St. Andrews Golf Course
It is important that we have the proper stance to help create a firm balanced base. It is vital that we maintain proper balance throughout the golf swing.
- Stand up parallel to the ball with your feet shoulder width apart.
- Your weight should be evenly distributed between your heels and the balls of your feet.
- The weight should feel like it rests right in the middle of your feet.
- Your weight should also be fairly balanced between your right and left feet.
- The golf ball should be resting in the middle of your stance.
- To position the upper body correctly you must have the proper stance as described above.
- Once at address you should slightly bend at the waist until the bottom of your sternum points at the ball.
- Tilt your spine slightly allowing your back shoulder to be lower than your front shoulder (this should naturally occur when you grip the club).
It is critical that you align you body and aim your clubface correctly in relation to the target. If you make a good golf swing but are aiming incorrectly you will hit the ball in the wrong direction. To aim correctly:
- Stand about three feet behind the golf ball and select a spot on the target line no more than a few feet in front of the ball. The target line is an imaginary line that connects the golf ball to your intended target.
- When you have selected your spot, walk up to the ball with your eyes looking at that spot and place the clubface behind the golf ball facing the spot and target.
- Make sure to keep looking at the target as you set your feet the correct width and take your proper address position.
The grip is one of the key fundamentals to a good golf game. Without a proper grip it is very difficult to attain the most out of your golf game.
- While standing up straight, hold the club up in front of your body at a 45-degree angle with your trail hand on the shaft just above the grip.
- With your target hand, simply shake hands with the grip (placing grip of club diagonally across base fingers).
- Slide the trail hand down the shaft of the club so the target hand thumb fits into the lifeline of the trail hand. At this point the target hand thumb is being covered up with the thumb pad of the trail hand.
- Pressure: Hold the golf club firmly, but do not squeeze.
The two main factors in putting are distance control and direction. Distance control is usually determined by one of two things: feel or technique. Feel players can usually look at the length of a putt and know right away much power is takes to achieve a good putt just by instinct. Technique based players will determine the length of a putt then determine how much or long of a stroke they must take to achieve a good putt.
Direction of a putt is determined by the where the clubface of the putter is pointing at impact of the putt. Direction is best achieved by picking out an imaginary line on the green, in which, if the ball is struck on that line, the ball will end up in the bottom of the cup. Once that line is envisioned, you need to find a target nearest to your current ball location (I like old ball marks, discoloration of the green, or anything else you can find) along that line. Once that target is located, line the ball and putter towards that target. (Many golf balls have a line drawn on the golf ball by the manufacture, if not; draw a straight line on your golf ball to help aid in this process.)
Gripping the putter is much different than the grip for other clubs. To me, there is no wrong way to grip a putter, as long as you can keep the putter lined up properly through impact. The most important thing in putting is achieve a square putter face through impact. Square is defined as not differentiating that line you set toward the target. Once all of this is achieved, make a great stroke and sink that putt!