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Tour Trends

Get Your Game In Shape With The Hottest Trends On Tour

Tour TrendsThe Tour pros I teach have altered their swings over the past few years to better match the latest equipment, advances in physical conditioning and varying course conditions.

Hunker Down

Hunker DownHave you ever been told to “hunker down” and get ready? Ever wonder what that means? The word “hunker” has been traced back to German and Dutch origins, meaning to squat, get low and bend the knees. Today, the expression means that and a few things more, including to settle in or to hold resolutely.

DrillDown

Three Drill for Three Different Clubs

DrillDownFor effortless power, your upper and lower bodies must resist one another and create “whip” or “torque.” To achieve this, keep your right knee flexed and turn against it.

Tips From The Tour, 2009

The best players in the world aren’t just fun to watch. There’s a lot to learn about their swings that you can incorporate into your game.

Tips From The Tour, 2009They may not know it, but several of the best golfers in the world are actually darn good instructors. They may not articulate their moves verbally, but in watching them play, there’s a lot that we as wannabe-Tour pros can learn and pick up from their amazing abilities.

Fake vs. Real

How to spot a good backswing from a bad one

Fake vs. RealGolf instruction usually is loaded with tips on what you need to do to optimize your downswing and impact position. And while that's obviously important, I believe it's just as important to know how to make a proper backswing.

Anthony Kim Snapshot

Anthony Kim SnapshotDon’t get us wrong, Anthony Kim still has in our opinion, one of the most compact and powerful swings on the PGA Tour. As is the case with this shot, he actually just barely missed green, albeit a long ways to the right and at the opposite end of the pin which was tucked in the back left corner.

Put Your Swing Together

(By Taking It Apart)

Put Your Swing TogetherNobody has the perfect golf swing all the time. Even the greatest golfers in the world have little ticks and flaws that occasionally creep into their swings.

The Turn Zone

Swing Don't Sway

The Turn ZoneWhy the golf swing is called a “swing” is beyond me. It’s actually more of a turn than a swing, with the body's weight moving sequentially from one side to another via a rotary motion—not a swinging one.

Shank Stoppers

Why You Shank And How To Stop It

Shank StoppersWhat’s the most hated, feared and downright embarrassing shot in golf? Without a doubt, it’s the dreaded shanked shot.. The shank has no limits, often affecting both great players and novices, with varying degrees of effect.

Plane & Simple

Get Your Swing On-Plane Now!

Plane & SimpleSo much has been written about swing plane over the past few years, that students of mine often come to me very confused about what it is. Simply put, to make an “on-plane” swing, all you have to do is swing the club on the same angle it’s at when it rests on the ground.

No Sway, Jose

And Keep The Bag In Place

No Sway, JoseOne of the great players on the PGA Tour was Chi Chi Rodriguez. In his heyday, Chi Chi could play and hit the ball as well and as far as almost anyone, even though he was smaller in size.

PROspectives: Ryan Moore

Milk The Cow

PROspectives: Ryan Moore

For a long time I’ve been doing a drill that I like to call “Milking the Cow.” From the photos, you probably can guess where it got its name. Why is it important to “milk the cow” in your swing? Because it creates a 90° angle between your left arm and your club shaft and, in golf, that’s what we call “lag.”

How To Avoid The Blow Up Round

Fix your game, mid-round and avoid a big number

How To Avoid The Blow Up Round

It probably has happened to all of you at one time or another. You're in the middle of an otherwise solid round of golf when suddenly it all heads south, and no matter what you try, nothing can get your game back on track. It's a frustrating experience, and one that’s sometimes made worse by trying to "right the ship."

Crush It!

Hit bigger drives with the help of the game's longest drivers

Crush It!

Hitting big drives is arguably the most satisfying, and fun, part of golf. We all want to do it more often but simply don’t know the best method for harnessing our full distance potential. In the following pages, you’ll find tips and tricks from 13 RE/MAX World Long Drive Championship competitors, all of whom know a thing or two about power. Read carefully and get ready to go deep.
 

Educate Your Hands

Better Iron Play Is Within Your Grasp

Educate Your Hands

Most of the time when you read golf instruction pertaining to the hands, it has to do with how you grip the club. 

Power Driving

Hitting bigger, more powerful drives is just a few tips away.

Power Driving

As an instructor, it can be a challenge to get students to work on chipping and putting—however, they would drop anything to be able to spend time at the range working on their tee shots! Driving the ball longer and straighter is the ultimate goal for most, and there’s no club they wouldn’t buy if they thought it would help them drive the ball like Tiger Woods!

8-Second Countdown

How to make the most of those crucial moments before you putt.

8-Second Countdown

Standing over a putt for too long (and “freezing” up) can seriously impact the fluidity of your putting stroke. To make sure you don’t get this “overanalysis paralysis,” I suggest you don’t wait too long in between your last practice stroke and your actual putt. In fact, it should take you a maximum of eight seconds! Anything longer than that, and it’s hard to retain the desired feel for the putt at hand.

PROspectives: Eric Axley

How to chip like a pro.

PROspectives: Eric Axley

On the PGA Tour, the ability to get up and down consistently from around the green is critical, and being a good pitcher of the ball makes saving pars a lot easier. The three basic shots you need to know are high, medium and low pitches. Master these three, and you’ll be able to handle just about any situation.

Pro Vs. Joe

How to take your swing from average Joe to touring pro in no time.

Pro Vs. JoeWhen you compare an average golfer (in this case, we’ll called him “JOE”) to a Tour player (let’s call him “PRO”), you notice big differences in each golf swing. For example, the PRO can achieve certain swing positions because he’s more flexible and has stronger golf muscles than JOE. In fact, physical limitations often prevent JOE from reaching the same positions as the PRO, making it critical for him to make certain adjustments to his technique in order to still strike the ball solidly without hurting himself.

Over The Top

How to smother the slice for good

Over The TopWith today’s enormous drivers, it has become easier to hit the ball a long way. But if you slice the ball, you’re probably not getting the type of distance you deserve, since sliced shots not only miss the fairway, but also rob you of powerful distance.

Seeing Double

How to hit a hybrid like an iron

Seeing DoubleWith a quick glance, you can hardly tell the difference between the photos, right? True, both shots look close to identical, but in actuality, they’re anything but. The photo on the left is at impact with a 6-iron, and the photo on the far left is the same impact position, only this time with my hybrid.

Body Movin'

How to use the body in the golf swing

Body Movin'Players like Charles Howell III, Rory Sabbatini, Jonathan Byrd, even the budding superstar Anthony Kim, all have something in common. Besides obviously being PGA Tour players, they’re all relatively small guys in both size and stature who manage to hit the ball with tremendous power. How do they do it? Each of these players, as well as a handful of other professionals, understands that true power and control come from swinging the golf club with a powerful core.

Hit Shots Like A Pro

Quick Tips From The Tour

Hit Shots Like A ProIt stands to reason that if you want to learn how to do something the right way, you should learn from the best. For this reason, we’ve gathered some shotmaking tips from current PGA Tour players. Pay close attention to the techniques they describe, and practice them regularly, just like they do. Soon enough, you’ll find that these Tour-proven tips will pay dividends in terms of better shots and lower scores. In addition, we offer a swing sequence of Padraig Harrington, arguably the best player in the world at the moment. Check out Padraig’s swing and strive to copy both its simplicity and consistency. You’ll be glad you did.

Understanding Sand

How the club, balls and sand should interact.

Understanding SandThe greenside bunker shot is one of the most intimidating shots for the amateur player, while at the same time being one of the easier shots for touring pros. Why? The reason is simply because professionals understand how to manage sand properly and actually use the sand to their advantage. As for amateurs? For some reason, most amateurs make matters more confusing than they ought to be.

Watch The Face

A timely fix to the dreaded slice

Watch The FaceMost players who slice only have a vague idea of why they do so. Some think it’s due to their swing path or their release, and some even blame their equipment. The angle of the clubface is an element they often overlook. However, the simple fact is that if a shot moves left to right, you can be sure the clubface is open at impact.

 
 
 
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