Dennis Clark

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Dennis Clark is a PGA Master Professional, a distinction held by less than 1 percent of all PGA Professionals. He is recognized as one of the top instructors in the country, and holds no less than seven PGA awards including "Teacher of the Year" and "Golf Professional of the Year."

Dennis holds two degrees in education and has worked with golfers of all levels for over 30 years. A native of Philadelphia, Dennis currently directs the Dennis Clark Golf Academy at the Marco Island Marriott in Naples, Fla.

GolfWRX Writer of the Month: April 2014, May 2014

 




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    Why golfers shouldn’t be frustrated by their release

    What’s the “release” in a golf swing? For purposes of this article, I’ll define it as the point in the swing when the lead arm and the golf club begin to become a straight line. Whenever the release occurs...

    • Posted 10 days ago
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  • GolfSwingMirror

    Learn to become your own swing teacher

    A great golf teacher is one who imparts enough knowledge in his or her students that those students can self-correct based on knowing and feeling their OWN swing. That’s why the most important role of a teacher is...

    • Posted 20 days ago
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  • Clark Ryder Cup Format Change

    Should residency requirements play a role in the Ryder Cup?

    Another Ryder Cup loss has most of American golf shaking their heads and asking a collective “why?” There is a tendency to overlook the bigger picture here, but the bottom line is still rather clear. The balance...

    • Posted 25 days ago
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  • RyderJimFuryk

    Mr. Consistency: A video analysis of Jim Furyk’s swing

    The 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles will be Jim Furyk’s ninth Ryder Cup appearance, which is proof of his consistency throughout his career. Although he has a swing often pegged as “quirky” and “unconventional,” it’s also a...

    • Posted 30 days ago
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  • RickieFowlerSwingChanges

    Video analysis: Rickie’s revamped swing

    Although he finished the season without a victory, Rickie Fowler proved to be one of the most consistent performers on the PGA Tour in 2014. He finished ninth in the FedEx Cup standings, second in the Team...

    • Posted 38 days ago
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    We may never see golfers digging it out of the dirt again

    The role of the professional golf coach is relatively new in the game of golf. Most tour pros nowadays have any number of coaches on their “team,” in charge of everything from their backswing to their thoughts...

    • Posted 57 days ago
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  • Clark: Tiger’s “late release” is holding him back

    After removing himself from Ryder Cup consideration last week, Tiger Woods announced earlier this week that he would take “a month or two” break from the golf course to rest his ailing back. That means we probably...

    • Posted 63 days ago
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  • Tiger2001

    Is trying to get better always a good thing?

    “I don’t want to be the golfer I was in 2001, I want to be better,” Tiger Woods once said. Golfers sometimes fight too hard to make improvements, and find themselves doing more harm than good. Rory...

    • Posted 72 days ago
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  • IMG_3162

    Posture: The key to good swing dynamics

    If I had to choose, I would say that the grip is the most important fundamental in golf. I say that because the grip controls the club face, which controls the direction of the shot. And the...

    • Posted 80 days ago
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  • Tim Clark swing

    Winning Swings: Tim Clark, don’t sweat the small stuff

    Tim Clark is a world-class player who has built his swing around a physical condition that doesn’t allow him to rotate his palms upward. In the video above, I take a look at his mechanics and swing plane,...

    • Posted 88 days ago
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  • Clark: Give Nike Golf credit where credit is due

    Remember all the criticism hurled at Rory McIlroy when he decided to switch to Nike Golf equipment? It’s quieter now, isn’t it? The meteoric rise of Nike Golf has been nothing short of amazing considering that not very...

    • Posted 93 days ago
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  • McIlroy Winning Swings 2014 Open

    Winning Swings: See how Rory McIlroy drives it so far

    Rory McIlroy stands only 5-feet 9-inches tall and weighs a mere 160 pounds, yet he’s able to drive that ball longer than all but a handful of the golfers on the PGA Tour. What’s his secret? In...

    • Posted 95 days ago
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  • Montgomerie and Harman Swing

    Winning Swings: Comparing Colin Montgomerie and Brian Harman

    How can two very different swings both produce championship results? That’s the topic of this week’s “Winning Swings” segment, which compares the swings of John Deere Classic winner Brian Harman and Colin Montgomerie, a 31-time European Tour...

    • Posted 100 days ago
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  • DenniClarkFEAT

    Know what’s right for you: The dangers of unsolicited swing advice

    Golfers, in their never-ending quest to improve, will listen to almost anything if it means knocking strokes off their score. They should be aware that this practice can be really dangerous for their game, because not all...

    • Posted 108 days ago
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    Pinehurst No. 2 has returned to “gem” status

    (AP Photo/Gerry Broome) I will be in Pinehurst all week for the U.S. Open championship, and I am looking forward to seeing a great event on a great course. I’m thrilled to be headed to the home...

    • Posted 137 days ago
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  • Tom Watson

    Find the bottom of your swing arc for better golf

    One of the fun things about watching great ball strikers is observing their divot patterns.  The bottom of their swing (and their divot) is in the same place time after time. Fat and thin shots are rare...

    • Posted 155 days ago
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  • The Talent Code

    Golf talent: What is it?

    There’s a German proverb that says, “You will become clever through your mistakes.” Most people don’t think of this saying when it comes to the most talented people in their fields, however. In the golf world, athletes such...

    • Posted 164 days ago
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  • tigerweb6s-2-web

    What it really takes to square the clubface at impact

    No matter how good your car looks, it only drives as good as the engine in it. Golf is very much the same. No matter how good a swing looks, it’s only as good as the parts...

    • Posted 176 days ago
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    The simple reason golfers don’t get better

    “Better than a thousand days of deep study is one day with a great teacher.” It is quite possible that we have more knowledge of the golf swing than we have ever had before. Like any other...

    • Posted 185 days ago
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    The Truth About Aim and Alignment

    Ever think about this? If the clubface is aimed left of the target, we call it closed. If the body is aligned left of the target, we call it open. If the clubface is aimed right of...

    • Posted 204 days ago
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  • Getting off the back foot

    Do these swing tips “Get on your left side,” “Get through the ball,” and “Finish” sound familiar? They should, because they are some of the most familiar admonitions in the game and for good reason. There is...

    • Posted 212 days ago
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    Adjust your setup and swing for better bunker shots

    The easiest shot in golf should be a greenside bunker shot. I say that because golfers can be much less exacting from the sand than other lies. A bunker shot can be hit anywhere from 0.5 inches...

    • Posted 232 days ago
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  • 10 simple drills to correct complex faults

    10 simple drills to correct complex faults

    There is certainly no shortage of golf training aids on the market, and some are quite good. I have used a few over the years, but mostly I stick to drills that can be done anywhere with...

    • Posted 239 days ago
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  • Dennis Clark ball position

    Ball position: The forgotten fundamental

    Golfers seem to accept grip, aim, alignment and posture as important fundamentals, but ball position is forgotten at times. That’s unfortunate, because the more consistent a golfer’s ball position is, the more consistent his or her shots...

    • Posted 248 days ago
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  • Make your grip match your swing

    Make your grip match your swing

    There is nothing more important in golf than a golfer’s grip. It’s as simple as that. A golfer’s hands ARE the club face. By that I mean that they are the only contact golfers have with the golf...

    • Posted 260 days ago
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  • How far to stand from the golf ball

    How far to stand from the golf ball

    “How far should I stand from the golf ball?” It’s a simple question that I’m often asked during lessons. When I tell my students that they should stand where they can find the middle of the club...

    • Posted 264 days ago
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    The Enlightenment of Golf Instruction

    There is an ancient adage that says, “May you live in interesting times.” In golf instruction, these are the most interesting times, “The Enlightenment” as I like to call it. The reference is of course to that...

    • Posted 298 days ago
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    Get the most out of your lessons

    I know of a great professional who, mid-way in his career, decided to change his swing.  He wanted to be more consistent under pressure and win more major championships. His routine consisted of hitting 300-to-500 balls working...

    • Posted 311 days ago
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  • Fat shots, and how to fix them

    Every golfer has hit that one pure shot, that magical moment when all goes right and the club and ball meet in perfect harmony to produce the perfectly struck shot. It’s a moment that’s almost completely unique...

    • Posted 316 days ago
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