Golf Questions Top 10
Unlike the pros, who launch high, spinning irons that stop on a dime, many amateurs struggle to generate adequate height and backspin from the fairway. This makes it tough to carry green-fronting hazards, and impossible hold all but the softest greens.
Hooks happen for a variety of reasons – a swing path that's too far inside the target line, over-rotation of the hands and arms through impact, etc. – most of which are exaggerations of desired swing qualities. There is a reason hybrids seem to aggravate these issues compared to other clubs: Many are built with slightly closed club faces and upright lie angles.
Thin shots occur when the ball is struck near the bottom of the clubface, causing low, line-drive shots with no backspin. Usually, theres no divot left behind after a thin shot.
There are a number of reasons for coming over the top but the most common is when golfers begin the down swing using the hands and arms rather than the hips and lower body. This causes the hands to take the club ‘outside the line and move the club from out to in. Golfers looking to stop coming over the top should focus on instigating the down swing using the hips.
Golf iron design over the years has evolved massively which has seen varying designs and club head sizes incorporating the latest technology to aid a golfers game. Most of the innovation and improvements in design are to aid players who are not very consistent and who also have trouble hitting the ball through the air.
As players reach the top of their back swing the hips should begin to turn and pull the body into the down swing. At the centre of the swing, the head should remain central. The shoulders on the back swing and the hips and body through impact should rotate around this one fixed point. If this is managed successfully the body will rotate and not slide into the ball.
You need to initiate your down swing movement back towards the golf ball, with your lower body rotating towards the target and you want to work on pulling the handle of the golf club down with your left hand and arm. Your right arm and hand should remain passive for the majority of your down swing. Your right hand should only become active during the golf swing, to release the club head at the very last second towards the golf ball as you strike it. If you become too dominant with your right hand, it simply means that you are activating your right hand before the ideal time on your down swing.
When professionals play the low wedge shot there is no real secret just good technique, a soft ball and solid ball striking. This shot becomes very useful when golfers need to spin the ball around the green but keep it down and out of the wind. Its a shot you see played countless times by professionals at the British Open.
The release of the club starts when the club shaft is approximately parallel to the ground on the down swing, with the toe of the club pointing up to the sky and finishes on the follow through when the club shaft is approximately parallel to the ground, with the toe of the club pointing up to the sky. This is a 180 degree rotation that happens at speeds upwards of 70 miles per hour for the average golfer, and is done so by the hands releasing and hinging on the other side whilst hitting the ball in the middle as the club face points at the desired target line.
Good chipping is essential to how well players can score during a game. Practice technique and build some feel into your short game. Having the ability to chip the ball close when you’ve missed a green will dramatically reduce scores.