Stay Connected For Power

Give yourself some ‘credit’ and you’ll find yourself further down the fairway
Stay Connected for Power

In my years of teaching, I’ve seen far too many “disconnected” golf swings resulting in weak and off-line shots. It’s a common issue, but it’s easily remedied. I was personally trained and certified by the legendary Jimmy Ballard. He always taught me to teach my students to set up “connected” at address. That is, to have the Read more…

Use Your Noodle 2

Keep your lower body still to drill those putts right into the hole
Use Your Noodle 2

In 2015, in the pages of Golf Tips, I introduced my “Use Your Noodle” plan to help golfers improve their game, and it caught on so well with readers that we’re keeping the noodle — in other words, those long, cylindrical foam swimming aids you can pick up at any sporting goods store or major Read more…

Get In Line To Sink More Putts

Use this fail-safe system to save crucial strokes on the green
Get In Line To Sink More Putts

Where you are aiming and where you think you are aiming are often different. I encourage the use of alignment rods to get truly on line. Find a straight putt on the practice green and place an alignment stick parallel to the right of the target line (Photo 1). When you set up make sure Read more…

 Flatten That Backswing Wrist

Why your left wrist is killing your golf game
 Wrist Cupped? Flatten It!

A cupped or for the medical types a wrist that is in “dorsiflexion” has the potential to ruin even the best of golf swings you make out on the golf course. What it means to be cupped during your backswing is your left wrist bends so that the back of your left hand and the Read more…

Unleash Your Inner Lag

Unleash Your Inner LAG

Just what is “lag,” anyway? Lag is a very misunderstood concept in golf. Most amateurs can see that professionals maintain the lag or angle between the lead arm and club shaft as long as possible in the downswing to deliver the most powerful blow possible, but fail to understand how and why this happens. Left Read more…

How To Be A Chip-Shot Champion

How To Be A Chip-Shot Champion

Missing greens is pretty much the norm for average golfers. In fact, statistical studies over many years prove that higher handicappers miss almost 16 greens each round, and the majority of those misses are short of the green (a topic for another instructional piece). That’s an overwhelming statistic. But it also reveals what area of Read more…

Miss The Box

Stop the pop-ups and you'll hit the ball higher and farther than before

Angle of attack is the direction the clubhead travels into the back of the ball.

Get ‘Chippy’ To Settle Those Nerves

Create a tension-free swing, even under pressure

Tension is the enemy of every golfer, at every level. It causes muscles to constrict, which prohibits the body from moving in that nice, flowing fashion throughout the swing. Being able to identify where one holds tension, and how it affects the golf swing, is a powerful tool. Generally tension seems to stem from two Read more…

 ‘Clock In’ To Work the Ball

Time to dial in your draws and fades like a pro
 ‘Clock In’ To Work the Ball

Amateur golfers often marvel at a pro’s ability to maneuver the golf ball right to left or left to right at will. Producing draws and fades is actually quite simple. Your ability to shape shots stems from understanding the factors that control direction. The direction of a golf shot after a solid impact is determined Read more…

Topgolf To Offer Free Lessons

We Are Golf, Topgolf Expand Partnership for National Golf Day 2016

We Are Golf – a coalition of the game’s leading associations and industry partners – will once again partner with Topgolf for National Golf Day 2016 on May 18, 2016, offering free golf lessons at the company’s 21 venues nationwide. Topgolf is attempting to set a company record for most golf lessons taught in one day. Any Read more…

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