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  • Author Adam Mitukiewicz
  • Published March 12, 2024
  • Word count 584

These are the facts - most of us choose to play on the field instead of training. A quick warm-up and a walk to the round now that we've managed to go golfing. Therefore, it is worth using the winter to develop better hitting technique. Because if not now, then when?

Are you procrastinating on training during the golf season? No wonder, each round of golf is a new adventure, different challenges and a chance to make unforgettable memories. I guess none of us counts on the shot of a lifetime on the driving range. The other side of the coin is that without proper training, at some point our fitness will stop improving. That's why winter is the perfect time to improve your technique, strategy, and learn some new shots. Since even the best in the world train on simulators in winter, maybe it's worth taking the opportunity to prepare for the upcoming season now?

  1. Optimize your shots

You don't have to swing faster to hit farther. What's more, you don't have to hit further to play better. It is important that the way you strike is as efficient as possible. If the ball's trajectory is too high or low, it will affect the distance and rolling path. An off-center hit on the clubface will affect both direction and distance. TrackMan and the "Optimizer" function come to the rescue, which, based on millions of recorded shots, determines the optimal parameters for the selected club and for a given swing speed. Thanks to this, we know, among other things, at what angle the ball should take off, what speed should be expected, how much backspin will be just right and what its maximum height should be. We can also choose our height preference - whether we want to play low shots preferred on links courses, or hit high and spectacular shots like Rory McIlroy.

  1. Learn the low shot

There will probably be more than one occasion when you send the ball under a tree and have to play low. Use a few simple tips to launch the ball much lower and see how the "Launch Angle" parameter changes.

a. Stand narrowly, place the ball closer to your back foot, put more weight on your front foot and lean towards the target.

b. Try to keep your weight on your front foot throughout the swing, and end the swing with your hands stopping much quicker.

  1. Calibrate your wedge

If you are not a player who relies on feel for short games and you need an effective distance control system, the Pelz technique comes to the rescue. With TrackMan, you'll know exactly what distances you're hitting using the simple analogy of a clock. If your head is 12 o'clock and your feet are 6 o'clock, learn to swing the club to three different lengths and - very importantly - feel the right swing length so that you don't have to check in the mirror to see if you're wrong by a few minutes.

Hit a few balls with each swing and see the average distance the ball travels. Of course, discard the missed shots, because we're not interested in those. If you have 3 or 4 wedges in your bag, measure each club - you will know 9 or 12 constant distances. Pay attention to the "Carry" parameter, i.e. how far the ball flies in the air, and thanks to good judgment you will know where to land the ball so that it rolls as close to the hole as possible.

Adam Mitukiewicz, Fully Qualified PGA Golf Professional

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