Every week, professional golfer and ScoutLook Pro Staff member Suzy Whaley, will be offering new tips and techniques to help you improve your golf game–from driving to putting, and everything inbetween.
Swing: If you have trouble hitting the ball straight imagine you are hitting not just one ball but a line of 5 or 6 balls in a row. You will learn how to keep the club head moving down your target line for straighter shots.
Swing: Keep your back at the target as long as possible on the downswing especially if you have to tendency to slice the ball.
Swing: Make the grip end of the shaft point directly at the target line halfway back in the backswing to produce better path and better shots.
Swing: Swing the club 10 times a day with our right hand only. Then swing the club ten times a day with your left hand only. You will gain better feel of where the club should be during the swing and you will gain better rhythm.
Swing: To produce a consistent strike, practice hitting a spot in the same place on the ground for every swing.
Swing: Allow your body to react to the swinging of the club.
Posture: Focus your eyes on the back of the ball until after the strike.
Swing: During the backswing, turn your chest away from the target, and on the follow through, turn our chest toward the target.
Posture: Distribute your weight evenly between both your feet to promote good balance during the swinging motion.
Swing: Hold your finish for the count of four or until the ball lands to produce better balance and greater club head speed.
Posture: Set the inside of your heels shoulder width apart for stability and balance. If you have a bad lower back widen your stance slightly farther than shoulder width apart.
Swing: During your swing, rock on your back foot on the backswing and rock on your forward foot through the downswing.
Posture: When addressing the ball, tilt forward from the hips until your sternum points at the ball.
Swing: A ball that starts to the right of your target means your club worked to the right of your target line at impact. A ball that starts to the left of your target line means your club worked to the left of your target line at impact.
Posture: At address, as a right handed player your right shoulder will sit slightly lower than your left shoulder.
Swing: At impact, the arm closest to the target should be straight and the grip of the club should be slightly ahead of the ball.
Ball Position: To play a low running shot, play the ball near the foot farthest from the target.
Grip: Your left index finger and your left thumb stay together on the club and your right index finger and your right thumb stay together on the club. Keep the line between the two together without gaps.
Posture: As a right handed player, set your left arm straight forming a straight line from your shoulder to the ball.
Swing: Keep your balance. To practice balanced swings, pretend to throw a ball over-hand and hold the finish position. Your finish should result in having your weight solidly on the foot closest to the target while the trailing foot has the heel up with the toe on the ground vertically.
Ball Position: For your driver, play the ball just forward of your left pinkie toe.
Grip: To test grip pressure, hold the club straight out in front of you. At this level you have to grip too tightly. Then hold the club straight up and down vertically. At this level you hold the club too lightly. However, when you put the club in between the two that is the perfect grip pressure.
Posture: Think of a rod though your spine running from the bottom of your neck to your tail bone for the best posture.
Swing: Make your swing have a beat, one and two or back and through produces shots with rhythm and tempo. Those shots have a much better chance of hitting the middle of the clubface.
Ball Position: For your fairway woods, play the ball off your left instep.
Grip: As a right handed player, your right hand should hold the grip in the tips of the fingers.
Posture: Let your arms hang loosely under your shoulders as you bow and slightly flex your knees.
Swing: Think of your golf swing as an imaginary wheel. Allow the club head to swing on the arc of the wheel. Pulling the club head toward the center of the wheel at any point during the swing will result in off-center hits.
Ball Position: For your hybrids, the ball should be one ball inside your left instep.
Grip: Your palms should face each other on the club whether you have a strong, neutral or weak grip.
Swing: Clubface controls direction over path. Work on squaring the clubface at address by making the club impact the ball at a 90 degree angle to the target line. You will hit straighter shots.
Posture: Butt up, back pockets to the sky and make your hip bones point down for the best ball striking.
Ball Position: For your irons, the ball starts in the center of your stance for your wedges then move the ball incrementally forward by a half a ball as you increase the club you use.
Grip: If you wear out your glove in the palm of your hand, you need to improve your grip. Move the grip until your fingers of the left hand are on a diagonal from the index finger to the pinky.
Posture: Check that you can see your shins once you are ready to hit. If you can't see your shins your have too much knee flex.
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