By Buzz Walker --
Oak Hills Teaching Professional
Hit them straight!
Golf Tip: The Baseball Dill...
I've used this drill recently with a young golfer with a reverse pivot problem.
The Baseball Dill is a great way to practice both leveraging you body against the ground through the hit and ensuring you make a proper turn.
To start, address the ball in a normal way. Then, as you take the club back, lift your left foot just as a baseball player does before making a swing. This will make your weight move to your back foot on the backswing. Once you reach the top of your swing, plant your right foot and make your down swing with mostly your arms.
Because you made a good turn on the backswing (you had to because only one leg was on the ground), you should feel your left foot is planting force into the ground through the downswing. With that in mind, you need to keep your left leg firm at impact to make sure that you not only hit the ball consistently, but also prevent power loss. If you use this drill often, you will never have a problem with the dreaded reverse pivot.
Golf Tip: Golf 101 with Buzz...
When you hear the term RELEASE on TV, do you know what they mean? He RELEASED early or it was a late RELEASE.
The term release in golf is really two related moves.
The club head turning or closing through impact, as well as the body turning to a balanced finish. Your chest, belt, & right knee facing your intended target.
In order to have a good release work on a balanced pivot and make sure your grip pressure is 2 to 3 out of 5 & mostly in the fingers.
Golf Tip: Putting - How to Beat the Breaks...
Align to the apex, not the hole, to make more putts
The Three mistakes that most golfers have in common:
Golf Tip: correcting the slice...
A Lesson with Buzz: ...
If you're coming short on your putts try these three things.
Try these three things and let me know how many shots you save on your next round.
Marking Your Ball . . .
A golfer in our ladies league incurred a two stroke
penalty for playing a wrong ball last week, not once,
Try it - Don't let the wrong ball rule get you!
What Works For A 9 Year Old . . .
I was on the golf course last week with a 9 year old student. On the Par 3, 4th hole, he hit his tee shot in some long grass just left of the green. He took out his new 4 hybrid, choked down half way, put the ball back in his stance with his hands and weight forward and chipped the ball into the hole!! A natural 2.
He told me that it was putting with hybrid. Try it sometime; it worked for the 9 year old.
The Pitch Shot . . .
People have been asking me about pitch shots, so let's chat!
What is a pitch shot?
This is a shot which is less than 100 yards in distance to the green.
A pitching wedge, sand wedge, or even a 9 iron could be used to produce a high trajectory shot which will fly to the green with a soft landing without much roll.
Use the clock as a reference where you are the clock and 6 o'clock would be the ball. Start with 8 to 4 o'clock, 9 to 3 o'clock, and 10 to 2 o'clock, swinging the club without a ball.
Now, put a ball in the center of your stance and repeat the same swing. The stance should be comfortable according to the swing size. When the three shots are consistent, in-between distances will be automatic.
Hope this helps in a lower score! Please let me know how it works for you.
Grip Pressure, How Much and Where?:
Grip pressure should be
overall a 3 on a 5 scale.
Chipping: Grip it in the palm:
The grip is crucial to chipping. Instead of gripping the club down toward the fingers as in the full swing, the rule is to place it more in your palm. A regular putting grip can also be useful here. This helps keep wrist action to a minimum and prevents you from trying to scoop the ball into the air.
Hit It Longer...
There are a number of athletic principles that apply to
all sports. One thing that is true is that tight muscles are slow muscles. Tight
muscles reduce speed and feel. Many great athletes fear what tension under
pressure does to their performance.
Improving your backswing...
Many golfers bend forward from the waist instead of the hips. Doing this
makes your shoulders slump, and you'll find it hard to make a proper backswing
turn. To make sure you bend from the hips, push your rear end back about 6
Hope this helps get your shot.
Hit It Farther...
Keep your eyes on the back of the ball from setup through impact, and imagine seeing the clubhead hit the ball. This will help your head and upper body stay behind the ball until after the hit, giving you more power.
Get your shot on line...
To get the proper line for a shot, I find it much easier to line up to a spot just in front of the ball than to a target 200 yards out. I stand six to eight feet directly behind the ball, face the target and visualize the shot. I picture what I want the ball to do... the flight I want it to take and where I want it to land. Then I pick a spot in the grass four to five inches in front of the ball along the target line. This is my intermediate target... it's what I focus on, even after impact.
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