If the ball is above your feet at address, you will want to set up with a more upright spine angle than normal. Also, make sure to set up farther from the ball and aim a little right as well.If the ball is below your feet at address you will want to tilt more at […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Set-Up: Ball above and below feet
Do you have a consistent process for reading greens? Or do you just wait until it is your turn to putt and then hurriedly guess the line and go with it? Here’s my process for reading greens that has helped me make a lot of putts over the years: 1. Read the slope from […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Reading Greens
Setting up properly is the most important part of hitting off upslopes and downslopes. My goal is to set up so that the clubhead will swing parallel to the slope through impact. Below are my keys for mastering upslopes and downslopes. Upslopes: 1. Lean to the right: For upslopes, I take a normal width […]Continue Reading... 1 Comment.
You are only 70 yards from the green for your 3rd shot on a par 5, but a big tree limb is hanging out over the fairway in front of you. You can’t hit your normal wedge shot; what do you do? I would choose to hit a 7-iron to avoid the tree limb. […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on The 70 Yard 7-Iron
Does the wind intimidate you on the golf course? Here in Arizona we don’t get many windy days, but when it blows you want to be prepared. Here are my four keys to playing great golf in the wind: 1. Keep the ball low. This number one key will help you the most. To […]Continue Reading... 2 Comments.
My definition of course management: Determining how to proceed based on what you see in front of you on the golf course. What do you see in the picture below? Here’s what I see: I like to look at the trees closest to me and picture them as if they were outlined in a […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Course Management: What do you see?
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
(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.