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

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.

Golf Ball Striking Drills

May 15, 2017 - 8:54am

As with most issues in the golf swing, poor strikes usually stem from mistakes at address. The number one fault to beware of is setting the ball too far forward at address. This causes your hands to be too far back, encouraging a ‘ground-first’ strike. So before we move onto the golf ball striking drills, check your ball position. The other issue to look out for is your posture fiundamentals. I see so many amateurs with an unathletic, lazy postures which makes a good strike almost impossible.

What Loft of Driver Should I Use?

May 1, 2017 - 9:29am

It’s a frequently asked question and one that will vary from person to person and depend on a number of factors that could get very technical and in-depth. While things like launch angle, dynamic loft and impact location are important and play a role in deciding the best loft for you, we’re going to try and keep it simple. Ultimately, there’s no substitute for going to see your local pro and have a hit on a launch monitor to assess your swing properly.

A Beginners Guide to Sand Play

October 3, 2016 - 10:06am

As with every other area of the game, quality shots stem from good foundations at address, this is a principle you will see repeated throughout our beginners golf guide, and I really want to stress this point in my beginners guide to bunker play. One of the most common mistakes I see is people setting up very open with their feet, hips and shoulders aiming well left of the target. This promotes a steep angle of attack that causes you to dig the club into the sand through impact. Often the speed in the head gets lost and the ball fails to clear the lip.

Why Do I Pull My Iron Shots?

September 12, 2016 - 11:04am

Aim check

If you have been asking yourself, why do I pull iron shots, it’s a fairly obvious place to start but you must examine your own alignment. It’s easy to make mistakes here without noticing so lay down some alignment sticks in practice. Make sure that your clubface is pointing at your target and that your feet, hips and shoulders are parallel to your ball to target line.  Get into the habit of doing this is absolutely essential and if you spend any time watching tour players on television you’ll spot the best players are doing it too!

Ball position check

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