Golf Links & Tips…
Golf is an excellent challenge, physically as well as mentally, and it’s also a great social activity. This year…it’s the same great game, just played with new precautions. Golfers will be called upon to make some simple adjustments.
- Bring a Mask
- BYO H2O
- Bring extra tees and balls.
- Pack a snack.
- Watch your distance.
- Carry hand sanitizer.
What’s important to note is that you’re playing golf again, which, as long as you’re going about it safely, is a whole lot better than sheltering in place.
Carriage Greens Country Club
8700 Carriage Green Drive, Darien, IL
Lou Ramadani, PGA Pro
Tip: Good Posture
Good Posture should be your only swing thought. A solid athletic posture that fits you is a great start but the key to consistency is maintaining the address posture just through the impact. So think about maintaining your posture through impact for more consistent ball striking.
The Preserve at Oak Meadows
Forest Preserve District of DuPage County
Pat Honan, PGA Pro
Tip: Prevent swaying with this easy practice drill
A very common trait I observe during a golf lesson is a lack of body rotation. Golfers often compensate for a lack of rotation by swaying or moving their bodies laterally during the backswing which leads to all sorts of mishits – topped, weak, dribbling, heavy mishits that go right or left, anywhere but the target! If this sounds like you, breathe a sigh of relief because swaying is a treatable condition that can be cured. Try this practice drill that I teach my students to help eliminate frustrating mishits, create a foundation for great balance, and promote solid middle of the clubface shots. Start with a 7 iron then graduate to your driver. Begin with a neutral grip, rid yourself of any tension, set up to the ball as you would on any shot. As you prepare to swing put your feet completely together maintaining this position through the swing. Your feet should remain together during the entire sequence. Swing away rotating your torso during the backswing while maintaining your balance. Still keeping your feet together, rotate throughout the downswing through impact to a full finish. Good backswing rotation will help eliminate those mishits.