November 13, 2013 - 11:45am
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Have you ever found yourself in the rough with a less than desirable lie and wondered what type of shot you should hit to limit the damage on your scorecard?

In today's golf tip, 2003 PGA Teacher of the Year Laird Small shows you how to read the rough by demonstrating that the grass between club face and ball reduces spin and control of ball flight. He goes on to explain that the ball will run further if you have a flatter lie and that you should play the ball back in your stance with your hands firm on the club.

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Tip of the day: How to read the rough for shot selection
November 12, 2013 - 1:15pm
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Did you know that the backswing plays a key factor in generating the power required to hit longer drives?

In today's golf tip, PGA Professional Steve Bosdosh discusses how you can improve your backswing rotation. Bosdosh reveals the correct impact position to drive the ball farther.

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Tip of the day: Improve your backswing for longer drives
November 11, 2013 - 1:40pm
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Sight and sound should be two major factors for you to pay attention to while working on your chipping.

In today's golf tip, PGA Professional Thomas Troncoso offers up some innovative advice -- using those senses -- that will improve your chipping.

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Tip of the day: Innovative ways to improve chipping
November 11, 2013 - 9:50am
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Tour Impact Golf
Tour Impact Golf
The Tour Impact Golf trainer uses sound to help you dial in the rhythm and tempo required for a consistent swing.

The father-son team of Craig and Scott DeVarney, think they've invented just the device to help improve your swing.

The duo are owners of Tour Impact Golf LLC and today they started a Kickstarter campaign to bring their Tour Impact training aid to manufacturing.

For those unfamiliar with it, Kickstarter is an all-or-nothing fundraising campaign. Creators set a funding goal and deadline. If people like the project, they can pledge money. But, if the goal isn't met by the deadline, the creators receive none of the funds and the money is returned to those who pledged.

Tour Impact Golf's goal is to raise $20,000 by Wednesday, December 11 at 8 a.m. EST. At the time of this post, the Kickstarter had been up for just over 30 minutes and $1,240 had already been raised.

So, what is the Tour Impact Golf training aid (TI)?

It's a hittable golf club with a sensor and speaker designed to teach professional rhythm and tempo through sound. Players will learn to identify exactly where they are too fast or slow in their swings while developing overall consistency.

You can watch a video of the training aid here:

Backers of the Kickstarter campaign can get a club of their own by contributing $120 or more towards its first run. If successfully funded, clubs are expected to be delivered by March of 2014.

"I had been toying with the idea of swinging along to a sound recording of my own swing," Craig DeVarney said. "One night, literally in my sleep, I thought, 'what if I standardized a professional's rhythm and timing and used that as a guide instead of my own?' It seemed so simple and obvious that there needed to be a way to standardize and learn rhythm and tempo, so that's what I set out to do."

The $20,000 the DeVarney's are hoping to raise will pay for parts, tooling and manufacturing.

"We have a working prototype," Craig DeVarney said. "We've already got manufacturers lined up and ready to go. We just need the funds to take it to market. The TI will help players learn the actual rhythm and tempo of a professional golf swing and improve their consistency. They will develop a powerful lag and a heightened awareness of the club head's position throughout their swing. Because the feedback from the TI is in real time, players can identify exactly where they are too fast or slow and what it feels like. The TI makes teaching and learning rhythm easy through standardization of proper swing proportions in a range of tempos."

Click here to check out the Kickstarter page for Tour Impact Golf.

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Tour Impact Golf looks to improve your swing with sound
November 8, 2013 - 11:40am
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In today's golf tip, PGA Professional Suzy Whaley has some outstanding advice for the women out there trying to generate a more powerful golf swing.

In this video, Whaley identifies common problems with the swing and shows how women golfers can properly generate more power out of the golf swing.

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Tip of the day: Generating more power in your swing
November 7, 2013 - 11:28am
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Do you find yourself dreading bunker shots from around the green? If so, you're probably making them harder than they truly need to be.

In today's golf tip, PGA of America Honorary President Allen Wronowski -- the PGA Director of Golf at Hillendale Country Club in Phoenix, Md. -- talks about greenside bunkers and gives some tips to improve your bunker game.

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Tip of the day: Escaping from a greenside bunkers