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

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The J.D. Test

If you feel the wind blowing in a constant direction at a nearly constant speed here’s an unscientific test that may give you a slight advantage over your friends. Don’t take this too seriously (I don’t have enough data yet) but it seems to have some validity and it’s fun. It’s a simple way to estimate wind strength and we call it the “J.D.” test after my youngest son because he thought of it.

In Figure 9.6.1 Eddie my oldest son (J.D). was not available for a photograph) is releasing grass clippings from about three feet off the ground (the length of a standard putter) and watching not only the direction they blow but also the distance. For every putter length the grass clippings land away from the bottom of the putter J.D. calculated the wind speed will he about 10 mph. So if the grass lands nine feet away the wind at knee height is blowing 25 to 30 mph.

Wind Lopsided Balls Dimples Rain Sleet and Snow 201

The Short-Game Advantage

If you’re smart you will accept the wind rather than fight it. Tom Kite used a smart wind strategy to win the 1992 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach. The wind gusted to 40 to 50 mph the entire final round and no one could hit the greens in regulation. Kite tried to keep his shots low and safe up to the greens then used his exceptional short-game skills (14 wedge shots to 14 different greens) to shoot even par. He played strategically getting himself into positions from which he could hit relatively easy short-game shots that would leave very short putts.

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

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Perfectly Square … Never! now be obvious). And if you have some free time Trying to get your putterface square what part of your stroke are you going to practice? at impact with a screen-door stroke is Right again: Spend at least four times more time like trying to be “exactly on-time.”

You can never do it. You’re either working on keeping the face angle square to your early or you’re late by a minute a sec-Aimline than you do on perfecting your stroke ond a millisecond or a nanosecond. If path (details in Chapter 12). your putterface is rotating through impact it’s almost always open or

4.9 The Very Important Impact Point closed and you will be penalized for being either one at impact (it’s just a Putter path is somewhat important to good putt- matter of how much). It will never be ing. Putterface angle is four times more important. square – and certainly never consis-And guess what? Your impact point – where you tently square when you need it! make contact with the ball – is even more important still!

The point of contact between your putter and the ball determines how much energy is transferred to the ball at the moment of impact. And the amount of energy your putts receive determines both how fast and far the balls will roll and how much your putts will break. Most golfers believe the distance their putts roll is determined strictly by the length and force of their swing. That’s true only if they transfer a consistent percentage of energy from putter to ball at impact. And that is seldom the case.

The Sweetspot

A common term in sports is “sweetspot.” Tennis players talk about hitting the sweetspot of the racquet; baseball players like to crack the ball on the sweetspot of the bat. Why? Because when contact is made there it feels good and maximum energy is transferred to the ball. The same is true for a putter in golf: The sweet-spot is that place where contact feels the most solid which eliminates all rotation and wobble of the putterhead at impact (Figure 4.9.1) and which transfers the maximum energy possible from the stroke to the ball. If you do everything correctly your impact point will be the sweetspot of your putter.

It is possible to miss the sweetspot either in the vertical plane (hitting the ball too high or too low on the face) or the horizontal plane (making contact toward the toe or the heel of the putter). Any of these misses by as little as a fraction of an inch results in a mis-hit and a loss of energy. But you don’t need to worry because in Chapter 12 I will show you how to measure and mark your putter sweetspot and then learn to hit the ball there repeatedly and consistently.

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

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The picture at left shows the correct setup position from above. You can see the correct shoulder turn by looking at this picture in conjunction with the picture directly below. Notice that there is no horizontal movement. There should also be no vertical movement. Everything rotates around the spine. Focus on rotating the right side of your body around your spine. The left side will move into place automatically.

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