Jack Nicklaus is often viewed as one of the greatest golfers of all time, and amateurs and pros alike continue to adopt his unique style.
His skills focused on using particular strengths and making smart decisions. As a target driver, Nicklaus concentrated on hitting the ball to a specific area of the fairway, a power technique still copied by many golfers.
Here are six golf tips from the legendary linksman:
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1. Aim the shot by determining where you want the ball to finish, instead of hitting the ball dead straight, Nicklaus once told Golf Digest. Play to the left or right of the fairway to fade or draw the ball toward the target.
2. Visualize the clubface or striking part of the club for better impact. Nicklaus advises working the ball by aligning the shoulders right of the target for draw shots and left of the target for fade shots, visualizing and feeling the toe or heel of the club through impact.
3. Avoid the anxiety of being in a trouble area by teeing up as close as possible to the spot and curving the ball away from it, Golf Digest says of Nicklaus’ method. Tee up on the left side of the tee if the problem area is to the left, and tee up as close to the right if the trouble spot is down the right.
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4. Don’t rush your swing or routine, Nicklaus points out, according to I Love Golf Daily. Take your time and concentrate on each part of your swing to maintain proper movement.
5. Let the club do the work. Avoid the urge to turn back your shoulders but allow the club to move as far as your body allows.
6. Nicklaus benefited greatly when he began playing golf at age 10 through a PGA professional, according to Jack Dillon at PGA.com. Find a PGA or LPGA professional that lets you feel comfortable and maintain the relationship to build on your swing, he says.
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