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          GOLF TIPS - Wednesday, September 5, 2007
 "Tips... News... And More... All For The Love Of The Game"

Fellow Duffers,

Great golf last weekend. I was waiting for Tiger to roar
to life, but it never happened. He couldn't buy a putt on
Monday. I couldn't belive that he played so badly and
still shot  a 67.

Meanwhile, Mickelson was getting up and down from

That was a pretty exciting final round. Don't you think?


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The Importance of Turning Your Hips as You Swing

As we all get older and begin to lose a bit of our
flexibility, one of the secrets to playing good golf is
how far we are able to turn the left (front) hip on the
backswing. People who don’t turn their front hip will
find that their backswing becomes shorter and they get
tight. That tightness results in a loss of rhythm and a
serious loss of distance. It’s really important to turn
that left hip to the ball going back and equally important
to uncoil and turn your other hip to the ball as you swing
through the ball.

When I was seven years old, I had little brass rivets on
the pockets of my white Levis. I was taught to turn my
left rivet to the ball on the backswing and my right rivet
to the ball as I was finishing my follow through. By doing
that, you’ll have a chance to make a nice smooth swing--a
Sam Snead/Payne Stewart-type of swing.


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My Best Tip for Amateurs
By Bruce Fleisher

People want to hit the ball longer. That’s the selling point of
every club on the market. But hitting the ball longer is very
misleading. As I was driving into the Ely Callaway Performance
Center, I saw the guys hitting all kinds of drivers on the
range. I told them, "You can hit that driver all day long but
if you don’t make it from six feet, it doesn’t matter."

If you want to practice your golf swing, take your 8-iron
because it’s a long enough club to finish your swing but it’s
a short enough yardage to measure your accuracy. For timing and
tempo, the 8-iron is a very good club to practice your golf

It’s been said before but if you are really serious about
improving your game, you have to practice your short game. I
would go right to my club pro and learn two or three shots that
you have had trouble with through the years. Then I’d go to
that putter and practice my putting. 

Try to be a better lag putter. For a lot of people, putting is
such a non-entity in their minds but it really is 50 percent
of the game, if not more.

If you have a full-time job and have to work, you’re probably
never going to be playing on a pro tour; there are simply not
enough hours in the day. But if you find even an hour a week,
even 20 minutes at a time, it will make a huge difference in
your game.

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Let me cut right to the gist of this tip. To get out of a bunker
in the fairway you should hit the ball not the sand first. If
you hit the ball cleanly and pick it, it will fly far, if you
hit the ball and pinch it against the sand, the golfball will
come out and fly lower than normal. If you should hit the sand
and then the ball, you have played a greenside bunker shot.

Pot bunkers are the name of the game in Scotland, and they are
not easy to get the ball out.

Imagine staring at a wall of sand or railroads ties 8 feet high,
and a pin 150 yards away! How in the @$%@$% are you going to get
out of that one? Quite often players will have to reverse course
and pitch the ball out either sideways or back towards the tee.

A guaranteed lost stroke on the hole, and quite often the majors
are won or lost by a single stroke. Fortunately for us state
side, pot bunkers are uncommon hazards, especially when it comes
to fairways bunkers. Occasionally you will see pot bunkers
around the greens, and if you ever have played PGA West Stadium
course you know what I am talking about.

Fairway bunkers tend not to be to deep and have a small lip if
any. But what is the best way to advance the ball forward? It
actually is quite easy. Phil, Corey, and a few other pros have
told me how and it works! First off, a fairway bunker is
completely different than a green side bunker. Green side
bunker shots require you to open the clubface, open and place
the ball forward in your stance. You will .bounce. the club
and hit sand before the ball. This is not the case in fairway

A fairway bunker requires you to hit the ball and not the
sand. Here is an easy way to set up properly for a great
fairway bunker shot. Select the normal club for the distance
of the shot you are hitting. I would suggest staying away
from fairway woods unless you are a very low handicapper.
Place the ball in the middle of your stance. Plant your feet
firmly in the sand. Thick sand will require you to choke
down on the club slightly to compensate for your feet digging
in the sand. Align your clubface, feet, and shoulders towards
your target. You are now in the proper position to hit a
fairway bunker shot. At this point take your normal swing
path and attempt to hit the ball only. The key to the swing
is hitting the ball first and not the sand. Jack was a great
fairway bunker player and quite often he would be able to hit
the same shot from a good lie in a bunker as from the fairway.

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By Rick Martino, PGA Director of Instruction 

One of the true learned skills of playing golf is the ability to
read greens. Even for experienced players, this skill varies
from course to course because there are many different types of
grasses used on various green surfaces, and many outside factors
that have an effect on the roll of the ball.

The player's ability to make putts is determined by three
factors: 1. the speed control of the putt; 2. the starting line
of the putt; and 3. the line chosen for the putt, which is why
greens must be so carefully read. If all putts were perfectly
flat and straight, reading greens would not be a necessity, as
one would simply aim for the hole and hit it there.

The skill of reading greens is in matching the roll speed of
the putt to the amount of curve that the grain of the grass and
the slope of the green will have on the putt. This combination
of speed and break (curvature of the putt) is what the player
is trying to determine with the read.

All putts are rolled straight by the player. The slope of the
green and the influence of the grain (direction of growth of
the blades of grass) is what make the ball curve as it rolls
along the green's surface.

As you size up the position of your ball and the hole location
on the putting green, getting an over-all sense of how water
would run off the surface of the green will help determine the
slope part of the read. Then go behind the ball and sight a
line from the ball to the cup. The line will have a high and
a low side. The more the slope, the more the ball will curve
downward. This is the first part of the read.

The second part is to read the effect of the grain. Look at
the grass that grows between the ball and the hole and look
at the edge of the cup. The edge of the cup will have a sharp
side and a dull side. The ball breaks toward the dull side.

Next, add up all this information and determine the starting
line and the speed of the putt, the latter of which is
affected by the texture and the firmness of the surface.
Remember, the ball will break more as it loses the energy of
your stroke and slows down, so choose a line that will start
the ball to the high side of the hole, and put only enough
speed on it so it will slow significantly as it approaches
the hole, and hopefully drops in!

For expert instruction on putting, along with all your short-
and long-game needs, look no further than your local PGA Golf
Professional, who will advise you on the drills and the
latest technology and practice aids that can help you become
a "money" putter. Visit www.PlayGolfAmerica.com and use the
zip code search tool to find PGA-staffed facilities offering
lessons, clinics and leagues near you.

Also, speaking of putting surfaces, the Dye Course at The PGA
Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Fla., has had all its greens
resurfaced with Champion Ultra Dwarf grass, which was chosen
because it holds color and texture during dormant winter
months better than other breeds. If you're in the area of
The PGA Golf Club on or after the Oct. 1 re-opening, plan
on stopping by and giving Pete Dye's latest renovation a try.

Until next time, here's to better golf!

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