These Short Game Techniques Will Keep You Sharp

Some well-practiced short game techniques and drills are indispensable year to year and round to round. Here are three tried-and-true ways to keep your game around the green razor sharp. THE BUMP AND RUN This type of shot is great for around the green when you are unsure if you should putt or chip, and Read more…

Become a Golf Chipping Machine

Gain ‘Leverage’ Around The Green

There are certainly different ways to hit a chip shot. Do you set up square or open? Do you play the ball back in the stance? Middle? Forward? Do you pivot? If you are having trouble with consistency around the greens, here’s something you can try: Become a golf chipping machine. At right is a Read more…

Three Crucial Short Game Drills

Get Your Game In Shape Around The Green

It’s no secret that the short game should occupy most of a golfer’s practice time. After all, most strokes are racked up from 100 yards and in, especially on and around the green. If you truly want to put a dent in that handicap and perhaps put your personal best-ever score in your sights this Read more…

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.

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