How to Hit Straighter

We’ve all experienced difficult shots on the course, ones that make us truly question how evil course architects actually are. While it might be their favorite way to torture us, the best revenge is success. When the hole looks really narrow from the tee, we’re here with a few tips for hitting the golf ball straighter, right down the middle.

Visualize it

While it can be hard to get your head in the game after a bad shot or two, it’s important to reign your emotions in, and focus. A sure way to blow the shot is to psyche yourself out, and sell yourself short. So take a minute, grab some water from your remote controlled golf cart, and calmly analyze the shot.

Stand right behind your ball on the tee, and take a second to pick out the perfect 10-15 yard landing area. If you can visualize a line from that landing spot, straight back to your ball, it will help you complete the shot.

Focus on your Target

As you analyze the ball, be sure to focus on your immediate target. Find a place a few feet in front of you, and align your ball straight to that point. Disregard hazards or anything else that could distract your shot.

Last Look

If you take the time to give your shot a last look, it could help you tweak any small adjustments that need to be made. If your last look is directly focusing on your target landing area, it’ll help your golf shot. This is typically what the pros do before taking their shot. If you take one last look, and then focus only on getting your ball to that spot, you’re golden.

Follow Through

Make a confident swing. If you doubt yourself, it will show up in the accuracy of your swing. Be sure that you trust in the way you’ve lined up this shot. If you spend a few seconds setting up your shot on the green, you’ll feel much better about finally taking that tricky swing.

Practice

It can never hurt to practice this on the range. If you use this technique, of lining it up, disregarding any hazards, and mentally focusing, you should be able to make a decent shot. Don’t get in your head too much before you take your swing. Remember to have fun out on the course. Of course you want to play your best, but it’s important to remember that the more you stress about it, the more tense your golf game is going to be.

Your Swing: It’s all in the Hips

If you’ve played golf before you know what a huge role your hips play in the proper stance and swing. It can make or break your game or your shot. We’re here to break the perfect swing down and what you should be doing with your hips.

Posture

Most golfers lose power in their swing when they transition from backswing to downswing. Most golfers tend to overuse the top half of their body, and lose focus on their hips. If you keep your hips engaged through your downswing, you can keep more control of the speed of your swing. Focus on letting your hips lead, before your arms and shoulders. If you can control this, you’ll hit past all your friends on the golf course.

Keep your shoulders turned, and keep your posture. Start the downswing by turning only your hips to the left. Imagine your hips leading your upper body through the swing, rather than the other way around. Following your hips, should be your arms and shoulders.

Separate your upper body

If you keep your upper body and lower body separate through your swing, that’s what enables the dropdown of your club head in your swing. This movement makes it easier for you to keep your arms in front of your body, so that you can rotate your swing properly.

Again, if you keep your hips and your upper body completely separated through your swing, you’ll have an easier transition from backswing to downswing. Keep your back facing the target, while you work on unwinding your hips. If you can maintain this correctly, the rest of your body will follow in the swing.

Shoulders

If you keep your shoulders closed to your target line, and remember to keep your hips open, you’ll have a better chance to have a better downswing. Take a minute and  The more separation that there is between your hips and shoulders, the longer distance you’re allowing your clubhead to travel. This is giving your clubhead more energy that you can put into the ball.

If you remember to lead with your hips, and let your body follow along after, naturally in the swing, you’ll start to notice you’re hitting the ball harder. Head out to the practice green with your remote control golf caddy, and really analyze your shot and posture. If you spend the time working on letting your hips lead you, by the time you hit your local golf course in Bend, you’ll be ready to take on your golf buddies.