Here's a Fun Way to Better Your Golf Game - Informative Article by head Golf Pro Shawn Kelly of The Ridge Golf Course & Events Center

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This is an article that gives some simple strategies to improve your golf game. It is written by the Head Golf Pro at The Ridge Golf Course & Events Center in Auburn, CA.

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Eyes and Thighs

When golf pros discuss aim for a full golf shot there are two parts of the body that should be considered, eyes and thighs. This is because if one understands these two body parts and how they work, the player can set up to be more in balance and consistently hit more playable shots.

When players aim a golf shot, they are trying to square the body to a parallel line, called the target line. The correct place to see this line is from behind the ball, when looking toward the target and trying to draw an imaginary line between the ball and target. When a player can see this imaginary line in their mind, step towards the ball and set the club’s leading edge perpendicular to the line first and then set the eyes and thighs square or parallel to this line, the golfer will be in a great position to make a full swing. If the golfer is set up too closed or too open they will not be able to make a balanced swing.

The eyes are the trickiest to understand. If they are not exactly parallel to the target line the rest of the body will tend to be offline. The golfer needs to slow their routine down just a little so their eyes can adjust to the line and then set their body parallel to the line feeling comfortable and balanced. Remember that when the golfer is sure that they are square to the line it usually will not look square when they look up to the target. This optical illusion is one of the biggest problems for golfers of all levels. Trust the process and the golfer can trust the aim of the swing.

The thighs are the easiest to check the parallelism to the line. Once the golfer has set up to the ball, they should take the club and lay the shaft flat across their thighs. At that point, the golfer should then see that the club is perfectly parallel to the target line. If it isn’t, they need to open or close their hips and legs until the thighs are perfectly square. It may look or feel awkward at first, but one must trust this set-up to be consistent. After few hundred repetitions the golfer will begin to believe that it actually works. The legs are the foundation of the swing. If the base or the foundation is out of position it will be difficult to swing to balance.

When professional golfers are working on their square-ness these are their two concerns, “Eyes and Thighs.” If they are correct the ball will usually go where they intended. Give these tips a try the next time there's an opportunity to play a round of golf and watch the playable shots improve.

Shawn Kelly is the Head Pro at The Ridge Golf Course and can be found below:
The Ridge Golf Course & Events Center
2020 Golf Course Rd
Auburn, CA
(530) 888-7888

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