Tip of the Week 21 » Wedge Trajectory

High or Low? Vary your finish to get it close There are many options to get the ball close. Oftentimes, you can explore landing it in front of the green and let it roll up, or go for a higher trajectory and land it closer to the pin. In this week’s tip of the week, we’ll do just that. For a lower trajectory, try a PW, 9-iron, or 7-iron. Tempo is key with these shots. If you get too quick, the ball will shoot off the face and travel past the pin. For a higher trajectory, try your Gap, Sand or Lob Wedge. Make a bigger swing to carry the ball to its landing spot. Expect less roll. A smooth tempo with a complete finish is critical with this shot. So get creative and have some fun from 100 yards and in by varying your trajectory!

Tip of the Week 24 » Slice & Hook Culprits

In this Tip of the Week, let’s address a top culprit of Slices & Hooks. Alignment.

If you are not properly aligned, then you will need to do some fancy maneuvers to get your ball back on target… and to be honest… this is oftentimes too much work.

Range-time: Lay shafts down at the range. One at your feet and one on your target line. Make sure these shafts are parallel to each other, then simply set yourself to match the shafts!

Tip of the Week 36 » The Takeaway

A solid set-up is the first step to solid shots from the fairway. As you address the ball, ensure that you are bending from your hip joints with an athletic knee flex and that your shoulders are in line with your toes.

The takeaway is initiated by your hands, arms and shoulders working together as one unit. I am maintaining contact with my front arm and upper chest as I take the club away, this allows my hands to stay close to my body and the clubhead to remain outside my hands. Half way back, my club is parallel to the target line and the connection still intact with my front arm and upper chest.

As I continue to turn, this connection remains intact.

Common tendencies include: • A disconnection from my front arm and upper chest. This typically causes our hands to travel too far from our bodies. • A shut face half way back where the clubface is pointing to the ground, typically sending balls left. • A flying elbow at the top of the backswing, which also screams disconnection during the takeaway. • Dragging the club too inside is also a no-no and typically results in a swing plane that is too flat, where my arm line sits below my shoulder line. It can also shut the clubface.

So work on a more connected takeaway for more solid shots from the fairway.

Tip of the Week 71 » Woods Oh Deer

In this Tip of the Week, we’ll discuss our woods. A love-hate club for many golfers.

I see many players top their woods in an effort to help the ball into the air. Woods are intended to be swept off the turf with little or no divot. Their wider sole and bigger head make it easier to get the club on the ball, than an iron. In fact, the 3-wood goes a mile and is perfect for getting through intimidating areas on the course. Let’s go over the key points to get you sweeping it a mile!