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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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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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Make Preflight Check To Hit Straighter Drives

Hitting longer, straighter drives isn’t about swinging harder. It’s about swinging the club correctly with goo tempo and rhythm. Your swing is like a chain reaction. One move naturally leads to another. That makes the first few moves in the … Continue reading

Bunker

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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

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How To Beat The Short Side

Most superintendents try to put holes in fair locations. But other superintendents like to really challenge you. So they put holes in tough locations—like behind two bunkers or in the middle of a valley. But by and large hole locations … Continue reading

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Hitting A Wood From A Fairway Bunker

What do you use to hit out of a fairway bunker? Many golfers use an iron or a hybrid, with more and more golfers these days choosing the hybrid over the iron. Not many golfers would think to use a … Continue reading

Chipping

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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

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Chip It Close With this Drill

If you’re struggling with hitting chips the right distance, it could be for one of two reasons: Either your eyes and your swing don’t see and feel the same thing, or you’re hitting at the ball instead of letting your … Continue reading

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Hula-Hoop Drill

The key to chipping it close is hitting your landing spot. That’s the only thing you can control. This week’s drill use a hula-hoop to help you practice hitting your landing spot. Select a chipping location. Visualize the chip you … Continue reading

Draw

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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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Add Dynamic Loft For Maximum Distance Off The Tee

This is the first in a series of articles on new concepts in golf. These new concepts can help you refine your swing and chop strokes off your golf handicap. Today’s high-tech wizardry is transforming the golf swing. Thanks to … Continue reading

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How To Drive With Purpose and Power

Some golfers minimize the driver’s importance. After all, you hit it only 13 or 14 times a round, if that. So why put so much time and effort into learning to hit the driver? Make no mistake. The driver makes … Continue reading

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How To Hit A Quick Draw

Some holes force you to adjust your ball flight from the tee box. But if the tee box calls for a draw and you hit a natural fade, things can get hairy. You don’t really want to dramatically change your … 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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These 6 Principles Will Help You Break 80 Consistently

Ever wonder what made Jack Nicklaus so great? It’s hard to say for sure. Altogether, he won 18 major tournaments, including the Open four times. He also had 73 official Tour victories. Nicklaus did many things well. Managing the course … Continue reading

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Find Your Best Backswing

Do you feel comfortable at the top of your backswing? If you don’t, it’s probably affecting your ballstriking. One reason you’re not comfortable maybe that you’re either lifting the club up or whipping it way to the inside on your … Continue reading

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Tempo Timer Drill

Ideally, the tempo of your swing should always stay the same. But with longer irons and woods, weekend golfers tend to speed up their swings. They feel they need to swing harder to hit the ball farther. But that throws … Continue reading

Golf Articles

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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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How To Incorporate An Effective Warm-up Routine

Many weekend golfers would agree. A good warm-up routine plays a big role in kicking- a round off to a good start. But with rounds taking 5 and 6 hours these days, you might not have the time or energy … Continue reading

Tiger’s Back Pain Surgery Likely to Fall Short …

By JESSE CANNONE | APRIL 6, 2014 Tiger Woods pulled out of the Masters this year for the first time since 1994. The reason? Back surgery for a pinched nerve, which he said had been hurting him for several months. The surgery, a … Continue reading

Golf Drills

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Back! Hit! Stop! Drill Boosts Power And Accuracy

If you’re like many golfers, when you overswing, you speed up your transition from the top. This throws your swing completely out of sync, and causes you to lose a sense of where the club is in the swing. That’s … Continue reading

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Throw The Cones Drill

When we work new golfers, they tend to hit at the ball rather than swing through it. When they do that you create all sorts of bad shots. Hitting at the ball pushes golfers out of sync and out of … Continue reading

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Defeating First Tee Jitters

Do you get first-tee jitters? So do Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus. So you’re in pretty good company when it comes to the first tee. Anxiety about what might happen usually causes these jitters. Remember, we said might happen, not … 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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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

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Scariest Shot #6: Sinking Downhill Four-footers

This shot looks easier than it is. One problem is speed. If you putt it too hard, the ball might roll way past the hole, giving you a tough shot coming back. Another problem is steering the ball. If 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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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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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

How To Win Your Next Match

How To Win Your Next Match

April marks the beginning of golf for many players. It also marks the start of many golf leagues, which usually play match play. With this format, the player with the lowest score wins the hole and the person who wins … Continue reading

Perfect Impact

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Back 2 Basics: Use Trigger To Kick-Start Swing

While your final address position may feel athletic and engaged, you still need to start your swing correctly to hit a good shot. Unfortunately, some golfers tend to freeze over the ball—especially if they’re on the first tee. Others tend … Continue reading

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Follow This Five-Step Process To Hit Pinpoint Irons

Do you want to cut strokes from your golf handicap? How about break 80 consistently? Or win more matches in your league? If you said “yes” to any of these questions, it’s no surprise. We all want to shoot lower … Continue reading

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Speed Up Your Swing Speed At The Right Time

Over-acceleration in your swing short-circuits power. Over-acceleration prevents you from achieving maximum swing speed at or just after impact. With the best swings in the world, maximum swing speed comes a split second before impact. Below is a proven drill … Continue reading

Pitching

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Control Finish To Control Spin On Pitches

Controlling your pitches is one of the keys to breaking 80. If you can stop your pitches within 8 feet of the cup, you’ll boost your chances of shooting low scores. You’ll also chop strokes off your golf handicap. To … 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

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How To Conquer Hardpan

In golf you’re always making adjustments—especially when hitting from troublesome lies. Sometimes you need to adjust your stance. Other times you need to adjust your swing. And then there are times you need to adjust both. With hardpan lies, you … Continue reading

Putting

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Drain More Putts With This Putting Drill

Even the best players in the world look up after they’ve made a putt. It’s only natural. But looking up can cause you to come out of your stance and make an awkward, off-line stroke. That in turn can cause … Continue reading

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Develop Distance Control With This Putting Drill

Speed is the most critical variable in putting. It not only controls distance, it also influences the break on your ball. So if you don’t hit the putt at the right speed, both your distance control AND your directional control … Continue reading

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Use This Checklist To Make Every Putt

Confidence is everything in putting. Many think it’s the biggest difference between weekend golfers and the pros when it comes to putting. The pros believe they can make every putt. The weekend golfer has his doubts. One tool that helps … 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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Make Preflight Check To Hit Straighter Drives

Hitting longer, straighter drives isn’t about swinging harder. It’s about swinging the club correctly with goo tempo and rhythm. Your swing is like a chain reaction. One move naturally leads to another. That makes the first few moves in the … Continue reading

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These 6 Principles Will Help You Break 80 Consistently

Ever wonder what made Jack Nicklaus so great? It’s hard to say for sure. Altogether, he won 18 major tournaments, including the Open four times. He also had 73 official Tour victories. Nicklaus did many things well. Managing the course … Continue reading

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Drain More Putts With This Putting Drill

Even the best players in the world look up after they’ve made a putt. It’s only natural. But looking up can cause you to come out of your stance and make an awkward, off-line stroke. That in turn can cause … Continue reading

Short Game

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Learn To Escape The Sand In One

Escaping the sand is a challenge no matter what your golf handicap. Ideally, you want to escape in one shot. But if you’re like some weekend golfers, it often takes two or three shots to get out. Or, if you … Continue reading

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How To Master Club Release

Learning to release the club properly is essential. But it’s not a fundamental most golfers practice or think about. In fact, most golfers think about other phases of the swing without ever thinking about the release. But releasing the club … Continue reading

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5 Golf Tips That Will Refine Your Short Game

If you’re able to play golf all year round, you’re one of the lucky ones. If you’re not, then winter is a good time to re-asses your game. It’s also a good time to work on weaknesses. The key area … Continue reading

Swing Plane

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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

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Indoor Drill #4: Choke Up To Master Swing Path

Looping is one of the more common swing faults among weekend golfers. It occurs when you swing the club back too far inside. Then you loop it to the outside to get it back on the right swing path. This … Continue reading

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5 Steps To Recovering Your Golf Swing

Ever lost the feel of your swing during a round? All of us have. Sometimes we let our hands and arms dominate our swing. That causes us to come into the ball too steeply, short-circuiting power and causing us to … Continue reading

Trouble Shots

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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

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Hitting From A Deep Divot

Bad things happen to good golfers. In fact, they happen to all golfers. One of the worst things that can happen to a golfer is coming to rest in a deep divot after hitting one solidly. It’s just plain bad … Continue reading

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Scariest Shot #1: Approach Over Water

This week starts a new golf tips series. In this one we cover 7 of the scariest shots in golf—shots few us like to hit. Scariest Shot #1: Approach Over Water Some of us hate the first tee. Others hate … Continue reading

Wedge

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Master The Sand Save To Reduce Golf Handicap

How good are the pros at sand saves? Very good. A sand save is getting up and down from a greenside bunker. In other words, if you escape the bunker in one and sink the putt, it’s a sand save—regardless … Continue reading

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Scariest Shot #3: Mastering The Dreaded Half Wedge

Scariest Shot #3:  Mastering The Dreaded Half Wedge Hitting into the green from 40-60 yards out is a real challenge for many weekend golfers. Most can only do it once in three times. The reason: they have to slow their … Continue reading

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How To Hold Firm Greens

Hitting greens in regulation is the key to breaking 80. The more you hit, the better your score. But the pin’s position and the type of green—hard or soft—often determines how aggressive you can be on a hole—especially from the … Continue reading

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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