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You Asked: How Do I Play Better Golf

Posted by Ryan C. Erxleben on Aug 21, 2018 10:24:05 AM

Welcome back! 

For those of you that follow me on Instagram, (if you aren't, it's definitely not to late to start: @ryancerxleben) we asked what YOU wanted to know -- and you definitely responded. Today's blog is going to answer some of those questions you left for me, we loved interacting, so stay tuned to our stories as we are always eager to engage with our team! 

Question 1: What is the best route for someone who is interested in taking up golf?

I recommend reaching out to your local teaching professional to assess all of your needs. They can answer questions regarding equipment, how to practice, lessons, and how to actually play the game. Seek a professional, I cannot stress that enough. They talk, teach, and work in the golf industry all day long, it's the best way to get to know the game.

Question 2: I am pulling and hooking the golf ball, how do I stop?

When you are pulling the golf ball, you tend to be swinging across your body, as opposed to swinging down the target line. Whenever you are working on a swing change, I recommend starting with a shorter club 8 or a 9 iron.

Setup the following drill:

Start with a chip shot and work your way up to your full swing. The goal here is to make clean solid contact without hitting the sleeve of golf balls to the left. Shoot me an email if you still need help, I'd love to be of assistance!

Question 3: How do you shape shots?

Draw:  “A ball that starts to the right of the target line and falls left.”

A draw requires a club path that is in-out, with a club face that is closed to the path. Example: if your club path is 2* from the inside your clubface must be more than 2* closed or more to get that golf ball to work left.

Fade:  “A ball that starts left of the target line, and falls back to the right.”

A fade requires a club path that is out-in with a club face that is open to your path.

Question 4: How do I compress the ball consistently?

The key to being a great ball striker has a significant impact position. It is easy to forget that golf is a sport… not just a hobby! It requires athleticism and compressing the golf ball takes a great deal of it. Make sure the golf ball is in the center of your stance
To compress the ball--you need a forward shaft lean at impact! This means your hands are traveling through the hitting area slightly before the club head.

I hope these tips help you head out and play better golf! See you on the greens!


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