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How to smash your drive an extra 20 yards.

Written on June 7, 2017 at 8:45 pm, by

By now you might have picked up on the fact I love classic comedies. Another of my favorites is Animal House (1978) which brought us John Belushi and the beautiful Karen Allen (later of “Raiders of the Lost Ark [1981] fame). That bit in Animal House where Belushi does the guitar smashing, well that’s just  Continue Reading »

Shorten your swing (thought) for great results.

Written on May 18, 2017 at 2:58 pm, by

One of the “rules” my mentor, the golf legend Ken Venturi, taught me was that the easier I could make the swing for the golfer the better. What if I told you that you only need to focus on your swing from your head to your shoulder? It’s true. focus on your shoulder turn and  Continue Reading »

How to play in a strong wind.

Written on January 24, 2017 at 2:41 pm, by

Sothwest Florida is well known for its strong winds off the Gulf. (Sort of like Southwest England or Melbourne, Australia.) It can get tricky but I think it just takes a bit of common sense. Just use my one club per 10 mph (or 15 kph) rule: a lower club if you’re hitting into the  Continue Reading »

Marshmallow Drills: chipping, backswing, shank cure

Written on May 25, 2016 at 8:00 am, by

Well, Jordan Spieth brought marshmallows into golf big time at the AT&T Byron Nelson when he “flopped” a marshmallow into his mouth during a clinic. So I thought marshmallows would be a good way to help correct three common errors many amateurs make in chipping, your backswing and the dreaded shank. Talk a look at  Continue Reading »

Pitching to win: Part 2 – Setup

Written on March 12, 2016 at 9:05 am, by

You may not be Jordan Spieth or Lexi Thompson, but you can set up for your perfect pitch just like they do. In this video, my friend Jim and I are going to show you how to do it. Remember, like in every golf shot you take the way you setup determines your swing. Remember,  Continue Reading »

Enjoy each hole.

Written on February 19, 2015 at 5:16 pm, by

If you get a double bogey on your first hole I can virtually guarantee you rushed your shot. You also probably also rushed to the course, rushed to the tee and … you know the rest of the story. Some of us (most of us?) tend to be on the impatient side of just about,  Continue Reading »

Club length and lie angle

Written on January 8, 2015 at 2:25 pm, by

One of the most common questions I get after the holidays is: “Do you think I need longer (or shorter) clubs?” Most students are referring to the new driver or set of wedges they got for Christmas. Tall golfers think they need longer clubs. Less tall golfers think they need shorter clubs. Take a look  Continue Reading »

Super Bowl “Deflategate” holds lessons for us golfers. Really.

Written on September 3, 2014 at 2:30 pm, by

Dear Golfers and friends, With apologies to my South American and Australian friends we Northern Hemisphere golfers are “suffering” winter. I actually have to wear a sweater some mornings. (Sorry Boston.) Of course I couldn’t pass up “Deflategate.” (American Football Conference [AFC] Championship Game of the 2014–15 NFL playoffs.) But somehow, everything in life (including  Continue Reading »

Make the wind your friend.

Written on July 17, 2014 at 9:54 am, by

If there is one thing all golfers have in common here in southern Florida where I teach it’s WIND. Twenty and 30 mph (about 32 kph to 48 kph) are pretty common, especially in the afternoon. That’s definitely going to affect where your ball lands. Now Tour pros fade or draw their balls into the  Continue Reading »

Where a bogey can earn you a birdie.

Written on November 8, 2013 at 8:57 pm, by

I have seen amateur golfers break golf clubs trying to get out of an impossible lie. Do not punish yourself. Even the pros take a drop – and a one stroke penalty. There’s that old golf say, “Pride goeth before a high score.” The Rules of Golf can help you and save you a whole  Continue Reading »