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INDIAN WELLS INSIDER – September 2014

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PRO'S CORNER > C L I C K H E R E F O R C O M P L E T E D E TA I L S O N G O L F I N S T R U C T I O N AT I N D I A N W E L L S O R C A L L 0 7 6 0 1 8 3 4 / 3 8 2 3 I f you've been cooped up this summer or haven't had the chance to play a lot of golf, you know that first or second round getting back in the game can be interesting. Here are three things you can always check to make sure you're giving yourself the best chance at success: POSTURE Having the correct pos- ture will allow you to make the correct turn while keeping your golf club on plane. Golfers should always have a slight spine tilt, bending forward from the waist. A slight knee flex is a must and your feet should be under your shoulders so you feel stable on your feet, not too far back on your heels or too far for- ward on your toes. Here's how you can check for proper posture: v Stand up straight with your legs locked, parallel to your target. v Grip the club and bring it up so the end of the grip is pointed at your belly button. v Bend forward with your upper body so your hips stick out, and let your arms hang straight down. v Bend your knees slightly and maintain a straight back. Don't slouch! GRIP Having a proper grip will allow you to rotate your forearms and hands through impact. The placement of the hands on the club is critical for good shot-making. Keep in mind that we are all different. Some of us have small hands and fin- gers, and some large. The type of grip you choose, whether it be overlapping, interlocking, or the 10-fin- gered type, is a matter of personal preference — just as long as the hands are positioned correctly. Here's the best way to grip the golf club: v Square the club face and position the handle across the base of the fingertips of the left hand. v Roll the palm over the club until the left thumb rests straight up and down slightly to the right side of the handle. v The line formed by the thumb and the index finger will point between your nose and right shoulder. v Position the right palm around the left thumb. The left thumb should rest in the crook of the right palm and your grip pressure should be constant, not too tight or too loose. ALIGNMENT It is one thing to think you are set up correctly, and another to actually be set up correctly. Here's how to make sure you are aligned properly: v Your feet should be aligned slightly left of your target, your shoulders should be square to your feet, and your golf ball should be on a direct line to the target. v Use alignment rods to help with your aim when you practice. Think about the railroad tracks. The right side of the track should be your ball on the target line and the left side of the track should have your body square to the golf ball. BOOK A TEE TIME BASIC INSTINCTS Mastering these tips will give you the best chance for success BY TOM BURLEY Head PGA Professional

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