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

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

Hole 6 Foot Putts

August 26, 2016 - 9:06am

Are you missing too many crucial par putts or do you often miss on the low side of the hole?

Six-foot putts are crucial, because if you can regularly hole these you’ll maintain your momentum.

This drill is designed to help you groove a better stroke, while also gaining a feel for how subtle breaks can affect short putts.

The Ball Position Basics

August 1, 2016 - 10:15am

Are you catching too many shots fat or thin or struggling to find the optimal ball flight?

Try these Ball Position Basics with the simple rule about ball position is this: the longer the club, the further forward in your stance the ball should be at address. However, for consistently good strikes, your ball position needs to be correct in relation to where your upper body is set.

If you have issues pulling iron shots, these tips will explain perfectly why your ball position could be to blame.

Shanking Cures

July 4, 2016 - 10:28am

Are you regularly hitting shanks with your irons or do you strike the ball from the heel of the club?

If shanks have been killing your scores, then don’t worry. Usually the cause is a relatively minor fault that can be resolved. There are a host of possible causes of the shank but in my experience it usually stems from the takeaway – the drill below is for you if you suffer with the odd shank your usual shot shapes from left to right in the air.