Face it: aging changes your game. Here are some tips for staying relevant on the course.
While the subject matter of your drawings is totally up to you, it is important that you draw on several locations around the ball in order to make sure your drawing is visible no matter how the ball happens to be lying on the grass. Remember, you can't touch your golf ball once it is in play, so you won't be able to adjust it in order to expose a specific side of the ball.
Draw in a few locations and you will be covered no matter how the ball stops. Some ideas for your drawing project include something simple like your initials or your name, or the names of your children. If you are feeling more artistic, you could draw things like flowers, animals, or anything else you have the ability to recreate on a small sphere.
The point is not the actual drawing, but what it represents — a point for you to focus on during the swing. Instead of a plain white ball to stare at, you will now have something interesting and personalized that you can use to hole your gaze until the ball has been struck. To use this method successfully, you will need to include a step in your pre-shot routine where you 'lock on' to a spot on the ball with your eyes before the club goes in motion.
As you are standing over the shot, pick out a specific part of your drawing to stare at during the swing. Then, as you swing, fully commit yourself to keeping your eyes on that part of the ball until impact has been made and the ball has flown off into the distance. This might not be easy at first, but it will get easier and easier as time goes by.
With a bit of practice, you should find that it is no problem at all to hold your gaze on a specific marking on your golf ball as you swing. And, hopefully, once you start to use this method, you will notice that topped shots are no longer a part of your game.
Not only is this a good tip to help you avoid topping the ball , but it is also productive on the putting green. When putting, you shouldn't really have to worry about topping the ball — but keeping your head still remains an important fundamental to your success. To putt your best, you need to be as steady as possible over the ball. Do the same thing while putting as you did while making your full swing with regard to watching a specific spot on the ball and you will likely improve your performance on the short grass as well.
Cure 2 — A Ball Position Tweak. It is frustrating when the worst problems in your golf game can be solved by simple solutions. Once you do find the fix, you will probably spend weeks or months asking yourself the same question — 'why didn't I think of that sooner'? That is going to be the case with this point. To stop topping the golf ball , it may be that the only thing you need to do is move the ball a bit back in your stance. Moving the ball back in your stance can be an effective way of curing the tops because it will change the point at which the bottom of your swing arc contacts the ground or gets closest to the ground.
If you are playing the ball too far forward in your stance currently, the club may already be on its way back up away from the ground by the time you reach the ball.
If that is the case, you are going to be at risk of topping your shots. By moving the ball back slightly, you will be making contact closer to the bottom of your natural swing arc, which means you will have a much better chance of avoiding a topped shot.
Many players who hit shots with the ball relatively forward in their stance get comfortable with this setup and refuse to make adjustments later on — even though the setup is hurting their game. When the ball is forward in your stance, the only way you can make solid contact is by sliding your weight toward the target in the downswing.
As you swing down from the top, you won't be able to reach the ball with rotation alone — so you have to slide to the left in order to put the club on the back of the ball. Even if you do so successfully, the slide will have cost you significant swing speed along the way. Or, if you don't slide all the way to the ball in time, you will hit a top.
Either way, your game is going to be diminished by something as simple as positioning the ball in the wrong spot. To correct this error, you should work on improving your ball position by starting with your shortest clubs first. With one of your wedges, hit a few shots on the driving range while having the ball directly in the middle of your stance. When you hit shots from this position, you will likely have an easy time avoiding topping the ball — even if you aren't particularly comfortable at first.
Once you get comfortable hitting wedges from this position, gradually move up to longer and longer clubs while moving the ball forward in your stance an inch or so at a time. By the time you get to the driver, your ball position should be lined up off the inside of your left heel. So, in other words, every shot that you play from your driver on down to your wedges should come from a ball position that is between the inside of your left foot and the middle of your stance.
While adjusting your ball position could instantly remove the top from your game, it is not going to immediately turn you into a great player. You will have to work on learning your new ball positions and the new trajectories that they produce before you can really raise the level of your game.
Adjusting your ball position is a big change that will force you to put in plenty of practice time before you can feel in control of your game once again. However, if faulty ball position is causing you to top shots currently, this is a change you are going to need to make. Cure 3 — A Flat Left Wrist. The first two cures we have listed above — drawing on your golf ball, and adjusting your ball position — stayed away from the realm of mechanical tweaks to your swing.
However, at some point, you may have to make a physical change in your swing if you are going to get rid of the tops.
On that point, one of the most-important things you can do to ensure you hit the ball solidly is to get your left wrist into a flat position at impact.
You may have never before thought about your left wrist as an important part of the impact equation, but it is crucial to your ability to hit solid shots. When the club comes in contact with the ball at the bottom of the swing, your left wrist should be in a flat or, at least, relatively flat position. If there is a significant bend in the back of your left wrist — in other words, if it is cupped — you are going to struggle to hit the ball solidly. Countless amateurs have trouble with this point, which is why topping the golf ball is such a common problem.
So how do you get your left wrist into a flat position at the bottom of the swing? It all comes down to holding your angle properly. On the way down, you need to hold the angle that has been formed during your backswing between your left arm and the shaft of the club. In fact, the angle should only be given up just prior to impact as you are about to strike the ball. Holding this angle for as long as possible will not only help you to avoid topping your shots , but it will also help you to deliver more club head speed at the point of impact.
While it is easy to say that you should hold your angle in the downswing, this is a point that has proven difficult to many amateur golfers to master. Most likely, you are going to have to put in some significant work on the driving range in order to actually swing the club in this manner.
To give yourself a good chance at success, start by hitting short, soft shots with your wedges in order to get comfortable with the idea of lagging the club down toward the ball. Just pitch the ball 20 or 30 yards while focusing on that solid left wrist position at impact. As your confidence grows and your technique improves, gradually add more and more speed to the equation.
Topping the golf ball is no fun — that much goes without saying. Not only will your score quickly rise when you hit a few tops during a round, but you will probably feel embarrassed as well. However, you don't have to be stuck with topped shots for the rest of your golfing life. Golfing manufacturers seem to make clubs for pro golfers, but the reality is that the majority of golfers are well below average.
The USGA states that 90 per cent of golfers can not break following the rules of golf. The game is too difficult. Every January manufacturers unveil their new and improved clubs, but not necessarily clubs for seniors. Only an aerospace engineer could understand this, and Cobra is typical of most manufacturers.
What it boils down to is that senior golfers need to make some adjustments in their clubs and swing. So what clubs are best for seniors? That is a matter of opinion and no two people will probably agree.
It is necessary to research what companies manufacture both irons and metal woods for senior golfers. Here is a list of some recommended clubs; just take your pick:.
Unlike most sports, golf is a lifetime activity. So make the senior adjustments and continue playing. RV Golfer Why are booze and golf inseparable? Keep up to date by subscribing: Digital Edition Print Edition.