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Better chipping with an open clubface

Better chipping with an open clubface

Do you struggle with bad contact in you chipping! This will help you a lot!

Open up the clubface in the backswing

One of the most important factors in a good chip is the way which the clubface points in the backswing. When the shaft is parallel with the ground in the backswing, we would like to see the the clubface has been allowed to “open” so that the “leading edge” is aiming up in the air (see picture 1). In this way we use the club properly, and ensures the greatest chance of the club sliding over the grass as we make contact with the ground.

Open clubface Picture 1

You are allowed to “release” the club

Additionally, an open clubface allows you to “release” the club in the downswing and follow-through. This means that you let the weight of the clubhead swing freely down towards the ball, rather than “steering” the clubhead by tightening you muscles in the underarms. It’s a good thing to “release” the club when you chip, because this helps the club to slide over the ground rather than digging into the grass.

No more “digging”

When the clubhead is closed in the backswing (see picture 2), the sharp front edge of the clubface, “leading edge”, is likely to burst into the grass, making it very difficult to hit a good chip. This can be avoided by opening the clubface in the backswing

Closed clubface

How is it checked?

Place yourself in front of a mirror or use your phone to record a video of your chip. Use picture 1 and picture 2 to compare with. The key is in the lead wrist (left wrist for a right-handed player). Study the 2 pictures closely and look at how this wrist is placed/shaped.

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Amazing footage of Brett Rumford during a bunker practice

Watch these 5:30 minutes of bunkerplay heaven!

This is one of the best ever bunker practice sessions ever seen!

Brett Rumford, a European Tour player, former PGA Tour Player, and many time winner on several of the best professional tours, is known to be one of the best bunkerplayers in the world.

His overall Short Game is amazing and therfor he is also known as Mr. Short Game on the European Tour. At the Nordea Masters at Barsebäck G&C Club, 2017, Brett had a little bunker practice session after his round. After hitting 2 minutes non-stop “gimmies” from the sand, I thought it would be cool to record the master in action, and it ended up with a 5:30 minute video. Here it is, enjoy:


What can be learned from this video?

I won’t be going into very specific details about the technique (Watch this video to learn more about Brett Rumford’s bunker setup). The camera angle is way off and does not allow a lot of detailed swing-analysis, but that wasn’t either the point with the video. But I take notice of a few things in the video:

Listen and learn

Turn up the sound and listen when the ball is hit. It’s like an explosion in the sand. This “explosion” comes from the bounce (learn more about the bounce here) being smashed into the sand with quite a lot of speed.

Fly it

The first 3:50 minutes the shots are hit to a flag in the back end of the green. A common thought for a pin-position like that, with that much green to work with in front of the pin, would be to let the ball roll the way up to the pin, instead of flying it all the way. But that is indeed not what Mr. Rumford is doing. Most of the shots lands a few meters in front of the pin, take one bounce and then checks up beside the pin. So why would he fly the ball all the way to the pin? Off cause no-one can know except himself, but my guess would be these reasons:

A lower releasing/running bunkershot will require less loft on the club, which would decrease the bounce, and therefor make the contact more difficult.

A such good player is used to see the ball fly with a certain known flight (height/trajectory) and with that flight distance control is easiest. So why chance the flight, and make distance controle harder because of an unfamiliar trajectory?

It’s smooth!

Every shot is hit with a smooth acceleration of the club through the ball.

Watch the rhythm and tempo of the swings. It looks so smooth, relaxed, soft, and in sync. There is absolutly no tension, and everything seems to perfectly harmonized.


Use the video as inspiration to your own bunkerplay. Watch it and enjoy every second of it. This is how bunkershots should be played.

All the best luck from the sand!

-World Of Short Game – Nicolai Cetti

If you need help with your bunkerplay, or other parts of the Short Game, you can order your Online Lesson right here!

 

It should be made clear that World Of Short Game and Nicolai Cetti has no relation to Brett Rumford. This is video recorded from “outside” the ropes. 

Swing Plane Short Game

Swing on plane and hit better chip and pitch shots

Swing on plane and hit better chip and pitch shots

Do you have difficulties with the contact of your chip or pitch shots? Then it is likely that the way you swing the club back and forth causes theses problems.

 

What is the swing plane?

The swing planet is the “way” we would like to swing the club when chipping and pitching. The swing plane is the angle the shaft creates at setup. (see Figure 1). Exactly what this angle depends on many things and are not the essential. The essential thing is that the club head moves along this plane in the backswing, and on the way down again.

 

Why is it important to swing on plane?

There are several benefits that comes along with swinging on plane:

  • The contact with the ball will be easier.
  • You are much more likely to use the club properly if you swing on plane. A wedge is designed to help you if you hit a bit too early in the ground, and this help is reduced if you do not swing the club right back and forth.
  • You have greater chance of being creative with your chip and pitch shots. With creativity I mean changing the height of the shot, and how much spin you hit.
  • Unfortunately, the lie is not always perfect when chipping or pitching, and you need to be able to adapt to this. If you swing the club on plane, you have way better chances to adapt your swing to fit the many different lies you get when playing golf.

 

Swing Plane Short Game

How do you know if you swing on plane?

There are several ways to check your own chipping and pitching motion. The easiest way is to use your phone, which is likely to have a camera built-in.

  1. Place a club on the ground pointing straight at your target and put yourself so the club is between your feet and the ball (see Figure 1)
  2. Get a friend to hold the camera so it is located in the same line as the club lying on the ground.
  3. Compare the recorded video and see how the club head moves back and forth. Use picture 2, 3 and 4 as reference points.
Golf Chip Challenge

Golf Chip Challenge

Golf Chip Challenge

Golf Chip Challenge is a game that PGA Professional Rene Wiesel has designed. The game can improve your Short Game, through fun and different practice.


What can it do?

After playing the game a number of times with many different groups of players, I only have positive things to say about the game. It’s incredibly fun to play and you can easily spend hours playing it. You can either play 1 against 1, or you can play in teams, like when playing a foursome.
The game is very good for practicing hitting your landing-spot, which is one of the most important skills to have in the “Short Game”.
After playing the game more and more times, one begins to develop different tactics and different game formats that can make it even more fun and challenging to play.

Who can play it?

The game is designed so that players of any kind of skill level can play, even beginners will have fun with the game. In addition, players of different levels can play against each other by having different sizes of landing zones.

Where can you play it?

The game can be played anywhere with a little space and some grass. The backyard, the golf course, the park, the possibilities are many as long as there is a piece of grass.

Where can you buy it?

The game can be purchased through the following website:

http://karstenmaas.dk/golfchip%20challenge.html

Additionally, you can follow the game’s Facebook page:

https://m.facebook.com/Golfchipchallenge-1429263763971001/

A huge thanks to Rene Wiesel for sending me this, this is an awesome product and a game we will be using a lot in the future!


“As a player and coach, I have a VERY STRONG love for the Short Game of golf, and the Golf Chip Challenge game is an amazing and fun game that anyone can use, and everyone will have great joy and benefit from playing it” – Nicolai Cetti

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Learn how Ernie Els hits a TON of backspin!

Learn how Ernie Els hits a TON of backspin!

Backspin is something all love, but not everyone can do it. Using Ernie Els as a model, Nicolai Cetti will highlight some of the basic movements he is making, in order to create a lot of backspin when hitting small wedge shots.

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5 simple bunker setup fundamentals with Brett Rumford

5 simple bunker setup fundamentals with Brett Rumford

A bunker is usually a great place to be for a professional player. From the sand the ball-control is often really good, and this gives them a really good chance of hitting the ball close to the hole.

With Brett Rumford, European Tour player and one of the best bunker-players in the world as a model, I will point out 5 key elements in his setup, which you can use in you own game the next time your on the course.

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Top 10 Bunker shots

Watch the Top 10 Bunker Shot 

Check out the top 10 greenside bunker shots on the PGA Tour! One thing is for sure on the PGA Tour: THESE GUYS ARE GOOD!


If you want to learn more about how one of the best bunker players in the world setup to a bunkershot, check out this video

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Shocking: What you praise has a MAJOR impact on people!

Shocking: What you praise has a MAJOR impact on people!

Have you ever wondered how important it is what you choose to praise?

The video below deals with a study done on the importance of what you choose to praise. The results may surprise you, it certainly did for me. This can be extremely important in both the world of golf, but indeed also in the rest of peoples lives.

The video relates directly to the Mindset Theory, which you can read a lot about right here


To sum up: 

The next time you want to praise someone and tell them how good they are, hold on and think for a second. Instead of telling them how good the where, or how cool the result was, tell them this:

  • You worked you ass of out their, and I have the deepest respect for you work ethic!
  • Well fought out their! You looked like you did your best on every shot, and that is you biggest achievement of today.
Your Mindset

Your Mindset – 6 tips to better habits

Your Mindset – 6 tips to better habits

How you choose to react in a given situation, says a lot about you as a golfer, but also as an human being. Here are 6 tips for better mental habits, and the theory behind. 

The Mindset Theory is based upon behavioral psychology, and deals with why people choose as they do in given situations.

Research has shown that people can have two different mindsets. The Growth and the Fixed.

The Fixed Mindset

People with the fixed mindset, believe the talent and skills are a constant size, which can’ot be change. You have a certain amount of talent and abilities, which one has to live with forever. Athletes with this mindset often have a great need to show themselves as better than others, and therefore they never reach their full potential because they constantly need to “protect” their status as being better than the others.

 

The Growth Mindset

People with an open mindset; believe that talent and skills are a changing size that can be developed throughout life, through hard work and training. These people believe that behind every performance there is a major work ethic.

Most of the world’s greatest athletes, Michael Jordan, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Tiger Woods, Mia Hamm, Pete Sampras, have or have had the growth-mindset. None of these athletes have come easy to their performance; they have worked hard, and achieved what they have throughout focused training, and constant analysis of their performance and weaknesses.

Advantages of the Growth mindset

Research has shown that a growth mindset creates a healthy approach to learning and training. People with this mindset are much more susceptible to feedback and they have a much greater ability to deal with adversity. And last but not least – the growth mindset reaches a much higher performance level in the long term.

 

The mindset is incredibly important, both on the golf course, but also in life as general. If you want to see which set of thoughts you walk around with, check out which beliefs you have in the table below.

 

Do you want to live with a growth-mindset?

The mindset theory is not just a theory; it’s an approach to life. If you have the desire and the courage to live with the growth mindset, then I’m sure you can. It requires hard work and determination, but we can all do it!

 

6 tips to live with a growth-mindset

  1. Use words that I will, I can, that sounds exciting, well done, great job, well fought, and so on.
  2. Appreciate the effort – the work – and not the result.
  3. Chose the difficult option – that’s were you can learn the most.
  4. When you are facing a difficulties and setbacks, think of it as an opportunity for you to learn and improve.
  5. When people give you criticism and feedback – thank them; they have just helped you to identify areas for improvement.
  6. Doing great is not when you can do something with no mistakes, and finish quickly. Doing great is when you really work hard to do a task and when you keep trying even though you are struggling to find a solution.

 

Golf Wedges - 11 golf wedge parts you must know

11 Golf Wedge Parts You Must Know

11 Golf Wedge Parts You Must Know

Do you know what bounce angle, the sole or the grind are, on a golf wedge? If not, keep on reading, and find out!

The golf wedge is designed in a very specific way, in order to help the player the most. In the following I will describe the different parts of a wedge, and what their function is.


1. Shaft

The shaft is the part that connects your hands with the club head. The shaft may vary in the type (steel or graphite shaft), the length, the weight, stiffness (flex), and where the shaft flexes (kick point).


2. Ferrule

This is just the little black plastic piece that sits where the club head stops and the shaft starts. It has no function, but is simply a visual part of the club. Some club-builders offer ferrules in costume colors! 😉 


3. Hosel

This is the part of the club head wherein the shaft is mounted. This is the part of the club were the ball is strucked when hitting a shank. The companies behind wedges experiments with different hosel length, to change the clubs performance.


4. Loft

The loft on a wedge is the angle of the clubface relative to the shaft. The angle is measured when the shaft is vertical relative to a horizontal surface. This angle has an impact on how high and far you can hit the wedge.


5. Lie

The lie angle of a wedge is the club head’s horizontal orientation relative to the shaft. The lie must fit every individual player because it has a huge importance to the direction of the shot.


6. Bounce angle

Bounce is an angle every wedge has. This angle is measured when the shaft is vertical, and with the club head positioned on a horizontal surface. The angle between the horizontal surface and the leading edge (see below) is the bounce angle. This angle serves to prevent the club from digging into the ground or in the sand. It would be enormously difficult to get solid contact on a short game shot without this angle. 4-degree of bounce is very little, and 15 degrees bounce is very high compared with the wedges that are sold today.


7. Leading edge

The leading edge of a wedge is the front and bottom edge of the clubface. This edge is very sharp on a wedge compared to longer irons and clubs. If the leading edge comes into contact with the ground to early, it increases the chance for the wedge to burrow into the ground, which will result in a shot that is way too short.


8. Sole

The sole of a wedge is the lower portion of the club head, located underneath the club head. This part of the club is essential in order to prevent the club from digging into the ground when the two meet. Imagine a wedge with a super narrow sole, it will have far greater tendency to burrow into the ground and get stuck than with a wider sole.


9. Grind

Grind is how the sole on the wedge is designed. It can be formed in different ways, it may be wide or narrow etc. On Titleist’s SM6 wedges there are L, S, K, M and F grind, each of which fits a different type of player, and also fits various types of course conditions.


10. Grooves

The grooves on a golf club are located on the clubface, and are designed to create more backspin on the ball. Your sand-wedges grooves will typically be worn out earlier the the other wedges in your bag, because the sand in the bunkers is very hard on the grooves. Fresh groove is ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL in order to produce a decent amount of backspin.


11. Milling

The milling on a wedge is the “mini grooves” across the clubface. These mini grooves are usually only seen on wedges. They are often designed in a curved shape, and can be difficult to see unless you look carefully.


Hopefully you have a little better understanding of what a golf wedge is made of now!

Now you just need to learn how to use it properly. Check out 9 Best Chipping Tips for Instant Better Performance Around the Green

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