A few months ago I played in a tournament with a pro who was struggling. He spent most of his time in the desert looking for his ball, and limped his way to an 83. This was a talented pro whom I had seen shoot in the low 60’s before. What happened?? The day he […]Continue Reading... 6 Comments.
A few days ago, I was giving a lesson to Shannon, a five handicap. From where we were hitting shots, she had 34 yards to the hole. She needed to carry 6 yards of rough and she had 28 yards of green to work with. In the past, when faced with this shot, Shannon had […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Play Better Golf: 8 Iron vs. Sand Wedge
I love playing golf. I love the anticipation I feel driving to the course. I love the feeling of butterflies in my stomach before I tee off. I love making birdies on 3 holes in a row. I love the competition, and it is a big part of my life. 3 months ago I pulled […]Continue Reading... 6 Comments.
Here’s a little known fact: Correct width of stance is vital to your success in golf. The pictures below show me at the top of the back-swing and the finish position. I’m using a sand wedge to hit 4 different shots. On my short shots my stance is narrow. Because I am not making […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Golf Set-up: How wide is your stance?
(Read part 1 here) (Read part 2 here) Playing a par 5, you fan your second shot short, right of the green. Your ball comes to rest 40 yards from the hole on a hard-pan, dirt lie. The pin is tucked 6’ onto the edge of the green and you have to hit over a […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Judging the lie Part 3: Application
(Read Part 1 here) When hitting a wedge shot, if I play the ball forward in my stance it adds loft to the club and exposes the bounce (the rounded sole of the club-head) to the ground. This is great for when the ball is sitting up in the grass in a “fluffy lie.” When […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Judging the Lie: Part Two
What’s one of the most important aspects of the short game? It’s judging correctly how the ball is going to come out of its lie. What’s the most overlooked aspect of the short game? You guessed it – I believe it’s judging the lie. I have seen many golfers make perfectly good swings only to […]Continue Reading... 2 Comments.
Are you feeling lost with your golf swing? The quickest way to get out of a slump is to get back to the basics. Every golfer should have a set of fundamentals that are the key to their individual golf game. Usually when a golfer loses his/her swing it is because of too much focus […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Find Your Foundation
Last post, I discussed the importance of hitting your golf shots with a complete mental routine. Now for the good stuff! Here is how I do it: 1. Plan. When I am getting ready to hit a shot, I stand behind the ball looking at the target while I develop a plan. To plan […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Plan, Commit, Evaluate
When I ask golfers why a good mental routine is important to them, I usually hear bits and pieces of truth, but I hardly ever meet anyone who has a full understanding of why they will benefit from a complete mental routine. The main reason for a complete mental routine on the golf course […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Importance of a Complete Mental Routine