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Friday, March 25, 2016

Lee Trevino's Tips for Senior Golfers

Here's a short clip with Lee Trevino giving tips for senior golfers. It's humorous but it has some good ideas to consider if you're trying to get distance.

Even if you're not particularly senior.

Here are the four tips he gives:
  • Weaken your trailing hand grip a little -- that is, turn your trailing hand a bit more on top of the handle. When your trailing hand is too strong, you tend to lean away from the target during the downswing and leave the face open, so this helps you square the clubface a bit more easily; I know it works for me. NOTE: It's important that you leave your lead hand a bit strong on the handle to make this work. Don't weaken your lead hand!
  • Slow down your backswing. The faster you try to take the club back, the shorter your backswing will be. Lee recommends using a three-count to time your backswing before starting down, to give yourself enough time to finish your backswing.
  • Flex your knees. Too many seniors straighten their knees at address, which makes it harder to turn your shoulders and hips during the backswing.
  • Don't just lift your arms. This is actually related to the third tip, since part of the reason you lift is because you didn't turn. In a lot of ways, this is a poorly-done one-piece takeaway since your arms tend to be ramrod straight and the clubface is pointing down at the ground. When your takeaway is done properly, the toe of the club should point to the sky. Lee says this error causes you to re-route the club at the top, which puts the club shaft in a position from which you can't square the clubface at impact.
I think these tips are useful even if you aren't a senior. Players have a tendency to tense up at address, which makes their swings stiff and jerky. Lee's tips should help you keep your muscles more relaxed during your swing, and relaxed muscles can move faster so you get more distance.

Since these are simple tips for address and takeaway -- the two slowest and easiest parts of the swing to control -- they're worth trying if you're looking for more yards, no matter how old (or young) you are.