Lofty expectations BRYAN LEBEDEVITCH, PGA
Pitching can be a challenge, particularly for amateurs who carry four wedges and complicate the situation. I limit the number of clubs a student uses until they show a high level of competency hitting the...
Thoughts that count BRIAN SCHIPPEL, PGA, AND JENTRY FIELDS
We’ve shaped our South County Golf Academy junior performance program to develop next-level players. The idea is to create an athlete first and allow the skills and determination needed for success...
Stick the landing JORDAN KING THOMAS, PGA
A common mistake I see with amateurs is having the club’s shaft and head tipping toward their toes, which makes it impossible to deliver the club to the ball on the proper path. What you want to do...
Letter opener BRIAN SCHIPPEL, PGA
I use an “L to L” drill to help students understand body movement in the swing. Width is crucial to consistent ball striking and more distance, and this drill promotes keeping your arms and...
Target practice JORDAN KING THOMAS, PGA
Some of the most painful putts missed are uphill or downhill 3- to 6-footers. Not only does missing one affect your score, it can also get in your head and affect your thinking the rest of the round.
Chipping in BRYAN LEBEDEVITCH, PGA
If you struggle with distance control on chips, your setup likely mirrors what you do on full shots. That often causes timid impact and inconsistent contact. If this sounds familiar, these adjustments can...
Work in progress JENNIFER PARKER
In order to stay relaxed and not exert extra effort, beginning golfers should focus on controlling the club during the backswing. This can best be accomplished by making the club feel as light as possible...
Short and sweet JASON PUTERBAUGH, PGA
Feeling and executing the proper swing for your wedge game requires repetition and a good drill. This one works for me and hopefully will for you:
Wrist reward PAUL MIERNICKI, PGA
Cocking your wrists and hinging the club are important but separate things, with the former being simpler and more repeatable than the latter.
Going the distance BY GRANT STROBEL, PGA
Putting practice should be about improving direction or distance control. This Ladder Drill – requiring only four tees and your putter – will help with the latter: