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Golf Lessons at Llantrisant & Pontyclun Golf Club

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To improve your golf game, it’s vital that you take golf lessons. Golf is a sport that is almost impossible to learn without some sort of guidance. Luckily, there are golf experts around the country whose job it is to teach golf. By taking golf lessons, you can drastically improve your game in a relatively short amount of time. Taking golf lessons can be an expensive, time-consuming effort. And like any good or service that will cost money and require time, you should be careful before you buy.  Golf can be a really costly game to play and it is reasonable to assume that you have invested a fair amount of money in your equipment – golf clubs, golf bag, golf balls, golf clothing, golf cart etc; – therefore doesn’t it make common sense for you to learn how to use them to their advantage and improve your skills and capabilities?

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Dave Pelz’s Putting Bible – golf’s least understood skill.

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If you feel your hair brushing against the wall you know your head moved.

Body Motion

I discussed body motion in Chapters 3 and 4 mentioning that I often see poor putters turning and sliding their bodies during the stroke. Body motion is harmful because (in addition to adding unwanted power) it influences the putter’s face angle. Your upper body shoulders arms hands and putter are all taking a free ride on your lower body so when your hips rotate everything above them rotates too. In Figure 12.5.3 you can see what happens when I lock my arms and putter to

Improve Your Stroke Mechanics 295 will show if your head moves during your stroke. my chest then rotate my hips around the axis of my spine: My arms and hands didn’t do anything yet the putter moved and rotated.

The subconscious very often is aware of body movement so it compensates slowing the hands and arms so the ball won ‘t roll too far. That might he an acceptable compensation except that body motion is neither repeatable nor consistent so the subconscious doesn’t know what to expect from one putt to the next.

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The Long Drive Bible: How You Can Hit the Ball Longer, Straighter, and More Consistently

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All that said it’s easier to three-putt a downhiller than an uphill putt of the same length. The reason is speed: Downhill putts require a more delicate touch to control rolling speed. If you stop and think about that (which I’ll bet you never have) it’s pretty obvious. But obvious isn’t factual and obvious doesn’t give you a sense of the severity of the problem. So look at Figure 2.6.2 which shows how far five balls on a flat green will roll when putted with perfect-length backswings made with a pendulum stroke to produce putts of 3 6 9 12 and 15 feet. Of course they roll 3 6 9 12 and 15 feet. Using my True Roller I can produce the same release energies for putts of 3 6 9 12 and 15 feet. In both series of putts the spread of distances between the shortest and longest ball is 12 feet (15 feet – 3 feet).

The True Roller

Years ago I created the True Roller a simple ramp device to control the direction and speed of simulated putts (a 1978 photo is shown below). It turns out to be one of the most useful devices I’ve come up with for rolling balls and testing on the greens.

The first True Roller was eight feet long and very cumbersome but later versions have included laser-aiming attachments refined ball-release mechanisms and a level to ensure that the release ramp is always perfectly vertical and releasing balls in a straight line (Figure 2.6.4). The original intent of the True Roller was to simulate putts near the end of their rolls because the initial release of a ball differed from the initial roll of the putted balls (putts start out slightly lofted and sliding along the grass whereas the ball is already rolling as it leaves the True Roller). However after we tested and calibrated the True Roller to simulate putts we found no essential differences in putting results between balls putted versus those released from the True Roller.

You will see many balls and test results from balls rolled from the True Roller in this book. Remember that the True Roller is simply starting each ball in a given direction at the given speed. And that is what putting is all about.

Look next at the top of Figure 2.6.5 which shows how far the same five balls will roll on an uphill putt (released from the True Roller each with the same energy as before). The uphill putts stop closer together (the distance between the longest and shortest balls is 7.5 feet) indicating that on uphill putts balls tend to roll closer to the same distance. This means the roll of an uphill putt is less sensitive to the length of the stroke than putts on a level surface. The lesson is that even if you don’t hit all of your uphill putts the right speed be sure to get them past the hole.

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The “Simple Golf” Swing: “Golf for the Rest of Us”

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The completed grip with both “V” shapes pointed toward the right shoulder. Note the “V” shapes are parallel with each other.Hopefully, you already have a grip that closely resembles this one. There are some slight variations, but this grip is standard for the most part. It should produce the best results. However, if you have a different grip than this, and you are more comfortable using it, you may continue using it. A grip is hard to change, and this one may feel really uncomfortable to you; however, benefits will come if you embrace this new grip. The “Simple Golf Swing” will most likely provide to you the desired results, even if you use your current grip. However, if you are still having problems when you get through the system, please incorporate the above grip method into your swing.

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