Golf Tips

By: Dana Johnson

Dana Johnson has been a member of the Canadian PGA since 1991, and is currently the Director of Golf at the North Battleford Golf and Curling Club

What is Bounce Angle on Wedges?

September 12, 2017 - 9:37am

You will often hear golf coaches and equipment fitters refer to bounce in wedges but what is it and how does it help. Well, the bounce angle refers to the relationship between the leading edge and the sole of your wedge.

If you hold your wedge out in front of you so the shaft is perpendicular to the ground you will notice that the back of the sole sits lower to the ground than the leading edge. If you drew a horizontal line through the leading edge of the wedge and then another line along the angle of the sole, the difference between these two is your bounce angle.

How To Create Lag for More Power

August 28, 2017 - 9:34am

One of the ways in which Tour players hit the ball such impressive distances is by maintaining their wrist cock on the down swing. This is known as lag.

Pro’s are able to delay this wrist uncocking in the downswing because they know they will be able to square the clubface quickly to strike crisp, straight shots.

What many amateurs do is start their downswing by opening the shoulders first. This causes the angle of the wrists, and the club, to be released early, something you might have heard referred to as casting.

What is the Right Ball Position for your Hybrids

August 21, 2017 - 9:33am

Your hybrid is an important club, especially in the winter. The extra weight behind the ball will help from a host of different lies but should you be thinking of them like irons or fairway woods? What is the right ball position for hybrids? This depends on the lie. Here’s how to approach this crucial part of the game.

The basic principle is that there is no set ball position for hybrids.

Weight Distribution in the Golf Swing

August 1, 2017 - 9:47am

In general, where your club goes, your weight should follow. On the backswing, your weight should shift to your back foot, helping to create a proper, balanced turn.

There are several different theories about weight transfer, but most instructors will agree that properly transferring your weight is a fundamental component of an effictive backswing.

It is important for all golfers to realise that the weight distribution at the address position should be different depending on whether you are using and iron or a wood.

Thin Iron Shots Causes and Cures

July 19, 2017 - 9:59am

The thin shot is almost always a mistake that stems from an issue with your posture.

In my experience, it happens when your pelvis moves towards the ball on the downswing – often it starts at the end of a long range session when you start to get tired and all too often it quickly gets grooved into your game.

This move leads to your shoulders rising which lifts the arc of the swing and the clubface catches the ball on the equator.

There are plenty of other causes for golfers hitting thin shots. One of the main ones is “the chicken wing”.

Impact Position

July 7, 2017 - 8:58am

What we’re talking about is the area – the hitting area if you like – that passes through impact. During this phase of the swing it’s important to understand how you should be releasing, what you should be releasing, and why.

The most important elements are the angles in the wrists and the right elbow, and your forearm rotation through impact, and indeed beyond, as club and ball travel together for a few milliseconds and you can still influence the ball in that split second.

Common mistakes

Wedge Distance Control

June 27, 2017 - 9:22am

Try these wedge distance control tips if you often struggle to hit your wedge shots close and you lack consistency from inside 100 yards.

You’re already on the back foot against fellow golfers if you don’t have a club between your sand wedge and pitching wedge.

This gap of around nine degrees will make it very difficult to control shots between 50 and 100 yards.

Putting in another wedge of around 52 degrees between the two (commonly known as a gap or approach wedge) will give you far more options and better control.

Wedge Distance Control

June 6, 2017 - 9:19am

Try these wedge distance control tips if you often struggle to hit your wedge shots close and you lack consistency from inside 100 yards.

You’re already on the back foot against fellow golfers if you don’t have a club between your sand wedge and pitching wedge.

This gap of around nine degrees will make it very difficult to control shots between 50 and 100 yards.

Putting in another wedge of around 52 degrees between the two (commonly known as a gap or approach wedge) will give you far more options and better control.

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