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tips not specific to any particular area of golf


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The two most important swing keys

    Two Swing Keys Here are two easy to implement tips which will make a massive difference to your golf if you can build them into every swing you make. From your putting stroke right through to your full swing these are stroke savers you simply cannot afford to […]


Hit down on the ball

  We are often told to “hit down on the ball” or to “take a divot“. This is very sound advice and the core difference between hackers golf and golf as it is meant to be played. The principal characteristics and advantage of a shot played like this are firstly […]


Swing plane tip

  Here’s a useful swing plane tip for you. A lot is said about the subject of a single swing plane in golf. Certainly it makes sense to try and swing in both directions on the same plane. That said, quite a few PGA professionals (notably Jim Furyk) do very […]


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The shoulder turn

The shoulder turn is crucial in the golf swing and unless your shoulder turn is correct your golf swing will be compromised. During the swing be constantly aware of a smooth shoulder rotation around the upper spine. It is vital to avoid raising or lowering either shoulder. The shoulders rotate […]


Another grip tip

  The hands are the interface between the body and the golf club. They have a very important role to play but it is very important that the hands do not get too active. This grip tip will show you how to do that. For right handers it is important […]

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Slow it down

  Golf is an infuriating game. You can hit an inch perfect lay up then thin the approach shot to 30 metres the other side of the green. You can’t really work out why the first shot was so good and the second so horrible. Chances are you did very […]


Stop hitting it fat

  If you are having problems chunking the ball or hitting it fat, try this. In your backswing keep your left leg braced slightly towards the target. This will prevent you moving or swaying too far to the right during the swing which can move your swing center behind the […]


Ball Position

  If you are having problems with misdirected shots the first thing to look at is your ball position. Your ball position has a lot to with the initial direction of departure of your ball. For a quick tutorial on what controls ball flight and direction go to Ball flight […]


Use a Strong Grip

  There are some significant advantages to using a strong grip. Lets have a look at some of them. One of the most difficult aspects of the golf swing is the turning over or rolling of the forearms through the hitting zone. It is a very difficult movement to time […]


Smile

  This is one of the weirder tips you will find on this site. It was given to me by an old teaching pro. I have tried it and produced some good shots but the jury is still out on this one. “At the top of your swing pause for […]


Head behind ball at impact

  When playing full shots it is always a good idea to remember “head behind ball at impact”. Play the shot as you normally would but develop a sensation of your head tilting slightly to the right just before contact with the ball. Your upper body will assist in this […]


From the rough

  The first thing to do when playing from the rough is to evaluate your lie carefully. Look at the nature of the vegetation around the ball. Is it soft or tough? How thick is it? Unless there is very little vegetation or very soft vegetation, set up with your […]


Keep your eye on the ball

      We are always told “keep your eye on the ball” in golf instruction. The purpose of this is to prevent us from looking up before ball contact to see where the ball has gone. It is of course vital that you are looking at the ball when […]


Use your right wrist correctly

    There is a lot of confusion over the role of the wrists through the impact zone in golf. There are two very different aspects to consider here. The first is the rolling of the wrists. This is the turning of the right wrist over the left to square the […]


Head movement

  One of the easiest ways to see whether you have excessive sideways movement in your swing (sway) is to check your head movement. If your head remains relatively still during the swing you can be sure you are not swaying. If you are not swaying you are staying centred […]


Tension and Golf

  The idea that the body builds “tension” as it twists during the golf back swing and that this tension being released in the down swing adds power to the swing is nonsense. Elasticized material stores power as it is stretched, but the body is made of nothing that is […]


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