Bring Your “A” Game To The Course
Feb07

Bring Your “A” Game To The Course

Q. Hi Jack, I really enjoy your tips. There is no question they work. As a high handicapper (20), I come completely unglued in some rounds. I suddenly top drives, shank irons, and duff wedges while my putting goes to pieces. How does one bring one’s best mental game to the course every time? Mike Sanders A. Thanks for the question, Mike. The first thing you need to remember is that no player brings his “A” game to the course every...

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Hit Your Pitches Close With This Drill
Jan10

Hit Your Pitches Close With This Drill

If you’re unable to hit your pitches close enough to one-putt, you may be costing yourself strokes. Hitting pitches close enough will help you chop strokes off your scores and your golf handicap. Here’s a drill from short game guru Dave Pelz that will help hit pitches close: The Brush Drill: Set up as if you were going to hit a normal pitch. Open your clubface slightly so that the sole’s bounce just brushes the green. Relax your grip....

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How To Eliminate Your Fade
Dec13

How To Eliminate Your Fade

Q. Hi, Jack: I’m struggling with a high cut or fade and am losing valuable meters off the tee with this type of shot. Please assist me to hit a straighter drive or even a draw Regards, Garth  A. Thanks for the question, Garth. Jack Nicklaus hit a power fade when playing on the PGA Tour. The shot served him quite well. But hitting a fade doesn’t work in every situation. That’s why it’s good to know how to hit a draw. Follow the five...

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Drill:  How to Stop Fat Contact
Nov29

Drill: How to Stop Fat Contact

If your swing is too steep, you’ll hit it fat or slice it right. To hit it long and straight, you must swing the club around your body. To do this, you need to keep your elbows level at the top of your swing. The following drill will train you to keep your swing on plane. Take the club back and find your position at the top. Then, have a friend grab another club from your bag—a driver or 3-wood—and try to lay it over your arms. If...

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Developing Good Footwork
Nov15

Developing Good Footwork

Q. Hi Jack You suggested a good drill for good foot work in a recent email newsletter. Below is a part of that: Address a ball with your 7-iron. Drag another ball against your front heel…. What I don’t understand is what does “drag a ball against the front heel…” mean exactly?   Does the front heel mean front foot? Does it mean that I step on another ball with my heel? Please enlighten me. Thank you, Jay   A....

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Controlling Your Backswing
Oct18

Controlling Your Backswing

Q. Hi Jack, I have a real problem with taking my backswing. I swing the club way past parallel.  I try to keep my left arm straight and the club gripped without getting “too loose” with my hands, but it still results in a swing that compares with John Daly’s—without the same results.   I can take a practice swing without too extreme a backswing, but when I line up over the ball to actually take a shot, I cannot stop the...

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