The Golfer's Cheat Sheet

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Published 11/02/2009 21:35:06
 

Having a bad day on the course? Want to quickly fix a fault with your swing without going to see your golf tutor? Consult this handy cheat sheet for quick fixes to the most common golf swing problems.

Slicing

  • Make sure that your grip is not too weak.
  • Practise swinging the club from inside to outside the ball-to-target line through impact.
  • Make a wide takeaway and concentrate on releasing your hands through impact.
  • Do not aim to the left.

Hooking

  • Make sure that your grip is not too strong.
  • Try to ensure that your arms and body rotate at the same speed.
  • Make sure that your hands do not release too soon i.e. before impact.
  • Do not aim to the right.

Pushing

  • Make sure that your clubface is aiming directly at the target.
  • Set your body square to the ball-to-target line.
  • Concentrate on completing your body turn on both the backswing and throughswing.

Pulling

  • Ensure that your clubface and body are aligned to the target.
  • AS your address the ball use just your right hand to hold the club to prevent your shoulders from closing.
  • Hold the club up at address to check where the face is pointing.

Lack of power

  • Stretch your upper and lower body to improve your flexibility.
  • Start your downswing by dropping your hands straight down.
  • Accelerate your hands steadily through the downswing.
  • Waggle the club at address to relieve tension.

Fatting and thinning

  • Make sure that your weight moves on to your right side during the backswing.
  • Drive your weight on to your left side through impact.
  • Ensure that your head does not dip or lift before you have struck the ball.

Shanking

  • At address make sure that your weight is not too far forward i.e. on the ends of your toes.
  • Do not move your weight towards the ball through the downswing.
  • Make sure that your arms do not move too far away from your body as you attack the ball.

Struggling under pressure

  • Breathe slowly and deliberately to relieve any built-up tension.
  • Set a positive mental outlook by visualising your shot before playing it.
  • Concentrate on one key swing thought.
  • Do not pause unnecessarily at address as tension will build up.

Poor ball striking

  • Work on establishing a solid set-up position.
  • Try to maintain your balance, and do not hit the ball too hard.
  • Make sure that your arms and body swing in harmony through the downswing.
  • Make a series of practice swings with your eyes shut.

Bad distance control

  • Use yardage markers and a course planner to help you pick the perfect distance.
  • Pay careful atention to the weather conditions.
  • Consider where the trouble surrounding the greens lies - if it is all at the front, take one extra club.

Difficult conditions

  • Widen your stance to provide extra stability.
  • Move the ball back in your stance to ensure a crisp contact.
  • Think smart and play within yourself; do not try to pull of a miraculous shot every time.
  • Keep your grips dry and your studs clean.

 




Comments


1.  All my golf shots to really bad right, its really putting me off golf for good, it mostly only happens when I have my driver in my hand but thats when I loose 2 or 3 shots to try and get the ball out of the trees after hitting it so far right

comment by Tracey - 12/02/2009 20:36

2.  Some good advice but would like to see a PDF version, any chance?

comment by Hobgoblin - 25/03/2010 09:37

3.  Copy and paste to a word processor. I did this in columns, and placed it on the back of the scorecards I give to my team to record their scores and stats as their round advances. Great info!

comment by Coach - 30/03/2010 19:27

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