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Golf Swing Tips - Why Picking Up Your Chin = A Proper Shoulder Turn

April 02, 2008 By: Beginner Golf Tips Category: Golf Tips, Golf swing tips, How to learn to play golf No Comments →

If you’re like most golfers, you’re always looking for ways to improve the consistency of your ball-striking. What are you still waiting for, go immediately to casino freispiele free now is the time to start playing and winning!  And while there are several factors that contribute to a good golf swing, I’m going to focus in on just one critical component of your backswing - your chin position.

Have you ever paid attention to the position of your chin as you prepare to swing your golf club? Most golfers who struggle with their backswing keep their chin too far down. Okay, so why does this matter?

Keeping your chin too far down during your backswing prohibits your shoulders from making the proper shoulder turn. Instead of the back shoulder turning around the body, a golfer who has their chin down swings up because their head is blocking their shoulders from turning.

While it is not impossible to hit the ball this way, I can guarantee that you’ll always struggle with consistency.

3 Step Drill - Keep Your Chin Up

The next time you go out to the range, give this drill a try to see if this is one of the reasons you have been struggling with your ball striking.

1. At address before you hit the ball, pick up you chin 1 or 2 inches.

2. Remember that your back shoulder should turn around your body.

3. Take your normal swing and experiment with your chin position to find the position that works best for you.

Good luck and let me know how it works for you!

How to learn to play golf - The Simple Golf Swing Video

March 15, 2008 By: Beginner Golf Tips Category: Golf Tips, How to learn to play golf, Simple Swing Method No Comments →

If you’ve spent some time on my blog or have taken part in one of our courses, you’ve probably heard me say that I am not a professional golfer. While I have spent a lot of time and money improving my golf game, this embarrassing footage from a few years ago will give you an idea where I started from.

I always had a hunch that I lowered my upper body on the downswing but this is ridiculous.

Comment away. I can take it!

Check out the simple golf swing today!

Golf Tips: The benefits of happy golf feet

March 09, 2008 By: Beginner Golf Tips Category: Golf Tips, How to learn to play golf No Comments →

Many people don’t realize the effect a good pair of golf shoes can have on their game.

Apart from the fact that good shoes will help you to have more control when you are swinging your clubs, a good fitting pair of shoes will be more comfortable and aid your performance.

Tired feet can cause a lot of fatigue, and that fatigue gets translated into a tired mind and reduced performance on the course.

Hot or wet feet will affect your game, as will feet that are uncomfortably tight in the wrong size shoes.

Golf is a game where all aspects of your performance are related, from the top two inches of your head (your mind control) right down to the comfort of your feet.

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Golf Swing Tips: How do you keep your head still?

February 25, 2008 By: Beginner Golf Tips Category: Golf Tips, Golf swing tips, How to learn to play golf No Comments →

One thing we are all taught when getting golf lessons is to keep your head still when you hit the ball.  Obviously this is not completely possible and even the best players in the game have some head movement during their swing.

Observe them next time you see them play and you will see what I mean.  There is one thing that all good golfers do manage to do and that is, they keep their head behind the ball at the point of impact.

They might have some movement on their back swing but they will ensure that their head is behind the ball when they strike it and that is what is most important.

You should certainly try to keep your head as still as possible and the less movement you have the better, however as you drive faster and harder you will naturally get more head movement.

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Golf Swing Tips: A balanced approach to your golf swing

February 21, 2008 By: Beginner Golf Tips Category: Golf Tips, How to learn to play golf No Comments →

Golf is all about balance.

You need to get the right balance on your feet, in the movement of your body, in the swing of the clubs and so on.

Balance goes further than just the body however.  You need a balanced approach to the game with your mind in sync with your body.

You need to only consider the one stroke that you are playing and not let other holes impact on your balance.

When we get golf lessons we’re taught about the distribution of weight on our feet and the weight distribution when we swing to strike the ball.

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How to learn to play golf - Do you start strong and finish weak?

February 18, 2008 By: Beginner Golf Tips Category: Golf Tips, How to learn to play golf No Comments →

Looking at the way you perform through the course of a game can give you a lot of powerful information that can be transferred into lower scores the next time you play.

I have talked to many golfers and there seems to be a consistency with a lot of them relating to their performance on the front nine compared to the way they play on the back nine in most golf rounds.

Not that there is a consistency in their game, but a consistency in the part of the game where they consistently fare worst.

Some people struggle to get their game right for the first nine holes and then improve on the back nine, whilst others start off fine and then fade on the last nine holes.

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Overthinking golf II - Paralysis by analysis

February 14, 2008 By: Beginner Golf Tips Category: Golf Tips 1 Comment →

I received a comment from Tom today regarding my post a few days discussing my challenges with “paralysis by analysis.” Tom asked these questions referring to a friend…

Do you have any suggestions as how one might be able to get him to speed up his game so that the day on the golf course is enjoyable to all?  I don’t want to lose him as a friend, but…..  Has anyone commented on your playing speed?  How did you react?

As I mentioned in my earlier post, I have long struggled with the speed of my game. To Tom’s first question, I do have some additional thoughts on how to minimize the zen factor. It all goes back to the old adage that you play like you practice.

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Overthinking golf - paralysis by analysis

February 10, 2008 By: Beginner Golf Tips Category: Golf Tips 1 Comment →

For better of for worse, I am an expert in the art of overthinking golf.  I spent many years honing this skill in my youth and early professional career as an orchestral bass trombonist. I was fortunate to have had many rewarding experiences in music (playing with the Pittsburgh Symphony under Lorin Maazel and Frankie Valli to name a few), but if I had an achilles heel it was that I overthought was I was doing. I was reminded of how this can manifest itself on the PGA tour today as I watched Vijay Singh lose his lead at Pebble Beach.  There are analytic players on the tour like Vijay and at the opposite end of the spectrum are players like John Daly that just let it rip. (more…)