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4 Tips From the Best Golfers That You Should Know
These 4 tips have been constructed because most amateurs make the mistake of depending on themselves to improve their game. The error of this decision is that most of us aren’t capable of honest self-reflection. Instead, we tell ourselves that just because we’ve missed each fairway over the last six holes that doesn’t mean we have an accuracy problem.
There is another answer for those amateurs who push away coaching. The answer is to study studying the swings of the most successful golfers the PGA has to offer. Here are 4 tips to learn on how to play better golf from the best golfers in the world.
Phil Mickelson’s Solid Foundation to Hitting Perfect Chips
Phil Mickelson is known around the world for his magical short game. Highlights of his high-spin chips are everywhere across the internet. But how does he do it? And more importantly, how can you learn to mimic his mastery?
For Phil, it is all about the foundation at address. With the severe degree of wedges, there is a high error rate on chip shots for the amateur. This mistake is primarily because of the open nature of the club. The bottom of the club face is potentially the first thing that comes into contact with the ball.
To prevent the edge from coming into contact with the ball first, Phil always has his weight forward in his stance. Next, his hands are ahead of the golf ball at address and impact. And finally, Mickelson places the ball in his stance based upon the height of the chip shot. Placing the ball off the front foot means the ball will come out high. When the ball is hit off the back foot, the chip should maintain a low launch angle to encourage forward roll.
Brooks Koepka’s Standing Tall for your Best Drives
One of the most impressive characteristics of three-time major winner Brooks Koepka’s game is his ability to be long and straight off the tee. His belief is that with proper mechanics that anyone can find the fairway with each use of the driver.
Koepka starts with the ball just inside his front heel. He likes a tall posture at address with a wide base. His feet are outside both shoulders. Kopeka believes this promotes stability for the rotation of the takeaway.
Before you hit your tee shot, Kopeka encourages feeling confident in knowing the line that the golf ball will travel after it leaves the club face. On the takeaway, if you consistently hit a fade, Koepka suggests keeping your hands inside the club head. At the top of the swing, Koepka has a full shoulder turn completed with the weight loaded to the inside of the back leg.
Once the club has reached parallel, Kopeka uses his outside hip to trigger the downswing. The hip slides forward as the weight that was loaded on the inside of the leg is pushed forward. Koepka’s hands stay slightly ahead of the ball as the club’s lag whips the ball through the impact zone and into the golf ball. As the club passes through, Koepka finishes tall with the driver resting behind the shoulders (he’s only able to do that because he owns an amazing and well-rated driver).
Jordan’s Spieth’s Ball First Strikes for Hitting Crisp Irons
Three-time major winner Jordan Spieth is an absolute master from the fairway. His accurate iron play is the primary reason that Spieth has 14 professional wins. He’s truly a master at using the best irons for every situation. For the amateur, learning Spieth’s approach to hitting crisp irons involves a balanced and loaded takeaway with a strong finish where the club face comes into contact first with the golf ball and not the ground.
When you set up at address, Spieth encourages you to pick a spot on the ground slightly in front of the golf ball. If the swing is fundamentally sound, the club should descend toward the preselected spot on the ground. As the club face enters the impact zone, it meets the ball first and then impacts the ground. The friction caused by this hit of the golf ball will add height and backspin to the shot.
On the follow-through, Spieth keeps the club down the line of the shot by reaching out with the club. Spieth likens it to reaching out and shaking a hand with the right arm extended. The club continues along the path to a high finish.
Tiger Woods’ Preparation to Hitting Putts That Find the Cup
For Tiger Woods, once you have your stroke and tempo down, the next step to achieving low scores on the greens is how you prepare to attack them. Woods encourages amateurs to take a notebook with them on each round of their favorite course.
Tiger believes that by studying the entire green each round and taking notes, that you’ll be more confident every time. Woods suggests using lead tape on the bottom of your putter for greens that are slow to help improve putting speed.
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