Brush Up on your Fundamentals with Smylie Kaufman!

Smylie Kaufman is better known for his friendship with Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler than his accomplishments on the golf course where he has won only once on the PGA Tour.  This came in 2015 at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.  But what he does have is a great golf swing that is very fundamentally sound and is a perfect role model to learn from.  Thanks to  and Ron Kaspriske of Golf Digest for such an interesting and informative article!
Just a guess, but there are probably three or four things you need to work on with your golf swing to improve. Am I right? Then jot them down. I don’t care if you use an index card, like I do, or dictate them to your smartphone. Just make a list of swing keys, and when you practice, stick to them. For example, maybe you swing off your back foot and need to transfer your weight better. Or maybe you cut your swing off short, and should let your chest keep turning. Whatever issues you have, don’t let them always get the best of you because you’re not paying attention to how to fix them. Working with my swing coach, Tony Ruggiero, I’ve identified four fundamentals that I constantly try to improve. Keeping the index card handy allows me to stay on point. See if my notes can help you be a better ball-striker, too.

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BACKSWING: KEEP IT TOGETHER Whenever my swing gets a little funky, I go back and check to see that my right arm isn’t drifting too far away from my body when I make a backswing. A little separation is fine, but a real loss of connection means it’s going to be a challenge to re-sync my arm swing with my body pivot on the way down, so my timing isn’t off. I want everything turning back together, so I’ll often work on keeping my shirt sleeve tucked into my armpit as I make a backswing. Here I’m demonstrating what I mean by bunching my shirt into the armpit as I make a one-handed backswing (pictured). This helps remind me to keep the movement of my arms and body in sync.  
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BACKSWING: DON’T SWAY Making a full turn and really loading up the right side as you take the club back is a huge power generator. Do that and you can really hit the ball hard. However, be careful you don’t let your body sway a lot in that direction. That will make it much harder to get back to the ball and produce solid contact. One thing I do to prevent that sway is to make a backswing where my pivot feels centered over the top of the ball (pictured above). Tony will even hold an alignment stick next to the right side of my head as a reminder. If I bump it, I’m swaying too much.
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How to stop topping the golf ball forever!

Topping the golf ball is a malady that every beginner golfer goes through.  In order to get rid of this swing flaw, the golfer needs to have the ability to control the bottom of the swing arc.  That control is achieved by two things – The length of the lead arm and the position of the head remaining constant.  Rickard Strongert of Videojug explains this in an easy to understand manner!
Videojug’s golf guru Rickard Strongert explains how to avoid topping the ball. Learn the basics of golf, and make sure that your ball always get’s off the ground with this short tutorial. Improve your golf game the Videojug way!
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What is your Killer Move in the Golf Swing?

Every amateur golfer has a Killer Move in the golf swing.  The one move that completely ruins their chances of hitting consistent golf shots.  Today we have Alistair Davies of Alistair Davies Golf to explain the dreaded “chicken wing” and the importance of NOT keeping the head down too long!
Avoid these killer moves – Part 3.This video is the third in the series avoid these killer moves. This video focuses on the impact conditions. Alistair discusses how golfer’s tend to lose their arm radius and keep their heads down too long. This is what he commonly sees on his lesson tee. Look out for the rest of the series on Killer moves.
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Countdown of the Top 18 Moments of 2016!

As 2016 comes to an end, it is time to reflect on what has transpired and moved the needle during the past year.  Thanks to E. Michael Johnson and  Dave Shedloski, all of Golf Digest, as we present the Top 18 Moments of 2016!  From the very first tournament of the 2015/2016 PGA nd LPGA Tour seasons, there has been drama and superb golf, despite the fact that golf’s greatest player, Tiger Woods, did not tee it up at all!  Sit back and enjoy these incredible stories!
As is the annual tradition of Golf World, our staff took stock of the 2016 golf season by counting down the top newsmakers. Our list includes an eclectic mix of high-profile tour pros, wily veterans, young up-and-comers who already have grabbed the spotlight, touchstone moments of joy and sorrow, and more. And so we begin out countdown with …

18. BARRY GIBBONS

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17. #SB2K16

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16. NIKE OUT OF CLUB BUSINESS

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15. TIGER WOODS

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If you want to read the rest of the Top 18 Golf Moments of 2016, go here! Source:    Golf Digest  E. Michael Johnson  Dave Shedloski Pictures: Alex Myers  Courtesy of Rickie Fowler  Getty Images   Stan Badz/PGA TOUR

The 9 Important Steps to a Correct Clubfitting.

Getting a Correct Clubfitting these days is like having a suit fitted.  There is nothing worse than a poorly fitting suit and likewise, a poorly fitted set of golf clubs (usually clubs bought off the rack) will make your game feel very uncomfortable. Clubfitting has become popular in the past 10 years as the process becomes more and more user-friendly and much more accurate.  A good clubfitter will use several computerized tools to help him determine the specs required to match the clubs best suited to your unique swing.  Thanks to  of Golf Digest for providing this very educational list! best-clubfitters-feature
If you haven’t noticed, custom clubfitting has become more ubiquitous than craft breweries. As more equipment companies offer drivers with dozens of settings and bouquets of custom shafts, the golf consumer is at once tempted and swept away by a cornucopia of confusing choices. As Jason Fryia, owner of six Golf Exchange stores in Ohio and Kentucky, explains, “I don’t think golf equipment is a self-shoppable product.” Fortunately, every golf shop, from the 50,000-square-foot megastores to the corner shops one-fiftieth the size, is increasingly equipped with expert fitters divining the right heads, lofts and lengths with a wisdom that encompasses club technology, instruction ideas and even good, old-fashioned people skills. In our fourth listing of America’s 100 Best Clubfitters, we highlight the top facilities in the country that expertly bridge this marriage of art and science, and we offer some of their wisdom to prepare you to embrace the benefits of clubfitting. 1. How to prepare for a clubfitting. Randall Doucette, a master clubfitter for the Marriott Golf Academy in Orlando, says to approach a clubfitting with an open mind. If you have a swing coach, Doucette says to get a tune-up before going for a fitting. “Come to the fitting with notes on what you’re working on and where you want to get to,” he says. You also should come to the fitting with your current clubs. This gives you and your fitter a baseline for comparing other clubs. Also, Doucette says every good fitting requires patience: “There’s no need for anxiety and nervous tension. We’re here to make you better.”—Keely Levins 2. Why getting fit once is not enough. One myth about clubfitting is that it’s like buying a tailored suit: Get fit once, and use those specs for life. But that thinking is off base, according to Dan Sueltz of D’Lance Golf Performance Center in Englewood, Colo. Sueltz says avid golfers should be fit every two years. “A lot of things can change in that time,” Sueltz says. “You might experience changes in strength, flexibility, reflexes or have an injury. Your swing might become steeper or shallower, etc.” People also need to realize different manufacturers might have a different specification for length or lie angle. So the fitting you get for one brand might not apply to another one. —E. Michael Johnson 3. Finding the right driver isn’t only about swing speed. Swing speed can be a starting point, but the best fitters want to see how you’re hitting the ball. If impacts are scattered across the face, for example, you can bet a large, highly stable driver is best for you, even if you swing it faster than Bubba Watson in a bad mood. The right driver is also about how the weight is balanced within the head. Knowing how drivers differ or how that weight can be tweaked can improve how far you hit the ball and how well you square the clubface. Says Woody Lashen of Pete’s Golf in Mineola, N.Y.: “Finding a driver with the correct center of gravity for the player, whether it’s forward, back or toward the heel, can change the person’s game. For example, a relatively straight hitter who is spinning the ball too much, even if he doesn’t swing very fast, can gain tremendous distance with a driver that will spin the ball less.” —Mike Stachura
To see the rest of the importance steps to correct clubfitting including a list of the Top 100 Clubfitters, go here! Source:    Golf Digest Pictures: Rami Niemi  Mizuno

* Rules of Golf Course Etiquette for Everyone!

Golf course etiquette is something every golfer should know, but most don’t!  My number one rule on the golf course is consideration!  Consideration for the players behind you (play faster) the players in front of you (don’t crowd) and all the players on the course (take care of divots, rake bunkers and don’t throw trash on the course.)   of Golf Digest gives you his list of Golf Course Etiquette. etiquette-beginner-final-large
  Years ago during a high school rules clinic, one of my fellow juniors asked an instructor what constitutes proper golf courtesy. “If I have to define it, you don’t get it,” the official replied. It’s that type of systemic vagueness that makes golf decorum so maddening. Until now, that is. Below we tackle the most frequent questions we receive about common courtesy on the course, and how to conduct yourself in such situations. I’m a beginning golfer paired with a good player. How do I survive the round? Don’t get overwhelmed. It can be intimidating to be paired with a better player, and possibly amplify insecurities regarding your game. Use this opportunity as a learning experience. Take note of the player’s swing, his technique around the green, pre-shot routine, even something as simple as his demeanor and etiquette. And don’t be afraid to ask questions. Most golfers are happy to pass knowledge to beginners. You do have a responsibility, however, to keep things moving. It’s OK to struggle, but “struggle” and “slow play” don’t have to correlate. Four over par should be the max score on any hole; once you reach the limit, pick up. Moreover, don’t let your labors drain your attitude or outlook. Golfers can deal with newbies. They have no tolerance for ********. I’m paired with a beginning golfer who is really struggling. How do I survive the round? Compassion is key. That slow, flailing greenhorn was once you. Without belittling, let them know it’s OK to be liberal with the rules by improving lies, placing their penalty shots on the other side of the hazard and conceding less-than-automatic putts. Unless they ask, avoid giving tips and advice; they’re already overwhelmed, and don’t need more thoughts running through their head (more on this in a moment). Do feel free to pass on general etiquette or rules, however, and try to keep things light so they enjoy themselves. And if it’s really bad? Perhaps call it a day at the turn and hit the range instead.
How do I to tell someone to pick up the pace? When informing a partner to get their butt moving, avoid a singular accusation. Instead, use “we” as in, “Looks like we better get going, think we’re holding groups up.” If it’s a family member or friend, feel free to be more direct. Even in this circumstance, don’t deliver the “speed it up” edict in emotional or confrontational terms. It will only exacerbate the situation. When am I supposed to let groups play through? For whatever reason, most golfers view letting others ahead as a shot to their manhood. Which is absurd: If you’re in a foursome, it stands to reason that you’ll play slower than the single or twosome behind you. If there are no groups immediately in front of you and you’re holding up individuals or a pairing, give them the greenlight with a wave, then proceed to move to the side of the hole. If this happens more than once in a round — especially if the groups behind are multiple players — take it as a hint that you need to pick up the pace. To see the rest of Joel Beall’s Etiquette Rules, go here! Souce:   Golf Digest Pictures: Peter Arkle   Ken Mattison

The Top 10 Golf Books of All Time?

What are your Top 10 Golf Books of All Time?  This list by Swing by Swing has several that would certainly not make my Top 10!  My favorites include the following, some of which appear in Swing by Swings  list: Golf is a Game of Confidence by Bob Rotella, The Talent Code by Daniel Boyle, Master Guide to Golf by Dr. Cary Middlecoff, (which was my very first golf book) Ben Hogan’s Five Modern Fundamentals, Dave Pelz’s Putting Bible, The Match by Mark Frost, The Greatest Game Ever Played by Mark Frost, Swing the Clubhead by Ernest Jones, Final Rounds by James Dodson and Bobby Jones on Golf.  List some of your favorites below!
Golf has permeated our very culture. It has found its way into our movies, TV shows, magazines, and books. While the lure of picking up a hardcover book and reading it front to back is fading, that doesn’t diminish the quality of some great books about golf. Keep some great tradition alive by peacefully reading a book about our beloved game. Here is a list of the Top 10 Golf Books out there.
10. A Good Walk Spoiled: Days and Nights on the PGA Tour by John Feinstein
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Feinstein paints the world of golf in a way that it has never been captured before. Feinstein gets inside the minds of some of the game’s greatest players but also its struggling newcomers. Journey alongside some great moments in golf, like Davis Love III’s epic comeback victory in the Ryder Cup. Feinstein expertly describes, “One week you’ve discovered the secret to the game; the next week you never want to play it again,” summarizing the every man’s relationship with golf. 9. The Big Miss: My Years Coaching Tiger Woods by Hank Haney
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It is no coincidence that Tiger won six majors during the six-year span the Haney was Tiger’s swing coach. He was at his side on and off the course, streamlining Tiger’s mechanics as well as discovering what made the athlete tick. For all his criticism, he is only on a quest to understand. Tiger’s most dominant fear on the course was “the big miss,” a shot so horrible it ruins the entire round. Haney gives us a metaphoric spin. 8. The Greatest Game Ever Played by Mark Frost
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This is the famous story of blue-collar kid Francis Ouimet, who grew up living across the street from The Country Club and would play the U.S. Open at the very course in 1913. Against all odds, and with his 10-year-old caddie by his side, he takes home the title in an 18-hole playoff against the great Harry Vardon. One of the greatest stories in amateur golf. 7. Golf is Not a Game of Perfect by Bob Rotella
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Rotella’s way of explaining the game that is is so simple and matter of fact that it only makes sense. He helps us realize the stark reality that the most important part of the game of golf is between your ears. He provides a mental perspective that not many other writers can. 6. The Short Game Bible by Dave Pelz
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This book is considered topical for advanced golfers, so it can be a tad overwhelming. But golfers who understand the importance of the game of golf inside 100 yards are better off than most. Enhance your game a great deal and read up.
To see the rest of this illustrious list of the Top 10 Golf Books, go here! Source : Swing by Swing Pictures : Amazon

Wilson Triton Driver made to Toe the Line!

This was definitely an “egg on your face” moment for Wilson Staff when they were notified by the USGA that their new Wilson Triton Driver, the winner of the “Driver vs Driver” Competition on the Golf Channel was non-conforming!  There was definitely a rush to market after the show and Wilson did not do their due diligence.  However, Wilson has assured all customers who purchased  the non-conforming drivers that a) they will be replaced with a conforming driver and b) they will be given a box of Wilson Staff Duo golf balls for their trouble.  Lesson learned – make sure you have your letter from the USGA before you put your product in the retail stores!  Thanks to David Dusek of Golfweek Mag for this very relevant article!
The club that won the Golf Channel’s “Driver vs. Driver” contest was deemed non-conforming by the USGA, but Wilson is fixing the Staff Triton and promises to make it legal for golfers to use.
Source : David Dusek   Golfweek Mag

Learn the Secrets of the Long Ball with Dustin Johnson!

Dustin Johnson is the longest, straight hitter on the PGA Tour.  He accomplishes this with a combination of these things : an amazingly strong and flexible body, a wider stance that tilts the spine angle slightly back and a slightly open stance to help cut across the ball slightly, giving him a very powerful baby fade!  Today, Piers Ward and Andy Proudman of Meandmygolf talk to Dustin and find out the secrets of the long ball!
In this week’s Impact Show PGA Professionals Andy Proudman and Piers Ward Interview world number 3 Dustin Johnson about how he smashes his driver. During the video Dustin gives some useful advice to anyone looking to get that extra distance off the tee and how he hits the ball over 300 yards.
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Learn how to Master the Fairway Bunker Shot with Ian Poulter!

The fairway bunker shot is one of the easier shots for the PGA and LPGA Tour player, and yet, the average player seems to struggle with this shot.  Ian Poulter, European Tour winner and Ryder Cup player explains the art of this shot. The keys are getting a good footing,  choosing the correct club and making sure to hit the ball first.   Thanks to Ian and Golf Monthly for sharing this informative video!
In part two of our Ian Poulter tips series, he explains how to hit the fairway bunker shot.
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