Try This Swing Thought For Smooth Fairway Woods

f you’re topping your fairway woods or can’t hit them above the tree line, chances are you’re not staying in your address posture when you swing the club. If it makes you feel a little better, it’s a common fault—one that I’m going to help you correct.

Before I give you a simple swing thought to get those shots soaring, let’s talk a little about why you might be struggling to hit a 3-wood off the deck. For most amateurs, it starts with the wrong mind-set.

This is a stressful situation, because it’s not a shot you practice a lot or face more than a handful of times each round. You’re not used to pulling it off, and that lack of positive experience can produce anxiety that results in a bad swing. Another reason you struggle with these shots? You’re trying too hard to rip one high and far down the fairway. Getting home in two on a par 5, or reaching the green on a long par 4, comes from making solid, center-face contact with the ball­—not from swinging full out or trying to add loft to the shot with some body English. So swing your fairway woods without tension, and that includes pace. Don’t rush down from the top of the backswing, and don’t straighten up in the through-swing thinking this will get the ball up. On the contrary, it usually leads to that worm-burner you’re used to hitting.

Posture is the primary culprit for line drives and topped shots. If you think of the club moving along an arc determined by your posture at address, the moment you straighten up, you change the arc. Good luck hitting it in the center of the face when you do that. Things happen too fast to make the necessary adjustments.

So if you’re in need of one swing thought to help flush your next fairway wood, think maintain my address posture through impact. Feel like the ball simply gets in the way of your swing. You’re not hitting at the ball, you’re swinging through the ball.

This thought will improve your mechanics, and clear some of the clutter out of your mind that led to that nervous, clunky, rigid swing. You’ll hit the shot like you’re swinging a wedge.

Rick Smith, a Golf Digest Teaching Professional, recently opened a new academy, the Rick Smith Golf Performance Center at Trump National Doral in Miami.

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Rules Guy: What happens if I lose the ball I just marked?

After marking ball on green and picking up ball, golfer or caddie drops ball, which rolls into water hazard, not retrievable. Replacement ball of exact brand and kind not available. What is penalty and how to continue?
—EARL HUSBAND, ODESSA, TEXAS

Ball lifted from putting green must be replaced. Must be exact ball. If not same ball, make/model no matter—substituting ball without authority under Rules. Two strokes or loss of hole is penalty. Also, One Ball Condition of Competition only encouraged for pros. Top-tier amateurs, too. Not for club play. Suggest: Grip ball tight!

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A simple way to power up your golf swing

Three important physical attributes that lead to more power in the golf swing are strong gluteal muscles, core stability and ankle mobility. Strong glutes should be obvious. They are prime movers in the golf swing and control the action of the pelvis. You also need strong muscles around the mid-section of your body to stabilize it as you swing a club, especially at faster speeds. Without it, you wouldn’t be able to keep your balance and hitting the ball with the center of the clubface would be a real challenge. The third attribute might have surprised you, but it’s just as important. Ankle mobility matters particularly in transferring weight from your back foot near the top of the backswing into the front foot as you swing down. If you think of the footwork of players such as Tony Finau, Bubba Watson and Justin Thomas—very big hitters—you might have an easier time understanding why functional movement in the ankles is a crucial part of power generation. They have active feet and extremely mobile ankles. Most long-ball hitters leverage the ground to store up power and then spring upward through impact. A good example of this was Tiger Woods’ swing while working with Sean Foley.

So what exercise can you do in the gym to improve function in your power-generating muscles? Squats. But not just any squats. In fact, the majority of people should avoid doing most types of squats—especially traditional barbell squatting—as it is one of the easiest ways to injure your lower back. Instead, try goblet squats. This exercise is great because it’s amazingly self-regulating, both in terms of form and safety. If there are issues with core stability or ankle mobility, you’ll know it the minute you try a goblet squat. If your trunk lurches forward or you can’t drop your butt down until your elbows are about knee height—or lower—then you’ll know you need to spend some time on core stability exercises and ankle mobility exercises. Continuing to practice the goblet squat will help, but you need some extra work on the exercises provided in the links, too. As far as how much weight to use, I recommend starting with a lighter dumbbell or kettlebell and then progressing to heavier weight as your form and range of motion improve. If you can’t easily pick up the weight with one arm, start with something lighter.

To watch me demonstrate a goblet squat, click on the video below. Add these to your workout and you’ll be priming your body for better power generation when you play.

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Tiger Woods encore, Jordan Spieth’s rebound and more 2019 golf storylines to watch

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The 2018-19 PGA Tour season already started, but it really starts next week at the Sentry Tournament of Champions. That’s when a lot of the big-name winners from 2018 will play at Kapalua to start off the 2019 golf calendar year. Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson will be there, and Tiger Woods might even make an appearance.

Regardless, with a condensed 2019 calendar for the PGA Tour, things are going to be fast and furious for the next nine months leading up to and including a revamped Tour Championship. There are approximately 1 million storylines for the coming year, but I tried to cull that down to nine (or so) that I’m most intrigued by as the calendar flips. Here they are.

1. Tiger Woods’ encore: Obviously, this will top everybody’s list this time of year. While it’s my No. 1 personal preference, what Woods does in 2019 is so overwhelmingly interesting that it engulfs both any other stories I might be partial to and pretty much everything else in golf. The interesting part about Woods in 2019 is that everything is kind of still on the table. When the variance is that wide-ranging and the subject that famous, it makes for the greatest drama.

2. Jordan Spieth’s rebound: Of all the players who were down in 2018, Spieth is both the best player and also the one most likely to rebound in 2019. Again, all of this is relative because his 2018 wasn’t that bad, but his first few months as the Masters comes into focus is something I’ll be diving into pretty vociferously.

3. Will Brooks be beloved (and will he get his third straight U.S. Open)? I both get it and don’t get it. Maybe it’s dumb to have a storyline like this this high on my list, but if Brooks Koepka keeps up the pace he’s on and the general public continues to not care, we’re going to have a pretty unprecedented situation on our hands. He’ll go for his third consecutive U.S. Open victory at Pebble Beach in June. Nobody has ever won three in a row, and only six golfers ever have won three total.

4. This year’s Koepka: There are so many candidates for who could win a pair of majors or, say, win five PGA Tour events. Justin Thomas, Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm … the list goes on and on. Maybe the answer at the end of 2019 will simply be “nobody,” but nearly every season is owned by one guy. Last year it was Koepka. Before that, it was Thomas with five wins and a major. Dustin Johnson with three and a major before that. Spieth with five and two majors. You get the point. I’m curious to see who that person is in 2019.

5. That major rota! (and the new slate): The new PGA Tour schedule has the Players Championship in March and the PGA Championship in May. That will be interesting and, I think, provide a better rhythm for the year. It also allows the European Tour to backload its schedule, which will be better for the health of golf globally. Oh, and look at these four major courses:

  • Masters: Augusta National
  • PGA Championship: Bethpage Black
  • U.S. Open: Pebble Beach
  • Open Championship: Royal Portrush

That’s three of the top 40 courses in the U.S. according to Golf Digest, and the No. 7 non-American course.

6. Justin Rose vs. D.J.: This is kind of a weird one because nobody to my knowledge ever talks about Dustin Johnson vs. Justin Rose. However, their career resumes are pretty similar. Rose has won 23 times worldwide, has 15 top 10s at majors, one major win (a U.S. Open) and is one of 23 players who has been ranked No. 1 in the world. Johnson has won 20 times worldwide, has 15 top 10s at majors, one major win (a U.S. Open) and is one of 23 players who has been ranked No. 1 in the world. The big question for me for two of the five best players alive is whether one of them can get to two or three major championships. That would set that player apart from what has become a pretty comparable peer.

7. More money matches: With the Tiger Woods-Phil Mickelson match in the bag and others apparently on the horizon, I have a lot of questions. Will there be undercards? Will Lefty and Woods face off again? Does there always need to be $9 million on the line? It’s a sideshow, sure, but it might be the most interesting sideshow going in golf right now, and where it lands in 2019 could tell us a lot about where it lands for the next decade.

8. Cam Champ’s trajectory: He’s probably the most well known of the mega young potential superstars, although he might not be the most likely candidate to step into the role (can I introduce you to Norman Xiong and Matthew Wolff?). After a win in the fall, he’ll create a buzz in Hawaii when Tiger (if he plays) and others start talking about how spectacularly long he is off the tee. Anything is possible for somebody who seems to be just stepping into who he’ll become.

9. Equipment rollback? I’m sort of bored by this because it seems like we talk about it every year, but nothing ever really happens. The drum beat did seem a little louder in 2018 than it has before. Will 2019 bring about change? Probably not, but it means we’re a little closer to whatever the eventual solution will be.

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Happy New Year

Thank you for visiting Moccasin Wallow Golf Club. We have a lot of things that we are working on and we wanted to let everyone know. We have hired a new superintendent and he has built a very nice crew who have experience at some of the best private clubs in the area. We will be purchasing some new equipment in the next couple of weeks that will truly continue to enhance the facility. Our first priority is a new bunker machine. We had tried to get out and work on bunkers Monday and the transmission as well as steering column had cracked so that is our first purchase. We will be spraying them to get all of the overseed out of them which we will address tomorrow Wednesday jan 2nd. If you hit into a bunker we ask you to play them as ground under repair as we are working quickly to restore them after 12 inches of recent rains.

Our next purchase will be a pull behind topdressing machine so that we can restore the putting surfaces to being as smooth as they were recently as we will lightly be sanding greens and dragging them in which will smooth out through areas from the damage earlier in the summer and fall.

We also will repurchasing a new greens mower to be able to go faster with our mowing process. We are committed to continually making the MOC a great golfing experience and we hope to share it with you.

Our new superintendent Craig has assembled a team in the past few days that are committed to making our course great. The blend of our new crew as well as those who have stayed on has been great to watch them grow as a unit. They have worked at TPC Prestancia, The Founders Club, The Oaks, Palma Ceia, Lakewood Ranch CC just to name a few. We will be focusing on repairing greens and bunkers as well as focusing on the detail work in the coming weeks.

Thank you for understanding and its always a great day to golf the MOC.

Please Welcome New Moccasin Wallow Superintendent Craig Farish and Skittles

We would like to introduce Craig Farish as the new superintendent at The Moccasin Wallow Golf Club. Craig started his position on Monday December 24th and comes to us highly recommended. His previous clubs are TPC Prestancia (sarasota), Cherokee Run Country Club (GA), Walden and Crofton CC (MD),and Hidden Creek CC (VA). Craig has worked extensively with TifEagle Bermuda grass and other strands of Bermuda and with his Country Club pedigree will help continue our vision of being a great golf course in the area. Craig grew up in Somers New York and was a very good High School Golfer in the Westchester County area or NY and spent time working at both Winged Foot and Waccabuc two of Westchester’s finest facilities. He is a graduate of the Rutgers University Golf Turf Management Program one of the best in the country. If you see Craig and his dog Skittles please introduce yourself to him. He is very excited about his opportunity here.

We would like to thank Andrew Roberts for his time here at the MOC. We wish Andy and family well on their next journey.

Mis-hit your driver — on purpose! — to find the sweet spot

A new practice method helps you learn faster by — get this — avoiding the sweet spot. Here’s how.

1. The theory

Instead of trying to pound the sweet spot practice swing after practice swing at the range, try catching a few on the heel and toe as well. By giving your brain multiple reference points to think about, you force it to work harder — so you can learn faster! It’s called variable training. Multiple studies prove that it can be wildly effective.

2. How to put it to good use

Tee the ball in its regular spot and try hitting it off the toe. After a few attempts, switch it up: Hit some clankers off the heel. Then go back to your quest to locate the center. For a real test, tee two balls off the clubface and see if you can knock them in tandem. Now you’re really putting your noggin to work! If you can teach yourself to create off-center hits on command, it’ll be easier to find the center when it counts.

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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays


We at The MOC would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a happy ,safe , and healthy Holiday Season. We hope everyone enjoys themselves as we prepare for a great 2019. We look forward to warmer weather to improve the experience at Moccasin Wallow. We thank everyone for their continued support and its always ” a great day to golf the MOC.”

Golf Course will be open Saturday December 22

The golf course will be open tomorrow Saturday December 22nd and will be CART PATH ONLY. The course is wet in some spots and can leave deep tire marks. Thank you for understanding. We will see everyone tomorrow.

Golf Course closed Friday December 21st but the restaurant will be opening at 2:00 PM and be open for dinner.

Due to the amount of rain we have received yesterday and today  we have decided to close for the day tommorrow December 21st and will reopen on Saturday December 22nd. The course received the water pretty well and it is drier than expected. That being said we will have to spend the day tomorrow removing water from the paths as well as repairing washed areas. We will be open for full business  for the entire holiday weekend. We will be opening the restaurant at 2:00 pm tomorrow Friday for lunch and dinner as well as the bar for drinks.

Thank you for understanding.