From the Fairway…
by David Wilding, PGA
When to Keep the Driver in the Bag
Removing the driver and hitting a 3-Wood on a tight driving hole is a very common practice, but is not a guaranteed success. When making this decision, consider the length of the hole. If using a 3-wood leaves you more than a 6 or 7-iron, then taking the risk and hitting a driver, might be the play. Often times by hitting it in the rough, you will be closer to the hole. What to consider when making this decision would be hazards and where they are located. So therefore where is the best place to miss a shot and you can easily recover.
Finishing the Golf Swing
Golfers tend to overlook the finish as a way of checking their golf swings. It can tell a lot about what happened, especially on your tee shots. Look for these keys: (for right handed golfers) Your right shoulder should be closer to your target than your left shoulder. This keeps a constant rotation throughout the swing. Almost all of your weight should be on your front foot. The shaft should be angled diagonally across the back of your head and neck, not hanging down your back or sticking up. Lastly, you should always try and hold your finish. Imagine you have a camera on your belt buckle that should be taking a picture of your intended target.
The Keeping Your Head Still Myth
Once common misnomer around the golf course and when playing with fellow amateurs is hearing the words, keep your head still. What everyone should be saying…keep your eyes on the golf ball. In a golf swing the head is going to move slightly. The more your try to keep it from moving, the more rigid and stiff the golf swing becomes. So instead, think…keep your eyes on the ball.