Golf Tips and Instructions: November 11, 2011

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How To Break 80 Newsletter

November 11, 2011

"The Web’s Most Popular Golf Improvement Newsletter"
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In this issue we’ll discuss…

1) Tip: Avoiding The Lift And Dip
2) Tip: Hit Sweet Spot To Drain More Putts
3) Question: Chipping To A Close Pin
4) Article: Five Golf Tips To Sink More Putts
5) Article: Scoring From 100 Yards And In

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1) Avoiding The Lift And Dip
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If you’re hitting fat a lot lately, you may be “lifting and dipping.” Golfers with this swing flaw feel the need to raise the club high on their backswing, only to dip the body as they lower the club during the downswing. Some golfers commit the opposite fault—the dip and lift, in which golfers dip on the backswing and then lift on the downswing. This flaw can cause golfers to hit thin shots. Committing either swing fault spells trouble.

Below are five tips on avoiding these swing faults:

  • Keep your head still throughout
  • Use your body correctly
  • Move the arms up as body turns
  • Maintain your spine angle
  • Stay flexed throughout the swing

The key to eliminating the lift and dip (or dip and lift) is to keep your head still. If you watch tour players swing, you’ll see they keep their heads stationary throughout the swing. Occasionally, their heads may move a little from side to side, but not up and down. Any up and down motion—slight as it is—comes from their bodies during the swing not their arms and hands.

Instead of lifting and dipping, move your arms up simultaneously as your body begins to turn and you rotate away from the ball. This move will put you into the proper position at the top of the swing as opposed to just lifting your arms and hands with no rotation.

With some tour players you’ll see them momentarily dip their heads, but it’s not the kind of dip you think. It’s only momentary and its designed to help them leverage their lower bodies against the ground. But these are the best players in the world. They can some-times do things weekend golfers can’t. Plus, the pros maintain their spine angle and stay flexed throughout the swing.

If you’re hitting thin and fat shots, you could be lifting and dipping or dipping and lifting. Keep your head still through out your swing and rotate your hands and arms simultaneously as your body begins to turn into the backswing. These changes will help eliminate fat and thin shots.

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2) Hit Sweet Spot To Drain More Putts
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Most golfers change focus when hitting long and short putts. With long putts, golfers fo-cus on hitting the ball solid. They need to to get it close to the hole. But on short putts golfers focus on distance and direction. Unfortunately, if you become too focused on these distance and direction you can miss the sweet spot on your putter. That can cost you.

You want to hit the ball on the putter’s sweet spot. Hitting it there affects both distance and direction. Putts hit on the club’s toe or its heel often end up short whereas putts hit on the sweet spot almost always reach the hole. Balls hit on the toe or the heel also tend to stray offline, even though the putterface is still square to the target line. That can cause you to miss short and mid-length putts.

Many putters are imperfectly weighted, so your sweet spot might be left or right of center on your putter Here’s an exercise from Golf.com to help you find the sweet spot on your putter:

Finding The Sweet Spot

Dangle your putter halfway up the shaft. Take a tee and start tapping the face on the toe, which causes it to twist going back. Tap your way to the center. The closer you get to the center, the less twisting you’ll see. When you tap your putter and the toe and heel swing back in perfect sync, that’s your sweet spot.

Hitting a putt solid is critical for making putts of any length but especially for short and mid-length putts. So if you’re missing a lot of these putts, focus on hitting the ball solid instead of where it’s going. It could make a big difference in your putting.

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3) Chipping To A Close Pin
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Q.

One of my worst shots is a chip to a pin that’s only 5-10 feet away on the green. I either chunk it and leave it still in the rough or I skull it across the green. Any suggestions?

Bob Gilly

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Thanks for the question, Bob. Short chips can cost you strokes, if you’re not careful. But you could try hitting a short check-up shot when the pin is so close. The keys to this shot are maintaining focus and making solid contact. You want to land the ball softly, check up, and then release. And you don’t have much room to do it in.

The club of choice for the check-up is your 60-degree wedge. Open the clubface slightly and play the ball off your back foot. Playing it back guarantees that you’ll not only deliver a descending blow but also make solid contact. The open face adds loft and spin.

The swing is straightforward. Use a simple arm motion back and through. Avoid hinging your wrist. And aim to land the ball on the green. If all goes well the ball will grab on the second bounce and creep down to the hole, just the way you want.

Practice the check-up shot to master the shot’s mechanics and build confidence. Then take it to the course.

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4) Article: Five Golf Tips To Sink More Putts
…improve your putting without ever visiting the practice green…

5) Article: Scoring From 100 Yards And In
…most short game shots are “in between” shots. That’s a problem. It’s much easier to make a full swing shot than a shot where you’re in between clubs…

Until next time,

Go Low!

Jack

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About the Author
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Jack Moorehouse is the author of the best-selling book "How To Break 80 and Shoot Like the Pros!". He is NOT a golf pro, rather a working man that has helped thousands of golfers from all seven continents lower their handicaps quickly. His free weekly newsletter goes out to thousands of golfers worldwide and provides the latest golf tips, strategies, techniques and instruction on how to improve your golf game.