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  The Secret

  Written By: Michael Lopuszynski
  Submitted on: 3/7/06

  A lot of golfers are looking for the "secret" to playing great golf.  At the very least, most golfers are looking for an easy way to improve.

  Sorry to say, but there is no secret.  There are only fundamentals and basics.  The seemingly boring and basic fundamentals of golf are what separates the high and low handicapper.  If you improve your fundamentals, you will be virtually assured improvement.

  Here is a guide to follow and what basics to practice frequently and diligently:

1)CHECK YOUR GRIP AND GRIP PRESSURE

Your hands are the only connection to the club and the #1 controller of the clubface.  Excess grip pressure is a killer.

2) CHECK YOUR POSTURE AND BALL POSITION

Use mirrors to check your set-up position.  Remember: most shots are missed before you take the club away.

3)CHECK YOUR ALIGNMENT

lay down clubs when you practice.

4)USE A PRE-SHOT ROUTINE

All great players do things consistently.  Have a random way to set-up and you will hit plenty of random shots.

5)USE A ONE-PIECE TAKEAWAY

To begin the backswing, everything should begin smoothly as a unit with no independent movements.  The goal is simplicity and repeatability.

6)HIT THE BALL ON THE SWEET SPOT

Practice 7 irons of a low tee at 70% effort and focus on center contact on the clubface.  Check the contact with clubface tape.

7) A BALANCED FINISH

See if you can hold your finish until the ball hits the ground.  As George Knudson once said, "A balanced finish insures the desired result".

  If there is a secret to golf, it is BE BRLLIANT AT THE BASICS.