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How Balance Drills Can Improve Your Golf Game

When you watch tour players play golf, there are certain fundamentals most of them posses. A good grip is almost always at the top of the list. A committed finish would be another key fundamental. One of these fundamentals which we always discuss in our golf school is good balance. Good balance is important for a number of reasons. Most importantly, good balance is important because it allows us to make mistakes in our swing and still hit respectable shots. Good balance can make up for areas of your swing that may not be perfect. Rarely will you find a great player who does not have a balanced golf swing. Here are three great practice drills we stress to help you improve your balance and your golf game.

Hitting shots with your feet together

Hitting shots with your feet together is a great drill to help establish good balance, because your body senses a lack of stability. This drill forces you to swing within yourself (or under control). Your first 15-20 shots of the day should always be with your feet together. Not only are you establishing good balance from the start of your day, but you’re setting the tone for how you will swing as well. Starting your day with good balance is crucial to swinging under control for the rest of your round. If your swing is too hard and fast, you tend to lose your balance when your feet are together.

Hit fairway bunker shots

Hitting fairway bunker shots is a great way to improve your balance. When hitting out of a fairway bunker as a balance drill, tee the ball up on a low tee, play the ball in the center of your stance, and don’t dig your feet in the sand. Since you are hitting off of an unstable surface (sand), you must make a swing that is under control or you will lose your balance.

The great Seve Ballesteros used to hit shots on the beach near his home. This helped him develop a balanced swing that helped him win golf tournaments all over the world for many years. If you don’t have a practice bunker to do this, get on your course at a slow time when nobody is behind you and hit a few shots this way. When you can hit solid shots like this and maintain a balanced swing, your contact will improve once you move back to the grass.

Hit shots barefooted

One of the best ways to improve your balance is to hit shots bare footed (you can keep your socks on if you like). By taking away the stability of shoes, especially golf shoes, you are forced to make a swing that is under control or you will lose your balance. This drill not only helps you achieve a balanced finish, but superb balance throughout your swing as well.

All three of these drills are great ways to improve your balance and golf game. If you are the overachieving type, try hitting shots bare footed, with your feet together out of a fairway bunker. This is not a joke, although it may sound a bit odd. Any of these drills, or all three put together, will make hitting shots with good balance much easier to achieve.

For more information about why balance is important for your golf game or how to have better balance, contact the experts at The Academy of Golf Dynamics. Give us a call today at 1(800) 879-2008 or Contact Us via email. We are located at 45 Club Estates Parkway in Austin, Texas.

Stretching And Warming Up Before You Play Golf

Do you have days where you just don’t have time to get to the golf course to stretch and warm up properly? Like most golfers, your answer is probably, “yes”. Undoubtedly, your rounds where you get to the course in plenty of time to sufficiently prepare for your round are much better than the days where you just show up and tee off. Like most things in life, if you have time to prepare and get ready for your task, you will usually see better results. Golf is no different. One of the most important parts of your round is what you do before you tee off. This in mind, let’s take a look at some ways to make your round of golf more enjoyable.

Get to the golf course in plenty of time

Getting to the golf course early helps ensure you have the time to sufficiently stretch and go through a warm up routine to get you ready for your round. It also helps to keep you from feeling rushed, which in turn helps keep your heart rate down. A calmer frame of mind is crucial to a relaxed round of golf.

Have a stretching routine before your golf game

Doctors and trainers who have attended The Academy of Golf Dynamics have told us that if you only have time to stretch or warm up on the range, you should stretch. Stretching before your golf game is important for a number of reasons. First, stretching helps you get your muscles loose. Flexibility is important for your golf game, not only because it helps make better swings. Second, stretching helps you avoid injury. Pulled muscles usually occur when our muscles are not loose. Simple stretches of the following areas should be done.

Hamstrings – Spread your feet to shoulder width and keep your knees straight with your weight on your heels. Bend over as far as you can go without bouncing. Try to hold this position for at least ten seconds. You can do this stretch as many times as you feel necessary. Stretching your hamstrings helps loosen your lower back as well as your legs.

Shoulders – Take one arm and pull it across your chest with your other arm, holding this position for a count of ten seconds. Repeat with the other arm. Then, take a club and swing it forward and backwards at your side. Repeat with the other arm. This routine will help you loosen your shoulders and get the blood flowing before you play golf.

Core – Place your club behind your neck with both hands on the golf club. Twist back and forth slowly. This motion helps stretch your core and back.

Arms and wrists – Extend your arm at full length and pull your fingertips back. Then, bend your hand down and pull your hand back. This helps stretch your wrists and forearms.

Whole body – Take two golf clubs, hold them together and swing them continuously back and through. Doing this routine slowly can help stretch everything, all in one shot.

These are just some simple exercises you can do to help you get ready for your round of golf. If you have other, more elaborate, stretches you go through, great!

Warm up on the range

Having plenty of time to warm up on the range is important for several reasons. These reasons include helping to loosen muscles, setting the tone for how you will swing, and warming up helps you find out “what you have” before you tee off.

Warming up on the range helps to loosen muscles before your golf game. Hitting balls on the range is a key way for you to get loose and get your blood flowing before your round.

Starting off hitting shots with your feet together, making shorter and slower swings, will help you set the tone for how you will swing that day. This drill helps produce good timing, tempo and balance. You should gradually widen your stance and make your swing longer as you get loose. Establishing good timing, tempo and balance from the beginning of your day helps ensure a swing that will last the whole round of golf.

As we all know, some days our swing is there, and some days it’s not. Hitting shots with our feet together helps us see if we can make our normal full swing most of the day. We may need to take a little more club and make shorter, slower swings for most of our shots. We are human, so our coordination changes everyday. You have to be ready to adjust to what you have on any given day.

The next time you decide to hit that snooze button, remember, get to the golf course in plenty of time so you can properly get warmed up for your round. It could mean the difference between the round of golf you want and the round you try to avoid.

For more information about the importance of stretching and warming up before you play golf, contact The Academy of Golf Dynamics. Give us a call today at 1(800) 879-2008 or Contact Us via email. We are located at 45 Club Estates Parkway in Austin, Texas.

Mental Techniques For A Better Game Of Golf

How many of you have reached a point in your golf game where you feel like you have plateaued? You feel like no matter how many balls you hit on the range, you just don’t seem to get any better. How many of you have ever spent any significant amount of time on your mental game? If your answer was, “Not much!” then you may have just found the problem.

You are part of a special group…you are golfers. You picked the hardest game in the world to play. You also picked the best, and sometimes, most rewarding game in the world to play. You don’t have to be built like LeBron James or J.J. Watt to be a good golfer. You do, however, need to be able to think properly and decisively on the golf course. We will show you some ways to do just that.

Set goals for your golf game

Setting goals for your golf game is important for many reasons. A goal helps give you something to work toward to make yourself better. Make sure when you set goals for yourself, think “baby steps”. The goals you set for your golf game should be attainable. If your average score is 90, you have no business thinking about shooting 72…yet. For example, set a goal of getting your average score down to 88. Once you have achieved that, reset your goal for 85. Resetting your goals is something you may have to do from time to time and that’s a good thing. It means you are making progress. The lesson here is: Be realistic when setting your goals.

Identify your weaknesses in golf

Identifying your weaknesses lets you know where your game needs the most work. If the brakes on your car are failing, it won’t do you any good to go to the car wash. Your brake problem is still there.

You can identify your weaknesses with your golf game by keeping track of where you are losing shots. Whether you are a 36 handicapper or a scratch player, this can be narrowed down to two categories: Bad decisions or loose swings. Keep track and categorize your mistakes in one of these two categories. This lets you know if you need to spend more time working on the physical aspects of your game or your course management. Efficiency is always the key when practicing golf, not quantity.

Harness expectations for your golf game

Expectations are much like goals. If expectations are realistic, they can be helpful. However, if you see Rory McIlroy on T.V. and go out the next day expecting to hit all of your shots like he does, that’s not helpful or realistic. Augie Garrido, the baseball coach for The University of Texas has said expectations hinder performance as much as any aspect of baseball. The point here is to focus on the process and not the results. This perspective applies to golf as well.

Don’t focus on what you want to shoot or even what you want to make on a particular hole. Focus on the shot at hand. Build your golf round shot by shot. Don’t expect to shoot a certain score. Expect to execute your shot the way you have it planned. Not only will this technique help you hit more shots the way you want but it will also help relieve the pressure of shooting a certain score. The oldest cliche in golf is still the most applicable: One shot at a time.

Instead of focusing all of your energy on hitting balls on the range, spend some time on your mental game this year. Keep track of your mistakes and focus more time on your weaknesses. Remember to set goals, identify your weaknesses and harness your expectations.

For more information about golf and golfing techniques, contact The Academy of Golf Dynamics. Give us a call today at 1(800) 879-2008 or Contact Us via email. We are located at 45 Club Estates Parkway in Austin, Texas.

Be Careful When Reading Golf Tips

Golf tips are available on everything from the full swing, to the short game, to the kind of equipment you should purchase. We are a lucky lot, are we not? Well, not really. The problem with these golf tips and instructional information isn’t that it’s all bad, it’s just not personalized. For every ten people that read this information, it might only apply to one or two people. The other eight or nine people might as well be waiting for Tiger and Sergio to kiss and make up. That’s why The Academy of Golf Dynamics is the best golf school in the country. We teach each player individually and give them personalized instruction so they can spend their practice time efficiently working on the correct information.

A good example of swing tips that would be harmful to just about anyone who read them appeared in a recent article written by a former tour player. After reading through the tips offered by the former, so-called expert, I had to re-read the article. I couldn’t believe anyone could win the 8th flight of his club championship trying these things, much less tour events years ago against some of the best golf players in the world. Remember, sometimes the golf tips put forth by great players are what worked for them, but might be harmful to the average player’s swing.

The golf tip that made my jaw drop was: “Make sure you dip on your downswing”. In all of our years of teaching swing fundamentals, the single biggest cause of the shanks among golfers that we have seen has always been…dropping through impact. Yes, dipping can, and usually does, cause the most dreaded shots in golf. Now to be fair, the player who wrote this article was considered one of the best golf ball strikers of his day. He had a lot of leg action on his downswing and his head did drop through impact. Why he did this is explained by the tip that came before this one. However, this is NEVER something anyone who has even a remedial knowledge of the golf swing would ever pass on to the average golfer.

Now, why did he drop through impact? Because of his second tip: “Keep your right arm close to your body on your downswing”. Because his right arm stayed close to his side on his downswing, he had to dip to get the club on the golf ball. Again, this unorthodox series of events in his golf swing worked for him…but only because of the immense talent he possessed as a golfer. For the average player, trying this odd sequence of moves, what would probably come next is predictable…hit your shot, walk to the right and look for your ball.

Remember, the next time you see a great player or former great player giving golf tips, ask yourself, “Has this person done any teaching and do they understand cause and effect of the golf swing?” Chances are they are telling you what swings worked for them, not what will work best for you. Just because someone is a great player doesn’t mean they know what they are talking about when it comes to the mechanics of the golf swing.

Come see us at The Academy of Golf Dynamics and we will take your game to the next level! Give us a call today at 1(800) 879-2008 or Contact Us via email for information. We are located at 45 Club Estates Parkway in Austin, Texas.

Improve Your Game With A Golf Checklist

Do you have a checklist for your everyday activities? Do you need a list to keep you on track and productive? Make a checklist for your golf game this year. This checklist can, and should, include everything you can think of to help you play better golf.

A checklist will help you in several areas, assuming you stick to your list. First, it can help you be more organized. Second, it gives you a path to follow to a more productive golf game. This path includes the way you practice, where you spend your time practicing, making sure your equipment is up to date and reaching certain goals you have set for yourself. We will discuss a few things that should be on your checklist. If you think of more, great! Be sure to write your thoughts down on paper, you will be more likely to stick to it.

Include your goals for golf

Writing down your goals for golf, both short term and long term, is important because it gives you something to strive for. Goals can be anything you hope to accomplish this year in golf. However, it is important to make sure your goals are attainable.

For example, if your handicap is 20 and you want to be a 12 by the end of the year, set a goal to bring your handicap down 2 points at a time. Doing this in small increments will help keep you from getting discouraged if you go through stretches where you don’t see as much progress.

Goals can consist of anything you want to accomplish in your game of golf. A short term goal might be to spend more time working on your short game. A long term goal might be dropping your handicap by a certain amount by the end of the year.

Keep your golfing stats

Keeping stats lets you know where your golfing weaknesses are. This takes a little time, but the rewards will be worth it in the long run.

Have you ever heard the saying, “A chain is only as strong as the weakest link”? Think of your golf game as a chain. Maybe your weak link is your pitching, or your bunker play, or your driving. Whatever it might be, spend a little more time in the areas that are keeping you from shooting the scores you want. Having these stats written down on your checklist will make you more likely to put the work in on that particular area.

Also, make a category on your stats list for course management. You need to know if you are losing strokes because of loose swings or bad decisions.

Plan for practicing golf

Having a good plan for practicing golf is important because you may not have a lot of time to practice and you may not like to practice. As long as you practice golf efficiently, you don’t have to practice as much as you might think. If you have an hour to spend practicing, look at what part of your game needs the most work and make that link of your chain stronger.

Don’t neglect the other areas of your game, but you will always have an area that needs more work than others. Have a good plan and be organized with your time.

Improve your physical fitness and flexibility

Make a commitment this year to improve your physical fitness and flexibility. This improvement will make a difference in your golf game. You don’t have to go to the gym for 3 hours a day, but spend some time getting in better shape. The more physically fit you are will not only help you feel better, it will help you think better and make better decisions during your round. In this area, make sure to put more emphasis on stretching if you are cramped for time.

Check your golf equipment

Make sure your golf equipment is ready to go for the year. For example, check your grips. If this equipment gets slick at all, change it. If you play golf at least twice a week, you will probably need to change your grips every six months. New grips can almost make you feel like you have new clubs. Remember, grips are the only contact you have with the club so they need to feel good.

Also, check your spikes. If you wear soft spikes, check them regularly. The more you play, the more you will need to replace them. Traction is important in the game of golf.

These are just a few examples that should make up your golf checklist. If you have more, write them down and stick to them. Being organized is important and saves you valuable time.

For more information about golf and golfing techniques, contact The Academy of Golf Dynamics. Give us a call today at 1(800) 879-2008 or Contact Us via email. We are located at 45 Club Estates Parkway in Austin, Texas.

4 Ways To Create More Clubhead Speed Without Losing Accuracy

What would you guess is the question our golf school students ask us the most during the year? “Will Tiger Woods win at least 18 majors?” No. “Will the belly putter be banned from the PGA Tour?” No. “How did Kyle Jerome know to pick Bubba Watson and Phil Mickelson in the Academy ‘Masters pool’ last year?” Umm…no. What about, “How do I hit the golf ball further?” Yes, you nailed it. Most of the time, the question they should be asking us is, “How do I hit the ball straighter?” However, for many golfers, hitting the ball further is as much of an obsession as learning how to make grandma’s biscuits.

We are going to show you several ways to create more clubhead speed while not giving up accuracy. We will also give you some very effective practice drills for your next round of golf to help you achieve this.

Relax your arms and shoulders

Relaxing your arms and shoulders at address is the first step to creating more clubhead speed in your round of golf. Tension is the biggest killer of speed and it is almost always the one common characteristic in the loss of distance.

Look at other athletic motions as an example. You can throw a ball much further/faster if you are relaxed before and during the motion. You can run faster if you are relaxed while you are doing it. Swinging a golf club is no different.

DRILL: Make a conscious effort to move your arms, feet and legs while addressing the golf ball. Being too still over the ball at address creates tension. Move!

Stay centered over the golf ball

Staying centered over the golf ball during the swing is important to creating more clubhead speed because you can always swing an object faster in a circle than you can in a line. For example, if you tie a ball onto the end of a string, you can swing it around in a circle faster than if you move it back and forth in straight line.

Golfers that try to transfer their weight during the swing tend to lose distance compared to someone who stays centered and lets their weight transfer automatically with their turn. This also helps your body swing your arms during the swing, not the other way around.

DRILL: Hit shots in your next round of golf with your feet close together. By keeping this stance, your body senses a lack of stability and forces you to stay centered. This stance, in turn, will help you create more clubhead speed when you take your normal width stance.

Be aggressive through the hitting area

Being aggressive in your swing is good…as long as you keep your balance. However, where you are aggressive is the key. Many golfers make the mistake of being aggressive from the top of their swing starting down. To create maximum clubhead speed, be aggressive through the hitting area. Trying to hit the golf ball hard when starting your downswing creates two problems: Power leak and balance problems.

The fastest part of a good player’s swing is just past the ball. Jack Nicklaus said he tried to swing slower when he wanted to hit the golf ball further. What he accomplished was a smooth transition from the backswing to the downswing while his clubhead speed increased through the hitting area.

DRILL: Hit shots on the range making different clubhead speed swings. Hit some shots swinging at 30% of your normal effort, some at 60% and some at 90%. Practicing shots this way not only helps you keep your transition smoother, but it lets you know what clubhead speed is working for you that day.

Stretch before and after your round of golf

Being flexible is just as important as anything you can do in your swing to increase your clubhead speed. You should always stretch, at the very least, before and after your round. Stretching away from the golf course will only help. Just look at the top 5 longest hitters on the PGA Tour as an example. Bubba Watson, Charlie Beljan, Robert Garrigus, Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy are all very flexible.

Remember, good golf swing fundamentals help you hit the ball more solidly. Hitting the ball solid is the first step to hitting it further and straighter. After that, practice these four fundamentals and you will be able to increase your clubhead speed.

For more information about golf and golfing techniques, contact The Academy of Golf Dynamics. Give us a call today at 1(800) 879-2008 or Contact Us via email. We are located at 45 Club Estates Parkway in Austin, Texas.

Know Your Expectations And Build Your Round Of Golf

Many golfers spend much of their time working on their golf swing. The search for that repeatable swing is a constant battle many players find themselves in for the entirety of their golfing lives. Then, there are the players who search for success through equipment. Spending money on equipment is a trap many players fall into that can end up costing them thousands of dollars over time. To some, the newest and latest clubs and gadgets can be as tempting as candy to a baby. The one area that is often overlooked however, is the mental side of the game. This part of golf can determine whether a player reaches the success they strive for more than any other part of the game.

Know your golf game expectations

Knowing your expectations in golf is crucial to improvement. If your average score is 90, don’t pay any attention to that even par number of 72. Think baby steps here. If you average 90, set a goal to bring your average score down to 88. Once you reach that goal, set a goal to reach 85, and so on. Improving two or three strokes over the course of weeks or months is attainable and realistic. This realistic expectation will help to keep you from getting frustrated over not reaching a specific goal. Be patient and give it time.

Build your round one shot at a time

The oldest cliche in golf is, “One shot at a time.” There has probably never been a phrase used as much in golf, and there has probably never been better advice. When playing your round of golf, think of it as “Building your round, one shot at a time.” Instead of thinking about the results, think of the process instead. Approaching golf this way keeps you in the present and makes you less likely to overlook the shot at hand. When you build a house, you don’t start on the roof first. You may know what you want it to look like in the end, but you have to take care of it in a specific order. Your round of golf is no different.

Start with your preparation on the range and putting green before your round. Be organized with your warm up routine and give yourself plenty of time before you tee off. Once you start your round, don’t look ahead. Play to your strengths and let your strategy unfold as you go. Don’t worry about your score. Let the shots you hit as you play determine the end results. You will like what you see in the end.

Remember, when playing a round of golf, know your expectations, build your round one shot at a time, and stay in the present. You will see success faster this way. Having the latest equipment or the perfect swing are never as important as a good plan. So, don’t neglect the mental side of golf!

For more information about golf and golfing techniques, contact The Academy of Golf Dynamics. Give us a call today at 1(800) 879-2008 or Contact Us via email. We are located at 45 Club Estates Parkway in Austin, Texas.

Health Benefits Of Golf

Many people are looking for ways to not only get healthier and improve their physical fitness, but to get outdoors and enjoy time with friends and family. While combining these would be ideal, time limits some people to what they can do physically. Whether it’s physical limitations or age, going for a two mile run or participating in a physical fitness class at the gym is not an option for many people.

However, playing golf is an alternative way of improving your overall health that more and more people are turning to. This great game has many advantages over other sports. You don’t have to jump like an NBA player or run like an NFL player to enjoy this game. Though some of the most competitive athletes in the world are golfers, it’s a recreational sport by nature. People of all ages can play. How can golf be beneficial to your health? Let’s look at some ways it can help not only your physical and mental health, but your overall well-being.

Golf increases physical activity

For example, golf may lack the physicality of football; however, it is a physical game in another sense. Simply swinging a golf club requires the use of, and strengthens, many different muscles in your body. Many people prefer to walk when they play, which increases the heart rate, strengthens leg muscles and is a great way to burn calories. Even if you prefer to ride in a golf cart, the physical activity of playing golf is a great way to improve your overall health simply because you are being active.

One of the most important things anyone can do to improve their game is to be as flexible as possible. Flexibility plays a major role in seeing improvement in your game. If you get into the habit of stretching your muscles before and after your round, it will not only help you play better golf, but also make everyday tasks easier.

Playing golf outdoors provides vitamin D and a way to spend time with family and friends

Being outdoors is one of the most beneficial aspects of playing golf. Would you rather spend time in a gym on a treadmill or enjoy a beautiful day on a golf course? The answer is easy for most people. One of the biggest advantages of being outdoors in the sun is the benefits of Vitamin D. The best-known benefit of Vitamin D is its role in helping calcium build strong bones. This nutrient helps regulate the immune system and the neuromuscular system. Vitamin D also plays major roles in the life cycle of human cells.

Not only does golf have physical benefits, but being outdoors has other advantages as well. Golf is a great way to spend time with family and friends. Whether you choose to spend a few hours with friends, your spouse, your kids or your family as a group, what better way to spend it than on the golf course? Many people prefer to play golf by themselves, alone with their thoughts.

Golf can relieve stress

Either way, a round of golf can be very therapeutic and a great way to relieve stress. Remember, when you are talking about the health benefits of golf, you can’t ignore your mental health. Even if you prefer to just stay on the driving range and hit practice balls, you can walk away feeling better not only physically, but mentally as well.

The next time you find yourself looking for a way to improve your physical and mental health, consider golf. Remember, it doesn’t matter where you are in life in terms of age…golf doesn’t discriminate.

For more information about golf and golfing techniques, contact The Academy of Golf Dynamics. Give us a call today at 1(800) 879-2008 or Contact Us via email. We are located at 45 Club Estates Parkway in Austin, Texas.

Holiday Gift Ideas For The Golfer In Your Life

Christmas is right around the corner. Have you started your holiday shopping yet? If you are looking for something special for that golfer in your life, the possibilities are endless. Here are a few affordable gift ideas that are sure to make any golfer smile this holiday season.

Range finder

Yes, the world of technology has made it to the golf course. To see a range finder in someone’s golf bag these days is almost as common as seeing that new driver that promises an extra 10 yards on your tee shots. Range finders have become more popular over the last several years. This increase in popularity has made getting a yardage for a shot faster and easier. Range finders typically start around 100 dollars.

Personalized golf balls

What golfer doesn’t want to play with golf balls with his or her name on them? What better way to mark and distinguish your golf balls from the other player’s golf balls in your group than to have your name on them. Depending on the brand, personalized golf balls cost between 30-60 dollars.

New grips

Giving that special someone new grips is one of the best “golf gifts” you could give an avid golfer. New grips make your clubs easier to hold onto and make your clubs feel new again. Grips come in all different colors, styles and sizes to fit hand size. Check to see what kind of grips that special someone is playing with so you will know what size and style they like. Most grips usually cost between 7-10 dollars per grip.

Golf umbrella

A golf umbrella is one of those things everyone should have. Have you ever been caught in the rain with one of those small, pop up umbrellas that barely keeps the top of your head dry? If you have, then you will know how much better a golf umbrella is in wet weather. Whether the person you are buying for plays golf or not, a golf umbrella is one of the best gifts they will get this holiday season. Most cost between 50-60 dollars.

Personalized shaft labels

Personalized shaft labels are a great idea for any golfer, especially the ones who tend to be a little absent minded. Shaft labels are stickers that have the owner’s name, phone number and address on them. They wrap around the shaft just below the grip. If someone leaves their club on the course, the person who finds it knows who to contact. Shaft labels cost around 10 dollars per dozen.

Gift certificate in your pro shop

Do you have someone that’s hard to buy for? Purchase a gift certificate in the pro shop and let them do their own shopping. You can spend as much or as little as you want and let that person get a special golf item they want.

Golf school or instruction

Perhaps the most valuable gift you can give that special golfer is the gift that keeps on giving…good golf instruction. The best of everything else doesn’t matter as much if a good base of fundamentals and understanding of that person’s golf swing isn’t there.

The Academy of Golf Dynamics has earned a reputation as one of the best golf schools in the country since 1982. We offer individualized instruction at one of the best practice facilities in the country. These are just a couple of reasons thousands of golfers have trusted their golf games with us over the years. Give us a call today at 1(800) 879-2008 or Contact Us via email. We are located at 45 Club Estates Parkway in Austin, Texas.

Finding Your Best Putting Grip Pressure For Golfing

There are many things in golf that are set in stone such as teeing off behind the markers, tapping down spike marks being prohibited and Luke Donald is a great bunker player, to name a few. There are also things in golf that are personal preference. These preferences include the speed at which you swing the club, what kind of clubs you use and whether or not you still pick Tiger in your “majors” pool at the office.

One of the most important things in the personal preference category is putting grip pressure. There have been great putters who have gripped their putter firm, some who have used a medium pressure and some that preferred a light pressure. What grip pressure should you use when holding the putter? Well, that’s completely up to you. Let’s look at some examples of each and how their choice affected their putting strokes. What grip pressure you use when putting is purely up to the individual. We are going to show you how to find the one that works best for you.

Firm putting grip pressure

Typically, golf players with firmer grip pressures tend to have a little quicker tempo to their stroke. Examples would be Tom Watson, Lee Trevino, Brandt Snedeker and Aaron Baddeley. Keep in mind, they may not have gripped the putter “tight”, but their grip pressures tend to be a little firmer than most players. All three of these golf players have very quick tempo and their grip pressure plays a significant role in this aspect. Don’t make the mistake of thinking your tempo when putting has to be slow. All three of these golf players are considered great putters. Some people might hesitate to put Tom Watson on the “great putters” list because of his putting struggles later in his golfing career. However, make no mistake about it, no one wins 8 major championships without being a great putter.

Medium putting grip pressure

Golf players that have a medium grip pressure when they putt tend to have more of a medium pace to their stroke. Players that fall into this category would be Tiger Woods, Billy Casper, Brad Faxon and Annika Sorenstam. Billy Casper is considered by many to be the best putter of all time. His stroke was a little more wristy, like many golf players of his era. However, Tiger, Faxon and Annika keep their wrists very quiet during their strokes while still keeping their arms and shoulders very relaxed.

Light putting grip pressure

Golf players with light grip pressure when they putt tend to have a slower tempo. Great putters in this category would be Jack Nicklaus, Ben Crenshaw, David Toms, Loren Roberts and Larry Mize. Super relaxed over the golf ball would be just one way to describe these great putters. These are the players who tend to have the “best looking” strokes. Watching these golf players putt is much like listening to Patsy Cline sing a song…it just doesn’t get much better. Nicklaus is the one exception here. He tended to have a quicker pace to his stroke and didn’t exactly look relaxed over the golf ball. However, when analyzing Nicklaus’ putting stroke, just see: “18 majors”.

Nicklaus usually gripped the putter light, but Lou Graham said Nicklaus had one of the best runs in golf when he gripped the putter real tight. What this tells us is that from time to time, you can modify your putting grip pressure as long as you keep it consistent during your round of golf.

Often times a golf player’s personality will affect the tempo of his or her stroke as well. Someone who has quick or fast mannerisms (talk, walk, drive a car, etc…) will tend to have a quicker pace than someone who does those things a little slower.

How to decide which putting grip pressure is best for you

The best way for you to figure out which works best for you is to get on the practice putting green and try different grip pressures. Hit some putts with a light grip pressure, some with a medium grip pressure and some with a firm grip pressure. You might even find you putt best when you are somewhere in between. Rate your grip pressure on a scale of 1-10, with 1 being the lightest and 10 being the firmest. Once you have found your ideal grip pressure, attach a number to it. That way you always have a form of reference to go to.

You should try to let your tempo set itself. Let your grip pressure and the speed of your mannerisms dictate the speed at which you swing the putter so it is as natural as possible. Remember, it doesn’t matter what speed you swing the putter. A good putter is always comfortable when putting. Doing something that doesn’t come natural will get in the way of being comfortable. The bottom line is that a good putting stroke is a stroke that makes putts.

The next time you struggle with your putting, it might not be because of your stroke mechanics. You might just be holding your putter with the wrong grip pressure. For more information about golf and golfing techniques, contact The Academy of Golf Dynamics. Give us a call today at 1(800) 879-2008 or Contact Us via email. We are located at 45 Club Estates Parkway in Austin, Texas.