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Symptom: Your golf practice routine doesn’t involve aiming sticks.  Your swing “felt good” on the range, but the results aren’t there on the course.

You sadly watch another well-struck shot miss the fairway and bounce into the woods.

Yes, you hit it solidly.  It felt good, just like it did on the driving range.  But it didn’t go where you had intended, and now you have to pay the price by hacking out of the rough back to the fairway.

Overview: In your golf practice routine, and especially when warming up at the driving range, you must always pick a target to aim at. Never just hit balls to watch them fly.

Why it works: Your golf practice routine needs to cover the things that you need to execute on the golf course. On the course, you are always aiming at something — the flag, a spot on the fairway, a tree in the distance, or something else, and so this is how you should practice.

This seems like such an obvious point.  Yet, I promise you if you watch the average crowd at the driving range they are mostly just teeing it up and hacking away.  Perhaps this is good aerobic exercise, but it is not golf practice.

Your Golf Practice Routine Needs an Aim Point Reinforced With Golf Aiming Sticks

Jordan Spieth uses an aiming stick to get the most out of his golf warmup and golf practice routine.

Jordan Spieth uses an aiming stick to get the most out of his golf warmup and golf practice routine.

Furthermore, if you don’t deliberately aim at something during your golf practice sessions, you will (not might) get out of alignment, which can cause you to compensate during your swing and lead to inconsistent ball striking.

Ensuring good alignment is as simple as aiming at a point right in front of your ball, and using a club or golf aiming stick on the ground when you are on the range.

Do this always.  No exceptions!  Why such a stern exhortation?  Watch the pros hit balls the next time you are at a tournament, and you will see that they almost always do this on the range.  And they have hit a few more balls with more success than the rest of us have!

For example, here is Jason Day’s pre-round warmup routine.  Pay attention to how he uses the aiming stick for his 9 iron and every other long club in his bag.  He is absolutely not just hitting balls, he is putting the balls where he wants them by ensuring his alignment is consistent every time.  Have a look:

Same for Jordan Spieth.  Similar to Day, he doesn’t use an alignment stick for his 60 and 54 degree wedges, but does for pitching wedges and every other club in the bag (1:22).

Even Simple Warmup Swings Need a Target

And yet, how many people do you see at the range going through their golf practice routine like Jason Day and Jordan Spieth?  I’d bet not one in twenty — most are just swinging away!  Unbelievable.

Even when you are swinging your club in your backyard, it’s a good idea to pick a target out to aim at.  Why?  Because it’s very easy to get a swing that “feels good”, but in fact has you swinging way out of alignment.

Don’t do this!  You will regret it the next time you have to make the ball go where you want to.  Instead, pick a target, get the feel of the line to your target with the throw the stick underhand drill, and then practice your full swing.

Then you’ll be practicing a real golf swing, not some sort of golf-swing-approximation-that-loosens-your-muscles-but-doesn’t-hit-the-ball-straight swing!

By the way, you don’t need a dedicated aiming stick to use this method.  I typically use my putter as my aiming stick.

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Golf Swing Tip: Snag an Easy Golf Consistency Kickstart with “Aim-Align-Execute” https://golftipreviews.com/golf-swing-tip-gain-consistency-with-aim-align-execute/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=golf-swing-tip-gain-consistency-with-aim-align-execute Sun, 09 Aug 2020 15:00:00 +0000 https://golftipreviews.com/2016/06/golf-swing-tip-use-the-aim-align-execute-method-like-for-better-consistency-like-dustin-johnson.html/ Symptom: Try as you might, golf consistency on the golf course is elusive. You hit great shots from time to time, but you also hit terrible shots, making you wonder if you have an evil twin that takes over your body and swings your golf club like a caveman attacking a bear… Overview:  For every golf shot, follow… Read More »

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Symptom: Try as you might, golf consistency on the golf course is elusive.

You hit great shots from time to time, but you also hit terrible shots, making you wonder if you have an evil twin that takes over your body and swings your golf club like a caveman attacking a bear…

Overview:  For every golf shot, follow the three-phase “Aim-Align-Execute” method to improve your golf consistency.  Do it every time, no exceptions.  Even, and especially, at the driving range.

Why it works:  All golf shots have (at least) three phases once you have chosen your club:  The Aiming, the Alignment, and the Execution, in that order.

Most Occasional Golfers inter-mix, or ignore, or sometimes forget to do all three of the phases.  This leads to inconsistency, which of course leads to high numbers on your scorecard.

Deploy the Tried and True Aim -> Align -> Execute Method for Golf Consistency

For example, on a full shot, “Aim-Align-Execute” goes something like this:

  1. Pick a distant target, like a tree, or the middle of the green, or whatever makes sense for your particular shot and circumstances (the Aiming).  Note — usually your target is NOT the flagstick!
  2. Pick a spot on your target line a few feet in front of your ball to align your club, and to build your stance around (the Alignment).
  3. Execute the shot, with a starter move and a full release to a balanced finish (the Execution).
Dustin Johnson Aim Align Execute tee shot golf consistency

Dustin Johnson picking an aiming point before he addresses the ball.

A key element of the “Aim – Align – Execute” approach is that the steps are done sequentially.

That is, you do not think about Aiming as you Align your clubface, and you do not think about Aiming or Alignment as you Execute your swing.  You think only about what you are trying to accomplish in each phase.

This focus is very powerful, because it allows you to do one thing at a time, and do it very well.  This gives you confidence on the course.

With confidence, you can block out the distractions (sand trap, carry over water, strong crosswind, playing partners who are harassing you, the slow group in front of you, the list of things you need to get done at work, etc.) that you encounter.

A Masterclass Demo by Dustin

Let’s have Dustin Johnson demonstrate this for us.  Note how Dustin picks his distant target (the Aiming, 0:05), then he Aligns the clubface to a point on his target line (the Alignment, 0:10), and then finally Executes his swing (the Execution, 0:14).  Have a look:

Indeed, every pro or low handicapper will go through some form of Aim-Align-Execute every time, for every shot.  You should too, if you want to improve your golf consistency.

“Aim-Align-Execute” Seems Like a Secret Because it is Seldom Shown on TV

Finally, a word of caution:  When you watch golf on TV, often the only thing that (understandably) makes it on air is the swing itself.

But every pro, I guarantee you, went through an Aim-Align-Execute routine before you saw them swing on your TV set.  The networks just spare us the tedium of watching their Aim-Align-Execute routines.

And when Aim-Align-Execute is shown, such as when the tournament leader is being followed, or Tiger Woods is playing, the routine seldom gets much attention from the commentators.

That’s a shame because it is misleading to the viewer.  But I am not the network executing in charge of ratings, and maybe I’d make the same choices in their position.

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Golf Strategy: Assault the Flagstick with 1 More Club for Approach Shots https://golftipreviews.com/golf-strategy-choose-the-correct-golf-club-for-approach-shots/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=golf-strategy-choose-the-correct-golf-club-for-approach-shots Sat, 18 Jul 2020 14:00:00 +0000 https://golftipreviews.com/2016/02/golf-strategy-take-one-more-club-for-approach-shots-dont-be-short.html/ Symptom: You are not sure which golf club to use on approach shots. Like most of your playing partners, you usually don’t choose enough golf club and are more often short than long. You often say, “must be more uphill than I thought” or “I guess there’s some wind up there” or “maybe I didn’t quite catch that one… Read More »

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Symptom: You are not sure which golf club to use on approach shots.

Like most of your playing partners, you usually don’t choose enough golf club and are more often short than long.

You often say, “must be more uphill than I thought” or “I guess there’s some wind up there” or “maybe I didn’t quite catch that one flush” or similar lame utterances.

Overview: If in doubt about which golf club to use on your approach shot, take one more club. If debating between a seven and eight iron, for example, choose the seven iron.

Why it works: The vast majority of high handicappers leave their approach shots short of the hole. Pay attention to this the next time you play with your buddies — I’ll bet it’s true in your foursome too.

Ideally, half your shots would finish past the hole, and half short of the hole, so that on average you end up pin-high.

By choosing a golf club that will get you to the hole, you will end up closer to the pin on average.  This will leave you shorter putts, which will lead to lower scores.

The Underused Skill of Choosing the Correct Club for Approach Shots

Jon Rahm made sure to get the ball all the way to the hole on his approach shot. when to use which club which golf club to use choose golf club choose correct club for a shot

Jon Rahm made sure to get the ball all the way to the hole on his approach shot.

Think this applies to everybody else, but not you?  I challenge you to keep track of this the next time you play.  I’ll bet you are mostly short of the pin on your approach shots!

By taking one more club, you also protect yourself against a slight mis-hit.  A longer club will carry the ball further, and allow you to still end up fairly close to the pin despite your less-than perfect shot.

This takes a lot of the sting out of your bad swing, because your result is still decent, which helps you forget that bad shot and keep your round going.

Finally, if you happen to flush the ball such that it goes over the green, at least you can have the satisfaction of saying, “wow, I really hit that one flush”, which is a positive thought that will help you get up and down from wherever you end up.

Let’s have Jon Rahm demonstrate for us. He came from behind to win this tournament.   You can bet he chose golf clubs that would get the ball all the way back to the hole!  Have a look:

Avoid Approach Shot Rookie Mistakes

Combine this strategy with aiming for the center of the green instead of the flag and you can help mistake-proof your game.  As your mistakes disappear, so will the strokes, and you’ll find your handicap getting smaller by the round!

One final thought:  Many Occasional Golfers wish they could back the ball up on the green, like the pros they see on TV.  (Hint:  You must have a descending blow).  A high spin-rate ball, soft greens, and a lot of clubhead speed help as well.

But let’s say you have all of the above covered.  Unless you choose a club for your approach shot that will land the ball past the hole, that would just take the ball further away from the cup!  So what would be the point of backing up the ball on the green?

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Golf Swing Video: Amp Up Your Golf Lag by Channeling Webb Simpson https://golftipreviews.com/golf-swing-video-learn-to-lag-from-webb-simpson/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=golf-swing-video-learn-to-lag-from-webb-simpson Sun, 05 Jul 2020 14:30:00 +0000 https://golftipreviews.com/2016/09/golf-swing-video-learn-to-lag-from-webb-simpson.html/ In this article we have a look at the sweet, simple, and powerful golf swing, especially the golf lag, of Webb Simpson. Webb generates a huge amount of golf lag on his downswing, which gives him plenty of graceful power. He has a rhythmic tempo, great balance, and soft hands, which make him a consistent ball striker.  There… Read More »

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In this article we have a look at the sweet, simple, and powerful golf swing, especially the golf lag, of Webb Simpson.

Webb generates a huge amount of golf lag on his downswing, which gives him plenty of graceful power. He has a rhythmic tempo, great balance, and soft hands, which make him a consistent ball striker.  There are a lot of good elements in Webb’s swing that we can learn from.

Power and consistency, it’s what we all look for, right?  So how does he do it, then?

Webb Generates Astounding Golf Lag

So how does Webb do it?  Have a look:

To break down Webb’s swing a bit further, have a look at his key positions.  Here is Webb from address to the top:

webb simpson golf swing sequence address to the top showing golf lag

Webb Simpson from setup to the top of his backswing.

Simpson has an athletic setup position, and makes a good move away from the ball.  You can see that his swing is powered by his lower body, which is coiling to initiate the swing.

His arms have the appearance of being very loose and supple.  Notice how the angle between left arm and shaft is getting smaller and smaller through the backswing.

Notice the angle between left arm and shaft at the start of the downswing– it has gotten smaller still!  You cannot get into this position without a very light grip on the club throughout your swing.  Simpson must have a very light grip indeed!

Webb’s Head Remains Tranquil and Still

webb simpson downswing golf lag wrist cock swing sequence

Webb Simpson’s golf lag gets bigger on the downswing.

Simpson’s head has not moved toward the target at all since the top of the swing.  If anything, his head is moving a bit backwards, away from the target, at this point.

Webb has initiated the downswing with his lower body, while keeping his hands quiet, flexible, and loose on the club.

In other words, he got to this remarkable position and developed his tremendous golf lag by driving his lower body on the downswing, NOT by swinging his arms.

This correct move from the top is perhaps the most difficult thing for most people to master.  It is the opposite of an “over the top” or “casting” motion on the downswing.

Tension Will Sabotage Your Golf Lag

Webb has not only mastered it, he’s taken it to a whole new level.  It comes down to eliminating tension in your left shoulder and your left wrist.  (Not your left elbow — the left elbow stays mostly straight).

As Webb’s clubhead attacks the ball on the downswing the angle starts to get bigger.  But note, even when his hands are almost over the ball, and his club is parallel to the ground, the angle is still almost 90 degrees.  Most amateurs have lost their wrist cock much earlier in the swing than this!

Here is Simpson from impact to finish:

webb simpson golf swing sequence impact to finish unwinding his golf lag

Webb Simpson releases the club down the line to a balanced finish.

Webb’s hands are ahead of the ball at impact, and his head stays well behind the ball as he releases the club down the line.

Note that through impact, Webb’s head is actually moving backward and down, like other great ball strikers such as Tom Lehman and Hunter Mahan.

This motion helps promote a full release down the line, a common trait of all great golfers.  And, like all good players, he has a balanced finish with his belt buckle facing the target.

Channel Some Effortless Simpson

Webb Simpson is a great ball striker, with a simple swing that has a lot of great elements for the Occasional Golfer to emulate.  See if you can’t channel a little Webb the next time you are on the range or on your local course!

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Golf Swing Lesson: The 1 Unexpected Key to a Swoon-Worthy Golf Swing Finish https://golftipreviews.com/golf-swing-lesson-finish-your-golf-swing-with-your-belt-buckle-facing-the-target/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=golf-swing-lesson-finish-your-golf-swing-with-your-belt-buckle-facing-the-target Sun, 14 Jun 2020 14:15:00 +0000 https://golftipreviews.com/2016/05/golf-swing-lesson-point-your-belt-buckle-at-the-target-like-bill-haas.html/ The day was cool; it had rained the night before and so the grass was a little soggy. The clouds hung low, but it was not too windy. Not a day for fair weather golfers. But a day not nearly as bad as it looked from inside the clubhouse. Salt was on the range early that day. He… Read More »

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The day was cool; it had rained the night before and so the grass was a little soggy. The clouds hung low, but it was not too windy.

Not a day for fair weather golfers. But a day not nearly as bad as it looked from inside the clubhouse.

Salt was on the range early that day. He was studying some video of PGA tour players and noting their proper golf swing finish.

Most of the golfers at his range, however, couldn’t finish their golf swings so gracefully.  Many of them routinely lost their balance instead of striking a pretty pose.

A Day at the Range for Low Handicappers

Salt thought that the type of person who would show up on the range today would be a serious sort of player, one who really wanted to work on his game.

Not surprisingly, business was slow.  But, by and by, Micah arrived. He looked to be in a hurry and was well dressed.

He probably slipped away over his lunch hour.  Salt knew Micah in passing. Micah was a businessman, an account manager.

He wanted to play the game well to help him impress clients, but had a handicap in the low 20s, which frustrated him.

He felt like he needed to be a single-digit handicapper, or nearly so, to really succeed in his line of work.

Micah got out his clubs and began to hit some balls.

Salt shook his head. “If only they would stretch before they try to hit a ball,” he thought.

Micah hit several balls, but was obviously getting frustrated. His shots were poor and he did not have a proper golf swing finish at all.  Salt ambled over.

“Mornin’,” said Salt.

“Good morning,” said Micah. “How are you today, Salt?”

brooks koepka golf swing finish

Brooks Koepka has a perfectly balanced golf swing finish with his belt buckle facing the target.

“Oh, I’m doing fine today. How’s your game Micah?”

“Not bad, not bad,” said Micah. “Having a little trouble with my slice though.”

“Mind if I have a look?” asked Salt.

“Please, go ahead.”

Salt knew that Micah was a serious man, analytical, calculating. He would probably want to hear tips about wrist angle, swing plane, grip position, and so forth.

“What do you think of my backswing Salt? Are my hands high enough?”

The Sweet and Simple Beauty of Focusing on the Finish

Salt just sighed and shook his head. And he watched another weak shot tail off to the right.

“Micah, I’d like you to try something for me.”

“Sure, what?”

“I’d like you to swing so that your belt buckle is facing the target on your finish.”

“What?”

“Try it. Take a practice swing or two and think about a proper golf swing finish. Concentrate on swinging so that your belt buckle faces the target when you are done.

Imagine a pro with a great swing, like Brooks Koepka. It looks unhurried and easy, but it’s very powerful and balanced and he is always facing the target when he’s done.”

Micah conjured up an image of Brooks Koepka’s swing:

Micah gave it a try. The first thing he noticed was that his belt buckle was pointing right of the target, not at the target.

The next thing he noticed was that he was losing his balance, and didn’t really have a specific direction that his belt buckle was pointing.

“Try again, but smoother,” said Salt.

Micah tried several more times to no avail.  Salt was worried that he might lose Micah’s attention and trust.

Begin with the End in Mind – Start with the Golf Swing Finish

“Micah, why don’t you just pose with your club and belt buckle the way you want to end up at the finish and backtrack from there?”

And so Micah visualized Brooks Koepka’s finish, and he imitated it for Salt. Eventually, he was able to execute a swing that resulted in a balanced finish, with his belt buckle pointing at the target, at a good tempo.

He found that he needed a much more inside path on the downswing to avoid losing his balance, and this also helped to bring him up into the finish pose he was looking for.

“Now hit a ball. But tee it up,” said Salt.

Micah did. His first shot was straight. His second was straight and long. The third was pure, a beautiful golf shot by any standard.

“Salt, thank you, this is incredible.” Micah was genuinely grateful and truly surprised at how well this worked.  He eagerly reached for another striped ball.

Salt waved at him from across the range, It was time to head back inside for a cup of coffee.  After all, it was a bit cool outside.

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