It was just last week that I suggested we may have seen the shot of the year from Branden Grace, when I find a video on twitter from the PGA of America showing two amazing shots by Luke Guthrie. Playing a par 4 he very nearly holes his tee shot with his driver. Sadly it lipped out and ran through the back of the green where most people would settle for a relativly comfortable birdie. Instead Luke took the flag out and held his wedge shot for and eagle...with all these great shots I cannot wait to see what happens next week!
- She is the youngest player ever to be world number 1 on either the ladies or mens tour. Beating the previous record of 22 by Jiyai Shinn and Tiger Woods who was 21 when he became world number 1.
- Turned professional aged 15
- Youngest ever winner on the LPGA Tour with a win at the Canadian Womens Open aged 15
- As an Amateur, never missed a cut in 25 professional appearences
- Only Amateur to win 2 LPGA tour events
Is this the sign of a weak ladies tour or a golfing phenomenon? I would love to know your thoughts.
- Accelerate through the ball (Tempo) - A lot of the time I see pupils who slow the putter head down when it is approaching the ball which is taking valuable speed of the club head that will not be transferred to the ball. Instead ensure that the club head is increasing in speed as you make contact. Not only will you gain a better contact, but you will leave less putts short of the hole. A great drill to practice your tempo is to follow a 1-2-1 pattern. It should take you to the count of two from the start of your stroke to the furthest point of your backswing. It should then take you to the count of 1 to get back to the ball...or in other words your downswing should be twice as fast as your backswing.
- Length of backswing vs Length of follow through - Now that you have your tempo the same on every putt you now need to be able to change the length you hit each putt. This is done by the length of your backswing and the best drill I can give you to practice this is to use your feet. When you take your normal stance, your feet are often shoulder width apart. Using your big toes as markers, take the putter back to your right foot and follow through to your left. If you can repeat both the length of the stroke and the tempo then the ball should travel pretty much the same distance each time. When you want to change the distance you hit the ball, use your feet as guidelines, for example, you might go to your little toes to hit it a bit further. The length of follow through is just as important as the back swing as a short follow through can lead to a slowing down of the club head (see number 1). However a follow through that is too long can also hinder performance, make sure the club goes as far forward as it does back...just like a pendulum
- Concentrate on face, not path - A common concern for my pupils is that they can see the path of the putter head 'wobble' on their back swing, meaning they do not feel as though the club is travelling in a straight line. This is a big misconception as the putter swing should take a slightly rounded path as you go back and a slightly rounded swing as you go forward. For most golfers having the face of the putter pointing at the intended target is much more important than having a perfect swing path. When you are next on the putting green have the club face pointing nowhere near the hole, but try for a perfect swing path. Then with the next ball have a really unusual swing path, but try to keep the club face at the target. Look at the results and I will bet that the 2nd ball will be closer to the hole.
Sadly the poor weather has prevented my from taking any pictures of the above drills and positions, so I will get them on here as soon as possible. In the mean time, please feel free to pop into the shop any Wednesday or Thursday and we can talk about it some more. I have attached a picture of my back garden from my office, it looks very pretty, but we dont want pretty...we want greenary!!!
My group lessons started off in great shape on Monday and as you can see from the picture it was a beautiful day. We looked at putting and focused on competitive games to help provide a situation that is closest to what you will experience when on the course. This is something that I do in any lessons I give, there is no pointing in being able to hit it great on the range if you cant do it on the course.
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