Archive for February, 2014

Putting Lesson – Putting Tips from Mark Wood

Great Advice To Improve Your Putting

Putting is a very crucial part of golf and there are also many ways to putt well. I am going to share with you the most common problems that golfers run into when they are putting badly.

1. Your Stance is too Narrow – Having a stance that is too narrow will cause your legs and body to move around too much during the putting stroke. This will cause your putter path to go off path affecting the quality of the putt.

Mark Wood gives you some putting tips. CIMG0545

The Fix – Widen your stance by a few inches and focus on keeping your knees rock solid through out the stroke. One tip is to get some balance pads (like I have here) and make some practise stokes whilst standing on them keeping your balance, you will soon know if your not keeping great balance. Its a great way for you to learn what good balance feels like.

2. Moving your head around during a putting stroke causes miss – hits. It is most certainly a fundamental that golfers forget especially on short putts as they are keen to peak too early at the hole. I really want you to commit to keeping your eyes quiet until the ball has long gone, I guarantee that you will be more consistent and will  hole more putts!!

3. Decelerating the putter during the stroke will normally cause you to miss putts to the left of the hole. This can sometimes be traced back to a back stoke that is too long. If it is make the back stroke a touch shorter and make it a habit to accelerate the putter into the back of the ball.

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Ernie Els – My Craziest Lesson

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Ernie Els – How I fixed my Posture

I was reading in a golf magazine from a few years back and found an article on the Big Easy. The article was titled “My Craziest Lesson” and how he fixed his posture with the help of US Open Champion Michael Campbell.

The 2005 US Masters was a complete wash out for Ernie as he did not feel at all comfortable in his set up and as a result hit the ball poorly all week. This is very common in golfers of this stature, feel is massively important!

Lucky for him his coach at the time, David Leadbetter, was watching the tournament a week later (the Johnnie Walker Classic) and noticed the flaw in Ernie’s set up.

Ernie’s posture had become slumped and was affecting his golf swing, so Lead put a video together of a current coaching session with Ernie of him in a better position. Lucky for Ernie, Michael Campbell was flying out to the next tournament at the BMW Asian Open where he gave Els the video tape.

Ernie quickly headed to his hotel room where he could watch the video and immediately realised how poor his posture had become. He went out to the range shortly after and started to work on the changes and immediately found that his swing clicked right away – he was flushing it!!

In round two of the tournament he shot 62 with 8 birdies, an eagle and no bogeys. He went on to win the tournament by a mere 13 shots.

The video reinforced some key pieces of advice that every golfer should follow. Work on your fundamentals as these can easily get out of position and this will have an effect on your golf swing.

Go back to the basics often – tour professionals do and tiny changes in your set up can have a huge impact on your results.

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Mark Wood

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Article taken from Golf Digest

How to Generate Power in the Golf Swing

Power Charge the Golf Swing

One way to generate power in the golf swing is by generating momentum. A good example here is a baseball pitcher, to throw a ball with power he winds back before he releases.

The same principles apply in the golf swing.

You need to turn around your right side in the backswing with no sway.

One of the common misconceptions of amateurs is that they have to swing really hard and fast to create a lot of power, this results in an off plane and off balance golf swing. Resulting in a lack of power and distance.

The only way to create power is to build up momentum in your swing with a good body turn.

Watch the video here and see how to create the correct body turn for the golf swing.

From Your Friends at Mark Wood Golf Academy

PS. Come down and tee it up to make some magic moments of your own. Check our website at 

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Mark Wood

PGA Advanced Professional
UK’s No1 Golf Coach

The Best Golf Lessons in Sussex and Kent