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Golf Tips from Doug Weaver, Dir of Instruction

Learn more about the game of golf from our director of instruction. Select from the following articles:
» Tennis Players are Invited to Play Golf
» Learn from Baseball
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Toe up and Toe down
» A Good Golf Swing Isn't Rocket Science (or is it?)
» One-Plane Swing Eliminates Push Shots & Duck Hooks
» How to Hit Great Shots from the 3 Toughest Lies in Golf
» Win the Uphill (and Downhill) Battle
» Getting Out of Trouble Off the Knees


Tennis Players are Invited to Play Golf
Written by Doug Weaver

Tennis players make great golfers. There are many reasons why. The major reasons are the similarities in the mechanics. The forehand in tennis is a rotation to the back foot and then a rotation to the front foot. The same core muscles do the work in a proper golf swing. Every time a tennis player strokes a forehand they are developing those muscles. Take your hands and place them on the sides of your trunk above the belt line and below your ribs. Now laugh and feel the contraction of the oblique muscles. This muscle squeezes your lungs and forces the air out of your lungs for a hearty laugh. The same action takes place when you cough. Triggered by the need to clear you airways, these muscles contract and force the air out of your lungs.

Doug WeaverRafael Nadal, winner on nine Grand Slam Events has developed the oblique muscles and increased his racket speed considerably. Grand Slam winners that have pursued competitive golf are Ivan Lendl and Leyton Hewitt. Stan Smith of Hilton Head Island can win against anyone in competitive golf.

As you see in these photos the approach to the impact of the ball and the follow thru are so similar in golf and tennis. In picture A, the hips or core are opening, the arms are lagging slightly behind and the wrist is hinged. In picture B the hips and core continue to unwind, the arms are beginning to pass the body, the wrist is unhinging and the weight has transferred to the forward foot.

Tennis players have a head start in learning proper golf. I invite you to give your knees a rest and begin the natural transition to golf. You can learn to be an athletic golfer like Bobby Riggs who visited Palmetto Dunes Resort frequently in the 70's and 80's. Mr. Riggs would play tennis in the morning, eat lunch and without changing clothes go to the driving range looking for a golf game. Jack Nicklaus, broke down a barrier present in every country club. This barrier separated the active tennis players and the perceived non athletic golfers that rode in carts or walked. When Nicklaus built a tennis court in his back yard, and a photograph of him playing tennis with his family appeared in a national magazine, people began mixing the sports in their agendas. Now, we know the two games compliment each other. Yes, you will play better tennis if you play golf and vice versa.

Learn from Baseball
Written by Doug Weaver

Learn from baseballSitting behind first base at the Braves game, I have a great view of the batters as they hit the ball. The impact looks the same as the impact on the PGA Tour. The following points are what I am looking for:
1. I can see the belt buckle moving to the target, creating centrifugal force
2. Centrifugal Force straightens and extends my left arm
3. A good 80% of my weight is on my left foot
4. My head remains to the right of the ball
5. The right heel is coming off the ground
6. The right knee is pivoting toward the target

I invite you to look in a mirror or come and get your swing on video and we will go over this checklist.

Toe up and Toe down
Written by Doug Weaver

Toe UpWould you like to think less as you play golf? This pointer can help you. Knowing your equipment and how to adjust it can help you in many ways. When the toe is up in your setup it will help you draw, hook and put top spin on the ball. You can lower your hands in your setup to achieve this. This is a positive adjustment for a right handed player if you have water on the right and a slice will take you there. Lower your hands and watch the toe go up. Now take your normal swing and trust it. The shot pattern will be a draw or hook and the worst shot you will have is a straight shot, therefore avoiding the water on the right.

Toe DownWhen your toe is down this will cause a fade or slice with side spin. For a right handed player, and there is water on the right, raise your hands up in the setup and watch the toe go down. Now take your normal swing and trust it. It is common that your worst shot will be a straight shot but favoring a fade and slice, therefore avoiding the water and a penalty.

As an instructor, I can read the divots in your shots and tell you if your toe was up or down. Here is a clue: if the outside of the divot is deeper, then your toe was down and you most likely hit a fade or slice. As you walk the fairways you can observe the patterns of the divots and know what shots are being made. Do you know what a dollar bill divot is? I encourage you to learn how to make them.

I invite you to Palmetto Dunes Golf Academy to learn to improve you game.

Doug WeaverA Good Golf Swing Isn't Rocket Science (or is it?)
As seen in Golf Illustrated — by: I.J. Schecter with Doug Weaver

Mastering the golf swing is by no means a simple task. However, the frustration experienced by many weekend hackers stems from the lack of knowledge as to the science of golf as it does the application of precise mechanics. Once you know how a golf swing is supposed to behave, you can begin to try to perfect and emulate it. Until you know how the relationship between ball, club and science is supposed to work, you won’t know what you’re trying to execute. READ MORE >>




Doug WeaverOne-Plane Swing Eliminates Push Shots & Duck Hooks
As seen in Golf Illustrated — by: I.J. Schecter with Doug Weaver

You’ve read endless advice about swing planes and ball trajectories. You’re mentally drained from trying to figure out which of the three-dozen tips you’ve read recently is the right one for getting the club squared to impact. You’re ready to pull out your hair after coming across yet another piece of advice on the proper swing arc that directly contradicts the one you memorized two weeks ago. The easiest way to embed a consistent, effective swing path is to break it down. Like any trip, this one is easier to take if you use clear signposts along the way. So let’s talk about the path your club should be taking to the ball and, to make sure it arrives at its destination properly, three crucial stops it should make along the way. READ MORE >>





How to Hit Great Shots from the 3 Toughest Lies in Golf
As seen in Golf Illustrated — by: I.J. Schecter with Doug Weaver

Doug WeaverHitting a golf ball straight is difficult enough from a flat lie. When you and the ball are suddenly on different levels, it becomes even harder. Facing an uphill lie, downhill lie or sidehill lie is daunting, but like many situations in golf, it can be handled well with an appraisal of the physical situation and proper compensation for it. READ MORE >>




Doug Weaver3 Secrets to Better Course Management and Lower Scores
As seen in Golf Illustrated — by: I.J. Schecter with Doug Weaver

Every golfer is restricted by the limits of his physical skill. Big Berthas or not, most of us still can’t drive a ball 300 yards, after all. The one thing within our control, however, is how we approach an overall round, a specific hole or a given shot. The most common fault committed by the average golfer has little to do with his physical abilities, but rather it involves thinking too little about what he wants to do with a particular shot. Adopting a tactical approach on the course can make an enormous difference to your scorecard. With that in mind, let’s discuss three crucial principles of good course management. READ MORE >>

Win the Uphill (and Downhill) Battle
As seen in the 2008 PGA Professional Guide to Instruction — by: Doug Weaver

Recovery shots from awkward lies are tricky, but with practice you can become an escape artist.
READ MORE >>

Getting Out of Trouble Off the Knees
Written for the Palmetto Dunes Golf Academy by Doug Weaver

Doug Weaver- Getting Out of Trouble Off the KneesExpect the best, and prepare for the worst. This is what we do in my Shortgame II Class. I put you in 15 situations that you do not like and teach you how to get out successfully. Today we are working on the "off the knees and under a branch" situation. You do not see many people practicing this on the range, however it is a great place to start simply learning how to hit off the knees.


1. Put a long tee in the ground.
2. Place a towel on the ground where your knees go.
3. Place your knees on the towel, adjust as needed with relaxed but not stretched out arms.
4. Practice clipping the tee with a nine iron and work your way to a driver.
5. If you hit the ground first, which is common, aim with your eyes focused 2 inches above the tee.
6. Relate this swing to a baseball swing and trust it. It is a very flat plane.
7. Now put the ball on the tee, aim 2 inches above the ball, trust and swing.
8. The ball flight favors a draw, therefore on the course aim anticipating a draw.
9. On the course, in competition, do not lay the towel down to protect your knees and clothes. This cost Craig Stadler a victory. The rules say he was building a better stance to his advantage. This will lower your stress and your scores.

Email me with the trouble shot you want to improve on.




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