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Golf is assuredly a mystifying game. It would seem that if a person has hit a golf ball correctly a thousand times, he should be able to duplicate the performance at will. But such is certainly not the case. - Bobby Jones

To Hit Long Drives – Follow This Formula

Posted by Golfing-Magazine On September - 25 - 2013ADD COMMENTS

PGA Teaching Pro Mike Malaska, Director of Instruction for the Nicklaus Academies, gives the best “formula” for distance in this video. Basically, the more strength you have in your legs, hands and arms, and body, the more speed and distance you will get. There is also a relationship between the club and your arms that you need – all good players who strike the ball well have this. Watch this video and see if this tip helps you hit it longer.   read more

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Tips For Curing a Slice

Posted by Golfing-Magazine On March - 23 - 2013ADD COMMENTS

PGA Professional Greg Anderson of the Greg Anderson Golf Academy gives a great lesson to straighten out a slice. Greg mentions that 90% of amateur golfers hit a slice – which is the most common swing problem. In helping correct a slice, Greg looks at the swing path and the clubface position at impact in relation to the swing path. Usually, the swing that produces a slice comes from the outside in, creating an open club face. The problem with a slice is that the harder the player swings, the more negative (slice) spin is produced, creating a shorter shot dramatically left or right of center depending on a left-handed or right-handed swing. Watch the video for Greg’s excellent advice:   read more

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Playing From An Uphill Lie

Posted by Golfing-Magazine On September - 13 - 2012ADD COMMENTS

After executing a perfect tee shot, how frustrating is it to play your approach shot from an uphill lie in the middle of the fairway? This is a situation experienced on just about any hilly course, and for amateurs, requires shot making expertise to knock it tight. PGA Professional Paul McLoughlin guides you through the few main points to remember in this short instructional video: read more

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Downhill Chip Shot Tip

Posted by Golfing-Magazine On July - 2 - 2012ADD COMMENTS

One dilemma for golfers is missing the green with our approach shots, leaving ourselves with a short downhill chip from the rough. PGA golf professional Craig Stadler calls this situation “every amateur golfer’s nightmare”. Can you relate? I can – the tendency is to avoid loft and just attempt a short low chip, often resulting in a “fat” shot that ends up short, or drilling it too long. In this video, The “Walrus” demonstrates using a 56 or 60 degree sand wedge, position the ball just inside the toe of our front foot, then hit a lofted shot so the ball lands softly to reduce the roll. Check it out – this tip could save you a couple of strokes. read more

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Golf Practice Tip

Posted by Golfing-Magazine On March - 2 - 2012ADD COMMENTS

Most of us amateur golfers have extremely busy schedules, and it’s difficult to make time for practice. Even if you can’t make it to the range, you can work on some areas of your golf game at home in short sessions to hopefully maintain some consistency between rounds. PGA teaching professional Sandy LaBauve provides ways to practice at home when time is short. She reviews practicing several of the basics: grip, posture, swing, and turn. read more

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Beginner Golf Tip – Playing from an Uneven Lie

Posted by Golfing-Magazine On January - 15 - 2012ADD COMMENTS

PGA professional Craig Stadler gives a tip for a predicament we often face, the uneven lie. We are sometimes faced with this shot even with a fairway lie, after hitting a great drive. These adjustments are helpful for beginners to keep in mind: read more

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Playing From a Fairway Divot

Posted by Golfing-Magazine On October - 14 - 2011ADD COMMENTS

Have you ever hit a great tee shot and ended up in a sandy fairway divot? This is aggravating, but doesn’t have to ruin your next approach shot. PGA Professional Tim Cusick gives a good demonstration of playing this shot in this short video: read more

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Wet Bunker Golf Tips

Posted by Golfing-Magazine On April - 15 - 2011ADD COMMENTS

Playing in wet conditions often includes having to make a wet green side bunker shot. Changing your club selection can help. Coach Scott Cranfield demonstrates a valuable tip to help you with wet bunker shots: read more

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Tips for Playing Golf in the Rain

Posted by Golfing-Magazine On January - 22 - 2011ADD COMMENTS

We often get caught in the rain, and its helpful to understand that there are some small changes we can make to keep our round going without (hopefully) falling apart. In this video, coach Scott Cranfield gives tips on playing better in the rain. read more

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Watching The Open Championship at St. Andrews this past June (congratulations Louie!) inspired a post with a lesson on playing in the wind. My guess is that many of us won’t routinely play in 30+ mph winds like those that blow off the Scottish coast, but wind is very much a factor in most rounds. Here is a video from PGA Master Golf Professional Denis Pugh, demonstrating technique for playing in the wind: read more

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