Archive for the ‘Golf Swing Basics’ Category

Annika Sorenstam’s Swing – The Stand Up Swing

Saturday, September 22nd, 2007

Annika Sorenstam’s Swing

Apart from the Men’s Golf, Annika Sorenstam probably has the best swing in golf. The above animated gif is a favorite among mine that’s floating on the internet.

Click below for the full swing analysis of Annika Sorenstam and a HOWTO drill for copying her “stand-up-head-up” downswing.

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Interesting Golf Links for 09-17-07

Monday, September 17th, 2007

How Tiger Woods Grips The Golf Club

Thursday, September 13th, 2007

Wow, THIS is too much information. Tiger Woods uses an interlocking grip like Jack Nicklaus, which the right pinky fits between the left pinky and the left 4th finger.

That’s how Tiger grips his clubs but that might not be the best way for you. The interlocking grip is great for those who feel comfortable with it. I started golf with an interlocking grip but have switched to the overlapping grip after a year or so. I still feel the overlapping grip fits me better but grip really is a personal thing. It’s not something you can write 5 pages about it. It’s something you just need to feel good and confident about it when you are hitting that golf ball for $10 a hole.

My suggestion, never ever look at an ezine article for golf stuff. Whoever wrote it doesn’t know jack shi* about golf and it’s just information you don’t need.

My advice, stick to a natural grip. But then again, I do let you choose what grip you will finally end up using. That’s the greatest freedom of all for golfers.

Balanced Finish

Sunday, September 9th, 2007

Balanced Finish

Here’s my 3 Wood swing. I can hit it about 250yards in the air with my 3+ wood. But take a look at the finish. The lower body is nice and straight. The upper body can be a little tilted but the main thing is that I am in balance.

Today’s Tip: Try to make every one of your shots finish in perfect balance. I promise your next round will compose of much much better shots just because you tried keep in balance. This also automatically helps you not to try to hit the ball too hard.

Just don’t do this:

Unbalanced Swing

Follow Through

Sunday, September 9th, 2007

Follow Through

As you can see, the follow-through shown here is not too on-plane, but not too bad. (for playing golf for the first time in couple months…)

Anyways, the ideal follow-through is the one that will meet that yellow line. (or the plane)

This swing is actually going slightly outside-in, which was how I was hitting the ball today.

Anyways, hopefully I should be able to get my golf game together over the next couple days and get you a perfect plane shot…

In the meanwhile, you can try to “hit the right field” if you are experiencing lots of slices. For hookers? I don’t know, just stop being a hooker! :p

Cigarette Swing

Sunday, September 9th, 2007

Cigarette Swing 1

This is not an accident that I have an unlit cigarette while hitting a golf ball. It’s actually a training tool. You don’t have use a cigarette, you can also use pens, anything that’s about 3-5 inches.

What I’ve found that the cigarette does for me when I swing with it is that:

1. Keeps me in balance. If I try to swing to hard, I will bite the cigarette with my tooth and I won’t be able to smoke it after my practice.

2. Keeps your shoulders relaxed. If your shoulders are tense, you will hit the cigarette with your shoulders on the backswing.

3. Keeps your head up for balance…. balance …. balance is everything in golf and life…

If you think I am wrong, look in the history of golf and look at Ben Hogan.  If you find a Ben Hogan’s swing without a cigarette, let me know and I will send you five dollars!

(Could be that because Ben Hogan was a chronic smoker, he’s golf swing HAD to be in BALANCE!?!)

Bad-Plane

Sunday, September 9th, 2007

Bad-Plane

Here’s an example of going outside my plane. As discussed in the previous post about Tiger’s plane, it seems here that I am on my way to hitting the ball with a 50 yard slice here. This is what NOT to do…

The Simple Natural Golf Grip

Sunday, September 9th, 2007

Grip

As mentioned in the previous post, you need to first have both of your hands opposing each other like shown in the picture above. (kinda like a prayer…)

Grip 2

Then, simply just grip the club without twisting or unnecessary actions.

WARNING: This grip is good for people with neutral golf swing, a natural golf swing.  If you are a chronic hooker, this might help you, if you are a chrnonic slicer, don’t even try it dude.

Leave a comment if you like my grip. :)

The Golf Grip

Wednesday, September 5th, 2007

The Golf Grip

Okay, how to grip the Golf Club… This is probably the most important part of your golf swing.

For example, if you have a bad grip, you will need a bad grip to hit a good shot.

If you have a good grip, you will need a good swing to hit a good shot.

The grip is everything in golf. For most of you, your swing is probably bad and your grip is bad too. (Not being harsh, just being honest)

So my advice, don’t change your grip or your swing if it’s working for you and you are already a scratch golfer.

You can see many scratch golfers who can play with a bad grip and a bad swing. But you NEVER see a scratch golfer who can play with a bad grip and a good swing.

Probably the most notable pro golfer who does this is Paul Azinger. Paul Azinger has one of the most strongest grip in golf with a hockey style swing. (well, maybe that’s exaggerating, he DOES has really good knock-down shots which I envy…)

OKAY, how do you grip it correctly MAX?

Okay, here’s my way. First, you get your hands together like you are going to pray so your hands are facing each other. Then naturally put your hands on the club without twisting. Make sure your grip is relaxed like noodle or you just wacked it. (This is a tip that worked for me after I read the book by George Knudson, The Natural Golf Swing)

Anytime tension grows in your grip, you will hit the ball left and right maybe not during practice, but when you are hitting that drive on the par 5 where bets are going to be settled.

Relaxation in your grip is the key, this will relax you and your whole swing, just watch Freddy Couples play. :)

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Tiger’s Takeaway – The Secret Swing Plane

Tuesday, September 4th, 2007

 

Tiger’s Takeaway

After analyzing Tiger’s swing for more than 10 years since he’s appearance on U.S. Amateur, I have found what Tiger does different than anyone else.

Somewhat similar to Ben Hogan’s Swing Plane theory (which we will also get into later), Tiger’s swing stays on this plane:

The plane is between the middle of the ball and middle of his shoulder sockets. As you can see in the picture, Tiger will not leave that plane with his clubhead during his whole swing.

This is something I’ve realized over the years after carefully analyzing his swing and haven’t seen it mentioned in TV or even Golf Digest. (Maybe this IS the secret)

Yes, this is slightly different from David Leadbetter’s 2 swing planes but it’s one thing I’ve noticed that a lot of top pros are doing this.

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