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Golf Tips May/June 2018

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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In this issue

4 min.
the shape of golf

As I look out my window at several inches of blessed early March snow in Reno, Nevada — I miss the golf I’ve been playing most of this mild winter, but we desperately need the moisture — I’m basking in the warmth of two wins on the major tours: Phil Mickelson’s playoff victory over Justin Thomas at the WGC-Mexico Championship after a four-and-a-half year drought dating to the 2013 Open Championship, and Michelle Wie’s surprising come-from-behind win at the HSBC Women’s World Championship in Singapore, her first since the U.S. Women’s Open at Pinehurst in 2014. Both veterans made a slew of putts to get it done, once again pointing to the fact that the short game is where it’s at for success in golf, no matter if you’re a major…

2 min.
fly high, land safely

On the 488-yard 6th hole at Journey at Pechanga, players are faced with a dramatic 300-foot elevation drop from the tee box to the green, and about 210 feet to the fairway. After catching your breath from the view and ride up to the tee, here’s how to handle these situations. ONE YARD TO ONE YARD There’s a general guideline that for every three feet (one yard) of elevation change up or down, there’s a one-yard change to a hole’s distance. So in this particular situation where there’s very little wind and normal 80-degree California weather, this 488-yard beast will actually play more like 388 yards. This changes entirely the strategy on how I can safely play this challenging and taunting hole (Photo 1). PICK YOUR TARGET CAREFULLY The most generous landing area is…

2 min.
kill the duck hook

While a lot of golf instruction focuses on ridding a student of a slice — it is, after all, the most widespread problem among amateurs — not enough attention is given to the other shot that bedevils a lot of golfers, especially from the tee: The Duck Hook. It’s a nasty shot that often goes deeper into the junk or trees or water than a slice, simply because it has more topspin and is usually on a lower trajectory. The old adage, “you can talk to a slice but a hook won’t listen,” is definitely true. The duck hook is caused by a combination of issues, starting with the grip, so let’s tackle them one by one. GRIP TOO STRONG This “Gorilla Grip” can cause excessive shutting of the clubface (Photo 1). Try to…

1 min.
in a water hazard

Margin A ball is in a water hazard as soon as it touches its margin. The stakes themselves are within the water hazard, i.e. the margin runs along the outside of them. Identifying the ball If you cannot tell whether the ball found is yours, you are allowed to mark it and pick it up for identification. However, before doing so, you must inform a fellow-player of this and give him the opportunity to observe the procedure; otherwise, you will incur 1 penalty stroke. If necessary, you may clean the ball but only to the extent needed for identification. The ball is then to be put back on exactly the same spot. Ball in the water hazard—options If your ball is in a water hazard, you basically have two options. 1. Without penalty, play the ball…

3 min.
don’t fear the bunker

Don’t get spooked — embrace Darth Vader! So many amateurs come to me completely spooked by the Darth Vader of golf, bunker play. It’s funny: from day one I embraced bunker play; perhaps it was the creative aspect the shot required. There are several ways to skin this cat. Allow me to simply share a few thoughts that have help me tremendously. The first bit of information I received that helped me build my bunker play from average to outstanding was provided by my old friend and former swing coach during my playing days, John Elliott — a fine teacher from Ocala, Florida. John calls the leading edge of the club the “digger” and the bounce of the club the “skidder.” He explained that if you could learn to use the bounce/skidder against…

5 min.
start them young

In past issues we have covered how to work and grow with your child’s ability, strategies to help them achieve goals, and making sure we keep it fun. This time, let’s discuss how we can put it all together, keep it realistic, and recognize when you as a parent have overstepped your boundaries. First things first: I get this question a lot from parents. “When should they play, and when should they practice?” To answer that question, we need to think about what they consider playing or practicing. A lot of times I see students practicing on the golf course and playing on the range, or vice versa. I think it comes down to the concentration, ability, and level of the student. A six-year-old would rather play more, keep it fun,…