Golf Tips From the Pro
Golf Tip of the Month
From PGA Professional Jerry Applegate
The Ryder Cup is coming up on September 24-26th and a big part of that is partner best ball and alternate shot. One of the keys to playing successful partner golf is driving your ball in the fairway. That takes the pressure off of your partner and allows you both to play more aggressively.With the driver there are a couple of changes in the set up. First, we want a slightly wider stance (with the feet at about the outside edges of the shoulders). Second, we want the ball positioned forward in the stance (just inside the front foot). This will allow you to launch the ball up in the air. Finally, we get to tee the ball up! Tee it up so about ½ of the ball is above the crown of the driver.With the swing we want to focus on creating a wider backswing and follow through. We want extension of the arms in the backswing and follow through. It is human nature to try and hit the ball harder with the driver and sometimes that makes for a quick, steep swing in which we don’t turn the hips and shoulders like we want to. Feel like you are reaching back with both arms in the backswing and reaching out to the target with both arms in the follow through. We want a wide arc.The through swing can be a very important part of hitting the driver. Reaching out to the target allows us to maintain the loft through impact and also keeps the clubface aimed at the target. Both great things!So, work on widening your swing arc and keeping the clubface aimed at the target longer. This will result in long, straight drives. These drives will take the pressure off of your partner and allow you to do better as a team. Let’s hope the American team at the Ryder Cup does the same thing!
I hope this helps your game and you drive it long and straight at Ballantrae!
PGA Golf Professional