In Full Swing

The weather is finally beginning to warm and many Edmond residents are turning to the outdoors and hitting the green. This cold winter season may have caused a few golfers to get a little rusty and in need of some tips from the experts.

“The question I get asked most commonly is ‘Can you help me hit farther?’,” says Danny Cline, long time PGA professional and COO of Oak Tree National. “The answer depends on a few factors: equipment, golf swing, strength, range of motion and speed. In some cases, just changing the shaft or length of the equipment helps people hit further. Other golfers may need to work on range of motion through a stretching or strength program.”

Scott Smelser, Director of Golf at Coffee Creek Golf Club agrees and says lessons from a qualified PGA Golf Professional are a must. Smelser says he’s been playing golf since he was six years old and has always been an accomplished player. “I have been a member of the PGA of America since 1997, and entering my 16th year at Coffee Creek.”

When it comes to improving your swing, Smelser advises to “swing in balance at all times, accelerate through impact on all shots, and keep your body rotating towards your target.”

According to Cline, PGA golfer Davis Love’s father was one of the best instructors in history. He always told Love to hit golf balls by making a full swing using a short iron at a slow speed. “The swing has to be slow enough that you can feel every muscle and the weight of the club so when you start the down swing the golf ball gets struck in the middle of the club’s face. If you’re not making good contact, slow down even more. Once good contact is achieved on a cons