Pick Your Head Up!

Posted by Brad Skupaka

Dec 17, 2014 1:19:51 PM

Why keeping your head down too long is NOT good for your swing

Take an afternoon and observe the golfers at your local driving range. No more than five-minutes will pass before one of them hits a poor shot and is then told by his friend to keep his head down. The idea of keeping one’s head down may at first seem like a logical concept, but most golfers take this idea to the extreme and end up staying bent over for too long. This causes the golfer to have a difficult time making consistent contact.

3D motion capture demonstrates that the best players in the world are actually less bent over at impact than they were at address, and that they are certainly not keeping their heads down after impact.
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Topics: Featured Stories, Golf Instruction

Be A Sharpshooter With Your Pre-shot Routine

Posted by Lucas Roland

Dec 11, 2014 12:51:00 PM

What Do You Do Before Every Golf Shot?

When you're preparing for a golf shot, do you have a routine? Do you go through a mental checklist? If so, how precise is it? I ask my students this very sequence of questions in my golf lessons. Often times, a student will say they have a routine, but when asked to verbalize it or write it down they simply can't. The way I recommend you look at preparing for a golf shot is the same way an Olympic sharpshooter or biathlete prepares to shoot at a target.
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Topics: Featured Stories, Golf Instruction

Skate Your Way To Better Footwork

Posted by Chad Miller

Dec 5, 2014 4:45:00 PM

Illustrating Proper Footwork In The Golf Swing With Skates

Most amateur golfers have difficulty transferring their weight in the golf swing. This is partly from a misconception of weight transfer and partly from poor footwork. Proper footwork is the key to properly transferring your weight in the golf swing. The great Jack Nicklaus was told by his first and only swing coach Jack Grout to roll his left ankle on the backswing and his right ankle on the through swing. This swing characteristic stuck with Nicklaus throughout his entire career and allowed him to properly transfer his weight back and through the golf swing.

Let’s look at a good way to illustrate this proper footwork in the golf swing – with a pair of skates. Ice skates or hockey skates are similar in that they have an “edge” making it easy to roll your ankle from side to side without losing stability in your feet. If you did lose stability you would fall over. As a result, it is easy to feel where your weight is pressured in your feet and the proper weight transfer.
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Topics: Golf Instruction

How To Play Golf In The Wind

Posted by Nathan Morris

Dec 2, 2014 2:33:57 PM

Adjusting For The Wind On All Shots

If you play enough golf, you will without a doubt have to deal with the wind. Playing in the wind is a fact of life in Colorado where I coach. If you are able to navigate the course on a blustery day, you can add extra rounds to your golf season and add shots to your game that you can use any time, even if its not windy. Today we are going to explore tips and tricks to help navigate those windy days on the links, as well as shed some light on some common misconceptions that many people believe about playing in the wind that might actually be the opposite of what you are supposed to do.

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Topics: Golf Instruction

Feel Versus Real

Posted by Patrick Nuber

Nov 25, 2014 3:19:00 PM

Many golfers struggle with a disconnect between what they feel in the golf swing versus what they really do in the golf swing. Lets evaluate this link and look at Feel versus Real!

Your technique creates your feel. In other words, get the proper technique, then learn what it feels like for the desired shot, not the other way around. If more golfers first mastered their technique to understand how the swing should feel, there would be many more great golfers all hitting the shots they want to, when they want to. The only problem is golfers are not doing what they think they are doing in their swings. What they feel is much different than what is real, which is why golfers still slice, have poor contact, and are not repeatable in the way they want to be.
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Topics: Golf Instruction

The Lag-It Putting Game

Posted by Nick Miller

Nov 18, 2014 12:02:17 PM

Try this drill to improve your lag putting and lower your score!

Without a doubt, one of the most critical skills needed to reduce the number of three-putts you have is developing control of your speed and feel on the green. By developing a consistent feel on the green, you will give yourself a chance to make more putts and for those that don't drop, a more makeable comeback putt.

The Lag-It Putting Drill is great to use for developing better speed control on the green, to quantifiably track and chart improvement through the scoring system, and for adding pressure to your putts as you continue improving and beating your best score. This putting drill is great to play as a game for some added friendly competition and just might provide that extra motivation to spend more time on the putting green. 
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Topics: Golf Equipment

TaylorMade R15 & AeroBurner Drivers

Posted by Justin Kruger

Nov 14, 2014 4:14:00 PM

Just after the launch of their latest RSi Irons, TaylorMade has taken a page out of it’s own playbook from years past with the launch of two new drivers simultaneously. There are similarities to past launches such as the R9 and Burner SuperFast launch. At that time, the two drivers were positioned for the technician and the bomber categories of players.

The technician is all about adjustability and fine-tuning ball flight characteristics, while the bomber just wants to hit it as high, far and straight as possible.

The launch of the R15 and the AeroBurner harken back to a similar launch strategy. Both drivers have a low, forward CG, which the company has relied on in the past few launches, to lower spin and increase energy transfer. Both also have a channel or speed pocket, in the sole to allow the face to flex more, increasing ball speed.
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Topics: Golf Equipment

Golf Gift Guide For The Holidays!

Posted by Nick Miller

Nov 13, 2014 3:27:00 PM

Holiday gifts for all the golfers on your list!

Do you need a little inspiration to get your holiday shopping started for the golf fanatics in your life? To help you come up with plenty of gift ideas for golfers, we've compiled a list guaranteed to make the golf nut in your life jump with joy when they open their presents. And if YOU are the golf nut in your family, who says you can't send this link around so everyone knows what will be a big hit with you this year?

We proudly present GolfTEC's 2014 Holiday Gift Guide!

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Topics: Featured Stories

The TaylorMade Performance Experience on the Champions Tour

Posted by Jon Levy

Nov 5, 2014 10:56:00 AM

GolfTEC Events at the Charles Schwab Cup Championship

Continuing a fantastic season on Tour, GolfTEC Events was on site at the Charles Schwab Cup Championship with the TaylorMade Performance Experience Presented by Charles Schwab.

It was a great week in Scottsdale - hard not to enjoy the experience in perfect weather, around some of the game's biggest legends - and we had a great turnout of fans over the weekend in our hitting bay who experienced their swing on video with our Certified Personal Coaches.

We were also very fortunate over the course of the week to have inside-the-ropes access, which begins the trend for many Tour events to come for GolfTEC Events and helps us gain insight into many of the game's best players.

So, what did we learn this week at the Charles Schwab Cup Championship?
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Topics: Featured Stories

Spotlight: Best Young Teacher in America 2014-2015: Maggie Noel

Posted by Patrick Hester

Nov 4, 2014 2:55:48 PM

Congratulations to Maggie Noel of GolfTEC Westheimer on being named one of the Best Young Golf Teachers in America! In the November 2014 issue of GolfDigest Magazine, Maggie debuted on the list of 40 under 40 who are the best of the best at teaching golf. We thought it would be good for everyone out there to get to know Maggie better, so we sat down and asked her a few questions.
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Topics: GolfTEC News

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