Archive for the ‘Swing Tips’ Category

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!

The Correct Golf Swing Plane!

Friday, March 25th, 2011

For years pros have sought to make “textbook” perfect golf swings and certainly, golf swing plane is one of those most discussed topics.

Of course, every one has their own golf swing plane but here’s something you shouldn’t follow, that there actually exist a golf swing plane you can swing on.

Today I realized this, that if you can follow your golf swing plane perfectly but yet hit it off target to the left of target, none of that golf swing plane b.s. matters. And trust me, I’ve gone through enough golf instruction and golf instructors.

For an average player and those advanced golfers, I believe I know how to show you the correct golf swing plane.

The golf swing plane exists because you have a target to swing at. Without your target, a golf swing plane is nothing but something in your mind.

Hogan has always instilled this concept of swing plane many years ago but I think a lot of people mistaken that the golf plane exists on your golf swing, when it’s actually a plane formed by your target to your golf ball.

The actual angle of the plane at you swing doesn’t matter although many factors including your grip and body type determines the best swing plane for you.

So, although I have stressed there’s a golf swing plane in many of the golf swing analyses in the past, let me correct that and myself that there’s no “textbook” perfect golf swing plane.

How to develop the correct golf swing plane for your golf swing?

Let me show you a drill:

When you address the golf ball and setup to it, take a look at your target (while you waggle if you do), then imagine a plane formed by the point from your golf ball to your shoulders stretching all the way towards your target.

That’s just a “basis” for a swing plane but you can play around a bit. For example, you can try swinging at a slighter vertical or flatter angle. Try to find the one that works best for you and stick with that. But the plane I showed you in the previous paragraph should be a good, “rough” guideline to start with and you can get a bit flatter or vertical from there but not too much.

And as for thinking about the golf swing plane, you only need to think of your backswing plane and swing on there. If you do everything right, you will find it comfortable to swing within your backswing plane.

Secret to Lagging the Golf Club!

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

Want to “lag” your golf club so you can hit the ball straighter and further?

The secret lies in your ability to “slow down” just before impact and “lagging” your clubhead.

In the above video, Ben Hogan hints at how to “lag” your golf club, that is by slowing down a bit just before impact.

Too many amateurs swing the golf club too fast on the downswing.

If you are one of those (and even pros do this all the time), the next time you are on the practice range, try really “slowing down” right before impact and keeping that 90 degree angle between your hands and the club.

This is the “secret” to lagging the golf club. Of course, don’t forget to speed up right after that, as you can clearly see in Hogan’s video.

Backswing in Golf is Like Two-Handed Hammer Action!

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

Today, I realized something at the range that worked wonders for me.  The only way I can describe it (after thinking about it a bit) is that it’s like hammering something.

Just imagine holding a hammer and hitting the nail as hard as you can, what would the backswing on that look like?

It probably look like your elbows are bent about 90 degrees and your wrists also 90 degrees.  From there, all you can do is hit the nail as hard as you can.

This is exactly the action I have been using on my golf swing.  Of course, golf is done with two hands not with one.  So just imagine hammering something with two hands.

Now, here’s the secret, you don’t stop hammering, you need to keep swinging through on a golf swing, that requires you to keep swinging with both hands, not just one.  Once you start over-powering one hand with the other is when you will run into trouble.

Try it next time you are on the range, a backswing in golf is merely no more than the same action you use with a hammer but with two hands.

:)

Back to Basics, Getting your Shoulders and Elbows Aligned!

Saturday, March 12th, 2011

Today I started hitting balls at the range and totally lost it.  I was hitting a 50-yard sand wedge but couldn’t hit it at the target.

No matter what I tried, my swing just felt out of it and literally hooked or sliced my sand wedge 15-30 yards CONSISTENTLY!

But no worries, this has happened to me more than I can remember and it does happen to even the best golfers in the world.

After doing that for about 30 minutes, I finally realized what I was doing wrong, my shoulder alignment was off (it was way open) and my elbows were open too.

These two things had radical effect on my backswing as I couldn’t “feel” my usual, correct backswing, or at least the swing I was comfortable with.

As soon as I consciously started aligning my shoulders square to the target and making sure my right elbow is a bit bent, I started hitting the golf ball miraculously well.

In golf, these small mistakes can be costly, especially if you are playing on the golf course.

One more note about your elbow alignment.  If your elbows are aligned square and parallel to your target line, your right elbow should be bent a bit naturally.  Otherwise, your elbows are a bit open and this can cause havoc, make you hit hooks and slices but never straight.

So, just another reminder that in golf, basics is everything.  Like I said yesterday, alignment is where it happens.

I remember countless days of practicing on the range, except I was aligned way right.  Now, I did this for months and by the time I realized I had been aiming 30 yards right of  target, I had developed this swing that pulls the ball in order to correct it.

When that happens, it takes me just as long to correct it.

Nowadays, I make sure to put a club down when I practice, at least in the beginning so I know I am aimed correctly.

It’s nearly impossible to develop a good, consistent swing if you don’t aim first.  It’s like shooting a gun but you aim 30 yards left of your target then try to move your hands 30 yards right, right before shooting it.

Anyways, if you ever fall into a blackhole like I did where you cannot find your swing, go back to the basics, start with alignment, mostly like that is the reason.

Transition from Top of the Backswing to Downswing!

Friday, March 11th, 2011

Today I realized another importance of transition from top of the backswing to downswing.

You see, I am the type of golfer who nearly pauses at the top then precede to the downswing.

Well, I’ve tinkered back and forth between pausing and not pausing but today I naturally began to transition from the top of my backswing to downswing.

Actually most pro golfers do start their downswing just before their arms reach top of their backswing.   I just didn’t feel comfortable with it until today.

I have been really working hard lately on the transition, that specifically of my arms and hands “going for a ride” while my hips move weight back to my left side and turn.  I’ve also been working on creating a good “lag”.  This is because I have a tendency to slap at the ball with my hands at the last minute, causing very errant wild hooks.  This has probably cost me many tournaments.

I remember being on the 18th hole of an AJGA tournament when I was 16 years old, all I had to do was par the last hole to finish up in the Top 5.   Well, I proceeded to hit 3 nasty drives OB left, then switched to a 2-iron and finished with a score of 10 to fall completely off the leaderboard.

That was 15 years ago and I still remember being bummed out because up to that point I was couple under par.

These little things can ruin your round, that is why I have been working hard on the lag because it helps you to completely break your habit of using your hands near impact.

Anyways, to help that lag of mine, I found that simply starting your downswing a bit early with your hips does the job, creating enough torque between your lower body and the arms/hands, pretty much shutting any chance of wild hooks.

I know I went into detail here but this could potentially help those of you in similar situation.

UPDATE: Never mind, stop trying to pause or even trying to start your downswing before, just realized the day after that it doesn’t really matter all that much, it’s more important to maintain a good rhythm and the rest will happen naturally.

The #1 Rule in Golf and Transition!

Friday, March 11th, 2011

Do you know the #1 rule in golf?

If you don’t let me tell you, it’s called “aiming”.

For example, take your rifle/shotgun/whatever and try shooting at something.

Now, if you miss your target, what did you do wrong?

Mostly likely aim.

Aim is #1 rule in golf.

If you have perfect aim, you can develop a perfect swing.

That’s it for today, make sure you are aimed correctly by lining up a club parallel to your target line like I do it everyday.

Once you get the hang of it, you can aim freely as you like but it’s a good idea to keep your aim and swing in check by doing so as often as you can.

Transition?

Transition happens when you use your lower body, specifically your hips to start your downswing, which simply just means to let your arms and hands “go for a ride” while your lower body brings it to impact.

When you do this really well, it almost feels like your hands are lagging behind you, and don’t forget to watch your golf ball going straight at the target.

Reverse Engineering Your Golf Swing!

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

Today I tried something weird, different, or whatever it was, it was really good.

For those of you who follow Ben Hogan’s transition, you know how his weight transfers well to his left while he has a perfect 90 degrees (or more) formed between his arms and the clubhead.

Well, try to get into that position then instead of swinging through do the exact opposite, just turn your body back to the right.

There you go, there’s your perfect backswing.

Just sayin’, sometimes if you can’t make it happen, reverse engineer it.