According to a 2004 "Golf Digest" article, a research project was conducted at Torrey Pines -- a championship course in California -- with a group of better-than-average amateurs. Their average score (from the white tees) was 94, which is 22 over par. With that type of gap between pros and good amateurs, it's no wonder that many weekend golfers look for easier ways to hit the ball. This quest has led many players to look into alternative golf methods – some of which have a good pedigree, while others don't. Before committing to such a swing, be sure you understand how the alternative methods differ from your current technique. You can sort through new swing options by looking for a few key characteristics.
The average driving distance among golfers in the PGA varies from event to event and from year to year, but typically stays within a few yards of the same number. Players such as J.B. Holmes, Bubba Watson and Dustin Johnson are perennially among the longest hitters on tour.
Golfers need to keep in mind that hitting the ball is only part of the story of an effective swing in golf. Start with a pre-shot routine as you address the ball, and bring the club back with a full shoulder turn to execute a correct backswing. You will then be in the ideal position to start the downswing and hit through the ball for a golf shot that achieves both accuracy and distance.
A repeatable golf swing is one the golfer is able to execute with precision over and over, whether on the practice range by himself or at a crucial stage of a match with his buddies. In golf, "repeatable" is another word for "reliable." You can step up to the ball each time with confidence that you can hit the ball close to the intended target.
Among the most desirable shots to many golfers is a quality drive. However, achieving a quality drive is no easy feat. Often times, the result of a poor drive is a low, line drive type of shot that doesn't travel an optimum distance. There are numerous causes for this type of low drive off the tee box.
It's an odd concept. You have to step up and address the ball with the intention of hitting it, then choose to swing the club and strike the ball. Surely all golf swings are conscious physical acts, not movements that happen without thoughts guiding them. Golf swings don't "just happen" when you least expect it. But lack of thought isn't what differentiates a conscious golf swing from an unconscious one. Rather, it's a difference in how you choose to focus your thoughts.
It's amazing how much weekend players struggle to make the pivot turns in their golf swings. Give them a plastic flying disk, a baseball bat, or even an ax and they will probably make the proper move naturally. Use a few simple checks during your swing to be sure you're pivoting properly as you turn back and through.
Golfers strive to build a swing that delivers maximum distance, allows sufficient control over the ball -- accuracy -- and is dependable. You want develop a consistent swing, one that you can depend on to produce on-target shots even under competitive pressure. Golf will be more fun if you don't have a wide variance in your score from week to week.
One of the great debates in golf concerns swinging vs. hitting. Swinging focuses on the movement of the arms to create speed and is usually associated with the classic players of years past; it was difficult to play any other way when clubs had hickory shafts. Hitting focuses on using the whole body to create angles and appeals to modern players, many of whom are young and strong and perhaps eager to prove they're athletes. Teacher Manuel de la Torre says that hitters try to create club movement while swingers merely respond to the club's movement. But both swinging and hitting are valid ways to play the game. The key is choosing which method is better for you.
There are many things that can go wrong with a swing, and you can spend a fortune on teaching aids designed to fix them. However, you can fix many swing problems with nothing more than an empty box. You can use one in a variety of ways, depending on what kind of box you have available.
Bringing the club back from its address position behind the golf ball into its fully cocked position, ready to deliver a powerful strike down on the golf ball, is a process that can easily be performed incorrectly. By correcting the flaws in your backswing, you can have consistently better strokes.
To be successful in a game as difficult as golf, you need to practice. Very few people can head out for a round and post a good score without working on their games beforehand. Practicing at a driving range is a perfect way to get better, but there are some things to remember. You need to follow the rules and be courteous of the facility and others joining you on the range.
To achieve distance and accuracy when you are driving the golf ball, begin with the proper equipment. Technology in golf clubs changes all the time, and the club that you have in your bag might not have the latest design to achieve your goals. Once you are satisfied your driver is satisfactory, check your swing and assess your ability to draw and fade the ball off the tee.
Professional golfers spend most of their lives working on their games. They take lessons from the best instructors and constantly monitor their swings during practice. Many amateur golfers have never had a golf lesson and don't spend much time trying to get better on the driving range. Understandably, there are some big differences between the swing of a professional golfer and an amateur.
Everybody looks for the "secret" that will make golf simple. They expect some special move or obscure grip that will suddenly get them swinging the club like a pro. There is no magic move, but there are some simple things you can do that will make your game improve almost instantly. Best of all, they don't require a lot of practice.
Golfers many times have a love-hate relationship with the irons in their golf bags. They love the short to mid irons, from wedges up to a 6-iron, because these clubs are easier to hit and give you the confidence needed to make a solid strike. Conversely, longer irons – typically 3- through 5-irons – frustrate many amateur players because they aren't able to get consistent shotmaking results with them.
It's very easy to get confused by complicated swing instructions. And if you don't have several hours to spare each day for practice, you aren't likely to build your swing like a pro's. That doesn't mean, however, that you can't use a few shortcuts to get more out of your round.
It can be hard for some golfers to turn a trip to the driving range into something more than just an opportunity to smack a bucket full of balls into an open field. Turning your driving range time into quality practice time takes dedication and focus, but in the end, it can help you improve your game and lower your score on the course.
Swing plane is a popular topic among golf pros, instructional magazines and casual players alike. Some teachers advocate a single-plane swing that delivers the clubhead along an identical path to your takeaway versus the more traditional two-plane approach where your backswing is slightly more upright than the downswing and follow-through. Many golfers will dissect Ben Hogan's "Five Lessons; The Modern Fundamentals of Golf" and argue each point, but they often lack a true understanding of what a swing plane is and how it determines the swing path.
Give an average player a 9-iron and he'll usually hit a decent shot. Give him a wood of any kind and he's just as likely to mishit it. Hitting a wood – whether whether it's a driver or a fairway wood – is often more of a mental problem for amateurs than a physical one. If you can play a 9-iron, you can make a solid strike with a wood. All you need to do is make some slight physical adjustments and a mental one as well.