July 2014

Broom Broom Broomstick – Long Game Golf Lesson

July 15th, 2014|

It is funny how working away from the course using every day items can help you to improve your golf swing. It is somehow counter-intuitive how not hitting any balls can actually help you make better contact.

Many people believe that beating balls is a great thing to groove their swing. There are other people who think and talk about how they want to improve their swing with dedicated practice. But in the end they are hitting one ball after the other on the range without any target or goal in mind just like so [...]

June 2014

Miss The Forest For The Trees – How To Shape Your Shots

June 24th, 2014|

Hopefully you have already worked on shaping your shots before. I think even beginners can learn a lot about swing mechanics, if they just try to curve some balls into different directions for some time. The classic situation for a hook or a slice you can read about in many golf books is being in front of a tree.

Although you are very rarely inthose situations and most players are better off by just chipping the ball into a better position, this is ideal to learn about shaping your shots. So if you have a [...]

Pitching to Targets – Improve Your Pitch Shots Fast

June 16th, 2014|

Time and again people seem to forget that golf is a target game, when they are practising. They get in a rut and work on the mechanics of their swing or specific positions they want to go through or hold. That is okay to some extent, but not, if that is all you are doing when you are practicing.

The following exercise is great to hone your skill to always think of targets when you are pitching. There are a lot of strokes to shave off your score with a great short game. If you [...]

May 2014

Assessment Center – Mental Game Golf Lesson

May 27th, 2014|

More often enough you can see some people on the practice tee that are getting more and more frustrated with their game as they are doing  their thing. Hopefully you are not one of those people. It is useful to know where this frustration is coming from, though. It is likely that most of those players do not actually know the root of their own frustration.

I think it stems from their expectations. They think they are able to perform great shots consistently because they where able to pull them off once or twice. But most likely these shots where [...]

14 Clubs – Extremely Fun Golf Format

May 21st, 2014|

This is another fun variety of a regular scramble. 14 Clubs is a fun little game that makes you think about how to attack the course and use your clubs in different ways. You play a regular scramble in teams of two. The kicker is that each team is only allowed to use 14 clubs total and that each club can be used only once on each hole (even the putter).

So you are basically playing out of one bag which you can actually do. You can also remove all but seven clubs from each bag. You are not allowed to [...]

Choke Down – Long Game Golf Lesson

May 19th, 2014|

For some shots you choke down on the club, e. g. different chip shots. This is not only necessary for the proper technique, but you gain more control, too. Because your hands are closer to the clubface, it gets easier to control it. Some players like Anthony Kim choke down on all their clubs when doing their full swing. He does so because he learned to play with clubs that where too big for him in his childhood.

But he did stick with it throughout his whole career although he could use custom made clubs that would not need him to choke [...]

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Pitching Trajectories – Learn To Control Your Pitch Shots Like a Pro

May 16th, 2014|

When you are able to control the trajectories of your pitches you have more control over the roll of the ball after it lands, too.

This makes your pitching more accurate. Most golfers practice one pitch shot with one trajectory, but neglect the things they are hopefully doing on the range. You should always have a target and try to produce a shot at will, not at random. If a shot behaves exactly like you imagined it and it is on target, you know that you have made a good shot.

If you just hit near your target that is great, but does [...]

Be Cheap to Learn Faster – Mental Game Golf Lesson

May 15th, 2014|

Sometimes the golf world seems to consist out of eighty percent snake oil salesmen. Golf marketing is also about the newest secret and the newest technological breakthrough. New clubs and balls are being released with product cycles that are getting shorter and shorter every year.

The big companies always promise easy and fast improvements for all players with their newest products. Yet the customers are usually disappointed with the results being not quite what was advertised. Of course it is true that the right equipment helps your game somewhat. Buying a new set of clubs every year probably will not, though. A good golfer [...]

Trifecta – Exciting New Golf Format

May 14th, 2014|

The term trifecta is part of horse racing terminology. It describes a bet in which the bettor must predict which horses will finish first, second and third in exact order. This original meaning has almost nothing to do with the golf game trifecta. In golf you do not want to bet who will win, but simply give points to the top three players on each hole as follows:

The game Trifecta is ideally played in a foursome as a matchplay without any ties. The player with the most points after 18 holes has won the match. This way the last player on [...]

Pyramid – Long Game Golf Lesson

May 13th, 2014|

The question almost every beginning golfer asks is “What do I need fourteen clubs for?”. Most seasoned golfers can probably give an elaborate answer to that question and talk about loft and how different clubs have different purposes.

On the other hand they are usually not using all their clubs themselves, not on the range and not on the course, although they have the full equipment. People tend to stick with their favourite clubs once they got comfortable with them.

The more clubs you are versatile with, the more shots you are able to play which results in more options on the course. The following [...]