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Steve Lippincott

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Steve Lippincott is the Center Manager and Director of Instruction at GolfTEC Carrollwood, having taught over 17,000 golf lessons with GolfTEC and helped more than 250 students post career bests on the GolfTEC Wall of Fame.

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Keys to Better Driving: Find more fairways with this tip for straighter drives

By Steve Lippincott 

GolfTEC has recently detailed some great tips and drills designed to help you generate more power from the tee. But what good is distance if you can’t split the fairway?

It’s time we coupled that newfound power with some killer accuracy, and a great place to start is diagnosing the pattern of your misses.


Diagnose your miss pattern for straighter drives

straighter drives miss patternVirtually all golfers form a ball flight pattern. And regardless if you struggle with missing left or right, the golf ball flight laws always provide a fact-based explanation to diagnose the cause of your shot.

So, the first step to striping it straight is understanding the data. There are a few ways to do this.

At GolfTEC, we use Foresight launch monitors to determine the shot characteristics of the ball, which provide a bulletproof analysis of the shot you felt you hit vs. the one you actually did. But, since chances are you don’t carry around a launch monitor on the course with you, I’d suggest marking your scorecard with both the starting point (in relation to the target) and curvature of your tee shots.

Diagnosis: Path too far left of target

Otherwise known as the “over-the-top” move — a premature straightening of the trail arm in the downswing that causes those ugly, out-of-control banana balls — this is one of the biggest epidemics in the amateur game we see.

Combined with a path swinging too far left of the target, this move often also leads the golfer to strike the ball with the clubface closed to the target and open to the path. This is a complementary ingredient leading to that big slice and a loss of power and accuracy.

The over-the-top move often occurs from a few misconceptions golfers carry about what they should be doing to hit good shots in the first place. A common misplaced idea is when they attempt to “clear” their hips for more distance.

Clearing the hips, or trying to drive them open through impact, often creates more of an outward path and loss of distance instead of the other way around. So I commonly prescribe this type of golfer to feel less turn or “clear” of the hips in the downswing, and instead more lateral movement of the hips toward the target.

A great swing thought to aid this is to feel as if you’re shifting weight toward your front foot in the downswing. I usually recommend the Noodle Drill to help further.

Diagnosis: Path too far right of target

Struggling with too much draw or giant pushes to the right? Less common in our GolfTEC bays is the golfer who draws the ball too much, but this shot pattern can be an equally frustrating cause of frequent provisionals and re-tees.

Opposite to the puller and slicer that swings too much to the left, the over-drawing golfer swings too far to the right. Depending on the clubface’s relationship to this far too in-to-out path, the result is often inconsistent big benders to the left or wild blocks to the right.

If this is your pattern, I usually recommend the 90-90 drill. The goal of this drill is to turn your hips and shoulders to 90 degrees (or fully facing the target) by the time the arms are parallel to the ground in the follow-through.

The image below-left shows a typical follow-through path of the over-drawer, while the image below-right shows the shaft swinging lower and more left on my torso when doing the drill. This is an indication I’m creating a path less to the right, which will alleviate my over draw and push.

Straighter Drives 90-90 Drill


Related:

Use ball flight laws to fix your slice

Why proper hip movement is crucial


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Proper hip and shoulder sway during the golf swing
Improve your shoulder and hip sway to open the door for better ball striking in 2016

By Steve Lippincott

Imagine you’re playing a round of golf and you’ve just gone through five to ten swing thoughts over the ball.Chunked golf shot

You take what feels like a smooth backswing, but when you come back down to hit it you look up to see only a giant patch of earth flying forward and no golf ball! Yep, you’ve just hit a few inches behind it for what seems like the thousandth time today, and have no idea how to stop this uncontrollable gauging into Mother Earth.

While the cure for this case of the “chunks” may seem complicated like many fixes in golf can, there’s a simple way to improve this by practicing in a doorway!

Playing golf in hot course conditionsDuring the summer months, many of us see temperatures in the 80s, 90s, and in some cases over 100 degrees! This warm weather makes for some great days out on the golf course before the colder weather rolls in. However, with the warmer weather we often see the golf course conditions dry out, changing the way your ball reacts to different situations and making it more difficult for you to get around the course. Here are a few pieces of advice for playing your best during those hottest rounds of the season.

Mental Toughness on the Golf Course

One of the most important things in winning any golf tournament, especially as stern of a test as any US Open, is to have what some call mental toughness. In the world of golf instruction, this merely means putting the task you’re trying to accomplish in front of everything else. Here are a few strategies we give to our students at GolfTEC to help them get the job done!

1. Play Your Game!!

Play-Your-GameIt’s important to know every time you tee it up what areas of your game are your strongest and what areas you tend to struggle with. When you begin to design a game plan for how to play a hole, you should play to your strengths. If you’re a strong driver of the ball, finding the areas you can hit that club are important. If your wedge game is where you feel most comfortable, then you should attack the golf course that way. For your round of golf, it doesn’t matter how Rory McIlroy or Tiger Woods would play a hole, but how YOU can play the hole to shoot the lowest score.

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Good contact, bad results featured

Picture this – you’ve waited all week to get out and play golf with your buddies.Good ball striking, bad result. It’s a perfect Saturday afternoon, and you’ve just made a beautiful strike with the ball flying high and true. Then it takes a sudden turn and winds up in the rough, in a hazard or, worst-case scenario, in someone’s backyard!

This phenomenon might seem strange to some golfers when they feel as though they have executed the swing well, the contact felt good, the ball went a good distance. So why did it curve offline? The answer may not be as elusive as you think.

Wine Valley Golf Club Par 3

Some golfers see par 3s as a challenge they must face a few times each round, however, I see par 3s as an opportunity for golfers to make a lower number than usual while maintaining or improving the momentum of a good round. Capitalizing on the opportunity presented on par 3s is the focus of this article — lets take a look at three reasons par 3s should be your favorite scoring holes and three ways to play them more effectively.

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Putting Speed

Putting SpeedSpeed in putting is often the most critical element to making more putts, and once you have the correct speed you must match it properly with the correct line. We typically rank speed over line because one controls the other, as we’ll see in the pictures below. This article is designed to give you a better understanding the necessary speed to make more putts from a critical range – 3 to 10 feet.

Let’s examine a flat 5 foot putt, and assume the ball is rolling over a 2% grade from right to left. The ball will always roll down the slope, but the longer the ball is on the slope the more effect the slope will have on the ball. In picture 1 the ball is rolling with the proper speed (roughly 12 inches past the hole), and will roll into the center of the hole. In picture 2 we increase the speed, rolling the ball 3 feet past the hole. Since the ball spends less time on the slope it will break less and requires a starting line closer to the right edge than the first one. In picture 3, we decrease the speed so the ball will just barely roll to the front edge of the hole; this ball spends the most time on the slope and requires your starting line to be aimed the furthest outside of the cup.

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Golf Technology

Gears-technologyTiger Woods’ golf swing changes have always been a point of debate. Most recently, the debate has shifted to whether or not Tiger is using technology too much and becoming too technical when he plays golf.

In working for a company that is always on the cutting edge of technology in golf instruction, it is appropriate to look at how GolfTEC coaches use biofeedback to help students simplify their swings. The aim of my lessons as a coach is to make this as simple to execute as possible while developing proper swing technique and generating more acceptable golf shots. Lets look at a sample lesson and how I use technology to simplify the swing changes for the golfer.

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Downswing Drill

One of the most frequent questions the weekend golfer has is, “how should I start my downswing?” The answer to the masses is a very clear: it depends. In this article we will discuss ways to make a downswing that will eliminate slicing and help a golfer learn how to hit a push draw with every shot.

Downswing Position 1Let’s take a look at how a golfer who plays a push draw begins the dowswing, much like PGA Tour winner Bill Haas.