Golf Balls

Golf Balls

The Lesson Tee…… By Director of Instruction, Andy Scott School of Golf

Do you use different golf balls during your round?

Think back through your last several rounds of golf and see if you can remember what type of golf balls you used during your rounds. Most golfers don’t worry about what type of golf ball they use. Their main concern is to have enough golf balls no matter the brand or name to make it through the round.

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What most of us don’t realize is playing random golf balls will affect your distance control, and feel on the golf course. Every style of golf ball will have a different reaction off the clubface that influences distance and spin rates. Here are a couple of good examples; I could hit my seven iron with ball A 160 yards and with ball B 150 yards with the identical swing and contact. The difference between these two balls may start to confuse the golfer on club selection during their round.

Also, a 10 foot putt with ball A rolls 12 feet and ball B rolls 9 feet with the exact same stroke. The difference between these two balls will make it difficult for the golfer to gauge how hard or soft to hit the putt. All balls have different characteristics and specific roles in our games. There are hundreds of different balls out there with different characteristics such as, soft covers, hard coves, high compression, low compression, one piece, two piece, low spin, high spin, etc……. the list goes on and on.

The real trick is finding a ball you like a stick with it regardless of price or brand name. Using the same ball allows the player to develop stable distance control with full swings and also greatly improves touch and feel with the short game. If you have questions in regards to what ball best suits your game contact the Golf Shop Professional Staff to help you with your selection.

Until next time………see you on the lesson tee.

 

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Greenside Bunkers

The Lesson Tee…….
By Director of Instruction, Andy Scott School of Golf

Greenside Bunker Play:

The greenside bunker shot can be the most frustrating shot in golf if you are missing the critical fundamentals. I see many players cringe when they hit it into greenside bunkers because of their past failures such as hitting it way over the green or hitting four in a row with out getting it out of the bunker. It is easy to see how this could build some anxiety to your game. I have some great news for all of you!!!!! This is a much easier shot than we make it. You just need to know the secrets.

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Here are the secrets to hitting greenside bunker shots: Set Up: -Weight under feet should be 60% on lead foot 40% on trail foot. -Place the ball just ahead of center, slightly closer to the lead foot. -Dig feet into sand for stability.

Swing: -A bunker shot resembles a full swing not a chip shot. -Make an aggressive swing just like you would with an 8 iron in the fairway. -Hit the sand first before the ball and make a complete follow through like your full swing. (You don’t want to stop when the club hits the sand.) -Have some “attitude in the sand” explode through the sand!!!

Drills: “Attitude Drill” -Hit the sand with a full swing without a ball. -Try to get the sand to fly out of the bunker and on to the green. Explode the sand with some attitude to a full finish.

“Line Drill” -Draw a line in the sand about 5 feet long. -Place your feet on either side so the line until the line is in the middle of your stance. -Make a full swing and try to make part of the line disappear by hitting the sand. -Do this until you become comfortable hitting the sand with lots of acceleration.

“Dollar Bill Drill” -With a ball try to imagine a dollar bill lying under the ball and hit the dollar bill out from under the ball. Explode it out of there!!!

Until next time………see you on the lesson tee.

 

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Landing Areas

The Lesson Tee…..
By Director of Instruction, Andy Scott School of Golf

Do you use your eyes around the green when chipping or pitching to find a landing area?

This is a very important part of developing a solid short game. Most players don’t have a landing area in mind causing much trouble with touch and feel around the greens.

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The big mistake most players make is zoning the eyes on the hole before hitting a chip or pitch shot. This usually results in a shot that flies to the hole and rolls well past the hole or even off the green. This means the player has taken too big of a swing for the shot at hand. Making too big of a swing can also cause deceleration on the forward swing causing the mind numbing “chunk” where you hit the ground way before the ball.

The best way to use your eyes when chipping or pitching is to find a very specific spot on the ground where you want to land the ball in order for it to end up close to the hole. This will greatly improve the swing length and proper acceleration for the shot at hand.

The next time you are practicing chipping or pitching grab a few golf balls and toss them underhand to different landing areas until you find the spot with the most success. This will start to develop your touch and feel around the greens in regards to landing areas. After you have practiced this try to hit a few shots with the same mind set of a specific landing areas and watch your short game instantly improve in front of your own eyes.

Until next time……see you on the lesson tee.

 

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Looking for more power and distance?

The Lesson Tee…
By Director of Instruction, Andy Scott School of Golf

Looking for More Power and Distance?

First we have to look at what elements allow a player to hit the ball further. There are five things that influence power and distance

1.Club head speed: How fast the club head is moving thru impact
2.Contact: How solid the ball is struck on the club face
3.Tension: The amount of tension on the body during the swing
4.Strength: Physical strength of the individual
5.Flexibility: Players range of motion capabilities

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The first three elements are areas all players can improve on with the least amount of time and effort. Strength and Flexibility are the most difficult and most timely to see significant improvements. With our busy lives we need something that is simple and easy to work on even if we are not on the golf course. Here are a couple easy drills you might try at home or on the practice range.

Speed Drills:

L Drill: (Use a 7 iron with out a ball and a tee in the ground) -Take the club away until the lead arm is parallel to ground. -Cock the wrist and make the letter L with your lead arm and the club shaft. -For the forward swing let the arms and club drop toward the ground. -Snap the wrist at the tee until you make an L on the other side of the ball. -Start this slow so you can check your L positions on both sides. -After becoming comfortable with this start to speed it up. -Try to keep the club moving back and thru snapping the wrist at the tee on the forward and backward swing, five or six times keeping the club in motion for all swings. -See how fast you can snap those wrists at the tee!!!

***Next time you are on the practice range try this drill with a ball on a tee. Look out power here we come!!!!!

Broom Drill: -Swing a broom like you would a golf club. -Swing it as hard as possible while maintaining balance – 10 to 15 reps once a day. – This is a resistance drill that will build strength and speed

Until Next time……… see you on the lesson tee.

 

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Maximizing your game’s potential

The Lesson Tee………
By Director of Instruction, Andy Scott School of Golf

Maximizing your game to your fullest potential:

When I watch amateur golfers on the golf course I see so many shots wasted due to poor judgment or trying to play a shot that is not realistic to ones skill level. Here are two simple ways to help you make good decisions and play to your strengths.

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I see many amateurs struggle with not hitting enough club on their approach shots. This in turn will the most dreaded shot in golf “the in between shot” which is not a full swing and not a simple chip shot close to the green. A big shot saver you might try the next time you are on the golf course is to try and hit more club on your approach shots. For example, if I was going to hit an 8 iron from 160 yards I would hit the 7 iron instead, a longer and stronger lofted club. This will increase your chance of getting the ball pin high or hole high. If you accomplish this task you just made the next shot 100% easier.

You might keep track how many times during the round you get the ball past pin high to see how good you decision making skills are coming with club selection.

Another shot saver would be to make sure you use a club you know you can hit solid and get in the air when know you can’t get to the green. I see so many players try and try to hit low lofted clubs like 3 woods, 5 woods, or 3 irons from the ground with no success. These clubs are very difficult to hit solid and get up in the air even for the low handicap players, due to the low loft on the club.

We also need to remember we are hitting off of Bermuda grass. With Bermuda grass the ball will tend to sit down closer to the ground making these clubs even more difficult to hit. If you seem to have more success up north with these clubs it is because the grass is very different. The most prevalent northern grass is bent grass. This type of grass props the ball up much more and makes the longer clubs much easier to hit. It is almost like you have the ball teed up.

Don’t feel bad if you are struggling with these clubs. Join the club because 95% of all players are struggling along side of you. The next time you are on the golf course try a higher lofted club like a 7 wood or hybrid. If this doesn’t seem to do the trick try more loft until you find success. Just remember a solid wedge will always go further than a whiffed or chunked 3 wood. Play for success not failure.

Until next time………see you on the lesson tee.

 

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