Bad Takeaways Can Lead To Bad Golf Swings

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Bad Takeaways Can Lead To Bad Golf Swings

 

Staying connected is a major source of power in the golf swing.  We usually see two different faults that can cause you problems with connection and they both are rooted in the takeaway.  Both can rob you from solid contact and power.

The first of these faults is shown below.  The path of the club on the right shows a takeaway that is way above the desired line of the backswing.  This usually leads to lifting of the body on the backswing, sometimes a reverse spine angle, and lack of rotation of the shoulders and torso.  From this position at the top, without a serious re-routing of the club, tends to lead the player to bring the club back down on the same very steep “over the top” path.   Making for non-solid golf shots and a ball that travels off line.

The next fault we often see is a disconnection of the upper lead arm and hands on the takeaway.  A “handsy” takeaway that leads the club too far under the plane line on the backswing.  This also causes a lack of rotation of the shoulders because the lead arm is running into the torso to quickly.  The trail arm needs enough space on the downswing.  Without creating that space on the takeaway, you are doomed from the start.  This can also lead to a “over the top” motion.

Above is a video where Mike describes a drill that will help you get that club started on the right path and keep you connected.

Thanks for watching and please comment below.

Mike Fay

Mike Fay

PGA Director of Instruction

With over 25 years of teaching experience, it's easy to see why Mike has become a leader in the world of golf instruction. Everything from cutting edge social networking techniques to having his own podcast, Mike has helped to change the face of teaching golf.  He currently is the Director of Player Performance at the Boyne Golf Academy in Harbor Springs, Michigan.

Email:  mike@mikefaygolf.com

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Better Impact Equals Better Shots

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Better Impact Equals Better Golf Shots

 

How good does it feel to be in a great impact position?  I say it feels like hitting ice cream.  Soft but heavy, very sweet!  In this video Mike describes what it feels like to be in a great impact position.  He offers one of his best drills to get you there!

Please comment below!  Thanks for watching!

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Fairway Bunker Shots

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Fairway Bunker Shots 

 

In this video, Mike discusses the finer points of hitting fairway bunker shots.

Mike’s Rules For Hitting Fairway Bunker Shots

  1.  Use a club with enough loft to get the ball out of the bunker.  Make sure you get it out!

  2.  Take one extra golf club.  So if you determine that you are 7-iron distance away, take a 6-iron.

  3. Set-Up:  Make sure you hit the golf ball first.  Have a wider base to stabilize the legs and play the ball a little bit back in your stance.   Limit the leg motion for a better strike.

Hopefully these tips will help you hit your bunker shots better.

Mike Fay

Mike Fay

PGA Director of Instruction

With over 25 years of teaching experience, it's easy to see why Mike has become a leader in the world of golf instruction. Everything from cutting edge social networking techniques to having his own podcast, Mike has helped to change the face of teaching golf.  He currently is the Director of Player Performance at the Boyne Golf Academy in Harbor Springs, Michigan.

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How To Aim A Golf Shot

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How To Aim A Golf Shot

 

Golf is a side-on game. You stand to the side of the golf ball. In order to have a chance to hit the ball at your intended target, you have to be aiming relatively parallel to it. In the following video, Mike discusses how to improve your aim. He also discusses the importance of a pre-shot routine, the basis for good aiming.
Mike Fay

Mike Fay

PGA Director of Instruction

With over 25 years of teaching experience, it's easy to see why Mike has become a leader in the world of golf instruction. Everything from cutting edge social networking techniques to having his own podcast, Mike has helped to change the face of teaching golf.  He currently is the Director of Player Performance at the Boyne Golf Academy in Harbor Springs, Michigan.

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Staying Centered

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Staying Centered

 

Staying centered is very important to your golf swing.  Moving too much laterally can cause a multitude of problems.  First off, moving your swing center causes the bottom of your swing to be too far behind or in front of the ball.  I usually see two major faults that cause this to happen.

The first fault is ball position.  For example, if the ball position is too far behind where it should be, the player usually moves the upper body too far over the rear foot in an attempt to get behind the ball.  At times this causes the lead arm to run into the chest too soon and the lead elbow to bend.  A major power leak which can lead to casting the club. 

The second major fault I often see is the lateral motion of the hips.  The hips should turn and not slide on the backswing.  Sliding can cause many problems with weight shift.  It’s nearly impossible to get back to a proper impact position.  Most times it causes poor contact.

So stay centered and keep your hips and head between the lines! 

Please comment below!

Mike Fay

Mike Fay

PGA Director of Instruction

With over 25 years of teaching experience, it's easy to see why Mike has become a leader in the world of golf instruction. Everything from cutting edge social networking techniques to having his own podcast, Mike has helped to change the face of teaching golf.  He currently is the Director of Player Performance at the Boyne Golf Academy in Harbor Springs, Michigan.

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Get Your Knuckles Down….

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Get Your Knuckles Down

 

One common problem I see with beginning golfers is topping golf shots.  Here’s why….

When a golf ball is topped one of three things happened:

  1. You have come out of your posture through the swing and you are now above the ball.
  2. The bottom of your swing has moved behind the ball and by the time you get to the ball, you are above it.
  3. Your hands are not ahead of the ball at impact.

Try this…..

Through impact, feel like you turn your bottom hand knuckles to the ground at impact.  Make sure your hands are ahead of the ball at the same time.  These two things should get you hitting the ball better.

Mike Fay

Mike Fay

PGA Director of Instruction

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Golf Match Play-Think A Different Way

Golf Match Play-Think A Different Way   Playing match play golf has been around for centuries.  With a handicap system to equal the field, just about anyone can beat anyone on any given day. That's what makes it so...

Dustin Johnson Victorious Despite Rules Controversy

  After several near misses, Dustin Johnson finally closed the deal and won the 2016 US Open at Oakmont Country Club.  Added to the pressure of trying to win the US Open was a possible penalty lingering over his head...

Does Your Ball Marker Size Matter?

Does Your Ball Marker Size Matter? A current fad in golf is to mark one’s golf ball with a poker chip or a poker chip sized ball marker. This brought up an interesting question with regards to “size” or “type” of...

What Is A Caddie’s Responsibility Under The Rules of Golf?

In this post we discuss what a caddie's responsibility is under the rules of golf.  Rule 6, The Player, is one of the Rules that deals with a players responsibilities during a stipulated round of golf.  Rule 6-1...

The Origins of The Masters Theme Song

The Origins of the Masters Theme Song So where did the Masters theme song come from?  That iconic music you hear every year around Masters time.  So soothing and peaceful. Makes you think of azaleas, beautiful green...

Anchored Stroke

For those using the anchored putting stroke, it is getting to the end of the line for you to use this type of stroke. As you may remember, when golf's ruling bodies, the USGA and R&A, announced the ban on anchored...

Better Distance Control On Wedge Shots

Better Distance Control On Wedge Shots   One of the things I am often asked is:  "How do I get better distance control on wedge shots?" At Boyne Mountain Resort we have installed Northern Michigan's first Wedge Range....

Play Faster Golf

Play Faster Golf   A movement across America in the last several years has been finding ways to play faster golf.  One of the main reasons why golf has been on the decline lately is because people don't feel they can...

Refusal To Look For Original Ball

While working a stroke play tournament this summer I was called over by a  player to make a ruling.  At a par - 4 hole, Player A hit his second shot into a dense thicket behind the green.  Since the ball may be lost,...

Use The Tee Drill For Better Chipping

Better Chipping |  Use The Tee Drill   In this video Mike Fay shows you a great drill to help you with your short game.  This video was featured on Mike Fay Golf Live. Bad short game shots could be the most frustrating...

Hitting The Center Of The Golf Club Face

Hitting The Center Of The Clubface   Until the past several years we really didn't know how important hitting your golf ball on the center of the golf club face really was.  Through the magic of technology, we now know...

Club Replacement & Normal Course Of Play

Club Replacement and Normal Course of Play During the second round of play of the 2015 WGC - Cadillac Championship a frustrated Rory McIlroy hurled a golf club into the water in anger, playing the remainder of the...

How To Take Relief From Immovable Obstructions

How To Take Relief From Immovable Obstructions In the Rules of Golf an obstruction is a movable obstruction if it can be moved without unreasonable effort, without unduly delaying play and without causing damage. ...

The Use Of The Provisional Ball Rule

  The Use Of A Provisional Ball This is the next in the Playing By The Rules Video Series.  Mike and Frank discuss the proper way of using a provisional ball.   We discuss what the rule states and how to go about it...

What Is Meant By Testing The Conditions of a Golf Hazard?

In this latest article Frank discusses the dos and don't when pertaining to golf hazards.  Rule 13-4 Ball in Hazard; Prohibited Actions states: "Except as provided in the Rules, before making a stroke at a ball that is...

Where Does The Term Birdie Come From?

Where Does The Term Birdie Come From? We all love making birdies.  Who doesn't right?  But did you know the origin of the term?  Well, in golf history standards the term birdie isn't that old at all. Atlantic City...

How To Repair A Ball Mark

How To Repair A Ball Mark   The USGA has released a great video about repairing ball marks we wanted to share with you.  In the following video, find out why it's important to fix a ball mark and why doing it...

Factors of Controlling Golf Ball Spin

Factors Of Controlling Golf Ball Spin   We all watch the pros on TV and think:  How did they get that golf ball to stop so fast?  How about back up? What makes that golf ball spin so much? Making the ball spin is cool,...

Losing Golf Balls In Leaves

Losing a golf ball in the leaves can be frustrating and it is that time of the year when the leaves are falling and it can become difficult for you to find your golf ball due to the accumulation of leaves.  The...

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