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Introduction

I was playing Colony West down here in Ft. Lauderdale the other day and noticed my friend Jim in a bit of a bind playing a side hill lie.

Nothing can be more annoying than having a golf shot on a side hill surface and then skulling it because you just don’t know what to do with it.

The way many golf courses are constructed, you have probably dealt with this lie sometime in your golf experience.

Now I have the solution to the wierd angle dilema.

Read each step and remember what to do and where the ball has a tendency to go.

Analyze the Club Striking the ground

Start out by looking at the ball and how it is angled.

Take a practice swing close with the same angle as where your shot is and observe where the club is striking the ground.

If the golf club strikes the ground near your back foot, then you should move the ball back in your stance; if the club is hitting the ground nearer to the front foot, move the ball forward in your stance.

Setup for Uphill/Downhill lies

The setup when you get these is to position the ball in the stance nearer the higher foot on the downhill lies, and about center on the uphill lies.

Setup for side hill lies

On sidehill lies, position the ball left center or in the same position you normally do.

Remember, if the ball is above your feet on the side hill lie, you will normally hit the ball either straight or have a tendency to pull it to the left.

If the ball is below your feet on the side hill lie, most players will probably go right with the ball or skull it because of the leg action when trying to maintain balance.

Length of the Club For Uphill lies

You will want to have a club that is longer than your normal shot if you are uphill (a 5 instead of a 6).  Try to choke down on the club and put more flex in your left knee (if you are right handed).

Much of your weight should be on your front leg. Remember that the ball will generally go to the left, so aim to the right of the target. Position the ball slightly ahead of center and swing in a slow deliberate way maintaining your balance.

Length of Club for Downhill lies

For downhill lies, you will want a shorter club than you would normally use (a 6 instead of a 5).  The ball will go right, so aim to the left of the target.   Position the ball so that it is back in your stance.   Put most of your weight again on the forward foot.

Have some flex in your right knee and then swing slowly and deliberately maintaining your balance.
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Length of Club for Side Hill lies

If you are faced with a side hill shot where the ball is below your feet, you will need a longer club than you would usually use.

Setup closer to the ball when you address it and increase the flex in both of your knees. The ball will go to the right, so aim left of the target and, again, maintain your balance with a slow,  deliberate backswing.

When the ball is above your feet on a side hill shot, the stance is slightly different.
You will still want a longer club than usual, but you will choke down on the shaft.

Stand more upright and put more weight on your toes. The ball will go left, so aim right of the target and maintain a slow and deliberate backswing as you should be doing in all hill shots.

Summary

Downhill, Uphill or Side hill shots, when you know how to setup and change the length of your club,  you will notice that these gems are just another shot that you now know how to execute.   Remember the direction they go and adjust accordingly.

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John

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Importance Of Warming Up

I am guilty, I’ll admit it. I show up sometimes about 5 minutes before the tee time and grab a club, take a few practice swings and away I go to another miserable round. Listen my friend, take the time to warm up before you play your next round of golf and you will be surprised by how well your game improves.

A good healthy warm up will prevent injury and will get you to loosen up and be ready to hit.

Start by Stretching

When you arrive at the golf course, go to the practice green or chipping area and do some stretching. A few stretching exercises will begin to ease the tension in your muscles and get you ready to execute your golf swing.

Some exercises for stretching are the torso stretch, the back stretch, the trunk rotation, and the shoulder stretch.

Torso Stretch

This will improve your trunk rotation and increase your flexibility. Start by holding a pitching wedge in the front of your belly button, grabbing the handle with your left hand and the club head with your right. Now turn your upper body to the left, just like you do when you turn to your left during your swing. Now take it nice and slow. turn to the left and then turn to the right. Do this about 5-6 times and increase your rotation each time stretching out your muscles in the back and torso.

Back Stretch

This will give your muscles in your back and shoulders some loosening action. Raise your pitching wedge above your head fully extending as high as you can. Now bend your torso to the left and then to the right without rotation. Repeat about 5-6 times.

Trunk Rotation

This will also increase your flexibility. Take the golf club and place it behind your back, with your inside crook of your elbows holding the club. Rotate your body to the left just like in the golf swing and then to the right, keep a steady rhythmic pace. Repeat about 6-8 times really feeling the stretch

Shoulder Stretch

This exercise will help lengthen your turn. With no club take your left hand and take it across your chest as if you were starting your back swing. Extend it parallel and hold it with your other hand. Now repeat this with the other arm. Do this about 5 times.

Summary

If you stretch and warm up before you start your round you will find you are more flexible and loose and can shave a few strokes off your golf score. The Torso, Back, Trunk, and Shoulder stretch will help you when you warm up

until next time,

John
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Topping the Golf Ball

I know we all have done it.  You set up to the ball ready to deliver that perfect swing and swoosh the ball never leaves the ground and shuffles out about 70 yards or less.

How did that happen?

Some of the things you can check are as follows:

  • Grip
  • Ball Position
  • Stance
  • Posture

Grip

The grip may be too tight at address, preventing a proper hinging of the wrist and thus properly releasing the clubhead at impact causing the club to be topped.  You can correct this by holding the club light but firm and felt in the last three fingers of the left hand and the middle two finger of the right hand (reverse if you are lefty).

Ball Position

The ball may be too far forward in the stance or you may be standing too far away at address.  To correct this check that for shorter irons the ball is about midway between the feet, for longer irons move ball slightly forward in the stance toward the target and the driver should be opposite the inside of your left heal.  How far away, depends on your height but the butt of the club should be no farther than 4-5 inches from the inside of your left thigh.

Stance

The problem could be the body weight is set too much on the heels at address and cause  you to pull away at impact
and pulling the head of the club up.  To correct this at address try to keep your weight on the balls of your feet and not rock back through the swing.

Posture

An inability to maintain your knee flex may cause you to dip downward on the backswing. If this happens the only way to get the club back to the ball and this causes a straightening up of the body up and away from the ball.  Check that your posture is correct by looking at yourself in a mirror.  You should imagine a vertical line from the middle of your shoulders, down through your kneecaps and into the balls of your feet.

Well that is why we top the ball and a few remedies for you to try.

until next time,

John

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I want you to think back to the number of times you have followed a really poor shot with a fantastic one.  Probably the worst thing you could do on a hole is to quit after you hit a poor shot.  This tip will help you focus not on your last shot but on the shot your hitting now.

Be aware that missed tee shots are not as critical as they seem.
Mid-irons, short irons and the putter are your chance to save a poor drive.

Fight back from a disaster with a positive attitude and self respect.  Let’s say you hit one into the trees, focus on how to hit the shot in a position where you can score.  Never look back, always look at the pin on the green.  That is
where you need to hit the ball.

Focus on getting the ball forward in the best position to hit the green.  If that means punching it out to the middle of the fairway, do it.  You will be surprised how many times you can save a stroke just by thinking the correct strategy.

Never Quit on a hole!

See you on the links,

John

Do you know what the most important golf shot on any hole is?

No, it is not the final putt.
No, it is not the approach.
No, it isn’t the chip.

Yes, you got it, the most important golf shot is your tee shot. A long, straight tee shot benefits your whole results on any given whole on the course and makes each subsequent shot that much easier.

A longer drive will enable you to hit a shorter approach into the green and will likely better your chance of hitting it closer to the hole to sink more shorter putts.  If statistics are correct, the longer, accurate golfers score
lower.

So how do you start?  For a regular drive, make sure you tee the ball to the correct height.  You would be amazed that most golfers are really unsure what height to tee the ball up.

As a general rule, try to tee the ball so that the top of the clubface is level with the manufacturer’s logo on the ball.

Many golfers slice their tee shots because they tee the ball too low and have to hit down too steeply to get the ball in the air.  To reduce your chances of slicing, try teeing the ball a little higher.

This will force you to swing the club more around yourself on a slightly flatter plane
in order to strike the ball with more power.

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After you have setup for your golf swing, I recommend you check the following:

  • Your Target is 1-3 feet out
  • Your Back is Straight
  • Your Bent at the Waist
  • Your Holding the club lightly – NO WHITE KNUCKLES
  • Your Relaxed

Right before you swing remind yourself

  • Swing around axis of spine
  • Stop when left arm is parallel to ground
  • Ball won’t move in my vision as I am swinging the club back and then through

Now SWING BACK slowly while thinking…

  • • CONNECTED (keep the triangle)
  • • STRAIGHT LEFT (for straight left arm)
  • • SHOULDER TURN (turning RIGHT SHOULDER around spine)
  • • ELBOW SIDE (right elbow against right side)
  • • STOP LEFT (stop when left arm is parallel to ground)

Now SWING FORWARD. Use these trigger words…

  • • TURN (hands turning with chest)
  • • LEFT ELBOW (delay left elbow at belly button)
  • • SNAP (roll right wrist over left at the ball)
  • • CROSS (forearms cross after impact)
  • • FINISH (keep turning to finish, keeping left shoulder low)

Practice this on the practice range and practice this on your practice swing before your shot and you will soon find your shots are on target and your scores will decline.

Luke Cameron sent this one to me.

If you start with a bad golf stance, you’ll probably follow with a bad golf back swing, a bad downswing, and a bad follow through. Not to worry though. It’s just not that difficult! Your golf stance may not be perfect, but you can compensate by staying balanced and relaxed.

Your weight should be equally distributed over your left and right leg. If you can pick either of your feet off the ground, you’re not balanced. Start by placing the inside of your front foot just ahead of the ball. Since you’re going to be using a driver or 3 wood, the front and back feet should be shoulder width or slightly more than shoulder width apart.

Next, bend at the top of the legs (keep your back straight) and then bend slightly at the knees. The kneecaps will be directly above the balls of your feet. The angle of your back to the ground will be approximately 45 degrees. Your arms should be hanging straight down from your shoulders.

Good posture counts. Keep your back straight but don’t tense up. You might think of it as pushing your back pockets higher.Your weight should be on the balls of your feet, not on the toes or heels. Likewise, your weight should be equally distributed between your front and back foot. Now you should be more comfortable
and less tense. If you’re out of balance, you’re falling down. That’s no way to start a good golf swing.

A line drawn across the front of your feet should point to your target. You may want to check this by first placing your club up against the toes of your feet and then step back and see if the club is really pointing to your target. This is your target line and your knees, hips, and shoulders should also be parallel to this line.

One slight adjustment will be the position of your shoulders. When you assume the proper golf stance and grip, your club and left arm will form a straight line between your shoulder and the ball. For this to happen,
your right shoulder will be slightly lower to the ground than the left, but a line through your shoulders should still be parallel to the target line.

Once you grip the club and take your stance at the ball, find a way to relax and loosen up before you start your swing. You may want to waggle – or shake your tush – just a little bit and to heck with those who might laugh at you. Once you hit that monster shot, they’ll stop. Now you’re ready to swing.

David Ledbetter likes this drill to help you establish feel and rhythm in your swing.  I found this in his book The Fundamentals of Hogan

When you are in the practice area take a club in you hands with a light grip pressure and relaxed arms, then place the club just above the ball and ahead of it a couple of feet,  slightly inside the target line.

Next simply swing the club back to the top and hit the shot in a normal manner.  With this swing you create momentum when you start forward of the ball and this really gets you in a flowing start.  You will feel the grip going first and the club head lagging ever so slightly without much thought.

The wrists cock naturally and easily through the weight and momentum of the club; your trunk is in motion, and the club seems to find the correct plane instinctively. It all adds up to a smooth transition into the downswing and an accelerated release of the club through impact.

Try it with a teed-up 7 iron and then work it to some longer clubs. Incorporate it into your practice session and you will find it will relieve some of the tension you feel at address.