Golfing isn’t easy and it takes many years and a lot of practice to improve your game. It’s not something you can learn overnight.
Golfers improve best by first mastering the basic techniques of a skill, like pitching or putting, and then learning the skill’s more advanced techniques. With driving, for example, you’d focus first on mastering the swing’s basics before trying to hit draws and slices. Thus, the golfer gradually improves until he or she finally masters the skill. This approach makes sense.
Below are some tips on how this approach could work when applied to chipping:
Eliminate Breaking of the Wrists
When you chip with your iron, do you tend to break the wrists? I have the same problem. When I was on the Rhode Island Women’s Golf Association, my instructor drilled into my head that it’s a bad habit I needed to break. Beginners are especially prone to this. This often leads to poor contact because hand action requires touch. Relaxing your wrists and hands while chipping can improve consistency and accuracy.
Rotate When Swinging
Body rotation is one of the most important things to do when swinging the club. Rotating through improves distance control and helps you to adapt to different chipping situations. Rotating through also enables you to increase swing speed and backspin, which helps the ball check up when it hits the green.
Control Your Shot
It’s also important to control your chip shot by using your right hand to do the work for you. Do this by hinging your wrists as you go back and unhinging them through impact. This enables you to control the shot’s trajectory and spin.
Use the progressive approach described above to learn other shots. Break down the shot into three or four key moves and work on them until you’ve mastered them all. Start with a basic technique and then move on to more advanced techniques. Learning golf gradually will not only make you a better golfer, it will also help you chop strokes off your golf handicap.
Are You Trapped in the Sand?
Do’s and Don’ts in the bunker
Many golfers, whether they are serious players or not, usually know they will receive a a two-stroke penalty for grounding their club in a bunker. But, few know any of the other rules covering bunker play. That’s not surprising. The topic isn’t normally covered even when taking golf lessons. So golfers have to learn them on their own.
The penalty strokes incurred for breaking a bunker rule won’t probably impact golf handicap, but they do have consequences. They can cost you a hole in match play or the match itself. If you play regularly, it’s good to know some of the do’s and don’ts when it comes to bunker play.
Grounding the Club
As mentioned above, this is one of the most common DON’TS when it comes to playing from the sand. You can, however, ground your club in a waste area. Waste areas are usually massive bunker-like regions of firm, unkept sand that aren’t hazards. If you’re not sure where to look courses usually mark these areas for golfers.
Touching the Sand
Digging in your feet in the sand when hitting from a bunker is okay. You can also leave the bunker, get a new club, come back and dig in your feet again. What you can’t do is touch the sand, meaning, you can’t draw a line in the sand like an instructor might do for a lesson and you also can’t slam your club into the ground because you’re angry you messed up the first shot. I mean, you can do this if you so please, but each infraction will cost you two strokes.
This is another area of bunker play not many people know the rules for. You can rake after hitting a bunker shot, even if your ball never left the bunker. However, you can’t disturb your new lie, the area of your stance or swing, or the new line of play for your next shot. You also can’t rake your footprint trail behind you as you walk to your lie. You’d be penalized two strokes for testing the sand’s condition.
If you have an unplayable lie in a bunker, you may replay your previous shot and take a one-stroke penalty. Or, if you don’t want to go back to your previous shot, take a drop in the bunker within two club lengths of the ball.
The 2017-2018 Season is Rickie Fowler’s Year
Rickie Fowler always seems to be that guy that is right there on Sunday, but can never seal the deal. But I think this is his Justin Thomas like breakout year, and here is why I think so.
A 54-hole golf tournament is a lot on your body. To do that week in and week out, takes a lot out of you. So it isn’t that surprising that he is getting physically worn down, and collapsing on Sunday’s.
I think his new girlfriend is going to help him raise multiple trophies this PGA Tour season. His new girlfriend’s name is Allison Stokke. She is an American track and field athlete specializing in pole vault.
But that is a side note.
Since they have been together, like most couples, they have been going virtually everywhere together. The most prominent was at Fowler’s alma maters, Oklahoma State’s homecoming. Fowler was accompanied by his new lady friend. But that was what the media saw.
Fowler posted a video of the two of them doing sprints on the Oklahoma State’s football in the early hours of the morning. Instead of being hungover, Fowler was out there with her running. Since then Fowler has posted pictures on Snapchat and Instagram of cone setups and him running.
Assuming it is with his new boo.
My theory is that all these early morning workouts will pay off. Not only is he going to be focused on golf, not chasing tail. He is going to arguably be in the best shape of his life.
With that, I believe will come trophies.
He will be able to stay fresh all four days of the tournament and his body will be in good enough shape to keep up and keep the elite level of golf up.
If Fowler wins a lot this year, you heard it here first.
Golfing Is Healthier Than You Think
Remember the other day when you said you were going to golf instead of going to the gym and your wife laughed at you?
Well you have some decent reason to do so.
Here are some of the numbers for you to throw in their face next time they challenge it.
Neil Wolkodoff, director of the Rose Center for Health and Sports Sciences in Denver conducted a study to answer these questions.
What he found was good news for all of us fat guys who would rather walk around a golf course and suck, than drag yourself into a gym and lift weights or run on the treadmill.
The other added benefit of sucking at golf is your ball could literally go anywhere when you hit it. So maybe you get to walk a few extra steps through the woods to find your ball.
What Wolkodoff found was that over nine holes of golf, golfers carrying their bag burned about 721 calories.
For example, at about 5 miles per hour on a treadmill you burn about 596 calories an hour.
What Wolkodoff found was very eye opening.
Yes, walking 18 holes of golf is pretty tough, and you will feel it for a few days after the fact. But you are burning about 1,400 calories and having a fun time doing it (if you’re playing well).
Running on a treadmill sucks and you get no breaks. At least when you are golfing you can rest between putts and between peoples tee shots.
So next time you are going to eat some takeout pizza Saturday night and your wife is eyeing you down, tell her you will walk all 18 holes the next day and burn it all off.
Also no gym lets you enjoy a few cold ones on the treadmill.
Justin Thomas is my Player of the Year
Winning the player of the year award in any sport is pretty impressive.
To get that, you have to do something historic or be the best player in the league by a lot. This season in the NBA we saw Russell Westbrook average a triple double and win the NBA MVP. So you could say that winning five tour events in one season would be a solid campaign for the MVP.
I think it is, and it is not disputable. Starting off the season with a few wins at the early year events seemed cool for JT. Get some wins under your belt and get geared up for a long year.But when he won the PGA Championship it opened a whole new can of worms.
Winning a major compared to a “pre season” event gives you an entire different look to your resume. In a major everybody is playing at the top of their game and the course itself are such a tough setup it takes you’re A game to win. After that, he added yet another win. In the Fed Ex Playoffs even.
To win five PGA Tour events in your life is one thing, but to do it in a year is amazing. I think Justin Thomas had the best year on the PGA Tour.
I would argue he is the unanimous player of the year, but I have Spieth a close second and I think the voters may give him a few votes. Between the unreal Open performance, we will be talking about for years. And not to mention his bunker shot in our backyard in Connecticut that may go down as the shot of the year.
Justin Thomas may not have had the most memorable shot of the year, but he has had the best year and deserves to win player of the year.
Oh and there is two events left, anything is possible.
Millennial Pushing the Envelope on the Course
Changing The Game of Golf
We all grow up being told not to stereotype, but it’s human nature to pair certain qualities with certain groups.
Some may be true; some may not be. One thing golf does have is a very strong stereotype among non golfers around the world.
Rich. Snobby. Proper. No fun. Quiet please.
Those are some of the words that some people associate with golfers.
Rich people who enjoy their weekends at their country club, wearing fancy clothes, only clapping and not cheering and being quiet for most of their four-hour round.
But the millennial golfer may be breaking that mold. Myself included, millennial golfers like to push the envelope.
Instead of wearing a proper polo, we like to wear polos with crazy patterns and colors, untucked with a backwards hat on.
We are still going to hit the golf ball the same.
We like to bring our Bluetooth speakers and play our favorite songs while we play with our friends. We like to prank each other and try trick shots. Golf is a game, lets make it fun.
With all that being said we respect the history and tradition of golf, but with the direction it is heading, we need a drastic change to get todays youth excited and involved.
What better than bright fun clothes, loud music, competition and a whole lot of fun. The older generation may see our loud music as disrespect.
Come on dude, you were going to shank that ball into the woods even if my 50 Cent wasn’t blasting on my speaker. Golf needs to lighten up.
Until the older generation gets their ego and pettiness out, this game may never grow.
Millennials are not trying to ruin golf, we are trying to put our own fun spin on it.
Either join us, or get left in the dust. This is the future of golf.
Maurice Allen Is Making Golf Cool Again With Monster Drives
His winning drive travled 436 yards and he was using a Krank golf driver.
This just shows, the brand can sometimes be a backup option to more expensive companies and still perform the same if not better.
“This win means everything,” Allen said after the Mile High Showdown. “There are a lot of people who believed in me… all these people gave me an opportunity. And for a guy who was sleeping in his car five years ago because he wanted to be a Long Driver, it [doesn’t] get any sweeter than this.”
If you want to blame location, go ahead but it is hard to hit a golf ball that far no matter the conditions and Allen did just that.
Allen is a somewhat of a late bloomer to the game.
After graduated from FAMU, then he moved to Atlanta to become a chiropractor where he became a student of the game of golf.
Allen has the resume to back it up though, Maurice set a new Guinness World Record for Golf Ball Speed (211 MPH). His longest drive in competition is 459 yards.
With all the factors in place there is no reason Allen did not win.
The driver he used was a Krank golf driver that runs XXX stiffness and set to a loft of 3 degrees!
3 degrees on a driver is the craziest thing I have ever heard, but when the ball is leaving the club face around 200 miles per house. That is like the normal golfer trying to tee off with their putter.
It just isn’t happening.
World Long Drive has gotten a little bigger each year and for such a cool little event it draws a great crowd.
Lets hope next year is just as good if not better.
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Tips to Make Your Next Bucket at the Driving Range Better
Four tips To follow at the range
When at the driving range, all you want to do is out hit the guy next to you and swingas much as possible.
Here are some tips to make your range session more effective.
Go through a routine: A huge mistake of many people at the driving range is they buy a large bucket with about 200 balls. They hit ball after ball without moving their stance, only to change clubs. Halfway through the bucket you are dripping sweat and tired. Instead of doing this, go through a routine like you are on the course. Pick a target and yardage, take a practice swing and then hit the ball. This will slow you down and make the swing more effective.
Club choice: Don’t just hit a bucket with your driver. Utilize all your clubs in your bag and practice all of them. Practice your wedges from tight lies, punch shots, half swing irons or even a 3 wood on a tee for times you are hitting off a tee that is less than driver.
Don’t just hit the driving range: Most driving ranges have more than just a big field with yardages. Most have short game areas. The biggest mistake golfers make pre-round or just at the range is they just hit a bucket. If your swing sucks, a bucket of balls 20 minutes before your tee time isn’t going to fix anything. Head over to the practice green and get a feel for the speed and how it is rolling. You will be able to shave way more strokes off your scorecard if you can putt well all 18 holes. The short game area is a great area to practice in sand traps, greenside rough or just chip shots.
Proper divot etiquette: The worst thing you could do on a grass driving range is take divots all over the place. The proper way to make divots on a driving range is in a row. What that means is once you make your first divot, place your next ball right behind that divot so by the end of your bucket, there should be a long single trail the width of your club head on the grass. Instead of 200 divots in different areas.
The driving range is one of the best tools in golf, yet so many people misuse their time while there.
What Type of Putter Should You Be Using?
blade vs mallet Putters
Jordan Spieth and his Scotty Cameron Newport 2 almost go hand in hand.
But at the AT&T Byron Nelson, Spieth put a Scotty Cameron Futura in his bag.
For those of you who don’t know, the Newport 2 is a blade style putter and the Futura is a mallet type putter.
This raises the question, what type of putter should you be using?
Recently we have seen many tour players gaming the TaylorMade Spider, which is also a larger mallet looking putter.
Here is an argument for both styles, and we will let you decide.
Lighter: For the most part this putter has less material so it will naturally be lighter. This may help players who have a smooth putting stroke already.
Lines: There are a lot of sight lines in a blade putter. Some are literally painted on it like a dot on the top of it. But a putter like a Newport 2, it has a lot of natural lines in the design that will help with alignment.
Feel: Because it is a smaller piece of material, it is easier to “feel” the putt. Saying that when you crank a putt you know and can feel it, or if you leave it short. With a mallet it is a bigger piece of material so the feel is lost in the bigness.
Heavier: Some may see this as a downfall, but if you tend to leave putts short, get a big mallet behind that little white ball and it will be flying towards the hole in no times.
Forgiving: Because the material is bigger, if you have a mishit and hit the ball not on the center of the face, it will go almost on the intended line. With a blade, mishits are a lot more exaggerated.
Alignment: Many people say because of the bulk of the putter; mallets are easier to align on your intended line towards the hole.
At the end of the day, the biggest thing with a putter is confidence. Some people don’t like the bulkiness of a mallet and say it looks ugly at address. If you are not confident looking down at the putt, you wont have a confident stroke. Confidence is key when putting. Pick your line and stick to it.