COMMUNITY: Lighten up

Golf tip from Steve Charters

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Editorís note: Steve Charters is in his 11th year as a pro at Twin Pines Golf Course. Born and raised in Cedar Rapids, Charters competed at Central College in Pella and has been a pro for 18 years in Dubuque and Cedar Rapids.

One of the biggest problems golfers run into in their full swing is tension. It can rob you of distance, accuracy and sap energy from your round, making it harder to finish strong and be consistent.

Tension also blocks the natural release that your arms and hands want to make at impact.

Try this drill to fight tension.Make swings with the last three fingers of both hands off the grip. Swing the club with only your thumb and forefinger.

This drill will alleviate tension and also ingrain a feeling of effortlessness through impact. When you hit a poor shot, donít press to hit a better one next time because that will increase tension.

Instead, remind yourself to relax before you swing.

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