sweet spot” on the face of the clubs, which makes it easier to hit.

4) Hybrid clubs have more flexibility than the classic irons do, especially with the 2, 3, 4 and sometimes 5 irons.

5) Instead of having a longer swing path as with fairway woods. The hybrid allows for a tighter-closer stance, which will result in a more accurate shot.

6) The short shaft also allows you to get to the tight spots on a golf course, such as, trees, under a bush or in a fairway bunker.

If you are looking to get a set of new clubs, it would benefit you greatly to have a couple of hybrids in your bag. Remember they allow forgiveness and have a larger “sweet spot” which in turn makes it easier to hit. Also, great for the beginner golfer.

How To Hit A Hybrid Club

First of all, lets look at what hybrids meant to do. People in general just think that the hybrid will replace the irons and fairway woods in your bag. True or False? I would have to say false, hybrids are not designed to replace all the fairway woods and what they do. They definitely are an option for replacing the long irons in your bag.Golf swing club head speed

The right position for your hybrid club is just a little forward of your 3 or 4 iron position. Position the ball in the lowest point of your swing.

You are going to want to hit down on the ball with the hybrid clubs, because this club is not made to scoop the ball, such as other clubs.

The Best Use Of A Hybrid Club

I would like to tell you that the hybrid club is simple in comparison to your irons that are hard to hit right consistently, the 2,3,4 and sometimes 5 iron. The hybrid clubs that replace these irons will keep the consistency of your clubs to the ten yard gap between the clubs in your set. This will also help with your club selection for that more precision shot to get you on the green or better yet, hit the hole. You are probably thinking, yeah right, hitting in a 160 yard shot and having it rolls in the hole, it happens.

Higher, longer iron trajectories this is what the hybrid club is meant to do. The design of the club with the more open face, then the average 3 wood clubs, is meant to have a higher trajectory with the same amount of effort that it takes to hit one of your irons, in fact it is easier.

If you have a hard time hitting the 2 iron (like I do) then a hybrid club sounds like the club for you.

The hybrid fairway wood’s smaller size makes it a better club from the difficult or fluffy lies, they do not get hung up in the grass as easily as a fairway wood.

High Lofted Hybrid Fairway Woods

The high lofted fairway woods come in all different sizes that could easily replace your irons. They are the 3,5,7,9,11,13,15,17,19 and 21. These fairway woods can be very easy to hit because of the over sized head of the clubs themselves (like you see in tennis rackets now days) which allows for plenty of forgiveness and not a lot of swing speed when hitting these clubs.

Now I don’t know if you have to get every hybrid club out there, but it does help your game to have a few in your bag for those difficult and or unusually tight spots that we get ourselves into. However, I think before anyone goes out and buys a new set of clubs or just one specialty club of any kind, you need to take them or it out on the range and practice hitting with it.

Here is a gauge that reflects the irons in your bag to the hybrid fairway woods you could use instead.

9 wood = 5 iron

11 wood = 6 iron

13 wood = 7 ironGolf Course

15 wood = 8 iron

17 wood = 9 iron

19 wood = pitching wood

21 wood = gap wedge

This gauge is an average similarity of clubs and could be different for each individual person, but I have found that it is real close to each iron that I hit.

When it comes to choosing hybrid clubs the average set will cost about the same as a good set of irons. It all depends on the clubs you get, steel or graphite shaft and of course brand name clubs will cost more. That is also true for brand name irons as well, so you can’t lose either way.

I suggest trying out a few different brands and sizes before you make any decisions. However, the most efficient way to get a new club or clubs is to have them fitted for you. This will cost a little more, but in the end, the results will be better for your game.

 

 

So Wrapping It Up

If you struggle to hit long irons, like so many of us do, then getting hybrid fairway woods to replace a couple would be the way to go. They will integrate with your current iron set, and allow for a slower swing speed if that is a problem. The players who do have a good swing speed will also do very well with the hybrid fairway clubs, very forgiving club and everyone needs that.

 

 

Thanks for your time,
Bobbi

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Golf Putting Stroke Tips/Simplified

Definition of a putting stroke is to cause the ball to roll into the hole from wherever on the green you are. This can be done on a more consistent level if your rhythym and timing are cohesive with each other. I have listed a couple of practice tips and information to help you with your putting stroke and to simplify  practices and make them fun.The Putt- Read

Distance Control

  • In order to master distance control, you must have a reliable, consistent and repeatable putting stroke.
  • The putting stroke is led by the shoulders. Rocking of the shoulders in turn moves the harms and hands with the wrists staying in place, should be the same distance as your follow through.
  • Your hips, legs and feet should remain completely still through the putting stroke, which means even weight dispersed on the left and right side of your body.
  • The length of the backswing.
  • The length of the stroke will differ with the longer or shorter distances of your putt. Whether putting uphill or downhill will also determine the strength of the putt.
  • Focus on keeping the putting face (the front of the putter aimed at the hole) at the hole straight as you make your stroke.

Practice Drills For A Good Putting Stroke

Looking at putts between 4 to 6 feet likely will be the most average putts that we expect to make. The research shows that about 1/2 of pro golfers today will miss the 6- foot putt, and as an average golfer we should not be so hard on our selves when we miss these putts. Here is a look at a few drills to help consistency and accuracy of the 4 to 6- foot putt.

1) Take about 10 to 15 balls and place them on the practice putting surface (green). Find a path on this putting green for a straight putt about 4 to 6 feet away from the actual hole. We want to work on speed and accuracy that the ball will travel.

2) For each putt hit focus on keeping the putter face at the target (the cup) and rocking your swing just as far back as going forward, keeping the rhythm smooth. The most common mistake most people make is keeping the club head face straight. Really focusing on this aspect will greatly help.

3) Repeat this simple exercise numerous times, counting how many balls have been made, lets say out of 40 balls hit. Challenge yourself to make 35 out of 40 before moving on to something else. Repition is the key to good putting and that takes practice. Focus on tempo and cadence which in turn will lead to accuracy.Reading the green

Lagging Your Putts Closer

A “lag putt” is a long putt which because of its length, the golfer doesn’t expect to make the putt, but wants to get it as close to the hole as possible. If the putt goes in GREAT, but most of the time it will not. The second putt, if your lag putt was done right and is within 2 to 3 feet) should be a manageable putt as to avoid the horable THREE putt. No one wants this.

Three Practice Tips for Lag Putting

1) Take three balls and place then on the green about fifty feet out from the hole. Using the skills in of rocking your stroke and keeping the putter face straight hit the three balls focusing on getting them within three feet from the hole.

2) Take another three balls and place them 40 feet away from the hole and repeating what you did with the three balls at 50 feet, focusing on getting the balls to lag up to within three feet of the hole.

3) Take one last ball, placing it at 50 feet away from the hole and hitting it within three feet of the hole, if by chance you make it. Pick up your ball, exercise is done. If you do not make the putt, make sure to finish up by making the last putt first and then going through and making all the other balls that are within the three feet of the hole distance.

This is a great putting drill for lag putting that works and also creates the stroke in your memory for when you need it again. Remember to line up the putt, taking in the break, grain and if the path of the ball will be uphill or downhill. Keep the face of club straight and hit with tempo and the right cadence.

Reading The Putting Green

Reading a putting green means determining the slope of the green and which way it will cause the ball to turn as it travels to the hole. This is called the break of the putt. Reading the green also requires determining the speed of the putting surface, or how fast the ball will travel on its path.

The true golfer should also look at the grain of the green( direction the grass is growing) which can affect the speed of the putt.

* Stand about 3 feet behind the ball, crouching down and looking back at the hole, looking for the slope of the surface between your golf ball and the hole, visualizing the path the ball will take to the cup.

* Reverse this by standing on the cup side and looking back at your ball. This look should confirm the angle that you had seen from the other side , or possibly you might see it differently from this side. If this happens, it is good Reading a lag puttpractice to start all over.

* If the green looks shiny, then this tells you that the grain is with you, which will speed up the putt.

* If the green has a dull look to the grass, this means the grain is against you, which will slow down the putt.

* If the grain runs across the line of your putt, this is what we call a cross-grain putt, in which case the ball may drift towards the down grain side as it slows down.

Wrapping It Up

I hope that some of the tips and information that was shared here will help with your putting stroke. Good or Great putting is a huge part of the golf game, strokes can be lost very easily while putting, they also can be gained. Putting does not take alot of time and or effort (like hitting drives) to practice and different drills can make it fun. The right putter also is a big help, I use The Cleveland Golf Huntington Beach #1  Golf Putter, 35″. I love this putter.

 

 

Sincerely
Bobbi

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Golf Chip Shot Tips

I have put together a few things here that I think will help with your chip shot on the golf course. The chip shot is a very important part of your game and the game of golf as a whole. In order to complete a good chip shot, one must have the fundamentals of the shot in their mental memory. This will follow your game to the course when playing a round. I will talk about a few things that Golf Swing Chip Shothave helped me with my chip shot.

The Chip Shot Set Up

Chipping is all about feel, we do not want to use our power shot. We want to replace these elements of your golf swing with elements that generate more control.

When setting up, adjust your body weight, grip and stance like not hitting a full wedge shot. Your stance should be tighter or closer. Your feet closer in your stance, not wider. Place the ball in the center of your stance. You will be placing your grip lower down on the golf shaft. This will allow for less power and more control of your shot. Place your left foot (right-handed) 3 to 4 inches turned to the left, and for the left- handed golfer they will do the same with your right front foot. Shoulders should be facing the flag on the green. Place 70 % of your weight on your front foot and leg, hands always the target. Swing as if using a rocking motion. This will allow for more control and precise aiming of the shot. You want to be aware of the carry and run on the green when lining up for this shot. Make sure to take a couple of practice swings next to the ball, without moving the ball, this is considered a penalty, then you are ready for your swing.

Basic Chip Shot

Imagine that there is a clock on the ground in front of you. You will be striking the ball at straight up 12 o’clock, standing straight in front of your ball with your feet together, place the ball in the middle. Still standing with feet together turn your feet to 11 o”clock with your weight on your left foot and leg right-handed and opposite for the left-handed golfer.

Rocking of your shoulders with your swing, not creating power but just the opposite, less power with more control. The basic chip shot is used around the green to get as near to the flag or the hole. The chip shot should land as close as we can for our put to be closer, which in turn makes it easier, we all want that. Make sure you judge the carry and roll after impact, not leave the ball to short or to long. The carry and roll will also determine how hard or easy to swing the club. Remember using the rocking motion with your hands leading the shaft and club-head of the golf club. Normally I would say always use a wedge for this shot, but I have used such irons as a 7 or 8 on this kind of chip shot. Always remember to take a couple of practice swings until it feels comfortable with the swing and stance you have set-up.

 Practice A Chip Shot

The biggest hurdle all of us run into when it comes to the game of golf is there seems to never be enough time to practice, let alone play a round. If we had 5 to 6 hours a day to practice, work on the fundamentals of are game and or play everyday we would all be professionals. This for most of us is not realistic and probably never will be.

If we could put aside 5 to 10 minutes a day, finding stuff alreadyaround your house, such as a target of some sort for aiming device and also styrofoam golf balls, just a couple at a time. Place the target about 20 yards away and line up your 2 golf balls on the ground.

Set the 2 styrofoam golf balls in a line of your swing path. In order to do these drills, focus on your stance, which should be slightly open, also on your right wrist (for right-handed golfers) and or your left wrist (for left-handed golfers) to be facing up after your swing, 70% of your weight on your front leg and foot. Watching how you end up after your swing is the key. If your weight dispersed 50%-50%  most likely you will chunk the ball. That is if even you hit it. Aiming at your target brush the line and hold the finish, so you can see the final results. Working on this easy drill 5 to 10 minutes a day will greatly improve your chip shot and make your memory swing ready for the course.Golf shot the swoosh

3 Steps/Hitting A 3/4 Chip Shot

The 3 steps to use when hitting a chip shot are, the set up, ball position, and chipping motion.

The set up is to take a normal stance with your feet apart about 7 inches. Open your front foot to see the ball better and to allow for a smoother swing. Bending your knees slightly while also bending at the waist slightly to address the ball. Place 70 % of your weight on your front foot and leg, your arms hanging down tension free. You will also want a loose grip for a more controlled shot. Place your hands lower down on the club shaft for a more controlled shot.

The ball position should be towards the center of your stance, which will appear to be closer to the back foot which is approximately 6 to 8 inches from your hands.

The chipping motion is similar to the putting stroke. Arms will be swinging in a pendulum motion. Your hands will lead the swing with your lower body not having much motion at all, due to being a closed stance. This creates the proper downward angle of approach when striking the ball. Make short swings while accelerating through impact just as a full power shot, and always remember to take a couple of practice swings.

Conclusion

If you can arrange for 5 to 10 minutes a day and or if you can get out on the chipping green, working on a few simple drills a day will make your chip shot one of the easier parts of your game. I get out to the chipping greens and or range once or twice a week to keep everything in check. I also am swinging the clubs at home whenever I et a chance.

We went through a couple of different drills and swings for chip shots, when close to the green-tighten your stance for the chip shot. The further from the green the wider your stance is for more power in your swing. I hope some of what we went through today can help with your chip shot.

Sincerely,

Bobbi

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Club-Head Speed- Improves Distance

What is club-head speed?

Club-head speed is the speed the club-head is traveling immediately prior to impact. Club-head speed determines a golfer’s potential distance.

The highest record of club speed is 156 mph. This was done by Connor Powers during the Quarterfinals of the 2014 World Long Driving Golf swing hold itChampionship.

Longer Hitters are able to get away with lesser skill level, but you have to make sure that the other aspects of your game do not get overlooked, such as putting, chipping, fairway play, etc.

Club-head speed creates distance which in turn creates lower scores. If we go back to the 1980s the average drive was 257 yards, and in that average 32 PGA players averaged under 250 yards Times have changed along with technology of golf clubs, golf balls, golf equipment, etc. Back in the 1980s Long-Ball Hitters were not winning the tournaments like they are today. This however is the way of the world today.

Importance Of Club-Head Speed For Distance

Club-Head Speed/Average Distance

  • Amateur Men 90 mph 225 yards
  • PGA Tour Average 113 mph 288 yards
  • Tiger Woods 119 mph 298 yards
  • Dustin Johnson 121 mph 309 yards
  • Bubba Watson 123 mph 310 yards
  • Top Long Distance Driver 146 mph 418 yards

The more swing speed you get the longer your drives will be.Golf swing club head speed

Pro golfers understand how to generate the most club-head speed exactly at the right time. The time being on the very bottom of your swing, timed perfectly with the impact.

The key to effective club-head speed has to do with tempo and timing at impact of the ball.

If the average golfer were to increase their swing speed from mph to 113 mph, they would gain 55 yards in driving distance.(generally each mph increase in swing speed results in approximately 2.4 more yards of carry.

Improve Your Balance For Club-Head Speed

It takes practice to improve your balance. We all would like to stop taking those embarrassing mile-long divots. While at the range or at home practice your swing, with a focus primarily on your balance. Balance is the first step in creating club-head speed. We all want to hit the ball longer and straighter and by working on balance and your swing plane your memory mechanics will take over and your club-head speed will increase. Repetitive motion is a great way to get those memory mechanics working.

According to the USGA yardage rating formula every 220 yards in distance equates to one stroke in difficulty for men; women, that yardage 180. Suppose a golfer could hit the ball 10,20 even 30 yards further off the tee? This could affect their scoring average dramatically(as long as there was no loss in other skills).

Drills For Club- Head Speed

1. Increase speed. Do Not swing harder, swing faster

2. Speed comes from sequence and sequence comes from being relaxed.

3. Do Not open your stance up, keep it comfortable and relaxed.

4. By standing at a narrow stance it allows your legs to move naturally.

Whoosh Drill

Take an iron and turn it upside down and swing the club this way, when the whoosh sound happens it should be at impact of the bottom of your swing, in other words at the impact of the ball. To practice this make sure you have your wrist hinge ( right hand hinged for right-hand golfers and left wrist hinged for left-hand golfers) at the top of your swing back behind your head.

So for those of us that are getting a little older here are a couple of ways to work on your swing.

1. Work on strengthening your core muscles

2. Exercises for abduction on your legs

3. And of course stretching before you swing, even while practicing at the range.

This allows for more mobility in your golf swingGolf swing technique

Getting older we of course are not as limber as when we were younger. So when approaching your swing, narrow your stance- open back foot up a little and place back foot back a little. Keep face of club closing upon downswing to impact of ball. We all get older and our hand strength gets weaker. In order to compensate for this, it is a good idea to tighten and harden up your grip on the golf club, making sure that your grip still feels comfortable during impact when hitting the ball.Drills To Improve Distance

1. By swinging your arm and club freely it allows the smaller-faster speed muscles in the hands and arms to react to the weight of the club-head so it releases fully into the ball.

2. This is a good drill for the range- Line up 5 or 6 balls on tees in sequence and focusing on smaller-faster speed for your muscle memory to work. This drill is something that I use every time I go to the range. Doing this drill has really increased my speed through the ball without ruining my swing.

Always remember that club-head speed determines the distance of your shot.

Conclusion

Finding drills to work on at home or at the range is essential to having your muscle memory working for you, so that you can bring it to the course. Going to the golf range is as important to golfing as dribbling is to playing basketball. Remember repetitive motion is going to be the key to creating the perfect golf swing for you. If you take away anything from this, I hope that is the importance of using swing speed to create distance and in order to do this we have to work on our swings.

I have been golfing like I said earlier for the past 37 years and my golf swing has changed with age, but I am always working on my swing and the speed of my club-head speed. Truly this is something that will always keep your scores competitive with your friends, family and in tournaments. Some of these simple skills are done by the Pros on a daily basis and are definitely done before hitting the course.

 

 

 

 

About Bobbi

My name is Bobbi and you could call me an enthusiast on all things golf. I have been playing the game of golf for 37 years now. I love everything about golf when everything comes together on the course that is, and I want to share things that have helped me with my game.

MY STORY

I was born in California and raised in fridged North Dakota. Don’t get me wrong, North Dakota was a wonderful place to grow up. I was taught good values and morals and still live by those values and morals to this day. When the summer of my freshmen year in high school came around, we moved to Colorado. This was by far the most influential move of my life. I got a job the next summer at the Municipal Golf Course in town, and well my love of the game of golf started. I got my first set of golf clubs during this time. Almost every day I golfed, mainly because it was free and that I would rather be golfing than doing anything back then. Well life went on this way through high school, then reality set in. I had to go out and get a real job and get ready for college and the rest of my life, marriage, children, etc. I guess to shorten this story up, I never lost the love for golf and still golf quite often to this day.womans golf swing

I also passed on the love of the game to my son. My son went to the Golf Academy in San Diego, California. We both are always trying to better our game and experience in the wonderful game of golf. I have always been interested and somewhat obsessed with finding ways to make my golf game better.

I have been invested in honing my skills to over compensate the mental things that sometimes get in my way. I have tried skills challenges and training exercises and the ones that I have here on my website have worked the best for me.

The game of golf starts with your golf swing. Think about it, the first thing you do is tee up your ball and SWING. This is why once you have the swing that best works for you, it simplifies the game and makes your experience more fulfilling and keeps you wanting to come back and play over and over again.

MISSION STAEMENT

My mission is to help people get the gratification of having a swing that works for them and to have the golf experiences be good, no great. I invested my time to help the Golfer in you have the best swing and achieve the goals you set for yourself. You know what I mean. Pick a handicap you want to be at and lets work to get you there.

I will also try to answer any questions you might have, not just about your golf swing, but on anything that relates to golf. In my posts I want to review things from what to wear to achieving the perfect golf swing.

THE GOAL

Well I guess the overall goal would be for you to enjoy the game of golf like I do and to be aware that there is always ways to improve your golf swing and hopefully this website will help you to do just that.

All the best,

Bobbi

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