Golf Tip: Finding Consistency

Golf Quick Fix: Pre Shot Routine

Most golfers have issues staying consistent for eighteen holes of golf. This can be due to a variety of reasons, but there is a fix that cures most of them. golfsmith

I remember reading an article years ago that someone put a stopwatch to Tiger Woods’ pre shot putting routine. They reported that it took Tiger same amount of time, within a second, each and every time. When he sets over the golf ball and begins his routine, he sets his putter…he checks his alignment…he adjusts his feet…he takes one look…and then another…then he putts the ball. Tiger is the standard in consistency.

Golf Quick Fix: Be consistent in your pre shot routine and you’ll be consistent in your performance.

Low handicappers generally have a pre shot routine that doesn’t change. The pre-shot strategy should actually be more than a pattern. It should be a ritual. It should help you focus and give you confidence for the time it takes to hit your shot.

Your personal ritual prior to your shot should become a trigger that sets you in motion to perform the best shot you can hit at that time. And if the wheels temporary fall off…get back to your routine and back to hitting the shots you know you can hit.edwin watts

Here’s what I suggest for a pre-shot trigger that will help you realize consistency.

  • Begin with a strategy for your shot.
  • Check your lie (Don’t skip this)
  • Select a club
  • Take notice of the wind
  • Visualize the shot
  • Pick your target
  • Practice swing, find your rhythm
  • Hit your shot

 

 

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The Players Championship

The Players Championship

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After a 90 minute weather delay, German born Martin Kaymer nailed down his first win in two years.

The 2014 Players Championship belonged to Kaymer from the first day of the tournament as he led after eighteen, thirty-six and fifty-four holes. He briefly allowing Jordan Spieth to take the lead on Sunday, but Kaymer ended the day shooting a 1-under 71 en route to a one stroke victory over late charging, Jim Furyk.

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The Par 3, 17th hole, true to form gave Kaymer some trouble. His tee shot landed 65 feet from the hole just missing the front bunker. He sank an incredible 28-foot putt to save par as Furyk could only watch as the 29 year old held on to his one stroke lead.

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A par on the last hole preserved the round and the tournament for Kaymer, who is only fourth European player to win the Players Championship. (Sandy Lyle, Sergio Garcia and Henrik Stenson)

American, Jordan Spieth went the first 58 holes without a bogey. The 20 year old then hit a rough patch and bogeyed five of eleven holes. He went on to finish at 10-under for the tournament, tied for fourth with Justin Rose.

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POSITION PLAYER SCORE
1 Martin Kaymer -13
2 Jim Furyk -12
T3 Sergio Garcia -11
T4 Jordan Spieth -10
T4 Justin Rose -10
T6 Jimmy Walker -9
T6 Rory McIlroy -9
T6 David Hearn -9
T6 Lee Westwood -9
T6 Francesco Molinari -9

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Golf Lesson: Hitting Off The Toe

Golf Lesson: Stop Hitting Off The Toe

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Last week during a round I was struggling with my driver. I was hitting everything off the toe. It was clearly a case of over compensating for my normal potential miss hit, which is a pull to the left. My distance was fine but I only hit four of fourteen fairways but two of those I hit my four hybrid off the tee.

My Iron play and putting were solid but missing that many fairways is a lot to overcome. The next day, off to the range I went. I treated myself to a free golf lesson. I used my smart phone to video tape myself after twenty warm up hits. I saw in my video that I was losing my spine angle during my setup which caused a chain reaction of other swing flaws. Thanks to the beauty of technology I was able to correct this within fifteen minutes at the driving range.

This may or may not be the cause of your hits off the toe. Golf Quick Fix highly suggests seeing yourself hitting golf balls on video. It may very well be the best golf lesson you have ever had. Here are some additional ideas to keep in mind while you try to stop hitting the ball off the toe.

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1) Don’t Squeeze The Grip
In order to hit the ball more consistently and avoid hitting the golf ball off the toe, it is essential to maintain a consistent and not too firm grip pressure during the course of your golf swing. Some of the greatest golfers that ever lived encouraged a gentle grip…Nicklaus, Snead, and the great Bobby Jones.
Try to understand, the maintaining of a light grip from set-up through impact and to your finish position permits you to swing the golf club quite naturally along an arc. Squeezing the golf club produces a jerking movement that results in inconsistent tempo during your swing This can very often lead to hitting the ball off the toe of your club (more so off the driver).

2) Check Your Stance 

taylormade-logo Much like myself, to stop hitting off the toe, it is imperative that you position yourself the appropriate distance away from your golf ball. Many people make the blunder of setting up too close to the golf ball. This can very often result in a plethora of issues (such as inconsistent contact).
Golf Quick Fix Rule of Thumb: your hands should hang directly below your shoulders. This will help you judge if you are too close or too far from the ball. Standing too close will cause you to not give the golf club enough room to work smoothly right through impact. Not giving the club sufficient room to work in the impact zone, will cause you to hit the golf ball off the toe. Standing too far just makes it even more difficult to find the sweet spot of the club head. You may find yourself reaching or lunging at the ball.

3) Solid Stance 
Try not to sway. Swaying prevents you from turning your shoulders and hips correctly during your back swing. Rather than turning away from the golf ball, you unwittingly modify your spine angle and shoulder level. This suggests that in order to strike the ball solidly, you have to somehow make some awkward body movements through-out your swing to just to get your spine angle and shoulder level back to a point where you can merely make contact with the golf ball. Obviously just making contact is not good enough. These “compensations” cause inconsistent contact and more often than not causes toe hits.

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In order for any golfer to stop hitting the ball off the toe, it is imperative to consider the above swing fundamentals as gospel. If you address the issues discussed above, you’ll be on your way to a higher quality golf swing, and more consistent ball contact.

Good luck and hit’em straight from Golf Quick Fix.

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Golf Quick Fix For Chipping

Golf Lessons: Chipping

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No matter how good a golfer you may or may not be, sooner or later you will find yourself the victim of a chip shot that you just simply sculled across the green, or you popped up leaving it way short of where you needed to land it. Either one of these mishits can occur if you get caught trying lift the ball instead of allowing the loft of your club do the lifting for you.

The number one player in the world, Tiger Woods was on the 18th hole on Friday of The 2013 Players Championship when he lost what would have been his first ever bogey free round in that tournament with a poor chip. Tiger had played 17 bogey free holes to that point. He needed to get up and down with a short chip and a putt. This was a relatively easy up and down for an above average golfer so I am sure Tiger was not too worried. He had an uphill lie so the ball was going to elevate itself more than usual, but Tiger still tried to lift it and left it short of the green. He settled for a bogey, blowing an easy par with a momentary lack of concentration. If this can happen to the best player in the world, it can and will happen to all of us, but the Golf Quick Fix to avoid it is quite simple.

Golf Quick Fix: Let’s Avoid This Miss Forever

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Let’s start off by selecting the most effective golf club for the chip at hand. This selection should based on the lie you are faced with, your proximity to the hole and whether or not you need to hit over an obstruction.

If you are twenty feet or further from the pin and chipping to a relatively flat green, it’s safest to utilize a lower lofted club. For me I love using an eight iron as opposed to pitching wedge in this case. I generally try land the ball halfway between my lie and the pin and allow the ball to roll the other half of the distance to the hole.

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For repeatable results and a low stress approach, use your putting grip and stroke to hit the ball. Envision yourself just putting the ball firmly. The putting stroke has several benefits. It prevents you from trying to lift the ball. It forces you to allow the loft on the club face to lift the golf ball for you onto the green and roll-out to the hole. And the putting stroke takes away the possibility of an improper wrist hinge.

It is so important, that you don’t try to lift the ball into the air, let the loft of the eight iron do this for you. Just trust your putting stroke and good things will happen!

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If you are inside of 25 feet or so to the pin, and you need to hit the golf ball over a bunker or a big bump on the green, you will of course need to utilize one of your higher lofted clubs (gap, sand or lob wedge). That shot demands a very different approach and a little more trial and error  to perfect.

However the straight chip and run shot is one of the easiest shots to learn and master. For more Golf Quick Fix chipping Golf Lessons, CLICK HERE.

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Golf Lesson: Find The Fairway

Golf Lessons: Hit That First Fairway

If you are like most golfers, hitting or missing the fairway on that first tee shot can determine what your confidence level will be for the first several holes of your round. Striking a drive down the middle with your first swing gives can give you that feeling that, perhaps today is going to be your day.

Of course, we all want to hit it long, but by the time you get to the green your only concern is whether or not you are putting for par. The emotional and psychological lift from playing the first hole from the short grass is huge.

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Hit The Fairway

Your first concern should always be about getting the ball in the fairway. Distance should be something you build and worry about at the practice range. On the tee box, thoughts of hitting bombs is only a distraction. Most likely, you already have in your bag, the equipment that will give you the fairway shots you’re searching for. Keep in mind – It’s not really about metal but the hand that wields it. The equipment can help once you have a suitable golf swing, but you’ll never correct your swing with an equipment upgrade.

Golf Lesson: Tee Height

The height of your may not seem like a pivotal component of your golf swing, but it actually does play an important roll in whether or not you find the fairway on a regular basis. Something so basic can frequently be the toughest challenge.
There are two primary errors people make when teeing the golf ball. Golfers can tee the ball too low or too high. Golf, as you may already know is a game of opposites. Tee height is a perfect example of this.

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If you swing the club too vertically on your downswing, you probably tee the golf ball too low. To be less technical, if you are concerned with swinging underneath the ball and you  tee the ball lower in an effort to find the sweet spot, this is probably you. Teeing it lower may help you somewhat, but the real culprit here is your swing plane. Adjusting the tee height is building a false confidence in a swing flaw.

If this sounds like you, try teeing the ball a bit higher. After your shot, look down and check if your tee is still in the ground. If you remain conscious of leaving the tee in the ground during your shot, you will tend not to pop them up anymore.

On the other hand, if you are topping your driver, you probably have the ball teed up too high. This, most likely is because you are trying to hit the golf ball on your upswing.

SWING PLANE

The club that you should be swinging most vertically, (up and down) is your lob or sand wedge, the shorter clubs. Contrarily, the driver is the club that swings more horizontally (around you)…the longest club. Many amateur golfers make the same common mistake. They swing their driver like a wedge and they swing their short club like the big one.

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Some simple swing thoughts:

When hitting your driver, keep your chin up and swing the club around your torso…not so up and down (vertical). If you can, try to leave the tee in the ground after you hit the ball without breaking it. You should be getting a few drives out of each tee. This will help you find the sweet spot of the driver face. Try to keep your swing thoughts in check. clear your mind, and focus on where you want the ball to go and just send it there.
This is nothing but a starting point that will provide you an effective cornerstone for building a more consistent swing on the tee box. It’s hard to know how to fix your swing without knowing what you are doing wrong. This should help.

From Golf Quick Fix, good luck and hit’em straight.

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Golf Quick Fix For Chipping

Golf Lessons: Chipping

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No matter how good a golfer you may or may not be, sooner or later you will find yourself the victim of a chip shot that you just simply sculled across the green, or you popped up leaving it way short of where you needed to land it. Either one of these mishits can occur if you get caught trying lift the ball instead of allowing the loft of your club do the lifting for you.

The number one player in the world, Tiger Woods was on the 18th hole on Friday of The 2013 Players Championship when he lost what would have been his first ever bogey free round in that tournament with a poor chip. Tiger had played 17 bogey free holes to that point. He needed to get up and down with a short chip and a putt. This was a relatively easy up and down for an above average golfer so I am sure Tiger was not too worried. He had an uphill lie so the ball was going to elevate itself more than usual, but Tiger still tried to lift it and left it short of the green. He settled for a bogey, blowing an easy par with a momentary lack of concentration. If this can happen to the best player in the world, it can and will happen to all of us, but the Golf Quick Fix to avoid it is quite simple.

Golf Quick Fix: Let’s Avoid This Miss Forever

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Let’s start off by selecting the most effective golf club for the chip at hand. This selection should based on the lie you are faced with, your proximity to the hole and whether or not you need to hit over an obstruction.

If you are twenty feet or further from the pin and chipping to a relatively flat green, it’s safest to utilize a lower lofted club. For me I love using an eight iron as opposed to pitching wedge in this case. I generally try land the ball halfway between my lie and the pin and allow the ball to roll the other half of the distance to the hole.

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For repeatable results and a low stress approach, use your putting grip and stroke to hit the ball. Envision yourself just putting the ball firmly. The putting stroke has several benefits. It prevents you from trying to lift the ball. It forces you to allow the loft on the club face to lift the golf ball for you onto the green and roll-out to the hole. And the putting stroke takes away the possibility of an improper wrist hinge.

It is so important, that you don’t try to lift the ball into the air, let the loft of the eight iron do this for you. Just trust your putting stroke and good things will happen!

edwin watts

If you are inside of 25 feet or so to the pin, and you need to hit the golf ball over a bunker or a big bump on the green, you will of course need to utilize one of your higher lofted clubs (gap, sand or lob wedge). That shot demands a very different approach and a little more trial and error  to perfect.

However the straight chip and run shot is one of the easiest shots to learn and master. For more Golf Quick Fix chipping Golf Lessons, CLICK HERE.

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Chipping: Golf Lesson From Golf Quick Fix

Golf Lessons: Chippinggolfsmith Nothing makes up for missed greens in regulation like a solid chipping game. Tightening up your short game will turn many would-be two putts for bogey into a chip and a putt for par. Golf Quick Fix Attempting to lift the golf ball is one of the greatest causes of poor chipping. A weak chipping approach is exposed even more so  when a golfer attempts to to hit a high chip shot when there is really no need for it. This causes them to hit up at the ball in an overstated fashion which turns a bad thing into something worse. Before you try to lift your chip shot, you need ask yourself, what exactly are you trying to hit the ball over? Unless you are trying to hit over a sand trap, a group of bushes or even a range of tiers on a large green you will most likely be better served keeping the ball down. Low balls tend to get down quicker and roll. Golf balls that roll are less difficult to control. The next time you are watching the weekend highlights on the Golf Channel and they show the tournament winner chipping in from off the green, observe if the golf ball was hit high and bouncing or hit low and rolled-up into the hole. Whenever a golf ball bounces in it certainly makes for electrifying T.V., having said that the vast majority of the time you will observe the ball is usually rolling a good distance before it gets to the hole.

Golf Lesson: Don’t Lift The Golf Balledwin watts

Creating a one-piece chipping stroke with limited hand movement is imperative to developing short game precision. A stable left (lead) wrist is the most fundamental component. If you allow your left (lead) wrist to break down thru impact, it unnecessarily increases the loft to the golf club. That can often times cause your chip shots to fly higher and much shorter than you anticipated. It can also cause to hit the ball thin or even top it. A large number players mistakenly hinge their left wrist hoping to get the ball up into the air, which is completely unnecessary since you are using a club with loft built into it. Don’t fight this…you will just have to learn to trust it. Nevertheless, you need to have a firm left wrist and arm to hit a solid chip. Be cautious not to squeeze the club too tightly or tense up. Additionally, your hands and forearms need to be free to rotate without your wrists hinging during your back swing and more importantly, your follow thru. I heard Fred Couples recommend that letting your stroke be all about swinging your arms on short hits and have a quiet body and legs. Be all arms, so to speak. I find that this swing thought helps me not to decelerate through impact. taylormade-logo   Prior to hitting your shot rehearse chipping with your lead arm and the golf club establishing and sustaining a straight line thru your swing. The top end of the grip or the butt needs to set up stay close to the lead wrist thru impact…do not allow your wrist to breakdown. Remember to set up with hands forward of the golf ball, this will create the downward motion and crisp impact you need to chip it close.

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Golf Lesson For Hitting Off The Toe

Golf Lessons: Hitting Off The Toe

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Last week during a round I was struggling with my driver. I was hitting everything off the toe. It was clearly a case of over compensating for my normal potential miss hit, which is a pull to the left. My distance was fine but I only hit four of fourteen fairways but two of those I hit my four hybrid off the tee.

My Iron play and putting were solid but missing that many fairways is a lot to overcome. The next day, off to the range I went. I treated myself to a free golf lesson. I used my smart phone to video tape myself after twenty warm up hits. I saw in my video that I was losing my spine angle during my setup which caused a chain reaction of other swing flaws. Thanks to the beauty of technology I was able to correct this within fifteen minutes at the driving range.

This may or may not be the cause of your hits off the toe. Golf Quick Fix highly suggests seeing yourself hitting golf balls on video. It may very well be the best golf lesson you have ever had. Here are some additional ideas to keep in mind while you try to stop hitting the ball off the toe.

Golf Quick Fix 

1) Don’t Squeeze The Grip
In order to hit the ball more consistently and avoid hitting the golf ball off the toe, it is essential to maintain a consistent and not too firm grip pressure during the course of your golf swing. Some of the greatest golfers that ever lived encouraged a gentle grip…Nicklaus, Snead, and the great Bobby Jones.
Try to understand, the maintaining of a light grip from set-up through impact and to your finish position permits you to swing the golf club quite naturally along an arc. Squeezing the golf club produces a jerking movement that results in inconsistent tempo during your swing This can very often lead to hitting the ball off the toe of your club (more so off the driver).

2) Check Your Stance 

taylormade-logo Much like myself, to stop hitting off the toe, it is imperative that you position yourself the appropriate distance away from your golf ball. Many people make the blunder of setting up too close to the golf ball. This can very often result in a plethora of issues (such as inconsistent contact).
Golf Quick Fix Rule of Thumb: your hands should hang directly below your shoulders. This will help you judge if you are too close or too far from the ball. Standing too close will cause you to not give the golf club enough room to work smoothly right through impact. Not giving the club sufficient room to work in the impact zone, will cause you to hit the golf ball off the toe. Standing too far just makes it even more difficult to find the sweet spot of the club head. You may find yourself reaching or lunging at the ball.

3) Solid Stance 
Try not to sway. Swaying prevents you from turning your shoulders and hips correctly during your back swing. Rather than turning away from the golf ball, you unwittingly modify your spine angle and shoulder level. This suggests that in order to strike the ball solidly, you have to somehow make some awkward body movements through-out your swing to just to get your spine angle and shoulder level back to a point where you can merely make contact with the golf ball. Obviously just making contact is not good enough. These “compensations” cause inconsistent contact and more often than not causes toe hits.

edwin watts

In order for any golfer to stop hitting the ball off the toe, it is imperative to consider the above swing fundamentals as gospel. If you address the issues discussed above, you’ll be on your way to a higher quality golf swing, and more consistent ball contact.

Good luck and hit’em straight from Golf Quick Fix.

Here is a awesome video to help you:

 

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