Curing Basic Golfing Ailments
Secrets to Fixing the Slice Slicing on the golf course is frustrating, embarrassing, and typically uncontrollable. You stand there helplessly as you watch your ball make its way toward to rough and you know that you will be lucky to find it again. Slicing the golf ball is the most common golfing ailment there is, and plenty of people who have wandered the golf course before you feel your pain. Slicing occurs when the body is improperly aligned with itself and the golf ball. Because both factors have to be fixed in order to improve the slice, it can be a very frustrating time in a golfer’s life. For starters, check your golfing stance.
Fixing a slice requires focus and awareness on the body. Your shoulders and feet should line up parallel to each other, as well as the ball to pin line. While standing there, make sure your chest is aligned as well, forming a nice straight line facing the golf ball. The slice starts by heading off toward the left and then curving back around to the right while still in the air. Physics tells us that the golf ball can only travel in a curved direction when it is hit in very specific areas of the ball.
The golf ball would like to travel in a straight line as it is designed to do. So we know that it is our body position that is creating the deviance in direction. Upon impact you are hitting the golf ball from the outside to inside of the ball and in effect spinning the ball through the air. Improper body alignment if the golfer’s body leads to improper rotation when taking the golf swing. Misaligning with the golf ball will cause it fly off in different directions. The slice occurs when the golfer’s body is positioned to create an aim too far to the left. Once you have adjusted your alignment, take notice of your grip. Newer golfer tends to grip the club either too hard or too loosely. A firm grip on the golf club is necessary, but remember you are not trying to choke it. Some golfers tend to allow their grip to twist the club slightly during their swing, which can produce the slice.
Fixing the slice may require you to notice the intensity you hold the club and what the club does while you are in mid swing. Your golfing stance in relation to the golf ball may be contributing to your slice. For right handed golfers, the examples below are some basics to follow while fixing your slice. Short iron clubs require the ball to be right about mid-stance, with a small amount of marginal error. The impact of the club must hit the golf ball head on in order to prevent slicing. If you are utilizing a wood or long iron, lining the ball up with the inside of the left heel should produce a straighter shot. And then of course let’s not forget about medium irons. Their alignment with the body falls right about in between short irons and long irons. If a golfer’s body hangs too far forward, which much more common than too far back, the body can produce a slight shift during the swing and once again thwart the efforts to fix the slice. A firm, middle of the road stance with the feet firmly planted in the ground and an even shift of weight during the swing is recommended to send the golf ball straighter and longer.
Putting Strategies Putting is an essential skill vital to the game of golf. About half of your golf score is dependent upon how well you putt. Driving well will get you there, but if you have to take three strokes to sink the golf ball, you’re adding to your score considerably. Poor putting blows more good golf games than slicing. Putting is a fairly ignored skill. Most people spend ample time on driving ranges but limited time on practice putting. Creating a good solid putt can not only drive your score down, but it can help make up for some pretty interesting shots. When driving, a lot of the golf ball’s performance depends on the grip you take around the club. However with putting, there really isn’t one exact style that will enhance your putt. Often what works for you may not work for someone else.
These basic tips should help you to improve you score through putting regardless of which style you are more comfortable with. Ideally you are trying to create a small amount of topspin when you putt. When your putter comes in contact with the ball, you want the force to be exerted on the upper half of the ball. A common putting mistake many beginners make is trying to hit the ball head on. If there’s no one to tell you differently, you may still be putting low even if you’re an old hat at the game. Ever wonder what makes your golf ball hop when you’re putting? The basic position of your hands in relation to the ball when you putt creates all the difference in the world when trying to lower you score by improving your putt. When contact is made your hands should either be ahead of the ball or just even with the ball. When your hands are trailing the golf ball you get that tell tale hop in the air upon contact. Rule number one when trying to lower your score by improving your putt is to relax.
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