Hints and tips from Denise
Denise’s hints and tips to help you get the most out of your game
Bad shots happen to us all
If you are in long grass or perhaps under trees it’s what we do next that is important.
The aim must be to get out and the first question to ask yourself is ‘where do I want to be for the next shot?
If you are still 200 yards from the green in long grass do not reach for your 3 wood because that might take you only 15 yards. May be better to take an 8 or 9 iron and get the ball back into play.
Just don’t waste more shots; take your medicine and play the next shot from the fairway, even if there is still, say, 160 yards to go.
Let the loft be your friend; hit onto the fairway and give yourself a chance to hit the green with the next shot. Don’t be silly or greedy; play like a pro!
More uses for alignment sticks
Try jamming one inside the butt end of the grip. The long end can rest on your hip.
Now make some short swings.
The purpose of this practice is to keep your arms straight throughout this short swing. It will also help you to keep the club head square.
This is a great practice keeping the club face stable and especially good for chipping.
Alignment sticks — I love them
These are by far and away the most useful tool available for golfers.
I really do think everyone should have them in their golf bag for practicing.
They are great for working on the mechanical side of the game.
The first important use is to align yourself to the target.
The second important use is to help getting the perfect ball position.
The only issue might be if you are hitting off grass — if the stick gets in the way just tee the ball up
Teeing the ball up is great.
The starting line in putting
Here is another good drill to help you improve the starting line with your putting.
Theses alignment poles are called ALIGNMENT PRO and they are useful for so many things. This month it’s with putting. What you do is find a straight putt around 6 foot, then bend as you can see in the photo one of the poles and point it at the hole. This will act as a nice alignment aid for you. Now hit some putts and use the stick as a starting point for your practice.
I really like these as the are so versatile.
This is a great way to check your alignment, and very simple to do.
All you need is an old hotel room card. Place your golf ball at one end of it with your line (if you use one) pointing at the hole or target, then address the ball with the line on your ball running the same way as the line on your putter. This is a useful tool to see if you are square on to the target and to see if the club is square too.
This is a fab drill to help you with hitting the ground in the right place making sure we hit the BALL FIRST.
What to do is paint a line on the ground and place the balls on the TARGET side. Now go on and hit some iron shots. What you should see is your divots should be AFTER the line (target side), this will tell you your contact is good. What we don’t want to see is the divots on the back side of the line. This is about improving you low point. If you cannot get a paint line you can use 2 clubs and make sure the divot is AFTER the clubs…
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This is one area that can go wrong sooo easy even without you noticing.
Just because your feet and hips are square to the ball to target line does not mean your shoulders are! If they are in the wrong position you will hit shots off line.
A good way to check this is to get a friend to put a pole/alignment stick across your shoulders, or you could strap a pole across your chest, this is easy to do and will help you see if your upper body is perfectly in line with your lower body.
A real must, so keep an eye on it!!
Take an alignment cane and position it approx’ 10 paces in front of your ball, directly on the ball to target line. This cane now represents your “center line”. Hit various shots either side of the cane focusing initially on initial start direction (establishes outer edge of your shot cone) before then creating the required curve (hopefully without crossing your center line). This drill is an ideal way to bring the range to life and an excellent way of developing ball control. After a session or two you will start to notice a preferred shot that is reliable and some of the weaker areas that need development.
I feel a vital point of all practice is to have a point, don’t just beat ball after ball aimlessly on the range- go with a purpose. This might be to change your grip, or a backswing position. Establish exactly what you want to achieve and reflect while you are practicing whether you are hitting your goal. If you are, reinforce. If not adjust and correct!
In-door putting drills
If the weather is not too good outside, here is an easy drill to help your contact and direction with your putting.
You need some blu tack 2 small pencils and your putter.
Simply put some blu tack on each pencil and put them on your putter face (I would say about 1 ½ apart)
Now give yourself a target and hit putts without hitting the pencils.
Another way would be rap some elastic bands on each side of your putter for a similar drill!!
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Thought you might like to know that your tuition on Mon 17th really seems to have sunk in and yesterday on our Ladies day s/ford I came in with 43 points. It was just one of those days when everything (nearly) just flowed. So I am on “cloud 9” that my handicap has been cut to from 23.1 to 20.3.
I know I need to concentrate on my short game – an another aspect going on “between the ears” – being able to cut-off from sounds and movements when taking shots. The slightest thing seems to infiltrate so easily.
Many thanks again, and hope to see you soon.
This is to say many thanks for ensuring we had such a brilliant time at Valle del Este. I feel that I’ve really benefitted from your tuition, help and encouragement. Can’t wait for the weather to improve so that I can get out on the course to put it all into practice. Jenny and I had such a great week with you all and have missed not just the golf and sun but the company. Your ears must be burning as we’ve not stopped singing your praises!
Thankyou so much for giving me such a lovely holiday, despite the little problems. I have never seen a teacher give so much help to everyone, we deserve to all be in single figures!
Went to play a few holes and the swing was much improved even going straight! Will let you know if I win a turkey tomorrow!!!
I really appreciate all your help, and will see you soon.
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