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Game of the Week: Squeeze Play

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In all sports, coaches preach the importance of minimizing errors to their players. In golf, some of these errors include removing penalizing drives, missing greens from inside 100 yards and reducing the number of 3-putts. The error I hope to help you minimize in this article is your number of 3-putts. A tour player averages one 3-putt every other round. How many 3-putts do you average per round?

The first place to look to help reduce the number of 3-putts is your ability to control the distance the golf ball travels on the green, because managing the speed of your putts is imperative. While there are several things to look for technically — tempo, consistency of ball contact on the face, acceleration factors and more — I like to start with a drill or game, see how a golfer does, and then evaluate what needs to be done from there.

Here is one of those games, which I call Squeeze Play.

Game: Squeeze Play

  • Gear needed: Putter, thread/thin string/ribbon, 10+ golf balls.
  • Time needed: 15+ minutes (depending on your dedication).

Rules: Set up two pieces of thread, thin string or even ribbon on the green 15 feet apart. From 15 feet away from the closest ribbon, roll your first putt as close to the far ribbon as possible without going past it. Then hit your second putt as close to your first putt without going past that ball. The key is that each putt must roll shorter than the previous putt, or you have to start over. Abiding by that rule, try to get as many golf balls between the ribbons as possible. A great number is 10 golf balls. Once you do that, move back about 10 feet and do the drill again.

For more games visit our interactive practice website www.golfscrimmages.com or book Golf Scrimmages.

 Benefits: Here’s what this game helps you with.

  • You can’t play good golf without being proficient at getting your long putts close, and that comes from having a good feel for the speed of the greens.
  • Practicing your distance control is like brushing your teeth; it’s something you must do all the time.
  • You might find yourself getting frustrated at times, so back away, take a breath and go through your routine knowing that this type of challenging practice will make you a stronger player on the actual golf course!

Practice well to play well, GolfWRXers.

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Trent Wearner is the No. 1-rated teacher in Colorado by Golf Digest Magazine, as well as a two-time Colorado PGA Teacher of the Year (2004, 2014). Along the way, he has been recognized as a Top 20 Teacher Under Age 40 by Golf Digest, a Top 50 Kids Teacher in America by U.S. Kids Golf and a Top Teacher in the Southwestern U.S. by GOLF Magazine. Trent is also the author of the book Golf Scrimmages and creator of the website GolfScrimmages.com

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  1. Douglas Kim

    Aug 15, 2016 at 7:06 pm

    Nice things. You can do this drill with just one ball and a few minute and at home with PUTTOST. Lol.

    • Douglas Kim

      Aug 15, 2016 at 7:07 pm

      Nice things. You can do this drill with just one ball and a few minute and at home with PUTTIST. Lol.

  2. Jim H

    Aug 15, 2016 at 10:38 am

    Agree. Targeting 12 inches past the hole for amateurs will result in more putts made. One of the biggest detriments to successful putting is not rolling the ball all the way to the cup.

  3. Jason

    Aug 13, 2016 at 6:08 pm

    I like it but feel it ingrains in you that coming up 1″ short of your target is great. This is fine until you are trying to hole putts.

    I think finding a way to make it the opposite would provide more benefit. Where each putt has to go farther than the prior one.

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6 reasons why golfers struggle with back pain: Part 2

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This article is co-written with Marnus Marais. Since 2011, Marnus has worked with some of the world’s best players on both the PGA Tour and European Tour, helping them to maintain optimal health and peak physical performance. His current stable of players includes Dustin Johnson, Patrick Cantlay, and Louis Oosthuizen, amongst others.

You can find more information on Marnus and his work at marnusmarais.com

Following on from Part 1 of this article, we examine reasons 4, 5 and 6 for why golfers suffer from low back pain.

Reason 4: Weak Core Muscles

Before we make start making exercise recommendations for this complicated area of the body, it’s worth asking—what is the core exactly? There is considerable debate about this often misunderstood region. Back pain expert Professor Stuart McGill, explains it as follows:

‘The core is composed of the lumbar spine, the muscles of the abdominal wall, the back extensors, and quadratus lumborum. Also included are the multijoint muscles, namely, latissimus dorsi and psoas that pass through the core, linking it to the pelvis, legs, shoulders, and arms. Given the anatomic and biomechanical synergy with the pelvis, the gluteal muscles may also be considered to be essential components as primary power generators’

In a golf context, there is a common myth that the core muscles are our main source of power in the swing. In reality, the main role of the core is to provide stiffness and stable support for force/power transfer from our legs to our upper body

If we can create stiffness and stability in our core, we can help protect our spine and surrounding structures from unnecessary strain whilst also improving swing efficiency—pretty sweet combo!

Due to a combination of perpetual sitting, poor posture and other detrimental lifestyle factors, our cores tend to lose this ability to provide stiffness and stability. We can combat and correct this with a solid core conditioning program. Below are examples of some of our favorite exercises.

Dead Bug with Fitball – the combination of squeezing the fitball whilst extending arm and leg delivers all sorts of great stimulus for the core muscles.

Bird Dog – great for glute, core and back strength

Pallof Press – fantastic anti-rotation exercise. Good for strengthening the core whilst using the ground efficiently

Reason 5 – Not Warming up Properly/Not Warming up at All!

As we’ve explained above, mechanical back pain arises from too much stress and strain placed on the back. During the game of golf, we treat our spines terribly—expecting them to twist, turn and contort with the aim of producing decent golf shots!

If we don’t prepare our bodies for an activity like golf and just go out cold, we significantly increase the chances for strain and stress being placed on the lumbar area.

I’m sure many of you have had the experience of throwing a ball or a stick hard without warming up, and received a nasty sharp pain in your shoulder. Now, if you were to warm up before doing that; stretching your shoulder, making a few practice throws etc, you’d likely avoid strain altogether. Same goes for the low back and the golf swing – without a decent warm-up, there’s every possibility of a strain when trying to rip driver down the first!

By incorporating a warm-up into your pre-golf routine, you can significantly reduce the risk for injury AND help avoid that card wrecking double-double start! As a side bonus, warming up regularly can help your general health, fitness, and wellbeing too.

We know that most amateurs don’t warm up; a study done by Fradkin et. al showed that around 70 percent of amateur golfers seldom warm-up, with only 3.8% reporting warming up on every occasion!

A decent warm isn’t hard and doesn’t have to take ages to complete; research shows that a warm-up of 10-20 minutes is sufficient. In the video below, Marnus gives a thorough guide to a solid warm up sequence.

Reason 6 – Swing Faults

Let’s not forget the golf swing. One of the most common reasons I see golfers struggle with low back pain is that they are unable to “get to their lead side” and “get stuck” on the downswing. This causes the aforementioned excessive side bend and rotation from the low back, which we need to avoid! 

“Getting stuck” on the trail side

Now we aren’t golf coaches and therefore don’t deliver swing advice. However, there are some fundamental movement patterns that most golfers could benefit from practicing. In the videos below, one of our favorite body orientated swing coaches, Richard Woodhouse, is using one of our favorite training tools, the GravityFit TPro, to help teach an efficient movement pattern. The aim is to develop a strong connection between arms and body, using the hips and thorax to rotate, thereby helping to avoid “getting stuck.”

Summary

The absolute best practice for a healthy golfing lower back is working with a golf swing instructor and also a health/fitness professional that understands the body and swing connection. As a team, they would be able to identify and improve your individual swing faults, movement pattern dysfunctions, range of motion deficiencies, muscle weakness, imbalances, and alignment issues.

If you don’t have access to such expertise locally, you may want to check out the online services offered by Marnus and Nick here:

Marnus – https://www.marnusmarais.com

Nick – https://www.golffitpro.net/

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Want to fix your chunked pitch shots? Watch this!

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Clement: Set up secrets for consistency

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Setting up properly to have success in a shot requires an ingredient that is overlooked by 95 percent of golfers because they think that impact is more important; which makes the ball the target. In reality, the ball is the intersection on the way to the real target: The flight plan that leads them into the hole!! Without this essential ingredient, there is NO WAY to negotiate the proper swing path, swing plane, clubface angle, distance to ball, ball position and levels required for solid contact and proper direction! Stick with the smart choice in golf skill acquisition, stick really closely to WISDOM IN GOLF!

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