Long Game

Tips specific to the long game

The Release

The release in golf is one of the most misunderstood concepts in the game. Golfers spend an inordinate amount of time and energy trying to get the release correct and seldom make much progress. They are generally unsure how to release the club or when to do it. The irony […]

Take a divot

  I imagine that you, like me and most golfers, when you first played the game saw the process as “sweeping” the ball off the ground with the club head and sending it on its way. This is in fact the case with the woods and of course, the putter. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

In the wind

Before playing any shot in golf it is worth considering the effect that wind might have on your shot. If there is no wind obviously don’t worry about it., but if there is any wind capable of moving the tree tops, stop and think. If you are planning to fade […]

Hit through the ball

  Always hit through the ball rather than at it. It is never a good idea to regard hitting the ball as the object of your golf swing. If you can think of the swing as the object in itself and that the ball just gets in the way at […]

Finish your swing

  The correct finish is a crucial component of your golf swing and making sure you carry on through to a correct finish is vital. Many amateurs pay so much attention to the moment of contact with the ball that their swing ends almost at that point. They pay no […]

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