2018

  • Shot 6: Tight Lie Chip & Run

    Friday, 2 November 2018

    Sometimes, missing the green can leave you in a spot where the lie feels too tight for a lofted iron, but too far from the hole for the shorter-shafted putter. In these situations, the hybrid’s rounded head and longer shaft make finding the needed contact and power much easier. Broadly copy your putting action and this shot becomes safer and easier. VERTICAL...

  • Shot 5: The Chip From The Collar

    Friday, 2 November 2018

    The hybrid is perfectly equipped to deal with this frustrating situation. Clean apron in front of the ball allows a shot that hugs the ground, while the thicker grass behind it makes it impossible to predict contact with any loft. While the rounded head brushes through the grass well, it still pays to minimise contact with it. Follow this three-...

  • Shot 4: The Fairway Trap Escape

    Friday, 2 November 2018

    "Wood in sand, wood in head" was the old motto... but that was before the advent of the hybrid. Its curved, rounded sole acts like a sand wedge's bounce, skipping the head forward rather than digging down; and its slim profile and low-down weight promote the easy launch and height you often need from fairway traps. Build these tips into your...

  • Shot 3: The Semi Rough

    Friday, 2 November 2018

    While the straight edges and sharp angles of an iron tend to get snagged up in longer grass, the rounded shape of the hybrid allows it to sweep through. Yes, the longer grass will take some heat out of the impact, but if you can maintain your balance and rhythm you should be able to get the ball 150 yards...

  • Shot 2: The Poor Fairway Lie

    Friday, 2 November 2018

    The hybrid can of course be used for all fairway shots, the technique broadly similar to the tee shot. But the club is especially useful when the ball is sitting down. Its low profile and low weighting means you can get reasonable launch and carry even when squeezing the ball out of a poor lie. In terms of technique, you...

  • Hybrids: One Club, Six Shots

    Thursday, 25 October 2018

    One Club, Six Shots: Hybrids aren’t solely for long shots – they come in handy all over the place When the R&A adopted the 14-club rule 80 years ago, little did they know that a club would be coming along that would make a mockery of it. With the searing power of a 2-iron, the easy launch of a 6-iron, the...

  • Justin Rose: 7 Ways to hit it pure

    Monday, 8 October 2018

    Justin Rose: 7 Ways to hit it pure  Known as one of the Tour's 'flushers', Justin Rose has been an elite ball-striker for more than a decade. Working with coaches Sean Foley and Justin Buckthorp to improve his swing technique and physical conditioning, he has been able to keep up with the new generation of power hitters that play the game in...

  • Tommy Fleetwood: My 5 Tips for lower Scores

    Monday, 8 October 2018

    Tommy Fleetwood: My 5 tips for lower scores A selection of my favourite lessons to help you in all areas of the game. 1. I try to use as little loft as possible for any shot around the green. I like to see amateurs using fairways or utility woods to chip. Using a lofted wedge demands a lot of skill and precision.

  • Tips from Europe's Ryder Cup Team

    Monday, 8 October 2018

    Golf Tips: Learn from Europe's winning Ryder Cup team We've put together a selection of the best tips from several of the 2018 European Ryder Cup squad to help you with your game.  Whether it's match play tips from Ian Poulter, ball-striking advice from Henrik Stenson or a short-game masterclass from Jon Rahm, there's plenty of advice from the victorious team in...

  • Ian Poulter: 8 Match play tips

    Monday, 8 October 2018

    Ian Poulter's 8 Match play tips: 'Try to hole everything, be aggressive and never give up in matchplay' Ian Poulter returned to the European Ryder Cup team for the first time since 2014 in Paris this year, winning two points for the victorious side that included defeating World No.1 Dustin Johnson in his singles match on Sunday.  'The Postman' has always embodied the...

  • Mind Games: Why failure is the key to success

    Thursday, 4 October 2018

    This piece comes from TG Top 50 Coach Karl Morris: Karl has worked with major winners including McDowell and Oosthuizen. 'Lowering expectations is the first step to reassessing your relationship with failure': A piece of why failure on the golf course is the key to success Despite the very best efforts of golfers, coaches and equipment manufacturers, golf remains essentially a game...

  • Grip Instruction: Get a handle on your game

    Wednesday, 22 August 2018

    Know how to use the club’s handle correctly and control of the clubface becomes automatic. These tips and drills will show you how... In the history of golf instruction there have been countless articles written on the clubhead and clubface control, but relatively few on controlling the handle. This is a little surprising, as the only way you can take...

  • Five Minute Dynamic Warm-Up

    Wednesday, 15 August 2018

    Go to the course prepared by using this five minute dynamic warm-up So you've been sitting down all day, starting at a computer screen, waiting for the moment you can leave and play some golf. It finally arrives, so you sit in a car for 20 minutes getting to the course. Sure enough, on the 1st tee you've as creased and rigid...

  • 5 shots you need for links golf and how to play them

    Wednesday, 4 July 2018

    5 Shots you need for links golf and how play them...  In order to conquer links golf, you need to play several shots consistently well – clearing the lips in the traps, driving the ball under the wind, approaches from slopey lies and chipping from tight lies. Below, Carnoustie Head Pro Colin Sinclair will show you how to play five different shots...

  • Why you should make better use of the course for practice

    Monday, 18 June 2018

    Here's how to make better use of the course for practice, and why it will help your game This tip comes from TG Top 50 coach Simon Payne, Cowglen GC, Glasgow Golf is one of the few sports where its players tend to make practice significantly easier than the actual game itself. Whether it's hitting balls from a constantly at artificial surface,...

  • Build your game around three key elements

    Thursday, 17 May 2018

    Build your game around three key elements to boost your performance and improve your scores At the start of a new season, you might expect performance coaches like me to rattle on about goals and goal-setting. But in my experience, setting targets to aspire to is an individual thing: some people respond to the challenge while others feel pressured by it,...

  • 5 Ways to get your game in shape

    Friday, 11 May 2018

    Get off to the best possible start using smart versions of golf’s five most enduring drills  These tips comes from TG Top 50 teacher Simon Payne, a UKCC Level 3 coach and PGA Fellow pro at Cowglen GC, Glasgow. There are almost as many golf swing drills as there are golfers, and over the years TG has covered pretty much all...

  • Lee Cox: The making of a long drive coach

    Tuesday, 24 April 2018

    Lee Cox is a specialist in helping people hit the ball far. In most cases, really, really, really far... This is how he does it.  There are lots of ‘speciality’ coaches in golf. Ex-NASA scientist Dave Pelz has carved out a reputation as a short game guru through his work with Phil Mickelson. Southport’s Phil Kenyon is a putting maestro, with...

  • Hit More Greens: A 5 Step Guide

    Wednesday, 18 April 2018

    A 5-Step Guide To Help You Hit More Greens Hitting a green in the regulation is deemed so important to your score that there's even a formula that connects the two. The USGA has determined that if you take your GIR number for a round, double it and subtract the total from 95, you'll near-as- dammit arrive at your round total.

  • Make The Most Of Your Talent

    Wednesday, 18 April 2018

    This tip comes from Karl Morris, who has worked with major winners including McDowell and Oosthuizen Natural athleticism, hand-eye co-ordination, an eye for a ball or just plain, simple talent. It doesn't matter what we call it, the fact is the gods did not see fit to dispense it equally. You'll know a golfer at your club for whom the game seems...

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