Newbie Golfer

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

In high winds, a low ball flight gives much further distance than standard height. Here is what works for me:

1) Move ball position back 1-2 balls

2) Hands slightly forward

3) Weight slightly on left side

4) Swing smoothly

5) Take more club

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

Holed out bunker shot from 10 yards on practice green. Hitting them solid (thump in sand) and with spin.

Technique (From 10 yds, with medium lip (4-5ft)):

-Weight 80% on left side; but torso back (i.e. shoulders parallel), keeps hands behind ball

-Hands back; handle at belt buckle

-Ball off instep

-Club 3 inches behind ball

-Open stance ~ 10-45 degrees, open grip to compensate

-Firm grip (usual length)

-Practice swing above ball, with acceleration!

-Settle well into sand /stance (important: lowers club head below ball)

-Hinge club: point butt of handle at sand

-No sway whatsoever!

-Stay connected

-Thump sand

-Follow through with acceleration! Face the target, and hands towards target about head high

“Hinge and Turn”

3/30/12 – six (6) straight out of bunker onto green, holed one (1).

4/6/12 – more than ten (10) straight out of bunker, but then started leaving everything in. Need consistency!!
Have been using even weight distribution to this point. Try weight 80% on left side (minimize swaying) –> works!

Thursday, April 26th, 2012

10.  Practice your short game

9. Learn course management

8. Practice your mental game

7. Learn to hit your 150 yard club consistently

6.  Hit your driver sparingly – not on every par 4

5.  Take individual lessons with a PGA pro

4. Move up one set of tees temporarily

3. Take one more club than you think you need on approach shots

2. Know your club yardages

1. Use a GPS unit or rangefinder

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

Hitting solid driver today, a bit left to right. Straight shots when accelerating through impact, good distance too.


-Ball off left heel

-1/3 of ball above top of driver

-Clubhead in middle of stance (let arms hang, bend from hip, feel solid stance)

-With driver soled, tip of driver in line with ball

-Eyes on back of ball (not clubhead), focus out on target

-Regular swing (grip, turn, hip bump, stay connected, release)

-Accelerate through impact (feel whoosh at bottom of arc during practice swing)

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

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Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

Broke 90!

2 pars on front 9, 3 pars on back 9.

Ball striking very solid; staying connected.
Putting needs improvement (several a few inches short); accelerate thru.
Sand shots need practice (1 in and 1 short); get 60 degree wedge.
6 iron very solid; 4 hybrid pulling, so practice unused 5 iron.

Broke 90, Scorecard Part 1

Broke 90, Scorecard Part 1

Broke 90, Scorecard Part 2

Broke 90, Scorecard Part 2

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

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Saturday, April 16th, 2011

Practiced chipping and pitching with a variety of clubs today: sand wedge, pitching wedge, 8 iron and 4 hybrid.

My problem has been 50 yds and in. I tend to always hit sand wedge, which often comes up short, hit fat, or bladed. Practiced with 8 iron today, what a revelation! So much easier to hit solid…plus the margin of error on mishits is huge…instead of laying sod on the ball, a mishit has a different trajectory but goes almost the same distance.

Here are my “owned” short game shots as of today:

Pitching wedge: full swing, 110 yd
Sand wedge: full swing, 75 yd
Sand wedge: 9 to 3 swing, 50 yd carry, no rollout
8 iron: 9 to 3 swing, 50 yd carry, 25 yd rollout
8 iron: 8 to 4 swing, 30 yd carry, 20 yd rollout



Saturday, March 26th, 2011

Hit a couple of super solid 3 woods off the mat at the range today. Loud thwack, ball long and straight down the middle, possibly my best 3W shots, ever.

I was focused on club low on the takeaway, turn with chest in place, hip slide to start the downswing, AND head down till after impact.

If I get eager to look I will lift the head early, leading to a thin shot left or right. Keeping the head down till after the thwack of impact results in much better shots.


Saturday, March 19th, 2011

Practiced on the grass range today…and the value of hitting of grass versus mats became immediately apparent.

Hit the first couple of shots with my 4 hybrid, these started left and stayed straight left. See the front part of the accumulated divot pattern in the photo.

This made realize that I was making my common miss of swaying and not getting my weight back forward, releasing my hands quickly through the hitting area to compensate.

After practicing my turn a bit, I hit several solid shots in a row, see the back of the divot pattern in the photo. Perfectly square to target.

Hitting off grass is clearly valuable for giving feedback on our misses…