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So you’re standing over your ball, 60 yards away, with water in front of the green, and all you’re doing is hoping and praying you don’t chunk it. This video will show you what you need to focus on so that you end up with what you want: a ball inside 10 feet with a chance to make par or birdie!

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Shawn Clement is the new Director of Development at the Royal Quebec Golf Academy in Quebec City, Canada and a class A PGA teaching professional. Shawn was a 2011 and 2015 Ontario PGA Teacher of the Year nominee while Directing at the Richmond Hill Golf Learning Centre. He was also voted in the top 10 (tied with Martin Hall at No. 9) as most sought after teacher on the internet in 2016 with 83 000 subscribers on YouTube and 36 millions natural views. Shawn has been writing for numerous publications since 2001 including Golf Tips Magazine and Score Golf Magazine. He also appeared of the Golf Channel’s Academy Live in July 2001 with Jerry Foltz and Mike Ritz. Shawn Clement has the distinction of being one of the only professionals fit by Ping’s Tour fitting centre where he was fitted with left and right handed clubs including 2 drivers with 115 plus miles per hour and 300 plus yard drives from both sides.

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  1. craig

    Jun 3, 2018 at 1:28 am

    If someone tries hitting a ball behind the lumber as you recommend and it hits them in the eye blinding them you will be sued… believe it

  2. ogo

    May 31, 2018 at 10:41 pm

    Is this ‘instruction’ or is this total farcical maroonical rubbish?

    • ben

      Jun 4, 2018 at 12:39 am

      Tip 1 = Jim McLean’s ‘connections’.
      Tip 2 = Homer Kelly’s TGM.

  3. SK

    May 31, 2018 at 3:07 pm

    … beautiful analogy.. dandelion stem in my mind.. momentum.. cut through the stem.. lawnmower.. nice and wide.. “isn’t that easy” ?!!

  4. SK

    May 31, 2018 at 3:00 pm

    To stop chunking chip shots.. 2×4 lumber.. pretend squeezing ball into wood.. easy task.. doorframe.. allow weight of club to squeeze ball.. ask the brain.. use the ground.. deliver a blow.. gather squeeze.. arms connected to shoulder sockets.. ribcage/clavicle… hmmm

    • SK

      May 31, 2018 at 3:04 pm

      … lumberjack.. tree.. stay behind the tree.. heave ax.. use body.. heave ax through side of tree.. behind the door frame.. divot behind the tree.. everything stays put.. hmmm

      • SK

        May 31, 2018 at 3:08 pm

        … beautiful analogy.. dandelion stem in my mind.. momentum.. cut through the stem.. lawnmower.. nice and wide.. “isn’t that easy” ?!!

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Swing speed vs. quality impact

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In today’s age of hitting the ball as hard and as far as you can on tour, I am amazed at the number of amateur golfers who totally disregard the idea of quality impact. In fact, you can hit the ball further with better impact than you can with poor impact and more speed (to a point.) Sure, if you can kick the clubhead speed up 10 MPH-plus versus your normal speed, then this is not a requirement, but in reality most players only swing a few MPH faster when they actually try. Yes, this is true, I see it day after day. You might think you can swing 10 MPH faster but rarely do I see more than 2-3 MPH tops.

I had a student that came in the other day and was obsessed with swinging harder but when he did his impacts were terrible! When I put him on Trackman and showed him the data he was astounded that he could swing slower yet produce more distance.

Here was a typical swing he made when swinging faster 105.8 mph where the impact was low on the face and the ball carried 222.3 yards.


Here was a typical swing he made when swinging slower 102.9 mph where the impact was much better on the face and the ball carried 242.7 yards.

Now, obviously we know that this works to a certain degree of swing speed but it does show you that focusing on quality impact is a key as well. I’m always telling my players that I want them to swing as hard and as fast as they can AND maintain quality impact location — if you can do both then you can have it all!

The best way to understand impact quality without dismantling your swing is to use foot spray to coat the face of the club then hit a few balls to see where impact normally occurs and see if you can adjust.


If you can, great, if not, then go see your teaching professional and figure out why so you can find quality impact once and for all!

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How to warm up for golf PROPERLY

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Leo Rooney, Director of Performance at Urban Golf Performance, shows you how to get ready to hit balls and/or hit the golf course.

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Director of Performance at Urban Golf Performance
B.Sc Exercise Physiology
TPI, NSCA

Leo Rooney played 16 years of competitive golf, in both college and professionally. He got a degree in exercise physiology and has worked with anyone from top tour players to beginners. Leo is now the Director of Performance at Urban Golf Performance and is responsible for the overall operations but still works closely with some elite tour players and the UCLA Men’s Golf Team.

He also has experience in long driving with a personal best 445-yard drive in the 2010 European Long driving Championship.

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Tip of the week: Let the left heel lift for a bigger turn to the top

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In this week’s tip, Tom Stickney gives a suggestion that would make Brandel Chamblee proud: lift the left heel on the backswing for a bigger turn.

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