Seeking to improve your golf skills? Here are some tips from professional golfers and golf instructors offered by the Professional Golf Association.
- Fairway woods versus long irons
- Fairway woods (metals) versus long irons-everything has changed! It is definitely not a fair fight any longer.
- Fairway woods are in the bags of Ladies Professional Golf Association
Champions Tour players and increasing in popularity on the PGA Tour. Some of you are probably thinking at this very moment, “I am not a female or a senior.” Do not let your pride interfere with you shooting your best scores.
As long as a small woman such as Annika Sorenstam can beat you, there is no shame. Seven-, 9- and 11- woods should become your friends.
Fairway woods are built with more loft and a greater clubhead mass, which combine to produce a club that is easier to hit farther and straighter. The soles of these clubs are also wider, which means you are less likely to hit them fat. Remember, added loft equals a higher trajectory, which in turn makes it easier to hold greens. Give fairway woods a chance.
Addressing your posture
Because of the hands, arms and club are highly visible throughout the swing, they get most of the “blame” for anything that goes wrong. However, it is important to understand that the hands, arms, and club are only responding to what the body is or is not doing.
Swing performance can be improved with proper posture at address. This means not only a good starting position posture but also, more importantly, maintaining the posture throughout the swing motion and throughout the round.
In a good setup, the golfer should be bent forward from the hips so that your arms are hanging from your shoulders. Your shoulder blades should be pulled back to “open up” your chest. This allows your hands to stay relaxed directly under your shoulders. This is easier to do when your lower abdominal muscles are strong since these muscles support your low back, pelvis, and hips.
To maintain proper posture remember two things: feel as though your shoulder blades are connected with a rubber band, and bow from the hips with your body weight balanced toward the balls of the feet.
You will definitely see an improvement in your swing by improving your posture.
Let’s face it, the sand bunker is called the sand trap for a reason. Most golfers hate to be in the sand. That’s because they either take too little sand and the ball goes sailing across the green or they take too much sand and the ball actually stays in the bunker.
So what’s the tip for taking the right amount of sand? Well, the tip is a dollar’s worth of sand.
You see this is a great practice technique. You want to go ahead and put a dollar down and put the ball right on George Washington’s face. You want to take some practice swings after you draw the two lines to where the club enters the back line and finishes through the front line. Go ahead and swing and send the sand flying out. Now do the same thing over the ball.
Many golfers always look to hit it a little farther and create more distance, and you start thinking bigger must be better. The arm swing gets really long back behind your head and you try and swing it as fast as you can to bring it down.
But the reality is that having a little bit more compact swing where your body and arms are working better together like you do in other sports take it back here and throw it out. It’s the same in golf, as far as the right arm position. Take it back here, get a full shoulder turn, and through.