Monday, January 3, 2011

Hone your distances

“If you’ve ever wondered what magic threshold you must cross to become a first-rate player, it’s simple. You must control distance with your irons. You control distance by hitting the ball solidly and varying the length and speed of your swing. If you do that well, you become more precise, which rubs off on your direction, too.”
Johnny Miller

To become a better golfer, it's very important to know how far you hit clubs in different situations. These situations include:
  • hitting from the fairway
  • hitting from the rough
  • hitting from the bunker
  • hitting when the ball is above or below your feet
  • playing with the wind into you, behind you, or from the side
  • playing in extremely hot or cold conditions
  • playing in wet and rainy conditions
  • hitting to an elevated green
  • hitting downhill to the green
These are just a few examples of situations that arise while playing that can effect how far your shots go. As you improve, you will be able to hit full shots, 1/2 shots, 3/4 shots, knockdown shots, as well as many more.

It can be helpful to take mental note or jot down how far you hit certain clubs in specific situations. This will make it easier the next time a similar shot comes up.

The more you practice various swings in different situations, the better you will become over time and know what shot to hit when you need it.