October 17, 2017

Tips For Golf Swing: What Does On Plane Mean?

golf swing instructions and tipsThere are quite a few tips for golf swing when it comes to being on plane during the swing. Some of these tips for golf swing about being on plane are beneficial while others are downright confusing.

I read in on of  the recent golf magazines by a well known instructor that one way to find your correct plane is to swing your club like a baseball bat at different levels until you can hear a swoosh sound, then merely lower you shoulders until your club face is behind your ball –and that’s your plane.

What apparently is not known by the instructor,  as well as not known by most instructors, is that even though such on plane alignment might be established at such point it is very fleeting. For example, were you to adjust your stance after lowering your shoulders until your club face was centered behind your ball, as suggested in the article, the alignment and path of your club face would change and you would no longer be on plane.

Were you to swing your club to the inside or to the outside of its pre-swing alignments during your swing, if you followed the instructions in the above mentioned article, the alignment and swing path of your club face would change and you would no longer be on plane at that point in your swing.

Moreover, if you lowered your shoulders until your club face was centered behind your ball after swinging your club like a baseball bat until you heard the swoosh sound but, the sole of your club face was positioned anywhere but as near as possible to the back of your ball,the sole of your club face would bottom-out at the wrong point of your downswing, even assuming you did not manipulate the club off its pre-swing alignments. Consequently, you would mishit your golf shot.

Many instructors wax incessantly about being on the right plane during the golf swing in order to square the club face to the ball at impact to hit straight golf shots.

However, most students have difficulty of processing such golf swing instructions about being on plane because the plane will change with any subsequent body movement after initially assuming their grip on the club.

Golfers would be better served in terms of instruction if their coaches would speak in terms of  ”swing path” instead of in terms of “swing plane.”

Better yet, everyone including instructors and golfers alike, would be better served in terms of hitting the ball straight in a consistent manner if they learned how to lock-in an on line swing path during the setup proceedings as is taught with the Locked-In Golf Systems™ that can be found at http://lockedingolf.com.

When one of the Locked-In Golf™ Techniques is performed to lock-in a square alignment and an on line swing path during the setup proceedings, you will hear the swoosh sound when swinging your club like a baseball bat at all levels. The on line path as well as the square alignment of the club face is locked-in.

Once locked-in in such a manner all that remains is to assume a comfortable stance and posture to the ball, center the sweet spot of the club face as near as possible to the back of the ball and align the shoulders parallel with the target line to complete the setup proceedings.

If you the keep your left heel firmly planted, maintain eye contact with your ball and execute a simple golf swing, your ball will fly as straight as you can point, discounting wind conditions and elevation differences between your ball and your stance.

When you use one of the Locked-In Golf™ Techniques to hit a straight golf shot, you will not need to concern yourself about being on plane. You will be locked-in to being on plane because you will lock-in an on line swing path.

You should then find most common tips on golf swing about being on plane as completely useless.

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Tips On Golf Swing: How To Avoid Fat Golf Shots

One of the better tips on golf swing is learning how to avoid hitting fat golf shots. The reason why this is one of the best tips on golf is that a fat golf shot is not likely to fly very far.

How many times have you observed even the best golfers on the planet “chilly-dip” their golf shots. It even happened to the great Arnold Palmer in a major event years ago.

There are several causes for a fat golf shot. They all relate to compromising some fundamental of the swing.

First of all, unless you have established a square alignment and an on line swing path of your club face at final address to the ball, the sole of the club face will not bottom out and strike the ball at the lowest point of its arc, even if there is no manipulation of the club during the swing.

Therefore, when trouble-shooting why you hit a fat golf shot, check the squareness of the club face at the completion of your setup routine.

If you really want to not only establish a square alignment and an on line swing path of your club face at final address but also lock-in such a straight ball flight alignment you should perform one of the Locked-In Golf™ techniques that are available at http://lockedingolf.com.

The second cause of a fat golf shot is ball placement.

I am truly amazed at the number of golfers who center the sole of their club face back from their ball instead of as near to te back of their ball as possible.

If the impact position of their club face replicates it address position, the sole of the club face will bottom out early in the swing, the primary reason for hitting a fat golf shot.

The sweet spot of the club face should be centered as near to the back of the ball as possible while  the club face is simultaneously square to the ball in order to hit a golf ball straight and avoid a chunk golf shot.

Also, in order to hit straight golf shots, the shoulders must be aligned parallel with the target line while the club face is aligned squarely to the back of the ball and to avoid a chunk golf shot.

Assuming these fundamentals are satisfied, a fat golf shot can result from manipulating the club during the golf swing.

If you have established a square club face to the ball at final address, with the sweet spot of the club face centered as near to the back of the ball as possible and, the shoulders aligned parallel with thr target line, why would you manipulate the club during the swing?

Any such manipulation would only cause the club face to bottom out at the wrong spot and perhaps cause a fat golf shot,

 

 

 

Hit It Dead Straight: New Golf Book

easiest golf swing instructionsOf all the new golf books on the market nowadays, Hit It Dead Straight is definitely worth checking out.

The reason why Hit It Dead Straight is one of the best new golf books is that it introduces 15 innovative techniques to lock-in a square club face alignment during the setup proceedings.

Correspondingly, whenever you lock-in a square club face alignment you automatically will lock-in an on line swing path of the club face.

A combination of a locked-in square alignment and an on line swing path of the club face equals to a locked-in straight ball flight alignment.

When the down swing delivers a square club face to the ball at impact on a swing path that matches the target line, you will hit the golf ball straight as a laser beam, discounting wind conditions and elevation differences between your stance and your ball.

In fact, you will be so locked-in during your setup routine that if you do not center the sweet spot of the club face as near as possible to the back of your ball at final address, the arc of your swing will bottom out at the wrong spot and you will mishit your golf shot.

Therefore, once you perform one of the techniques addressed in the book, Hit It Dead Straight™, you must complete the remainder of your setup proceedings precisely as instructed in these steps:

STEP 1:  Assume a comfortable posture and stance to your ball.

STEP: 2:  Then center the sweet spot of your club face within one-eighth of an inch to the back of your ball.

STEP 3:  Align your shoulders parallel with your target line.

STEP 4:  Then keep your left heel planted and execute a balanced golf swing;

In turn, your ball should fly on a straight path to your target, discounting wind conditions and elevation differences between your stance and ball.

Each technique in the book, Hit It Dead Straight™, varies in terms of how it is performed yet locks-in a square alignment and an on line swing path of the club face which is necessary to hit a golf ball straight-as-an-arrow.

This is why I consider it to one of the very best new golf books on the market.

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Golf Swing Instructions: Vary Your Tee Height Until You Get It Right

golf swing lessons instructionOne of the most significant golf swing instructions is to vary the height of your tee until you are able to hit the best golfshots possible with each club in your set.

This is one of the most important golf swing instructions because you want the height of your tee to correspond with the sweet spot of the face of each of  your clubs.

A recent article shared some golf swing tips on varying the tee height of each club until you are able to determine the ideal height in terms of distance, accuracy and trajectory. Here is a part of the article.

“Learn how to gauge the right tee height every time. If you tee too low or too high, you won’t get the results you want. You may see a lot of ground balls if you set your tee too low, while you may experience pop-ups that go nowhere if your tee is too high. Choose a tee height that is comfortable for you and stick with it. Take time to perfect your drive, and find the tee height that works best for you. Then, you will be prepared to tee off with the right potential for distance.” Read more…golfcoursepackages.org/great-golf-tips-everyone-needs-to-know.

First of all, you should experiment with your irons if you prefer to tee them up on par three holes.how to drive your golf ball straight and far

Considering that manufacturers increasingly are placing more of the weight of the club near the bottom of its face, you may want to barely tee up your irons as the first part of your experimentation and then increase the height of the tee incrementally until you begin hitting your best golf shots.

The same golf method should be applied in determining the ideal height for your woods, whether using the driver or one of your other woods.

If you want to drive your golf ball straight, it is even more important to tee your ball so the sweet spot of the club face strikes the ball squarely.

This means if you tee your ball too high for your driver you will experience unnecessary dispersion and not be able to hit your golf ball staight.

The same holds true if you tee you driver too low, considering the driver is subject to dispersion more than any other club in your set.

Until recently, I teed my driver so that the equator of the ball was even with the top of my club head. This seemed to be in keeping with the conventional consensus.

However, I began varying the height of my tee when using my driver to determine if there was a more ideal height in terms of distance, trajectory and accuracy.

As a result, I began hitting even better golf shots when the top of my ball was  teed evenly with the top of my driver.

Keep in mind, however, that each driver is different, so the best golf swing instructions are to experiment with different tee heights for your own driver and other clubs.

There is not just one standard tee height for each respective club as some have been led to believe.

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How To Hit A golf Ball Straight: Learn How To Perform The Two-Step Straight Golf Method™

golf swing lesson instructionsOne easy and simple way of  how to hit a golf ball straight is to learn how to perform the Two-Step Straight Golf Method™.

The reason why the Two-Step Straight Golf Method™ or, sometimes referred to simply as the Two-Step Straight Method™, is so easy to perform in terms of how to hit a golf ball straight is that it only requires you to take two steps between the time you grip your left hand and right hand on your club.

However, there can be no compromises in the specific golf swing instructions to perform this technique.

If performed correctly, your wrists will rotate and lock-in your clubface to a square alignment.

Also, your elbows (elbow line) will rotate and lock-in a parallel alignment with your shoulders (shoulder line.) Your elbow line is the imaginary line that runs across your elbows.

When your wrists and clubface are locked into a square alignment and your elbows are locked-in to a parallel alignment with your shoulders, a straight ball flight alignment will be locked-in.

At this point, all that remains is to assume a comfortable stance to your ball, center the sweet spot of the clubface as near as possible to the back of your ball (within one-eighth of an inch to the back of your ball) and align your shoulders parallel with your target line.

If you then keep your left heel firmly planted, your head held steadily and execute a simple golf swing, you will hit straight golf shots directly to your target, discounting wind conditions and elevation differences between your stance and your ball.

Here are the golf swing tips to perform the Two-Step Straight Method™.  hitting your golf ball straight

STEP 1: Stand at least three steps back from your ball in an address position to your ball. Assume a comfortable stance and then sole your clubface in the middle of your stance.

STEP 2: Next, grip you left hand on your club in a conventional manner. Once your left hand is gripped on your club, do not loosen   your grip or partially un-grip your club.

STEP3: Keep your left hand firmly gripped on your club and take two full steps forward toward your ball, with the sole of your clubface sliding on the surface, likewise toward your ball.

STEP 4: After taking two steps forward, hold your position and then grip your right hand on your club with either an overlapping, interlocking or baseball style of grip. Complete your right hand grip by locking (docking) the lifeline of your right hand squarely and securely on your left thumb (a must.)

If you follow these instructions precisely, you will have a locked-in straight ball flight alignment at this point. However, once locked-in in this manner you must not unlock the lifeline of your right hand from your left thumb or otherwise loosen it in any way.

Then it just becomes a matter of completing your setup proceeding as described above, keeping your left heel firmly planted, your head held steadily and executing a balanced golf swing.

Then watch your ball fly on a straight path to your target, discounting wind conditions and elevation differences between your stance and your ball.

You will then know how to hit a golf ball straight as-an-arrow.

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Improve Your Golf Game: Map Out Your Entire Course From A TO Z

improve your golf gameOne way to improve your golf game is to take a pocket note pad and map out every hole of your home course or, courses you frequently play.

All great tour players routinely do this to improve their play and it likewise will help you improve your golf game.

If you watch golf on television, such as the golf Channel, you will notice how professional golfers frequently will refer to their note pads for each golf shot they encounter in attempting to execute a perfect golf swing.

You should do likewise by first mapping out every hole on the courses you frequently play. You can map such courses during your practice rounds or even over a period of time when playing with a group.

Start with the first tee box and determine its general slope in terms of whether it is relatively level or presents a hook or slice lie.

You should use my Locked Knees Technique™ at different locations of each tee box to determine different ball lies. These golf swing instructions will help you to be able to hit a golf ball straight.

The Locked Knees Technique™  is performed by grasping a golf club in a horizontal manner with your hands separated by a couple of feet, then by placing one end of the club, usually the butt end, over a golf ball while facing the target.

Then lock both knee joints as well as both elbow joints.  how to hit a golf ball dead straight

If the club slants downward to the left it will indicate a hook lie, if it slants downward to the right it will indicate a slice lie and if it neither slants downward to the left or right, it will indicate a level lie.

In many instances, you will have a hook lie at one point of a tee box and a slice lie at another spot. Therefore, you should test different areas of each tee box to determine varying ball lies.

You likewise should analyze each fairway at different spots by using the Locked Knees Technique™ and make notes on your pad as to the general slope of the specific fairway as well as different slopes at various points.

Just because a fairway may appear to slope in one direction or another does not mean it actually does. You should test each one for the actual slope.

Part of your mapping efforts should include distances from different markings in the fairway to the center of the respective green, particularly if you do not have or use a range finder in your play or, if such is not allowed by your local rules or in tournaments.

You also should make notes regarding various bunkers in the fairway and surrounding greens with respect to the type and consistency of the sand within the bunkers.

Lastly and even more importantly, you should make very specific notes about the general slope  as well as varying slopes at different points of each green while using the Locked Knees Technique. Additionally, you should analyze the grain and “stimp” of each green.

You definitely should improve your golf swing by mapping the courses you frequently play from A to Z.

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Golf Swing Instructions: Learn The Game From Inside-Out

golf swing instructionsSome of the best golf swing instructions  is to practice what is commonly expressed as “from the inside-out.”

The reason why this is one of the best golf swing instructions to improve your golf swing is that most strokes are lost in the short game: putting, chipping and pitching from within 100 yards of the pin.

Tiger Wood was taught to play the game from inside-out by his father. Indeed, if you trace Tiger’s wins, especially his Major’s, you will know he won most of the time with his superb short game, not by blasting 300 yard drives.

Tiger was known to recover from almost any condition, even if he did not always hit straight golf shots.

However, Tiger was not the greatest player with a sensational short game. Seve Ballesteros was the very best, as attested by many of his fellow players, such as Ben Crenshaw.

Apparently Seve never learned how to hit a golf ball straight but was able to recover because of his tremendous short game, as he so incredibly demonstrated in his Master’s and British Open’s victories. He was one of the greatest players with the short game of all time.

I recently watched David Feherty interview Ian Poulter on the Golf Channel.

Feherty asked Poulter about his greatest golfing experience.

Poulter remarked that it was when he had the opportunity to play with Seve during his second year on tour because Seve had such an incredible short game. You too can improve your golf swing by practicing golf shots from within 100 yards  of a real or imaginary hole location at a ratio of  3 to 1 compared to those outside of such range,

Whether chipping or pitching, if you can judge your distances to within five yard increments by using a variety of shots, including halves, three-quarters and full swings and, further fine tuning your distances with fades and draws, you eventually should have a lot more birdie opportunities than using your practice time attempting  to blast your drives 300 yards.

It doesn’t necessarily matter how well or long you can drive your ball unless you have an incredible short game to back it up. Unless you concentrate more on improving your game from inside-out, you are not likely to lower your golf score or improve your golf swing,  appreciably.

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How To Hit A Golf Ball Straight: One Golf Shot After Another

how to hit a golf ball straightThe very best way how to hit a golf ball straight is to lock-in a straight ball flight alignment during your set routine.

 Golf instructors have been perplexed for a very long time about the best way how to hit a golf ball straight.

 For many years, the notion was that it is impossible to hit perfectly straight golf shots.

As a result, most golf swing instruction is to taught their students some other ball flight, typically a draw or fade.

A fade works well if you are trying to flight your shot to the right of your body and target lines. It doesn’t work very well if you are trying to work the ball to your left.

This is one of the reasons why those whose signature shot is that of a fade play better on courses that demand such shots but who play worse on courses that favor a draw ball flight.

The same proposition applies to those who predominantly draw their shots. They play well on courses that favor a draw ball flight but do not play as well on courses that favor a fade shot.

Although you need to be able to fade or draw your ball in situations that demand them, the preferred shot typically is to hit the golf ball straight

Unfortunately, most instructors do not know how to teach someone how to hit to hit a golf ball straight because they are unfamiliar with the Locked-In Golf™ Method.

You not only can lock-in a straight ball flight alignment during your setup routine using the Locked-In Golf™ Method, you also can use it to lock-in a fade, draw, slice, hook, push or pull ball flight alignment.

However in terms of locking-in a straight ball flight alignment the Jackson Straight Golf Method™ remains a favorite way to do so.

More detailed information to perform this golf method is provided at http://jacksongolfmethod.com, but here are the basics:

First, stand back from your ball by at least two steps and then assume a comfortable posture and stance. Then ground the sole of your clubface in the middle of your stance.

Next, grip your club with either an overlapping, interlocking or baseball (ten fingers) style of grip. Complete your grip by locking (docking) the lifeline of your right hand squarely and securely on your left thumb. Do not unlock the lifeline of your right hand from your left thumb at this point.

While keeping your grip in tact move your feet forward by at least two paces.  how to drive a golf ball straight

Then, unlock the lifeline of your right hand from your left thumb by at least an inch without completely un-gripping your club. Then relock the lifeline of your right hand squarely and securely on your left thumb. (You must not unlock the lifeline of your right hand from your left thumb thereafter.)

At this point you will have a locked-in straight ball flight alignment, assuming you followed the above instructions precisely.

All that remains is to assume a comfortable posture and stance to your ball, center the sweet spot of your clubface as near as possible to the back of your ball (a must) and align your shoulders parallel with your target line.

Then keep a steady head (another must) and execute a simple golf swing without attempting to manipulate your club in any manner.

Discounting wind conditions and elevation differences between your stance and your ball you should observe your ball flying on a path to your target as straight-as-an-arrow.

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Perfect Golf Swing: Not As Simple As It Seems

the perfect golf swingMany golfers contend a straight golf shot is the result of a perfect golf swing.

 A straight golf shot is not the result of a perfect golf swing if some other ball flight is dictated by the circumstances.

Therefore, if the circumstances call for a fade golf shot then a perfect shot would be the result of a fade. If the situation dictated a draw ball flight then a perfect golf shot would be the result of a draw.

If more than a fade were required, then a perfect golf swing would be a result of a slice. It the situation dictated more than a draw then a perfect shot would be a result of a hook.

A better question is how do you hit a golf ball straight? How do you hit a perfect fade, draw, slice or hook ball flight?

If you believe in the muscle memory golf method that so many instructors teach, you may be able to achieve each such ball flight by aligning your shoulders a certain way in relation to the directional line and then manipulate your club in a specific manner during your golf swing in an attempt to achieve the exact ball flight desired. However, the odds of achieving such a favorable result are highly against you.

The muscle memory theory is not very reliable because if your alignment is slightly off you can expect a “double cross” effect and flight your ball in the opposite direction of the one intended.

If you swing your club too much to the outside or, too much to the inside, of its established swing path you can expect equally disastrous results.

What is exponentially more reliable to produce a perfect shot for the specific situation is to lock-in the ball flight desired during the setup proceedings.

Then assume a comfortable stance and posture to your ball, center the sweet spot of your clubface as near as possible to the back of your ball, align your shoulders parallel with your directional line-the imaginary line on which you want your ball to fly initially- keep a steady head and execute a simple golf swing without trying to manipulate the club in any way during your golf swing

If performed and executed correctly your ball will fly precisely in the manner you intended. You will experience the perfect golf swing.

It is much more reliable to lock-in the ball flight you desire before, rather than attempting to achieve such a result by manipulating your club in some weird way, after beginning your golf swing.

 

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Fix A Slice: Simply Move Some Body Parts In A Certain Manner

fix a sliceThe first thing you should know if If you want to fix a slice is that if you assume a comfortable stance and posture to a golf ball, center the sweet spot of your clubface as near to the back of your ball as possible, align your shoulders parallel with your target line, form a conventional grip on your club,keep your head steady and execute a non-manipulative golf swing, you will slice your ball.

A non-manipulative golf swing is one in which there is no intentional or inadvertent manipulation of the club to rotate the clubface off its pre-swing alignments.

Therefore, you should appreciate the reality that the instant you grip a golf club with either an overlapping, interlocking or baseball style of grip your clubface will rotate to a slice ball flight alignment

In order to really fix a slice, you must move certain body parts during, or after, gripping your club to rotate your clubface from a slice alignment to a straight ball flight alignment. Then you need to lock-in the straight ball flight alignment.

A straight ball flight alignment will enable you to hit a golf ball straight

When any of my straight Locked-in Golf™ techniques are performed they automatically will cure a slice.

Each one requires some specific body movement, either between or immediately after assuming an overlapping, interlocking or baseball style of grip, to rotate the clubface from a slice alignment to a straight alignment and then to lock-in such straight alignment.

One of my favorite Locked-in Golf ™ techniques is the Jackson Straight Golf Method™.

Instructions to perform the Jackson Straight Golf   Method™ are now displayed on youtube.com/locked-in golf.

Given the time limitations of YouTube, the displayed DVD does not contain the entire instructions or the Trouble Shooting Tips that are addressed on the complete DVD,  available at http://lockedingolf.com.

It does however provide enough information for you to appreciate the significance that you must move your body in some way after gripping your club in order to cure a slice.

Give the Jackson Straight Golf Method ™ a try and see how it will fix a slice in a heartbeat.

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