Play-a-Round Blog

How to Break 100, Pt. 4: Hitting the Club's Center More Often

by Jim Bromley, PGA So far, we've talked about some of the key pieces to hitting the ball more solid. They are the proper set-up routine (standing correct distance from the ball) and keeping your left arm in control on the backswing. Now let's add another piece: keeping your swing center as still as possible through the strike of the ball. The swing center is a point in the center of your chest (not your head). There's no question that the best ball-strikers keep this point or swing center ... Read more...
Steve Graves, Wednesday, July 5, 2017

How to Break 100: The Takeaway

by Jim Bromley, PGA Last week, I discussed the set-up, and how the left arm and club shaft should be in a straight line. You should start the backswing by pushing the club back from your upper left arm or left shoulder. The club head will appear to go in a straight line, but it will actually go in an arc as your body starts to twist. Once your left arm gets to about hip-high, your right arm and right wrist will start to bend. The simplest swing involves the left arm controlling the ... Read more...
Steve Graves, Tuesday, June 27, 2017

How to Break 100: The Stance

Last week, we talked about the 4 key shots needed to break 100. Here's the first part on how to execute those shots. It all starts with the correct grip and set-up routine. First the grip: the key here is to place the left hand (for a right-handed golfer) on top of the grip so that your wrist is on top of the grip. The left thumb will extend down the right side of the grip (about 1 o'clock). This should make it easy for your left arm and the club shaft to form a straight line from left ... Read more...
Steve Graves, Tuesday, June 20, 2017

"How to Break 100" by Jim Bromley, PGA

This is the first post in a series on "How to Break 100". The key is to avoid disastrous shots and play only the ones you know you can make. You need to learn how use 4 clubs well. First, we need a consistent tee shot. I highly recommend a 13-degree lofted driver. It will not go as far as a lower-lofted driver, but you don't need a long shot, just a consistent one that finds the fairway. Next, we need a fairway shot. Best club selection here is a 25-degree hybrid or 6-iron. Again, the ... Read more...
Steve Graves, Tuesday, June 13, 2017

How I Use Golf Simulators to Get the Most from My Practice Time

Written by Jim Bromley, PGA On the PGA Tour, almost all players use a Trackman to learn exactly how far they hit the ball (just look at what Dustin Johnson has accomplished). My practice in the simulator allows me to also check my yardages. Next I try to hit in-between shots. How can I make my 160-yard 7-iron travel 155 yards instead? Am I better hitting a hard 8-iron? It's good to know what works best for you. The most important practice I do is with my wedges. I've learned to make a ... Read more...
Steve Graves, Thursday, May 18, 2017