You’ll never break 80 if you can’t consistently enter the fairway and 2 put most greens. Even more important is the ability to hit the greens in the rules (GIR). Longer runs or playing from the front tees will shorten your approach shots and increase your chances of hitting more GIRs as well as landing closer to the hole. That’s why it’s so important to control DIRECTION and DISTANCE to hit more GIRs.
Controlling your golf swings is not easy as you swing in an arc to hit the ball at different swing arc positions and speeds with different weights and lengths for each of your clubs. Yes, it’s a crazy game, but you can improve your direction and distance control by paying attention to each of the tips below.
Perform a practice swing: Once you have selected a club to aim at and selected a target line, make a test swing to learn to feel the weight and length of the stick that you chose. Each club requires your personal attention, and you want to ensure that the soul of the club you choose lies flat on the ground when setting up and swinging.
Constant Rotation Speed: Because your knees, hips, and shoulders move in a different order during our backswings and downswings, you need to learn a cadence that allows your arms to catch up with your hips during your downswing. Commit to swinging at 80% swing speed for each swing. A faster swing will leave the face of your club open, while an inconsistent, slower swing will surely lose control of distance and direction.
Always take more club: Know the distance each of your clubs will reach. Golfers with higher handicaps overestimate the distance for each club because they tend to remember a great score for only about 10% of their perfect shots. If you feel like you can’t reach your target, use a club with less instep, DO NOT JUST SPIN FAST, because you will lose control of the direction of the shot. Adjust the distance by gripping the stick higher to move away from the shot.
Fit to Slope: The term “Slope” is used to rate the difficulty of routes, as the wild undulation of the fairway surface is a significant factor. When in position to hit the ball, if it is above your feet, your swing arc will direct your shot to the left (for right-handed golfers). Compensate for this direction by aiming right.
If the ball is under your feet it’s even harder to correct the slice you’re most likely to hit. Wedging the grip, opening the stance and swinging the club more upright are the best options to keep the base of the club flat on the ground. You must avoid the hose hitting the ground (end of the shaft of the club face), which will twist the shaft before hitting the ball.
Don’t expect to hit the pin: Even golfers with a lower handicap will aim for the green close to the front or center to avoid rolling off the green or getting trapped. Use the slope of the green leading down to the bowling pin so that each green is a single or two putt greens.
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