Forward Press 7/8/08

A steady body during your putting stroke is a must. To accomplish this, place 60% of your weight on your forward foot.

One of the most common putting faults I see occurs during the setup. A lot of amateurs tend to address the ball with their weight distributed all over the place. Sometimes it’s on their rear foot; other times it’s divided equally between both feet. What I like to convey is a fundamentally sound stroke to Read more…

True Lies and Divots 6/30/08

Ball land in a divot? Don?t worry, Kevin Scheller will help you get it out and on the green.

We’ve all seen pros get upset when they get out into the fairway after a perfect drive only to find their ball in a divot. When this happens to you, don’t waste your time getting mad. Instead, think of it almost as you would a normal shot, but move the ball slightly back in your Read more…

Stay Stacked 6/23/08

Keeping your upper body relatively balanced over your lower body is critical for creating power

If you’re not familiar with the term stacked, as it applies to the golf swing, you should be. Basically, in a sound swing, the upper body should stay relatively balanced over the lower body without any significant leaning in any direction. At the far left, notice how my chest, shoulders and head are directly over Read more…

Face Off 6/16/08

To keep your putterface square, your hands must complement one another

It doesn’t matter if you want to hit a 250-yard drive or drain a six-foot putt, when it comes to playing great golf, nothing replaces solid fundamentals. Consider my putting grip. Notice how my hands complement one another and my thumbs point down the handle? I use this standard reverse-overlap grip because it keeps the Read more…

Adjust the Back Foot 6/9/08

To find the right ball position don?t move the ball, move your back foot

One of the most common mistakes amateurs make in the setup is faulty ball position. Specifically, a lot of players move the ball around far too much, particularly when it comes to the position for a long iron or hybrid (hit off the ground) versus the short irons and wedges. The problem with this technique Read more…

When To Slice It 3/24/08

For the slice, simply do the opposite of what I did on the left-hand page. Here, I’ve created a steeper backswing, which will make my goal easier to attain. My followthrough is different as well (see inset). Notice how, this time, the back of my left hand is more visible in my followthrough? This is Read more…

Find The Sweet Spot 4/21/08

As modern driver head sizes have increased and tees have become longer, the golf ball starts higher off the ground than ever before. To hit the ball in the sweet spot consistently, the clubhead must come well off the ground at impact. A traditional start with the club on the ground at address and the Read more…

Take Away Drill 1/28/08

Take It Away Like the setup, a proper takeaway is absolutely critical to making solid swings that produce consistently good contact. The mistake I’m making here (to the left) is taking the club too far to the inside, which typically leads to a steep move at the top and an over-the-top downswing. To fix this, Read more…

Toe Down 2/4/08

Get Creative When your ball settles down in greenside rough, it takes just the right touch to pull off a successful shot. In this case, yourstandard chipping stroke (played with anything from a 7-iron to a lob wedge) might not be the best play. Rather, consider this cool and slightly unorthodox option: chipping the ball Read more…

Magic Man 4/7/08

This looks tough, but it’s actually really easy. Here I’ve found myself against a tree with seemingly no way to hit toward the flag. What’s the solution? I’ve turned my back to the target and am hitting it backward. I’ve chosen to use my sand wedge, so I can stand close to the ball and Read more…

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