Help with Uneven Lies

As a weekender, trying to improve your golf game, how often is your golf ball setting on a nice flat, perfect lie? Me too. At almost golf driving ranges, players are hitting from perfect lies making the golf course the only place for most of us to hit from uneven lies. I as I’m writing these golf tips on the ubiquitous uneven lie, I have started a search for a training aid for practicing even lies that doesn’t cost $2500.00. As soon as I find it I will share it here to help my fellow high handicappers.

 

The Ball above Feet

When the ball is above your feet, two things usually happen the ball tends to travel more right to left and players often time have a tendency to hit the shot heavy.

The player should adjust the aim a little right of the target, keeping in mind the severity of the slope, the steeper the slop the greater the compensation. Take caution not to aim too far to the right with can increase the trajectory of the shot causing a hook too much.

Gripping a little down on the club will help, making the club shorter, will help avoid the dreaded fat shot.

The Ball below the Feet

Playing a shot with the ball below your feet tends to have the opposite effect on the ball flight and swing path, as you may have guessed. The ball will travel in a fade, left to right, with the ground farther away from the usual swing path these shots are likely to be struck thin.

Adjust the aim a to the left of the target, again, keeping in mind the amount of the slope, not over compensating and with a little luck you will put just the right amount of side spin and lay a nice fade right on the putting surface, blowing your buddy’s mind.

Balance is a key factor in making solid contact and avoiding the nasty bladed iron that runs through the green 30 yards. Bending a little more at the knees will move the swing plane closer to the ball and it will also help keep balanced through the swing.

The Ball on a Downhill Lie

Many players tend to hit shot from downhill lies thin, making contact up higher on the ball trying to avoid the of the ground being higher in behind the ball. When the stance is “straight up” the swing plane is directed through the ball resulting in a very thin shot with very little loft and uncontrolled distance or a stroke that contacts the grass first causing an uncontrolled flyer.

The stance should be perpendicular to the ground, the angle of the body matching the slope. This “matching angle” restores the swing plane allowing the club head to go through the ball without digging into the grass before making contact.

if you’re on a downhill lie play the ball back toward the middle of your stance.

On for lies with greater amount of slope the ball will come out on a lower trajectory, and will mostly likely travel farther, this may require using less club, as much as two clubs depending on the conditions.

The Ball on an Uphill Lie 

Match the angle of the ground with your shoulders, and make sure that your stance is perpendicular to the ground.

From uphill lies, many players tend to hit this shot heavy because the ground is higher in front of the ball. When the stance is “straight up” the swing plane is directed through the ball and into the turf resulting in a very heavy or a big fat shot with very little distance and loft.

Play the ball off your left big toe from an uphill lie.

The uphill lie will give the shot a higher trajectory requiring more club to compensate for the loss of distance. Furthermore, right-handed players have the tendency to hit shot on uphill left as their upper body moves faster than their lower body.

Uneven Lies are a Fact

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Regardless of a golfer’s skill level the uneven lie will happen, whether in rough or on the fairway, being ready for these lies will lower you score. Each type of uneven lie has numerous variables so keep your note pad handy and document how your swing affects each one, then you will enjoy the greatest game even more.

 

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Take a Big Slice Out of Your Game

Help with Your Game from a High Handicapper!

So many high handicappers tend to slice the golf off the tee and on long shots from the fairway. A slice of the golf ball is when the ball flight turns to the players dominate hand. This is caused by the side spin of the golf ball, generated by the clubs open face at impact. I have found the best way to “fix” a slice is to get help from a professional golf instructor they are able to fix in one lesson for most players. However, if you want the quick and easy fix try these.

The Quick Fix

Players with a moderate slice can simply aim to the left (aim right for left-handedkiKRjedij players) of the target line and swing away. Now you a power fade in place of that nasty slice, very cool. Another option is to address the ball with your normal set-up then slide the right foot (lift for left-handed players) about 6 inches and swing away.

The bigger the slice the more help you are going to need. Many drivers have hosel adjustments to open or close the club face, These can be helpful for a tree knocking slicer, but you have to get a new driver just get a new ball.

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Common Mistakes and the High Handicapper

1. Not Warming up Before a Round

On golf day your round should not start at the number one tee, get to the golf p6iydKMcncourse as least a half hour before your tee time, 45 minutes if you like to chat. This will give you plenty of time to warm up and also give you time to calm down. Because we all still get excited about playing golf the adrenaline kicks in and the gut churns making it hard to keep things smooth. A proper warm up will make a big difference on that first drive if you are not in a rush to get things started.

Loosen Up

Always start with a small bag of range balls before your start time to help stretch out the body and smooth out the mind.

At the Practice Green

First send some time at the practice green with your putter, this will give you an ki8kEjBiridea of the speed of the greens on the golf course. If your playing partners skip the putting warm you will have the advantage for the first few holes at the least. Before heading to the driving range, make some green side chip shots to help loosen up and get a feel for you shot game.

At the Driving Range

Remember to keep a smooth pace as you make your way to the driving range. Don’t start with the driver, get your pitching wedge instead. Hit eight or ten balls starting with a 3/4 swing and working your way up to a full swing. After you have hit a couple of clean full shots with the PW, move to a mid-iron, say 7 iron. Hit a number of full clean shots with a high finish. Keep in mind to not get in to a rush, keep in mind to keep it smooth.

Range BucketNext up the hybrid, please have hybrids. Hybrids are used for different types of shots including from the fairway and from the tee. Hit from the turf on a few shots and if you use a hybrid on any par 3 holes tee up a couple. Now take a few shots with a fairway wood always having a target to shoot at. Tee up a 3 or 4 range rocks with the 3 wood and two with the driver. Finish off by hitting your last few balls with the one club that you always hit the best. This will help give you confidence before making your way to the #1 tee box.

Have Fun Playing Golf

Spending this short time warming up will help get your body ready for golf and more importantly, it will get your mind ready for golf. Now when you step up on the first tee your buddies will be dealing with butterflies and you will be smooth and put your drive right down the middle of the short grass.

-The Golf Ball Guy

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2. Swinging the Club to Hard

The last thing we want to hear is do not swing so hard, but it may be killing you Chi Chi Rodriguezgame. Once I read an article where Chi Chi Rodriguez said something to likes of “Golf is a game of long and straight, with straight being the most important.” That statement has stayed with me over the years and to this day keeps me from trying to out drive the others in my group.

Bad Things Can Happen

We all want more distance and it can be almost imposable to stand on the tee box with the big stick in hand and not give our all. Bad things can happen when step up and swing as hard as you can, your ball will end up in the piney woods more often than not. Worse than that your buddy tees up, takes a smooth swing sending his ball down the middle.

Don’t Crank It Out There

When you try to crank it out there, you will tend to tighten up on the grip notrcnKG54oi allowing the clubface to square up at impact, sending the ball way off of the target line. As the grip tightens up so does the lower body keeping the hips and legs from shifting as the club is swung causing a huge loss of the distance.

Test It

Test yourself, the next time you are at the driving range hit four balls with the driver using a smooth slower stroke and take note of the ball flight. Afterwards hit four more with your hardest swing ever and compare the results.

Keep this in mind three strokes to get out the wilderness will do far more damage to your score than two strokes to the green.

3. Spending too Much Time over the Ball

Don’t you just it hate when you duff the first drive of the round? Just as bad is when you hit your approach shot fat after make the drive of your life.

Don’t Just Stand There

Dont Just Stand ThereSo many times high handicappers will stand over the ball far too long, allowing numerous swing thoughts enter their mind making it impossible for them to make clean golf stroke. The more time swing cues spend going through a golfer’s mind will tend to increase tension. Tension, particularly in the arms and shoulders, when at address can ruin the golf swing before it gets started.

Take Control of the Tension

Often times when a golfers rest the clubhead on the ground for a length of time, they freeze over the ball, which allows muscle tension to creep in. One simple way to keep loose while over the ball is to keep a little movement going with the clubhead just off the ground. Many professional golfers use the waggle to keep the tension at bay, give it a try the next time you feel things getting tight.

Learn from Better Players

Better Players BTake a moment to watch better players and note that most of them will spend more time standing behind the ball visualizing the shot the than they do at address. If you take a moment, stand behind the ball finding a target line, and picture the ball in flight to that target this will help keep you clam before addressing the ball.

At the Driving Range

The next time you are at the driving range tee up a ball and stand behind it. Find yourself a target to aim at then address the ball and hit it with little hesitation. Make sure swing with a smooth tempo and them repeat this with four or five golf balls. Make some notes on each shot and compare the results to the first drive of your last round of golf. Many high handicappers will quickly see a notable difference in the contact they make with the ball.

Golf is mental so don’t psych yourself out by standing over the golf ball for too long. Like John Daly says, “Grip it and Rip it.”

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  1. Not Taking Enough Club

We all hate that feeling when we make our approach shot and flies nicely toward the green only to end up 10 yards shot.

Range Rock 1One of the best ways to make a significant improvement in your game is to know how far you hit each club in your bag. Unfortunately using the rocks at your local driving range to find distance is a fruitless endeavor unless you are a tour pro using the same ball on the range as you do on the course.

The most accurate way, that I have found, to get distance for each club is on the golf course, using the same golf ball with every shot. Golf ball models have varying characteristics so using a different model of golf ball from round to round or hole to hole will make getting the numbers right somewhat difficult.

Dial in on your real yardage by simply hit your approach shot from the fairway Note Padand mark the results in a note pad. Use a GPS smartphone app, a GPS golf watch, or the yardage markers on the golf course to find the distance to the center of the green. Take the club you feel is right for the shot, make your swing, and note the findings in your notepad. Carry the note pad with you on every round keeping it up to date as play and your club selection will be more reliable, making golf more fun.

#5 Chipping from the Green Side Fringe

There are many different greenside shot types that depending on the lie, the Pin and Flagdistances to the hole, the height of the fringe, etcetera. Finding the proper club is the key to avoiding costly mistakes like blading the ball past the hole or landing short with no roll.

Think, “Keep it low”

When choosing a club to use from the greenside fringes do not make the mistake the golf ball guy Bag 2of trying a high lofted wedge. Rather, think about keeping the ball as low as possible. Start with the least lofted club in the bag the putter. Any time you can keep the ball on the ground, you have better control and much less chance of hitting a bad shot off of the back of the green. Jack Nicklaus has always used his putter from greenside when possible and Martin Kaymer used his putter from off of the green in his 2014 U.S. Open win at Pinehurst.

When the Fringe is High

Many golf courses keep the fringe high around the greens requiring the shot to go over rather than through the grass. The bump and run shot will get you over the obstacle and roll toward the hole with a minimum of air time. Club selection is critical so keep the loft low, try a 7 or 8 iron for the safest shot.

Like it’s a Putter

When hitting the bump and run grip the club, address the ball as if you are putting and keep the stroke compact. The ball will “bump” over the fringe and “run” to the hole. Learn this easy shot and you will never blade the ball past the hole again.

Before Each Round

At the practice green before your round of golf , hit a few of these different shots and you save strokes each and every time.

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Golf Club Maintenance and the High Handicapper!

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We go hit a bucket of range rocks, play a quick 9 when can and even drop a few bucks on a lesson now and then, but when do we clean our stick? Many weekend hackers tend to overlook one of easiest and cheapest ways to improve our game, golf club maintenance.

Keep it Groovy

The high handicap golfer already has trouble with generating backspin with short irons and wedges so grooves packed with last year’s grass and dirt is a shot in the “Foot Joy” even before to tee off on #1. The backspin is generated when the ball compresses agents the clubface and the grooves grab the cover. When the grooves are filled with dirt the club face can’t grab the ball and no backspin is created. There are many different tools available to keep your grooves clean from a cheap brush to expensive powered devices.

The Club Scrub

The best way to prepare for your next round of golf starts just after your last Golf Club Maintenance_Bucket Brushround. Before you stash the golf bag in the garage, take a little time to clean and dry your sticks. The best way to clean the golf clubs is simply fill a bucket with warm water and mild soap, put the clubs in head first, and scrub them clean. Dry them thoroughly before putting them away and you will have the cleanest grooves in your group.

A Clean Grip is a Happy Grip

The golf grip is subjected to many types of contaminants from oils on the hands Swing 1to dust in the bottom of the golf bag. Anything that comes between your grip and you will dramatically affect the performance of a golf club grip, so it is important to remove all of the dirt and grim on a regular basis. If you can’t recall how tacky you grips were when you first got them, it is time to clean them. The trusty bucket of warm water and mild soap along with a clean towel will bring back that awesome feel to the grips.

 

Regrip Them and Rip Them

If your grips are old and slick cleaning them will not bring them back to life, no matter how much to scrub. Grips should be replaced each year to keep your hands in place during the swing. Visit your local golf club repair shop for this service. We recommend golf grips from our friends at Forward Golf, the official grip of TheGolfBallGuy.com.

 

We Saved the Bag for Last

No matter how well you wipe down your PW before you put back in the bag sand the golf ball guy Bag 2and grass can find its way down to the bottom of your golf bag. After you cleaned and dried your golf clubs turn, you golf bag upside down and “shake it all about” to remove any loose impediments that may be in there. It is also a good idea to use a vacuum cleaner to clean out dust and debris from the golf bag, the easiest was to lose your grip is to have your brand new golf grips covered with dust the first time you use them.

 

Making a Difference

Range Rock FITMany high handicappers think these little efforts can only help better golfers and neglect golf maintenance which will cost them strokes and even golf balls sent into ponds or forests near and far. So take some time to get your equipment cleaned up and ready for your best round ever.

 

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The NoteCaddie Mobile Golf App @NoteCaddie

Golf has always embraced technology and in today’s golf, the smartphone is the pinnacle. With tens of thousands of the world’s golf course mapped via GPS (Global Positioning System) golfers can view a course before they play it, after they play it, and even as they play it. The smart phone applications add a whole new dimension to course management, with their eye in the sky, giving the user exact distances in real time.

Louis Oviedo and Christopher Takimoto, founders of NoteCaddie Mobile Golf, are taking the golf NoteCaddie Mobile Golf, LLC. GPS app to the next level. As avid students of the game, they are always searching to find ways to improve and have more fun on the course. Louis and Chris have realized that golf improvement is mainly centered on the swing and increased distance. In addition, they see that course management is often neglected by most players and golf instructors. Their belief that course management is as important to game improvement as a proper swing is way they have made it the foundation for the NoteCaddie app.

“With NoteCaddie, The power of Course Management will be in your hands!”

NoteCaddie incorporates note taking along with GPS mapping to help the GPS Satelliteweekend warrior better manage their own game as they play. Keeping a record of one’s practice results, club distances, and course results are keys to improvement that most players miss. The NoteCaddie app will put this at your fingertips. As casual golfers or competitive players, we strive to make the game more fun and the guys at NoteCaddie are doing their part.

Can Notes Really Help the Average Golfer?

When you watch the pros on Sunday afternoon, they never make a shot without looking at their note pad. Game management is not something only for the professional golfer, knowing what target line is best for the way you play can make your round. Keeping notes also helps you stay focused on the next shot and limits distractions.

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Will Note Taking Hold Up My Group?

The time spent taking a few notes per hole will improve shot, club, and target line selection easily making the investment well worth it. The time it takes a playing partner to make their shot is more than sufficient to update the notes as you play. The NoteCaddie app is being developed to help increase the efficiency of the players note taking and their game at the same time.

Voice to text features limits the typing required by the operator. Easy drawing tools for the greens make accurate notations for break and elevation changes. Template notes, along with GPS information are designed to make the app more efficient for use on the green.

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NoteCaddie’s Three Key Areas for Effective Course Management

Hole Notes: Take notes on club selection, areas to avoid, and course conditions. NoteCaddie will also incorporate data from the golfer’s playing style, the distance, and offering recommendations.

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Hole Comparisons by Round

Shot Dispersion: The app allows the user to review with color coded shot lines how the hole was played previously. This screen allows the user to see shot trends on a hole, based on how the hole was played in previous rounds. This would permit the player to quickly make a game plan for attacking the hole in the future, the hole’s image can be marked with ‘go zones’ and ‘no zones’ that translate to the GPS ‘main play’ screen.

Green Notes on NoteCaddie
Green Notes on NoteCaddie

Green Notes: Green Notes will display a zoomed in graphic of the green, with drawing tools to quickly and easily mark undulations, elevations, breaks, and pin positions. Areas will be provided to note the overall slope of each green and approach shot information.

 

 

 

“Every Single Pro takes GREAT GOLF NOTES.”

The Process of Taking Notes

Taking notes, as a process, is one that improves the golfer’s perception of their game by keeping the player’s thoughts away from the previous shot and toward the next one. The process of note taking aids the player to take a more complete look of the golf course.

Sharing Notes with the NoteCaddie Community

As notes collect in the NoteCaddie system, players will have the opportunity to reference notes that have been taken by other users on different golf courses.

“NoteCaddie can then integrate that data and recommend a club for your next shot. It’s the closest thing to having a professional caddie out on the course, without paying out 10% of your winnings!”

The NoteCaddie app is the development phase and you can be a part of the process by helping found the project via Kickstarter.com. NoteCaddie’s Kickstarter campaign will launch on November 19, 2015, check it out for an opportunity to get some very cool benefits. Click here to see what you get as a backer of the NoteCaddie app. Stay tuned to TheGolfBallGuy.com for updates on the NoteCaddie app.

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From NoteCaddie.com

Just some of the amazing features that NoteCaddie will include:

  ~ Simple, Effective, Quick Notes on the course. The Cornerstone of the app is the ability to enhance your course management skills by focusing you on the right things on the course, and noting them to take advantage of your experience. Use Voice to text notes, and quickly reference your previous experiences in an efficient and organized way.

  ~ Past results from each hole visualized. Color coded dispersion that allows you to see where you’ve had the most success, and emulate it.​

  ~ Know your greens. Green notes allow you to note everything from overall slope to likely pin positions. Know every ridge, every undulation, before you hit your approach, so you can knock it close.

  ~ Recommended Club selection. NoteCaddie will take your profile information and combine it with current location and hole information, as well as your previous experiences, and make recommendations on club selection that are specific to your game.

  ~ Get great notes on courses you’ve never played! NoteCaddie Community allows you to review notes from players with similar playing style/handicaps, meaning you can play the course like it’s your home course, even your first time on the course.

  ~ Full GPS Distance capabilities. With distances to the center, front and back of the green, as well as distances to, and carry distances, for hazards.​ Use the shot tracker to keep track of your club distances and optimize NoteCaddie’s ability to recommend clubs and course notes that fit your game!

  ~ Robust tracking of your game, stats, and score. Get a deeper understanding of your game, learn your distances for each club, and manage your score all in one place.

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“Why Louis and Chris need your help”

 “These two have the passion for their product and the personal experience and network to make it a success.  What they need is the monetary support to send this plan into development and get it onto your iPhone as soon as possible. All donations will grant you insight into their journey to fulfillment of the app, and certain donation levels will also allow you the ability to receive the test version of the app on one golf course in your area. Giving you the ability to provide real time feedback in the development stages, and play an integral part in building the next major Golf Mobile app.

Contribution at any level allows you to provide suggestions and feedback, even without access to test the app. Before or during the journey to build, send an email to info@notecaddie.com with your feedback.

The funds for this Kickstarter will be going to a developer (already identified and waiting), marketing the app and building the data warehouse to be inclusive of as many of the country’s golf courses as possible so NoteCaddie may compete at the highest level.

Thank you for your support!”

“Know every course you play with great golf notes Using the  NoteCaddie Mobile Golf app.”

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Common Mistakes and the High Handicapper #5

Chipping from the Green Side Fringe

There are many different greenside shot types that depending on the lie, the Pin and Flagdistances to the hole, the height of the fringe, etcetera. Finding the proper club is the key to avoiding costly mistakes like blading the ball past the hole or landing short with no roll.

Think, “Keep it low”

When choosing a club to use from the greenside fringes do not make the mistake the golf ball guy Bag 2of trying a high lofted wedge. Rather, think about keeping the ball as low as possible. Start with the least lofted club in the bag the putter. Any time you can keep the ball on the ground, you have better control and much less chance of hitting a bad shot off of the back of the green. Jack Nicklaus has always used his putter from greenside when possible and Martin Kaymer used his putter from off of the green in his 2014 U.S. Open win at Pinehurst.

When the Fringe is High

Many golf courses keep the fringe high around the greens requiring the shot to go over rather than through the grass. The bump and run shot will get you over the obstacle and roll toward the hole with a minimum of air time. Club selection is critical so keep the loft low, try a 7 or 8 iron for the safest shot.

Like it’s a Putter

When hitting the bump and run grip the club, address the ball as if you are Like a Putterputting and keep the stroke compact. The ball will “bump” over the fringe and “run” to the hole. Learn this easy shot and you will never blade the ball past the hole again.

Before Each Round

At the practice green before your round of golf , hit a few of these different shots and you save strokes each and every time.

-TheGolfBallGuy

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Common Mistakes and the High Handicapper #4

  1. Not Taking Enough Club

We all hate that feeling when we make our approach shot and flies nicely toward the green only to end up 10 yards shot.

Range Rock FITOne of the best ways to make a significant improvement in your game is to know how far you hit each club in your bag. Unfortunately using the rocks at your local driving range to find distance is a fruitless endeavor unless you are a tour pro using the same ball on the range as you do on the course.

The most accurate way, that I have found, to get distance for each club is on the golf course, using the same golf ball with every shot. Golf ball models have varying characteristics so using a different model of golf ball from round to round or hole to hole will make getting the numbers right somewhat difficult.

Dial in on your real yardage by simply hit your approach shot from the fairway Note Padand mark the results in a note pad. Use a GPS smartphone app, a GPS golf watch, or the yardage markers on the golf course to find the distance to the center of the green. Take the club you feel is right for the shot, make your swing, and note the findings in your notepad. Carry the note pad with you on every round keeping it up to date as play and your club selection will be more reliable, making golf more fun.

-TheGolfBallGuy

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Common Mistakes and the High Handicapper #2

  1. Swinging the Club to Hard

The last thing we want to hear is do not swing so hard, but it may be killing your Chi Chi Rodriguezgame. Once I read an article where Chi Chi Rodriguez said something to likes of “Golf is a game of long and straight, with straight being the most important.” That statement has stayed with me over the years and to this day keeps me from trying to out drive the others in my group.

Bad Things Can Happen

We all want more distance and it can be almost imposable to stand on the tee box with the big stick in hand and not give our all. Bad things can happen when step up and swing as hard as you can, your ball will end up in the piney woods more often than not. Worse than that your buddy tees up, takes a smooth swing sending his ball down the middle.

Don’t Crank It Out There

When you try to crank it out there, you will tend to tighten up on the grip notrcnKG54oi allowing the clubface to square up at impact, sending the ball way off of the target line. As the grip tightens up so does the lower body keeping the hips and legs from shifting as the club is swung causing a huge loss of the distance.

Test It

Test yourself, the next time you are at the driving range hit four balls with the driver using a smooth slower stroke and take note of the ball flight. Afterwards hit four more with your hardest swing ever and compare the results.

Keep this in mind three strokes to get out the wilderness will do far more damage to your score than two strokes to the green.

-TheGolfBallGuy

Common Mistakes and the High Handicapper #1

Not Warming up Before a Round

On golf day your round should not start at the number one tee, get to the golf p6iydKMcncourse as least a half hour before your tee time, 45 minutes if you like to chat. This will give you plenty of time to warm up and also give you time to calm down. Because we all still get excited about playing golf the adrenaline kicks in and the gut churns making it hard to keep things smooth. A proper warm up will make a big difference on that first drive if you are not in a rush to get things started.

Loosen Up

Always start with a small bag of range balls before your start time to help stretch out the body and smooth out the mind.

At the Practice Green

First send some time at the practice green with your putter, this will give you an ki8kEjBiridea of the speed of the greens on the golf course. If your playing partners skip the putting warm you will have the advantage for the first few holes at the least. Before heading to the driving range, make some green side chip shots to help loosen up and get a feel for you shot game.

At the Driving Range

Remember to keep a smooth pace as you make your way to the driving range. Don’t start with the driver, get your pitching wedge instead. Hit eight or ten balls starting with a 3/4 swing and working your way up to a full swing. After you have hit a couple of clean full shots with the PW, move to a mid-iron, say 7 iron. Hit a number of full clean shots with a high finish. Keep in mind to not get in to a rush, keep in mind to keep it smooth.

Range BucketNext up the hybrid, please have hybrids. Hybrids are used for different types of shots including from the fairway and from the tee. Hit from the turf on a few shots and if you use a hybrid on any par 3 holes tee up a couple. Now take a few shots with a fairway wood always having a target to shoot at. Tee up a 3 or 4 range rocks with the 3 wood and two with the driver. Finish off by hitting your last few balls with the one club that you always hit the best. This will help give you confidence before making your way to the #1 tee box.

Have Fun Playing Golf

Spending this short time warming up will help get your body ready for golf and more importantly, it will get your mind ready for golf. Now when you step up on the first tee your buddies will be dealing with butterflies and you will be smooth and put your drive right down the middle of the short grass.

-The Golf Ball Guy

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