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The Winning Golf Swing Simple Technical Solutions for Lower Scores Kristian Baker

Face Angle and Club Path in Golf

Face angle Face angle simply refers to the direction that the club face is pointing at the moment of impact relative to the target line. We must remember that the golf ball is on the club face for less than 1/2000th of a second. The exact point of the collision that will have the greatest influence on the direction of the ball is the mid-point of the collision (the point of maximum compression). Face angle relative to the target line.  In general, the face angle has four times more influence on the start direction of the golf ball than the club path does. Club path Club path is the horizontal direction that the club head is travelling during the collision. The part of the club head that a TrackMan radar will measure here is the centre of gravity of the club head. Imagine a chalk line running along the ground from behind the ball, through the centre of the ball, and straight towards the target (we’ll call this the target line). We refer to the club’s path at impact as either swinging towards the target (i.e. straight down this line), swinging from inside to out, or outside to inside, of this line. With a TrackMan radar, we can accurately measure the direction the club head is travelling in degrees through this impact zone. For example, and as a very general rule of thumb, if we want to hit a straight shot, the club path will be neutral (swinging along the…

The Winning Golf Swing Simple Technical Solutions for Lower Scores Kristian Baker

Golf Swing and Tee Height

Tee height will have two main influences: 1. on your golf swing, and 2. on the collision. As a standard, I would say around half the ball should be above the crown of your driver or fairway wood. With a rescue club or iron, the ball should be about ¼ inch off the ground. Regarding swing, if you tee the ball lower you’ll tend to encourage a golf swing that is more ‘down’ on the ball. As such, if you notice that you’re a player who hits relatively steeply on the ball, you may prefer to tee the ball lower. Alternatively, if you’re a player who hits a little more ‘up’ on the ball than standard, you may wish to tee it a little higher than standard. Ensuring you have the correct tee height for your impact dynamics is crucial. In chapter 3 of my book, we discuss vertical gear effect so you can see the importance of making sure the tee height assists you in hitting the ball off the correct part of the club face. Generally speaking, with a wood off a tee, a golfer that hits too steeply on the ball will hit the ball off the top part of the club face, launching it high with less spin than the player who was to hit too much up on the ball; such a player would tend to strike the ball off the bottom of the face, launching the ball lower with more spin. Some golfers will,…

Golf Trophies for Rising Stars

Rising Star Golfers To Look Out For in 2017

Bennion Kearny publishes a number of highly acclaimed golf books for players of all ages and standards. However, we're going to do something different here, and make some predictions as to the rising stars of golf in 2017. Names you should watch out for include... Murray Grayson Murray Grayson, who hails from North Carolina is a name to remember for this season. Although not necessarily a big name, he comes with big credentials and impressive stats. Having played on the Web.com Tour last season he led the birdie average and top 10 finishes. There is not much this guy can´t do, he hits a long ball, strikes the irons crisply, and has an eye for the hole when he gets it in there. He should be a rookie winner this season on the PGA Tour. Trey Mullinax Alabama State University have a knack for rolling out PGA Tour winners and they have done it again with the impressive Trey Mullinax. An all-American and twice national champion he has a game that is bound to get attention from the critics, when he tees it up on the PGA this season. Long and straight with a deadly wedge game, he is sure to keep the Alabama tradition alive. It wouldn´t be a surprise if he is a major player in the US majors this season. Brian Campbell Not the most exciting player to watch, perhaps, but Brian Campbell who turned pro in 2015 and enjoyed a very consistent first professional season on…

Golf Putting Tips

Golf Putting Tips

Get Better at Putting... Fast! In this article, learn some top putting tips from golf guru Dan Abrahams, author of Golf Tough. Putting is a discipline of precision. It requires pinpoint accuracy. It requires pinpoint control. It’s not like driving the ball, or approach play, where there is margin for error. Push a drive and you can still find the fairway. Pull an approach shot and you may still find the green. Push or pull a putt and you’ll discover that the ball won’t fall into the hole. A golfer with a repetitive putting stroke will succeed more so than the golfer who has an erratic stroke. Return the putter face back to the ball in a consistent manner, at a consistent tempo, and you’ll improve your putting statistics considerably. Developing your putting requires a combination of technical lessons, purposeful practice, and an effective mindset. The simple action of engaging in instruction isn’t enough. You need to practice intelligently and you need to coat your putting technique in thick layers of mental skills. Putting Tips | Purposeful Putting Practice All too often, you see amateur golfers (and some professional ones as well) walk onto the practice putting green, throw two or three balls down, and start stroking the ball mindlessly towards a hole. But this kind of random practice rarely improves matters. Practice requires protocols that take into account your current strengths and weaknesses, and which primarily improve your putting through skills tests. Proper practice delivers pinpoint precision on the…

Golf Psychology Book Cover | Golf Tough

Golf Psychology: How to improve at golf, develop your skills, and shoot lower

The life of a professional touring golf coach isn’t just nomadic, it can be frustrating too. Great coaching doesn’t automatically mean that clients will register a win or pick up a good cheque - results are out of the coach’s control. Saying the right thing, at the right time, isn’t a guarantee of success and the correct diagnoses of any swing faults are not a shoe-in for an under par round. Coaches need to be Golf Tough too! The Tour coach leads an inconsistent life travelling between countries, rarely seeing sights outside the hotel and golf course. This lifestyle is seldom rewarded with riches - that’s the player’s reserve. But coaches don’t necessarily do it for the cash. Most do it for that addictive feeling of helping. They do it for the buzz of emotion when their player goes on a birdie streak or plays unstoppable golf. They do it because seeing that little white ball disappear into the hole as a result of some of their input is, for them, a very sweet feeling. For Tour coach Hugh Marr, travelling from tournament to tournament isn’t so bad. He has some important time fillers. This period ‘in-between’ events is when he does much of his game analysis – it’s a stage for productivity. It is when he has downtime at the airport, or on the plane, that he can really get to grips with his client’s game. With a laptop in front of him he can assess and interpret a…

20 Minute Golf Tune-Up Pre-Shot

How to Develop a Pre Shot Routine in Golf

The pre-shot routine is a physical and mental sequence of actions to help golfers remain focused on the task at hand to play shots consistently well. Though the best golfers in the world might differ in the style of their swing, you will notice a similar sequence of actions for every shot. For instance, they will have a certain number of practice swings before setting up to the ball followed by a specific number of glances toward the target. As well as a pre-shot routine, most golfers will also have a post-shot or post-mistake routine to allow them to recognise what went wrong with their swing or putt, and engage in a preferred action sequence. For example, after a poor swing, you will notice some golfers repeat their preferred swing. In match play, some golfers retake the missed putt before heading to the next tee. Why are routines important? Routines are important for at least three reasons. First, they allow the golfer to remain consistent in the fundamentals of the set-up. The golfer can ensure that her grip, alignment, stance and posture are consistent each time she prepares for a shot. The best golfers in the world are always working on these fundamentals. Second, rather than thinking about irrelevant aspects of the game, such as the score or your opponent’s shot to the green, you can pay attention to what you need to do to play your shot well. Finally, routines that are well practised help us to move from…