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Golf Lesson Sussex – Find More Yards

Golf Lesson Sussex – Find More Yards

Hitting the ball longer and straighter is high on the list of every golfer and here I am going to give you some very simple things that you can do to help you achieve those extra yards.

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Firstly we need a nice solid base to swing from so I would like you to widen your stance just a little bit.You are going to do this by dropping right foot back another six inches away from the target. This will set you more behind the ball and promote an aggressive move into impact.

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Secondly I would like you to make a real nice deliberate backswing. Make that first six inches of the take away from the ball nice and smooth, this will ensure that you fully turn your shoulders in the backswing, a feeling of turning your left shoulder behind the ball is our main focus here.

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Lastly I would like you to have the feeling of swinging through the ball and not at the ball. Get to a full finish with tour weight finished nicely on your left side.

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Mark Wood

PGA Advanced Professional
UK’s No1 Golf Coach

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Will a Shorter Driver Give You More Distance

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Will a Shorter Driver Give You More Distance

The standard length of a driver is 45-46 inches in length, it is believed that a longer shaft will give you more distance as the swing arc will be wider and therefore you will create more clubhead speed. As you know i use a flightscope and have proven so many times that hitting the center of the clubface will give you more distance rather than improving your swing speed by a few miles per hour. It is much easier to hit the center of the clubface with a shorter club than a longer club, therefore if you feel like you are struggling with your current driver here’s a few things you can try before you cut that driver down or order a new one.

1. Get yourself some Dr Scholl powder spray to spray on the face of your driver as this will show you where you are hitting the ball out of the face. Experiment going down the grip a little and see if that improves the center strikes out of the clubface. If you find that you are finding the middle of the clubface with a shorter length shaft then you need to get this looked at.

2. Most three wood shafts are 43.5 inches which is the old standard driver length. If you have an adjustable driver and three wood, put the three wood shaft in you driver and hit a few shots and see if you find any difference.

3. Book a lesson and get fitted on a launch monitor as we can check that you have the correct length shaft and correct loft to create the perfect launch and spin rates for you. The correct length driver will make it so much easier for you to control and maintain your body angles throughout the swing and as a result you may pick up distance as a result of better swing mechanics.

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Mark Wood

PGA Advanced Professional
UK’s No1 Golf Coach

The Best Golf Lessons in Sussex and Kent

Hit the Ball Longer

How to Gain More Distance from the Tee

The way you set up to the golf ball is vital when you have the driver in your hands. It is so important to establish the correct spine angle so that you can create a full body turn which leads to more distance.

Many amateurs set up with the in correct spine angle which also gives them poor body alignment, this could be the main reason behind your SLICE!!

In the video below I give you a great drill to help you set up to the ball correctly for more explosive drives.

Check out the video below and try it next time your at the range.

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Mark Wood

PGA Advanced Professional
UK’s No1 Golf Coach

The Best Golf Lessons in Sussex and Kent

KNOW YOUR DISTANCES

KNOW YOUR DISTANCES

One of the most important aspects of great golf is knowing how far you hit your clubs and controlling your distances with your wedges.

You can learn this while you are practising out on the range or the course, pay attention to how far each shot is going, especially the carry distance. Professionals know how far each club goes and sometimes their caddie knows even better than their player.

Knowing how far you hit each club makes life so much easier out on the course in tournament conditions, it will save you shots during a round. Most amateurs come up short of the green as they overestimate how far they can hit each club.

There are factors to consider and your distances may vary and change due to wind and temperature as well as the kind of ball you use. On average you lose about 2 yards for every 10 degrees the temperature drops, which is why you hit the ball further in the summer than the winter.

Everybody has their 150 yard club in the bag (for most it’s a 6 or 7 iron) so knowing what club you hit the magic 150 yards is a good start. Next you can work out what gap you have between clubs, it’s normally 9 to 12 yards as a rule. When you have all your yardages note them down in a course yardage book so you have all the info at hand during your round.

With your wedges find out how far you hit each wedge with a hip to hip swing length, chest to chest swing length and a shoulder to shoulder swing length. Knowing how far your wedge distances are will save you a bundle of shots during a round.

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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

Hit it Further

Lose the Tension for more Distance

Tension is a huge energy sapper in a golf swing, so when you set up to the ball make sure that your grip pressure is relaxed. The best way of doing this is to think about your forearms, if you keep these relaxed it is impossible to have tight tense wrists and a tight grip. Keep your chin held up and your neck muscles relaxed as this will also contribute in making a good athletic body turn which in turn leads to power. Remember your arms are the levers in a golf swing so keeping these relaxed adds to increased speed and power.

I hope you enjoyed the article, any comments or Questions then please leave a comment below..

Until next time I wish you all the golfing success

Mark

Mark Wood Golf Academy
Dale Hill hotel & golf club
East Sussex

Cupped Wrist, Across the Line, Flying Elbow

Cupped Wrist, Across the Line, Flying Elbow, Open Clubface

Hooks, Blocks, Push Cuts, Duffs etc….

A lot of golfers are searching for a great top of the backswing position and really struggle to find it and here is why.

The Picture above is a classic example of a flying elbow, cupped wrist and across the line position that I see amongst many golfers at my facility. These lead to poor shaped shots (blocks, hooks, push cuts etc…) and most certainly miss – hit shots from all over the clubface with a mixture of heavy and thinned golf shots. Sometimes there is a physical element that causes this position at the top, in which we do a quick flexibility test to see how mobile the arms and shoulders are, as the range of motion can be limited through injury or lack of flexibility. Some golfers can just have too much flexibility and just be completely unaware of where they are swinging up to in the backswing.  Once we have established the clients ROM we can then proceed in the below exercise on making them aware of the  feelings the correct position for them at the top of the backswing should feel like.

Grip the golf club with the Left Hand below the right for right handed golfers and the opposite for left handed golfers (right below left). Picture above.

Good position at the Top

Swinging up to the top of the backswing will feel very different, it will feel more restricted, the left wrist (for right handed golfers) will be much flatter the right elbow will be much more down and in more in front of the body. This will lead to the shaft being much more “in the slot” and the clubface will be square (leading edge matched up to the left arm). Your body will be much more in balance and engaged with the movements you are making. To start with, you will feel that you are doing less as there are fewer moving parts. Try to use a mirror when doing this exercise to link up the feel with the visual.

Your shot shape and distance will improve dramatically and so will the ball striking with the centred strikes off the clubface.

I hope you enjoyed the article, any comments or Questions then please leave a comment below..

Until next time I wish you all the golfing success

Mark

Mark Wood Golf Academy
Dale Hill hotel & golf club
East Sussex