Ask The Experts

Ask The Experts is all about fixing your problems or just answering your questions about the game of golf. Here you will find solutions to common problems sent in by you, the readers of Into The Rough.

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I pull my shots but when adjusting aim I hit it straight!

I play off 13, but when I play a mid or short-iron approach I pull it left (right handed). But when I aim right to allow for the pull, it stays straight so I miss the green to the right! Why is this?

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I'm really struggling with my pace on putting

Q. I'm really struggling with putting, especially my control of pace. What can I do to get a grip of it and save a few shots?

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I tense up in my downswing and end up fatting the ball. What drills can I do?

I tense up in my downswing and end up dipping and fatting the ball from trying to hit it too hard. What drills can I perform to stop tensing up in the downswing?

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My spikeless golf shoes cause me pain

I recently bought a pair of spikeless shoes after years of wearing very comfortable steel-spiked shoes. The new shoes produced tremendous pain in my heels, which spread to my back. I traded them in for spikeless shoes -- the same brand as my old steel-spiked shoes -- which produced the same result.

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I straighten my knee in the backswing - any recommendations?

I'm 37 years old and I just started playing golf about a year ago. I'm a 20 handicap, and one of my biggest problems right now is that I have a tendency to straighten my right knee on my back swing - especially with the long irons and the driver. Do you have any recommendations as to what to do to stop doing this?

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Why is it so difficult for me to take my practice swings on the range to the golf course?

Why is it so difficult for me to take my practice swings on the range to the golf course?

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I break my left elbow and think it costs me power

One of the flaws in my golf game is my left arm. Invariably when I draw back I break at the elbow and I am sure lose a lot of power and golf technique at that point. Can you tell me of a teaching/swing aid to wear, or a practice technique to do that could break me of this bad habit and get me in the right swing groove. Thanks so much!

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How can I straighten up my shots?

How can I straighten up my shots - I hit everything down to a five iron with fade sometimes with the dreaded slice?

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What are the causes of a shank and how can I cure mine?

I have been hitting a few shanks lately. What are the causes of a shank and how can I cure mine?

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Can you please tell me how to set up and initiate the draw?

Can you please tell me how to set up and initiate the draw?

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I'm a lefty who takes deep divots, will increasing wrist strength help?

I am a left handed golfer. I take deep divots with my irons and sometimes fairway woods. I either need to know if I need instruction on hitting my irons or if there is some exercise I can do to increase my wrist strength?

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My little finger is damaged - any tips for gripping whilst it heals?

3 months ago while hiking I hyper-extended the pinky finger of my right hand. I still experience pain and weakness in the area. the pain is severe if pressure is applied to finger forcing it away from the fourth finger. Overlapping or interlocking grip is now out of the question, Please advise.

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Why can I never hit the ball straight, but when I do I does not go very far?

Why can I never hit the ball straight, but when I do I does not go very far? Also, my club turns in my hand while swinging, how can I fix these problems?

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My right arm is about 1.5" shorter than the left arm. How this would affect my golf swing?

My right arm is about 1.5" shorter than the left arm. Can you explain how this would effect my golf swing?

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My distance with a 7 iron is 150 yards, but I can hit my driver only 200 yards. I want to know how I can hit it farther.

I'm 28 and have been playing golf for 3 years. My distance with a 7 iron is 150 yards, but I can hit my driver only 200 yards. I want to know how I can hit it farther. Thanks.

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How do I determine the right grip size for my iron?

How do I determine the right grip size for my iron?

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Old Golfer

I'm 63; started golf 9 months ago, my lower back is killing me - help!

I'm 63; started golf 9 months ago, my lower back is killing me. Some say it's my follow through that is causing it. Can you suggest something?

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I have played almost weekly for the past 7-8 weeks and have now developed a pain in my forearm

After years of playing once or twice a year, I have played almost weekly for the past 7-8 weeks and have now developed a pain in my forearm. Are there any exercises that can strengthen this or stretch it properly?

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I am a 15 handicap and really suffering with tennis elbow - help!

 I am a 15 handicap and really suffering with tennis elbow - help! Although it is called tennis elbow, pain on the outside of the elbow is a common occurrence among golfers.

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I've read about Olympic lifting helping with the golf swing - can you explain further?

In an "Ask the Experts" answer, it was the suggested the reader "consider exploring Olympic style lifting, flexibility training and balance and stability conditioning". How does one go about this?

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I currently hit my 5 iron 150 yds. and would like to gain as much as 20 yds so as to open my game up. Could you recommend any exercises that will help

I'm an 18 handicap and have a driver swing speed of 95 and a 5 iron swing speed of 80 MPH. Could you recommend and exercises that will help in increasing my distance? I currently hit my 5 iron 150 yds. and would like to gain as much as 20 yds so as to open my game up.

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I lift weights now, but I want to know if I am lifting right for golf. What is the right thing to do to keep my muscles in shape for my golf game?

I'm 44 years old and I'm in good shape. I lift weights now, but I want to know if I am lifting right for golf. I coach and most of my weight training has been geared toward football, etc. What is the right thing to do to keep my muscles in shape for my golf game?

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What advice do you have on increasing distance using a heavy club (workout programs, etc.)?

I'm a good amateur player (<5 index) and want to increase my distance off the tee (don't we all). I'm currently on a basic strength program, but have heard that swinging a heavy club routinely is one of the best ways to increase distance. What advice do you have on increasing distance using a heavy club (workout programs, etc.)?

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I have developed some severe lower back pain, please help!

I have developed some severe lower back pain that seems to be directly related to my golf game. My stretching and back exercises do not seem to help. I'm so afraid that I'll have to give the game up. Please, do you have any suggestions?

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How can I while keeping in mind that faster clubhead speeds makes the ball go farther?

Everyone says I need to slow my swing down. How can I while keeping in mind that faster clubhead speeds makes the ball go farther?

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