So you’re not a beginner any longer. You’ve come of age; you’re not a virgin anymore. You’ve matured into a true, competitive golfer and then some. You can putt, you can swing, you can drive, you can get through a game with the least amount of strokes needed and chicks and veteran players alike are starting to take notice of you and your dynamic play style. But before you take a fancy at becoming the next Arnold Palmer, hold your horses first. You’re not yet quite through everything. You might know all the technicalities of the sport, you actually understand golf jokes and laugh heartily at the cliché joke of “Fore!” whenever comedians use it. Still, there are several things your advanced play style lacks and perhaps this guide can help you fix that, so you’ll be a step closer to getting that Tiger-Wood-type of game or at least, a Tiger-Woods-type of girlfriend. Let those fools be awed by the excellence of your prowess!
Hitting the Ball Farther. Speaking of Tiger Woods, did you know that for a pro-golfer with an above-average tee shot (20 yards, sir!), he only weighs about 180 pounds? Obviously, you don’t need the physic of a steroid-addled pro-wrestler to add some yards to your tee shots too. Like most every skill, there’s a trick to this shot. Watch how Tiger does his downswing during his tee shots and you’ll see the same small area next to his hips towards the ball. Many amateur golfers push their hips towards the ball when they make their downswing, when they should rotate their hips in making the downswing without moving them towards the ball. Start rotating your left forearm to square the club face and gradually release the club head; this swing should already be halfway down when the release of his wrists begin. This tactic is one of Tiger’s specialties and once you’ve at least mastered the general idea of the technique, you should be adding some yards to your tee shot as well.
A Cure For Slices. As you should already know, slices are only good for tennis or bread; in golf, it’s a curse as well as a disease. You’d need a wide and powerful backswing to get distance on your drive but if you’ve been slicing the ball as of late, you should try to identify why this is happening and make proper adjustments and adaptations. Just to give you an idea, if you’re right-handed / left-handed, then maybe the culprit is the other hand. You need to keep the other arm out straight on your backswing but not when you execute your follow through. A uncurled, tension-filled other arm during the follow through will certainly result in those undesirable slices; it prevents your leading arm from rotating naturally, which is essential for drives.
Ever Try This Scoring Trick? No, this won’t teach you how to get a Mrs. Palmer or Mrs. Woods of your own, but as an experienced golfer you should have a lot of tactics to improve your scoring chances. You probably know how essential chipping is. But what do you do when your ball lands in a trap near the green, your ball has a clean lie and the lip of the trap is no higher than your knees? Just keep in mind that sandblasting or chipping isn’t the best way to get through the sand trap; there’s a better, more ingenuous way of going about this. Use a pitching wedge, take some sand with your shot and putting stop on the ball; better than a chip or a sandblast, because you have clear view of the green as you make your putting stop.
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