The Baby Y Drill

Put your hands in this position for crisp chips and pitches
The Baby Y Drill

Quick Tips | Chipping and Pitching Drill I see a lot of golfers set up incorrectly by having their hands hanging straight down and the club shaft is vertical, with the hands even with the golf ball. In Photo 1, you can see that I have pressed my hands towards the target to give me forward shaft Read more…

The Six Spoke System. Spoke 1: The Body

Golf is a sport, and you’ve got to train for it!
The Six Spoke System. Spoke 1: The Body

Editor’s Note: Following is the first of six in-depth instruction pieces in digest form from Top 30 Instructor Tom Patri’s 2005 book, The Six-Spoke Approach to Golf. Tom is one of the most respected teachers and coaches in the game, and we’re honored to add his deep passion and knowledge to the pages of Golf Read more…

Hit It Farther Today!

Hit It Farther Today!

Just how do you maximize your distance off the tee? The biggest factor in hitting the ball further is clubhead speed. It’s also the hardest swing factor to increase. Rather than spending long hours in the gym working on strength and flexibility, maximize your current club head speed by launching your drives high with less Read more…

Shank You Very Much!

Or not, if you put these simple drills into action
Shank You Very Much!

The dreaded shank is experienced by all golfers at all levels of the game, from the beginner to “professionals” like Roy McAvoy from the popular movie Tin Cup. The surprising thing is that it is a very small miss with a very detrimental result, as I demonstrate in Photo 1. There are many causes, but Read more…

The Long Bunker Game

Take The Easy Way Out
The Long Bunker Game

Photo 1 For long greenside bunkers — traditionally one of the most daunting shots in golf — don’t reduce your margin of error and make the shot harder than it already is. Too many golfers try to hit closer to the ball and take less sand, thus reducing their margin of error. Instead, use a Read more…

10 Best Tips

(You've Never Heard)
10 Best Tips

If you’ve ever received a lesson, or better yet, a series of it’s likely you’ve been told to do the same thing more than once.

Greenside Monster

Finally master that bunker shot with these 6 steps
Greenside Monster

Photo 1 Even to mention this shot brings many a heart faint! Of all the shots around the green, this shot seems to bring more anxiety to the average weekend golfer than almost every other shot. Why is that? My theory from 40 years of teaching experience is that the handicap golfer fears this shot Read more…

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…

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