The heated debate on belly putters continues this week as the USGA and Royal & Ancient Golf Club propose a ban on the anchoring of clubs during a stroke. The proposed ban wouldn’t make the use of belly and chest putters illegal, rather, it would make anchoring them to the body against the rules.
U.S. Golf Association executive director Mike Davis told the Golf Channel, “We’re not doing this because we said (anchoring) is a great advantage. It may be advantageous for some, but this is fundamentally about what we think is the right thing for the game.”
This new rule, 14-1b, would take effect in 2016 when the new Rules of Golf is published. It will encompass all levels of golf, from the amateur to professional.
Three of the last five major winners have used belly putters to claim their victories, including 14-year old Tianlang Guan, who won the Asian Amateur with a belly putter he’d begun using only 6 months before.
What do you think about the debate over belly putters?
Colder air causes more resistance during the ball’s flight, and golfers often take a harder swing to compensate. But attempting to hit the ball harder alters your swing plane and ruins your shot. Here are some simple tips to help you avoid mishaps when the temperatures are chilly.
1. Take a swing that lowers the trajectory of the your ball. Use a shallow sing place and hit farther back in your stance.
2. At address, set your shoulders properly. For right handers, your right shoulder should be slightly lower than your left. Your right arm should be relaxed and your elbow should be tucked in. Never let your right shoulder pass the ball.
3. Use more club if you need too. The ball won’t travel as far in the winter months, so it may take up to two extra clubs to make up the difference. You
4. Keep your hands warm. While there are many golf gloves on the market that can help keep your digits warm in winter, the best method is keeping your hands warm between shots. Keeping hand warmers in your pockets can help warm your fingers rapidly between shots. can also consider moving a tee closer to the pin than usual.
5. Use colored balls. If you’re playing golf after the longer grass has died, it can be hard to find your ball if it’s white. Using a colored ball will help you keep track of your shots better.
6. Stay hydrated. It is tempting to drink coffee, tea, cocoa, or other warm beverages when you’re out in the cold, but don’t forget to drink fluids that will hydrate you, too!
The cold air affects your body and the ball differently. Consider golfing in cold weather a challenge, and don’t beat yourself up if you don’t do as well as you would in the warmer months.
As a lefty, has anyone ever told you to “just take the tips you read for right handed players and reverse them.” Sometimes that can be easier said than done. Here are some left handed golf tips that will have you shooting better in no time.
Use an extra long tee and tee the ball high. Hitting from a low tee can cause hooks, while hitting from a higher tee can gain you around 12 extra yards by improving your trajectory (hitting a ball that travels at the optimum height for distance).
Play the ball 2 ball lengths forward in your stance. Just like the first tip, this will get the ball higher into the air, getting you more yardage per shot.
Lead your swing with your right hand and finish with your left.
Slow down your swing! Swinging hard and fast can draw your swing offline. Taking a smooth swing will help you hit the sweet spot on the club, resulting in a longer drive. When you hit your swing hard and fast, you tightenyour wrists and arms, which impacts your swing arc (the path your swing takes from back swing to impact) causing hooks and slices.
Know the layout of the course. As a lefty, this is an especially important piece of advice. Many courses feature holes that bend to the right (also called a dogleg). Lefties must draw the ball to the right on these shot in order to keep the ball in play.
This is probably the most important left handed golf tip you’ll ever hear: Invest in a set of left handed golf clubs. While you can often play decently with right handed golf clubs, you’ll never play as well as you could if you had the proper equipment.
Are you a lefty? Do you have any tips that you’d like to share with your fellow right-brainers?
It has been unusually windy in Mississippi these past few days and that got us thinking, what are some good tips for people who are braving the course on these breezy days. These tips may be of use to you in the coming weeks and months as Old Man Winter blows in.
Take a lower stance when hitting the ball. Lowering your center of gravity will help your balance.
Think about the direction of the wind. Winds blowing left to right or vice versa will mean you need to adjust your aim to a point in the opposite direction of the wind to compensate.
When hitting into the wind, choose a club up from the one you’d normally use in a given situation. Use one club up for every 10 mph of wind. So if the wind is blowing 20 mph, go up two clubs. You’ll also want the ball father back in your stance to lower the trajectory of the ball.
If you’re hitting with the wind, lower your club length .The same rule applies here as hitting into the wind. For every 10 mph of wind, lower the club. The wind will continue to push the ball after you’ve hit it.
Use your normal swing! Trying to speed up your swing to hit into the wind will cause your swing arc to fall out of place and you’ll mishit the ball.
When chipping downwind, hit the ball softer and allow it to roll closer to the hole. When you’re hitting upwind, hit the ball slightly harder to carry it farther.
Putting usually isn’t affected by winds under 20-25 mph, but in strong winds, use the tips for wind direction above to guide your aim.
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Your short game is the majority of your score in golf and it’s also the hardest. Try these chipping tips to help you lower your strokes near the pin.
Using a preshot routine every time you approach a shot makes you comfortable and prepares you for your shot. The familiarity of your routine can physically relax you before a swing. Awhile back, we posted a helpful article on creating a preshot routine.
A few things to remember during your preshot routine:
Line up your shot just as you would a putt.
Don’t choose a club until after you have examined your shot. This will help you determine the proper club for your shot.
Always take a practice swing.
When selecting a club for your shot, there are several things to consider:
If you have very little distance from your ball to the pin, you want to give the ball a little more loft than you would for a longer distance. Try a pitching wedge for this shot.
If you have a long distance of green, try using an 8-iron (or a 5-iron if the shot is especially long). An iron will will give your ball a lower trajectory and more roll.
Is your shot uphill? Using a low-lofted club like an 8- or 5- iron will allow you to hit the shot in lower and roll it up to the pin.
Downhill shot? A pitching or sand wedge to give the shot loft instead of distance to allow it to roll downhill toward the hole.
As mentioned above, choosing the right club for the shot will make a vast difference in the distance your ball travels. But to control your chip shot, you’ll need consistent and clean contact with the ball. Your swing through the ball should be longer than the backswing–this forces you to accelerate as you swing. Hold your follow through on the ball until it comes to a stop on the green.
Hello, everyone! We want to take the time today to update you on a few things happening in our online community.
First, our Who Has the Best Party in The Grove photo contest is going great! Thanks to everyone who has entered or voted for a photo so far. Don’t forget that you can vote once daily! The contest ends November 16th, so head on over to our Facebook page and vote–after you finish here, of course.
In other important golf course news, we’re working hard every day to grow and foster our online community. In an attempt to make it as easy as possible for our fans to access important information about The Ole Miss Golf Course, we’re currently working to move the blog over to our website. This will likely take some time, and we ask for your patience and understanding as we work to make your experience as smooth as possible. For the time being, we’ll be posting on both venues, and when everything is situated, we’ll move over to the website. We appreciate your understand and look forward to providing you with golf tips, instruction, and drills in the months and years to come.
Thanks to each and every one of you for supporting your Ole Miss Golf Course. We look forward to seeing you in the pro shop soon!