Are You Consistently Precise?
Just head to the tee box and double the bets
**However, because this game is cruel, keep a can in the bag**
Chasing the elusive <80
"Today is the day I break 100!"
"The simplest solution is often the best one"
Red = You are too close at impact
Blue = You are too far at impact
Red = Get further from the ball in your set up
Blue = Get Closer to the ball in you set up
"Consistent Output Requires Consistent Input"
Step 1 - Set The Club
Clubface Aim / Shaft Position
Step 2 - Set Feet
Alignment / Ball Positioning / Stance Width
Step 3 - Set Body
Alignment / Posture / Balance
Step 4 - Set Grip
Arms Relaxed / Top Hand Set / Bottom Hand Set
Step 5 - Fine Tune The Distance From The Ball
The distance from the ball is the input that most directly controls your IMPACT location
Contact Is Critical
Because poor contact robs you of shots that could have been fantastic!
Say you're driving the ball great and you want to hit your drive a little bit further, so you go for it! Despite "grip it and rip it" in the back of your mind, you actually execute a great swing with all the angles correct. Should be a bomb, right? Wrong. It's because your actual contact point was off the toe of the club and now your ball is hooking into the woods.
In the same scenerio, you end up making contact off the top of the club. You've hit a pop-up and your distance off the tee is cut in half...not to mention the potential disruption to the local air traffic control patterns.
Set Your Swing To The Ball
If you have watched golf on TV, you've seen shots that end up in the trees, maybe even witness a few shanks. The point is, even if you have the swing of a tour player, imprecise input still creates imprecise output. Precision begins at address, you must at a minimum, repeat a "good enough" set-up.
The elements of the set-up that most directly effect contact are:
Posture - The way you bend your knees, hips, and spine
Balance - Balanced, are you biased toward your heals or toes
Arm Hang - Hanging down, reaching out, hugging your body
The way that you establish these elements dictates your distance from the ball, and distance from the ball in the set-up is a huge predictor of contact. The goal is to find the "just right" combination of these elements so that your smooth and natural swing arc can collide with the ball.
Make A Swing To Control Contact
Calling attention to the word "SWING" as it is the method we use to play golf...we swing! The word swing implies motion that produces an arc. In every swing that was ever made or will be made, the clubhead travels on an arc. Players who are skilled at making good contact with the ball are simply skilled at orienting their swing arc through the area where the ball resides.
It really is that simple.
1. Pick a swing cue and stick with it! Switching cues too frequently changes your arc, and therefore, your contact.
2. When using a swing cue, remember that the goal is to repeat the motion. Do focus on making a smooth and balanced motion. Do not try and force the swing into the right spots.
3. Remember: Smooth swings produce a repeatable arc.
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