Understand Putting Speed to Make More Putts

Posted by Steve Lippincott

Feb 24, 2015 1:17:33 PM

Speed in putting is often the most critical element to making more putts, and once you have the correct speed you must match it properly with the correct line. We typically rank speed over line because one controls the other, as we’ll see in the pictures below. This article is designed to give you a better understanding the necessary speed to make more putts from a critical range – 3 to 10 feet.

Let’s examine a flat 5 foot putt, and assume the ball is rolling over a 2% grade from right to left. The ball will always roll down the slope, but the longer the ball is on the slope the more effect the slope will have on the ball. In picture 1 the ball is rolling with the proper speed (roughly 12 inches past the hole), and will roll into the center of the hole. In picture 2 we increase the speed, rolling the ball 3 feet past the hole. Since the ball spends less time on the slope it will break less and requires a starting line closer to the right edge then the first one. In picture 3, we decrease the speed so the ball will just barely roll to the front edge of the hole; this ball spends the most time on the slope and requires your starting line to be aimed the furthest outside of the cup.
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Topics: Golf Instruction

Stop the Resistance, Hit Longer Drives

Posted by Brad Skupaka

Feb 19, 2015 12:36:38 PM

Every golfer could benefit from added yards off the tee. At the elite level, where 280 yard drives mean you are average, there is a strong correlation between driving distance and ranking on the money list. It is fair to say that adding yards to the average golfer's tee shots would help them shoot lower scores and have more fun. 

Golfers are routinely told to resist their hip turn and maintain the flex in their knees in an effort to coil like a spring and store more power. While following this advice golfers not only do not hit the ball farther, they typically create other compensations - compensations such as lifting and bending their arms in an effort to hit the ball any distance at all. The longest hitters on tour demonstrate the opposite of the advice the average golfer is told to follow by changing the flex in their knees and turning their hips the most.
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Topics: Golf Instruction

Callaway Chrome Soft Golf Ball

Posted by Nick Miller

Feb 17, 2015 12:47:56 PM

Courtesy of Callaway Golf Ball Research & Development:

Background

It has been over a decade since extremely soft Tour Level golf balls have been in the market. You have to go back to Balata-covered golf balls to find a soft construction that golfers at the Tour Level consistently played. The reason Balata balls became extinct was the innovation of the solid core, multi-layer, cast-urethane covered golf ball. First introduced by Callaway in March 2000 as the “Rule 35” golf ball, and soon after made very popular by Titleist ProV1, this solid core construction changed how balls were made. With this construction golfers could achieve incredible distance gains with the longer clubs due to less backspin, higher launch angle, and faster ball speeds, while still experiencing great greenside control provided by the urethane cover. The downside of this new construction was the firm compression gave a noticeably harder feel. Despite the harder feel, this construction became the benchmark for distance and all-round Tour level performance. While a softer feel is still consistently reported as highly desirable to golfers, no golf ball manufacturer has been able to make a performance golf ball significantly softer feeling without sacrificing distance and all-round performance of the benchmark harder balls.
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Topics: Golf Equipment, Featured Stories

Too Much Technology In Golf? I Don't Think So...

Posted by Steve Lippincott

Feb 13, 2015 12:53:08 PM

Tiger Woods' golf swing changes have always been a point of debate. Most recently, the debate has shifted to whether or not Tiger is using technology too much and becoming too technical when he plays golf. 

In working for a company that is always on the cutting edge of technology in golf instruction, it is appropriate to look at how GolfTEC coaches use biofeedback to help students simplify their swings. The aim of my lessons as a coach is to make this as simple to execute as possible while developing proper swing technique and generating more acceptable golf shots. Lets look at a sample lesson and how I use technology to simplify the swing changes for the golfer.
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Topics: Featured Stories, Golf Instruction

Putt To The Dime

Posted by Nick Gorman

Feb 11, 2015 1:06:41 PM

Putting is one of the easiest thing to work on over the winter but is often overlooked while you aren't in the middle of your golf season. If we look at statistics from the PGA Tour, we can see that players only make roughly 50% of the 8 foot putts they face. We can evaluate that statistic in a lot of different ways, but here's how I think you should look at it.

If you two putt everything from 9 feet to 30 feet on the PGA Tour you will be close to an average putter. However, if you miss a putt inside 8 feet you will lose over half a stroke to the field. So which is more important - two putting from 9 to 30 feet or making putts inside of 8 feet? I would say making all the putts you should make are the most important.

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Here is an in home putting drill to improve your putting accuracy during the winter months and make more of those 8 foot putts. Find a room with carpet that rolls accurately and fast enough to compare to the golf courses you play. Then simply place a dime on the ground and putt to it starting from 5 feet away. Why a dime, you ask?

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Topics: Featured Stories, Golf Instruction

Understanding Contact - What You Need To Know

Posted by Aram Hudson

Feb 9, 2015 1:09:00 PM

The first task a golfer should master is making solid contact a minimum of 80% of the time. Now, that is not to say that every shot must be perfectly struck in the middle of the club face. To get started in golf, the shots need to get in the air and fly forward a long enough distance to play the course. While this goal may seem basic and logical, all it takes is a quick trip to your local driving range to see how many golfers struggle with the most basic task! While there are plenty of generic tips and articles on swing mechanics that will help produce solid contact, I believe every golfer needs to truly understand how we are trying to strike the ball and the requirements through basic geometry to accomplish this.

The ultimate goal: In golf we are trying to hit the ball first and the ground second!

To arrive at this goal we need 2 things:
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Topics: Featured Stories, Golf Instruction

The Hip Check Drill For More Pure Shots

Posted by Ryan Skoglund

Feb 4, 2015 1:03:42 PM

Have you ever been to a PGA Tour of LPGA Tour tournament and heard the sound the ball makes when leaving the professionals' clubface? There is a pureness and a click, a flush sound of the ball compressing. You have hit those shots before where there is zero vibration and zero feel, it's just flat perfect and keeps you coming back for more. Well, I am here to help you achieve that feel, sound and click more often.

There are three basic fundamentals to enjoy the game of golf that much more:
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Topics: Golf Instruction

What Happens When My Head Moves?

Posted by Tyler Cole

Feb 2, 2015 12:03:00 PM

The golf swing is a harmony (or not) of physics, geometry and highly precise motor skills. My goal as a golf instructor is to help you classify and simplify your golf swing. Let’s look at the basic movements of the body in the backswing and help give those pieces an identity.

In the first picture, you will see that I am setup in a standard position with a 6 iron. The number I have on the screen is measuring my shoulder bend, or how far forward I am bent forward with my upper body (0º is standing straight up and down).
 As you read, keep in mind that numbers in green are within the PGA Tour averages and numbers in yellow fall just outside of those averages, while numbers red need work as they are significantly outside of the Tour averages.

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Topics: Golf Instruction

What the TEC in GolfTEC stands for

Posted by Patrick Hester

Jan 30, 2015 3:42:31 PM



You’ve seen GolfTEC for years now. Commercials on the Golf Channel, a sign in the corner of your local Golfsmith, an email in your inbox. You probably know by now we provide golf lessons and instruction with a 96% success rate. Which is why we’re the undisputed world leader in golf instruction.

But, have you ever wondered what the TEC in GolfTEC stands for? 
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Topics: Golf Instruction

How Should I Start My Downswing?

Posted by Steve Lippincott

Jan 28, 2015 12:45:00 PM

One of the most frequent questions the weekend golfer has is, "how should I start my downswing?" The answer to the masses is a very clear: it depends. In this article we will discuss ways to make a downswing that will eliminate slicing and help a golfer learn how to hit a push draw with every shot.

Let's take a look at how a golfer who plays a push draw begins the dowswing, much like PGA Tour winner Bill Haas.

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Topics: Golf Instruction

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