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5 Swing Flaws You Need To Ditch Now

Slicing one into the trees isn’t the best way to start to a hole. It can stop you from making par, add unnecessary strokes to your score, and prevent you from breaking 80. If you’re playing a match in your … Continue reading

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3 Drills For Making Solid Iron Contact Consistently

Hitting fat, thin, and topped shots isn’t any fun. But it’s what happens when you fail to make solid contact with your irons. You probably know this. You probably also know the feel of a solidly struck ball, which requires … Continue reading

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North, South, East, West Game

This is the fifth in our series of practice games, which make practicing more fun. If it’s more fun, you’ll practice more and improve your game more. Improving your putting is the fastest way to take your game to the … Continue reading

Bunker

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Working The Slopes More Effectively

Do bunker shots scare you? If you’re like many golfers, they do. But not as much as sloping lies do. Add some slope to bunker lies and you really get nervous. Your confidence goes right out the window. Don’t sweat … Continue reading

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7 Top Ways To Beat Greenside Bunkers

Many weekend golfers hate hitting from greenside bunkers. If that’s you, you’re not alone. We all do to some extent. Unfortunately, it’s not something you can stop. Sooner or later, you’ll hit into a greenside bunker. So you need to … Continue reading

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Never Fear Bunkers Again

No one likes hitting into bunkers. But sooner or later you will. That’s when your fear of bunkers can hurt you. Fear can prevent you from totally committing to the shot. That can cost you. A weak shot here won’t … Continue reading

Chipping

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Chip It Close With This Formula

You must make two critical decisions when chipping: What club do I chip with and where is my landing spot on the green? Ideally, you want the ball to roll more than it carries. When chipping, roll equals control. That’s … Continue reading

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6 Questions To Ask Before Chipping

How good is your short game? If you’re like most golfers, it’s probably not as good as you’d like. We all can benefit from a better short game—no matter what our golf handicap. So if you take the game seriously, … Continue reading

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3 Golf Tips That Can Save Your Round

One shot can save your round. A good example is the round one of the students in our golf lessons group played the other day. She was scuffling pretty badly. Her drives were finding the rough. Her approach shots were … Continue reading

Draw

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This 3-part Drill Fixes Your Slice Permanently

What’s the most common swing flaw in golf? If you said “the slice,” you’d be right. Maybe 90 percent of all golfers struggle with a slice. That’s right—90 percent. What causes them to slice may varies, but all slicers hit … Continue reading

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# 6 Toughest Shot In Golf

Hitting a controlled draw works well on long holes when you want to hit a drive that pro-vides extra run. Or, when you want to shape the shot around a dogleg left. But hitting a controlled draw is hard for … Continue reading

Driver

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Drive 10 Practice Game

Below is the second in our series of practice games. Games keep you from getting bored while practicing—whether it’s at the range or practice green. Enjoy! Tee up a ball. Stand behind it and envision a 40-yard strip down the … Continue reading

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Planning In The Tee Box Pays Off

The tee is the only area on the course where you can place the ball. It’s also the only place where you can tee the ball up. Deciding how high to tee it is a crucial decision. Tee the ball … Continue reading

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5 Golf Tips On Hitting It Long And Straight

Know what Total Driving is? Not many golfers do. And those that do don’t usually think about it much. But viewed correctly, Total Driving is a valuable concept—one that can really help boost your competitiveness. Total Driving describes how long … Continue reading

Equipment

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How To Greenside Spin When Needed

How do I make a golf ball spin? I’ve been asked this question in golf lessons about a thousand times. Learning to apply spin to a ball is like finding the Holy Grail for many weekend golfers. To them, it’s … Continue reading

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5 Golf Tips On Choosing The Right Ball

Do you put much thought into what ball you play? Most weekend golfers don’t. But the ball you play can dramatically affect your scores. The right ball can help you chop strokes off your golf handicap. The wrong ball can … Continue reading

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4 Swing Changes That Will Boost Your Game

More and more Tour players are changing their swings. Why? They want to match the latest advances in equipment and physical conditioning. These changes add power and efficiency to their swings. The result: They’re hitting longer, more accurate shots. And … Continue reading

Full Swing

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3 Ways To Exit Your Iron Swing

This is the first of a two-part article on exiting your swing. In Part I we talk about the keys to exiting a swing and the types of swing exits available. In Part II we talk about common exit faults. … Continue reading

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2 Golf Drills That Help Synchronize Your Swing

Synchronization in the golf swing is everything. That’s why we work on it constantly with students in golf lessons. It’s the difference between being a good ballstriker and a poor one. When you’re out of sync your body stops rotating … Continue reading

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Back 2 Basics: Mastering Your Downswing

Rushing your downswing is a power killer—maybe the worst. When you “snatch” the club from the top, you create a downswing that’s cramped and narrow. This forces you to swing down on top of the ball, losing both power and … Continue reading

Golf Articles

Expand Your Bag To Reduce Your Golf Handicap

All golfers want to shrink their golf handicaps. It builds confidence and increases our enjoyment of the game. But lowering your golf handicap is easier said than done. Chopping strokes off your typical score is a challenge no matter what … Continue reading

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6 Golf Tips On Staying Consistent and Connected

A recent poll of top golf teachers in America rated Ernie Els’ swing among the tops in the game. Some rank it as one of the most envied swing not just of his time but also of all time. Others … Continue reading

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Playing Darts Improves Pitching Accuracy

This is the fourth in our series of practice games. They make practicing more fun. If it’s more fun, you’ll put more time into perfecting your skills: Hitting pinpoint pitches turns three strokes into two. But to hit these types … Continue reading

Golf Drills

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3 Drills For Making Solid Iron Contact Consistently

Hitting fat, thin, and topped shots isn’t any fun. But it’s what happens when you fail to make solid contact with your irons. You probably know this. You probably also know the feel of a solidly struck ball, which requires … Continue reading

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Sharpen Your Ability To Hit From Different Lies

This is the third in our series of practice games. Games can make practicing more fun. If it’s more fun, you’ll put more time into perfecting your skills: To break 80, you’ll need to beat different lies. Playing Knockout at … Continue reading

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Golf Tips To Cure 5 Deadly Swing Faults

We enjoy working with golfers of all levels in our golf lessons. We work with players with single digit golf handicaps that want to fine-tune their swings to new golfers that have never swung a club before and want to … Continue reading

Golf Fitness

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Increase Consistency With This Workout

You don’t have to be an Adonis to play golf. Nor do you have to go to the gym daily. In fact, many golfers play regularly without ever working out. But being out of shape can cost you strokes—especially on … Continue reading

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5 Golf Specific Stretches To Increase Flexibility

Did you play golf today? If you live in an area where it’s cold and snowy in winter, chances are you didn’t. Like many golfers who live in these areas, you’ve probably put your clubs away for the year. Club … Continue reading

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Lower Golf Handicap With These Golf Exercises

Want to add 20 yards to your drives, hit crisper irons, and chop strokes off your golf handicap—all without taking a single golf lesson: Workout at least three times a week. Many professional golfers workout religiously, including Tiger Woods. When … Continue reading

Golf Tips

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7 Golf Tips that Can Lower Your Golf Handicap

Want to chop some strokes off your golf handicap without making a single swing change? Use some sage advice from Lee Trevino to do it. But beware. Some of what he says might surprise you. Trevino is one of golf’s … Continue reading

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Use These Six On-Course Fixes To Save a Round

Every golfer has bad days. You know the kind we mean—days when nothing goes right. Even your “go-to” shots don’t work. Too many bad days like this can dent your confidence and boost your golf handicap. While practicing regularly keeps … Continue reading

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Clear The Highest Lip With These Golf Tips

Trying to escape a bunker is tough enough. But add a high lip to the bunker and a golfer can really feel “trapped.” One of the toughest shots in golf—especially if you have a high golf handicap—this shot requires you … Continue reading

Grip

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Hit Rock Solid Irons With These Two Golf Tips

Wouldn’t it be great if you could hit rock solid irons every time? Well, you can. All you have to do is make two adjustments. Don’t believe it? Neither do the students in our golf instruction sessions—until they do it … Continue reading

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Get A Grip On Yourself

Applying pressure where it’s needed most is the secret to a good grip. But how much pressure to apply is a key question? It depends. If you ask three teachers how much pressure to apply on a scale of 1 … Continue reading

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Are You Playing The Right Size Grips

Make no mistake about it. Using the wrong grips can hurt your golf handicap. The wrong grips stop you from hitting good shots. Needless to say, it’s in your best interest to use grips tailored to your swing, not to … Continue reading

Hybrid

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Hitting The Hybrid: 5 Proven Golf Tips

Hybrids are among the most playable clubs in your bag. It’s why so many golfers carry them—pro and amateur. It’s also why we encourage students taking our golf lessons to try them. Hybrids are also highly versatile. You can use … Continue reading

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Hitting A Hybrid From Deep Rough

Do you hit your hybrid from deep rough? If not, try it sometime. A potent weapon, the hybrid can save strokes when you’re in trouble. It’s ideal when in the deep stuff with a long way to go. The ability … Continue reading

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Chop Strokes Off Your Score Now

Students take golf lessons for many reasons. Mostly, it’s to learn something technical. For example, some students attend our golf instruction session to learn how to hit their woods better. Others come to us to learn how to hit their … Continue reading

Maximum Distance

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Shed Your Sway To Gain Distance Off The Tee

Are you getting the most out of your drives? If you’re not, you may be swaying. Swaying is a deadly swing fault that cripples ballstriking. It can cost you distance off the tee and in the fairway. Common among weekend … Continue reading

Mental Game

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Taking What You Learn To The Course

Practice is all about developing new habits. When you practice, you’re developing new playing habits. Practice is where you try new things and adjust your swing to produce better results. But you must be able to transfer what you’ve learned … Continue reading

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Hit Clutch Shots When It Matters Most

Do you play your best golf when it really matters? Not many golfers do. Take the players who attend our golf lessons. Like many weekend golfers, they sometimes underperform when the pressure is on. That’s because they haven learned to … Continue reading

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Use Personal Par To Drive Lower Golf Handicap

Golf is a thinking man’s game. But you have to control what you think about to shoot lower scores or chop strokes from your golf handicap. Take the typical weekend golfer. She spends too much time thinking about her swing—especially … Continue reading

Perfect Impact

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5 Swing Flaws You Need To Ditch Now

Slicing one into the trees isn’t the best way to start to a hole. It can stop you from making par, add unnecessary strokes to your score, and prevent you from breaking 80. If you’re playing a match in your … Continue reading

Solid Impact

Back To Basics: Making Solid Contact

With irons, need to make clean, crisp contact at impact. But that’s easier said than done—especially for weekend golfers. As a member of this group, you don’t play as often as a professional golfer. Nor do you practice as much. … Continue reading

Exit Iron

4 Common Exit Faults To Avoid

This is the second of a two-part article on exiting your swing. In Part I we talked about the keys to exiting a swing and the types of swing exits available. In Part II we talk about common exit faults. … Continue reading

Pitching

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Pitching From Bad Lies

You can’t do anything about bad lies. Sooner or later you’ll find one. Bad lies can derail a pitch shot. Your best bet is to accept the situation. It’s part and parcel of the game of golf. Then move on. … Continue reading

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Back To Basics: Developing Good Pitching Action

Pinpoint pitching takes solid technique and good judgment. Judging the distance of a pitch shot comes with experience. Yardage markers and range finders help when measuring distance. Developing good pitching technique, on the other hand, takes practice—lots of it. Your … Continue reading

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Back To Basics: Fine-tuning Your Pitches

“Seventy percent of all shots are played within 100 yards.” This is one of Gary Player’s favorite sayings. It’s why your short game is critical when it comes to scoring. Pitching is a major weapon in your short game arsenal. … Continue reading

Putting

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North, South, East, West Game

This is the fifth in our series of practice games, which make practicing more fun. If it’s more fun, you’ll practice more and improve your game more. Improving your putting is the fastest way to take your game to the … Continue reading

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Whipping The Yips, Part III

This is the third article in our series on whipping the yips—golf’s most dreaded “disease.” So far we’ve covered what causes the yips, the two kinds of yips, and a remedy for accelerating yips. This article discusses rotational yips and … Continue reading

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Whipping The Yips, Part II

This second article in this series discusses remedies for accelerating yips. The first article covered what causes the yips and the two kinds of yips. The third article in the series covers rotational yips and a remedy for it. Just … Continue reading

Q & A

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Bring Your “A” Game To The Course

Q. Hi Jack, I really enjoy your tips. There is no question they work. As a high handicapper (20), I come completely unglued in some rounds. I suddenly top drives, shank irons, and duff wedges while my putting goes to … Continue reading

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Hit Your Pitches Close With This Drill

If you’re unable to hit your pitches close enough to one-putt, you may be costing yourself strokes. Hitting pitches close enough will help you chop strokes off your scores and your golf handicap. Here’s a drill from short game guru … Continue reading

How To Eliminate Your Fade

Q. Hi, Jack: I’m struggling with a high cut or fade and am losing valuable meters off the tee with this type of shot. Please assist me to hit a straighter drive or even a draw Regards, Garth  A. Thanks … Continue reading

Setup

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6 Golf Tips On Staying Consistent and Connected

A recent poll of top golf teachers in America rated Ernie Els’ swing among the tops in the game. Some rank it as one of the most envied swing not just of his time but also of all time. Others … Continue reading

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Back to Basics: Building A Repeatable Iron Swing

“I want to be remembered as the man who hit the straightest—not the longest.” That’s a quote from Ben Hogan—perhaps the game’s greatest player. His quote provides a rare insight into how he thought. It’s the way you should be … Continue reading

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Planning In The Tee Box Pays Off

The tee is the only area on the course where you can place the ball. It’s also the only place where you can tee the ball up. Deciding how high to tee it is a crucial decision. Tee the ball … Continue reading

Short Game

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4 Golf Tips On Mastering The Scoring Zone

Birdies are fun. But you can’t make birdies without following up great drives with pinpoint approach shots. That means you want to stick your approach shots close enough for a makeable putt. Put simply, solid iron play and accurate putting … Continue reading

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6 Best Wedge Shots Of All Time

Big drives are impressive. Just as students in our golf lessons. But it’s the short game—chipping, pitching, and putting—that brings home the bacon. So if you want to take your game to the next level, perfect your short game. Doing … Continue reading

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Hitting Crisp Irons From Tight Lies

Excessive hand action on tight lies often leads to fat and thin shots. So the key to hitting crisp irons from tight lies is to keep hand action to a minimum. To do that, you need to lead with your … Continue reading

Swing Plane

3 Uncommon Golf Tips For Solving Common Swing Flaws

Lack of power. Chronic hooking. Inconsistent ballstriking. These swing flaws are costly. In fact, they’re among golf’s most costly. They tack strokes onto your score, chip away at your confidence, and frustrate the heck out of you. You must eliminate … Continue reading

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6 Steps To Finding The Perfect Swing Plane

Some golfers use a one-plane swing. Others use a two-plane swing. Both ways work. In fact, you could probably find great Tour players in both camps. What’s critical isn’t how many planes you use, but staying on plane as you … Continue reading

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How To Hit Pinpoint Approach Shots

What do you think of making the hole bigger in golf? A hall of fame golfer recently suggested the change. He thought it would make the game more fun and get more people to play. He may be right. He … Continue reading

Trouble Shots

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Hitting Crisp Irons From Tight Lies

Excessive hand action on tight lies often leads to fat and thin shots. So the key to hitting crisp irons from tight lies is to keep hand action to a minimum. To do that, you need to lead with your … Continue reading

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7 Golf Tips that Can Lower Your Golf Handicap

Want to chop some strokes off your golf handicap without making a single swing change? Use some sage advice from Lee Trevino to do it. But beware. Some of what he says might surprise you. Trevino is one of golf’s … Continue reading

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Mastering These Two Shots Will Elevate your Game

Golfers are no strangers to trouble on the course. That’s why so much of our time on the course is spent playing “damage control.” That’s when you’re hitting shots from trouble while trying to minimize strokes. Often, damage control takes … Continue reading

Wedge

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Beating Buried Lies In The Rough

Do you lose strokes trying to recover from deep rough? You’re not alone. Many weekend golfers do—especially when they have a buried lie. Hitting from a buried lie in deep rough is a challenge that can pack strokes onto your … Continue reading

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6 Best Wedge Shots Of All Time

Big drives are impressive. Just as students in our golf lessons. But it’s the short game—chipping, pitching, and putting—that brings home the bacon. So if you want to take your game to the next level, perfect your short game. Doing … Continue reading

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Simple Way To Hit A Soft Lob

Some shots are harder to hit than others. Take the lob shot. It’s a great shot around the green—one that can bail you out of all sorts of trouble. It’s especially effective when you have to pitch over a greenside … Continue reading

Woods

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Golf Tips On Hitting Driver Off The Deck

Traditional wisdom says its crazy to hit driver in the fairway. Most times traditional wisdom is probably right—but not always. Hitting driver off the deck is a difficult shot. Besides, you have other clubs designed to hit the ball off … Continue reading