Lesson 22 Golf Revision

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Lesson 22

We have reviewed all the questions from members and coaches. If you are really serious about improving your golf then you need to study the lessons, and start meaningful practice. Our service is unique, and it is free – we would like to think that our efforts are improving your game.

Welcome to the Pro golf club from Ascharapan : Come on now even a bad day at golf is better than a good day in work

We are here to coach you and will reply to all your questions, we love to hear from you, there are nearly 5000 members now.  And we have had some great feedback. We still receive many questions from members about things that have been covered in the previous lessons and would ask that, before posting a question, the lessons are carefully read. Remember, all the golf professionals give free advice based on the information you provide, it does help if you give them details of your game your current handicap and the elements of your game that are costing you the most shots.

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So in an effort to bring your scores into the low eighties we are going to cover all the main problem areas. You can play in the eighties providing you stay motivated and focused.

When you are studying for exams you need to revise, swot – this lesson is revision with additional instruction.  Print it, read it, take it to the range with you and use it as a reference. Focus on the elements of your game that are costing you shots. If you need clarification contact your coach.

It is a mind game. All the words we use like in the zone, visualization, confidence, positive thinking, no negative thoughts, all play a part in your game.

You think your swing is perfect? OK, prove it: Have someone video a practice round, then go and watch that video, analyse what you see. Compare it with the pro player you would like emulate.

Now get your head down: its revision time.

PUTTING IS THE MOST IMPORTANT element in the game – work on an average of TWO on every green, if you are three putting then you will lose every game.

You will see from my photo that I always mark my ball, this then allows me to replace the ball with the line-logo pointing directly to my selected target area.

Just by never three putting you can save 10 shots. Always train your muscle memory, by measuring each shot in number of paces from the hole, this way you will learn to play perfect weight and length, you can visualize the shot and make adjustment in your mind, if the ball is 15 paces from the hole downhill in my mind I play the shot as if it was only 14 paces from the hole, if the putt is 15 paces from the hole up hill then I play it as a 16 pace shot.

There are many different ways to putt and you will have a putter you are confident with, but in the end it still comes down to feel and touch the putter is and extension of your mind, you must learn to visualize the ball rolling into the hole, transmit that vision, to ensure 100% coordination between mind, eyes and arms. Hours of practice, set yourself objectives. Learn to read the greens speed, the amount of turn to expect.

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 the 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. The amount of weight played is often more important than the correct line. You never want to three putt. On a long putt imagine a big bowl is the hole and you are aiming to get it in the bowl, that way you will either get it in the hole or very close, at worst leaving yourself a tap in putt. On 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 downhill.

Head and eyes directly over the ball, 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. Practice your putting every chance you get, make your practice a challenging game, place six balls in a circle 2 yards away from the hole and putt each one in turn. You can not go on to the next stage until you successfully putt every ball in succession.

Next place one ball two paces from the hole and another ball every two paces from the first ball, putt the first ball then the second till all six are in the hole, this will implant the correct weight needed related to the number of paces the ball is from the hole.

Long putts

On a long putt hold the putter gently. It helps to point the logo on the ball in line with the hole or direction of play.
On long putts you can break the wrists on the back swing, also on the follow through, this should give more feel.
Ball position opposite left instep will ensure you brush the ball with a rising blow then the ball spins head over toe which help it stay on line.

Practice for long putts: To develop a feel for the weight needed, to ensure the ball travels the correct distance, takes a lot of practice. To train your mind you need to practice. With the ball a set distance from the hole.

To do this on a flat green place at row of balls starting one pace from the hole – then a ball every pace back to 15 paces. Start with the ball nearest the hole, then putt each ball in turn. Then when you play this will teach you to think in terms of how many paces the ball is from the hole.  (The average pace is approximately 3 feet)  With lots of practise your mind and hands will develop a feel for speed and distance, correct weight on the putt means it will go in the cup, or if it does miss, on a level green should I ideally roll by about 12 to 15 inches, this indicates you did play the right weight, just a little off line, never mind it leaves you a short putt.) We are trying to stress the importance of weight and speed of your putt, get that right and you will NEVER three putt. 

Practice long putts with just your right hand this will give you the feeling of the rolling ball.

You could also try to putt with your eyes closed – this will enhance your senses and help you develop the touch and feel required to judge just how hard you need to stroke the ball for varying distances to the hole.

Speed will take the turn out of the putt, you need to be confident of your line, sure that you can place the ball dead centre of the hole to putt with pace. Most players elect to play a slow ball and judge the amount of turn required. Practice both, once you decide which method gives you the best average, and then always play that way.

Practice PUTTING as often as you can, certainly in preference to hitting ball after ball on the range. Putting is the most important element in golf, if you have a good short game and can putt, combined with good course management, you can play in the mid eighties. Putting is the one element in golf that gives you the opportunity to develop your game to another level.

If you are still struggling on the green, the most common error in putting is a breakdown of the wrists. Try using a “cross-hand” grip. To do this, place the left hand down the grip where the right hand would normally be, and put the right hand at the top the grip. This may feel odd at first, but it forces the hands to work as a unit, and the shoulders to stay level which is one of the fundamentals of good putting. And remember: Always keep the hands in front of the ball during the stroke, and the left wrist flat … tick tock, like the pendulum in a grandfather clock.

Slice (Ball turning right off the tee)

Reason: Out to in swing is putting spin on the ball.

Check your grip: and stance. Go through your pre-shot routine, line the logo on the ball up with the target. Make certain that the club-face is square and in line with the target. Objective: To return to club-face back to that exact position at impact.

Adjust your swing to ensure the club face is square at impact. To achieve this, take the club back with the left hand in control, keep the club low in line with the target until outside your right foot. Try a smaller arc on the back swing; on the down swing focus on an in to out swing, DO NOT CAST THE CLUB OUT or you will pull the club from outside to in imparting spin on the ball.

For just 10 seconds, once you start the back-swing switch to your regular swing, play on instinct and trust the subconscious and, or muscle memories to make it happen.

The club must return on the same path as your takeaway, directly in line with the ball and target. To cure your slice keep your eye on the ball and aim to impact on the inside of the ball, keep left arm straight and in control. Pull down with the left arm, do not force the shot. Hit through the ball, wrists rotating arms in line with the target – keep your head down until the ball is well on its way.

If you are still slicing try dropping your right foot and shoulder back from the target, the objective being to develop more round the body swing.

Note: Everything in the swing depends on fundamentals. Get the basics right at address.Whether you’re new to golf or have played for years, you will score your best from a solid foundation.

Swinging too quickly is a common mistake. We are not saying that club-head speed is not important, it is providing you maintain a rhythm. To hit it long and straight you need to make impact with your club-head approaching the ball on a level to slightly upward path. Trust the loft of the club to help launch the ball on the on the correct flight path and with the optimum amount of backspin. Your club needs to return to point of impact in line with your target and level with the ground. That’s the angle of approach you must attain with your driver off the tee. If you swing down with your driver too steeply, you make contact with a descending blow. You will send the ball sky high and gain no distance, and if you hit the ball too much on the upswing, chances are you will top the shot. Stay level through the swing.

We see many golfers who let their left knee move to the right on the back swing. This will result in your right shoulder dropping, and allows your hips to turn. Your rotation needs to be with your upper torso.

On the back-swing, you must keep weight on the inside of the right foot, and maintain a slight bend in the knee. Failure to do this can mean poor contact and a loss of power. As you take the club back, imagine that the right knee is braced and solid like a wall. Then your upper body will work like a strong coiled spring. Providing incredible power as you hit right through the ball.

Many players feel that they need to hit it harder when they are playing into the wind, this causes them to put more spin on the ball and hit it higher. To hit it lower and more controlled, put the ball back in your stance a few inches and keep your hands forward. Use a longer club than you would otherwise, and swing easy. Remember the old saying, “Swing with ease into the breeze.”

In previous lessons we have stressed the need to regularly check your set up over time, many golfers move farther from the ball at address. Be sure that you not reaching for the ball or putting too much weight on the balls of your feet. Here’s a test for this that many pros are fond of: Wiggle your toes at address! This ensures that you are not placing too much weight on the forward part of the foot.

Your position over the ball should vary according to the club you are using. For instance, the ball should be in the middle of your stance with the shorter irons (7, 8, 9, PW). As the loft of the club decreases, the ball should be incrementally farther toward the front foot, until it is just inside your left heel when hitting the driver. In a previous lesson we did cover the low stinger shot. In general if you want to purposely hit lower shots, the ball should be back in the stance. For higher shots, it should be forward.

Bunker Shots

Do not fear a bunker shot, with practice they are comparatively easy – you should be able to get more consistent results from a bunker than unpredictable heavy rough.

Look over the edge of Bunker -study the contours of the green, select the spot where the ball must land, to roll into the hole. Keep this image in your mind.

Set up with open stance, aligned your feet left of the target, wiggle feet till well set down in the sand. (You do this for two reasons – first it tells you how soft the sand is, second gives a firm base for your swing.)

Open the club-face; Ball forward in your stance. Stance open to the target, swing the club along your body-line so the club-head approaches the ball on an out to in swing path. Aim the club face to impact in the sand 2″ behind the ball, do not quit on the shot play right through with confidence.

Ball on the sloping edge to the bunker (You need to play with one foot in the sand, and one foot on the grass slope.) Take one extra club, wider stance, lower centre of gravity, easy swing.

Bunker shot with ball in the sand close to the edge of the bunker forcing you to stand on the grass. Take extra club, a much wider stance, and body on even playing field; aim a little to the left, easy swing. Do not quit on the shot.

In the fairway bunker

Remember when in the bunker the rules of golf say you must NOT ground your club i.e. Do not touch the sand with your club before you play the shot. Check line to target – pick intermediate spot to play over, ensure you can clear the lip, if not play safe, a normal bunker shot with lofted club (SAND WEDGE) back on to the fairway. This is also the best choice if the ball has landed hard and is half buried in the sand.

If you are sure you can clear the edge of bunker and want to play attacking golf: Set feet in the sand, ball back in the stance; pick the ball off the sand using one club more than the same distance off the fairway. However ensure you have sufficient loft to clear the lip. Also if you are still a long way from the green you can try playing with a fairway wood, brush the ball off the top of the sand with a sweeping swing. Take the club straight back and straight through, maintain balance, tempo. DO not be tempted too swing hard, 1-2 let the club do the work.

To get out of green-side bunkers you must keep the club-face “open.” When you close the face, you get a lower trajectory and the club tends to dig in the sand.

In summary, open face, hit the sand 2’’ behind the ball, do not quit on the shot.

The action e.g. the swing you need: Imagine you are in the swimming pool using your hand to splash the water at your children.

Only this time you are going to splash some sand, focus on sliding a thin “divot” of sand from under the ball and on to the green. Open the club-face a few degrees (clockwise) and line up slightly to the left. “Splash” the sand toward the target your ball will float out land softly on the green, roll into the cup.

This is the number one mistake that golfers make. Being too keen to see where your shot is going, you begin to look up during the down-swing and before the club-face makes contact with the ball. This moves the body, which misaligns the swing path.

How I overcome this problem?
During my pre-shot routine I place the ball on the tee will the logo lined up with the target. At address I never freeze over the ball, I waggle the club to shake the any tension from my arms, take one last look at the target. I visualize the shot in my mind, take the club back smooth and low in line with the target, make a full turn, start my downswing with a movement of my right hip, pull down with the left arm, butt of my club pointing at the ball till below my belt. Now fully focused on the point of impact, I actually can see the club make impact with the ball. You really can train your eyes to see your club impact with the ball, the club should still be in line and prior to impact on level to slightly upward plane. Trust your swing and the loft on your club, but ensure you remain focused on impact with the ball. Keep arms fully extended through impact, concentrate on a low follow-through.

With your own eyes you will see the ball  “disappear“. The main objective is timing, tempo, a 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 the left side firm with left knee bent through impact. Swing through the ball, not at it. Make sure your arms fully extended through impact.

Rotate your wrists / hands, hit through the ball in line with the target. If you are battling with a lack of distance, one of the first things you should concentrate on is releasing your hands through the ball correctly. Make sure that your forearms are close together at impact, and after impact, your forearms should be crossed as you make your full follow through. This will ensure you are not making a block shot, it will help with the slice, and will do wonders for your distance. If you are losing balance then you are swinging too hard and too fast.

Yes we have repeated some of the instructions from previous lessons.

It was the view of all the coaches that the aforementioned instruction merits your full attention. OK, now go out and implement it!

Just an idea, you can print your pdf version of Hand book of Golf and put in in a filo fax folder for easy reference. The book is free so would make a great Christmas present for the golfer in your family.

About Thaigirl

Pro-golf coach teaching golf at resorts world wide. Love travel and golf so I am very lucky to have the perfect job. As a female coach in the High to Low golf academy will be happy to teach beginners how to play golf, or do my best to help you improve your game Ascharapan LPGA ( Free Books and Coaching NO FEES just submit the form)
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