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Pre Shot Routine and the Correct Mind Set
Golf is a unique sport. Challenging:Everyone can play mums, dads, grand dads children.
Golf is the fastest growing childrens sport in the world.
One of the only sports where you start the game with an equally chance of winning that is the beauty of the handicap system. A very good player will have a handicap of say 6 the average club player will have a handicap of 18. The good player must play to his full potential because to win he has to go round in 13 stokes less the average player.
You should have studied the basics? in lessons 1 and 2 You should know what’s in the bag?
We assume you are still keen and up for it and hope you have all your golf equipment, bag, clubs (14), shoes, correct attire and that you have under- stood all the fundamentals. If not or you have any questions then do not hesitate to contact us. Progolfer@hightolow.co.uk
Now it starts to get Exciting: You are on the Tee looking down the long fairway.
Key objectives: Course management;
Know what you want to do before you take the shot.
Always go through your pre-shot routine.
Which must be practised until it is second nature.
Determine your optimum target area, and the correct distance from the tee. Taking into account all these factors
Hazards: Water, bunkers, trees, heavy rough, out of bounds.
Wind direction from behind, wind against, swirling.
Is the fairway narrow or wide? are there fairway bunkers. how strong is the wind. You are going to swing with timing, balance, tempo, rhythm.
Remember (Tee–it –high–let -it -fly) the time it takes you to say that is the time it takes from the start of your back swing to point of impact with your ball. Keep your eyes fixed on the ball, do NOT look up until the ball is in flight.
Now select the correct club, you should know the distance with your three wood, on average 200 yards, driver 220-230 yards depending on the wind and ball selection.
Now select precisely where to place your tee, it needs to be positioned to give you a direct line to your target.
Your tee MUST to be the correct height, so the ball is level with the sweet spot on your club.
Now step back behind the ball line it up with the target, the logo on the ball can be adjusted like a rifle sight to point to the target.
Step back behind the ball check the target line. Maybe select an old divot a short distance ahead which is in line with your target, aim to hit the ball over this marker. Take a relaxed practice swing.
Step up to the ball. Arms and club stretched out in front of you, slowly bend fore-ward from the hips until the club touches the ground behind the ball. Take your stance the width of your shoulders. Feet aligned slightly left of the target, check your grip, do not grip the club too tight. Pressure =same as squeezing a tube of tooth past you are now ready to take the shot. Take one last look at the target, deep breath relax no tension in the arms, just think rhythm and timing, keep your eyes fixed on the ball. Do NOT freeze over the ball waggle the club, push back low a smooth with
Take a practice swing push back low to the ground, take away in line with the target until pasted the outside of your right foot. Allow your wrists to cock naturally, keep your head still eyes fixed on the back of the ball. Left arm straight full turn, weight transferring from left to right, DO NOT LEAN your upper body turns square, start your down swing upper body turning back pull down with the left arm, club returning on the same line reaching the point of impact exactly the same as it was at address, hit right through the ball.
NOW you are ready for the real shot:
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OK re-cap your stance is width of your shoulders. Your feet in line with your target, knees bent, with your weight on the balls of your feet. Hold your club out straight in front of you, now bend from the waist where the club come to rest is the distance you should be from your ball.
Check you are taking your club it back slowly and on the same line with the target.
At the midpoint, the club-face should be facing out. Continue to turn the upper body. At the top of back swing left arm straight full upper body turned, club pointing at the target, pull down with the left arm while your upper body un-coils the club MUST return on the same path as your take away and when it reaches point of impact it should be exactly the same as it was at address,
KEEP your HEAD DOWN Hit through the ball; your balance should have transferred from your left foot to your right foot
Select the target area, place your tee peg and ball within the tee box. The ball has a logo line the logo up pointing directly to the target. Maybe select an old divot a short distance ahead, which is in line with your target, aim to hit the ball over this marker. Take a relaxed practice swing. Step up to the ball. Arms and club stretched out in front of you, slowly bend fore-ward from the hips until the club touches the ground behind the ball. Take your stance the width of your shoulders.
Feet aligned slightly left of the target, check your grip, do not grip the club too tight. Pressure the same as squeezing a tube of toothpaste, now you are ready to take the shot. Take one last look at the target, deep breath relax no tension in the arms, just think rhythm and timing, keep your eyes fixed on the ball.
Do NOT freeze over the ball waggle the club, push back low a smooth with the left arm your upper body starting to turn, DO not sway back, only the upper body turning (SET IT LOSE MOTHER GOOSE). That is your tempo. Pull down with the left arm in control keep your head down eye fix on the ball hit right through the ball the club staying low and in line with the target.
Key objective to teach your mind and body to synchronize maintain balance, smooth transfer of weight from right to left, follow though, DO NOT LOOK UP UNTIL THE BALL HAS GONE.
Once you have a swing which smooth natural and you can repeat it every time then will be a single handicap golfer.
You need a high level of concentration as you prepare to take your shot. Just for a few seconds. Do NOT freeze over the ball
When you start your back swing, relax and switch into relaxed happy mode try to move with the balance timing and rhythm of a good dancer.
One-piece takeaway, push back with your left hand low and smooth in line with the target. Turn fully; coil your upper body against the resistance of the lower body. Keep the right knee flexed, left arm straight, complete your back swing. Make a smooth transition, pull down with the left hand, butt pointing to the ball, open up your hips to the target on the down swing, keep your head still and behind the ball, hit through the ball, rotate your wrists, extend your arms towards the target, good transfer of weight and balance.
Develop feel; the club needs to feel just like an extension to your arms, Swing with rhythm- timing.
Important: Throughout the swing, your left hand remains in control push back with the left hand pull down with the left hand.
Do not allow your strong right hand to take control if you do you will never keep the ball straight
NEVER underestimate the importance of set up and pre-shot routine
Sure, we would all like to emulate the pro swing. However, set-up first, swing later.
Commitment, it takes self-discipline, time and determination to get it right.
Practice set up in front of a large mirror, or the reflection in the patio glass. In front of a mirror there will not be hazards or wind, but still train your mind to check everything as you prepare for your shot.
Well if you followed the instructions your ball should be on target in the center of the fairway
If you are learning or looking to save shots on your next round. The the next lesson is the key to saving up to 10 shots. On ALL 18 holes you have to Putt - if you average 2 putts per green that still = to 36 shots. Your first objective - to improve your short game to leve more short ou hill putts, then learn to read the greens. MOST important NEVER 3 Putt.
If you have children or grand children, or maybe you are a sports teacher this is a great course.
Why not teach your children how to play: Golf has so many benefits, more than just a sport, it teaches values, and honor - never to cheat, to learn how to win.
They meet new friends, learn to be part of a team, develop a competitive nature and the will to win.
All important elements of life, plus they are out in the fresh air, golf is also great exercise builds strength and develops coordinate, balance, timing and tempo.
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