photo credit: mandj98 Proper weight distribution is one of the key elements in a powerful golf swing. It is the shift in weight, created by body movement, that produces good timing and plenty of club-head speed.
In the address position the weight should be distributed evenly, on the insides of both feet (this does not apply to short approach shots). During the back-swing (right handed players) the weight shifts to inside of the right foot (not the outside of the foot), at impact the weight is as it was at address and on the follow-through the weight should shift to the outside of the lead foot and inside of the right foot.
Tip: In the address position, try to keep your knees slightly inward to keep your weight on the inside.
photo credit: avlxyz Playing with a slow player is just no fun. Most slow players don't even realize they are playing slow and if you mention it to them, they are offended. The suggestion is not fast play, just don't lag and ruin the round for everyone else.
There is a certain playing cadence that develops during every round. The idea is to stay within the momentum of play. Slow players destroy the tempo of play without even realizing it.
The biggest reason for slow play is not thinking ahead. Once a shot is taken, concentration on the very next shot should begin. Once the ball is reached, take one practice swing and unload. Deep rough, uneven lies or bunker shots, may require several practice swings. Remember, playing slow does not mean playing better!
photo credit: lrargerich We all have a “home course,” – sort of. Even if we don't actually have a course membership, we are more likely to frequent a particular course, our ”home course.” Is playing the same course, good for your game, however?
There is nothing like playing a course that you are unfamiliar with. If you want to see where your game is at and if your handicap is legitimate, try playing strange courses,
Playing different courses is a real challenge but it is a great way to renew your interest in the game. Don't forget that PGA Tour Professionals are confronted with a new layout every single week. So put on your travel shoes (or turn on your GPS) and start playing some new links.
For the third straight year GOLF MAGAZINE chose the Pinehurst Golf Resort as the “Best Golf Resort In America.” With eight world-class courses and the Pinehurst Golf Academy, the historic resort offers an unparalleled golf experience.
The course that Bobby Jones once called the “St. Andrews of United States Golf,” has witnessed some of the greatest golf dramas in history; including Ben Hogan's first PGA win.
Overnight rates start at $229.00 with several packages available. The ”Buddy Trip of a Lifetime” package includes 3 days and 2 nights, unlimited golf, breakfast and dinner daily, one steak & lobster dinner, unlimited spa services, a $50.00 gift card and much more. The package is $2,300 double occupancy. For more information call 800 487-4653 or visit www.pinehurst.com.
photo credit: danperry.com If you are planning a southwestern golf vacation and are unfamiliar with playing in the desert, there are certain things to be aware of to make your golf experience more enjoyable.
Its a good idea to carry at least one “desert club” (a beater) in your bag. Hitting one of your brand new irons off the rocky terrain can be hard on your wallet. Be careful not to brush or bump into cactus plants, doing so can ruin your day. In hot weather, watch for rattlesnakes when looking for lost balls. Drink plenty of water, if its not hot, its still very dry in the desert. Bring rain gear and a sweater for sudden desert showers. Make sure to use sunblock, desert sun is very intense.
photo credit: avlxyz Going on a golf vacation with a group of 8 or more fellow golfers can be very frustrating unless plans are established in advance. Every group needs a person that will not only coordinate travel plans but make decisions when on location. Sometimes, not everyone in the group will agree but it does prevents squabbles.
Travel Tips: (1) Designate one individual to make all travel arrangements including plane, hotel and tee time reservations. (2) Form a committee (3 people) to settle any controversies that arise. (3) Collect all wages before the round begins. (4) Be very selective about inviting a new member to your group. (5) When on location, don't always travel as a group. (6) Make travel plans for the following year before ending your present vacation.
photo credit: danperry.com Tiger Woods still refuses to play in the FBR Open in Scottsdale, Az. His abstinence is the result of an orange thrown towards him by a fan. The roudy and sometimes undignified fan behavior there, is a matter of controversy.
The FBR Open draws some of the largest crowds of any PGA Tour Event. Hundreds of thousands of people pack the TPC Stadium Course over the four day event. The party atmosphere is unmistakable and in many cases gets out of control.
The par 3 sixteenth hole is where most of the controversy originates. Bleachers line both sides of the narrow fairway and the crowd noise is intense. It reminds one of the Gladiator battles in the Roman Coliseum. Should the USGA or the PGA impose stronger rules governing crowd behavior? LET'S HEAR FROM YOU?
photo credit: B_cool Tension produces the worst kind of missed shots. Every golfer should realize and accept, that every shot during a round is not going to be perfect. Ben Hogan, one of the greats in the game, said that even in his best rounds, he hit only four or five shots ”just right.” The fact is that the better the golfer, the better the miss-hits; they end up closer to the target.
Many people mistake tension for a feeling of power and control. True strength and control is derived from good coordination. Real power comes from good timing and the ability to create maximum torque with a fluid swing. Trying to “kill” the ball never, ever works. Rely on your ability to swing the club smoothly, rather than trying to “hit at the ball.” You'll see immediate results.
photo credit: fredcamino Choosing a set of clubs can be very difficult for most players. A person that has been playing for many years, knows instantly whether a set of clubs “feels right.” Relative beginners have no idea what type of feel they like. More often than not, an over-anxious salesperson will convince a player that more expensive clubs will ”feel” better (totally untrue).
Generally, when you stand in the address position and sole a new club you can tell whether it feels good or not. What ”feels” right is right. Some golfers would rather have more perimeter weighting and others, a thick upper clubface edge. Shafts are confusing.
For the past many years graphite has become the standard material for metal woods. Most really good players still use steel shafts, however. They (Pro's) claim the steel is more accurate.
photo credit: makelessnoise Rather than increasing or decreasing the size of their putting strokes, most amateurs change the force or speed of their stroke. Their priorities are backward, the pace of thier stroke should be the same for all putts regardless of distance. As long as the size of the stroke is identical on both sides of the ball, its pace shouldn't change.
For a putt of 1 ft. the clubhead is taken back 1 in. and moved 1 in. past the ball after impact. A 2 ft. putt is taken back 2 in. and proceeds 2 in. past the ball. Take the clubhead back 1 in. for every foot to the hole, up to about 25 ft. Try this system for a lower putting average.