Trust your legs and eyes for balance

Golf Tips
By: Shawn Kelly
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Eyes and Thighs When we discuss the set up for a full golf shot there are two parts of the body that should be considered, your eyes and thighs. This is because if you understand these two body parts and how they work, you can set up to be more in balance and consistently hit more playable shots. Remember when we set up to a golf shot we are trying to square the body to a parallel line, called the target line. The correct place to see this line is from behind the ball, when looking toward the target, trying to draw an imaginary line between the ball and target. When you can see this imaginary line step towards the ball and set your club’s leading edge square to the line first, and then set your eyes and thighs square or parallel to this line you will be in a great position to make a full swing. If you are set up too closed or open you will not be able to make a balanced swing. Your eyes are the trickiest to understand. If they are not exactly parallel to the target line the rest of your body will tend to be offline. You need to slow your routine down just a little so your eyes can adjust to the line and then set your body parallel to the line feeling comfortable and balanced. Remember that when you are sure that you are square to the line it usually will not look square when you look up to the target. This optical illusion is one of the biggest problems for golfers of all levels. Trust your process and you can trust aim. The thighs are the easiest to check the parallelism to the line. Once you have set up to the ball, take your club and lay it flat across your thighs. You should see that the club is perfectly parallel to the target line. If it isn’t, you need to open or close your hips and legs until your thighs are perfectly square. It may look or feel awkward at first, but you have to trust it to be consistent. After few hundred repetitions you will begin to trust! Your legs are the foundation of the swing, if the base or foundation is out of position it will be difficult to swing to balance. When I am working on my square-ness these are my two concerns, “Eyes and Thighs” if they are correct the ball will usually go where I was aimed. Try these tips next time you’re out playing and watch your playable shots improve. Ridge Notes Women’s Clinic & Wine Tasting The Ridge is having a clinic and wine tasting for the women (sorry guys) wanting to learn or improve their golf. Shawn Kelly will conduct the clinics. Attendees will receive a bucket of range balls for practice and then enjoy wine tasting from local winery. This has always been a fun and educational evening. September 24th, we will cover the full swing and October 15th sand play. Clinic and tasting is from 6 to 8pm and the cost is $25. Call the golf shop at 530.888.7888 to sign up. We look forward to seeing you there!