Category: Golf Tips


March 18, 2014

Golf Tips, Swing Advice With Top 100 Teacher Brady Riggs

Posted at 9:17 AM by Matt Newman

88x88_0002_Brady-RiggsGolf Magazine Top 100 Teacher Brady Riggs will be online Tuesday at noon ET to answer your swing questions and analyze swing videos. If you have a question or video link for Brady, leave it in the CoverItLive chat below!

March 11, 2014

Golf Tips, Swing Advice With Top 100 Teacher Brady Riggs

Posted at 9:07 AM by Matt Newman

Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher Brady Riggs will be online Tuesday at noon ET to answer your swing questions and analyze swing videos. If you have a question or video link for Brady, leave it in the CoverItLive chat below!

March 04, 2014

Golf Tips, Swing Advice With Top 100 Teacher Brady Riggs

Posted at 9:57 AM by Pete Madden

Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher Brady Riggs will be online Tuesday at noon ET to answer your swing questions and analyze swing videos. If you have a question or video link for Brady, leave it in the CoverItLive chat below!

February 18, 2014

Golf Tips, Swing Advice With Top 100 Teacher Brady Riggs

Posted at 8:50 AM by Matt Newman

88x88_0002_Brady-RiggsGolf Magazine Top 100 Teacher Brady Riggs will be online Tuesday at noon ET to answer your swing questions and analyze swing videos. If you have a question or video link for Brady, leave it in the CoverItLive chat below!

January 21, 2014

Golf Tips, Swing Advice With Top 100 Teacher Brady Riggs

Posted at 11:13 AM by Matt Newman

88x88_0002_Brady-RiggsGolf Magazine Top 100 Teacher Brady Riggs will be online Tuesday at noon p.m. ET to answer your swing questions and analyze swing videos. If you have a question or video link for Brady, leave it in the CoverItLive chat below!

May 16, 2013

To play better golf right now, read The Par Plan

Posted at 5:36 PM by Golf.com

The-Par-PlanEvery golfer has a number in mind-a goal score that represents a successful round. Now Golf Magazine and GolfTEC, the global leader in golf instruction with four million lessons taught and a 95-percent success rate, have created a blueprint to finally help golfers reach it in just thirty days.

The Par Plan, the first book to offer instruction across three platforms (lessons, video, swing-analysis app), presents a six-part blueprint that golfers of all levels can follow. Playing better golf is like the fitting together pieces of a puzzle; you need to get each one right in order to realize the full picture. The plan emphasizes this by helping players break down their games into nine key areas -- driving, putting, wedge play, scrambling, iron play, strategy, equipment, shot-making, and bunker play -- and providing a practical day-by-day regimen. As golfers progress through the plan, they'll notice that making slight improvement in these areas, just enough to cut one or two strokes per skill, will significantly improve their overall score.

Designed to produce not only maximum but also lasting results, Golf Magazine and GolfTEC equips players with lesson schedules and targeted on-range and at-home drills. Before moving onto a new key area, golfers complete self-assessment tests. They can also take advantage of the plan's revolutionary swing-analysis app, My Pro To Go. David DeNunzio, Golf Magazine's Managing Editor for Instruction, who worked closely Andy Hilts, GolfTEC's Vice President of Instruction and Education, on The Par Plan, argues that video analysis is an essential tool.

"It provides you with facts and truths that your sense of feel or a friend's eye simply can't catch. Pros know this, which is why video now dominates Tour practice tees."

The result is an easy-to-follow plan to revolutionize a golfer's game in thirty days. Good practice days will soon translate into solid rounds as golfers learn how to add yards to their drives, avoid costly mistakes on the putting green and build an arsenal of score-saving swings.

"Golfers they don't need to be shot-making machines in order to reach their target scores," said DeNunzio. "They just need to have a plan."

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July 05, 2010

New iPhone App Repairs Your Swing On The Spot

Posted at 11:44 AM by Jeff Ritter

P1-golf-fix_283x450 It doesn't matter if you're a scratch handicap or a weekend duffer -- no golfer is immune from losing his swing in the middle of a round.

Thankfully, now there's an app for that.

It's called "Golf Shot Fixes," and it's the brainchild of Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher Mitchell Spearman. A former PGA Tour pro, Spearman has created an app that offers high-def video tips to correct virtually any type of swing malfunction. Problem areas addressed include slices, hooks, shanks and chunked chips. More than 60 video clips were filmed at Orlando's Isleworth Country Club.

"My app gives instant access to professional advice so you can figure out what you're doing wrong and fix your swing straightaway," Spearman said. "Your skills -- and round -- will improve immediately."

The app costs $4.99 and is now available in the iTunes Store.

For more information, visit golfshotfixes.com.

August 17, 2009

Top 100 Teacher holding web instruction seminar

Posted at 2:10 PM by Anne Szeker

On Monday, August 17, at 3:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. Eastern time, GOLF Magazine Top 100 Teacher Laird Small will be taking part in an online seminar to help you improve your golf game.

Small, who is the director of instruction at the Pebble Beach Golf Academy and was the 2003 PGA of America Teacher of the Year, will be joined by Ingrid Gudenas, president of Effective Training Solutions in Silicon Valley, Calif.

Topics that will be discussed include:
·     Improving your consistency
·     Creating more power
·     Distance and directional control
·     Developing a sound pre-shot routine

Each session will last one hour and space is limited. The cost is $125. For more information and to sign up, go to http://www.trainingsuccess.com/golf/

Get more tips from Top 100 Teacher Laird Small

April 15, 2009

How to get your swing back after a long layoff

Posted at 2:53 PM by Nancy Quarcelino

It’s that time of year – the weather is 80 degrees one day and 35 the next. It’s difficult to get on the course consistently, and we’re all rusty from lack of play over the winter. So what can you do to start the season fresh and knock that rust off? I recommend the following game plan to help get your season off to a good start.

Get your clubs ready for the season
If your clubs need to be re-gripped, do it at the beginning of the season.  If you are looking at a new set of clubs now is the time to buy them.  By all means if you are looking at getting a new set, get a club fitting.  The price is the same as if you buy them off the rack.  And remember, if your buddies are selling you their old set, try before you buy!  They may be a good deal, just not for you.

Play!
Get out and play a few rounds  After a long, cold winter your body is stiff and needs to move. The first time you swing after a long time away is the hardest, so make sure you get to the course early enough to warm up your full swing and short game to give yourself the best chance at making a good score. Play a few rounds, see what your swing and game are like, and then develop a plan for improving your game.

Goal Setting
What would you like to accomplish this season in your golf game? Maybe you would like to lower your score 10 strokes, or add distance to all your clubs. Perhaps you want to play more golf and learn to practice correctly. Whatever your goal may be, you need to sit with your instructor and plan out your year.

Lessons
Taking golf lessons early on in the season is a great start to accomplishing your goals for the year. An instructor can help direct your game and help you understand how you are going to reach your goals.  They will also keep you on task. If your goal is to lower your score by 10 strokes, and your short game is the place you need the most help, your instructor will keep your focus on that part of the game.

Schedule
If golf is your serious hobby you should plan time for it. You will want to plan your practice time, your playing time and your lesson time. If you know your schedule at the first of the season you will stick to that time. Planning is the key for improvement.

Balance
Just as you need balance in your life, your game needs balance also. If you play too much and never practice, your game will stay the same. If you practice your driving and never practice putting, then your game will be unbalanced. Your game needs a good balance of practice on all parts of the game. You need to play different golf courses to give your game a different look. Do something different for your golf game this year to keep improving.

Practice
Practice days need to be structured. I see golfers get a large bucket of golf balls and work only on the driver. If the driver is what you wanted to work on, then great. But if you wanted to practice a consistent swing, then a mid-iron would be best. Give some direction to your practice and watch your game improve.

By developing a plan for your golf game early in the season, you will see the pay off all year round. Good luck!

March 31, 2009

Ask the Top 100: How to use lead tape to fix your slice

Posted at 1:25 PM by Gale Peterson

Where should I put lead tape on a driver to correct a wicked slice?
John B., via email

Great question, John. I asked Craig Allan, our club fitter at Sea Island Golf Club in Georgia, for help with this one. Here’s what he had to say:

Within every clubhead design there is really only one optimal CG (center of gravity) position, so it is probably best to get fit to a clubhead that creates the ball flight you desire. That is why equipment makers intending to help golfers improve their ball flights are designing drivers with shafts that insert at different positions instead of drivers with adjustable weights.

That said, it is possible to slightly adjust the CG and bias of a club with some specific placement of weight. This type of "tweak" is sometimes necessary when your club is close, but not perfect.

For…
 
More Draw/Less Fade = Weight on heel
More Fade/Less Draw = Weight on toe
 
Adjusting the vertical trajectory is more difficult as loft is really the primary factor, but here are some guidelines…
 
Higher with more draw or less fade = Weight on low heel
Lower with more draw or less fade = Weight on high heel
Higher with more fade or less draw = Weight on low toe
Lower with more fade or less draw = Weight on high toe

Good luck,

Gale

Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher Gale Peterson teaches at the Sea Island Golf Learning Center in St. Simons Island, Ga.


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