GOLF COLUMN: Tips for that perfect strike

Sam Shaw, PGA pro from Hayfield
Sam Shaw, PGA pro from Hayfield

My name is Sam Shaw and I am a PGA Professional from Hayfield based at Mellor & Townscliffe GC.

As a player and a coach it is my job to make the game easier for you.

With my regular tips and advice I want to help you get the most out of your game.

This week’s tip is to help try and improve your strike.

Have you lifted your head up?The most common saying in golf is “keep your head down.”

The question is, are you actually picking your head up?

When you hit a thin shot that dribbles along the ground, it would seem that a player must have picked their head up.

My experience is that most players don’t pick their head up at all,.

What they do is pull their arms and hands up toward their body causing the club to hit the ball low on the clubface producing a skull shot along the floor.

I hear this alot even during my lessons.

I always get the “Oh I lifted my head up then” and in fact even if your head was up you still would have made the swing error and it would have been the same result.

So no more saying you lifted your head - its nonsense!

If you’re guilty of pulling your hands and arms up and not quite getting a pure strike then this is how I can help.

To fix the problem, hit balls focusing on brushing grass ahead of the ball and going to a three quarter, fully extended finish.

This will help keep your arms extended producing more consistency and power.

Call 01614 275759 to book a lesson at Mellor & Townscliffe GC.