Hi. I’m Maria Palozola with MyGolfInstructor.com. I’ve got a question today submitted by Tony, and the question is, “How can I square up my club face on my drives? I seem to leave it open causing a lot of blocks and slices.” Well, Tony, first of all there is a big difference between a block and a slice. Really there are two different things in my opinion.
Hi. I’m Maria Palozola with MyGolfInstructor.com. I’ve got a question today here, asked by Dennis. His question says, “My buddies tell me I’m at a disadvantage because I don’t take divots with my irons. Is that true?”
Hi. This is Maria from MyGolfInstructor.com, and I had a question from Brice asking, “What actually is a bump and run?” Well, Brice, a bump and run is simply just that. It’s a shot that we hit green-side that we just simply bump onto the green and let it run across the green. Typically it’s one-third carry in the air, and two-thirds roll on the green.
Hi. I’m Maria Palozola with MyGolfInstructor.com. I’ve got a question today, here, from Mark and the question is, “From a nine iron to a three iron, should I play the ball in a different position or should I play it in the same position? That’s a great question.
Hi. I’m Maria Palozola with MyGolfInstructor.com. If you’re confused on the grip as many players are, what’s strong versus weak, I’ve got a great little tip that my friend John Elliot showed me that’s going to help you understand it in a very, very clear cut, simple manner.
Hi. I’m Maria Palozola, with MyGolfInstructor.com. I’ve got a question here by Michael. “How do I hit a completely buried bunker shot?” Well, that’s a great question. However, it’d be rare if your ball was completely buried and you couldn’t see any of it. I don’t know if I’ve ever even seen that happen.
Hi, my name is Robin Symes. Today we’re going to talk about green reading. And what I’ve done is put together seven simple tips for you to remember and improve this very important aspect of your game. Point one to help you improve your green reading:
Hi. I’m Maria Palozola with MyGolfInstructor.com. I’m here today and I have a question submitted by Joan. Her question is, “Do I have any advice on picking a target when driving. Do you aim it at a specific section of the fairway or a specific target, or how do you go about getting yourself lined up correctly?” That’s a great question.
One of the greatest things about practicing bunker shots is you can draw some lines in the sand and you’ve got evidence to see what you did or didn’t do. I’ve drawn a couple lines here. I’m going to call this the center line. It’s about three to five inches behind the ball, and that’s going to be in the center of my stance. And I’d like to just set up with a club right over that line. I’ve drawn another line ahead of the ball, and I’ll show you some things with the swing on that.
In terms of the setup, there’s three real changes in the bunker. The obvious one is the ball’s more forward in this stance because we’re going to use the sand to get the ball out. Also, because of the rules of golf, I want you to put a little bend in your elbows and then practice. You can just let the club head go down there and put a little bend in your elbows. And when you do that, then the ball gets opposite the toe of the club. So those are three changes.
Now I’m going to show you the common mistake that people make trying to get the ball up out of the sand.
Once you reach the end of your back swing, in what direction should you swing the golf club? I ask students this a lot, and sometimes I use another analogy. Suppose you were playing little league baseball and you had a baseball up on a tee like the kids do sometime. If you wanted to swing the bat and hit a line drive back at the pitcher, in what direction would you swing the bat? I think most people would say they’d swing the bat right in the direction of the pitcher…
There’s a lot of bad advice that gets told, especially to new golfers, and that is that during a golf swing, they should keep their left arm straight. Generally, they interpret that as being straight like this, and the left elbow gets locked out, and that is some bad advice. Please don’t give it, and if you hear it, please ignore it. In the golf swing, during the back swing especially, the lead arm or left arm for a right hander does get extended, but you don’t want to lock that left elbow out. If you lock that left elbow out, it’s going to reduce the size of your back swing, you’re going to have tension in muscles, and when you get into the ball area, it tends to make the club go face up, which is going to give you a slice.