Golf Tip Reviews – PGA Tour Inspired! https://golftipreviews.com Single-Digit Handicaps Here! Sat, 30 May 2020 13:43:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://golftipreviews.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/cropped-Golf-Tip-Reviews-Break-80-Logo-150x150.png Golf Tip Reviews – PGA Tour Inspired! https://golftipreviews.com 32 32 Golf Putting Drill: Master Treacherous Breaking Putts with the Surround the Cup Putting Drill https://golftipreviews.com/golf-putting-drill-master-breaking-putts-with-the-surround-the-cup-putting-drill/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=golf-putting-drill-master-breaking-putts-with-the-surround-the-cup-putting-drill Sat, 30 May 2020 14:30:00 +0000 https://golftipreviews.com/2011/01/golf-putting-drill-use-the-surround-the-cup-putting-drill-like-phil-mickelson-and-jim-furyk.html/ Symptom: Breaking putts give you fits, because playing the right amount of break and pace is elusive for you. You know that improving your short game is the quickest way to lower your handicap, but are just not sure which putting drills will have the biggest impact for you. You often mutter things like, “I thought it would… Read More »

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Symptom: Breaking putts give you fits, because playing the right amount of break and pace is elusive for you.

You know that improving your short game is the quickest way to lower your handicap, but are just not sure which putting drills will have the biggest impact for you.

You often mutter things like, “I thought it would break more” or “where did all that break come from” or “maybe I pushed it” or “get there” or “slow down” or perhaps less printable things…

Overview: On the putting green, pick a cup on a slight hill, and surround it with several balls in a circle (at least four). Start just a foot or two away from the cup and gradually work to wider and wider circles. Read and sink each putt as you circle the cup.

Why it works: Even though we know logically that downhill putts are faster and have more break, and uphill putts are slower and have less break, it is something you must experience firsthand to really internalize.  This drill is a great way to prove it to yourself so you can execute better on the course.

Breaking Putts Require that You Divine Both Speed and Direction

Phil Mickelson surround the cup putting drill breaking putts

Phil Mickelson using the surround the cup putting drill.

By keeping the length of the putt constant but varying the amount of break you need to play, you will get a better feel for how to read and execute short breaking putts.

Gradually your short putting and your confidence will improve.  You will find that your performance on this drill improves when your misses on are on the high side of the hole, and end up about 18 inches past the hole.

Another benefit of this drill is that you will improve your ability to read the putts of your playing partners, and apply this learning to your putt!  This is perhaps the greatest benefit of this drill, and seldom understood by most players.

So, for example, if your buddy has a similar length putt from the other side of the hole, you will know how your putt is likely to roll based on his putt, because you’ve already hit both putts in the Surround the Cup Putting Drill on the practice green!

Phil Mickelson shows us how it’s done and what he is thinking about during the drill (thanks Phil):

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Golf Swing Video: Supercharge Your Golf Swing Release Like Lee Trevino https://golftipreviews.com/golf-swing-video-learn-to-release-the-clubhead-down-the-line-like-lee-trevino/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=golf-swing-video-learn-to-release-the-clubhead-down-the-line-like-lee-trevino Sun, 03 May 2020 15:00:00 +0000 https://golftipreviews.com/2016/06/golf-swing-video-learn-to-release-the-clubhead-down-the-line-like-lee-trevino.html/ Today we take a look at the golf swing release of a true legend of the game, Lee Trevino. Trevino’s release is amazing and seems almost unreal.  Few players in today’s game swing this way.  But there are still a lot of useful things for the Occasional Golfer to glean from this golfing legend. Trevino’s Homemade Swing Features… Read More »

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Today we take a look at the golf swing release of a true legend of the game, Lee Trevino.

Trevino’s release is amazing and seems almost unreal.  Few players in today’s game swing this way.  But there are still a lot of useful things for the Occasional Golfer to glean from this golfing legend.

Trevino’s Homemade Swing Features a Massive Golf Swing Release

Trevino, the winner of six major championships, had a home-made swing that looks a bit odd and awkward at first.  Don’t let this deceive you.

Lee was, and is, regarded as one of the games all-time great ball strikers.  So obviously he did a lot of things right and could do them right under extreme pressure.

Most importantly, he had a golf swing that the Occasional Golfer can emulate successfully.  Let’s have a look at Lee hit a few balls:

Some notable things about Lee’s motion are that he has a pronounced starter move (for example, 0:05, 0:24, 1:05), a fairly short backswing, and a huge down-the-line clubhead release.

Indeed, it looks as if he is literally hurling himself down the target line, chasing after the ball.  This is the key to his consistent ball striking — he is able to keep the clubface square to the target line for an incredibly long time with this unique golf swing release motion.

Hence, he can hit the ball with a very shallow descending blow, another key for consistency.

Trevino’s Centered Head Enables a Freakishly Huge Golf Swing Release

To study his release a bit further, study the swing sequence from (0:38) to (0:42).  I’ve stopped the action at a few key points, and drawn horizontal and vertical reference lines below:

Lee Trevino Chase the Ball Down the Line Golf Swing Release

Lee Trevino stays centered over the ball despite his aggressive “Chase the Ball Down the Line” move on the downswing and release.

Note how much Lee drops his head on the downswing and release (nearly a foot!, more even than another great ball striker, Tom Lehman) as he chases his clubhead down the line.

Despite this “bear down” move on the downswing, his head does not move laterally.  It remains lined up with the green dashed line, and he remains focused on the golf ball.  So, strictly speaking, Lee does not keep his head still at all during the swing.

But he does not move it laterally either, and keeps his eyes focused on where the ball was well through impact, so he can still deliver a consistent, downward strike to the ball.  This is the essence of what it means to keep your head still.  And it is what enables him to chase down the line so well, and that is what makes him the great ball striker that he is.

Channel Your Inner Trevino at Your Next Driving Range Session

Now, I’m not suggesting you drop your head on the downswing as much as Lee Trevino.  You may well end up at the chiropractor.  But, if your back can handle it (be sure to warm up first), try hitting some easy shots like Lee.

Keep your head centered over the ball, clear your hips, fire through the ball, extend the clubface down the line after impact  — do it like Lee.  You will find that you are striking down on the ball, releasing the clubhead down the line, and enjoying a new consistency to your ball striking that you’ve not seen before.

Think of Trevino’s golf swing release as a caricature of what your release could be.  A model to emulate, an ideal to strive for.  The mental image can help you out the next time you are on the driving range.

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Golf Swing Tip: A Powerful Golf Swing By Sitting on the Barstool? https://golftipreviews.com/golf-swing-tip-learn-a-balanced-and-powerful-golf-swing-by-sitting-on-the-barstool/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=golf-swing-tip-learn-a-balanced-and-powerful-golf-swing-by-sitting-on-the-barstool Thu, 23 Apr 2020 14:00:00 +0000 https://golftipreviews.com/2016/04/golf-swing-tip-sit-on-the-bar-stool-for-power-and-balance-like-davis-love-iii.html/ Symptom: You want a powerful golf swing, but end up losing your balance quite often. But, when you have a balanced golf swing, you lose your power.  Why can’t you seem to have both a balanced and powerful golf swing? Description: Pretend you are about to sit down on a barstool before the takeaway, and hold this spine… Read More »

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Symptom: You want a powerful golf swing, but end up losing your balance quite often.

But, when you have a balanced golf swing, you lose your power.  Why can’t you seem to have both a balanced and powerful golf swing?

Description: Pretend you are about to sit down on a barstool before the takeaway, and hold this spine angle throughout the backswing.

Why it works: This tip is all about putting your body into a powerful, athletic, and stable position to execute your golf swing.  A barstool is a high chair that doesn’t require that you squat down very much, just a little bit.  But that little bit of sitting action is what makes the difference.

On the backswing, think of your spine as the axis around which your body turns. You need to keep this axis relatively still and at a consistent angle throughout your backswing.

Stillness matters because this stability allows you to put the clubhead in a known and consistent position at the top of the backswing, which is crucial for a repeatable downswing.  It also is a great help in keeping your head still as you swing.

A Powerful Golf Swing AND Balance From a Barstool

Brooks Koepka address before initiating backswing for a powerful golf swing

Brooks Koepka settles into his stance, as if sitting on a barstool, just before initiating his backswing.

Pretending to sit on a barstool helps you anchor your spine in just the right way for it to act as your axis.  Indeed, the tension in your big leg muscles needed to hold this “almost sitting” position is about the only “good” tension I know of in the golf swing.

Let’s have Brooks Koepka demonstrate for us.  Brooks has a simple and powerful swing that launches the ball straight and far.

Brooks has an excellent stance and setup position that surely help him swing the club so well.

The Barstool Sit Motion Enables a Powerful Golf Swing

As you run the video, you can watch Brooks hit a variety of shots.  In all his swings, just before initiating his backswing, he sits down just a bit to anchor himself to the ground.  This anchoring gives him the firm base to rotate against in the backswing, giving him both excellent balance and excellent power.   Have a look:

You will find that it is much easier to strike a pose in that perfect finish position when you do the bar stool setup.  If you are not used to this setup position, it will take some getting used to.

You may also find that sitting on the barstool before takeaway tends to limit the length of your backswing, but this is almost always a good thing for the Occasional Golfer.

So — the time you’ve put in sitting at the local bar was actually golf practice!  I suggest you head back there and get a bit more practice in!

Remember, set up like Brooks Koepka for more consistency and power.  And please don’t forget to Share this Tip with your friends–Share, Like, Tweet, Pin, or Email below!

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Golf Swing Drill: Master the Minimalist “No Backswing Golf Swing” Like Justin Thomas https://golftipreviews.com/golf-swing-drill-use-the-no-backswing-golf-swing-like-justin-thomas/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=golf-swing-drill-use-the-no-backswing-golf-swing-like-justin-thomas Fri, 10 Apr 2020 15:24:00 +0000 https://golftipreviews.com/golf-swing-drill-use-the-no-backswing-golf-swing-like-justin-thomas/ Symptom:  You have heard of the no backswing golf swing drill but don’t know how to do it. You wonder if using a no backswing swing could help. You sometimes lose your balance, and your backswing goes too long or past parallel.  Your playing companions call you “Happy Feet” as your feet slip and your ball slices off to the right… Read More »

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Symptom:  You have heard of the no backswing golf swing drill but don’t know how to do it. You wonder if using a no backswing swing could help.

You sometimes lose your balance, and your backswing goes too long or past parallel.  Your playing companions call you “Happy Feet” as your feet slip and your ball slices off to the right yet again…

Description:  On the driving range, tee up the ball or at least give yourself a perfect lie.  Take a stance like a baseball player, with your left arm parallel to the ground and the club at 90 degrees to your left arm.

Alternately, put the club shaft parallel to the ground, toe up, in perfect position. Make a small backswing from this position and then execute the golf shot.

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Justin Thomas using a no backswing golf swing drill to help warm up at the driving range.

Why it works:  Many golfers have a backswing that is much too long or fast, and it robs them of both power and control.

The no backswing golf swing, by contrast, puts the club in the proper downswing position, so you can execute a solid and crisp downswing.  You may be astonished to learn what that proper position is!

The Truth is the No Backswing Golf Swing Gives You Perfect Downswing Position

Perfect downswing position is a big advantage for you.  Indeed, when you do this drill for the first time, you might actually be in the correct position to strike the golf ball for the first time in your life!

(There certainly is a lot of ways to get into the wrong position as you attack the ball on the downswing).  Once you feel the proper downswing position, you will find it easier to get back there on your full swing.

Justin Thomas shows us how to execute the no backswing swing as he warms up for this golf clinic.  He does this warmup drill several times between 0:23 and 1:10.  Have a look.

Remarkably, The No Backswing Golf Swing Gives Jaw-Dropping Distance

Justin uses the no backswing swing for warmups, but you will be amazed at how straight and far you can hit the ball with this very modest backswing.  For many golfers, this is a real eye-opener.

It makes sense, actually, because most of the power in the swing comes from the big muscles of your lower body.  The no-backswing golf swing drill forces all of your distance to come from your lower body, since the backswing arm motion is restricted.

For many occasional golfers, you will experience the proper role of the lower body in the golf swing for the first time with this drill.

Because you are bypassing the first several pieces of the golf swing (takeaway, backswing, direction change at the top, start of downswing from the top) you will find it so much easier to have solid contact with the golf ball.

You should gradually increase the length of your backswing as you do the drill, but as soon as you lose power or control, go back to the shorter backswing.

The hope is that once you realize the right downswing position from no backswing golf swing drill, you will alter your full swing to get back to this perfect position.

The power of the drill is that it teaches you how the swing should feel as you attack the ball.  In balance, in control.  Any extra “power” you think you are getting from your swing is meaningless if you are not in balance and in control.

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Golf Swing Tip: Avoid Your Golf Aim Fail With a Close-in Aim Point https://golftipreviews.com/golf-swing-tip-improve-your-golf-aim-with-a-close-in-aim-point/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=golf-swing-tip-improve-your-golf-aim-with-a-close-in-aim-point Mon, 06 Apr 2020 18:00:00 +0000 https://golftipreviews.com/2014/09/golf-swing-tip-line-up-and-aim-at-a-point-on-your-target-line-like-the-pros.html/ Symptom: Your golf aiming is poor, because you have well struck shots that are straight but off target. Your misses are very repeatable, indicating a consistent aim point.  Its just not the aim point you thought you were targeting.  So your ball is in the rough, or the woods, or the fairway bunker instead of the short grass. Overview:… Read More »

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Symptom: Your golf aiming is poor, because you have well struck shots that are straight but off target.

Your misses are very repeatable, indicating a consistent aim point.  Its just not the aim point you thought you were targeting.  So your ball is in the rough, or the woods, or the fairway bunker instead of the short grass.

Overview: Before you address the ball, stand in back of your ball and look at your distant, intended target. Pick a spot on the ground about two feet in front of your ball on your intended line.

Keep your eye on this spot as you walk up the the ball to take your stance.  At address, aim the clubface at your chosen spot, not the target in the distance.

You might look at your distant target one more time, but before you execute your backswing, check one last time that your clubface is still aimed at the spot two feet in front of you.

Why it works: It’s hard to aim at a target 200 yards away with any certainty.  When your target is far away, it is easy to get off line without you knowing, which causes you to compensate during your swing, leading to shots that either “feel good” but are off line, or are off target “just like the last time”.  How annoying!

A Near-in Aim Point is Exactly What your Golf Aiming Needs

Justin Rose picking a close in spot to aim at aim golf aim point aimpoint aiming golf

Justin Rose uses his golf club to connect his distant aim point with a near-in aim point.

It’s much easier to aim at something that is close to you.  And, since you can’t put a club on the ground like you do on the driving range, it’s doubly important that you use this method to ensure proper alignment.

Have a look at Justin Rose use this close-in aimpoint technique and take it a step further.  Justin uses his golf club to help sight his line, by holding the club up in front of him.

By glancing from the clubhead, down the shaft, to the ground in front of him (0:00 to 0:03), he rapidly identifies his proper line.

Justin also takes advantage of the way the tee box grass is cut, by teeing his ball on the boundary between “dark” and “light” grass that just happens to be parallel to his intended target line.  Very clever, and very smart!  Have a look:

Now have a look at this distinguished threesome — Lee Westwood, Graeme McDowell, and Rory McIlroy. All of them line up their shots from behind, in order to have some sort of intermediate aiming point to help them stay aligned as they set up to the ball. Have a look:

Psychologically Speaking, A Close Aim Point Calms Your Nerves

There is another, less obvious reason to keep your focus “close in” instead of “out there”.  If you think about what is “out there”, your mind may start to focus on the bunker, or the water, or the tree, or whatever.

Don’t let your mind wander down those negative paths!  Pick your intended target by looking “out there”, but then line up and execute your swing “close in”.  This is how you should always practice anyway.  A close-in aiming point can help you stay calmer and more focused on the course.

Watch the pros on TV — how many of them pick a close-in aiming point?  Most of them!  So why do you think you don’t have to?  Do you practice more than they do?  Not likely.

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