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"Playing in the Wind"

Many people have lots of trouble playing in the wind... (more)

Many people have lots of trouble playing in the wind and get very frustrated with windy conditions but If you can remember a few simple things it will make your round in the wind mush better and your score will improve. One of the main things to remember is when it is windy swing easy. The harder you swing the more the ball go offline and will balloon straight up into the air. The best thing to do is when you think you can get your 8 iron to the green and the wind is in your face, try using a 6 iron. Choke down on the club and take a smooth full swing and you will make better contact and the ball will stay straighter and not balloon straight up into the air. The ball will go the same distance as your 8 iron but much lower. If you can remember to do these simple things when you play in the wind your scores will improve and your fun level will go way up.

"Remember!!!- Swing Easy in the Wind and use more club!"
-- Joel
"Not Taking Enough Club"

One of the biggest mistake golfers make from the fairway is... (more)

One of the biggest mistake golfers make from the fairway is not taking enough club. Whether it’s an ego thing or not knowing their distances, so many golfers are doomed to miss greens before they set up to hit the ball. How do you know if you’re guilty of this? The simple answer is, you are hitting the ball solid and it is coming up short, but more likely you are swinging out of control, because subconsciously you know you don’t have the right stick. So the next time you’re picking a club from the fairway, ask yourself, should I take one more? -- Joel
"Having a a Good Time"

Surely technique and concentration are high on the list... (more)

Surely technique and concentration are high on the list of golf instruction, but I believe in having a good time and maintaining a positive state of mind. The more fun you have, the more relaxed you are, and relaxation is the key to the swing. Being tense and aggravated can spoil your round and everybody else’s. By putting fun back into golf, I believe you can relax, concentrate, and learn. It’s only a game. Have good time playing it! -- Joel
"Less thinking, better golfing"

I have taught golf to juniors for over 20 years and one of the things that I see that hurt the young golfers the most is worrying so much about their swings.  A lot of young golfers these days are so worried about their techniques that they can't go out and play a decent round of golf.  They hit one bad shot or have one bad swing they start thinking about what happened and how to fix it that it affects the remainder of their rounds.  I want to give all these people that think too much about their swings to go out one day and just play a single round without worrying about your swing and you might be surprised that you have a good round.  My motto:

"Less thinking, better golfing"
-- Joel

Getting Out Of The Trees

Getting Out Of The Trees Getting out of trouble-  When you hit your ball into the rough in some trees there are always several options available to you to get your ball back into play. I always try to look at my situation and try to see what is the best and safest way to get my ball back into play.   If I have plenty of room in front of me and can advance the ball towards the green then I might take a more aggressive approach.   If my ball is setting nicely then I will take my time and aim my shot which is critical. Take a half swing with some energy and hope for the best. If it works out then you are in great shape to save a par but if something goes wrong then a big number comes into play. I tell my students that if the shot is one that you don't have in your arsenal, then the best play is to find the clearest route to chip the ball sideways back into the fairway and move on and take a bogie at worst.  So whenever you get into trouble always stay calm and stay focused. I hope this helps everyone with their games.   –  Joel

Master the Setup

Master the Setup You may not be able to replicate the swing of a tour professional, but you can master the fundamentals of a good setup.   These fundamentals are often called statics because you can replicate them without any movement.   Grip, stance, alignment, and posture are fundamentals that you can master.   Look at photos and videos of a professional whose swing you admire.   Use a full-length mirror and then later have someone take a video of you.   In this way, you can copy these fundamentals for yourself.   These positions will help you to swing the club better and make better contact without moving anything.   It may take awhile for you to feel comfortable with the changes.   Ask your pro to guide you in developing a good setup, and you will be on your way to a big improvement. – Joel       

Roots - Take Caution!

Roots - Take Caution! If your ball lies up against a root - take caution! Many golfers suffer injuries trying to hit a ball that is lying next to a root. Often, the injury can be serious involving you hands, wrists or forearms. Avoid taking a full swing to ensure safety. You may chip it, putt it or if it is very difficult, opt for an unplayable lie and take a drop with a one stroke penalty. Your main objective is to simply get the ball back into play so you can play your next shot toward the green. Plus, it is also important that you don’t injure yourself while hitting the shot so always use your best judgement! – Joel       

Hoping For The Best

Hoping For The Best - I try not to hit shots that I just hope will work. Instead, I concentrate on hitting shots that I actually think I’m capable of executing. –Joel

Threading The Needle

Threading The Needle I used to think that the best way to get out of trouble was by threading the needle through the trees to get closer to the hole. Now, I don’t mind hitting a 90 degree angle shot back into the fairway. I’ll give up a stroke and end up with a bogey rather than spend all day in the woods. –Joel


Chipping - Avoid falling in love with just one club and using it for all of your shots around the green. It’s great to have a favorite club and shot, however it helps to have an arsenal of clubs for all of the different chipping situations you will face. For example, a long chip shot with lots of green to run the ball across might be better suited for a less-lofted, flatter-faced 7 or 8 iron, than, say a very lofted lob or sand wedge. Good players use the same chipping stroke, but switch the club to negotiate different distances. –Joel

Center of the Green

Play for the center of the Green - Many golfers in this new day and age of electronics get caught up in getting the exact yardage to the pin. This means that many golfers instead of hitting for the safety of the center of the green go for that exact yardage and shoot straight for the flag which is not always the best thing to do. My motto is that if you hit the ball into the center of the green then you will have a good look at the hole for your putt. If you would hit for the center of the green more often you will probably save quite a few strokes each round you play. –Joel

Practice versus Play

Practice versus Play - Practice is for improvement. Play is for enjoyment. Enjoyment is shooting your best score. Many golfers make the mistake of trying to “find their game” on the golf course during their round. This is not the time or place to experiment with your golf swing. The practice tee is the place where you fix faults and reinforce the fundamentals so you can repeat them during play under pressure. Practice is when you try for perfection in your mechanics, not worrying if the adjustment feels strange and you hit some bad shots at first. When you are playing, try to win or shoot your best score-don’t worry about your swing. With time, the motions you are working on at the practice tee will show up more and more when you are out on the course. –Joel

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