Lesson Learned

In this week’s Lesson Learned from 2013 PGA Teacher of the Year Lou Guzzi, we take a look at Tiger Woods’ putting woes in Mexico, compared to the rest of his game, and Lou offers up a quick putting tip to help everyone working on their game on the green.
When it's OK to use your wedge on the green
The sixth hole at Riviera Country Club -- host of last week's Genesis Open -- can present a unique set of circumstances if miss your intended target with your tee shot. The par-3 hole features a pot bunker smack in the middle of its green.
20 Feb 2017 - 12:05pm - 0 Comments
Golf tips: Keys to coming from behind
Hideki Matsuyama is the real deal. On Sunday, the 24-year-old from Japan notched his fourth victory on the PGA Tour, outlasting Webb Simpson in a four-hole playoff at the Waste Management Phoenix Open.
6 Feb 2017 - 12:15pm - 0 Comments
Stick to your routine when the pressure is on
When Jon Rahm had a chance to win on the PGA Tour for the first time Sunday, he didn't sit back and play conservative golf.
30 Jan 2017 - 4:31pm - 0 Comments
How Hudson Swafford made a pressure-filled situation look easy
Until Sunday, Hudson Swafford had never won on the PGA Tour. In the final round of the CareerBuilder Challenge at PGA West, Swafford emerged from the pack with a 5-under 67 to claim his maiden win on Tour, good for a two-year exemption and a trip to the Masters.
23 Jan 2017 - 11:50am - 0 Comments
Focus on your fundamentals, like Adam Scott at the Honda Classic
For all the talk about Adam Scott's switch to a more conventional putting method, PGA Teaching Professional Christian Czaja said it was more Scott's ability to keep the ball in play on PGA National's tight fairways and small greens that keyed his Honda Classic victory.
29 Feb 2016 - 3:20pm - 0 Comments
Learn from McIlroy: Four match play tips
Match play uses the same skill set as stroke play, but an entirely different set of strategies. Because you're playing against an opponent instead of the entire field, it's almost like chess on grass.
3 May 2015 - 8:13pm - 0 Comments
Rose tip: Create a tension-free swing
When every part of your game is working, like it was for Justin Rose this week at the Zurich Classic, it's not hard to get "in the zone." What's harder is staying there.
26 Apr 2015 - 8:37pm - 0 Comments
Furyk's lesson: It's his game, not his swing
Jim Furyk's unorthodox swing may not be particularly "pretty" when compared to a classic swing: the likes of, say, a Bobby Jones or a Ben Hogan. But here's the thing -- it's been pretty effective for Furyk, who won Sunday's RBC Heritage playoff at Harbour Town.
19 Apr 2015 - 8:12pm - 0 Comments
A daily golf swing routine when bad weather hits
Looking for a good drill to retain that muscle memory when the weather turns bad? Follow the lead of baseball players in the on-deck circle.
1 Dec 2014 - 1:33pm - 0 Comments
Four tips for hitting it clean from a tight hardpan lie
Cooler temperatures aren't the only thing golfers face during the winter months. Grass goes dormant in most locales, which means there's less material between the ball and ground. That results in a lot of tight lies, and if it's been a dry winter, hardpan as well.
24 Nov 2014 - 11:21am - 0 Comments
Three tips for hitting the perfect bump-and-run shot
Need to chip the ball from off the green? If your course features large greens and ample run-up areas, don't automatically reach for the wedge. Instead, here are three tips to perfect the bump-and-run shot, which will get your ball down and running more quickly.
17 Nov 2014 - 10:15am - 0 Comments
Five tips to escape greenside bunkers
We saw an example of beautiful bunker play in the final round of the HSBC Champions by Bubba Watson, who holed out from a bunker near the final green for an eagle and a spot in a playoff.
9 Nov 2014 - 7:28pm - 0 Comments
Three tips to improve your half-swing shots
When PGA Tour professionals get into an "in between" yardage situation, they can rely on two things: knowing the exact distance of each of their wedges and hours of practice on the range.
28 Oct 2014 - 10:44am - 0 Comments
Four tips to help you make more putts
Why do professional golfers wind up with far fewer three putts than amateurs? Hours and hours of practice, for one thing. But it's also due to better putting fundamentals, particularly being able to consistently repeat the same motion.
20 Oct 2014 - 1:59pm - 0 Comments
Don't let a tough hole mess with your mind
If the most important rule of golf is "play it where it lies," then the most important unofficial rule of golf is "stuff happens." A bad lie, a bad break, a bad swing, a bad putt.
9 Sep 2014 - 10:24am - 0 Comments
In trouble off the tee? Don't make matters worse
As golf fans, we're accustomed to see professionals pull off "miracle shots" from almost impossible lies, like Bubba Watson's hooked wedge shot from the pine straw on the 10th hole at Augusta that led to his Masters win in 2012.
18 Aug 2014 - 2:55pm - 0 Comments
How to stay sharp when facing a long delay
On Sunday at the Memorial, Kevin Na shot the best round of the day -- an 8-under 64. But after sitting and waiting for nearly two hours to find out that he had earned a spot in a playoff, Na hit his first ball into the water.
3 Jun 2014 - 7:41am - 0 Comments
Tips on playing with frustrated or slow partners
Until his victory Sunday in the Senior PGA Championship, Colin Montgomerie had never won an official tournament in the United States. Some of that was bad luck. Some of it was bad golf. But Montgomerie admits sometimes he's let his emotions get the best of him.
27 May 2014 - 8:50am - 0 Comments
What you can learn from LPGA pro's tempo
The LPGA Tour is experiencing an explosion of young, talented golfers with impeccable, controlled swings. The women who are winning tournaments this season have impressive rhythm and tempo -- and it's something amateur golfers should strive for when they play, too.
19 May 2014 - 1:12pm - 0 Comments