DuPage Golf | White Pines Golf Club
Golf Professional Travis, Marc Woodcock
The Preserve at Oak Meadows
900 N. Wood Dale Rd., Addison
Free Your Head!
How many times have you been told to keep your head still during the swing?
If you’ve listened to this advice, you’ve also probably lost both distance and accuracy. The pros don’t keep their heads perfectly still and neither should you. Trying to keep head perfectly still can limit your body’s turning and shifting actions.
In fact, an overly still steady can cause you to rock your weight toward the target on the backswing (a reverse pivot), and then rock your weight away from the target on the downswing (fire and fall back).
Keep the head too still and you’ll hit the shot you hate most with the driver… the high banana slice.
Look closely at a professional and you’ll see they allow their head to rotate away from the target on the backswing to encourage shoulder and upper-body windup.
Stop listening to stale advice and throw away any head-stabilizer gadgets you may have hanging around your house.
There’s a secret to create power for longer tee shots. The more you want upper-body coil, clubhead speed, and distance, the more you rotate your head to your right (away from the target) on the backswing. Of course, you must keep your balance. When you do, you’ll unleash a powerhouse into the ball!
White Pines Golf Club
Bill Roper & Andrew Godfrey
500 W. Jefferson St., Bensenville, IL 60106 | 630-766-0304
Summer is in full swing and it’s time to practice your short game.
The fastest way to lower your score is by cutting your shots around the green. One way to do that is with chipping. Make sure your feet are closer together and have your weight forward on your front foot. This will help you hit down on the ball, which will give you a more constant strike and help get the ball in the air easier.
When chipping, you don’t want to help the ball up; you want to strike down on the ball, catching ball first then ground after. This will help you lower your scores fast!
- Use Your Large Muscles
The perfect putting stroke is a pendulum motion. You simply rock your shoulders (large muscles) to roll the golf ball.
- Practice Putts Looking At The Hole
Start with short putts and then move out to medium-length (less than 20 feet). Look at the hole while you try to make the putt.
- Keep Your Head And Body Stable
You want your body and head to be stable and simply rock your shoulders to stroke the golf ball.
- Practice Reading Greens
To make a putt you need two things to correct. Speed and line.
- Hands Forward – Forward Press
Keep your hands forward and keep your balling rolling on the green – in putting, hops and bounces mean something went wrong.
- Trust Your Stroke
Golf is a mental game and putting is the most mental part. A confident putter is a good putter.
- Try An Alternative Style Of Putting
Unlike other parts of the game, there is no wrong way to putt. If the conventional style just isn’t working for you, try something different.
- Try Using Putting Aids
Be creative – experiment and develop a way to consistently roll the golf ball and you will make more putts.