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Quick Hitters
The golf season is upon many of us and with the Masters on tap I thought I would throw out a variety of quick tips that may help you and me with our golf games. Pitch Shots: The forty yard shot or closer is tough for many players.
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Finding Your Comfort Zone
I'm standing on the tee, driver in one hand, ball and tee in the other. I start telling my playing partners a funny story. I turn, briefly glance out over the hole and bend to press the tee into the ground. The tale continues. I address the ball -- still recanting the story.
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Increase Swing Speed for More Distance
Two of the biggest factors that contribute to distance are hitting the golf ball in the center of the club face, and creating speed. Think of your swing as having two engines - your body and your arms. Both are power producers and both have their role in the swing.
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Getting Hip to a Good Swing
This week, I'd like to write about the role of the hips since they, along with proper shoulder rotation, are critical in executing a strong, consistent golf swing. In fact, those two movements must work together.
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Get in Alignment
To properly align yourself to your target, you should always see four parallel lines from your address position. The first two are relatively simple. These are found by envisioning a set of railroad tracks.
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Three Simple Steps to Consistency
Most of us have had the experience of waking up and going through a normal morning, and as soon as you are ready to head out the door, you can't find your keys.
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Alignment: Right on Target
How many times have you hit the career shot only to see it fly in a direction you never anticipated? Chances are you probably blamed the errant shot on something in your swing.
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A Solid Preshot Routine is a Must for Good Golf
Do you have a Pre-Shot Routine? Do you know it? So many golfers have a Pre-Shot Routine for most golf shots but don't even know what their routine is when asked in a lesson.
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You Can Shape Your Shots
The ability to shape shots from side to side, control their trajectory and play from a wide variety of lies in all conditions are some of the hallmarks of an accomplished golfer.
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Three 'Musts' for a Smooth Takeaway
1. Grip Points to Belt Buckle Since the takeaway follows from the set-up, a proper address can correct errors before they happen.
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Tips for Downhill Lies
When confronted with a downhill lie, you must go through your "mental checklist" to assure a good shot: 1. Choose a more lofted club; the sloping terrain will de-loft your club. 2. Set your body and weight toward the angle of the hill. 3.
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Dear Diary, I'm Getting Better
Ben Hogan wrote, "I find it is helpful if I jot down after practice exactly what I have been working on and precisely how it was coming along." Many professional golfers today keep notes on their swings and what they are working on, including Vijay Singh.
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A Lesson Learned: Becoming a Pressure Player
Jim Furyk finished with an amazing bunker shot on the 18th hole to win $1.35 million in the Tour Championship at East Lake and an additional $10 million in the FedEx Cup. He was able to handle the pressure that would bring most of us (mere mortals) to tears.
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A Lesson Learned: Turn bad days into big wins
In what has to be one of the most popular wins on the PGA Tour this year, Dustin Johnson won his second event of the year and the Ryder Cup team member is now on the short list for "Player of the Year" honors. Congratulations Dustin on an outstanding week and a job well done.
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A Lesson Learned: Weigh your options, play to your strengths
The PGA Tour dished out another down to the wire, nail biting finish this weekend at the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, North Carolina.
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A Lesson Learned: The PGA Championship and knowing the local rules of a course
Following the controversial Sunday at the 92nd PGA Championship, there were many questions about the ruling which penalized Dustin Johnson and kept him out of the playoff for the title.
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A Lesson Learned: The most important shot of a tournament? The next one you're going to hit.
There will be a great deal of attention focused on Martin Laird’s three putt on the 72nd hole, especially that lag putt that ran 7 feet past the hole, or the second putt that never touched the cup.
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A Lesson Learned: What you don't think about when you are going low
The seemingly abundent number of low scores in recent weeks will trigger a flurry of questions from golf fans; most notably, are the players getting better or are the courses getting easier?
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A Lesson Learned: Secret to going low is to Play it Forward
Carl Pettersson did something unusual this week - as you probably already know. Yes, he shot an amazing 60 on Saturday, and then followed it up with a 67 to win the RBC Canadian Open, but that's not what I'm referring to - not exactly.
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A Lesson Learned: Proper practice will mean peak performance
I watched this past U.S. Open with great interest and from a variety of perspectives. Like many of you, I watched as a fan. There's few things in the world more entertaining and fascinating than watching the world's best players take on a course like Pebble Beach under U.S.
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