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3 Chipping Tips Guaranteed to Get Your Game in Gear

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.Chipping tips can help you improve your score

Preshot Routine 

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.

Club Selection

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.

Distance Control

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.

Here are some great drills for working on your distance control.

Do you have any chipping tips? Leave them in the comment section!

Y’all have a good weekend, and hit ’em straight!

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Wrist Hinge Drills, Part One

You have to hinge your wrists during your swing if you want to create power in your swing and make a clean hit on the ball. Hinging your wrists will allow your club head to lag slightly behind your arms, increasing the speed of your club head and sharpening your impact. It’s difficult to master the correct wrist hinge, so we’ll be presenting a two part post with some drills that will help you perfect it.

Pinkie-Off Drill

To get the feeling of momentum inducing the wrist hinge, grip the club normally, then slide your top hand up until your pinkie isn’t touching the club. Without your pinkie for support, the club’s weight will force a wrist hinge at the top of your backswing. Make a few practice swings that way, then try with your normal grip, again trying to mimic the feeling of the drill.

The Hinge Drill

The key to hinging your wrist properly is a complete, connected swing. If you legs, arms, and upper body move together in your backswing, your wrists will be forced to hinge at the first moment of downswing.
Practice keeping your body together by grasping a club near the middle of the shaft and placing the grip onto your stomach. Now take a few practice swings. If you swing properly, your wrist will hinge automatically when you reach the top of your backswing. Then take your normal grip and try to mimic the feeling of the drill.

We’ll have two more wrist drills on Friday to get you prepped and ready for your practice session this weekend.

Have golf questions you’d like answered? Email them to us at teetimeatolemiss@gmail.com and we’ll do our best to answer them!

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5 Great Tips for Building Confidence in Your Golf Game

Develop a great shot routine
Feeling confident in even high pressure situations is easier if you have a solid shot routine. Your fundamentals will be right, you’ve mentally and physically rehearsed your shot, you’re composed, and you’re prepared well before you make your swing.

Don’t criticize yourself during your round
Berating yourself about your mistakes during your round will kill a positive attitude faster than anything else. Remember to learn from your mistakes at the end of your round.

Don’t react negatively to bad shots
The more frustrated you become over your previous shots, the more frustrated you become about your round in general. Not only that, it will take much longer to regain your confidence. Learn to let go of what has already happened and stay in the present. If you hit a bad shot, immediately find something else to focus on; go to your happy place, so to speak. The sooner you get over your bad shots, the better off your game is in the long run.

Get out of your comfort zone

When you overcome nerves, doubt, and fear, you’ll be a stronger, more confident golfer. When you put yourself in situations where you feel out of sorts and uncomfortable, getting through those situations increase your confidence. As in any situation, however, always rely on your routine when you can.

Accentuate the positive

When your round is over, honestly evaluate the areas that need work, but concentrate mainly on what you did well. The more you focus on what you did well, the more confident you will be become.

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Tips for Hitting From a Downhill Lie

When hitting from a downhill lie, you’ll need to make some simple adjustments.

  • The ball is going to come out lower than it usually will, and your swing arc is going to bottom out sooner according to the line of your stance.
  • Set your shoulders with the slope of the hill. This may be difficult depending on the severity of the slope, but setting the angle of your shoulders even to the ground will help you achieve a level swing.
  • Because the ball is going to come out lower, meaning that you’re going to lose some loft, you may need to use a club with a shorter length.
  • Play the ball slightly farther back in your stance. You’re going to make contact with the ground sooner due to the slope of the hill.
  • Always  take a practice swing, noting where your club head makes contact with the ground.  If the slope is severe, cut to a ¾ finish so you don’t tumble down the slope.

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These Three Common Golf Swing Mistakes are Destroying Your Power Shots

Your swing mistakes are killing your drives and accuracy. Here are the top three most common golf swing mistakes and how to correct them:

1. The Over-The-Top Swing

This swing typically results in a pull slice and lessens power because the upper body is leading the downswing instead of the lower body. Instead of pulling the club farther to the inside of your backswing to compensate, take the club back in a straighter line away from the ball so the club doesn’t get too far behind you during your back swing.  This puts you in a better position at the top of your backswing, and you’ll be able to allow your arms to drop into a better position to move your hips laterally in the downswing before they begin to turn. Be sure your lower body is moving first to start your downswing.

2. Releasing your hands too early.

If you release your hands too early in your downswing, you lose power. When your arms are extended in line with the club when your hands are still a foot behind the club, you’re going to hit the ball only with the power from your arms instead of letting the club whip through when your hands are released properly.  While your hands are almost even with the ball in your downswing, your club should lag behind.  Focus on moving your lower body to start your downswing, as above. Then, keep your wrist cocked slightly longer in your downswing.

3. The Reverse Pivot

This happens when you don’t shift your weight to your back foot during your downswing. It’s usually cause when you tilt your hips instead of turning them.  This reduces your ability to shift your weight from back to front properly, reducing your swing speed. Turn your shoulders and hips so the center of your chest  is over your back foot. Bend your back knee, but make sure it’s not bent outside your back foot. As a right-handed player, you should feel your body weight all along your right side.

Swing changes don’t happen overnight, so don’t get discouraged if it take a while to correct these mistakes. As you improve, you’ll notice an increase in the solidity of your shots as well as your distance.

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Resistance Training: Power and Swing Fundamentals

Resistance training can play a very important role in a golfer’s performance on the course. Here’s an easy exercise to build a more powerful swing.

  • Take two or three clubs and hold them in your hands as you would a single club. You won’t be able to hold them with an interlocked grip, but hold them with one hand over the other as you normally would.
  • Make your normal swing. The extra weight will force you to begin the swing correctly, and your shoulders will turn away to start a normal swinging motion.
  • Once the momentum of the clubs takes over, the clubs will automatically swing through the proper position.

 

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Better Iron Shots and Control

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Impact Drill Golf Lesson

We found this great drill from internet golf pro Mark Crossfield for making better contact with the ball.  The range will be open all weekend, so come on out and get some practice in!

See you next week!

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Golf Drills from Jack O’Keefe

If you haven’t subscribed to our newsletter, maybe we can entice you to do so with some of the great drills that Ole Miss Assistant Men’s Golf Coach, Jack O’Keefe, has been sharing with us. 

3-6-9 Putting Drill: Place 1 ball 3 feet from the hole, place another ball 6 feet from the hole, and place another ball 9 feet from the hole, all on the same line to the hole. Putt and make the 3 foot putt, Putt and make the 6 foot putt and finally putt and make the 9 foot putt. To complete the drill, you must make all 3 putts in a row. Beginner: complete the drill one time. Average player: complete the drill 2 times in a row. Advanced player: complete the drill 3 times in a row.

Feet Together Drill: While on the driving range hitting balls with a 7, 8, or 9 iron: set up to the ball with your feet only 6 inches apart. Hit balls this way to work on balance and rotation in your swing. You should be able to hit balls and maintain your balance and hit nice shots. The ball may not go as far as with your normal set up but this drill should help you with consistent contact and hopefully straighter shots. If you are comfortable hitting balls this way you can even work up to trying it with the driver.

Putting Drill – Cross Putting Drill – Place a golf tee 3 feet, 4 feet, and 5 feet from the hole at 12:00, 3:00, 6:00 and 9:00 to make a cross. To complete this drill make all the 3 footers in a row, then make all the 4 footers in a row and finally make all the 5 footers in a row. If you miss any putt, you must start again at the 3 foot putts. For the beginner make all the putts in succession 1 time. For the intermediate player, make all the 3 foot putts twice, the 4 foot putts once and the 5 foot putts once, all in succession. For the advanced player, make all the 3 foot putts 3 times, make all the 4 foot putts 2 times, and all the 5 foot putts 1 time, all in succession. This should help you avoid 3-putting and also improve your short putting.

Range Drill – Pull Right Foot Back Drill – Most average golfers suffer from a slice (ball curving way to the right for right handed players). A lot of times this is caused by the golfer swinging over the top and cutting across the ball and imparting side spin to make the ball curve hard left to right. By setting up normal with your feet parallel to the target, simply pull your right back a little (like a closed stance in golf and baseball). By doing this you will swing more from the inside and make more of a hook swing, which will help make the ball go straighter. The key is to make sure you set up normally with your stance and then at the last minute pull your right foot back.

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Great Drill for Bunker Shots

The purpose of this drill is to develop confidence when hitting out of bunkers.  Think of it this way: getting out of the sand is, in theory, easier than getting out of the rough since sand is more consistent and predictible.  By learning this shot, you’ll be helping yourself in 90% of the situations you encounter when you’re playing a shot from the sand.

Place a tee in the sand and set your ball on top of it.  The top of the tee should be just below the top of the sand.  Dig your feet firmly into the sand and choke up on your club a little to compensate. Open your club face slightly to avoid digging too deeply into the sand and hit behind the ball at a shallow angle, clipping off the top of the tee.  Take a long, shallow divot out of the sand and be sure to keep your left arm moving through the ball. By doing so, you’re swinging the club through and under the sand.  The closer you hit to the ball, the more spin you’ll put on the shot. Like any other shot, distance is controlled by your backswing, and don’t forget: always follow through and finish high.

Need a place to practice your sand shots? 

 

Headed to the beach for your summer vacation? Don’t forget to pack your sand wedge!

 

 

Pretend the cacti are the pins!

 

Need something a little closer to home? How about one of the many swim beaches at Sardis and Enid?

 

 

Somewhere more realistic? Practice in your own back yard!

 

 

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