Golf Tip Reviews – PGA Tour Inspired! https://golftipreviews.com Single-Digit Handicaps Here! Mon, 30 Mar 2020 13:27:01 +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 Swing Tip: Deploy a Golf Alignment Stick to Triumph Over Inconsistency https://golftipreviews.com/golf-swing-tip-use-a-golf-alignment-stick-for-proper-golf-alignment/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=golf-swing-tip-use-a-golf-alignment-stick-for-proper-golf-alignment Mon, 30 Mar 2020 14:00:00 +0000 https://golftipreviews.com/2014/05/golf-swing-tip-learn-the-feel-of-proper-alignment-by-laying-a-club-on-the-ground-along-your-target-line-like-adam-scott.html/ Symptom: You struggle with your golf alignment.  Often you hit straight, solid shots, but they are not consistent and they don’t go the direction you intended. Sadly, you conclude that the feel and method of proper golf alignment is not ingrained into you, making it hard to perform on the golf course.  When you do hit a solid… Read More »

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Symptom: You struggle with your golf alignment.  Often you hit straight, solid shots, but they are not consistent and they don’t go the direction you intended.

Sadly, you conclude that the feel and method of proper golf alignment is not ingrained into you, making it hard to perform on the golf course.  When you do hit a solid shot, sadly, the ball is off into the woods on the right or into the tall grass on the left.

Overview: At the range, lay a golf alignment stick, or club you are not using, on the ground (e.g. your putter), and aim it at your intended target. Line your toes up to the alignment stick, and keep the alignment stick between you and the ball.

This is proper golf alignment.  Remember how proper alignment feels, and recall this feeling on the course.  If it feels odd to you at first, guess what — your alignment was off!

Justin Rose driver alignment stick golf alignment stick proper golf alignment

Justin Rose using an alignment stick for proper golf alignment.

Why it works: It is actually very difficult for you to tell if you have proper golf alignment. It is easy to “feel” like you are aligned, when in fact you are systematically aligned to the left or right of the target.

That is the power of the golf alignment stick.  If you pay attention to the pros, you will see that they almost all use an alignment stick on the range.  These are the best players in the world.  Why would you assume you don’t need such assistance?

The Perils of Poor Golf Alignment

If you are (unknowingly) misaligned, your stance will cause a natural slice/pull  or hook/push. But you will not be aware of your misalignment, because you have become comfortable with your (incorrect) setup on the driving range.

Or worse, you may compensate your swing to hit it straight despite your (mis)alignment, which won’t allow you to improve.  Instead, you will just keep trying to groove your swing from an incorrect setup.  And that will limit your upside potential.

All good players, of course, know this.  Almost every pro will use a club on the ground to help their alignment on the range sometimes, and many will do it most of the time.  Almost no Occasional Golfers do this.

Take a look next time you are at the range — how many people are using an alignment aid?  I’ll bet it’s less than one in ten.  And the one who is using the stick or club on the ground is the low handicapper!  Remarkable.

Let’s have Justin Rose demonstrate for us.  His alignment stick is pointing at his intended target.  His toes are aligned with the stick.  He is in perfect golf alignment.  Have a look:

It is Simple to Always Have Proper Golf Alignment on the Range

The goal of the driving range session is to prepare you to play on the course.  On the golf course, you can always aim at a spot right in front of you to help your aim, but you can’t use a club on the ground or a golf alignment stick to help you with your alignment.

That’s why it’s crucial that you do so on the range, like Justin Rose, so that you teach yourself the way proper golf alignment feels.  Hopefully you can take that feeling out on the course, and eliminate those wayward shots that cost you strokes!

Think this tip will get you aimed in the right direction?  Then be like Justin Rose and every other serious player the next time you are on the range, and share the knowledge with your friends — Share, Like, Tweet, Pin, or Email below!

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Golf Swing Tip: Immediately Stop Slicing by Learning to Hit a Beautiful Draw https://golftipreviews.com/golf-swing-tip-stop-slicing-by-learning-to-hit-a-draw-like-gary-player/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=golf-swing-tip-stop-slicing-by-learning-to-hit-a-draw-like-gary-player Sat, 21 Mar 2020 13:32:00 +0000 https://golftipreviews.com/2014/06/golf-swing-tip-stop-slicing-by-learning-to-hit-a-draw-like-gary-player.html/ Symptom:  Try as you might, you just can’t stop slicing.  Especially, if your “no slice” swing evolves into a timid, three-quarter swing “just to get it into play”. Then, when you’ve been slice-free for a while, you feel emboldened and take a full swing, only to verify that you are still slicing.  You shake your head in disgust… Read More »

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Symptom:  Try as you might, you just can’t stop slicing.  Especially, if your “no slice” swing evolves into a timid, three-quarter swing “just to get it into play”.

Then, when you’ve been slice-free for a while, you feel emboldened and take a full swing, only to verify that you are still slicing.  You shake your head in disgust and defeat, perhaps utter a few choice swear words, tee up a new ball, and go back to your three-quarter swing for a while…

Description:  Rather than try to “stop slicing,” you should “start drawing”.  A draw is not a slice, and a draw that doesn’t quite work will still be a straight shot.  Either way you have stopped slicing!

Why it Works:  Many Occasional Golfers suffer from a slice.  There is a small industry built around curing the slice.  It’s obviously a big problem for everybody, especially for the high handicapper.

But you never solve a thing by not doing it.  You make progress when you adopt other behaviors instead.  In this case, you stop slicing by hitting a draw.  Believe me, if you have never hit a draw, you don’t yet understand how to swing a golf club correctly.

Simply Be Affirmative – Do Hit a Draw

Rather than try to “stop slicing”, it can be more effective to learn how to hit a draw.  One very important reason this works is because “start drawing” is a positive thought –rather than “stopping” something you are “starting” something new.  And that is always more fun.  And more effective.

Gary Player Stop Slicing by hitting a draw

Gary Player sets up to hit a draw to avoid hitting a slice.

Obviously, if you can hit a draw, you are not hitting a slice. And so you have “cured” the slice!

Or, as sometimes happens, trying to hit a draw when you are slicing will straighten out your shot.  Which is also a good result for you — far better than tromping off into the woods or the swamp looking for lost golf balls.

The other valuable thing about this thought process is that each and every day you show up to the golf course, or the driving range, with a little different swing.

You might be a bit more loose one day, a bit stronger the next, or whatever.  But the flight of the golf ball does not lie.  If you are not hitting a draw when you want to, your swing path is not what you think.

The Great Gary Player Shows Us How to Stop Slicing

This is exactly what happened to Gary Player in this entertaining video.  After much discussion of how he planned to hit a draw with his three wood by taking a flatter backswing plane, he ended up hitting it perfectly straight.

But that’s OK, the point was that he did not want to slice into the water on the right.  This is the common situation we all face on the course.  Trouble on the right that you want to avoid.  You avoid it by doing something positive – hitting a draw.

Have a look:

To hit a draw, and not hit a slice, it is really very simple (no, really, it is!) — as Gary describes in the video, you must take an inside path on the downswing, and impart counter-clockwise spin to your golf ball (for a right handed player).

The problem is that this simple bit of physics is very hard to understand and visualize when you are alone on the range, or during a round of golf.  The motion is not natural for most people.

Fortunately, there are two very effective drills for ingraining this feeling: the Four O’Clock Aim Point drill and the Two Ball DrillTee up the ball, and use these drills alone or together, until your slice goes away and you see that coveted draw.

If you still can’t quite get it because of other swing flaws, then then do these two drills with the no-backswing golf swing until you get the hang of it.  It is a very good investment of your time and energy to get to this point with your swing.

Crank up the Draw Juice Until You Hook, Then Back Off

I recommend that you work on this until you can actually hit a hook, just to get the feel of what a true inside path swing is like.  If you are a slicer right now, then believe me, it will feel awkward when you finally do hit that first hook.

Then, of course back off the hook swing until you have a picturesque draw that you and all your buddies can admire.  And then you can work on the finer points of your swing, knowing you have a basically correct swing path.

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Golf Swing Tip: 1 Memorable Golf Downswing Right Elbow Key From Rory McIlroy https://golftipreviews.com/golf-swing-tip-learn-a-proper-golf-downswing-from-rory-mcilroy/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=golf-swing-tip-learn-a-proper-golf-downswing-from-rory-mcilroy Sun, 15 Mar 2020 14:30:00 +0000 https://golftipreviews.com/2014/07/golf-swing-tip-finish-with-your-belt-buckle-facing-the-target-like-rory-mcilroy.html/ Symptom: Your golf downswing causes you to lose your balance as you swing.  You start the downswing poorly, and so you can’t recover. Your golf downswing doesn’t look like the guys on TV.  Nobody is saying “nice golf swing” after you hit, even if it does happen to go approximately where you were aiming.  What does it take for… Read More »

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Symptom: Your golf downswing causes you to lose your balance as you swing.  You start the downswing poorly, and so you can’t recover.

Your golf downswing doesn’t look like the guys on TV.  Nobody is saying “nice golf swing” after you hit, even if it does happen to go approximately where you were aiming.  What does it take for somebody to give you that highly coveted “nice swing” compliment anyway?

Description: For a proper golf downswing, focus on starting the downswing by bringing your right elbow to your side and keeping it there until the release.

Why it Works: Starting the downswing by bringing your right elbow back to your side keeps the club on the proper plane, helps you avoid casting the club and losing your lag, and keeps your center of gravity well controlled.

Doing this promotes an inside path to the ball, which is essential for developing lag and keeping your balance.  All of this allows you to spin faster through the ball, with better control, and in balance.

The Right Elbow is a Practical Focal Point in the Golf Downswing

Have a look at Rory McIlroy’s swing, and focus on his downswing, especially the start of his downswing as he drives toward the ball.  Rory is not a large man, but is one of the longest drivers on tour.  So it makes sense that Occasional Golfers such as us could learn something from him.

Rory McIlroy golf downswing down the line right elbow returns to side

Rory McIlroy’s right elbow returns to his side aggressively on his golf downswing.

All good players, but Rory in particular, return their right elbow to their side on the downswing.  See picture at the right, and notice his right elbow position.  Yes, you guessed it – it has returned to his right side.

Rory does this to start the downswing, which would lead to a very inside path for his clubhead if he did not compensate by also aggressively rotating his hips through the ball.

His arms sort of “come along for the ride”, driven by the big muscles of his hips and legs, allowing the upper body to release the club down the line.

It’s this aggressive body rotation through the ball, enabled by his very-tucked right elbow at the start of the downswing, that gives him his tremendous power and balance.  Plus a whole lot of talent and a lot of practice and so on.

Let’s have a look at Rory in action:

The Right Elbow Swing Thought Can Seriously Improve Your Power

In the golf swing, it always hard to separate correlation from causation.  All things are interconnected.  That is why golf advice is phrased in so many different ways, and every teacher thinks they have the special insight that can make it all click.

But, in my experience, the right elbow swing thought is simple and tangible enough to help you out on the range.  And so it is worth giving it a try.

The point is that if you are having trouble keeping your balance at the end of the swing, you are probably throwing yourself off balance during the start of the downswing with a casting motion, and your right elbow is far from your side.

This, in turn, is giving you a poor downswing plane, and causing you to slice. Take a tip from Rory and bring that right elbow to your side sooner!  You will soon see more whip in your swing, retain your lag longer, and start to split the fairway with some satisfying distance.

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Golf Chipping Tip: 2 Key Ingredients for Getting Up and Down Like the Pros https://golftipreviews.com/golf-chipping-tip-get-up-and-down-by-picking-a-spot-to-land-your-ball-like-bill-haas/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=golf-chipping-tip-get-up-and-down-by-picking-a-spot-to-land-your-ball-like-bill-haas Wed, 11 Mar 2020 06:30:00 +0000 https://golftipreviews.com/2016/07/golf-chipping-tip-pick-a-spot-to-land-your-ball-like-bill-haas.html/ Symptom:  You aren’t getting up and down enough when chipping. Your erratic chipping leaves the ball too far from the hole too often, putting too much pressure on your short game.  The frequently shouted “get going” or “hit something”, or “&$^#@”. Description:  Getting up and down more often requires that you pick a specific specific spot where you… Read More »

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Symptom:  You aren’t getting up and down enough when chipping.

Your erratic chipping leaves the ball too far from the hole too often, putting too much pressure on your short game.  The frequently shouted “get going” or “hit something”, or “&$^#@”.

Description:  Getting up and down more often requires that you pick a specific specific spot where you want the ball to land.  Then you execute your chip to that chosen spot.

Why it Works:  Chipping is really a two-step process.  First you figure out where to land the ball given all the variables. Then you execute your shot to land the ball on your chosen spot.

The two things, are, of course, somewhat interrelated.  After all, the amount of spin you will impart to your ball depends on your lie, and so could influence your landing spot.

But, still, decoupling the landing spot with the execution gives you one thing to focus on at a time.  And that is always a good thing.  I promise it will improve your chances of getting up and down.

Does this sound simple?  Well it is!  But, hey, like most things in this world, simple doesn’t mean easy.

Getting Up and Down Ingredient 1 – Pick Your Landing Spot

Bill Haas trying to get up and down by picking a target spot to land his chip shot

Bill Haas faces many challenges getting up and down from here, and so focuses on his target landing spot.

Getting up and down from around the green is an art, and is one of the quickest ways to save strokes on the course. Chipping itself is one of the hardest parts of the game that requires the most feel and touch.

You must consider the length of the chip, how much spin the ball will have, the slope and speed of the green, your lie, your stance (uphill, downhill, sidehill), and many other factors.  It’s enough to make your head spin as you stand over the ball and puzzle over all these factors.

But you can reduce all this complexity to one simple question that you can answer and commit to — where shall I land the ball?

Bill Haas had all this and more to factor in, and so he spent a lot of time picking out where to land this chip – from the water, in a playoff for the 2011 Tour Championship (1:16 – 1:21).

And with the whole golfing world watching.  Think you are facing some pressure with your foursome watching?  Truly, this was impressive focus on his part.

So much fun to watch this:

Getting Up and Down Ingredient 2 – Execute the Chip to Your Chosen Spot

Where to land the ball is something you can control, which is why it is powerful to focus on this factor.  And, unlike most things about golf, you can practice chipping in your own yard.

As you play your round, the situations you will find yourself in will vary depending on the conditions of the course, or the hole, or the day, or whether they’ve mowed the grass yet, or whatever.

Maybe you are playing at a really fancy course, where the greens are running about 11 on the stimpmeter.  You are used to your home course where they run about 6, on a good day.  How can you cope?  You deal with it by picking a landing spot a little closer than you normally would and executing your chip.

You see, you can always reduce all these variables to the simple question — Where shall I land the ball?

Learn to chip to a spot with your hands ahead of the ball and you will get up and down more often.  And you will hear the coveted “nice touch” or even “it’s good” from your playing partners as you tally another up-and-down.

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Golf Swing Video: 3 Explosive Golf Downswing Sequence Keys Revealed https://golftipreviews.com/golf-swing-video-three-golf-downswing-keys-from-nick-watney/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=golf-swing-video-three-golf-downswing-keys-from-nick-watney Thu, 05 Mar 2020 09:00:00 +0000 Today we study the essentials of the golf downswing by learning the downswing sequence from Nick Watney. Nick is a great ball striker who seems to produce effortless power with his simple, fluid, and coordinated motion.  As you watch his swing, you think to yourself, “not much that can go wrong with that swing…”, followed closely by, “I… Read More »

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Today we study the essentials of the golf downswing by learning the downswing sequence from Nick Watney.

Nick is a great ball striker who seems to produce effortless power with his simple, fluid, and coordinated motion.  As you watch his swing, you think to yourself, “not much that can go wrong with that swing…”, followed closely by, “I wish I could swing like that…”.

Without Balance Your Swing Will Always be Mediocre

Here is Watney hitting driver, at full speed. Note in particular his wide swing arc, his well balanced finish, and his utter lack of extraneous or jerky motion.  It is a pretty swing, for sure.  Have a look:

So where does all the “easy” power come from?  Have a look at this slow motion video video, and pay particular attention to Nick’s downswing move as he attacks the ball:

Nick Watney golf swing downswing attack the ball

Watney plants his left foot and tucks his right elbow on the downswing.

Key 1 – Reunite Your Right Elbow With Your Side

Watney’s position on the downswing (0:11) is nearly ideal: his right elbow is tucked to his side and his left heel is firmly planted.    This allows him to keep the energy in his body contained for the final few feet until impact.

From a physics point of view, the downswing seeks to generate power by converting the stored energy of the backswing into clubhead speed delivered to the ball.  An important mental image is that you want the clubhead to be traveling the fastest at the precise time you hit the ball (not before).

Key 2 – Gigantic Drives Need Well-Anchored Feet

The left heel gives a solid point to anchor the rotation of the club and body, and is a main source of power and consistency.  The right elbow must return to the side to ensure good lag and an inside swing path, leading to a full release.  The firmly planted left heel makes all these things much easier.  Indeed, every great player, no matter what their swing looked like up until this point, looks like this as they are about to strike the ball.  You need to look this way too.

Fortunately, you can easily check your position versus Watney’s (ideal) position in a mirror, or even at the range, and make corrections as needed.

Key 3 – Produce the Golden Triangle

To see how Watney’s swing looks from behind and down the line, check out this video:

nick watney golf swing right elbow tucked to side

Nick Watney with right elbow tucked to the side on the downswing, forming “the triangle” when viewed from behind.

Run the video to (0:09) to get the shaft parallel to the ground, for easy comparison to the side view.  Note (again) his right elbow tucked to his side, and his left arm straight and on the swing plane, with the shaft parallel to the target line.  It’s just about perfect.

The left and right arms form a “triangle” at this point in the swing, which is another easy thing to remember, and another good thing to copy in the mirror.  All good golfers, regardless of their swing plane, or how their swing looked up until this point, look pretty much like this as they attack the ball.

Why is the triangle so universal?  Simple.  To form this triangle, you need to take an inside path to the ball and keep your head still.  And you can’t hit a good golf shot without doing these things.

Three Unforgettable Keys for a Good Downswing

So, please remember the three basic keys to a successful downswing.  These keys are universal.  That is, these principles apply no matter your age, gender, swing plane, etc.

  1. Return your right elbow to your side,
  2. Plant your left foot firmly, and
  3. Form a triangle with your right and left arms when the shaft is parallel to the ground.

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