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Fix your hip "spin-out" in a flash with Lydia Ko!

Fix your hip “spin-out” in a flash with Lydia Ko!

Fix your hip “spin-out” in a flash with Lydia Ko!

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 straightforward and simple drill to help golfers understand the correct hip motion at the start of the downswing.  There is always a slight lateral hip motion to allow the weight to shift from the back foot to the front before the hip rotation starts. But, as Lydia Ko explains, she had a habit of “spinning out,” which many golfers do.  This will cause the clubhead to travel across the ball, causing a hook or a slice depending on where the clubface is at impact. So the next time you are on the range, try this drill to give you a sensation you’ve probably never felt before!  Thanks to  of Golf Digest for this very educational article!

The spin-out can cause hooks or slices!

There’s something kind of nice about missing it left. At least you got through the ball. And if you can wrestle in your hook, you’re looking at a baby draw, right? But no matter what kind of solace you can find in your misses, it’s always hard to make par from the trees. If you struggle with hitting ugly pull-hooks, you’re not alone. Even Lydia Ko, the number one female player in the world, has had some trouble missing it left.

She’s diagnosed that miss as a hip-turn issue. Instead of making a good, smooth turn through the ball, she said her hips spin out sometimes. This closes the clubface at impact, sending the ball hard left.

To fix it, she does this little drill:

 
 
 
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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!

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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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#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!

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!

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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The 3 Important Reasons why greenkeepers Must Aerate their Greens!

The 3 Important Reasons why Greenkeepers Must Aerate their Greens!

The 3 Important Reasons why greenkeepers Must Aerate their Greens!

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Nobody likes to putt on greens that have been recently aerated.  

But greenkeepers throughout the nation do this about twice a year. Some golf courses close down completely to do their bi-annual treatment, while others give their customers a discount for having to putt on surfaces that are less than perfect.   of Golf Digest gives the 3 important reasons why greenkeepers must aerate to give us perfect greens!

Another lesson to be learned here – don’t forget to aerate your own lawn at home.  Use a pitchfork if you don’t have a machine to do it!

The 3 Important Reason why greenkeepers Must Aerate their Greens!

We can all agree that showing up to the course and seeing the aeration bing dome to the course isn’t a welcome sight. Before you start grumbling about the grounds crew, realize that it isn’t a thrill to have to do it, either. Removing hundreds of small cylinders of soil makes the course look worse, and temporarily makes sweet-rolling greens a whole lot less sweet. But they do it because they know it’s a necessary evil.

The USGA says, “Aeration primarily is performed to control organic matt – i.e, decaying roots and grass stems – relieve soil compaction, stimulate root growth and improve drainage.” So basically everything that makes greens good relies on aeration.

To read the 3 important reasons for aeration of the putting greens, go here!

Source:     Golf Digest

Pictures: Getty Images  Kirt Edblom

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Use the "Touch and Go" to take the tension out of your golf game!

Use the “Touch and Go” to take the tension out of your golf game!

Use the “Touch and Go” to take the tension out of your golf game!

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 you watch golf on TV most weekends, you will note the time professionals take before they hit a shot. Of course, they will make sure that they are 100% ready before they hit their shot.  But, as soon as they are, they will walk into the ball and hit the shot.  No dilly-dallying while they are at the ball.  Jeff Ritter for Golf Digest gives you a simple “Touch and go” routine that will help you take the tension out of your golf game!

Looking at the ball instead of the target.

According to swing coach Jeff Ritter, a common mistake people who are under pressure make is looking at the target for a short time, and looking at the ball for a long time. Ritter says to flip that around.

The longer you spend looking at the ball, the longer you have to tighten your grip or tense up your shoulders. That’s not doing your swing any favors. That moment you first address the ball is when you’re most loose and in more of a natural athletic stance.

To ensure that you swing from that position, Ritter says to stand over the ball, look at the target for a few moments, look back at the ball, and immediately start your swing after you’ve grounded your club. Adding this fluid motion to your pre-shot routine will keep you from getting tight under pressure and help you close out that $5 nassau like a champ.

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Brian Gaffney follows the old adage "Teacher heal thyself!"

Brian Gaffney follows the old adage “Teacher heal thyself!”

Brian Gaffney follows the old adage “Teacher heal thyself!”

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One of the very first things I teach a student who takes a three-day school with me is a pre-shot routine.  It is so critical to understand that a pre-shot routine is like the dress rehearsal before the play.  If the dress rehearsal goes badly, opening night is going to be a disaster!  Brian Gaffney, PGA Professional at Quaker Ridge Golf Club, is one of the club professionals qualified to play in the PGA Championship at Baltusrol this week.  He is doing exactly what he tells his students to do – breath and follow your pre-shot routine.  Good luck, Brian!  Thanks to  of Golf Digest for this interesting article!

One of the coolest things about the field at the PGA Championship is that your local PGA pro could be in it.

That is, if he happens to be ridiculously good and makes it through qualifying. The 20 PGA pros in the field this year at Baltusrol aren’t just great players, they’re great teachers, too. Each day this week, we’re asking them what advice they give their students that they’re going to use themselves while taking on the best in the world.

One of the more notable PGA pros in the field this year is Brian Gaffney. Last year, Gaffney of Quaker Ridge Golf Club became the first club pro in four years to make the cut at the PGA Championship. After that performance, it’d be easy to feel the pressure this year.

Brian Gaffney follows the old adage "Teacher, heal thyself!"

Brian Gaffney

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“Something I tell my students is when you’re nervous, make sure you breathe. You want to slow your heart rate down and get rid of the tension. This is important because tension messes with your tempo and the timing of your swing. Tension is the last thing I want this week.”

To see what else Brian Gaffney teaches his students that he is doing this week, go here!

Source:    Golf Digest

Pictures: Getty Images     robert.fitzpatrick8523

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A Fun Mix of Golf and Hockey on the Canadian Tour!

A Fun Mix of Golf and Hockey on the Canadian Tour!

A Fun Mix of Golf and Hockey on the Canadian Tour!

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!

A lot of Tour Pros test their skills on the PGA Tour Canada before transitioning to the web.com and the American PGA Tour.

I have been working for several years with a talented and hard-working, competitive golfer, Ricky McDonald of Washington State.  

A Fun Mix of Golf and Hockey on the Canadian Tour!

 Ricky McDonald is one of my students playing on the MacKenzie PGA Tour Canada.

He is playing in Alberta, Canada, this week at Fort McMurray Golf Club. The tournament is the Syncrude Boreal Open, and the players had a little fun combining golf and hockey skills. The fans loved it also!

Recently, MacKenzie Investments became the Tour’s first major sponsor in its history. The Tour has been renamed the MacKenzie Tour PGA Tour Canada. It’s great news, as this bond really helps build the tour and bring awareness to the communities where events are held.

This is Ricky’s second year playing north of the border, and he is more comfortable & confident than in 2014, his rookie year as a playing professional. He worked with me recently, and we played a round, revealing that his driving accuracy has really improved, and his putting stroke is getting better every tournament. I predict a great season for him.

But no more slapshots, EH?

Thanks to Keely Levins at Golf Digest for this article.

It’s become a bit of a theme on the professional tours for players to do some pre-tournament activities that have to do with the culture of the area they’re playing in.
You see it on the LPGA Tour – like when they go to Hawaii, and some hula dancing happens. It’s cute, and Belen Mozo looks like she has a good time with it.
So, when it comes to events in Canada, what niche activity should players do? Hockey. Duh.
 
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San Diego State University Woman's Trick Shot Team - Pretty Sweet!

San Diego State University Woman’s Trick Shot Team – Pretty Sweet!

San Diego State University Woman’s Trick Shot Team – Pretty Sweet!
 
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!
 

The Bryan Brothers appear in my post entitled “Bryan Brothers of SC are getting our attention!” and show off their crafty golf skills. 

But are there any women doing trick shots?  How about the San Diego State Univ. Women’s golf team? They entertain with some great teamwork, and they mix it up with some non-golf athletics also.
This trick shot video featuring the San Diego State University women’s golf team is so good it’s guaranteed to make you forget about all the other SDSU Aztecs teams for a minute. 
 
Samantha Roberts – Love this! Proud of my former teammates for making a sick video — golf needs more of this! Go Aztecs!
 
Watch this, and sing along to Bruno Mars’ latest fun song!
 

Source: Golf Digest  The Loop  Keely Levins

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