Vol 16 July 2011

Mac Everett
General Chairman

Kym Hougham
Executive Director

Jan Ivey
Director of Marketing and Sponsor Relations

Tony Schuster
Director of Operations

Gwen Crow
Tournament Coordinator

Paula Burnett
Volunteer Coordinator

Christine Lockett
Tournament Project Manager

James Stevens
Tournament Assistant

Golf Tip

Controlling Your Distance

By Charles Frost

Head Teaching Professional
Quail Hollow Club

One of the most important aspects of golf is controlling how far the ball goes. Much of the trouble that we face on the golf course can be found in the form of a bunker or water hazard short or long of the hole location. So, if you can hit the ball the correct distance, regardless if your shot is off line, you can avoid a lot of the trouble.

I like to teach a player to work on two distances they can hit each iron. If you have a full shot distance and a distance that is a little shorter, I feel that you should be able to cover most of the distances that you will encounter. There are different techniques that you can use to hit a shot less than full but I have found that this technique seems to work more consistently than the others.

I like for my students to hit a ball that is less than standard distance by gripping down on the club about two inches and then making their normal swing. I feel that this is a more efficient way to hit the shot rather than shortening your swing or trying to swing slower. This also makes the club shorter and easier to handle.

This can be effective throughout a selection of clubs but can be most useful at the bottom of the set where controlling your distance is most important. Having two distances with each club should allow you to manage your game to a point that you can play fairly safe and keep the ball on the correct side of the hole.