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Golf Stretch To Improve Shoulder Turn And Rotation

The majority of amateur golfers are looking for the secret golf stretch to improve their shoulder turn or rotation on their backswing. Are you one of them? Can you make a full, 90 degree shoulder turn with minimal tension? Or, do you struggle to get their and feel bound up trying to make it happen?

If so, there is hope. I don’t think there is a secret golf stretch to improve your shoulder turn, but I do know there are many golf stretches that can greatly improve this situation for you.

The bottom line is core rotational flexibility. The act of getting your core, chest and shoulders to rotate maximally to a full and somewhat tension-free shoulder turn. The focus should be on your core. This means doing as many golf exercises and stretches as you can to improve not only ...Read entire article

Golf Swing Speed Vs. Swing Tempo

The number one problem with any golfer's swing is that they try to swing too hard. This may be a bold statement, but I think it is true for just about every golfer at some point in time. Unless you are a very seasoned golfer that has tremendous control over their body and swing, it is often difficult to even tell you are over-swinging.

The reason golfers swing too hard or try to swing faster is simple, people equate speed with power and distance. The faster you swing, the more power you strike the ball with, and the farther it will go. This is correct! However, you do not need to be swinging your fastest your entire swing, for the only time speed truly matters is at the moment of impact.

Think about it, you could be swinging in "slow motion" your entire backswing. And you c...Read entire article

Fairway Woods - Where to Position the Ball

Fairway woods are one of the more useful utility clubs in a golfer's bag. They can be used off the tee, in the fairway or rough, even around the green and in a bunker. Each of those circumstances requires a different setup and use of the club, however we are only focusing on the fairway/rough shot in this article.

Most people think fairway woods are difficult to hit consistently because you are using a club out of its normal "element" (thinking goes you hit woods off the tee, irons off the ground). This may be true if you try to hit your oversized driver out of light rough, but a fairway wood is designed to do just that...hit out of the fairway. Fairway woods may have a less steep angle than a driver or 3-wood, and are able to slice through the grass and dirt better. And, because t...Read entire article

Correcting Shank Golf Shots

At some point in time it's happened to all of have the perfect lie, perfect view, perfect wind, and everything is right for a fantastic shot at the center of the gren. You survey the green, drop some grass to get just the right feel for the wind, set up in your stance, give it one last look, and shank the ball! All that work for nothing.

Simply put, a shank is when you hit the ball with the nosel of your club instead of the actual clubface. So, you are hitting the ball too close to the heel of the club, rather than the center of the clubface. Most likely your shot will fly off as a line drive directly away from your body.

Knowing what causes a shank is only part of the battle, coming up with an effective strategy to eliminate this is the difficult p...Read entire article

Golf Tips for Fairway Bunker Play

Sand traps and bunkers might not be the most fun places to hit out of, but they must be mastered to save some strokes on your game. I would say that every golfer (myself included) needs to practice more on their bunker play. The problem is that when you're trying to focus on drives, iron play, putting, chipping, etc., it's difficult to leave some time to practice bunker shots...let alone find a sand trap to practice on...let alone find a fairway bunker to practice on!

That being said, you should be fully prepared to make the best of your fairway or long-distance bunker shots. Reason being that fairway bunker shots should definitely not be approached the same way as a bunker shot from around the green.

When you are around the green, you are most likely trying to loft the ...Read entire article

Golf Swing Fundamentals - Posture and Balance

It's not often we focus on some of the more mechanical aspects of a golf swing, and this article isn't necessarily too far off-topic. However, I do believe that posture and balance are two key mechanical fundamentals to a golf swing that EVERY successful golfer will learn to master.

The number one rule (one of the number one rules anyway...) is that you must always maintain balance throughout your entire swing. Whether you know it or not, this is the first aspect of a golf swing you focus on the first time you swing a golf club. The reason is obvious, you don't want to fall over. However, just because you can stay standing during your swing doesn't necessarily mean you have good balance.

There are three main times to consider your balance in you swing: at setup, at the top ...Read entire article

How to Cure a Hook - Start With Your Wrists

Ah the golf hook...only slightly less annoying than a slice. I've heard many golfers say "a hook is much more difficult to fix than a slice". I think the reason is that a slice is much more common to develop first than a hook. Then, in trying to fix a slice, golfers over-compensate and then develop a hook and in doing so, start to develop some pretty ingrained habbits.

If the main reason for a slice is that your club face is open at impact with the ball, then it would make sense to say that the main reason for a hook is that the club face is closed when making contact with the ball. Coupled with a "baseball swing" follow through as opposed to ensuring the club head follows through to your intended target and you've got yourself a pretty nasty duck hook.

If you are hitting ...Read entire article

Results-Driven Golf Swing

Golf is a game where you are always trying to improve. You are always trying to fix something in your swing, or stand a little differently, or try a new club, etc. So long as your last shot wasn't perfect, you're looking to change something.

Often as golfers we get stuck in a rut. This might occur over the course of one round or perhaps lingers on to multiple rounds. More often than not golfers point the finger at their swing, the mechanics of how they go from their setup to finally striking the ball. I played a couple rounds over the weekend and ran into just this scenario. I was playing below average for the entire first round and about half of the second. I had gone to the driving range a few days earlier and was struggling with a little bit of hook at that time as well. D...Read entire article

Golf Tips - Getting Rid of Your Slice

The only thing more annoying than a hook in golf is a slice. Having a slice is very frustrating, I've speant many hours at the driving range trying to get rid of mine, and with some great success. Every once in awhile it comes out again, but after you've tamed it once, you'll have a better understanding of your own swing and some of the steps you need to take to get rid of it.

The reason golfers slice is that their clubface is open at impact with the ball. That's it. That is the reason a ball slices. The clubface is open which causes a clockwise rotation (for righties) which makes the ball "slice" away from the original target path. Knowing this, you need to look at the causes of why the clubface is open in order to work on fixing it.

My biggest problem was definitely ...Read entire article

How to Cure a Hook Golf Tip

You'll often hear from veteran golfers and professionals that a golf slice is easier to "cure" than a hook. I definitely disagree and believe that the reasons for a slice and hook are very similar, just opposite.

A slice occurs when the club face is open at impact, and is often accentuated by an out-to-in swing. The result is literally a "slicing" through the ball. The more of an out-to-in swing, the more the ball trajectory first starts out on the inside of your body and then spins and fades away. The hook is the exact opposite. The club face is closed at impact, and is often coupled with an in-to-out swing, causing the ball to first travel away from your body, and then hook back around.

First let's concentrate on the club face at impact. Most hooks whether subtle or ...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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