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Getting That Coveted Golf Straight Shot

May 22, 2008
However easy it may seem, it is actually pretty difficult to hit a straight shot in golf. Now everyone is born like the golf guru, Tiger Woods, so this is actually pretty understandable. Still, hitting a golf straight shot right down on the green remains the dream shot to make of a lot of golfers, both the novice and the expert.

When you want to make a successful golf straight shot, you actually have to use the driver. This is, by far, the most difficult golf club to use, let alone control. Because the club itself is longer than other golf clubs, chances are, you will encounter a lot of hooks, as well as slices, off your tee. Still, there are a lot of things you can try to improve your drive for this straight shot. This might not make you the next Tiger Woods anytime soon, but the following tips will surely help you exert more control on your shot.

The first thing to do here is to focus your attention on accuracy. A common mistake golfers make is that they exert all their efforts into their swing when this should not be the case at all. You need to control the driver first before you do start focusing on your swing. As the clichй goes, you got to learn to walk before you run. Controlling the club becomes a definite must here. The key here is to let the club do most, if not all, of the work. You should just use your muscles to support the driver. This way, you will have enough leverage for a clean and smoother connection with the ball.

The second key area involves both your stance and your balance. Make sure to have the golf ball right by your left foot. The key here is to bring the backswing right back and down through the golf ball. Driving the ball this way would give you a straight shot down to the green. A common problem here is that golfers perform a rather rushed backswing instead of giving it a smooth and clean follow-through. Just keep your muscles as relaxed as possible to avoid having this rushed backswing.

Grip pressure is also a key area here. Many golfers do have problems with grip pressure, and correcting this can lead to better straight shots. It is important for right handed golfers to have their left hands apply the needed pressure in driving the shot. The left hand should then be the stronger one here, while the right one should be as relaxed as possible. Understandably, the opposite should be implemented for left handed golfers.

Focus, balance, stance, and a more controlled drive or swing are the key areas you need to concentrate on to get that clear straight shot going for you. With these tips, getting there would definitely be easier. Just make sure that you do spend the much needed time for practice, since this shot is not really that easy to master. But once you do see significant improvement, you will definitely be the envy of your friends!
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Noel Siegel is a successful author of Used Golf Cart Guide
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