How To Hit A Draw

I just came off another ankle injury recently and have been re-working my golf swing. The first obstacle was re-learning to release to my left side. (Played injured and flat footed for a few months until I went on injured reserved for 2 months)

After I got comfortable and back to a somewhat normal release, I noticed that I no longer power fade the ball. Now, I have a decent draw.

So what did I do different? I have been taking the club back on a more inside line, than just straight and up. That’s it.

Here’s another tip from the LPGA that might help you with hitting a draw.

Golf Swing Sequence – the Takeaway

This exact video is what I have been working on: How to shape shots using the golf swing takeaway.

I have a propensity to push the club out and away, which causes a high soft fade. Sure, there is nothing wrong with that, but I needed to incorporate a straighter ball flight. (My draw is not a fade)

Check out Golf Digest’s Video on what Adam Scott was working on for his swing sequence.

Proper Alignment – Aim the Clubface First

How many times have you hit a golf shot off target and your playing partner says, “You hit it right where you were aiming”? Many errant golf shots are a result of poor alignment. You think you are lined up at your target, but actually you are aligned either right or left of the target.

When you choose a target, the eyes tell the brain where you want to hit the shot. Then the brain and body try to swing where the eyes are looking. If improperly aligned, the body will make swing adjustments in an attempt to hit the intended target that the eyes have chosen. The compensating swing adjustment then plays havoc with your attempts to produce a consistent swing.

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Golf Tip of the Day – Pitching Uphill

We were out playing the other day on a rather hilly course. Lots of shots, of course, were coming up short and chunky.

Here is a quick golf lesson by Jim McLean, a Golf Digest Teaching Professional.

Open your stance and hit it hard:

An upslope lie has the effect of making your left side longer, which can tip you back and lead to poor contact. To compensate, drop your left foot away from the target line and bend your left knee more.

Opening your stance like this pre-sets your turn through the ball. You’ll need the help, because the upslope makes it tough to rotate toward the target.

Why do you want a body turn at all? Because you need power to pitch uphill. The slope adds loft, so you tend to leave the ball short. But I still like a sand wedge here, especially in heavy grass.

Another benefit of setting up open is that it promotes an out-to-in swing, which is steeper and gets the clubhead through the grass and under the ball.

via Golf Digest

How To Play Golf: A Beginners Guide



Ah yes, I remember what it was like to be a newbie… I knew I liked being outdoors, tattooing a little white ball with a big club, wearing shoes with cleats. But there is so much more than just getting out there and playing around.

Like, what kind of clubs you need? What are the rules? How to get into golf shape? What to wear? When do you know that you’re ready for the golf course?

I found this online beginners guide for those of you who know nothing about golf. Check out this 9 part series to get acquainted with the game, learn to play and have as much fun as we do.

via How To Play Golf: A Beginners Guide From Golf Digest.

Evian Masters – Swing the World

Swing the World

To celebrate the opening of the Evian Masters’ official YouTube channel, they are launching a special event: Swing the World!

They want to see people from all around the world swinging in front of a monument, a symbol or characteristic landscape of the place where you are from. So, on your next walk, your next hike, with or without your golf club… SWING!

You can film your swing with a camera or your cell phone. The video should last 15 to 30 seconds, and the place where you are at should be recognizable at first glance. Once youre done send it to Michael Sayarath. msayarath@evianmasters.com

via LPGA.com.

Golf Tip of the Day

I always like to take a swing thought to the course on my golf days so that I can practice with intent on the range and bring out a honed skill to the course.

For today’s drill, I will be working on trapping the ball with my irons. I have a propensity to flair a poor shot to the right. (My typical swing shot is a power fade, however I have been working this summer on adding a consistent draw to my game)

This video shares Golf Digest Teaching Professional Jim McLean’s advice on how to square the clubface at impact. Click here: http://bit.ly/mg80NQ (yes, there is a 30 second commercial first, sorry about that)

My favorite hole at Torrey North. (7th)

Phil Mickelson’s Checklist: Bunker Basics

Wouldn’t it be nice to get out of the bunker like Phil and hit the ball long like Bubba? Sure it would!

One step at a time, here’s Phil’s step-by-step from a greenside bunker.

via Golf Digest.

Golf Tip | LPGA.com

Creating Power by Using Your Lower Body Effectively

One of the keys to generating power in your swing is to stay athletic and use your lower body correctly and athletically. The key is not only in the sequence when you unwind but how you use your lower body effectively for more power. Visualize throwing a ball or swinging a bat, the sequence is turn-step-throw or turn-step-swing. It’s the same in the golf swing.

Try this tip: Take your golf club and elevate it about a foot off the ground. The turn is the backswing, the step is the lateral move or shift to your front foot and then the throw or swing is the energy of the club that comes swooshing through as a result.

Read more: Use Lower Body via LPGA.com.