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Saturday, February 24, 2024

The Hybrid…Swing it Like a Wood or an Iron?

The lie of the ball will determine whether you play the hybrid like a wood or an iron.  If the ball is sitting nicely on the fairway, on a tee from the teeing ground or sitting up in the rough then play it like a fairway wood.  If the ball is sitting in a depression or a divot in the fairway, or is sitting down in the rough, then play it like an iron.  The iron swing will be a bit more vertical causing a divot.  The ball will come out lower from the bad lie so use a more lofted hybrid.

Monday, February 19, 2024

Dial in your Wedge Yardages

 Dial in your wedge yardages starting with a 50 yard baseline shot with your most lofted wedge.  It’s a matter of combining your length of backswing with speed to obtain 50 yards.  I would err on a softer swing rather than a hard swing.  Once you get 50 yards dialed in, just change the length of your swing to carry 30,40, 60 and then your full swing yardage.  I carry four wedges and my full swing difference between wedges is 15 yards.  

57 degree - 70 yards, 53 degree - 85 yards, 49 degree - 100 yards, 45 degree - 115 yards

Your yardages may vary but I recommend even loft increments to fill any voids.

Saturday, February 17, 2024

Use your Imagination to Hit Draws and Fades

 The beach ball is a great visual to understand draw/fade spin.  To hit a draw you imagine the ball spinning counter clockwise.  To accomplish this the toe of the club has to pass the heel.  To hit a fade you imagine the ball spinning clockwise.  To accomplish this the heel has to lead the toe.  The impact bag drill enforces your feels and then you introduce the ball.  Start with small swings and with each success you can increase the swing.  


Saturday, February 10, 2024

To Knee or not to Knee

How much your lead knee moves in the backswing is determined by your flexibility.  Some players need more movement, some less.  From the 1930’s through the 1970’s we saw a lot of movement of the lead knee with tour players and from the 1980’s to current we see less.  Experiment and see what works best for you.

Wednesday, February 7, 2024

Fairway Bunker Shots

 Analyze your lie and choose the correct club for success.  Loft is your friend…use enough to clear the lip, then worry about distance!

Take your Game from the Range to the Course

A great way to prepare for a casual or tournament round is to play the course in your mind while hitting balls on the range.  Visualize each hole and hit the shot you would need to play the hole.  For example starting on the first hole and it’s a par four.  Hit a tee shot, then based on how where it the ball goes, hit an approach shot.  Continue until you’ve played each hole.  If you only have time for a few shots, then pick a hole you normally have issues with.  This is also a way to break up your practice sessions and make practice more realistic.

Wednesday, January 31, 2024

Improve Course Management to Lower your Score

 Good course management will improve your score!  If you are trying to break a scoring barrier eliminate the big numbers by playing the smart shot!