In this video I’m going to show you 3 common mistakes golfers make and if you can avoid them, then you’re going to be playing much better golf and see it translate to your scorecard.
Mistake #1: Trying to “Help” the Golf Ball into the Air
Trying to help the golf ball into the air is a no no. Let the clubface loft launch the golf ball into the sky.
But instead golfer’s try to do this manually, trying to help the golf ball into the air by swinging up on the golf ball hoping to lift it up with their club.
I’ve seen golfers holding off on the release, trying to guide the club too much into the hitting zone, rather than letting the clubface release properly and this also negatively affects the shot.
Let the club perform it’s natural duty of lifting the ball up into the air through the grooves and loft angle of the club face as it comes into contact with the golf ball.
Instead of worrying about helping the ball up, focus on ball striking. When you start making better contact with the ball, it will naturally go higher and farther from good ball striking.
Part of good ball striking is having a descending angle of attack with irons and fairway woods. Drivers are the exception where we want to have an upward swing angle of attack to sweep the ball off the tee with the driver swing.
If you have a tendency to lean back, tilt shoulders, etc. with your irons and woods like you do with your driver swing, stop right now. The driver swing technique differs from your other clubs.
With irons and woods, focus on keeping level shoulders and lead with the hands through the impact zone so the club shaft has a slight forward lean to help you hit ball first then turf (divot).
Make sure to get your body weight transferring forward through the hitting zone so you don’t fall back or hang back. This will help you make better contact and not chunk behind the ball.
Mistake #2: Not Using Alignment Aids You Have Available To You
One big mistake is not properly aligning or aiming yourself at your target correctly. Use your golf club as a straight alignment stick. Set it down on the ground to mark your current foot line and step back behind the shot to look at where you were aiming your feet. This helps you check your set up to make sure you get aimed properly.
Ideally, your feet should be aiming parallel with the target line the golf ball is aimed at. But if you notice your feet are aiming farther left and aren’t in parallel with your target line, then it’s clear you have an open stance and this could be causing some of your swing fault.
The next tip is using a spot on the ground in front of you to aim at and align with. For example if you see a divot on the ground in front of you that lies on the imaginary target line from your ball to the flagstick, then use that divot to get yourself properly aligned at your target.
- To get started, step back behind your golf ball so you are facing down the course looking at your target (fairway or green).
- Draw a visual line from the target back to your golf ball.
- Find an object in the pathway between your ball and target that falls on this visual line you drew
- Align yourself up to aim at that object since it’s a shorted up version of the target down the fairway
Sometimes it’s a divot in the ground someone left behind. Other times it could be shred of grass or a broken tee on the ground. There’s different little things you can find on the course that fall on your target line to use to get aimed properly.
Mistake #3: Using the Incorrect Setup for the Club in Hand
Your setup for hitting driver is different than your setup for hitting a short iron. Each setup has slight changes for each golf club in our bag.
For example, with driver, the ball position needs to be forward in the stance off the heel of the forward leg.
But for our other golf clubs, the golf ball position in our stance may need to be more center of stance or slightly forward of center but not all the way forward like with the driver.
Stance width also changes. For driver, the stance width should be wider than with shorter clubs. This wider stance for longer clubs like your driver, gives you more stability to handle the increased swing speed generated by the longer club shaft.
As the golf club (and club shaft) gets shorter, it can’t generate as much swing speed on a miles per hour basis.
So the stance width doesn’t need to be as wide to support the swing speed as compared to a 120 mph swing with a driver that could throw you off balance due to how powerful it is and how far you hit the ball.
Another setup change is the shoulder tilt.
With driver, we setup with tilted shoulders and keep our head back behind the golf ball at impact. This helps us sweep the ball off the tee.
With irons we need to hit down on the ball to get it up into the air and thus we need level shoulders and more forward body weight shift which brings our head more neutral during the swing rather than hanging back on the golf shot.
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