KPJ’s Game Improvement Program
I was in Boston this past weekend, dishing out tips and advice at the annual Boston Golf Expo. I would like to thank all the participants by providing them with a recap of my presentations. All this week, I have been posting tips and drills that I demonstrated at Golf Expo.
Monday-Shape Your Body Trim Your Score
Tuesday-How to Cure Your Slice
Wednesday-Golf-Specific Warm Up
Thursday-Drills to Groove a Consistent Golf Swing
Today-Friday-The New Golf Swing For Women
The New Golf Swing for Woman
The New Golf Swing for Woman:Hit the Ball Straighter Not Harder for More Distance
To get more distance, try hitting the ball straighter instead of harder. Concentrate on hitting the ball in the sweetspot of the clubface. If you have ever hit sweetspot, you know that these shots fly farther thanthe shots you hit off center in the heel or toe. For every quarter inch you hit the ball outside the sweetspot, you lose 10 yards of distance. So for maximum power, improve you swing technique to consistently hit the ball in the center of the clubface.
Here are the KPJ Golf elements of the swing that will help you hit the sweetspot of the clubface.
- Swing Plane
- Angle of Attack
- Squareness of Contact
It is impossible to have too many thoughts while you swing, so work on each one of the elements separately and you will soon see an improvement in your ball striking.
Alignment is the key to consistently hitting the sweetspot. If you are aligned correctly, you’ll have the confidence to swing aggressively down your target line. If you look back at my blog archives you will find several alignment tips.
2. Angle of Attack-
Angle of attack is the way the clubhead approaches the ball at impact. To hit the ball correctly in the sweetspot you must understand how the clubhead should approach the ball. Know the difference between hitting a driver and an iron. With the driver the ball is on a tee, so you want to sweep the ball, with the iron the ball is on the ground so you want to hit down.
The plane of your swing is simply the angle that your club sits at address. Each club will have a slightly different plane. If you wind your body correctly, the club should stay on plane back and through. If you use your body incorrectly, you will not be able to swing the club on plane which will cause the clubhead to approach the ball off center.
4. Squareness of Contact-
To consistently hit the sweetspot for maximum distance, you should strive to swing with a square clubface at all times. Unless, of course, you are trying to hit an intentional curve ball.
If your grip is correct, then it will be easy to return the clubface square impact. If you have a faulty grip, then the clubface cannot be squared at impact or you will have to make compensations. Search my blog archives for grip tips.
When you have confidence that you can consistently hit the ball in the sweetspot, it is easy to swing the club with speed. Speed is important because it is what launches the ball airborne. Rhythm is your golf swings speed. Rhythm is the momentum created by your swing that generates clubhead speed to give you power and distance. Think of a child’s swing, once it is swung back, it will reach the top then almost stop. Then it will change direction and start down on its own, picking up speed. Imagine your golf swing as one flowing motion, never as a series of jerky starts and stops. Let the clubhead accelerate through impact, all the way to the finish without interrupting the motion or trying to slow it down.
My Cardiogolf DVD is an excellent way to learn how to create clubhead speed. To order click here-www.cardiogolf.com
Before play or practice perform this body motion drill that will not only help you shift your weight, but is a great way to warm up as well.
Standing without a club, assume a good set up. As you do these exercises, remember that we are practicing to hit a golf ball. Always stay in your spine angle and keep your vision down where the ball would be.
You can crisscross your arms over your chest, put your hands in your pockets, or put your hands behind your back.
From here, think of winding your upper body over the resistance of your lower body. If your knees are pinched in slightly at address, it’s easy to feel the weight stay on the inside of your right foot. You want the weight of your lower body to shift so it ends up positioned over your right hip, leg and foot.
- Set up with club behind your back
- Backswing turn
- Downswing shift and follow-through
Do the Body Motion chapter in the Cardiogolf DVD. To get your own DVD visit www.cardiogolf.com.
The best way to work on your body motion is to do it indoors where you can look at yourself in the mirror. You can do the same body motion indoors as you do outdoors. Practicing this on a regular basis will help your swing become more efficient and fluid. The Body Motion chapter in Cardiogolf will guide you through the correct motion and give you a quick way to warm up before you play or practice.
- Downswing and Follow-through
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