Golf Tip Reviews – PGA Tour Inspired! https://golftipreviews.com Single-Digit Handicaps Here! Sun, 08 Nov 2020 14:11:29 +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: Reward Yourself With a Sweet Golf Lie at the Driving Range https://golftipreviews.com/golf-swing-tip-give-yourself-a-good-lie-at-the-driving-range-like-justin-thomas/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=golf-swing-tip-give-yourself-a-good-lie-at-the-driving-range-like-justin-thomas Sun, 08 Nov 2020 15:00:00 +0000 https://golftipreviews.com/2015/09/golf-swing-tip-give-yourself-a-good-lie-at-the-driving-range-like-jason-day.html/ Symptom:  At the driving range, you tip over your bucket of balls and hit them where they wind up. As a result, the golf lie you practice from is a very tight lie, with almost no grass beneath the ball.  Then, despite sweat and diligence, you are not able to make much progress towards a better swing. You… Read More »

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Symptom:  At the driving range, you tip over your bucket of balls and hit them where they wind up.

As a result, the golf lie you practice from is a very tight lie, with almost no grass beneath the ball.  Then, despite sweat and diligence, you are not able to make much progress towards a better swing.

You find that your range sessions leave your clubs dirtier, the turf a bit more chewed up, your pocketbook a bit lighter, and you a bit more tired.  But your game is still about where it was when those striped range balls came crashing down into your range bucket…

Description:  Make sure you purposely give yourself a good golf lie for every shot you hit at the driving range.  If you don’t, you are most likely hitting off of a tight lie, which is very much more difficult and counterproductive for you.

If there is no decent grass anywhere in sight, tee the ball to an appropriate height for each club.  

Why it works:  Small variations in the golf lie make a big difference in the sort of shot you can hit.  Most golf courses have excellent grass in comparison to most driving ranges, so your driving range practice should account for this. 

Even the pros can’t hit good shots out of divots in the fairway, so why would you expect to?  

Slow Down to Give Yourself A Good Golf Lie

Justin Thomas moving golf ball to get a good lie at the driving range golf lie tight lie golf good lie bad lie

Justin Thomas moves his ball to get a good lie at the driving range.

Productive golf practice is all about consistency.  You give yourself a big boost in consistency by taking the condition of the turf and the quality of your golf lie out of play. 

You can easily do this by giving yourself a perfect lie for each and every shot.  With a good pre-shot routine and a perfect lie you can work on your swing with much more confidence.

Here is some footage of Justin Thomas giving a clinic at golf course that’s more like what you and I play.  This is not a stop on the PGA Tour.  There are no sponsor tents, no grandstands, no army of volunteers.

Watch the video as Justin warms up.  He places each golf ball quite deliberately, to give himself a good golf lie.  The ball is always placed behind the divot he just made, to keep the turf damage localized. 

Of course he hits the ball, then the ground, on all his shots, to create the divots.  He also does a couple of no-backswing golf swings as part of his warmup routine – very effective.

Have a look:

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Golf Bunker Tip: Gorgeous Greenside Bunker Shots Demand a High Finish https://golftipreviews.com/golf-bunker-tip-play-a-high-finish-for-greenside-bunker-shots/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=golf-bunker-tip-play-a-high-finish-for-greenside-bunker-shots Sat, 31 Oct 2020 16:00:00 +0000 https://golftipreviews.com/2015/03/golf-bunker-tip-high-finish-for-greenside-bunker-shots.html/ Symptom: Your greenside bunker play is not good — you fear the sand shot. You would rather play any other shot besides a bunker shot.  For you it’s a sandy pit of gloom and despair.  All too often, you don’t get to swith your club for your next shot because you are still in the bunker. You have no… Read More »

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Symptom: Your greenside bunker play is not good — you fear the sand shot.

You would rather play any other shot besides a bunker shot.  For you it’s a sandy pit of gloom and despair.  All too often, you don’t get to swith your club for your next shot because you are still in the bunker.

You have no idea how some people always seem to play their bunker shots so easily…

Overview: Focus on making a high finish as you follow through on your greenside bunker shot.

To do this you will need to get your clubhead through the sand rather than letting your club get stuck in the sand.

Matt Kuchar high finish bunker shot bunker play sand shot

Matt Kuchar has a high finish for his greenside bunker shot.

Why it works: If you are like most high handicappers, you are probably leaving the ball in the sand because your motion is not aggressive enough through the hitting zone.

On an explosion shot from the greenside bunker, you have to smack the sand pretty hard and keep the clubhead moving to make the ball come out!

With this goal in mind as you address the ball and make your swing, you will naturally activate your big muscles to power through the sand with ease.

When you do, you will put sand on the green too!

Some Impressive High Finishes for Bunker Shots

Have a look at this compilation video of the Top 10 Greenside Bunker shots on the PGA Tour.

The clubhead finishes above the waist on all but two of these shots (#4, Mickelson, from a plugged lie, and #1, Azinger, where he had no green to work with, green sloping away, 1993 Memorial on the line, etc.

It deserves to be #1 because it was so very difficult.  But it is the exception, not the rule.)  Have a look:

Focus on the Finish for Explosive Results

A handy visualization that works on the golf course is to focus on the finish, and make sure you end up there.  Rehearse this a few times before you play your bunker shot.

Visualize the sort of swing you will need to make in order to have a high finish with your explosion shot.  Recognize that to get to your ideal finish you will need to rotate through the ball aggressively with your lower body.  The sand will offer some extra resistance that can stop an arms-only swing.

So don’t stick your clubhead in the sand and leave it there – keep it moving!

And finally, please don’t try to play the perfect bunker shot.  The most important thing about a sand shot is that your next shot be struck with your putter (or off a tee, should you hole out).

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Golf Strategy: Tee Your Ball Extremely Low for Iron Tee Shots https://golftipreviews.com/golf-strategy-tee-your-ball-low-for-iron-tee-shots-like-zach-johnson/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=golf-strategy-tee-your-ball-low-for-iron-tee-shots-like-zach-johnson Sun, 27 Sep 2020 15:00:00 +0000 https://golftipreviews.com/2015/07/golf-strategy-tee-your-irons-low-like-zach-johnson.html/ Symptom:  Poor iron tee shots on par three holes. You can’t seem to figure out why you can hit your seven iron so sweetly from the fairway, but when you tee it up you sky it high or jerk it left, or have some other unpleasant experience. Description:  Iron tee shots should be teed low, almost flush with… Read More »

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Symptom:  Poor iron tee shots on par three holes.

You can’t seem to figure out why you can hit your seven iron so sweetly from the fairway, but when you tee it up you sky it high or jerk it left, or have some other unpleasant experience.

Description:  Iron tee shots should be teed low, almost flush with the ground for short irons.

Why it works:  You only get 18 chances per round to give yourself a perfect lie.  So you should certainly use a tee and take advantage of the rules of golf.

But you don’t want to invent some new lie that causes you to invent a new swing.  You want to make your regular swing, just with a perfect lie.

Tee Iron Tee Shots Low

Zach Johnson tee shot with iron tee the ball low

Zach Johnson teeing off with a short iron, just before contact. Note the ball is teed very low.

A golf ball sitting on a tee, nearly flush with the ground, is a better lie than you can get off the grass.

But don’t tee up your irons as if you’re hitting a driver.  For most iron shots you will tee the ball very low.  Wedges should be teed flush with the ground, mid-irons slightly higher (perhaps 1/4”) off the ground.

If you tee the ball up higher than this for an iron shot then only bad things can happen:

  • You might hit a good shot by making an unnatural swing without a descending blow, but this will screw up your swing the next time around when the ball is on the ground.
  • You hit a bad shot (probably a sky-ball) by making a normal swing with a descending blow.

If you tee the ball high, you can’t hit a good shot by making a good swing because the ball is in an unnatural position.  So use the tee, but tee it low!

And use a broken tee — you need your unbroken tees for when you hit your driver.  There are plenty of them scattered around the tee box.  And you should be frugal in these tough times…

For a demonstration of this, let’s watch Zach Johnson hit a mid-iron tee shot.  Move the video ahead to 0:55 to see that the ball is teed pretty low, and also to see Zach’s excellent descending blow:

But what if you can only hit a good shot when the ball is teed up high?

Then you have a swing fault that needs to change.  Try the hit the sunken tee drill to learn how to hit the ball with a descending blow, or see if you are obsessing about your left elbow, or some other swing fault.  Then it will feel natural and right for you to tee it low.

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Golf Strategy: Aiming Stick Hack for an Immediate Consistency Boost https://golftipreviews.com/golf-strategy-always-aim-at-something-for-your-golf-practice-routine/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=golf-strategy-always-aim-at-something-for-your-golf-practice-routine Sat, 22 Aug 2020 14:00:00 +0000 https://golftipreviews.com/golf-strategy-always-aim-at-something-for-your-golf-practice-routine/ 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… Read More »

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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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