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TIP OF THE WEEK
To supplement the first tip of “Alignment, Ball Position, and Grip,” here are a few things to ALWAYS pay attention to in order to create a little more consistency in your game:
All wedges, short irons (8 and 9 Iron), and midirons (6 and 7 Iron) should be played directly in the middle of your stance.
- Ball on the RIGHT in pictured below (shortest arrow).Long Irons and hybrids (3, 4, 5 Irons and hybrids) should be played one golf ball width forward of the middle of your stance.
- Ball second from the RIGHT in the picture below.Fairway woods (3, 5, & 7 woods) should be played two golf balls forward of the middle of your stance.
- Ball second from the LEFT in the picture below.The Driver should be played off of the inside of your front foot (left foot if you’re a righty, right foot if you’re a lefty)
- Ball on the LEFT in the picture below (longest arrow).
Right Handed Golfer Stance (reverse for lefty)
The single most important part of the golf swing is your GRIP!
- From address, you should see two knuckles in your top hand.
- The lines that both hands and thumbs form should be parallel to each other and be pointing at your back shoulder.
- Both hands should look as they are a single unit, with little to no gaps, and must work together.
- Thumbs should be placed on top of the grip.
- Grip Pressure: Scale of 1 10 (1 = almost falling out, 10 = firm, white knuckled grasp) You should be gripping club around a 3 throughout the golf swing.
- The better your ability to control grip tension level, the faster you will be able to improve. This technique for the grip allows for natural hinging of the wrists, and better feel for the club and swing.
To correctly modify, alter, or monitor your fundamentals, take a lesson with your local PGA Professional. If you do not have one at your local club or driving range, book a lesson with Michael Midgette, PGA at Skydrive in Farmingdale or Golf & Body in Huntington.
“The best players in the world have instructors, so should you.”