Welcome to YOUR Swing Support Center, a blog with tips to help you transition to your new straight leading arm back-swing. This blog allows us to share information which we find in articles by golf professionals or success stories submitted by GOLFSTR users. These tips have helped me and I hope they help you too.

Bill Curry, inventor of GOLFSTR

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Why are YOU Missing Short Putts?

There is nothing more frustrating than missing putts up to 4 foot. You are standing directly over your ball and you can see the hole directly in front of you. This is especially frustrating when you know that your firm putt should not break to the left or right. Why are you pushing, pulling or slicing your putts?

At the BMW Championship Tournament, Justin Rose sank 45 out of 45 putts under 5 feet before his final putt during the playoff hole. He pulled his putt left and lost the tournament. I noticed that he setup for every putt with his bulky rain shirt tucked under his left elbow. The extra tension on that final putt must have caused him to tighten up and he pulled his putt. Possibly his tight left arm caused the pulled putt.

This may have been Phil Mickelson missing another short one. The pros know how to avoid missing a short putt and you should too.

Tension in your grip and tension in your arms will prevent a straight putt every time you get into a must make situation. Just focus on hitting a straight putt at your target point.

Putting Tips
1/ Don’t stand over your ball for more than 3 seconds thinking or preying. Take your practice swing to loosen the rocking motion in your shoulders and then make your putt.

2/ Don’t Slice or Pull Your Putt. Our bodies are designed to swing a club or a putter around our bodies. That motion causes a slice if you slide your putter face off the ball as you rotate by the ball. To swing your putter straight up your target line, focus on rocking your shoulders to force your putter to swing directly up your target line.

3/ On short or long putts try swinging with both hands to impact and then release your right hand from the putter to allow the putter to swing up the target line while holding the putter with your leading hand. Only the point of impact counts when you are making your putt on the center of your putter face. NOTE: Justin Rose putts with a loose claw grip on his trailing hand. It’s a great way to let your leading hand take control of the direction of the swing of your putter as you rock your shoulders up your putting line.

4/ Always plan to putt 10 to 15 inches past the hole to allow your ball to bounce over ruts and damage on the green near the hole. Because you are making a firm putt, plan for less break

5/ Always take a practice swing or two to get your motor running (to get your body moving) and to get the feel for the right amount of swing to pass the hole.

6/ Stare at your Target Point near the hole and then stare at Your Ball: Staring at your target point gives your brain an optical feeling for the distance and direction that you need to swing.

7/ Always putt by keeping your eye focused on the back edge of your ball to prevent your head and shoulders from lifting and turning if you look up at the hole as you swing. DON’T FOLLOW THE SWING OF YOUR CLUB WITH YOUR EYES and DON’T LOOK AT THE HOLE DURING YOUR PUTT.

8/ Focus on hitting the ball on the dead center of your putter. Off center hits will change the direction of your ball. NOTE: Your putter may not be perfectly balanced for your swing. By making 10, 3 foot putts in a row you may find (like I did) that you need to hit slightly inside or outside of your putter center line to complete straight putts.

After you choose the direction of your putt and determine the amount of swing to pass the hole you only have to hit your ball on the center line (or balance point) of your putter. Practice with a flat leading wrist using your GOLFSTR+. Buy one today at www.golfstr.com

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Solution for Breaking Old Habits!

I developed GOLFSTR to break my habit of bending my leading arm in the backswing and then swinging over the top causing a slice. It really does take a lot of effort to change. GOLFSTR+ gave me the reminder that I needed, especially as I played while wearing it for 18 holes. The key for my success [AND FOR ANY BENT ARM SLICER] is to limit your backswing, lag your wrists and swing from the inside to outside across your ball. Unfortunately old habits are hard to break so you SHOULD list your tips AND READ THEM OFTEN to avoid falling back into old habits.

This blog was written for golfers who want to avoid Bad Banana Slices.

If you swing from the outside to inside, you will create the Big Banana Shot.

The more confidence that I build with great shots the more I build up the threat of an occasional BIG BANANA SLICE. It sounds easy to just swing with a straight leading arm but when your game is going well, the Bogey-Man jumps on my back and asks for a little more power. That’s when the bent arm and extra backswing returns to create a tremendous slice, right out of the blue. What were you thinking?

Fortunately I have learned a few things to keep my mind under control:
1/ Write down Your Tips for Success: In very brief points, list the special things that you do in your setup and swing for each type of club. It may only be 1 tip for each club but when you know how to correct a swing flaw or habit, write it down and make that correction for every swing.

2/ Limit Your Backswing: I don’t have a lot of flexibility in my spine but I need to use the rotation (avoiding shifting to the back foot) that I have in order to generate power. Leaving your weight on your trailing foot is a shot killer.  [If you can’t shift your weight to your leading foot during your follow-through, try setting up with a narrower stance.]

3/ Lag with my Wrist for a 90 Degree Bend: Power comes from lagging your club by cocking your wrist and letting it release at the bottom of your swing. Don’t rush your backswing. Make sure that you create lag at the top of your swing even if you only create a ¾ or ½ backswing. Learn to lag using your GOLFSTR+ to feel your trailing arm pulling your leading wrist to a 90 degree bend.

4/ Down Swing from the Inside to Outside: Especially on my driver and fairway woods I have to start my backswing with a wide takeaway. This forces me to loop my club at the top of the swing so that my club drops slightly to the inside. Brooke Henderson won the Ladies Canadian Open this year using that motion. The commentators highlighted her move as “a little unconventional” but it really works for her and it works for me too. [It can lead to a push or a pull so make sure that you don’t raise your trailing heal as you swing through impact.  Of course you have to lift your trailing heal as you finish your swing.]

You can’t change your swing thoughts without writing the points down and then practice them at the range. Slightly looping your driver at the top of your swing requires attention. Don’t swing in autopilot. This is a game for focused golfers. Buy a GOLFSTR+ today to get your game back on track at www.golfstr.com

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Avoid Choking Under Pressure

Knowing that you CAN choke when you are under pressure is half the battle. When you know that you are in a critical situation, expect the “choke” and beat it. Use your past experience to seize the moment and take charge of your mind to win this game against yourself. It will also impact the rest of your game.

I realized the importance of avoiding the choke, when I was in a life and death situation on the golf course recently. I had a 150 yard shot to the green but my ball was about 6 feet behind the base of a very large tree. I could see that a perfectly straight shot to the green would miss the left side of the trunk by about 6 inches. I knew that my worst miss would be to tighten up, shorten my swing arc and toe the shot into the tree (which could bounce anywhere including into my head). I COULD NOT CHOKE.

My preferred shot is a draw but that would definitely hit the tree. Recognizing that I could not afford to choke, I setup for a fade and hit the perfect 6 iron. I cleared the trunk and landed on the green. The critical issue here was that I knew that I had to stay loose and make the shot exactly as I knew how to make the shot without that tree getting in the way.

On the final hole of The OPEN in 1999, Jean Van de Velde choked on many shots and lost his lead and the tournament. Choose the shots that you know how to make.

Improve Your Odds of Winning
The best way to avoid choking is to put yourself under pressure conditions to prove to yourself that you can make the right shot. You need to be under the gun a lot so that you get use to the pressure putt or chip or approach shot (over a sand trap or over water).

1/ Challenge yourself to play putting games or chipping games against yourself. Focus on sinking more putts or chipping within 5 feet of a spot or the pin.

2/ At the range, don’t just hit balls with different clubs. Always pick a target flag and a shot shape. Hit a draw and land near the target. Hit high shots, low shots and use different clubs to make the same shot.

3/ When you play golf with your friends you need a little pressure. Play for few bucks on the front 9, back 9 and overall. Or play a game that we call “Greenies” on all of the par 3’s (you can play it without a handicap). Your drive has to stay on the green and the player with the closest to the hole has to par to win a buck from each of the other players (double for a birdie or if you miss your par you have to pay a buck to anyone else who landed on the green).

Realize that a choke shot happens when we think too much and lose our rhythm or cadence. I notice this most when golfers rush their chip because they are not using the weight of their club head with a normal swing arc. By shortening our backswing we end up rushing our downswing and hitting a fat shot. The same problem happens when we stub a putt. Don’t change your swing cadence.   Make a full swing to a balanced finish for every shot.

Always compete against your friends with small competitions so that you will be ready for your important pressure shots. Learn to focus on every shot when you practice with your GOLFSTR+. Buy one today at www.golfstr.com.

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Get the Right Read & Sink More Putts !

Missing a putt by 1 inch is just as bad as missing it by a foot. If you can’t read the break near the hole, you will never make those 3 footers or those 10 footers. The best way to lower your score is to cut your number of putts as they count for almost half of your strokes on every round of golf. .

Our blog released August 20, 2018 covered the important rules for putting. We also mentions using your putter as a Plumb-Bob (PB) to determine the break for your putts. I have received so many requests to clarify PB that I decided to explain the 2 important factors for PB: Calibrate Your Putter and PB only measures the angle of the slope where your putter is hanging from your hand.

I couldn’t find an image with Justin Rose but here is Rickie Fowler Plumb Bobbing incorrectly (I suspect) from behind the his ball.

Special NOTE to Justin Rose
I often see Justin Rose and other professional golfers on TV using their putter as a plumb-bob to determine the slope of the green. They are wasting their time trying to PB from behind their ball because they are only measuring the slope where they are standing.

ONLY PLUMB-BOB A PUTT NEAR THE HOLE IF YOU REALLY CAN’T TELL THE SLOPE OF THE GREEN NEAR THE HOLE. The most break occurs as your ball slows down at the hole, so plumb-bobbing by standing on a line from behind the hole to your ball is the most important slope that you should be measuring. Of course the changing slope that you see on your putting line to the hole is also important as it will throw your ball in different directions as it roles along that path. Always check the changing slope by observing it from the low side of the slope to estimate the impact on your putt line.

This is a good shot of Kenny Perry. I hope his putter was calibrated to drop straight down when the face is pointing at the hole.

1/ Calibrate Your Putter
Every putter head is weighted differently and is attached to the shaft differently so the putter will not always hang perpendicular to the ground. If you don’t determine your correct eyeball and the correct direction to face your putter when it is perfectly perpendicular to the earth, you should NOT EVEN TRY to use your putter to plumb-bob.

Inside a building hold your putter with 2 fingers in front of you and close ONE of your eyes as you line up the straight line of ONE SIDE of the shaft of your tapered putter shaft with a door frame about 6 to 10 feet away from where you are standing. Try turning the putter and changing your open eye to determine the PERFECT MATCH to line up THE LEFT OR RIGHT SIDE of the shaft with the door frame. [In my case I use my right eye (left eye is closed) and position my putter face directly at the door and only line up with the left side of my putter shaft.] You have to remember: 1/the eye, 2/the direction of the putter face and 3/ the side if the putter shaft to use every time you PB. [Don’t include the grip as part of the putter shaft.]

Not sure who this is but it is a great idea to get close behind the hole and down low to see if your putter shaft end up left or right of the ball to find the HIGH SIDE OF THE SLOPE near the hole.

2/PB to Determine the Break at the Hole:
Make sure that the slope on your putting line behind the hole is similar to the slope at the hole. Stand about 3 to 5 feet behind the hole and visually line up the hole with your ball [without using your putter]. Then hold your putter up, to line-up with the hole at the BOTTOM of your shaft. If the top end of your shaft ends up on the left or right side of your ball then that is the high side of the slope. Your ball will curve down from that side of the green as it slows down near the hole.

Would someone please pass this blog to Justin Rose and ask him to call me if he doesn’t understand this. Don’t forget to practice putting with a flat leading wrist straight up your putting line for consistency using your GOLFSTR+ . Buy one today at www.golfstr.com

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Sinking More Putts

 

Learn to sink more putts by watching the success and failure of the pros during any tournament broadcast. Of course the cameras are not always set up to let you see the break of the green.  But we can all learn from putts that are short of the hole and putts that pass the hole.

Your ball reacts differently for putts that are across the slope, uphill, downhill and any combination of these conditions. Learn to treat each putting situation with a different respect.

Learn from the Roll of Every Ball on the Green
> Pay attention to the direction of the roll for each ball as it lands on the green.
> Balls landing with side-spin will give you a misunderstanding of the break.
> Putting strokes which swing across a ball will give you a side spin and a false impression.
> Perfect putts hit the center on your putter face with top spin up your target line.

TIGER pays attention to Rule #1, #2 & #3. He loves to sink Money Putts and you will too!

#1 Rule: “Every putt that rolls short of the hole will never go in.”
#2 Rule: Most foot traffic and putter club head impressions are near the hole” and will redirect putts as they slow down.
#3 Rule: The most break for every putt occurs within 18 inches of the hole as it loses speed.

To minimize the impact of these Three Rules, your putting goal must be to pass the hole by 12 to 18 inches to give every putt a chance to sink, minimize the impact of surface distortions and minimize the final break. If you hit the ball with enough speed to pass the hole, YOU SHOULD ALWAYS PLAN FOR LESS BREAK.

Putting Across the Slope:
If the break is minor and your putt is short, eliminate the break with your firm putt (+12″ to 18”)
For putts over 3 feet with an obvious slope, you need to visualize where the ball will break and adjust accordingly.  Only the best putters can sink these putts.

Putting Uphill: Plan for less break (if there is any slope) and hit with authority to pass the hole.

Putting Downhill: Figure out the direction that your putt will break. (Do this by standing below the hole and use your putter as a plumb-bob to determine the high side of the hole. After you line-up the hole to your ball, hold your putter up to line up the putter shaft with the hole and your handle end of your shaft most likely will end up on the left or right side of your ball [that’s the high side of the slope].  Your ball will break from the high side. )

In every tournament that you see on TV, during the closing holes, you will notice that most players hit putts that are short of the hole. The fame and money at stake is making them more nervous. They lose their confidence and you can too during pressure putts. Paying attention to this problem can give you the confidence to putt with enough power to pass the hole by 12 to 18 inches.

Confidence and a flat leading wrist putt directly up your target line on the dead center of your putter face will create a perfect putt every time. Practice with GOLFSTR+ to learn to putt without breaking your wrist during your putt. Buy one today at www.golfstr.com

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It’s Your Finishing Pose that Makes the Shot !

I just returned from a tour through Europe and finished in Venice, Florence and Rome admiring an amazing number of statues. They reminded me of the importance of the finishing pose for every golf swing. It should be in balance and motionless like those statues. We all need to be aware of this critical ending for every swing and the reason why it’s so important.

If your ball has already been hit during a split second at the point of impact, why would any follow-through motion of the club have any effect on a ball that’s already piercing through the air?

1/ Power and Distance:
In order to generate more distance in every golf swing you need to maximize the club head speed at the point of impact. You can’t accomplish this if you are stopping your swing just after the point of impact. Your golf swing can’t be a chopping motion. Your club needs to continue its motion on a continuous swing plane through the ball for maximize power.

The bottom of your swing is only halfway through your swing plane. You need to accelerate to the ball and then use the follow through to decelerate as you shift all of your weight to your leading foot to enjoy your ball flight.

2/ Momentum:
The transfer of weight from your trailing foot to your leading foot allows your club to reach the lowest point of your swing in the center of your stance. The momentum of your club is pulling your arms forward. The only way to finish your swing in balance is to allow the momentum of your club to pull the weight of our body to a perfect pose on your leading foot.

Adam Scott usually finishes his swing in a perfect pose. He knows when his swing (and balance) is off and his ball heads for the trees.

If you let your body momentum take over you will have that “graceful” feeling that took over Adam Scott’s body at the 100th PGA Championship. On day 3, standing at number 76 in the world and just 2 shots behind Brooks Koepka he noticed how easy his golf swing suddenly felt. Ron Green Jr. reported in GlobalGolfPost: “Grace” was a word Scott used to describe the feeling, a perfect word for one of the most beautiful golf swings.

He must have lost that feeling on the 18th tee of day #4 when his shot landed in the rough on the next fairway. He bogied that hole and ended in third place. Guess he lost his graceful feeling.

 

 3/ Direction Control:
Watch any golfer who is falling back or sideways as they finish their swing and you will realize that their swing plane is choppy or out of control. Gradual acceleration from the top, release at the bottom and a balanced finish will always generate better direction control as you swing on your intended swing plane. Visualize the slow motion swings that are replayed on TV during any tournament and make sure that you use your follow through to complete your swing for better direction control.

Practice with GOLFSTR+ with a plan to finish every swing in balanced pose on your leading foot. You will be amazed at the improvement in your game. Buy one today at www.golfstr.com

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Different Stokes for Different Folks

In a recent blog from Rotary Swing Golf, Chuck stated that most golfers struggle with two primary issues: Consistency and Swinging Too Hard from the Top (with the wrong body parts). I agree with his comments but he did not highlight the critical issues that prevent consistent hits. The golf swing is not a baseball swing where you bend your leading elbow and swaying back in the back swing. For consistency in golf you need a straight leading arm at the point of impact.

GOLFSTR+ is a training aid that trains you to hit consistent powerful shots with a straight leading arm.

I called this swing tip “Different Strokes for Different Folks” because some people can get away with a bent elbow in the backswing and then straighten their arm during the downswing at the point of impact. This is not easy to do and can create mishits when your emotions are out of control and you are swinging too fast.

Critical Focus for Your Backswing
For consistent hits, your backswing should include:
1/ hip and shoulder rotation (don’t sway)
2/ as you lift your straight leading arm and
3/ load with a wrist cock (creating lag) as you transfer weight to your leading foot.

Golf Digest used this image of David Leadbetter to illustrate a straight arm takeaway and a limited backswing.

Avoid a body shift and a bent leading elbow if you try to increase your backswing for more power. These moves are NOT helping the consistency of your swing. STOP your backswing when your leading arm is still straight. Most young players have the flexibility to rotate for a longer backswing. Older players lose this flexibility. Accept this FACT. Limit your backswing to the point where your leading arm is still straight.

Your down swing will naturally release through impact as long as you keep your leading arm straight. Let your club “shallow out” to swing up the inside to outside slot. It will prevent you from swinging over the top (causing a slice). [A simple trick to ensure that you are swing from inside to out is to slightly move your trailing foot back from your target line.]

Soft Hands
In baseball they refer to a light grip as “soft hands”. You also need soft hands in golf to avoid tensing up your arms. Soft hands creates power in your wrist release at the point of impact.

Brooke Henderson is a 5 foot 4 inch 20 year old who is a major money winner on the LPGA tour. When asked what she thinks during her swing, she said: “Swing as fast as I can.” She swings with a straight leading arm and her lagging wrists take her club down to a lower plane to help launch her ball. We would all like to average 270 yard drives that land in the middle of the fairway.

Learn to limit your backswing to the point where your leading arm stays straight for more consistent hits. Practice with GOLFSTR+. Buy one today at www.golfstr.com

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Emotion Controls Your Game!

Why is it that you can hit 10 controlled shots in a row at the driving range but it is difficult to hit 3 controlled shots on every hole? Your body has the ability to consistently hit balls with a variety of clubs on the range but on the course your emotion asks for a little more distance and better control. The result is often bad. Wouldn’t it be great if you could control your emotions for 18 holes?

Pros Have the Same Problem as You Do
Justin Leonard sank a 45 foot putt on the 17th hole in one of the 1999 Ryder Cup matches. He danced around the green and was pumped with adrenaline. On the next hole his drive was a duck hook. Emotion got the best of him. It was a great example of the way that emotions can mess up your game. It takes a lot of experience before you can control your emotions to win a major event or to break 90 or 80 or 70.

Tiger is on the cusp of another victory. The OPEN was within his grasp but emotion stalled his final round

Recreational Golfers Experience Emotion All the Time
If you can’t keep your emotions in check, your game will go down the drain. I was reminded that emotion must be the key factor in golf when playing a round of best ball with a 4some. One of our experienced golfers was so emotionally high strung or embarrassed that she could not hit a straight shot. She had a 20 handicap so I know that she had a reasonable game but almost every shot was topped or hit fat. Emotion got the best of her.

How Can You take Emotion out of Every Shot
1/ Be aware that EMOTION can ruin your next shot. Accept the fact that you CAN create the perfect shot and that you have made that perfect shot many times before. Always hit to a distance that is reasonable for your ability.
2/ Understand the Post-Birdie-Screw-Up: Know that your emotions are running high after a great hole or a great shot. Calm down and convince yourself that your next drive is just another shot, so relax and let it happen naturally.
3/ Simplify your swing so that you have a very limited thought process during your swing. I developed GOLFSTR+ to help me stop bending my leading arm in my backswing. Adding more backswing by bending your arm at the elbow is NOT helping consistency of your swing.
4/ Tiger and most other professional golfers learn to take their mind into a trance-like-state. They call it THE ZONE. Their total focus is on their acceleration through the ball. Use your GOLFSTR+ to train yourself to Limit Your Backswing to keep your arm straight and to cock your wrist. Swing back on one plane by coiling your body, create lag by cocking your flat leading wrist and then swing through to a balance finish. It really is that easy.
5/ Never talk about your last great hole or how low your score is for the round. That’s the kiss of death! Stay focused on your next shot or your next hole. Enjoy talking about your round after you finish it. Ben Hogan reminded us that the most important shot in golf is YOUR NEXT ONE!
6/ High Sugar Content Foods can take your emotions to a new high. Eat wisely and avoid spikes in your energy and stay hydrated. Beer and scotch is not the ideal solution.

Practice with GOLFSTR+ for success at the range and then carry that success with your CALM EMOTIONS to the course. Buy one today at www.golfstr.com<https://golfstr.com>

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The OPEN: Learn from It !

Most golfers will never experience the thrill of playing golf in Scotland where the game was invented. Fortunately the TV coverage of The OPEN at Carnoustie (or CarNasty as it’s nicknamed) was extensive. It not only covered the treachery of the course but it also gave us many insights to improve our games.

Oh yes, the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat.

On The OPEN Leaderboard website they displayed a continuous update of the most important stats for each player: Fairways Hit, Greens in Regulation, Average Drive and Number of Putts. We should all be paying attention to these scores on every one of our rounds too. Tommy Fleetwood improved has scores dramatically on Day #2 when his percentage of fairways hit jumped from 40% to 67%. You can’t win if you don’t give yourself a chance to hit a clean shot to the green from a great fairway position. Of course you have to have the Golf Gods on your side to sink more putts.

Carnoustie lived up to its CarNasty name. The leaders kept their emotions controlled regardless of the hazards that they landed in.

Keep your emotions under control. There were so many times that balls rolled into the rough or a bunkers and the players should have become frustrated. The leaders just kept their cool, accepted the fact that they would end up in hazards and just put their effort into their next shot.  Francesco Molinari won by averaging drives over 300 yards every day, and hitting 78% & 67% of GIR and avoiding any bogies on the final 2 days.

Blasting out of deep sand traps and hopefully you never have to do it sideways. It was wonderful to see the skill that some used to blast out of the very deep bunkers. They took very open stances with the ball forward of their leading foot to blast well under the ball for extreme height. They also accepted the fact that some shots were impossible so a side or back exit was the only solution.

Ripping through the rough takes brute force but the dry grasses had a limited effect on many of their shots. It was still impossible to control the direction and distance from any shot out of the rough. Had the rough been green and thick, that course would be impossible.

Choosing the right club. Knowing that you hit a a 6 iron 150 yards is not necessarily the correct club when you consider the extra where you may get an extra 20 yards of roll on the green or a dry fairway. A driver just exaggerates the problem. Use your 3 or 5 wood on a short par 4 to land on the correct side of the fairway for an easier shot into the green.

Keeping your focus. You may never hear your buddies yelling “in the hole” but we all need to ignore distractions.

Control the flight of your golf ball. There are 110 bunkers on Carnoustie. Controlling the flight of your golf shots is the only way to miss the out of bounds, bunkers and rough. Draw and fade control are the only way to manage every shot.

Enjoy the good days. Think of those wonderful days as an opportunity to improve your shots for the windy and rainy days. Practice with your GOLFSTR+ to control your game. Buy one today at www.golfstr.com

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What’s the Toughest Shot in Golf?

Professional Golfers all know that hitting Greens in Regulation (GIR) is the hardest and most important shot on every hole. If pros rarely exceed 70% in hitting the greens in the regulation number of strokes (1 on a par 3, 2 on a par 4 and 3 on a par 5), GIR must be the toughest shot in golf. You need a strategy to improve your GIR to anything better than 50%.

We all know that there is a very slim chance of sinking a putt which is 25 to 90 feet from a hole but if you hit the green in regulation, your first putt is an attempt to get it within 4 feet of the hole. At least you have a better chance than 50% of sinking a 4 foot putt. Hitting a green in regulation is difficult but landing and stopping your ball closer to the hole is the key to lowering your scores.

Lydia Ko won more tournaments with her excellent approach shots to compensate for her shorter than average LPGA Drives. [HSBC Women’s Champions Tournament]

Strategies to Increase Your GIR
1/ Record Your GIRs: Record them on your score card and count them up at the end of each round. You will only improve your percentage of GIR if you start to focus on hitting and staying on more greens. [You may want to include any ball that lands just off the green if you can make a reasonable putt from your landing area on the short trimmed grass on the entrance to the green.]

2/ Longer Drives: Learning to hit longer drives, especially drives that land in the fairway, will give you a much better chance to improve your GIR. Chips, pitches and shorter iron shots are easier to control because you are swinging with less effort to adjust for the distance of your approach shot. NOTE: If swinging at 80% gives you more directional control, you may want to try this with your hybrids, fairway woods and driver.

3/ If you feel that you are too far from the green to make a soft landing which will stay on the green or if you are bound to land in a front bunker, you may want to land on the trimmed entrance to the green where you can make an easy uphill putt with your putter, hybrid or low iron.

4/ If you made a weak drive and you don’t have a club that will reach the green on your approach shot, choose the best spot to land for an easy pitch shot followed by a single putt. Avoid wasting a shot by hitting into the water or a difficult bunker location.

5/ Know the slope of the green so that you can land your ball where you get the best roll toward the hole or the easiest uphill putt. If you have a long approach shot don’t go for a sucker pin placement (in a narrow part of the green or next to a major slope off the green). Play it safely into the center of the green and try to sink it in 2 putts.

A high percentage of GIR is wonderful but it’s even better to get those GIRs near the hole so that you can make some birdies. Learn to control your shots by practicing with GOLFSTR+ for every swing in your game. Buy one today at www.golfstr.com

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