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The correct sequence on the downswing is a must!

The correct sequence on the downswing is a must!

The correct sequence on the downswing is a must!

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!

There is a lot of confusion about how to start the downswing.  The word “slide” has become as bad a word as sh**k! However, to transfer the weight correctly and keep the club behind you on the downswing, there must be a lateral movement of the hips to initiate the swing.  Jason Guss gives you a simple but effective drill to help you understand this move.  Thanks to Jason and Golf Digest for this great video!

The correct sequence on the downswing is a must!

Jason Day Swing Sequence

 

Source: Jason Guss  Golf Digest

Picture: Sang Trinh

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Tom Watson helps you overcome First Tee Jitters!

Tom Watson helps you overcome First Tee Jitters!

Tom Watson helps you overcome First Tee Jitters!

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!

Tom Watson helps you overcome First Tee Jitters!

Tom Watson with his mentor Byron Nelson.

Being nervous on the first tee is nothing unusual. Everyone from the high handicapper to the Touring Pro gets nervous.  The person who controls that nervousness the best will ultimately be the better player.  Being better prepared by hitting some balls on the range before you tee off will definitely help, and breathing has always helped me in these situations.  Tom Watson is no stranger to first tee nerves but gives some great advice on doing your best.  Thanks to Tom and Golf Digest for this informative video.

Source: Golf Digest

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Uneven lies on the golf course Part 1 - The uphill lie!

Uneven lies on the golf course Part 1 – The uphill lie!

Uneven lies on the golf course Part 1 – The uphill lie!

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!

If we all drove the ball straight down the middle of the fairway, there would still be times when we would face uneven lies.  But driving it in the rough and facing uneven lies is no joke!  Hank Haney, via golflink walks us through how to hit shots from an uphill lie with ease!

Tilt your body with the slope and take more club Hank Haney: Listed as one of Golf Magazine’s Top 100 Teachers Golf Digest’s #4 instructor in the world; Instructor to PGA Tour Professionals Tiger Woods and Mark O’Meara; 1993 PGA of America Teacher of the Year.

Source: golflink   Hank Haney

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Grip pressure is the key to both distance and accuracy!

Grip pressure is the key to both distance and accuracy!

Grip pressure is the key to both distance and accuracy!

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!

I’m not exaggerating when I say that almost 90% of the students I teach grip the club too hard.  I usually get my student to shake hands with me using the grip pressure they are using to hold the golf club.  Then when I ask them to loosen their grip until I feel the correct pressure and say, “That is how tight you should be holding the club,” the usual response I get is, “Wow, I’ve been gripping the club too hard for years!”  PGA Professional Patrick Brosnihan explains that grip pressure is the key to both distance and accuracy!

Improving your grip pressure during your swing can also improve your distance and accuracy. Watch great instruction from PGA Professional Patrick Brosnihan, who explains how grip pressure affects your swing.

Source: Patrick Brosnihan     PGA.com

Picture: Aberdeen Proving Ground

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Hitting out of thick rough is not tough if you know how!

Hitting out of thick rough is not tough if you know how!

Hitting out of thick rough is not tough if you know how!

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We all drive the ball off-line on the golf course, and when we do, we do not always get a nice lie.  Hitting out of thick rough can be an intimidating shot, but Maria Palozola gives you her ideas on how to turn this tough shot into a scoring shot.  Watch!

Hitting a golf ball out of deep rough can be a challenge. Emery asks Maria Palozola, of http://www.mygolfinstructor.com, if she can share some tips for how to approach a golf shot in thick rough.

Source: mygolfinstructor

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Mental toughness is far more important than good technique!

Mental toughness is far more important than good technique!

Mental toughness is far more important than good technique!
 
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I consider Bernhard Langer as one of, if not THE, toughest competitors, mentally, on any tour in the world!  

He reminds me of Nikki Lauder (also from Germany), one of the greatest Formula 1 drivers ever.  Both of these gentlemen have that unique ability to handle pressure at the highest level and pull out a victory even when the odds are against them!  What every golfer can learn from Bernhard is that mental toughness is far more important than having a good putting stroke or putting technique. But, how many amateurs work on their mental toughness?  So the next time you go to the course, work on putting your best effort forward no matter how you are striking the ball and don’t allow anything to upset you!  Your game will thank you!
 
Thanks to  and Golf Digest for this insightful article.

Photo – NY Times

It stood to reason that Berhard Langer — he of the multiple bouts of the yips and heavy reliance on the long putter — would pay the stiffest penalty when anchoring was banned for 2016.

Turns out Langer is doing just fine.

The 58-year-old German won his second major of the year at the Senior Players, and punctuated it with his flat stick. Langer rolled in a 12-footer for par on the last hole to hold off Miguel Angel Jimenez and Joe Durant by a shot.

When the rules changed, Langer figured to have to learn to use some alternative grip on a regular length putter. Instead, he simply kept his long putter and style, but moved his left hand off his chest right before taking a stroke. The change is a perfect example of Langer’s cool-headed, analytical style — put the process first!

“The average player gets so lost in the physical stuff.  How to hold it and how to stand, that they totally forget the mental part.  And the mental part is the most important,” says two-time major champion and short game guru Dave Stockton. “Bernhard’s work ethic is second to none, but what separates him from so many other players is how he approaches problems. When he makes a mistake, he doesn’t get angry. He’s constantly processing so he can learn and figure out a better way to do it.”

To see Dave Stockton’s take on Bernhard Langer’s putting and mental strength, go here!

Source:    Golf Digest

Pictures: Michael Cohen/Getty Images   Principal Charity Classic presented by Wells Fargo

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How to hit the very next shot after the dreaded shank!

How to hit the very next shot after the dreaded shank!

How to hit the very next shot after the dreaded shank!

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I have a 100% success rate in curing people who shank!  And I tell them something similar to what my friend David Leadbetter says to do.  Get the arms closer to the body on the downswing!  I use an alignment stick with a noodle and place it close to the grip at the address and then get the student to hit the ball without hitting the noodle.  Check out this video to find out another way that is just as effective that you might enjoy!

In this video brought to you by http://www.intotherough.co.uk, David Leadbetter discusses how to cure the shank shot in golf, and what you should do to improve your golf swing using drills.

 

Source: Into the Rough Golf Videos

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Learn to make chipping a lot easier with this technique!

Learn to make chipping a lot easier with this technique!

Learn to make chipping a lot easier with this technique!

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 is definitely an area where amateurs can be enlightened and improve their scoring.  As Marvin Sanguesa explains, using a straighter-faced club to make chipping a lot easier is the answer to more consistent chipping.  Create some air time/ground time formulas for chipping at your course and see your scores come down!

The biggest mistake amateurs make around the green is chipping with only one club. Most of the time, it’s their favorite wedge. Unfortunately, however, they might be making it a lot harder for themselves.

Source: Marvin Sangüesa Golf

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How to learn the high soft bunker shot!

How to learn the high soft bunker shot!

How to learn the high soft bunker shot!

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!

Watching Robin Symes describing how to hit a soft bunker shot with a 7 iron reminds me of Seve Ballesteros, who used to practice with almost every club in the bag, just to get a feel for the correct technique.  Learning to play this shot with a 7 iron makes playing this shot on the course with a sand wedge a whole lot easier!

THE SHORT SOFT LANDING BUNKER SHOT – PGA Professional Robin Symes explains how to practice with a 7 iron to hit a high, soft-landing bunker shot with lots of spin.

Source: RobinSymesGolf

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Golf is an underhand motion - Ben Hogan!

Golf is an underhand motion – so says Ben Hogan!

Golf is an underhand motion – so says Ben Hogan!

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 great friend and mentor Phil Ritson, who I regard as one of the best teachers on the planet, has always said: “The name of the game is underhand!”  That was his favorite expression. I have continued that mantra throughout my teaching career and will always get a beginner to take a soccer ball, stand in their golf address position with the ball between their hands, and get them to throw the ball to me underhand.  That immediately gives them an understanding of the golf motion, including shoulder turn, weight shift, extending down the line, and the follow-through.  Thanks to Dennis Clark of Golf Wrx for this great instructional article!

Golf is an underhand motion - Ben Hogan!

Ben Hogan relaxing at home.

“What is the secret of the golf swing?”

That’s one of the eternal debates in our game, and as with anything as dynamic as the golf swing, I don’t think there is ONE secret. There are similarities to be noticed among the greats of the game, however, despite their variety.

That sounds like a contradiction in terms, but if you think about it, we can notice certain motions that most elite level players have in their swing. Not all, but most. GolfWRX readers know me as a teacher who places more emphasis on impact and not how to, but today I want to discuss something that most amateurs get wrong and almost all pros get right. In a very general sense, I’ll state it like this: the golf swing has two components, a vertical one and a horizontal one. Better players get both, but most amateurs get only the vertical part.

The vertical is necessary because the ball is on the ground. The horizontal is required because the ball is aside the player. The VAST majority of mistakes I see club golfers make is that they get too vertical, and not sufficiently horizontal. Golf is very clearly a sidearm game, and the great Ben Hogan may have illustrated it the best.

The name of the game is underhand!

Most boys growing up, at least in my era, learned to play baseball pretty much before anything else. If they were fortune enough to play infield, I think they had a head start in the game of golf. In the cover image, Hogan is clearly demonstrating how an infielder might throw to first base. This almost completely mimics the motion of a golf swing. Notice I say almost. It is not entirely the same, because remember, the golf ball is on the ground. It still does require some up-and-down motion, but we deal with most of that simply by bending correctly at the hips when we address the golf ball. So to complete the analogy, I think it’s safe to say that golf is baseball with the torso tilted forward.

“IT HAS ALWAYS SEEMED TO ME THAT, IN ITS GENERAL CHARACTER, THIS MOTION IS QUITE SIMILAR TO THE ONE AN INFIELDER MAKES WHEN HE THROWS TO FIRST BASE AFTER SCOOPING UP A GROUND BALL,” BEN HOGAN SAID.

Of course, there is nothing new in this information. Many instructors have written about it, and Ben Hogan’s 5 Lessons: The Modern Fundamentals of Golf was published some 60 years ago. But I will say this: If you have a junior learning to play golf, you would be wise to START with this horizontal orientation FIRST!

To read the rest of this interesting article, including a fabulous video of Ben Hogan, go here!

Source: Dennis Clark  Golf Wrx

Pictures: Golf Wrx

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