Find Your Pre-Shot Routine

It’s More Important Than Many Golfers Think

    So it’s the beginning of the golf season — or will be soon — and you have done your due diligence in preparing to play your best. You have hit the range, maybe taken a lesson or two to work out some kinks in your swing, worked on your putting stroke and short game. But Read more…

Hit It Farther Today!

Hit It Farther Today!

Just how do you maximize your distance off the tee? The biggest factor in hitting the ball further is clubhead speed. It’s also the hardest swing factor to increase. Rather than spending long hours in the gym working on strength and flexibility, maximize your current club head speed by launching your drives high with less Read more…

Shank You Very Much!

Or not, if you put these simple drills into action
Shank You Very Much!

The dreaded shank is experienced by all golfers at all levels of the game, from the beginner to “professionals” like Roy McAvoy from the popular movie Tin Cup. The surprising thing is that it is a very small miss with a very detrimental result, as I demonstrate in Photo 1. There are many causes, but Read more…

The Long Bunker Game

Take The Easy Way Out
The Long Bunker Game

Photo 1 For long greenside bunkers — traditionally one of the most daunting shots in golf — don’t reduce your margin of error and make the shot harder than it already is. Too many golfers try to hit closer to the ball and take less sand, thus reducing their margin of error. Instead, use a Read more…

Greenside Monster

Finally master that bunker shot with these 6 steps
Greenside Monster

Photo 1 Even to mention this shot brings many a heart faint! Of all the shots around the green, this shot seems to bring more anxiety to the average weekend golfer than almost every other shot. Why is that? My theory from 40 years of teaching experience is that the handicap golfer fears this shot Read more…

Stay Connected For Power

Give yourself some ‘credit’ and you’ll find yourself further down the fairway
Stay Connected for Power

In my years of teaching, I’ve seen far too many “disconnected” golf swings resulting in weak and off-line shots. It’s a common issue, but it’s easily remedied. I was personally trained and certified by the legendary Jimmy Ballard. He always taught me to teach my students to set up “connected” at address. That is, to have the Read more…

Use Your Noodle 2

Keep your lower body still to drill those putts right into the hole
Use Your Noodle 2

In 2015, in the pages of Golf Tips, I introduced my “Use Your Noodle” plan to help golfers improve their game, and it caught on so well with readers that we’re keeping the noodle — in other words, those long, cylindrical foam swimming aids you can pick up at any sporting goods store or major Read more…

Journey at Pechanga is a SoCal Golf Joy

This Southern Cal Gem Conjures Ancient Challenges on a Modern Canvas

The effects of El Niño 2015-16 were just kicking in as Thanksgiving approached. A couple hundred miles to the north, the Sierra Nevada were already sporting a white coat, while here the Temecula Valley along Interstate 15, a gentle rain began to fall on the wide, flat opening holes of The Journey at Pechanga. The Read more…

 Flatten That Backswing Wrist

Why your left wrist is killing your golf game
 Wrist Cupped? Flatten It!

A cupped or for the medical types a wrist that is in “dorsiflexion” has the potential to ruin even the best of golf swings you make out on the golf course. What it means to be cupped during your backswing is your left wrist bends so that the back of your left hand and the Read more…

2 Cool Trouble Shots

Master these Houdini-like escapes and you’ll be smiling your way to par
2 Cool Trouble Shots

Most of us can recall a particularly dicey situation during a recent round of golf. Probably plenty of them over the years. After all, getting in and out of trouble is one of the chief charms of golf. How boring would it be to be right down the middle, home in regulation and in the Read more…