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How to Hit the One Hop and Stop, Low Trajectory/High Spinning Wedge Shot!

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

You probably seen on TV golf pros hitting that one hop and stopping wedge shot.

This is probably one of the most useful shots from 100 yards in because it’s a “one hop” and “stop”.

I know you’ve seen other high-spinning wedge shots that land then roll back 20 feet.  I am not talking about those.  Actually those shots are much harder to control and would only be useful in situations you actually have to roll it back.

For most situations from 100 yards in, you will benefit more from one hope stop, then a shot that lands and rolls back into the water.

So, how do you hit this shot?

First, you need a “clean” wedge with no dirt or grass between its grooves.  If you don’t clean your golf clubs, I highly suggest you to do it starting from now on or at least clean your wedges as it will help you put more spin on the ball and hit the one hop and stop shot.

If you don’t have a clean wedge with dirt or grass in its grooves, that pretty much gives you no chance at this shot because clean grooves mean backspin on the ball.

Third, you need a relatively soft ball.  If you use long-distance balls, you are probably not gonna one stop and hop it by any means.  You might be able to do it in perfect conditions but if you want to hit the one hop and stop shot on consistent basis, switch to a softer ball as this will help your overall shortgame too.

I primarily use Titleist Pro V1X, that’s been my favorite golf ball for like the last 10 years or since it came out.

When you have a clean wedge and a soft ball, you are ready to rock!

The one hop and stop shot is nothing but actually a clean half-swing shot.  To hit this, you need to do a half-swing instead of a full swing and try to hit the golf ball really clean.

When you do a half-swing on a wedge, you will get a lower trajectory and won’t spin out of control (and spin 20 feet back) but will simply one hop and stop.

There are of course more advanced ways to hit this shot but in reality, anyone can hit this shot with a clean wedge, soft ball, and a half swing provided the ball is hit squarely on the center of the clubface.

If you want to get a bit lower trajectory, you can play around by putting the golf ball slightly back in your stance (but I don’t recommend beyond center) and getting your weight over to the left on your downswing, which feels almost like you are coming over the top.

Also, you don’t hit this shot HARD, you want soft hands and a lazy rhythm.  It’s a “feel” shot, if you force it, your ball will shoot up in the air and you won’t get the same stop and hop effect.

Remember, you need to hit the golf ball super-crisp and super-clean, a nice “thin” divot is a sign of that, no big divots please.  Big divots mean you struck down on the ball too much and what happens is that the dirt  and grass will get between the ball and your wedge grooves, killing your chances of putting lots of backspin on the golf ball.

You can hit this shot with pretty much any wedges (sand, lob, pitching), I prefer my sand wedge the best).

Remember, practice makes perfect.  You will want to practice this shot with a clean wedge and also clean, soft balls.  And yes, try to have a wet towel with you so you can clean your grooves every couple shots.

All these little things do matter when hitting the hop and stop shot.

The hop and stop shot is a great weapon to have in your golf bag because you can use it on a good day or a day with 30MPH+ winds.  Since it will travel at a lower trajectory, your wedge shot isn’t affected by the wind as much, meaning more wedges shots closer to the hole.

Anyways, enough rambling, I hope these tips help you, just remember the most important 4 things: Clean grooves, clean “soft” balls, easy half-swing, and perfect contact with the ball.

You don’t have to do anything special to make the golf ball spin, just do the basics right.  THAT, is the secret.

Happy golfin’

How to Hit the Ball 365 Yards!

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

Today, I was able to max out my drives at the driving range, never before have I hit it longer.

It’s a good thing though, I ain’t like one of those fake golf pros trying to sell you some e-book on how to hit the ball long, it’s all free on my blog because I like to give my secrets out.

But no, when I used to be a full-time pro-golfer, you never share your secrets, it’s a very competitive golf world out there.

So, here’s how I maximized my driving distance additional 40 yards (up from 325 yards):

Today, I was having some trouble on my downswing, I kept hooking my ball because my hands were getting a bit active.

Well, trying to fix it, I tried to really start my downswing early just before finishing my backswing.  What that does is create “torque” while also creating additional “lag” and making your your clubface doesn’t close early.

But I face another problem, whenever I tried to do that, I would not finish my backswing all the way like I should and my hands would go all over the place, resulting in inconsistent shots.

I am more used to a relaxing backswing, then hitting through the ball.

While experimenting, I found that I could do my same old relaxed backswing and hit the golf ball with more lag and more power.

So, that is the secret to my additional 40 or so yards I gained.  That is, to really hold your upper body at the top of your backswing for a split-second.  It “feels” like you are pausing the top of your backswing while your lower body start the downswing.  When you keep practicing this movement, what happens is that your body “naturally” learns to start the downswing with the lower body.  Sorta like what Ben Hogan used to preach all the time but here’s the difference:  Hogan told you that you start the downswing with the lower body and the upper body follows.  THAT, is really hard to do in real life.  It’s the same thing but a better way to think of it is to hold your upper body for a split-second so you give your lower body a chance to lead and start the downswing.  It works, believe me.

Never in my life I though I could do that but I did today.  And you know what, that creates so much torque but under control, I hit the ball damn straight, 365 yards, which is the distance to the fence where I practice and I hit it multiple times.

Besides that, I hit the golf ball perfectly on the sweetspot, meaning straighter, longer shots.

I even tried using this method on my irons and works great.

So, how do “you” practice method?

Next time you are on the range, I want you to feel like you are resisting your upper body from moving for like a split second during the beginning of your downswing. (And also turn your hips to the left.)

When you do this correctly, you will feel incredible amount of torque generated by the resistance of your upper body and your lower body.  Then after that split second, you just let it go and voila!  You’ve got extra 40 yards and straighter drives.

Anyways, this is something I found out today and you won’t even see it in GolfDigest (my favorite golf magazine btw) so don’t tell anyone, just keep it to yourself so you can outdrive your friends all day long and take their money.

How to Get Extra 10-20 Yards on Your Drives!

Monday, April 11th, 2011

So, today I figured out how to get extra 10-20 yards on my drives.  This isn’t for everyone who’s already doing it or I figure most of you aren’t scratch golfers or pro-golfers.

Anyways, it’s very simple, you need to make sure to turn your shoulders all the way during your backswing.

Make sure your left shoulder (for right handed-golfers) is moving at all times during your backswing.   This just means that you are using your whole body to swing and you will get that extra 10-20 yards on your drives because you are using your left shoulder as you really should.

Honestly when I hit the ball really long I used to do this and forgot it lately but today I realized that I wasn’t doing it and found that it does indeed help with your distance AND accuracy.

A simple way to practice is to just “mentally” monitor your left shoulder while you swing back, make sure it’s in control and it’s moving somewhat.  When you do that, you will be swinging more or less correctly and 10-20 extra added to your drives.

And I have seen about 9 of out 10 people who don’t use their left shoulder in their backswing, seriously including myself.

Butch Harmon used to say, “What do you when a doctor gives you a prescription?”  You don’t stand around so you can take another 30 minutes of his time, you just go get your prescription so it fixes your golf swing.

What I Was Doing Today!

Sunday, April 10th, 2011

No, seriously though, it’s a good idea to practice 50 yard pitch shots for hours as that will save you more strokes on your short game than anything else, plus if you can hit it long and straight, you’d be hittin’ 50 yard sand wedges to the green on every hole.   This is the way.

Feeling the Lag!

Friday, April 8th, 2011

Last couple days of practicing, I realized one thing, that you need to really feel the “lag” on your downswing. If you can do this well, you can easily control the golf ball much better, especially being able to work it well.

I found one great exercise for learning this, that is to practice low slice shots.

Why?

Because when you hit low, slice shots or bullet slices, you need to be super accurate especially near impact. Now, when you really feel your “lag” while hitting these shots, you can really hit them good.

One more thing, make sure your wrists are cocked all the way on your backswing, even for small swings. This helps you to really release with everything you’ve got on your shot while not sacrificing distance.

These tips are really for scratch golfers though but I hope you try hitting lots of “perfect” low slice shots, it can help you get out of trouble into birdie land.

How to “Really Really” Lag Your Golf Club!

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

One of the “secrets” behind being able to hit the ball long or just simply accurate lies behind the fact how “really really” well you can lag your golf club right before impact.

Why is this?

Because when you correctly “lag” your clubface right before impact, two things happen.

First, you can only strike the golf ball perfectly square behind the golf ball.

Second, you take advantage of the distance your extra “lag” gives you.

In other words, distance and accuracy go together. When you hit long, you are accurate. When you are accurate, you hit it long.

Sadly in golf, there’s nothing in-between, you can either hit it long and straight or be short and miserable.

So, “how to really really” lag your golf club?

Just take some extra time from the top of your backswing to the point where you are right before hitting the ball. The longer you can make this section of your golf swing, the more accurate and longer your golf balls will go.

Enjoy~

How to Lower Your Scores with Duck Hooks and Banana Slices!

Sunday, April 3rd, 2011

If you ask any professional golfer, he/she probably knows how to intentionally duck hook or banana slice his/her golf ball.

Do you know how to do that?

Intentional hooks and slices can come in handy when your drives go a bit wild but can help you recover and perhaps even make birdies from the most impossible places.

You’ve probably seen this happen on TV plenty times too.

But the big question is, why are YOU not practicing duck hooks and banana slices? This is actually an important skill to learn to shave those extra strokes off so you can break 90, 80, or even par.

The next time you are on the driving range, I want you to intentionally duck hook and banana slice at least 20 balls, for fun. And I bet you it’s gonna be a helluva fun time since you won’t have to hit it straight during those 20 balls.

Over time, this will teach you how to control the golf ball better in trouble situations and also helps you to understand the golf swing.

If this has helped you get out of trouble, don’t forget to come back and leave a comment on my blog! :)

The Perfect Golf Rhythm, What It Sounds Like!

Saturday, April 2nd, 2011

Do you know what the perfect golf rhythm sounds like?

It sounds like a wave then a short wave, then a medium wave.

Well, it sounds like “ding-dee-ding” or “um-ah-ummmmm”.

The “ding” and “um” is for your backswing, “dee” and “ah” is for your transition where your arms and hands drop while your lower body starts the transition, and “ding” and “ummmmm” is where you really release both of your hands and hit the ball.

I use this sound rhythm technique whenever I have been away from golf and wanted to share with you what it sounds like.

The Two-Handed Golf Drill!

Friday, April 1st, 2011

Here’s a two-handed golf drill I have created lately that can help your golf swing and let you practice your golf swing without a golf club.

To do this, get your hands together like doing a prayer, then swing to the top, your hands should be diagonal and the plane formed by your two hands should be pointing directly at the golf ball.

What this does is gets you to correctly rotate your hands and body on the backswing so your downswing become easy and automatic.

Try it, it will help your golf swing!

How to Hit The Driver 300+ Yards!!!

Monday, March 28th, 2011

I’ve probably been hitting my driver over 300+ yards since I was 15-16 years old. It’s actually quite not that hard if you are talkin’ 300+ yards with fly and roll combined. Even 300+ yards on the fly with a good swing and right golf ball can be within your reach.

So, how do you learn to hit the driver 300+ yards?

First, you need a good, flawless technique for the driver, that of really maximizing whatever you can get out of your body while keeping things in check, and just the ability to mofo-effin (sorry that is the best word for this) to hit the ball goddamn hard.

That’s about it, there’s no “set” method for having a good swing that kills your golf balls, rather you need to find that mechanics of the golf swing, one that is consistent and long for “you”.

I’ve put up some of my golf swing videos and a lot of people don’t believe that I can hit the driver 300+ yards. Yet, I go to the range often and find that I really can.

Also, you’d want to practice the 3-wood off-the-ground often, this really teaches you how to sweep the golf ball: