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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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Standing in over 30 acres of peaceful, secluded grounds on the edge of the Cotswolds, the privately-owned Cricklade Hotel & Country Club offers a traditional, warm and friendly welcome for those in search of tranquillity, comfort, good food and wine, with extensive recreational facilities.

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

Extract from the book:

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

Face Your Special Problems 349 the face the ball will roll like a putt at about the speed you expect. This shot works because the wedge doesn’t have to go through the grass before hitting the hall while a putter (Figure 14.3.2) must travel down through grass trapping blades of grass between ball and face where grass cushioning can seriously affect the roll.

If your ball is sitting down in tall grass even if it’s close to the edge of the green the putter is the last club you want to use. Among the clubs that will work better are a 5-wood (small head rounded bottom good loft) a 3- or 5-iron even a wedge played well back in your stance. All these shots are shown in my Short Game Bible and all will work better from deep grass than putting.

Finally an important point to remember. For most golfers how you swing is more important than what you swing on shots like these. When Phil Mickelson and Payne Stewart played their off-the-green shots in the 1999 U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2 with ” back-in-their-stance” wedges – while most of the field played these same shots with 3-woods and putters – the differences were in the players not the clubs. You could have given Payne and Phil woods and putters and they still would have

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

Extract from the book:

Just about every shot in golf except putting requires rotation of the forearms through the impact zone. But apply that same rotation to your putting stroke and you’ll produce double trouble. First your putterface will rotate from open to closed so the likelihood that it is square at the moment of impact becomes very small. Second forearm rotation supplies unwanted and unnecessary power and usually a lot of it.

But there’s yet another problem with forearm rotation: it feels natural. Even Tour professionals don’t realize they’re doing it and when I tell them to stop they usually say “What do you mean I’m not rotating my arms! ” But of course they are. And like the pros most golfers don’ t mean to do it and if you ask them don’t think they are. But they are and you probably are too. Which is too bad because forearm rotation makes putting more difficult more inconsistent and less effective.

You’ll have to wait until Chapter 13 to learn how to stop rotating your forearms. For now however make a mental note that you will stop making this destructive motion. It will be one of your challenges in improving your putting and a crucial one.

Body Power

In the previous chapter I talked about body putting something rarely seen among the pros because it’s a bad thing to do. Your body is large and the big muscles of the chest back and legs are strong particularly when compared to the small amounts of power needed to roll a ball on the fast surface of a putting green. Still many golfers put too much of their body into the stroke rotating the lower body sliding the lower body toward the hole or moving the upper body away from the hole (Figure 4.5.2). All these motions are unintentional (at least I hope so) but they still produce unwanted power and directional instability.

For example I estimate that for every inch the body moves toward the target during the putting stroke the ball moves an additional foot on the green. And rotating the lower body not only adds power it also causes the putterface to rotate from open to closed.

Putting is a game in which delicate feel and touch create exactly the right speed and break of your putts. When you’re trying to be precise body power causes nothing but trouble.

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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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