Improving your short game

Back to basics
For many members, finding clean crisp contact feels nearly impossible. Choose a less lofted club (8 Iron) and use your putter grip. Stand closer to the ball with a narrow stance.

Tempo
Too often I see golfers taking back too fast and when they start going forward towards impact, they slow down. Make a smooth back swing and accelerate through impact.

Length of swing
Keep it short. The longer your backswing is the more you can hinge your wrists. Keep it simple, keep it short.

Chipping Hybrid

Hybrid or Wood
Do not forget to practice chipping with your hybrid or woods. Take your putting setup and remember that the ball comes off the clubface a little bit faster. I see putter being used too often from far away, practice with you longer clubs.

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Thinus Keller
PGA Head Golf Professional

Hitting your driver further

Everyone would like to hit their driver further. There are many changes we could make to your golf swing, however I would like to discuss angle of attack. This is very often overlooked and the effect of having the wrong angle of attack could mean huge distance loss.

Angle of attack could be described as the upward or downward movement of the clubhead at the moment of maximum compression. Angle of attack is measured relative to the horizon. Shots hit off the ground should have a negative attack angle in order to optimize the trajectory.

Angle of attack

To maximize distance with your driver, hitting up on the ball, positive attack angle, is a must. You will reduce backspin on the golf ball if you pay attention to your angle of attack.

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Thinus Keller
PGA Head Golf Professional

Tired of Fading

Most players fade the golf ball, and they wish they could draw it. Firstly, I would like to tell you that there is nothing wrong with hitting a fade. Trust me, a draw can also become a nightmare.

What we need is to limit the amount of curve we put on the ball. The first step is to understand the problem. A fade ball flight is created when the club head swings across the ball from outside to inside with a club face open to the swing path (but still closed to the target). This assumes that you made good contact in the centre of the club face…because hitting the ball on the inside (or nearest side to you) of the club face can also contribute to a fade. Most golfers that are fading the ball are afraid of right hand side of the golf course.

The fade can be difficult for many golfers to fix because in order to avoid hitting the ball to the right, you actually have to swing more out to the right. What you think is swinging down the line toward the target is actually swinging to the left. To get you to swing down the line in reality, you may have to feel like you’re swinging well to the right. This can be very scary!

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I urge you to go to the range and practice swinging to the right of the target. Pick your target and look at where the ball starts. Look at your divots, if your divot is pointing to the left of your target it means you are swinging in that direction.

Thinus Keller
PGA Head Golf Professional
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Driver Testing

Golf equipment has advanced throughout the years.  The technology available today is very exciting and you are able to buy a better game.  I was sent the below picture by our member Chris Roberts. Thousands of people are working on making the game easier and ultimately fun for everyone.

Golf Driver testing

Picture Credit: Heath Robinson

Bunker Shots

Bunkers

One of the main reasons I see golfers struggle with bunker shots is down to the set-up they use before making their swing. Too often I see the shaft leaning forward and the hands too high at address. The sand iron is designed to work differently to other irons in the bag and this set-up doesn’t allow it to work effectively.

Bunkers

So lower your hands at address, make sure the ball is positioned forward in your stance, the weight is mainly on your left side and the butt of your club points towards your belly button. Make a normal, smooth swing, keeping your weight on the left side throughout, hitting the sand 2 - 3 cm or so behind the ball and completing your follow through as you finish forward towards the target.

Accelerate through the shot.  Too often I see players trying to hit a bunker shot but they do not have any speed going through the ball.  The club needs to hit the sand hard... it is momentum that carrries the ball out of the bunker.  Practice this regularly and you will develop feel for the distance the ball travels.

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See you on the practice tee!

Thinus Keller
PGA Head Golf Professional