Welcome to the first Academy Blog of 2013. I hope you all had a good Christmas and New Year and you are looking forward to a new golfing season. 2012 is going to be a hard act to follow but I think it could be a great year for golf. This is the time of year to be making resolutions and golfers seem to make more than their fair share. To putt better, to hit the ball further, to lose the slice, to lower the handicap are all common goals at the start of the year. I have a simple resolution for you if you want to achieve any and all of these things. Make it your goal in 2013 to hit EVERY shot from the perfect start position. Learn to produce the perfect posture, alignment, grip and ball position for every shot you hit and every part of your game WILL improve. Worry a little less about your swing and a lot more about your set-up, it’s the ONLY way to play more consistently.
I want to start 2013 with one of the most important lessons you can learn in golf. It is a fact that, with the exception of the Driver and Putter you must obey a key golf law to hit the ball into the air.
We must hit the ball down to make it fly up
Anytime the ball is on the ground we must obey this golf law, whether it is a full shot, a chip or a pitch. If you try to hit the ball up, lifting the ball or trying to get the club underneath the ball you will be left hitting a combination of fat or duffed shots with thinned or topped shots. Consistent ball striking demands you hit the ball down not up. The downward strike creates backspin on the ball which combined with the loft on the club produces the correct trajectory or flight. The correct downswing sequence creates this downward blow, striking the ball first then turf with the divot appearing forwards of the centre of the stance. This week’s video explains how to create the correct downward strike and demonstrates a great practice drill to help you feel the correct movement.
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2013 will be an exciting year for us here as we continue to produce videos to help your golf as well as launching the academy membership which will provide a library of videos, much more in depth instruction as well as the opportunity to have your own golf swing analysed and the lesson delivered directly to your PC.