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Why you’re not good enough not to get fit
Since the beginning of custom golf club fitting, players have always wrestled with the question “should I get custom fit?” or “am I good enough to get custom fit?” While these seem like valid questions, I tell...
- Posted 9 days ago
Three different ways to set up to the golf ball
Over the course of time there have been several different setup positions that people have used to play successful golf. The most frequently taught setup position, which I call the Right Tilt, has golfers leaning away from...
- Posted 30 days ago
Charting the putting stroke differences in different handicap golfers
One of the most troubling parts of putting for many golfers has been the relationship between line and speed. Most golfers know that the proper line is determined by the speed at which a putt is hit,...
- Posted 37 days ago
Keys to finding the right angle of attack in a bunker
Thwack — that’s the sound of the ball coming out of the bunker at ankle high and moving at Mach One over the green — what a great feeling! If I had a dollar for every shot...
- Posted 65 days ago
Use caution when “Lofting Up”
By now, most golfers have forgotten the sound and feel of a wooden driver against a balata ball, not to mention how small the original metalwood drivers were compared to today’s multi-material, adjustable behemoths. It’s funny, but...
- Posted 72 days ago
Hitting hooks and slices? Here’s how to control your ball’s curvature
As with most golfers, controlling the curvature of the golf ball in flight tends to be the most common issue plaguing players’ consistency on a daily basis. While there are a ton of fundamental reasons why your...
- Posted 93 days ago
To use video, Trackman or both?
Video analysis has indeed changed the way we practice, play and view our golf swings. With the advent of Doppler radar launch monitors like Trackman and FlightScope, teachers now understand that “position golf” isn’t the way to...
- Posted 100 days ago
Curing excessive “lag” at impact
Technology is a wonderful thing. It is making both teachers and students better, as it allow us to understand more and more about the golf swing with the inventions of systems like 3-D Motion Analysis, Force Plates and...
- Posted 115 days ago
Using Trackman has made me LESS technical as a teacher
Early in my teaching career, I was told that in order to a successful instructor I had to have great communication skills and possess a talent to describe a highly complex motion in an understandable way to...
- Posted 142 days ago
What Flightscope and Trackman can tell you (and me)
I have worked with all the technologies that have come along in my 20 years as a golf instructor in an effort to make my job much easier. In the beginning I only used my eyes. Then digital...
- Posted 157 days ago
Instruction: Only change the things that need to be changed
As a golf instructor for more than 20 years, I have gone through my own professional maturation when it comes to my instructional style and the way I have chosen to help my students. Golf instruction is...
- Posted 170 days ago
The ‘arc’ vs. ‘square-to-square’ putting method: Either or neither?
There’s hundreds of different golfers try to putt, but putting really just boils down to two schools of thought. There are those who try to move the putter head “straight back and straight through” along the target...
- Posted 177 days ago
The importance of the elbows in putting
As we all know, putting requires a solid stroke that is derived from very coordinated motions of the shoulders, arms and hands, not to mention the complex set of psychomotor motions that must be mastered between the...
- Posted 184 days ago
Master these 3 set-up keys for fewer 3 putts
It seems that everyone wonders why they do not make more putts. But if you consider the multitude of variables that affect putting, it is a wonder that golfers make any at all. Identifying the most important...
- Posted 191 days ago
Looks or numbers: What makes a better golf swing?
I have seen many things come and go during my 20 years on the lesson tee. But the two things that have stuck around and will continue to be a necessity for golf instructors are digital video...
- Posted 198 days ago
The Mental Game: Training vs. Trusting
Do you stand over EVERY shot running down a mental checklist of the 24 basic swing components and their variations? I promise you that tour players don’t, which is why they are able to look and swing...
- Posted 212 days ago
Do old school teachings have a place in golf’s new school environment?
Every week, I watch golf telecasts that show the best players in the world playing tough golf courses and hitting shots that challenge their skills. It’s a joy to see what they can do with a golf ball....
- Posted 227 days ago
Understand your wedge data to find the “magic yardage”
Being a good wedge player can really help golfers lower their scores in an instant. Wedge shots from inside 100 yards from the fairway are a safe zone, the place where golfers lay up on a par...
- Posted 233 days ago
Stopping the slice: Fix the path or the face?
I was reading a debate between two teachers, both of whom use golf radar (Trackman and FlightScope), and they were discussing the “best” way to fix the average golfer’s slice. One was adamant about fixing club path...
- Posted 240 days ago
Don’t be a golfer who doesn’t improve
I had an interesting thought while watching a PGA Tour tournament the other day: A manufacturer’s advertisement stated that over the last 20 years or so, the average handicap has not gone down, yet we have better...
- Posted 247 days ago
The Golfing Machine: Homer Kelley’s quotes explained
As I’ve maturate through this game for life, I, like most golfers, have worked hard to improve my golf game. Just like many of you, I’ve taken lessons and or listened to someone who I believed could...
- Posted 254 days ago
The Top 10 Short Game Mistakes
Over the years of instructing, I have noticed many things that people tend to do incorrectly within their short games that continues to cost these players shot after shot, day after day! It pains me to see...
- Posted 261 days ago
What pictures can quickly tell you
As I played a few holes the other night at Promontory with a buddy, we laughed and discussed life and he shot pictures of our round together. I have included several of his photos of my swing...
- Posted 268 days ago
Understanding swing direction vs. swing path
With the advent of launch monitors that track the club and ball interactions in 3-D, we are able to see things that we “thought” we saw while using video. Knowing that video only shows us a 2-D...
- Posted 275 days ago
Putting Alignment Keys: The Two Forgotten Fundamentals
The easiest way for golfers to improve their putting is to align their body square to their target line. But many golfers have a very hard time with their putting alignment. I have used the SAM PuttLab,...
- Posted 281 days ago
Practice pitch shots to improve your full swing
As everyone knows, hitting the ball solid not only feels better, but it causes the ball to travel farther than off-center hits. Manufacturers are always trying to help people generate more distance when players miss the sweet-spot,...
- Posted 287 days ago
Altering tee height influences trajectory
Just like everyone else, golfers can make things very complicated when the answers to some questions are actually quite simple. While I am not discounting the introspective nature of golfers or even calling it a bad thing,...
- Posted 289 days ago
Understanding Curvature Control: The Simplified Version
As with most golfers, controlling the curvature of the golf ball in flight tends to be the most common issue plaguing players’ consistency on a daily basis. While there are a ton of fundamental reasons why golfers...
- Posted 299 days ago
Hit it farther with the right attack angle
If you have ever had a lesson or a club fitting using a launch monitor, you have heard the term “angle of attack.” Simply put, angle of attack is a measurement of how much a golfer is...
- Posted 303 days ago
The Swing in Pictures: The Finish Position (Part 2)
Over the past several weeks, Tom Stickney has been presenting a series called, “The Swing In Pictures” on GolfWRX. This will be the last in this series. Each Monday a different swing position has been coupled with...
- Posted 345 days ago