Fundamentals key to a good golf season By Dom DiJulia
To get your season headed in the right direction, pay attention to your fundamentals. If TrackMan has taught us anything, it is that the little things are not at all little. They are nearly the whole story. For most of you, attention to detail with your fundamen- tals would allow you to control the ball meaningfully better; for example, a 25-percent reduction in your handicap better.
To hit the ball more solid, check:
n Your balance. If you are off balance at the start of your swing, you need
to move around during you swing and that can make finding the sweet spot
n Posture and distance from the ball. Once again, you will find it hard to hit
the ball in the center of the club if your posture or distance from the ball is
either fundamentally poor or inconsistent.
When we help our students in these areas,
we immediately see an improvement in
their smash factor on TrackMan confirming that they are indeed, hitting the ball
more solidly. (See our “Just Get Me Started” video series on www.gapgolf.org for an
explanation of smash factor and all other
To hit the ball straighter, check:
n Aim: If you aim offline, you will need to manipulate
your swing to get the ball where you want it to go.
n Alignment: Many a slice can be cured by fixing
shoulders that are pointed left of your hips and feet
n Ball position: A ball that is too far back promotes a
swing to the right and vice versa. These areas all affect your swing direction, attack angle and club path on TrackMan.
To fix a slice, check to see if your shaft position is leaning too far right, your
clubface is rotated too far right or if your grip is rotated too far left on the club.
Check the opposite for hooks. These fundamentals affect the face to path, spin
axis and side parameters on TrackMan.
The bottom line is clear: checking with your coach to be sure that your fundamentals are in order is a great way to start your season. If you want to do so with
extreme precision, check your fundamentals in a TrackMan session.
Contact the Golf Association of Philadelphia Office at 610-687-2340 or the
Dom DiJulia School of Golf at 215-862-9045 for more information.
Dom DiJulia is a GOLF Magazine Top 100 Teacher, TrackMan Certified Master Instructor
and one of only 10 Trackman University Partners worldwide. The Dom DiJulia School of
Golf is located at Jericho National Golf Club.