The Importance of Aim and Alignment

Poor aim and alignment is easily one of the most common mistakes in the set up. Watch any elite player and notice how they pay attention to little details such as the direction they are aimed. Rarely do you see a PGA or LPGA player line their body to the right or left of their target, unless they are trying to shape the shot. If you watch them practice, they routinely place a club, umbrella or stick parallel to their target line. This reinforces little details such as the correct alignment. Over ninety percent of the golfing population routinely slices

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Start Lines and Curves

In the world of playing golf with any consistency you have to consider two points: 1. The start line of the ball at impact…and 2. the amount of curve that occurs during the ball’s flight If you are starting the ball in a different direction with every swing then how can you aim? Two way misses don't give us very much consistency. But once you have a consistent start line then you can work on the amount of curve. The start line, where the golf ball is starting its flight, is controlled by where the clubface is pointing at impact. So if you

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Master the Takeaway for Better Shots

The Takeaway

Watch any elite player and notice how effortlessly they swing the club. This results from an efficient swing and smooth tempo. The takeaway is considered the beginning of the backswing. Therefore, the swing starts with the correct set up and every movement that follows. Start the club head back “low and slow.” Low and slow is a very common phrase used to describe the takeaway. Jack Nicklaus is famous for stating the takeaway is the most important 18 inches of the golf swing while Bobby Jones said, “It is not possible to take the club back too slow.” Begin the takeaway by keeping the club head

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Where It Starts: Setup and Ball Position

The golf swing is dependent on completing the previous move correctly. Therefore, the swing starts with the correct set up. Everything you do before you swing the club will have a positive or negative consequence on the golf ball. Setting up correctly to the golf ball addresses many problems and corrections to the golf swing.

Similar to many other sports, the golf swing starts with an athletic set up. Begin by standing with your feet approximately shoulder width. Bend your knees slightly and bend at your waist to create the proper spine angle. The goal is to produce a swing that will move around

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Bunker Shots: Get Out And Get Close

Bunker!

One of the most daunting shots in golf is the bunker shot. For many of us, just getting out with out chunking it and leaving it in the bunker or, just as bad, skulling it across the green and potentially into worse trouble. If you watch the pros on TV, though, you will see that they aren’t merely trying to get out, they are usually trying to get it close. That’s because they know the technique that makes the shot predictable and fairly easy to execute. Then, with practice time, they all get very adept at bunker play. Follow these steps and

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The Three Most Common Swing Problems – Solved

This issue - Steve Pace tackles the three most common faults in the golf swing. According to Mr. Pace, most golf shots are missed in the take-away or beginning of the back swing! If the take-away is “OFF”, I guarantee the return to the ball will be “OFF” too. These TIPS are designed to help with a more disciplined backswing. If you have golfed much, then you have learned how the swing feels. The problem is what golfers have learned to feel, quite often, needs to be changed. It takes about 500 to 600 balls, hitting 50 at a time to change one bad

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Check Your Tempo

Tempo played a big role when Lexi Thompson become the youngest player ever to win an LPGA event. Her tempo allows her to hit booming drives and play her irons with a consistency not seen in any other player her age. Last year at the Kraft Nabisco Championship through the first two rounds she was second in driving distance to Michelle Wie with an average of 286 yards. Her tempo corresponds to Tour Tempo: driver – 24/7, irons – 21/7. She’s my kind of golfer - as it was reported last year in The New York Times that she was “wearing a golf glove with

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