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‘ I’ll never forget them
because they work.’
The 10 best tips I ever received – and still use today
OLF instruction comes and goes,
but great advice – ideas that make
a game-changing difference to your
scorecard – lasts a lifetime.
Inside each issue of Australian Golf
Digest you’ll find hundreds of tips from the
very best players in the game to help you get
from tee to green.
Read carefully because I promise you,
some of these will change your game forever.
How do I know that? Let’s just say I’ve been
in your shoes before.
I battled my fair share of demons
on the course back in the day – both
as an amateur and US PGA Tour pro –
particularly with my short game. Fixing
the problem was all about seeking
the right advice that rang true to me,
having the dedication to work on it and
remembering the process for next time.
While I don’t play nearly as much golf as
I used to, when I do I still resort to the 10
greatest – and easiest – tips I ever received
to get myself swinging great again.
I’ll never forget them because they work.
With a bit of luck, they’ll help you get the
ball in the hole, too!
1. If you are always three-putting, here is a
great tip to help you with touch and feel
on the greens. Touch and feel are the two
main ingredients to consistent putting.
Drop three balls from the hole at the
distance from where you are struggling to
make putts. Now try to hole each one with
your eyes closed. It’s as easy as that, and I
guarantee your lag putting will improve.
2. Many amateurs have a hard time lining
up each shot. The problem is they align
their body to the target first, which is
completely wrong. If this sounds like you,
train yourself to set the clubface first and
then take your stance last. Watch how
the pros do it. They will do it this way
3. A great tip, and one I still use when
practising, is to put your feet together and
hit shots with an 8-iron. This will keep
your legs nice and quiet and produce
great hand speed.
4. Another great tip for hand speed is to
grip the club with just your right hand (if
you’re a right-handed player – vice-versa
if you’re left-handed) and hit balls. This
teaches you to release the club, which is
when the clubhead goes past your hands
at impact, making the ball hook spin if
you do it correctly.
5. Putting practice should always be fun.
A simple drill I use is to place five tees
around the hole a putter-length away.
Now place three balls down, and going
around the circle make the three putts
from each tee. Once you have done this,
move the tees back a foot and do the same
again. Keep going back as far as you like.
If you miss, start again.
6. A common mistake with chipping is to
take the club back too low with straight,
stiff wrists; this results in scooping the
ball. Start by setting up with a slightly
open stance and clubface with your weight
forward onto your front foot. To generate
height you have to hinge your wrists.
7. Bunker play is almost identical to that of
a high-lofted chip shot. Once again, your
weight is firmly on your front foot and the
key to getting the ball out is wrist cock,
or “wrist hinge”. This is a must. If your
takeaway is too low, you will skin the shot
or hit it heavy.
8. Before amateurs play they often go to
the practice range and immediately
take the driver from the bag. Learn to
hit a few shorter clubs before you hit
the driver on the range. That way, your
rhythm will be better before you tee it
up in your round.
9. The best pitchers in the game use body
rotation through the ball; the worst
use almost none. If you freeze your
body, you generally just throw the club
at the ball, which is no good. Turning
your body through keeps the club
shallow and lets it get under the ball.
10. Hitting into the wind is one of the
toughest shots in golf. First, widen
your stance. A wider stance helps you
with a shallower swing plane. A steep
downward action causes the ball to
balloon upwards. Second, shorten
your swing when hitting into the
wind. A shorter backswing will help
you accelerate through the ball. Third,
take one more club than normal. How
many times do you come up short
against the wind?
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No.5: Has your putting
turned sour? Don’ t get
angry, get practising!
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