Best Golf Questions 61-70

    Should I Feel Like I Lift The Golf Club During The Back Swing?

    1. Should I Feel Like I Lift The Golf Club During The Back Swing?



    If you have a lifting feeling during your back swing then you are using your arms too much and this is not the most effective or efficient way to swing the golf club. Lifting the golf club into position means you are not rotating your upper body around your spine and the posture that you should have created in your address position. The golf swing is a very rotary movement when made correctly and it is this rotation in your upper body on your back swing that allows you to create power in your swing and hit the ball the maximum distance that you can.

    What Are The Key Movements For My Right Arm During The Golf Swing?

    2. What Are The Key Movements For My Right Arm During The Golf Swing?



    As you address the golf ball ready to make your swing, your right arm should be very relaxed, and bent at the elbow so that your elbow folds in towards your torso. You need to make your back swing from your left side and your right arm remains passive throughout the back swing action. It remains bent at the elbow, with the elbow pointing downwards. Just ensure that you maintain the gap between your left and right forearms as your arms swing back away from the golf ball. At the top of the back swing, your right elbow should be pointing at the ground and your right forearm should be vertical and directly underneath the handle of the golf club.

    What Are The Problems With Having A Really Wide Golf Stance?

    3. What Are The Problems With Having A Really Wide Golf Stance?



    The width of stance will also help with weight transference, getting the small amount of weight from the right side at the top of the swing to the left side in time for impact and the follow through. The problems created when the stance is too wide can have a negative impact on the down swing path in particular because as the player attempts to rotate the hips towards the target, the shoulders will follow the same path due to the positioning of the right hip and leg which prevents the shoulders and the club approaching the ball from the same angle it left. Another adverse effect the wide stance can have is when the player tries to transition the weight from the right foot towards the left side with the hip rotation to give a solid left side at impact.

    What Is Correct Arm Rotation Through My Golf Swing?

    4. What Is Correct Arm Rotation Through My Golf Swing?



    The correct rotation of the arms throughout the golf swing can add power and consistency to shots, if done correctly! This is because arm rotation not only impacts club head speed but club face alignment. The two need to work in harmony to produce the best shots. In general, the arms need to begin level at address before the left arm rotates across the right during the back swing and the right rotates over the left during the through swing. Follow this guide to produce correct arm rotation.

    What Should My Knees Do During My Putting Stroke?

    5. What Should My Knees Do During My Putting Stroke?



    The putting stroke should be the most simple of actions to repeat and see great results from, yet rolling the ball into a hole with a motion that hardly moves is the most difficult of the actions you will produce in the game of golf. The biggest reason for this during the putting stroke is that golfers struggle to keep the lower half of their bodies stable. Having stability in the legs and keeping the knees firm is vital if you are to be consistent with your putting stroke. This not only gives you the base to keep your strike close to the middle of your putter face but also keeps you free from tension making it easier for you to control your speed and distance.

    Where On The Club Face Should I Strike My Driver To Add Distance To My Golf Shots?

    6. Where On The Club Face Should I Strike My Driver To Add Distance To My Golf Shots?



    When a player strikes the ball from the toe, it can create a hooked shot due to the club faces gear effect and face bulge working to start the ball right and shape it from right to left. The opposite can be said for when the heel is struck. These can actually work out being good shots if they still find the fairway, albeit they will have less distance on them. When you strike the driver from the middle of the face, you expect to hit the ball straight and far, however, the club face needs to be square to the target at impact with a straight swing path.

    Where Should My Eyes Be In Relation To The Golf Ball When I Am Putting?

    7. Where Should My Eyes Be In Relation To The Golf Ball When I Am Putting?



    The position of your eyes at address in relation to the ball is crucial. Not only does it give you the ideal view of the line you wish to start your putt on, but also that you should be standing the correct distance away from the ball at address, assuming your weight is over the laces of your shoes and not back on your heels or forward over your toes. This will now see you more importantly with your eyes looking down directly above your aim line. If your eyes are not looking down on your aim line you are sure to mis-align your putter. This will lead to you missing more putts than you hole because your mind can’t correctly align you if your view is constantly changing. The next time you are on the practice putting green.

    Why Are My Golf Drives So Inconsistent?

    8. Why Are My Golf Drives So Inconsistent?



    Every single golfer on the planet, whether a beginning golfer or professionals on the tour, is forever finding ways to improve their golf swings but in particular their swing paths and club face angles at impact. There are three different swing paths; In to out, Out to in, Straight. These swing paths determine which shape of shot the ball will have once struck, but it depends on these three face angles; Open, Closed, Striaght. If a player approaches the ball from an in to out path then they will be aiming to hit a draw shape which is when the club face is closed to the swing path but open to the target, starting the ball right and moving it from right to left in the air.

    Do I Change My Technique To Chip From A Fluffy Lie?

    9. Do I Change My Technique To Chip From A Fluffy Lie?



    A fluffy lie occurs around the green when there is a large amount of grass underneath the ball. The grass lifts the ball off the ground causing it to hover in the air.  This increases the chance of a ‘whiffed’ shot. The whiff sees the club slide between the ball and ground making a poor connection and only moving the shot a short distance forward. To avoid the whiff from fluffy lies, golfers firstly need to ensure they correctly judge how far the ball has been lifted off the ground; the greater the amount of grass underneath the ball, the higher the chances of a whiffed shot.

    How Can I Hit Better 3 Woods From The Fairway?

    10. How Can I Hit Better 3 Woods From The Fairway?



    The first thing players need to achieve is a fantastic set up position. Getting the fundamentals spot on when addressing the ball will increase the likelihood of hitting a successful shot. Golfers hitting a 3 wood from the fairway need to sweep the ball off the ground and not strike down and through like an iron shot. This is because the 3 woods loft (normally about 15 degrees) will be reduced by a descending blow. To maintain the clubs loft, players should clip the ball cleanly away. To help make this possible the ball should be positioned just inside the left heel at address. Other features of a successful set up include the shoulders to be tilted slightly away from the target, the butt end of the club to be pointed at the belt buckle and the weight distribution to be placed 50-50 on each foot.