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Improve Your Drives Before You Swing

Most golfers have a pre-swing routine, some kind of physical procedure to get into a ryhthm and feel comfortable. You may step up to the ball, select your target, and then get ready to swing. You may visualize your swing or try to determine how to swing based on your target, but most golfers do not take the time to think about their stance and pre-swing "settings".

Every single movement, and even how you set up your movements, will impact your swing and ultimately how you strike the ball. This is especially crucial to keep in mind when driving the ball off the tee as any errors will result in a more drastic poor shot than, say, a pitching wedge. Following are a few recommendations to think about as you approach the ball on your tee shot the next round you play. These suggestio...Read entire article

Golf Chipping Tip - Using More Than Just Your Pitching Wedge

Nothing beats having the perfect setup shot to use your pitching wedge to chip onto the green. Maybe you're 20 or 30 yards out and the pin is playing in the middle or back of the green. With a comfortable swing you can get a nice medium-high arc, hit the front of the green, and watch the ball bounce and roll within a few feet of the cup...

The above is not a common shot when approaching the green. Most golfers find themselves farther away, or with an advantegeous lie, or in a bunker, or without a direct line to the green, or any other non-perfect example. In these situations it may be better to look to other clubs than a pitching wedge to hit a more successful chip.

Take, for example, a longer shot, maybe 40 or 50 yards out. A pitching wedge would be too light of a swi...Read entire article

Tips for Reading Greens and Better Putts

Every golfer is going to encounter a number of different putts while playing a round. We have the three-footers, the ten-footers, and then the way-back-footers to contend with. Even if you have a brilliant short game you are undoubtedly going to be faced with more than just a tap-in or "gimme" on the green. Following are some tips to help you improve your green-reading ability and to shave a few extra strokes off your putting game:

- Practice greens make perfect! While maybe not entirely true, it is crucial to take some putts on the course's practice green before you start your round. If anything it will help prepare you mentally for your real putts, but it also lets you see how the course maintains and grooms its greens. Depending on the time of day you play the greens may st...Read entire article

Visualize Your Golf Swing

A golf swing is made up many different parts. Everything from your grip to your stance, and anything with your physical body, to external factors like wind and pin placement, all make up how you approach your swing. Every swing will be different somehow, and one of the challenges of golf is being able to readily adjust your swing according to the challenges faced.

It's important though to put aside for a moment before as you approach your shot all of the technical and physical motions that make up you swing. Instead try to imagine yourself swinging exactly as you need to swing for that particular shot. If you have an uphill lie, imagine yourself standing on the sloped ground and how your stance will affect your swing. Image yourself swinging before you step up the ball to mentall...Read entire article

Longer Drives - Generate More Power With Your Shoulders

So you have your accuracy under control, or at least under control enough to use a fairway wood or driver off the tee. Now what you want is more distance! On just about any hole that allows you to hit a wood off the tee, being closer to the green or pin on your second shot allows you to use a lesser club on your next shot. The lesser the club, the more control you should have when approaching the green.

There are many aspects to a golf swing that impact the distance of the ball off the tee. I will only focus one though at this time which is the amount of distance your shoulders turn on your backswing. Turning your shoulders is like winding a spring, the more you turn (obviously to a certain point) the tighter your body becomes "coiled" and the more speed and power you will b...Read entire article

Confidence or Success - Which Comes First In Your Golf Game

The game of golf is filled with emotional highs and lows. Indeed each round consists of good runs and disappointing runs when you consider how well you are hitting the ball. When you hit a good shot it can carry you on an emotional and confidence high for a few holes. Alternatively, when you hit a bad shot, all your confidence and composure can be lost. The question remains though, which comes first when you play a round of golf? Hitting a good shot (success)? Or the confidence to hit a good shot?

If you ask any golfer, they will undoubtedly tell you there are few feelings that are as good as the feeling you get when you hit a good golf shot. When you step up to the ball, go through your routine, select a target, and then hit the ball precisely where you intend, it feels almo...Read entire article

Putting - An Alternative Mental Approach

Putting is one of the most over-looked areas of the game of golf, especially for beginners. With such an emphasis on driving the ball farther and all aspects of the game that help golfers arrive closer to the green or pin, golfers often put putting on the wayside of their practice time. However, because the ball is so close to the pin, and because fewer factors determine the path of the ball (don't have to worry about arc, trajectory, lie, etc.), putting should be one of the main areas of focus for improving your golf game and taking precious strokes off your total score.

Putters themselves seem to be one of the more technical-looking clubs available. I've seen everything from flat-face putters, to belly-putters, to literally hundreds of different putter heads. I think such an...Read entire article

Tips for Better Chipping and Pitching

Chipping and pitching, otherwise known as your "short game" (minus putting), is one of the three most important areas of golf (driving and putting being the others). In order to play a successful hole, or to make up for poor driving or long iron play, you must be able to chip and pitch the ball well.

The number one rule to remember when chipping and pitching is that the ball bounces and rolls after it hits the green (or first makes contact with the ground). Many golfers fail to take this into consideration and end up with a ball that goes far past the hole.

Different types of chips and pitches result in different types of bounces and rolls. A flop shot, for example, will have several bounces that are close together and will tend not to roll as much due to the shot's hi...Read entire article

Welcome to the 19th Hole Golf Blog

The 19th Hole Golf Blog is now officially online! This inaugural post marks the update to the vastly improved and comprehensive Golf Score Tracker.

Originally launched in 2001 as a pay-for service, was always a quality service. The site was turned into a free service in 2003, and was then completely redeveloped late in 2004. Within about 18 months thousands of new golfers had joined and upgrades, refinements, and improvements have continually been made to the service. *tribal*

Adding to the breadth of stats incorporated into are several new updates that have been introduced for the spring golf season of 2006. Perhaps the most exciting update is th...Read entire article

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