|Originally posted by Phil Pugliese:
Gonz, thats what I have been working on, a stronger grip. I even put the ball a little farther forward in my stance to help. Its funny, I am fine on the range but when I get back on the course...damn! :
Congrats on breaking 80!!!
A few thoughts that may help:
Most amateurs have a great deal of difficulty with two facets of the setup. Most of what goes wrong in a golf swing occurs before you ever swing the club.
First, really be cognizant of your alignment-feet, hips and shoulders. It's amazing to see how many people align their feet and hips properly but their shoulders face way left of the target. Your club will follow the path of your shoulders, if they're open (facing left of target for righties) it promotes an outside in swing. Have somebody watch you from behind and utilize a club on the ground as an alignment aid.
Second, watch your ball position. It's easy to get the ball too far forward in your stance (Lord, do I know that one). If it's too far forward you'll tend to hit the ball on the upswing rather that with a descending blow (excepting teed up metal wood shots). Draw a "T" on the ground when you practice and make sure for mid and high irons the ball is at the intersection of the top and leg of the "T". Then move it forward with the lower irons and woods but never past your left heel (assuming your right handed).
When you practice it's easy to get grooved repeating the same shot over and over. Make sure you have a specific thought and TARGET
for each and every shot. Then play a mental round of golf. Pick a course your familiar with and tee of on the first hole,next hit the approach shot that results from your drive. etc, etc.
When your playing be aware of the alignment of the tee box. Many will aim somewhere besides down the middle of the fairway.
I like your hit it easy strategy. Good golfers play the game like chess. It's a game of placement. Put the ball in the fairway, put the ball on the green, get the first putt close then tap in the second putt. Leave the heroic shots to the tour pro's.
Spend 70% of your time practicing the short game, it's when you win or loose.
Most of all remember "it's a silly game"
-David Duval, British Open Champion.