Get Golf Ready 2 Class starts Tuesday, April 22nd. Sign-Up on or before April, 21st.
After a long winter layoff from golfing it may be a good idea to get those shoulders turning before playing that first round of golf this spring. If you have not been stretching the golf muscles over the winter it may be very difficult to execute your best golf swing this spring.
In a full golf swing it is vital to turn the shoulders to create a wide swing arc and maximize your distance. The problem I see with many golfers coming out of the winter is that they are tight and instead of making a good full shoulder turn they lift the club with the arms causing a swing arc that is to vertical (too much up and down and not enough around the body). This lack of proper shoulder turn leads to a steep downswing causing many golfers to dig the club head into the ground or hit behind the ball.
Here is a great exercise / drill to ensure a good full shoulder turn this spring:
Place a longer golf club behind your neck with the shaft resting on top of both shoulders. Position your hands on the shaft about 10” outside each shoulder. Hold the shaft in your fingers. Tilt the spine slightly forward as you would in a good set-up position. Now, keeping your feet flat on the ground turn your left shoulder (for right handed golfer) so the shaft moves toward the ball which would be positioned near the center of your stance (see photo). You can use your left hand to help push the shaft to reach your maximum shoulder turn. Hold the full shoulder turn for a few seconds after each turn going back.
After making several full shoulder turns you may now shift your weight left and unwind the shoulders going into your follow through so that your chest faces slightly left of the target transferring all your weight onto the left foot. The right foot will pivot so that only your big toe is touching the ground. If you maintain your balance you should have a pretty good looking finish.
Ten degrees outside doesn’t matter! It’s like summer everyday in the Thiel College Dome. Join us for a PGA Golf Clinic.
At the Scoring Short Shots Clinic you will learn how to hit a High Soft Lofted Pitch Shot and practice hitting over a 10 foot net which will be 3 steps in front of you. For more details or go to: www.BobCollinsGolf.com
The First West Middlesex High School Girls Golf Team in the History of the School.
Bob Collins with Pine Lakes Junior Golf Academy Class of 2013 and the winning team of the Junior Scramble Tournament.
“Get Golf Ready Class” at Pine Lakes Golf Club! After a short putting exhibition by PGA Professional Bob Collins, participants rotate around 8 different putting stations using teaching aids and devices to improve their stroke and alignment. Bob works individually with each student as they rotate to his station. This format is very much like the “Golf Instruction Putting Clinics” scheduled throughout the summer and conducted by Bob Collins.
Bob Collins uses the famous Ben Hogan Pane of Glass to demonstrate the proper swing plane during a golf clinic at the Thiel College Dome. During the swing the club shaft and head should never strike the glass pane throughout the swing with the exception of the end of the follow through.
Practice Putting at Home
Somewhere in your house I bet you have flooring with square crossing lines. Ceramic tile is a good example, these lines are great for practicing your putting set up and stroke without a ball. You can use these lines to make sure your feet and shoulders are parallel with the target line at set up. The lines also make it easy to place the ball slightly forward in your stance and ensure the putter head is aiming correctly. In this photo using the “straight back – straight through” putting stroke it is very easy to see that the path of the putter head is moving straight back and through with a square face throughout the stroke.
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