How to Play Consistent Golf

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Lesson 1: Making Solid Contact

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Skill No. 1: Making Solid Contact
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OVERVIEW

Solid contact is probably the No. 1 fundamental in golf. It affects the direction and distance of your shots, as well as your confidence and mind-set. You can’t play consistent golf if you’re unable to compress the ball solidly at impact. In this video, Devan Bonebrake offers three keys for making center-face, ball-first contact, starting with proper ball position.

SWING THOUGHTS

For irons, play the ball slightly forward of center in your stance
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Roughly 70 to 90 percent of your weight should be on your left leg at impact
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For ball-first contact, your left wrist should be flat at impact
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DRILLS

Weight Shift

  • Place a ball on a tee, and position it to the right of your right heel at setup.
  • Hit some balls with an iron, making your normal swing.
  • If you shift your weight properly, you should move off your right foot through impact without knocking the ball off the tee.

Ball-First Contact

  • Grab two tees and place one a half an inch outside the toe of the club and another a half an inch outside the heel.
  • Place a ball between the two tees.
  • Position another tee three inches in front of the ball. That’s where you want your club to bottom out.
  • See how many swings out of 15 you can hit the ball and the tee in front without hitting behind the ball.
  • Fewer than eight, you need work. Eight to 12, you’re getting there. Twelve or more, you’ve got it.
Skill No. 2: Controlling Shot Direction
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  • Master the two major accuracy moves
  • How to establish a proper grip
  • Learn to control swing path
  • Drills for straighter shots
  • Skills Test: defining start direction

How to Play Consistent Golf

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Lesson 1: Making Solid Contact
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Lesson 2: Controlling Shot Direction
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Lesson 3: Driving it in Play
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Lesson 4: Reliable Pitching
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Lesson 5: Avoiding Three-Putts
How to Play Consistent GolfINDEX
Skill No. 1: Making Solid Contact
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Lesson 1: Making Solid Contact
  • Learn the three keys to pure strikes
  • Fix fat and thin shots
  • Develop proper body action
  • Skills Test: taking good divots
Skill No. 2: Controlling Shot Direction
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Lesson 2: Controlling Shot Direction
  • Master the two major accuracy moves
  • How to establish a proper grip
  • Learn to control swing path
  • Drills for straighter shots
  • Skills Test: defining start direction
Skill No. 3: Driving It In Play
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Lesson 3: Driving it in Play
  • Pick the right club and target
  • Setup keys: ball position, body posture
  • Swing keys: grip pressure, synchronicity
  • Skills Test: finding the imaginary fairway
Skill No. 4: Reliable Pitching
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Lesson 4: Reliable Pitching
  • Develop consistent ball-striking
  • Learn to vary pitching distance
  • How to stop the lift instinct
  • Skills Test: hitting distance targets
Skill No. 5: Avoiding Three-Putts
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Lesson 5: Avoiding Three-Putts
  • Focus on the master key: speed control
  • Fix short and long misses
  • Drills for a pressure-proof stroke
  • Create a tour-caliber routine
  • Skills Test: building great feel