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Golf Strategy & Troubleshooting

Every player knows golf strategy plays a big role in lowering scores. Our swing troubleshooting tips are designed to help you make the most of every swing.



BackSpin: Common Mental Mistakes

Quick tips to cure the mind

BackSpin: Common Mental MistakesThere's a lot of downtime in golf, which allows our minds to wander.

Don’t Get In Your Own Way

Snap a rubber band to snap out of it!

Don’t Get In Your Own WayMy stock answer is to say that golf is 100% mental when your physical is 100%.

Mind Power

Apply my Five Cs for competitive golf and bring some mental power to your game

Mind PowerIf you don't think professional golfers play under considerable pressure, then you may not have seen this year’s major championships.

Trouble Shots

Don't Let Some Bad Breaks Ruin Your Round

Trouble ShotsGolf is a lot like life. Some days everything comes easily; other days nothing seems to go your way.

Bad Lies

Make clean contact no matter how difficult your lie

Bad LiesThe key to this shot is to choke down on the club far enough—all the way to the shaft—if necessary

Why You Can’t...

(and how you can)

Why You Can’t...One of the great things about the game of golf is that, on occasion, all of us, even the highest handicapper, will hit a shot like a pro. It might be a well-struck drive, hitting a par-5 in two or holing out a bunker shot.

Ain’t Bad, Just Is

Catch a bad break? Don’t let it get you down. Escape!

Ain’t Bad, Just IsI can’t go at this shot right-handed because the cactus impedes my stance. But I can get the ball back in play by playing a left-handed shot.

Manage Your Game

Think Better, Score Better

Manage Your GameA common saying in golf is that the game is 90% mental.

Spotlight: Charles Howell III

Find out what Charles Howell III thinks about iron play and his new Bridgestone irons

Spotlight: Charles Howell IIIArguably one of the best American-born players in his 20s on the PGA Tour, Augusta native Charles Howell III had a great year in 2007. His second win came at the famed Riviera CC—a victory that kick-started his best year as far as PGA Tour earnings are concerned, having amassed more than $2.8 million on the golf course. For ’08, Howell’s game looks even better, thanks to a newfound confidence in his swing, putting and, most of all, in his new golf clubs.

4=8

Four shots that will save you eight strokes

4=8I call it The New Math, but you can think of it as a simple way to cut strokes from your scorecard quickly and easily.  As an instructor, I like to teach my students the basic premise that by adding to their technical repertoire and eliminating incorrect moves, they can effectively lower their handicaps. In other words, I believe that a good instructor subtracts as much, if not more, than they add. By eliminating inefficient and wasted motion and streamlining your technique, you’ll be making a giant first step toward improving your swing and your scores.

4 Ways To Score With A Hybrid

4 Ways To Score With A Hybrid

By now, you’ve probably realized that hybrid clubs are a lot easier to hit than traditionally shaped long irons. The ball flies higher and lands softer with a hybrid, making them ideal for shots deep in the fairway that require a soft landing on the green. But what you may not know is hybrid clubs are also designed to perform well from a variety of other locations on the golf course. From the rough, the fringe, even the bunker—the hybrid can be an effective tool for saving your score.

Back To Basics

Back To Basics

Step 1: Observe. As you approach your shot, take in the entire environment, including your lie, yardage, wind, hazards and your intended target. There’s a lot of info to process, but with a little practice, it’s easy to do.

Use Your Head

Learn to improve your scores without changing your swing

Use Your Head

What’s your goal in the game of golf?  If it’s primarily to enjoy the outdoors or spend time with friends and family on the links, then you probably don’t need a lot of instruction. For most of us who love the game, however, the challenge of playing well and competing is a major part of why we’re hooked.

Myth Busters

Many popular swing tips and equipment theories are just plain wrong

Myth BustersIf you practice your backswing at a gas pump while talking on your cell phone, the station will explode. It’s myths like this—though hardly as ludicrous—that can send golfers who need the right answers into a tailspin. The trouble with myths is that most sound reasonable, and usually are passed from one golfer to the next with only good intentions. Nevertheless, the common tip shared across grill room tables and on tee boxes nationwide tends to do more harm than good if only because the true reasoning behind the suggestion is misunderstood. Let’s clear the air, shall we?

Five Strategies For Lower Scores

Change your game without changing your swing

Five Strategies For Lower ScoresThere’s little doubt that proper swing fundamentals and short-game techniques are important parts of a consistent golf game. Good golf, however, isn’t purely about perfect mechanics; it’s also largely about strategy. Fortunately, there are several key strategies anyone can easily utilize to produce lower scores. Better yet, using your smarts is a lot easier than trying to create a fundamentally perfect backswing or impact position. In this regard, the title of this story holds true—you can score better without changing your swing.

Pull The Trigger

Great swings begin with great starts

Pull The Trigger

Many of my new students ask me about how to correctly initiate the golf swing. They want to know what trigger will allow them to start their motions smoothly and on the correct path. This common question comes from those who suffer from a condition that plagues everyone, from novices to touring professionals. I like to call it “paralysis by analysis.”

50 Best Playing Tips

Easy keys for making the most of every swing during every round

50 Best Playing Tips

Are you one of those golfers who absolutely pures it on the practice range with every club in the bag, but eventually goes into the tank during the course of play? It’s an unfortunate scenario experienced by a vast majority of golfers, most often caused by too little time dedicated to practice or too long a time period between rounds. For most golfers, the onset of trouble starts on the very first tee, where high anxiety invariably sends the tee shot deep into the woods.

Golf Cart Rhythm

Golf Cart RhythmSummer is rapidly closing in, meaning you probably have a golf vacation or two lined up. While the unfamiliarity of a new course may be your primary concern, you should consider the ill effects of another resort golf experience: the mandatory use of carts.

Rethink Your Game

How do you really lower your scores? A change of approach can lead to a favorable change in score

Rethink Your GameMany of you scour the pages of this magazine looking for the magic answer to this question. If that’s your motivation, then this article is for you. On the following pages, I’ll show you how to drop strokes from your game by simply changing your approach on the tee box and on the putting green. After all, if you can get down the fairway regularly and hole the putts you’re supposed to make—and some of the ones you shouldn’t—you’ll be well on your way to playing your best rounds ever.
 
 
 
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