Hit High Stop Fast 12/3/07

Super Lob! To play a super lob shot—the kind that you might see Tiger or Phil pulling off with ease—you need some basic setup changes. With your most lofted club and a centered ball position, begin with a wider stance and an open clubface. Now, lower your body and the handle of the club, as Read more…

Home Remedy – Pitching 3/3/08

Yardstick Drill If you struggle with low- or medium-trajectory pitching, this is a great drill to try. Simply take two yardsticks and place one through your belt loops and the other on the left side of your grip. Make sure the second yardstick runs up the shaft under your left arm. Take your setup and Read more…

Hook Lies 12/10/07

Ball Above The Feet To execute a shot when the ball is above your feet, begin by moving the ball back in your stance. The more severe the slope, the farther back the ball should be positioned. Also, the more severe the slope, the more the ball will hook to the left, so adjust your Read more…

Keep It Connected 12/17/07

Forehand Golf and tennis have a long history together. Those who play one sport often play the other; in fact, some teachers emphasize that the two strokes are pretty similar. For this drill, I’m going to use a tennis ball to help convey the importance of keeping a triangle formed between your shoulders, arms and Read more…

Putt Chip – 5/5/08

The Putt-Chip Shot If short chips around the green aren’t your specialty, consider a shot that resembles a putt rather than a chip. If you look closely at this photo, you’ll see I’m holding both an iron (a 9-iron) and putter. I’ve taken the iron and lifted the heel and choked down on the grip Read more…

Baseball Game 11/5/07

Unwind And Snap   A good golf swing is very similar to a baseball swing, especially when it comes to creating power. The key to hitting a golf ball hard, and a baseball for that matter, is proper timing. Just before the arms and club finish the backswing, the hips must begin their rotation back Read more…

Against the Collar 10/15/07

Wrong Right Rough Angle Boy, we saw this one a lot at the U.S. Open—a good drive that just settles up against the first cut of rough. The key here is to create an angle of attack that avoids all the long grass behind the ball. A low and around takeaway will get me in Read more…

Against the Wind – 10/8/07

Bad Good Wind Cheater When you want to hit shots under a head wind, don’t play the ball way back in your stance and hit down on it harder than normal. This technique, which is very common among amateurs, tends to produce chunks, thin shots and occasionally solid shots that have a ton of spin Read more…

Close Your Eyes 10/22/07

Eyes Wide Shut As I mentioned earlier, there’s a great amount of imagination and feel to putting. That’s why I’m making a stroke with my eyes closed. After all, when I take one of my senses away, I have to rely on the others to compensate. Here I’m relying on feel. Although I don’t recommend Read more…

Down the Line 10/29/07

On-Path Pitching One of the keys to accurate pitching is getting the clubhead moving consistently down the target line. A great way to practice this is to take a 10-foot piece of string and stretch it out directly on the target line of a pitch shot. Anchor each end firmly in the ground with a Read more…

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