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To improve your golf game, it’s vital that you take golf lessons. Golf is a sport that is almost impossible to learn without some sort of guidance. Luckily, there are golf experts around the country whose job it is to teach golf. By taking golf lessons, you can drastically improve your game in a relatively short amount of time. Taking golf lessons can be an expensive, time-consuming effort. And like any good or service that will cost money and require time, you should be careful before you buy.  Golf can be a really costly game to play and it is reasonable to assume that you have invested a fair amount of money in your equipment – golf clubs, golf bag, golf balls, golf clothing, golf cart etc; – therefore doesn’t it make common sense for you to learn how to use them to their advantage and improve your skills and capabilities?

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Ashford (Kent) Golf Club has a well established and mature course offering a challenge to all golfers of varying abilities. It comprises a mixture of tight tree lined fairways, water hazards not to mention a sprinkling of well placed bunkers to catch the unwary!

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Dave Pelz’s Putting Bible – golf’s least understood skill.

Extract from the book:

Larger variations in the 17-inch distance occur on different grasses. On seaside greens where the grain of Bermuda grass is very strong I have seen optimum putting speeds roll balls as much as 36 inches past the back edge of the hole. Compare this to U.S. Open greens which I’ve measured with optimum speeds that roll balls only five inches past the cup. But don’t worry about these variations.

Every test I’ve ever done with all levels of golfers (including Tour pros) proves that one of the most difficult tasks in golf is rolling putts the proper speed. The best you can do is train yourself to get very good at having one consistent touch for rolling putts at the hole. And that best speed is – you got it – 17 inches past.

We teach 17 inches in our schools and we find that it helps students learn the right touch for distance when they practice. Again this isn’t really a speed but a distance. However as more and more golfers have learned about 17 inches they’ve begun referring to it as a putting speed so “17 inches past” has become known as the optimum putting speed that produces the optimum ball track and makes the most putts. It’s a terribly important number to know.

There’s another advantage to rolling putts at the 17-inches-past speed. Simply put it’s that by learning to roll the ball a little long you ‘re much less likely to leave putts short. It’s an old joke but true: Putts that don’t make it to the hole have very little chance of going in.

I have test results that back up this finding. Look at the two putt-scatter patterns both for 20-foot putts in Figure 8.6.2. The one on the left is the typical first-day pattern made by amateurs at our schools: Before they learn anything about putting they leave roughly half of their 20-footers short. The pattern on the right is typical of the Tour professionals I work with putting the same 20-footers on the same green. Notice that the pros roll virtually all of their putts past the hole giving them twice the chance of making these putts over the amateurs simply because they’ve learned a better touch for the 17-inches-past speed.

8.7 The Mind’s Roll in Speed

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The Long Drive Bible: How You Can Hit the Ball Longer, Straighter, and More Consistently

Extract from the book:

Proper putter fitting is not fundamentally a part of putting stroke mechanics but there’s no doubt that it can help you make better strokes. If the length or lie of a putter is wrong for you you’ll be forced to make compensations in order to putt at all well (Figure 4.11.1). And every characteristic of your putter that is poorly fit to your body size shape setup posture or alignment is one more card stacked against the odds of your executing a pure accurate smooth and noncompensating stroke.

The truth is that most golfers change their strokes to fit their putters when they should be changing their putters to fit their strokes (Figure 4.11.2). They don’t do much in the way of putter fitting in some cases because all they’ve been told about choosing a putter is to use one that they like the looks of. In other instances golfers use whatever putter has been given to them.

You should never change from your proper eye position stance or posture to accommodate a poorly fit putter.

The Seven Building Blocks of Stroke Mechanics 109

My belief is that you need to be fit for a putter before you waste too much time trying to work around a bad one. You may or may not end up changing it later but at least you can make some good improvements until you decide. The details of fitting a putter to your body and stroke will be discussed in section 11.6.

4.12 The Mind’s Role in Putting Stroke Mechanics

There is one last ingredient I ‘ve yet to touch on in this long list of putting factors. And that is the mind. How important is the mind when putting? You can’t move the golf ball even 1/32 of an inch with just your mind. Your mind doesn’t hold the putter. However that doesn’t mean the mind has no power because the mind can stop your body from accomplishing something in a heartbeat. Your mind must believe you can make a putt at least that the possibility exists . . . or you won’t. You must realize that of course you “can” make the putt. It really is possible. Always remember what one of my favorite putters in the whole world (Dave Stockton) said to me: “I never met a putt I couldn’t make.”

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Golf Swing Tips

The “Simple Golf” Swing: “Golf for the Rest of Us”

Extract from the book:

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Wrap your right fingers lightly around the handle of the club Alternative to the interlock grip (The overlap grip)

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