Fundamentals

Perhaps it's inclement weather or lightning. Or one hole where foursomes find themselves backed up on the tee. Or it could even be just a busy day and the pace of play slows dramatically. So what can you learn about staying sharp and focused when facing long delays on the course?

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TV Grip Practice
Making a grip change is no easy proposition. The solution is to place your hands in the new position at home while watching TV and practice.  You can do this sitting down and swinging the club up and down in line with your trail shoulder. 
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"Are you really picking your head up?"
The most common saying in golf is "keep your head down."  The question is, are you actually picking your head up? When you hit a thin shot that dribbles along the ground, it would seem that a player must have picked their head up.
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The Side Hill Lie
Side Hill Lie: 1. Aim towards the high part of the hill as your ball will always favor the opposite direction. 2. Always take practice swings and pay attention to where the club sweeps the grass that will determine the appropriate ball position for the lie.
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Golf Posture
Find a full length mirror and follow these simple steps: 1. Soften your knees slightly.
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The Swing is a Throw
The easiest way to learn the golf swing is to relate it to another learned movement. The golf swing is a rotary movement; it contains a throwing element similar to baseball. For the non athletes, it would be like skipping a pebble.
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Lesson Learned: Play Your Game
It’s always fun to watch the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.
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A Lesson Learned: Mickelson's Never-Changing Routine
Watching Phil Mickelson’s spectacular performance this week at the Waste Management Phoenix Open and seeing the way he waltzed around the TPC of Scottsdale as if he were strolling through a park, I immediately thought of Jack Nicklaus.
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A Lesson Learned: Manage Your Game
Golf Instructors get a unique perspective on the game, one that we enjoy immensely.
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A Lesson Learned: Play YOUR Game
Last year, when I was fortunate enough to win the 2011 PGA Professional National Championship, I knew part of the winning package included exemptions into six PGA Tour events.
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A Lesson Learned: Beat the Heat
 
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A Lesson Learned: Commit to the shot
First and foremost, "Congratulations to Webb Simpson!" Simpson has been one of the most consistent and dedicated players in golf over the last year, he is a deserving and worthy champion of the U.S. Open. I expect we'll see more major championship victories in his future.
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