Chipping Instruction For Kids – And Everyone

Short game has been my passion since I realized that it is the biggest equalizer in golf. Not everyone is able to hit the ball solidly nor should we fool our students into believing they can, but everyone can learn to be a good short game artist. We all know the importance of putting and Read more…

The PhD of Golf Wedge Play

Work On These Fundamentals To Earn Your Degree

I have been blessed throughout my journey to pick the brains of so many great teachers as well as many great players of both my generation and the present one. While not always agreeing upon “how to skin the cat,” each lent a wealth of knowledge. At the end of the day, what I most Read more…

Don’t Scoop The Clubhead

How To Shave 5 Strokes Off Your Score

Too many golfers are given a wrong idea about the golf swing. The idea is a double whammy — it makes the swing unnecessarily complicated and produces poor shots. The wrong idea is that we should use our hands during the swing to scoop the clubhead under the ball. As can be seen in the photos Read more…

Beat The Dreaded Middle-Distance Pitch Shot

‘March’ Into Rhythm And Relax!

Many golfers consider the middle-distance pitch shot — those around 50 to 75 yards — among the hardest in golf. In my experience with this shot, students struggle with it because they’re nervous and tend to shut down the lower body. The key to these shots is making sure your tempo and timing of the Read more…

Better Bunker Play With A Splash

Struggling with your bunker play? Long or short bunker shots can be executed with ease through a different mindset and choosing the right club. The standard approach to a bunker shot has always been, “hit two inches behind the ball and EXPLODE the sand!”  This mindset causes tension in the hands and a tendency to Read more…

Golf Chipping Tips: Common Denominators

In grade school I can remember my math teacher standing at the chalkboard trying to explain some abstract topic like the Pythagorean theorem, square roots, or prime numbers proudly touting “mathematics is present in everything we do in life.” One of the more useful topics that year was the concept of common denominators in fractions. Read more…

Beat The Fried Egg

Fried Egg Lie

When you desire a softer type of explosion shot out of the bunker from this normally hot lie, you need to employ an open clubface and relaxed hands. Make your angle of attack steeper by leaning your weight toward your front foot. This weight shift also accentuates the digging action of the clubhead, making soft hands and an open clubface that much more critical. Otherwise, the golf ball will come out with more velocity than desired.

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…

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…

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…

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