PGA News Archive

Saturday, December 20, 2008
Golf swing lesson: Releasing the club
Martin Hall, PGA Director of Instruction at Ibis Golf and Country Club in West Palm Beach, Fla., defines release as the gradual turning of the club from hip height on your downswing through your swing to hip height on the far side of impact.
How to take a divot with irons in the fairway
PGA Professional Gary Bates, an instructor at the PGA Learning Center in Port St. Lucie, Fla., demonstrates the proper way to take a divot with your iron.
Lag Putting: How to get close to the hole
Ted Bishop, PGA Professional at The Legends Golf Club talks about lag putting. He gives two fundamentals to help with your putts. First, place your ball on the ground with the trademark straight up in the air and the number on the forward side of the ball.
Monday, December 08, 2008
How to hit lob and flop shots
Kentucky PGA Section Teacher of the Year Brian Manzella demonstrates how to position your body and strike the ball to play lob and flop shots and the main differences between the two shots.
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Golf tip: How to hit 100-yard shots
PGA Teacher of the Year Laird Small instructs on how to use a club to hit your ball three different lengths and heights by adjusting where you place your hands on the grip and the placement of the ball in your stance.
Tips and technology to help your short game
Kevin Weeks and Allen Gobeski show different ways of improving your short game from placing a golf glove between your forward elbow and body when practicing putting to help keep your face square through impact, to using technology to examine golf clubs and swing technique.
Bunker practice drills: Games to improve sand shots
Middle Atlantic PGA Section Teacher of the Year Joe Plecker and Brandel Chamblee give innovative excercises for you to practice to improve your bunker play.
Putting tips: How to keep your body aligned
Carolinas PGA Section Teacher of the Year Krista Dunton demostrates how the arms, shoulders, and spine should rotate and align correctly while putting.
Choosing the right golf ball
Brandel Chamblee and Rick Martino talk about a number of possibilities of golf balls for use, and PGA Teacher of the Year Laird Small demonstrates the difference between distance and spin balls and the performance characteristics of both.
Directing your golf ball flight: Fade or draw tips
Brandel Chamblee and PGA Director of Instruction Rick Martino demonstrate how to hit the ball straight or shape the ball by adjusting body position at address to achieve your desired ball flight. For left to right flight, have right shoulders closer to the ball with shoulders more open.
Golf warmups: Swing routine tips from PGA Professional
National PGA Teacher of the Year Gary Wiren offers a great warm-up routine by making half swings with two wedges, then gradually increasing to full swings, and stretching with your driver behind lower back and shoulders.
Golf free drop rule: Ground under repair
Kentucky PGA Section Teacher of the Year Brian Manzella explains the rule when your ball lands in a precarious spot near a bunker. Understanding the rules of golf can provide advantages in difficult situations on the course.
Golf swing plane tips
Southern California PGA Section Teacher of the Year Kip Puterbaugh talks about the fundamentals of the swing plane. He instructs to start your swing with early rotation of the body. Then, allow your head to move slightly with swing rotation and lead with your lower body through the down swing.
How to use a golf swing analyzer
Brandel Chamblee and PGA Professional Gene Powell use the swing analyzer at the PGA Learning Center to show how to analyze your swing. The MATT technology by TaylorMade uses cameras to pick up the motion of your swing to give you specific data about your swing.
Reviewing your most recent round can help your golf game
2003 PGA Teacher of the Year and Director of Instruction at Pebble Beach Golf Academy Laird Small discusses the importance of reviewing your scorecard after your round.
Good golf drills to improve score
Southern California PGA Section Teacher of the Year Kip Puterbaugh and Tri-State PGA Section Teacher of the Year Eric Johnson give recommendations for some practice games to help improve your performance using irons and fairway woods.
Hitting from the rough: How to determine your lie and shot
PGA Teacher of the Year Laird Small shows how to read the rough by demonstrating that the grass between club face and ball reduces spin and control of ball flight.
Long irons vs. hybrids on long fairway shots
Tri-State PGA Section Teacher of the Year Eric Johnson teaches to consider all course conditions to determine proper club selection and that rescue clubs can be more forgiving and tend to have a higher trajectory.
Golf positioning: How to set up over the ball
Southern California PGA Section Teacher of the Year Kip Puterbaugh instructs that for set-up you should create a position with your upper body tilted over at the hips with your weight on the balls of your feet with shoulders back.
Shaping your golf shot | Online golf lesson
Southern California PGA Section Teacher of the Year Kip Puterbaugh demonstrates that to shape your shot, you should position the ball slightly back of normal, swing shallower and from the inside out. He also recommends practicing with an elevated shaft to help facilitate a shallower swing path.