By Assistant Professional Ethan Danish
The flop shot. Takes lots of practise to master but a most valuable tool around the green. Here are two views of how Ethan executes the flop shot.
We often hear our Academy students say they would like to swing a driver like Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy, Brooke Henderson or other famous touring professionals or they would like to emulate the way they play the game.
Dreams are dreams, but getting it done takes talent, time and effort. The players we watch on TV have worked at perfecting their golf swings and games over long periods of time. With coaching, they have made many little changes along the path to becoming consistent ball strikers.
From an instructors perspective the average golfer ought to be aware of the many good things a professional does in in all aspects of the game.
What to learn from the best of the best
Here’s what you can do to improve
Golf is a great game
There are different ways to swing the golf club but the tour professionals understand their personal patterns and are always working to improving their abilities and consistency. As amateurs, we have a tremendous amount of information available from golf instructors and the time to start is now! Playing a little better creates a more enjoyment and after all, golf is supposed to be fun! Talk to us about our one on one and group coaching sessions.
Like any sport, only a small number of players get really good at it. Golf takes practice, instruction and time. Training to win tournaments is quite different from learning to enjoy a round with your spouse, friends or business associates. Golf should always be fun. The more you love it, the more fun you’ll have and the more time you’ll find to work on your skills. This is particularly important when developing a Junior Golfer.
Seven important steps
Two Eagles Junior Golf League
Every Monday Night we host boys and girls. They play 9 holes and then head to the Academy where the main mission is fun. Some weeks we set up a mini putting course. In other weeks we smash watermelons and water balloons.
We take pride in our programs for juniors as young as 5. We know that the more fun they have, the more they want to be here. You’ll see them taking lessons, in our camps and on the course. The future of golf looks like this.
Assistant Pros Ethan Danish and Curtis Pannell on the Academy range with driver in hand. Two different players with very different swings. Have a look.
In professional sports or highly skilled amateur athletics, coaches spend hours breaking down an athlete’s performance on video. It’s the very best method to learn the nuances of athletic motion because you actually receive scientific information rather than just the feeling of what occurred.
Learning from video
Ask us for help
All golfers want to play their very best. Unfortunately we often don’t know how to improve. In association with a golf professional, we will develop your personal golf swing library. It will significantly increase your chances of playing better golf for today and in the future!
By Ethan Danish
The best players in the world practice hitting each club a variety of distances. Sure, they have their stock shots,but they work at creating the maximum choice based on course conditions and the lie of the ball. How do they do it?
Here’s what I mean
Maybe they need to hit their 8 iron on a higher trajectory than normal because it's to a tucked pin and down wind. By swinging harder it will add more spin and climb into the air higher, making it land softer. Then on the next hole, maybe they need to hit their 8 iron 40 yards shorter because it’s downhill to a back pin. The pros don't do this by changing the length of their swing. They change the speed of their arms.
On the range
We know this to be true
Being more serious does not translate to better golf. The best tour players in the world work hard to keep their routines the same – diet, mental, warm up. It may seem needlessly redundant but remember, it’s extremely important to not shock your body in any way. One of the many reasons the pros play so well under pressure is that they treat all rounds equally, without fail.
If you normally hit half a bucket, 10 chips and a handful of putts, don't change. I'm not advocating those numbers as ideal. But as stated earlier, the day of a tournament is not the time to overhaul your routine. I believe to play your best, there are optimal practice habits. Give yourself adequate time for your body to get into the swing of things. The numbers are unique from person to person but play around with it until you find what works best for you.Warm up
Here’s my routine
The Teaching Pro
Learn to judge the speed of the green
Time and effort
When a golfer at any skill level puts in the time and commits to a process, I guarantee they’ll improve. It’s hard to break old habits. For example, if you can’t consistently get out of a bunker in one shot, ask yourself what it’s worth to you to lose the fear of the trap and instead be able to play your sand shot close to the hole every time? When you learn the right technique and practise….but then you knew that, right? See you on the range.
“ABC’s” = Agility, Balance, Coordination & Speed
Swing the wedge don’t steer it
Too often we see golfers take a full backswing and try to decelerate the club to a speed that might hit it 50 yards. In trying to slow the club down, miss hits can occur because you stop swinging the club and start steering it. Some of the errors are pulled, pushed, thin, bladed or fat shots. By shortening our backswing and following through to a full finish you retain stability in your swing and make consistent contact with the golf ball. You want to use your normal tempo or acceleration for all of these shots.
Think of a child on a swing
The practise routine
To set up for a pitch shot you want to take your normal hitting grip. Place the ball in the middle of your stance and have your hips and shoulders parallel to your target line. Your feet can be pointed slightly to the left and your weight should be evenly distributed between both feet. When taking your backswing you want to make sure that your wrists hinge and that your thumbs are pointing up.
With some practice you will be hitting the ball closer to the pin in no time.
See you on the range and good golfing!