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          Please enjoy a selection of our golf articles. Be sure to check back regularly as these selections change monthly.

Over-The-Top Woes The Reverse Pivot Golf Course of Hawaii
Let The Putter Swing!!! The Swing Plane The Fine Green Line
The Master Memories Players Championship Strectch the Rubber Band
The Complete Office Golf Posture Dictates Swing Plane Putting Bad?
Try a Little Time With the Ugly Stick

Over-The-Top Woes

          The ideal plane for your swing is the one in which the club head and grip end point at the target line (line created from the ball to the target) during the back swing and down swing.

          If on the down swing your club head goes outside the target line (above the line looking from address), you've come over the top, a basic cause of slices and pulls. Golfers who come over the top fail to execute the proper sequence of moves. They start the forward swing with an upper-body lunge or throwing the arms (casting). Or they may throw the right shoulder out toward the target line, moving the club out and over the target line and causing the dreaded out-in swing path.

          To rid your swing of over-the-top woes, you must create the proper backswing and then have the correct sequence to start the forward swing. You want a slight shift toward the target with your lower body to establish the left leg as the pivot point for the downswing. At the same time, the upper body, hands and arms should "just" uncoil and drop the club close to the body on the correct plane.

          An on-plane swing is important because it gives you the best chance to hit the ball with the correct angle of approach and provides the best opportunity to square the clubface. Be sure to finish the swing completely. Don't stop. Basically you unscrew from the ground up, not from the shoulders down. If you start the down swing with your upper body or with the arms, you will have an out to in swing path and will rob yourself of most the power you developed when you coiled your body during the backswing. I've found the biggest cause of this "arm swing" is when golfers do not release their head during the downswing and keep their eyes locked on the tee instead of the ball.

          Remember when you hit the ball, it is flying down the fairway. So why are you looking at the tee. Remember, literally keep your eye on the ball!

Please contact the golf shop to learn how to put this technique to work for your game today!
 


 

Let The Putter Swing!!

          Having a good feel for distance is as important as having the perfect line. How many strokes would we all save if we could get our first putts within a 2- foot radius of the hole. Developing a feel for distance begins by the ability to feel the putter-head swing back and through. Our hands are the direct link to the putter-head. If we hold on too tight, there is no chance that we will be able to have any feel of the putter head. Hold on lightly and feel the putter-head swing back and through like a pendulum.

Please contact the golf shop to learn how to put this technique to work for your game today!
 


 

The Masters Memories

          "Golf was meant to romance and torment us, to introduce us to glorious landscapes only to remind us of our mortality, …nowhere is this truth captured so well and so regularly as at the Masters." -Masters Memories…Masters Memories is a collection of true stories recounting many of the incidents, from the first Masters in 1934 to the present.

          They are stories that have contributed to the lore and legend of the Masters, gathered over several decades of conversations with the players who won, and some who have just missed winning. These recollections include many from the principal figures featured in the Masters, from Jones to Coe to Kuchar, from Sarazen to Nicklaus to Tiger Woods, and represent eventful moments from the first sixty-five years of the Masters Tournament.

          These stories remind us that the Masters and its extraordinary golf course are designed to unmask the emotions and character of players as surely as any in golf and that it is a tournament as elegant and merciless as the game it celebrates.
 


 

The Reverse Pivot

          If I had to point to one flaw that most amateurs share, it's the reverse pivot. A reverse pivot occurs when the head and upper body tilt toward the target in the backswing and the weight shifts onto the left (front) foot rather than the right (back) foot. This is the exact opposite of what should happen in an efficient golf swing.

          Since your weight falls away from the target during a reverse pivot, it's difficult to finish on the left leg at the end of the swing. The major cause for the reverse pivot I've observed is an improper first move and trying to keep the club face pointing at the ball through the entire backswing. If when you make the first move (last weeks tip) and the club is parallel to the ground and the toe "is not" pointing straight up with at that time, the only way to complete the swing is to raise the arms, thus pulling the left shoulder and head down going into a reverse pivot. This is compounded by the fact your wrists can not cock correctly, because the back of your hands are pointing at the ground, which if cocked will put the club out of the swing plane.

          Another cause of a reverse pivot is trying to keep the head too still to point of restricting the rotation of your spine. Without body rotation you are forced into an arm swing equals a reverse pivot. Golfers with this problem are constantly told to "keep their head down". This is real good reason "NOT" to listen to your golfer buddies and seek the help of a teaching professional. You raise your head, because you pulled it down (they don't see this). Your brain knows you'll hit the ground if you don't raise back up, so you do (they see this). So you listen and here you are, head locked, swinging with your arms only and wondering why your distance and consistency are in the toilet.Allow your chin to rotate slightly away from the target.

          This allows the left shoulder to turn under the chin and your upper body to coil into the correct position behind the golf ball. A good, upper-body pivot will naturally shift your weight onto your right leg without a conscious effort to do so. Now you're in a powerful position and poised to deliver the club on-plane.

 

Please contact the golf shop to learn how to put this technique to work for your game today!
 


 

Putting Bad? Try A Little Time With The Ugly Stick!

          We all know that putting is 90% mental. Once you get the face square and accelerate down the line, there is not much left! But what to do when you’re putting goes bad and you can’t get it in the jar from inside the leather?

          As a kid I was a very good putter but every now and then it just left me. Instead of switching to a second favorite putter I had a very different solution. I would to go into the big barrel in the pro shop and find me the ugliest putter I could lay my eyes on. Believe me when I tell you I found some of the ugliest putters ever made. I would go out to the putting green behind the shop for 20 minutes and work on 3 foot putts. By the time I had spent 20 minutes with the ugly stick I had in my hands I was done. I would return it to the shop and take my real putter back out. It never failed.

          After 20 minutes with a putter they could not have paid me to use, it was I always putted better after being united with my trusted friend. Try it; it just may do the trick!

Please contact the golf shop to learn how to put this technique to work for your game today!
 


 

The Swing Plane

          Three factors affect the swing plane: posture, shoulder rotation and wrist hinge. Last month’s focus was how posture affects the swing plane.

          Good posture sets up the proper spine angle which is crucial to making an on-plane swing. The next step is to make a level upper body rotation in relation to your spine. In other words, make a level shoulder turn. The final element of a good swing plane is proper wrist hinge in the backswing.

          The wrists should be fully set by the time your left arm is parallel to the ground. If the wrists get set too late in the swing, the swing plane will be laid off with the club pointing to the left of the target at the top of the swing.

Please contact the golf shop to learn how to put this technique to work for your game today!
 


 

Players Championship

          This book is designed to commemorate and celebrate the 25th playing of The Players Championship tournament. In 25 years, The Players Championship has become one of the most significant events on the global golf calendar.

          The tournament, played annually on the Stadium Course at the Tournament Players Club at Sawgrass, one of the sport’s most difficult tests, features the strongest field in the game. With beautiful full-color photographs on nearly every page, this coffee table book will be a lasting memento of the brilliant performers and memorable shots that have raised The Players Championship to an exalted position among the world’s greatest golf events. Don Wade, former Senior Editor at Golf Digest. He is author of 14 books. Martin Davis, created Sports Marketing Group (SMG).
 


 

The Complete Office Golf

          No more 9-to-5 angst, as hours once wasted managing, marketing, manufacturing, and accounting can now be spent putting, driving, and chipping.

          From how to set up a course in the conference room to facing a stairwell hazard – over or down? – Office Golf makes a job seem like something you wouldn’t mind doing for a living. This very humorous yet practical book features subjects from Tee Time vs. Company Time to 19th Hole Drinks in the Supply Closet.

          Sanctioned by the O.O.G.A. (Official Office Golf Association), here is everything the employed golfer needs to transform hallways into fairways and water coolers into water hazards. Includes full instructions and rules, dozens of illustrations, punch-out holes, a historical time line, and strategies for not getting caught by non-playing managers. Because what you do for a living shouldn’t get in the way of what you do to feel alive!

Highlights include:

  • Spotting Fellow Office Golfers – the 26 tell-tale signs.
  • Common hand signals used to convene a foursome.
  • Turf Management – hardwood, marble, tile, linoleum, cut Berber, Saxony Plush, level-loop pile, and shag.
  • Carpet grain and art of vacuuming.
  • Equipment Accessories – Couchies, ficus woods, and the wall wedge.
  • Club concealment. Swing oil.
  • How to make a ball in an emergency.
  • Sportsmanship The Rules – searching for balls.
  • Searching for players.
  • Glass hazards, including fire alarm boxes. Dents, divots, dings, and scrapes.
Tee-time is now:

bound into the book are 9, color punch-out, reusable golf holes; and Official Office Golf Association membership card; a customized bag tag; and three O.O.G.A. scorecard templates.
 


 

Posture Dictates Swing Plane

          Though the golf swing begins at address, it is posture that largely determines the plane of the swing. Standing too upright over the ball creates a flat swing plane. Conversely, standing too bent over at address results in a steep swing plane. So how do you achieve the proper bend or spine angle?

          You must first bend from the hips as opposed to bending from the waist. Bending from the hips allows the spine to stay straight by pushing the buttocks out. Next flex your knees slightly. If you have the proper spine angle you will be balanced from heel to toe.

          Excess spine tilt will put too much weight on your toes and not enough tilt will put too much weight on your heels. Now that we are set up properly, we are on the way to creating a good plane. Next month, I will discuss how shoulder rotation and wrist hinge affect the swing plane.

Please contact the golf shop to learn how to put this technique to work for your game today!
 


 

Golf Courses of Hawaii

          No place on Earth captures the imagination of golfers more than the spectacularly unique vistas of the Hawaiian islands. Travel to one of golf's top destinations in the magnificently and richly illustrated, oversized book. Hawaii's golf course history is storied, with the oldest Hawaiian course dating back to 1898.

          Since then, dozens of island layouts have been created by some of the world's most famous golf course architects, including the late Robert Trent Jones - whose masterpiece of innovation in 1964 at Mauna Kea turned rugged have rock fields into lush fairways - followed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr., and magnificent contributions by Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Tom Weiskopf, and others who courses speak for themselves.

          Their work has combined to make Hawaii the world's foremost year-round golf destination. Golf Courses of Hawaii brings the reader to the most spectacular courses and holes in Hawaii - allowing every golfer the opportunity to become intimate with these legendary and glorious places.
 


 

The Fine Green Line

          Every player dreams of becoming a professional golfer and playing the PGA Tour. Unfortunately it isn’t always easy.

          The Fine Green Line by John Paul Newport details what happens when a man obsessed with golf leaves home for a year to pursue his dream. The author wondered what was it that allowed some golf pros to stay at the top of the PGA Tour golf rankings year after year while others with seemingly just as much talent got stuck in the "bush leagues?"

          In pursuit of some answers, John Paul Newport spent a year playing mini tour events himself, the dark, comic underbelly of professional golf. This is a world in which even highly talented players sometimes live out of their cars, sneak food from country clubs, and gamble away their meager earnings in an attempt to stay afloat. Traveling and competing throughout Florida, California, the Northeast, the and the Dakotas, refining his game and consulting numerous "head coaches" and psychologists,

          Newport realized his number one goal was to solve the mystery of what he calls the Fine Green Line-the infinitely subtle yet critical differences that separates golf’s top players from their nearest pursuers, but that also applies to golfers all up and down the ability spectrum. As he questioned the people he encountered-from Eastern consciousness guru Michael Murphy to successful young Tour players like Kevin Southerland-about practicing better golf, Newport realized that the answers he was given were also about practicing better life.
 


 

Stretch The Rubber Band

          Think of the left side as a rubber band. Stretch the rubber band on the backswing by keeping your left heel on the ground as you turn your left shoulder back. When done correctly you will feel tension in the back of the left shoulder at the top of the backswing. This tension indicates that you have created a good stretch in the left side. Once you have created this good stretch, the downswing will be just like shooting a rubber band.

Please contact the golf shop to learn how to put this technique to work for your game today!