Yearly Archives: 2014

  • Something Good Can Come from a Bad Shot

    Posted on December 29, 2014 by Grant in Golf Fundamentals, The Mental Game.

    Have you learned how to turn a bad shot into a positive learning experience? After hitting a bad shot, many golfers become upset by focusing on the result of the swing instead of analyzing why they made a bad swing. If I hit a bad shot, I immediately think about what my mind was doing […]

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  • Playing from a Flyer Lie

    Posted on December 22, 2014 by Grant in Course Management, Golf Fundamentals, Trouble Shots.

      Do you know what a flyer lie out of the rough is and how to play it? A flyer is when the ball jumps out of the rough on a shot with an iron or wedge and flies farther than normal. This shot happens when there is just enough grass between clubface and ball […]

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  • Width at the Top of the Backswing

    Posted on December 15, 2014 by Grant in Golf Fundamentals, Swing.

    When teaching golf, a common mistake I see is a lack of space (width) between hands and head at the top of the backswing (pictured above). Many golfers don’t realize that their hands are collapsing in close to their head at the top of the backswing until they see their swing on video. The correct […]

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  • Ball Above your Feet in a Greenside Sand Trap

    Posted on December 1, 2014 by Grant in Golf Fundamentals, Sand play.

      When faced with a ball above your feet in a greenside sand trap, a common miss is to hit too far behind the ball and leave the ball in the bunker. Here’s what I think about when I hit this shot: At address, I choke down on the grip and stand tall with a […]

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  • Papago Golf Course: Pro Scratch Golf League, 73

    Posted on November 24, 2014 by Grant in My Journey, Tournament Recap.

      Today was my first competitive round on a full size course in over a year. I am back to swinging full speed with no pain! I have been rehabbing my shoulder since surgery on March 28th, 2014, and over the last month I have slowly been working back to the full swing. I am […]

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  • Ball Below your Feet in a Greenside Sand Trap

    Posted on November 17, 2014 by Grant in Golf Fundamentals, Sand play.

      A shot with the ball below your feet in a greenside sand trap is one of the most challenging shots in golf. Here’s how I play it: I set up with extra knee flex and extra spine tilt. I also aim a little left because the ball will tend to spin to the right […]

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  • Two-by-Four Golf Swing Drill

    Posted on November 10, 2014 by Grant in Drills, Practice, Swing.

    If you’ve been slicing or hooking the ball, this two-by-four golf swing drill will help you! Next time you go to the range, just take a two-by-four piece of wood along. Set it up about a half inch from the toe of your club, parallel to your target line. If you swing too much outside-to-in […]

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  • Listening Drill

    Posted on November 3, 2014 by Grant in Drills, Golf Fundamentals, Practice, Short Game.

    Next time you are out practicing your short game, try listening for the ball to land on the green before you allow your eyes to look up from the ball’s starting point. If you’ve been in the habit of looking up too soon through impact, this listening drill will definitely improve your contact on shots […]

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  • Full Swing Acceleration Drill

    Posted on October 27, 2014 by Grant in Drills, Swing.

    This full swing acceleration drill is one of my favorite drills of all time. It gives me the feel of what my body needs to do to accelerate the clubhead through impact. Here’s how I perform the drill: First, I grip the clubhead-end of the shaft with my trailing hand and position my body in […]

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  • Putting Acceleration Drill

    Posted on October 20, 2014 by Grant in Drills, Putting.

    A common reason for missing short putts is deceleration of the putterhead through impact. The main reason this happens is because the golfer takes too big of a backswing and then has to slow down through impact to avoid hitting the putt too hard. Here’s a good putting acceleration drill to help you avoid decelerating […]

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