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If you are struggling with consistency and/or club-face control, then “L Swings” are just what you need. “L Swings” are a great way to learn about club-face awareness and centeredness of contact. They will simplify the swing process and provide you with the framework to build a proper and repeatable golf swing.

For extra feedback, I recommend utilizing a powdered spray on the club-face (see below) while performing the “L Swings.” This will allow you to see exactly where you are contacting the ball on the club-face.

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Chris is a PGA Professional who has dedicated his life to teaching and educating golfers of all ages and abilities. He has had the privileged to work, train and learn from some of the top instructors in the country, and has developed a world-class learning environment for his students. He's committed to helping each student reach their goals. Chris currently teaches in Wellington, Florida. -- Jim McLean Master Instructor -- U.S. Kids Certified Instructor -- BodiTrack Level 1 Certified -- Plane Truth Level 1 Certified -- U.S. Kids Top 50 Teachers (HM) Lesson Inquiries: http://www.chrisardolinagolf.com/online-lessons/

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  1. Bob Leonard

    Jul 23, 2018 at 4:10 pm

  2. larry

    Jul 23, 2018 at 8:06 am

    malaska garbage

  3. shawn

    Jul 22, 2018 at 1:09 am

    Yes… “focus on the form” so that the form will be engrammed into your brain when swinging automatically. I figure you would have to repeat this exercise drill at least 1000 times (50 times daily for 20 days), before it enters the non-conscious automatic play level. Start today….

    • ogo

      Jul 22, 2018 at 1:24 pm

      Please clarify the 20 days of straight practice. I believe best results are achieved if you have ‘rest’ days to let the practice soak in. How about 20 practice days over 30 days?

    • heinz

      Jul 23, 2018 at 3:45 pm

      I get “fokused” with these type of stupid tips… bleech…

  4. Looper

    Jul 21, 2018 at 4:21 pm

    Plz go help that first guy on the range. He could use this drill!!! Great drill by the way.

    • freowho

      Jul 22, 2018 at 6:37 am

      That 1st bloke has to be a video bomber doesn’t he? Hilarious.

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WATCH: How to hit your driver more consistently

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In this video, I share two great drills that will help you improve your driving today.

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3 keys for getting out of bunkers with soft sand

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One of the most infuriating things in golf is to land in a bunker that has too much sand, or sand with the consistency of a truckload of talcum power. Now, I am not picking on the Superintendents; they do have to add new sand from time-to-time, so no hate mail please! It’s my fault for hitting it in the bunker in the first place, and bunkers are supposed to be hazards; I know that.

The one thing we will assume for this article is that even though we are in soft sand, we will have a good lie, not a plugged or semi-plugged one. We are in a bunker that just has a bunch of sand, or it’s soft and fluffy sand. Everyone asks me what the secret is to handling these types of conditions and I’m here to help you get better.

1) Get a wedge with the correct bounce

Let’s consider that you play the same golf course every weekend, or that you mostly play on courses that have the same type of playing conditions mostly. When you have this luxury, you should have wedges that fit the conditions you tend to play. So, if you have a low bounce wedge with a sharp flange and you’re playing from bunkers with lots of sand, then you are putting yourself at a disadvantage.

Why alter your swing if the wedge you have can help you? Use a high bounce wedge (9-12 degrees of bounce) for soft sand, and a low bounce wedge (6-8 degrees) for firm sand.

2) Control your Angle of Attack 

As with most things in golf, there are always things that you must pay attention to in order for you to have the odds in your favor. Simple things such as paying attention to the lie you have can help you save shots in the rough. In bunkers, you cannot test the surface, however, you can use your feet to feel the density of the sand. Pay attention to what you feel in the balls of your feet. If you feel a ton of sand below you, then you know you will have to alter your angle of attack if you want any chance to get out of the bunker successfully.

So what do I mean by this?

The setting of your wrists has a very dynamic effect on how much the wedge digs in or skids through the sand (assuming you have an open face). When there is a surplus of sand, you will find that a steeper attack caused by the maximum cocking of your wrists makes it much easier for the wedge to work too vertical and dig too deep. When you dig too deep, you will lose control of the ball as there is too much sand between the blade and the ball — it will not spin as much and won’t have the distance control you normally have.

The secret to playing from softer sand is a longer and wider bunker swing with much less wrist-set than you would use on your stock bunker shot. This action stops the club from digging too deep and makes it easier for you to keep moving through the ball and achieving the distance you need.

3) Keep your pivot moving

It’s nearly impossible to keep the rotation of your shoulders going when you take too much sand at impact, and the ball comes up short in that situation every time. When you take less sand, you will have a much easier time keeping your pivot moving. This is the final key to good soft-sand bunker play.

You have made your longer and more shallow backswing and are returning to the ball not quite as steeply as you normally do which is good… now the only thing left to do is keep your rear shoulder rotating through impact and beyond. This action helps you to make a fuller finish, and one that does not lose too much speed when the club impacts the sand. If you dig too deep, you cannot keep the rear shoulder moving and your shots will consistently come up short.

So if you are in a bunker with new sand, or an abundance of sand, remember to change your bounce, adjust your angle of attack, and keep your pivot moving to have a fighting chance.

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WATCH: How to stop “flipping” through impact

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Are you flipping through impact? In this video, I share a great drill that will help you put better pressure on the golf ball at impact. By delivering the sweet spot correctly, you’ll create a better flight and get more distance from your shots immediately.

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