Gimme One Thing

Don’t zap your dis­tance.

Golf Digest (Malaysia) - - Contents - BY JIM MCLEAN

We’ve all been there: You’re play­ing with a cou­ple of re­ally big bombers, and you’re try­ing to keep up. Af­ter they blow it way by you on a cou­ple of holes, you start swing­ing harder to pick up ex­tra yards. But the harder you go af­ter it, the shorter your tee shots go. What gives?

Av­er­age golfers don’t play enough to con­trol a su­per-fast swing. They’re try­ing so hard to smash the ball, they have the club mov­ing its fastest in the wrong place—at the start of the down­swing in­stead of the bot­tom of the arc. They also of­ten lose their bal­ance swing­ing harder, and that makes cen­ter­face contact a challenge. If you want more dis­tance, don’t try to kill it. Swing with a smoother tempo and con­cen­trate on hit­ting the ball in the sweet spot. Here’s how:

First, make prac­tice swings vary­ing the amount of ef­fort. Swing at 50 per­cent of your fastest, then 60 per­cent, then 70 per­cent and so on. You’ll start notic­ing that the “swoosh” sound the club makes comes later and later in the swing. You cer­tainly don’t want to hear it be­fore the club­head reaches the ball. I’m con­stantly telling stu­dents to think be­yond the ball, with their swing cen­ter—and max­i­mum club­head speed—oc­cur­ring as much as three feet af­ter im­pact.

The proper grip also will help you pick up yardage. Be sure to hold the han­dle so you feel the con­nec­tion of the top-hand thumb (left thumb for righthanders) to the life­line of the lower hand. You also want to feel pres­sure in the last three fin­gers of the top hand and the middle two fin­gers of the bot­tom hand. Hold­ing the club in this man­ner gives you con­trol, while al­low­ing your wrists to re­main flex­i­ble, so they can re­lease the club like a whip through the ball.

If you can do that, you won’t have to stare at the back of your play­ing part­ners’ heads all day.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Malaysia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.