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In this video, Ryan Benzel, PGA Pro at Sahalee Country Club delivers a tour-driven putting drill that can help any golfer get rock solid from 10 feet and in.

Who is Ryan Benzel, Head of Instruction and Player Development Sahalee Country Club? 

Ryan is an accomplished player and is very competitive in PGA of America tournaments. He most recently won the 2018 Washington Open and is a three-time Pacific Northwest PGA Section Player of the Year (2005, 2008, 2009) championships. He has qualified for the PGA Professional National Championship eight times, and of those eight PNC’s, Ryan has finished in the top 5 three times and the top 20 four times. He qualified for the PGA Championship each of those years (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010), and competed against the best players in the world. In 2007, he was one of two PGA Professionals to make the 36-hole cut. Ryan’s career highlight to date was qualifying to be a member of the United States PGA Cup Team in 2007 and 2009. (The PGA Cup is the Ryder Cup for PGA Club Professionals.) The matches were played in Reynolds Plantation, Georgia and Loch Lomond, Scotland respectively. In 2007, Ryan earned the crucial ½ point in Sunday singles matches needed for the US to win the PGA Cup 13 ½ to 12 ½.

Ryan brings his competitive experiences into his instruction. His teaching philosophy is a belief of two things. First, he believes that a consistent setup is key to a productive swing which allows proper impact to be achieved. And second, he believes that positive instruction that results in improved impact position will promote positive change in ball flight. He does not set out to change a players’ golf swing. His goal is to improve their ball flight and consistency, which can be wide ranging depending on the player. He works to coach each player to learn how to deliver the club through the impact zone in an improved fashion which will yield positive results. Ryan can teach and coach players of all abilities to improve and enjoy the game more.

Ryan uses state of the art technology to enhance the learning environment of his students. He uses V1 Pro HD Golf Coaching Video Program to benefit from slow motion video analysis, FlightScope launch monitor for launch and ball flight conditions as well as club fitting, and BodiTrak Sports Pressure Mat.

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The Wedge Guy: Top 7 short game mistakes

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I’ve written hundreds of articles as “The Wedge Guy” and answered thousands of emails in my 30 years of focused wedge design. So, I thought I’d compile a list of what I believe are the most common mistakes golfers make around the greens that prevent them from optimizing their scoring.

So here goes, not in any particular order.

Tempo

Probably the most common error I see is a tempo that is too quick and “jabby”. That likely comes from the misunderstood and overdone advice “accelerate through the ball.” I like to compare playing a golf hole to painting a room, and your short shots are your “trim brushes”. They determine how the finished work turns out, and a slower stroke delivers more precision as you get closer to the green and hole.

Set Up/Posture

To hit good chips and pitches, you need to “get down”. Get closer to your work for better precision. Too many golfers I see stand up too tall and grip the club to the end. And having your weight favored to the lead foot almost guarantees a proper strike.

Grip Pressure

A very light grip on the club is essential to good touch and a proper release through the impact zone. Trust me, you cannot hold a golf club too lightly – your body won’t let you. Concentrate on your forearms; if you can feel any tenseness in the muscles in your forearms, you are holding on too tightly.

Hand position

Watch the tour players hit short shots on TV. Their arms are hanging naturally from their shoulders so that their hands are very close to their upper thighs at address and through impact. Copy that and your short game will improve dramatically.

Lack of Body Core Rotation

When you are hitting short shots, the hands and arms have to begin and stay in front of the torso throughout the swing. If you don’t rotate your chest and shoulders back and through, you won’t develop good consistency in distance or contact.

Club selection

I see two major errors here. Some golfers always grab the sand or lob wedge when they miss a green. If you have lots of green to work with and don’t need that loft, a PW or 9-iron will give you much better results. The other error is seen in those golfers who are “afraid” of their wedge and are trying to hit tough recoveries with 8- and 9-irons. That doesn’t work either. Go to your practice green and see what happens with different clubs when given the same swing . . . then take that knowledge to the course.

Clubhead/grip relationship

This error falls into two categories. The first is those golfers who forward press so much that they dramatically change the loft of the club. At address and impact the grip should be slightly ahead of the clubhead. I like to focus on the hands, rather than the club, and just think of my left hand leading my right through impact. Which brings me to the other error – allowing the clubhead to pass the hands through impact. If you let the clubhead do that, good shots just cannot happen. And that is caused by you trying to “hit” the ball with the clubface, rather than swinging the entire club through impact.

So, there are my top 7. There are obviously others, but if you spend just a bit of time working on these, your short game will get better in a hurry.

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The secret to long irons is the full range of motion while keeping the strain level below 3/10. this engages the kinetic chain of the human body and delivers UNAVOIDABLE power! We show you how the simplest of tasks will yield the full measure of the body’s self-preserving system to deliver ridiculously easy long iron shots! And as far as set up is concerned, many of you are missing a key ingredient compared to the short irons that we divulge in this video

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Alistair Davies shares with you how to start the swing correctly. How to get the club on plane. How to stop whipping the club inside, and all other takeaway faults.

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