Fairway Metal Mastery

From 3-Wood Through Hybrid, Follow These Basics To Get the Most Out of Your Longer Sticks

Technology has taken every club in the bag to new and amazing heights, but those just below the driver in length and head size — the fairway metal and the amazingly versatile hybrid — incorporate everything that’s good about modern materials and engineering. If employed properly, they can get you down the fairway and in Read more…

When You WANT A Golf Flop

Land The Ball Like A Butterfly From Short Range

How many times have you faced this situation: you just missed the green and short-sided yourself to the hole, meaning you don’t have much green to work with between your ball and the cup. You have a little rough to carry so you can’t putt or bump and run the ball onto the green. You Read more…

Around Oregon’s Golf Bend

Central Oregon Stands Strong For Birdies, Beer And Breakaway Beauty

It’s both what you think — anticipation of what awaits — and what you might not think of a place that will deliver on that anticipation, many times over. Welcome to Central Oregon. Bend to be exact. The watchword for a Bend-area golf getaway — and let’s stress that getaway aspect — is diversity. Bend Read more…

Join The Canadian Golf Club

True, for a good chunk of the year, much of Canada is frozen hockey-puck solid. Enter curling, tobogganing, snowshoeing, and, of course, ice hockey as passionate pursuits for all those crazy Canucks. (And I should know, I am one.) However, come spring, thousands of people in the Great White North exchange their pucks for Pinnacles. Read more…

Are You Really Swinging The Golf Club?

It's A Good Question And Here Are Some Answers

In my 17 years of teaching, one thing is very clear to me – the golf swing is very elusive for most people. One day you have the feel and are hitting it great. Then literally the next day, you try the same tip or feel and you can’t come close to finding the center Read more…

Anti-Fundamentals Of The Short Game

The dictionary defines a fundamental as the basic function or movement of something. The game of golf has its own set of fundamentals. They serve as our basic framework for golf instruction and help us work within the laws that govern ball flight and ball control. However, as instructors and coaches we sometimes inadvertently misuse Read more…

A Caveman, A Chimp And A Golfer

Here’s How to Silence the Ancient Fears That Hold Us Back, Part 1

Editor’s Note: The following column starts a multi-part series on the mental game and techniques to tame what Bishop’s Gate Junior Golf Academy Director of Mental Training Iain Highfield calls “The Chimp.” Enjoy. Once upon a (long, long) time ago there were two cavemen. Let’s call them Tiger and Phil. One day, these two Neolithic rascals Read more…

Beat The Golf Anchoring Ban

You Can Keep That Perfect Pendulum — And Not Just With The Putter

On January 1, 2016 the USGA implemented Rule 14-1b, which prohibits anchoring a club while making a stroke. Anchoring a club to a player’s sternum or belly allows a player to easily swing the golf club in a pendulum-like motion. This golf anchoring ban affected many golfers at all levels. Benefits of making a pendulum-like Read more…

Golf Doubt And How To Beat It

Here’s How to Champion Your Inner Game

  You’re standing on the tee of your nemesis hole. You’ve played perfect golf up until this point. All of a sudden the voice in your head sounds like Johnny Miller: “It would ruin this perfect round, Rosie, if he chunks this one in the water.” Up until now most likely you have let this Read more…

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…