my free golf tips
Putting is very much an individual part of the game and although it has the simplest technique the precision of the shot needs to be of the highest order. I have noticed, especially at the top level of the professional game the best ball strikers don’t necessarily make the best putters.
The posture isn’t talked about enough in putting and the importance it has on the stroke. A good posture can have a negative effect on the putting stroke. The movement of the shoulders is different in putting than it is in a full swing. An athletic posture with a straight spine angle is designed to promote shoulder rotation. An efficient putting technique needs to have limited movement to promote accuracy.
By bringing the chin into the chest and curving the upper spine, the shoulders will be encouage to tilt more. This will help direct the putter head straight down the intended target line.
Chipping is a highly skilled part of the game and arguably the hardest shot to perform under pressure. Golfers are normally faced with an array of different shots throughout their round. To help a player think clearly they need to be confident in their execution of the shot in hand. This will promote improved decision making so the player can map out their shot correctly.
Holding the club can have a detrimental effect on wrist mobility especially on the range of movement. The placement of the hands particularly the left hand will determine how much mobility can be used. The more movement the wrists have the less movement from the body.
This can be a game changer for precision of strike and overall accuracy of the shot.
Yardage control is a key part of this skill set and consistency of strike and trajectory is imperative. Inconsistencies of the ball position is very common in amateur golfers. Preparing correctly before executing the shot in hand is crucial for the right outcome. Putting simple systems in place will guarantee a more repetitive outcome. Pre setting your body in relation to the ball and the target line is the key focus.
I encourage my pupils to start with their feet together, standing on a 90 degree point to the target line. Once in the correct position move the feet slowly apart one foot at a time using equal step patterns to create a perfect central ball position.
Everyone wants to hit greens in regulation and the nearer we can get the ball to the flag the better. The pressure can start to mount the closer we get to completing a hole, so using a good pre shot routine can help distract golfers from the negative thoughts. Aiming is a crucial part of this process. This skill set can be straight forward if done in a systematic way.
First, stand behind the ball, directly in line with the target. Then try to focus on an aiming point on the floor. This needs to be a reachable mark through the hitting area not far from the ball. To help with the precision of this you can hold your golf club up and use the shaft as a guide line. This is not only to help with aiming the club face but also gives the golfer a closer target to swing towards.
A common complaint with long irons and hybrids is controlling the ball flight. The most frequent destructive shot for amateur golfers is a slice. This is when the ball flight curves excessively away to the right of target.
Body alignment can be a key factor in this fault consistently recurring. This can simply be down to the fact that when using long irons and hybrids the ball position is moved to the left of centre towards the left foot. The reason for doing this is to create more of a sweeping strike when hitting the ball. When making this adjustment the player can accidently alter their shoulder alignment resulting in them aiming to the left of target. This in turn will affect the player’s swing path, meaning the club will be delivered with a steeper angle of attack and move across the ball creating side spin.
The cure can be simple and easy to change. As part of your set-up routine be more mindful of your shoulders’ alignment to the target line, especially the left shoulder, by focusing on pushing your left shoulder forward. You can easily realign them back onto your target line.
We have all heard the adage “Drive for show Putt for dough” but if we consistently lose the ball off the tee, putting becomes redundant!
One of the biggest faults I have observed over the years is that most golfers are unaware of how to aim the driver head correctly. This is because most of their shots are hit with irons and the head dynamic is obviously very different. With an iron most golfers have been taught or have read that to aim the club correctly the leading edge (bottom edge of the club face) needs to be aligned square to the target line. With a driver head this is the polar opposite. The focus needs to be directed towards the crown of the club head. More specifically the top edge of the club face should be set square to the target line.
This is a simple tip but can be very effective because hitting fairways breeds confidence.