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Golfing Great Arnold Palmer Dies at 87

Arnold Palmer

Golfing Great Arnold Palmer

Passes Away at Age 87

Arnold Palmer was a true legend of the game of golf.  He was an inspiration to many golfers throughout the world and he will be missed by all of us who love the game.

A true ambassador of the sport, Arnie left a lasting impression on everyone from PGA professionals to the average golfer throughout the world. From young to old, he has touched us all, for which we are grateful.

Throughout his career, he had 4 Green Jackets, 1 U.S. Open title, 2 Open Championships, 6 Ryder Cup teams and 62 PGA Tour wins.

As we say goodbye to a true competitor of the sport, here are some of my favorite Arnold Palmer quotes:

“Golf is deceptively simple and endlessly complicated.”
 “What other people may find in poetry or art museums, I find in the flight of a good drive.”
“I have a tip that can take five strokes off anyone’s golf game: it’s called an eraser.”
 “Concentration comes out of a combination of confidence and hunger.”
“Success in golf depends less on strength of body than upon strength of mind and character.”
“Putting is like wisdom – partly a natural gift and partly the accumulation of experience.”
“I’ve always made a total effort, even when the odds seemed entirely against me. I never quit trying; I never felt that I didn’t have a chance to win.”
“The most rewarding things you do in life are often the ones that look like they cannot be done.”
“What do I mean by concentration? I mean focusing totally on the business at hand and commanding your body to do exactly what you want it to do.”
“You must play boldly to win.”

Thank you for all the memories.

September 25, 2016 Posted by Matt

See the Shot – Golf Tip

see the shotMost golfers who have a lower handicaps visualize or “See the Shot” in their minds before they hit the ball.  Visualization allows you to mentally prepare to hit the shot you want to hit.  Once you’ve mentally prepared yourself for the shot, commit to it and just hit it!  If you are picturing a shot that’s going in the water guess where it’s likely to go? Right in the water.  So during practice, stand behind the ball, visualize the shot, hold the image in your mind, then step up to the ball and hit it.  There’s a great chance if you practice this way you will improve your scores.

September 17, 2016 Posted by Matt

Punch It Out – Golf Tip

Punch it OutWhen you get into trouble, punch it out.  One of the hardest shots in golf is to hit a recovery shot to get the ball back in play. Especially when you may have to hit the ball sideways or backwards.  Let’s face it, it stinks! Your goal should be to get the ball back in play as fast as possible.

For example, let’s say you end up in the trees.  To head towards safe ground, you want to punch it out low to stay under all the branches.  Make sure you lower your front shoulder and play the ball back in your stance.  Next step is to hit down on the ball and hold your finish low to the ground.  And most importantly, keep your head still at impact.

Finally, pick a specific target on the fairway.  Just hitting the ball without a target identified may result in more trouble instead of getting you out of trouble!

September 12, 2016 Posted by Matt

Fast Greens – Golf Tip

fast greensIf you are putting on fast greens, make the ball fall in on its last rotation. It’s especially important if you have a downhill putt. You want the ball to have the best chance to go in the hole in as many ways possible.  A ball that is just barely moving has a chance to drop into the hole if it catches the lip.  If you hit the ball with too much speed, unless you hit the ball dead center the ball will likely spin out of the hole.  When you are on fast greens, use light grip pressure and think about dying the ball into the hole.

September 4, 2016 Posted by Matt

Perfect Lies – Golf Tip

Perfect LiesPerfect lies are far and few between when you are on the golf course.  So when you are on the driving range, why do you only practice shots from a perfect lie? Since there are a wide variety of lies on the golf course, try practicing various types of shots while you are on the driving range.  Practice hitting out of divots or off of hard pan.  Try hitting off an uphill or downhill lie.

Also, if you’re playing in southwest Florida, try hitting off of pine straw or coquina sand to get a sense of how the ball will react from those surfaces.

Bottom Line:

Although perfect lies would be ideal, if you practice come of these tough shots you will improve your game.

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August 26, 2016 Posted by Matt

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Grip Pressure – Golf Tip

grip pressureTry experimenting with grip pressure when you are putting.  Every golfer is different so there is no one ideal amount of pressure you should use during your putting.  Start by hitting putts with a light grip and gradually increase the pressure in small amounts.  You will know when you find your ideal grip pressure when you start feeling comfortable and make solid contact during your putting stroke.  You should also experiment on different types of greens with different grip pressures.  If the greens are really slow.  Often times when greens are slow and you are using a light grip pressure your putts will come up just short.  So try to increasing your pressure and you will find you will make more putts.  Likewise, if you are on really fast greens, ease up a bit on your grip pressure.

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August 25, 2016 Posted by Matt

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Correct Posture – Golf Tip

Correct PostureIf you have correct posture at setup you will set yourself up for a good golf swing.  When you have proper posture, you will be able to stay on balance throughout your swing.  Go find a picture of a PGA touring pro and look at their posture at address.  Then, set up as if you are going to hit a shot in front of a full length mirror.  What do you see?  Try copying the golf pros posture and see how it feels.

Now Fix it:

Head to the driving range and hit some golf shots with your new posture.  You should see an improvement immediately.

August 15, 2016 Posted by Matt

 

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Slight Pull – Golf Tip

slight pullIf you have a slight pull to your putts on almost every putt, then try playing the ball slightly right of the hole.  Or you can try playing the ball off the toe of your putter.  If you try either of these two options, the ball should roll straight or a bit to the right.  The result will be more putts going in the hole!

Bottom Line:

When you are consistently missing putts to the left or the right during your round of golf, you need to make adjustments to fix the problem for the day.  Then consider getting a putting lesson from a PGA professional to get your putting stroke back on track.

August 12, 2016 Posted by Matt

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Long Putting – Golf Tip

long puttingDo you struggle with long putting? If you do but do okay with your short putts then you should consider using a different grip for different distances.  For example, you may want to try using a traditional grip on your long putting. Then, try using a left-hand-low grip on your short putts.

Head to the practice green and experiment with various putting grips for a variety of distances.  Once you’ve had a chance to practice this new method, test it out on the golf course. Many top PGA professionals have tried different putting styles for different distances.  Perhaps this new method will work for you too!

August 10, 2016 Posted by Matt

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Slicing – Golf Tip

slicingIf you slicing your golf shots then you are probably bringing the club back too far inside.  As a result, you have to push the club way outside at the top of the swing to get the club back to the ball.  This type of swing path is referred to as as an outside-to-inside path and is the most common cause of slicing your golf shots.

Fix Your Slice:

To fix your slice, keep your hands quiet and push the club straight back.  Your left hand should be the hand that guides the club back.  As you make your shoulder turn, the club will be slightly inside which is normal.  By making this change, your club will be in the proper position at the top of your backswing.  You will now have a swing path where the club head is moving inside-to-out.  If you make this slight change you should see straighter shots!

August 4, 2016 Posted by Matt

 

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