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Golf Chipping Tip - One Thing NOT To Do

Chipping in golf is supposed to softly carry the ball to your target, as opposed to driving or iron-play which are most often accompanied by strong and fast swings. Chips are supposed to be approached with finesse to produce loft and "quietly" roll the ball along the green once it makes contact. Because of this, golfers often try to slow down their swing and end up making physical mistakes which will have a negative impact on the outcome of the shot.

In essense a chip shot in golf is like sub-section of your normal swing. True your stance might be slightly different or you may play the ball at a different location, but essentially you want to swing the same. The only difference is that you are only taking a small percentage of your swing. So the key thing to remember is that you do...Read entire article

Putting Accuracy - Imagine Multiple Holes

There are two main aspects to putting; accuracy and distance. Getting the right distance down pat is a matter of reading the green and adjusting your swing speed accordingly. Accuracy, on the other hand, is a matter of proper alignment and aim.

Ask any golfer what the toughest types of putts are and they will most likely say the "6-footer". This type of putt is difficult because it's close to the hole, so it seems like an easy shot, but just far enough away to shake your confidence and really make you think about your aim. It's true that these shots should be made more consistently, but because of poor accuracy, these shots are often missed and could potentially add 2 or 3 to 5 or 6 strokes onto your score.

The first step to proper accuracy is proper aim. It all starts in the s...Read entire article

Three Tips for Better Golf Drives

Golf drives are one of the most intimidating and yet most rewarding shots in golf. Your first tee shot is a stressful and exciting shot, and the excitement is multiplied when there a lot of people watching! Your tee shot and drives can signal how well your round is going to go, or how well the next hole is going to be played out. Your tee shots are also a chance to turn around a previous bad hole and set yourself for success. Golf drives are so important we call most practicing facilities "driving ranges"!

That is why successful tee shots and drives imperative for any golfer. There is no arguing the impact of a perfectly struck ball that goes 300 yards and lands in the middle of the fairway. A good drive is pretty much required for a chance at birdie and makes par a whole lot easie...Read entire article

Golf Tips for Fairway Bunker Play

Sand traps and bunkers might not be the most fun places to hit out of, but they must be mastered to save some strokes on your game. I would say that every golfer (myself included) needs to practice more on their bunker play. The problem is that when you're trying to focus on drives, iron play, putting, chipping, etc., it's difficult to leave some time to practice bunker shots...let alone find a sand trap to practice on...let alone find a fairway bunker to practice on!

That being said, you should be fully prepared to make the best of your fairway or long-distance bunker shots. Reason being that fairway bunker shots should definitely not be approached the same way as a bunker shot from around the green.

When you are around the green, you are most likely trying to loft the ...Read entire article

Golf Swing Fundamentals - Posture and Balance

It's not often we focus on some of the more mechanical aspects of a golf swing, and this article isn't necessarily too far off-topic. However, I do believe that posture and balance are two key mechanical fundamentals to a golf swing that EVERY successful golfer will learn to master.

The number one rule (one of the number one rules anyway...) is that you must always maintain balance throughout your entire swing. Whether you know it or not, this is the first aspect of a golf swing you focus on the first time you swing a golf club. The reason is obvious, you don't want to fall over. However, just because you can stay standing during your swing doesn't necessarily mean you have good balance.

There are three main times to consider your balance in you swing: at setup, at the top ...Read entire article

Improving Your Golf Swing Using Gravity

Have you ever gone to the driving range and see golfers swing so hard that they are completely physically spent after each swing? You know, the ones that are dripping with sweat after hitting 10 balls and grunt after every swing as if they are trying to break through a concrete wall?

Now, have you ever watched golf on TV? Have you ever paused for a moment at the range and watched someone who is hitting the ball with consistency? I'd be willing to bet they are not grunting, sweating, or trying to prove to themselves and everyone watching that they are swinging harder than everyone else!

I used to be that golfer, and in some circumstances I still am. But, as I learned more about golf, watched more golf on TV, and just spoke to more people who were involved in the game, I lear...Read entire article

Chipping Club Selection Based on Lie

Many golfers hear the term "chip" and automatically reach into their bag to pull out their pitching wedge. Don't get me wrong, I don't think their is ANY type of chip or pitch that could not be turned into a successful shot by using a pitching wedge. The pitching wedge is an absolute utility club, however you may find better results using "specialized" chipping clubs such as a sand wedge, lobb wedge, or other club.

The type of lie and desired shot should really determine the club you use to chip when around the green:

Lobb wedge: I love chipping with my lobb wedge. It's just a regular lobb wedge, not a high lobb wedge, but I still get plenty of loft out of it. When I hit it just right, the ball floats effortlessly in the air, hits the green nice and soft, and usually has some...Read entire article

Putting Practice Drills

How much time do you actually spend practicing golf? I mean, I definitely consider some of the rounds I play "practice" rounds where I'm not so tough on myself to perform. But, what about outside of practice rounds and when you are on the course, how often do you go to the range and hit balls, or practice chipping in your backyard, or use the putting green at your local course?

I find that no matter how much I practice with my driver, woods, and irons, more often than not it results in more confidence, rather than a more technically-sound swing. The result is that when I get on the course, because of the conditions such as my lie, whether or not I have a clear path to my target, etc. it is difficult to reproduce that "perfect lie" at the range. However, whenever I practice putting,...Read entire article

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