Instruction Feature

At Harbour Town Golf Links last week we learned that you have to be in control of your golf ball to have success. 2013 PGA Teacher of the Year Lou Guzzi offers some more helpful advice to anyone headed out to play a round on a tighter "target" course.
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.
10 Nov 2010 - 4:09pm - 0 Comments
Using golf lessons on the course
Taking a golf lesson to the course can be a challenge. Making a swing change on the range is difficult; on the course it is even tougher. The range is the frying pan, the course is the fire.
10 Nov 2010 - 3:57pm - 0 Comments
Easiest Shot in Golf? It can be
Many PGA Tour pros will tell you in their magazine and TV tips that the bunker shot is the easiest in golf. This is a pretty demoralizing statement when you are having difficulty getting the ball out of the bunker much less near the hole.
10 Nov 2010 - 3:39pm - 0 Comments
Greenside Bunker Shots Made Simple
A greenside bunker shot is the only shot in golf where you are not hitting the golf ball. The club enters the sand before the ball and flies out of the bunker on a cushion of sand. In essence you are simply hitting behind the ball and fatting the shot.
10 Nov 2010 - 3:28pm - 0 Comments
Factors to consider to get the most out of your putting
Important factors in putting can be categorized into three separate, equally important parts. * Green Reading - If you cannot predict the break of a putt, you will never be the best you can be.
4 Nov 2010 - 10:38am - 0 Comments
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.
26 Oct 2010 - 3:41pm - 0 Comments
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.
26 Oct 2010 - 3:37pm - 0 Comments
Release Back Foot for More Effective Chips
The most common flaw I see in pitching is swinging flat-footed. By this I mean the trailing foot. Releasing the trailing foot (letting it roll towards the toe) makes it easier for the player to keep the hands in front of the clubhead.
26 Oct 2010 - 3:33pm - 0 Comments
Avoid the Wrong Shot in Your Short Game
As we all know, the short game is where we score or try to score that low number. But for many high handicappers, this is where their problems really start.
26 Oct 2010 - 3:30pm - 0 Comments
To Chip or Pitch
Any golfer wishing to lower his or her scores needs to learn how to control the ball's height and speed around the green. This key aspect of the short game is largely determined by a player's knowledge of two important shots -- the chip-and-run and the pitch.
26 Oct 2010 - 3:26pm - 1 Comments
Developing Feel in Your Short Game
Too often, students will ask me what the best club is to use for a basic chip shot, for example.
26 Oct 2010 - 3:21pm - 0 Comments
Better Chipping
We've all had days when the swing felt perfect and our scores reflected that confidence. But unfortunately, we all know the days where the swing feels out of sorts and the scorecard reflects that as well.
26 Oct 2010 - 3:17pm - 0 Comments
Basics of Putting
Harvey Penick once said: "A man who can't putt is a match for no one, a man who can is a match for anyone."
26 Oct 2010 - 3:09pm - 0 Comments
You Can't Score if You Can't Putt
I know, I've been there. As I was attempting to play the PGA Tour in the 70's, all the players that I knew would spend hours upon hours hitting balls with full swings. Some would spend some time practicing the "short game".
26 Oct 2010 - 3:03pm - 1 Comments
The Plane Truth About Putting
Some well-known putting gurus will preach about the importance of the putting "arc." Other renowned teachers will preach "straight back and straight through." Confused? So which is it? And what does the distinction mean?
26 Oct 2010 - 2:55pm - 2 Comments
The Eyes Have It
We all miss more putts than we think we should. A lot of times it is simply due to the fact that our eyes are out of position.
26 Oct 2010 - 2:52pm - 2 Comments
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.
26 Oct 2010 - 2:12pm - 0 Comments
Hello Hybrids!
One of the biggest changes in golf equipment in recent years has been the switch from long irons (#s 2-4) to the hybrid clubs. Technological changes in both clubs and balls made this come about, and almost by necessity.
26 Oct 2010 - 1:58pm - 6 Comments
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.
26 Oct 2010 - 1:52pm - 0 Comments