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John Hoskison has been a member of the British PGA for thirty years.  He is a former member of the European Tour and has played with many world class golfers. He has also written over 300 articles about the golf swing!  

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  • John has won Over 100 Tournaments Worldwide
  • Won the 1992 European PGA Professional Championships
  • Represented Europe in PGA Cup Matches v USA
  • Golf Instruction Panalist for Golf Monthly
  • Current Golf Feature Writer for Suite101
  • Occasionally Plays the European Seniors Tour 

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John has written four bestselling golf books.  A Swing You Can Trust is regarded as a one of the best golf  books available.  It explains the golf swing in a unique way using analogies to explain the mechanics of the swing, and simple to understand exercises to groove it.   

From the grip to the finish position, John coaches using humor and unique analogies to explain how the golf swing works, and how to build a swing you can trust.

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Shooting Lower Scores - Simple Tips to Save Shots




Shooting Lower Scores concentrates on how to maximize your scoring potential.  It discuss the safe tee shot, club selection, bunker shots and putting.  This is a book about tactics that will help you shoot your handicap more regularly.

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Pair this with John Hoskison's other book "A golf swing you can trust" and you have two superb books on the swing, and how to go about REALLY using it effectively. There are so many books that get bogged down in detail, drills etc and miss the fundamentals - low scoring is how you think your way around the golf course! Read this and use some of John's insight and you're on the right track to bring those scores down! 

Your Short Game Silver Bullet



Imagine how many shots you could save if you could chip and pitch like a pro? 

Your Short Game Silver Bullet describes the missing link between the chipping and pitching technique of a struggling amateur and that of a short game magician.  And there is a missing link - a Silver Bullet which the top pros have inherited from their younger days.  This book will help train your hands to release the club at precisely the right time for control, trajectory and spin.

Transform your short game and your long game with twelve simple exercises that take no more than ten minutes a day. You can even do them at home or in the office! Practice these drills for enhanced club head control and you will be able to strike chip shots with authority, and land the ball where you want. If your hands are trained to square up the blade at impact, it will help your short game and your driving off the tee. Educated hands can make any swing work.

Interspersed with the exercises, John shares short and insightful stories about competing alongside some of the world's top players, including golfing legends Seve Ballesteros, Mac O'Grady and Ryder Cup Captain Lanny Wadkins.

Join former European PGA Tour Player and champion golfer John Hoskison as he presents his proven 'silver bullet' for club head control--the missing link between suspect short game technique and a chipping and pitching action that really works. 


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Thursday, 15 April 2010

How to Hit a Driver - PGA Pro Tips

Golf Swing Drills and Tips - Count ‘one-and-two’ for Good Timing

A smooth transition from back swing to downswing can make the difference between a good and bad shot. There is a critical moment at the top of the swing when a golfer is given a chance to find the right line of the downswing. A chance to make an adjustment if the back swing is not quite on line.

If the golfer gets too quick from the top there is little chance to find the right line, but if you can slow the transition down, it will give you the best chance of dropping the club onto the correct path.

If you counted the rhythm of someone who was too quick, the swing would be ‘one-two’ (one for the back swing, two for the downswing). But for someone giving themselves the best chance of a controlled downswing, the count would be ‘one-and-two’

The ‘and’ represents that crucial moment, almost a pause, when you can find the right line.

To improve your consistency count to the rhythm ‘one and two’ or ‘back and forth’ or ‘up and down’.

This tip comes from the ebook A Golf Swing You Can Trust.  Available for immediate download on itunes or Amazon.

Golf Tips and Drills for Hip Turn in Golf Swing

Most top pros limit their hip turns on the backswing to build as much torque as possible, but there are certain movements in the swing that pros can manage but club golfers struggle with. Limiting hip turn, and winding up like a coiled spring, is one swing tip best left to athletic top pros.

As an example to show that some skills are best left alone, imagine someone decided they needed to relax more and went to the shops to buy a magazine on Yoga. Inside there could well be an article on a famous Yogi who says he finds enlightenment and deep relaxation by meditating in the lotus position for half an hour each evening. There would probably be a photo of him a sitting on crossed legs.

Although this position clearly works for the dedicated yogi, who’s probably practiced the position since birth, imagine if our magazine buyer sat down and tried to fit himself into the same position. If he managed to interlock the legs, it’s probable he’d sit in excruciating pain for half an hour and be unable to walk afterwards.

Restricting hip turn is something left to top pros who have incredible flexibility and strength. Without daily training, if a club golfer tried to limit hip turn on the backswing, they would either strain the back or simply not complete a shoulder turn.

A good hip turn promotes a good shoulder turn which should be the number one priority for all golfers as it stops so many bad faults like slicing and coming over the top. Allow the hips to turn freely, just stop body weight shifting onto the outside of the right foot on the backswing.

How a golfer positions their feet in the stance is crucial if they want to promote a good turn that creates at least some torque and resistance. If a golfer turns both feet out slightly it will allow the hips to turn with ease which automatically helps the shoulders to turn. If the feet are set at right angles to the hole, which some people advocate, it limits hip turn, which consequently limits the shoulder turn.

This is a time for experimentation as there are no hard and fast rules a golfer has to adhere to. Try hitting a few shots with different foot positions to see how it affects the turn of the body and the flight of the shots.

Golf Swing Drills and Tips - You Can’t Beat a Good Takeaway



Because the golf swing is a chain reaction, having a good takeaway is vital. But it’s very difficult to know if you are taking the club back on the right path. Following is a tip to find out:

Get into your address position ready to hit an imaginary ball, and then before you swing, bend down and put a ball directly behind the club head rather than in front where the ball should be.

Take up your stance again, make sure you know where you are aiming, then swing back to the top of the back swing. As you do so the ball will be sent rolling away.

To understand whether you are taking the club back on a good path, all you have to do is watch where the ball has rolled.

On a good swing the ball will have been rolled away slightly behind you, reflecting a swing path that sweeps back on the inside. If however, the ball rolls either straight back or worse, away from you, you know you have taken the club back too straight or outside the line.

If you can do this on a few practise swings it gives a very strong feeling of what to do when you hit a shot. Sweep the ball away behind you for the best results.

Golf Swing Tips - Take a Step Forward and Hit Down on Irons


To hit crisp clean iron shots the club must be coming down into the ball. This means the swing arc has moved forward during the downswing with the golfer transferring weight onto the front foot. But if you already know this, and still have trouble taking a divot after the ball, try this exercise to help transfer your weight.

Have a practice swing but as the club swings through to the finish take a pace towards the hole with your right foot. It might take a few swings to get used to the sensation, but after a short time you should feel as if you could walk after the shot. Gary Player used to do this on many normal shots and Lorena Ochoa sometimes does it now.

Learn to take a pace after the shot to move the arc forward and start driving into the ball for a ball turf sequence and crisp clean irons.

Golf Swing Drills and Tips - Tilt your Head to Stop Slicing



If you slice, your shoulders will be open or pointing left of target at the moment of impact. This means you have an out to in swing path.

But it is not only your shoulders that point left. As your upper body has swung round, your head has been pulled to the left as well. At impact a line through your eyes would be pointing in the same direction as your shoulders – left of target.

To stop slicing and start coming into the ball on the correct path, you have to find a way to keep the upper body from swinging open.

At address, tilt your head to the right so that a line drawn through your eyes would point to the right of target. On the back swing make sure it stays at that angle and you don’t cheat by letting it return to where it prefers to be.

If you concentrate on keeping the same head angle at the beginning of the downswing, it will help stop your shoulders dominating and swinging open.

The more you want to hook the ball the more your head needs to be tilted to the right at address.

Golf Swing Tips and Drills to the Feel of Draw Shot


There is no shot that gives a club golfer more satisfaction than a powerful draw with a driver that starts up the right of the fairway and curves back to the middle. In the old days the name for this shot was a ‘spread’ shot. The name comes from a tip that was regularly used to describe the feeling of how the hands and forearms work through the ball to impart a draw spin and today the feeling is still the same.

Imagine wanting to spread butter on a piece of bread with a sharp knife. Moving from right to left you would automatically roll the knife over the bread spreading on the butter.

This is exactly how the hands should work when hitting a draw. Imagine if the knife didn’t roll over, the leading edge of the blade would immediately cut into the bread and slice it open.

If you want to hit a draw shot the hands should roll over through the shot, what is now commonly known as releasing the club.

Golf Tips to Swing the Golf Club as Well as a Junior



We all know how well junior golfers can swing the club. Give them a half decent grip and shortly after they start swinging the club on line, in plane, and just like a pro. But it’s not because they have more talent than an adult, normally it’s because the club is slightly too heavy for them.

With a club that is too heavy a junior golfer initiates the swing naturally using the upper body to swish the club away from the ball. But give a club to an adult, with stronger hands and arms, and they can override the natural swing by using their hands and arms on the takeaway.

Try this exercise to start the swing off with a natural one-piece takeaway. Instead of warming up by swinging one club, put two or even three together and from a stationary stance, make a swing. Automatically you will use the upper body to sweep the club away from the ball creating the necessary momentum for the club to swing naturally. Practice swinging with two or three clubs to promote a natural swing just like a junior.

Golf Drills for Putting Drill to Help Stop Three Putting


Rolling the ball up close to the hole on a long putt is the quickest way to stop three putting. This requires good touch and most importantly a consistent strike of the ball. Normally it is the distance that golfers have trouble with, not so much accuracy, and this putting drill was thought up by Johnnie Miller in the 1970’s to develop a consistent strike for touch putting.

Take a coin and put it on the kitchen floor, normally the flattest surface in the house. Take your putter and aiming at a target try hitting the coin along the floor. To do this effectively the golfer needs to come in at the same consistent level on each putt. Too steep and the coin will jump into the air, too much on the up swing and you will hit the ground behind the coin.

Hitting one putt on the up swing and the next on the downswing will have a dramatic effect on the distance a putt travels. If you practise this exercise, very quickly your putting stroke will allow the putter blade to come into the ball at a consistent level, consequently your distance control will improve.

Point the Club at the Target for Maximum Club Head Speed


Power comes from being in a good position at the top of the swing. To understand why, here is an example:
Imagine a formula I driver sitting in his car on the grid, his one goal to drive as fast as possible to the finish line, four hundred yards straight down the track. Because he has taken time to line up his car directly at the finish, he can afford to floor the accelerator knowing the car will speed away on a straight line.

But supposing the car is lined up pointing into the barrier on the left. Can the driver in this car accelerate immediately? Absolutely not. If he did, he would go crashing into the wall, spinning down the track. First he has to steer the car slowly onto the right line, only then can he speed up.

The car that can accelerate immediately will be travelling faster at the finish line. In golfing terms, if you can concentrate on pointing the club at the target, as accurately as possible, it will give you extra time to accelerate and create more club head speed at the ball. The more inaccurately the club is aiming, the more of the downswing you have to sacrifice steering the club onto line.

To help build up experience of aiming the club, be willing to exaggerate. Do three swings, point one to the left of target, one to the right and then one at the target itself. The pros call it club head awareness, and it’s a skill you can definitely improve with a small amount of practise.

Pitching Drills and Tips - Keep Connected to for Consistent Wedge Shots


A forty yards wedge shot off a tight lie is one of the most difficult shots to hit. Even pros avoid this distance if they can by laying up to full wedge distance on par fives. The difficulty comes from the hands becoming overactive leading to a poor strike or inconsistent distance control. The following exercise is not new, but it’s a great way to keep the body and arms working together to keep the hands quiet.

Take your favourite pitching club and a towel to the practice ground. When you have hit a few shots take the towel, tuck it under both arms and pin it across the chest. Then start to hit some short pitch shots. It is important to make sure that you only use half a swing. At first it will feel slightly restricted but soon you will get used to the feel.

This exercise keeps the swing connected and originally comes from Ben Hogan’s book the Modern Fundamentals. Faldo famously revamped the idea by using a towel, but over the last few years, since power has become the dominating force in golf, this exercise has been forgotten.

By pinning the arms to the side, the arms and upper body works together and keep the hands quiet. Practice this for twenty shots then try to recapture the sensation of a connected swing when you pitch normally.

Short Game Drills and Tips If You Fluff Chips Don’t look at the Ball


Although the root cause of fluffing chips might be poor technique if a golfer is lacking confidence even a reasonable chipping action can end up duffing shots.
No matter how nice the practice swing might feel, just as the club is coming into impact the body tenses and the hands jerk the club at the ball.

The problem is the apprehension of hitting the ball. If you take the ball out of the equation most swings would have better results. If you have tried most other things try this exercise to regain some confidence.

Go to the chipping green and hit some short chips but instead of looking at the ball focus on the grass one inch away from the ball. If you think this unusual,l it is, but remember there are visually impaired golfers who strike great golf shots. Once the swing is in motion it should be centrifugal force that releases the club.

When someone is lacking confidence they try to hit at the ball, but if you can’t see the ball it helps a golfer to rely on centrifugal force and feel. Try very small chips to begin with, maybe ten feet, then work your way up to twenty yards. Feel how the club releases smoothly, then try to recapture the sensation when you play chips properly.

Golf Swing Drills and Tips - Check your Arm Alignment if you Hook or Slice


Everybody knows that the grip is important. But it’s not only because of the way it influences the club head. The grip also has a dramatic effect on the stance, which in turn influences the shape of the swing. Following is a tip to find out if your grip is adversely affecting your swing shape:

Take up your stance over a ball, when you have finished, and being careful not to adjust your grip, lift up your arms in front of you to shoulder height. Doing so will mean you have to straighten your back slightly.

Look at your arms in front of you, about four inches above where your watch would be. Now, imagine if I walked across with a tray of drinks, and tried to balance it across your arms at that point. Would it stay there or would it fall off? If it would fall off to the left you are setting up for a slice, to the right a hook.

A good grip would mean the arms are set almost level and it would be easy to balance the tray. If the left arm is too low there will be a tendency to take the club outside on the back swing. If the right forearm it too low you will whip the club away on the inside

At address, make sure a line across your forearms is pointing directly at the target to help straighten out your shots.

Short Game Drills and Tips - Cup the Left Wrist to Play the High Lob



Being able to hit a high lob shot is an invaluable asset when trying to save shots round the green. But most golfers do not make a necessary change to the swing when trying to slide the blade under the ball and all too often the shot travels too low and too far.
The key to a successful lob is in cupping the left wrist to open the blade.

Most golfers know that they should open the blade a little at the address position, but very rarely do club golfers open the blade when swinging. The left wrist should cup on the backswing and should be held in that position during impact. This will allow the blade to slide under the ball giving maximum loft and backspin.

Experiment using your normal swing for a few shots, then change to a cupped wrist, it makes an enormous difference to the flight of the shot. The more you cup the wrist the higher the ball goes.

Golf Swing Drills and Tips for Better Golf Posture for a Good Turn


The most important fundamental of a good swing is the shoulder turn, and to turn the shoulders well, you have to have a straight spine at address. Look at the address position of a tour pro, and you can see how straight they keep their spine. If you study the stance of a club golfer, often the top of the spine is bent, as the golfer looks intently down at the ball. Looking down at the ball with the head, rather than with the eyes, is one of the most damaging faults a golfer can have at address and the most common cause of poor posture. Follow this tip to stand to the ball correctly:

Take up your stance in front of a mirror. When ready, moving just your eyes, not your head, look at the mirror in front of you - you should be able to see your face. If your head is looking down too much you would not be able to see yourself at all. If you have the correct head angle the only way for you to see the golf ball is by looking down with the eyes, not by inclining the head more. This head angle will allow you to turn much easier on the backswing with enough space for the left shoulder to move under the chin. This in turn will allow a wider swing arc for more power and control.

Golf Drills and Tips to Hold the Finish and Control the Swing


Many golfers want to improve their golf shots but in the never-ending search for the perfect swing they sacrifice working on balance and rhythm. Yet these two vital ingredients in the golf swing are arguably the most important aspects to work on.

The more unorthodox your swing the more important rhythm and balance become. If you have a swing where the club travels up and down on the same line, or in the same plane like a professional, it is relatively easy to hit consistently good golf shots. But if you have a swing with faults, particularly on the backswing, necessary adjustments have to be made. The more balance and overall timing and rhythm your swing has the easier it is to make compensating movements and bring the club back squarely into impact.

Everyone has the capability of improving their balance and timing, but it is almost impossible unless you spend time practicing it. Sometimes a golfer should go to the range with the sole purpose of encouraging the body to move more efficiently during the swing.

To check whether you have good balance see if you can hold the finish position after you hit a shot for three seconds. This tip might sound too simple to affect the swing but the more control you demonstrate in the follow through the more control a golfer will have at impact. Hold you finish to hit straighter shots.

Golf Swing Drills and Tips to Shorten the Backswing for Greater Control


A shorter controlled backswing is more efficient than a long backswing where a golfer looses control of the club. With a small alteration to the left thumb position a golfer can keep a good firm grip of the club at the top for greater control and straighter shots.

When Ben Hogan redesigned his swing one of the major alterations he made was to the way he gripped the club. Instead of using a long left thumb he pulled the thumb up the club into a more compact position. This allowed the thumb to contain the torque at the top of the backswing much better, which led to a tighter more controlled backswing.

If you feel out of control at the top, and your glove wears out quickly caused by your hand slipping on the club, check your thumb position and alter it to match the photo demonstrating the correct left thumb grip.

Golf Swing Drills and Tips to Plant the Left Foot to Start the Downswing


A golfer can have a great looking backswing but if the downswing is not started in the correct sequence, power and accuracy is lost. The transition between backswing and downswing is a crucial part of the swing and makes the difference between a great shot and one, which misses the fairway or green. Learn how to start the downswing correctly by planting the left foot for extra power and the correct downswing sequence.

At the top of the backswing a golfers weight should have been transferred onto the right side. With the body coiled ready for action there will only be about twenty percent of weight remaining on the left side and the heel of the left foot may well have come off the ground. Both Tom Watson and Jack Nicklaus used to have a pronounced left heel lift.

How much the left heel rises is down to how supple a golfer is but the action is similar to that of a baseball thrower where the left leg comes right off the turf. To start the downswing in the correct sequence the left heel needs to be driven back into its original position. This can be practiced without a club. To make it more dynamic it’s best to have a pronounced lift of the left heel on the backswing. The harder you slam it back into the ground the more potential speed you are generating.

Golf Swing Drills and Tips to Stop Slicing



When someone slices a golf ball, at the moment of impact, the shoulders have spun open and are pointing left of target. This is the cause of an outside in swing that is responsible for a slice. Use this swing thought to control the shoulders and stop slicing.

Imagine you pinned a playing card, say the ace of diamonds, to your chest and had a practice swing. But in front of you, between you and the target stood a friend. Your job would be to swing down to impact without your friend being able to see the playing card pinned to your chest.

If they could see the ace of diamonds then your shoulders have spun open too much and you would be attacking the ball from the outside. If you can hide the card until you hit the ball then you will have stopped the shoulders from spinning open and the arms would have swung down on the correct line.

Golf Swing Drills and Tips to Trust Your Swing and Hit Hard


Most golfers are guilty of ‘quitting’ when taking on a tough shot, and it invites disaster. No matter how good the swing technique, if a golfer loses confidence and quits through impact, power is lost and sidespin is imparted on the ball. To take on the tough shots a golfer must trust his swing and commit to the shot, just as a formula one driver has to trust his car.

When a formula one driver takes on a difficult bend he must keep his foot on the accelerator to keep the car sticking to the road with down force. If he loses confidence and takes his foot off the gas, down force is lost and the car will go spinning off the track It’s against human nature to keep accelerating when everything logical is telling the driver to slow down, but to keep control of the car the driver must keep the gas pedal down. The same goes for a golfer hitting a golf shot.

As a golfer is coming into impact on a tight tee shot the most logical thing to do is stop accelerating and guide the club at the ball. But that is the worst thing a golfer can do. As soon as they try to manipulate the club and guide it at the ball, the pure swing path created by centrifugal force is interfered with and both power and accuracy are lost. For a golfer to hit consistently good shots under pressure they have to be committed to hitting through the ball positively. When facing a tough shot most pros prefer to hit the ball hard knowing it’s the best way to keep the shot straight.

Two Golf Swing Drills and Tips for a Natural Swing


It is clearly visible when a golfer has become confused about how to swing the club. Look at the people you play with. There are bound to be one or two who stand forever over the ball trying to focus on one of the many thoughts bombarding their brains. For them it is impossible to swing naturally, and it is better not to get caught in that trap. Try these exercises on the range to cultivate a more natural swing.

Take ten balls and get ready to hit one of them, but rather than standing to the ball with the club grounded, start the swing with the club off the ground and above the ball. At no time become stationary before swinging away. This reduces tension and promotes a much smoother takeaway.

This is a very good exercise but requires some faith. Take three balls and put them in a line two inches apart. Hit the first one then without stopping swing again and again hitting the other two. This keeps the swing fluid and very quickly you will find you strike all three balls pretty well. This exercise promotes a natural swinging action without the golfer making bad moves to disrupt the natural swing orbit.

Try these exercises without worrying how you hit the ball, initially the strike is unimportant, the primary goal is to feel a more natural flowing swing. Once you have practised this a few times, try to incorporate the feel of a more natural swing when you hit a proper shot.

Golf Swing Tips to Choose the Right Wedge When Facing a Tight Lie


The first thing a golfer has to do when facing a tough wedge shot is to decide which club to hit. Normally a golfer carries several wedges that could hit the shot but it is important to select the wedge with the least bounce. Bounce is the term that describes the bottom of the club.

To be able to strike the ball cleanly with hit a wedge shot off a tight lie it is imperative to select the club with the least bounce. A sand iron is designed to glide through the sand and has the most bounce of any iron so do not automatically reach for it.
Even though you might want to hit the ball high it is better to hit your pitching wedge which is designed for hitting shots off the fairway. It is also worth putting another wedge in the bag if you only carry two. A lob wedge with 60 degrees can be a formidable scoring weapon.

Golf Swing Tips for New Hip Position at Address to Change your Swing


If you are trying to hit the ball with a new shape, but are struggling with a swing change, try a new approach by setting the hips differently at address. The position of the hips at address directly influences the angle of the spine, which in turn affects the plane of the turn and swing line.

Most golfers who are struggling to draw the ball have the hips set too far back in the stance, which makes their spine too vertical at address. This position tends to make the golfer tilt on the back swing, which makes it almost impossible to come into impact from the inside. To help make a more natural turn onto the inside, shift your hips forward in the stance, which in turn inclines the top of the spine away from the hole. This will automatically change the shape of your swing.

Conversely if your swing plane is too flat, shift the hips further back at address, which makes the spine sit closer to a vertical position. This will make the swing path less inside and consequently will lead to a more upright swing.

Work on different hip positions at address to see what affect the new position has on the flight of your shots.

Golf Short Game Tips - If you Miss Short Putts Curtail the Follow Through


When trying to hole short putts a golfer must have a positive putting stroke that accelerates through impact. But when a golfer tries too hard, and becomes tense, the putting stroke becomes undefined and wishy-washy. Rather than accelerating positively towards the hole, the hands freeze, the putter decelerates through impact and the ball limply rolls off line. To hole more putts a golfer must learn to make a more positive stroke.

In most magazines golf pros advocate a putting stroke where the putter travels back and through the same distance. In a perfect world this would be the best stroke. But this type of style contains very little acceleration and can easily slip into a limp weak stroke where the putter head overtakes the hands. If you look at some of the great putters, who consistently hole out under pressure, there is a slight rapping tempo to the stroke, almost like a punch shot in golf. This ensures that the hands are in control as the putter head accelerates into the ball. If you study Tiger Woods or Nicklaus in his heyday and one of the great pressure putters Ben Crenshaw, they all accelerate into the ball and have defined finish positions to their putting strokes.

If you are struggling on the greens and leave putts short, shorten the follow through to only two inches past the ball and putt with a rapping tempo that encourages acceleration. Being able to curtail the follow through also means the hands are in control after impact, which helps keep the putter face squarer for longer – the same concept as in a full punch shot.

Putting Drills and Tips - Square Up The Putter Face to Hole More Putts


Most golfers spend time working on their putting stroke but it is worth remembering that returning the face square at impact is more important. However, it is also more difficult to practise. Most training aids that help improve putting deal with the path of the putter, not the face at impact. Try this exercise to help bring the putter face correctly into the ball.

Stand next to a doorframe or the side of a wall so you can put the putter face squarely up against a hard surface where the ball would normally be. Make a backswing then bring the putter back to the wall pretending to hit a ten-foot putt. As the face hits the wall you will immediately feel whether the putter has contacted the wall squarely.

Even if your putting stroke is slightly too much inside out, or outside in, if the face is square at impact you will hit more putts on line

On a full golf shot weight transference is crucial, but during a good putting stroke there should be no movement of the legs at all and the head should stay dead still. But if you look closely at most golfers putting, the legs wobble about more than they should do and as a result the head moves back and forward. This excessive movement makes it very difficult to hole putts consistently If you have already tried to anchor your head and still miss putts, try anchoring the legs instead.

Take up your normal putting stance, but before you make your stroke pick up the heel of your right foot slightly (enough to be able to slip a finger under the heel) so only your toes are touching the ground. Then pull your foot back two inches in effect closing the stance. When you make a putting stroke from this new stance, there is a very definite sensation of stability. Any movement in the legs is more apparent and this makes it much easier to keep the legs static. With the legs held firm it is much more likely to eradicate any degree of weight transference and consequently it is much easier to keep the head still.

This stance is a theme of putting style used by Gary Player and Bobby Locke in the 1960’s where the right leg was drawn back behind the left to make the base more like a tripod, eliminating excessive body movement.

Golf Swing Tips for Release - Throw the Driver Head at the Target


In a recent tennis match during the U.S.Open one of the players let go of his racket by mistake when serving. The racket flew across the net and the player lost the point. But when discussing the incident in the commentary box afterwards Annabel Croft pointed out that releasing the racket, or throwing the racket, when serving was a drill used by the Williams sisters when practising their serve. Apparently they used a stack of rackets and threw them at the target after the ball, which ensured the correct release.

When releasing the golf club on a full drive the concept is the same. In a good swing if the club slipped out of a golfers hands the club would fly off into the distance on line with the target.

But with a golfer that slices, or hits the ball with an outside in swing path, the club would fly to the left of target. Conversely, a golfer who draws the ball would throw or release the club to the right – reflecting an inside approach into impact.

In no way is Golf Magic advocating throwing clubs when practising! But by imagining the club being released into the distance after the ball, certainly encourages a straighter, more natural release of the club.

Short Game Golf Drills and Tips - Use a Wedge to get out of Wet Sand


During the winter months the sand in greenside bunkers often becomes hard and compacted. Normal bunker technique will work if you choose a different club with less bounce but all too often golfers use a sand iron with bounce and find they thin the ball into the face in front of them.

In order to extract the ball successfully from wet sand it is important to get the leading edge of the club hitting the sand first. Using a sand iron, with a large flange, will make the club bounce off the surface making it impossible to get underneath the ball. Try experimenting with your pitching wedge or a nine iron, which is designed differently and will help cut into the sand rather than bouncing off it.

Remember that it is important to cut down into the sand so make sure you keep the head down till after impact or the club will come up too early which will also result in a thinned shot.

In wet sand use a club without bounce, keep the head down until after impact and you will save valuable shots round the green.

To hit a driver well is very important if you want to learn to score better. Not only is it the most rewarding shot to hit, but hitting the ball up the fairway straight and long helps saves shots.

How to Hit a Driver – Sweet spot

When learning how to hit a driver the most important thing is to find out whether the driver you are using suits your swing. To do this you must find out where the ball comes out of the clubface. This will affect ball position and height of tee.

Do you hit the Ball out of the Toe or Heel of the Driver?

Go to the driving range and take with you a black felt tip or marker pen. Once you have warmed up and are ready to hit the driver, take ten balls and mark a spot the size of a thumbnail on the back of each ball.

Tee the ball up with the spot at the back of the ball. Hit all ten balls then have a look at the face of the club. Each ball should have left a mark. Find out where the average position would be and then mark that spot on the driver face. This is the spot which normally makes contact with the ball. Ideally it would be in the middle of the face but most often it is to one side or another.

If the mark is a long way from the middle of the club, to the heel or toe, it might well be that the shaft of the driver is wrong for you and the general design. In these circumstances find a golf range where they are holding a demo evening, go along and try lots of different drivers to see if anyone of them immediately feels better.

Tips to Hit a Driver

If the mark on the face isn’t too far away from the middle you can adjust your tee height to accommodate. If the mark is either to the heel or toe, stand either further away or nearer to see if it makes any difference. This will be immediately apparent if you watch the flight of the ball.

To hit the driver well a golfer needs to hit the ball on the upswing. The most important thing about the driver stance is to lean back away from the target. This tilts the swing arc back enabling the golfer to hit the ball on the up.

Set the head back and to the right and keep it there until you hit the ball. This anchors the body enabling the golfer to hit against a firm left side which creates centrifugal force and encourages a powerful release of the hands through impact.

Swing to a full finish. Make sure you hit right through the ball to compress it to its maximum for extra ball speed. Finish with your right foot in the classic finish position with the right sole vertical and pointing away from the hole.
Commit to hitting the driver. Once you have decided to use a driver off the tee make sure you commit to if fully. Don’t back off and try to guide the club, it’s not designed for that. If you use a driver, swing to a finish and commit to it with conviction.
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How to Hit a Low Drive into the Wind

Being able to hit a low drive gives a golfer extra ammunition off the tee. A low flight with a driver shot gives extra run on the fairway and more control off the tee when hitting into the wind. Learn hot to hit the ball low with adjustments to the golf stance and swing.

Low Drive Golf Stance

To hit a driver low a golfer must have the weight on the front foot at the moment of impact. The more weight on the front foot, the lower the ball will take off. Much of this can be done in the address position.

Tee the ball up lower than you normally would do for a drive off the tee.
Position the ball in the middle of the stance with the hands slightly forward of the ball.
Make sure that although the hands are forward they don’t open the face of the club. Keep the face of the golf club pointing directly at the hole.
Put more weight on the left foot. Normally for a driver sixty percent of body weight would be on the right foot. For a low driver shot sixty percent must be on the left foot.
Stand slightly closer to the ball than normal. This will help make certain fundamental swing adjustments covered in the tips below.

Low Drive Swing Adjustments


One of the most important things to do, if you want to hit a low driver shot, is to grip down the club slightly. This means you stand closer to the ball which allows a more upright or steeper swing plane. This automatically gives the ball a lower take off trajectory. The more you grip down the lower the ball will fly.
Make sure your head at address is set opposite the ball and not set to the right where it would normally be positioned.

Keep the backswing shorter than normal. Although it’s human nature to swing longer when trying to hit harder, it’s important to keep control of the length of backswing. If it becomes too long, with too much wrist cock, the hands will have to work too hard to release the club.

Keep Hand Action to a Minimum

To hit the ball low there must not be too much flick of the hands at the ball. Think of it more like a hockey shot where hand action is restricted on the backswing. This will get the forearms to drive into the ball with the minimum of hand action.

For more golf tips read John's Book 'A Golf Swing You Can Trust'.  This book will really make a difference to your game.

A Golf Swing You Can Trust

John is also author of the book 'A Golf Swing You Can Trust' which explains the golf swing in a unique and fascinating way.  You can find the book on Amazon by clicking on the picture above. 

A Golf Swing You Can Trust is an original work by a highly respected deep-thinking PGA player and teacher.  John has spent thousands of hours competing and teaching the game and has built his own game on the principals set down in the book.  In this book he reveals how, after years of slicing, he went from the worst player on tour to the National PGA Professional Champion by using these simple techniques. 

From the grip to the finish position, John coaches using humor and unique analogies to explain how the golf swing works, and how to build a swing you can trust.

REVIEWS:
"John taught himself a great swing and knows as much about golf as anyone I've met.  This is a must read book." Nick Mitchell  - Former European Tour PGA Player

"I went to John for the usual stuff; head in hands, not knowing what shot was coming next. John kept it simple… got me back enjoying my golf again."   
Mick Fitzgerald - TV Sports Presenter - National Hunt Jockey.

 "John has very good technique and is a great student of the game. He always told me 'simple is best'." 
Andrew Murray - European PGA Tour - 1989 European Open Champion. 

"We used to be out there trying to squeeze one down the fiarway but John Hoskison would stand up and blast one down the middle as if no trouble existed.  We called him the 'Toy Cannon'." 
Pete Oakley - 2004 Senior British Open Champion

How to Hit the Driver Further

Many golfers need more length off the tee to be able to reach par fours in two shots. Being able to drive a good distance and still keep the ball on the fairways is a great asset for lower scores and confidence. Follow these tips to maximise your power and impress your friends.

How Hit the Golf Ball Further with a Driver

Sometimes it’s worth taking a risk off the tee for extra length to be able to reach par fours. Once you have decided that the shot requires maximum power there are certain things you can do to increase your normal pitching distance.

Firstly power hitting requires complete commitment. Even the way you take out the driver from the bag is important. Extra power demands a positive attitude and from the moment you decide to hit the shot hard your body language must be positive and decisive. Take out the driver with as much determination as a swordsman would pull his sabre from its scabbard.

Your charismatic, pull back your shoulders, hold your head up, this drive is going to be the big one.

Drive Longer

Widen your stance. To create maximum force you must have a stable base. Feel the inside of your right foot dig into the turf like a hundred metre sprinter digs in his right foot at the start of the race.

Tee the Ball Higher than Normal. To gain extra carry and a flight that has the right amount of spin tee the ball higher than normal. The attack line is up and through the ball, driving it high into the air.

Swing positively to a full balanced finish. Once you have decided to ‘give it a go’ swing decisively to a full finish without any fear. Making sure your body turns positively to a full finish will cut out any unnecessary hand action that would impart sidespin on the ball.

Total Commitment to the Shot


This is crucial to maximise distance. All to often a golfer decides to hit hard then on the downswing they cop out and decelerate through the shot. This will lead to inaccuracy. Once you have decided to go for distance there must be no room for a change of mind at the last minute.

Maximum Power at Impact

Be the boxer in the ring, the weight lifter going for a record, the hammer thrower in athletics, puff your chest out don’t hold back, and ‘go for it’.

For more golf swing help read John's golf instruction book that will really make a difference to your game.

A Golf Swing You Can Trust

John is also author of the book 'A Golf Swing You Can Trust' which explains the golf swing in a unique and fascinating way.  You can find the book on Amazon by clicking on the picture below. 

A Golf Swing You Can Trust is an original work by a highly respected deep-thinking PGA player and teacher.  John has spent thousands of hours competing and teaching the game and has built his own game on the principals set down in the book.  In this book he reveals how, after years of slicing, he went from the worst player on tour to the National British PGA Professional Champion by using these simple techniques.  Twice John played in PGA Cup matches v USA.

From the grip to the finish position, John coaches using humor and unique analogies to explain how the golf swing works, and how to build a swing you can trust.

REVIEWS:
"John taught himself a great swing and knows as much about golf as anyone I've met.  This is a must read book." Nick Mitchell  - Former European Tour PGA Player

"I went to John for the usual stuff; head in hands, not knowing what shot was coming next. John kept it simple… got me back enjoying my golf again."   
Mick Fitzgerald - TV Sports Presenter - National Hunt Jockey.

 "John has very good technique and is a great student of the game. He always told me 'simple is best'." 
Andrew Murray - European PGA Tour - 1989 European Open Champion. 

"We used to be out there trying to squeeze one down the fiarway but John Hoskison would stand up and blast one down the middle as if no trouble existed.  We called him the 'Toy Cannon'." 
Pete Oakley - 2004 Senior British Open Champion

How to Hit a Driver - Ten Top PGA Tips

Tips for Golf Driving Stance

Make sure you have the right driver for your swing. The ball should take off with about 3000 revolutions of backspin a minute for maximise length off the tee. Find a range that can measure the backspin your driver imparts on a shot. The most expensive drivers are not necessarily the best.

Tee the ball up high enough to be able to hit the ball on the upswing. The sweet spots on modern drivers are much higher up the face than on older clubs.

Tilt your upper body slightly away from the hole to encourage a swing path that hits the ball on the up swing. The head should be slightly set to the right with your left cheek looking at the ball.

Have a wide enough stance to create a stable base to resist the turn on the backswing, but not so wide it inhibits a good turn. Experiment with different widths, everyone is different.

Make sure your right foot is firmly planted into the ground before you swing. During the backswing the body weight must remain on the inside of the foot. This gives you a good foothold from which you can drive the weight forward.

Tips for Driver Swing


Sweep the driver back smooth and slow and low. Imagine there are leaves behind the ball and your job on the takeaway is to sweep them out of the way. Everything should move together in a coordinated one-piece takeaway. Do not let the hands become active in the early part of the swing.

As the turn builds up resist with the lower body. To hit the driver powerfully resistance is key. Let the weight slide onto the outside of the right foot and necessary tension is lost.

Anchor the head at the beginning of the downswing. There is no need to shift the weight forward the same as on an iron where you have to hit down onto the ball. Keep the head back to hit the ball on the upswing.

Brace the left leg as you come into impact. Hitting against the left side creates the most powerful release. Brace the left leg and feel the hands whip the clubhead past the body. Imagine someone using a whip. To get it to crack loudly the hand has to come to an abrupt stop to release the whip. With the head anchored and the left leg braced centrifugal force will be at its maximum.

For more golf tips read John's Book 'A Golf Swing You Can Trust'.  This book will really make a difference to your game.

A Golf Swing You Can Trust

John is also author of the book 'A Golf Swing You Can Trust' which explains the golf swing in a unique and fascinating way.  You can find the book on Amazon by clicking on the picture above. 

A Golf Swing You Can Trust is an original work by a highly respected deep-thinking PGA player and teacher.  John has spent thousands of hours competing and teaching the game and has built his own game on the principals set down in the book.  In this book he reveals how, after years of slicing, he went from the worst player on tour to the National PGA Professional Champion by using these simple techniques. 

From the grip to the finish position, John coaches using humor and unique analogies to explain how the golf swing works, and how to build a swing you can trust.

REVIEWS:
"John taught himself a great swing and knows as much about golf as anyone I've met.  This is a must read book." Nick Mitchell  - Former European Tour PGA Player

"I went to John for the usual stuff; head in hands, not knowing what shot was coming next. John kept it simple… got me back enjoying my golf again."   
Mick Fitzgerald - TV Sports Presenter - National Hunt Jockey.

 "John has very good technique and is a great student of the game. He always told me 'simple is best'." 
Andrew Murray - European PGA Tour - 1989 European Open Champion. 

"We used to be out there trying to squeeze one down the fiarway but John Hoskison would stand up and blast one down the middle as if no trouble existed.  We called him the 'Toy Cannon'." 
Pete Oakley - 2004 Senior British Open Champion

Hit Against a Firm Left Side to Drive Longer

Following is a simple explanation to show why hitting against a firm left side creates maximum power.

Example to Show How to Create Centrifugal Force to Hit Longer Drives

Imagine an old house that needs to be knocked down. The walls are demolished by a crane swinging a heavy ball powerfully into the brickwork. Power in a golf swing is created in exactly the same way.

Picture the stationary arm of the crane with the ball hanging beneath it at the end of a chain. To start off the swinging motion the arm of the crane  moves back which starts off a swinging motion and pulls the ball away from the wall.. Once momentum has built up the arm of the crane stops and centrifugal force makes the ball swing past the arm.

When the chain is stretched to it’s maximum there is a slight pause as the heavy ball comes to a stop before swinging back.  At this point the arm of the crane starts to move back towards the wall pulling the heavy ball. As the arm of the crane reaches its original position it comes to an abrupt stop.

This is when centrifugal force kicks in and the chain and ball accelerate at maximum speed past the arm smashing into the wall and demolishing the house.  This action is a natural swinging motion initiated by the arm of the crane.  In the golf swing the crane arm swinging away equates to our body turning.  The chain is our arms and hands. The club head is the heavy ball.

The Golf Swing


From a good set up the golf swing starts with a body turn that pulls the club back away from the golf  ball. Once the swing has built up enough momentum the hands release the golf club half way back which allows the club to swing onto the correct swing plane. The natural speed created by this slinging move sends the golf club swinging to the top of the backswing stretching the arms into a powerful position - just as the chain is stretched to it's maximum.

The body starts the downswing just as the crane arm initiates the swing back of the ball. Initially the golf club lags behind the body as it is pulled down, but as the body reaches the position it was in at set up, the left leg braces, just as the arm of the crane stops.

At this moment centrifugal force kicks in to it’s maximum and literally slings the golf club past the body with maximum release and hand speed into the ball.

How to Brace the Left Side


If the body of a golfer fails to stop and brace itself as it comes into the ball centrifugal force will not kick in and vital speed is lost. The two main ingredients in a golf swing that are responsible for hitting against a firm left side are the head staying still and the left foot set correctly at address.
  • The head should be tilted back slightly at address and importantly it should remain in this position until the ball is hit.  If it moves forward towards the hole during the downswing then the body can't brace itself against anything and centrifugal force will not kick in.  It leaves the golfer having to 'hit at' the ball rather than relying on centrifugel force created by a natural swinging motion.
  • If the left foot is turned out towards the hole too much at address then again there is nothing to hit against.  The more a golfer wants to rely on a natural swinging motion  the more the left foot should be set at right angles in the stance. 
For more golf tips read John's Book 'A Golf Swing You Can Trust'.  This ebook can be downloaded immediately from Amazon for Kindle or itunes for ipods and will really make a difference to your game.

A Golf Swing You Can Trust

John is also author of the book 'A Golf Swing You Can Trust' which explains the golf swing in a unique and fascinating way.  You can find the book on Amazon by clicking on the picture above.  If you want to see it at itunes simply go to the site and search 'Hoskison'.

A Golf Swing You Can Trust is an original work by a highly respected deep-thinking PGA player and teacher.  John has spent thousands of hours competing and teaching the game and has built his own game on the principals set down in the book.  In this book he reveals how, after years of slicing, he went from the worst player on tour to the National PGA Professional Champion by using these simple techniques. 

From the grip to the finish position, John coaches using humor and unique analogies to explain how the golf swing works, and how to build a swing you can trust.

REVIEWS:
"John taught himself a great swing and knows as much about golf as anyone I've met.  This is a must read book." Nick Mitchell  - Former European Tour PGA Player

"I went to John for the usual stuff; head in hands, not knowing what shot was coming next. John kept it simple… got me back enjoying my golf again."   
Mick Fitzgerald - TV Sports Presenter - National Hunt Jockey.

 "John has very good technique and is a great student of the game. He always told me 'simple is best'." 
Andrew Murray - European PGA Tour - 1989 European Open Champion. 

"We used to be out there trying to squeeze one down the fiarway but John Hoskison would stand up and blast one down the middle as if no trouble existed.  We called him the 'Toy Cannon'." 
Pete Oakley - 2004 Senior British Open Champion