Hitting the greens can be relaxing— but also frustrating. From putting, chipping and driving strategies to overcoming mental blocks, local golf instructors offer tips for improving your game this summer.
Aaron Gutjahr, TITLEIST PERFORMANCE INSTITUTE CERTIFIED GOLF FITNESS INSTRUCTOR AT BJC WELLAWARE CENTER
- Swing harder. Swing at your absolute hardest—even if you sacrifice accuracy— to recruit the fast-twitch muscle fibers you’ll need.
- Perfect your release. Practice with your club turned upside-down, gripping just below the club head. For a right-handed golfer, the ‘whoosh’ sound of the club in your left ear signals a proper release.
- Break down your swing. In front of a mirror, practice 15 take-aways, 15 swings to the top, 15 swings from the top to impact and 15 follow-throughs.
- Create a flawless finish. Print out a picture of your favorite professional golfer posing for a finish, then stand in front of a mirror and try to mimic that stance.
- Fix your body to fix your swing. Work out the muscles used in your swing to improve balance, strength and your overall game.
Andy Poe, CREATOR OF THE PIPOE GOLF PRO SWING AID
- Put your best foot forward. For short chip shots, place weight on your forward foot and hit down on the ball to compress it into the ground.
- Think rock-a-bye baby. For putting, focus on steadying your hands and rocking your shoulders like you would a baby.
- Select the correct club. When playing into the wind, use one club up and swing easier.
- Find a focal point. Concentrate your aim on the smallest possible focal point to minimize the margin for error.
- Choose body over brain. Before stepping into a shot, commit to a club and a target, get your mind out of the way and let your body take over and do the work.
Doug Cameron, DIRECTOR OF GOLF AT THE COUNTRY CLUB AT THE LEGENDS
- Sweat the short stuff. Lower your handicap faster and more drastically by improving your short game—practice different types of shots from 100 yards and in to the hole.
- Easy does it. While putting, keep equal but light pressure—a five on a scale of one to 10—with both hands on the club.
- Make an impact. When hitting an explosion shot from a greenside bunker, keep the club face open by making the back of the left hand face the sky during and immediately following impact.
- Sky’s the limit. To take the club back squarely, hold the shaft parallel to the ground at waist height and point the toe of the club to the sky.