Editors Tips #1

Golf Tips Senior Editor Ryan Noll shares his favorite tips with you

Arms Vs. Legs One of the best on-course tips I’ve ever heard came from a fellow golf professional back in the day when I used to be one too. As a general rule, my friend let me know that if I was struggling with either hooking or slicing the ball off the tee, the instant 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…

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…

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…

Ready For Power 1/7/08

Built For Speed The philosophy of today’s address position is quite different from the previous era. In the past, kicking in the right knee to prevent a sway and forward pressing the hands to eliminate a flip were used to prevent inconsistencies occurring during the swing. Today’s more athletic starting position is designed to encourage Read more…

Right To Lefter 1/14/08

Hooked On Fun Sometimes, a wayward tee shot ends up being a lot of fun. I love tapping into my creativity where I have to hook or slice the ball around stuff (just not too often though). To play intentionally curved shots, keep in mind these simple tips: First, picture the exact shot you want Read more…

Split Grip 1/21/08

Split Grip If you’re looking to hit high pitches or lob shots, you have to release the hands to get the ball in the air. To become better at releasing the hands, take a few practice swings with the hands a few inches apart. Concentrate on making sure your right hand finishes above your left Read more…

Downhill Lie 4/14/08

Slope School Hitting off a sloped lie isn’t as difficult as it looks. In this case, since I have a downhill lie, the proper way to tackle this shot is to allow nature to take its course. The slope makes me feel as though my weight is mostly on my forward foot (see below), but Read more…

Draw Drill 11/12/07

Draw Drill This drill is great for honing an inside-out swing path and learning to produce a right-to-left shot. Take two tees and set them on a 45-degree angle with the inside tee ahead of the ball and the outside tee outside the ball. Place a club on the ground with the toe facing to Read more…

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