Week 4/Day 3 Cardiogolf Game Improvement Program

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KPJ’s Cardiogolf Game Improvement Program

Monday-Chipping Fundamentals

Tuesday-Chipping Faults and Fixes

Today-Wednesday-Creating Backspin

Thursday-Club Seleciton

Friday-Chipping Practice

Creating Backspin

A lot of my students ask me how to get backspin with their wedges. They see professionals hit short shots to greens that back up towards the pin and they want to do that too.

High-handicappers usually have a misconception of how to get backspin with a wedge. They think that they need to get underneath the ball and scoop the shot. This is exactly the opposite of what you want to do.

To get backspin you actually want to hit down. When you strike down on the ball, the ball rolls up the clubface, the ball flies forward, but it spins backwards, so when it lands, the ball will roll backwards and then stop. To do this, you want to squeeze the ball off the turf: hitting the ball first and taking a thin divot afterwards.

Follow these three simple steps to get backspin with your wedge.

First, set up your body slightly open to your target. This means that you point your body left of the target (if you are right-handed) and lean your weight towards your front leg.

Second, play the ball just right of center. You want the ball further back in your stance so that you catch the ball first on your downswing; your hands should be in front of the ball at address and as you strike the ball at impact.

Third, you want your backswing to be more upright or steeper, so you must hinge your wrists freely as you swing back. The worst move you can do when you are trying to pitch and get backspin is take the clubhead low and inside on the backswing. Take it back straighter and let the club work up. This is what is going to help you pinch the ball off the turf and get you the backspin you desire.

Chipping Set Up
Chipping Set Up
The clubhead needs to work straight back, not inside
The clubhead needs to work straight back, not inside

On-Course Exercise-Set aside 10 minutes of your regular practice session to practice your chipping.

Off-Course Exercise-Complete the Pre-Swing Muscle and Joint Warm Up chapter from the Cardiogolf DVD.  To order your own copy of Cardiogolf visit cardiogolf .

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Email your questions and comments-Karen@swingbladegolf.com

Coming Up this Week…

Thursday-Club Seleciton

Friday-Chipping Practice

Week 4/Day 2 Cardiogolf Game Improvement Program

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KPJ’s Cardiogolf Game Improvement Program

Monday-Chipping Fundamentals

Today-Tuesday-Chipping faults and fixes

Wednesday-Creating Backspin

Thursday-Club Seleciton

Friday-Chipping Practice

Chipping Faults and Fixes

You have probably heard a lot of tips about the importance of having light grip pressure. Well, light grip pressure is fine for your full swing, but that’s not what you should do when you chip the ball.

For full swing shots, you want to have light grip pressure so you can open and close the clubface as well as hinge and unhinge your wrists. When you chip the ball, you actually want to keep the clubface very square through the stroke and holding the grip tighter can help you do that.

On a full swing shot, your left thumb should point down the right side of the shaft. This will help you hold the club in your fingers of your left hand and creates swing power by letting your left wrist hinge/unhinge and your left forearm rotate.

Full Swing Grip
Full Swing Grip

On a chip shot, your left thumb should point straight down on top of the shaft. This grip puts the club in the palm of your left hand and helps you keep the clubface square during the stroke.

Chipping Grip
Chipping Grip

Holding the club firmly in the palm of your left hand will also help you keep the club swinging straight back and straight through without letting your wrists breakdown.


On-Course Exercise-Practice chipping using this drill. Place a club 8 to 10 inches behind your ball and perpendicular to the target line, swing back up and over club while then coming back down across it.  As you hit the chip and miss the club, making a downward descending blow on the ball.  This drill will prevent you from swinging up or scooping the ball.

Off-Course Exercise-Do the Groove Your Swing Chapter of the Cardiogolf DVD.  This section of the DVD will provide you with a low impact workout for you whole body that will help you improve your swing technique, clubhead speed and body and swing motion.  To get your own copy of Cardiogolf visit www.cardiogolf.com.

Cardiogolf DVD
Cardiogolf DVD

Preview Cardiogolf

Find out your golf personality

Email your questions and comments-Karen@swingbladegolf.com

Coming Up this Week…

Wednesday-Creating Backspin

Thursday-Club Seleciton

Friday-Chipping Practice


Week 4/Day 1 Cardiogolf Game Improvement Program

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KPJ’s Cardiogolf Game Improvement Program

Coming up this week…

Today-Monday-Chipping Fundamentals

Tuesday-Chipping faults and fixes

Wednesday-Creating Backspin

Thursday-Club Seleciton

Friday-Chipping Practice

Chipping

A chip shot involves precision to control the correct yardage and distance to leave the shortest possible putt. Because this shot involves a relatively short swing, there is little time for compensations, therefore the set-up and the fundamentals need to be correct.  The key is to find a way to control the clubhead with the body, not the hands, while hitting the ball the correct distance.  Here are a few fundamentals to help you with your chipping technique:

  • Less air time, more roll – example: roll balls can control roll more than air
  • Can use putting grip: to keep wrists firm
  • Feet close together-Keeps body more quiet
  • Weight towards front leg-hands pressed forward
  • Ball position is in the center or towards back foot depending on the lie
  • Use a putting stroke-straight back and through
  • Try to achieve a slight downward brush
  • Use slightly tighter grip pressure
  • Hold finish-don’t let wrists flips
Chipping Set up
Chipping Set up

On-Course Exercise-

One Handed Drill-With a club take your chipping stance. Now take your trail (bottom) hand and place it behind your back. This drill is performed using only the target (top) hand in the chipping swing motion. Our goal is to swing the club and maintain a straight line with our target arm and the shaft of the club. First, start without a golf ball to get the proper feel of this drill. Second, perform this drill with a ball. Done correctly this drill promotes a flat wrist in the target hand. Done incorrectly the target wrist breaks down and the palm of the target hand faces the ground.

Off-Course Exercise-

Without a Club-Take chipping stance without a golf club, place your palms together, and point finger tips away from your target. Pay attention to the angle created by your wrists. Swing your arms back and forth like you were chipping. As you swing maintain the angle created by your wrists. This drill encourages passive hands that are needed to perform the chip shot consistently.

Coming up this week…

Tuesday-Chipping faults and fixes

Wednesday-Creating Backspin

Thursday-Club Seleciton

Friday-Chipping Practice

Email me your questions and comments-Karen@swingbladegolf.com



Week 3/Day 5 Cardiogolf Game Improvement Program

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Monday-Putting Set Up

Tuesday-The Putting Stroke

Wednesday-Reading Greeens

Thursday-Distance Control

Today-Friday-Putting Drills

Putting Drills

Let’s face it, putting practice can be boring. But you have to spend the time on the putting green to be a good golfer.  As you know, putting is 40% of your score.  So the best way to spend time practicing is to do drills and games.  Make putting practice fun.  You have to love to practice.  Grab a friend and play some games, you will stay out there longer and you will get in some good practice.  Here are a few drills for you to use…

Sleeve of Balls Drill — lay a sleeve box on the green with the long direction aimed at a target – putt to the back of the box stopping your putter at impact to check that the clubface is square.

Around the World Drill — place a ring of balls around a hole on sloped green starting at 3 feet, then putt each ball into the hole in succession without missing any (start over if one is missed).

The Rainbow Drill – pick a 10-15 foot putt and the find the apex of the break.  Place a line of three tees about 3-4 inches lower than the apex in a line parallel to the baseline (direct line from ball to hole) – hit putts so that the ball stays on the high side of these tees and is changing direction from uphill to downhill right thru this region.

Baseboard Stroke — setup with the toe of the putter about ½ inch away from a baseboard of a wall or from a 2×4 on the green and make strokes so that the toe of the putter does not hit the wall.

Logo Drill–Line up the logo or line on the ball to your target, back away and check the line to make sure it is aimed accurately — square the putterface to the line on the ball — do not look at the target and hit the putt straight — assess how well this works for you.

Have a good weekend…


Email me your questions and comments.  My email is Karen@swingbladegolf.com.

Week 3/Day 4 Cardiogolf Game Improvement Program

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Monday-Putting Set Up

Tuesday-The Putting Stroke

Wednesday-Reading Greeens

Today-Thursday-Distance Control

Friday-Putting Drills

Distance Control

Once you have learned the baisics of the stroke and reading greens, your next step is to adjust the length of your stroke to match putts of different sidtances.  Leaving long range putts short of the hole puts a lot of pressure on your putting.  If you can develop a good feel for distance, you will notice an immediate improvement in your scoring.

The length of your backstroke controls the distance of your putt.  Don’t try to hit the ball too hard; you’ll tighten up and throw off your rhythm. Use the same smooth rhythm you use on shorter putts, just lengthen your swing. To avoid getting wristy, a comomon tendency on longer putts, extend the forward motion of the stroke, finishing with the head of the putter low on your intended line. Be careful to keep your body still too.  Sometimes with longer putts, you’ll tend to lunge towards the ball as you hit or even add a little weight shift.  Try to keep your lower body and head still even with long putts.

On-Course Exercise

Because the odds of making a long putt are slim, the priority is to get the ball within a few feet of the hole so you’ll have a make-able second putt.  To do this, simply visualize a large circle around the cup about three feet in diametner. Start your putt on the line your detrenmined an aim for the bigger target; if the ball rolls inside the circle you should be able to make the short second putt easily.

Off-Course Exercise

Practice your putting stroke indoors.  Try to imagine a two-foot putt and make a few practice strokes. Now imagine a 4-foot putt and make a few practice strokes.  Then imagine a 6-foot, 8-foot, 10-foot putt etc. and make sure that the length of the putting stroke increases as the length of putt increases.

Coming up this week
Friday-Putting Drills
Email me your questions and comments.  My email address is Karen@swingbladegolf.com.


I teach Golf and Pilates. I am a LPGA Master Professional and Certified Personal and Pilates Trainer