Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Hey, that’s all we have time for today. Ask the Top 100 Live! will be back at noon Eastern time on Tuesday if you have more questions. Joe Bob asks:I played nine holes of golf a week ago and finished 3 over par. I can drive straight, and my irons are o.k.. I am stuck on the finer points however like lining up my shots, side hill lies. harder bunker shots. How can I break par. I can't afford lessons and only get to play a few times a year. My dad said I should get a job at a golf course so I can play more. Any suggestions?Thanks, Joe Bob. A job at a course is a great idea if you want to play more. Sounds to me like you have the game but have never learned how to actually play. All of the shots you are talking about come with experience. My suggestion is to try and figure out a way to play as much as you can. You have the hard part down. I wish I could hit it straight.......EdenMatt asks:I'm an eight handicap, with a pretty good idea of what I'm trying to do on the course. I'm looking for a good drill that will help my transition from the backswing to the downswing. Also if you can comment on the "feel" I should have when starting the downswing. Thanks!Thanks for the question, Matt. If you feel like you get a little quick at the top it is probably because you are taking it back a little slow. Try to feel that your swing is at one speed. Match your over all tempo to your personality. If you tend to do things quick your tempo should be quick or if you are more patient your swing should be a little slower both back and through. I usually like my students to start the downswing with the lower body but it also depends on the students normal ball flight. Hope this helps....EdenKeith asks: I am in my mid 30's and became serious about the game of golf about a year and a half ago. I began taking twice a month lessons with the same gentleman at a driving range at this time. I now either play or practice at least three times a week. The problem is that my practice and lessons are not equaling better scores on the course. I was a 30 handicap then and am still a 30 handicap eighteen months later. I show flashes of being a good player; however they are only flashes. What am I doing wrong?Great question! I'm sure you are not the only one with this problem. Sounds like you are doing all the right things. What I have noticed is that most people spend time hitting balls not practicing. Make sure you spend most of your time taking practice swings getting the feel of what your instructor is teaching you. Just thinking of what you are working on is not enough. You have to really get the feel. Hope this helps....EdenMichael B. asks:I am looking for some kind of warm up routine I can use on the driving range before my round. I have heard that there are certain routines that a golfer can go through before the first tee. How should I warm up? I have always started with my wedges and worked my way up to my driver but I find myself just banging balls and not really preparing myself mentally for my round. Therefore my first couple of holes stink! I am looking for a more structured warm up....Thanks for checking in with me, Michael. I would make sure you spend some time putting and hitting a couple of pitch shots. The main thing you are trying to do is find a rhythm and get a feel for the greens. Don't spend too much time hitting drivers. Most of the time people will try to analyze there swing too much and take too many swing thoughts to the course. You are probably getting off to a bad start because of this. Also, try not to put to much pressure on the first couple of holes. Remember you are playing 18 not just 1 and 2. Good luck....Eden

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