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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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Hockley is a James Braid designed course set on 250 acres of historical chalk downland overlooking Winchester the ancient capital of Wessex.The chalk is exceptionally free draining which allows the course to be played in its entirety in all but the most adverse conditions. The course is 6506 yards in length with a standard scratch of 71 (white tees) and offers an enjoyable challenge for golfers of a modest ability and better.A large practice area including driving bays, chipping green, practice bunker and a putting green are available for members and visitors pleasure.

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

Extract from the book:

Golfers – and by this I mean all golfers of high low and zero handicaps – don’t see the true (correct) amount of break in their putts. Exactly what do I mean by break? The true break of any putt is the distance from the edge of the hole to the point (called the true break point) at which the putt’s extended starting line (Aimline) reaches the putt distance (as shown in Figure 7.2.1). In other words the break is the distance the putt had to be started off-line from the hole to allow it to curve into the hole.

When the amount of break is less than half the width of the hole (2¼ inches) we measure it from the center of the hole and refer to our break point as a point inside the cup such as left center left edge or inside right edge (Figure 7.2.2).

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When the break is greater than 2½ inches we measure it from the nearest edge of the hole outward and don’t bother to mention the other 2½ inches to the center of the hole. So the three breaks shown in Figure 7.2.3 would be referred to as three feet left to right one inch outside the left edge and six inches outside the right edge.

They All Under-Read the Break Knowing how break is defined is definitely not the same as being able to see and predict how much a putt will break (curve) on a real green for a real putt. Most

Almost all putts break one way or the other. Measurements show that about 98 percent of putts have at least some break or curvature in their roll to the hole. This occurs because greens are built with slight inclines to shed water. There are no dead-flat greens as they would create small depressions where water would pool after rain inhibiting grass growth and subsequent play. The only putts that don’t break are those that run straight uphill or straight downhill along the pure “downhill” or “fall line” direction of a green (as shown in Figure 7.2.4). Only about 2 percent of all putts line up purely along these lines. putts break and golfers know it. Yet in testing more than 1 500 golfers including 50 PGA Tour professionals I discovered an amazing truth about putting. Not one of these players was reading as much break as actually existed on any one of their putts. In fact most didn ‘t even come close to reading anywhere near the true break.

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

Extract from the book:

Methods of Putting 39 doing everything as much as he could the same except bringing both feet to the same side of the target line. Snead continued to putt this way until the end of his competitive career and his creation is I believe the next-easiest way to putt.

Just as with croquet-style Sam found that putting sidesaddle allowed him to bend over slightly and look down the line of his putt. But more important it still did away with the breakdown of his wrists. I’m sure golf’s grand pooh-bahs didn’t like what they saw but either they couldn’t figure out a way to outlaw the sidesaddle technique without getting sued or maybe they didn’t have the heart to drive Sam out of the game. Thank heavens they didn’t because it was wonderful watching him play the game even putting from the side for all those years.

Another Variation on a Theme

Someone else started with Snead’s sidesaddle style and made a modification of his own which produced the best putting I’ve seen to this day. Rather than using a standard-length (roughly 35-inch) putter a fellow came to me putting sidesaddle but with a longer-than-normal (about 42-inch) putter (Figure 3.3.3). He stood beside the putting line facing the hole and swung the putter along a perfect vertical pendulum with his top hand and the top of the putter tucked under his armpit. He leaned over to set his eyes directly over the putting line then balanced his weight by extending one foot away from the line.

I can’t remember the name of the man who figured this out but I give him credit: He found something that really does work. He started every putt by standing directly behind the ball and pointed from his ball to a spot out in front of it on his intended starting line. Then he addressed the ball and again pointed down the line to make sure he was aligned correctly. Finally he stroked the ball and held his finish pointing at the same spot again exactly down the putt starting line.

This technique produced the consistently best putting I’ve ever seen and it is legal. But I’m certain that if someone switches to this style and starts winning with it the USGA probably will ban it.

One of the tenets of the USGA the ruling body of golf is to protect and maintain the integrity of the game in part by preserving its challenge and difficulty. I support this noble purpose and think most golfers feel the same way. If we lost the challenge in the game it wouldn’t be nearly so much fun. Having said that we all want to make our own putting strokes simpler so we can hole more putts score better and enjoy the game to its fullest.

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Golf Swing Tips

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

Extract from the book:

Golf Tuition Hockley Golf Club

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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