The Keys to Speed and Power

Swing ‘Uphill’ and ‘Downhill’ For Greater Distance

As a teacher, one of the things that comes up the most is the desire for more speed and power in the golf swing. More distance! I was once told that Russian sprinters employed a simple technique as part of their training: Run uphill to get stronger and run downhill to get faster. It was Read more…

Taking It To The Course

The Shots Of The Masters

No tournament is quite like the Masters. And although no course is like Augusta National, PGA Pro Jeff Ritter finds that his new home course of Poppy Hills comes close — close enough for him to show how he would approach every kind of shot situation were he teeing it at “The Toonamint.” And how you can, too.

Feel The Need For Putting Speed Control

‘Toss’ This Golf Tip Into Your Bag Of Drills

Do you ever wonder why you see Jordan Spieth looking up at the hole while he putts rather than looking down at the ball? This technique will help with putting speed control. The premise of this drill comes from our basic hand eye coordination of tossing or rolling a ball (Photo 1). Your eyes will figure Read more…

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…

Lift The Heel For Better Golf Shots

Old School Move Meets New Technology

In looking at the greats of the game from yesteryear, many players lift the heel — the lead heel, that is — on the backswing and then slammed it down again to start the downswing motion. With the advent of technology such as Swing Catalyst balance plates, we can now see and measure the kinetics of 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…

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