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Try This Swing Thought For Smooth Fairway Woods

f you’re topping your fairway woods or can’t hit them above the tree line, chances are you’re not staying in your address posture when you swing the club. If it makes you feel a little better, it’s a common fault—one that I’m going to help you correct.

Before I give you a simple swing thought to get those shots soaring, let’s talk a little about why you might be struggling to hit a 3-wood off the deck. For most amateurs, it starts with the wrong mind-set.

This is a stressful situation, because it’s not a shot you practice a lot or face more than a handful of times each round. You’re not used to pulling it off, and that lack of positive experience can produce anxiety that results in a bad swing. Another reason you struggle with these shots? You’re trying too hard to rip one high and far down the fairway. Getting home in two on a par 5, or reaching the green on a long par 4, comes from making solid, center-face contact with the ball­—not from swinging full out or trying to add loft to the shot with some body English. So swing your fairway woods without tension, and that includes pace. Don’t rush down from the top of the backswing, and don’t straighten up in the through-swing thinking this will get the ball up. On the contrary, it usually leads to that worm-burner you’re used to hitting.

Posture is the primary culprit for line drives and topped shots. If you think of the club moving along an arc determined by your posture at address, the moment you straighten up, you change the arc. Good luck hitting it in the center of the face when you do that. Things happen too fast to make the necessary adjustments.

So if you’re in need of one swing thought to help flush your next fairway wood, think maintain my address posture through impact. Feel like the ball simply gets in the way of your swing. You’re not hitting at the ball, you’re swinging through the ball.

This thought will improve your mechanics, and clear some of the clutter out of your mind that led to that nervous, clunky, rigid swing. You’ll hit the shot like you’re swinging a wedge.

Rick Smith, a Golf Digest Teaching Professional, recently opened a new academy, the Rick Smith Golf Performance Center at Trump National Doral in Miami.

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8th Annual Golf Channel AM Tour Kickoff Classic

8th Annual Golf Channel AM Tour Kickoff Classic at Dragonfly Golf Club

Sunday | January 13th, 2019

Join us on Sunday, January 13th for the 8th Annual Golf Channel AM Tour Kickoff Classic at Dragonfly Golf Club!

Details

  • 12 flights, all handicaps & ages can participate.
    • Men & women compete together from different tees
    • Compete against players of the same ability in your flight
  • Play some of the best golf courses in your region!
  • No strokes! All tournament play Is conducted at scratch
  • Tour membership good for 12 months from whenever you 1st join.
    • Includes a USGA handicap

For more info, visit www.GCAMTour.com

Open Flight

Championship 0-3.9
Palmer4.0-7.9
Hogan8.0-11.9
Saracen12.0-15.9
Jones16.0-19.9
Snead20+

Senior Flight (55+)

Senior Championship 0-3.9
Senior Palmer4.0-7.9
Senior Hogan8.0-11.9
Senior Saracen12.0-15.9
Senior Jones16.0-19.9
Senior Snead20+

Contact

Steve Neer- Tour Director | Central CA/Central Coast
559-360-2720
Sneer@GCAMTour.com

Bryson DeChambeau autographing shirts at Dragonfly

Bryson DeChambeau autographing shirts at Dragonfly to help raise money for the kidney foundation.

Thank you, Bryson!

Dragonfly Golf Club

With a 58, Jim Furyk Sets a PGA Tour Record at the Travelers Championship

Wow, we have a hard time shooting 58 in our scrambles!  This was an incredible show fo talent and ability.  It was amazing that he didn’t get in his own way mentally.

CROMWELL, Conn. — Jim Furyk has a place in PGA Tour history all to himself.

Three years after Furyk became the sixth player on tour with a 59, he took it even lower Sunday in the Travelers Championship with a 58.

Furyk bounced in an eagle from 135 yards on the third hole, ran off seven straight birdies around the turn and picked up his final birdie on the 16th hole with a 24-foot putt. He rolled in a short par putt on the final hole at TPC River Highlands, thrust his arms into the air and waved his cap to salute thousands of fans who had rushed to the amphitheater around the green.

Furyk said it felt “phenomenal” to break the record. “There’s a lot of rounds by a lot of great players ahead of me that have never reached 58,” he said, adding, “To have a little, small place in history is something you dream of.”

Furyk is the first player to shoot 58 on the PGA Tour, but Ryo Ishikawa, Shigeki Maruyama and Stephan Jaeger have reached the score in other circumstances. Furyk previously shot a 59 at Conway Farms in the second round of the 2013 BMW Championship with a bogey on his card.

Less than a dozen fans were watching Sunday when Furyk teed off at 8:41 a.m. He started the round 16 shots out of the lead, made his last putt before Golf Channel coverage began and finished three shots behind the winner, Russell Knox.

Furyk reached 11 under on the par-70 course with his seventh straight birdie at No. 12. He missed a 12-foot birdie attempt on the 14th hole, and after he nearly drove the par-4 15th, his 8-foot birdie putt lipped out.

The most pressure Furyk felt was after his final birdie, on No. 16. He still had two par 4s to navigate.

He acknowledged guiding the ball with his drive on No. 17, where he had hit the water earlier in the week. His approach was 40 feet beyond the flag, but he two-putted for par.

His drive on No. 18 hit the right side of the fairway, and his approach left him 29 feet to the right and below the hole. The attempt for birdie felt good, he said, but it slid by on the right about 2 feet past the hole. That is when Furyk knew he had the record.

“No one else can say they’ve done that out here on the PGA Tour,” he said. “It’s really special.”

See his actual footage here.

Source: www.NYTimes.com