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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 18 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 25 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 45 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 52 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 61 days ago
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    Clark: 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 73 days ago
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    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 77 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 111 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 124 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 129 days ago
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  • Good golf swings are greater than the sum of their parts

    I love to stop by a range and watch the brand new golfers. Even though most of their swings result in whiffs, tops and chunks, they usually manage to smash at least one shot long and straight....

    • Posted 138 days ago
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    How to actually stay down through the shot

    Most serious golfers have seen slow-motion video of Tiger Woods or some other tour pro who moves his or her body down in the moments before impact. Those players actually lower what is called their “center,” or upper...

    • Posted 151 days ago
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    There’s no need to fear lessons

    I did five lessons today. Five different lessons. The first person was in-to out, shut face, hitting hooks that barely got off the ground. The correction involved swinging more left through the ball and adding a slightly weaker...

    • Posted 164 days ago
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    Fixes for the “chili dip” and “chipping yips”

    Other than perhaps the shank, the most frustrating shot in golf is the chili dip; a chip shot that is supposed to go several yards but only moves 5 feet. The frustration comes from that fact that...

    • Posted 173 days ago
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    Swing path problems and how to fix them

    In my previous story, I discussed Tiger Woods’ ongoing struggle with his swing path, which at times is too inside-out. Click here to read the story. Because Tiger pushes the needle more than just about any other...

    • Posted 196 days ago
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    Stop shanking short shots!

    The shank is the most frustrating and embarrassing shots in golf. It can happen to any player of any level at anytime. But the most common shank is the one hit near the green on short chips and...

    • Posted 241 days ago
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    What makes a good golf course?

    What is the best golf course you’ve ever played? What is your favorite course? Your least favorite? After you take a minute to ponder those questions, consider this: Why? What is it about the course you chose...

    • Posted 269 days ago
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  • Club fitting spotlight
    Club fitting, from a golf teacher’s perspective

    Properly fitted equipment is a must for everyone, pros and amateurs. There is plenty of good information on club fitting (read Tom Wishon), but I’d like to discuss fitting from a teacher’s perspective and some of the...

    • Posted 289 days ago
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    Well… We’re waiting

    One of my favorite scenes from the best golf movie ever, Caddyshack: Judge Smails: “Ty, what did you shoot today?” Ty Webb: “Oh Judge, I don’t keep score.” Judge Smails: “Then how do you measure yourself with...

    • Posted 296 days ago
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    Breaking down Jim Furyk’s highly effective golf swing

    Most golfers would like to play half as well as Jim Furyk. He is without a doubt one of the best players of his generation, with more than $53 million in on-course earnings. In his 21-year career,...

    • Posted 320 days ago
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    Keep it simple (student)

    The job of a teaching professional is to know the game in all of its complexity and teach it in all of its simplicity. If I cannot put everything I’ve learned on the head of a pin and...

    • Posted 326 days ago
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    Keys to successful pitching

    The pitch shot — the short, high shot played near the green — is a fairly easy shot. But many struggle with it. The biggest reason for this is that most people do not trust the loft...

    • Posted 332 days ago
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    Forget method teaching: Swing your swing

    Over the course of the 50 years, 30 of which I’ve spent teaching golf, I have seen many methods come and go. From “Square to Square” to “Stack and Tilt,” from Alex Morrison’s left-handed game to Tommy...

    • Posted 353 days ago
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  • Dennis Clark Chipping
    Simple steps to better chips

    The words “chip” and “pitch” are often used interchangeably to describe shots hit around the green, but they’re actually two different types of shots with distinct purposes. If you can understand the difference between a chip and...

    • Posted 362 days ago
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    Marco Island Marriott: Resort Review

    One golf course is good, but two golf courses are better. That was the judgment of the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, which already owned one 18-hole course, The Rookery at Marco, in nearby Naples, Fla. But...

    • Posted 380 days ago
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    You can learn to hit a draw

    For many golfers, the most coveted shot in golf is the draw, that beautiful shot that starts down the right side of the fairway and curves back to the center. And I’ve got good news, even for you...

    • Posted 380 days ago
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  • The truth about spin
    The truth about spin: How to spin it like the pros

    One of the things I’m asked most often by my students is “How to get my shots to back up like the pros?” When this question was posed to Sam Snead, he asked the man how far...

    • Posted 390 days ago
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    Fixes for thin shots and topping

    Many golfers fight “thin” shots, “skulled” shots and “topped” shots at some point — even the best golfers in the world. All of these shots occur when the face of the club doesn’t “get down” to the bottom...

    • Posted 397 days ago
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  • The Set up
    Improve your swing with the right setup

    We have all heard about the fundamentals of golf: Grip, alignment, ball position and stance width. These are the keys to a good setup, which put a player in the correct position from which to start the...

    • Posted 403 days ago
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    Instruction: What is the ball doing?

    John Jacobs, the great British instructor and one of the greatest teachers of all time, was one of the first to ask the question: “What is the ball doing”? It seems a simple enough question to me....

    • Posted 417 days ago
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