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City Island Rd
NY, 10464
United States

631-428-4653

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Tips

How to Hit Your Driver Straighter and Farther

Lynellen Nielsen

The ultimate goal for most golfers is to drive the ball longer and straighter. Here are a few tips that will help in your quest to drive the ball with added power off the tee:

It starts with the proper setup
Because today's modern drivers have larger heads and are designed to help get the ball up in the air quickly, you need to contact the ball on the upswing. Position the ball opposite your left toe; (right-handed golfers) take a slightly wider stance and drop your right shoulder slightly more than normal. Tee the ball high, and swing up to a full follow through position.


A full, complete backswing
It starts by turning your left shoulder away from the target and allowing your weight to shift back onto your right foot (right-handed golfers). At the top of the backswing, your back should be facing the target with your weight behind the ball (make sure your hands are high above your right shoulder, not too far inside your swing path). Your weight should be on the inside of your right foot.


Starting the downswing
This is where most golfers lose their power. Your weight should shift left by your lower body leading the way. Start the downswing by sliding your right knee toward the target, this will allow your right elbow to drop into your right side. From this position, just let your weight shift to your left foot and allow your arms and hands to swing the club into a follow through position. This part of your golf swing is where the shifting of the weight unleashes the power and speed of the swing.

Most average golfers start the downswing with the upper body not the lower body (the dreaded over-the-top-move). This is where they lose all their power. The lower body "must" start the downswing!


Impact-The Moment of Truth
Too many golfers attempt to hold the clubface or steer the ball by holding on through impact. Instead, let your hands and arms go through impact. The clubface will naturally square up at impact. This is where you must trust it. Try to swing and feel the weight of the clubhead in your downswing rather than using muscular effort.

By following these concepts, you should see longer and straighter drives. 

How do you know when you need new clubs?

Lynellen Nielsen

Many golfers feel a strong sense of connection to their existing set of clubs. But procrastinating about buying new golf clubs can cause a golfer's game to suffer. How can you tell when it is time for a new set? The following guide outlines five signs that you need new golf clubs.
        
1) GAME CHANGE
If you see your score go up or a noticeable drop off in the quality of your game, you may want to switch to a set of clubs that are more forgiving. Clubs with cavity backs are an example of more forgiving clubs. The weight distribution in the club head helps golfers hit the ball straighter, even if their swing may be off. Beginners often begin with cavity back clubs, but once their game changes and they have perfected their swing control, they may want to switch to muscle back, or blade, style irons. These clubs feature more even weight behind the club head, and allow a more experienced golfer to fine tune where they put the ball on hitting it.
    
2) THREE YEARS OR OLDER
Golf technology is constantly changing. Movable club head weights, putter design, newly invented polymers, and club head materials are some of the latest technologies that can help an average golfer knock a few strokes off their score. Some e xperts say that the longest you should go between getting your clubs assessed is three years. While not everyone can afford to replace their clubs that frequently, most golf professionals will be happy to assess your current clubs and examine any parts that may need replacing.
        
3) BE FLEXIBLE
It is a simple fact that most older players need clubs that have more flex in their shaft than younger players do. More flex in a shaft means that the club bends slightly when it is swung back and when it is swung forward. Once it impacts the ball the shaft's flex delivers more of a punch when it club face hits the ball, therefore sending the ball further. Experts agree, that most golfers, both younger and older players, play golf with clubs that are too stiff for their game. If you are noticing that your shots are not going as far as they once did, and you want a little more pop out of your clubs, it might be time for a new set with more flex in the shafts.
    
4) CHANGE YOUR GRIPS
One piece of a golf club that wears out after time is the grip. Grips should be changed every year. After many rounds of golf and time at the driving range, the rubbing of golf gloves against the grips can cause wear. This grip deterioration may affect how a golfer handles and swings a golf club. Golfers should look at replacing grips before attempting to replace an entire set of clubs.
        
5) YOU'RE NOT MAKING PROGRESS
Some golfers will feel that they're just not making progress when it comes to their golf game. After taking lessons, hitting for hours and hours at the driving range, and playing many rounds of golf, there still are problems with their swing and with their scores. Adjusting the clubs a particular golfer is using may provide the change that a golfer needs to get their game back on track. Unbeknownst to you, there may be something going on with your clubs that is affecting your swing or style of game play. Some golfers play with a set of clubs that is just simply too short or too long for their needs, while others may have a set where the loft of their club faces is causing them to slice the ball consistently. If nothing else is working, consult with a professional, and consider purchasing a new set of clubs to jump start your game.


We are always happy to review your current equipment. Schedule online or call 631.428.4653 to schedule an analysis using our Flightscope technology.

Three tips to get ready for golf season

Lynellen Nielsen

1) GET A GRIP - Three key checks to make sure you have a proper grip:

  • The line between your thumb and index finger of your left hand should be pointed toward your right shoulder
  • the club should be placed under your top hand heel pad
  • Hold the club with the last three fingers of your top hand
     

2) PRO POSTURE - Winter inactivity leads to poor golf posture. Follow these steps to get back in form:

  • Bend from your hip sockets, not your waist
  • Be sure to keep your back relatively straight
  • Your body weight should be under the balls of your feet, not your heels

3) SWING SMALL - Smaller swings are better for your first bucket of the season

  • Use a lofted club like a 9 iron or a wedge works great
  • Start with half swings - waist high to waist high
  • Be sure to use your pivot to move your arms
  • Hold your finish and maintain your balance

We are always happy to start you off with a pre-season tune-up. Schedule online or call 631.428.4653 for more info.

Learning with FlightScope

Lynellen Nielsen

Since introducing the FlightScope ball and club tracking device to my instruction program, I have been able to provide students with the ability to learn golf at a much faster rate than ever before.

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Beginner Golf Lessons

Lynellen Nielsen

Where should the beginner start? How should they start? I think there are many answers to these questions. What course of action should the teacher use to get the beginner to  improve the fastest?

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Impact Conditions

Lynellen Nielsen

To improve your impact conditions start by making small swings around the green. Since impact is the same for all clubs and for most shots it helps to learn from small swings first.

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Interview with Gotham Golf Blog

Lynellen Nielsen

I had the distinct privilege to work along side Rick Nielsen during the late 90's, I was the General Manager and Rick was the head Professional at a local Golf Facility. Rick's background, starting with his Bachelor's Degree in Golf Management and ending with the various Professionals he's worked under make him one of the Premiere Golf Instructors in the Met Section.

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