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A Driver Golf Swing Tip For Your Backswing

Driver Golf Swing Tip #1 :
The Address Position

  • Please see the Full Swing Setup Lesson for complete details on how to position your body to make your swing easier to execute.
  • It is very important that you have a solid setup position before you start trying to make swing changes, or start building your golf swing. You can not take advantage of a great golf swing with a poor setup position.

Driver Golf Swing Tip #2 :
Club Parallel

  • Please see the Full Swing Takeaway Lesson for more complete details on how to swing back to this position.
  • Turn your shoulders and chest to maintain your triangle.
  • Your club should be parallel to the ground and in line with your toes.
  • There should be very little change in your weight distribution.

Driver Golf Swing Tip #3 :
Set Swing

  • Please see the Set Swing Backswing Lesson for more details on how to make a great turn to get to this position.
  • At the set swing position your left arm should be parallel to the ground.
  • If your hands and wrists are relaxed (remember this game needs to be played relaxed)…then your wrists should hinge naturally so that your club and arm for an ‘L’.
  • The key to getting to a good set swing position is to make sure that your shoulders and chest are turning the whole time. If they are then your hands will be almost in front of your chest, and your chest will be fully turned away from your target.
  • Your right knee should stay flexed throughout your backswing.

Driver Golf Swing Tip #4 :
Top of the Backswing

  • To get to the top of your backswing from the set swing position…all you need to do is to continue turning your chest and shoulders.
  • You should stop your backswing when you can’t keep your turn moving comfortably. Your flexibility will dictate how long your backswing will be. You don’t need a super long backswing to hit it far. Allen Doyle from the Champions Tour has a very short backswing and he hits it plenty long. Once you start to try and go beyond your own level of flexibility your club will get off line and it makes it very hard to hit the ball consistently.
  • Your lower body should stay relaxed and simply turn as it needs to by following your upper body. If you tighten up your legs and hips it will cause your club to get off line. Remember…golf needs to be played relaxed.
  • Your weight should stay centered between your feet. You can see how my shoulder turn does not go past the middle of my feet. That helps keep your balance throughout your swing. If you do that you will create a little more flex in your left knee and it should point just behind your ball. If your weight shifts too much towards your right foot then your left knee will collapse and point towards your right foot. This will create a lot of extra movement during your swing, which can play havoc on your timing and consistency.

Driver Golf Swing Tip #5 :
A Different View

  • From this view you can see how your right knee should stay bent throughout the entire backswing. This really helps stabilize your backswing. It helps keep your balance, and helps create more power.
  • You can also see how your left knee will point in towards the ball.
  • To help you make sure you are making a full turn try and get your left shoulder to turn under your chin.

Thank you for taking the Full Backswing Lesson for the Driver. It is extremely important to understand that you need to stay in control of your backswing. The moment you lose control of the motion going back you will have a hard time returning your club back to your ball properly. Use this lesson to help you make the proper turn so that you can get the most of your own level of flexibility.

TV commentators have raved about Tiger’s weight training program, but the reality is that his stretching regiment to maintain his flexibility is equally as important as the weight training. So…if you want to create more distance, work on the turn that is illustrated in the lessons for the driver and work on your flexibility. These two things will definitely make a considerable difference to your game.

The final lesson in the Driver series is the Complete Driver Swing Lesson.Click here to go to the final lesson. This will put all the pieces together, so that you can hit your tee shots longer and straighter. Better tee shots will certainly give you a better opportunity to lower your scores.

Good luck with your practicing and playing. May you ‘Play Your Golf Dreams’ sooner with the help of free-golf-lessons.com.

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Disk Throw Golf Drill

Disk Throw Golf Drill

The Disk Throw Golf Drill is designed to help develop a sound transition from backswing to downswing, help retain the angles between your arm, wrists and club before impact, and get the feel of a proper club release through impact. This will help with power, crispness of contact and controlling spin.

It is amazing how everyday objects, such as a frisbee, can be such a great training aid for improving our golf game. I like using these objects because for a lot of people these things are very familiar. In fact throwing a frisbee comes very naturally. Therefore, we can take the similarities of throwing the disk and the golf swing and combine them into the Disk Throw Golf Drill. The key is to understand what part of your golf swing will be improved by throwing the disk.

Disk Throw Golf Drill: Setup

The setup for this drill is the same as throwing a frisbee sidearm style. You see this technique used a lot in ultimate frisbee games. To get ready to throw:

  • Pinch the outer edge of the disk between your thumb and index finger.
  • You must throw with the same hand as the side you play golf. (Right sided golfers must throw with your right hand. If you throw left but play golf right, please throw with your right hand to get the benefits of the drill.)
  • Stand as if you were going to hit a shot down the fairway.
  • Keep the disk in front of you as if you were holding a club.

Disk Throw Golf Drill: Backswing

  • Load up your upper body weight onto your back foot.
  • Turn your back to the target.
  • Get ready to transition towards the target.

Disk Throw Golf Drill: Transition

The key to a powerful golf swing is the transition. It starts from the ground up. The picture for this drill clearly illustrates this important move. You can see how my weight is transferring to my left foot but my arm and the disk are still behind.  This is very similar to the golf swing.

Other keys to the transition:

  • Hips are starting to rotate open to the target.
  • Chest and shoulders are following the hips.
  • Maintain the gap between the knees.

Disk Throw Golf Drill: Downswing

It is critical in the downswing to retain the angles between you arms, club and hands. You can see in this picture how my elbow is tucked into my side and that my hand trails my elbow. This is a great feeling to have is a golf swing.

Other key points:

  • Most of your weight should be on your target foot.
  • Hips are almost fully open to target.
  • Elbow tucked into your side.
  • Hand trails elbow.

Special note on footwork – the most consistent swings have great footwork. It is incredibly important. In the picture, look at how my back foot is rolling towards my front foot. The inside edge of my foot, from heel to toe, is on the ground, but the outside edge is just starting to peel off the ground because of my weight shifting to my target foot. My front foot is firmly planted on the ground and is able to absorb the weight being transferred from my back foot. This helps keep the knee of my front leg from bending closer to the target than the foot of that leg.

This is very similar to great footwork in a golf swing.

Disk Throw Golf Drill: Impact/Release

I love these two pictures!! These pictures do a great job illustrating the release of the frisbee, which is very representative of the release of the golf club at impact.  The picture on the left would be the moment the club has made impact with the golf ball, while the picture on the right is just after impact.

The most important thing to see in these two pictures is the position of the right hand and wrist.  In the impact picture the wrist is bent back slightly.  This is ideal position at impact of a golf swing, particularly with your irons.  In the post impact picture you can see that the right wrist extends and straightens after you would have struck the golf ball.

Copy this position from the Golf Disk Throw Drill to improve your hand and wrist release though impact.

Other key points:

  • weight is almost entirely on left foot
  • right heel is only starting to lift off the ground
  • hips open to target
  • chest open to target
  • left knee over left foot
  • maintaining space between knees for balance
  • right shoulder is lower to ground than left

Disk Golf Throw Drill: Follow Through

All the same point from the impact/post impact pictures apply to the follow through and then finish position.

I hope you found this drill helpful.  I love using drills, especially when the player is familiar with the other sport or game being used to recreate the feeling of the golf swing.  So don’t be afraid of grabbing a frisbee and tossing it around your yard or at a park.

Good luck with your practicing and playing.  May you reach your golf goals sooner with the help of www.free-golf-lessons.com.

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Illustrated Golf Chipping Tips And Pre-Shot Routine

This is the Chipping Pre-Shot Routine Lesson. It is very important to follow a routine for every shot that you play. All the best players in the world follow a routine so that under pressure they can feel comfortable by doing something that is familiar. It is a great idea for all players. It will give you the best opportunity to hit your best shots.

Your set up position is key to hitting great shots, and developing a good routine will help you with that. Let’s work on building your routine so that you can make that clutch shot when you need to…

 

Pre-Shot Routine Lesson #1 : Read The Shot

  • A chip is like a putt. The ball will roll on the green more than it will fly through the air.
  • Read the chip like you would a putt. This will show you where to aim so that the green will take the ball to the hole.
  • The best time to read a chip or putt is while somebody else is playing their shot. This saves time.
  • Stand behind the ball and see the contours of the green.
  • Once you have found where you want to aim, pick a spot just in front of your ball that falls on the same line.

Once you have read the chip…choose the club that will best help execute how you ‘see’ your shot. That is why it is important to put your bag down without taking out a club. Get into this habit so that you can make the best possible club and shot selection.

Pre-Shot Routine Lesson #2 :
Take Your Grip Behind The Ball

  • Take your grip while standing behind the ball.
  • This allows you to focus on taking your grip without worrying about anything else.
  • Getting your hands on the club properly is critical to hitting a good shot.

Pre-Shot Routine Lesson #3 :
Practice Swings

  • Step up to the ball with enough space to take a couple of practice swings.
  • You want to get a good feel for how long a swing you are going to make to execute your shot.
  • You should keep your head up so you can see where you want the ball to land on the green.
  • It also allows you to see the distance you need to cover and get a feel for the length of swing you will need to get it done.

Pre-Shot Routine Lesson #4 :
Club Down First

  • Always, always, always put your club behind the ball before you position your body.
  • This is critical for aiming properly.
  • Place your club behind the ball so that the club face is pointing at your target.

Pre-Shot Routine Lesson #5 :
Body Position

  • Position your body in relation to your club.
  • The key to this step is that once you have finished your set up position…don’t wait to pull the trigger.
  • This means that you should take one last look at your target to get a last feel for the shot and then swing. The longer you wait the greater the chance to tense up and over think the shot.

Pre-Shot Routine Lesson #6 :
Hold Your Finish

  • This step actually is at the end of the swing.
  • After you have hit the shot hold your finish until the ball finishes rolling.
  • This is the best way to associate the length of the swing with the distance you hit the shot. This will help with the development of your feel for your short game.

Make sure you follow your routine every time. We may not be able to make the exact same swing every time we are faced with a shot. Hey…not even the top tour players can do that! But you can follow the exact same routine for every shot. If you do it will make you a better player.

No…you’re right, the routine won’t hit the shot for you. But a consistent routine will eliminate setup and alignment mistakes. Since most mistakes happen during the setup, you are now giving yourself a great opportunity to hit a great shot and lower your scores.

If you do hit a bad shot…you will know that it was your swing and not your setup. This is a huge advantage, because you can focus on the actual problem and not guess as to what went wrong.

Thank you for reading the Chipping Routine Lesson. It is the last lesson in the Chipping series. If you are interested in continuing the development of your short game then let’s take a look at pitching the ball. It is an extension of chipping and having both skills will make you an even more versatile player.

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Charles Barkley Golf Swing

Oh the Charles Barkley golf swing…what more can be said about the trials and tribulations of Sir Charles. You have got to give the man credit. He has gone through this in a very public manner. Most people get first tee jitters when they partnered with someone for the first time. He was going through major golf challenges while still playing in celebrity pro-ams and participating on Hank Haney’s golf channel show. I don’t know how many people could be so public with the state of his golf game.

There have been millions of people voicing their opinion on how to fix the Charles Barkley golf swing. I don’t claim to have the miracle answer for him, however I do believe we can all learn from his experience. So I will throw in my two cents regarding his golf swing in the hopes that it helps anybody with remotely the same swing issues.

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The Canadian Open Preview & Golf Tips

RBC Canadian Open

  • Glen Abbey Golf Course
  • Oakville, Ontario, Canada
  • July 21-July 26, 2008

Defending Champion: Jim Furyk

TV Coverage:

 

  • 1st Round Golf Channel 3pm-6pm
  • 2nd Round Golf Channel 3pm-6pm
  • 3rd Round CBS 3pm-6pm

 

  • 4th Round CBS 3pm-6pm

Click here to watch video golf tips from the pros

The Canadian Open is one of the oldest golf championships in the world. It was first contested in 1904. It was a one day 36 hole event. It was won by John H. Oke with a total score of 156.

The event has certainly grown over the years. When Oke won over 100 years ago he took home a total of $60. In 2008 $60 will get you through the gate to watch the Final Round, but a player will take home $900,000 of the $5 million purse. Oh how the times have changed.

This tournament has been played on some of the great courses in Canada. It has been played in the great cities of Canada; Royal Montreal in Montreal (host of last year’s Presidents Cup), Shaunessy in Vancouver, and Glen Abbey or Angus Glen near Toronto.

In the field:

  • Jim Furyk – 2 time defending Champ, good showing at Open last week
  • Eric Axely – lost in playoff two weeks ago
  • Retief Goosen – 2 time US Open champion
  • Anthony Kim – 2 wins this year, great showing in The Open last week
  • Camilo Villegas – he will win soon…but how soon?
  • Mike Weir – Canadian pride
  • Stephen Ames – will he be the first Canadian to win since 1956

Glen Abbey Golf Course

This golf course has hosted this championship more times than any other course in Canada. A total of 23 champions have been crowned on these links. It is a great test, and has been witness to some great shots. Who could ever forget Tiger’s 216 yard 6 iron over water to a back right pin placement. When Tiger finishes his career I am sure that will be in his top ten highlights.

The course will play as a par 71 at 7222 yards. This course is not enormous but with the wet summer that has been in the area it may not produce the roll on the tee shots the Tour Players are used to. That will leave them a club or two longer into the hole. Ball striking will certainly be at a premium.

I hope you enjoy the 2008 RBC Canadian Open at the Glen Abbey Golf Course. Remember to check back here for the Tour Tips of the Leaders before the start of the 3rd round.

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Learn From Camilo Villegas Golf Swing

Camilo Villegas was a young superstar in the making. He has recently lost his way. Mainly because his swing is very athletic, needs a lot of strength but is in not fundamentally sound.

I believe in reducing unnecessary motion and building a simple repeatable motion. He has way too much extra movement. If his timing is right he can shoot low numbers, but unfortunately he can also shoot himself off the main tour.

He is using a great drill in the video above. If you find your ball starts is curving too much to the left or right of your target then try this drill. It helps you develop a straighter path through the ball.

The ball flight laws tell us that the primary influence on a golf shots initial direction is the club face. The curve of the shot generally comes from the club path in relation to the club face.  Therefore if a player has a swing path that cuts too much across the target line then they will likely over curve the golf ball, making it harder to control.

Camilo Villegas is practising his swing path so that he will ahve better control over his ball flight.

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The Bladed Sand Wedge Shot

This is the Bladed Sand Wedge Lesson.This is a specialty shot that comes in handy every once in a while, but if you know how to play it, the shot can get you out of some tight jams.

This is a tricky shot but can be very effective. It also serves a double purpose as a phenomenal drill to work on your putting stroke. (But more on that later)

As you have seen from the Chip-Putt Shot Selection Lesson, the key to a solid short game is to know when to play what shot. Mastering this technique adds a creativity to your game that will bring you to the next level.

The Time To Play This Shot Is…

  • When you have hit your approach and it just rolls off the green. You think it is going to be a simple putt or chip from the fringe…however, your ball is still sitting on the fringe but is backed up against the long rough.
  • This makes it very hard to use your putter or hit a standard chip shot.
  • The problem is that the long grass is going to get in between your club face and the ball.
  • You need to try the Bladed Sand Wedge so you can get the ball close to the hole to save a shot.

Step One: Club Selection

  • Grab your sand wedge for this shot. It is ideal because the head is usually a little heavier and it has a good sharp leading edge.
  • If you don’t have a sand wedge then go with a pitching wedge or if necessary a 9-iron.
  • I certainly recommend purchasing a sand wedge if you don’t have one, as it is truly the most versatile club available.

Step Two: Set Up like a Putt

  • Take your putting grip.
  • Take your putting stance.
  • Please see the Putting Set Up Lesson if you need a refresher.

Step Three: Lift Your Sand Wedge

  • Lift your sand wedge off the ground so that the leading edge is level with the equator of the ball.
  • This allows you to ‘Blade’ the shot, meaning you will hit the middle of the ball.
  • By hitting the middle of the ball you will get the ball rolling just like a putt.
  • The leading edge is sharp and will cut through the long grass so that you can make clean contact with the ball. That is extremely important…the cleaner the contact the more predictable the result.

Step Four : Make your Putting Stroke

  • It is as simple as that. It is really a putt, but using a different club.
  • This shot certainly takes a little practice but is very useful given this situation. The greatest part of this lesson is just becoming aware that this shot is available.
  • This shot takes some imagination and creativity and that is one of the best things about the game of golf.

Improve Your Putting Too!

The bonus is that this can be a great way to practice your putting stroke. Take your sand wedge on the putting green and hit some putts using the setup and technique above.

This will help your putting stroke because…

  • You can only hit these shots solidly with a smooth and steady putting stroke.
  • Your left wrist must stay flat and solid through the stroke.
  • This practice will also help with focus. It has a smaller margin for error because of where you need to hit the ball.

If you can make 6 foot putts with your sand wedge think of how easy using your putter will be!

Thank you for reading the Bladed Sand Wedge Lesson. If you are looking for more lessons to help your short game, please take a look at the Chipping, Pitching and Sand Play Lessons.

Good luck with your practicing and playing. May you achieve your golf goals sooner with the help of free-golf-lessons.com

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The Golf Bunker Shot Stance Lesson

Welcome to the Advanced Bunker Shot Stance Lesson. This lesson is designed to help you determine how far left you need to aim in order to compensate for your open clubface.

An open stance and clubface are very important keys for hitting great sand shots. The question that does come up is…how far open do I make my stance? Fortunately there is a little test that helps you figure it out.

It is an important test, because this lesson along with the Advanced Sand Play Grip Lesson, and the Advanced Bunker Shot Setup Lesson give you the best opportunity for success. With these lessons working together you will know that your setup is correct and that is more than half the battle.

Advanced Bunker Shot Step #1 – The Grip

  • Please see the Advanced Sand Shot Grip Lesson for more details.
  • Click Here To Review The Advanced Sand Shot Grip Lesson
  • Take your normal grip with the club put in front and the grooves on your club pointing straight up and down.
  • Loosen your hands so that your club can rotate so that it looks like the grooves are in front of your face. (about a 45 degree angle)
  • Re-tighten your grip.

Step #2 – Open Face with Square Stance

  • Take your setup position by aiming the open face of your club at your target first. It is critical that this is always the first step in your setup process. Placing your club down first will never change with any shot you will play.
  • Place your feet so that they are shoulder width a part, and square to the target line. This means that your feet will be parallel to the line formed by your ball and your target. This may seem strange, but remember this is a test to see how far open we are going to make your stance.
  • Your ball should be positioned in line with your left instep.

Step #3 – Swing…A Couple Of Times.

  • Now that you have your open clubface and square stance…take a couple of shots.
  • Swing away. Your ball should end up flying to the right of the hole. This is because your face is wide open and there has been no compensation made by your stance.
  • Hit at least three shots from the same position in the bunker. This will give you a more accurate read than just hitting one ball.

Step #4 – Check the Results

  • After hitting your shots, go onto the green to see where your golf balls are.
  • Measure the distance of each one to the hole.
  • Take the average of the three distances you hit your shots to the right of the hole.
  • This test is really for this step. You want to know what distance to the right of the flag you hit your shots.

Step #5 – Setup with Open Stance

  • After calculating the average from the previous step…open your stance so that your feet, hips and shoulders are aimed the same distance to the left of your target.
  • By aiming your body the same distance to the other side you should get the perfect balance between your open stance and open clubface.
  • This will get your ball flying towards your target so that you can hit great recovery shots from the sand.

This is an important test to help you improve your sand play. Setup and aim are very important in hitting your ball close to your target. Everyone is a little bit different as to how they swing and what club they are using. Therefore, there is no set distance for everyone to use.

You must use this test to determine your own open stance. If you do and then take it to the course you will be pleasantly surprised how much more accurate your sand play will be.

Thank you for taking the Advanced Bunker Shot Open Stance Test. The next lesson in the Advanced Bunker Shot Lesson series is theAdvanced Bunker Shot Swing Lesson. Please…do not move onto the swing lesson until you have mastered the fundamentals of the grip, stance, and alignment.

These things along with the open stance test must be understood before moving on. If you have a great swing but poor fundamentals, you will not be as consistent. The tour pros always talk about patience…please be patient in your development so that you can maximize your potential.

Click Here To Go To The Advanced Sand Shot Swing Lesson

Good luck with you practicing and playing. May you reach your golf goals sooner with the help of free-golf-lessons.com

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Understanding the Ball Flight Laws of Golf Shots

When I ask a player what they would like to get out of our lessons, the number one answer is consistency.  Understanding the ball flight laws of every golf shot will help you improve your consistency by helping you understand why your ball flew the way it did on every shot.  I describe the ball flight laws often to help players become aware of what their club was doing through impact.  This awareness leads to a better understanding of what the club needs to do during a golf swing.  It also helps a player manipulate the club better to hit specialty shots.

How would you like to hit a shot like Bubba Watson’s 40 yard hook out of the trees at the Master’s? Understanding the ball flight laws will help you become a better, more  and more consistent shot maker.

Proper Alignment

First of all, you have to make sure you have great alignment.  It is critical that you setup so that your club face is pointing at your target.  If you think you are on target when in fact you are not then you will have issues understanding the ball flight laws and applying them when trying to learn the cause of your flight paths.  So please practice getting the club and your body aligned to the target correctly.

Ball Flight Laws: Club Face vs. Club Path

There are two main aspects to determining how a ball will get from point A to point B.

  1. The Club Face determines the initial starting direction of the golf ball.
  2. The Club Path, relative to the Club Face will determine the amount of curvature (hook or slice spin).

Club Face = Initial Direction

The direction that your club face is pointing at the moment of impact is essentially the direction your ball is going to start.  Therefore, if your club is aimed at the target, then your club at impact can be either square, open or closed relative to you target.

Square Face at Impact

When you strike the ball with a square/straight face at impact your ball will start straight towards your intended target.

Open Face at Impact

When you strike your ball with an open face, as a right handed player, your ball will start straight to the right of your intended target.  The more open the club face the more the right the ball will start.

Closed Face at Impact

When you strike the ball with a closed face, as a right handed player, your ball will start to the left of your intended target.  The more closed the club face the more the ball will start to the left.

Club Path = Hook or Slice Spin

It is not quite as simple as stating that club path equals side spin.  The ball flight laws are a combination of club face and club path.  The hook or slice spin is determined by the club path relative to the angle of the club face.  So, no matter what your club face angle is at impact, you can have three scenarios relative to that face angle.  You can have a path that is straight in line with the face direction, or one that moves inside-out or outside-in the face direction.

An inside-out path is one where the club head is closer to your body than you target line right before impact and is farther away from your body than your target line just after impact.

An outside-in path is one where the club head is farther away from your body than your target line before impact and closer to your body than the target line after impact.

Square/Straight Path

A square path relative to the direction of the club face at impact means that the ball will continue to fly in its initial direction dictated by the club face.

Inside-Out Path

An inside-out club head path relative to the club face at impact will impart hook/draw spin on the golf ball.  For right handed players, this will cause the ball to curve from right to left.

Outside-In Path

An outside-in club head path relative to the club face at impact will impart slice/fade spin on the golf ball.  For right handed players, this will cause the ball to curve from left to right.

Ball Flight Laws: 9 Possible Results

It is true, regardless how hard it is to imagine, that there are only 9 different possible results for every golf shot hit into the air.  I know that it is hard to believe based on some of the results we have all had trying to hit a great golf shot!

Please see the examples below of the 9 possible ball flights.

Ball Flight Laws Set#1 – Square Club Face x 3 Club Paths

  • square face with square path = straight shot (RH and LH players)
  • square face with inside-out path = draw – start straight and curve left (RH players)
  • square face with outside-out path = fade – start straight and curve right (RH players)

Ball Flight Laws Set #2 – Open Club Face x 3 Club Paths

  • open face with square path = push – start right and stay on that line (RH players)
  • open face and inside-out path = push draw – start right and curve left (RH players)
  • open face and outside-in path = push fade – start right and curve right (RH players)

Ball Flight Laws Set #3 – Closed Club Face x 3 Club Paths

  • closed face and square path = pull – start left and stay on that line (RH players)
  • closed face and inside-out path = pull draw – start left and curve left (RH players)
  • closed face and outside-in path = pull fade – start left and curve right (RH players)

How about a ball flight laws quiz?

Here a few examples for you to try and figure out what the club head was doing through impact.  These examples are for both right handed and left handed players.  The answers will be side specific.

  1. Ball starts straight at your target and flys straight to your target.
  2. Ball starts left of your target and curves to the left.
  3. Ball starts left of target and does not curve.
  4. Ball starts right of target and curves to the left.
  5. Ball starts left of target and curves to the right

Answers:

  1. RH and LH – square club face and square club path.
  2. RH – closed club face and inside-out path relative to club face angle. LH – open club face and outside-in path relative to club face angle.
  3. RH – closed club face and square club path relative to club face angle. LH – open club face and square club path relative to club face angle.
  4. RH – open club face and inside-out path relative to club face angle. LH – closed club face and outside-in club path relative to club face angle.
  5. RH – closed club face and outside-in club path relative to club face angle.  LH – open club face and inside-out club path relative to club face angle.

Trackman Research

The Trackman company is one of the premier golf ball launch monitor manufacturers in the world.  Many professional players and coaches use their systems to analyze their ball flight statistics.  Many of the top club manufacturers use their products for custom club fitting.  Trackman has done extensive research in the area of ball flight laws.  I am sure to no ones surprise the formula for calculating how much club face vs club path, along with other elements, affects ball flight is a little more complicated than my two bullets up above. If you would like to learn more regarding Trackman’s research, please click here.

I hope you have found this lesson to be helpful.  Understanding these principles helps a player better understand what their club is doing during the golf swing.  It also helps players know what their club must do in order to hit shots with shape.  Every player can benefit from this knowledge.

Good luck with your practicing and playing.  May you reach you golf goals sooner with the help of www.free-golf-lessons.com.

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Beginner Golf Tips For The Driver On Alignment

These are the Beginner Golf Tips For The Driver On Alignment. This lesson is designed to help you aim at your target properly. It’s great if you can hit the ball long, but if you don’t aim well and miss your target by 30 yards…you are really not taking advantage of how well you can hit the ball.

Besides, poor aim usually leads to poor swing changes. That is because your brain knows you are trying to hit it towards a specific target. If you are not aiming at that target then your brain will try to manipulate your body to make your golf ball go there. That makes your swing very inconsistent. When your swing is inconsistent, it becomes very hard to score.

In this lesson you will see pictures with strings. Those strings are being used to illustrate how to aim properly. It is also a great way to practice because you will know you are aiming at your target. You can replace the strings with golf clubs. The important thing is to have an aid to help you work on your game.

If you know you are aimed at your target, yet still miss your shot, then you know there is something in your swing or timing that needs to be fixed. You won’t be guessing as to what is wrong…setup or swing.

Beginner Golf Tip #1 : Club Down First With Feet Together

  • You should ALWAYS place your club down behind your ball first, aiming at your target. This is the an absolute must for proper aim. Many people point their body at their target, but your body does not hit the golf ball. Your club does…so make sure you are aiming your club at your target. This is your Target Line.
  • Place your club behind your ball while keeping your feet together. By having your feet together you will be focused on placing your club first.

Beginner Golf Tip #2 : Aiming At Your Target

  • No matter what club your are using, please make sure you are aiming your club at your target. This is your Target Line.
  • Your club is what strikes your ball. Therefore you want to have your club aimed at your target.
  • The more specific your target the better. This helps narrow our focus to hit a more precise shot.

Beginner Golf Tip #3 : Body Parallel To The Target Line

  • Your body should always setup second, in relation to your target line. This means your feet, knees, hips and shoulders follow your target line.
  • As you can see your Body Line should be parallel to your Target Line. This creates your Body Line.
  • Many instructors have used the image of railway tracks. As you can see by the strings on the ground…it is a pretty strong image to use. Your club goes on one rail aimed at the target, and your body follows the other rail.

Beginner Golf Tip #4 : A Great Aiming Test

  • Setup to your golf ball so that your body is parallel to your target line.

Beginner Golf Tip #5 : Check Points

  • Stand up straight and extend your left arm in line with your shoulders. You arm should be pointing about 5 yards left of your target.
  • If your arm is pointing at your target the you have most likely set your body up ahead of your club. Remember, you need to set your club down to form your target line so that you can set your body line parallel to it.

Thank you for reading this lesson on alignment. This is a very important lesson for improving and maintaining your scores. I will admit that it is not a very exciting lesson, compared to working on movements of the golf swing, but it is a lesson that should be reviewed at least once a month during your golf season. We can all slip out of position if we are not paying attention…and if we do we will not hit as many fairways as we should. The more fairways you hit the better chance you have to score.

Good luck with your practicing and playing. May you ‘Play Your Golf Dreams’ sooner with the help of free-golf-lessons.com.