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Fine Tune Your Fundamentals Now

At the start of every year, the PGA Tour players go through a re-tooling of their golf swings. They don't reconstruct their swings. They go to their golf instructors to re-enforce the fundamentals of their golf swing. Every year Jack Nicklaus would start out the year by spending time ...



Arizona Golfer Play Like You Have B.O.

Have you ever noticed how many golfers have flying elbows on their backswings? In my lifetime, there have only been a small percentage of golfers that have been able to swing the club in this manner and be successful at it. The remaining percentage of golfers that swing the club this ...



Firm Lead Wrist for More Speed

Over the last three months I have experienced various renditions of the golf swing. The biggest common fault is the flipping of the hands. The number one request I get is to hit the ball longer. One key factor is that the clubhead speed must increase to get more distance. More import...



Be Open to Tough Rough

While watching the PGA Tour players battle the 4 to 7 inch high rough at the Waste Management Phoenix Open this month, you saw the players make adjustments in club selection and addressing the golf ball. The thick rough will reek havoc on the clubhead speed and cause very poor shot re...



Golf Fundamentals with Cape Fear National Head Pro, Adam Clark

We caught up with Cape Fear National's head professional, Adam Clark, to talk about some of the fundamental elements of the game of golf and advice he offers to beginner players. Grip "Grip is one of the most important aspects to playing golf, and there are three different ways to...



Unveiling The Hole Handicap Mystery

This past winter we changed all our handicap holes and re-printed our scorecards. After 10 years and tons of historical data entered by our players, we can actually see where the strokes are needed. If you want to be the smartest person in the room next time you're in a handicap discu...



Learn More about Course Architecture

I start to read a putt long before I even get to the green. As I walk up to the green I am looking for the high spots, ridge lines, and the low spots where water would run off the green. I also pay attention to the general topography of the entire golf course. Sometimes hills, moun...



Pre-Shot Routine

A lot of people talk about the importance of a pre-shot routine, but rarely do I hear people describe how to develop one. Most accomplished golfers have a pre-shot routine with physical components that we identify with, but that doesn't give us information about what is going on in th...



The Backswing Does Not Hit the Ball

There is a myth that the faster you swing the golf club, the farther the golf ball will travel. This statement is partially accurate. The clubhead speed generated through the impact zone will create more distance. The swing must still be sequentially correct and the energy put forth m...



Get It Together

In previous articles I have written about the importance of the proper sequence of motion in the golf swing. Two things can happen to be out of sink, neither are good results, and here is the fix to get your swing together. Shot One: Over the top shot pull shot - there are s...



Consistency Lowers Your Score

The other day I was giving a golf lesson to one of my very good students and the discussion came up about his lack of consistency in hitting greens, or the lack of hitting greens in regulation. We talked about ways to increase the percentage of greens hit, and the best suggestion is ...



Be Open to Tough Rough

I was playing the Stadium Course at the TPC Scottsdale a few weeks ago and the golf course is very close to tournament conditions for the upcoming Waste Management Phoenix Open in late February. We were informed by the starter that the rough was already three inches high. Well that in...



Believe You are the Best Putter in the World

While attending the Waste Management Phoenix Open this year, I spent some time around the putting green observing the PGA Tour Players stroke several putts. I was paying specific attention to their head and when they would turn their head to watch the putt roll out. These guys are som...



Let the Grip Lead the Way To Clean Living

I was playing golf recently at Trilogy Golf Club at Vistancia and one of my playing partners was hitting a lot of "fat" shots or behind the ball. He finally asked me for guidance on how to prevent this from happening through the remainder of the round. One of the main causes of "fat" ...



Let Your Belt Buckle Point the Way

From the time my dad gave me my first golf lesson, there has been one principle of the swing that remains steadfast in my mind and in my swing. This should be a given when swinging the golf club; however, the majority of golfers today never reach the point of a full body finish.This f...



Golf Tip: Trajectory Control

Trajectory Control is everything in the game of golf, especially in the short game. Practice with a sand wedge and play the ball forward in the stance, then in the middle of the stance, then in the back of the stance. This develops trajectory control which is essential for being abl...



Golf Lessons In Winter

The cold and snow are here. Dreams of long straight drives down the fairway is still a couple months away. Unless you are one of the fortunate few who get to go away on a golf junket to some special warm destination. Time to achieve those goals we talk about every January. Those g...



How To Lower Your Golf Scores

Taking Your Score Low At this level it is all about fine tuning and getting the most out of your scoring opportunities. The best way to drop a few strokes is to sharpen your putting. You need to lag the long puts close, make the ones five feet and in, and get the occasional ...



The Importance of Practicing Year Round

Ever wonder why most professional golfers come from southern climates? Sure there are a few exceptions, but why do southern players seem to dominate at the high school, collegiate, and tour levels ? Do they just eat better, sleep better, or simply have better genetics? Let's put...



Drive the Ball Low into the Wind

Due to the number of windy days we've had coming up in Arizona, learning how to hit the ball under the wind is crucial. For the sake of this tip, we will discuss the fundamentals of the shot from the right-handed golfer's perspective. The length of the golf shot will be 175 yards, whi...



Let the Grip Lead the Way To Clean Living

I was playing golf recently at Trilogy Golf Club at Vistancia and one of my playing partners was hitting a lot of "fat" shots or behind the ball. He finally asked me for guidance on how to prevent this from happening through the remainder of the round. One of the main causes of "fat" ...



Butch Harmon - About Golf

Butch Harmon's 2 DVD instructional videos is a comprehensive program that covers every aspect of the game, including a segment on anger management. Harmon's suggestion is to limit your anger to however long it takes you to walk 10 yards. Good advice. The instruction is direct, simp...



GolfTec Custom Fitting

The wonderful, anomalous beginning of spring this year has sponsored a faux beginning to the golf season given the recent chilly weather. It has not, however, curtailed the plotting, planning and fantasizing which we golfers engage in each year at this time. Commitments are made which...



How To Play Better Golf In The Rain

When Glen Turk, Senior Editor of Midwest Golfing Magazine, handed me the assignment to write an article about golfing in the rain article, my only response I was, "why me?" He claimed, I was the resident expert. Many a times, he witnessed my scores improve during wet conditions. ...



Tips For Playing Golf in the Wind

Talking Rock is home to an 18-hole, 7,350-yard championship golf course in Prescott designed by famed golf course architect Jay Morrish. Its varied terrain encompasses washes, ponds and millions of piƱon pines on 1,000 acres, giving lots of opportunity to encounter unpredictable condi...



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