Should you swing hard in golf

Training tips: Short game from all positions

Your ball is never as perfect on the pitch as it is in training. This makes it all the more important to practice difficult positions.

How do you practice your short game? Most golfers always look for perfect locations and from there find their rhythm after five or six attempts. All well and good, but how often do you find such perfect conditions on the lap? Right: almost never. It is all the more important that you also train the more difficult positions. To master difficult surfaces, you need to know how the club head behaves when it hits the different surfaces. That depends on how far you hit the ball. With this understanding, you no longer have to fear the most difficult situations.

Hard ground

Stay upright and use your wrists

Actually, this tip is one of the basics of all short game strokes: Keep your spine at the same upright angle during the swing. So you can control where exactly the club hits the ground. This is especially important when the ball is being played from very hard ground. From normal grass you can allow yourself to “dive” a little with your upper body in the backswing. The club head can dig its way through the earth and, in the worst case, the ball will be hit a little fat. On the other hand, on very hard ground, the bat will bounce off. The ball is hit thinly and shoots away uncontrollably.

Address the ball centrally while standing, with more weight on the front leg. Keep your head still in the backswing and do not buckle in the backswing. Use the wrists and the bounce of the wedge to throw the club head through the impact. The face points upwards after the impact. Let the loft do the work; Spooning doesn't work.

SOFT FLOOR

BELOW, THE RACKET NEEDS PLENTY OF SPEED

Muddy ground can be intimidating because you don't know what will happen while you swing. Does the club get stuck in the ground or does it slide cleanly? Out of uncertainty, many golfers swing too slowly with these ball positions, which usually leads to a fat shot. Instead, you should use the same technique as for a standard shot from the green bunker.

Address the ball so that it is five to eight centimeters from the center of your stand and "unload" your wrists at full speed in the backswing. It is important that the right palm is facing upwards, so that the club hits the ground with the bounce. If you roll over your wrists, turning the face down, the leading edge will dig into the ground and your swing will lose all speed. Correct movement is similar to throwing a stone that you want to bounce over the water.

Short grass

THE GUIDE ARM REMAINS RELAXED

Many golfers get nervous when their ball is on very short-cut grass, thinking that the upcoming shot must be executed absolutely perfectly. In this situation, if you swing too hesitantly or pass the club through the ball instead of swinging it, the result is likely a thinly hit ball. A common response to this is to address the ball further back while standing. This makes it easier to hit the ball cleanly, but you are forced to hit it steeply and lose the necessary loft.

Don't make it so difficult for yourself! The soles of today's wedges - I mostly use a wedge with 58 degrees of loft and eight degrees of bounce - help a lot. Make sure you have a tight stance, shoulders of equal height and a relaxed left arm. An overstretched guide arm pushes the shoulders back and premature the hit of the club on the ground. Play the ball from the center of the stand, imagining the club sole peeling off the top tips of the grass.

Waste areas

READ THE BOTTOM

Waste areas are a challenge because the consistency of the soil varies. Sometimes just hard, sometimes gritty and sometimes powdery like bunker sand. How far behind the ball you have to hit depends on the nature of the ground. As a rule of thumb, the harder the ground, the closer to the ball the club should hit the ground. Many waste areas are not marked as an obstacle, which means that you can do test turns. So be sure to test out how the soil reacts.

The feet also provide information. Do your feet sink a little into the ground or do you rather stand on top of them? The following applies to all floors: Let the club head swing instead of simply moving the handle faster. Pay attention to the position of my left elbow. It lies close to the body, relaxed and bent. This shows that I have released the club head. You can do that too!