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Ryder Cup Collapse, Who’s To Blame?

Well the blame fixing game has started.  And we will be hearing and reading about it for a while.  There will be all kinds of theories about who is to blame for the monumental collapse on Sunday.  But, as much as I like him, I place in the shoulders of the Captain,  Davis Love.  There [...]

2Oct2012 | | 0 comments | Continued
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Tracking Stats To Help Your Golf Game, Part II

Ok golfers, now for Part II of the statistics that I use to help my golf game.  As I mentioned in the previous post on this subject,  what I track may not be right for you.  But most important is to figure out what will help YOUR golf game the most and then track it.

26Aug2012 | | 0 comments | Continued
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In A Golf Bunker, Is This A Penalty?

So I got a really good question about grounding your golf club in a bunker.  A lot of amateur golfers know that you can’t ground your club in a bunker or it’s two stroke penalty.  But sometimes we try to tweak the rules a little to our benefit.  One reader asked if he scrapes the [...]

2Aug2012 | | 4 comments | Continued
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The US Open Championship–Which Golfers Do You Like?

So golfers looking for Part II of tracking your golf stats, stay tuned.  My next post will finish that article.  But for now I wanted to touch base on the US Open starting tomorrow.  A lot of speculation on who will contend for this year’s second major.  And of course all the golf media is [...]

13Jun2012 | | 0 comments | Continued
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Want To Improve Your Golf Scores? Track Some Statistics—Part One

Most of you golfers who have followed me for a while know that I am not big on practicing tons and tons.  But I do believe that we all have parts of our golf game we can improve.  But how will you know if you don’t look at your game?  The simplest and quickest way [...]

2Jun2012 | | 0 comments | Continued
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Golfers, I’m Convinced The PGA Has Lost Their Mind

In looking at the new qualifying rules for the PGA Tour, I know that many say change is inevitable, but I really hate this change.  If you haven’t heard or read it yet, how you qualify for your PGA card is changing pretty significantly.  No more Q School to the big tour.  Which, by the [...]

17May2012 | | 0 comments | Continued
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Is Fixing Lead Tape During A Round A Violation Of The Rules Of Golf?

Golf Nut,  I read a ruling recently that generated another question on the rules of golf.  I read in Golf Magazine that you can’t change shafts on your driver during a round as you would have to loosen the head which would change the playing characteristics  and be a violation.  So this prompted discussion during [...]

15Apr2012 | | 0 comments | Continued
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Is The Current Parity in Pro Golf A Good Thing?

I really enjoyed the final round of this past week’s Masters Tournament.  And I think that Bubba Watson is a great champion.  One of the interesting points that came out during the broadcast gave me pause.  The commentators noted that the last 14 Major Tournaments were won by 14 different golfers.  And the last 8 [...]

12Apr2012 | | 0 comments | Continued
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The Lost Art Of Lag Putting In Golf

Watching the U.S. Open recently and now the British Open got me thinking about a couple of recent rounds of golf I had played.  During these rounds with my regular foursome, I started noticing where we were losing strokes around the green.  And a big one was leaving approach putts way too short or going [...]

15Jul2011 | | 4 comments | Continued
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Golf Tip For Helping Your Slice

Probably one of the most requested golf tips I am asked about is on fixing a slice in the golf swing.  Just this past two weeks, I’ve had 6 emails about this problem.  And the timing is good for these questions because I just had someone show me a drill that is a variation on [...]

6Jul2011 | | 3 comments | Continued
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The Golf Police….They Really Bug Me

Maybe it’s just me, but I seem to be noticing a lot more people pushing really fast pace of play in golf lately. Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t like slow play on a golf course any more than the next guy, but it is starting to border on ridiculous. Let me give you [...]

3Jul2011 | | 5 comments | Continued
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Mental Golf-The Toughest Game

I have written and talked about the mental side of the game many times.  In fact, one of the books in my golf program is focused on this topic.  But it never fails that I still get tons of questions about struggles with the golf game that relate directly to the mental side of the [...]

26Jun2011 | | 2 comments | Continued
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Is Rory The Best Thing To Happen To Golf Lately? And Maybe To Tiger Too?

Watching the US Open this weekend, I find myself pulling for Rory McIlroy to win my country’s National Championship even though he isn’t an American.  What he is, in my opinion anyway, is one of the most amazing 22 year old golfers I believe I have ever seen.  Of course, he has to hold it [...]

19Jun2011 | | 1 comment | Continued
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The Key To Golf Is To Relax

I played just recently with an old friend who had a career round of golf when we played.  The thing that amazed him the most was that he has not played much this year.   He couldn’t believe after a layoff that he hit the golf ball so well.  But those of us who have played [...]

16Jun2011 | | 2 comments | Continued
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Is Tiger’s Golf Career Shot?

With Tiger’s recent withdrawal from the TPC, many question what it means for Tiger, both short term and long term. Where exactly is his career going? Will he now be able to catch and pass Jack in the major title hunt. Is his domination of the game really over at this point? What a difference [...]

29May2011 | | 0 comments | Continued
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2010: The Golf Year In The Rearview Mirror

As we wind down the golf year, I am sitting and thinking about what I took away from this year in golf.  It certainly was different than any golf season I can think of in recent times.  And it really started about this time (well really tomorrow, or late tonight) last year.  So here are [...]

25Nov2010 | | 1 comment | Continued
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Out Of Bounds Post Interfering With My Golf Swing? What To Do

My golf ball is lying just in bounds very close to an out of bounds post. The post interfers with my back swing.  Do I get a free drop in this case?  Good question and thanks for sending it in.  Let’s take a look at what the Rules of Golf say on this one.

6Nov2010 | | 1 comment | Continued
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Great Effort By American Golfers In Wales

Well they didn’t prove me wrong as I asked them in yesterday’s post, but they came within a whisker.  What an effort by the American golfers today in the Ryder Cup.

5Oct2010 | | 0 comments | Continued
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Hate To Say It, But I Don’t Think The American Golfers Will Win This Year’s Ryder Cup

I am as loyal as the next golfer.  And I would love to see the Americans win this year’s Ryder Cup.  We haven’t won back to back Ryder Cups since 1991 and 1993. But after seeing what happened today, the odds are really stacked against them.  And history doesn’t give them much chance either.

4Oct2010 | | 2 comments | Continued
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Alignment-A Big Help To Your Golf Swing

I got a question recently from a reader that reminded me of a very basic concept that is so critical to a solid golf swing.  I’m talking about alignment.  After the question that I got, I was playing with a group and I started noticing that on many shots, all of us did not get [...]

11Sep2010 | | 1 comment | Continued
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Should Tiger Have Made The Ryder Cup Team?

Ok, I may be in major disagreement with the rest of the golf world, but I really don’t think that Tiger should have been a captain’s pick.  Now Corey Pavin is the captain and he can do what he wants, but I think it was nothing but catering to Tiger because of the fear of [...]

7Sep2010 | | 3 comments | Continued
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A Golf Practice Routine

I have received a number of emails about golf practice.  If you have read much here on my blog or read any of my golf program books, you know that I switched from a practice maniac routine to a “less is more” mindset about practice.  So here is one approach that I use for practice, [...]

4Sep2010 | | 3 comments | Continued
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Why Do We Cheat At Golf?

The recent post I made about the rules of golf got me to thinking about how golfers bend the rules.  Then I saw a small article in Golf Magazine about this as well.  So it really made me think about why golfers will cheat at golf.

1Sep2010 | | 11 comments | Continued
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Mental Golf Tip: Trust Your Swing

For a long time, I wondered what the phrase “Trust your swing” really meant.  I heard teaching golf pros say it.  I heard some of my golf buddies say it.  I heard the commentators on TV say it.  But what did it really mean?  Well, once I figured it out, it really helped my swing.

21Aug2010 | | 3 comments | Continued
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The Rules of Golf?

I am almost tired, no I am tired, of the hammering that the rules of golf are taking from the talking heads on ESPN about what happened at the PGA this past week.   Not that I disagree with all that they are saying, but they sure can beat something to death.  So now I am [...]

18Aug2010 | | 3 comments | Continued
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