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What to do when your Swing Falls Apart

Even the best golfers have bad days. Even the pros doubt their ability from time to time. If there’s a golfer you play with whom you admire, chances are if you asked them, they would admit to feeling less than perfect on the course at times. Sometimes you just can’t hit at well as you want to, and that feeling can compound, and make you feel more frustrated.

 

 

What to do

A bit of advice from some of the pros: head back to the range when this happens. If you’re in the middle of a game and you feel like your swing is gone, sometimes it’s best to stop play, and head to the range to practice. Finishing a game when your swing isn’t acting like normal can mess with your head, and make it harder to head back out on the course again.

Focus on the swing drills that you know and love, and work on getting your swing back. Sometimes it’s a small something that’s off, maybe you haven’t played in weeks or months, and you need to go back to basics. Golf is a game of drills and practice, so don’t feel ashamed to head back to basics to build your game back up.

Stomping Drill

Take a look at the stomping drill, used by pros. Some claim that it helps you improve your timing, balance, shifting weight and your footwork. Most people let their body rotate toward their target too soon. When they’re hitting the iron, they let their body go, and it rotates, throwing off their swing. If you can delay your rotation during your practice, you’ll improve your swing path, and you won’t cut across the ball too much.

Start the drill by grabbing an iron and getting your posture set. Stand with your feet close together. When you’re starting your backswing, sidestep away from your target, using your back foot. When you reach the top of your backswing, take your front foot and lift it up, sidestepping toward your target. Before you swing down into the ball, plant your foot like a stomp.

If you do this drill correctly, you’ll learn when exactly to shift your weight for the best swing. By practicing this drill, your backswing will be completed before you start your downswing, which syncs your swing up nicely. The benefit of the stomp is that it teaches you exactly when you push off the ground, which gives your swing more power.

Golf Practice

As with anything you need to practice to make it work. Sometimes if something feels off on the course it’s best to head back to basics and focus on the small stuff. Take a second to collect yourself at your remote control golf caddy, and move on. Try different drills and see which make you feel like you’re improving your swing, or bringing you back to speed. Practice doesn’t make perfect, unless you’re willing to put in the right amount of practice time. If your swing falls apart, find the right drill to bring it back together.

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Windy Golfing Tips

Playing golf in the wind can be tricky. When you’re focusing on a shot, there are so many other things you’re thinking about; where you’re trying to aim the ball, how is your posture, what are you going to focus on during your swing, and more. When it’s windy, you also have to take into consideration how the wind might affect your ball, in the air and on the ground. Here are some basic tips for playing on a blustery fall day.

Posture

One thing that is important to note in very windy conditions is your posture. The windier it is the more likely you are to be off balance. So get your stance a little closer to the ground, and make sure that you feel balanced before you take your swing. If you lower your center of gravity you’ll feel more connected to the ground, and chances are you’ll take a better swing.

In the Air

Playing in the wind would be easier if the wind would stay constant not shift direction. Typically this isn’t the case, the wind is constantly changing and it’s hard to predict what shot is best. It can be hard to predict where it will fall or how it will travel mid-air. If the wind is strong enough it will mess with your golf balls trajectory mid-air.

Remember, that if its only a breezy day, there’s no reason to go overboard worrying about your swing. If the wind isn’t strong enough it might not affect your ball in the air. Most people anticipate a stronger wind and hit their ball too hard, missing the target and causing a higher score. Be sure to really analyze if the wind warrants a stronger swing or not, before you mess up the hole.

Something to note is that in super windy places, most players tend to keep their balls closer to the ground. They know that hitting higher means that their ball is more likely to travel in ways they can’t anticipate. The longer your ball is in the air, the higher the chances are that the wind is going to take it places that you don’t want it to go. Remember that in the wind, keeping your ball lower to the ground might very well keep your score lower too.

How it affects roll

The wind won’t only affect your ball in the air, but it might also cause your ball to roll. If it’s windy enough for this to happen, you might want to consider calling it a day and heading home. Sometimes it can be hard to even mark where your ball lands before the wind rolls it away. It can be hard to score during conditions like this so it’s up to you whether or not you want to invest your time in these conditions.

Take Away

Remember that a shy breeze is nothing to be scared off by when you’re playing golf. Sometimes it will hardly affect your game, and it adds a fresh element to being outdoors. If the wind is strong enough to be knocking you off balance, change the flight path of your ball, and causing it to roll once it’s landed, you might be best advised to pick up your game on another day.

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Baseball and Golf

While you may not thing the two sports have much in common, you might be surprised by this tactic for fairway bunkers. It pulls from the sport of baseball, and the similarities in your swing and aiming tactics. While it can be hard to draw comparisons between the two sports, the swing is perhaps the strongest link. It’s definitely not the score, trust us.

When it’s similar

If you have a ball that’s at the top lip of a fairway bunker, you’ll have to stand in the hazard to attempt to hit the ball. If you stand there, the ball will be roughly waist height. Which reminds us of where the ball would be playing baseball or t-ball. So if you can put yourself in a similar mindset, you might just be able to knock this one out of the park. Take a moment with your remote controlled golf cart and breathe, before you take the shot.

Where to hold your iron

Trust us, this is a hard one to hit, and if you don’t get it, you’re in the majority. So here are some tips for the next time it happens to you. Try to stand in a semi-normal position, even though it will feel off because of the golf balls location. We’d suggest using your 7-iron for this shot, because all you’re trying to do is hit the ball far enough so that you can finish the job with a wedge.

Focus on your aim

If your ball is at waist height for this bunker, your swing should be really flat. Most likely you’ll wind up pulling more left. So try to aim your focus a little to the right. Aim for right field if you will, and try to hit your ball about 20 yards to the right of where you really want the ball to go.

The swing

If you imagine that you’re hitting a waist high fastball, chances are you’re going to crush this. So pretend you’re hitting a fast one, and attempt to knock it out of the park, all while aiming for right field. A great tip here; pretend that you’re swinging across your dining room table. Don’t hit it, but try to swing your iron just across the top of the table. If you keep your club right below shoulder level, you should be golden.

The Outcome

For most, this is a difficult shot at best, but it can be fun to pull in your knowledge of another sport and try your best at an otherwise difficult swing. Whether you’re a slugger or a golfer, we wish you the best with this swing.