Ah ha moments for girls perfecting their golf game.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Let the Club do the Work

Well, my husband taught me an interesting thing at the driving range last week. I was having trouble with my irons, as usual - they're not my favourite clubs. (Give me my driver any day....)

So what he said to me was this:

Let the club do the work!
Don't use your arm muscles!
Feel the weight of the iron!
Let the weight of the iron hit the ball!

Then he asked me to take a few continuous swings back and forth to feel the weight of the iron. Then he told me to close my eyes and repeat this action. Then I had to simulate the full swing without using my muscles, just the weight of the iron. Gradually he told me to incorporate my hip rotation into the swing to increase my power.

After I did this for a while, I found myself being able to successfully hit the ball with each one of my irons. I was thrilled!!!!!! Can't wait to now go out on the course and show off my new skill.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Practise. Practise. Practise.

Like anything, the more you visit the driving range and practise your shots, the better your golf will be. We all know this, but why don't we do it???

Last week I was dragged to the driving range by my husband/golf mentor with the promise of a Japanese lunch, offered as an incentive after hitting 100 balls. Diligently I divided my balls into 10 groups of 10. Then, before I did anything else, I warmed up and stretched for a good 10 minutes. I knew that if I didn't, I would pay for it later....then I started with my sand wedge and hit 10 balls. After that, I went through each of my four irons, two hybrids and three woods. I kept notes on how far I could hit with each club. I also tried to make sure to set up properly and hit each shot as if I were on the course. By the time I got to my driver, I was feeling quite proud of myself! That Japanese lunch was going to taste delicious!

Maybe that's the trick: promise yourself a small reward each time you visit the driving range.