Friday, December 3, 2010

Free Golf Tips

Grip Lessons

When you grip the golf club for the full swing keep in mind two things. First and foremost is the amount of pressure you apply with your fingers and hands the softer the grip the easier it is to release the golf club in the down swing. The very reason I mention grip pressure first is to allow the fingers and the palms to wrap around the club in a comfortable fashion. Lastly the second key to gripping the golf club is to make sure you repeat the same grip every time. Repetition is the name of the game.

It all starts with your grip.

Think about it, your hands are the only parts of your anatomy that actually touch the club. If your grip is off, the club-face will be off-square at impact. This results in the dreaded slice or hook. Find the right grip for you and master it.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Free Golf Tips - Putting

Today, my quick tip is on putting.

Ever miss a 3-footer? Me too.

The key to a 3-footer is the set up.

1. Make your club face square to the hole.
2. Make sure your head is over the ball.
3. Pull your putter straight back 6 inches.

4. Push your putter straight forward and let the club face keep ongoing with an 18 inch (at least) follow through.

You'll find that you won't hit a short choppy stroke and the ball will
travel straight nicely into the cup.

When you feel this work, a 3-footer will never make you worry again.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Brian Davis - An honest golfer

Davis calls penalty on himself, gives up shot at first PGA win

By Jay Busbee

Imagine standing on the edge of achieving your life's dream. You make a small mistake that will cost you your dream -- but if you don't say anything, you might just get away with it. Would you own up to the mistake, or would you keep quiet and hope for the best?

Brian Davis isn't the best-known name in golf -- or even the hundredth-best-known -- but after Sunday, he ought to move up the list a few notches. Davis was facing Jim Furyk in a playoff at the Verizon Heritage, and was trying to notch his first-ever PGA Tour win.

Davis's approach shot on the first hole of the playoff bounced off the green and nestled in among some weeds. (You can see the gunk he was hitting out of in that shot above.) When Davis tried to punch the ball up onto the green, his club may have grazed a stray weed on his backswing.

So what's the big deal? This: hitting any material around your ball during your backswing constitutes a violation of the rule against moving loose impediments, and is an immediate two-stroke penalty. And in a playoff, that means, in effect, game over.

Okay, you can think that's a silly penalty or whatever, but that's not the point of this story. The point is that Davis actually called the violation on himself.

"It was one of those things I thought I saw movement out of the corner of my eye," Davis said. "And I thought we’d check on TV, and indeed there was movement." Immediately after the shot, Davis called over a rules official, who conferred with television replays and confirmed the movement -- but movement which was only visible on slow-motion. Unbelievable.

As soon as the replays confirmed the violation, Davis conceded the victory to Furyk, who was somewhat stunned -- but, make no mistake, grateful for the win.

"To have the tournament come down that way is definitely not the way I wanted to win," Furyk said. "It’s obviously a tough loss for him and I respect and admire what he did."

Furyk took home $1.03 million for the win. Davis won't exactly have to beg for change to get a ride home; he won $615,000 for second place. And he may have won much more than that by taking the honorable route.

To be sure, this isn't quite in the same category as J.P. Hayes, the golfer who disqualified himself from qualifying school after learning -- in his hotel room, all alone -- that he had played a nonqualifying ball; or Adam Van Houten, who cost his team an Ohio state title when he admitted signing an incorrect scorecard. For starters, Davis's shot was on television, and while he could have "not noticed" the movement, the TV cameras still did, and someone might have called him on it later on.

But the bigger deal is this -- the guy gave away a chance at winning his first-ever PGA Tour event because he knew that in golf, honesty is more important than victory. It's a tough lesson to learn, but here's hoping he gets accolades -- and, perhaps, some sponsorship deals -- that more than make up for the victory he surrendered.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Phil Mickelson

Phil Mickelson wins the Masters !!!

Mickelson entered the day a stroke behind Lee Westwood for first place, but consistent play throughout, punctuated by the bizarre (a leaf, of all things, affecting one putt) and the jaw-dropping (one of the best Masters shots ever) put him atop the leaderboard to stay. He ended up winning by three strokes, efficiently canning a birdie to close out a spectacular round.

Congrats to Phil and Amy Mickelson. Here's hoping their greatest victories are still ahead.

Friday, April 9, 2010

The Masters - Augusta National

Augusta National teaches the word “humbling” to Sandy Lyle.

By Shane Bacon

After Thursday's first round, a few of the older guys were enjoying some red scores. You heard all about Tom Watson and Fred Couples, but did you know that 52-year-old Sandy Lyle was in contention as well, posting a 3-under 69?
That will be the last time you hear the words "Sandy Lyle" and "contention" at the Masters in 2010. Lyle spent most of his day chasing another record -- most contrasting rounds in Masters history.
Lyle's second round 86 didn't quite make it to the land of Mike Donald, who opened the 1990 Masters with an absolutely refulgent 8-under 64, only to follow that up with a 12-over 84 in the second round. Lucky for Mike, he made the cut, finishing with rounds of 77-76.

The 1988 Masters champion started his Friday double bogey - bogey - double bogey - bogey - double bogey, and didn't look back. After making the turn at 10-over 46, Lyle found himself on the par-3 12th, always a tough hole even when you're playing well. Lyle wasn't, and it took him six shots to get out of there. The only saving grace to his round was a birdie on the par-5 15th, pretty impressive considering the guy has thrown himself out of the weekend with his early play.

Lyle finished his round with a bogey on the 18th, proving once again that golf is in fact a four-letter word.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

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For Tiger Woods, this figures to be a Masters like no other. Woods said Tuesday he will end more than four months of seclusion and play at Augusta National in three weeks, shielded by the most secure environment in golf as he competes for the first time since a sex scandal shattered his image.
"The Masters is where I won my first major and I view this tournament with great respect," Woods said in a statement. "After a long and necessary time away from the game, I feel like I'm ready to start my season at Augusta."
The Masters begins April 8.
No other major championship attracts such a large television audience, and that's under normal circumstances.

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Friday, March 5, 2010

Free Golf Tip

Hitting Crisp, Clean Irons From Soggy Lies

Few things in golf beat playing when the conditions are perfect. But you can't always do that. Sometimes, you have to play when things are less than perfect. In fact, most times you play things will probably be less than perfect. Often, it's nature's fault, like when it rains heavily the night before. Heavy rains can leave fairways soft and soggy the next day, making it hard to hit crisp, clean iron shots and costing you strokes. But you can hit good irons from soggy lies by adjusting your stance and swing.
Here are seven keys to hitting irons from soggy lies:

1. Take a bunker set up
2. Choke down on the club an inch
3. Position the ball in the center
4. Stand taller over the ball
5. Hover the club above the ground
6. Line up the leading edge
7. Hit the back of the ball

You need to treat shots off wet turf as if you were hitting from a fairway bunker. That means you must make ball first contact. It also means you must compensate for you feet sinking into the soft ground, lowering your swing arc.

To do that, take a bunker stance, grip down an inch on the club, and position the ball in the center of your stance (or slightly forward for longer irons and hybrids). In addition, stand taller to the ball by bending less at the hips. Standing taller lets you hover your club above the ball and line up the leading edge with the ball's equator.

As you swing, aim for a spot an inch in front of the ball. You want to hit the back of the ball and drive your club down and into it at that spot. A good swing thought to keep in mind is to picture your clubhead and back knee reaching the ball at the same time.

Making ball first contact and offsetting a lower swing arc produces crisp, clean irons on soft, soggy turf. But remember, you can take relief without penalty from casual water (outside a hazard), but the water must be visible before or after taking your stance.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Free Golf Tips

Strategies to improve your game from green to tee.

1. Work on your putting first. One stroke is still one stroke whether it's 8 inches or 320 yards. Learn to read a green, practice your setup, develop your mind, find your dominant eye and get on the putting green before each round. This single area will shave strokes off your round.

2. Work on your short game. If you can get the distance to the green but are just off the green, you'll want to be up and down in two. If you can do
that like Tiger, your short game will save you in more than one situation. In sand, too long, too short, par 3s, and on the fringe. Get a solid chip shot
with a 3 wood, a loft wedge, sand shots and know your nine iron and you will shave more strokes.

3. Hit straight off the tee. Work on your grip, stance, set-up, pre-shot routine, take away, swing plane, hip turn and finish and remember 200 yards dead center in the fairway beats 250 yards in sand, water, trees, deep grass, and the next fairway any day of the week.

4. Learn course management skills. Plan each hole to work on your strengths. Don't just blast away. The best test of this is the choice to hit a 3 wood 210 yards, or two 105 yard 8 irons. If you are a strong short iron player and spray the driver course management means to make that exact decision and not let your golfing buddies talk you out of it.

5. Learn to enjoy the game in your head. Much of this game is played in your head and getting a grip on your emotions and fears and the yips is one big part of the game. I played a round this year in which I shot an awful score but completed the round with the same ball I started with, had 3 fabulous sand saves, 3 greens-in-regulation, drove nice and straight but three-putted 11 $%$^**&#)?/ GREENS! I had lots of chances to throw my putter in the river, but . . . did not. That to me is a great day. Have more days like that.

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