Chipping Tips to Break 90

Learning new skills can be a challenge in golf. The issue is identifying the challenge and devising a drill or fix to help lower your golf score. Recently, I tried changing my short game with little success and have reverted back to my old style of chipping. The techniques I use first helped me break 90 and as I continued to improve I was able to break 80. By building the core fundamentals of chipping, my game was taken to a new level.

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Golf’s Greatest Secret


Have you ever pondered the answer to golf’s greatest secret? Knowing that answer will elevate your standing in the golfing community to guru or at the very least being a really smart player. Knowing the answer can help shape your game, lower your scores, and exponentially increase your fun on the links!

Could the answers be found in the following links?

Well, I think you see my point developing. As I start my research for creating my 2016 golf plan, I have to separate the wheat from the chaff. It takes time to separate the fly by night solutions aimed at selling me something, or the professed expert who knows how to sell.

This part of the process is fun for me. I am always open to new ideas, thoughts, musings and sometimes crazy off the wall suggestions. I think it is important to prepare for the unknown and the only way to do that on a golf course is to be open to new ideas and be willing to openly discuss them without any emotional baggage dragging me down.

What is Golf’s Greatest Secret? That is a great question. I believe the answer lies in all of us. I believe that each of us knows the answer, but we may or may not have let it come to the surface. There are many conventional aspects of golf like flexibility, training, practicing, swing plane, and mental preparation that will improve your game, but what is that one ‘je ne sais quoi’ that brings it all together? What is your greatest golf secret?

I will be searching for my greatest golf secret over the next month or two. I am not sure where I will find it, but if you have any suggestions, advice or just plain crazy ideas, I am listening!

I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!

Golf Swing Transition

Transition of the hips is one of the biggest faults in a golf swing. Most amateurs have a tendency to over rotate their hips and as a result, the club comes through on an outward-inward swing plane. This type of rotation generally creates that dreaded slice. In some cases, like myself, I generally pull the ball to the left side of the fairway.

My problem, other than having a bobble head, is in my hips. When swinging at the correct tempo my hips are in sync with the rest of my swing. However, if I swing too fast, thinking that I will hit the ball farther, my hips pop open and my right knee finishes pointing at the ball. This is a known fault of mine and I continually work on correcting it.

I also have difficulty explaining the proper hip / thigh process. So, I found this quick video from the National University Golf Academy. Ted Norby explains the proper process to follow to make consistent, solid contact every time.

Watching the video highlighted my challenge with my right knee. Now that I have a fix, I am off to the range.

What do you think? Is the hip / knee transition as important as Norby highlights?

I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!

Swing Plane Training

Recently, a friend of mine visited from the UK.  As he bragged about golfing all year around, we shifted the discussion to what else besides playing he was doing to improve his golf game.  He talked about practicing many of the regular things like chipping, putting, working on the range and focusing on course management while hitting the lins.  All these things seem benign, but actually they have really helped him be more consistent and lower his score.  I think he is going to have to give me a couple strokes a side next time we play!

During the many hours of golf talk, he mentioned going to a practice range and working on his swing plane.  Of course, this new topic immediately caught my attention and I eagerly shifted the discussion to this new topic.  He mentioned a swing plane trainer.  It was a large circular device that keeps your club on the right plane during your swing.  He explained how his body movements were out of alignment and how his arms, legs and torso were not working together as well as he thought.  I told him that I have never used a swing plane trainer and he highly recommended that I gave it a try.

After a bit of research here is what I found:

The Swing Plane Trainers permit student and teacher to monitor correct swing plane & shaft angle. By keeping the shaft in continuous contact with the dual arcs, the player allows the club to travel on a proper swing plane while maintaining a correct shaft angle. The Pre-Swing Set Up, Arc, and Plane of the golf swing are the most important and basic elements to be learned by the beginner golfer. Just as important are these basic fundamentals for the intermediate and advanced players, to re-train these proper positions of the golf swing. Using the Swing Plane trainer will help create a consistent set-up position and the muscle memory necessary to perform a more repetitive golf swing.

The Golf Gruva.  The GOLF GRUVA is the ultimate golf swing training system. It leads the entire body through the experience of the modern, multi-plane golf swing. Whether a beginner or advanced golfer, the Gruva system is an invaluable tool for improving your golf swing.  This system seemed very interesting.  The description in the video helps describe a professional golf swing.

There are many more such training aids, but only you can decided if they are right for you.

If you are a more traditional golfer who likes drills and tinkering with your swing on the range, why not try Quarter Drill, Back to Wall Tip, The Tour Sticks Drill, or the tips from Hitting It Solid.  Again, the internet is full of drills, the above few caught my attention and I am going to try them this spring.

Talking to my friend about golf is a favorite thing to do.  Our conversation opened up a new area of growth and for that I am grateful.  Learning something new everyday is awesome; Learning something new everyday about golf is priceless.  Thanks for the tip my friend!

I am a grateful golfer.  See you on the links.