Golf Tips from John Rollins
Q: Top three mistakes that amateurs make?
JR: Overswinging/hitting ball too hard—A way to help that is try to think of your golf swing as you are counting. Think like you have a metronome in your mind. In rhythm, one, two, one, two. Slow rhythm back and through. Swing within your body. Swing smooth and within yourself.
Poor posture/setup—Get yourself in athletic position. Don't bend knees too much or at the waist too much. Get in a stance like you're in a defensive basketball position so you can go in any direction.
Misclubbing—Everyone does it, even at highest level. When I play at Pro-Ams, I see a lot of amateurs who remember the perfect 9 iron they hit for 150 yards. So they do it again when they should be hitting a 7 iron.
Q: Biggest thing to concentrate on when putting from 10 feet in?
JR: Keeping your head still. If you keep your head still, you will stay in the putt better and hit the putt more solid. When you lift your head up, you'll pull or push the putt. A good drill is to count to one after you hit the ball before looking up.
Q: Any tip about gripping clubs?
JR: Don't grip any club too tight or too light. Treat it like a tube of toothpaste. You don't want anyone to take it out of your hands AND you don't want to squeeze the toothpaste out.
Q: Any tip on driving the ball?
JR: It's all about rhythm and not hitting the ball too hard. Driving the golf ball is smooth takeaway and swing nice and smooth and let the club do the work. Relax, nice smooth and let club do the work.