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To improve your golf game, it’s vital that you take golf lessons. Golf is a sport that is almost impossible to learn without some sort of guidance. Luckily, there are golf experts around the country whose job it is to teach golf. By taking golf lessons, you can drastically improve your game in a relatively short amount of time. Taking golf lessons can be an expensive, time-consuming effort. And like any good or service that will cost money and require time, you should be careful before you buy.  Golf can be a really costly game to play and it is reasonable to assume that you have invested a fair amount of money in your equipment – golf clubs, golf bag, golf balls, golf clothing, golf cart etc; – therefore doesn’t it make common sense for you to learn how to use them to their advantage and improve your skills and capabilities?

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As an 18 hole parkland course, it has a standard scratch of 69, and although it is only 5825 yards long, it never the less offers golfers of all abilities a tough and enjoyable challenge.

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Dave Pelz’s Putting Bible – golf’s least understood skill.

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Almost all putts break one way or the other. Measurements show that about 98 percent of putts have at least some break or curvature in their roll to the hole. This occurs because greens are built with slight inclines to shed water. There are no dead-flat greens as they would create small depressions where water would pool after rain inhibiting grass growth and subsequent play. The only putts that don’t break are those that run straight uphill or straight downhill along the pure “downhill” or “fall line” direction of a green (as shown in Figure 7.2.4). Only about 2 percent of all putts line up purely along these lines. putts break and golfers know it. Yet in testing more than 1 500 golfers including 50 PGA Tour professionals I discovered an amazing truth about putting. Not one of these players was reading as much break as actually existed on any one of their putts. In fact most didn ‘t even come close to reading anywhere near the true break.

As shown in Figure 7.2.5 when I asked them to tell me how much break they saw or point to how much break they were going to play on a putt (where their Aimline extended as it passed the hole) most golfers saw only about 30 percent of the actual true break that existed for that putt. Think about that: If the real break was three feet (and 1’d measured it with the True Roller) they saw only about one foot; or if it was one foot they saw a little less than four inches. The PGA Tour pros were a little better reading slightly more break but even they saw only about a third or 33 percent of the actual amount of true break. Both those percentages have changed slightly since I first reported them because we changed how we

Green-Reading the 15th Building Block 147 defined break (as measured at the hole distance instead of perpendicular to the ball-hole line).

Is it any wonder that of all the putts missed by amateur golfers 80 to 90 percent miss below the hole? Even Tour pros miss 70 to 80 percent of their misses on the low side. Obviously you would expect that if golfers under-read the break they should miss their putts below the hole. But that isn’t quite the whole story.

7.3 The Subconscious Knows Better

While golfers don’t recognize the true amount of a putt’s break in their conscious minds their subconscious minds do better. 1-low do I know? After asking these 1 500 golfers how much break they were playing I asked them to putt at the same holes. But before they hit any balls I measured where they were aiming their bodies putters and strokes. Again I was amazed at the results.

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The Long Drive Bible: How You Can Hit the Ball Longer, Straighter, and More Consistently

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Body Power

In the previous chapter I talked about body putting something rarely seen among the pros because it’s a bad thing to do. Your body is large and the big muscles of the chest back and legs are strong particularly when compared to the small amounts of power needed to roll a ball on the fast surface of a putting green. Still many golfers put too much of their body into the stroke rotating the lower body sliding the lower body toward the hole or moving the upper body away from the hole (Figure 4.5.2). All these motions are unintentional (at least I hope so) but they still produce unwanted power and directional instability.

For example I estimate that for every inch the body moves toward the target during the putting stroke the ball moves an additional foot on the green. And rotating the lower body not only adds power it also causes the putterface to rotate from open to closed.

Putting is a game in which delicate feel and touch create exactly the right speed and break of your putts. When you’re trying to be precise body power causes nothing but trouble.

School students turn (top) slide (middle) and reverse (bottom) their bodies during their putting stroke motions.

The final power source is the best power source the gentle swinging of the arms (which also involves the shoulders). Think about a grandfather clock in which the pendulum swings back and forth with a gentle constant rhythmic motion. Now imagine your arms are connected at your shoulders at one end and at the putter at the other end forming a triangle as shown in Figure 4.5.3. Imagine letting this triangle become the pendulum of a grandfather clock (Figure 4.5.4) swinging back and forth with the same gentle constant motion. This is what I call a pendulum putting stroke and it’s the best stroke I know because it is the most easily repeatable and predictable (plus additional benefits as you will soon see).

A pendulum stroke works under pressure because adrenaline-filled muscles don’t get to determine how far the ball rolls. In this stroke putting speed and roll are determined solely by the length of the stroke motion. As a result if you practice controlling speed this way you can be sure that it will work on the course and under pressure the same way. And that’s what you want.

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The “Simple Golf” Swing: “Golf for the Rest of Us”

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The completed grip with both “V” shapes pointed toward the right shoulder. Note the “V” shapes are parallel with each other.Hopefully, you already have a grip that closely resembles this one. There are some slight variations, but this grip is standard for the most part. It should produce the best results. However, if you have a different grip than this, and you are more comfortable using it, you may continue using it. A grip is hard to change, and this one may feel really uncomfortable to you; however, benefits will come if you embrace this new grip. The “Simple Golf Swing” will most likely provide to you the desired results, even if you use your current grip. However, if you are still having problems when you get through the system, please incorporate the above grip method into your swing.

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