Posts Tagged ‘golf tips’

Slow Down Your Downswing and Swinging with your Core!

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

In last couple weeks, I’ve been working on two things that have helped me tremendously in getting my golf swing more consistent.

First of all, 99% of amateur golfers swing just way too quickly on the downswing.  When you swing so quickly on the way down, you have virtually no chance of squaring correctly other than slapping at the ball with your hands, which 99% of amateurs do anyways.

So, how to fix this problem?

Next time you are on the range, try “slowing down” your downswing.  I don’t be deccellerate.  To feel this, try downswinging at the same speed/pace at you swing back.  Once you get the hang of it, you should be hitting the golf ball more solidly and you should be able to feel it in your hands.

Even on drivers, you don’t need to swing hard or quickly to make the golf ball go far.  If you can square up your clubface to your golf ball exactly in the center of your golf club’s sweetspot, it will go farther and result in more consistent drives, leading to lower scores and longer drives.

Second, you need to feel a “core” in your golf swing.  A lot of old schoolers did this by keeping their head still but this probably isn’t the best advice.

Instead, what I like to do is feel the point between my breasts (yes, that point) and let my arms and hands rotate around that point.  You don’t actually rotate around that point but that is the feeling, that your whole golf swing revolves around a core point.

What this does is keeps your golf swing more in balance and fixes swing flaws like dipping or over-transferring weight.  Also it can fix over-swinging, which is primarily caused also by your body being out of balance.

Try these two tips whether you are a 90s shooter or single-digit handicapper the next time you go out on the range and I am sure you will hit more consistent shots.

And no, don’t try it on the golf course unless you are just out there to practice shots in-between when no one is around.  Tinkering with your golf swing in a round of golf will never do you any good.

Golf Tip – How To Eat Right While Playing Golf!

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

This is sorta important what, “what you eat, what you become.”

It’s true.  In golf, you need to eat right while playing golf because it’s going to seriously affect how well you play, especially when under the gun such as tournament pressure or even skins game.

First of all, do NOT eat a full meal right before you tee off.   That will most likely cause you to be a little bloated and will certainly take couple holes before your stomach digests all the food.  By then, you probably have lost couple strokes you could have saved by not eating so much.

On the bright side, you can eat a lot of healthy snacks while playing golf such as banana or any type of “fruits” that contain natural sugar.  Try to stay away from coffee or anything with too much sugar as you can get “high” off the caffeine and sugar.

Watch the best pro golfers play on TV, rarely do you see them eating a snickers bar but they will be eating a lot of bananas.

I’ve probably read 10 golf books already on tournament golf nutrition and they all pretty much say the same things, eat lots of fruit that will keep your mental state level.

Now these are advices for people who want to score better on the golf course, if you do not care about playing your best,  you can ignore my advice.

What about the meal the night before a big tournament?

I have gone through many of these myself, I try to stick with high-carb meals as they can help you the next day.

My favorite meal is actually spaghetti, eating a lot of spaghetti the night before can surely help you the next day to keep going longer.

Lastly, don’t forget to drink LOTS of water while playing golf, especially if it’s a sunny day.

I have personally experienced “cramps” during a the high school state tournament before, that was simply due to not drinking enough water and eating bananas.  Bananas can help prevent cramps on a hot day because they contain potassium.  Take my advice and make sure to pack your golf bag with enough water and bananas for your next important golf tournament.

Golf Tips – Play Better Golf by Playing Different Courses!

Thursday, August 28th, 2008

Here’s the most simplest yet great tip for any aspiring pro golfer:

Play several different courses with different features on a daily basis.

What do I mean?

You want to go out there and play many different courses in order to learn to score.

I know, you belong to a country club and you get to play the same course over and over for free but if you play there all the time, your golf game will never improve.

Why?

It’s simple.  You get used to the surrounding, you know every yardage from every tree, you get too comfortable.  When you get too comfortable, you will score good but as soon as you walk onto an unfamiliar golf course, this might shoot right back at you attacking your psychological and physical states.

To become really good “scratch” golfer, not just a scratch golfer, you need to rotate 3-5 different courses every time you head out to create the “randomness”.  Once you get in the mindset that you can play good regardless of the course, you will play much better under pressure.

Anaylsis

Face it, golf IS like playing different race tracks on your Playstation.  You need to learn to cope with new and random tracks so you learn the ability to adjust and play any course you encounter, not just your home course.

Besides that, you will also benefit from playing different courses and never get bored.