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The Sixth in a Series, Practicing Golf Effectively

It's not easy playing 18 holes in the hot sun but someone had to do it! Jack Feeney, Rick Salon, Bob Mingolelli, Andy Palmer, Bill Beresford and Paul Egan relax after their round at the Woods of Westminster. Photo courtesy of Dan Bartkus

 

Phil LaFollette, Jack Mullin, Bob Mingolelli, and Jerry Lubenau relax after a round of golf at the Groton Country Club. Courtesy photo.

 

by Robert Mingolelli
 
25) Training Aid
     It helps a golfer figure out if they are squaring the putter face at impact, which is crucial to having more success on the greens. TIBA
     Putt was invented to help golfers easily perform this drill, and to track if the putter is staying square before and after impact as well. The aid guides an off line swing path back onto your target line. The feedback received when the putter is guided back on line is referred to as a meaningful learning system. This is a great tool to use at home or on the practice green if you are looking to make more putts inside of 10 feet, and three putt less.
     If you go to any driving range right now you’ll hear all kinds of golf tips being discussed about the technical elements of the swing. Most of them are simply not true.
26) Keep your head down
     This is the most common golf tip given out, and the mistake that everyone refers to when they hit an errant shot. Wheth-er or not you keep your head down during your golf swing is not the reason you succeeded or failed. David Duval had a pretty good career, and look where his head is at impact. Editor's note: I humbly disagree. Watching the club head strike the ball will help eliminate poor contact which often results in errant shots.
27) You need to take a divot
     Most of us watch the professional game and see golfers like Sergio Garcia digging small canyons out of the ground with their irons. People think divots are responsible for more spin, crisper iron shots, and many other results that simply aren’t true. In fact for some golfers trying to dig into the turf more can actually harm their game. The most important thing is to strike the ball first, and then make contact with the ground afterwards. Whether or not that results in a divot is not absolutely crucial to hit a successful golf shot.
28) One swing system works
     There are many instructors out there that only teach one version of the golf swing, and will claim it is the only true way to play
golf properly. While this “swing” might work for some golfers, it is simply not true that it will work for everyone. Golfers come in all shapes, sizes, and physical abilities. Find a version of the swing that works for you and your natural capabilities. Trying to fit yourself into someone else’s version of the golf swing will do more harm than good. This is one of those golf tips that you can take to the bank!
29) The swing is the main vehicle to lower scores
     The golf world is obsessed with the swing, and for good reason. The quality of your golf swing is an extremely important factor in improving as a golfer. Just don’t think it’s the only thing! Practical Golf was founded for this reason. Playing great golf, and improving, is a complete package. The swing is part of that package, and this article hopefully shows you that there is much more.
     Keep things simple and the results will often be better. If you have too many thoughts in your head or too many worries on each swing, it often leads to failure.
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