Doesn't like to stand too open, just slightly left of the target line places left front foot 60 degrees open and points left knee at the left toe. Likes to lower into shot, knee flex nearly matches the shaft angle at address.
Sets up work station puts in target line then a 90 degree line for ball position, believes ball should be off left heel then a foot line just a little left. Swing path slightly left to target line but only slightly left.
Believes in the butterfly grip for bunker shots, specialist shot so need specialist grip. Very strong left hand very weak right hand, believes in grip as makes it so much easier to keep the loft and the bounce on the club through out the shot.
3. Plugged Lie
Sharpest part of the club on the wedge is the heel, will lower the club so the heel hits the sand first, tries to get really steep the heel cuts and holds the loft on the club head, abbreviated follow through reduces the amount of force behind the shot allows them to come out softly.
If want really soft as dig lifts arms a bit takes the pressure out of the shot. Lifts arm a bit.
Have bounce reduced at heel allow you to lower hands and play shots easier off dead pan. etc. A c grind offers this as told by Roger Clevland.
While I was coaching one of my students Steven Tiley at the KLM Open this year we got the chance to spend some time with Brett Rumford. Brett is known to have one of the best short games in the world if not the best and is great at explaining his methods.
Read below to see my personal notes from the session:
1. Used a Titleist 58 degree SW, 4 degrees of bounce similar to a M grind. Was ground extra from the tour truck at the heel. 2. Looked a lot at the granulation of the sand. He explained the sand in Holland was quite a wide grain so would explode more on the face. Reason for white powder after a bunker shot on the club face. He felt out of this type of sand it was hard to get a lot of height and spin. Difficult to get the club coming out the sand quick enough. Links sand had a thiner granulation so it was easier to get height and spin.
3. He talked alot about the follow through position to get the club to come out the sand quicker in thick grain sand. Said situations when you wanted to stay in your body angles all way to finish but talked about staying in angles only until impact but in the through swing don't be frightened to feel the body straighten and come up and out the sand quickly this will help the club leave the sand quicker also especially in thick sand. 4. Brett talked alot about good chip shots and bunker shots is about using the bounce. Lee Trevino same where you get the bounce under the ball and the club comes out of the sand quickly. Spin comes from getting the bounce underneath the ball. Same in Chipping. 5. Chipping and Pitching just full release of the shaft. Described it as a flick but a flick you catch with the body turn. Demonstrated a very full re-hinge, release look in the through swing but you catch it with the turn. This ties in with many of the top short game instructors today who don't want to see too much shaft leanat impact.
Confidence is knowing you can do something based on past experience.
Confidence is based on having a good technique but many people think that if they can just get their technique right they will be confident.
Once you get the technique right your level of confidence increases but it is still often short of where it could be.
After technique we move onto skill.
Skill is hitting lots of different shots with that technique different lies, uphill, down hill, all trajectories in different weather conditions and finding out what your technique can and can't do.
Based on this your confidence increase even more but you still won't be totally confident until you can test it. Testing it is the key and many golfers don't want to test it because this is where the ego can take a bashing as try find out how bad they really are.
Confidence is I have the technique I have practised the skill now I'm going to test it.
The testing is going through the full Pre- shot routine and not leaving until obtained a certain level. Ie I'm going to hit three shots in a row between those two post and not allowed to leave until achieve.
No mystery why Gary Player became the best bunker player in history set a target that he couldn't leave the bunker until he had holed 2 shots.
Vital regularly testing technique and skill putting it under some competitive stress so when get out on golf course level of confidence is based on what know can do Vs some one who has just got good technique.
Below is a list of certian P.G.A Tour players I have analysed to see how much the spine angle changed from address to impact. The average amateur often struggles with the spine at impact raising relative to where it was at address. What you will see with the best players in the world is the opposite pattern.
I have used a - to indicate a lowering in degrees and a + to indicate a raising in angle.
Ian Poulter: Reduces by -6* from 50 to 44(Hybrid) Justin Rose: -2* from 51 to 49 (Hybrid) Darren Clarke: -2* from 46 to 44 (Hybrid) Padraig Harrington: -3* 56 to 53 (driver) Mike Weir -2* 53 to 51 (driver) Steve Elkington 0* 47 to 47 (driver) Tiger Woods -4* 45 to 41 (driver) Stuart Appleby 0* 49 to 49. (Driver) Stuart Appleby -2* 49 to 47 (iron) Adam Scott -2* 46 to 44(hybrid) Fred Funk -1* 48 to 47 (iron) Lukke Donald 0* 50 to 50 (driver) Nick Faldo -2* 41 to 39 (iron) Ernie Els 0* 48 to 48 (driver) For the players that I looked at on Average the Spine Angle reduces by -2 * from Setup to Impact and I could find no one where the spine angled increased from setup to impact.
1. Want ball to roll more on a pitch work right hand over the left through impact. If want more backspin work right hand under left. 2. On Standard pitch shots Faldo likes to make a 3/4 swing controling the acceleration through the ball with the rotary motion of the body.
3. If you can learn to control the length of your swing with the rotary motion of your body the ability to gauge distance and trajectory will improve dramaticaly. The only other factor is the force right arm straightens into ball. 4. Faldos wedge Distances 49* full goes 125, 10.30(120) 53* full goes 110, 10.30(105) 60* full goes 75, 10.30(70) 5. Faldo's favourite attacking wedge distance was 105 yards. Out on course short par 4 works out how far have to hit shot to leave self 105. Similary Par 5 if can't reach in two looks to leave self 105. 6. The methods Nick uses to hit in between distances:
1. Easiest gripping down, 1/2/3 inchs. Then make normal swing. As does this also progressively narrows stance, but makes normal swing. 2. More advance technique: Gauges length of shots and vary spin on ball with speed of delivery through impact. In a nut shell ability to control acceleration through the ball is the key to a good short game. 7. Listen to the sound of the ball makes coming off the face of the club and learn to associate certain sounds with certain types of shots.
1. Works out yardage to landing spot on green not to the flag. Often the green is very firm so may pitch shot at 140 yards knowing it will bounce and roll to 150 yards. Vice versa may want to hit it a yardage past the flag intedning the ball to spin back. 2. Plan for round: Before you play you should know the prevailing wind direction, type of sand, type of grass fairway, type of green. Accurate yardages. Most of all a sound strategy requires intimate knowledge of playing abilities. Exact distance how far hit the ball, the shots you are best at and the shots you are less comfortable with. 3. Need to know at what height the ball travels with different clubs. 4. Must know distance can generate from fairway bunkers and rough. Do simple test ball off fairway ball out of bunker compare difference in distance. 5. You should also take into account your form of the day before making you strategy. Plan to play within your limits. 6. Should stick to game plan to 15th or 16th then it maybe time to gamble. 7. Must calculate the climate conditions into your game. Altitude and air humidity when are dryer ball will travel further. 8. Research the course designer what sort of course is he known for? Characteristics they tend to build in. 9. Always work from pin backwards not the green important! there is always one ideal angle of attack which will get you there safely and close to the flag.
1. The more you know about a particular course, your true opponent the better chance of making correct offensive and defensive moves, minimising mistakes and thus winning. 2. Jack Nicklaus carries a memo pad to jot down important notes. To use in tournament he marks circled areas to show the best areas to land tee shots, darkened areas to designate dangerous hazards to the side of the fairway or green. Tiny x to mark slopes in the green. 3. He takes notes what greens were slower or quicker. What bunkers had more or less sand in them, contours and firmness of the fairways. Severity of rough. 4. Marks down what clubs to hit off tee and into green in different conditions and winds.
1. Simplicity, concentration, Economy of time. 2. It is not solely the capacity to make great shots that makes a champion but the essential quality of making very few bad shots. Your note that what distinguishes the winner is that he made fewer bad strokes than the rest. The secret that the way to win was by making fewer bad shots. 3. Two rules apply for 99% a.Play the shot you've got the greatest chance of playing well b.Play the shot that makes the next shot easier. 4. Play to strengths avoid weaknesses: You need a tactical plan that fits your game. 5. When you miss a shot never think what you did wrong, cone up to the next shot thinking of what you must do right. 6. Make up your mind before you hit the shot and then let your muscles do the work.
I took lessons with Michael Walker for three years on short game. Michael has worked for many years as Pete Cowans assistsant but also coaches many top players in his own right to include Matt Fitpatrick. Below aremy notes from an old lesson with Michael. 1. Practice Pitching with 3 swing lengths:
HIP, CHEST, SHOULDER: This refered to swing lengths of the left arm going back in order to control the distance of pitch shots. Find a few distances that you are good at and are most comfortable with. Problem can end up with two many distances so be aware. 2. To control distance combination of arm length with body turn, if you don't blend the arm swing with the use of the body correctly it is hard to regulate distance. DRILL: The Best way to introduce body movement practice with split hand grip. 3. SWING PLANE: Make sure left arm doesn't move across body too much on backswing and the club shaft get too steep. It is very easy from this position in the backswing for the club to move under plane causing the slight ground first hit and lack of spin.
Make the first few inches of the swing then feel the left arm stays a little more in front of the body with the club shaft a little flatter so the club shaft points at the ball. On the downswing try to keep the angle of the shaft the same but feel the arms move in close to the body through impact and works low and left in the follow thorugh. It is okay to feel the shoulders are a little more open at impact to achieve this. 4, MORE OR LESS SPIN: When you want to spin a chip feel the right hand moves under left through impact. If you want to get the ball running a little more feel the toe of the club realeases over the heel.