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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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Lamberhurst Golf Club offers its visitors and Members the experience of a challenging golf course, comfortable clubhouse facilities and a warm welcome. Inaugurated in 1890, LGC boasts an 18-hole course (in part designed by Frank Pennink) of 6,423 yards – Par 72; SSS 71 – running through parkland of outstanding beauty on both sides of the River Teise.

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

Extract from the book:

This mis-hit phenomenon goes in the opposite direction for left-to-right putts for lefties as shown in Figure 14.6.2:

1. For a mis-hit on the toe (uphill side of the putter) the two effects of the mis-hit go in opposite directions and tend to cancel each other out. The putt stars

Face Your Special Problems 355 uphill too high but then breaks too much because it is rolling more slowly than planned and will still find the hole (as shown on the left).

Make sure you understand what I’m saying here. Most golfers address these tough little putts normally then hit some solid some off the heel and some off the toe always missing the ones they hit on the downhill side of the sweetspot. My advice is to cheat by an eighth of an inch toward the uphill side of the sweetspot at address then make your normal stroke trying to hit it there. If you do you’re fine; if you mis-hit slightly in either direction you’re still fine because a small miss farther toward the uphill side of the putterface will still go in (you missed the sweetspot by perhaps a quarter-inch which you can get away with on short pulls). If your stroke missed in the downhill direction you cheated away from it so you’ll actually hit the sweetspot and the putt will go into the center of the hole. Accomplish cheating by first addressing your putt normally then move slightly closer to your ball when you want to cheat toward the heel slightly farther away when you want to cheat toward the toe. And when I say move “slightly ” I mean only an

356 Face Your Special Problems eighth of an inch. (This is important. Don’t overdo this as the energy transferred to your putt will start to drop off drastically if you move too far causing impact too far away from the sweetspot.) Figure 14.6.3 shows how much I recommend to cheat in your address position of putterface to ball.

Please note: I wrote this section for lefties to make sure you right-handers were paying attention. If you are right-handed or putt right-handed reverse the heel and toe references in Figures 14.6.1 and 14.6.2 above (if this bothers you it may help you appreciate more what left-handed golfers face their entire lives constantly being told to “reverse for left-handers”).

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

Extract from the book:

Now look at the bottom of Figure 2.6.5 to see how far these same putts roll given the same amount of starting energy on a straight downhill putt. There ‘s a big difference from the level and uphill putts. Of course each downhill putt rolls farther but more important the spread of distances between balls has increased meaning the roll distance is more sensitive to energy input. Now the distance between the longest and shortest balls is 18 feet. So your downhill stroke has to be about three times more precise than your uphill stroke to stop a putt at the right distance. When putting downhill make a stroke of the wrong speed and you’ll have trouble making your next putt.

I’m not saying that understanding putting like this will make you a great putter. But I am saying that understanding nature’s rules and where the dangers lie in putting can help you be a better putter. And not understanding what putting is all about will make it even more difficult for you to learn to putt well.

So if you don’t know that downhill putts break more than uphill putts on the same slope (covered in Chapter 7) then you won’t be making many downhill-breaking putts. Or if you believe that Bobby Locke and Ben Crenshaw struck their putts with overspin to make them dive into the hole then it’s unlikely that you’ll work on those aspects of your putting that actually can help you putt better (see section 4.9).

It might seem about now that I’m being very negative about putting that I’m pointing out how hard it is how much you don’t know and how much you have to learn to be a good putter. I’m not trying to he negative but I am trying to point out how much you have to learn. Learning is what good putting is all about: It’s not hard to putt well; it is hard to learn how to putt well. And the difference is crucial. I place much of the blame for the difficulty in learning squarely on the putting green. The green provides a very poor environment in which to learn.

Standing on the putting green golfers have no idea why they miss putts or why they make them. After missing a putt (even on the practice green) most golfers assume their stroke mechanics were to blame. However they may have stroked a perfect putt but it hit a hard-to-see footprint which caused the putt to miss the hole. Or they might make a putt and assume they stroked it perfectly when they actually hit a terrible putt but misread it just the right amount to compensate and – only luck can explain it – roll it into the hole.

I learned a long time ago that if you learn from your mistakes things usually get better. But if you continue to repeat the same mistakes over and over again things get pretty bad. Then I read a book on learning theory and learned that immediate accurate reliable feedback is the key to efficient learning (Figure 2.7.1). This in fact has become the basis of all my teaching (I wrote about it at great length in my Short Game Bible). The basic notion is that if you don’t know right from wrong in practice there is no way you can improve. If you don’t know a good stroke from a bad stroke in practice you are just as likely to groove the bad one as the better one. If you make a perfect putting stroke from a bad setup position and then blame your miss on stroke path you’ll never learn to set up perfectly. Or if you blame your heart your courage or your self-worth when you miss putts then you’ll never fix your aim your path or the impact problems that truly are at fault.

A student in one of our Scoring Game Schools told me a story. In a laboratory devoted to the methodology of learning scientists were studying how pigeons learn to feed themselves from pellet dispensers. In one cage of pigeons they placed a number of dispensers all of which released one pellet every time a pigeon bumped or stepped on the release lever. Every time the lever was hit a pellet fell out. It took just two days for every pigeon in that cage to learn how to feed itself: hit the lever get a pellet.

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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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Start your backswing. Focus on keeping your back straight, and your chest out. To help you swing directly around your spine, try focusing on rotating your right shoulder back and around your spine. If you focus on the right shoulder, your left shoulder will be in the correct position automatically. Simple. Keep your left elbow locked.

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