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..


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.