The Golf Swing

This blog is dedicated to the golf swing. Please feel free to discuss any tips, techniques and methods that you use to improve your swing.

Monday, January 31, 2005

The Long Game - Drawing or Fading a Shot

I'm a straight-ball hitter. I don't try to play a lot of fancy shots from right to left or from left to right. But lets face it sometimes you just have to be able to draw or fade a ball. Here's the trick, keep it simple. Don't make any changes in your grip or swing. You can draw or fade a ball simply by altering your alignment when you set up to the ball.

For a left-to-right fade I align my body slightly to the left while keeping my clubface aimed straight at the target. By pointing my toe line, knees, hips, and shoulders to the left, I set up an out-to-in cut across the ball, which imparts the clockwise sidespin that makes the ball drift to the right.

Conversely, for a right-to-left draw I aim my body to the right while keeping the clubface straight at the target. This alignment encourages a takeaway that is more to the inside than usual, resulting in a more in-to-out hit on the ball; this counterclockwise spin moves shots from right to left.

The more curve I want on these shots, the more I open or close my stance. It's as simple as that.

Saturday, January 29, 2005

Difficult Lies - Hitting Out of Difficult Lies

Trouble makes us all stretch our shotmaking skills. Believe it or not a good portion of those skills are mental, not physical. To be able to make a shot out of a difficult lie you have to work harder and concentrate harder. If you can do this, a good portion of the time you will pull off the shot.

You may not have the physical skills of a professional, but there's no reason why you can't approach and evaluate trouble situations with the same mental acuity. In fact, to use these skills you need nothing more than a sophisticated version of your normal pre-shot routine.

I begin playing a trouble shot as I'm approaching the ball. Often you can see your situation better -- get a view of the big picture -- when you're 100 yards in back of it. You can see the actual height of the trees, the nature of the terrain the shot will have to cross, and sometimes you can get a better view of the pin position as well.

Once I'm at the ball, the first thing I do is inspect the lie. If it's in heavy grass, several shots are immediately made impossible. Likewise, if it's sitting on hardpan or some other tight lie, certain shots are eliminated. I also make note of whether the grass is wet or dry and whether it's growing with my shot or against it.

Next I take a look at what's in front of me. Let's say I'm in the rough, I have 150 yards to the green, and I have to hit the ball under the tree limb that's hanging about six feet off the ground. I begin to imagine what the ideal shot would look like -- some sort of punch that lands in the fairway and runs to the green.

This is when I start asking myself questions: Does my lie allow me to put the club on the ball for such a shot? (If the grass is very thick, the answer is no.) Can I find my way to the green with such a shot or does a bunker or water hazard block the way?

If the answers to the questions raise doubts about my first shot, I'll search for other options. This is when I look up into the trees for a possible high escape. I'll also consider whether a hook or slice shot would be possible from the situation. If no other option is available, I'll return to the question of the low shot and make my decision, either to go for the green or to lay up.

Once that choice is made, I'll match a club to the situation. In the case of the shot I've described, let's say I choose to go for the green. I'll next visualize the ideal shot once again, and that picture will automatically tell me the best club to choose, probably a 4- or 5-iron, which I would play back in my stance and hit with a short, crisp, punch swing.

If I make the more difficult decision -- to lay up -- I'll again imagine what the ideal shot would be. I'll decide the ideal point from which I'd like to play my next shot, then I'll visualize hitting my safe shot to that point. Finally, I'll choose the club that offers the best chance of executing that safe shot.

Adopt this type of routine and you'll be pleased with the results. You'll discover that the tighter the spot you're in, the tighter your focus of concentration will be, and the more impressive your shotmaking will be.

If you tend to get into a lot of trouble on the course than I suggest that you work on your swing. Everyone gets in trouble now and then but if you are consistently finding yourself in difficult situations there is a flaw somewhere in your swing that needs to be addressed. To learn how to keep out of trouble in the first place I highly recommend that you look into my course on the golf swing "The Biomechanics of the Golf Swing" by going to the following URL [].

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Wednesday, January 26, 2005

The Back Swing

On the back swing the most important thing to remember is that everything is connected. The hands are connected to the arms and the arms are connected to the shoulders which are connected to the the torso which is connected to the legs and feet. Everything must work as one unit.

The biomechanics of the golf swing teaches an easy method of making sure everything stays connected during the back swing. To learn more about the back swing follow the link and visit my web site. Biomechanics of the Golf Swing

Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Pick Out a Target and Aim Fot It

Aiming the clubface is like aiming a gun. If you are not aimed properly there is no way you're going to hit your target. A slight variation of only a couple of degrees will magnify itself greatly the further away you are from the target. For example, if you are aimed 5 degrees off target and your target is 150 yards away and you hit the ball straight in the direction you were aiming your ball will land 25 yards off target. As you can see a slight variation can make a world of difference.

Learn how to align yourself properly to the target and you'll be amazed at how often you'll hit it. If you want to learn more about how to align yourself to the target visit my web site, The Biomechanics of the Golf Swing,

Monday, January 24, 2005

The Golf Grip

The first thing you have to realize about the golf grip is that if you have a bad grip it is almost impossible to make a good swing. The grip is one of the basic foundations upon which the entire game revolves. A bad grip forces you to make adjustments to your swing in order to hit the ball squarely. With a bad grip it doesn't matter how pretty your golf swing is because you'll never hit the ball square consistently. Therefore, if you truly want to improve your swing the first place to start is with the grip. If you want to learn more about the proper golf grip visit my web site, The Biomechanics of the Golf Swing,

Saturday, January 22, 2005

Setting up to the ball

Along with a proper grip, setting up to the ball correctly is the most important thing you can do to improve your golf score. If you consistently slice or hook the ball the problem more than likely can be traced to a poor set up.

A good set up allows you to swing the club so that yhe club head returns to the ball on the same plane that it left it on the back swing. A good set up allows you to repeat the swing over and over so that it becomes second nature. Without a good set up you can't consistently hit the ball properly.

If you want to learn how to create the proper set up visit my web site, The Biomechanics of the Golf Swing, at