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Using an alignment stick for more than just alignment!

Using an alignment stick for more than just alignment!

Using an alignment stick for more than just alignment!

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!

Getting your weight shifted from your back foot to your front as quickly as possible is one of the most important moves in the golf swing.  

Doing it correctly is critical and is where most amateurs go wrong.  Moving the hips forward in a lateral motion can be achieved using an alignment stick placed upright in the ground an inch or so ahead of the lead foot.  Trying to get the hip to move into the stick gives the golfer the correct feel of this motion.  Thanks to Golf Step by StepJean Chua, LPGA player on the Symetra Tour, who gives you her take on this drill and how it has helped her game!

Many golfers try too hard to get the ball in the air. The most common way of going about this is by leaning back at impact as if to impart more loft on your clubs. Symetra Tour pro Jean Chua gives you a good drill to help you feel like you’re getting your weight to your lead side, which will help you compress the ball more, launching it higher by striking it more flush.

Source: Symetra Tour  Swing by Swing

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A Great Putting Drill to help your arms stay connected!

A Great Putting Drill to help your arms stay connected!

A Great Putting Drill to help your arms stay connected!
 
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 a great putting drill to help the golfer understand the importance of getting the hands, arms and shoulders all connected and working as one!  I will incorporate this drill into my putting instruction because of its simplicity in setting it up correctly.  Thanks to Martin Hall of the Golf Channel for sharing! 
There is a reason you have an easier time making a good stroke on a 25-foot putt than you do on a three-, five- or even 10-footer: you don’t expect to make every one of those long ones. When you get over a shorter putt, the expectation is higher, therefore, the letdown is greater and your nerves kick up.

Martin Hall explains that the face of the putter at impact dictates about 90% of a putt’s direction and with shorter putts, that means there is less room for error. He demonstrates how simply duct taping two alignment rods (or the cheaper alternative — reflective rods) can train your body to keep the putter head square through impact, thus allowing you to make more putts.

Source: Step by Step   Golf Channel

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Learn Lag putting with the Master - Phil Mickelson!

Learn Lag putting with the Master – Phil Mickelson!

Learn Lag putting with the Master – Phil Mickelson!

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!

How do you keep your dreaded 3 putts to a minimum?  

Well, according to Phil Mickelson, eliminate the variables and keep just one.  Whether it be backswing length, putter head speed through the ball or follow through the length.  Just keep one, and you will 3 putt a lot less.  Thanks to Odyssey Golf for sharing this important instructional video!

We all want to stick every approach shot to a few feet, but that’s not realistic. There are so many variables that go into hitting the perfect shot that you should be prepared to make do when something goes a little wrong.

Phil Mickelson teaches you how to implement his “40-50-60″ drill into your practice so that when you have a longer putt for birdie, you’re walking off with a tap-in par instead of grinding over a 6-footer and making bogey.

Source: Step by Step   Odyssey Golf

Thanks for watching – Learn Lag putting with the Master – Phil Mickelson!

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A really good recovery shot by Jason Kokrak to 17 feet!

A really good recovery shot by Jason Kokrak to 17 feet!

A really good recovery shot by Jason Kokrak to 17 feet!

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!

To say Jason Kokrak hit his shot into the 18th green a little high and wide would be an understatement.

He hit it so far high and right that he ended up in one of the hospitality tents.  Much to the glee of the occupants, he decided to play the shot.  What I want everyone to notice is his intense concentration on this shot.  First, a few practice swings to get an idea of how hard and high to play the shot. Next, he stands behind the ball and visualizes a clear shot through to the green. Lastly, he walks up to the ball and has several looks at a point about 20 feet in front of him that is obviously the line he wants to start the ball on.  This is a professional at work doing what he does best.  Thanks to the Charlotte Observer for sharing this video!  Great stuff!

Tour players often use their surroundings to their advantage. If there’s water short of the green, they take their chances hitting it long into the gallery or use a hospitality tent as a backstop. Sometimes, however, those “safety plays” go a little awry as Jason Kokrak found out on Friday at the Wells Fargo Championship.

Playing the 18th hole, Kokrak steered clear of the water guarding the left side of the green by playing out to the right. Unfortunately, Kokrak pushed it a litter further right than he had hoped and ended up on the second floor of a hospitality tent. Instead of taking his drop, Kokrak decided to play the shot.

Source: Charlotte Observer   Swing by Swing

Thanks for watching – A really good recovery shot by Jason Kokrak to 17 feet!

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