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          GOLF TIPS - Wednesday, July 9, 2008
 "Tips... News... And More... All For The Love Of The Game"
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Fellow Duffers,

It happens in golf that sometimes gremlins make their way into
our swings. One thing I do when this happens is cry... And then
I go to the range and determine what is breaking down in my
swing. That's why I selected the first tip--because if you're
going to play this game you have to be able to troubleshoot
your own swing.

Sam
mailto:sam@gophercentral.com


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Managing your natural tendencies will result in a better golf
swing  By Trevor Gliwski, PGA Professional- PGA.com

The greatest players in the world have different looking
swings, but all share three common and critical characteristics
in their swings.

Assuming that they are hitting a straight shot, all will:

1.) get the clubface square and hit the ball in the center of
the clubface
2.) approach the ball on the correct path
3.) achieve an impace position in which the majority of a
player's weight is into the front leg and the hands are ahead
of the ball.

So it is a fair assessment to say that all good swings are
trying to swing "to" or better yet, "through" the same place.
Thus, the question is, how do we get there?

There is no one right answer, there are a wide variety of
correct methods and styles that can deliver the desired
results. Body types and limitations will go a long ways in
determining the best swing for you, as will your athleticism
and other personal traits. Some of these tendencies keep us
on the right track, others we have to overcome to get to the
universal rules of a good golf swing.

So your tasks are threefold:

1.) Identify your personal tendencies, your inherent traits
which determine what ideal swing you can most consistently
repeat.
2.) Learn to manage these tendencies and improve them to give
you the best chance for success.
3.) Obtain feedback on your progress.

The good news is that once your natural tendencies have bee
identified, working on your game -- even after an "off day"
-- is so much easier because it's almost always the same
issues which flare up to cause your swing faults. There's no
need to go back to the lab and start over, you just need to
go back to your personal traits and get the feelings and
drills that will keep those faults from cropping up.

And that my friends is the secret to golf -- identify the
faults that disrupt your natural swing, manage them, and have
some help when they creep in from time to time.

Of course, your local PGA Professional can help you with this.

Best of luck!

Trevor Gliwski is the Director of Instruction for The Rick
Smith Golf Academy at Tiburon, Ritz Carlton Golf Resort,
Naples, Fl.



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Turn Away From Your Slice
By Andy Hilts, PGA Master Professional- PGA.com

One of the most important keys in fixing a slice permanently
is to learn to swing the clubhead on an inside-to-out swing
path through impact. In order to swing the club head into the
golf ball from the inside of your target line, a full turn of
the shoulders in the backswing is required.

Ten years ago when GolfTEC first began giving lessons, we
knew it was paramount to develop a more fact-based instruction
program. To do so we began by measuring over 150 tour players
with our motion analysis system. We found that the average tour
player turns their shoulders 89 degrees closed in the backswing.
Turning your shoulders sufficiently in the backswing allows your
arms to swing into the position required to swing the club on
plane in the downswing and, therefore, on the proper path
through impact. There may be other factors that need to be
addressed to fix the slice, but for now let's start with the
turn of your shoulders.


As with any change in a golf swing, it is important to get
comfortable with the new motion before attempting to actually
hit a ball. Drills are a great way to become comfortable with 
any new motion before attempting it while trying to hit a golf
ball.

A great drill to help feel the proper shoulder turn is the
"Line up the Clubs" drill. To begin you need two clubs. Place
one of the clubs so the shaft is both touching the inside
edge of your right foot (for right-handed players) and is
perpendicular to your target line. Place the other club across
your shoulders and cross your arms to hold the club in place.
After taking an athletic set-up turn your shoulders so that
the clubs are directly on top of one another as you are
looking down. When the clubs are lined up you are well on
your way to achieving a full turn of the shoulders at the
top of the backswing.

From there, take a peek in the mirror and perform the same
motion again. This time notice as your shoulders turn, your
head moves (yes, your head moves) back away from the target.
Now that your shoulders have turned sufficiently, you are
well on your way to swinging the clubhead from inside to out.
Delivering the clubhead on an inside to out path will help take
care of that nasty slice and probably increase your distance
too. If you have questions about the "Line up the Clubs" drill,
or any other golf questions, feel free to call or stop by your
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Know the rule:

If you lose your ball the penalty is stroke AND distance.
You must go back to where you played your last shot from and
rehit with a one stroke penalty. This rule applies even if 
your ball did not go out of bounds. So, if you think your
ball is lost--announce that you are hitting a provisional and
then go look for your original ball.


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