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4 Ways to Improve Your Golf Game in 2018

With a new year upon us and New Year's resolutions in place, I thought I would chime in with a few ways to improve your golf game in 2018. I am sure all golfers would like to play better golf this year,because we all know it is more fun when we play well.


  • Discover Patience The hardest part about change is being patient with yourself. Change is never easy, but with patience you can create a more relaxed atmosphere which will create less tension. The process goes much faster without tension.
  • Have Fun The most important important thing is to remember to have fun. This can be a challenge some days, but you have to find a way to always have fun and enjoy the moment. I can remember some young players that I coached who were lucky enough to play a practice round at the US Open with Annika Sorenstam. The one thing Annika’s Coach emphasized to her was to always have fun. His rule with Annika was she had to laugh after a bad shot. We have to remember getting upset only creates more tension and, once again, slows down the process.Good luck, have fun and enjoy the process.
Stuck in the middle? The keys to dialing in your distance.

How often do you find yourself "stuck" in between two clubs? If you're anything like me, a lot!  This dreaded juncture almost always leads people to think they must pick the lesser of two evils. They can either swing out of their shoes and "muscle" the shorter club there or settle for the lazy swing and try to shave off some yardage. Neither of these options produce consistent results. Below are a few keys to dealing with this tricky situation you'll undobutly find yourself in multiple times during a single round of golf.

  • Go with the longer club and grip down. Once you have gripped down on the club, simply take your normal swing. You will find that this will naturally take a little yardage off your shot without forcing yo u to sacrifice consistency. Taking a normal swing will always leave you better off than trying to create a "Band-Aid" fix for whatever dilemma in which you find yourself.
  • Pay attention to the playing surface. For example, the rough will automatically take a little yardage off a shot. Therefore, be sure to take that into consideration and club up. This will again allow you to take a normal swing rather than being forced to swing hard and fast. If you're going uphill or downhill, make sure you factor that into your distance calculation as well. If you're going uphill, take a little more; downhill, a little less.
  • Never forget what actually controls distance. Always keep in mind that distance is controlled by where you grip the club and the length of the backswing, not the speed of the swing. Want to hit it shorter? Go with the three-quarter swing at the same tempo before attempting to mess with how fast you swing.

Enjoy the game and, remember, if you ever have a specific tip you want me to write, don’t hesitate to email me at or stop by my golf academy at Old Trail Golf Club. I am happy to answer all of your questions!


Lower Your Scores with Improved Chipping

I have noticed more and more that golfers are using the same club to chip from anywhere around the green. This club generally seems to be a sand wedge. To develop good touch around the greens by using one club requires an exceptional amount of ‘feel’ and requires lots of practice. Unless you are able to invest the time and effort, I suggest that you develop a chipping system that involves learning one basic swing, and then vary the club that you use to play chips of differing length.

chip ShotA chip shot is used when the shot is fairly flat and close to the green. You play the ball back in your stance and the weight is on your front foot. Grip down on the club for control and then swing the club with your shoulders. Keep the head still and think of a pendulum clock swinging back and through (same distance back and through).

I believe the most effective chipping strategy is one that lands the ball on the putting surface as quickly as possible and allows the ball to roll to the hole. I encourage golfers to mentally divide the distance between their ball and the hole into thirds, landing the ball one-third on the green and allowing the ball to roll the remaining two-thirds of the way to the hole.

Regardless of the club you are using for your chip shot, you should swing the club with the same tempo every time. Try hitting chip shots with a 5 iron down to your sand wedge with the same swing on every shot and make note of the reaction of the clubs. Obviously, a 5 iron will roll more than a sand wedge. Gauge your club choice by the distance you want the shot to travel; use a less lofted club for the longer shots and more loft for the short shots.

With practice, you will have a good idea of which club produces what roll. Once you have this knowledge, you will then be able to select the correct club and hit different length shots close to the hole on the golf course.

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