October 24, 2011

Top Pros Provide Tips For Women Golfers

1. Marlene Hagge, charter member of the LPGA and 25 time Tour winner

“I feel very strongly that women don’t do what men do to create power. Women don’t know how to use their legs. They aren’t used to using their legs in the same way men do. If you just watch a woman stand, she’s not using her legs to stand with. She’s leaning on her legs, always resting on her legs, rather than using the leg muscles and the strength in her legs. Women have to set up with a stronger foundation and learn to build power from the lower half of their bodies.

2. Hale Irwin, 20 time PGA Tour winner, including three U.S. Opens

“What I see is, most women, by the body build, do not turn their shoulders as well as they could. They tend to sway from side to side, rather than turn their hips. Consequently they become very upright, swinging their arms up and down rather than around their bodies. My suggestion would be to concentrate on turning the shoulders and letting the arms follow.”

3. Juli Inkster, 15 time Tour winner including three major championships

“Most women I’ve seen need to work on their long putting to develop a better feel for distance. If they can get those long approach putts closer, they can eliminate a lot of three-putts”.

4. Kathy Whitworth, All time LPGA tournament winner with 88 career victories.

“In doing some teaching myself, I found the worst problems women have stem from bad posture and poor balance. They don’t get their arms in front of their body and let them hang naturally. As a result they get very little arm swing and a lot of wasted body motion.

“The correct posture and weight distribution, with the weight over the center of the feet and not on the toes, has to come first. Otherwise you’re always reaching for the ball or straining for position. Also, take the strain off the neck and let your head find a comfortable position.”

5. Beth Daniel, 32 time LPGA Tour winner, including the 1990 LPGA Championship

“I’d tell everyone, not just women, to work on their rhythm. If you watch a tour player or a good amateur player try to hit the ball longer, they don’t swing faster or harder at it-they make a fuller, more fluid golf swing. And I think that’s what you have to work on in order to get more club head speed.”

6. Tom Kite, 19 time winner on tour, including the 1992 U.S. Open

“The best players in the world today are working on building resistance with their lower body against the coil of the upper body. I see a lot of women who swing a golf club with their hip joints being too loose. As a result, they over-turn with their lower bodies, the legs becoming somewhat useless, and they don’t store and build power.”

7. Nancy Lopez, 45 career victories and member of the LPGA Hall of Fame

“I putt from a slightly open stance, with the ball positioned off my left heel. This stance helps me see the line of my putt more easily. My eyes are inside the target line. Unlike some players who “jab” their putts, I concentrate on making a smooth stroke and accelerating through the ball.”



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