Golf Tips

Golf Tips September/October 2019

Golf Tips is the best instruction and equipment-centric magazine in the industry. Made with the golfer in mind, each issue is filled with in-depth gear reviews, step-by-step instruction on proven techniques and advice from the top golfers in the game.

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MORE GREAT INSTRUCTION Our Top 25 Instructors lead the way in serving up a steady and nutritious diet of game improvement tips. ALSO ON THE WEB: get your game in gear The parade of new golf equipment never ends, and we keep up with trends and breakthroughs in clubs, balls, training aids and more. beyond the fairway There’s more to golf than learning and playing, so stay tuned to our editor and guests columnists for their take on the state of the game. feed the wanderlust Our stockpile of features on the finest golf destinations continues to grow — and it’s sure to get you thinking about your next killer trip. CONNECT WITH US NEWSLETTER The latest instruction, equipment, video and travel delivered to you every week.golftipsmag.com/enewsletter-sign-up…

time is on your side

Back when I was a young man in my mid-40s (not that standing on the precipice of 60 now isn’t “young”), I played golf at a local club with a member named Kai, a retired airline pilot. He was somewhere in his 70s at the time, tall and lean and still in excellent shape, and from his first swing I could tell this guy could get it around. Here’s how his round went: A 175-yard-or-so tee shot, dead straight. A wood or iron lay-up, dead straight. A wedge within 15 feet, followed usually by one beautifully stroked putt, never more than two. It was inspiring to watch. I found his game seeping into mine. Always a free swinger who tends to go at it too hard especially with driver, I watched his…

editor’s picks

LAMKIN SONAR TOUR & SINK FIT GRIPS Lamkin has made believers out of Golf Tips testers over the past couple years, and its two latest offerings — the semi-tacky Sonar Tour for every club except the putter and the brand new Sink Fit putter line — only make the company’s grip on us even firmer. Not tight, mind you … firm, as in solid, but not too solid. Does that make sense? Whatever. Let’s just say the materials and design technology infused in these all-important connectors between body and club are truly at the cutting edge of what, admittedly, can be a ho-hum product category. The new Sonar Tour is a slightly firmer version of the existing Sonar line, designed, says the company, to “specifically to resist torsion in higher swing speeds.” So…

the keep your left arm straight myth

I believe there are Five Old Wives Tales in Golf. 1. Keep your head down2. Keep your left arm straight (front arm)3. Shift your weight/turn your shoulders4. Hit the ball5. Follow through Today we are going to discuss the second myth. Keep your left or front arm straight. I don’t believe you should try to bend your elbow, but I do not want you to try to lock it either. The mission of golf is to start the face square, sitting behind the ball (Photo 1), swing the club to the top of the backswing, and return the club back to the bottom of the arc as close as possible to where it started. If you do that, the ball will go straight. When you swing the club to the top of the backswing,…

uphill & downhill pitches

Playing mountain golf, a lot of times you can find yourself in tricky situations, with uphill or downhill lies. A lot of players tend to set up a little bit “off.” Let the golf course tell you how and where to stand. UPHILL Here I have an uphill lie so I’ll set the ball back in my stance a bit. The key is, I will get my shoulder plane going the same direction of the hill I’m standing on. Being a lefty, I want my right shoulder higher than my left; for a righty you want your left shoulder higher than your right. Make a nice shoulder turn toward your target without manipulating the club, and don’t sway off of the ball — let your club do the work and the results…

the umbrella drill

Agreen-side bunker shot is supposed to be one of the easiest shots in the game. After all, it’s the only shot in golf where we can hit up to three or four inches behind the ball and still get an acceptable result. Most golfers struggle with green-side bunkers because they have a difficult time controlling exactly where the club hits the ground. If you hit the sand too far behind the ball it stays in the bunker… hit too close to the ball and it goes sailing over the green. Learning how to control where the club strikes the ground is paramount to getting out of the bunker on the first try. That’s where the “Umbrella Drill” comes in. In Photo 1 you can see I’ve drawn several lines in the sand that…