Saturday, December 8, 2007

Slightly Cupped Wrist At Top

Key to correct blade angle at the top

The angle of the club-face (or blade) at the top is governed by the angle that the back of the left hand makes with the left forearm. At the top of the swing the left wrist should be slightly "cupped"

That is, the angle formed between the back of the left hand and the forearm should be about 30 degrees. This is ideal! This wrist position will place the club-face at the correct angle, namely (a) with the leading edge of the club VERTICAL or (b) inclined at an angle of about 30 degrees to the vertical ....or somewhere between these two. All other angle at the top are incorrect and will lead to inaccuracy and loss of power.

Open

Here, the angle between the back of the left hand and the forearm is MUCH TOO PRONOUNCED.

the wrist is far too "cupped" and the club-face is consequently "open". I call this a "concave position" of the left wrist. It is extremely common among handicap golfers and tends to promote a slice

How To Have a Flat Wrist At The Top

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Sandwedge Secrets

If you were using a sand wedge to do a short chip on the ball and place it as near to the flag as possible, would you

a) Loft or Carry the ball and land it next to the flag, play some back spin

b) Chip the ball and land it halfway the distance from you to the flag

c) Chip the ball and land it 1/4 or 2/5 the distance from you to the flag

In my mind's eye, when holding a sand wedge I would choose option b. Interesting thing I noted was that 99.95 of the pro golfers landed the ball much earlier then what I originally thought. They would land the ball 2/5 the distance and allow the ball to take 3 small bounces before trundling to the hole. The shaft would lean forward (to the left) and the leading edge of the clubface perpendicular to the target line. This allowed the clubface to have a descending angle on the ball. By hitting down on the ball, we create a little backspin, which casues the ball to pop up and check up on the green before starting its roll to the hole.

Just imagine imparting backspin on a tennis ball with a tennis racket. We slice down on the ball to impart a slice or back spin, so the concept is the same for golf.

Friday, November 9, 2007

Control Golf Ball Flight Trajectory

Low Ball Flight Trajectory

A key element to becoming a better player is learning to create different ball flight trajectories on command. It’s this aspect of your play that will allow you to effectively tackle a variety of situations ranging from lob pitches to knockdowns to recovery shots. Here are six “factors of flight” to help you learn to throw it high or keep it low.

Keep It Low
1. Ball Back
Position the ball anywhere from dead center of your stance to your rear foot.

2. Weight Forward
This helps de-loft the clubface and ensures a steep, descending blow.

3. Shoulders Level
The shoulders need to be leveled out. Focus your eyes on the ground to get your shoulders to match the horizon.

4. Hands Forward
Leaning the hands and shaft toward the target also helps de-loft the face.

5. Swing Slow
A softer swing pace will lower the ball’s spin rate and prevent an up-shooting flight. Swing with an even, pendulum-like rhythm to accomplish this goal.

6. Finish Low
No full finish here! Try to hold the clubhead below your waistline after impact.


High Ball Flight Trajectory



1. Ball Forward
Position the ball toward your left heel to facilitate catching the ball on a slightly ascending arc.

2. Weight Back
Position your weight to favor your right side at address.

3. Right Shoulder Low
Be sure that your right shoulder is tilted lower than your left at address. To get a feel for this, rotate your head to the left. This will drop the right shoulder the proper amount.

4. Hands Neutral
Maintain a neutral hand and shaft position as a means to maintain the loft built into the face at impact. Keeping your hands in the center of your stance works well here.

5. Be Aggressive
Speed creates lift. Don’t be afraid to give this one a little extra pop!

6. Finish High
A high ball needs a high finish. Finish in balance with your hands and arms back over your front shoulder.

In addition to these setup and swing cues, designed to control the loft of the face at the point of impact, one of the easiest ways to dictate flight is to choose the appropriate club. For low shots, select one more club than needed, choke down on the handle a few inches and execute a smooth, abbreviated swing. For higher shots, take less club and get even more aggressive.

Practice these setup and swing techniques on the range. In no time, you’ll effectively increase your arsenal of shots and be better equipped to tackle whatever the course presents during play.

PGA professional Jeff Ritter is the director of instruction at the ASU Karsten Academy, and also teaches at Nike Junior Golf Camps nationwide.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Tiger Woods Hip Clearance

Weight transfer allows you to clear your hips and 2 benefits:

- Square the club to the ball
- Have greater driving distance

Weak or Strong... Calculate the risk, Make a decision

0.25 sec, decision making. Analyze the information, make a decision. And don't look back.

Monday, November 5, 2007

Caberra and his USD634,000 winnings

How shall I spend my winnings...let me count thee ways

Barclays Champions Trophy From the Heavens

The initial excitement was over taken by people shouting...hey, you're going the wrong way! Would have been more exciting if it was a base jump from a helicopter..

Extremeee!

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Vijay Singh At Barclays 2007

Vijay Singh approached the 18th par 5 with a -6... just 1 stroke behind Carberra who was at -7. He was on the green in 2 strokes and had 3rd stroke for Eagle, which would have put him in position for either a playoff or possible win. Vijay made birdie and was -7. He settled for 2nd when Caberra sealed the victory with a birdie putt and finished at -8.

Barclays 2007 Prize Presentation

Senior Minister Goh giving out the prizes to Quincey, Adam, Phil and Barclays 2007 champion Caberra.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Golf Swing Instructions

I discovered a new way of breaking my wrist that nobody told me before...Not in any book that I've read or in any golfers magazine.

I had a golf swing thought telling me to "wrap my swing around my body". The club needed to swing around my body and the RIGHT wrist is supposed to bend backward. This means that if you hold your hand straight in front of you, the back of the right hand will bend toward your forearm. Most people think that the hand should have a cocking action. Say, if you held your hand in front with thumb facing the sky, the common thought is that the cocking action results in the thumb poking the sky..

This is wrong. And I was wrong for 3 years. By sheer stroke of chance, I came across Andy's site, and it just affirms that this golf swing thought I plucked out of nowhere was correct. Bending the right wrist backward as opposed to cocking the wrist with a thumb pointing to the sky results in power shots and drives reaching 240m.

That's why we love golf. A minute to learn a lifetime to master. Andy has some nice illustrations here. Read it!

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Golf - How To Putt Well

As they say, Drive for "show and putt for dough". Battles and bets are won the putting green and today, i'd be sharing some good tips and succinct tips on how to putt well. You'll find immense results.

When I 1st started playing golf, putting was a mystery, I was puzzled by why it was hard to judge the distance the ball rolled. Many putts later, it was evident that the ball sometimes hopped or it would skid on the ground before rolling toward the hole.

Therein lies the problem. If the ball should skid or hop, energy is loss through friction or the hopping motion. When that happens, it becomes difficult to be consistent and roll the ball the correct distance. We don't want any unusual movements in the ball that would cost the ball to fall short. And when we hit too hard to compensate for lost distance, the ball could roll past the hole and off the green.

I found that the setup is very important. Here's what we need to do.

Keep the biceps tucked into the chest, and armpits closed.
Bend the elbows so they form a triangle.
Angle the right wrist such that is firm and cocked.
Swing the putter face perpendicularly back with good tempo then back and sweep through the ball.
Be sure to keep the wrist angle firm, do not allow the right wrist to break down after hitting the ball.

This causes a brushing motion that will cause the ball to have just enough top spin without lifting the ball such that it hops and also prevent friction because of a skidding motion.

Sunday, July 1, 2007

Should there be 1 Golf Swing for Every Club???

I think the golf swing would not be the same
all the time because the back swing path needs to differ
on different lies and the need to shape shots depending
on the course, whether dog left or right.

eg, The Swing plane will tend to be flatter and the ball placed
in the center when the ball is above feet.

The thing that does not change is the golf sensation
(for all the clubs) when we're just about to hit the ball.
This would be the muscle sensation when the club shaft is
travelling from the right thigh to when the clubface hits
the ball. This distance is the hitting and acceleration zone.

Acceleration any where else would result in inconsistency.


So for me its:

1. Yes the Golf Swing and more importantly TEMPO
is the same for all clubs on flat ground.
The correct backswing tempo allows us to have
maximum acceleration at the hitting zone, as described
above.

2. No, the Golf Swing is not the same and needs to change
depending on the lie, steeper swing for a pluck ball,
or to shape the shot with an out-to-in swing to cut a fade.
Note: The TEMPO is still the same in funny lies as well as on
flat ground.

So if you were to take intermediate lessons. Make sure to
ask the coach to teach you how to vary your swing, and position
of the ball, according to the slope and ball position, whether above
or below feet, in different lies, plucked or in bunker, opunch shot
through the trees. (That to me would be you spending your $$
wisely on an intermediate course)

Don't forget to get instructional videos and play with a friend
who is good. Tips shared by friends with a good knowledge of
the golf swing will save you 2 years.

At this point, i just want to say. "Thank you Daniel ..My friend"

Saturday, June 30, 2007

Golf Secret never found in Golf Books

Here's a tip I've never read in Golf Books..

Have you heard the comment:
" Your Golf Swing speed is too fast"

I use to wonder what that means because
its lil vague and I haven't found a book that
explained the true meaning of this statement
or, more importantly how to achieve it.

After a golf video session, I believe, in order to
achieve this statement, it translates into our club
slowing down..

[When the club passes our thigh to hip level during the back swing]

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I do this by trying to position or stop my club at thigh level,
when in fact because of the momentum of the rotation
in my shoulders, this gives me a three quarter swing
to full swing. ($100 tips)
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The sensation of stopping my club at thigh level, gives
me a full swing. So the sensation of stopping my swing
when the club reaches chest level gives me an overswing
where the club collapses at the top, and I look very tight
and uncomfortable, causing me to jerk the club back
down on the downswing that follows.

Many people including myself try to have a "full
shoulder turn, left shoulder under chin" concept.
Then because the coiled back muscles are wound
so tight, we jerk the club back down trying to hit the ball,
leading to golf flight that could go anywhere.

Our sensation can deceive us, as I saw in the video of my own swing.
What felt like a three quarter swing turned out to be an overswing.

So, try doing a three quarter swing. You'll find that in order to achieve that,
we need to stop the club at the kneecap area, just like
a car trying to slow down, you need to give the swing
time to do the same. The car starts to stop way way before
it actually comes to rest.

For a full swing, it would be around the thigh/hip area.

So, stop your swing at the kneecap/thigh/hip area
and this will translate into a slow, smooth "spring like"
swing that looks easy on the eyes :D


Just in case, another illustration..

Have you tried chipping? The club is pulled back
to around the right kneecap, then we accelerate the
club back toward the ball to chip.

I think...

The Full Golf Swing is like a "Mega Chipping Stroke."
You only start to accelerate and "chip" the ball when
the club falls back down to the right knee, and this "
accelerated power chip" will cause the ball to fly a long long
way, with less OBs.

During the downswing, we only start to hit the ball
when the club reaches our thigh area.

Just like in a normal chipping stroke,
there is no FLIPPING of wrist used to hit the ball.

The wrist stay firm and turns over gradually.
(A normal chipping stroke will not turn over
by the way.)

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The stopping of the club at the kneecap/thigh/hip during the
backswing is to allow us to have this MEGA CHIPPING sensation
when we hit the ball during the downswing.
So beginning with the end in mind, will help us
understand why we do what we do. :D ($100 tips)
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I've felt more comfortable playing golf
after applying the above. Less tension and
muscle pulls and pains.

I'm only starting to apply this concept.
Its a new mindset, and will help you too.

Try it at the range.. and if it helps you
we can go celebrate :D

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Secret to 7 Irons not found in Golf books

Here's an iron secret not found in any golf book.. was taught
to me by a friend during a regular range practice.

I've found for myself that when
I try to stop my golf swing around the knees,
the momentum caused by the rotation of my
shoulders creates a 3/4 quarter swing.

Being able to execute 3/4 swings really helped my
iron play. It feels like a "Mega Chipping stroke."

I felt it was pretty strange at 1st because we are taught
to have a full shoulder turn, and left shoulder under chin,
while this time, the sensation was that my golf swing
was stopping at my knees.

or so i thought...

Video analysis showed that the irons was now in correct
slot position.

Hope this simple swing thought helps you connect better
with your irons and drivers

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Golf Score and Handicap

Hope this helps.

Par 3

By getting the ball into the
hole with 3 strokes of your club,
that's a par.

2 strokes=birdie
3 strokes=par
4 strokes=bogey


Similarly..
Par 4

3 strokes=birdie
4 strokes=par
5 strokes=bogey

if the total number of strokes you consistently
play for an 18 hole game is 102, it means that
you play off a handicap of (102-72)=30.

Saturday, February 10, 2007

How To Cure A Slice

This is how I cured my Slice.
Now I hit Sexy Draws, and the occasional Hook.

I'll assume readers understand golf terminology.
I will try to include some explanation in layman's terms.

Here's how you do it:
Everything is IMPORTANT..an error from the basic will
result in a slice no matter what you do.

1a) Have a Neutral or Strong Grip.

Netural Grip=the right palm is facing the target line direction
Strong Grip=the right hand is "slightly" under the shaft

1b) Hand position is in middle or infront of the
inner left thigh.(Personal Preference)

2) Ball placed in front of your left heel.. not toes or middle.
*LEFT HEEL, for some its the left armpit* IMPORTANT

3) The distance between the Left Heel to Right Heel is
Shoulder distance..NOT hip distance.

4) Distance from your hands to your...umm.. crotch (for lack of
better word, sorry ladies) is just nice, not too close or too far..
Be comfortable.

5) Knees Slightly Flexed, Spine Angled. Achieve with this move.
Stretch Arms and Point Club forward. Forearms are around ribcage
level. Imagine sitting oneself down on a high chair.. and sit. This will
result in a slight flex in the knees.

Next, Bend spine until club face touches ground. Keep chin up.

You should be able to see the index and middle knuckle of your
left hand with your left eye. Wrist is angled, not too "cocked" or
too straight. Again just nice. (Any extremes in the wrist angle or
knee flex or spine angle will result in errors.. no extremes allowed
in golf)

6) Count 1: Take Away with Hands, while maintaining Pressure between
Bicep Chest. Keep hands straight. This are your constants so
that your arms don't flail around.

7) Count 2: Shoulder turn and allow wrist to cock naturally.
At the top position, right elbow points down. Slight flex in left elbow
is ok.

8) Count 3: Shift Weight slightly to left and hands follow Naturally.
Moving the hands 1st will cause a slice.

If you follow these tips, you will hit a sexy draw..or an occasional
hook like me.. Guaranteed.

Example
"Take note of the key points as you watch the Tiger Video."




Cheers,
Sherman
"The 3 iron Specialist"

Thursday, February 8, 2007

How To Grip A Golf Club

The Grip
a) Place Golf Handle in the left fingers. Wrap left fingers around the handle.


b) Put the Right middle and 3rd finger UNDER the shaft. Slide the fingers down to the handle until the pinky, small finger touches the left hand. Place the pinky between the index finger and middle finger of your left hand. Place the life line of the right hand, over the left thumb. Feel the 2 hands fit snugly into 1 another.


c) Good Point to note. Have your right palm face the target. This allows the hands to be in line with the club face, meaning straighter shots.



Remaining Tips I plan to share
2) Stance Width
3) Ball Position
4) Posture
5) Spine Angle

My Driver Pre-Shot Routine

This is my pre shot routine, its got to be so natural that it comes naturally to you. You can't think about it when on the course. With people around, the nerves will get to you and the possibility of a mulligan is high. So practice this at the range before heading down to the course.

My Thoughts

1) Face my Clubface to my Target Line (Target Line is an imaginary line drawn from the golf ball to the target, say the flag)

2) Ensure the Golf Ball is in front of my left heel

3) Stand straight, Spine Angled, hand relaxed and pointing down. I should be able to see the index and middle finger knuckles with my left eye at this point. Wrist should not be too cocked or too straight. The wrist angle must be just nice. Biceps on both arms are squeezing my chest. This allows a constant, if there is no pressure between my bicep and chest, during the takeaway, the hands will "flail" around, which leads to inconsistency. Hence the pressure between the bicep and chest is important.

4) Ease my knees down, and spine a little, until my clubface reaches the ball.

5) Count 1, move hands, forearms straight.

6) Count 2, Turn shoulders, wrists cock naturally, full shoulder turn, left shoulder passes right knee, right elbow points down when the club is at the top position.

7) Count 3, shift weight left and allow arms to fall back down.

8) Mid way down, right elbow must be tucked into right ribcage, to ensure an in-to-out swing.

9) During Impact, Head is behind the ball, after hitting the ball, allow the spine angle to remain angled as you swing your arms up. Don't straighten the spine too soon. If you stood far enough from the ball, you will have enough space to swing through with your body and not the hands.

10) End with a nice finishing pose, Right Heel off the ground.

Try it, a pre shot routine helps your ball go a long way :)

Charles Barkley's Golf Swing

Don't try this at home, you might hurt somebody :)

Tiger Wood's Golf Swing

Tiger Wood's Swing Potrait..
Turn Your Speakers Up :)

The Greatest Shot in Golf

"Here it comes..Oh My goodneess..
OH WOW! In Your Life HAve you seen anything like that!!!!!!"