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Grip Pressure

This is one of the hardest parts of golf to teach. We all want to strangle the club to death to make sure the club does what we want it to do. Unfortunately, this actually does the exact opposite affect. When we hold the club too tight we make the club shaft stiffer and the club doesn’t do what it is suppose to do. It is very similar to playing a tambourine. Yes, a tambourine! It is the music instrument that when you hold it and shake it it plays music through the vibration. But if you hold the tambourine too tight it doesn’t have the vibration and the music is not very nice. The club itself has to have some wiggle to create lag to create the power the club provides. When you grip it too tight, the club can not lag and can not create power.

So instead of us asking ourselves are we gripping the club too tight. Grab a tube of toothpaste, take the cap off, and point it down at the ground with your golf grip and stance. Swing! Did any toothpaste come out? If it did, when did it come out? At the top of your swing? Impact? How can you fix it. Instead of gripping tight, try to put that pressure somewhere else…..shoulders….hips….etc.

Check out the video and see if I showed good grip pressure or not!

What we can learn by watching the Pros!

Do you like to watch golf on TV? I am not a huge fan, but my husband is! He watches the tournaments every week. He will call me into the room when they slow a golfers swing down…..this is my favorite part! They are truly amazing at what they do when they swing a golf club. When they slow it down on TV it actually gives all of us a chance to really see the different parts of the golf swing.

First I look at their setup: Posture is nice and straight, knees slightly bent, front arm straight.

Next is the backswing: How they use their front shoulder to take the club back on plane, with their front arm straight and back arm relaxed, the toe of the club pointing up.

The Top of the Swing: They rarely over swing, the front arm staying straight, shoulder under chin, body so strong and coiled

Now the Downswing: The HIP TURN IS CRAZY! They start their hips first and then their arms just follow allowing gravity to take over.

Impact: The clubface is square, the hips are moving towards the target, and the front arm is still straight!

Past Impact: The CLUB IS STILL EXTENDING to the Target, the arms are still straight, the hips are still turning!

The Finish: Look at how high the arms are finishing above their head!

THESE PROFESSIONALS ARE AMAZING!

Now we are not professionals, but if we are going to look at or mimic anyone it should be the people that make the big bucks in this game. We can learn a lot from them!/

Fall Women’s Golf Retreat

I have finalized all the details to our Fall Women’s Golf Retreat 2022!

Intermediate Class

Friday, November 4 and Saturday, November 5

The workshop’s schedule:

Friday, November 4

8:30am-11:30pm: Rotations on the driving range (short game)

11:30am-12:30pm:Lunch at Tomassos

12:30pm, 12:40pm, 12:50pm: 9 hole playing lessons begin at Turtle Point (scramble)

3:30pm: Happy Hour at Turtle Point Clubhouse (Heavy Appetizers and Beer/Wine) 

Saturday, November 5

8:30am-11:30am: Rotations on the driving range

11:30am-12:30pm: Lunch at Tomatoes

12:30pm, 12:40pm, 12:50pm: 9 hole playing lessons begin at Turtle Point 

(scramble for beginners/ friendly competition for intermediate)

2:30pm: May choose to play the back 9 on their own

6pm: Option to have dinner at Ocean Room with other students (cost not included)

Beginner Class

November Friday, November 11 and Saturday, November 12

The workshops schedule:

Friday, November 11

9am-12pm: Rotations on the driving range (short game)

12:15pm-1:15pm: Lunch at Tomassos

1:30pm, 1:40pm, 1:50pm: 9 hole playing lessons begin at Turtle Point (scramble)

3:30pm: Happy Hour at Turtle Point Clubhouse (Heavy Appetizers and Beer/Wine) 

Saturday, November 12

9am-12pm: Rotations on the driving range

12:15pm-1:15pm: Lunch at Tomassos

1:30pm, 1:40pm, 1:50pm: 9 hole playing lessons begin at Turtle Point 

(scramble for beginners/ friendly competition for intermediate)

3:30pm: May choose to play the back 9 on their own

6pm: Option to have dinner at Ocean Room with other students (cost not included)

CAN’T WAIT FOR THIS AMAZING EVENT!!

Please feel free to reach out to me by email for more information!

Distance Control Practice Drill

Hi! I have had a lot students asking for some good practice drills lately. This drill is actually one of my favorites!

We start by chipping a ball about 5 yards away. A good short chip…remember no hips. Then our second ball we take and chip a little farther away. The third ball you do the same thing. You start creating a line with balls down the driving range. Eventually you will have to transition to a pitch shop using your hips to get the ball farther. Then continuing using your hips and taking longer and longer swings. Count how many balls are in your line. The closer the balls are together, the better distance control you have, and can continue to add more balls to your line. You literally can do this drill all the way through your bag. Working on getting the ball farther and farther while controlling the distance during the drill.

On a second note you can also notice my shots are in a straight line. The second part of this drill is working on your extension with your club. When you are swinging you are ensuring that the clubface is moving down the line towards your target for clean contact.

Check out the Video:

Stretching Routine Before Practice/Playing

Here are some good stretches to do before you go out to play golf. You can do these at home or right on the driving range. When you are stretching you want to concentrate on your bigger muscles of the golf swing. I usually start with my upper body, shoulders specifically. Then work down to my legs and ankles. Then finish up with a good back stretch to finish!

Included in the stretches are:

  • Small and Large Circles targeting your shoulders
  • Shoulder stretching/reaching
  • Pulling foot up behind you to concentrate on thigh stretch
  • Ankle Circles
  • Stretching your back by rotating around your hips

Each stretch can be performed in groups of 5-8 times or counting to 12. Remember stretching is pushing your limits a little bit is good to get that full stretch and make you even mor flexible over time. No bouncing is needed just holding the stretch is best.

There are many more stretches out there that you can do, but I do feel these are some easy stretches that help you instantly warm your body up for the golf swing!

Check out the video to see them done properly!

How to Grip a Golf Club

Happy 2022! I thought we would start at the very beginning: The Golf Grip. It is important to understand how to grip the club. At first, yes, it can be very awkward but once you repeat the process, I promise it will become more comfortable. With this proper grip, the club face will have a higher percentage of not rotating a lot during your swing. Therefore producing a square club face that will impact the ball.

First, take your front hand (right handed players this is left hand. Left handed players this is your right hand). Put Your fingers together and wrap your fingers around the club. The grip should be in your fingers and not your palms. It is very similar to holding a grocery bag at your side. Your fingers will be holding the club like a hook. Then take your front hand’s thumb and place it directly on top of the club so the thumb is pointing straight down the shaft. Now that your front hand is in place on top end of the club, take your back hand and do the same thing below the front hand. Your grip should then look like the picture in the middle. This is called a beginner/baseball golf grip. Most beginners like to start with this grip because it is the most natural position. Try to relax your fingers so you are not squeezing the club to death. This is hard and we will go over this concept in a future blog.

Now that you have the basic grip, lets try the other two grips.

Overlap Grip: Look at the picture to the right. Start with the baseball grip and take your bottom hand’s pinky off the grip. Slide your hand up towards your top hand making sure there are no gaps. Overlap your pinky to your forefinger. What does this grip feel like?

Interlock Grip: Look at the picture to the right. Start with the baseball grip and take your pinky finger of your bottom hand off. Plus take your pointer finger of your top hand off. Slide your hands together and interlock those two fingers. What does this one feel like?

Try them all and see which one feels the best to you. They are all great grips. In the beginning it is a personal preference of which one feels the best. Then after practice and playing for awhile sometimes a grip change can be necessary to help the right parts of your body be active so your club face isn’t rotating. Yes, your grip can be very important this way. After all it is what makes the connection from the club to your body!

Check out the video –

What to do when you have a TROUBLE SHOT!

Here in the lowcountry, hills are hard to come by unless…. you are at the Ocean Course and missed the fairway! I was talking with a student about the concept of a Trouble Shot and realized ya’ll are trying to memorize what to do in this situation instead of thinking what I should change in my swing to get me out of this trouble. Therefore this article was born!

A trouble shot is a shot that affects you from taking a normal golf swing. The four major trouble shots are categorized as Up Hill, Down Hill, Ball Above Feet and Ball Below Feet. I went ahead and made a chart explaining what you need to do and WHY! I want these trouble shots to make sense why you change your swing. If it makes sense hopefully you don’t have to memorize it, you will instead just do it!

Remember, a trouble shot means you are in a bit of trouble. Don’t try to be a hero and go for it. This usually puts you back in trouble. Instead, check your situation out and think what is the best thing to do so you can get out trouble. Sometimes taking a small swing to get you back in the fairway can save you and put you at an advantage in your next shot to finish the hole strong.

Here is the Chart to download to have, print, and study! If you are having trouble downloading please email me and I can send you a copy through email too!

2022 Kiawah Women’s Golf Workshops 

Just posted on Kiawah Island Golf Resort website under Golf Packages!

These workshops are designed to improve your golf game, fast! 

Beginner Class:
Friday, February 18 – Saturday, February 19, 2022

This Class introduces the basic fundamentals of the game and is ideal for the golfer who is beginning to learn the game, or the golfer that wants to review the basics to improve on their journey to intermediate golfer.

Sample Itinerary:
Friday, February 18
9am – 11:45am: Driving range instruction focusing on short game
Lunch
1pm: 9-hole playing lesson with instructor, bringing what was learned on the range into practice on the course. Players may choose to play back 9 holes on their own.
Happy Hour: at Golf Learning Center after 9 holes

Saturday, February 19
9am – 11:45am: Driving Range Instruction rotations on full swing, short game review, and etiquette
Lunch
1:00: 9-hole playing lesson with instructor, bringing what was learned on the range into practice on the course. Players may choose to play back 9 holes on their own.
6pm: Dinner at The Ocean Room at The Sanctuary

No handicap is required for beginners.

Intermediate Class:
Friday, February 25 – Saturday, February 26, 2022

The Intermediate Class takes a more comprehensive approach to all aspects of the golf game, and helps the golfer bring her game to the next level. Full swing, short game, bunker, mental game and video swing analysis will all be covered.

Sample Itinerary:
Friday, February 25
9am – 11:45am: Driving range instruction focusing on short game
Lunch
1pm: 9-hole playing lesson with instructor, bringing what was learned on the range into practice on the course. Players may choose to play back 9 holes on their own.
Happy Hour: at Golf Learning Center after 9 holes
 
Saturday, February 26
9am – 11:45am: Driving Range Instruction rotations on full swing, short game review, and etiquette
Lunch
1pm: 9-hole playing lesson with instructor, bringing what was learned on the range into practice on the course. Players may choose to play back 9 holes on their own.
6pm: Dinner at The Ocean Course at The Sanctuary

Handicap Index Below 30.

Please contact Abby Welch at abby_welch@kiawahresort.com for additional information and to reserve your spot. Accommodations are not included, but a discounted rate will be provided if booking through the resort.

Understanding your Path/Plane of your Golf Swing

A golfer’s swing path is a very different feeling compared to the path of a tennis or baseball player. Most people are used to swinging horizontally around their bodies to hit a ball. In golf, the ball is stationary on the ground. Therefore a golfer has to learn to swing more vertically to make the club go up so that the club comes down on the ball. Then to remember after hitting the ball to continue to go out and then up instead of going around horizontally again. When you have the correct swing plane it will ensure that your club will be hitting down properly on the golf ball and the club face will square up to compress the ball properly. Students sometimes will have a good backswing plane and then reroute the swing on a different path through the ball. It is always good to check your backswing plane first because this can effect the downswing and follow through. After a good backswing plane, then check the downswing plane, and then the follow through plane.

The video and picture is of our Explanar at the Learning Center. This shows the correct plane for a golfer. It is a great way to visual what your plane looks like and also lets you feel the path that your club should go on. Hopefully you can come to the Learning Center one day at Kiawah Island Golf Resort and check it out yourself!

Also check out my previous blog called: Ensure Your Swing is Starting on Plane. This blog will teach you how to use a wall to help you with your swing plane too.