Finally made up my mind to read Tiger’s How I Play Golf. Finished the technical parts in two nights. I must have seen everything he talks about in Golf magazine, but it’s nice to have them all in one place. He doesn’t talk about everything, for example no tip how to hit draw/fade, but it’ll be years till I should start thinking about those things. here’re some basic tips for the basic shots.

  • Putting
    • Eyes on top of ball, a bit to the right
    • Same speed and swing distance back and forth
    • Green usually slopes down to water and up to mountain peak
  • Chipping
    • Lean towards target, ball back, hands ahead of the ball–all in all, hit down to get up
    • Return hands to address–no scooping
    • Green side rough: use lob wedge, hold firm, cock wrist
    • Fringe: use 3-wood, takeaway low
  • Sand
    • open stance, open clubface, ball forward off left heel, right hand dominates, don’t hit down–slice
    • clubhead enters sand at 3-inch before ball for low/long roll, 1-inch for high/short roll
    • Aim for flagstick top
    • Buried lie: open, lean left, enters 2-inch before, punch down
    • 30-yard explosion: a bit open, clubface square, enters 1-inch, almost full swing
    • Fairway bunker: long followthrough, use one club more, ball 1-inch back from usual
  • Variety
    • Pitch: open stance, open clubface, ball forward off left toe, backswing steep, clubface to sky in followthrough
    • 30-yard punch: ball back, square stance, backswing low and wide
    • Bump-n-run: same as above, ball farther back, less loft club
    • Flop: open stance, ball forward off left heel, wide feet,  little hip turn, hit ball with club toe to land it softly, only on a clean short grass lie
    • Low hook: wider stance, ball back of center, aim body line (feet/hip/should) to where the ball starts (to the right of target) and clubface to where the ball finishes, controll amount of hook by toe-in, low and wide swing
    • Cut: stance and clubface open, limit club release–keep club toe from turning to left
  • Iron
    • Sweep long iron, hit down on the rest
    • Chin up, wide backswing, start downswing slow, keep clubhead accelerating down the target line
    • Hit ball first, hit turf after ball leaves clubhead
    • Long and shallow divot like dollar-bill
    • Place ball back on bad lie
  • Fairway wood
    • Sweep back and through: level angle of approach
    • Left arm bend a bit
    • Impact looks like approach in terms of head, arm, head position
    • Chase the ball into distance by keeping clubhead low and fully extend right arm
  • Driver
    • Feet wider than shoulder
    • body tilted to right a bit
    • movement from down to up: shift weight to left leg, hip turn, then shoulders, with hip turn way ahead of shoulder
    • at impact right elbow directly in front of right hip
  • Slice
    • tee ball lower to curve less
    • forearm rotate too much during upswing
    • left wrist should be flat instead of pointing up
    • at top of swing clubface is parallel with left forearm instead of pointing toward ground
    • downswing too fast–out to in path
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