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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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Sometimes you want to just escape from the daily grind – not to travel too far to reach a different world. Somewhere you can forget about the pressures of work. Sometimes, you need to kick-start your spirit with an adventure – to get your heart racing or blow the cobwebs from your mind.

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

Extract from the book:

14.3 Putting from Off the Green

This is a problem for many golfers because they don’t have a rule to follow. My basic rule for whether or not to putt from the fringe is: Putt if there is no reason not to.

This is not a question about distance from the edge of the green or distance to the pin. It is a question of good lies and smooth rolls. For example if you are playing Augusta National in The Masters or Pinehurst No. 2 in the U.S. Open you can depend on your ball rolling smoothly through the approaches and fringes around the greens. Courses like these have the best maintenance crews who take loving care of the green sites so you can putt from many positions around the greens and be sure of good results.

On most courses the first three feet of fringe is usually safe for putting. After that it becomes questionable. If your lie is good and the fairway between your ball and the green is smooth the chiputt technique works well from off the green (putters usually have two or three degrees of loft so they perform almost like the old chipping irons from good lies in the fairway or fringe). When there’s a steep bank in the way l recommend putting if at all possible; chipping or pitching into banks where incoming impact and bounce angles should be considered is far more difficult.

However never putt from a bad lie. If your ball is in high grass or any position where blades of grass will get between your putterface and the ball at impact don’t use your putter (Figure 14.3.1). If your ball is sitting down in a depression bare spot or pocket of any kind don’t use your putter. If the grass is high anywhere be tween your ball and where you want it to roll – and you have the option of pitch ing (flying) it over the grass – don’t putt it. Assume that if your ball can get hung up rolling through such tall grass it probably will. (Consider that Pelz’s Corollary to Murphy’s Law.)

When there’s grass behind the ball the bellied wedge is a much smarter shot than a putt. The head of a wedge is heavy and bottom-weighted so if you swing! with your putting stroke and contact the center of the ball with the leading edge

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

Extract from the book:

It takes a talented athlete like Chi Chi to swing his putter to the left while holding the face open to the right and successfully make his ball go straight. But even he couldn’t do it all the time which is why I think he would have won quite a few more tournaments had he grooved and owned a simpler stroke. (Don’t think the cut stroke spins putts enough to make them slice across the green. The friction of the grass takes all spin off of putts the same as with hook-stroke putts.)

Another unusual – I wouldn’t go so far as to call it unique – putting style was put to good use for many years by Billy Casper. He locked his arms against his stomach and powered his putts purely by hinging his wrists (Figure 3.5.7). Once again Casper no longer uses this method and steers others away from it saying that it took far more time patience and practice to keep sharp than the pendulum stroke that is now popular among Tour pros.

However in his behalf I have to say that Billy won a lot of tournaments putting with his wrists so you know it can be done. I caution you though that you will have to devote yourself to hours and hours of practice for years and years and also play under enough pressure to learn how to handle the effects of adrenaline the way he did.

The Block Stroke Here’s a method that sounds almost ridiculous: Aim the putterface a foot to the left of your target on a straight putt then block the ball toward the hole. That’s what Lee Trevino has done throughout his career (Figure 3.5.8).

Methods of Putting 47 “block-strokes” better than Lee Trevino.

Every part of Lee’s game is built on aiming to the left then blocking his swing through impact so it’s little surprise he does this when putting too. In my opinion Trevino is another great player who achieved greatness in spite of his putting not because of it. And he agrees: Lee told me that if he had putted as well as Jack Nicklaus you might never have heard of the Golden Bear.

I believe him. He has always been a great ball-striker (the best I ever measured) and he putted reasonably well but never great. He is a very talented player who did well with a somewhat complex putting stroke. But he would have putted better and won more with a better (which to me means simpler) putting stroke.

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

Extract from the book:

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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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