Golf is a fun game when we are playing well. I know that as my round continues and my score is in excellent zone, I have a tendency to change my tempo and focus. Mostly it is because my emotions are ramping up and I get a head of myself. When I can control myself, I find that my tempo stays in check and I am able to finish strong. I have a few techniques and found a video by David Leadbetter that shows two things I do that helps. The other two might be a benefit for you, but only you can decide.Continue reading
As an amateur, learning to properly hit a punch shot is important to keep our golf scores low. This type of shot is designed to fly close to the ground in order to avoid obstacles that would impede our progress. Generally, this takes for in the way of branches, because we hit a wayward shot, from trees that suddenly decided to get in our way. Regardless of the obstruction, learning to hit a punch shot is very important to ensure we can extricate our ball out of difficult situations with the least amount of strokes.Continue reading
Lowering your score in golf is a key to most players. We spend time practicing, reading, watching videos, and taking lessons to improve our game. This post was sparked by a question from a grateful golfer, Sharkgolf13, “Could you explain the difference between coaching and teaching?” Thank you Sharkgolf13 for this very interesting question.
At the same time, golf is a very simple and complex sport. There are many moving parts to a swing, different ways to play a round, and infinite possibilities on how to improve. During the journey to improvement, it is important to understand the difference between being taught and coached. This distinction is important because both can have a positive impact on your game in different ways. Continue reading
“Hitting the wall In endurance sports such as cycling and running, hitting the wall or the bonk describes a condition caused by the depletion of glycogen stores in the liver and muscles, which manifests itself by sudden fatigue and loss of energy. Milder instances can be remedied by brief rest and the ingestion of food or drinks containing carbohydrates. The condition can usually be avoided by ensuring that glycogen levels are high when the exercise begins, maintaining glucose levels during exercise by eating or drinking carbohydrate-rich substances, or by reducing exercise intensity.”
I bet you were thinking of the 17th hole at St. Andrews Old Course! It is a famous site that provides once in a life time shots for amateurs and pros alike. Only the brave will venture a heroic shot off the wall; giving credence to the saying “Where there is no risk; there is no reward!” Regardless, this is still not what I am talking about.
Hitting the wall is a golf drill with many variations. There are three specific drills I like and recommend. I will be using all three as spring approaches with the intent to increase my power off the tee.
The first is a great wall drill for beginners from Hitting It Solid by Troy Vayanos. This drill uses a wall or a chair. Troy’s drill works on posture. He states that “the most common reason golfers don’t hit solid golf shots is because they lose their posture on the downswing.” He provides a simple step by step process to fix this common error. I will use it in the beginning of my golf season to remind my body the proper position when addressing the ball.
The next drill comes from the National Golf Academy. It is for intermediate golfers who have the general mechanics of the golf swing down, but want more power. This particular drill is very good for players like myself who would like an extra 10-15 yards or more off the tee. This is definitely a drill I will use before the season starts.
The last wall drill comes from David Leadbetter. This drill is for the advanced player who wants to fine tune or improve their overall swing. This particular drill is might be difficult and requires an understanding of swing mechanics. Having said that, anyone can use it with varying degrees of success. Again, I plan to use this drill in the off season as I wait for the 3 feet of snow to melt!
Hitting the wall can deal with the physical nature of a sport. However, in this case it means using three outstanding drills by the beginner, intermediate and advanced golfer to improve their game. Know which drill is best for you might be a challenge; I recommend you try all three and let me know which you like the best!
I am a grateful golfer! 53 days until golf season!