Distance is one of the most important parts of putting. It is actually more important than having proper direction. If the ball isn’t coming close to the hole…your direction is going to help that much. Therefore practicing your distance can be extremely important.
Here is a great drill to practice. Walk off 3ft, 6ft, 9ft, 12ft, and 15ft. You can place tees in the ground to mark these distances (see pic above). Now practice putting each distance. Concentrate on how far your putter is going back at each distance. Use your feet as a reference point. Most of the time for myself around 15ft I am taking my putter toe to toe. Therefore when I get on the golf course I have a reference on how big my stroke should be according to the distance away from the hole. Practice and then as a challenge you can play this game to see if you have improved. The game would be two putting from every putt. If you miss one, you have to start all over again: closest to longest. This way you get to practice the short putts even more! Also, you can change the distances of the tee such as every 6ft!
**Greens differ with different courses so make sure you are practicing this drill on the green you are playing or at least changing your distances if the greens are faster or slower
Making solid contact at impact is so amazing for golfers. I think that is what the true addiction for a golfer is! But this concept is very hard to us. First, you can always practice chipping or putting. This swing can be easier because it is less moving parts and we are not working on so much power. But as we move to a bigger, fuller swing things can be come erratic. Here is a way to practice and understand how your clubface is coming through contact.
Take a tennis racquet or a badminton racquet (we put an extender on it to make it feel like a full length golf club), practice swinging and concentrate on how the head of the racquet is coming through at contact. At first it might move around like crazy, but with a couple practice swings and concentration you should start to feel those good muscles such as shoulders and hips moving the club face through a lot straighter.
What is a chip shot: this is a shot that has a small hop and runs! This means
Why do we use a chip shot: for a shot that is
- needs little loft
How is it done: only use your SHOULDERS. It is a pendulum of your left arm moving back and forth in a straight line! This means
- Clubface moves back and forth straight
- Left arm stays Straight
- No transfer of weight is needed because we do not need the distance
Happy New Year! Along with the new year comes people making resolutions for 2019. Maybe even a resolution to improve your golf game by practicing more! That’s great! But we have to remember good practice is not about how many hours you put in on the range, or how many golf balls you hit, or even playing 5 days a week on the golf course. These things are great and might make you feel better, but this is not the way to gaurantee improving your golf game.
Here are a couple tips to improve your practice.
1. Only take two or three clubs to the driving range. Don’t get stuck hitting the same favorite clubs all the time. Rotate them every time you go.
2. Don’t keep track of how long you have been at the range. Pick a goal: how many up and downs till you can leave, how many fairways you can hit with your driver out of 5 balls, hit the green 3 consecutive times with your 7 iron.
3. If you practice 30 minutes on the driving range, go to the practice green and spend the same amount of time.
4. ALWAYS HAVE A TARGET ON THE DRIVING RANGE. It doesn’t always have to be a green with a flag, but maybe a hill, a hole, hit in between two trees, or pretend the green is a pond and you have to hit over the pond. Be creative, try to make it like the course with boundaries and obstacles!
5. 10 minutes is better than nothing. Grab a wedge and putter. Try to make 3 up and downs from 3 different places and leave. Next time just take a 7 iron and work on controlling your distance at a target. Sometimes one small goal will improve your game more than trying to do 5 goals all in one session.
These are just a couple good pointers. Let me know if they help!
So, it is happening. With the help of my awesome cohort in crime, Avery, Abby Welch Golf is expanding its social media to all four: Facebook, Youtube Channel, Instagram, and LinkedIn. In the next two weeks instead of blogging, I will be updating my past blogs with videos posted on my Youtube Channel, Abby Welch Golf. This way not only can you read about the tip, but a video will supplied as well. Not only is this happening but I will also be posting Instagram shots to show you my journey as an instructor! I really hope this improves my reach to help everyone and their golf game. I would love to hear any suggestions on topics, media ideas, and comments anytime! Enjoy!
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First I want to apologize for the long break, between a busy summer and Hurricane Florence, life just got busy. A little shout out to everyone in North Carolina, wishing you all sunny skies and fast recovery.
But I am back in business and ready to get back to my blog!
When we first walk up to the practice tee we are so excited to play the golf course. We think warming up is taking our driver and take big swings to get our body loose. Unfortunately, this is basically like walking into a gym and picking up a 50lb barbel and just beginning to lift. You wouldn’t do that to warm up in the gym, so you shouldn’t warm up first with a driver on the practice tee.
First, you should stretch your body out. Arm circles, toe touches, side lunges, etc. Once you have adequately stretched, place a stick/ club on the ground to get your proper alignment. Please make sure you are aiming at a target before you begin to warm up. I can not stress this enough. Then we are ready to grab a club – the PW! It is one of the shortest clubs and we can start with small swings. These small swings are going to be a chip shot! Take about 10 swings just using your shoulders, watching the club face move back and forth without it twisting and turning. When we feel good, then go to a pitch shot (basically a half swing). This adds your hips into the swing. Nice half swing shots making sure you are finishing at your target with your hips finishing all the way. About 10-15 of these swings. Then work yourself into a full swing. Now that you have stretched your body properly, you are ready to swing the club all the way back and through freely without pain or tightness. After these go to an iron, a couple full swings, then a hybrid or a fairway wood. And lastly the driver! Maybe even visualize an imaginary fairway while you hit these driver shots, preferably visualize the first hole if you have played the course before.
What this will do is prime your brain to play, and help with first tee jitters as well. This is not a time to try and fix your swing and worry about technique or mechanics. This time on the practice tee is only for warming up your body and swing. The time to worry about mechanics has passed, the time for action has come. Once you feel sufficiently warmed up, head to the practice putting green and roll a few putts to get a feel for the greens. After that, you are ready to head out to the first tee and smash that first drive down the fairway!
Chalk Line Drill to Improve Putting Stroke
I tried my best to take a good picture so you could see the blue chalk line. This is my favorite drill for checking your putting stroke. First go to a home improvement store/ hardware store to purchase one. Buy the one with the lighter color so the line isn’t so bold. You want the line to be faint so you don’t rely on it totally. The chalk line will not harm the grass.
This drill is for is meant for a straight putt…practice first with a ball and then make the chalk line. Then you are all set. Take your putter back on the line and follow through on the line. If you aren’t staying on the line practice making sure you are using your shoulders to putt and not your hands/wrists. Also, note, this line is also helpful to identify your alignment. Feet should be parallel to chalk line. (Check alignment for more info)