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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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Since its re-design several years ago, this new par 73 course has matured into an excellent 18 hole venue.Natural water hazards can catch you out with streams and a pond coming into play no fewer than 15 times in your round ? maybe more for some! And the many new plantations around the course are becoming established, creating more problems for an erratic shot.This easy walking, open parkland course is a picturesque spot high above the River Tees and presents stunning views of the surrounding Durham countryside.Head Greenkeeper John Hinton and his staff work constantly to make sure this fine course is kept in superb condition, and they are ably directed by Sid Lowes and Malcolm McCallum.Visitors return to play the course year after year ? tribute to the excellent condition and overall beauty of the course.

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

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The other way is the “perfect fit.” For this the fitter assumes that the golfer will learn to putt from a perfect setup position so he needs a putter of a particular length lie grip size and so on to fit his body shape size and setup. And what happens if this golfer then changes to a strange posture? What if he bends way over at the waist holds the putter far from his body and crouches low to the ground? Then the perfect-fit putter wouldn’t fit him anymore and he would find it awkward to use.

So what is the right way to fit putters to golfers? For the “perfect” stroke or the “as-is” stroke? It helps to know the golfer’s intentions. If he’s not going to come to a school take putting lessons or ever change his stroke then he should be fit the

244 Establish Your Practice Framework best way possible for the stroke he has. But personally I prefer the perfect-fit method. Because if there is any possibility that he will work to improve his putting skills especially his setup posture then it’s wise to fit him with a putter that will help him (or at least allow him) to make the best stroke he can. And sometimes having a perfect-fit putter might encourage him to work on improvement.

Putter-fitting is easy painless and can help make it easier for you to learn proper noncompensating strokes from your most natural and comfortable body positions. If you have your putting equipment fit properly first before you develop and groove your stroke mechanics you won’t have to relearn them later on to remove compensating moves caused by misfit equipment.

First Things First

Before you buy bend or cut any putter look at the shape of the putterhead to be sure you can accurately see where it is aimed. I also recommend stroking a few putts with any new putter so you know if you like its feel of solid impact. If you can’t aim a putter and you can’t feel when it makes solid contact it will require a lot more learning before you fall in love with it. And I say “learning” because you can learn to love a putter even if you hated its looks when you first picked it up. I can testify to this as I have experienced success with some awful-looking putters that “putted themselves pretty.”

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

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The Seven Building Blocks of Stroke Mechanics 73 it’s easier for them to see their friends (from whom they take advice) can see it and they don’t know what else to practice. I guess it’s not too hard to understand why their putting doesn’t improve.

The Screen Door

For many years Harvey Penick one the game’s greatest teachers taught that the putter should swing open on the backswing and swing closed on the follow-through like a screen door as it moved around a player ‘s body (Figure 4.6.3). He believed that the natural stroke path should move to the inside on the backswing (around a motionless body) and back to the inside on the follow-through. He taught many golfers to become great players including my good friends Tom Kite and Ben Crenshaw and his screen-door concept has been the generally accepted way to putt throughout most of the 50 years I’ve been playing this game.

It was how I wanted to putt back when I thought I had a chance to have a playing career. However despite my tremendous admiration for Mr. Penick and his teaching accomplishments (which are legendary) and my own efforts to copy his opening and closing “screen-door” method my more recent research has proven that while this stroke can be effective the screen door is neither the best nor the simplest way to swing a putter.

Three Pendulums

In my first book on putting Putt Like the Pros which was published about 10 years ago I pointed out that a pure-in-line stroke path along the Aimline was the easiest most natural and best putter path to use (Figure 4.6.4). However it turns out that many golfers including some golf professionals never read or understood the concepts that determined this to be a natural motion and continue to believe and teach that the putter should swing around the body in the screen-door semicircular motion as shown in Figure 4.6.5. To understand why the in-line stroke motion is the simplest way to putt you must first understand the mechanics of the way pendulums swing. Three pendu

The Seven Building Blocks of Stroke Mechanics 75 lums are illustrated in Figure 4.6.6. Each is swinging from a fixed point with pendulum A swinging vertically below its suspension point describing a back-andforth in-line path along a straight line. Pendulum B is swinging at a 20-degree angle to the vertical supported by a small force shown by arrow B and describing a curved path around the spot directly below its suspension point. Pendulum C is swinging at the opposite 20-degree angle supported by arrow C in a curved motion in the opposite direction around the spot below its suspension point.

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Golf Swing Tips

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

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The picture at left shows the correct setup position from above. You can see the correct shoulder turn by looking at this picture in conjunction with the picture directly below. Notice that there is no horizontal movement. There should also be no vertical movement. Everything rotates around the spine. Focus on rotating the right side of your body around your spine. The left side will move into place automatically.

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