The number one request I get on the lesson tee is "Please help me tame my slice" A slice is when the ball curves to the right at the end of the flight (right-handed golfer) Typically it is more pronounced when hitting with the Driver, the ball begins it's flight straight and then curves to the right, sometimes a 30 yard curvature is seen with the Driver because more speed is generated with the Driver and there is low loft on Drivers.
The Clubface position at impact (closed, square, or open) directly effects the beginning flight of the ball. The Path you swing the club on creates the curvature of the ball during the final direction of the flight.
Often times a simple grip placement adjustment and an awareness to the amount of tension you feel in your grip and arms during the entire swing will tame a Slice. Watch the video below:
It was an exciting Solheim Cup in Parker Colorado, watching 24 of the world's best female professional golfers! The European team had never won on U.S. soil, and the U.S.A. team wanted to get the cup back!
The European team had 6 rookies, one of those rookies was 17 year old Charley Hull a member of the LET (Ladies European Tour). She played her singles match with no fear against Paula Creamer taking her down 5&4. The U.S.A. team had rookie Solheim cupper, Lexi Thompson at age 18 play an incredible singles match taking down her opponent Caroline Masson 4&3.
Great golf was played by both teams over the 3 day contest, Team Europe seemed to be making more putts. The lead that Team Europe had built proved to be too great to overcome on Sunday. Team Europe wins the cup and makes history doing so by winning on U.S. soil.
When European Team Captain, Liselotte Neumann was interviewed after winning the cup she was thrilled with her teams performance and she said she hopes this will lead to bigger purses on the Ladies European Tour in the future. To give you an idea of prize money difference between the LET and the LPGA, next weeks LPGA event the CN Canadian Women's Open has a purse of $2 million bucks, as for the LET, their next tournament- Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open- presented by Event Scotland has a Euro Prizefund of 220,00 Eur which is about $293,000 US, and a contracted Prizefund of 180,000 Eur or about $240,000 US. I'm not entirely sure of what contracted versus Euro Prizefund means, but regardless it is a huge difference between $2 million.
Here are links to the LET 2013 money list and the LPGA for comparison.
Many European players are now playing on the LPGA tour full time and doing very well, it makes sense to play in the US given the difference in paydays. I do hope in the future the LET players Prizefunds increase. Maybe the day will also come when the LPGA plays for the same prize money as the PGA. It's hard to believe #29 on the LPGA money list is at $300,155 versus #29 on the PGA tour at $1,923,250 (nearly $2 million calms!!).
This is an exciting week in golf - Women's US OPEN begins this week!!
Who is your pick to win the US OPEN?? Can Inbee Park win her 3rd major this year?? I looked at the LPGA website today and counted Inbee's starts for 2013 at 12 tournaments, 5 of which she has WON - 2 of those were MAJORS!! That is an unbelievable season already, and it is only June.
I can't wait for Thursday's first round to begin!!
I have been doing a new workout with Zeena Dhalla- at Vertical Pilates Studio in Mission Viejo, Ca. I am blown away with the benefits I am seeing by her workout program using the CoreAlign® machine.
The 2 major muscles needed to create power and accuracy when hitting the ball are the glutes "the King" and the abs "the Queen" when discussing the bio mechanics of the golf swing. The CoreAlign® has a myriad of exercises designed to improve abdominal and glute strength to enhance your power. We work a lot on single leg exercises that engage the stabilizing muscles of the leg, and make sure that both legs have equal strength.
More obviously, the golf swing requires significant rotation of the spine. There are many variables that factor into hindering proper spinal rotation. Are you able to depress the scapula (pull the shoulders down)? Can you rotate using your trunk muscles and NOT your neck and shoulder muscles? The CoreAlign® can help! The majority of the exercises created on the CoreAlign® machine work to increase the stability and improve the mobility of the spine. These exercises can make a world of a difference in the ability to rotate and hit with power.
Zeena states, "The best way to see just how the CoreAlign® can help you is to try it. So far, our golf clients are impressed with how much easier they move through their swing and the ball just flies!" Contact Zeena: Email- email@example.com
Exercise of the Month: Hip Posture
Michelle demonstrates "Hip Posture". This exercise is excellent for increasing pelvis stability, and the strength of the gluteus muscles. Stand facing to the side, with one foot on the stable platform and the other foot on a cart loaded with heavy resistance. Bend over with a flat back into a comfortable squat position. Keep your weight on the inside leg as you straighten your outside leg away from the inside leg. Return the outside leg back underneath you, maintaining your hip position the entire time. Exhale as you push the cart away and really keep your abs tight through the whole exercise.
The Masters is a very special tournament. I attended my first Masters in 2008, it was an amazing experience, one I will remember for a very long time. Talking about things we remember......
What single golf shot at which Masters do you remember most??
For me, it would have to be in 2010 on hole #13, Par 5 when Phil the "Thrill" Mickelson hit that 6 iron off pine needles in between the trees, over Rae's Creek to find the green in 2. I was rooting for him to make the eagle putt!! Glad he won the Green Jacket!!