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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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Houghwood was constructed during 1994/5 – opened May 1996.Covers 132 acres and has panoramic views over the Lancashire Plain and the Welsh Hills. Large greens constructed to USGA specification – open 12 months of the year.Extensive drainage infrastructure and computerised irrigation system enable play in extreme weather conditions. 35,000 new trees have been planted to expand the existing woodland and give character definition between holes. A permanent track has been built to allow use of buggies and trolleys the whole year round. A unique feature in this area. Open to visitors (regular golfers only), societies, corporate bookings welcome. Fully licensed spike bar open every day, serving meals and snacks, excellent selection of Thwaites beers. Patio area where you can sip a Pimms and watch golfers try to make par up the 18th! Usual golf club dress code applies. Resident Golf professional available for lessons and equipment advice.

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

Extract from the book:

Drill 2: Getting-Longer Drill To start place four balls three feet from a hole one at each of the 3:00 6:00 9:00 and 12:00 o ‘clock positions and putt them in. Every time you make all four putts move a foot farther away and putt them all again. Each time you putt this drill try to improve on your previous record for how far away from the hole you can get without missing. Always begin at three feel and move progressively outward and always use your rhythm routine and ritual on each putt. As always notice how far past the hole your misses roll. By doing so the Getting-Longer Drill will quickly teach you that dying putts to the hole is as had as jamming them too hard and causing lip-outs. Again the goal is to groove a feel for the optimum speed for holing putts.

Drill 3: Pure-Push Drill A pure-push putting stroke is not legal (it doesn’t conform to USGA rules because it has no backswing) but it is a good way to practice. My friend Peter Jacobsen showed this to me and it helped take his short-putting to the next level. The Pure-Push Drill is designed to help you learn the feel of keeping your putterface square to the Aimline on your follow-through. The drill is the same as the Closed-Eyes Drill above except you don’t make a backswing in your stroke; just push the ball toward the hole (Figure 13.3.9) directly from the address position of your putter. Make 12 push-putts in a row with your eyes open then push in three in a row with your eyes closed. After doing this drill a few times you will begin to notice the similarity in feel between your finishes in the Pure-Push Drill and your other short-putt drills with your putterface staying square to your Aimline.

322 Develop Your Artistic Senses (Feel Touch Green-Reading)

Drill 4: Back-of-Hole Drill Many golfers baby their short putts afraid to roll them firmly to the hole because they worry about not making the putt coming back if they miss. But a short putt is particularly susceptible to the green imperfections you can’t see – footprints the lumpy donut etc. – because in addition to having to roll fairly slowly (it’s close to the hole) through the lumpy donut it’s probably also sitting in a footprint that wants to knock it off-line even before it gets started. If you find it hard to roll your short putt firmly you need to work on this simple drill for 15 minutes once a week until you see improvement.

The drill is performed by putting three-footers from the four different quadrants around a hole as firmly as possible without the balls popping out of the hole. Make a game of it trying to bounce the ball off the back edge of the hole up into the air without producing lip-outs or flying over the cup (Figure 13.3.10) and don’t worry about your misses. Of course I don’t recommend stroking the ball this hard on the course but if you consistently roll your short putts weakly to the cup you need to experience the other side of the mountain during practice so you can settle in the middle on the course.

Drill 5: 17-Inches-Past Drill Rolling putts 17 inches past the hole makes sense to most golfers until they face a short putt. Then they are surprised when I tell them that the 17-inches-past speed is good for putts of all lengths even the very short

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

Extract from the book:

The direction that the putter is moving at the moment of impact has very little influence on the starting direction of a putt: Assuming you make contact on the putter’s sweetspot the degree of influence is only about 17 percent (Figure 4.6.1). That means if the putterface is square to the intended starting line and the putter moves across that line at a 10-degree angle as it makes contact the ball will start only 1.7 degrees off-line (17 percent times 10 degrees equals 1.7 degrees).

So you can make a large error in your stroke path and see only a small error in the starting line of your putt. Another way to think of it is this: On a dead-straight five-foot putt your path could travel along a line aimed 13 inches left of the hole center and the ball would still hit the left edge (Figure 4.6.2) assuming you hit the sweetspot and everything else about your stroke was perfect.

As you will see in section 4.8 putterface angle has more effect on the line a pull starts on than does the putter path. But golfers practice putter path because

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.

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Golf Swing Tips

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

Extract from the book:

Golf Tuition Houghwood Golf Club

Notice that the left elbow is still locked at this point. The elbow is just crossing the imaginary line that you have created between your eyes and your belly button. Remember, try to stop your elbow at this point. This is the point where your wrists will start to flip through the ball.Also notice the angle between the left arm and the club shaft is almost the same as it was at setup.

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