May 4, 2016 - 11:38am
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In the spirit of National Instruction Day, we asked our PGA.com Facebook friends to share the best advice they've received from a PGA Professional.

In the spirit of today being National Instruction Day, we pitched the following question to our nearly 350,000 friends in PGA.com Facebook Nation: What's the best advice you've ever received from a PGA Professional?

As is usually the case, you didn't disappoint with your wide-ranging answers, some that made us laugh and some that made us say, "hey, I should try that."

Here's a collection of our favorite answers from you. You can click here to join the conversation.

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Chuck Backer: The 10 step rule - when you hit a BAD shot - you get to walk 10 steps while swearing at yourself -- AFTER those 10 steps -- You're done being upset. Forget about it and move on to the next shot.

Richard Browne: Leave the Index Finger of the Right Hand out of your swing... Even suggested having it amputated. But that was just a suggestion not an instruction. IT WORKS.

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Conor Dondale: Open up your front foot to promote better hip movement and weight transfer.

Damien Ross: Practice everything from 100 yards and in because that's where scoring 90 percent of the time happens.

Dan Sanders: Play your game, don't play anyone else's game.

Joe Jensen: Understanding the proper grip!

Peter Rivas: Maybe try bowling.

Don Gosselin: The great Dana Quigley told me "don't be afraid to go low."

Wayne Garrison: To turn the body and just let arms drop in the downswing.

James Anisko: Keeping that right shoulder back on the downswing. Thanks Billy Ore of PGA Village, Port St. Lucie, Fla.

Wayne Jury: Don't graze over each shot. Deliver the shot in less than 12 seconds.

Sam Nord: Picture your shot before addressing. Have an idea of what the flight should look like.

Timmy Harmon: Move up one set of tees.
 

What is the best advice you've received from a PGA Professional?
April 29, 2016 - 10:43am
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This week we figured it would be fun to ask you, the nearly 350,000 strong in PGA.com Facebook Nation to complete the sentence: "My favorite golf shot to hit is..." Over 200 responses rolled in with a wide variety of answers.

Anyone who has ever played the game for any amount of time has their respective bread-and-butter shot -- the one they most enjoy hitting.

This week we figured it would be fun to ask you, the nearly 350,000 strong in PGA.com Facebook Nation to complete the sentence: "My favorite golf shot to hit is..."

Over 200 responses rolled in with a wide variety of answers.

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Here's a collection of our favorites:

Michael Gestes: A lag putt that somehow makes its way into the hole... kerplunk.

Dan Sanders: The long iron/hybrid second shot to a par 5. It's such a good feeling when you catch it and it goes right where you want it. That's my favorite.

Damien Ross: The best feeling is when you say you're going to hit a high, low, draw or fade with any shot and you can do it because you're confident. That's how you know you're playing good golf too.

Mark Hardin: The opened wedge flop shot where you have short-sided yourself from the hole w/ the green running away from you! That is when it works!

Bill Gibson: Holing one of those 15 footers you know you can make, for birdie or eagle. Nothing is more satisfying than finishing a hole under par and watching that putt drop.

Chris Hurt: Hitting a long drive down the middle while working it either left to right or right to left, whichever way it needs to be hit to set me up for a short approach shot!

Benjamin Lohrenz: Hole-in-one or holing out from 100+ yards is tough to beat they both feel pretty cool. I swished a full sand wedge from 120 one time that might be the coolest.

Jeff Swanson: Any... Don't take playing for granted.

Larry Campbell: A little draw wedge that spins left toward the hole.

Michael Mulcahy: The hardest shot in golf. The safe shot.

Scott Northup: One that does what you want it to... Very elusive.

Gerry Farmer: The first one of a three or four day golf trip! Lots of golf!

Nathan Shaw: Hitting a sweet Fairway Wood off the deck that lands just before the green and runs on near the hole. I remember the one time that happened.

Sean Shea: Blistering drives right down the middle.

Peter Opel: Flop shot with 60 degree lob wedge over any obstacle to the green.

Bryce Hedgecock: 80 to 100 yard wedges that check up right next to the hole.

Lou Beisel: Long putts with double breaks or elevation changes, over fast, pure greens.

John Hampton Jr: Kick-in birdie! I don't do it very often, but it felt really good.

Kyle Carey: High fade with driver cutting the corner of a dogleg.

Bradley Tucker Jr.: The approach shot! That's where your imagination comes in.

Tony West: Full-blooded driver down the middle when being waved through while they're looking for a ball in rough.

Dave Baron: Any shot where I pick out the target and hit the target!

TherealMike Traficante Sr.: The one I visualize then execute!

Tom Romano: Punch wedge from 50-100. It feels like throwing the ball.

Mat Fritz: Driver moving like I planned.

Miles Turner: Perfect dart wedge from 145 in.

Ben Lock: Flop over a bunker.

My favorite golf shot to hit is...
Visionary Crazy Golf course in London's Trafalgar Square
Courtesy of Visionary Crazy Golf
The "pigeon hole" in the proposed Visionary Crazy Golf course would see golfers hit their balls into the mouth of an oversized version of London's famed Trafalgar Square pigeons.
 
It doesn't more than a few minutes of browsing on Kickstarter to find all sorts of wild and crazy ideas. One of the coolest ones on there right now comes from the good folks at the London Design Festival.
 
Their dream: To build what they call a Visionary Crazy Golf course smack in the middle of London's famed Trafalgar Square. The miniature golf course would be open for one week only – during the London Design Festival in September – and would be "futuristic, fun and free for the public to play," according to the pitch on Kickstarter.
 
The course, which has already been approved by the London city government, would feature holes created by some of the world's most renowned architects, artists and clothing designers. The project is spearheaded by Sir Paul Smith, well known in London for his clothing and accessories designs.
 
 
Smith's hole would "transform  the steps of the National Gallery into a riot of different coloured stripes, topped by a neo-classical clubhouse that echoes the museum, but has a turf roof and putters for columns," according to the Kickstarter pitch. Zaha Hadid, the world-renowned architect who died suddenly a few weeks ago, created an undulating hole with two levels that traces the shadow of the famed Nelson's Column in Trafalgar Square.
 
One of the other holes would see golf balls hurtling through a nest of pneumatic tubes; another would be a maze; yet another would be a small netted driving range; and another would feature a cross-section of one of Trafalgar Square's many resident pigeons through whose gut the golf balls would travel.
 
The course would be the most ambitious "intervention" in the London Design Festival's decade-long tradition of making over Trafalgar Square, Smith said. Previous installations have included a giant chess set and a light show performed by an assembly line of robots. These creations, festival officials say, are enjoyed by millions of visitors and bring an awareness of design and its possibilities to the London city center.
 
 
The course creators are seeking £120,000 – roughly $175,000 – to make it happen. That would account for half the cost, with sponsorships slated to cover the rest.
 
The course will transform Trafalgar Square "into a free, colourful and playful arena," Smith says on Kickstarter. "It will attract a wide, public audience, and inspire the next generation of creatives. Thousands will be able to play the course, and millions more will watch and enjoy this experience, both in the square and through media."
 
It sounds pretty crazy, all right. If you're interested in pitching in, there are a number of different price points offering a variety of rewards in return. You can get a mug for $36, and for $43 you get to cut the line and play the course ahead of the general public. 
 
If you want to see more photos, illustrations and a sizzle video for the project, check out the Visionary Crazy Golf page on Kickstarter. And if you want to kick in a few bucks to reserve me a priority tee time, that'd be brilliant.
 
KickStarter campaign wants to build "crazy" golf course in London's Trafalgar Square