Get Back in the Swing this Spring
It’s been a long, hard winter throughout much of the nation. Your golf clubs (and playing skills) have likely sat dormant for several months. Don’t let that intimidate you! Ronnie Miller, PGA, Director of Instruction at Kiawah Island Golf Resort, has professional advice to get your game spring ready.
Improve Your Iron Shots
Miller explains, “Positioning the ball at the bottom of your swing arc is key for superior striking, but most golfers don’t know where their bottom lies. Everyone has a bottom to their swing. The club swings up and around on the backswing and down and around on the forward swing, but has to first strike the ball on a descending angle and then the ground in front of the ball.”
He offers this helpful two-step exercise to find the bottom of your own swing arc:
1. Try half swings with a 7 iron using your lead arm only (left arm for a right-handed golfer). Do this several times and let the club head strike the ground. This will indicate the bottom of your swing arc. Notice that it will be forwarded of your spine or sternum.
2. Then, with a normal grip, place the back of your left hand (for a right-handed golfer) over that position and the ball behind where the club bottoms out. This should create a slight tilt in the shaft of the iron at address.
The result? You’ll feel more solid contact and your divots will be in front of the ball. Most importantly, this optimal positioning will improve your iron shots — and your game. Kiawah Island Golf Resort’s team of pros is eager to help advance your game, through additional free tips and expert golf instruction.
Now, Take it to the Course
When the time comes to test your new ball-positioning tactic, Kiawah Island Golf Resort has five championship courses that will appeal to players of every skill level and style:
The Ocean Course | Seeking a genuine challenge? This 5-Star Pete Dye design is for you. A compelling history, 10 oceanside holes and panoramic views elevate The Ocean Course to bucket list status for every golfer.
Turtle Point | Want to sharpen your accuracy? Golf Jack Nicklaus’ Turtle Point. You’ll need to keep your focus sharp to excel on its narrow fairways and undersized greens surrounded by thoughtfully placed water hazards and abundant out-of-bounds.
Osprey Point | Looking for something new? This Tom Fazio design recently underwent sweeping improvements, resulting in a complete rejuvenation of the course that returned it to the gem so many golfers have enjoyed over the years.
Cougar Point | Ready to mix things up? Gary Player’s Cougar Point features a fantastic variety of short and long par-4s, great risk/reward par-5s and extremely scenic and challenging par-3s.
Oak Point | Planning a fall outing? Keep your eye on this Clyde Johnston design after its six-month renovation is complete. Improvements will include regressing the tees, fairways and greens with Paspalum Platinum, returning the greens and tees to their original sizes and shapes and recontouring all of the bunkers as well as some of the fairways.
Spring is here and there’s no time to waste. Planning a golf getaway is easy with Kiawah Island Golf Resort’s array of value-added packages. Be sure to book your accommodations on the resort website or by phone at 800.576.1570 to take advantage of exclusive benefits and savings, complimentary island transportation and the best selection of guest rooms and resort villas.