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3 great chipping drills to try out the next time you head to the range!

3 great chipping drills to try out on the range!

3 great chipping drills to try out on the range!

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 will definitely practice your short game more if you make it into a game and have fun while doing it.   of Golf Digest features 3 instructors who provide for you their favorite chipping drills to try out the next time you head to the short game area!  Take a friend, spouse or child with you for added enjoyment!

Haphazardly chipping around the practice green isn’t going to do a lot for your game, and it’s pretty boring. In order to give you a little inspiration for the next time you want to get some wedge practice in, we asked three of our Golf Digest Best Young Teachers to tell us their favorite short game drills.

The One-Legged Chip

3 great chipping drills to try out on the range!

Erika Larkin, Director of Instruction at The Club at Creighton Farms in Aldie, Virginia

A lot of golfers shift their weight around too much when they’re chipping, says Larkin. If you’re moving around a lot, you’re not going to make good, consistent contact—the result: bad chips. Larkin’s favorite chipping drill, the one-legged chip, fixes that problem.

“Take a narrow stance and put most of your weight on your front foot. Let the toe of your rear foot rest on the ground. Hit some shots from this position, and you’ll see some immediate improvement in contact and consistency.”

To read about the other two great drills, you can do to improve your chipping, go here!

Source:   Golf Digest

Pictures: Golf Digest

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2 Cures for improving your rhythm and Tempo.

2 Cures for improving your rhythm and Tempo.

2 Cures for improving your rhythm and Tempo.
 
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 and one of the world’s top coaches give you two quick remedies for slowing down your swing and improving your timing.
 
Grip pressure is an area that not a lot of amateurs concentrate on or are even aware of.  Be sure to waggle the club at the address.  This will help soften the hands.
 
Completing the backswing is another aspect of the swing that a lot of amateurs are not aware of. Think of turning your rear shoulder back rather than your front shoulder.  You will get a bigger shoulder turn!
 
 
2 Cures for improving your rhythm and Tempo.

David Leadbetter

 

ON-TIME ARRIVAL.

A good backswing is one where the hands reach the top at the same moment the body stops turning.

There are times when every golfer’s backswing gets quick. Whether you’re nervous or just trying to hit it farther, snatching the club back can make it difficult to synchronize your downswing.

THE QUICK FIX.

If you find yourself rushing things on the course, try lightening your grip pressure. On a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the tightest, hold the club with no more tension than 3 or 4. If you grip this lightly, you’ll resist the urge to rush through the backswing. You’ll have a better tempo all the way through.

To see the rest of the 2 Cures for improving your rhythm and Tempo, go here.

Source:     Golf Digest

Pictures :     clappstar

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"Keep your eyes on the ball" is not really necessary - Find out why!

“Keep your eyes on the ball” is not really necessary – Find out why!

“Keep your eyes on the ball” is not really necessary – Find out why!

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“Keep your eyes on the ball” goes along with that other common myth, “Keep your head down.”  Neither of these is really necessary for the golf swing. Anika Sorenstam and David Duval are prime examples of golfers who allowed their heads to swivel and their eyes move down the target line during the follow-through.  Piers Ward and Andy Proudman of Me and My Golf explains exactly what this all means to your game!

In this week’s Impact Show in association with Golfwrx.com Me and My Golf PGA Professionals Piers Ward and Andy Proudman talk about where your eyes should be at Impact.

Source: Meandmygolf

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How to play a 3 wood from the edge of the green to save you strokes!

How to play a 3 wood from the edge of the green to save you strokes!

How to play a 3 wood from the edge of the green to save you strokes!

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When your ball finishes up against the collar between the first cut and the putting surface, it is difficult to get a putter face cleanly on the ball.  Mike Gilmore, head golf professional at Winged Foot Golf Club, via  Fox5NY‘s “Tips from the Pro’s,” explains how using a 3 wood from the edge of the green will make this shot a whole lot easier.  Try it out!

Winged Foot Gold Club head pro Mike Gilmore shows you how to hit a shot when your ball is on the collar up against the rough. First, take your fairway wood. Winged Foot, in Mamaroneck, N.Y., is the home of the 2020 U.S. Open.

Source: Fox5NY  Mike Gilmore

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#1 key after an off-line tee shot - Get the ball safely back into play!

#1 key after an off-line tee shot – Get the ball safely back into play!

#1 key after an off-line tee shot – Get the ball safely back into play!

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Hitting an off-line tee shot into the trees is not unusual, but hitting a great recovery shot to get the ball back into play is vital for your next shot.  Jeff Ritter with   of  Golf Digest explains the key components of this crucial shot. First, get the ball back in play and go from there!

Never Follow a Bad Shot with another Bad Shot!

Unless you’re a freak of nature, you’re not going to be in the fairway off of every tee. And that’s fine -– every guy on tour misses fairways. For those times you’re so far off the fairway that you’re in the trees, you need to be able to hit a good punch shot to get out. Hitting it in the trees isn’t a mistake, but not knowing how to get out is.

Swing coach Jeff Ritter has a few tips to help you get out of trouble and back into the fairway. First, he says to look at your shot and pick the widest part of the gap to hit through. There’s no point in being a hero. Trying to thread the ball through a tight gap is more likely to result in still being stuck in the trees than getting out. Instead, make the safe play and punch into the fairway.

When looking at that gap, Ritter says to also look at what trajectory you need in order to get out cleanly. You’re likely going to need to keep it pretty low, so Ritter says to pick a low-lofted club, and play it back in your stance.

As for the swing itself, Ritter warns that the faster you swing, the higher your ball is going to launch. So, make sure your swing is short, smooth, and controlled.

Following these tips will get you out of the woods, and help keep double or triple off the scorecard.

Source: Jeff Ritter      Golf Digest

Picture: Michelle Hofstrand

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Fix your slice with your Driver with 2 important Keys!

Fix your slice with your Driver with 2 important Keys!

Fix your slice with your Driver with 2 important Keys!

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Adam Bazalgette of Scratch Golf Academy has been a friend of mine since 1990 when we worked together at the Phil Ritson Golf Studio at the Legends Golf Club in Myrtle Beach, SC.  Originally from England, his silky smooth voice is matched by his silky smooth swing.  He is a well-respected teacher with over 3 decades of experience, and his great sense of humor lends fun to the instruction.  Watch as Adam helps you fix your slice by understanding 2 key components!

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One-handed wedge shots will help your game says Cheyenne Woods.

One-handed wedge shots will help your game says Cheyenne Woods.

One-handed wedge shots will help your game says Cheyenne Woods.

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There is nothing more satisfying than a crisp, clean wedge shot that lands soft and cozies up to the hole. However, to do that consistently, you need to learn to control the bottom of the arc.  A great way to do this is with one-handed wedge shots.  Learn to be proficient with both arms individually and then together.  Cheyenne Woods for Golfweek Mag shows you exactly how to do this!

Source: Cheyenne Woods   Golfweek Mag

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Master the downhill lie on the golf course!

Master the downhill lie on the golf course!

Master the downhill lie on the golf course!

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Brittany Lang shares some great putting tips.

Brittany Lang shares some great putting tips.

Brittany Lang shares some great putting tips.
 
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Brittany Lang is one of the very best putters on the LPGA Tour.  Currently, she ranks in the top 10 in putts in GIR. (Greens in Regulation.)  Brittany, with the help of photographer  of  Golf Digest shares the keys that she was working on the week she won the US Open at Corde Valle.  These are based on sound fundamentals, so listen up. This can make a big difference in your golf game!
Brittany Lang shares some great putting tips.

Secret Golf

Working on Two Things!

All week at the U.S. Open at CordeValle—where I just won my first major—I worked on two things with my putting: staying down and fully committing to every putt. Reading the putt on 16 during the final round, tied for the lead, my brother, Luke, and I picked a line we liked: a ball out left. I committed to that line completely and just let it roll. That mindset helped me drop the putt and take the lead.

I’m never mechanical with my putting when I play.

It’s just this ball in that hole. But your putting has to be grounded in some mechanics. I’ve worked with Dave Stockton, and he’s big on the left hand (for righties with a traditional grip) being the aim hand. So the left hand is super important to me. I like to hit practice putts left-hand-only, isolating the feeling of the left hand in control. My putting grip is left index finger over right pinkie, which gives me the feeling of the back of my left hand going to the hole. Where the left-hand goes is where the ball goes.

I also like the stroke being equal on both sides (photos). I don’t want to take the putter back short and make a long through-stroke, or go back too far and have to decel coming through. Here’s a drill I like to work on when I practice. Put a tee just outside the toe of the putter at address, then stick a second tee a few inches behind it (on the backstroke side) and another a few inches in front (through-stroke side). Hit some short putts, making sure the putter head doesn’t go past either tee during the stroke.

Groove that feeling of the same distance back and through.

To see one further mechanical key to improving your putting, go here!

Source: Brittany Lang   Golf Digest

Pictures:    Keith Allison

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Quantify your practice to know for sure you are improving!

Quantify your practice to know for sure you are improving!

Quantify your practice to know for sure you are improving!

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!

Andy Proudman from meandmygolf.com talks about creating on-course situations to make your practice more enjoyable and make a difference to your game. However, I would like to go one better.  If you are a higher handicap, you will not do what Andy did and get it up and down all three times. Instead, play 4 or 5 shots from each of those situations, keep a notebook in your bag and keep score.  Each time you go to practice these shots, you have to beat your previous score.  If not, you have to do them all over again.  That way, you know for sure that you are improving!

The best golf short game practice drill – Par 18 with Meandmygolf’s PGA Professional Andy Proudman.

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