Tuesday Tip – Circles

Kris MoeAmateur golfers often think that hitting “up” on the ball with their irons helps the ball go in the air. By hitting up, we are referring to the angle at which the golf club is striking the ball. So the club has bottomed out, and is traveling from the bottom point upward as it strikes the ball.

Nothing could be farther from the truth. Hitting up on the ball more often than not produces a bladed or thin shot which goes much lower, and a much more unpredictable distance. If the player manages to hit the ball squarely on the upstroke, it will travel far too high and lose distance, often hooking.

The best ball strike is in a downward motion with the irons. Mind you, we are not talking about the driver. “Hitting down” on the ball compresses it, gives better distance, imparts the proper spin on the ball, and launches the ball at a proper angle.

So how do we get rid of the old habit of trying to “lift” the ball with our irons and learn how to strike down on it? Frogger pro Kris Moe has a very easy drill called “circles,” which can help.

Tuesday Tip – Driver, Masters Style

This week at the Masters driving is very important. The players who can hit long and accurate drives have a big advantage and will score much better than the average shorter hitter. Long par-4′s like the 10th, 11th are great examples. All of the par-5 holes are reachable in two shots provided the drives are long enough and positioned properly in the fairway.

In the video below, part of the Frogger Golf YouTube Channel, our pro Kris Moe shows us two ways of hitting drives. One focuses on distance while the other sacrifices a little distance in favor of accuracy.

Kris Moe even tells us the best height to tee the ball up. If you’re like this frog, even that simple question had not been answered until watching this video!

Watch the players this week at the Masters and pay close attention to how they drive the ball and what results come of that driving.  How high are they teeing it?  You’ll gather what type of shot they are trying to hit.  Also note that it is easier to hit draws with the ball teed higher, and cuts with the ball teed lower.  So on the many draw-holes there, like the par-5 13th, watch for players teeing it high for the draw!

Tuesday Tip – Downhill Lies (video)

Kris MoeThe Frogger YouTube channel is full of awesome videos by our on resident PGA professional Kris Moe.  Kris’s videos are quick, short tips which will help with techniques, strategy, and the mental part of the game.

In today’s featured tip Kris shows us how to deal with the dreaded and difficult downhill lie.  Downhill lies are very tough.  It is extremely difficult to get the ball airborne.  More often than not, the ball comes out very low and does about 1/3 of the distance we are hoping for, or less.

In short there are only two simple things to concentrate on when playing from a downhill like.  Keeping the spine perpendicular to the angle of the slope, and swinging slightly to the left.  For those who aren’t quite in tune with their spine angle, another way to think about it is having your shoulders parallel to the slope.

Good luck on your next downhill lie.  You WILL have one.

System 36 Helps Keep Golf Fair Players With No Handicaps

26525_385995579449_7624959_nTournament organizers have a tough task in many respects. There are many details to work out for a tournament go smoothly and for the guests to feel they have had a good time and the results at the end of the competition are fair.

One particularly difficult and touchy subject is player handicaps. How many times has a tournament been ruined when a player with “no handicap” comes in and wins? For those times when tournaments would like to allow players with no handicap play, there are some systems which make the scores more fair.

System 36

One such system is called System 36. This is a handicap formula which is calculated for handicap-less players based on their tournament round, and the hole by hole scores.

For each par or better, the player receives two points.
Each bogey is worth one point.
Double bogeys or worse are worth no points.

At the end of the round the total points are added up. That total is then subtracted from 36. The result is the player’s handicap for that day.

Example

A player with no handicap shoots 92, 20 over par for this par-72 event. In that round of +20, there are five double bogeys, 10 bogeys, three pars.

Three pars times two points equals six points.
10 bogeys times one point equals 10 points.
Total points: 16.

Then we take 16 from 36, which equals 20. The player’s handicap is 20. 92 gross minus the 20 handicap is 72 net, or even par! Amazing how the math works.

Conclusion

So the next time you have a tournament or are in a competition with a player who has no handicap, think about using System 36 to make the competition fair for all players.

Tuesday Tip – Long Grass

Kris MoeThis week’s tip is a very valuable one on a few levels.  The video below is part of the Frogger YouTube channel, which is full of great golf instructional videos by our resident pro Kris Moe.

Long Grass

We all end up in long grass eventually.  Some of us more than others (me).  What do we do?  How do we get out of it?

What we do NOT do is try to hit too much club out of long grass.  I 4-iron or 3-wood or something like that will probably not get airborne.  In fact, the ball may not even leave a short radius within a few feet.

What we SHOULD do is take a more lofted club which helps get the ball going up.  Going up helps keep the grass resistance down.  We should also hit down on the ball with more of a descending angle, which helps reduce the drag on the club produced by the long grass.

At the very end of the video Kris Moe tells us he is only trying to get the ball to go about 100 yards in order to have a chance at saving par or bogey, and staying away from “big” numbers.  That is a key statement.  Big numbers are round killers.  Avoid them at all costs by not trying to hit the hero shot out of the long grass!

Tuesday Tip – Pendulum

Kris MoeToday’s Tuesday Tip comes from the deep Frogger Golf archive of great golf instructional videos at www.youtube.com/froggergolf. Resident golf professional Kris Moe has produced a ton of great videos for us to help improve our golf games.

This week we are discussing the pendulum concept. Most golfers have heard of a pendulum putting stroke, but not many have thought about it with regards to the full swing. In the video below Kris Moe shows us how to connect our bodies with our arms and golf club to produce one motion. That connection shows us and gives us the feel of turning the body at the same pace as the club.

Keeping the body and the club connected like the parts of a pendulum help prevent us from flipping the club or having our arms and golf club completely out of sync with our bodies. The result is more solid contact, longer distance, and better accuracy.

Who wouldn’t want that?

Tuesday Tip – Inner Game

Kris MoeToday’s Tuesday Tip comes from the Frogger YouTube at www.youtube.com/froggergolf. The Frogger YouTube is home to a ton of great golf instructional videos featuring our Frogger pro Kris Moe. Kris’s videos are short and sweet, simple to understand and implement. We don’t need to make golf more complicated.

In the video below Moe helps us out with some basic tips from golf’s “inner game.” We all know that golf is 90% mental, and the other 10% is just in your head. The video helps us simplify and implement a simple swing thought which will help our tempo and release in all shots including the long game, short game, and even putting (though Kris does not refer to putting in this video).

Tuesday Tip – Tennis and Other Sports

Kris MoeIt is great that we have such a fantastic resource in our own Frogger pro Kris Moe! We’ve put together some quick instructional videos for you which are invaluable! They can all be found on the Frogger YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/froggergolf.

This week’s featured tip relates golf with other sports. Kris Moe uses a tennis racquet to show us the relation of the face to the ball. Square face. Round ball. It is the same with the golf club and golf ball. We are ultimately trying to deliver the face to square at impact.

Swinging a tennis racquet around can actually be quite beneficial for getting the feel of certain golf shots. We know that in tennis or ping pong turning the wrists over on a shot can produce overspin and a curve from right to left, for right handed players. Conversely we know that cutting across the tennis ball from outside to inside and keeping the racquet from turning over will produce a curved shot from left to right, for right handed players.

Those two shots have equivalents in golf. The first is a draw and the second is a fade. So grab your tennis racquet and take some swings. Try to concentrated on the position of the face and see what it feels like to turn it over or cut across it. Translate those feelings to your golf swing.

Tuesday Tip – Understanding Levers and Power

Kris MoeToday’s tip comes from the Frogger YouTube library which is full of great golf instruction videos by our own resident pro Kris Moe.

Kris uses a dog to of all things to demonstrate how a golf club works as a lever, and how we can generate more power and thus more distance.  Though Kris does not refer to it specifically, he’s talking about the “lag” in a golf swing, which the angle between the arms and the club.  The smaller the angle, the more the angle or lever will release.  The more it releases, the more club head speed it generates.

Club head speed = distance.

Play It As It Lies? Perhaps Not.

We’ve all heard the term “play it as it lies” in golf. So if your ball is in a divot, or in super long grass it is simply tough luck. You have to play it from there, or “as it lies.” But what about this situation where a golf ball is on the head of an alligator?

There are provisions in the rules of golf for a “dangerous situation.” If a situation is dangerous for a player, such as the ball is next to a bee’s nest, by a rattlesnake, or on the head of an alligator, the player is entitled to a free drop no nearer the hole. In order to enjoy the game of golf, we must be alive!