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          GOLF TIPS - Wednesday, February 20, 2008
 "Tips... News... And More... All For The Love Of The Game"

Fellow Duffers,

Remember that old Simon and Garfunkel song, "Slow Down You Move
Too Fast"? Well, they could've written that for most people's
golf swing. It's much more difficult to deliver a square clubface
to the back of the ball when you are swinging out of your shoes.

What are you in a hurry for? The ball isn't going anywhere. You
can take a three second backswing if you want. Take your time
going back, and then take your time starting down. Don't rush.
This gives all the different parts of your body the time they
need to sync up. You can even do a slight pause at the top. I
don't care if you normally shoot 115, a more leisurely swing
back, a pause at the top and no rush starting the downstroke
will lead to better contact, more distance and great accuracy.
I promise.


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Takeaway Practice
By Adam Harrell

Hi, my name is Adam Harrel and I am the Director of Instruction
for the Jim McLean Golf Academy at Weston Hills Country Club.
What I would like to talk to you about to day is one of the
most important positions in the golf swing. It is the takeaway
position. From this vantage point, first let me show you what
the takeaway looks like. From a good set up position, this is
the position we are talking about, where the club shaft is
parallel to the ground.

We are now going to talk about this position from down the line.
With a club shaft lain on your toe line, when you take the club
back to this position a good checkpoint would be for your club
shaft lining up with this shaft on the ground. Second, the
clubface should be pointing directly at the horizon. A good way
for you to check this is something that came from Ken Venturi
and he passed it along to Jim. Take the club back to the half
back position over here and simply turn 90 degrees and check if
the clubface is still square. Turn your body 90 degrees but
leave your hands and arms where they were so that the club is
still parallel with the club on the ground. That is a great way
for you to find a good takeaway position.

So let’s go over a couple of key things here. As you get to the
half back position the club shaft should be parallel to the
club on the ground, which is right on top of your toe line,
and the clubface should be in what we call the toe up position.
If you get into this position you will hit longer shots and
more accurate shots. Good luck getting into the takeaway

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Better Delivery Position for a More Powerful Swing
By Adam Harrell

What I would like to talk to you about today is the delivery
position. This is the position that you obtain right before
you get into the hitting area or right into the impact zone.
Let me show you what the delivery position looks like. From
the top of your backswing the delivery position is that point
where the club shaft is parallel to the ground on your
downswing position.

Here are some things you should look for in order to get
into the proper delivery position. The right elbow and the
right knee have kicked in right against the line created by
the shaft I placed on the ground between my feet. A big
mistake that people make at this point in the swing is that
they get their elbow stuck behind their body, and/or they do
not have the proper amount of leg drive into the hitting zone.

You will see a lot of people who are back on their right leg
at this point or who have already let the club go too early
and their right elbow is behind their body. So being able to
get into a good delivery position, which is what all the top
players do, will help you deliver the club with some power
and accuracy.

Again, the right knee and the right elbow have kicked in, the
club shaft is parallel to the ground, the hands have gotten
back to the golf ball, and from here you can deliver the club
powerfully to the golf ball. If you get into this delivery
position I promise you that you will hit longer, straighter

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Eliminating Reverse Pivot
By Hank Haney

One of the most common mistakes that I see is that of a reverse
pivot. What’s meant by a reverse pivot is that your body is
turning towards the target in the backswing and then falling
back as you hit. You want to turn your shoulders back behind
the ball so that you can come back in to the back of the ball
when you’re ready to hit it. One of the things that I see
players do when they reverse pivot, is they tilt their eyes and
the correction that I give is for them is to keep their eyes
level to the horizon.

If you keep your eyes level to the horizon throughout the whole
swing you’re going to make a much more level turn with your
shoulders, your shoulders do tilt a little bit, but only as
much as you’re bent forward from your hips. If you bend forward
this much and tilt down that much, you’re probably going to be
in a reverse pivot situation, where your weight is now on your
left side. Ideally as you turn back your weight shifts to your
right side, but it does it because your left shoulder turns
behind the ball.

One of the best ways to ensure that is to keep your eyes level
to the ground as you turn back. Eyes level, if you tilt your
head you’re going to reverse pivot your body. Keep your eyes
level and turn back, you’re going to get a lot more power and
a lot more accuracy coming into the back of the ball instead
of straight down into the ground.

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