Better Golf: YOU want to play better but why don’t you?
Let me tell you a quick story about the time I was so embarrassed with MY game. Many years ago I was struggling from tee to green and had a horrible short game.
It was so bad that the more I practiced the more frustrated I got!
You see, years ago I was trying to pass my Players Ability Test for the PGA. I had always been a decent ball striker but my short game came and went and was NEVER consistent.
Anyway, we play 36 holes in one day and we have what the PGA calls a “target” score. This score is based on the course but is usually a no-brainer at a combined score of 152-156. So, you could be 8-12 over par for the 2 rounds and still pass.
That day my short game was as bad as it had ever been. I had been hanging in there all day long and just needed a bogey on the 36th hole and I would pass.
I hit a good drive and decent approach shot to the green but I left myself around 30 feet for birdie. I said to myself, “If you make this you’ll be two shots clear of the target score”.
Well, I hit that putt and ran it 3 feet by the hole. Now the pressure was REALLY on!
I told myself again, make this and you pass. I was feeling so much pressure I couldn’t swallow! My hands were shaking as I drew the putter back and all I could think about was NOT missing this putt.
As I hit the putt the bottom fell out from under me when I left that putt short…on the lip. Now I was devastated! I went up to casually knock it in and… missed!
I mean completely whiffed it!
That whiffed putt caused me to bogey the final hole and miss the PAT by ONE shot!
As you can imagine I felt terrible, and I was mad as hell at myself! But, I wasn’t ready to give up on my dream of being able to play like I knew I could. The problem I had was I didn’t know how to lower my scores OR have more fun! I certainly wasn’t having any fun that day!
And that’s when I had my big “ah-ha” moment…
I HAD to find a way to get better and the things I was doing weren’t producing the scores I was looking for.
So first I tried a couple of quick tips like all golfers do, and they didn’t work! They didn’t work at all! I even tried asking a few friends and that was a total disaster!
Think about that one…
WHY would your golfing buddies ever give you anything that would make you a better player? A better player that would take their money!
So, then I tried changing putters and that worked a little better. But, it still wasn’t the answer. Sometimes it’s the archer and NOT the arrow!
And that’s when I finally built a way of assessing my game.
As I looked at all the different shots it became apparent that in addition to my putting, I had SEVERAL OTHER weaknesses in my game! And that’s when I realized it wasn’t my game! I was failing because the real enemy here was myself! No wonder I was struggling.
We want to believe we can fix things ourselves, but that’s BS!
When I figured out that it wasn’t true, I was finally able to break out of the chains and get the results I wanted and deserved!
The “enemy” was the one keeping me from living up to my potential!
Once I realized that by taking a real, true assessment of my game I could pinpoint the things I needed to work on and everything changed!
I used what I discovered to be able to:
– To turn my practice time into something that, for the first time, helped lower my scores
– To drop shots the smart way without a lot of effort
– And I even discovered how to make practice fun!
But it didn’t just work for me, I shared the assessment with others…and it worked for them too!
I didn’t realize it when I started that not only does this simplify the process, for lowering your scores, but it also helps you lose strokes, beat your playing partners, and take their money!
And that’s why I created the “Owners Manual for Golf“.
This took years, lots of blood sweat and tears, and focused effort before I figured this out and finely tuned this assessment. This cost me hundreds of dollars, in time and effort, to figure out and create…
But it was totally worth it!
The biggest thing that was holding me back was getting myself into a mindset that what I was doing wasn’t working.
This is so much easier!
What used to take me weeks of struggle to get results the old way, I can now get it done in as little as 15 minutes a day…or LESS!
In fact, here’s just a sample of what you’ll get with my assessment…
* Learn EXACTLY what’s holding your game back. With your “Owners Manual” you can instantly see how to drop shots in a very short time…
* You will learn what your precise strengths and weaknesses are without guessing so you can focus on what matters and avoid those blow-up holes…
* Learn when to attack certain holes and pins, and when to play it safe, so you can drop strokes without using the old eraser trick:)…
* Specific training drills geared for your game so you can stop being embarrassed and start dropping shots…
But don’t just take my word for it…
Take a look at this:
• Why should you believe in this assessment? After 40+ years of teaching, coaching and studying the game I’ve discovered a few things.
• People DO NOT get better with quick tips!
• Their friends are ALWAYS giving them advice, usually not very good!
• People DO NOT pick up their head!
• People DO NOT take their “eye off the ball”! (except for Annika and Duvall or unless you’re a blind golfer)
• People really DO NOT know why their game needs help!
I Scratched My Head When A Player Answered…
Sometimes in golf, we run across those “whaaaat” moments!
Golf has a major problem!
We are ALL trying to solve a puzzle, issues within a golf swing, using the same thinking that, in a lot of cases, caused them!
Take for instance getting answers from a player.
“Me – What do you think about when hitting a shot? Player – Is my grip OK, my set up, do I open the clubface or keep it turned down. Am I going to slice this ball or pull it dead left”?
Or how about the player, when asked if they are trying to help the ball into the air…they say yes!
I told you last week about the player that showed up with a 5-page list of things he was working on!
I get it, I really do. When we are making swing changes we are thinking about
When we are making swing changes we are thinking about EVERYTHING! Hopefully, your instructor has classified what change(s), if any, but more importantly, they have assigned them in priority.
By prioritizing, we look at the whole picture and then make an educated choice on WHAT change will most effect some of the other issues.
By prioritizing, and repairing the ONE issue that will most likely repair several others, the student and the teacher don’t have to have this mental checklist of 50 different items!
Now there are certain things players do that act like a “trigger” to get them going. It’s all part of their “pre-shot”. It could as simple as wiping the grip of the club, making a rehearsal swing, a forward press with the club or body.
Jason Day closes his eyes to visualize the shot. He sees the ball take off in a certain direction with a certain trajectory and come down next to the flag. Jordan Speith makes several small swings to get a certain “feel” for the shape of the shot.
In the majority of cases though, these “rituals” are all part of relaxing the mind and body. Relieving tensions that build up during a round and eliminating more than one or two swing thoughts.
I would suggest that when thinking about the golf swing that you use logic. When used, answers appear and questions are answered!
Until next time,
Chuck Evans is a Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher based in Phoenix Arizona where he offers private instruction, golf schools, and junior development.
Have You Ever Improved From Game Improvement Tips?
I know a LOT of players that live their life and game by these.
And yep…they are mostly quick tips that don’t apply to me OR you!
I had a player the other day that I had never worked with before.
I asked him what he was working on and he showed me 5 handwritten pages of game improvement tips he had seen from the Golf Channel, magazines, and YouTube videos and of course the all time worst thing you could do…advice from a friend!
I asked him, with all of these tips and notes how many of them have actually helped you. He said, NONE…that’s why I’m here!
Whether you are a beginner or a Touring Professional we will give you the opportunity to take your game to the next level!
This opportunity will be limited so that the quality control will be second to none. I can’t tell you, just yet, what will be included in this opportunity because we cannot let this get out prior to launch.
What I can tell you though is that it will change your golfing life…forever!
Until then, keep it in the short grass!
Years ago I had the pleasure of spending time with Sally Kelley, Homer Kelley’s wife. I was there to help her get the 7th edition ready for publication, along with Cathy Schmidt.
After months of work, we finally completed it. There were over 100 handwritten pages that had to be deciphered, put into the correct chapters and sub-chapters but we got it done! We then shipped it off to Alex Sloan for his verification. He found nothing wrong with our work so off to the presses we went.
There was only one problem…Sally didn’t have the $25K to give to the publisher.
Here are some words from Mr. Kelley about what he called the Hand Controlled Pivot vs. Pivot Controlled Hands.
“The subject for this outing is-the difference between “Alignment Golf” ( hand controlled pivot) and “Position Golf” (pivot controlled hands). Position golf advocates teaching the pivot components (especially) to move from an Address Location to a Top Location to an Impact location to a finish location in such a manner as to cause the Arms to whip the Clubhead along a path that passes through the Ball Location. Then to practice adjusting these various locations to vary and control Ball Behavior.
I know, because I spent 15 years trying to reduce that to shift to some sort of pattern. All the time, with a cry “Golf is an art, and not a science.” ringing far and wide. And to this day. “Einstein was a great engineer but a lousy golfer and” – all engineers are doomed to lousy golfing – unless they ignored engineering, which they apparently do.
“Alignment Golf” holds that the relationships of those “Component Locations”, “Positions” AND “Movements”, with each other along the target line are the “Golfing Imperatives.”
Here is the point of apparent confusion for some seekers. The Hands and the Arms do not substitute for the Pivot. The Pivot is the entire substance of Zone #1 of the G.O.L.F. techniques advocates precision relationships and movements of the Pivot. Which must be educated to make any adjustment of these relationships and movements that Hands declare necessary for avoiding interference with its complete freedom in executing the Three Functions of the Club – those of the Clubshaft, the Clubhead and the Clubface. All three of which must be kept completely coordinated but completely independent – the only procedure available for consistently precise impact.
The advantages of this is obvious in the Golfing. All these factors can be identified, cataloged and assembled into a completely compatible and repeatable – as well as infinitely and voluntarily adjustable Patterns.
So Hand Controlled Pivots are Pivots at their best. Now – what is recommended, is educating the Pivot Components – per Zone 1 – OUT OF THEIR DICTATORIAL FIXED POSITION SYNDROME forthwith! Third with, if possible. At least, get started!!”
Homer Kelley December 1982
Congratulations to Sergio Garcia, 2017 Master Champion!
This year the Masters started with conditions they have rarely had…wind, cold and rain!
The often a bridesmaid, but never a bride, finally won his first major and on a very special day! Today was Seve’s 60th birthday and what a way to celebrate!
In 1999 Sergio was the low amateur and Jose Maria Olazabal was the winner. Seve always said Sergio would win the Masters but he probably never dreamt it would take this long.
The duel between Justin Rose and Sergio was a classic and turned around at the 13th where Sergio had pulled his drive. His next shot was a punch out, up the fairway, and left him a great angle to the pin.
After his pitch shot, he had about 10 feet for par…and he made it! That may have been the par of the tournament for Sergio.
Both players are “class” people and they’re good friends.
As you watched them all day they rarely talked, they stayed focused on the task at hand! At times they would acknowledge one another’s shot but their focus was on winning the tournament.
Sergio said that a calm came over him today before he teed off. A calm that he had never experienced.
What can we, as golfers learn from today?
Stay focused, be determined, stay calm! Hit the shots you KNOW you can hit and make a few putts.
For the week, Sergio hit over 80% of the fairways…that helps!
For more help on strengthing your game, check out our instructional videos.
Throughout golf’s rich history, there have always been great players.
Some were great ball strikers. Others were great wedge players and some great putters.
Which would you prefer to be?
I’ve personally seen, and competed, against them all and let me tell you…I’d rather play someone with a weak short game anytime!
Great ball strikers have full command of their swing. Hit it a ton, stiff the irons but can’t make a putt to save their life!
Let’s look at 2 examples of great ball strikers.
- Moe Norman – rated by some as the greatest ball striker ever. Aesthetically, a swing you would never want to copy! But there were things IN his swing that made him so pure. He didn’t like putting and thought the short game was a waste of time.
- George Knudson – another rated by his peers as one fo the top 5 ball strikers that ever played the game! He too disdained short game and putting. He liked to say he would just take 2 putts and walk off the green.
Now let’s look at a couple of short game wizards.
- Seve Ballesteros – a true magician with the short game. Because of his erratic ball-striking, he HAD to have a great short game, and boy did he ever!
- Phil Mickelson – another maestro of the short game. Phil is NOT known for his ball-striking but again, he is never out of a hole due to his wedge game. His putting can be sporadic at times, but you don’t win Majors without great putting.
With all of the stats available today, from the PGA Tour, you can see who is leading – and falling behind, in the Shots Gained categories.
The majority of the world’s best players have coaches to use as a second pair of eyes. To point out some seemingly minute “flaw” that can turn them around, or get them back on track.
Look at the differences in today’s top players.
The set-up is different, grips are different, backswing and downswing are different, alignment is different but the key is that for the most part, they ALL hit the ball the same! It’s whoever has the hot short game that wins it!
Dustin Johnson this past week lead all but one category for Strokes Gained – putting. He was 74th in that category. He would have been much higher but for a couple of days of missed putts.
In this case, I can hear you saying to yourself, the best ball striker DID win! And I agree…in THIS case!
Look, it doesn’t matter what your strength is, keep building upon it BUT look at your weaknesses…THERE is where the majority of the work should be put in.
And hey, if you REALLY can’t figure it out come see me. If you can’t get to Arizona, then contact me for a referral to someone in your area.
I’ll be in Kansas City around the second week of June doing a Junior golf combine at Tiffany Greens Golf Club and Staley Farms Golf Club. My home base though is here in AZ.
Hope to see ya soon,
Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher
Devoted KC Chiefs Fan
What Release Type Are You Using
A few weeks ago I told you we would discuss different release types and ask you what release type are you using.
Well….I’m back baby!
My definition of release types are rolling release and non-rolling release.
The rolling type of release has 3 variations;
- Full Roll
- Half Roll
- Reverse roll
The first 2 types of release create curvature. 1. Over draws and 2. Draws The 3rd one is generally a “push” cut to a “push” slice. This one is very usable for higher – less than full power shots…greenside bunkers and flop shots.
The first 2 are generally used when the player has the club coming from the “inside” on the downswing. IE…inward to outward.
Phil uses this one. Check out the clubface and the amount of “roll” at the early stage of follow-through.
This type of release requires PERFECT timing but is taught to a lot of amateurs as a means to draw the ball.
Henrik Stenson uses a non-rolling release. Look at the differences in these two release types.
The non-rolling release has a much more stable clubface and does NOT require PERFECT timing! Players that use this type of release generally are more of the “swing left” group (for right-handers). The majority of these players keep the clubhead and clubface more “square” to the arc.
So what release type are you using?
Does it match your swing path? Does it match what you are TRYING to do?
Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher
Chuck Evans Golf offers golf lessons, golf schools and junior golf development in Phoenix Arizona
I hear a lot of people say,”Life On The PGA Tour is Glamorous.”
Maybe, maybe not…Life On the PGA Tour could also be not Glamorous!
Life on the PGA Tour consists of working on your game, practice rounds, tweaking equipment, meeting with sponsors, and more work on your game…glamorous?
A typical day starts around 6am. After breakfast it’s typically some short game, then range time, play a few holes, lunch, then back to the range and then back out to play more holes.
Then, depending on how the player is feeling, and how they played the practice holes, they may come back to range for more ball striking.
In practice rounds the player typically is hitting different shots off the tee and into the green. Chipping and pitching from different angles lies around each green. Charting the green for the breaks, and hitting some bunker shots.
This generally takes the whole day and then its dinner time. After dinner you finally get to relax for a couple of hours and hopefully have your game plan set for the course.
Everyone wants your time, and everyone wants to give you something. Or maybe you want to try a new club, new training aid, new move in your golf swing. Whatever it is time is a valuable commodity out there.
Time management and goal setting are 2 very important aspects for a touring professional.
Unless your family travels with you, you’ll be missing your kids as they grow up. Missing school plays, sporting events, parent/teacher conferences. Sure, some of the players travel with their families, or at least they come out for weekend but it truly isn’t the same.
PGA Tour players have a boat load of expenses!
Travel, accommodations, caddie fees, coaching fees can all add up substantially every week. If the player plays well they earn a rather decent paycheck. But nothing is guaranteed on the Tour!
Unlike other professional athletes, there are no base salaries. You play well you get a check, you don’t play well you get zip, nada, NOTHING!
So, Life On The PGA Tour isn’t always Glamorous!
But they make so much money you say. Yep, the average Tour player does make more money than the average person. But, no where near the income of other professional athletes and…NO GUARANTEES!
But, they are getting paid to play golf.
What golfer wouldn’t want to be able to play golf for a living! That is the dream of golfers around the world and will continue to be. But for most, that’s all it will ever be…a dream!
When they say, “These Guys Are Good,” well…they really are!
They make shots most of us can only dream about. But the one thing that separates golf from other sports is that ANY golfer can hit a shot as good as any Tour Player!
I didn’t they’d hit a LOT of shots, I said they could hit A shot
Think you could beat an NFL defensive back and make the game winning touchdown?
How about hitting that slap shot to win the Stanley Cup? Or how about hitting a home run off a 100 mph fastball to win the World Series.
Doubtful on all 3!
But, you could have a hole-in-one. Hole out from the fairway, sink a 30 footer to win the 4 way press!
Even the player who finishes at the bottom of the exemption list each year, is better than the majority of us. Heck if we were that good, we’d be playing for a living!
Yes PGA Tour players, for the most part have a great life. But it isn’t always glamorous!
Chuck Evans is a Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher
His Academy is based in Phoenix Arizona where he conducts
golf instruction, golf schools, and Junior Golf Development.
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Want To Hit It Further…Try This Drill
I have never had a player come to me and say, “Can you help me hit it SHORTER!”
A couple of days ago I was a guest speaker at a 3D motion capture workshop presented by MySwing Golf.
As we went along the subject about distance came up. In the group of attendees was a long driver competitor whose latest swing speed was 140 MPH.I asked him, “If you want to hit it farther what do you do?” He replied, “I try and get the biggest turn I can.”
At that point, I asked everyone to stand up, without a golf club, and make their “normal” backswing.
Here is a picture of their “normal” backswings.
Now look at the same 2 guys. HUGE difference!
What did I ask them to do?
I’m glad you asked!
I asked them to turn their belt buckle and chest as far away from the target as they could and allow their front foot to “unweight”…let it come up.
Believe me, this is a very simple motion and one that WILL help you add distance to your shots!
By the way, there is NO SNOW forecast here for the desert this winter!
Golf instruction here in our little paradise is exploding! So if you are planning on visiting us this winter I would suggest you make your plans NOW!
Just head on over to our booking schedule and reserve your time – you can see what’s available here.
We only take 4 players at a time and they all know each other, we don’t put strangers together.
As a special Holiday gift, we are offering our pricing per school, not by player. Normally tuition is $795 per person for a 1-day school.
Now you can get that same 1 day school for $795 for 1 person, $1195 for 2, $1595 for 3 and $1995 for 4 players!
Dates are filling up fast to hurry over to book your school before they are sold out!
Until next time, keep it in play off the tee, get it on/or near the green, make some PUTTS!
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Chuck Evans is a Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher, He gives golf lessons in Phoenix. To schedule, an appointment click the calendar..
Golf Magazine’s Top 100 Teachers
Chuck Evans selected again as a Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher
It’s an honor, and a privilege to be recognized once again as a Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher, and it never gets old!
Here is how the selection process works.
Since its inception in 1991, GOLF Magazine’s Top Teachers in America ranking has become the industry standard for teaching excellence due to the diligent selection process that GOLF Magazine employs to assemble the list.
“Every two years the Credential and Selection committees dedicate a lot of time and research to recognize the golf industry’s best teachers by naming them to our Top 100 list,” said David DeNunzio, Managing Editor for Instruction for GOLF Magazine. “These individuals have been selected because of their commitment to broaden the appeal of golf by helping their students understand and enjoy the game.”
Candidates for GOLF Magazine’s Top 100 Teachers in America list are selected from nominees submitted by the PGA, LPGA, United States Golf Teachers Federation, top industry executives and GOLF Magazine readers. More than 250 nominations on average are accepted from the country’s 25,000 instruction professionals. Each nominee must complete a thorough questionnaire developed in conjunction with Dr. Robert Christina, professor emeritus of the University of North Carolina—Greensboro School of Health and Human Performance.
The applications are screened against fifteen baseline criteria recommended by the Top 100 Teachers Credentials Committee and are then examined and ranked by a group comprised of 15 active and former Top 100 Teachers. Final recommendations are then made by a separate Selection Committee, comprised of GOLF Magazine’s instruction editors, established Top 100 Teachers and alumni, and invited World Golf Teachers Hall of Fame members. The recommendations of the Selection Committee are submitted to GOLF Magazine for the final decision.
The Top 100 list is the only national golf instructor roster that combines outside academic and PGA Professional peer review. In addition, candidates are judged on their willingness to give back to the game and to the PGA and LPGA through one of the following: apprentice education, member continued education, research or lesson programs.
New Years Resolutions and Golf …
What go they have in common?
Golf and New Years. Every New Years the majority of us make some sort of resolution. Whether it be to get in shape, eat healthier, or even improve our golf game. And just like the Geico commercials, it’s what we do!
Many players SAY they want to get better but the majority don’t know HOW to accomplish their goals. They don’t know how to practice, what to think, manage their way around the golf course, or what to work on so they toss that golf and New Years resolution aside!
Here’s an example of what NOT to think!
You stand on the tee box and see water right. You tell yourself don’t hit it in the water. You make your swing and it goes exactly where you didn’t want it to go…in the water. Hit it where you don’t want to…it’s what you do!
The best players in the world have a coach to help guide them. But yet, the average player thinks taking golf lessons is a waste of time! This may sound strange, but for many that’s true!
You see, my job as a coach is to help the player achieve their goals(s). This means I need to get to the root of the issue(s), develop a plan for success and prescribe the improvements…it’s what I do!
But there’s another part of to this equation.
The player has to absorb and apply my recommendations!
(photo by Thinkstock)
So here’s a thought …
Be committed to getting better. Get with your coach and develop a plan that YOU can stick to! Have fun practicing and you WILL get better!
If you are in the Phoenix area looking for golf lessons and want to work together, just give me a shout and we’ll develop YOUR plan for success.
To schedule your time check our booking calendar
Oh, have a Happ New Year and make 2017 your best year yet!
“How To Line Up That 5th Putt With Confidence…Every Single Time!”
That’s a joke of course but I really wanted to get your attention! This time of year, especially, putting seems to be practiced even less than normal…which isn’t very much!
Well, today I am giving you one of my very best training drills…EVER!
You will need a very special piece of equipment found in every household. This piece of equipment has had many uses over the years but I have found this to be the one!
I can hear you now asking, “So what is this “special piece of equipment and what’s it gonna cost me?”
What if it cost $500 bucks, would you buy it?
Since you already have it in your house, technically it ain’t gonna cost you ‘nuthin!
Here it is,
Yep, that’s it!
Now cut the long bottom piece of the hanger into a piece 11 inches long, and straight! Take that piece and now bend it into an arc that is 41/4 wide…that’s the same size as the hole on the green.
Stick it upright anywhere on the green and now you have a “vertical” hole to putt through. I like to place it a couple of feet in front of my ball and on the line of the putt.
The idea, of course, is to hit it through the middle of the hoop and into the hole. The longer putt you have the more difficult it is to do this drill!
Let’s say you have a breaking putt though and not a straight one, now what.
Line the hoop up on the start line you want. Now here’s the important part…
Make sure you hit it through the MIDDLE of the hoop!
If the putter face is open you’ll either hit the side of the hoop or miss it completely…the same thing if the face is closed!
Take a look at this to get a better picture.
So, now you have it. Use this drill to improve your putting. To work on other areas of your game, just click this link and schedule your time.
I have players asking me everyday, “What exactly is the downswing sequence and how does it work?”
Typically this crucial part of the golf swing is started from the ground up. Think of baseball and the player taking their at bat.
As the pitcher strides into their delivery, the batter moves pressure onto the lead foot, opens the hips, then their shoulders. Next comes the arms, hands finally the bat.
If their sequence is a little “late” they hit the ball on the backside of the plate and usually hit it out to the right side of the field.
If the sequence is a little “early” then they catch the ball toward the front of the plate and can drive it down the left side.
In the golf swing, a good sequence doesn’t guarantee you’ll hit the ball solidly, or far. Heck, they are some of the world’s best players that don’t have a great sequence!
If you are one of those players that struggle with balance, or an outward to inward swing path then you might want to take a look at this.
Until next time, keep it in play, hit it on or around the green…make a few putts
Here is one of my favorite drills, I call it the “Double Proposal” drill!
Without a doubt, the majority of players ask the same question, how can I hit it farther. Well, there are several pieces that need to come together, but even when they do, if you leave out swinging the club FASTER, you’ll STILL hit it short!
Speed comes from a variety of sources in the golf swing, but the critical one is how fast the club is swinging. To swing the club fast you need to swing your arms and hands fast since they are the ONLY thing holding on to the club.
ALL of the greatest players have had the same sequence.
- Keep the body in front ot the hands
- Keep the hands in front of the club
- Keep the club in front of the ball
How far should you hit your clubs? My answer is always, that depends.
Back in the day, Corey Pavin averaged 192.4 yards to the green after his tee shot. But someone like John Daly averaged 158.5 yards (these numbers are from 2005 PGA Tour – average distance to hole after tee shot) And no, there was not a description of how long the hole was.
As you can see there is a huge advantage to being longer off the tee!
Our friends over at golf.about.com have a range of numbers that you can use to see where to fit into “pack.”
These numbers are “averages” so we know there will some that longer as well as shorter. Here they are;
Club Men Women
Driver 200-230-260 150-175-200
3-wood 180-215-235 125-150-180
5-wood 170-195-210 105-135-170
2-iron 170-195-210 105-135-170
3-iron 160-180-200 100-125-160
4-iron 150-170-185 90-120-150
5-iron 140-160-170 80-110-140
6-iron 130-150-160 70-100-130
7-iron 120-140-150 65-90-120
8-iron 110-130-140 60-80-110
9-iron 95-115-130 55-70-95
PW 80-105-120 50-60-80
SW 60-80-100 0-50-60
The best way to find your average distance is to take 12 golf balls to an empty field and hit all 12 with each club.
Throw out the longest and shortest then average the remaining 10. I would suggest NOT using range balls since they are made to be hard and virtually indestructible…use the type of ball YOU play everyday!
When you come to the desert, we can work on hitting it farther! Our schedule is filling up fast!
Whew…The 2016 Ryder Cup was awesome! On paper the Europeans looked like the favorites, but the US had an ace in the hole…Arnold Palmer.
The King had passed just prior to the Cup and I believe that was a sort of “motivation” for the team. They wanted to play, and win, for the man that had done so much for the game of golf.
The US got off to an early start going 4-0 the first morning but the Europeans came roaring back that afternoon.
Once again, the Cup was going to be decided on the final day with the US needing 14 1/2/ points to take the Cup. It started slowly for the US but soon gathered speed with a dominate performance by the team.
There were battles that won’t soon be forgotten. Reed/Rory, Mickelson/Garcia, Moore/Westwood, Fowler/Rose and a new star for the Europeans…Thomas Pieters.
In all of my years of watching the Ryder Cup, this was one of the most exciting I’ve seen! LOTS of birdies the final day between the two teams and frankly, as good as most of the matches were, I didn’t want either to lose!
It had been awhile since the US had won the Cup so the satisfaction for the team, Captain Love and Vice-Captains had to be emotionally overwhelming!
Just a quick reminder that we are “in season” here in the desert and my October schedule is full! I only have a couple of dates available in November so if you’d like to get together and work on your game you’d better schedule your time NOW!
In the meantime, read this and find some of your LOST power!
Golfers all around the world are searching for the next “big” thing to lower their scores…and they HAVE BEEN for decades!
There’s nothing new in golf, only “bigger” words to make us golf pros sound smart! But guess what, by us using these words YOU my friend are looking back at me like a deer in the headlights!
What did he just say?
What if I told you that the newest “thing” in golf is actually going back to the “olden” days of golf swings. Yep, you heard it here…
You see, back in the days before there was a lot of technology, golfers freely turned their hips and shoulders in both directions. They didn’t try to create a “coil like a spring” swing.
Golfers then also let their front foot come up and their left knee work toward the ball.
Even in the glory days of Nicklaus and Palmer, they lifted the front foot and freely turned in both directions.
Somewhere along the way, all of this “athletic” movement was deemed undesirable. Players started keeping the front foot down and firmly planted. We, as players, were told to restrict the hip turn to build up a “powerful” coil.
While I will agree that SOME players can benefit from restricting the turn and keeping the front foot down, mostly players ALREADY on Tour, the majority of players would benefit from just letting it all move freely back and thru.
The next time you go to the range, make as big a turn as you can with both the hips and shoulders, (actually the shoulders don’t turn, the chest does and brings the shoulders along with it), let you front foot come up on the big toe and your left knee work toward the ball.
This will “feel” really strange and there is a good chance you won’t make perfect contact the first few swings. That’s because you’ve trained your body to do something else, but give it a try, I think you will find yourself feeling less tension, less tightness, and gaining more yardage!
To learn how to free yourself up and play your best golf, schedule your time with us!
Let me tell you the story of “Old Tom.”
Tom is 89 years young and in his words, “A bucket a day keeps the shanks away.”
I’ve known Tom for a few years now and he is one of the kindest people I’ve ever met. He was a music teacher and grew up playing trumpet and by all accounts he was a very good trumpet player.
He usually plays a few holes everyday and on Thursday’s be plays 18 holes in the men’s league.
We talk about anything and everything and it’s really interesting to hear some of his stories about the “old” days.
Especially the stories about traveling around the country playing music with some of the all time great jazz musicians.
But this article is about his dedication to golf. At one time he was a 3 handicap and has shot in the 60’s 3 times.
Right now he continues to shoot below his age. As with anyone, he is always seeking more distance. So our conversations usually go like this.
Tom: I’d like to hit it farther, what can I do
Me: You’ve got to try and make a bigger turn and swing the club faster.
We then do a couple of mirror drills, which he does very well. He doesn’t think he has the flexibility to turn anymore but his assessment shows he can. Like a lot of players he has zero turn of his chest, he just lifts the arms. He does hit a nice little push draw, it just doesn’t go anywhere.
So we will head out to the range and he’ll make some swings and while I’m with him he makes a pretty good turn, low and behold he hits it farther. His eyes light up and a smile comes across his face.
“How far do you think that went”, he asks.
I’d say around 130 Tom.
“Do you think I can get it to 175?”
If you can increase your club speed to around 70-75 miles per hour you’ll get there.
“How fast is it now?”
You’re swinging 50 MPH Tom.
“So how do I increase the speed?”
A bigger turn and swing the club faster.
He then shows me his “bigger” turn. “How’s this he asks…as he lifts his arms with NO turn”.
It’s better but you still need to turn MORE! I ask him, “what are you thinking about turning”? He says, “my shoulders”. I say, “I want you to think about turning the middle of your chest as far around you as you can”. He shows me and there is a BIG improvement in the turn!
Then he says, “My left foot is coming off the ground when I turn this much.”
I say good, let it come off…it will help you make this bigger turn.
The more he turns the father he is starting to hit it. Tom later asks, “What do I do to hit it farther?”
A bigger turn and swing the club faster Tom. He forgets that we have already talked about this, every day, but his passion and drive to get better – especially at his age is what brings a smile to MY face.
Whether you are a Legend or a 15 handicapper, we all need advice and sometimes it can be really simple!
Jack Nicklaus, arguably the greatest player the game has ever seen, was struggling like a 15 handicapper at the Greats of Golf event up in MN.
In his own words, “I can’t play at all,” Nicklaus complained an hour earlier during a pre-round press conference. “I played yesterday in the pro-am and I threw a total perfect game.”
A perfect game? “I had a no-hitter. I never hit one shot on the face of the club for 18 holes,” he said.
He was hitting it fat, thin, in the heel…you name it, he was hitting it. Everywhere BUT the sweetspot!
Here came Lee Trevino to the rescue. The Merry Mex said he’d been watching his longtime rival and friend from the opposite end of the range.
“You’ve got the ball too far forward. Move it back six inches,” Trevino instructed.
“I’ve played it there my whole life,” Nicklaus said.
“Yeah, well, you weren’t 76 then,” Trevino teased. “We’re getting so old we can find our own Easter Eggs.”
If you are having trouble and can’t quite figure out how to fix those issues, come join me and let’s make the game fun again!
For the full story go to Golfweek
Yeah, I know…it’s easy swinging at something that ISN’T a golf ball!
We’ve all done this, whether it was a dandelion, an old cigarette butt or a broken tee. Then we step up to hit the shot, and it feels NOTHING like what we just did!
When we are swinging at something that isn’t a golf ball, there is NO tension, no thinking about the swing.
We just take it back with NO thought and FREELY swing the club! You, me and everyone else are EXPERTS at swinging the club when there is no ball. Here’s a thought,
Hummm…MAYBE we should try doing this swing AT the ball!
When a player gets what I call ball bound, ALL of their attention is on striking that ball. Tension creeps in, swing thoughts creep in and the mere of act of just swinging the club disappears!
Try this the next time you are out on the practice tee.
Find some broken tees and place them in a row, to hit them into the range. Now replaceevery third tee with a ball. Set up the first tee and make a swing striking the tee, repeat this process for the second tee.
Now, and this is the important part, set up to the ball and with no thought, like you did with the tees, make your swing and strike the ball.
If you’re like most people , you feel this free flowing motion with ZERO tension!
As a side note, we will be starting up our webinars again next Friday, August 5. 2016.
I need to apologize for the delay.
Originally I thought it would be just a couple of weeks and I would be good to go, (recovering from a hip revision), apparently I was too optimistic!
We are also getting ready to schedule some new video shoots. Let us know what you would like us to cover and we’ll try to get it in the videos.
Until next time, keep it in play off the tee, get it on/or near the green, make some PUTTS!