2014

  • Danny Willett: Strike a hammer blow for more power

    Written by Danny Willett on Tuesday, 09 December 2014

    In the swing, much of your speed is let out through your shoulders, wrists and elbows. Each of these joints loads and releases, just as you’d do naturally when using a hammer. The better you can match up their motion, the more speed you create. But with my old ‘inside’ takeaway, I couldn’t co-ordinate this motion. Picture a hammer motion,...

  • Eliminate the curvature on your ball

    Thursday, 07 August 2014

    The cause of the most common mistakes made by amateurs is a closed or open face resulting in a curvature on the ball mid-air, Gareth Johnston, part of TG Elite Teaching Professional Team, says. To eliminate this, he shows you a simple drill to add to your pre-shot routine, matching up your swing path with your face angle, ensuring the club...

  • Monty's Masterclass: Finding fairways

    Tuesday, 15 July 2014

    As part of Monty's Masterclass, featured in Today's Golfer, Colin Montgomerie shares his top tips to win your match, starting with this video on finding fairways. To read more of Monty's Masterclass features, check out issue 323 and 324 of Today's Golfer - why not subscribe and never miss an issue?  Watch Monty's Masterclass: Putting under pressure...

  • Justin Rose tips: Foot stamp for distance

    Monday, 14 July 2014

    I’ve talked a lot about accuracy here, and that’s the most important thing off the tee. But sometimes, you just want a bit more distance, too. This is really a par-5 move, but it can also be a useful strategy on a tricky dog-leg. It’s all about risk and reward and there are times when a gamble can pay off.

  • Justin Rose tips: Stay centred to hit low

    Monday, 14 July 2014

    When people talk about accuracy off the tee, they’ll frequently mention playing to a natural shape. But I’m a very neutral player, so rather than thinking fade or draw on a tight drive, I’m thinking “lower”. The higher you hit the ball the more likely you’ll get the mushroom effect, where a drive begins on target, then climbs and moves...

  • Justin Rose tips: Make the first three feet perfect

    Monday, 14 July 2014

    I used to have a trigger move that saw me sink back on my heels slightly, but I’ve tried to get away from that because it encouraged my arms to move away from my body to counterbalance myself. That meant I was no longer synchronised in the swing. My initial thought now is to let the club swing back...

  • Justin Rose tips: Set the shoulders for accuracy

    Monday, 14 July 2014

    A good set-up is the first thing I feel on any shot. If you stand in a certain way, then the rest of your swing follows that initial set-up. So if you have your weight in your heels, then you’ll tend to take the club back on the inside. Conversely, if your weight is too much on the balls of...

  • Justin Rose tips: Relax and let it flow

    Monday, 14 July 2014

    If you’re under pressure, your body through a physiological change and the capillaries in your hands will swell – this can have a numbing effect. If your grip pressure on a normal day is five or six out of 10, then try and make it three or four when the pressure is really on. The reality is that you’ll still...

  • Score better in the wind Driving

    Tuesday, 20 May 2014

    It's happened to us all - you're playing well, making pars, when you're faced with a hole playing into the wind. Your natural response to the 25mph gusts is to think "I'll hit it harder", but that just sends the ball out of bounds.  In this video, former European Tour player Oliver Whiteley, based at Bramall Park GC, Stockport, explains how...