Posts Tagged ‘bay hill’

How Hard Should I Hit The Golf Ball on my Driver and Irons?

Friday, May 6th, 2011

A lot of amateur golfers hit the ball with 100% (or more) of their effort and this is main reason they can not hit the golf ball with control.

One of the secrets of scratch and pro golfers is that they never swing out of control.

So, how do you swing in control?

As a rule of thumb, you should never swing more than 75-80% of your maximum effort.

The only time you would swing with 100% effort is when you are hitting driver off a par 5 hole where there’s no trouble on the left or right. But for most shots, you can get better control of your shots simply by throttling down how hard you hit the ball, and 75% is a good number.

Even I forget to do this sometimes as golf makes you want to just hit the ball darn hard but remember, whether you hit the golf ball with 75% effort perfectly square in the sweetspot of the club or you hit it 100% effort but miss the sweetspot, the results are going to be similar except the 75% effort swing will most likely go straighter at your target.

This can surely take several strokes off your strokes next time you play.

So, next time you play, don’t go over 75-80% of your maximum effort on all your driver/iron full shots. I bet your golf scores will go down.

This also helps you control adrenalin because you are not trying so hard at golf. Good golf is supposed to be easy, you shouldn’t try that hard.

Next time you get a chance, watch carefully how effortless a PGA pro swings the golf club.

Here’s Fred Couples hitting the driver:

Even though he probably bombed it, can you see that he’s swinging in full control, not all out 100% but maybe 75%?

Arnold Palmer Invitational Live at Bay Hill – Tiger Woods Wins!

Sunday, March 29th, 2009

On the 18th hole, Tiger Woods and Sean O’Hair are both tied for the lead at 4 under.

Sean O’Hair putts from about 35 feet, comes up about 3 feet short for birdie.

Next up is Zach Johnson, about 15 footer downhill for birdie… misses for a par now.

Finally, Tiger Woods from about 15 foot, uphill putt.   (15 feet 11 inches to be exact the announcer says on TV)

Boy, these guys make a LOT of money even if they don’t win the tournament.  What a feeling it is to be a PGA Tour player, making couple hundred thousand dollars just as long as you finish 54 holes and make the cut.

Tiger now putting for the win at the 18th green, this is IT!

Tiger steps back…

Tiger putts… will it go in the hole???

Tiger Woods MAKES THE PUTT on the 72nd of the tournament to WIN the tournament!

It’s over!  Tiger Woods wins his first PGA Tournament at Arnold Palmer Invitational!  Go Tiger!

What a come-back and congrats to Sean O’Hair for his effort.

Live Update From 13th Hole at Arnold Palmer Invitational!

Sunday, March 29th, 2009

The tournament is still lead by Sean O’Hair.  Looks like a lot of PGA Tour pros are struggling including Zach Johnson, Pat Perez, and Padraig Harrington.

It’s very interesting that barely anyone is breaking par this weekend, the conditions are very tough as there’s a LOT of water while the heavy wind conditions make it hard to control the ball.

Only 6 more holes to go, follow the action on my Twitter!