Many casual, every other weekend, golfers just show up at the course for their designated tee time, practice swinging the club a few times, step up to the tee and whack away. Some people are naturally born to become amateur talents, and the extent of their training is to just play. For the rest of us, the ones that aren’t born with Arnold Palmer swings, we have to do something to get better. That “something” is to train, and many of us are willing to buy just about every golf training tool that is available to help us get just a little bit better.
On Chip For Par we will share every golf training tool and piece of advice that we can find. We will do our best to review them, explain them, and give you the information that you need to become a better golfer. The easiest way to find these articles tip with is to use the search bar that is located on the top right hand side of your screen. If you would like to continue reading this page though, let’s discuss the main problems that most of us experience in our game. These are the things that we can hopefully correct with golf training.
“The Problems We Have That Can Be Corrected With Training”
- Slice- Every golfer has dealt with the horrors of a slice at some point. Many of us continue to slice, even after years of playing the game. A slice is where your ball rapidly curves to the right, if you swing right handed. If you are a lefty, it curves to the right. Some of us have come so accustomed to slicing that we actually play in a way that counts on it. In other words, we will line up our drives to hit the golf ball well to the right, knowing that it will probably curve to the right and end up in the general direction that we need to be hitting towards. The problem with playing this way is that it is a distance killer. You can lose 30 or more yards in distance because you are going west to east, instead of south to north. The other problem is that you may not slice every time. If you are playing in a way that is accounting for curve, and you don’t curve, you will end up in the left side bushes or other hazards. This is a common error that so many golfers make, and it can be corrected and eliminated with proper golf training and practice.
- Hook- A hook is not as common as a slice, but it’s just as devastating (unless you are doing it on purpose). It;s the same concept as a slice, but only in reverse. Instead of the ball going from left to right (assuming that you are left handed), a hook makes the ball curve from right to left. You lose distance, can not predict where the ball will end up on the course, and you will hate the game if you hit a hook all of the time. Once again, using certain training tools and guidance can help you to eliminate the hook from your game completely.
- Topping The Ball- You’re teed up. Your friends are all watching. You have your $200 top of the line driver clenched in your hands and ready to fire. You pull back, swing through the ball, and it pops off of the tee and heads straight for the ground. You walk about 20 yards to hit your second shot, with your group doing the best they can to not laugh out loud. Welcome to the club! Instead of hitting the ball squarely in the middle, delivering all of the power from your swing to the ball, you just nicked the top of it. The net effect is a poor shot that you can outperform with a putter. This can also be fixed with proper golf training tools and teachings.
- Popup- Again, you’re all set to hit the drive of your life. You are going to hit that ball further than all of your group combined. You pull back, rotate perfectly, drive through the ball with all of your mite, and then look up at the sun to try and find the ball. Where did it go? It popped straight up and gathered some moisture from the clouds before it came falling back down about 30 yards from the tee box. Instead of hitting it squarely in the middle (in the “sweet spot”), your club hit the golf ball on the bottom, causing it to reach for the sky. As with all other golfing mistakes, you can stop popups with proper training.