You may have heard the old proverb that “a Stitch in Time, Saves 9”. It really is the reminder not to procrastinate because the longer you wait, the worse it gets. I thought of this as I was watching the Winter Olympics. Every sport is a game of inches. It’s the difference between winning and losing. Unfortunately in golf, every time you swing a club you are faced with the thrill of victory or the agony of defeat. Fixing a problem before you play, can save 9 or 18 holes of agony.
You arrive for a round of golf with your mind and body in a different condition every time you play. You may be uptight or your muscles may be aching from a bad night’s sleep. Put your mind in a positive state by executing shots with a variety of clubs to see what is working for you.
For consistent hits, make sure that your setup, takeaway and finish are all in a comfortable balanced position.
Consider These Adjustments
DRIVING: I have been hitting my drives up the slot from an in-to-outside path. Unfortunately the open face on my club was pushing and fading shots consistently to the right. I found that by moving my trailing foot 1 inch back from my target line, I was able to create a draw instead of a push, and it improved my consistency. A ONE INCH ADJUSTMENT MADE ALL THE DIFFERENCE.
Fairway Woods, Hybrids and Irons: Each club has a different weight and length. It’s easier for you to swing lighter clubs faster. CONTROL YOUR SPEED! The faster you swing the more difficult it becomes to keep your body rotating and keeping up with your club during the swing. Why not try swinging your clubs at 80% so that your body rotation can keep up with your swing. By doing this:
– your club will not bottom out before the ball
– you will improve your direction control as you finish your swing.
PUTTING: Never start a round of golf without getting a feel for the speed of the greens. You don’t need strength to be a good putter. It’s all feel and practice. Rock your shoulders and drive your putter up your target line. You can’t be a successful putter by looking up as you swing through the ball (it changes your body and shoulder angle as you pull through the ball.)
–If you have the yips: Change your putter, your grip and your underwear. Good luck.
–If you are slicing across your ball, you will never hit a straight putt.
–Choose your target point, take a practice swing for distance and swing straight through the ball.
–Focus on hitting the ball in the center of the putter face and straight up the target line without lifting your head. An early peek will only pull your putt off line.
A stitch in time can save 9 and most likely 18 holes of grief. Fix your game at the practice range before you play each round. Then it’s up to you to maintain your swing speed and body motion throughout your round. Practice with GOLFSTR+ to make sure that your swing is under control for all 6 swing fixes. Check it out at www.golfstr.com
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