There are hundreds of golf tips that any player can use to lower their golf score. These tips, however, should fit your game. There is one drill by Rick Shiels espouses that will help many players consistently break 90. This specific drill is one that I have used for years and have taught to many of my friends. I believe this drill should be in every golfers bag and knowing how and when to employ it is definitely a stroke saver.Continue reading
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My First 18 Holes of Golf in 2019
It finally happen last Saturday! I was able to play 18 holes of golf because our course was finally dry enough to open the front 9. The front was a bit beat up and there were 2 temporary greens, but I am grateful to the staff at Osprey Links for all their dedicated work to bring the course to a point were we can loop 18 holes. Well, I must say it was fun and challenging at the same time!Continue reading
Consistency of Play and Golf Balls
Golf is a sport that requires a high level of consistency. Regardless of what you are doing on the course, repeating the same positive motion is a must to achieve low golf scores. This is an understood premise of all low handicappers, yet there is one thing that most amateurs are doing that sabotages their game: they use old, found golf balls when they play. Continue reading
There is No Normal Off The Tee
Setting yourself up for success off the tee is critical to low golf scores. Ask anyone who is struggling to hit the fairway about their scores and they will lament that hitting three off the tee is just no fun. I totally agree with this assessment and while reading, your head moving up and down suggests you do to.
I have researched many aspects of hitting the ball in play off the tee and I have found that there is a normal convention that all experiments support. Specifically, the concept of how high to tee your golf ball on the tee. This fundamental act sets the foundation for a great score and yet is often overlooked. Well not today! Continue reading
Weight Distribution in Your Golf Swing
Weight distribution is very important to a consistent golf swing. Through the years, I have experimented with all different aspects of weight distribution. Recently, I widened my stance because of a tip from a PGA Tour Canada golfing professional. This small adjustment increased my power and conversely increased my distance off the tee. Additionally, by widening my stance, the issue of weight distribution re-emerged.
Balance during a golf swing is very important. With proper balance, a player can consistently reproduce the same swing. And consistency is a core fundamental skill required to shoot low scores. After several hours at the driving range, I have determined that the proper weight distribution for my swing occurs when:
- my knees are over my toes
- my shoulders are over my knees
- the inside of my feet are even with my shoulders
- my arms hang straight down and are about 2 inches forward of my body
- before my swing, my weight feels centered at the front part of my arches or ankles
- Finally, during my swing, my weight is transferred from the instep of my back foot to the instep of my front foot
This may all sound familiar and it is. By standing as outlined above, I feel like my body is in a natural stance. When in this position, I hit consistently and hit the ball further off the tee. Also, if I am not in this position, I notice it immediately when I swing the club. Sometimes I fall forward, backward and even sideways if my weight distribution is off.
This is a great drill to help determine the proper feel of your weight distribution during your golf swing.
A good video explaining weight distribution created by a good set up. Their explanation is simple to understand and easy to duplicate.
Finally, Jim McLean talks about keeping your weight distributed on the inside of your arches during your golf swing.
Weight distribution is very important to a consistent golf swing. By controlling your weight distribution, you will lower your score and improve your over all consistency off the tee.
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!