As Moe Norman used to say “Bacon slices not Pork Chops!”

As Moe Norman used to say “Bacon slices not Pork Chops!”

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Moe Norman was a Canadian professional golfer who was regarded by all who saw him as the greatest ball striker EVER!  One of Moe’s famous sayings was “Bacon slices, not Pork Chops!” Of course, he was referring to the divots he hit.  A great ball striker comes into the ball with a fairly shallow angle of attack and hits nice shallow divots.  If you come into the ball too steeply, you produce a very deep divot that results in the ball traveling to the left of the target (for right-handed golfers).  Andy Proudman and Piers Ward of Meandmygolf use a wall as a visual aid to help that downswing!

In this weeks Fixed in 60 Me and My Golf PGA Professional Piers Ward demonstrates a golf drill using the WALL to help shallow the downswing and stopping those deep divots.

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When the greatest shot-maker who ever lived talks we all listen!

When the greatest shot-maker who ever lived talks we all listen!

When the greatest shot-maker who ever lived talks we all listen!

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There are very few golfers who have the creativity of a Lee Trevino.  Only Tiger, Jack and Chi Chi come to mind.  In order to see these shots in your minds eye, you have to first work on these shots on the range.  Trevino would stand for hours, early in his career, and hit low fades, high fades, high and low hooks, just about every shot immaginable. Now, when he is on the golf course, he can “see” the shot in his mind and his body knows exactly how to produce it.  Learn from one of the greatest shot-makers who ever lived.  This particular shot will take your game to another level!  I don’t know who RollYourRock is, but thnk you for sharing this video.  Enjoy!

Lee Trevino teaches you how to hit the low trajectory, hard rolling “Bump and Run” shot. This is arguably the most useful recovery shot in golf, especially for someone who hits it in the trees all day. Do you have trees where you play… especially trees with low branches? You guys will know what I mean…

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How to play those "in-between" shots!

How to play those “in-between” shots!

How to play those “in-between” shots!

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How often do you find yourself  “in-between” shots during a round?  Fairly often, if you are like me.  How do you turn those shots into scoring opportunities?  PGA member, David Woods, has some interesting thoughts on the subject.  Check this out!

David Woods, PGA, explains how to make better contact with your short irons by swinging more aggressively.

Here are his two keys:

  1. Go with the more aggresive swing when faced with in-between yardages.
  2. If you let up and swing easy, you’ll increase your risks for aking a mistake through the stroke.

Source: David Woods

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A Great (and easy) drill to hit a High Draw!

A Great (and easy) drill to hit a High Draw!

A Great (and easy) drill to hit a High Draw!

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Enter Piers Ward and Andy Proudman!

Piers Ward and an injured Andy Proudman are going to help you utilize a drill to hit a high draw.  This drill, (which Piers says he uses in his own game) uses two headcovers to set up a gateway, making sure the clubhead path is correct.  This great visual will help you understand exactly how the clubhead path should feel.  The 3 keys are the angle of attack, clubhead path, and clubface angle! Be careful next time you jump out of a golf cart Andy!

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Get the ball up and down to save par with Butch Harmon!

Get the ball up and down to save par with Butch Harmon!

Get the ball up and down to save par with Butch Harmon!

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Getting the ball up and down from around the green takes practice.  But how do you know what to practice?   gives you his expert advice on how to do it.  Thanks to Golf Digest for sharing!

Little Pitch Shots.

Little pitch shots, like the one below, drive golfers nuts. First off, they use too much loft. The more loft you have, the bigger swing you need. And more swing means more things can go wrong. So unless you have no green to work with, keep your lob wedge in the bag.

Second issue: Most golfers don’t trust the loft they have, so they try to add more at impact. They flick their wrists, dip down, rock onto the back foot … I think you see where I’m going here.

Let’s give you a simple plan for hitting the basic pitch. Take a narrow stance, with the ball about middle, and favor your front foot (1). Lean the shaft a touch toward the target, and keep your grip pressure light.

Swing straight back, and let your wrists hinge with the momentum (2). Don’t add hinge, and don’t let the club sweep inside—both lead to fat shots.

 
 
 
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Getting back to Basics with the Big Gun!

Getting back to Basics with the Big Gun!

Getting back to Basics with the Big Gun!

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“The Big Gun” of course is the driver.

In this instructional video, Piers Ward and Andy Proudman of Meandmygolf  talk about getting back to basics.  Sometimes we get a little distracted with all the information that is out there and getting back to basics will help you get your game back on track!

The big key with the driver is ball position.  Most golfers tend to play the ball position too far back in te stance, causing the angle of attack to be too descending with a driver that does not have a lot of loft.  In order to take advantage of the driver, the angle of attack at impact should be slightly on the upswing.  This will launch the ball up into the air with a good launch angle and more distance!

In todays Impact Show we discuss the basics to hitting the driver straighter and longer, the basics are so important to get correct when starting the game but are often overlooked by experienced golfers. So whether you are just starting the game or feel that you need to go back to basics this video is worth a watch.

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The Secrets to the "Bump and Run" by Jim Furyk.

The Secrets to the “Bump and Run” by Jim Furyk.

The Secrets to the “Bump and Run” by Jim Furyk.

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The “Bump and Run” shot is one that flies low, lands about 2 feet on the green, and runs out to the hole.  This is a very safe and reliable shot for most amateurs.  Using a lofted club makes this shot more difficult.  The less loft you use the easier the shot.  Head to the chipping green and find out which club in your bag flies halfway and runs to the hole.  Then choose a club that will fly 1/3 and runs out to the hole and finally find a club that flies 1/4 and rolls out to the hole.  Once you have those clubs, each time you have a chip shot on the course, you will know exactly which club to chip with to give you the greatest chance of success!  Thanks to Jim Furyk for the tip and aabo692565 for sharing.

A golf tip on hitting a proper bump and run from PGA tour professional and US Open Champion Jim Furyk. This tip is provided by expertinsight.com where you can purchase Short Game Golf an excellent DVD from Jim Furyk and Fred Funk.

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Taking your game to the next level - Pitching like a Pro!

Taking your game to the next level – Pitching like a Pro!

Taking your game to the next level – Pitching like a Pro!

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Pitching is a key aspect in lowering your scores quickly.  As I often say in my teaching “I have never seen a good golfer who cannot pitch, and I have never seen a bad one who can!”  This is the shot that separates the good golfers from the mediocre and will help you take your game to the next level.  Take a look at Piers Ward and Andy Proudman from Meandmygolf and you will be pitching like a pro in no time!

Controlling the flight of the pitch shot between low, medium, and high is as simple as changing the shaft angle at address and maintaining that shaft angle through impact.  Become a really good pitcher of the ball by working on these moves!

In today’s Impact Show we discuss how new Trackman 4 data has helped us understand how the best players in the world control the trajectory on their pitch shots. We look at the low, medium and high flying pitch shots, controlling dynamic loft is the key.

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Learn how to compress and sweep the ball for great ball striking!

Learn how to compress and sweep the ball for great ball striking!

Learn how to compress and sweep the ball for great ball striking!

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Fellow South African and great golf instructor Andrew Rice talks about compression.  In easy to understand terms, he lays out for you how to compress and sweep the ball to get great ball-striking results. Thanks to Revolution Golf for sharing this golf instructional video.

Andrew Rice explains how to compress the golf ball in order to hit straighter and farther particularly with your irons and wedges.

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Stay connected with your putting stroke!

Stay connected with your putting stroke!

Stay connected with your putting stroke!
 
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Putting is the one part of the game where the average golfers, with some concentrated practice, can be just as good with a putter in their hands as the very best on the PGA Tour!  The average amateur golfer will never hit the ball as far as Jason Day.  However, as Ted Norby of the National University Golf Academy mentions in this instructional video, staying connected with your putting stroke will remove all unnecessary movement and start you on the correct path to putting greatness!
 
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