Golf Tips

By: Dana Johnson

Dana Johnson has been a member of the Canadian PGA since 1991, and is currently the Director of Golf at the North Battleford Golf and Curling Club


Putting Technique Explained

October 3, 2017 - 9:42am

As anyone who plays golf regularly will know, putting is a game within a game. You can strike the ball well all day, mastering the seemingly harder side of the game but if you consistently three putt, you’ll walk off disappointed. But how much time should you pay to your putting technique, and how much to feel. The answer to that question is that both are important but here I’ll focus on the putting tips that will groove a more consistent stroke.

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What is the RELEASE in Golf

September 26, 2017 - 9:40am

The release is a term often used in golfing parlance, but I find that it often gives people completely the wrong impression – it certainly doesn’t mean letting go of the club!

Instead, what it refers to is the flow of the arms and body through the ball. You should not be thinking of the release as a position, but as the natural result of a successful sequence of moves.

My point is that if you were throwing a ball you would not be thinking about the exact moment of letting go.

How To Clean Your Golf Clubs and Grips Properly

September 19, 2017 - 9:38am

There are several ways you can clean you golf clubs, from making the most of vending machine style devices found at modern driving ranges, to a good old fashioned bucket of soapy water in your back garden.

What will you need to clean your golf clubs?

To clean your golf clubs we recommend you start with a simple plastic bucket, but a bathroom or kitchen sink will do the job just as well. You’ll also need luke warm water, a splash of washing up liquid, an old towel, and an old toothbrush, nylon brush or brush with plastic bristles.

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What is Bounce Angle on Wedges?

September 12, 2017 - 9:37am

You will often hear golf coaches and equipment fitters refer to bounce in wedges but what is it and how does it help. Well, the bounce angle refers to the relationship between the leading edge and the sole of your wedge.

If you hold your wedge out in front of you so the shaft is perpendicular to the ground you will notice that the back of the sole sits lower to the ground than the leading edge. If you drew a horizontal line through the leading edge of the wedge and then another line along the angle of the sole, the difference between these two is your bounce angle.

How To Create Lag for More Power

August 28, 2017 - 9:34am

One of the ways in which Tour players hit the ball such impressive distances is by maintaining their wrist cock on the down swing. This is known as lag.

Pro’s are able to delay this wrist uncocking in the downswing because they know they will be able to square the clubface quickly to strike crisp, straight shots.

What many amateurs do is start their downswing by opening the shoulders first. This causes the angle of the wrists, and the club, to be released early, something you might have heard referred to as casting.

What is the Right Ball Position for your Hybrids

August 21, 2017 - 9:33am

Your hybrid is an important club, especially in the winter. The extra weight behind the ball will help from a host of different lies but should you be thinking of them like irons or fairway woods? What is the right ball position for hybrids? This depends on the lie. Here’s how to approach this crucial part of the game.

The basic principle is that there is no set ball position for hybrids.

Weight Distribution in the Golf Swing

August 1, 2017 - 9:47am

In general, where your club goes, your weight should follow. On the backswing, your weight should shift to your back foot, helping to create a proper, balanced turn.

There are several different theories about weight transfer, but most instructors will agree that properly transferring your weight is a fundamental component of an effictive backswing.

It is important for all golfers to realise that the weight distribution at the address position should be different depending on whether you are using and iron or a wood.

Thin Iron Shots Causes and Cures

July 19, 2017 - 9:59am

The thin shot is almost always a mistake that stems from an issue with your posture.

In my experience, it happens when your pelvis moves towards the ball on the downswing – often it starts at the end of a long range session when you start to get tired and all too often it quickly gets grooved into your game.

This move leads to your shoulders rising which lifts the arc of the swing and the clubface catches the ball on the equator.

There are plenty of other causes for golfers hitting thin shots. One of the main ones is “the chicken wing”.