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Those trees on the golf course, get over them!

Those trees on the golf course – get over them!

Those trees on the golf course – get over them!

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

Golf course architects are horrible, aren’t they?  They put trees on the golf course that could potentially get in the way of our shot to the green!  But have no fear.  PGA golf professional Bill Ore will help you navigate that precarious position.  Next time, drive it on the fairway – there are no trees on the fairway!

But, if you do happen to find your ball with large trees in your way, this is how to do it.

1. Widen your stance slightly.

This is going to allow the club to come in on a shallower angle and get the ball up into the air quicker.

2. Move the ball more forward in the stance. 

Closer to the lead heel. This will add more loft at impact, getting the ball up quickly.

3. Keep the head behind the ball at impact. 

If the head moves forward on the downswing, you will deloft the club and the trajectory will be lower, and you might not make it over the trees.

Watch easy golf instruction on how to elevate your golf ball quickly. PGA Professional Billy Ore offers a 3-step process for how to get your ball over that tree or other obstacle in front of you.

Source:  PGA     Bill Ore

Picture: Mario

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Learn the keys to Fairway Bunkers with Luke Donald!

Learn the keys to Fairway Bunkers with Luke Donald!

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

Former World #1 Luke Donald has been a Mizuno player most of his career and so it is quite fitting that this mizunogolfeurope golf tip is presented by him.  According to Luke, the key to hitting good bunker shots is to pick the ball clean off the sand.  Here are his keys:

1. Dig the feet in the sand for a good footing.

2. Grip down because of digging the feet in.

3. Try and have more of a sweeping motion than a digging motion with the club.

4. Very Stable with the legs.

5 Swing Easy!

No one better than PGA Tour pro Luke Donald to explain the difference in approach with a 115 yard fairway bunker shot. More on the new MP-25 irons used by Luke in this tip on golf.mizunoeurope.com

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The Greatest Moments in Pebble Beach History!

The Greatest Moments in Pebble Beach History!

The Greatest Moments in Pebble Beach History!

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

This week is the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.  A tournament we all look forward to, as this week all the golfing celebrities come out and mingle with the pros and the crowd.  A fun time is had by all in the midst of a 72 hole stroke play event that has been won by every great golfer that has ever set foot on a golf course.  Here are some great golfing moments presented by Swing by Swing

Pebble Beach Golf Links has seen its fair share of great golf over the years. From unbelievable performances to incredible hole-outs, to of course the celebrity pro-am, there’s been no shortage of excitement on the Monterey Peninsula. Here is a look at 10 of the best moments in Pebble Beach history.

Tiger Woods – 2000 U.S. Open

Tiger Woods at the 2000 U.S. Open put on one of the greatest golfing displays of all time. Shattering multiple records en route to lapping the field by 15 shots, he went on to claim his second major title. In fact, he was the only player under par the entire week.

Jack Nicklaus – 1972 U.S. Open

Jack Nicklaus hit one of the most famous shots of all time on the 71st hole of the 1972 U.S. Open. His one-iron hit the flag stick nearly dropping for an ace on the famed par-3 17th. He had to settle for a tap-in but it gave the Golden Bear the spark he needed to go on and win his third U.S. Open title.

Tom Watson – 1982 U.S. Open

Who can forget Tom Watson’s chip-in on the 17th hole during the 1982 U.S. Open? After leaving himself with an impossible shot in the deep rough, Watson managed to knock it in for the unlikeliest of twos. He went on to win his only U.S. Open title.

Tiger Woods – 2000 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am

Tiger Woods was seven shots off the lead with seven holes to play during the 2000 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, when lightning struck on the par-4 15th hole. Tiger jarred his approach from 97-yards for eagle fueling a comeback win for the ages.

Johnny Miller – 1994 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am

Johnny Miller’s win at the 1994 AT&T was remarkable considering he took a break from his broadcasting post on the 18th tower to compete in an event he won 7 years prior. “I play young at Pebble,” the 46-year-old said and did he ever.

To see the rest of the Top 10 Greatest Moments in Pebble Beach History, go here!

Source: Swing by Swing

Pictures: Getty Images    John Mabanglo    Phil Sheldon/Popperfoto    Andy Lyons    Gary Newkirk   Ted Durian Collection, courtesy Pebble Beach Company

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The Keys To Great Fairway Woods!

The Keys To Great Fairway Woods!

The Keys To Great Fairway Woods!

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What are the keys to great fairway woods?  

Ged Walters from the Trafford Golf Center in Manchester, England, gives you a few things to work on to make your fairway woods more consistent and longer!

Ball position.

About 2″ inside the lead heel.

Width of stance.

About Shoulder Width.

Smooth swing.

No Rushing!

Ged Walters shows you the secret to hitting your fairway woods awesome. Play your best golf with help from one of Trafford Golf Centres PGA Golf Professionals. Ged shows you how getting the right set up with your fairway woods will help your hit awesome shots off both the fairway and the tee.

Source: GedWaltersGolf

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10 Par 3 Courses worth Playing!

Top Ten Par 3 Courses Worth Playing!

Top Ten Par 3 Courses Worth Playing!

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

Here are 10 Par 3 courses worth playing!  They are fun and not as time-consuming as a regular course, particularly if you don’t have a lot of time on your hands.  You can get in 18 holes in about 2.5 hours on most Par 3 courses.  I teach at Tupelo Bay Golf Center and their par 3 is another gem in this category.  Come and visit sometime!

Golf courses don’t necessarily need to be long to be difficult. While some par-3 courses pride themselves on toughness, all of them offer a chance for people to have fun. Whether they are scaled-down versions of famous par-3s around the world, or a totally original design, some of these tracks are the real deal. Here are 10 awesome par-3 courses around the U.S.

Par-3 Course – Augusta National Golf Club

10 Par 3 Courses worth Playing!

Par 3 Course #8. Augusta national.

via Pinterest

The “Par-3 Course” at Augusta National doesn’t need a fancy name. Every year the pros gather here for another traditional unlike any other on the Wednesday before the competition. It’s beautiful and pristene just like its much longer counterpart. In fact, Paul Azinger once called it “the best golf course in the world.”   Check it out.

Threetops – TreeTops Sylvan Resort

10 Par 3 Courses worth Playing!

Jones Course.

via treetops.com

Threetops, located in Gaylord, Michigan, is one of the best known par-3 courses in the world because of it’s dramatic elevation changes and beautiful mountain views. In fact, the 7th hole plays three (!) clubs less due to elevation. Back in the day, it was the home to the ESPN Par 3 Shootout.  See it here.

Palm Beach Par 3 Golf Course

10 Par 3 Courses worth Playing!

Palm Beach Par 3 Golf Course

via Mike May.

The Palm Beach Par 3 Golf Course gorgeous little gem located right between the ocean and the Intracostal Waterway on some of the most expensive real estate on the southeast coast of Florida. It was redesigned by Raymond Floyd and is always in great shape. Check it out.

Challenge Course – Monarch Dunes 

10 Par 3 Courses worth Playing!

Challenge Course.

via ncga.org

This “links-style” 12-hole course located at Monarch Dunes in Nipomo, California is designed Damian Pascuzzo and Steve Pate. Multiple tees provide an opportunity to play a different course each time you go out. Some of the unique links features include dunes and fescue that line the holes. See it here.

Cloud Nine Short Course – Angel Park Golf Club 

10 Par 3 Courses worth Playing!

Angel Park Cloud 9 Course.

via golfvegas.com

Located at the Angel Park Golf Club in Las Vegas, the Cloud Nine Short Course is a tidy little 12-hole track inspired by some of the most iconic par-3s in the world, including TPC Sawgrass’ 17th island green. The best part is 9 of the 12 holes are lighted so you can play well into the evening. Don’t worry, whatever you shoot in Vegas, stays in Vegas. Check it out.

To see the rest of the Top 10 Par 3 Courses, go here!

Source: Swing by Swing

Pictures: golfcoursegurus.com    treetops.com   golfontheocean.com    ncga.org    golfvegas.com    scoopnest.com

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Who has played the top 10 longest courses in the world?

Who has played the top 10 longest courses in the world?

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

The longest golf course I have personally played was just north of Myrtle Beach, at Eagles Nest Golf Club in Little River, SC.  At 7900 from the back tees, it is a monster even for local hero Dustin Johnson.  A close second is the Grande Dunes Resort Course, in Myrtle Beach, at 7617 from the tips.  But these pale in comparison to the top 10 longest golf courses in the world presented by Swing by Swing.

Comment below if you have had the privilege of playing any of these monsters!

10. The Prairie Club, Dunes Course – Valentine, Nebraska

Who has played the top 10 longest courses in the world?

Looks a lot like a links course to me. It just needs the ocean!

 

Length: 8,058 yards

The par-72 Dunes Course at The Prairie Club designed by Tom Lehman and Chris Brands is laid out along the Sand Hills of Nebraska. With elevated tees, undulating fairways, and rolling landscape of prairies grasses, it makes for a most picturesque setting. It’s also the shortest course of this list. Strap in.

9. The Shoals Golf Club, Fighting Joe Course – Shoals, Alabama

Who has played the top 10 longest courses in the world?

Looks very serene!

Length: 8,092 yards

The first of two Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail courses to the make the list is the Fighting Joe at The Shoals. This par-72 super-long links-style course looks out over the Tennessee River and Lake Jackson and makes for some pretty spectacular scenery. It offers generous fairways and holes that follow natural topography along the river making a pleasurable experience the whole way through

8. Promontory Club, Painted Valley – Park City, Utah

Who has played the top 10 longest courses in the world?

Certainly looks like a painted valley.

Length: 8,098 yards

The Jack Nicklaus-designed par 72 is arguably one of the toughest in the state of Utah. Located smack dab in the middle of 3 major ski resorts, this lengthy course offers spectacular views while demanding your full attention. The front nine plays down and up a valley and starts with an eye-popping 718-yard par five, the longest hole on the course. The back is laid out more along meadows and features plenty more long holes, including the par-5 12th which clock in at 673 yards.

To see the rest of this prestigious list, go here!

Source: Swing by Swing   Mel Sole Golf School.

Pictures: golfcourseranking.com  Golf Pac Travel   Park City Utah Golf

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A fun shot to learn - Create backspin on your pitch shots!

A fun shot to learn – Create backspin on your pitch shots!

A fun shot to learn – Create backspin on your pitch shots!

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

My good friend Adam Bazelgette of Scratch Golf Academy and former co-worker at the Phil Ritson Golf Studio in Myrtle Beach back in the early 90’s, has certainly come a long way in the teaching world. Being named twice, Florida Teacher of the Year is no small accomplishment!  Here Adam explains in great detail how the conditions need to be in order to create backspin on your pitch shots so you can impress your friends.  

The 4 golf chip shot tips in this video will help teach you to understand more clearly what is required to learn better how to get backspin with your chip shots and will show you the best way to get more backspin with your pitching and chip shot.

Loft.

The more lost you have, the more spin in created.

Contact.

Contact with the bottom of the ball with only a slightly downward blow.

Speed.

The more clubhead speed, the more spin.  If you don’t have far to go, open the clubface to add more loft.

Grooves.

Worn grooves will not spin the ball.  Relace your wedges more than your clubs.

Source: Scratch Golf Academy  Mel Sole Golf School.

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Flight your short irons lower to be a better iron player!

Flight your short irons lower to be a better iron player!

Flight your short irons lower to be a better iron player!

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If you want to become a good short iron player, learn from Travis Fulton and Callaway Golf on how to flight your short irons lower for better control and accuracy.   Turning your lower hand down as you move through impact is one of the big keys to learning this shot!

If you struggle to keep that angle of the lower hand through impact, there is a training aid on the market that will help.  It’s called “The Secret” and was based on Ben Hogans’s move through impact.  Many instructors thought this was Hogans Secret to becoming a phenomenal iron player.  Certainly something worth looking into.  Here is the link.

When you first start working on this drill, I would suggest the backswing and follow-through are even shorter than Travis is suggesting.  Build up your confidence slowly, then build up the pace as you get better!

PGA Professional Travis Fulton shows you how to take dead aim with your short irons and ensure you’re making solid contact.

Source: Callaway Golf   Travis Fulton

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Which is your all-time favorite logo on the PGA Tour?

Which is your all-time favorite logo on the PGA Tour?

Which is your all-time favorite logo on the PGA Tour?

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

You just have to see a product with an umbrella on it and you know immediately Arnold Palmer has put his stamp of approval on that item!  Branding has become big business around the world and an outstanding logo will definitely set you apart from your competition.  My Favorite?  Gary Player’s “Knights Head” logo.  Simple but says it all about the man.  Which is your favorite logo on the PGA Tour?  Comments, please.

If you’re not building your brand in today’s world, what are you really doing? Well, as it turns out, golfers are their own brands and some of the most iconic names in the sport are synonymous with bears, umbrellas, or in Phil’s case, themselves. Here’s a look at the 10 of the best Tour pro logos over the years.

Air Phil

Which is your all-time favorite logo on the PGA Tour?

Representing Phil’s masters Win!

Phil threw his hat into the logo game ring at the start of his 2017 season by introducing us to “Air Phil.” By far one of the most hilarious on this list, it’s of course, a tribute to his 2004 Masters win. Thumbs up, Phil!

The Lion 

Which is your all-time favorite logo on the PGA Tour?

Long John Designed this one himself!

https://www.arkansasbusiness.com/

The man, the myth, the legend John Daly uses this lion as his logo. It screams business in the front and party in the back, kind of like Long John himself. Grip it and rip it!

The Shark

Which is your all-time favorite logo on the PGA Tour?

Greg Norman’s Great White Shark logo.

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The Shark has been a longtime favorite in the logo world. Its sleek design and unique colors always stood out, especially when Greg Norman wore that phenomenal straw hat.

The Golden Bear

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A Lasting Image.

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The Golden Bear is a timeless classic. Jack Nicklaus was truly the man to carry that name. With his golden flowing locks and ferociousness on the course, it just was perfect.

Jordan Spieth

Which is your all-time favorite logo on the PGA Tour?

A Very New Image

via golfdigest.com

Jordan Speith unveiled this logo not too long ago, but you already see grown men wearing the initials of 23-year-old’s initials on their caps. What a world! It is pretty sweet looking though.

To see the other 5 of the Top 10 Golf Logos, go here!

Source: Swing by Swing  Mel Sole Golf School  Golf Chats.

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How do you play those shots that are in between Clubs?

How do you play those shots that are in between Clubs?

How do you play those shots that are in between Clubs?

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

We have all experienced the situation where we need to hit a shot 165 yards to get the ball close to the hole, but our regular 7 iron goes about 160 yards, and our 6 iron goes 170 yards.  Today Greg Hiller, an instructor with the Alamo City Golf Trail walks you through the steps needed to play those shots that are in between clubs and make this shot a success.

The two keys to selecting the right club are:

Take the longer of the two clubs and grip down an inch, this will take a half a club off the shot.

Look at where the trouble is.  Most of the time it is short of the green, but occasionally you don’t want to go long.  Thake this option into consideration before you play your shot.

Take wind and elevation into consideration.  If the green is above you you need more club.  If the green is below you you need less club. You might not be in between clubs after all!

Source: Greg Hiller       Alamo City Golf Trail

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