There’s nothing like getting up and down to save par. There’s also nothing worse than blading or chunking a chip and failing to get your ball anywhere near the hole.
Having a solid short game is crucial for any golfer, no matter the skill level. But some of us weekend warriors will never be able to spend hours around the practice green to dial in every single wedge like the pros.
However, we know your time is just as important as your short game, so we’re here to improve your chipping in 90 seconds.
Okay, we might be a little ambitious. Your short game isn’t going to magically transform in 90 seconds, but you can practice this drill in that short amount of time.
Pick a section of the practice area just off the green, set two clubs down about two feet apart and place a few balls in the middle of the shafts. Your goal is to hit the balls onto the green without hitting either of the clubs that are in front or behind the balls.
There are different ways to approach this. You could keep your club very close to your body as you swing down, but you’ll likely just clip the top of the ball. You could also chop down at the ball and limit your follow-through, but that’ll result in a low screamer across the green. Neither of these shots are very useful.
The best way to successfully complete this exercise is to let the bounce of your wedges do all the work. Bounce dictates how the sole of your club interacts with the ground and ultimately makes chipping less of a guessing game.
To use bounce properly, you need to think about the bottom of the club literally bouncing off the ground. In this drill, the shafts on the ground are meant to encourage a more predictable angle of attack — not too steep and not too shallow — which controls how you present the club’s bounce at impact.
Once you get a feel for how to use bounce, continue to practice that same swing using the two clubs on the ground as guides.
Do you want to see this quick-hitting drill in action? Watch GOLFTEC’s Nick Clearwater demonstrate it in the video below.
PING released the G410 drivers and woods at the beginning of the year and from the results we’ve seen so far, our student’s are recording a ton of distance and swing speed gains.
Now PING has unveiled their latest addition to the G410 line, the LST (Low Spin Technology) driver. This new extension provides golfers with a driver that reduces spin by 200-400 rpm and features a pear-shaped head that’s smaller than the G410 Plus by 5cc. The face sits slightly open with a score-line pattern that frames the impact area at address, which adds to the visual aesthetic.
The G410 LST has the same forgiveness and adjustability as the G410 Plus, PING’s first driver to feature Moveable Weight Technology. This allows the customization of the driver’s center of gravity by moving the weight in the draw, neutral or fade position.
John K. Solheim, PING President said, “The combination of lower spin and more stability plus the ability to dial in the shot shape with our movable-weight technology greatly expands the types of golfers who can benefit from the technology of the G410 LST driver. The addition of the movable-weight technology in our low-spin driver option allows us to fit a wider range of golfers.”
PING is known for making drivers with high MOI (moment of inertia) and the G410 LST is no exception. In fact, this driver has three percent higher MOI over its predecessor, the G400 LST. But is it right for you?
“As always, we encourage golfers to undergo a thorough custom fitting with a trained PING Fitting Specialist to determine which G410 driver model best fits their game,” said Solheim.
We agree. If you’re looking for a driver that’ll help drop your spin and is forgiving off of the tee, then the G410 LST might be the one for you! And remember, the only way to find out for sure is to find a local GOLFTEC and try it out yourself.
Head size: 450cc
Lofts: 9°, 10.5°
Standard length: 45.25″
Average lie angle: 57.0°
Head weight: 206g
Standard swingweight: D4
Stock shaft: PING Tour (65g)
No upcharge aftermarket shafts: PING Alta CB Red, Tensei CK Orange (60g/70g), Even Flow Black (75g)
Stock grip: Golf Pride Tour Velvet
It’s one of our favorite weeks of the year; PGA Championship week. This week we celebrate all the PGA and its members have done for this great game.
Nearly 25 years ago, Joe Assell, a Mississippi State PGA Golf Management intern and aspiring PGA Professional, was introduced to a computer that would change his life forever.
In the basement of Cherry Hills Country Club in Denver, an idea about how to modify golf instruction was born.
With the help of his mentor, Joe went from being an assistant professional at one of the country’s most prestigious golf clubs to co-founding a company that teaches more than 1 million golf lessons per year.
And fast forward to today, GOLFTEC has more than 200 Centers operating across the world.
Certainly, it’s no surprise that a PGA Professional like Joe could grow what felt like a small idea into a company of hundreds of fellow Pros. Today, they remain dedicated to their mission to help people play better golf.
Watch the feature below to learn about Joe’s journey to building GOLFTEC, the world leader in golf improvement.
There are few days that bring the entire golf industry together. Maybe the Masters, the Ryder Cup or even when a once “has-been” golfer wins his fifth green jacket. But if there is one day that brings the entire country together in the name of golf, it’s National Golf Day.
For the past two years, #NationalGolfDay has trended on social media, and you’ve probably seen some of your favorite golf accounts and professional golfers share what golf means to them. You’ve also probably noticed social posts about the golf industry’s economical, environmental, charitable and health impact throughout the country.
Seeing all of the social interaction is inspiring, but this year, I got to see what happens on National Golf Day up close and personal in Washington D.C.
Even though National Golf Day is a single day—May 1st this year—the action starts the day before. The community service project, which is led by the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA), might not be the biggest highlight of National Golf Day, but I thought it was one of the best parts of the entire ordeal.
Bright and early on Tuesday, April 30th, about 200 volunteers ranging from golf course superintendents, to a golf course owner/senator of Indiana, to your GOLFTEC social media guru gathered around the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. After a group picture was taken, John Deere gloves and bright neon safely vests were handed out, we were off to our designated duties.
The unique thing about the community service project was being able to actually help the National Parks Service lay sod, mow grass, trim trees and hedges and plant flowers along on the National Mall. I had the privilege of planting flowers around the Washington Monument. I bet a lot of people don’t get the chance to say they’ve done that in their lifetime!
By Wednesday, everyone had cleaned the dirt off their hands and suited up to take golf to Capitol Hill. During the early hours of the day, industry members gathered to speak with their congressional members about golf’s impact.
Remember all those stats peppering social media? Well, the people who attend National Golf Day in Washington D.C. actually get a chance to talk to government representatives about all the great things golf does for this country.
I was able to spend the entire day in the Rayburn Building on Capitol Hill where I watched congressmen, staffers, custodians, kids, and many more people take swings, wearing everything from full suits and ties to dresses and heels.
Some people had never held a club before, but watching their face light up when they made contact reminded me why National Golf Day is so important: this game is fun!
If there was one thing I took away from being right in the middle of the craziness that is National Golf Day, it was a reminder that this sport reaches so many people.
Later in the day, a man in a wheelchair who was paralyzed from the waist down came up to the GOLFTEC booth and said he wanted to take a swing. His chair lifted him up in a standing position, he grabbed a club and, whack! He hammered a ball. Not only is golf fun, but golf is for everyone.
— GOLFTEC (@GOLFTEC) May 1, 2019
The economic impacts we see during National Golf Day are crucial, because an $84 billion industry that impacts nearly two million jobs in this country is important and so are golf’s charitable, environmental, fitness and societal benefits. But we also have to think about the underlying factor to all of that. Golf is a cherished pastime that influences many different people, who all share a love of the game.
There may have been a point in your golf career when you had finally given up on fixing your slice. Dejected, your conclusion was to play the unfortunate, short-knocker’s ball flight for life. We’ll be the first to suggest you should play to your current tendencies, but fixing your slice should absolutely be a top priority.
A majority of students who walk through our doors struggle with the banana ball. But our coaches know a slice isn’t going to be completely cured in one lesson or with one drill. Oftentimes, the long-term solution starts with training a radically different ball flight as quickly as possible.
In this case, a slicer needs to learn how to hit a draw—or even a nasty hook.
A draw is the opposite of a slice, so you’ll need to train your body to move in an opposite way than what you’re used to. To engrain a new movement pattern successfully, you’ll need to feel like you’re over-exaggerating the moves needed to hit a draw.
To summarize, there are four adjustments you’ll need to make to your swing to help encourage an over-draw.
Put all of these elements together, hit a shot, and you should see an exaggerated, over-drawn golf shot.
Now, you won’t want to play golf with this shot, and we don’t recommend taking this exaggerated swing out on the course expecting miracles. But this is a good way to start reversing your slicing pattern if you feel like you’ve never seen the ball draw. And with time, you’ll get a feel for how to adjust your swing to never hit that nasty slice again.
To see this drill in action, watch GOLFTEC’s Nick Clearwater demonstrate it in the below video.
You’ve seen us saying it in your inbox, on Golf Channel, and all over social media. Club fitting matters, and we strive to offer the best experience in golf.
That’s why we’re so proud to have been named a Ping Top 100 Club Fitter.
“Over the past two years we have completely revamped our club fitting system to ensure every golfer who walks through our doors is playing with the most optimized equipment for their game,” said Joe Assell, GOLFTEC co-founder and CEO. “We’re honored to be recognized as one of the top fitters by a brand as respected and revered as Ping.”
Last year, 75 percent of golfers who went through driver fittings at GOLFTEC gained an average of 25 yards. And golfers with higher handicaps gained even more distance. Club fitting isn’t just for the pros or elite golfers anymore, it’s for everyone.
“Being properly fit for clubs is the fastest way for any golfer to see immediate and significant improvement,” said John Solheim, Ping President. “GOLFTEC has established itself as one of the nation’s leading premium club fitters and Ping is proud to play a part in its mission to help all golfers play better and find more enjoyment in the game.”
If you’re ready to ensure your clubs aren’t holding you back, find a local GOLFTEC and schedule a club fitting today.