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Rip It

Problem

You play on a lot of courses that have long par 5s.

Cure

Mastering your short game is something that will lower your score dramatically. However, you still need to develop a solid long iron shot in order to get there. Try improving your distance shots at the range.

Therapy

While practicing, do not be afraid to be aggressive. Work on gaining a long, flat backswing with a matching follow through. You will find it easier to stay in balance when you use a nice tempo and a wider swinging arc. Do not place focus on just your driver because you will need even more long iron shots on these courses. If irons are not your strong suit, try switching to some hybrids.

Rip It

Problem

You want to learn how to rip your drives or just improve your driving technique.

Cure

As long as you understand the basic swing mechanics, all you really need to focus on is the beginning and the end of your swing.

Therapy

Place an equal amount of weight on both of your feet by centering the weight between your toes and heels. To aid in a proper hip turn, you should flare both of your feet a little. Your head should be one inch behind the ball and you should play the ball so it is under your forward armpit. Allow your arms to feel as if they are hanging naturally in a straight line from your shoulders to your arms to help reduce tension. Before you start your swing, take a deep breath and hold it for a couple of seconds. Just as you exhale, your arms, neck, and shoulders will be the most relaxed, indicating that this is the exact moment that you need to start your backswing. As you complete your swing, you want nearly all of your weight built up onto your forward leg, as if it is a firm rod created to support your body. Your back foot should be balanced up onto the toes as your back knee brushes against your forward knee. You should have a straight back with your hips and shoulders facing the target.

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Millicent | 6 years ago, mid-November

Ya learn somtehnig new everyday. It's true I guess!



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