Simple Mistakes Spell Death For Your Tee Shots

Doc O’Leary here with another free golf tip for you. This week its all about hitting longer drives.

It’s practically impossible to hit long consistent golf drives without having a setup routine you follow each time you walk up to a tee shot. Even more important, you’re routine should be simple, quick, and get you in the optimum position to fire off long drives time after time. In the clip above, Bobby Schaeffer showed you how his simple routine prevents several common mistakes and prevents you from over-thinking the shot.

Proper Alignment is the first goal of any setup routine for you golf shots. Setting up too close or too far from the ball is a guaranteed way to send a tee shot into the trees. The best way to prevent this is to align the club to the ball and the target, then setup your stance based on where the handle of the club is.

One important thing to remember is that the higher you tee up any golf shot, the more you have to align the golf ball toward the toe of the club, when the club is resting on the ground.

Aligning the ball off center, toward the toe of the club, allows for the extra inch or two of arm extension at impact. Making this small adjustment ensures that you are striking the ball on the sweet spot instead of the heel of the club face.

Okay now that the golf club is lined up properly to the ball it’s time to get your feet set up.

As Bobby shows in the video above, using a few clubs to create a line perpendicular to the target is a great way to help you visualize your setup when practicing. Use this perpendicular line as a guide when you step into the shot. It will ensure that you are placing your left foot in the right spot, then you can choose a placement for your right foot based on comfort.

It’s the alignment of your left foot that needs to be precise. Many golfers walk up to a tee shot and then take some shimmy steps to get comfortable.

This may work sometimes, but it often leads to shifting your left foot out of position, all for the sake of getting comfortable. Using Bobby’s method you can still get comfortable, while maintaining proper alignment.

The final aspect of a good tee shot routine is pace. It shouldn’t be rushed, but it should be brief and to the point.

Don’t waste time standing over the golf ball. It will only get you thinking too much and throw your mental game off. As Bobby said in the video it’s best to think of it like riding a bike, you know what to do, there is very little to think about after the setup.

Now that you have proper alignment nailed down your tee shots will wind up in the fairway a lot more often. All that’s left is adding some serious “umph” to your swing, so you can start nailing those monster tee shots, you know…the kind that make you smile from ear to ear.

I personally can’t think of a better Christmas present for any golfer to give to himself than the gift of ridiculously long and accurate tee shots.

That’s why I’m running a killer deal on one of my hottest “long drive” packages, Bobby Schaeffer’s Beyond Long. Just use coupon code [XMAS2015] without the brackets at checkout to get 20% off the Beyond Long DVD Package.

For Better Golf,
Doc O’Leary
Head Golf Nut, OHP

How Flying Wedges Can Lower Your Golf Score

Hey it’s Doc O’Leary here with another free golf video for you. Improving your golf short game is all about consistency. Once you develop a consistent chip shot you can start predicting the trajectory and distance of these shot and start getting closer to the pin.

To develop this kind of consistency in your chip shots you have to eliminate bad habits.

One of the most pervasive bad habits is using the wrists during these short chip shots. Using the wrists introduces all sorts of problems. Yes, you may hit an amazing shot every once in a while if you use your wrists while chipping, but overall you will not be consistent and you’ll have a hard time shaving strokes off your golf scores.

This golf drill in this video is all about learning to chip with your pivot, not with your arms or wrists.

To teach this Bobby Schaeffer likes to use the concept of the “flying wedges.” To avoid confusion I’m going to go more into depth about what those wedges are. He explains it more fully in another part of this instructional DVD.

Basically if you put your arms and hands in the proper impact position (as shown at the beginning of the clip) the club shaft will make two very important angles (flying wedges) with your arms.

The first flying wedge is most obvious. There should be a fixed angle (wedge) between the handle of the golf club and your right forearm. This wedge is nice and wide. It’s stable and by maintaining this wedge you’ll also have to keep your right elbow bend and in toward your body.

The second flying wedge is less obvious. There will be a smaller fixed angle between the very end of the golf club handle and the underside of your left forearm. This angle (wedge) only exists when you are choked down on the golf club a bit.

By focusing on keeping these flying wedges fixed throughout your golf chip shots you’ll be forced to use your torso and core pivot to move the golf club. This is exactly what you want.

The drill using two golf clubs, one under your arm pit, takes this concept to the next level. It prevents you from using your wrists even if you want to.

By taking your wrists out of the equation your golf chip shots will start improving dramatically, and so will your ability to score around the greens.

This clip came to you from Bobby Schaeffer’s Beyond Long DVD package. For access to the whole program click here.

For Better Golf,
Doc O’Leary
Head Golf Nut, OHP

Eliminate Impact Fallout [idiot proof tip]

Hey Hotlist Member,

Like most things in golf chipping is all about consistency. Knocking the ball six inches from the pin once in a great while is worthless if you can’t get it close on a regular basis.

Using your wrists is hands down the biggest mistake golfers make when chipping. Using your wrists in a chipping stroke is not only unnecessary, it’s also the number 1 source of duffed shots and double bogeys around the green.

You don’t use your wrists in a putting stroke because you need that stroke to be dead accurate and repeatable. The chip shot is no different. That’s why the video I’ve included above is so important.

The technique may be a bit unorthodox but it works. Your buddies may snicker the first time you use it but when you’re consistently knocking your chip shots in a 4 foot radius of the hole they’ll change their tune real quick.

Okay on to the actual technique. To make your chip shots consistent and repeatable you want to take your wrists completely out of the action. And for short chip shots you’ll be taking your hips out of the action too. All the movement comes from rotating your shoulders.

This technique starts with a special grip on the golf club.

Start by placing your left hand at the very bottom of the grip, where the rubber meets the steel. Allow the grip to rest along your left forearm. Now there should be a slight gap between the grip and your left wrist. This little gap is where you grip the club with your right hand.

Your right hand is there to stabilize the club and press it into your left arm so that your left wrist stays flat. This grip will keep the golf club and your wrists in the proper impact position through the whole swing.

This technique adds consistency because it doesn’t rely on you getting in the proper position for one brief moment. The perfect position is there the whole time.

Now that you’ve got the grip down, the next step is swinging the golf club by rotating your shoulders. Your arms and hips should not be involved. It should feel like your arms and shoulders are locked into a triangle.

This is where the consistency comes from. Now the only variables in your golf chip shots will be how far back you rotate your shoulders and the loft of your golf club.

It may take you a few strokes to get a feel for how much rotation you need to get the ball a certain distance, but after that your golf chip shots will be dead accurate, follow a predictable trajectory every time, and get close to the pin on a regular basis.

This tip can be a real game changer for you.

Sometimes I can’t believe I’m giving away such great info for free. Luckily the DVD package this tip came from is so jam packed with great golf instruction I can give little nuggets like this away and not worry too much about it.

If you want to get a hold of the parts of Bobby Schaeffer’s Walk Through Power that I just can’t stomach giving away for free check out:

Walk Through Power DVD Package

Go ahead check it out now. Your buddies will hate you for it.

For Better Golf,
Doc O’Leary
Head Golf Nut, OHP

Golf Tip – Can A Metronome Help You Sink Putts?

Having a consistent repeatable stroke is a big part of sinking putts. This golf tip will definitely help you sink more 8 to 10 footers. More importantly this putting drill will help you sink those 4 to 6 foot putts where your nerves and the pressure of losing a round are weighing on you.

It’s all about having a consistent rhythm ingrained in your head so that no matter what kind of putt you are facing you know exactly what to do.

The metronome is a great tool for developing rhythm and tempo, after all that’s why musicians have been using them for nearly two centuries.

So how do you use a metronome to improve your putting? It’s very simple. First of all you’re only using the metronome for that very last part of your whole putting routine. It wouldn’t make sense to hold yourself to a strict rhythm while reading and aligning your putts.

Instead you’ll only be using the metronome for about the last 4 seconds of your putting routine, the part where you take your last look at the hole then make your putt. To do this you have to break those last few seconds down into specific movements. As Bobby Schaeffer points out in the video those movements are 1) Your last look at the hole 2) Moving your eyes back to the ball 3) Taking the putter back and 4) Impact with the ball.

When you learn to do these four steps in a set rhythm you’ll be able relax even during tough putts. Having a set routine means you won’t really have to think about much during the stroke, you already know the exact movements you are going to make and how long they will take.

The actual speed you set the metronome to doesn’t matter all that much. What matters it that you learn to use that same rhythm every time you make a putt.

You can certainly use this drill without a metronome but having a metronome will help keep you honest. Also listening to the continuous beats will help you internalize whatever putting rhythm you choose.

For more tips on becoming a master of putting check out Bobby Schaeffer’s Hot Touch Putting.

For Better Golf,
Doc O’Leary
Head Golf Nut, OHP

Falling Victim To The Putting Illusion?

As Bobby said in the video the importance of proper putting cannot be ignored if you want to shoot low scores. I’ll admit putting isn’t the most fun thing to talk about, but let’s face it consistently dropping 6 footers will take a serious bite out of your score (plus it will drive your golf buddies nuts).

Golf is a mental game and putting relies even more heavily on your mental state and confidence level. That’s why overcoming the illusion Bobby talked about is so important if you want to become a consistent putter.

Focusing on keeping the putter face perpendicular to the target line through your whole stroke will drive you nuts, force you to do some funny things, and cause you to lose confidence on the green.

To eliminate many of those problems all you need to do is understand that the putter face will open and close naturally through your putter stroke.

Some guys intuitively understand this or simply go with what work, and through chance and luck they figure it out. Others guys (like me) need to understand this phenomenon conceptually before our brains will let us trust the putter stroke.

This video and the inclined plane tool should prove to you that taking the putter straight back on the inclined plane results in the putter face opening up. The same rules of geometry that caused it to open up will cause it to be square when it hits the ball. So as long as you take the putter straight back you don’t need to worry about getting or keeping the putter face square at impact.

All it really comes down to is accepting that this is fact of golf. It will allow you to focus on much more important things while putting, such as your speed, follow-through, break, and the speed of the greens that day.

You probably don’t have an inclined plane at home so use a score card like Bobby showed in the video if you need to prove it to yourself. The score card will also help you ensure that you are bringing the putter straight back.

For more putting tips and tricks from Bobby Schaeffer check out his Hot Touch DVD Package. This stuff will shave some serous strokes off your score.

For Better Golf,
Doc O’Leary
Head Golf Nut, OHP

Bridge Stroke Drill To Tap More Power Into Your Drives

Fixing your driver swing can be pretty difficult if you just hit drives all day. A full speed driver swing happens so fast you have virtually no time to recognize problems or fix what you are doing wrong.

This is where the “bridge stroke” comes in handy. This simple power pitch shot is slow enough that you can diagnose problems, yet similar enough to a full swing that it will fix problems you have with your drives (and even add more distance).

In this quick video Golf Pro Bobby Schaeffer will show you exactly how to use the bridge stroke to fix your swing and add tons of power and distance to your golf drives.

As you can see in the video the bridge stroke slows down the most common trouble spot in the golf swing. It educates your hands teaching your left wrist to stay flat through impact, while at the same time teaching you to use your core pivot to add power.

One of the secrets of this golf drill is keeping your shoulders and neck loose. The power in the golf swing comes from your core pivot not your arms. When you tense up your neck and shoulders you have a tendency to use your arms to hit the ball.

Using your arms to swing the golf club robs massive power from your swing. So stay loose and let your core do the work.

Just remember to keep that left wrist flat through impact. Don’t let your wrist flop over after impact. You have to keep your left wrist flat into your follow through.

Now go out there and have some fun. I know you will get some extra yardage out of this drill. For more information on hitting longer drives Click Here.

For better Golf,
Doc O’Leary,
Head Golf Nut, OHP Golf

The Walkthrough Power Swing

Let’s discuss your feelings.

I’m talking about what “feels” right and what “feels” wrong
in the golf swing. Too many golfers start their swings from
a static postion (this feels like “control”)…don’t be afraid
of motion -it might be just the thing that allows you to become
a better player.

Because that’s where a LOT of high-handicappers need to start.
They need to overcome this idea that if it “feels” right, then
it must be a good swing –(your current game isn’t reflecting that)
and if it feels weird or awkward,then it must be wrong. I think
this is where your problem lies, because…

That’s just plain nonsense. Check out this cool tip now:

Forget about what feels right and what feels wrong. Listen, you need
to incorporate proper mechanics and let that create your new feels -like
this suggestion from Bobby Schaeffer, try it on the driving range,
then on the course. Stick with it, even if it seems strange.

Because most of the time a minor adjustment feels like a Big Deal. But as the old
saying goes — “To move an inch– feels like a mile”. That’s your brain tricking
you (evil brain).Don’t allow that. You need to turn it around and trick your
brain instead.

Sounds crazy but it works. You might even start looking like some of the
“Greats” of the past…who knows.

It’s really that simple.

To learn more Click On This Link

Til next time… for better golf…


Rock & Drop

Hello again, it’s Doc…Good News — another golf video tip for you.
This one is from Bobby Schaeffer on how to create more motion in your swing to generate more power and greater distance off the tee.

In an effort to get more control, most average golfers restrict or limit
their motion…this will ultimately cause your distance to suffer. You
need to stay soft in your arms and shoulders to allow this chain reaction of power to flow. So, let more motion occur, just let it happen-you’ll love the results.
All you you gotta do is turn and slide your hips with a tilt of your spine…
If your arms are tight they won’t drop or fall freely and you’ll end up throwing
your arms at the ball hitting weak shots with no power. To see how this can work for you…

Check out this video clip of Bobby and learn to ‘Rock & Drop’ for more distance.

To learn more about Schaeffer’s incredible “Rock & Drop” power golf swing
Click On This Link

Thanks – for better golf!