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Number 1 Chipping Tip (Plus a Chipping Drill)

We've covered using different clubs (besides a pitching/sand/lobb wedge) for chipping in past articles, and that in and of itself is a great tip. However, the number one chipping tip in golf is to ensure that your hands lead the club face.

One thing you can do to try and ensure that your hands lead your swing when chipping is to position the ball pretty far back in your stance. I've even seen some golfers position the ball behind their back foot. It is literally impossible to swing the club with the ball positioned this far back in your stance without having your hands lead the way. This will also promote a "descending blow" when you make contact with the golf ball. It is the angle of the clubface in ...Read entire article

Putting Drills to Improve Confidence

Putting drills are something you can practice just about anywhere. You don't need a lot of room, and basically just a smooth surface with a true roll. We've already covered some other putting drills in past articles, however below are several that will definitely improve your confidence on the green. Once you start becoming a better putter, it really becomes addictive and instead of being unsure about a putt, you'll soon start enjoying the challenge of putting and approach each shot with anticipation instead of uncertainty.

The Wall Drill
We've highlighted this one before, but it is really an eye-opener! Stand facing a wall with your feet parallel to the wall. Place the putter so the toe of t...Read entire article

Golf Swing Speed Vs. Swing Tempo

The number one problem with any golfer's swing is that they try to swing too hard. This may be a bold statement, but I think it is true for just about every golfer at some point in time. Unless you are a very seasoned golfer that has tremendous control over their body and swing, it is often difficult to even tell you are over-swinging.

The reason golfers swing too hard or try to swing faster is simple, people equate speed with power and distance. The faster you swing, the more power you strike the ball with, and the farther it will go. This is correct! However, you do not need to be swinging your fastest your entire swing, for the only time speed truly matters is at the moment of impact.

Think about it, you could be swinging in "slow motion" your entire backswing. And you c...Read entire article

Stop Pop-Ups When Driving in Golf

Raise your hand if you've ever hit a "pop-up" off the tee in golf. Mine was raised, how about you? Pop-ups have to be one of the more resentful shots in golf, especially when you're on a long par 5 and you're counting on some extra distance. Instead of hitting a nice long shot down the center of the fairway, you hit a mile-high shot that just barely clears the tees.

The problem with some golfers might actually be trying to go for extra distance and then modifying their swing. Most pop-ups occur because your downswing arc is too steep. What ends up happening is that your arms and hands don't extend far enough on your backswing and your hands end up coming in on more of a vertical line on your downswing as opposed to more of a circular or arched path. This often results in scuff mark...Read entire article

Eye Position Key for Putting Success

One of the main ingredients to a successful putt is proper alignment. Your feet must be aligned properly, your hands and clubface need to be aligned properly, and your eyes also need to be properly aligned. Proper eye setup is a key fundamental in your aim.

I know of two different "schools of thought" when it comes to eye alignment and putting. One, which I believe most golfers concentrate on, is to keep your eyes positioned directly above the ball in your stance. Keeping your eyes directly over the ball promotes a "straight line" approach, that is everything is on the exact same straight line from your eyes to the ball to your clubface, backwards and forwards. Keeping your eyes aligned over the ball will promote a straight back-and-forth swing, and should help most golfers follow ...Read entire article

Fairway Woods - Where to Position the Ball

Fairway woods are one of the more useful utility clubs in a golfer's bag. They can be used off the tee, in the fairway or rough, even around the green and in a bunker. Each of those circumstances requires a different setup and use of the club, however we are only focusing on the fairway/rough shot in this article.

Most people think fairway woods are difficult to hit consistently because you are using a club out of its normal "element" (thinking goes you hit woods off the tee, irons off the ground). This may be true if you try to hit your oversized driver out of light rough, but a fairway wood is designed to do just that...hit out of the fairway. Fairway woods may have a less steep angle than a driver or 3-wood, and are able to slice through the grass and dirt better. And, because t...Read entire article

Correcting Shank Golf Shots

At some point in time it's happened to all of have the perfect lie, perfect view, perfect wind, and everything is right for a fantastic shot at the center of the gren. You survey the green, drop some grass to get just the right feel for the wind, set up in your stance, give it one last look, and shank the ball! All that work for nothing.

Simply put, a shank is when you hit the ball with the nosel of your club instead of the actual clubface. So, you are hitting the ball too close to the heel of the club, rather than the center of the clubface. Most likely your shot will fly off as a line drive directly away from your body.

Knowing what causes a shank is only part of the battle, coming up with an effective strategy to eliminate this is the difficult p...Read entire article

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