The Effects of Windy Conditions on Golf Balls and How to Tackle Them!

If you’re a golfing enthusiast, you will be aware of how the wind keeps affecting your shots. The wind can affect the shot in many ways. A perfectly executed shot could land miles away from the hole, while an ordinary shot can glide in the air to land awfully close or prove extremely worse. Normal wind speeds, like up to 30 mph, can affect the golf ball’s path drastically. It can be frustrating to deal with the wind when playing shots. Concentration won’t help either, as the wind has no respect for your expertise in the sport. You can’t just rule out playing golf on account of wind, we’re too in to the game. So how can we get a hold of a shot with the wind messing it up from all directions? Here are some tips for you to help overcome this barrier and conquer playing in the wind. But first let’s take a close look at the affects fast blowing wind has on the execution of our shots. Top Effects of Wind on a Golf Ball: A normal golf ball weighs just 1.68 ounces. The weight of the ball is too low to tackle the challenge of a fast blowing wind. We are penning down the most evident effects that wind can have on a golf ball.  The wind can totally change the amount of carry on a ball, with different speeds. According to observations, a ball launched at an angle of 14.7 degrees with a speed of 130 mph, carried about 184 yards in calm air. This totally changed when the wind blew at 10 mph and with the... read more

Fitness Program For Major Muscles Used In The Golf Swing

With everything else in golf, finding balance and a happy medium will be the key to a successful fitness program. There is such thing as being too flexible or too strong in the golf swing that will hurt your performance just as having deficiencies in strength and flexibility will. You never want to overdo a good thing with your workouts. All golf fitness programs should focus on three major muscles groups to add power, consistency, prevent injury and improve overall golf performance. Core Muscles Hamstrings and Glutes Flexibility Primary Core Muscles Used In The Golf Swing The core is the body minus the legs and arms. The core muscles are the engine that drive your golf swing. Your Power originates from the center of of your body and is transferred out to your arms and hands in a chain reaction that multiplies in force. The transition from backswing to downswing is a very dynamic move that requires the core muscles to tantalize the spine and pelvis. Lower back pain is an all too common injury amongst golfers. Strengthening thereby stabilizing your center will help reduce the strain put on your lower back. Strengthen all area of your core Abdominals or Rectus Abdominus: (six pack abs) Obliques (sides) Lower back Upper back Lower Body (hips and legs) Hamstrings and Glutes Muscles Used In The Golf Swing If you have a hard time maintaining posture in the golf swing strengthening your glutes and hamstrings can help solve this problem. You will also get the added benefit of increase power and prevent lower back injury. My favorite exercises for the lower body include... read more

Top 4 Indoor Putting Drills At Home

Develop a solid, repeatable stroke, by practicing the best indoor putting drills in the comfort of your own home. In my experience I have found there are two types of golfers. Those that live on the golf course and those that only get the chance to play 2-4 times a month. When the latter player is finally on the golf course he is usually upset and unsatisfied with their abilities. The game of golf is hard enough, even to the golfer that plays on a daily basis. Half of the game is played on the putting green. Next time you play, count how many putts you had for the round. The PGA Tour average is 29. The idea with these indoor putting drills is to give you the best opportunity to improve your game without spending a lot of time or having to leave your house. So when you show up to the golf course at least your putting will be sharp. The point of all these indoor drills is to provide convenience, instant feedback, and quality to your putting practice. Let’s get started. Dave Pel’z Pillow Drill (for tempo) So much of excellent putting is the ability to keep a smooth stroke through the ball. I am hear to tell you that a smooth stroke is not something you are just born with and can be learned with two pillows and a metronome. (you can download one onto your smartphone for free) This drill is done without a golf ball. Set the cadence on the metronome to a comfortable tempo that lets the putter swing freely of muscle tension. Usually... read more

Key Lessons In Creating Lag In The Golf Swing For Powerful Shots

Creating and maintaining lag in the golf swing is a key component in producing consistent and powerful shots. Fast club head speed is generated by proper swing sequencing and a delayed release of the wrist angles. Lag in the golf swing helps the golfer use centrifugal force to swing the golf club through the ball, not at it.  This in turn helps with your tempo and makes it easier to find a balanced position at the top of the swing. Casting, or club head throw away immediately destroys any chance for a good shot and works against gravity instead of using it to your advantage. The downswing feels very forced, guided, and inefficient as you lose the main power source of your swing. The leg and core muscles. Losing lag in the golf swing is often the symptom of another problem of which there are many possibilities. Simply working on holding lag with your wrist can just make matters worse. Stick around and after this you’ll understand what it means to have effortless power.   Here is a simple checklist for a powerful impact position. Make sure your hands are leading the club face and are in front of the ball. Your head is behind the ball. Slight horizontal hip slide with weight transferred to 90% on your left leg. Film your swing from face on and check for these positions. The golf swing is always cause and effect. Make sure to perfect as much as you can before you start the backswing. Aim & Alignment Grip Proper Posture Ball Position Balance It starts with your swing sequence. Ben Hogan had such tremendous lag in his swing. It’s... read more

Top 10 Rules For A Rock Solid Wedge Game

Anytime you find yourself within 100 yards of the hole you should train yourself to have a make mentality. In order to do that you need to control your distance, trajectory, and spin. Phil Mickelson, one of the best wedge players in the game at worst expects to be 5 feet from the hole. Now that’s confidence. Practice these 10 rules and start sticking your wedge shots tight. 1. Never let the number scare you. Sometimes those 30,40,60 yards shots can be awkward. Don’t let any number scare you. With your new wedge game you are the master from any distance. Don’t just say it but believe it and back it up with practice. You can use towels, cones, head covers, or anything that will give you visible landing target in 5 yard increments.  Give your friend a baseball mitt and hit shots to him while he counts and calls off different numbers. Instant feedback is the best way to learn you are hitting the right distances. Good course strategy says to only layup to your comfortable yardages. Sometimes obstacles on the course force a change in strategy. Even if you attempt to layup to a perfect yardage you still might be left with a number you weren’t expecting. 2. Pressure forms Diamonds. Its always a good idea to practice technique while alone without distractions. However, at a certain point you need to challenge yourself in a pressure situation to gain the confidence in your newly acquired skills. I think people just assume on morning they will wake up “ready” enter a tournament and win. Unfortunately it doesn’t work that... read more

Dynamic Lie Test: DIY Club Fitters Dream

Getting fit for your lie angle is a very important aspect to consider when making sure your clubs are working properly for you. I recommend if you don’t already play a set of forged irons to consider switching from cast. This will give you the ability to bend your clubs to adjust your lie angle. Using impact tape and hitting down on a lie board does not accurately represent what will happen on the golf course. It makes no sense to fit your clubs based off a surface you will never encounter. Ditch the lie board. The dynamic lie test simple and allows you to hit balls from the grass. Draw a heavy line on one side of the golf ball with sharpie and place it perfectly vertical facing the club head. After impact, the line should be transferred onto the club face. If the line is perfectly vertical your lie angle is correct. If the line is tilted out towards the toe of the club, your club is too upright and you will need to flatten the lie angle to get the line vertical. If the ink line is tilted towards the heel your club is too flat and you would bend the club more upright. Make sure to check all of your clubs and bend them according to the results you got with the dynamic lie test. It will take some time to go through your entire bag but the confidence you gain afterwards is well worth it. It is not uncommon overtime that your irons will bend during practice without your knowledge. Frequently check your lie and... read more

Stack And Tilt Golf Swing A Means To An End

The keys to a good impact position is a forward leaning shaft and 90% weight on the left leg. Beginning golfers fall back with their weight onto the right foot trying to scoop the ball into the air. This results in all sorts of bad shots. Once the pivot moves back away from the target the only way to hit the ball is by bending your wrist forward and adding loft to the golf club. The stack and tilt method is a great solution to this all common problem. The stack and tilt method was introduced on tour in 2005 by Mike Bennet and Andy Plummer and now have 20 players, including Aaron Baddeley, Mike Weir, Will MacKenzie and Eric Axley. I do not suggest the stack and tilt is the holy grail of swing mechanics although if used by a beginning golfer as a means to an end can assure rapid development. The biggest contribution to the golfing community came when conventional wisdom was challenged and the ball flight laws were rewritten. The complete confidence and understanding of why the golf ball behaves was the impetus to creating the stack and tilt. By pre-setting most of your weight on the left leg from address it forces you into a better impact position. Take a fairly narrow stance and play the ball just back of center. Focus on hitting the ground in the same spot for every swing making sure to hold the finish with all your weight on the left foot. Get over the fear of hitting the ground or damaging the grass. Every time I tell a beginner to hit the ground and... read more

How To Instantly Increase 20 Yards To Your Drives

Have you ever heard the old cliche drive for show and putt for dough? As you know there are many games within the game of golf. There’s your chipping game, putting game, mental game, iron game, and power game. With only so much time in the day to devote to practice, you need to maximize your time by practicing what influences your scoring the most. So if you believe it your time should be spent on practicing your short game and putting. Recently I have moved away from that idea and instead would much rather increase my distance and improve accuracy with my irons over putting and chipping. I’m assuming you believe the same since you are reading this post. Let’s be more like Happy Gilmore. The average driving distance for players on the PGA tour is 290 yards. If your goal is to become a single digit handicap I would say the absolute minimum you can hit your driver is 250 yards. Regardless of how far you are hitting the ball now the lessons below will improve your distance potential. I just want to stress if your driving distance is currently below 250 yards spend the next few months only working to improve your distance. Comparing your driving distance to others can be very misleading. There are several external factors that can contribute to total driving distance. For example, golfers that play golf in high temperature high elevation environments are going to achieve dramatically superior results compared to the player at sea level with the exact same impact. Keep your expectations realistic and determine your average carry distance. This will give you... read more

The Longest Walk In Golf – Practice How You Play

The longest walk in golf is from the practice tee to the first green. If you have ever wondered why your performance is so drastically different from the driving range to the first time, this is what I mean by the longest walk in golf. There are many variables that could cause this phenomena to happen but primarily it’s not what you practice, but how. Another way of looking at this would be to compare the golfer who plays golf vs. golf swing. The golfer is able to take his swing from the driving range and use it on the golf course. He understands as soon as he steps on the first tee it’s not how but how many. He visualizes a shot then hits it and repeats this process until he turns in his scorecard. Alternatively, the golfer who plays golf swing is constantly searching for something that has mysteriously gone missing on the golf course. He has a new swing thought for every shot until there are no more to choose from. This may sounds a little harsh but I know how frustrating the game can be when you have the mindset of the searcher. You will have much more fun with the game when you learn to let go of all your imperfections, love your swing, and just play golf. Get the ball into the hole in the least amount of strokes using nothing but your imagination and competitive energy. As Golfers we are always looking for the most effective ways to practice. Every golfer is different and what works for one might not work for another. For example,... read more

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