Play-a-Round Blog

Building a Repeatable Shot

Once you can hit shots the way you like, then you need to learn how to repeat it. First thing is to have the same set-up routine each time. Record your routine on video, writing down each step. My routine is grip on, right foot pointing at the ball, club behind ball, set feet, shuffle feet to find balance, waggle club, look at target, second waggle, second look at target, settle in, quiet the mind, and swing. Do yours until you can repeat it without thinking. Next work on the sequence and ... Read more...
Steve Graves, Friday, September 7, 2018

Winterize Your Game - Improve Your Putting

Good putting results from building good mechanics and then letting your feel and touch take over. The first mechanic is to aim the putter straight. Most golfers are not so good at this. To learn aim, you need a mirror that is placed on the ground so you ensure that your eyes  are over the ball. If your putter is correctly fitted for you (lie and length), this should happen naturally. Next, learn to hit the sweet spot every time. This is what allows you to develop touch, which is impossible ... Read more...
Steve Graves, Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Winterize Your Game - Check Your Equipment (Pt. 4)

The part of the golf club that shows the most wear is the grip. With smaller bags, the grips develop more erosion just from taking them in and out of the bag. If you see a shine on your grip, it's time for a replacement. You should also clean your grips every month. Use hot water, soap, and a stiff-bristle brush. You won't believe the amount of dirt that is hiding there. Next, check the shafts for wear-marks or flaking. Look at the hose where the shaft is attached to the head. Look for any ... Read more...
Steve Graves, Thursday, November 2, 2017

Winterize Your Game - Wedges

After you've had a professional swing evaluation, let's get to work on wedge shots: First, make sure your impact position is solid (lead arm and club shaft should form a straight line or have shaft leaning towards the target). You will need video to check this position. Do you know you can rent the video equipment at Play-A-Round Golf? Next, learn to make a swing where your hands reach your hips on the backswing and follow-through (hip-high). Once you can duplicate the length of swing on ... Read more...
Steve Graves, Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Winterize Your Game - Make a Video

The first place everyone looks at is the ball-striking. Start by having a professional look at your swing. Record a video of your swing and determine what you areas you want to improve. As you practice on the changes each week, record updated videos to document your progress. Keep comparing your current video with the original one so you stay focused on completing the adjustment. The change needs to be done by the new year so you're able to work on repeating the change a few times a week ... Read more...
Steve Graves, Friday, October 20, 2017