College of Golf Vol. VI: Golf School Daze

November 4, 2011
by Justin

Winter break will soon be here, so you know what that means for the College of Golf; golf and more time to play golf. Welcome back to College of Golf (formerly Go for the Green), the ultimate golf school for training, tips and techniques, provided to you by ScoutMe. Even if you don’t live in great winter, golfing state like Arizona and California, the College of Golf will be here with great tips every week. In my personal quest for golf greatness, I have written several columns for the College of Golf. In volume one, the golf school explored weight training, while in two and three had tips for putting and short game in general. Week four explored my shoe obsession in my new series called Shoe Science, and last week I focused on the pre-swing fundamentals of the College of Golf. The College of Golf is always looking to expand the curriculum, so here are some of the great tips and techniques that you can apply to your golf school notes.

The Sweet Spot

As every great baseball player knows about the sweet spot on his bat. Every golfer must acquaint themselves with their driver’s sweet spot. This week’s golf school tips are all about focusing on your distance and accuracy off the tee. The College of Golf’s tip this week is to find out what the sweet spot of your driver is. Most of the time I’ve found the driver’s sweet spot is locate in the middle, towards the top half of my driver.

Tee it High and Let it Fly

The second College of Golf tip goes hand in hand with the last golf school tip; tee it high and let it fly. Low trajectory shots are accurate but fail to establish any distance. The College of Golf advises you to tee the ball as high as possible so that you are more likely to hit it up with more force from the driver’s sweet spot. You should see an increase in your distance from the tee instantly.

Picture Frame the Finish

Form is very important at the College of Golf. This was addressed last week in the golf school’s column, with specific concentration on balance and grip. The College of Golf’s tip this week is simple; wherever your belt buckle goes, your ball goes. As important as you backswing is, your follow through is of equal importance. The College of Golf would be remiss if we also didn’t inform you that you should be sure not to rock or take your eyes off the ball. It may seem like a simple golf school motto, but in the midst of learning new concepts from the College of Golf, it becomes easy to forget what really butters your bread.

As the offseason approaches at the College of Golf, and your golf swing is traded in for costumes and pumpkin pie, we advise you to keep your golf school in mind. Chip a few balls on the front lawn and hit the driving range whenever you can because there is no offseason here at the College of Golf. Until you’re on the heels of Tiger Woods, this is the ultimate golf school, the College of Golf, and I’m Yorick Hempstead, signing off.


Yorick Hempstead is an ex-college athlete who is a sports blogger for ScoutMe. He is always talking sports on twitter @HempsteadHuddle.


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