If you’re great on the practice green but it doesn’t translate to the course, what’s the point? This is a great drill to increase your focus when practicing. The goal is to make as many putts in a row as you can. Make it a challenge, keep a high score record of how many putts you can make from different distances and breaks. If you can make 100 putts in a row, what’s the chance you’ll miss?
I’ve been solely using Firefox for a few years now. But, no longer. Take a look at the statistics: http://www.w3schools.com/browsers/browsers_stats.asp. See a trend? Performance on OS X has just gotten worse and worse over the years, and now with Flash Player practically chugging the entire system, it has become unusable. Common a quad-core i7 processor with 8GB of RAM can’t play YouTube videos? Seriously? Mozilla, you can either fix these performance issues or risk going the way of the Do Do.
P.S. Don’t let Flash drag you down with it.
For some reason, Flash Player is now extremely slow in Firefox. Choppy YouTube videos? Check. My setup: Mountain Lion, Flash Player 11.7, quad core i7 CPU, and 8GB of RAM. Really? I can’t play YouTube videos with that? I read that it might be a performance issue with how Firefox sandboxes Flash Player, and downgrading back to Flash Player 10.3 seemed to fix the sluggishness. Note that you risk security vulnerabilities when running older versions so try it at your own risk.
Uninstall Flash Player: http://helpx.adobe.com/flash-player/kb/uninstall-flash-player-mac-os.html#main_10_4
Install Flash Player 10.3: http://forums.adobe.com/thread/889580
Struggling with consistency in your ball striking? It’s might be that your arm and hand swing occurs independently from your body rotation, a.k.a. the big muscles. When things work independently of each other, you add more variables making it harder to be consistent.
So how do you stay connected? I believe the answer lies in the left armpit. You’ve seen players practice this. Vijay Singh tucks a headcover under his left armpit when practicing. Tiger tucks his left shirtsleeve under his armpit during his preshot routine. And, the list goes on. This is not a new idea.
The left arm should stay connected to the body, and use it as a guide or reference point. When you do this, the distance and path of the hands stays constant from swing to swing. A good drill to feel this is to put a glove under your left armpit. Take a swing making sure the glove stays tucked under until well after impact. Be sure you keep your shoulder alignment neutral as it’s easy to start setting your upper body up closed to the target.
Try it. I think you’ll develop a much more repeatable swing!
There are many clues that can give you an idea of how a putt will roll. Inspecting the cup is one that’s commonly overlooked.
Take a look at this picture:
Which putt breaks right to left, and which breaks left to right?
Look at how the cup sits relative to the ground. Does it look like it’s tilting? Which side is higher than the other? This valuable clue works because putts tend to break the most nearest the hole, where they’re at their slowest. Factor this in and you’ll be a lot more confident in your reads.
They say chipping is the second easiest stroke to perform in golf. Some people might disagree.
If you’re having trouble with your chipping, I recommend practicing by chipping into little net like the Izzo Mini Chipping Net. I got mine for $15. Pretty good deal considering it’ll do wonders for your chipping. Get the hang it and once you’re out on the course, you should always pick exactly where you want to land the ball. It’s the exact same thing!
Good chippers have good feel (hands, touch, whatever you wanna call it), or the ability to sense where the clubhead is throughout the stroke. Stiff and rigid movements rarely result in success. So relax! I like to feel like I’m bending or loading the shaft at the top, keeping that tempo nice and smooth.
Try out these tips and you’ll be chipping better in no time.
When practicing, find a hole with a straight putt. Use a Chalk Line to draw a straight line from the hole. Place your ball on this line and putt to groove the proper stroke and get a feel for the correct alignment. You’ll be surprised how many putts you can make when you know you’re aimed correctly and make a good stroke.
When playing on the course, aim your putter to a spot a few inches ahead of the ball on the line you’ve chosen. This gives you perfect alignment. Make a good stroke and it will go in.