Best Golf Lessons of 2014

Best Golf Lessons of 2014 from Golf Digest.

What happened on the biggest stages in golf this year has more to do with your game than you think.

1. Sometimes you shouldn’t play hurt.

Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods withdrew from the Honda Classic with a back injury, played four rounds at Doral, then missed four months after back surgery. He came back two months earlier than normal from the procedure and struggled some more at the British and PGA before shutting it down for the year in August. Part of the reason he switched instructors was to find a swing easier on his body.

Bubba Watson

Curving the ball a lot is OK.
Nothing Bubba Watson does on the golf course is conventional, from the pink shafts on his driver to the way he plays 40 yards of curve on tee shots. At the Masters, he saw giant parabolas that nobody else in the field considered, shortening every hole and earning him his second green jacket.

How He Hit That: Bubba’s Curveball

Lexi Thompson

Play the final pairing like match play.
The LPGA’s new next teenaged big thing, Lexi Thompson, was paired in the final round of the Kraft Nabisco with the last teenaged star, Michelle Wie. Nerves would have been natural, but Thompson showed none. While Wie played conservatively, Thompson put the pressure on with booming drivers and a barrage of birdies. She opened a five-shot lead at the turn and coasted to her first major win.

Martin Kaymer

It takes courage to make big swing changes.
Martin Kaymer won the 2010 PGA Championship and moved to No. 1 in the World Rankings shortly after. He completely remade his swing so he could reliably work the ball both ways and struggled three years before changing back to his old action. It was a good decision. Kaymer conquered both the Players Championship and the U.S. Open in 2014.

How He Hit That: Martin Kaymer’s New Old Swing

There are nine more golf lessons that you read about in Golf Digest.

Classic Golf Tips

Here is some very good advice when talking about classic golf tips from Jack Moorehouse creator of  “How To Break 80”.Jack has a point. I think a famous golf instructor once said something to the effect to not take the whole aspirin bottle when one or two will do just fine.

How To break 80

Here`s Jack`s broader point…

Classic Golf Tips

Don’t Overdo These Four Classic Golf TipsGolf tips become classics for a reason. They provide an especially good way of capturing a key fundamental, whether it’s a swing adjustment or a course management tip. A classic tip that many golfers follow is “Don’t aim into trouble.” Aiming away from trouble saves strokes. Keeping these classic golf tips in mind when you practice or play is good for your game and your golf handicap. But sometimes we overdo them. When we do, it leads to trouble. It can also lead to back pain. So you need to be careful with them. Below we dis-cuss four classic golf tips that taken too far cause trouble.Keep Your Head StillThis is probably the most popular of all “overdone” golf tips. This advice is generally given to players who pull up and top the ball. While you hear it a lot from players on the course, you don’t hear it in golf lessons. Why—because taken too far it’s bad advice. Keeping your head locked in place stops the body from turning toward the target. That in turn creates a cramped space for the arms on the follow through, spelling trouble. Instead, release your chin, sternum, and hips together. It’s a good thought going back, but after that forget it.

Turn Your Shoulders Not Your Hips

This common overdone tip is based on the idea that the more torque you create the farther you hit the ball. This idea is partly true. Based on our observations during our golf in-struction session, few golfers can complete a full torso turn while limiting hip turn. The rest of us just aren’t flexible enough. We can turn about 70 percent, and that’s it. If you want extra distance, you’re better off freeing your hips so you can turn your shoulders more. Like all the other golf tips discussed in this article, taken too far this advice leads to trouble.

Keep Your Legs Still On Chips

You want to keep your knees still when chipping. But the thought of doing that can “freeze” you, causing you to mishit your chip. When you rely only on your hands to swing the club during a chip, you create a jerky motion that can lead to tons of missed chips. Every shot you make requires synchronization between the upper half of your body and the lower. Instead of keeping your hips still during your swing, let your hips rotate back slightly at the start, then rotate forward to allow your knees to face the target, just the way they teach it in golf instruction sessions. (Check our video gallery for a golf les-son on the fundamentals of chipping.)

 Stick Your Butt Out

This is a useful tip but going too far with it isn’t good, like all the rest. Posture is a critical component of a good golf swing. What’s the problem? If done in the wrong manner, it leads to an “S” posture, meaning you put too much curve in your lower spine. We see this a lot in golf instruction sessions with new players. An “S” shaped posture not only pre-vents pelvic mobility during the swing, it also leads to back pain. Make sure your posture is correct.

Below is an easy drill to help check your posture: Get into your stance. Then with one hand reach behind you and hold a club along your back. Make sure the shaft is in contact with your spine from your shoulder blades to your tailbone. Now check your setup. If there’s space to wiggle your fingers under the shaft, you have too much bend in your pos-ture and your butt is sticking out way too much.

Don’t over do these golf tips. Taken too far they result in mis-hits and bad shots, both of which can add strokes to your scores and your golf handicap.

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.

I hope this advice concerning classic golf tips helps you put these issues in perspective!

Chipping Tips

Chipping Tips… real simple method to improve your chipping and lower your scores.

Today, we are going to visit with Bobby Eldridge, the head pro atPurePoint Golf.

Bobby has a short video, under 4 minutes, where he has some real easy and helpful chipping tips.

The most important thing in golf before hitting any shot is to have a plan for the shot and be totally committed to it. That is true even for chips.

Bobby has some easy chipping tips that you can incorporate into your game very easily. What Bobby suggests is that we use a three club system, 5, 7 and 9, and use the same chipping motion for each club. Varying the club used by the distance to the hole.

Bobby does a good job of explaining this chipping method and you should be able to pick it up with just a little practice.

As you know, the fastest way to lower your golf scores is to save more shots around the green! These chipping tips will help you lower your golf score quickly and make golf a lot more fun.

Watch the video…I think you`ll like it.