Golf Practice "B"

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Concept: The human vision system is binocular.

Our eyes are placed some distance apart, with a divider (the nose) in between, creating the ability to observe two separate images. In golf, coming over the top or clearing too early is a disastrous mistake caused by our binocular vision system.

Action: Take your normal stance and address the ball. Place a shaft along your feet line and turn your feet so your toes are facing directly away from the target. Whilst making full swings, keep your back to the target. Your shoulder angle on the downswing will allow your arms to travel on the correct inside path. Repeat this action 10 times to develop the correct feel before you square your stance and hit a ball.

Ball Below Feet

Concept: The correct swing involves an equal amount of push and an equal amount of pull.

Action: Hitting balls below your feet is great when you are in the habit of lifting or straightening your spine on the downswing. The ball below your feet keeps the forward lean in your posture and will teach you to stay balanced throughout the swing. If you are lifting, the result will be a thinned or topped shot.

Note: On the course when the ball is below your feet the awkward nature of this lie will tend to limit your body rotation. Your inhibited turn will cause the backswing to be more arms-dominated, and therefore shorter and more upright. You will need to use more clubs to compensate for lost power.

Baseball

Concept: Hit a home run with your driver. In my research into the golf swing over the years, I have often drawn on my 14 years of baseball experience.

Remember: Woods make up 25 per cent of the game, so you must get control of your driver. Swinging too vertical makes this an impossible mission.

Action: Use a tee ball stand and baseball bat and hit baseballs. Or take the bat to the driving range and use golf balls. If you don’t have access to this equipment hold a club above the ground and make baseball swings, working on flattening your swing arc.

Note: In regards your concept unlike croquet, where the handle of the club is above the mallet’s sweet spot (vertical) and players swing on a perfect straight-line pendulum, our handle joins the club head on an angle, making it necessary to swing on an arc.

Bunker Board

Concept: Because of the visual explosion of sand produced from a bunker shot, taking the correct amount of sand can be interpreted wrong, with players often taking too much sand.

Action: Teach yourself to handle bunker shots with a bunker board by hitting through the sand under the ball at the right depth. Place a board in a practice bunker along your target line and perpendicular to your feet. Put 2 to 3 inches of sand on top of the board, leaving the ends of the board uncovered so you don't hit the end when you swing.

Using your sand wedge hit the ball from its position on the sand above the board, trying not to hit down on the board. Remember, a sand wedge comes built with bounce (the back of the club is higher than the front), so it is not designed to dig.

Belt Buckle

Concept: There are a few techniques golfers can use in order to fix a push. It’s best to stick with the basics. Turn your hips fully on the downswing so your belt buckle is pointing towards the target at the end of your swing. In order to achieve this, you must shift your weight completely from your right foot to the left foot.

Action: At first, try practicing this weight shift without a club by bringing your arms back and through while consciously transferring your weight from the back to the front. What’s weight?

Once you are confident you have the proper swing technique to eliminate the push, pick up your club and practice the same movement repeatedly. Always check the position of your belt buckle at the end of each swing.

Note: The right foot can be used like the rudder on a boat. If your toe is pointing to the right, the ball will generally head right; if the toe is pointing left the ball will go left!

Extra  In the finish position check your knees are they touching? This demonstrates that you have cleared your hips correctly.

BONUS: Tricky Bunker Shots. Bunker shots, while fun, are never easy. If you have ever faced a shot where the ball is halfway up the face of the bunker, or at the back of the bunker, then you know how tricky this can be. Whenever you are swinging on an uneven surface in the bunker you must adjust your shoulders at address to follow the slope.

Here are the instructions you need:

The Uphill Shot: Tilt your shoulders until they are parallel to the ground. If you do not adjust your shoulders, your swing will literally run into the ground. Allow for the ball to fly higher.

The Downhill Shot: With the downhill shot you also need to tilt your shoulders, but make sure they mimic the downward slope in the bunker. If you tilt back, the club will hit behind the ball (or on top of the ball). Allow for the ball to fly lower.