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Learn From Watching Women

In this age of power golf and high tech equipment, we sometimes forget to swing the club. I mean truly SWING and let the high tech golf club do more of the work for us. Some Men have big egos and some Men have big muscles. Some Men have both! For most, cranking the ball out there a country mile is the most important thing. Believe me! I love to hit the ball far, but I am much happier shooting a 72 than an 82.

We can all learn from watching others, using what we think is useful and discarding what we don’t like. Men! Leave your egos at the club drop long enough to realize we can learn a great deal from Woman watching. That is, watching Women on the LPGA Tour.

They are not as big as us and some are not as strong as us but they are more flexible than us and a lot of them can hit the ball as far and some farther than us. How do they do it? They swing the club and let it do more of the work.

I have studied Women on the LPGA tour and I can tell you that the majority of them have impeccable fundamentals. Starting with the grip, posture, stance, ball position and alignment. They also have great balance, partly because the don’t swing out of their shoes but also because of a sound, balanced set up at address. All these factors contribute to them making solid contact on the ball with the sweet spot of the club face. That right away, is going to make the ball go further and more importantly straighter!

Their swings are so smooth with great tempo and timing that it helps them to generate their maximum club head speed where it is needed the most, at impact. They do not try to muscle it from the top of their swing.

Their short games and course management are great as well! They will not let their egos make them try to go for that long second shot to reach a par five in two if they have to swing out of their comfort zone to do it. They will play to their strengths and lay up to a yardage that they can stick a wedge in there close and still make their birdie.

So the next time you are channel surfing hoping to catch The Long Drive Championship, stop on the channel showing an LPGA event long enough to learn from these great women that are hitting the ball straighter than you and as far if not farther than you.


Balance, The Key to Consistency

More errors in the golf swing are caused by poor balance than anything else. If the golfer is not in balance at address, he or she is likely to lose their balance during the swing, causing them to make a compensating move to regain their balance, thus changing their posture and causing an incorrect path of the club. If you are in balance at address, you can swing in balance and finish in balance, there by creating consistency.

This pre shot routine will help you set up to the ball in balance.

Grip the club and place it behind the ball pointing the club face at your target.

Place your feet together across from the ball at right angles to your target line and assume proper posture.

Move your feet closer to or further from the ball while maintaining proper posture until you feel your weight towards the balls of your feet.

Take your stance by spreading your feet apart until the inside of your heels are shoulder width apart, keeping in mind the correct ball position for the club you are using.

Rock from side to side until your weight is equal on both feet.

Now you are ready to swing!

When you finish your swing, your body should face your target with almost all your weight on your front foot. Hold this position for five seconds. This will train your muscles to remember this position and also help you to monitor your balance.