Short Game Games

Lower your scores by making practice fun

One of the absolute basics of good scoring is solid putting from short to medium range. If you’re confident from these distances, it will take pressure off all your other short-game shots and make you a better lag putter as well.

Showcase: Ping i-Series

If there’s one person to whom we can attribute the amazing advancements we’ve witnessed in golf equipment over the last 40-plus years, Karsten Solheim is the man. His knack for pioneering new designs inspired an entire golf industry to follow in his footsteps, with various equipment manufacturers constantly trying to outdo one another with technological advancements.

Tips From The Tour

Improve your game by learning from the pros

The best players in the world are as proficient as they are for very good reasons. Not only do they possess an incredibly high level of talent and athletic ability, but they also have sound fundamentals and outstanding overall technique. If you’re going to learn from anyone, these are the guys you want to study.

Faults And Fixes

Forget the myths and find your game

The perpetuation of the many myths in traditional golf instruction has led to countless injuries, inconsistent results and a world of frustration. Simply swinging the golf club in the way that the body is designed to move will lead to greater consistency and greater enjoyment for a significantly longer time.

Finish Factors

Look to the finish to end sliced shots

One of the best indicators of a good golf swing is the finish. If there’s balance when the swing is over, it means there was probably balance during the swing. Often, players who slice do so because they don’t finish correctly. See the photo of the finish below?

Hawaii’s “Garden Isle” Is Pure Paradise

A glimpse at the best golf on the island of Kauai

Towering above the island of Kauai is one of the wettest places on earth, Mt. Wai’ale’ale. It’s the island’s second tallest mountain peak, and with 460 inches of annual rainfall, boasts lush rain forests, vibrant flowers and waterfalls that cascade down Kauai’s steep mountain cliffs. It’s a beautiful thing to behold,especially when you’re miles away on a dry golf course.

June 2008

The latest in golf equipment, instruction, training aids, apparel & more

Now Playing: HiBORE Hybrid With input from Tour professionals, Cleveland Golf’s new HiBORE XLS features a blunt-shaped toe for a more compact look at address. It also has some added offset that counteracts slices and enables the club to set up more like an iron. Other cool features include an updated crown section and two Read more…

Knock It!

Practice makes perfect with this simple drill

Here’s another easy tip to apply the next time you’re on the putting green. Simply place a golf ball about six inches behind your ball and make a stroke. If you miss the ball (swinging either above it or to the side), then your backswing path is offline or too steep. Take a look at the illustration, and you’ll see that I actually knock the second ball as my putter swings back.

Pitching Mechanics: Three Ways To Score

Better pitching is a matter of perfecting your address positions

Playing well from within 100 yards is a must if you want to score well. Just look at the best players in the world. They all miss the fairway sometimes, but from within 100 yards, there isn’t a player out there who doesn’t expect to knock it close from a hundie and in. This is golf’s scoring zone, where the difference between a long birdie putt and a short tap-in can be made up by hitting the right kinds of shots.

Plane Pains

Get your swing back on plane in a hurry

Talking about your swing plane is one thing, but seeing it on video is a whole lot better. Here at the TOUR Academy, we make an effort to film golfers from face on and down the target line so they can see for themselves whether_Ê their swing is on plane or not. The benefits my students get from seeing their swing plane on camera has greatly helped them improve.