Lesson 13 Golf shots to the green.

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Shots to the green and your yardage:
These shots are much easier when you are close to the green or on in regulation with your second shot. Check out our special feature from Eric Jones the World Long Drive Champion.
Hole in one!!! (How do pro-golfers consistently land the ball close to the flag?)
They have a developed muscle memory they pay attention to every element of their game with the key objective to have repeat swing that never changes. They have no need to change their swing because they know the precise distance they hit with each club in their bag. Yes they may make allowance for strong wind from behind or when they are playing directly into the wind.
The rule of thumb on that: With a strong tail wind take one club less than normal for that distance. When you are playing into a strong head wind then consider taking one club more than normal.
For example: With a normal relaxed swing (Same speed, timing, tempo, rhythm, balance)
You would hit your 5 iron 160 yards – into a head wind take you 4 Iron which will make allowance for the strong head wind.
If you have a strong wind from behind then you could use a 6 iron, for the same distance.
Trust your swing and your club. (Later in the course we will teach you how to play low shots that eliminate the effect of the wind)
Now later in this lesson we will go tee to green on a par 3. (Where it is possible to achieve that magic goal of a hole in one) Do that and your name goes in gold letters on that exclusive board in the club house, you will be the envy of your peers, some clubs even have a hole in one tie which you can wear with pride. In Asia the par three holes have a sponsor –like Ping / Taylor Made and when you get a hole in one they give you a grand prize. On TV you will note that most of the car manufactures like BMW give a car to the pro-golfer who has a hole in one. )
To achieve that elusive hole in one first you need to know the exact distance you play with each club and have a consistent swing.
We did cover this in an earlier lesson but because it is key to your game we are going to repeat it again:
We hope that you have already practised your set up, stance and grip. Now it starts to get exciting. Be confident but do not expect too much, because it takes a time to develop your natural swing, once you do and you can practice with a consistent swing muscle memory will come into play and then your swing will be natural.
(Which is the main reason to learn the correct mechanics from the start it is hard to correct bad habits later)
OK now take your seven iron tee up a ball
Follow the aforementioned instructions, and then take your swing. (Do NOT look up until after the ball is the air) Practice with the seven iron until you can consistently hit the ball straight. If the ball is going right that is a slice, if the ball is going left it is a hook. By checking and readjusting, you should be able to correct the problem. If not then you can go  check out our tips, they will explain what you are doing wrong and how to correct it. Once you can hit your seven iron straight, then you can try with your other irons.
Do not try your driver or fairway metals until you master your irons
You need to know the exact distances you can achieve with each club.
Hit a great shot with the wrong club and you end up short or way over the green.
You will need to make your chart so you are sure of the average distance you play with each club.
The distances we mention are only based on the average golfer- you need your own chart for each club.
Next practice session take five balls with each club full swing and record the average distance with each club.
Off the tee always refer to the scorecard and check the distance to the green.
If you have not played the course before it pays to purchase from the clubhouse the course planner.
Always check the course markers they will show you 150 yards from the green – 100 yards from the green.
Take time to think,
Target the where the ball needs to land and how much it will roll.
Always think positive- Ball in the hole
The table below gives you the average distance the average player will hit with each club.
Examples: Yardages.( average club player )
Check and record your own yard -age (Important)
Driver 220 yards    ***** or 300 yards plus with our special feature
3 wood 200 “
5 wood 175 “
7 wood 160 “
3 Iron 175 “
4 Iron 165 “
5 Iron 155 “
6 Iron 145 “
7 Iron 135 “
8 Iron 125 “
9 Iron 110 “
P wedge 100 “
S wedge 70 “
YOU MUST KEEP YOUR SWING CONSISTENT the same speed timing and tempo for every shot
Develop a repeat swing is the key to top class golf.
Once you achieve that level of golf you just select the club with the correct loft and distance. You hit the correct distance every time. (You still need pre-shot routine to ensure you line up with your target no good having the correct distance and the wrong line)
The key element on developing a consistent game is attention to detail, for example ball position at address. With the driver it is in line with your left heel, as the number of your club gets higher the further back in you stance the ball, with your five iron the ball is in the centre of your stance
With you driver it is level with your left heel. With your wedge, it is level with your right heel. (Get the principle 10 clubs 5 iron centre. High numbers move to the right low number move to the left e.g. towards the front of your stance.)
Your pre-shot routine, you must practice until it is second nature. Determine your optimum target area, and the correct distance from the tee. Taking into account all these factors hazards, water, bunkers, trees, heavy rough, out of bounds. Wind direction from behind, wind against, swirling. Is the fairway narrow or wide? Does it dog leg right or left? Where are the Fairway Bunkers?
OK we can now assume that you do know the average distance you hit with each club.
Again please visualize this shot, it is important part of your lesson to be focused I the zone, you can see this shot in your minds eye, you know the trajectory the distance. You can now stand on the tee of a par three with a degree of complexity= Index 4 WOW that’s hard why? Well first it is 175 yards to the hole, trees lining both sides of the fair way, the fairway is narrow, the green slopes of like a dome any thing landing more than 20feet from the flag is going to run off the green, there are bunkers right and left of the green and deep rough behind the green.
You have the advantage of an elevated tee, you have a clear view of the green, which is soft and receptive and have selected you target area, in this case right at the flag. This is the ideal distance for your three iron. (NOW you can see the importance of knowing the except distance with each club)
This does not only apply to par three holes it applies to every shot you play, it is key to all your mid-iron approach shots. SO you must practice until you play consistent golf. Know the distance with each club; trust your swing and your club.
Prepare to take your shot go through your set pre-shot routine, pay particular attention to how you line the logo on the ball up with the flag. (Like a sight on a rifle)
Do not tee your ball to high or it will go sky high, you are already on elevated tee.
Trust the loft on the club it will give you the correct flight path your ball will land on the green close to the flag,
NEVER underestimate the importance of set up.
And pre-shot routine
Step up to the ball. Arms and club stretched out in front of you, slowly bend fore-ward from the hips until the club touches the ground behind the ball
Take your stance the width of your shoulders. Aligned to the target
Take a practice swing push back low to the ground, take away in line with the target until pasted the outside of your right foot, allow your wrists to cock naturally keep your head still eyes fixed on the back of the ball left arm straight full turn, weight transferring from left to right, DO NOT LEAN your upper body turns square, start your down swing upper turn back pull down with the left arm, club returning on the same line reaching the point of impact exactly the same as it was at address.
With your practice swing check the divot, it should be 90% on the target side of the ball position; your club should not touch the ground before impact with the ball.
To achieve consistent solid contact with the ball you must ensure the ball is placed in the correct position related to your stance. That applies to all shots.
You need a high level of concentration as you prepare to take your shot. But just for a few seconds.
Do NOT freeze over the ball- some player waggle there club to release and tension in their arms.
When you start your back swing relax and switch into relaxed happy mode try to move with the balance timing and rhythm of a good dancer. One –piece takeaway, push back with your left hand low and smooth in line with the target, turn fully, coil your upper body against the resistance of the lower body, keep the right knee flexed, left arm straight, complete the back swing, make a smooth transition, pull down with the left hand, butt pointing to the ball, open up your hips to the target on the down swing, keep your head still and behind the ball, hit through the ball, rotate your wrists, extend your arms towards the target, good transfer of weight and balance.
Develop feel; the club needs to feel just like an extension to your arms, Swing with rhythm- timing.
Important: *** Assuming you are right handed player.
Throughout the swing your left hand remains in control push back with the left hand pull down with the left hand.
Do not allow your strong right hand to take control if you do you will never keep the ball straight.
Keep arms fully extended through impact,
Concentrate on a low follow-through.
Wait until you see the ball “disappears” before taking
your eyes away from it.
Main objective is timing tempo, relaxed natural swing with light grip.
Pull down with the left arm; do not let the strong right arm force the shot.
DO NOT swing like a mad axe man,
Keep left side firm with left knee bent through
Swing through the ball, not at it.
Keep arms fully extended through impact.
Full rotation and follow through, your belly button should now be facing the target, you should have maintained perfect balance though-out the swing.
Ok maybe not a hole in one but you will still feel great as you see your ball landing on the green just ten feet from the flag. You have a great change to make a birdie.
Make you way down to the green, happy and confident great shot. But never lose your focus or your determination to be a winner you MUST very competitive.
Now you have a 10 feet putt for birdie. If you’re playing partners are further away from the hole they putt first. You are allowed to place a marker on the green and then you can pick your ball up and clean it, always take advantage of this rule because when you replace your ball it is clean plus you can line the logo up with the hole. Take care NOT to walk on the line of your competitor’s ball; your spikes (even rubber) can still leave marks or indentations that may deflect his putt.

OK now your big putt for birdie: No pressure try to stay cool take your time study the line and the contours, plus if the grain of the grass is with the run of the ball or against it?
Stand feeling comfortable. Keep your lower body perfectly still NO leg movement.
Check the line and contours of the green.
To prevent misalignment study the green very carefully. Your brain now has many calculations to consider, is the putt uphill or downhill, will it turn from right or from the left this depends on the contours of the green at what point will it start to turn, if it turns from right to left — then just how far right must I aim to ensure the ball drops in the hole
Also consider the distance, length –amount of weight played is often more important than the correct line
Short putts do not ground the putter head.
Ensure your club-face is square to the target, the target is not always the hole it is a point on the green where the ball will start to turn, or run away down hill
Head and eyes directly over the ball do keep your head and body perfectly still, NO movement in the legs.
Keep your back swing smooth. Rock the shoulders arms moving in a pendulum like motion.
Take the putter back only a short distance and then accelerate towards the ball keeping the putter blade going through smooth and square in line with the target.
DO NOT LIFT your head until the ball is well on its way, on short putts you should hear the ball drop in the hole, not see it.
WOW it in the hole; you have a birdie that is great golf.
Think how did you do that?
With the correct mind set.
Paying attention to each element of your set up / pre-shot routine
You have developed a repeat swing: That returns to the ball on the correct plane and in exactly point of impact that it was at address.
(Never change your swing just select the correct club
You know the distance you play with each club.
You are taking your normal swing and trusting your club.
You are maintaining perfect posture, balance, timing, rhythm, and tempo.
You are taking every aspect of course management into account, hazards and wind select your target area with your next shot in mind.
PUTTING IS THE MOST IMPORTANT element in the game of golf – average of TWO on every green, if you are three putting then you will lose every game.

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