10 Tips to Get Your Golf Game Going in the Right Direction

Posted on: December 10th, 2015 by Cameron Kaplan | 3 Comments

Biltmore Lifestyles Magazine

January 2016 Golf Tip

Title: 10 Tips to Get Your Golf Game Going in the Right Direction

Author: Tina Tombs, Director of Golf Instruction at the Arizona Biltmore Golf Club

If you’re looking to improve this year and more importantly, have a ton of fun, here are 10 tips to get your golf game going in the right direction in 2016.

1. Get your clubs fitted and/or re-gripped with new product that is tacky enough to stay in your hands. Correct size should see the third and fourth fingers on the glove hand lightly touch your palm.

2. Always grip your club low in the fingers of your gloved hand, this will encourage a free wrist set and more feel for the club head, creating and allowing for speed through impact with the club.

3. Use alignment sticks for perfect alignment when you practice. Put two sticks down at or just parallel to your target then get your feet, legs and torso, along with your eyes, perfectly square with the clubface at the target line.

4. Resolve to use the tee box for better use this year. Use the side of it to help create better angles on doglegs and with the wind. A good rule is to always tee off on the side of trouble.

5. When playing in the wind, always stay over your front foot during the swing and choke down halfway on the grip. This will flight the ball lower, and by not swinging hard, will get the ball under the wind.

6. Back to the target on the backswing, chest to the target on the follow through. This helps all golfers to get a full, rotary turn in with their swing with a balanced finish.

7. Improve your awareness of the tension and tempo of your swing when you practice on the range so you can become more aware of it on the golf course. One way to do this is with your eyes closed.

8. Commit 75 percent of your practice time to short game work. Vary your shots, then putt the ball in the hole from the chip or pitch shot. This will prepare you to play on the course.

9. Play the shot that you know you can execute based on your skill level. A good rule is to play the shot that you will execute 5 out of 10 times.

10. Work on a routine that fits your game. See the target, feel the shot, feel tempo, balance. Have the courage to commit to that focus. If you deviate or forget, keep practicing it on the range, grade yourself on how well you stayed focused.

Tina Tombs is the Director of Golf Instruction at the Arizona Biltmore Golf Club. She is the 2014 LPGA Central Section Teacher of the Year and 2014 LPGA National Teacher of the Year. For more information about Tina, visit www.azbiltmoregc.com.

3 Responses

  1. I like what you said about getting your clubs regripped so that you can improve your golf game. My brother has been telling me about how he wants to do some golfing this summer. I’ll share this information with him so that he knows how to be successful.

  2. My brother is thinking about going out with a couple of friends to play some games and he wants to destroy everyone else and win all the time. He would really like to get some help to practice by going to a professional mini-golf area. I’ll be sure to tell him about how his shots should be varied and most of his practice should be short game work.

  3. As you mentioned, it is important to make sure that your clubs are fitted, and the grip is tacky enough to stay in your hands. My brother just joined a golf club, and wants to make sure he is fully prepared to be able to keep up. I will have to ask him when was the last time he got his clubs re-gripped.

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