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By Paul Myers

When you think golf yips, you almost certainly think about the putter. And, true enough, the putting green is where most golfers experience the dreaded yips. However, the golf yips are also a battle off the tee for some golfers, and they can be even more destructive in this form. If you are afflicted with the yips on your driver swing it can seem like a challenge to even make contact with the ball – let alone to hit good tee shots on a consistent basis. It will take a little bit of work to get over this problem, but it can be conquered.

Getting Out of Your Own Way

Assuming you have had a time in the past where you were comfortable and confident off the tee, the key to this process is getting back to that point. To do that, you are going to need to get out of your own way and let the technique and ability that you possess do the work. To start, commit to taking a little time off from golfing on the course. This might be a sacrifice, depending on your usual golf schedule, but it could be worth it in the end. You may need some time away to get your mind sorted out and in a good place.

During the time off, think about what has worked before and spend time imagining yourself swinging like that in the present. Basically, instead of physical practice, you’ll be doing mental practice, swinging correctly and confidently in your mind 100% of the time for a week or more to help break the habit.

Head to the Range

When you are ready to return, head to the driving range to get started fixing your golf yips once and for all. Start by hitting a few shots with your other clubs, just to get warmed up. Once you feel warmed up, pull out your driver and five range balls. With each of these five balls, the only goal is to hit them as hard as you can. It doesn’t matter if they go straight – just try to smash them as far as possible.

Why? One problem with the golf yips is that the fear you feel for hitting a bad shot makes you tentative, and you start to swing slower and slower just trying to make good contact. It can be a downward cycle that is hard to stop. Swinging hard will free you up and allow your natural coordination do the job of hitting the ball.

Fixed?

After you have hit your five shots as hard as you can, hit five more with your regular swing. Hopefully, the first five shots will have freed you up nicely and, combined with your mental practice, you can hit some quality shots with a normal swing. At this point, you might feel like you are cured and ready to go back out onto the course – not so fast.

The golf yips aren’t something that are always cured with just one range session. Try to perform the drill above at least two or three times on separate days before you make the trip back out onto the course. Ideally you want to have the golf yips completely gone from your mind and be in a place of swinging confidently before you play so they don’t pop back up at the worst time. Dedicate yourself to a couple good weeks of mental and then range practice and only go back to the course when you feel sure that the golf yips are in your rearview mirror.

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By Paul Myers

Having all the right parts in your golf swing may not be enough – it can help to complete them in a good order as well. Sequencing can be a powerful element within a golf swing, and some of the players you watch on TV have learned this well. Even when you see professional golfers who have different technical elements within their swings, you will notice that the general sequence in which they do things is similar from player to player. Getting the sequencing in a good place can help maximize your potential as a golfer.

Putting together a nicely sequenced golf swing isn’t easy, but it can be difficult if you don’t understand a fine order of operations. The following steps will hopefully walk you through getting the club and body to work together, all leading up to a powerful impact with the ball.

Step #1 – Club First

The take-a-way doesn’t really matter all that much, but in general some say the golf club should be the first thing to move back away from the ball. Of course, in order to move the club, your body is going to have to move as well – but make it a subtle, quiet move. Ideally, they say to move the club back with a turn of your shoulders with a one-piece take-a-way, where your hands and arms won’t get involved until the club is well into the back swing motion.

Step #2 – Full Turn

Making a full turn in your backswing is an important part of maxing out golf swing speed. One goal during your backswing can be to create the greatest possible comfortable difference between the turn of your shoulders and the position of your hips – in other words, you would see your hips move very little, while getting a full turn back from your upper body. When that is accomplished, you can be in a good position to uncoil aggressively and ramp up your speed into the ball.

If you are unable to create the type of turn you would like in your golf swing, it’s okay to allow the hips to open more and rear leg straighten to get the upper body further back, but you can also work on your fitness and flexibility – by improving the physical capabilities that your body possesses, you can improve your swing.

Step #3 – Legs Start the Downswing

This is where some amateur golfers go wrong. Various average golfers will start the downswing with their hands and arms – this one small mistake can ruin the timing of the golf swing and can create all sorts of problems. Not only does this waste potential swing speed, it also can put the club off-plane and lead to a variety of poor ball flights. As soon as the club reaches the top of the back swing, it is the job of the legs and hips to start driving the golf swing. The torso, arms, and club then follow.

Step #4 – The Release through Impact

The club can be the last thing to come through the hitting zone. When you have properly sequenced your golf swing, you might feel your lower body rotating through the swing first, followed by your upper body, and lastly the club. This type of sequence creates a ‘whip-like’ effect that gives the club head the time and distance to accumulate speed. All that is left to do at this point is trust your technique and let the club rip through the hitting zone. If you have done it all correctly, a long and straight shot will hopefully be the result.

If you liked the article about why sequencing is a huge key to power in the golf swing and you think it would help another golfer, please like it.

 

To learn more about Swing Man Golf products and hit it longer with swing speed training, click here.

And, if you would like to add 30 to 40 yards to your drives over the next 30 days, like thousands of our customers have before you, you might consider our unique Swing Man Golf Swing Speed Training.

Use the tool below to find out a.) how fast your swing speed should be and b.) how fast you COULD swing it soon:

 

HOW FAR SHOULD YOU DRIVE IT? HOW FAR COULD YOU DRIVE IT?

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By Paul Myers

Sometimes, as golfers, we get so caught up in striving for more distance that we forget about the art of controlling the golf ball in the air. While it can certainly be exciting to blast a drive right down the middle, it also can be great fun to be able to produce different ball flights on command depending on the shot at hand. When you are able to manipulate your ball based on the hole in front of you, the game can suddenly become much easier.

Two elements to any ball flight are – curve from side to side, and trajectory into the air (height). The tips below focus on improving your ability to control the height of your iron golf shots, so that you have both high and low trajectories at your disposal when you need them.

Watch the Spin Rate

The amount of backspin that you put on a given golf shots is a correlating variable in determining how high or low the ball will fly. All things being equal, a golf shots hit with more backspin will go higher into the air than a golf shots hit with less spin. Of course, there are other factors involved in the equation, but spin is a major part of the puzzle. This is typically because higher shots are usually hit with higher lofted clubs. Higher lofted clubs generally produce more average spin.

So, how do you manage your spin? Partially, by controlling the speed with which you swing the club. When you swing harder, you impart more spin onto the golf ball, and send it higher into the air. Swinging softer will impart less spin on the ball, and keep it closer to the ground. By spending some time on the practice range working on swings of different speeds, you can learn how to have control over hitting both high and low golf shots on command.

Ball Position Also Matters

When you are trying to keep a particular golf shots low to the ground – such as when you are playing into the wind – you may try to play those golf shots further back in your stance. This will effectively take loft off the club that you are using, and allow the golf shots to fly lower. Keep in mind that when you hit down steeply on the ball in the back of your stance, the D-Plane would show us that shots can start out to the right more (for a right-hander), so you may have to adjust your swing direction a little to the left.

Watch the Slope

Also pay attention to the slope of the ground underneath your feet when hitting any golf shots that you are trying to manipulate either higher or lower. If the ground is sloping up toward your target, the golf shots will naturally want to fly even higher than usual. Likewise, ground sloping down toward the target usually leads to a lower ball flight. This is another detail to take into consideration when planning the shot and making your swing.

If you liked the article about controlling the height of your golf shots and you think it would help another golfer, please like it.

 

To learn more about Swing Man Golf products and hit it longer with swing speed training, click here.

And, if you would like to add 30 to 40 yards to your drives over the next 30 days, like thousands of our customers have before you, you might consider our unique Swing Man Golf Swing Speed Training.

Use the tool below to find out a.) how fast your swing speed should be and b.) how fast you COULD swing it soon:

 

HOW FAR SHOULD YOU DRIVE IT? HOW FAR COULD YOU DRIVE IT?

…based on gender, age, handicap and average driving distance? Use this tool to find out:

Male Female

 




Q&A with Jaacob Bowden

Question:

I am a new golfer with 28 HC and have started hitting 3 wood nice. I am hesitant to use one wood driver as it goes away.

Is there a different technique to use 1 wood?

Jaacob’s Answer:

That’s wonderful that you have begun hitting the 3-wood nicely.  Have fun and keep up the good work.

Regarding the driver, it’s fairly normal to not be able to hit the driver as well right away, after all it is a longer club.  You can keep using your 3-wood off the tee if you like, but eventually as you progress in golf it will be of value to learn to hit the driver (provided you have enough swing speed to get a driver up in the air) because there will be times where it will be advantageous to hit the ball farther off the tee.  Other than teeing the ball up higher than a 3-wood, the driver swing can be much the same as the 3-wood swing.  When you are at the practice range, you might try switching back and forth each swing between 3-wood and driver until you become more comfortable with the driver.

If you have not already done so, I would also recommend getting custom fit for your driver (and for all of your clubs, for that matter).  It’s kind of like wearing shoes.  If you are a size-9 but are given a size-6 or size-13 to wear, you won’t perform quite as well or as comfortably as you would were you in a size-9.  The same is true for golf clubs. 

There’s a list of reputable club fitters available on the inside of the website for the Swing Man Golf members.

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