There are probably at least a few things you’re doing on the green that you may not even be aware are affecting your game. Here are some minor tactics to see some quick and drastic changes.
YOUR LOFT IS OFF
Just because your favorite pro golfer uses a specific loft or driver doesn’t mean it will be right for you. A good loft is designed to, first-and-foremost, maximize your distance. The average driver on the market ranges between a 4 ad 20-degree loft. In order to determine what loft will benefit your game the most, you should do a few things. First, estimate the speed in which you swing your driver and what club you use to hit a 150-yard shot. If it’s a 6-iron, the club head speed for a driver is generally between 84-95 miles per hour. If it’s a 7-iron, it will be between slightly more, around 95-104 mph, and so on. Next, try out a club based on the speed test you’ve just conducted. For those of you whose club head speeds below 85 mph, your loft angle should be between 14-20 degrees. If your speed is 130 mph or more, try a loft between 4-7 degrees. Last, compare how the drivers within your correct loft range feel. You’d be surprised how tiny alterations on this topic can improve your game in a big way.
BECOME A SPIN DOCTOR
It’s no doubt a challenge to put a good spin on those wedge shots, but in order to even have a chance at doing so, you’ve got to have the right equipment and technique. First, make sure your club isn’t too heavy for your body weight, because you should be keeping your weight on your front leg with your upper body leaning toward the target. Check your impact position in the mirror. Your left wrist should be ahead of the ball, and the shaft should be angled toward the target. Your right back knee is ideally pointing ahead of the ball. Ultimately, the clubface should hit the ball first, then the turf.
Ah, the grip. The only part of a club that comes in direct contact with a player’s hands. It’s no secret that finding the right grip is one of the most important elements of the game. Many mechanical errors a golfer makes actually stems from this very issue. Players are used to custom club fittings, but too often the grip is overlooked. For some players, a simple hand measurement can do the trick. For others, having a smaller or larger grip may be beneficial. If you lack strength, for example, a larger grip demands less grip pressure. It is also fairly common for female golfers to use the wrong size grip. Their options are limited by manufacturers who make mostly undersized grips on their Ladies Clubs. A smaller-than-average grip may be good for shorter women, but the grips sold and marketed directly to the ladies tend to run on the small side.