Video Tip: The Proper Golf Grip

March 7, 2017

  I have been asked to record video golf tips every couple of weeks for the La Paloma Country Club Facebook page. A few weeks ago, I demonstrated a really simply chipping technique. This week, I’m talking about the importance of the proper golf grip. The grip is our only connection to the golf club, yet it’s the one thing I see most amateur golfers doing incorrectly. I prefer the neutral golf grip….

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Video Tip: Simple Chipping Technique

February 9, 2017

  I am honored to have been asked to do video golf tips every couple of weeks for the La Paloma Country Club Facebook page. To be honest, this kind of thing is right up my alley since I was a television sports and news anchor for almost ten years. In fact, I used to air weekly golf tips on my sportscasts during the slower summer months. The simple chipping method I…

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Getting Fitted by Hank Haney

March 3, 2016

It all started with a text message. On Thursday night, one of my classmates who works at Golfsmith in North Scottsdale texted me, “You want to meet Hank Haney?” All I texted back was “When?” But inside, I was thinking, “Gee, let me think. Do I want to meet legendary golf instructor Hank Haney? Uh… Yeah!” Haney is in town for a few days re-shooting every instructional video he’s ever…

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Pathway Chipping Drill

April 22, 2015

  Place two sticks, shafts, or clubs down on the ground just off the edge of the putting surface to create a pathway to the target. Use this aid to help with clubface alignment and to help you visualize the proper swing path. This is a great drill for both alignment and path direction.

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Chipping to a Spot Drill

April 20, 2015

  Approximately ten feet from the putting green, place a circle of office labels or coins three feet in diameter 3-4 feet onto the putting surface. Use different clubs to work on landing balls into the circle. This is a great drill for tempo, contact, direction, and game management. Try using a metronome to help maintain a consistent tempo. Practice this drill from uphill, downhill, and sidehill lies.

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Different Lofts Chipping Drill

April 14, 2015

  Pick spots five, ten, and 15 feet away from the practice green. Using several different clubs of varying lofts, practice chipping balls from each spot while trying to carry the shots 3-4 feet onto the putting surface. Watch carefully how the shots react to help determine which club is best from which distance. This is a great drill for game management.

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Break Putting Drill

April 8, 2015

  Find a 10-15 foot putt with a significant amount of break. Place labels or coins on either side of the correct path. Use a tee to mark the starting spot, and putt to the hole while trying to keep the ball in between the labels or coins all the way to the hole. The alleyway created by the labels or coins serves as a visual identification of the correct path…

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In the Barrel Putting Drill

April 4, 2015

  Place a semi-circle of coins or labels around the back of the hole measuring 18″ past the hole. From 20′, 30′, and 40′ away, practice hitting putts that get to and just past the hole, without finishing outside the “gimme” range.

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Perseverance Putting Drill

April 1, 2015

  Measure 3′, 4′, 5′, 6′ from the hole. Place three balls at the 3′ mark and make all three putts before moving back to the four-foot mark, the five-foot-mark, etc. This is a great drill for aim, club path, and of course, focus. If you miss a putt at any time, start all over. All putts should be holed.    

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Suspended String Putting Drill

March 19, 2015

  Choose a straight putt of about three feet. Set up a supported string using knitting needles, sharpened pencils, and string or twine. Push one knitting needle or sharpened pencil into the ground directly behind the center of the hole. Make 20-25 putts while making sure your eyes, the line on your putter, and the center of the ball all line up directly underneath the string or twine. This is a…

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