Golf Tip Reviews – PGA Tour Inspired! https://golftipreviews.com Get Your Single Digit Handicap Here! Wed, 19 Feb 2020 13:55:59 +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: Master the Proper Right Hand Grip to Improve Your Swing Like Adam Scott https://golftipreviews.com/golf-swing-tip-use-a-proper-right-hand-grip-to-improve-your-swing-like-adam-scott/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=golf-swing-tip-use-a-proper-right-hand-grip-to-improve-your-swing-like-adam-scott Sun, 16 Feb 2020 18:30:00 +0000 Symptom:  You diligently try to improve your game, and are serious about wanting to swing like the guys on TV.  Maybe you should try a new grip?  But try as you might, you just can’t seem to get it done, despite flashes of brilliance.  Consistency eludes you and your handicap stays stubbornly high… Overview:  Fix your grip before… Read More »

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Symptom:  You diligently try to improve your game, and are serious about wanting to swing like the guys on TV.  Maybe you should try a new grip?  But try as you might, you just can’t seem to get it done, despite flashes of brilliance.  Consistency eludes you and your handicap stays stubbornly high…

Overview:  Fix your grip before you try anything else.  Your left hand “V” should point at your right shoulder (a strong left hand grip).  Your right hand “lifeline” must smother your left thumb throughout the swing.

Why it Works:  First, a word of caution.  Changing your grip will feel unnatural to you at first.  This is to be expected — after all, however you are currently gripping your club, you have adjusted your swing accordingly so that it feels natural to you.  When you change your grip, your swing will need to change too.  But, hopefully, for the better.

Shed Your Poison Grip and Get A Robust Grip

It is well worth your time and effort to fix your grip.  If you have the proper grip, much of the swing happens naturally.  If you don’t have the proper grip, you will find it very hard to produce the swing you want with any consistency. There’s been much written about the grip.  My own view is that it comes down to two very basic things: 1.  The left hand “V” made by your thumb and forefinger points at your right shoulder, a “Strong” left hand grip. But please remember to grip the club lightly.

lifeline illustrated on the palm of the right hand2.  The right hand “lifeline” (shown in blue at right) smothers the left thumb at address and throughout the swing.  The word “smother” is chosen carefully — it implies constant, deliberate pressure, not just a hand position.

Adam Scott’s Gorgeous Swing Shows Us How

There are important reasons for these guidelines.  Let’s have the sweet-swinging Adam Scott demonstrate the basics for us:

Adam Scott at address with nearly perfect grip on the club.

Adam Scott at address with nearly perfect grip on the club.

First, the left hand.  You want to grip the club lightly to avoid tension in your shoulders and allow a full turn.  You want a strong left hand grip to make it easier and more natural to take an inside path on the downswing, avoiding a slice.  Such advice is often heard on the range and on the course — “strengthen your grip” is a commonly-prescribed cure for the chronic slicer.  It is true.  But it is only necessary, not sufficient. The role of the right hand is more subtle, and advice on the right hand is much harder to find.

Your Right Hand Life Line is Your Lifeline

The smothering pressure of the right hand lifeline promotes a wide arc on your backswing, because it tends to push the club away from your body.  It also tends to prevent your left arm from bending too much at the top of your swing (although some bending is OK).  It does this by simultaneously a) bracing your left elbow, and b) encouraging your left wrist to hinge rather than allowing your left elbow to bend once resistance develops at the top of your backswing.  Think of your right arm almost like a splint for your left elbow during the backswing.

Finally, the constant smothering pressure of your right lifeline tends to keep your two hands melded and joined together, almost “handcuffed”, throughout the swing.  This promotes a “one piece” takewaway and downswing that is driven from your big muscles of your lower body, not from your hands. Let’s have Mr. Scott show us how it’s done:

If we stop the video at address, at the top, at impact, and at follow through, and focus on the right hand, you can see the role of the right hand in each of these swing positions:

Adam Scott golf swing sequence positions address top downswing impact finish

Adam Scott’s golf swing positions, emphasizing the role of the right hand throughout the swing.

Your Grip Could be Sabotaging Your Swing

Obviously Adam Scott does a lot of other things right in his swing too. And, this is not to imply that you should obsess about your right hand as you swing.  Indeed, the “lifeline smothers thumb” tip is mostly a setup position tip.  That is, it’s something that you do at address, and then maintain throughout the swing, such as “sit on the barstool” for a proper stance, or “aim at a point on your target line” for proper alignment.  Setup thoughts are things you should just do, and then forget as you execute your swing.

This is in contrast to a swing thought, such as “throw the club underhand at the target” for a proper release or “point your belt buckle at the target” for a balanced finish.  These swing thoughts things require your attention as you swing.

The key point is, these swing thoughts will work much better and more repeatably if your setup is proper.  And your setup includes your grip on the club. So examine and adjust your grip the next time you are at the driving range.  And please, don’t be discouraged if it feels odd at first, because it should feel odd to you at first.  It is different, after all.  But stick with it and you can make true improvements in your swing!

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Golf Swing Video: Ultimate Starter Move Gallery – Stenson, Stricker, Cabrera, Snead https://golftipreviews.com/golf-swing-video-starter-move-gallery-stenson-stricker-cabrera-snead/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=golf-swing-video-starter-move-gallery-stenson-stricker-cabrera-snead Tue, 11 Feb 2020 07:00:00 +0000 https://golftipreviews.com/2016/07/golf-swing-video-starter-move-gallery-stenson-stricker-cabrera-snead.html/ The starter move in the golf swing is very simple — to initiate your backswing, from a powerful setup position, you point your inside right knee at your inside left knee, ever so slightly and rather quickly. Why Use a Starter Move? This rocking motion puts weight on your left foot, which you can then use to initiate… Read More »

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The starter move in the golf swing is very simple — to initiate your backswing, from a powerful setup position, you point your inside right knee at your inside left knee, ever so slightly and rather quickly.

Why Use a Starter Move?

This rocking motion puts weight on your left foot, which you can then use to initiate your backswing.  This rocking motion is preferable to just moving the club backwards from a dead still position.  And it puts your golf swing into a rhythm that is a swing, not a hit or a slap.

Best of all, the starter move prevents swaying on the backswing, which you absolutely must not do if you want to play well.  Of all the things you can do in your swing, my view is that this is one of the very most important.  You should be deliberate about including it in your swing.

Discover Starter Move Variants

Angel Cabrera starter move to initiate backswing

Angel Cabrera initiates his backswing with a starter move.

There are many variants of the Starter Move.  In some pros it is more pronounced than others.  You can see Angel Cabrera in the photo on the right executing the starter move.  His right knee is pointing at his left knee, before starting the backswing.

Have a look at the swings and Starter Moves from Henrik Stenson, Steve Stricker, Angel Cabrera, and Sam Snead.  Three men from today’s PGA tour, and one from a bygone era.  But they all have a noticeable and effective Starter Move.  Give it a try next time you are at the range!

Starter Move Sampler from Stenson, Stricker, Cabrera, Snead

Henrik Stenson’s is slow and deliberate.

Steve Stricker’s is rhythmic and controlled.

Angel Cabrera’s is very pronounced.  What a windup!

The great Sam Snead’s  was very pronounced throughout his career.  This old footage of his swing through the years shows it off well.

Don’t forget the Starter Move in your swing!  You will be a more consistent player when you do.

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Golf Swing Video: A Shorter Backswing Can Deliver More Consistency and Power https://golftipreviews.com/golf-swing-video-a-shorter-backswing-can-bring-more-consistency-and-power/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=golf-swing-video-a-shorter-backswing-can-bring-more-consistency-and-power Sat, 08 Feb 2020 08:30:00 +0000 https://golftipreviews.com/2016/05/golf-swing-video-shorten-your-backswing-for-more-consistency.html/ Symptom: Erratic shots, losing your balance as you swing, a golf backswing that is too long, not reliable or powerful, and doesn’t hold up under pressure or from round to round. People seldom tell you that you need a shorter backswing, but that is exactly what you need. Description: Slow down and use a shorter backswing for more… Read More »

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Symptom: Erratic shots, losing your balance as you swing, a golf backswing that is too long, not reliable or powerful, and doesn’t hold up under pressure or from round to round.

People seldom tell you that you need a shorter backswing, but that is exactly what you need.

Description: Slow down and use a shorter backswing for more consistency.

Why it works: Let’s start with the basics:  the purpose of the backswing is to coil the body and set the club in position for a powerful downswing. You don’t hit the ball with your backswing, you hit the ball on the downswing.

Find You Ideal Shorter Backswing

Jason Dufner at the top of his shorter backswing

Jason Dufner at the top of his relatively short backswing.

A backswing that is too quick, or too long, can easily get the club out of position, and can prevent you from storing the energy needed for a powerful, consistent downswing.  Indeed, you can hit very good shots with hardly any backswing at all.

Do not confuse a long backswing with a powerful golf swing! The key is to make the swing that works for your body, while watching the ball at all times.

How can I know what this means, you ask?  It’s simple — use the Ben Hogan tee-in-the-lips trick to ensure you maintain a quiet head, and then gradually increase your backswing until you detect some motion off the ball on your backswing.  Then back off a little.  That’s all!  You have just found the backswing that is right for you.  (Hint — your ideal backswing is almost surely not as long as the guys on TV)!

Shorter Backwsings on the PGA Tour

Many of the best players on the PGA Tour have very compact, repeatable golf swings with relatively short backswings that the Occasional Golfer, such as you and me, can emulate.  I suggest looking at Jon Rahm, Paul Casey, Jason Dufner, and Gary Woodland, for example.  These guys all hit the ball plenty far, and very consistently, with a repeatable and limited backswing.

Have a look at Jon — his backswing is very, very short but he is one of the longest hitters on tour:

And here is Paul:

And finally here is Jason:

All are regarded as excellent ball strikers and all have simple, repeatable swings.  Try it next time you are on the range, and see if your consistency doesn’t improve! Please tell your golfing buddies about this post! Like, Tweet, Pin, or Email below!

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Golf Swing Drill: Use a Narrow Golf Stance Width Hack for Sweet Balance and Rhythm https://golftipreviews.com/golf-swing-drill-use-a-narrow-golf-stance-width-for-balance-and-rhythm/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=golf-swing-drill-use-a-narrow-golf-stance-width-for-balance-and-rhythm Fri, 31 Jan 2020 06:30:00 +0000 https://golftipreviews.com/2015/11/golf-swing-drill-use-a-narrow-stance-to-develop-or-regain-your-balance-and-rhythm.html/ Symptom:  The dreaded “spin-out” move, losing balance on your full golf swing.  If you were to take a narrow golf stance width you would probably fall over on a full swing. You might be swaying off the ball like a ballroom dancer, lunging at the ball with an over-the-top casting motion, or just simply swinging too hard.  Or… Read More »

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Symptom:  The dreaded “spin-out” move, losing balance on your full golf swing.  If you were to take a narrow golf stance width you would probably fall over on a full swing.

You might be swaying off the ball like a ballroom dancer, lunging at the ball with an over-the-top casting motion, or just simply swinging too hard.  Or all of the above.  Or something else entirely.  That is the beauty of the drill–no matter what you are doing wrong, this drill will point it out for you so you can make corrections.

Description:  On the range, put your feet together — almost touching — and hit balls with your “three quarters swing” until you can hit good shots about 75% of your normal distance, while maintaining your balance throughout the swing and your follow through.

Rickie Fowler narrow stance warm up narrow golf stance width wide golf stance width

Rickie Fowler warms up with wedges hit from a narrow golf stance width.

Why it works:  By putting your feet together, you are much more prone to lose your balance during your golf swing.  You can correct for this before moving on to a wider golf stance width.  You will find that once you take full swings, you will have a much better sense of balance, and will hit much better shots.

The Magic of the Narrow Golf Stance Width Drill

In fact I’ll bet you do lose your balance for about the first five practice swings you take!  But by putting them together, you will be forced to focus on your balance and tempo and keeping your center of gravity under control.

This bit of feedback comes almost for free if you follow a solid warmup routine, where you start with your wedges first.  Your stance is naturally narrow for your wedges, requiring good balance without over-swinging.  This gets you in the right rhythm before attempting the longer irons and woods in your bag.  Rickie Fowler knows this, have a look:

The Narrow Golf Stance Width Drill Gives Instant Feedback

You may find that keeping your feet together is quite hard to do — if so you have a swing fault or two that needs attention.  Probably you have an over-the-top swing with a casting motion (the most common swing fault) and so you should look at the throw the sticks drill or the no backswing golf swing drill to get a more underhand downswing with good lag.  Or you may be swaying off the ball on the backswing, and so you should look at fixing your sway with a starter move.

Whatever your particular swing fault, putting your feet together will magnify it for you.  Hitting golf balls with your feet together will force you to deal with your faults and (hopefully) fix them.

Once you have regained your tempo and balance with your feet together, return to hitting shots with a correct stance, with your feet about shoulder width apart.  Your feet will feel solid on the ground and your power will come from your feet and legs, where it should.  Hopefully your consistency will have returned with more power too!

Do the Drill During Your Round

Another great thing about the narrow golf stance width drill is that you can do it on the golf course.  Got some extra time waiting for the group in front of you to clear that par-3?  Take a practice swing here and there with your feet together, just to remind yourself of how a solid golf swing should feel.  We all need to be reminded of this, especially when we’ve just hit a bad shot and feel our blood beginning to boil despite our best intentions.

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Golf Chipping Drill: Deploy The Up and Down Drill to Lower Your Handicap https://golftipreviews.com/golf-chipping-drill-the-up-and-down-drill-will-lower-your-handicap/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=golf-chipping-drill-the-up-and-down-drill-will-lower-your-handicap Sat, 25 Jan 2020 08:00:00 +0000 Symptom:  Poor chipping, failure to get up and down from around the green.  The frequent “you are still away”. It may have taken you only two swings to get within ten feet of the hole but all too often it takes you another three or four to get into the cup.  What a dumb game, you mutter.  “Why… Read More »

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Symptom:  Poor chipping, failure to get up and down from around the green.  The frequent “you are still away”.

It may have taken you only two swings to get within ten feet of the hole but all too often it takes you another three or four to get into the cup.  What a dumb game, you mutter.  “Why can’t I get up and down like they do on TV?”

Description:  When you practice chipping, do the up and down drill.  That is, get up and down.  Putt each and every golf ball into the hole, no matter how good or bad your chip was.  And keep putting until you make the putt.  Every chip should eventually be putted into the hole, completing the up and down.  No exceptions!

Why it works:  By putting in every golf ball that you chip, there is immediate feedback on your chipping performance.  A good chip results in an easy tap-in.  A poor chip leaves a tough downhill putt, and so on.  By finishing each chip with the subsequent putt, you reinforce the consequences of poor chips.  And you practice around the green the way you do on the course — a chip is followed by a putt, not another chip.  It seems like a small and simple thing, but believe me, when you force yourself to clean up every chip you take, both your chipping and your putting will improve because of the focus this drill brings.

Simple way to Record Your Up and Down Percentage

Greg Norman chip in from the greenside rough up and down drill

Greg Norman chips in to win the tournament, no need to get up and down this time.

Keep track of your up-and-down percentage. Are you at 30%?  50%?  80%?  My bet is that when you keep track of it you are not as good as you had thought.  This tends to make you practice a bit more.  Also a good thing.

It is quite easy to do this.  Just record the number of putts on each hole.  A “1” would be recorded for an up-and-down, for example.  A “2” for a two-putt, a “3” for the dreaded three-putt.

Turbo-Charge Your Up-and-Down Percentage

Your up-and-down percentage will surely improve if you keep your hands ahead of the ball while chipping, forcing you to hit down on the ball.  I also encourage you to practice your chips from realistic lies, to make the practice more relevant.  When you do, you will want to duplicate your lie for a few rehearsal chips before you hit the ball.  All of this is built around the idea of making your practice as realistic as possible so you can execute under pressure, on the course, with your buddies watching, with money on the line.

Of course, you could also just hole out your chip to boost your percentage and claim your victory, like these guys did.  They would get to record a “0” on their card for number of putts.  No putts needed when you hole out!  Have a look:
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