How To Hit ‘Knuckle Ball’ Flop Shots

Keep An Open Face For A Soft Landing

How do top-tier pros like Phil Mickelson pull off those amazing flop shots time after time? And what situation warrants this kind of pretty, delicate shot in the first place? Flop shots are useful when you’ve got little green to work with. For instance, if you’re just off the side of a green with a tucked Read more…

The Big Putting Split

Putting is a puzzle. Always has been, mostly because almost every golfer on the planet is making it much harder than it needs to be. Do I mean to say you’re doing it wrong? Yes, I do. Think about it. You spend hours using alignment aids and grips to get the putter head to move Read more…

Solid Chip Shots Every Time

Tools To Shore Up Your Short Game

A solid short game is the linchpin of great golf. Even the top pros miss the green quite often, which is why they work so hard on those vital up-and-down opportunities to save par. I can’t emphasize enough how this part of your game should be at the center of your practice routine, and it Read more…

How To Play An ‘Edgy’ Fairway Bunker Shot

Not every bunker shot is alike. Sometimes we end up in lies on the very edge of the bunkers that have a little bit of grass and sand mixture. Sometimes tight, sometimes fluffy, these lies are very unpredictable, and even if there’s little to no lip to deal with, advancing the ball in the direction Read more…

Put Your Sand Game In Two Buckets

Make Swing Steep or Shallow To Fit The Shot

It’s always a big question for teachers when they’re working on the all-important sand game with their students: Should you use the same swing plane for all types of greenside bunker shots? The answer is no, not at all. Different situations call for different swings, and it all comes down to how far you want Read more…

The Six-Spoke Approach Part 5: Club Fitting

Why Getting The Right Equipment Is Worth It

Editor’s Note: Following is the fifth of six in-depth instruction pieces in digest form from Top 30 Instructor Tom Patri’s 2005 book, The Six-Spoke Approach To Golf. Tom is one of the most respected teachers and coaches in the game, and we’re honored to add his deep passion and knowledge to the pages of Golf Tips. Read more…

Golf Practice With Purpose

Three Ways To Maximize Your Time

The great Allen Iverson once said, “Listen, we’re sittin here talking about practice, not a game, not a game, not a game, but we’re talkin’ about PRACTICE.” So what does this have to do with your golf practice? As a golf professional and an avid writer I noticed that we generally write awesome articles about Read more…

The Big Golf Teacher Breakup

Ending a Golf Affair Ain’t As Easy As It Looks

Brad and Angelina may be headed to court, but their split is nothing compared to the anguish of when student and golf teacher part ways. Nick Faldo sending a terse fax to David Leadbetter ending a 13-year relationship that produced six majors. David doesn’t even get to visit the trophies. Tiger Woods and Butch Harmon’s split Read more…

Three Ways To Better Ballstriking

Posture, Path, Plane Still Your Key To Improvement

It’s the moment of truth: The split second when clubface meets ball. When you come right down to it, nothing else in golf matters. That’s why consistent, accurate ballstriking is what every golfer strives for, why it’s the only way to get better through the bag and lower your scores. There are, of course, many Read more…

Silence The Golf ‘Chimp’ By Taking His Time

The golf mental game is a different animal, even for elite athletes. It often perplexes baseball players that they can hit an eye-wateringly fast-moving ball with such accuracy and yet they perpetually struggle to make contact with a stationary golf ball. There are a number of possible explanations for this, some scientific, some common sense Read more…

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