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Putting Drill: Improve your putting touch with this simple drill   Leave a comment

1-puttIf you can sharpen your awareness of how the power you are applying translates into how far the ball goes, you can really start to improve your putting feel. Here is a simple game that will help. Gather 10 balls – ideally the same brand and model you use in competition. Strike the first one 20ft or so away.

Your goal for the next ball is to get it as close to the first ball as possible while leaving it short of it. Repeat that task for each subsequent putt. Ultimately, your goal is to fit all nine balls between that first one and the point you are putting from.

To achieve that, you’ll need to keep each gap down to no more than a couple of feet. That demands pure touch and feel. Make this game a regular part of your putting practice and your touch will dramatically improve.

Mind the Games

If your putt goes past the ball before, start again. Can you fit all nine balls between the furthest ball and your putting position?


Posted 16 January, 2018 by E. Marino in Putter, Tips, Today´s Golfer

Slicers: Try to Hook It   Leave a comment

Butch-Harmon-drivingDoing the opposite will fix that miss to the righ

Maybe you only sometimes hit that big slider to the right off the tee, or maybe you fear it every time you step up. Whatever the case, a slice happens when the clubface is open to the path of the swing at impact.

The move that typically leaves the face open is the back shoulder lurching toward the ball at the start of the downswing—a common problem when golfers swing hard. When the shoulder moves out, it pushes the club onto an out-to-in path, and the clubface will usually be open to that path when it reaches the ball. Fore right!

First, close your feet, hips and shoulders to the target at address.

Second, swing the club back slightly to the inside as you turn your shoulders to the top.

Third, start the downswing by shifting your lower body toward the target, taking care to keep your right shoulder—for righties—back and in.

Finally, swing your arms and the club out and through the ball, letting your left elbow fold down and the upper part of your left arm stay close to your side. Your right arm will release over your left, squaring the face. It’s the quickest way to fix a slice.

Posted 13 January, 2018 by E. Marino in GolfDigest, Notes, Tips

When it fits your eye: let the shot hppen   Leave a comment

levelWhen you come to a hole that bends in the direction that your drives naturally curve, you think, Finally, a hole made for me.

Well, you have to be careful, because the situation is tempting you to hit the hero shot. If you’re a fade player, you look at a dogleg-right hole and want to just rip it. The problem is, if you aim straight and over-fade your drive into the inside corner of the dogleg, that’s where the worst trouble is. You’ve just turned your dream hole into a nightmare.

To play a hole that matches your shot shape, aim at the outside corner of the dogleg and give your tee shot room to work back toward the middle. If you’re a fade player on that dogleg-right, here’s the procedure: First, aim the clubface at the left edge of the fairway (left); then, set your body lines—feet, hips, shoulders—parallel to the line the face is on (right). Now you can make your normal swing—no steering!—and your preferred shot shape will move the ball into perfect position

Posted 14 November, 2017 by E. Marino in Harmon, Tips

Uphill drives: set up a high launch   Leave a comment

uphillThis one’s a classic. You see the fairway rising in front of you and think you have to help the ball up. So what do you do? You play the ball way forward in your stance or hang back and flip your hands upward at impact. These moves are not reliable and often lead to topped drives or hitting the ground behind the ball—the dreaded drop-kick.

It’s true, you want to create more carry on uphill shots, but you have to do it the right way. Take your normal address (left), then move your back foot four or five inches to your right, widening your stance (right). This will angle your upper body a little more away from the target.

You’ll make a good turn and be able to shift forward coming down and still be behind the ball so you can hit up on it slightly. That upswing hit creates a high launch.

Remember, the tee box of an uphill hole is as level as any other; no need to adjust your swing. Just set up behind the ball a touch, and you’ll get more carry.

Posted 14 November, 2017 by E. Marino in Harmon, Tips

Short holes: swing to a distance   Leave a comment

Butch HarmonYou step up on short par 4s and your instinct is to get as close to the green as possible, so you whale away with your driver. That’s OK for good players, but golfers less skilled with wedges need to look at the shot they’re leaving themselves. If you’re playing a 300-yard hole and you drive it 240, the remaining 60-yard shot can be one of the toughest. Add in a small green or deep front bunker—common features on short par 4s—and you can make a big number fast.

The trick on these holes is to drive the ball to your favorite wedge yardage. For some players, it’s a full wedge, like 110 yards, or a three-quarter shot of 80 or 90 yards. Then you look at the length of the hole (300) and subtract your favorite distance (110) to figure out what you want from your tee shot. In this case, covering 190 yards might mean hitting a hybrid or long iron. Then just commit to covering that yardage, not swinging like you have a driver in your hands. You’ll make more birdies that way than trying to pitch it close from an awkward distance nearer the green.

Posted 14 November, 2017 by E. Marino in Harmon, Tips

Hit the gas to improve pitching accuracy   Leave a comment

Think miles per hour from inside 100 yards

LeadbetterNeed for speed: Swing speed — not swing length — is the best way to control pitching distance.

The most common way golfers are told to regulate distance on pitch shots is to vary the length of the backswing. But I’ve always found it extremely difficult to get players to know exactly how far back they take the club. How would they know? It’s not like a bell goes off when they get to the correct spot.

Instead of worrying about varying backswing lengths, focus on one length — halfway back, with the left arm parallel with the ground. From there, key on the acceleration factor through impact. For example, if you want to hit a 90-yard shot, think about making a 90-mph swing. If you want to hit it 70 yards, make it 70 mph and so on. Obviously, these speeds are not accurate, but it’s a great mental concept for improving distance control on your pitch shots.

Posted 14 November, 2017 by E. Marino in Leadbetter, Tips

Uneven lies and how to beat them   Leave a comment

A large percentage of shots during a round of golf will not be from a perfect, level lie like you practice on the range.  Understanding what may or may not happen from these uneven lies and making the necessary set-up adjustments are extremely important to executing the shot and minimizing the BIG mistakes.

When executing any of the uneven lies, use these three steps to help.

  • Take several practice swings to get a feel for the slope
  • Swing at 75% tempo
  • Use a three-quarter length swing


  • Choke down on the club
  • Aim right of the target
  • Weight towards the toes
  • Create a more upright posture
  • Use less club to reduce the hook


The more lofted club you use for this shot, the further the face will point to the left. Using a lower lofted club will point closer to the target at address and reduce the amount of hook on the shot. This lie shifts the ball closer and higher to you than normal, which will steepen the swing plane, causing you to hit too much ground. At impact, feel the club just brushing the top of the grass. The slope, and a flatter swing plane, will create a right-to-left flight.


  • Grip up on the club
  • Aim left of the target
  • Weight toward the heels
  • Increase knee flex
  • Use more loft to reduce any slice


This is by far the hardest of the four uneven lies. Why? In this situation, your swing needs to be more upright than normal WITHOUT changing your posture or knee flex during the backswing.

Opposite of the other lie, the ball is now further away, making is easier for you to thin or top the shot. Keep your chest down and keep your knee flex throughout the swing, including the finish. Use a club with more loft to help increase backswing on the ball which will reduce the amount of slice. Play for a left-to-right shape and stay down.

Posted 14 November, 2017 by E. Marino in Golf Tips Mag, Tips