Pre Round - 5 Warm Up Tips
Warming-up is essential for peak performance in any sport. If you attend any professional sporting event you always see athletes engaging in a pre-game warm- up - and professional golfers are no different.
By the time tour professionals step on to the first tee, they are fully prepared to make their best swing from the opening tee shot.
Most amateurs, however, get warmed up by dashing from their cars to the pro shop to check in, then running to the first tee, all within five minutes.
Usually this is followed by erratic play for the first five holes and, in the end, another poor round. That kind of warm-up leaves you prone to injury and making bogeys before you start.
To avoid this, I recommend this quick warm-up routine click here
We have another great tip from PGA Teaching Professional & Custom Fit Specialist at Oulton Hall, Phillip Akers.
Do we have to be strong to be long?
We all like to 'crush' the ball off the tee and from time to time we all search for those few extra yards, but i often find that golfers get too caught up in trying to swing the club harder and faster to gain distance which more often than not has a negative effect on accurancy and distance. It's important that we understand that it's not just the speed of your swing which makes the ball travel a long way off the tee. A great example of this on the PGA TOur is David Toms and Stephen Gangluff who average exactly the same driving distance, however Toms swings at 104mph and Gangluff at 120 mph. I'm not saying that speed doesn't help hit the ball a long way, because it does, however it's not the only factor that you can focus on when trying to increase your driving distance.
I've always believed that three key areas that a golfer can focus on to maximise distance off the tee: 1) the correct specification of driver which launches the ball at the optimal angle with the correct spin rate for your swing speed, 2) a stronger, more flexible and faster (core) body movement which helps promote more clubhead speed, 3) a technique which transfers and maximises the force and energy created in the swing to the impact of club and ball.
The Hook Shot
This month our Pro's Tip comes from PGA Teaching Professional & Custom Fit Specialist at Oulton Hall, Philip Akers.
Phil's Tip for Hookers Problem:
The vast majority of magazine golf articles will focus on curing the dreaded slice and whilst understandable, because it is the most common shot shape for golfers (particularly beginners), it often leaves a group of us in the lurch thinking 'what about me?' The hook shot, starts to the right of your target, travels with right to left curvature in the air and finishes to the left of your target (for a right handed golfer).
Drill: Tee a ball up as normal that you intend to hit and place a second ball down which lies around 4 inches in front of (towards the target), and slightly to the right of the ball you're going to hit. Normally the clubhead would strike the second ball if you swing with an 'in to out' (away from the body) path. You should feel like the club is swinging more to the left (and closer to the body) through impact if you perform the drill correctly.
It may be the case however that the club face will be closed at impact causing a ball starting left but with a straighter ball flight (a 'pull' shot). If this happens, try to feel like the back of the left hand points towards your target for longer after striking the ball (as opposed to rotating left) to help straighten up your ball flight and eliminate your hook.
This month's Pro Tip comes from Slaley Hall's Golf Operations Manager & Class AA PGA Professional, Colin Ferguson.
Lowering Your Score around the Green
A common trait amongst most amateur golfers is to pull out their 60° Wedge at every opportunity. Growing up learning my trade on the West Coast of Scotland, I soon built up an array of different shots to use around the greens. Read below for my best tip to turn 3 shots into 2 and lower your handicap.
Hitting the Ball Further
A Game Improvement Tip
From Pro Golfer - Gavin Abson
Head Golf Professional, the Carrick on Loch Lomond
Struggling with the weight of your Putting?
'The next time you're practicing, hit some Putts whilst looking directly at the hole. This will help to improve feel and ultimately distance control.'
For more tips follow Gavin on his twitter page @GavinAbson