Q: I took my 5-year-old granddaughter for three hours of 'golf camp'. She had a great time, if bouncing around is any indication. However, she hit from both sides of the ball and the young pro seemed unsure which was best. How can I tell if she is right or left-handed? I would like to buy her some kids clubs but don't know which side to buy. Thanks.
- Phillip P.
A: The criteria I use to answer this one is: if she threw a ball as far as possible, which arm would she use and if she were playing baseball, which way would she swing? They are just about always in the same direction. That would be the way she should stand and swing the golf club as well. This should help – good luck.
Q: We have all been told about proper ball position when hitting iron shots. I am a right-handed, left-eye dominate golfer. My question is: Where should my focus be on the ball for consistent contact?
- Fernando (Chicago, IL)
A: Where your focus should be can vary depending on the club you are using and the lie of the ball. With a short iron off a tight lie to ensure crisp contact, you could look at the target side of the ball. If you are hitting a 5-iron off a good fairway lie and you need to hit it high to carry a bunker, you may want to look at the back of the ball. A 7-iron requiring medium height off an average lie, look at the top of the ball. I suggest that you experiment and see which works the best for you.
Q: I was hoping you’d spend more time on the ball position during the uneven lies program. What ball position do you use with uphill, downhill, below feet and above feet?
A: I don’t think to any great degree the ball position changes from the normal. On uphill lies, the illusion may be the ball is further forward than normal and on downhill lies the illusion may be the ball is further back than normal, but it should keep the same relationship to the front foot and lead shoulder if the lie is good. If the lie is bad, as always, move the ball towards the rear foot to give you a steeper downward blow and help get good contact. Hope this helps.
Q: Since reaching the age of 50, I have noticed that getting the club back to parallel has gotten increasingly more difficult. This obviously has had an effect on my distance and I'm not ready to give that up. Do you have any stretching or exercise suggestions that would help me get the club back easier?
- Dennis F.
A: Stretching is essential for all of us, especially as we get over 50!! Roger Fredericks has the best book on stretching for golf I’ve ever seen. It is a must and it’s called “Secrets of Golf Instruction and Flexibility.” He also has a companion DVD to go with it. It’s this simple: buy the book – do the program – play better. You won’t regret it. Good luck.