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Sand bunker? Use your pitching swing!

Written on August 3, 2017 at 7:17 pm, by

It is so amazing. Sand just scares people. We somehow lose all our confidence, all our smarts, all our common sense when our ball lands in a bunker. My mentor, the great Ken Venture, short game guru for decades, taught me the Venturi way to succeed in a sand bunker. Use the same swing you  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 »

GPS, the good and not so good

Written on April 13, 2017 at 12:00 pm, by

There are a number of technological marvels out there that are supposed to make the game easier and lower our scores. Some of them have real value but when we start to become too dependent on technology bad things can happen. GPS can be a great asset on the golf course giving you accurate distances  Continue Reading »

The art of putting at Augusta

Written on April 5, 2017 at 10:17 pm, by

The Masters is a test of many things in golf. A booming drive off the tee isn’t one of them. Putting is. Augusta National is truly a shot maker’s course on the way to the green, then there are those glass-like greens. Many a great player has fallen apart when it came to their putting  Continue Reading »

Proposed new rule: leave flagstick in

Written on March 28, 2017 at 9:09 am, by

The USGA is considering several rule changes to make golf more attractive to a larger number of people and speed up play. Nobody likes to spend 6 hours behind a bunch of slowpokes. One major change would be to allow golfers to leave the flagstick in the hole while putting. Wow. This definitely would speed  Continue Reading »

Great ball striker drills.

Written on January 2, 2017 at 2:25 pm, by

Something as simple as a laser pointer and some tape can help you become a great ball striker. It’s impossible for you to see the top of your backswing when you’re on the practice range, but with the help of a laser pointer (get the $10 or less kind) and a dark area at home  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 »

Stay on top of your game.

Written on April 6, 2016 at 11:15 am, by

When I was working for my mentor, golf legend Ken Venturi, I asked him how often a golfer should check in with his teaching pro. I always chuckle at his answer. He told me, “about as often as you change the oil in your car.” While cars have definitely changed since he gave that advice,  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 »

How to succeed in golf!

Written on March 10, 2016 at 7:18 pm, by

Yes, golf can be frustrating. Shots you were sure of last week seem to have disappeared. Your confidence level goes down. The last time you played you hit the fairway on every par 4 and 5. Every one! And today, you’re visiting the rough too often and that slice (or hook) is rearing its ugly  Continue Reading »