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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

Who will win the 2014 Masters?

Test your knowledge of the PGA and the pros that play the game … enter your pick right now. Clearly, there are lots of solid choices. So it’s not going to be easy to be right. Consider: Without Tiger playing … 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

Bunker

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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

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Scariest Shot #2: Pitch Over Deep Bunker

If you’re like many weekend golfers, you hate hitting from bunkers. So when an approach shot stops short of a bunker, you’re ecstatic. But you still have to pitch over the bunker to save par. And for some that’s a … Continue reading

Chipping

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6 Timeless Golf Tips From Arnold Palmer

Do you think golf instructors over complicate things? Arnold Palmer does. He may be right. Palmer thinks instructors over complicate the game. Instead, he says, simplify things—especially when it comes to the full swing. With all the ways we have … Continue reading

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Improve Your Game With This 3-Step System

Are your practice sessions productive? If they aren’t, you’re wasting time.  Regular practice is the best way to learn how to break 80 and cut strokes from your golf handicap. Even if you take golf lessons, your practice sessions must … Continue reading

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Chipping From A Severe Downhill Slope

Ever skull a chip from a severe downhill slope? Usually, you’re hitting this chip from a couple of feet off the green to pin about eight feet away. Skulling this shot can send you right off the green. One reason … 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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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

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Solve Your Golf Slice: A 3-Step Approach

Slicing is one of golf’s most aggravating swing flaws. If you slice—and many of us do—you know the downsides of this swing. It packs strokes on your scores and disrupts your confidence. The basic cause of slicing is an open … Continue reading

Equipment

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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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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

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Full Swing Golf Tips | 5 Proven Tips

If you’re serious about improving your game, you must master the full swing’s key mechanics. Doing so increases power, consistency, and accuracy. These capabilities help position you to hit more greens in regulation (GIR). That’s big, as I’ve often said … Continue reading

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The LAWS of the Golf Swing

Make no mistake about it. The golf swing is all about geometry. The body’s lines, angles, and arcs and the club must all align to produce solid, consistent results. The quality of this relationship, among the most basic in golf, … Continue reading

Golf Articles

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

Who will win the 2014 Masters?

Test your knowledge of the PGA and the pros that play the game … enter your pick right now. Clearly, there are lots of solid choices. So it’s not going to be easy to be right. Consider: Without Tiger playing … Continue reading

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Five Keys To Hitting Crisp Irons Consistently

Do you dream of breaking 80 consistently? Sure. We all do. But to do it, you must learn to control ball flight with your irons. That way you can adapt your swing to the hole you’re playing. If you need … Continue reading

Golf Drills

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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

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This Broom Drill Will Develop Your Distance And Accuracy

This is the first in a series of indoor drills. They’re simple and easy to do yet proven. They’ll help you hone your skills indoors. Developing a powerful, accurate swing is a challenge. That’s why few golfers have these types … 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

Mental Game

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

Golf Handicap

Stay Focused To Lower Golf Handicap

While “April is the cruelest month” for some, it’s the best month for many golfers. It starts the season. It also ushers in The Masters—one of golf’s four major tournaments. The Masters’ history features some of the greatest moments in … 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

Perfect Impact

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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

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Eliminate Your Slice Forever With This Drill

If you slice, you’ve probably tried many swing fixes to eliminate your slice without success.  The reason you’re slicing is that your clubface is open at impact. If you could learn to square your clubface at impact, you’d straighten out … Continue reading

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Lessons From Past PGA Championships

Pro golfer Ernie Els said it is “the fairest and toughest championship golf course I’ve played in all my years as a Tour professional.” Oak Hill Country Club (East Course), which will host the 95th PGA Championship starting Thursday, is … Continue reading

Pitching

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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

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Learning To Trust The Loft

Good chips (and pitches) hinge on making ball first contact. But some weekend golfers find this difficult to do. Practicing the drill below, which requires a one-inch thick book, a desk chair, and foam or plastic practice balls, ingrains the … Continue reading

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Great Drill For Pitching It Close

Swinging on plane could be the most overlooked short game basic in golf. In fact, many weekend players have no idea which plane their wedges move on when hitting a pitch shot. This can hamper accuracy and consistency. The drill … Continue reading

Putting

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Drain More From Long Distance

Some golfers make long distance putting look easy. But most golfers have trouble sinking putts beyond 50 feet. In fact, it’s one of the hardest things to do in golf. And the stats prove it. At every distance greater than … 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

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Indoor Drill #5: Laser Putting Drill

Two things can cause you to miss a putt. One is not having your putterface square to the path at impact. The other is cutting across the ball while stroking. Both errors are common mistakes among golfers. The Laser Putting … 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

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How To Cut Strokes At Pre-Round Practice

Do you get to the course early before playing? Arriving early lets you warm up before the round. You can stretch a bit, putt at the practice green, and/or hit balls at the range. Going to the range is especially … Continue reading

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Toughest Shot #7: Next Shot After A Shank

A shank seems to come out of nowhere. Hitting a shank is embarrassing—whether you’re a veteran or a beginner. Some think an open clubface causes a shank. It doesn’t. Shanks happen when you strike the ball with the club’s hosel—a … Continue reading

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3 Golf Tips Guaranteed To Boost Ball Striking

Why do golfers wear spikes? If you said it’s to keep your feet from slipping, as most students in our golf lessons said, you’d be right. You can’t hit a ball with authority or accuracy without solid footing. The spikes … Continue reading

Short Game

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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

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Expand Your Short Game Now

Weekend golfers spend hours at the driving range hitting shot after shot after shot. But they don’t put anywhere nearly the same time in practicing those short shots around the green—the ones that require feel. These shots can tack strokes … Continue reading

Swing Plane

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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

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Are You A Dragger Or A Thrower?

Are you a dragger or a thrower? Weekend golfers tend to fall into one of two major swing-type categories. They’re either draggers or throwers. Throwers “throw” the clubface at the ball through the impact. They often hit super high shots … 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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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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#1 Toughest Shot In Golf

#1 Toughest Shot In Golf – Bunker Blast From A Downhill Lie. This shot’s reputation as the toughest shot in golf is well earned. It’s hard enough for many weekend golfers to escape a bunker in one.  But adding a … 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