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


The Ball Position Basics

August 1, 2016 - 10:15am

Are you catching too many shots fat or thin or struggling to find the optimal ball flight?

Try these Ball Position Basics with the simple rule about ball position is this: the longer the club, the further forward in your stance the ball should be at address. However, for consistently good strikes, your ball position needs to be correct in relation to where your upper body is set.

If you have issues pulling iron shots, these tips will explain perfectly why your ball position could be to blame.

Shanking Cures

July 4, 2016 - 10:28am

Are you regularly hitting shanks with your irons or do you strike the ball from the heel of the club?

If shanks have been killing your scores, then don’t worry. Usually the cause is a relatively minor fault that can be resolved. There are a host of possible causes of the shank but in my experience it usually stems from the takeaway – the drill below is for you if you suffer with the odd shank your usual shot shapes from left to right in the air.

Having Problems With Your Fairway Woods

June 6, 2016 - 11:29am

Your fairway wood striking is inconsistently?

Do you catch wood shots on the bottom of the club?

Try this technique to fix your fairway woods: over the years one of Tiger Woods’ great strengths has been his ability to strike fairway woods so sweetly and accurately. This comes from a technically, very sound upper-body turn during the downswing. This one technical key allows him to strike his fairway woods purely every time with the perfect shallow angle of attack that you are looking for.

What Golf Ball to Use

May 25, 2016 - 11:58am

Once you have decided on what clubs are best for your game, it is time to choose a golf ball to use. Many golfer use just any old golf ball and do not think about what using that type of golf ball will do to their game. With all the options on the market today, you may be wondering what golf ball should I use?

Key Specifications of Driver Fitting

May 12, 2016 - 9:28am

What golfer doesn’t dream of owning that “magic driver” which enables them to hit the ball consistently solid and in play?

Tip number one; the very best driver for every golfer is never selected by its brand or model name or model number. It is chosen by its custom clubfitting specifications and how those individual factors are matched to the golfer’s size, strength, athletic ability and most of all, to their swing characteristics. Below, are 3 key specifications for proper Driver fitting, and a couple more for good measure.

Neutral Hands - How to Hold a Golf Club

April 26, 2016 - 10:16am

Neutral Hands: How to Hold a Golf Club – Part 1

Anyone can grab a club and start whacking away at the ball.

However, if your goal is to improve your swing, the first step is to pay attention to the way you hold your club.

Stand up, let your arms hang loosely at your sides and look at your hands.

Notice how they are angled naturally -- you can easily see the knuckle on your index finger and part of the knuckle on your middle finger.