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Break 100 in Golf and Transform Your Golf Game

teacher avatar Derek Kuns, Serial Entrepreneur and Scratch Golfer

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Lessons in This Class

23 Lessons (3h 5m)
    • 1. 0.1 - Introduction to the Course

    • 2. 1.1 - The Ideal Putting Stroke

    • 3. 1.2 - Putting: Distance Control

    • 4. 1.3 - Putting: Short Putts

    • 5. 1.4 - Putting: Breaking Putts

    • 6. 1.5 - Putting: Lag Putts

    • 7. 1.6 - Putting: Psychology of Putting

    • 8. 2.1 - Fundamentals of Chipping

    • 9. 2.2 - Chipping: Course Management

    • 10. 2.3 - Chipping - Tough Chips

    • 11. 3.1 - Introduction to Pitching

    • 12. 3.2 - Pitching: Course Management

    • 13. 3.3 - Pitching: Half Wedges

    • 14. 4.1 - The Full Swing

    • 15. 4.2 - Full Swing: Aim Small, Miss Small

    • 16. 4.3 - Full Swing: Ball Flight Laws

    • 17. 5.1 - Sand Bunkers

    • 18. 5.2 Punch Shots

    • 19. 5.3 - Awkward Stances

    • 20. 6.1 - The Pre-Shot Routine

    • 21. 6.2 - Course Management Strategy

    • 22. 6.3 - Golf Psychology

    • 23. 7.1 - Breaking 100

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About This Class

Breaking 100 is the biggest hurdle for average golfers.

As a matter of fact, something like 50% of golfers will never break 100. But it doesn't have to be so difficult. The Break 100 Fast system can help you go from hacker to mid-handicapper in only 22 short lessons!

Why This Course is Different from Others

Break 100 Fast is not just a collection of tips and tricks: it is a proven step-by-step training system that will help you improve every aspect of your game - AND - it's designed with the average golfer in mind.

The course will give you:

  • The essential fundamentals you need to improve every aspect of your golf game (from putting to the full swing)

  • Effective practice drills (28+) that will force you to get better

  • A course management strategy that will make it easy to break 100

What's Covered in This Course

This course will teach you how to:

  • Make short putts and leave the long ones close

  • Chip consistently and get up-and-down

  • Be effective with your wedges

  • Make consistent full swings and cure your slice

  • Hit from sand bunkers, under the trees, and from awkward stances

  • Design an effective course management strategy

  • Maintain your mental focus even during your worst rounds

How This Course is Structured

This course consists of 22 lessons (and a brief intro) organized into 7 sections.

The sections are:

  1. Putting (6 lessons)

  2. Chipping (3 lessons)

  3. Pitching (3 lessons)

  4. Full Swing (3 lessons)

  5. Specialty Shots (3 lessons)

  6. Mental Game (3 lessons)

  7. Breaking 100 (1 lesson)

Each lesson contains two parts: Concepts and Practice.

The Concepts will teach you the fundamentals you need to be successful.

The Practice will layout the exact drills you should be doing to improve your game.

This Course is for YOU if:

  • You have never broken 100 or fail to do so consistently

  • You are willing to practice to get better

  • You are looking for highly effective practice drills

This Course is NOT for You if:

  • You want to get better immediately without any practice

  • You don't have any time to work on your game

  • You are a single-handicapper and want to learn how to break par

What Are You Waiting For?

If you've been struggling to break 100, now is your chance. This training course will give you everything you need to transform your golf game, and finally break 100.

Meet Your Teacher

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Derek Kuns

Serial Entrepreneur and Scratch Golfer


Derek is a serial entrepreneur and the founder of Break 100 Fast, the online resource that helps average golfers completely transform their golf game and learn how to break 100. Through online golf instruction, Derek has helped dozens of golfers dramatically improve their golf game and learn how to break 100 consistently.

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1. 0.1 - Introduction to the Course: hello and welcome to break 100 fast. Before we dive into the lessons, I want to give you a brief introduction so you can get the most out of the course. First off, let's consider the goals of the course Number 11 Help you improve every aspect of your golf game. And when I say every aspect, I really mean that only the physical parts where will teach you the fundamentals of putting , chipping, pitching full swing and more, but also the mental aspects like course management and golf psychology. Number two. We wanna help you have more fun and productive practice sessions. As a matter of fact, to get better quickly, you have to practice. But that practice doesn't have to feel like work, so we'll help you achieve that. Number three and perhaps the most important goal we want help you step on the course and break 100. By doing so, you'll have more fun on the course and get greater enjoyment out of the game. Let's talk about the course layout, of course, is broken up into sections is a total of seven sections. Each of those pertained one aspect of of a coat of the game. Rather, those sections are broken up in the lessons, and there's a total of 22 lessons in this course, excluding this one. Finally, those lessons are broken up into two parts. The concepts parts were teacher, the fundamentals and then a practice part where you're asked to step on the course and actually work on those fundamentals. So let's dive into those sections. A little bit more is a total of seven sections, and they follow a teaching strategy of going from the green and working back to the T. So the first sexual be putting? They'll take a step back and we're going chipping and then pitching. And then finally, the full swing, once you have down those core fundamentals, move on a specialty. Shots were look at how to play from sand bunkers, punch shots and also with awkward stances. Next, we'll look at the mental game most notably, of course, Mandria in golf psychology. And then finally, you'll be asked to step onto the course and break 100. Now, looking at the lessons, there is a total of 22 not including this one, and you'll notice that there are six lessons in the putting section, and there are three lessons and sections two through six. There more lessons in the putting section, basically, because putting is the single most important skill in this game, so we're gonna spend extra time focusing on that. Lastly, there's just one single lesson in Section seven, and that's really be asked to step on the course and actually break 100 we'll give you some tips. Help you do that. So how to use this course? As mentioned, each lesson has two parts. The concepts were will discuss the fundamentals and teach you the grip, the stance that posture for whichever aspect of the game were discussing. And then there'll be a practice section where you'll be given drills and practice schedule that you can use to take to the practice facility and actually work on those fundamentals. What I would recommend is reviewing those concepts at home and then taking the practice materials to the course that you can actually work on them in relation to those practice materials. There are some extras. There's some downloadable and printable guides, notably there's drill booklets, which will give you instructions on how to do each drill. And there's also practice logs, which will give you the assignments for each practice session. You'll find these downloadable guides available in the first lesson of each section. It's really there's two ways to do this. Course Oneness actually follow it. In order to start from potting and work all the way down to the last section. The other ways kind of jump around and look at the areas that you think you need the most help him. So let's start off by considering why you should follow this course in order Number. One reason is that it can provide you a complete transformation of your game. Working through the entire course, you'd be able to set the foundation for a long and successful career. Second reason is that the lessons actually build off each other. That system of starting with putting and then building up the chipping and then to pitching and into full swing is highly intentional. I found this to be the most effective system for teaching new and amateur golfers how to get better, and then the third reason is that the whole course could be finished in his little US three weeks. If you're dedicating one practice session per day. You could also even do it faster, but simply doubling up so certain practice sessions. You could finish this course pretty much as quickly as you'd like, but that's not for you. It's actually okay to not fall the course in order. And some reasons you might not do that is that really one aspect of your game could make all the difference. So, for example, if you're shooting one of three of one of five every time you step on the course, simply improving one aspect of your game will help you break 100. Another reason you might not fall, of course, in order is you basically just want to improve your practice time. If that's the case, just take the drills. Download the drill booklets and the practice schedules, take those to the practice session and start using them, and you'll find results almost immediately without even watching the lessons. With that in mind, let's get started 2. 1.1 - The Ideal Putting Stroke: hello and welcome to the first lesson in the putting section. In this lesson, you're gonna learn how to make an effective and consistent putting stroke that will help you make your short putts and leave the long ones close. I like to call this the ideal putting stroke as we get started. Let's first focus on what makes good impact. So a lot of lessons will start out by focusing on grip and stance and posture and that kind of thing and totally forget about impact. So in reality, impact is basically the only thing that actually matters in golf and especially in putting the golf ball and the club Onley make impact for a couple microseconds at most. Other than that, the rest of your swing is pretty much totally irrelevant, except for how it affects that impact. So with that in mind, let's start off by focusing on what makes good impact, and then we'll move back and focus on stance and grip and posture and all those other things. Good impact has three essential parts. Let's first layout with those three parts and then our and then we'll take a step back and focus on each of them. In turn, first off the center of the club face must strike the ball. Second, the club face must be square to its target at impact. Third, the putter must be level with the ground and impact. So focusing on that first part the center of the club face must be what strikes the ball. This is because modern putters and really modern clubs in general are designed and optimized for strikes in the center of the clubhead. Pretty much any kind of a shot that hits off either the toe or the hell will cause the club had to twist in that direction, sending the ball off line. There's an easy way to test this, just like in these pictures. Here, you can grab your partner, grab onto the shaft close to the clubhead. Ah, and just kind of hold it loosely between your fore finger and your thumb and then grab a ball kind of similar to that, and just gently knock it right in the center of the club face. You'll see that the clubhead will recoil just, you know, slightly, but the clubhead will pretty much remain square toe wherever it waas. Then you can contrast this with kind of knocking the ball on the toe and the heel. If you do either those, you'll see that the ball will cause the clubhead to kind of twist in the direction of the ball when you actually hit your putts. A small version of this happens between the ball and the clubhead. If you hit the ball off the center of the club face, it won't be as dramatic as you see in this little test. But this will happen anyways and cause your putts to go off line. The second aspect is that the putter head must be square to the target. So, as a matter of fact, the angle of the club face is way more important than the club path. So, as I mentioned, you know, impact is is kind of momentary, Really. What matters more is just the direction of the club face. So you can test this on your own, if you like, sort of setting up your club face at a given target, and then you could make wild out to end or into out putting strokes. So long as you keep that club face square, you'll notice that the ball Permission go wherever the club faces pointing. The third aspect is that the Potter had must be levelled to the ground at impact. So you might think. OK, well, the potter is called the flat stick. So why is this relevant? Well, despite that nickname, putters actually are not flat. They have a few degrees of loft, usually four degrees for a standard putter. So if the tore the hell eyes up in the air in that loft will cause the ball to go slightly off line in either direction. So the left picture that you see the putter is nice and level on the ground. The toe in the hell are both nice and level, whereas in the middle of the toe is up and the right of hell is up. Either of those cases, the ball would go offline slightly at count at that impact, and we'd like to avoid that. So I got to keep the putter nice and level. So how do you achieve good impact? Those three aspects of good impact? How do you achieve that consistently. The answer is what I like to call the pendulum putting stroke. So what is the pendulum putting stroke. It's a stroke that emulates the smooth motion of a swinging pendulum. So think about the pendulum on a grandfather clock. It swings back and forth, back and forth, nice and smooth, nice and responsive. Mick. If we apply a similar concept to a putting stroke, would get is a backstroke that's the same length as a follow through, and it would have a similar kind of rhythmic pattern. That rhythmic pattern could be described like this from the top of the back swing. The clubhead would smoothly accelerate down until impact, and then slowly, it would decelerate to the top of the fall through nice and smoothly, just like a pendulum. That's basically what the pendulum stroke is. This sort of stroke will allow you to be effective and consistent. Basically, it's the best type of putting stroke there is. Show what I mean. Let's go. Let's contrast that kind of putting stroke with sort of non pendulum strokes. The first of these would be to decelerate an impact. So this is where you take a big backswing, you know, long backswing, and then is you coming to impact? You decelerate the club had you try to steer the club had steer the ball into the hole. So when you do this, it's really difficult to keep the clubhead square to the target because, naturally askew. Try to slow the clubhead down and kind of steer the face. Either the toe or the hell will kind of take the lead and will be really hard to square the club face up. Now the opposite a decelerating is accelerating an impact Some people like to call us a pop stroke. And so, to be clear, some people use this type of stroke to be highly successful. For example, Brandt Snedeker Ah, he uses a pop star of very successfully. But even with that in mind, I recommend against using this type of a stroke because again, it's still difficult to keep the clubhead square to the target. Once you make that first kind of acceleration, Jerk threw the ball. The club face will kind of angle itself, sometimes square, but occasionally you'll get, you know, kind of the toe or the hell will again take the lead now cause the club face to be off target at impact, and it's it's best to avoid this and just use a simple pendulum stroke where in a pendulum started easiest. Keep the club face square all the way through impact. So, really, your take away is this You're putting stroke should emulate the smooth motion of a pendulum . So now that we understand kind of what good impact and a good stroke would look like, let's actually take a look at the fundamentals. And let's start with kind of set up in the basic aspects there. One of the first and most important fundamentals is the grip, so over your grip is the only part of your body that touches the club. With that in mind, it's obviously quite important, so good grip will start with neutral hands. A neutral hands over the palm's are opposing one another and perpendicular to the ground, so you'll notice we take a look at your putter that the putter grip is a little bit different than it is for other clubs. Most notably, the top part is just sort of flat, and that's it. Is that way on purpose to facilitate having both your thumbs on top of the grip, pointing straight down the shaft. And if you do this, you have both your thumbs on the grip right on top like that that will help you have a nice , neutral grip in a very consistent grip. So here, if we look at this script, you'll see that Number one. Both the thumbs are pointing straight down the shaft as just discussed, and then you just focus on the Palm's for a second. If you were to take the club away and leave the palm's there, you see that they're opposing one another. That is, they're facing one another, and they're also perpendicular to the ground. That's exactly what I mean by neutral hands. We can contrast this with a strong grip or a week grips on the middle picture there. This would you call strong grip, where the dominant right hand is under size on the other underside of the grip kind of taking control, whereas in 1/3 picture, the strong right hand is actually over top of the grip, and therefore the left hand actually is doing most of the work in controlling that grip. Early sets how it normally works out. So this is what you call a stronger up in a week rip and the other thing you'll notice about these groups? Is that the thumbs air not pointing straight down the shaft there kind of off to the side in either case. So I want to avoid this and keep the thumbs right on top of the shaft and pointing straight down. So actually grip the club. Step one, as we just discussed, is to put that left thumb right on top of the grip and pointing straight down the shaft. Then you can curl your middle ring and pinky fingers around the grip nice and tightly while you're doing this, just keep her index finger off the grip and just pointing straight down the shaft. For now. For Step two, you're gonna bring your right hand of the grip and again we're going to start off with the right thumb. We're gonna place it right on top, aiming vertically down. You have to put part of your palm kind of over your left your left thumb. You'll notice. And as you're doing that, you can curl the rest of your fingers around the grip and you want your hands to be touching on two hands of you working together as a unit. So to do that your right pinky should be gently touching your left middle finger. If you're doing that, you'll know that your hands aren't together. Finally, Step three. You can rest your left and index finger right on top of the fingers of your right hand, which have, you know, curled around on the underside theater thing you do, and this is kind of optional. With your right index finger, you can either curlett around the underside like like is shown here in the picture. Or you can name it straight down the shaft, kind of like the left index finger, really just a matter of matter of personal preference. Now, taking a look at your stance. This one's pretty easy. You want your feet approximately shoulder with apart, your toes slightly open, so both of these are just for balance and comfort. You have a nice you know, athletic stance, but not too wide but also not too narrow and the only your toes just slightly open. Not not really widely open, such as uncomfortable but also not dead straight. Such that again. It's just uncomfortable in the other direction. No, he a posture. You'll see a kind of a recurring theme here is that you want to be, you know, in an athletic position. But you also you also want to be relaxed, and that's really key. Before he set up to the ball, you want to be a relaxed. You don't want any tension in your body, so legs are a good example of this. You want them mostly straight, a little bit of flax. But relax similarly, your hips you do indeed need to be bent forward. So it's clear toe, you know, to point this out that you have to be bent forward. So you kind of over the ball. So I don't wanna be, you know, super bent over such that it's really uncomfortable. But you do need to be bent over. You don't want to be. So relax that you're standing straight up. You don't be bent over such a your 90 degrees, but just kind of, Ah, nice. Relax ation such a your over the ball and we'll discuss more what over the ball means then looking your back it to be mostly straight but relaxed. So I don't think you should try to arch your back the way your teacher, your school teacher might have made you dio, but you do want to be, you know, kind of mostly straight, but at the same time relaxed. Then a couple other, you know, set up things to keep in mind. First, you want to put the ball right in the center of your stance. So this has to do with the pendulum thing. If the bottom of the pendulum is kind of the the fastest part of the pendulum, that's where you want impact to be. So to have impact right at the bottom of the pendulum, you'd have the ball right in the center of your stance. Second thing here, your feet and shoulders should be parallel to the target, actually aiming at the target, but sort of parallel to the target. If they're aimed kind of awkwardly open or closed, anything like that, it's gonna be harder to swing the putter on the correct plane. So putting them nice and parallel, uh, will facilitate swing the putter on the proper plain. Third thing here is that your arms should be nice and relaxed, but also athletic and kind of bent at the elbows. So, you know, you'll know that your arms are in a good position. If things are good with number four and number four, your forearms should make a straight line with the Potter down to the ball. So from your elbows all the way down the shaft of the ball, it should look like there's one straight line, which you can see in that picture there on the right. One last thing is the eye line, So putting, of course, requires precision. You know the ball is a little over an inch. The whole is four inches and 1/4 so it's very precise, very small, you know, measurements that we're talking about here. So with that in mind, we need to be as precise as possible. The best way to do that is to have your eyes directly over the ball, so your eyes air right online with the pot as you're lining up to it. So to do this is a really easy way to check that your eyes are directly over the ball. That's to set up a pot and then grab a second ball, bring it up to your left eye, and then just simply drop it if it falls down the lands right on top of the ball that you were going to putt. Then you know that your eyes are directly over and you're perfect on. If not, you'll get immediate impact. Their immediate feedback. Uh, regarding where your eyes are kind of lean forward, lean back, whatever. So I know that I just threw a lot of area. So here is a 10 point checklist that you can run through. And I do recommend running through this a few times, especially as we get started, Uh, to make sure you're making good set up making a good, fundamental set up that will facilitate a nice stroke going forward. So, thinking about that, here are the 1st 3 checklist items. So this is from what I would call the head on angled, as you see in this picture here on the left. So number one, as we said, ball right in the center of this stance, number two, hands or neutral in the grip with both of thumbs pointing down the shaft. Number three, the upper arms are nice and relax now, shifting over to a different angle. This is ah, down the line ankle like the call sort of number four. The putter had nice and level on the ground. Number five. The feet are parallel to the target. Number six legs relaxed but mostly straight. Number seven. The forearms and the Potter form a straight line from the elbows down to the ball. Number eight. The back is relaxed again, but mostly straight number nine shoulders or parallel to the target, just like the feet. Number 10. The eyes are straight over the ball, as we just discussed. So now that you made a good set up, it's time to actually make that pendulum stroke. So to do this, the Onley moat movement should be from the rocking of your shoulders. So you want everything else to remain solid. You just want your shoulder struck back and forth, and that will create that pendulum movement I've been talking about. So, to be clear, this means there's no movement from the wrists, elbows, arms, hips, knees, nothing. Just the rocking of the shoulders. That's it. Another would have visualized. This is by looking at what I like to call the upper body triangle. So here's a good set up on this in this picture. On the left, you'll see there is a sort of triangle that's formed between the shoulders and the arms down to the club. We want to visualize that triangle, saying perfectly solid throughout the swing. So here in the backswing that you'll see the triangle is still intact and in the through swing again, it's intact as well. We want to do that the entire swing. And if you look more closely kind of threw out, you'll see there's no movement from the knees. There's no movement from the wrists, no real movement from the elbows and extension in the elbows to see no real extension of the arms at the shoulders, just sort of a rocking of the shoulders. That's it. And I really want to emphasize that you really want to keep the wrist solid so the risks can be. If you start bending your wrists a lot, it's really difficult to be consistent. So with that in mind, you look at the picture on the left. You'll see in this backswing here, you know, kind of cocking the risk back. You want to avoid that. You just want to rock your shoulders to bring the clubhead back. And then that second picture you'll see the risk. The left wrist is kind of talking through, pulling the clubhead through. You want to avoid that again, just again. Just rocked those shoulders. So now they have a good set up in a good stroke. It's time to actually practice the pendulum. So to be clear, this won't be a super exciting practice session. But this is just the 1st 1 and it's gonna help you kind of establish those fundamentals of good putting. And from from here on out, the rest of the practice sessions be much more interesting. So before we even go to the practice green or goto ah, putting green somewhere, do a brief audit of your set up run through the 10 putt 10 point putting set up checklists . If you have a playing partner, that's great. You guys can mutually check the go through the checklist together on kind of help each other out. If you don't have a playing partner to work with, I just use the mirror at home, or else recruit a family member roommate or something like that to look, you know, behind and ah from you know, head on and down the line and make sure you're reaching all 10 of those points on the checklist. Once you feel good, then you can finally head out to the practice screen, and we're just going to start with a 10 foot pot that's either flat or slightly uphill. So I think 10 feet is kind of the best distance to start from. The reason why is because if you start closer, it's hard to make a pendulum of movement because the putting stroke is sort of so short that it's hard to make a smooth pendulum. You you have attention is going to stab at the ball, and we don't want that. And then the alternative you start to far away at 30 or 40 feet or something like that, then you have to hit the ball so hard that comes a little bit more difficult. Toe. Make that pendulum and maintain, you know, maintain the upper body triangle on all these other good things, So 10 feet is about the ideal place to start. So once you found that putt, line up up lineup of pot, put a ball into position, but take a step back and you're gonna make 4 to 5 kind of continuous pendulum practice strokes. So in one continuous go of just back and forth, back and forth without stopping, just make a bunch of practice strokes and visualize a pendulum that's long enough for a 10 foot pot. That's exactly what you want to dio. And once you've made four or five of those kind of continuous pendulum practice strokes, then you can step up to the ball and make a make a role. Try to hit it towards the whole, try to make it as you're doing this. You want to visualize that what you're doing in that continuous pendulum practice stroke that you're making that exact same pendulum movement when you actually try to put the ball . So a lot of people make really smooth practice drugs and they step up to the ball and and I guess you know something. Mental changes, and they decide they have toe, get, get, really create crazy or do something and make a stab the ball something like that. Instead. Just make a really smooth pendulum stroke at the ball, just like you're doing in your practice strokes. Go ahead, you know, hit four balls at a time, alternating between those practice strokes a continuous practice strokes and just hitting one ball. And after you've had a couple sequences those four balls at time, go ahead and check your set up again. Run through the 10 point set up checklist again. Make sure you're doing everything right and kind of repeat this over and over again. Once you've had about 40 total putts from this distance, then you can go ahead and set back to about a 20 footer. So again you want, you know, put this kind of flat or slightly uphill potentially, um, and just kind of repeat the same exact drill. So here, when you start making those practice, you know, pendulum strokes don't focus on swinging the club faster or anything like that. Just focus on lengthening the pendulum. That just means taking the putter had back farther on the backswing and just letting the weight of the club had do the work to make basically increase the speed of the pendulum at impacts. You know you don't to move it faster. You just need to take the club back farther. That's all you need to dio and we'll discuss more of this later, but I just wanna instill that immediately cause that's a really important concept. So then go ahead with the 20 footers and hit, you know, maybe another 20. Put something like this until you feel comfortable on your hitting the ball consistently, you know, in the center of the club, face, etcetera. Then move up quite a bit closer. Pick out a five footer again, try to pick one that's flat and, you know, slightly uphill if you can, and just make another you know, 20 to 40 putts. Try to sink four in a row. If you can, you'll be surprised if you're following all of these things along as prescribed here. You might be surprised you might single four of in a row right off of that. If you do sink all four of them in a row, then you know go ahead and give yourself a pat on the back and you can wrap it up for today . And if not, don't worry about it again. This is just the first practice session of the entire course, so nothing to stress out about after you fit about 20 parts or so. Then go ahead and call it a day either way, preferably if you end on a make, always good to end on to make. But as is that is the end of the first lesson. And so as as promised, as I mentioned, not a super exciting practice session today. But this is just kind of starter, and from here on out, they'll be much more interesting. Uh, so I will see you in the next lesson. 3. 1.2 - Putting: Distance Control: hello and welcome to this lesson on distance control. Before we get into the discussion today, let's start off with a fun topic of conversation for the 19th hole. And that's this. What's more important when putting the line or the distance you have either a perfect line or perfect distance every time. Which would you prefer? Well, especially with longer puts, the answer is definitely distance. So think about how most people pot on longer putts is usually pretty easy to get the ball within a narrow band of maybe, you know, three feet toe either side of the hole. So if you did this and you had perfect speed, then you would have, you know, at maximum a three foot putt. But think about distance control if you had a perfect line. Uh, it's pretty easy, either. Leave the ball, you know, 5 to 6 feet short or, alternatively, blow it 5 to 6 feet past the hole. In that case, you would then again have you know a 5 to 6 foot putt. It's much better than for longer parts to have the right distance and, you know, hopefully a good line, but it's better to have perfect distance, and it is perfect line, especially on longer parts. So that in mind, we're gonna focus now on distance control and how to develop it. So in this lesson, there's three primary goals related to distance control. The first risk NC to how to control your distance when you're putting pretty straightforward. Second, really out of little course management strategy that you can use when you're on the greens , that will help you. When you actually set out to break 100 third, we're gonna help you actually develop that distance control. There's some focus practice drills focused specifically on distance control, So let's get started. Distance control is actually pretty straightforward. There's really one main key, and it's this you control distance with the length of the pendulum. That's it. So for longer putts, you just simply take the Potter back farther. You just lengthen the pendulum. So basically, once you take the club back, you let the weight of the club had do most of the work. The way to the club had will make the Potter move faster through the pendulum, and now we'll add the distance that you need. You definitely don't want to feel like you're swinging faster to hit those longer parts. This would be pretty much antithetical to the idea of the pendulum for longer putts. You to simply take the Potter back farther on the back swing and let the pendulum therefore be longer. And that will add the speed that you need for those longer pots. So how do you develop this torture? Alternatively, you know, how do you know how far back you need to take the Potter to get the right speed? Well, the answer is practice. That's pretty much it. It just takes practice to get that touchdown. Once we get to the practice section of Ah, this lesson, we'll have some really good drills for you. That'll help you out before we do that. Let's talk about course management. It's a really of two goals on the green, depending on your situation. So the first is that you wanted to put those long putts. So here, long Putzer are defined as those that are outside of 10 feet. So not very long, but anything outside of 10 feet. You just want to put in the second goal, then is you want to make your short But you want to convert these. Once you're inside of five feet, you want to make it every single time. So taking a look at these a little bit more closely when it comes a to putting long putts. So why? Why is it that you just need a to pot long putts? Well, you don't need to make long putts to break 100. It's just simple math. We've discussed this, and other lessons will discuss it again. But it's just simple math you don't need to make him. It's way more important that you avoid three putts than it is that you make some long putts . So basically, just focusing on to playing those long pots versus trying to make it is the right way to go . So another thing is, when you're doing this, what you want to do is try to die the ball in the cup. So the ideal speed for long parts is when you die the ball in the cup. This is where the ball, either, you know, basically comes to a stop right at the hole. Ideally, would come to a stop and, just with its final rotation, fall into the cup that would be ideal. That's exactly what you want to dio. The reason you do this cause well, if you make it, it drops, you know, in dramatic fashion, and that's always fun, then, more importantly, if you miss you leave yourself a tap in once you have a tap and it's really easy to to pot , and this is the main goal of this whole strategy. So, really, there's no sense and trying to hit the ball past the cup, some people say, should try to hit the ball, you know, 12 to 18 inches past the cup. That way you give it a chance to go in. Remember, we don't need to make putts from from longer distances from outside of 10 feet. Remember, our goal here is to break 100 not to break, you know, par break 80 or something like that when you're just getting started out. When you had this kind of skill level trying to break 100 it's safe to assume that your missus will be over a sort of random distribution. So let's say you're aiming, you know, 18 inches past the cup and then you miss it 18 inches long, Well, now you have a 36 inch pot coming back that's a little bit tougher to make than, say, an 18 inch putt. If, for example, you were aiming at the whole and then you miss it 18 inches by, Well, you'd have an 18 inch putt. So this is the idea. Assume your missus will be, you know, equally long and equally short as you're getting started. So just name right for the cup. Try to diet in there and hopefully it Leave it close enough that you haven't happened Now for that second goal, you want to make your short pots. So obviously there's a certain point where you just gotta make make the ball. He's gonna make it. And I define five feet is about that cut off where you need toe plan on making it every single time. So now, different from those longer putts. When you do miss a shorter pot, if you do miss a short apart from maybe five feet here, you want to plan on rolling the ball 12 to 18 inches past the cup. So the reason for this is that studies show this is the ideal holding speed that is balls rolling at this speed have a better chance of going in them than ones rolling either slower or faster. So with that in mind, just try to line it up and make it try to line it up and roll it. You know, 12 the eight inches by the whole if you do miss, the other benefit of putting with this kind of speed is that it helps you make a more confident and aggressive putting stroke, which is what you want from up close. If you try to get to Q within just kind of tap it, then it's easier to, you know, decelerate the clubhead or make other mistakes. So you wanna make a nice coffin stroke, and this is one way to do it. Additionally, it's easier to make a smooth pendulum with these longer strokes. When you have a really short putting stroke, it becomes really easy toe lose that pendulum, feeling it's a little bit easier with longer pots or longer putting swings. So that's exactly what we want to came here for. So one thing you might be wondering is, what about that gray area of 5 to 10 feet? Well, here just play to your strengths. If you're a good putter, go for it. Try to make it. If not, just try to diet in the cop is if it were a longer pot. That way you'll least leave yourself what's happened again? We're just trying to break 100 here, not trying to break par. So just play to your strengths. So now we know you know how to control distance, and we know what we're trying to do when we actually get out on the course, let's set up some practice drills. They'll help us really develop that touch, develop that feel and develop that distance control. It's really one of four drills here. 4.5 You could say we'll start with a warm up with just that 10 foot pendulum drill, which is basically the drill we did yesterday, which is pretty boring. To be fair, we're just gonna practice that pendulum a bunch of times and just try to roll a couple of 10 footers just to get the feel and make sure we still have all the fundamentals down. They removed the latter drill the reverse ladder drill and finally, the two front war and these were three really excellent drills. Definitely. Take note of these. You'll be seen him again in the future. The three of my favorite putting drills. So as mentioned, do a warm up first. Just make sure you run through that 10 point putting set up checklists. Make sure everything looks good and then go ahead and it, you know, 10 to 20 putts from 10 feet or so. Folks are making really good pendulum strokes and just kind of getting back in the feel from what we were doing in the last practice session. So now they've got that out of the way. We'll dive into the ladder drills. This is, as I said, one of my favorite drills and it really is one of the best putting drills there is. I feel so what you do is gonna find a hole with maybe 20 to 25 feet of green behind it, pretty much all straight uphill. You use your Potter, go ahead and lay that down right next to the hole and use it as a measuring sticks. That way you can place a T one putter length away from the whole Don't try and do is gonna flip the putter a long ways on. Lay it down again, such and now it's about to putter length away from the hole in places second t down there at that two feet are that to putter lengths away from the hole. You can continue like this, flipping the Potter end over end until you've placed down, You know, five to seventies, kind of as many as you have as many as you want. They're gonna grab, you know, 5 to 7 balls, as many as there are teas and place one ball by each of the tees. Soon you'll start with the ball closest to the hole and, you know, before you hit it, take couple pendulum practice strokes and just kind of feel that good, you know, three foot putt, and then go ahead and give it a role from three feet. Hopefully make it. If not, you know, don't don't get to work. But once you've hit it, go ahead and step back to the second ball. So again, what you're gonna do is start off with a couple pendulum putting strokes, you know, just kind of practice it feel that pendulum getting a little bit longer, just a little bit longer than it was for that three foot pot. Then go ahead and hit that second bowl and then, of course, moved back to the third bowl again. Start officer. More practice strokes. Feel the pendulum just getting a little bit longer, a little bit longer, and then finally step up. Hit that third bowl and you'll continue back all the way until they fit every single ball each time. Just focus on feeling that pendulum get a little bit longer a little bit longer, just each bit at a time. So obviously you want try to make pretty much most of these. Once you get back to about you know, the the fourth or fifth ball, then you can focus more on just trying to diet in the cup, as we just discussed. But as you do this, just really focus on getting that that feel the feel for the shorter putts versus the longer punts and just feel the pendulum getting longer and longer each time. Go and repeat this, you know, 5 to 10 times until you feel pretty good with that. So I'm gonna step back and do what I do is call the reverse ladder drill. This one's pretty convenient. You can just leave those teas in place from where they were for the regular ladder drill. You're gonna gather all the balls you hadn't taken back to the last. He sets a t for us away from the hole, and then you start off programmable and make your first target the whole. So you start for the whole and again, just trying to die the ball in the cup. Once you've hit at the ball towards the hole, then you're gonna change your target and name for the first tee. So that's the tea that's closest to the whole. But for this, away from you. And you're gonna try to die the ball right next to that tea. And then you gonna continue back your name for the second for this tea and the third farthest until you're aiming at the tea that's only three feet away from you. So each time you're just gonna try to die the ball right next to that tea. So this one is a little bit different. It's very similar, obviously, to the regular ladder drill. It's a little bit different and that when you're aiming for the tea, there's sort of a a mental shift. I'm not really sure why. But when you're mad at the whole, it's easier toe. Think of that as like a backboard. And, you know, you might try to kind of ramble in there, Boy, your seeming at a T. Uh, it really forces you to focus on dying the ball at that spot, and this is really valuable when it comes to distance control. So again, go ahead and repeat this drill another 5 to 10 times and until you feel pretty comfortable with it next, we move back to drill that I like to call the two front wars. This was originally popularized by Jordan Speed. He uses a a little bit more complex version this drill, but it's a really great drill for developing distance control, but uphill and downhill slopes. So you'll see. One of the keys here is that you're going to go from a short downhill putt to a long, uphill putt. In that contrast of those two putts, right back to back eyes really great for developing that kind of distance control. So to set up this drill, go ahead and find two holes on the green that air between, say, 25 to 35 feet away from each other. And ideally, they'll just be straight uphill and downhill from each other. What you do is, you know, lineup three teas in a line between those two holes. If you think about it as a football field with the end zones being both the holes, the new place a T at the 25 yard line, the 50 yard line and then the other 25 yard line. Or, as I have written their, you know, 25% of the way, 50% of the way and then 75% of the way. So what you do is you're in a start at the T closest to the downhill putt there, don hellhole, and you're gonna hit three putts towards that whole so short down, help up. I know what you're doing to grab those through balls, go back to the same exact t This time I'm gonna turn around, came back up the hill and hit those three teas at the hole all the way up the hill. You're gonna go from that short downhill putt to the longest uphill pot. Once the Fed those three putts, go ahead and grab the ball. This time, go to the middle T, and you're gonna first again start at the downhill whole, hit three putts downhill and then grab those through balls. Come back to that same tea and then hit three putts up the hill. Then you go ahead and repeat this again for the final tea with the longest down help pot and the shortest up a lot. So as you do this, you'll you'll really feel the difference between those the short downhill pots or really any of those downhill putts and then the uphill putts. Emilie Actor Getting that kind of touches really, really valuable. If you'd like to challenge yourself with this one, you can make little boxes around each of the holes. So I would do is take your Potter and use as a measuring step stick again. Put down four teas to form a box around the whole one putter length, uh, in each direction, and then as you hit the putts, your goal is to either with each pot. Either make it in the hole or leave it within that box. And then, to the extent any part you hit, go outside of the box or they don't go in the hole, then totally start over the drill and do it again. This could be very challenging. In fact, it's it's pretty challenging for, you know, even some of the best golfers in the world. So go ahead and try this. But if you can't do it, don't Don't get upset with yourself. If you don't feel that confident with your distance control at this point, just run through the drill a few more times. You can skip that whole box thing I just discussed. Just run through this drill a few more times a regular way until you feel more comfortable with it. Once you've done that, then you're done with this lesson and I'll see in the next 4. 1.3 - Putting: Short Putts: in this lesson, we're gonna show you how to make your short putts with consistency, to do that or first going to start off by reviewing the keys to making those short putts. Now we're gonna give you some good practice drills to help you make those short putts with lots of repetition. So for parts of tricky problem short putts, you just got to make him. You can't use course management to your advantage and you can't leg these parts. You just got to make him and that's it. Because of this, this can add some pressure. Mentally, it could be difficult to step up to a short putt with confidence, and this is something what to overcome. Additionally, from a physical aspect, it could be difficult to maintain a good pendulum stroke. This is something will also have to overcome. So the key as related to those two prior points, the key is to make a salad confidence stroke. You have to make a nice smooth pendulum stroke because the swing is so short for these these short strokes, it me really tempting to take a too big of a backswing and then to try to decelerate and impact, so take practice. But it's really important that you maintain that really nice, smooth pendulum stroke. You have to be careful about how far you take the club back, but it's really important that you making nice, careful pendulum stroke. Another concept to be aware of is that if you miss, you want him to roll the ball about 12 to 18 inches past the cup. So, really, what we're saying is this is the speed that you want to hit the pot. You know, when you hit it, such a dies in the hole, you want to hit it. That such that if it were to miss if the whole was not there, the ball roll about 12 to 18 inches past the cup. The reason for this is that Number one, this is the ideal holing speed. Some studies have shown that this kind of speed I's best for making putts puts that role either with less speed or with more speed in this are less likely to go in. Additionally, this will help you make a confidence stroke. When you try and just die the ball into the cup, you'll have to be swinging so sure and trying to hit the ball so delicately, it'll be tough to make confidence stroke or to even keep the pendulum alive. So with that in mind, you want to aim with a little bit off a little bit of oomph on the ball and hit it nice and confidently. So, with that in mind, let's practice. We have three really good drills that are helping out with these short putts. That's a gate drill, the mini clock drill and my favorite, the century on. So let's dive in. The 1st 1 is the gate drills. This one is really key. It will help you ensure that you're making nice and smooth pendulums and also help you hit the center of the club face every single time. So what you'll do is your first, you know, find like a flat four foot pot or maybe a little bit up help. Whatever your preference is, you're gonna set the putter down just like this. And then you have got to tease, and you're to make a small little gate for the Potter. So you gotta hold the putter there and kind of aim it with your hand on the insert. These teas on either side of the putter head, and you want to put about half an inch of space between the ends of the Potter and the gate and the teas that form the gate. Once you've done this out first, you know, kind of move the ball side. And first just practice doing some continuous pendulum movements right inside the gate. Just make sure you can swing back and forth back and forth through the gate without hitting either those teas and the extent that you are hitting either the tees. Well, you'll know. In that case, you're not making a good pendulum. You're swinging, you know, either out to enter into out or some combination of the two, and you know that you need to kind of straighten that out. To do that, you probably have toe focus. You know, back on that first lesson, you know, keep your wrist salad, keep your arm salad. All that just focus on making a nice, smooth pendulum movement. Once feel, go that I would grab four balls, start off one at a time and roll those in from, you know, four feet to five feet. You should be making a lot of these. If you're hitting the ball instead of the club face and you're not hitting either the teas , that means you're making a good pendulum movement. And with that in mind, you should make a lot of these. Do you feel confident this I would repeat another, You know, 5 to 10 times of hitting those four balls at a time. Once you've done that, could move on to the next drill is called the Mini Clock Drill. So what you're gonna do is gonna find a hole. Could be the same one that you just use. Use your putter as a measuring stick and your place four teas around the hole in a circle, each one putter length away from the hole. So you place them such that one of these pots is going to be straight uphill. One straight downhill one's gonna have a left. A right break in the last one. We have a right to left. Break Pretty simple. Know what your news? You grab a second set of forties. Place these an additional two feet beyond the original forties. So now I should have four teas that about three feet from the copper one part early and then another forties that are about five feet from the cup. So when I would do is grab four balls, place them around the forties in the inner circle, you start with the uphill pot and roll that in and then move counterclockwise. That has sort of moved to the right. So you're you're up Philpott first, and then you're gonna hit the putt that breaks from right to left. Second from there, Just gonna continue around the circle, hopefully making all four of those balls. Once you've made all four of them, grab him out of the hole and moving back the second row of teas from there again, start with the uphill putt and work your right. Your work your way around the ring counterclockwise. From there, you can then just repeat this drill, you know, 5 to 10 times or ideally, try to make all eight putts in row, especially on your last couple tries. You should really focus on trying to make all eight pots in a row. If it's too difficult to make all eight really focus on making the four in the inner circle . Once you're confident that go ahead and step back, or rather, step closer into this drill called The Century On. Now this is one of my favorites. And there's two reasons. One. This kind of repetition will really help you out as far as you know, just getting the feel for the shorter parts because they have a little bit different feel than you no longer parts. So just a lot of repetition with short punts is really valuable from that angle. The 2nd 1 and probably the most important aspect of this entire drove is that it will drive a lot of confidence. When you do this drill, you'll see the ball go into the couple 100 times in a row. And head is incredible for confidence. It's basically going do. He was gonna find a two foot putt, so it's gonna be less than a putter lines. So this would be kind of inside the grip. If you were using your Potter as a measuring stick again, just pick one that's, you know, flat or slightly uphill. Put DEET t down to just sort of mark that spot. What you do is, you know, using 44 balls at a time, make 100 putts. Andro. If you miss, you start over again at one and keep going. That's all there is to it. Just line up the putts to make 100 in a row. That's it. This one obviously can be kind of frustrating and ghetto, you know, 75 miss one and then have to start back over again. But if you maintain focus and you do this, it will build tremendous confidence in your short putts. Now, obviously a lot of you when you're out on your plate with your friends, people will give you those two foot putts as the gimmes. But if you're ever in any kind of competition and you have to make those putts, seeing these putts go in 100 times in a row will really help with your confidence, and you will have absolutely no problems stepping up in making those putts when it comes down to it. 5. 1.4 - Putting: Breaking Putts: in this lesson, we're gonna show you how to hit the breaking putts. That is the putts that curve on the greens. To do this, we're first can teach you how to hit those breaking putts. Then we're gonna understand how to read them. And finally, we're actually go to the practice green and work on them. Let's start off by tackling a common misconception, and that's that. Putts break in One smooth, continuous curve, says his false in reality putts will break the most towards the end. As the ball slows down, the pull of gravity will have more effect on the ball, leading to greater break. Most parts will actually travel pretty much straight for 3/4 of the way or so to the hole, and then they'll break the most from there. Good way to visualize this is to consider what I call the highest point of the break. Now, this is more of a mental image, that it is a physical reality, but most puts will appear to travel straight until the top of the break. From this point, the ball was seemed a kind of funnel down toe, so good way toe focus on hitting your breaking putts is to aim for that highest point and try to hit the highest point of the break and then just let the ball funnel down to the whole from there. So now that we understand that concept, let's focus on actually reading the grains. Now we could create an entire course on just how to read the greens. But these five tips on about to provide will take care of probably 90% of all that matters when it comes to reading the creates. So tip number one is that uphill putts are straighter, that is uphill. Putts will break less than will flat or downhill putts. This because the ball will slow down quicker on uphill putts, therefore breaking less. And so the opposite is obviously true. Downhill putts will break more. The second tip that is, that greens tend to break towards water, and this all has to do with the funneling of rainwater. So golf course architects will try to design the ball or designed the greens rather such that they funnel off rainwater towards other existing bodies of water. So if there's a creek or a Laker upon nearby, they'll design the green such that it funnels that rainwater into that body of water Now. The opposite of this, though, is the greens break away from sand bunker. So again, golf course architects will not want to funnel water into the sand bunkers because that's obviously bad for the sand. So they'll funnel the green, such that they move rainwater away from the sand bunker. So this is another good thing to keep in mind. Tip number four greens tend to follow larger hill, so if a green is on the side of a larger hill, then you can assume that by default, the green will follow that larger hill again. This comes down to how rainwater is funneled off of the green, so it's important to consider. And then number five when totally in doubt, green slope back to front. Now, this isn't always true, but it is sort of the default. Greens generally slope from back to front because that way they look better from from the fairway. Ah, and gives you a nice hitting area nice and receptive green. So when you're totally endow, just assume that the green slips back to front. So here is a system for actually going about reading the greens step one year to start off from behind the ball and go ahead and crouched down just like you see the pros do on tour. And as you do this, just taken initial look and kind of think about what you think the pot is going to dio. Then step number two. Take a look at the entire green. So it's really common that we just get myopic and we focus in on what we think the pot is going to do and totally forget about the rest of the green. So in Step two, we're gonna counter this, but taking an inventory of the broader trends of the green, looking for the bigger slopes and also looking for any bumps or any hills in the green that will have an effect on our pot. Once we've kind of taken an inventory of the situation, move onto step number three, kind of refocus on just the pot in the line that we think it's going to take, and especially when the folks in the last 10 or so feet as we discussed the putt is gonna break the most. During the last few feet of pot. So therefore, we're gonna focus in on this area and really make sure we understand the pot. Finally, and this is most important. We're gonna pick a line we're gonna pick as we discuss a top of the break a spot that we think the ball is gonna move to and then break down to the hole. We're gonna pick that line and we're gonna commit to it. We got the ball rolling in the hole. This kind of relates to our final tip, which is never try to read a pot when you're standing over it, ready to him. So the reason for this is that from standing over top of the bowl, it's simply not a good angle for reading putts. So what you want to do is come up with a line in this forceps system, pick that line and commit to it and then go up and don't change anything. It's a simple as that. So now that we know what we're doing, let's go ahead and move to the practice green and actually work on these breaking pots. So have three really great drills here. First the T drilled and the Guardian's drilling finally the crooked bladder to start off the tee, drill to this one. You're gonna pick a 5 to 7 foot putt that has a few inches of break through a few bowls now and just give him a role. As you're doing this, don't overly focus on trying to make the pot, but spend more time focusing on the top of the break. Try to identify that highest point of the break. Once you think you got it, go up and throw a T down right at that spot. Now gather up the four balls again, and then you're gonna give him a role. But as you do this, you're gonna focus exclusively on that t that you just put down. So a good pot will roll within an inch or two of that tea and then just funneled down to the hole and end up very close by or potentially in the hole. That's what you got it you're gonna do for this drill. Repeat this three or four times. I want to repeat this. Actually, pick three or four different breaks, different pots. So that way you have more practice identifying the top of the brake, which would be a really valuable skill when you actually take this onto the course. Once you've done that, move on to the Guardian Stroh Sistol is really valuable, just like the last one. That's really valuable for visualizing the break of the whole A break of the pot rather as the ball falls into the hole. So the dude to do this, you're gonna pick a 5 to 7 foot putt with around a couple inches of break, and you got two bulls that are going to serve as your guardians. You're gonna place one about an inch from the hole and then another another two inches or so away from the hole and put them right in a straight line between the cup and the ball that you're about the pot sent. From there. You can try to rule four putts into the hole, and to do this properly, you'll have to curl the ball around those guardians. So if the putt does break a good you know 3 to 4 inches, then they should naturally roll right into the side of a cup. This great Miss drill hasn't mentioned is really valuable for visualizing that ball curving into the whole again. You'll be able to take this scale onto the course when it's time. Finally, you could move to the crooked ladder. So this drill is pretty much exactly the same as a regular ladder drill. Except for instead of hitting a you know, straight up the hill putt, we're gonna be hitting putts that both break from right to left and from left to right. So one slight difference when you're doing this one before you even hit the first ball, take a second to actually kind of stand behind it and read the pot for a moment. So from three feet, the parts not gonna break a whole lot. But you want just kind of visualize where you think the putts gonna do and kind of see it going in the hole. Once you fit the 1st 1 you go ahead and move back to the second ball. But again, instead of just mindlessly hitting it, step behind it for a second and try to read the pot for a minute. Once you've kind of determine what it's gonna dio, keep in mind that the pot will, you know, break significantly more than it did for the first, But once you've kind of determined the line, go ahead and roll that second ball. Then, of course, moved back to the third ball and again take a few seconds to determine what you think. The pot is going to dio again. It should break even more than the first or the second putt. Once you've concluded Way things gonna dio give it a role trying to make it so what I would do is hit all five from the same side from that right toe left side and then move over to the other side and focus on hitting all five from the left to right side. Once you've done this, try to make you know either five in a row, all five from the same side or just kind of repeat this drill 3 to 4 times on both sides. Once you feel comfortable with that, then you finish this practice session and I'll see in the next lesson 6. 1.5 - Putting: Lag Putts: this is going to just be a quick lesson on lag putts. The goal. This lesson is going to be simple. It's just gonna be a teacher. How to leave those leg putts close exactly like you're trying to dio. So what exactly is a lag putt before we get started? Just to clarify, it's basically just a long putt. You know, at least 20 feet but anywhere up to 30 40 50 60 feet. Any part that you just want to leave close to the hole and you're not trying to make it. So to be clear, if you're trying to break 100 I highly recommend that any put over 10 feet, you should be trying to lag it. That is, you should be trying to die the ball in the cup. That strategy that we've already laid out, that's basically a lag putt. So what are the keys to lag? Putting really pretty simple. The 1st 1 is to hit the center of the club face every time. Obviously, this is important for any kind of pot and really any kind of shot in golf. But it's especially important lag putting, and that's because any mishits if you had on the tore. The hell any of those miss its are amplified over the course of a lag putt. It's going to be really hard to be consistent with your distance in your speed and also your line in leg putting. If you miss the center of the club face, so definitely prioritize, hitting the sweet spot every time when you lag putt the second key and I've repeated this ad nauseum. A mortar. But when you're hitting those longer putts, just lengthen the pendulum. You don't want to feel like you're swing faster, trying to hit the ball harder. Just lengthen the pendulum. That's all there is to it. So like so many other parts of golf, there's not a whole lot to teach. You just got to get out there and practice to get that feel down for lag putts. So today we have to really good drills that I'll help you out the 1st 1 The long walk will especially help you out and get in the field for lag putting. And in the second when the pullback drill is actually my personal favorite drill. Ah, in all of golf on, this will definitely help with the lag putting but also your short putting and converting. So let's dive into it. So do the long walk what you're gonna do You gonna find a 50 to 60 foot pot on the putting green. Hopefully, it's relatively flat, just a couple feet of break. Nothing too crazy. Once you've identified that pot head up to the whole, you know, use your putter as a measuring stick and make a box around the whole using forties. So this way you have a box that's approximately, you know, three feet in any direction, at least on the diagonals that would here. And do you gonna grab nine balls or more if you have them, And you'd like head back to that spot 50 to 60 feet away and you're gonna put each of those trying to leave them inside the box. Once you fit all nine balls in your head to the whole, you keep score your performance. If you make it, give yourself two points, and then if you leave a pot inside that box, that's one point. It's outside. The box is zero. You just total up your points, just like you see in that picture there, so that would be a score of 4 to 2 balls that just ended up in the box and one that actually is in the holes. That's a score of four. Once you've done that one time, head back to the same spot 50 60 feet away and repeat the drill and do it over and over again a couple times and try to improve your score a little bit every single time. Once you feel like you've done this up, you know, at least five times you feel pretty confident that you can go ahead. Move onto the second drill and that is the pullback drill. And as I mentioned, this is my favorite drill in all of golf. What you can do is going to start off by picking a 10 foot putt any 10 foot put. Just give it a role if you make it then kind of move on. But if not, what you're gonna do is gonna lay your putter down, use it as a measuring stick and pull it back. So you're gonna take the take the ball and pulled back one putter length away from the hole . So just like in this picture. Even if you leave your pot, you know, two inches away you got. Take that ball and pull it back and other three feet, and then from there, going try to make it again. If you do make it, then you can move on. But if not, then you gotta keep pulling the ball back every single time until you finally hold out. So after that first hole with a 10 foot pot that on the second hole, choose a 20 footer on again, do the whole pullback system, and then for the third hole, he's a 30 footer. Ah, and then after that, you can switch back to a 10 footer and then a 20 footer in a 30 footer and so on. So as you play, what you're gonna do is going to keep score in relation to par. So to putt is a par on every hole I want puts a birdie. If you make it, That's a birdie. If it's a three putt, that's about you. Four is a double five is a triple, and so on and so on. Go ahead and play nine holes like this, just trying to keep a running score in relation to par after you've done that, just can't take a mental note of whatever your score was in relation to Park and then play another nine and try to beat your score. If on that 2nd 9 you beat your score, then go ahead. You know, congratulations. You're done with this practice session. If not, then go ahead and repeat again. Play another nine holes and try to beat your score that third time. If you succeed, then, uh, go ahead and move on and I'll see in the next lesson. 7. 1.6 - Putting: Psychology of Putting: If you ask a golfer what percentage of the game is mental, you'll probably hear something like 80% or 90%. With that in mind. When's the last time you even thought about your mental game? Don't be out. We're gonna review a few simple strategies that help you improve your mental game specifically as it relates to putting. To do this, we're gonna use a few tips from Harvey Panics Little Red Book, which is perhaps the best golf book ever written. Harvey Panics. First tip Is this As a righty, you should always carry your putter around in your left hand and never your right. The reason for this is that your left arm leads. The putting stroke we has right is it's really easy for your right hand to just kind of dominate the putting stroke and try toe steer the clubhead. We don't want this. We want the left arm, the left hand toe lead, the potter through that pendulum, putting stroke after a while of carrying around the potter and just your left hand. Eventually, your potter will start to feel like an extension of your left arm, and that's exactly what you want. that will help you make that nice, smooth pendulum putting stroke course. This one sounds a little silly, but it is based in reality, and it's a really good tip. Tip number two is that after a good round on the greens, don't go straight to the 19th hole to grab a drink and celebrate. Instead, go to the putting green and practice. If you had a good round on the greens, that probably means something about your putting stroke. Something by your form was particularly good that day, so what you want to do is ingrained that good form in your muscle memory. The best way to do that is just to practice over and over again. And this relates to a broader mental strategy that I would like to point out. And that's to be cool under pressure. You gotta have confidence, of course, but the only way to get confidence is to practice. So if you go out and you practice that good, form your own grain that in your muscle memory and your bold confidence, which will help you out mentally, especially when you're under pressure in the future. Tip number three. And this is by far the most important one. It's toe. Always think positively as you stand over the ball. We should focus exclusively on your target. You should forget about everything else. You should forget about what the score would be if you made it, or if you miss, you should think about what you're playing. Partners were thinking. You think about what you have to do after the round. Just focus exclusively on your target, whether that be the whole for a straight potter, that be a mark on the grain if you're heading a breaking, but just focus exclusively on that target and then visualize the ball going into the hole. This is probably the easiest way to think positively over the ball, and it's highly effective. The Stamp simple strategy of just thinking positively will do wonders for your game as you stand over the ball. So we reviewed those easy strategies, will set out to the practice screen and work on our last practice session for putting in this practice session. We're gonna go through three drills that you've already learned with the three of the best drills and putting, and so it's the perfect way to end the putting section. That's gonna be the pullback drill, the many clock drill and finally, of course, the century on. So start off with the pullback drill. That's the one where you start off with a 10 footer rolled towards the hole. If you make it, you can move on. But if not, you use your putter as a as a measuring stick and pull the ball back that one putter length and you continue like that until you hold out. So go ahead, play around and nine and keep your score in relation to par and then play a 2nd 9 and try to be your first score. If you do it, then you can move on. But if not, go ahead and play third round or even 1/4 round, however long it takes for you to beat that first score. Once you've done that and go ahead, move back to the mini clock drill. So many clock drill. That's the one you put forties down each of putter length, away from the hole and another set of forties about two feet beyond those original forties . Go ahead, work. You're a work your way around the clock. Call it 3 to 5 times, or until you can make all eight putts in a row. Once you've either made all parts in all eight putts in a row or you feel pretty confident with your performance, then finally move on to the century on a century on my favorite, that's the two foot pot. You got to make it 100 times in a row. This one is perfect for the mental lesson, as nothing will build your confidence, like seeing the ball going to the cup 100 times in a row. Once you've completed this, then you're all done with the putting section. We'll see in the next section, which is chipping. 8. 2.1 - Fundamentals of Chipping: Hello and welcome to the chipping section. This lesson will give you a complete primer on the basics of chipping. First, we're gonna look at course management for chipping, thinking about your Goldman, chipping and, of course, one to chip and when not to. Then we'll actually look at the fundamentals of chipping the grip that set up the stroke, all those kind of things, and then finally will give you a couple drills to do for your chipping, as well as putting so first off, what's your goal when chipping? If you're trying to break 100 your goal should be this to get down into, but never more than three. If you just trying to break 100 you do not need to go out there and get up and down from every possible situation. It's way more important that you get down and three or less every time, and you avoid those blow polls where it takes you four or five strokes to get down from just off the green. So to do this, it's best to just leave yourself a chance to get up and down. But to never put yourself in a tricky situation that basically means not being super aggressive with your chips. If you're a tough situation, your primary goal should just be hitting the ball salad and hitting a nice, consistent ship that would do you on the green and give you an easy chance to get down in three. Just remember it. Always go back to school. You want to get down into, but never more than three. So before we even think about chipping any further, you should always ask yourself, You know, should I chip or not? When you're just a yard or two off the green, always start off by asking yourself, Do have a better chance of getting up and down with a chip shot or with your partner? It's a simple fact that for most amateurs, they're just better with their potter than you are with a chip shot. So that in mind, use your potter as much as possible. Two easy rules of thumb If you're on the fringe of the fair away and the grass is nice and smooth and go ahead and pot. If you're in the rough, then you should chip because it's simply too hard toe pot through the rock so for example, look at this picture here. The ball is clearly in the rough out, highly recommend chipping this one to get it over the rough and just onto the green. If the ball, though, were a yard or two to the right in the fairway, in that case, I would recommend putting the ball. So what is a good chip look like? I highly recommend that amateurs use the bump in Iran style of chipping. That's where the ball carries to the first yard or two of the green bounces once or twice and then just rolls out the remaining distance of the whole. This is the most simple and most repeatable style of chipping, and I highly recommend doing this kind of chipping for all amateurs. So what Clubs should use one? Chipping, we know some people like to use your seven iron, you know, kind of keep it lower. And then some people like to use a pitching wedge, maybe loft it up in the air a little bit more. But in reality, all of these answers are wrong. The club you should use when shipping depends on the situation you want to use whatever club it is that will allow you to hit that bump and run style shot. So the club you used to be one that will land within the first yard or two of the green and then we'll roll out the rest of the way, the whole to the whole. So this is a pretty simple calculation you need to dio. And frankly, it just takes practice to get a feel for how far your clubs will carry. And then how far the role once around the green, this just comes out of practice and will help you work on that with the drills coming up later. So now I understand from the course management aspects was actually look at the fundamentals of chipping. So first we gonna look at the grip. Now the grip here is important, cause this could be the same grip used for the rest of rest of golf. Pretty much besides putting after that, we'll take a look at the set up and just like with putting with a nine point chipping, set up checklist you can work through and then finally will talk about the stroke when it comes to the grab. The first thing to do is use your left hand. Grabbed the club earlier. Your middle. You're wringing your pinky fingers around the clubs, such as a club kind of sits in your fingers, so not so much in the hands or in the poems, but in the fingers, then your index finger. You're gonna trigger that. So basically just means you're gonna separate it slightly from your other fingers. Finally, you can you can place your thumb vertically down the shaft just right on top of the grip. Then it Step two, you're gonna bring your right hand of the club. Such a your right pinky in your left index finger will interlock. So interlocking is what you see in that picture right there. As with the left hand, the clubs, you just sit right in your fingers less so in your hands, but more on your fingers. Ah, good thing about this is is really feeling most of the way of the club in between your 1st 2 knuckles. Finally, in step three, you're gonna also trigger your right index finger such that it's slightly separated from your other fingers, just like you see in this picture here. Then you're gonna bring your right thumb kind of over to the side of the club. You don't usually want to put your right thumb right on top of the club. It's better to kind of have it over to the side. This helps you hold the club more on your fingers. That's why I recommend that said, if you made a good grip, a good, neutral grip, you'll notice that the right thumb and the right forefinger will form of V, and that V will point basically in between your head and your right shoulder. So on that last point talking about the V, we want to have a nice neutral grip, just like we did for putting so to do that, the best way is to look at the V between your right index finger and your right thumb to see in the picture on the left. That's a good, neutral grip. The V is pointing either basically rain between the right shoulder and your head and alignment. You can contrast this with a strong grip in a week crypt in the Middle East. That's a strong grip. The V is clearly pointing outside the shoulder and then all the way on the right. That's clearly a week rip into the view would actually be pointing to the front shoulder both of those types of grips. It's gonna be more difficult to be consistent, so I highly recommend using a neutral crib So it comes to addressing the ball. Want to first start off by thinking about some key himself? As we discussed, the primary goal is going to hit the ball salad and then the ball salad will be what you need to loft the ball up in the air. So you do this. You don't need to help the ball up in the air. A lot of people think that because a chip shot requires a ball to carry, you know, into the air for a yard or two. They have to kind of help the ball ups. You don't want to do that. You just want to let the loft of the club do all the work. That's what that's why the club is lofted in the first place. So to slip the club do all the work to help you achieve this were never set up. That will facilitate sort of hitting down on the ball, so hitting down on the ball will help you make salad contact, and it will also help the club roll up the loft of your call but rather help the ball roll up the loft of the club that will lost it up in the air nicely and let it land softly on the green. So the first thing to consider as you set up to address the ball for chipping you start by setting up with your legs and back in a similar position as you would for putting. But that basically means they're both gonna be mostly straight but relaxed with a little bit of athletic. Flex number two. You on your hands to be almost straight down from your shoulders, potentially a little bit further from your body. Basically, you don't want him, you know, right up next to your body. You want them extended out a little bit further away from our bodies that they have plenty of room to swing number three, you on your feet about shoulder width apart, just as you did for putting and preferably with an open stance. Open stance in this case means pointing left of the target for righties. Of course, So the reason we do this is that it helps restrict the movement in the legs. So, just like with putting, we don't want any movement in the legs during the swing opening. The stance helps us minimize that movement. Number four, you want to align your shoulders parallel to the target. So we're actually gonna swing along her shoulders is a good way to think about it. Just like with putting on a rocker shoulders who want the putters parallel or want our shoulders parallel to the target. So they're aiming right for that. Target the number five. We're gonna place the bowl inside the back of the stance. Just inside your back foot is the best way to think about it again. This will help with hitting down on the ball on lofting it up in the air. Six were in place, our hands in front of all same theme. A good way to know your hands in the right position is that your left arm and the club should appear to form a straight line down to the ball from the head on angle and you'll see a picture here That explains us in a moment. Number seven, you need to lean forward slightly or I prefer to lean forward slightly. Good way to do this is play 75% of your weight on your front foot. So again, just like the other two on this page, this point is to help you hit down on the ball and make solid contact every time. So now they've just thrown all that out. You. Let's run through this nine point chipping, set up checklists. You can run through again in your living room front of a mirror or potentially have a playing partner helping out what you're doing. All these things. Then you have a good set up. So the number one, as you see here, the ball is just inside the right foot or the back foot, never to the left arm in the club appear to form a straight line down to the ball. That's perfect. In conjunction with this, you can see the hands or slightly in front of the ball. That's perfect. Number 3 75% of the weight is on the left foot on the front foot. You see that I'm leaning forward here slightly. That's what you want now, switching to the down the line angle. The feet are set up open to the target. Now. It's just slight, but you can tell it. The feet are pointing a little bit left of where they would be if they were parallel to the target. Number five. The laser. Mostly straight but relaxing with a little bit of flex. Number six. The hands are mostly straight down from the shoulders. You can see there almost pretty much dead straight down from the shoulders, perhaps just a little bit further from the body. Number seven. The hips are basically open, pretty much parallel with the angle. The feet. So again, just slightly, but not a whole lot. Number eight. The back is mostly straight, but again, relax. Number nine the shoulders air parallel to the target, as you just discussed. So now the chipping stroke once you've got to set up down the stroke is the easy part. That's because it's the same as the putting stroke. Just pendulum, pendulum, pendulum. That's all there is to it. If you listen to the putting lessons, you'll know that it that a good putting stroke will resemble the smooth motion of a pendulum and the chipping stroke is no different. So this basically means that your backswing should be the same weight as your through swing . And similarly, the upper body triangle should remain salad throughout the swing. So basically no risks, no extension. The arms, no extension at the shoulders is just the rotation of your shoulders through it. That upper by triangles remains out throughout stroke. It's also worth noting the sweet spot of the club. So, just like with putting, it's really important that we hit the sweet spot or hit the center the club face every single time. It's important to note, though, where the sweet spot is on wedges and irons for when you're chipping. So it's in the center of the club, of course, but it's towards the bottom, so that's sort of where the most weight of the club is. So if you look at that picture there in the inner circle, that's pretty much where you want to hit the ball every single time. It's also important to know that to do this properly, it's best not to take any kind of a div it, but the same time you need to brush the ground so if you're missing the ground entirely. One way to work on this is to actually chip a penny. I would recommend using, like, an old club or when you don't really care about anymore. You can put a penny just right on the carpet or on the ground somewhere and just practice scooping it off. You make solid contact, and that's that's good. That's exactly what you want. Then, alternatively, if you're actually taking it. Divots. You want to avoid this. A good way to think about this is folks on brushing the grass. Just want to brush the grass nice and smoothly. Sorry. Now that we have the fundamentals down, let's do some practice. So this one here to start off by doing some putting specifically to drills that work on lag potting sense. Chipping is is most similar to lag putting that's going to the two front war. Go ahead and repeat that you know, once or twice till you feel go with that and then the long walk. Go ahead and repeat that one, maybe two or three times again until you feel confident with that. Don't move onto to new chipping drills was going to call the landing zone drill and in the reverse ladder, so do the landing zone Drill. What you gonna do? You gonna find a good chip? You know, Call it 5 to 7 feet away from the green. Your name for a whole. It's maybe 20 feet away from the edge of the green. Using maybe a nine iron and eight iron. Pitching wedge kind depends on on ah, on your game and how you play. What you're gonna do is your take teas and you're make a little box. That box is going to serve as a landing zone. So box should be two club lengths long and one wide using the fringe as the base of the box . Kind of like you see there in the picture with the same club. Also go up to the hole and make a second box around the hole. You start by chipping balls, and the focus is gonna be that you land them in the first box and they're gonna bounce and roll and hopefully come to rest in the 2nd 1 So as you do this, you can keep scores. Follows one point every time the ball lands in the first box regardless of where it ends up two points in the lands of the first box, and then comes arrest in the second, and then no points if you miss the first box. So, as you see here, the priority is landing it in that landing zone in that first box, which you can do is and keep score and repeat for several times. You know, several rounds and try to improve. You prove your score every single time. Once you feel good, that can move on to the second drill, and that's called the reverse ladder drills. So this one will also use a landing zone box. What we're gonna do is we're gonna find, you know, a similar chipping spot about 5 to 7 feet from the green, but with plenty of green just wide open Korean in front of you. So long that line. What you want to do is create another landing zone box, just like you did for the last drill, and then start with a hybrid or a long iron, maybe a three or four or five irons, something like that. Go ahead, hit five balls and just solely focus on landing them in the landing zone don't focus so much on where they end up, just folks on hitting them in that landing zone. Once you've done this, grab a slightly shorter club. So if you hit a four iron, then grab your five iron or if it was a hybrid, then grab your three you know, etcetera and then repeat the drill again with another five balls again, just totally focused on hitting it in that landing zone. You're doing this properly, the bullshit cluster. So they should all land in Lang's own and then kind of end up in a similar area, so they should cluster by whichever club you're using. So your first shot if you hit, maybe in a hybrid, the balls should come to rest within a few feet of each other. Call it, you know, 40 to 50 feet away from you. Then if you move to a slightly shorter Claude called 45 iron, the ball should then cluster, Uh, you know, within a few feet, but maybe 35 feet away from you, not quite as far so much you can do is just continue on. If this is productive for you, I would use every single club in your bag on. Just just keep going shorter every single time and really just focus on landing the ball in that landing zone. Sister will give you a really good feel for how far your balls will carry free to those clubs. And then how far the role, once they've already landed. Once you've done that, then you're all done with this practice session and I'll see in the next one. 9. 2.2 - Chipping: Course Management: all right. So I know it through a lot at you in the last lesson. So in this one, we're gonna go ahead and just review a few common chipping scenarios and how to manage them before we dive into those scenarios. Let's first recall what our primary goal is when chipping, and that's to get down into, but never more than three. The best way to do this is just to just hit solid, consistent, bumping around style chips that a levy on the green. That way you can to pot and get out of there. And three, this simple philosophy will help guide you as you manage different scenarios on the course . So you're Sarah one. You have a short chip over just a few yards, a rough, but then only a few yards of green toe work with. So basically, it's gonna be difficult to land the ball on the green and stop it close to the hole. So what? This couple options The 1st 1 you might think of us hit a high flop shot. That's where you you know, You open up the club face, you take a big swing and try toe. Send the ball and was straight up and then drop it straight down. I would highly advise against this. If you're an amateur golfer, Bob Shots take a lot of practice in a lot of skill. And frankly, if you're just trying to break 100 you don't need to use these. So I would just totally skip this. It's way too easy, toe hit it then and blast it over the green or to miss the ball entirely. A lot of issues can happen with a flop shot. I would just skip this second option is to try to land the ball in the raw for you know, maybe, the French said It softens the landing on the ball, but just bounces once or twice and then ends up by the whole again. I would advise against this is the reason for that is, if you're just trying to break 100 you probably don't have that precise kind of touch where you can, you know, landed in the perfect spot and also predict exactly how the ball is gonna bounce. And roll would be way too easy to leave the shot in the rough. So you're chipping again, which remember is antithetical to our goal. So instead I would advise you to do option number three. And that's where you land the ball on the green such that it comes to rest past the hole. So basically, it might be tough to stop the ball right at the hole. That's fine. Just landed on the first you know, yard or so of the green and let it come to rest naturally with your highest lofted club. Probably sand wedge or lob wedge. So I recommend doing this because this is the most consistent way to get down. And three, those 1st 2 options are highly inconsistent on compose big problems, for you can easily give you blow polls. So just play the conservative option, get yourself on the green and then get out of there with a two putt. So your scenario to give a long chip with maybe 50 feet of green between you and the whole that only a few feet of green beyond the pin. So this in mind, the first option, it might occur to you to use a wedge and just try to carry the ball pretty much all the way to the whole, Probably end it right by the whole right in front of the whole such that it lands, then stops right there. So I would advise against this because it would be way too easy to carry it too long and hit it over the green into the rough beyond it. And then, of course, would be chipping again as an amateur as someone trying to break 100. It may be difficult to get that wedge control precisely. So with that in mind, I would just skip this one and again I would just hit, you know, a bump and run shot hit a low running chip that lands on the green or the fairway and then rolls out near the hole. It might take some practice again to kind of get the feel for this shot, but this is the easiest shot to control, and it's essentially like a long putt. You can visualize this being just like a long pot. While you might not have the perfect feel for, ah, high lofting wedge shot, you probably have a better idea of what a long part of this distance would feel like. And that's basically what you're chipping. Swing should feel like, All right, so now that we've worked through those, let's get out to the practice facility, Get to work. It's in this one. Start off putting. I could do the gate drill on the clock drill to gate drill. I would I would go out there, try to make around 40 putts. You don't to be in a row or anything, but try to make a total of about 40 pots and they move on the clock drill. Work your work your way around, you know, two or three times if you can try to make all eight in a row. But if not, that's OK. Just work around 23 times until you feel good with those chips. Then we move on to the up and down stable for drills. This is one of my favorite chipping jewels. Probably my favorite chipping jeweler is So to do this, basically, you're gonna practice. Getting up and down is all it is. Start off with a high lofty club, so, you know, pick, you know, sandwich pitching wedge, maybe a lot. But if you have it, he's going to throw a ball down in the rough somewhere close to Ah, practice green and then just chip it onto the green wherever it ends up. Then grab your putter and try to roll it in. If you miss it, then go ahead and and continue on until you knock it in the hole. As you do this, you're gonna keep score. And now it's gonna be instead of keeping score in relation to par, gonna keep score with a modified stable for system, which is basically a point system. So basically, if you get down into or a chip it in, then give yourself one point if it takes three or more or I'm sorry, if it takes three content of zero and then if it takes more than three, count that as negative one. So as you go, just keep a running score. Ah, in relation that stable for basis. So with that same club, whatever you use sandwich pitching, which play nine holes, make sure that three of those holes were kind of shorter chips through your medium and no. Three or long once you know what that Cuban mental note what every score was placed second night with that same club trying to be your first score If you don't denote out again, probably play another nine and hopefully try to improve your score. What's your don't that? Go ahead and repeat the process with either a nine or an eight iron, you know, a little bit a little bit longer. Club play two nines just like that, trying to beat your score the second time. And then what? You don't that repeat the process 1/3 time with a seven or six iron? Maybe a little bit longer? Ah, such that you've had a total of six rounds of nine holes since, obviously, is a pretty long drill. It's gonna take you a while to do, but it's a fun one on the game aspect. The stable for its scoring aspect will keep it interesting as you go. More importantly, this is perfect for the philosophy we've been talking about. So you get one point for a chip in or down into which, of course, is the goal. The goal is to get down into ah, but never more than three. So three will give you zero, which doesn't hurt you. So remember, you just want either get down into, but never more than three. So if you're you're positive or defense with zero, that's fine. That means you've done great, all right. Once you're done with this, another said this might take a little while. But once you don't this year, don't this lesson we'll see in the next one. 10. 2.3 - Chipping - Tough Chips: chipping from the fairway or the fringe with the perfect lies. Relatively straightforward. It's basically just like a long putt, like a long lag putt. But, of course, want to get on the actual golf course, you in the face with lots of tough chips with different varying lies. So in this lesson, we're gonna teach you how to keep hot a chip from tough lie so specifically chipping from the rough and then chipping from sloping lies. So let's dive in. So you're chipping from the rough. We're gonna look at two types of lies from the rocks. The first is what I would like to call a good lie. And that's where the ball sort of teed up on top of the grass, which is obviously, you know, a good lights, the best way to be. But it could be a little tricky for a few reasons, which will get into the second kind of situation is a bad license where the ball is nestled down the thick grass so you have a good lies when the ball is sort of teed up just sitting on top of the grass. You're doing this. The key is to focus on hitting the sweet spot. So the ball seat up like this is really easy to sort of swing under the ball, so to speak. And to hit the ball was sort of the top part of the club face. So in any kind of wedge or an iron that you'll be using around the green, the sweet spot is gonna be in the center of club face. But towards the bottom, that's where all the weight of the club had is focused when you hit the top part of the club had you'll get this really weak shot that won't go as far as you want to. So it's really key in order to control the shot that you hit the sweet spot, which is towards the bottom. So just focus on brushing the top of the grass. Pretty straightforward. No, when it comes to bad lies, when the ball sort of nestle down there again, the same principle takes hold. You gotta focus on hitting the sweet spot. So to do that, though, you kind of get down in there, gotta get down into the rough. When you do this, you gotta put more of an emphasis. I'm kind of a strong follow through. You gotta use a strong if they have a solid stroke throughout the rough, the the grass of the thick, and it'll slow your club head down and try to twist in different directions. So we just focus on a strong fall through nice and smooth that will help you kind of swing through that grass and hit the sweet spot. I would also recommend using a higher lofted club than you would normally use. That's because shots like this will not come out as soft as they would for regular shots on , say, the fairway or the French. So, in order to counter Act that used a higher lofted clubs at the ball, launches a little bit higher and then lands a little bit softer. Now let's take a look at sloping lives. This is where you're there, on an up slope or a downslope. In either case, the key is to just align your body with the slope by aligning your body with the slope that allow you to sort of swing along the plane of the ground and make solid contact. So first looking in downhill chips before even, you know go to the ball, grab a higher lofty club. So because of the next two points I'm about to discuss, the ball is going to come out at a lower angle. So to counter, act this, grab a higher lofted club. So the first point that I want to mention is, as just discussed, to align your body with the slopes. We're looking this picture here. The feet, the knees, the hips are all right in parallel with the ground. This is exactly what you want. This will allow you to swing along the plane of the ground and make solid contact so additional consideration. Move the ball back in your stance. If you see here instead of being on the inside of my back foot, the ball is actually behind my back foot. The reason for this sound? Downhill chips. It's really easy to hit the ground before you get to the ball. So to counter act this, we're just going to simply move the ball back in the stance basically behind the stance. So shall we make solid contact now on the uphill chips? So these are basically the opposite of Donald chips in a few ways. So first off. Go ahead, grab a lower lofted club. Same idea. The ball's gonna get launched a little bit higher. So grab a lower lofted club to kind of counteract that and then again, as discussed, repeatedly align your body with the slope. So, as you see in this picture, the feet that needs the hips, even the shoulders are really aligned with the slope again. This will allow you just kind of slink swing along the ground and make solid contact. Another consideration over Uppal chips is you gotta slide your weight forward. So when you align your body with the slope, naturally, that's gonna move all your way back. Now, we don't want to do this. We still want to have a nice downward angle of attack on the ball. So do this. You have to sort of slide your weight forward even though your body is gonna be a line with slope. So let's be a little bit uncomfortable, but relatively easy to figure out once you get it. All right, Now that you know how to use now, you know, auto, hit those four scenarios. Let's get out there and do some practice. This one's gonna be simple. It's gonna be all drills you've already done before with a little bit of a twist, at least for the chipping. So start off on the putting green like normal. Use the pullback drills. It's the one where you put the ball. Then use your Potter to pull it back one part early, and you continue on like that until you hold out. Go ahead and play. You know at least 18 holes trying to beat your score that second time. Once you feel good with the potting, don't move on to the chipping. He'll start off with basically the standard landing zone drill. But I like to cause the land Eason drilled to twist. So you want to practice hitting the ball into a landing zone for each of those four scenarios that we just discussed to run through this drill with good lies in their off down with bad lies, then with an uphill slope and finally with a downhill slope. Once you've run through this drill a few times with each of those four scenarios, the move on to a few games of up and down stable for so I caused a short variation so in the long variation where he ran through it six times and he used, you know, one club for each round. In this case, in this time the shore variation. I would spice it up, So instead of just using one club the entire time, maybe start off by chipping with the sand wedge. Then the next hole that you you play, grab a seven ire and then after that, grab a nine iron and as you're doing this to spice it up and hit from lots of different shots, so so find some good shots with good lives in the rough, hit some shots with downhill slope, someone uphill slopes just really spice it up. So you get, you know, good, varying degree of shots that you're hitting once you played at least 18 holes. So two rounds of nine like this on and again, try to beat your score that second night. Once you've done that, then you go ahead and move on and I'll see you in the pitching section 11. 3.1 - Introduction to Pitching: Hello and welcome to the pitching section. In this lesson, we're teaching out it's salad pit shots with your wedges. Specifically, we're gonna focus on those 10 to 30 yard pitches. Those longer kind of half wedges will be coming up in a later lesson. So what exactly is the difference between a pitch in a chip? Well, really, it doesn't matter. It's basically just semantics. You can call it whatever you want. Well, it's for the purposes of this lesson. Let's assume that a pitch is gonna be longer than a chip shot, and it's usually involve a higher lofted club, primarily a wedge. So what is a good pitch shot? Look like? A good pitch will carry most of the way to the target. It will land and then bounce once or twice. And then finally, it will come to rest within a few yards of landing spot, so I can assume that in in comparison to a chip, a pit shot will carry higher and a bit further and also come to rest quicker as a result of that higher, softer ball flight. So let's dive right into the set up. Now the jury know the putting and chipping set up. The pitching set up should be relatively straightforward. So a couple of principles to go over first. The stance should be square. So just like a pot, we wanna have a square stance. It means their feet, knees, hips, shoulders. Everything should be square to the target. That means parallel to the target. So, in ship shots, we actually wanted to open up this stance a little bit to kind of minimize the lower bottom body movement on pitch shots because the swing is gonna be a little bit longer. It's more important that our swing is square. So with that in mind, I'm gonna go ahead and square up our lower body number 21 or feet approximately, shoulder with apart. This is mostly a matter of personal preference, you know, wherever you feel balanced. But shoulder with is about right. Potentially a little bit outside the shoulders is perfect. Number three the way to be more centralized. So we still want to make kind of a downward attack on the ball, as we did with chipping, but not as dramatically. So, with that in mind, you might have a little slightly and Ford probably 55 to 60% of your weight on your front foot, but nothing dramatic like we did for chipping number four. You want the ball slightly back in the stance. This is just like, uh, putting your weight forward. This facilitates a downward attack on the ball, but just slightly back, preferably. Put the ball about an inter to back from the center of your stance. Number five. Maintain a neutral grip, just like the chipping grip you on a nice, neutral grip. As you see here, the V between the four finger and the thumb is aiming somewhere between the right shoulder and head. That's perfect. That means you're nice and neutral. Number six. You want the left arm in the shaft to form a straight line down to the whole. This will result in the hands being slightly ahead of the ball, which is perfect. That again will facilitate a nice downward attack on the ball and lost the ball up in the air. Nice and smoothly so that you got this set up. What is a stroke Look like? Nothing surprising here. Pendulum pendulum, pencil. It's basically the same thing as a chipping stroke. Just a little bit longer. So do this again. You're to keep everything salad. That means the upper body triangle is gonna remain nice and salad. There's gonna be no movement in the wrists and no extension of the elbows. No extension at the shoulders. Just keep everything nice and south. To do this, you have to focus a little bit more on rotating your chest, so it's gonna be a longer rotation. So it was easy to think about just kind of rotating. The are rocking rather the shoulders on parts or chips. But on pitches since could be longer. You have to actually rotate your Chester. That's the feeling you want is rotating your chest back and through While you're doing this , you want to keep the lower body silence. That means you want to keep the lower body as still as possible. So naturally, especially through swing, you'll feel your legs getting kind of pulled around a little bit by the rotation. Your chest. You don't want to help this out or exaggerate it. You want to keep your lower body is still is possible. And just let the lower body, you know, naturally get pulled around in that through swing. So here's a quick visual book on the left of the backswing. You'll notice the upper body triangles still salad that arm from the shaft, and the left arm is pretty much still there, almost dead straight, A little bit of bent. But that's all right. Almost that straight, especially looking at the lower body. See almost no movement that's perfect. Want to keep the lower body perfectly still? Then you look in the fall through. We'll see again. The upper body triangle is still rock salad. The chest has kind of rotated through, and now it's It's not exactly facing the target, but it's It's facing much farther forward. Ah, the wrister. So salad that's perfect. And then you'll see a little bit of, you know, flex their in the right leg, especially. And that's basically just the right leg getting pulled around by that rotation of the chest . You see both the feet are still solid on the ground. It's a really minimal movement from the lower body, just some kind of natural rotation. Sorry, now that she got the stroke down, let's move on to some practice should be pretty straightforward. Start off by practicing book The putting and chipping together. That's what to do. This is up and down, stable. For a drill. Go ahead, do two rounds of nine. I would spice this up to a variety of different chip shots to a variety of different holes . Give yourself lots of different opportunities to work on your chipping. You're putting once you've done that, done that. Move back to pitching and we're do one that's called the five by five drill, and we repeat The City Times. This one's pretty straightforward it to give you a good feel for the pitching stroke. This one can easily be done at, You know, either a dedicated pitching facility if your golf course has one of these, but if not, it goes to be done to driving range or even your backyard. To try and do is going to start off with your highest lofted club. So probably a sand wedge pitching wedge, maybe a lob wedge of you have it. You gonna pick a target that's 10 yards away, so going through those options view in your backyard, just grab a bucket or something else you can hit towards your on the driving range just pick out a landmark about 10 yards away. If you're on an actual pitching facility, Pickle hole, that's just a little beyond 10 yards. And pick out a landing zones that you can land the ball pretty much right at 10 yards and in the bowl, released naturally to that target. So what you do is you need five balls at that target. Just practicing that pitching stroke. Once you fit all five of those, you're gonna move back five yards or else pick a target that's now another five yards farther Said is a total of 15 yards away from you. And you're gonna hit another five balls at that second target. So you do this, you should feel the pendulum just getting longer. You really shouldn't need to rotate your wrists anymore or anything like that. You should just feel like you're making a longer pendulum swing and hitting the ball that incremental five yards. If you've done this, you continue on your gonna hit five goals each at targets of 2025 then finally 30 yards away. It becomes too difficult to maintain the pendulum in that 25 or 30 yard, you know, speed or a distant traffic. Then you can go ahead and kind of just cut down the drill and focus on the 10 15 20 yard spaces. Once you've done this, just go ahead. Repeat the drill two or three more times each time, starting at 10 yards and working your way back. This is the best way to do it. And starting with that, that shorter pendulum first will help you maintain good fundamentals as you go back through those farther shots. Once you've worked to his drill a handful of times. Congratulations. I'll see in the next lesson. 12. 3.2 - Pitching: Course Management: since we've already reviewed course management as relates to chipping course management for pitching should be pretty straightforward. So we're gonna take a few minutes here to review some concepts, kind of specific to pitching. So for starters, what exactly is your primary goal in pitching? No surprise. You want to get down into, but never more than three, pretty much exactly the same as it was for chipping. Except when pitching is a little bit more of an emphasis on that, getting down in three aspect. So from 30 yards, it could be difficult to actually get up and down into. But it's much more realistic to get down in three every single time. So to do that, we're gonna focus on hitting conservative pitches that will get us on the green, such that weaken to put and get out of there and three. So, with that in mind, let's review a common pitching scenario. Let's assume the pin is about 25 yards away, but there's a bunker ray in front of it, and there isn't much green to work with. So in this case, the worst thing you could do would be to chip it short. Such A you end up in that bunker and then you gotta hit it from there. By the second, worst thing to do would be to blow past the pen such that you then, if the chip or pitch the ball to get back on the green from the other side. So a few options you might think about the first would be to hit the high flop shot. So, just like with chipping, we want to avoid this. If you just trying to break 100 you simply don't need to hit a high flop shot that flies, you know, almost straight up in the air, lands by the pen and comes to stop, even though Phil Mickelson, other pros, can do this consistently. You're just trying to break 100. You simply don't need this shot in your bag. I would just totally avoid this option. Option Number two is to play around the hazard. Now. This is a great conservative strategy. I highly recommend this if you can. It's best to just kind of came to the right until left of the hazard. Wherever there's, you know, the most room effectively and just hit the ball up there So in this case, looking at this picture here, you could simply hit the ball to the right of the hazards. Such a you get it on the green, and then from there you'd have no problem to putting and getting down in three. I would definitely consider this if the situation allows 1/3 option. If, for example, it's a huge water hazard, you simply can't go around until left to the right than what you can do is try to land the ball on the green, right near the whole such lands by the whole. But then it releases and runs out another, you know, 20 or 30 feet or so. So again, if there's room beyond the whole, this will get you on the green, said to you, then have a 20 or 30 foot putt, which you can easily to put get out of there and three. So, in this case, out, consider either option number two or option number three, depending on what the scenario looks like. Now let's move on to some practice. We're gonna start off on the putting green, doing the pullback drill, go ahead and play two rounds and nine or until you feel comfortable with your putting. Then move on to the reverse ladder chipping Drill this the one. Recreate a landing zone using all your chipping clubs. Try to hit it into that landing zone and then move on to pitching. Got to new drills for today. Those are the split stands. Drill in the twins for the split stand stroke. Going to start off with a 10 yard pitch set up with your feet to gather almost touching. Don't actually have to be touching, but almost touching. They're gonna pull your right leg back or your your back leg. You're gonna pull it back and then put your foot up on your toes just like you see in the picture here. Once you're there, go ahead and take a few practice swings. Focus on maintaining your balance. That should be the key as you start focused on just maintaining your balance with pretty much all of your weight on your front foot. If you're struggling, keeper balance. Go ahead and put that back foot flat down on the ground, but again pull it back. Such you have a split stance once you can keep your balance nice and consistently start off in a few balls from around 10 yards and then move back to a 15 yard in a 20 yard shop. If it's too difficult to hit that 15 or 20 yard shot by maintaining good fundamentals, then go ahead and just focus on that 10 yard shot and hit a few more balls. Once you've done that, you move on to the twins for this one, you're gonna find a 20 yard pitch, go ahead and grab to empty sleeves of balls is really key. They be empty as you'll see here in a minute. With the 1st 1 you're gonna measure it out. Three sleeve lines straight back from the ball that you want to hit. And with the 2nd 1 you're gonna put that down four sleeveless right in front. Once you got this, go ahead and take a few practice swings and you want to focus on missing both of the sleeves of balls but also brushing the grass so you don't want to hit either the sleeves. But you also don't want to completely miss the ground. But doing this this will ensure you having a perfect angle of attack. So you're being a little bit more steep on the downswing, but not too steep, such that you hit the seconds leave. So a good shot will. The club will swing through. It'll miss both the sleeves and just brush the grass, kind of sweeping the ball right off the ground. Let's feel pretty comfortable with your practice strokes. Go ahead and hit some shots like this. Um, I would focus on hitting, you know, 10 to 15 shots, however many it takes for you to feel comfortable with this once. You don't that I'll see in the next lesson. 13. 3.3 - Pitching: Half Wedges: now that we spend a few lessons on the shorter pit shots time, take a look at half wedges. This lesson we're and teach you how to hit the half wedge. So what exactly is half wedge? It's basically that tricky shot that's a bit longer than short pitch assure than a full swing. So most people hit these, you know, 30 to 70 yards, depending on how far you hit the ball. How exactly do you have 1/2 wedge? In simple terms, it's just a pendulum, plus, um, wrist rotation. That's it. So let's quickly review the fundamentals of the half wedge, and we'll we'll dig down into each one of these aspects a little bit deeper. So first, keep everything salad for the initial take away. Second, the Richard just rotate gradually in that backswing. Third, you wanna keep your left arm straight for pretty much the entire swing. Fourth, keep the lower body silent, just like with shorter pictures. You want to keep that lower body silent five. You know what? The downswing feel? Natural. It's just like all the other pendulum swings you've made. Six. You're gonna finish by shaking hands with the target that means you've pretty much fully rotated through the swing. So number one, you want to keep everything salad for the initial take away. So for the first quarter, two of that take away it should be just like a pitcher, just like a chip. You want to keep everything salad that includes the upper body triangle as well as the rest . Just keep him nice and salad. At least for that first foot or two of the take away, they're gonna move back. You get to this position called the tow opposition, the top position eyes achieved by rotating the risk. Gradually, they should rotate this nice and smooth, Nice and gradually such that the club face is open and the toe is pointing up when the club shaft is parallel to the ground. Just like you see in this picture here, the toe should be pointing basically straight up or perhaps just a little bit closed like you see in this picture. If you pass this top position, then you know you're rotating a risk properly. Third, you want to keep your left arm straight. You want to keep your left arm straight, definitely for the entire backswing, but also for most of the way through the through swing, so as to see your the left arm is just perfectly straight. Then, before you want to keep the lower body silent, as you see, there's very little movement in the lower body dropped. This there's a little bit of flexing the knee. You'll see the right leg has straightened up a little bit on the left leg is flexing a little bit more, but the left foot is still flat on the ground and movement is minimal. There's maybe a little bit of rotation in the hips, just minimal. You want to keep your lower body pretty much is still a possible and just let it be naturally pulled around a little bit by the rotation of your chest. Next, you just gonna let that downswing feel natural. You just gonna move into it just like you would any kind of pendulum stroke. Really, it should feel natural. The risks should just rotate through the ball nice and naturally shouldn't have to feel like you're overpowering the risk that rotation back to the ball should feel nice and natural. Six. You're gonna finish by shaking hands with the target this means you're gonna eventually through the swing and extend your right arm such that it's sort of reaching out. And basically your palm is gonna be parallel with the ground, as if you were reaching out to shake hands with the target. If you do this, you're you'll go through the toe opposition again. Here, the total be pointing up at about a similar patient position, as you see in this picture here. To achieve this, you have to rotate your chest just like you see. The chest is basically facing the target, and then the legs will just naturally be pulled around. You see, definitely. There's quite a bit of flex in that right leg and left leg's premenstrual straight. But if you're rotating or your chest your legs, you just kind of be naturally pulled around, and that's the feel you want. So now we've gone over the fundamentals. Let's get out there in practice. So for putting and chipping, we're gonna start off with the latter drill in the reverse ladder, drill on the putting green, go through each of those for you know 2 to 3 times until you feel comfortable with them, then move out, do some chipping, do the up and down stable. For a drill, I would target two rounds of nine holes. They're gonna move the two new drills for pitching, first off the glove connection drill and then the eight oclock to 10 o'clock drill. So do the glove connection drill. It's really very simple. Just take a glove, or if you don't have an extra glove, take a small towel or something and tuck it in between your left arm and your chest, just like you see in the picture. Here. I know what you're and do as you're gonna make some practice wings just like this. If you're doing it properly, the glove will stay neatly talked basically in your armpit for the entire swing, or at least until the through. Swing and impact. Basically, it should be nice and steady there, a top of the backswing like you see, It's very nice, nice and tucked in there and then basically up until the through swing. It should be nice and tucked in there. It might fall out, not as you hold the finish, but that's OK. Focus on keeping it there for all the back swing through impact. Then you move on to the eight oclock to 10 o'clock drove. This is a really good one for getting the right distance control when it comes your half wages. So start off by picking a target that's around 30 yards, or you can just kind of focus on a target that's off in the distance. What you do is you take several practice swings. Your visualize that you're standing inside of a giant clock in your left arm is the hour hand. So basically, you want to visualize your left arm, pointing to the eight on that big clock using that length of swing, go ahead and hit 10 balls with that same length of swing. Once we'll go that living a moment to a nine o'clock swing. So nine oclock swing is going to be where your left arm is, parallel to the ground at the top of the backswing. Once you got that, go ahead and hit 10 balls just like that, and then finally gonna move on to a 10 o'clock swing. There's gonna be a little bit past parallel. Their left arms will be pointing up. Is your require a bit more rotation? The chest. Maybe a little bit more rotation of lower body as well. What? That I'll be natural. But once you got, they feel for that, go ahead and it 10 more balls just like that, that what I would do is repeat the sequence 1 to 2 more times, going from eight than 29 than to 10. Do that each time you run through the sequence. Once you feel comfortable with those half ledges, I'll see in the next lesson. 14. 4.1 - The Full Swing: hello and welcome to the first lesson of the full swing section. In this lesson, we're get you started with a salad and consistent full swing. So for starters, how should we think about the full swing? It's basically just in extension of those half wedge swings were making in the prior section. It's really just a 10 or in 11 oclock swing. And we're gonna do that with all our clubs, not just our wedges. So diving right in looking at the set up. There's basically two things you want to consider here initially, and that's gonna be the width of your stance and where the ball is placed in that stance. So here we see two pictures, one on the left with a wedge and the one on the right with a long iron. You'll notice on the left that the stance is a bit more narrow about shoulder width and the Bulls kind of in the back of the stance. On the right, you'll notice that the stance is quite a bit wider, maybe just a little bit outside of shoulder with, and also the ball has been moved forward in the stance, depending on what club you're using, you're gonna want to gradually widen your stance. And you also don't want to move the ball forward slightly in the stands with the wedge, the balls kind of in the back of the stance. This encourages more of a lower ball flight with thoughts of backspin That's perfect for getting lots of ah, you know, back spent for those sort of approach shots onto the green with those longer irons, we won't necessarily be hitting at the green or we're trying to hit Get the ball as close to the pin. Therefore, we want a more driving and penetrating high ball flight those long and so I want to move the ball up in the stance a bit. Two other things to keep in mind for your set up Number three. You want to keep your weight centralized, so basically you're gonna be making a bigger swing. So to do that you don't wanna focus on leaning forward or anything like that. It's best to just keep your weight centralized that you can maintain your balance throughout the swing from before. You also want to maintain that line between your left arm and the club. So we've been doing this from chipping to pitching to half wedges and want to keep that going for the full swing. So really, that line is good. It's a good mental thing for just just kind of keeping in mind that you want to keep your left arm straight throughout the swing from a physical aspect. You wanna hopefully return to that position at impact. That's primitive perfect impact position with the left arm forming a straight line down the club. So setting up like that is a good way to help you physically return to that position. So now that we've got to set up really pretty easy, basically just an extension of all the things we've already done, let's look at the principles of the full swing. We're gonna, you know, just lay out all eight of these principles and then we're gonna dive into each of them a little bit differently. So number one, we want to keep the lower body silent on the backswing. Nothing new there. Do we want to focus on rotating the chest? Let's about moving the arms more about rotating the chest. Number three. We want to keep the wrists at 90 degrees this is towards the top of the backswing. We should better say that we don't the risk. You go past 90 degrees and we'll take a look at what that means. Number four. We also don't want to go pass parallel. That also has to do with the length of the backswing. We'll get a number five. You want to start the down soon with the body. So a lot of people are tempted to start the downswing with their hands or their arms. Want to avoid that and actually use their body more. So number six toe up to toe up. This is about the rotation that club through impact. This is, Ah, basically recycled material from the pitching section, so that should be pretty easy. Number seven won't extend our arms. Specifically, the right arm to shake hands with the target during the follow through is that's very important for power and for accuracy. And the great want to finish with our our weight on her left foot. So basically means finishing with our weight forward. All right, now that we know the eight principles, let's go ahead and dive into them a little bit, so get the backswing. You're going to see each of those four aspects just outlined on the last slide are illustrated here on this picture. It's number one. We want to keep the lower body silent. That basically means during the backswing. You wanna limit the amount of movement in the in the lower body, obviously to rotate your chest around adequately for backs for a you know, good, full backs swing. Then there will have to be some movement. Lower body. We want to keep that to a minimum. So in this picture, here you see it. The right leg strained it up, and there's a bit of flaxen that left leg. But you notice that the left foot is flat on the ground and the hips have not rotated a ton , really just a minimal amount. That sort of allows more rotation in the upper body. This is exactly what we want want, basically the lower bodily body just to remain still. But just to feel like it's being pulled around by the upper body, that's ideal. The less movement we can get. The better number two folks on rotating the chest. So you see, the chest here is pretty much facing, you know, 90 degrees back from the ball. That's perfect. It's also primarily a mental thing. They want to focus on rooting the chess around chest around to move the club, rather than using your arms to pull the club back or something like that. Number three. Keep the wrists and 90 degrees. So if you look at the angle between primarily the left wrist or really the right, let really both risk in the club, you'll see they make about a 90 degree angle. We basically want to get to that 90 degree angle, but we don't want to go past it. You don't wanna flex your wrist any more than that. That's all you want. This is all about control and consistency. So once he gets that 90 degree position, don't go past that keeper right there. And number four don't go past parallels. This refers to the angle between the club, the club shaft in the ground. You'll see that here. The club is actually still kind of put it pointing up into the air a little bit on That's good. That's that's a little bit shorter than, ah, lot of back swings that you'll see on, you know, say the pro tour. Anything but definitely you you want to avoid is going past parallels. That's where the club, but actually pointing down towards the ground. If you get two parallel, that's fine. But you don't want to go past that. You want to keep the swing as short as possible and what dictates how long your swing should be. Really, it's your flexibility in the rotation of your chest if you're going to the point where you can't rotate your chest back any farther, and that's kind of where you should stop the swing, you shouldn't try to keep swinging your arms back too much farther than your chest. That'll basically lead to more inconsistency. So those are the four aspects of backswing, all pretty standard from the pitching section. And those half Webb swings basically just want to focus on keeping everything is still in a salad as possible. Now look at the down swing number five. So we just talked about that 90 degree angle between the wrists and the club and basically want to maintain that angle for as long as possible. So do that. We have to start the downswing with the body. That means your lower body, your hips, your waist and then your chest. All of that will have to start rotating kind of in one fluid motion. One athletic motion, but that angle between your wrists and the club Charmaine Salad as long as possible. So they call his lags base because the club had a sort of lagging behind the hands. Now leg is really good because it generates power, and it also reduces the likelihood of slicing the ball. Help you come from the inside, potentially get more of a draw spin on the ball. So to do this, you basically to focus on starting the downswing with your body and also maintaining that wrist angle for as long as possible. In this slide, we see an illustration of the toe up to toe up concept, which basically means when the club is parallel with the ground, like in the outside pictures On this slide, the toe is going to be pointing straight up into the sky. This basically is a good visual or good mental representation of how the club should rotate through the ball. So basically, once you get the club down, uh, this isn't a downswing. Once the club is parallel to the ground, the toast should be pointing up. It should rotate into impact there in that middle picture, you see just a moment after impact, where the left arm, the club have reformed that straight line at impact. And hopefully the club has gotten back to square to the target. But in the club continues to rotate through impact. We're in that third picture on the right. You'll see that the toe again is pointing straight up into the air while the club is paralleled the ground. This is the top to talk concept. If your club passes through those two positions on both the downswing in the through swing , then you know you're rotating the club properly, and that will help you make a nice square and salad impact. So now, in the fall through number seven, it's most important to extend your arms to shake hands with the target. So, as you see in this picture, the right arm has now completely straight. It's gone from being broken. Azzan, the backswing and basically the start of the downswing to be fully extended through the ball since adds power and it will also help your accuracy. The mental image, as discussed in the pitching section, is that think that you're shaking hands, you're reaching out to shake hands with the target. That's a great mental image in it and a good way to finish your fall through. And finally, number eight, you actually wanna finish on your left foot. That means your place all your weight, move all your weight on your left foot, through the ball and through the finish. So in this picture there, you'll see that the the right foot is driving off the ground while the left foot is remaining solid and most of the weight is getting transferred onto that left foot. So some closing thoughts keep that kind of pendulum mindset going as you do your full swing . So obviously, this isn't like a putting stroke where you're making a Realtor true pendulum movement. But the concept of a pendulum swing is perfect. It just means nice and smooth. That's exactly what you want your golf swing to look like. Nice and smooth. Another point. You want to maintain your balance throughout its really key that you maintain your balance in a golf swing when you swing really hard, really erratically, it actually makes it harder to hit the center of the club face and therefore harder to hit the ball far. Take the ball far. You got hit the center of the club face and, of course, hit the ball straight. You got a senator club face as well. So maintain your balance as much as you can. A good way to do this is a swinging around 80 or 85% of your strength. Never 100%. Yet He s the pros. The usual usually say, Oh, yeah, I swing at 80 or 85%. That's exactly what you want to do. Don't swing it 100%. It's all right. Now that we got the basic fundamentals of the full swing, we're gonna die right into the practice. This is gonna be pretty easy going to to putting drills and then get right into the full swing. And we're gonna practice that a lot today. So we're putting Go ahead and do the gate drill. Make sure you stay inaccurate, making nice putting strokes. Try and make you know 20 or so putts until you feel comfortable with that drill, they move on to the pullback drill, just play click, quick, round and nine people go with that and they were gonna move on a full suite. So to do that, as mentioned a few times now, the full swing is basically just a extension of those half which swings. So we're gonna basically practice those half would swings and naturally transition into a full suit. To do this, we're gonna use a sort of different version of the 8 to 10 drill that you learned in the last section. So to clarify exactly what what that is basically gonna start off and do the actual eight to tendrils. So just take your sand wedge run through the 8 to 10 drill. You know, three or five balls at eight o'clock than three or five balls and 93 or five bolt 10. But then continue on to kind of an 11 oclock swing 9 11 oclock swing is basically gonna be your full swing. So after you fit, you know, three or five balls each of 89 10 go ahead and three or five bulls at 11 o'clock no one can do is going to repeat the same drill in the same order with a nine iron than a seven. That a five. So that is so to clarify your take your nine iron start off with an eight o'clock swing, so basically a shortened half would swing both a nine iron and then continue on to a 9 10 and then, naturally, into an 11 o'clock or a whole swing. Do this entire Joel with book 97 and five aren't and then finally, either like a hybrid or a three iron some other longer club like that. As you work through these drills, you probably noticed they hit one of your club better than your other ones. So this could be your hybrid, or perhaps a seven iron. Something like that. So I like to refer to this as your favorite club. As you continue on the course, you'll find out this is a really important concept, and basically the rest of the time, I'll ask you to practice most of your time with your favorite club. So if you find that you pretty much hit all your clubs about the same without out, focus on with longer ones, probably like a five iron or a hybrid, but in any case, just picket club that you feel confident within a club that you really like heading and what that that's in this lesson and I'll see in the next one. 15. 4.2 - Full Swing: Aim Small, Miss Small: In this short lesson, we're gonna teach about aim small Miss Small, which is really just a simple mental strategy that you can use for the full swing and really your entire game. And after that, we'll dive into some effective practice drills on the range. So this is old saying, aim small, Miss small, and it probably drives from marksmanship, but we can apply it to a lot of other things in life. So let's start off by considering darts as an example. If you step up to the dartboard with the concept of I want to hit the Bull's eye, the chances are you'll have better odds of actually hitting the bull's eye. And if you miss, you probably only missed by a little bit. Now compare. That was saying, Well, I just want to hit the dartboard. If you do that, then your chances of missing the dartboard or probably increase and similarly, your chance of hitting the bullseye are similarly diminished. Now we can compare that to golf. If you step up to the T and you say, Well, I want to hit the 150 yard marker, a very specific target, your chance of hitting it. Go up, obviously. But more importantly, your chance of leaving the ball somewhere close to that 150 yard marker go up significantly now. Compare that to saying, Well, I just want to hit the fairway. In that case, your chance of missing the fairway certainly increase. So with this strategy, we can utilize this to basically just focus our minds and improve our aim on the course. It's important to point out that our target should be very specific. So I just mentioned you could say the 150 yard marker. So a lot of fairways will have sticks that are black and white, or something like that that indicate 150 yards left to the whole here on the T. That's a really good targets very specific on and help you hone in your aim very specifically. Now there are other options you can use. If there isn't something as convenient as the 150 yard marker, for example, he could pick out a landmark in the distance. This could be a radio tower off in the distance. It could also be a sand bunker that's, you know, 200 or 300 yards away from you out of range, something like that. The other alternative is to pick out a spot that's only one or three yards in front of you very close to you, perhaps a DIV ID or some other ball. Mark something like that and pick out one that is directly in line to your target. That's off in the distance. That way, when you're standing over the ball, you can glance just a yard or so ahead and immediately pick out your target. Another option for you on the range is to pick on, for example, the central zero in the 100 yard marker on the range. Even when you're on the driving range, it's important they pick out a very specific target and be focused on that target. You shouldn't just wack balls mindlessly. So now that we've gone over that simple mental strategy, let's go ahead and dive into the practice for this one and spend a few minutes on putting and chipping. And they were in a dive into some full swing drills for putting and chipping. I'll do both the ladder and then the reverse ladder drills. Just do these a couple times each until you feel comfortable, then no diving it up and down, stable for drill, play a round of nine or so. If you don't feel comfortable with your up and down performance, then maybe play another round for the full swing. We're gonna do a couple drills first, run to the alignment drill that'll help you line up to help you aim at that very specific target, as we just discussed and then move on the glove connection drill, which you've already done. Ah, version off for chipping and pitching. Rather. And then we move into 21 which is a fun game that you can play on the driving range that'll help you get more out of your practice. So starting off the alignment drill. To do this, you'll need either to sticks or two extra clubs in your bag for the sticks. You can use those driveway markers, which are those long, narrow, usually bright orange sticks that in the Midwest we used to mark off our driveways when it snows. Really, any kind of stick will work, or, obviously to clubs will be just fine to start off by lining up a shot. You preferably with your favorite club. Once you're lined up, either you or a playing partner behind you can take those steaks or take that club and lay it across your toes such that it shows where your feet are aiming and take a second stick. And put that just another a couple inches or so away from the ball in line with where your club is aiming. After you've done that, take a step back and look at the two sticks and truth there, pointing at the target and then also that they're parallel to each other. If they're online and they're fine, go ahead and hit several balls just like this. If not, then I would adjust the sticks that there back in line perfectly and then set up to the ball and kind of see what that feels like with your feet or with the club adjusted just slightly. If you're offline to start, I would repeat this drill several times until you naturally line up to the ball with good alignment. Once you feel good with that, can dive onto the glove connection drill. To do this, you can also just leave those alignment sticks in place that might also help out. But basically this is just like the driller differ. Pitching used against a glove or a small towel took it between your left arm and your chest , and you're gonna go ahead and take swings like this. If you're maintaining good connection between your chest in your arms, the global say neatly tucked in your armpit for but the backswing and the downswing usually don't fall out kind of in the follow through. That's totally fun. So you feel Go with this. Go ahead and you'll start off with some practice swings. But then Movinto actually hitting a few balls, ensuring that you're maintaining good connection. Once feel. Go with this so we can move on to 21. So 21 is a fun drill. I would I would start off by doing this with your favorite club. Of course. Pick a good target for your favorite club, and then what you're gonna do is pick out two points of reference on each side. This should be about 10 to 15 yards. Toe either side of your target. Once you have these two points, you'll have sort of an alleyway that's equally wide on either side of your target 10 to 15 yards. And what you're gonna do is try to hit balls such that they land within that alleyway. As you do this, you're gonna keep a running score. Every time you hit a shot that lands inside the alley, you're gonna add two points. And every time you miss the alley urine, deduct one point, continue hitting balls and keep that running score and try to get to 21 points in its few balls as possible. We'll see the hang of this out place in there two times two or three times something like that. And once you feel good with that, I'll see in the next lesson. 16. 4.3 - Full Swing: Ball Flight Laws: in this lesson, we're going to discuss the ball flight loss. So I found it's very common for amateurs. They had a big slice or a big hook and have no idea why they hit that shot or even worse, to have misconceptions about what caused that shot, leading them to compound those issues. So in this lesson, we're gonna help you understand your missus and learn how to correct them as a brief introduction. Golf balls are, of course, subject to the laws of physics. By simply observing the ball's flight, we can follow a few rules of thumb to determine what caused that ball flight, what the interaction was between the ball and the club that caused the ball to have that specific ball flight. From there, we can implement a few simple adjustments, either fix or straighten that ball. Flight four dive in. Let's quickly review our vocabulary, so we know we're talking about the same thing. There's two aspects of the shot that we can talk about versus the initial direction, the ball, how the ball takes off after it leaves the club face, and then the spin of the ball. What it does after it's been up in the air for a while. So talking for righties, the first initial direction, we can talk about it straight pretty easy if the ball takes off straight straight. But then, if the Bulls takes off to the left, that's called a poll. It's a really any shot. Where the ball immediately takes off to the left of the target is called a poll the opposite. That is a push where the ball starts off to the right. The next thing we talk about is the spin of the ball. Then if the ball continues in whatever direction it started, we call that being straight. This is pretty simple, but it is important to clarify that it's This refers to continuing in the direction the ball started, not, uh, not somehow spinning back towards the target that would relate to one of the other Spence. If the ball simply continues in the direction it started, that is straight at least as regards to disputable. Now, the other options are first. If the ball spins to the right, that's called a slice, it also be described as a cut or fade. But for the purposes of this discussion, let's stick to slice. The other option is if the ball spins the left. We call this a hook. Coast we describe is a draw or a few other terms, but let's stick to hook for now. So here's a couple examples to see CLARIFY executive me if the ball starts dead straight but then spends to the right that's called a slice. Could also be called a straight slice slice for short if the Bolden starts left and then just simply continues in that same line that started, that's called a poll. If the ball starts to the right and then goes farther right, that's a push slice. And if the ball starts the left and actually spins back to the right, that's called a poll slice now diving into the actual ball flight loss. There's really two key ball flight laws, and they relate to those two aspects of the ball flight that we just discussed. So the first law is the most simple. It's that the direction the Baltics off is determined by the angle of the club face at impact. So basically, wherever the faces pointing, that's where the ball is going to start. This one's pretty simple on pretty, straightforward, pretty simple physics. Ah, it's easily the easiest one to understand, but it's important to keep in mind. The 2nd 1 is a little bit more complicated, but it's this. The spin on the ball is determined by the swing path as it relates to the club face. So it's important to clarify that it's a swing path as it relates to the club face and not to the target. Basic in basic terms and out to end swing path. It's also called a codicil when you cut through the ball and out and swing path will lead to slice spin. And alternatively, an int out swing path will lead to hook spin. It's important to note that these swing pass are again in relation to the club face, not the target. So the club faces either closed or open at impact. Then you up the drawl, your swing path in relation to where the club faces, pointing at impact, not where the target is. So looking at a broad description of pretty much every type of shot. If you had any kind of shot, you can simply look at this chart and determine what exactly it was that caused your shot. So, looking at the top left, you have a poll draw, pull, draw. This is where the initial direction is left and then the ball goes further till left. So in this case, you know the faces close the club face was closed. That has turned to the left at impact and also that the path was close. This means that the path was inside out in relation to club face. So in effect, the club path could actually be square to the target in this place in this case. But that would mean that the path was closed in relation to the club face and that will lead to a pole draw. Now, if we look right, if we move one square to the right, we'll have just a straight pole or just a poll. This, of course, where the face is closed. But the path is square. That means, of course, that the path was square to the club face. So the club face was pointing to the left at impact, but that the club path was most likely out to end in relation to the target. But they're four square with the club a club face leading to a straight pole. So basically, whatever kind of shot you have, you can simply look at this chart and then determine what it was that caused the ball to start in whatever direction. And then what caused it to spin in that same direction. And again, I just want to reiterate that the club path is either open or closed in relation to the club face, not the target. So here is probably the most important slide of this whole lesson. How to use this info. It's really important that you do not dissect every single mishit that you have, because remember to break 100. You only need to hit the ball, then perhaps a 20 yard band, or even wider, consistently with your favorite club. If you're consistently outside of those lines, then yes, you should probably refer back to these ball flight loss, and you should try to correct your swing. But if not, you're doing just fine and you're doing all that you need to to actually go out on the course and break 100. So with that in mind, I would only refer to this Lawson if you're having really serious issues with your swing. Otherwise, this is good knowledge is to kind of keep in the back of your mind and just focus on keeping the ball within a moderate range, perhaps 2030 or 40 yards. So we got that. Let's dive into the full game full game practice session for today. We'll start off by doing some putting, chipping and pitching work and then move into some more full swing drills for putting, chipping, pitching. I would start off with the mini clock drill. I would do a few circles around the whole until you feel good with that. Then I would do the pullback drill play just maybe one round of nine. Then I would move on to some chipping. Do the landing zone drill, making sure that when you're tripping the ball, you're hitting it into that landing zone every single time. Then move on to the five by five drill for pitching. This, of course, where he hit five walls at five different targets, serving with 10 yards and 15 2025 30 all with your pitching, then you can move on to the full swing. I'll serve with the 8 to 10. Drill with your wedge. So this, of course, is the the half wedge drill. Hit three or five bulls at eight oclock and then another 3 to 5 balls and nine another 3 to 5 balls at 10 o'clock until you feel good with your half wedges and then move on to one or two games of 21 with your favorite club. Whatever your favorite club is, play a few games a 21 until you feel good in your head, the ball consistently in that alley. If you are consistently missing the alley big in one direction or the other, and go ahead and refer back to this lesson tried, determine what it is about out of your club face or your club path that's causing your missus. Uh, but after that, that's all for the lesson today I don't see in the next one. 17. 5.1 - Sand Bunkers: welcome to the specialty shots section and specifically the lesson on sand bunkers. Now, of course, when you're practicing on the range of nothing but perfectly flat, nice and easy shots off of a perfect lie. When you step on the course, you have lots of more challenging shots. So in this section were in dive into those different specialty shots and how to handle them , we're gonna start off by looking at bunker shots or shots from sand traps. In this lesson, we're into Jod hit any sand shot, really three specific types. It's gonna be greenside bunker shots, long bunker pitches and then finally, fairway bunker shots. So let's get into it looking at greenside bunkers first. As always, the first thing I want to consider is how to manage these shots, just like with the chip. Our goal is to get down into, but never more than three. So do this. We're gonna want to pick a shot that you know you can hit. You don't always have to aim directly at the pen. It's really important that you avoid tall lips, especially if you don't feel confident and get over those tall lips. So feel free to pick a good angle that allows you to go over a lower lip, but that will get you on the green. If you're in really bad situations, you can consider it even literally hitting backwards or sideways just to get out to a better situation that will give you another chance to get on the green, maybe get up and down in summary. You want to pick a shot, you know you can hit. That would give you a chance to get on the green and to get down in three. So to do this, where any use was called the splash shot are also known as an explosion shot. And this will help us get out of get out of those greenside bunkers with plenty of consistency. The shot will involve a long swing and then a big divot of sand, causing a sort of splash of sand. Hence the name. When you do the shot you can, expectable to land on the green, set a roll out for a couple of yards, diving and looking at the set up. First thing we're gonna do is aimed sharply to the left of the target. So if we look at this picture here. We'll see that the feet are aimed up way to the left of the pen. Ah, but then you'll see that second blue air. I was pointing out this pen, the pen, and we'll clarify exactly what that means here in second. Once you've aimed up sharply toe left number two year on, give yourself a very sturdy base. So surprised me to take a little bit of a wider stance and you normally would. And it's also okay to kind of dig your feet into the sand a little bit, kind of shake him a little bit. So you're in the sand nice and sturdy. The number three. This refers to that blue arrow they see in the picture. You don't want to open the club face so that it points to the target. So even though you're aiming sharply to the left, you're gonna open up the club face that it points to the right. This will do two things that are really important. First, it will add a lot of loft the club, obviously, which will help the ball loft up into the air much more high to get over those lips into land on the green nice and softly. Additionally, on the bottom of the club, it will add more bounce to the bottom of the club, which will help the club bounce out of the sand and avoid getting stuck in the sand, causing you to just sort of chunk it only a couple yards. Now. When you do this, it's really important that you open the club face first and then grip it like normal. You don't want to grip the club square and then twist your hands such that it opens up the club face. So just remember to open up the club face first and then corrupted like normal. It's not looking at the actual principles of the swing. Start off by taking around a nine o'clock swing, so the length of swing, like any other shot, will depend on the length of the shot. But it's good to think about. A nine o'clock swing is being your starting point for a splash shot. Then, as you swing, you're gonna want to swing along. You're bodies. This means you don't want to swing as if you meant to hit the ball to the lapped. You just want to swing right along your feet, just as you would for any other shot. Now, here comes the aspect that really gives it that splash sense to it. Number three, you're gonna hit the sand around two inches behind the ball. So we had to San around two inches behind the ball that will cause that big dividend sand cause a lot of sand a pop up. It also caused the ball to fly out very softly and then, of course, land softly. So as you do this, you're on a focus on keeping the club face open. So you're seeing that picture here. The club face is still sort of open, even though it's deep into the fall through, whereas on a normal swing you might be are you probably should be rotating the club face through impact on these splash shots. You want to focus on keeping that club face open as much as possible and then five, and this is the most important one. Follow through. You gotta follow through its I see a lot of amateurs hit it into the sand, and the club face just kind of stops. Once you reach the sand. You absolutely cannot do that, you'll have zero results coming out of sand. You gotta fall through. This is the most important thing. So now, taking a step back to those long bunker pitches. These air those 22 40 yard pitches from the sand and they could be among some of the hardest shots in golf. Like Tiger Woods, for example, has described the 40 yard sand shot as one of the toughest in all of golf. That's when we're doing this. We're gonna keep our goal of trying to get down and three to do that. We mainly just want to get onto the green. We're gonna use a sort of modified splash shot, sort of a long range kind of splash shot that help us get onto the green with consistency. So most of the principles for these long bunker pitches are gonna be the same as they were for those greenside splash shots. For starters, we're gonna use a lower lofty club. So instead of using a sand wedge or lob wedge, as we would for a greenside bunker shop, were you use maybe a pitching wedge or perhaps even a short iron nine iron, eight iron, maybe even a seven iron, depending on the shot. Then we're gonna aim just slightly to the left instead of aiming dramatically to the left like we did just slightly to the left. And as we did previously for splash shots, we're gonna open the club face towards the target. Now, since we won't be aiming, is dramatically till left the club face. One would be open slightly, which is perfect. Then we're gonna focus on taking a full swing. So while it might take a sort of nine oclock swing for a greenside shot, we basically want take a full swing. Might be a little bit shortened, and it's important they have lots of control. But focus on taking a full swing. The number five, your head about one inch behind the ball rather than two or three. Something like that that you do for a greenside bunker shot. You want to hit just behind the ball called a niche and then six. Adding this for emphasis. You gotta follow through. As with any shot from the sand you gotta fall through now stepping back to managing fairway bunkers as you step into the fairway bunker, you immediately consider your options number one, of course, is to aim for the green, but you probably won't use this option a whole lot. You should really only do this when you have perfect conditions. That means you have a good lie in the sand. The ball is sitting up really nicely. There's also a low lip that means you don't to hit it over a big lip of the bunker and then third and prime. Most importantly, there's no danger surrounding the green if there's a big pond short of the green, and you should definitely come and put the different a different option. A zits so easy to hit a fairway bunker, shot short or, alternatively, to hit him long. So with that in mind, if there's lots of danger or on the green, just pick a different option. Ah, and be very conservative. The second option that you should consider is hit a layup shot with sort of high lofted club, so basically your goal here would be to advance the ball down the fairway, but you're not aiming for the green. I would recommend doing this if there is a high lip or if you don't have a great lie but all in all, it's just sort of average circumstances now. Three. And this is a little bit more extreme. This is where you just bail out sideways. If you're in a really tough situation and just go ahead, hit the ball it sideways, get onto the fairway and live to fight another day. So how to actually hit from the fairway? Bunker did affair with bunker shot. You must pick the ball as cleanly as possible. That means you're basically basically gonna hit the ball first and then take is a little sand as possible. You're just gonna pick the ball off the ground as cleanly as possible. So I see this is very difficult. It's very difficult in both ways, is really easy. Teoh behind the ball. And to take a lot of sand, which would take a lot of distance and a lot of carry off of the ball. And then the other side of things is really easy. To hit the ball thin to blade the ball, causing it to fly really low and perhaps did not even carry the lip. So with this in mind, it's really important that you be very conservative from Fairway bunkers and just focus on keeping the ball in play. So now let's move on is a practice schedule for today. So what I would say is this if your practice facility that you go to has plenty of sand options and I would go ahead and try the different sand drills here. If not, then one thing you can do is just focus on your full game practice session, which is perfectly fine. In that case, you could just work on your sand you some other time when you get on the course, or another thing you can do is go to your course, perhaps at an off time, maybe an hour or two before dusk, and ask the pro shop. If you can just go out on the course and practice a few sand shops. Usually they'll be opening the sort of thing if it's not very busy or if it's, you know, say, eight o'clock at night. But many of them, uh, I would focus most your time on the full game session and then spend some of your time on the sand session, if you can, for the full game. Part of things I was started for doing the pullback drill again. Do as much as you think is necessary, then chipping. I would do the up and up and down stable for drill again. Just do play as many rounds as you think is necessary. Pitching. I would run through that 8 to 10 drill and then finally, for the full swing out, do a game of 21. You know, in the sand session, we're gonna work through two drills. This, again is if you have time or the opportunity to work, understand game. You can work on these two drills to get a feel for greenside bunker shots and out. Spend most your time on these two drills as relates to greenside bunkers. Once you've gone through those drills were just gonna practice a few shots with long bunker pitches and then fairway bunkers. So the first drill for those greenside bunker shots is the spank. The san drill. So do this one. You're going to set yourself up with a short greenside bunker shop and then take your wedge and about one inch behind the ball, burrow a into the sand so that you create this little sand wall. That's about two inches deep and again about one inch behind the ball. Once you've done this, go ahead and hit that shot and focus on taking your club and just sort of spanking it into that wall of sand right in front of all. Once you've done that, I would repeat this drill a few times, making a new sand borough every single time. And be sure to fall through and just get that feel for what it feels like to really drive the club into the sand. Really spank that sandal after you've hit several successful shots. Instead of digging that burrow, just take your club and draw a thin line around two inches behind the ball this time and then take several more swings. Hit several more shots this time entering the sand right at that thin line. This will give you an accurate feel of what a greenside bunker shot should feel like. The next drill is just the throwing Sandra is. That's a really good one for getting a feel for how far or how long you should swing, depending on different lengths of shots from greenside bunkers. So once you're in a great side bunker, go and pick a landing area first off, one that's just over the lip of the bunker, perhaps just within a few yards the edge of the green without lining on lining up a ball. Just focus on a small patch of sand in that bunker, then take a swing and focus on trying to carry that patch of sand right to that landing area. Once you have the feel of just sort of throwing that sand onto the green, then go ahead and lined up a ball and take that exact same swing you're just doing just to throw the sand. You'll notice that that exact same swing will be about exactly what you need to send the ball, such that it lands in that target zone that your AMIA after you've hit a few balls at that first area, go and pick a different landing zone. It's a bit farther away and then repeat the process of throwing the sand of of taking those swings and just trying to throw the sand to that landing zone. Once you've done that, had a few more balls to the medium, the medium kind of distance landing zone, and then repeat the process again with another landing zone even farther away. Once you've worked through these three Siri's, you have a good feel for how long your swing needs to be to get the ball to different landing zones for long bunker pitches. I would just find a good, you know, trying to 40 yard shot and basically just hit a few shots running through the principles as discussed in this lesson. But as you do these out, recommend experimenting with different clubs. Perhaps, you know, pitching wedge, nine iron, eight iron, even seven art and kind of see what works out best for you. But what feels the best after you've done that a few times. Feel pretty good with that. Try and find a fairway bunker shot and from here, practice fairway bunker shots with various clubs. That's been most of your time working with your favorite club. As you do this again, just focus on picking the ball as clearly as possible and taking very little sand. So once you've done that, I'll don't the lesson I'll see in the next one 18. 5.2 Punch Shots: welcome to the short lesson on punt shots and this one, we're anti chided. Those blow punch shots with consistency. So for starters, what exactly is upon shot? It's basically a low shot with a penetrating ball flight use primarily when hitting into the wind or under some tree branches. Sometimes this term punch shot is used interchangeably with other ones, like Stinger knocked down. I would say that those terms, for example, a stinger usually first to a long punch shot, usually involving a long iron off the tee or some other full swing kind of shop and a knockdown is usually a shout lower than normal ball flight that generally doesn't travel as far and has less spin than you'd see on a full swing. So these are kind of a little bit more specific concepts. For the purposes of this lesson, let's assume upon shot is any low penetrating shot. It can either be a bit longer or can also be just a shorter shot that is more like a chip. So once you to use a pun shot two primary reasons. Number one is when you're hitting into a stiff wind or a stiff cross wind when doing this is important. Keep in mind, though, it could be difficult to get the right distance unless you've practiced these punch shots quite a bit. So if you're doing that, I would recommend just relying on your regular full swing as much as possible and just simply using a longer club. The second primary reason use upon shot is when you're hitting from below the trees. So you're doing this. I would also keep in mind. It's easy to hit the ball to high hitting those trees. So when you're doing this, I would focus on being very conservative. If you wanted upon shot I would from under the trees. I would first consider just advancing the ball down the fairway a bit. But, of course, take a conservative line. And frankly, if you don't feel with confidence that you can do that, I would consider just chipping back out to the fairway. So how to hit a punch shot? If you pay attention during the pitching section, that would be really easy. It's basically the same principles as a pit shot. You're just using a longer club, so number one you go, go ahead, put the ball in the back middle part of the stance. Number two. You wanna move your weight forward? Perhaps 60% of your weight should be on your front foot, just kind of leaning forward the number three. And this is really important. You want to make a smooth swing and focus on hitting the sweet spot. So the last point leads into what I see as the biggest mistake amateurs make when they try to hit punch shots. And that's trying to hit down the ball extra hard to give it that strong driving ball flight that they see the pros to on tour. Doing this hitting the ball extra heart is actually counterproductive. When you're hitting these punch shots, it leads to more backspin on the ball, which causes the ball to rise up into the air, totally negating the concept of a punch up. Instead, just focus on hitting the sweet spot. That's the most important thing. If you hit the sweet spot with a nice, smooth swing, you'll get that driving, penetrating ball flight that you're looking for. All right, so now we got the concepts left. Let's dive into a quick practice session for starters, going to a quick, full game session with some putting, chipping and pitching, and that pitching will lead nicely into our punch shots. So the full game session start off with the gate drill. You know, perhaps try to make 20 or so putts. If you can just ensure you're making nice putts and hitting the center, the club face every single time, then move on to the chipping drill. Do do some landing zone drills and focus on hitting that landing zone as much as you can and finally move on a pitching drill. Do the five by three hit about five balls or so to distances of 10 2030 yards with a sand wedge or some other wedge they use when you're pitching? As I said, this will flow in nicely to the punch shots. We're gonna start off by basically repeating that exact same drill. But instead of using like a sand wedge or lob wedge, we're do with a seven iron and five iron to practice of shorter punk shots. Then, once we worked on the shorter punch shots, moved a longer ones without, with what I like to call to hit the sign drill so as mentioned, the first drill for punches is gonna be the five by three drill. So it five goals each of three different targets of 10 yards, 20 yards and 30 yards. They're gonna do it with a seven iron and then again with a five iron as you hit these shots, folks on all the fundamentals of a good punch shot as discussed in this lesson and plan on keeping a shot hitting the shot, such said, It stays pretty low, just like you'd want out of a pawnshop and then lands by that target at whatever 10 20 or 30 yards. And then, of course, allow the Baltic has run out naturally past that target. So once you've gone through and done this trope with seven iron five iron that you can graduate to what I like to call to hit the sign drill. So a lot of driving ranges will have these signs that indicate the distance, you know, at perhaps 100 yards 150 yards, 200 something like that. If your driving range has these kind of signs and out aim at the 100 yard marker, take your favorite club and then try to hit punch shots at it, such that you hit that sign in the air. So if you're range does not have these signs, you know what I would do is pick a nearby Penn, probably something like 75 or 100 yards and basically do the same exact drill. Obviously, it's gonna be much more difficult to hit the pen. To be clear would be very difficult. Hit the sign, but it would be much more difficult to hit the hit the flag. But in any case, it will give you a good visual of the concept of a punch shot, which is a low, penetrating shot and kind of seeing it hit something or visualizing it hits. Something will give you the right mindset for hitting good punch shots. Once you've done that enough times, basically, just just some long that you feel confident hitting those approximately 75 to 100 yard punt shots. Then go ahead and move on and I'll see in the next lesson 19. 5.3 - Awkward Stances: Welcome to this quick lesson on awkward stances, this one we're gonna show at it from both uphill and downhill slopes and then when the ball is either above or below your feet, So let's get right into it. Looking at uphill and downhill slopes first is really gonna be three principles that Aaron apply in either case number one. That's gonna be to tilt your body with the slope, which basically means you're gonna stand as if the slope was level. Ground number two. You're in a swing along that slope. So again, you're gonna kind of pretend that the ground is level and you're a swing. As if that were the case number three, you're gonna consider using either mawr or left loss less loft, depending on the situation. So starting with uphill slopes, number one grab a lower lofted club. So, naturally on an uphill slope, the bull is gonna take off and higher angle. So go ahead and grab a lower laughter club to counteract that effect. Number two, you're gonna tilt your body with slope. So in this case, that means to basically lean backwards or else put more of your weight on your back foot, but putting your weight on your back foot This will sort of help you to stand as if you were tilted with the slope as if that slope was level ground nor three. You're gonna go ahead and widen your stance. So with any kind of awkward lie, it's gonna be more difficult to maintain your balance. So to counter act this, we're gonna go ahead and wider stance to give us better balance. Number four consider taking a shorter swing. So again, this relates to balance the shorter swing. It's easier to maintain that. So take a little bit shorter swing and maintain control. Number five, swing along the slope. So again, pretend as if the slope is level ground. Now, with downhill slopes, everything is pretty much the opposite as with the last case. So what you gonna do first is grab a higher lofted club. So on Donald slopes, the bowl is gonna take off at a lower angle. So grab a higher lofted club to counteract that. Number two. Tell your body with slope. So basically that means so lean forward or put more of your weight on your front foot. Doing this will help you stand as if the the ground is level ground, and then this will help us properly manage that slope number three again. Why? In your stance again, it's all about balance. Number four. Also about balance. Take a shorter swing and then number five, as always, swing along the slope swing is if that slope is level ground. So now switching gears when the bull is either above or below your feet a couple of really simple principles. Number one You don't tilt your spine angle either up or down. So that means you there in a sort of bend down at the waist or stand up more tall such that your spine angle becomes more appropriate for the shot you're about to head, and then what you're gonna dio once you tilted your spine angle is swing along that spine angle. Once you position your spine angle, you're gonna want to rotate around that spine angle nice and naturally. And third, finally, you know one name, either left or right of your desire target, because the loft of your club will cause the ball to either drift, laughter drift right. Looking at when the ball is below your feet first, For starters, go ahead and even left of your desire target on this kind of slope. The club face, rather than loft in the club face, will encourage the ball to take off to the right. So to counter act this, we're going to simply aim laughed. Number two. We're gonna widen your stance. This, of course, is about balance, but it's also about lower center of gravity gravity. So we're down closer to the ball. Number three, we're gonna tilt your spine Angle down to the ball, says, basically means bending over a little bit farther forward, such that our spine angle is closer to the ball. Once we've done that were to go ahead and swing along that spine angle. So basically set your spine angle there and then simply rotate around it. It's really important that you don't try to stand up to this swing or else it'll be really difficult to make solid contact. So once you set that spine angle, simply swing along it. Now, the opposite case when the bull is above your feet. In this case, you're on a first aim to the right of your desired target. So again it's gonna be basically just the opposite. The bull is gonna have a tendency to take off to the left, so simply aim to the right a little bit. Number two, you're on narrow your stance and therefore stand up a little bit taller, just like within the last one. We basically want to be closer to the ball, so nearing the stance a little bit will help us do that. Number three rent until our body up to the ball. That means basically we're in tilt back such that we're standing up a little bit taller, uh, at a more appropriate angle for the shop and number four as always, suing along your spine angle. Once you set that spine angle, just swing along it, sit on diving into the practice session, were to start off with a full game session and then, if you can. If you have the opportunity to hit off of these kind of awkward stances, then go ahead and just work. Work on those primarily with your favorite club. Now, a lot of different driving ranges won't simply won't have areas for hitting off of awkward lies, so if you can try to get out on the course, perhaps an hour or two before dusk or some other time when it's not very busy and just simply practice. See shots on the course. If you don't have an opportunity to do that, then simply spend more of your time. Focus on the full game session for that full game session. I'd start off with putting work on the two front war and doing this. This will help you with your speed going up both uphill and downhill. So spend plenty of time working on that doing doing it a couple times they move on a chipping. I'll do the up and down stable for drill, go ahead, play a couple of different rounds of this and try to prove your score every single time. Really, just do it until you feel comfortable with your ability to get up and down and then finally move on to the full swing, play a few games of 21 really focus on just keeping the ball in that alleyway and getting to 21 as quickly as possible. Once you feel good with that, you can move on and I'll see in the next section 20. 6.1 - The Pre-Shot Routine: hello and welcome to this section on the mental game of golf. In this first lesson, we're gonna look at something really important, but often overlooked. And that's the pre shot routine. We're gonna help you learn a repeatable and productive pre shot routine. And then after we do that, we're gonna move on to a very interesting and important practice system that will use for the rest of the way in this course whose mention with the practice thus far, our practice has pretty much revolved around hitting the same shot over and over again. Toe learn the fundamentals. Obviously, there have been a couple exceptions, like the pullback drilling up and down Stapleford. But most of it has involved a lot of repetition. As we're getting closer to actually stepping on the course and actually getting out there trying to break 100. It's important that we begin practicing more like will play. The first step in doing this is establishing a pre shot routine, and that's where we're going to do in this lesson. So the pre shot routine it's absolutely critical for preparing yourself mentally and physically for taking your shop. The pre shot routine is something you could fall back on from a mental standpoint, if you ever get caught up in your own head, if you ever get nervous, if you ever start thinking about the water on the right, you can always just fall back on your pre shot routine and just focus all your angina. That and that will help you be calm and hit a better shot. Similarly, from a physical aspect, it'll get you loose and ready to hit the shot. So that's why it's critical to have one pre shot routine that's really easily repeatable and comes naturally to you. So for this lesson, I want to actually construct a pre shot routine and has just mentioned it to anyone that comes naturally to you and is also easily repeatable. Here's one example of a pre shot routine number one. Step up to the ball. Give the target area look over and take a quick practice swing number to take a few steps back behind the ball. Look at your ball from directly behind it and visualize your shot going towards the target with a ball flight that you'd like to see Number three. Step up to the ball and settle in your stance and grip Number four. Give the target one final glance. Number five. Quickly waggle, maybe two. Just that you feel comfortable. And then number six finally pulled the trigger and make the swing. So it's just one example you can use exactly that if it comes naturally to you. But as you go about constructing your own pre shot routine here, a couple thoughts I want you to bear in mind on practice swings. It's really important that those practice swings are exactly like the swing you're about to take. The point of a practice swing is get your body used to length of the club that you're about to hit and get ready to hit that shop. So, for example, if you're on the fairway, it's important that you just brushed the grass just like you you would like to do with with an actual shot from the fairway. Similarly, if you're using a driver or some kind of a would something like that off the tee, you don't want to take any grass. You just wanna breeze through the air just like you normally would. The shot like that. Another thought is I would limit your practice swings toe one or potentially to maximum. We start doing three or four practice swings. It simply takes too long, and it will get on the nerves of the people that you're playing with. Also, if you spend too much time practicing, that could be bad from a mental aspect and also just from attention aspect. So I would just limit it to one or two and then move on. No, it comes visualizing the shot. You notice that pretty much all pros stand behind the ball and take a look at the shot from that angle. So if this takes too long to actually step back and look at the ball from this angle, then go ahead and skip it. But it really only takes a second, and all the pros do it, so I would recommend doing it if you can. Now, when it comes to a waggles, this where you just kind of, you know, move the club around, move your wrist around a little bit to get loose. If you do this, I would prefer to do in kind of a back and forth motion versus a sort of up and down back and forth is a little bit more natural and a little bit more in line for that you actually do in the swing and kind of bobbing club up and down just sort of looks amateurish. Really. The point of a waggle is to keep your wrists in your arms loose and free of tension before the swing. So if these come naturally to you out highly recommend it. No one comes to the short game routine. I would try to make this as similar as possible to your your full swing routine, but one thing you might wanna consider is adding more practice strokes. If only do one or two practice strokes for a full swing, you might consider doing three or more for for short game shots. That's because when comes a short game, touch and feel is so much more important. So I would get a few more of those practice swings in, so you have the right feel. So now that we got that pre shot routine down, we're gonna move into a system called Practice like you play the practice like you play system. You'll basically go out to the practice facility and simulate playing a full round. This will provide a really authentic practice experience and prepare you for stepping on the course and achieving your goals. So doing this is really easy if the driving range is close to the short game practice facility. But if it's not, you can sort of break this up into two parts, basically a driving range part and then a short game part. So, basically, here's what you do. He'd step up to the driving range, take a T and you're in a tee off with your favorite club. Then, for your second ball, you're gonna hit your favorite club again. But this time, do it off the grass and pick a second target. Number three. Go ahead and grab a sand wedge or some other wedge and try to send nine. Half would swing, then number four. Walk over the putting green, drop down a ball and try to hold out a 20 foot putt and then continue on until you've actually hold out that pot. And once you're done on the putting green, go back to the T of the driving range and hit another shot again with your favorite club or something else. and then continue on And just repeat this, uh, perhaps 18 times, or even more really as many times as you can't just imagining that you're playing a real round of golf on the course. Does he do this? It's really important that you practice like you want to play. So what I mean by this is to run through your full proof pre shot routine every single time . So it takes a while, obviously, and it's gonna be a little bit slower. But it's a more authentic representation of stepping on the course and playing a real round two. Repeat your full pre shot routine every single time. Also, it's really important that you pick a target. A really specific target. Remember the aim Small Miss Small Lesson. So pick a really specific target and feel free to vary those targets. So a mall over the range don't just same at the same target every single time. Another way can make this a little bit more interesting, is to be responsive to your previous shots. So if say, you had a really good pitch and go ahead and drop the ball on the putting green close to the hole and try to sink a short pot. Or, alternatively, if you had a bad shot and imagine yourself hitting another tough shot or another long shot to the green, something like that. Such that it feels more like you're playing a real round of golf and again, as mentioned, if the driving range and putting green or not right next to each other, I would sort of do a truncated version of this. So just imagine yourself hitting the ball until you're sort of onto the green and then kind of starting over. And then once you've done that on the driving range, you know, 18 or 20 times over many times, then you can walk over to the putting green and just practice doing lots of chips and, you know, practice getting up and down and mixing. Just practice some, you know, long, 2030 foot putts, that sort of thing. Once you've done this for a, you know, satisfactory amount of time, perhaps an hour until you feel comfortable. You don't this and I'll see in the next lesson 21. 6.2 - Course Management Strategy: in this lesson. We're gonna teach you the course management system that will help you actually step onto the course and finally break 100. Obviously, there's been a lot of course management tidbits thrown, thrown out, you know, kind of here and there and the lessons up to this point. But this will be the culmination of those points. It'll be a full system that you can take to the course and actually use to break 100. So let's start off by thinking about our goal. Our goal, of course, is the brake 100. To do that, you have to score at least 99. So 99 is 27 over par. That is assuming a par 72 to get 27 over par. You only need nine bogeys and nine double bogeys. That means you don't need any birdies, and you really don't even need any pars in order to break 100. With that in mind, you just need to get as many bogeys as possible and avoid anything over a double. Avoid any big blow polls with that in mind or gold, be to play bogey golf. So what is bogey off well, First, let's start off. I think about park off some part. Golf just means you're on the green putting for birdie every hole. That would mean that a part for you hit a drive and they hear your second shot onto the green. Therefore, putting for birdie on a par five and meaning that your third shot on part part three and mean you had your first shot right off the tee on the green. So now bogey. Golf is basically the same concept, plus one stroke, so you're on the green, putting for par on every single hole. This would allow you to have an easy two putt tap in for bogey. So to put that more clearly on every part, for that means your goal be to get on the green on your third shot putting for par, Let me in on your on the green and four shot for par fives and on the greens, your second shot par threes. Doing this will give you an easy two putt tap in for bogey on every single hole, and it's very achievable. So that in mind, let's dive in and talk about the actual break. 100 system. Here's the real tenant. The real key tenet of the full system. You're gonna use your favorite club for every shot until you're within range to use a shorter, easier to hit club. So basically, unless you're hitting a lay up shot or some other special situation, you're gonna focus on using your favorite club for every shot. The means. You use your favorite club off the tee for pretty much all par fours and fives, unless some other exception stands. And then you're pretty much use your favorite club repeatedly in the fairway until you're on the green or close enough to use a shorter club. So here's an example. To make that clear. I know you might be thinking, Well, why not use the driver? Why not try to get as close as possible? Well, the key idea is that you hate your favorite club the best, and you had it consistently, so long as you can hit that within a consistent band of, say, 20 yards to either side. Then you'll either be on the fairway or you'll be just in the rough just outside the fairway. But in any case, you'll be in a playable system, you won't be in the trees. You won't be in the water hazards consistently. You'll be in play enabled. Ah, advance the ball down the fairway and get on the green on your third shot, almost part force. You'll be able to play that bogey golf like we discuss. So here's an actual example to use your favorite club. Let's say it's a hybrid. You can hit it about 170 yards and within that consistent band of about 20 yards to either side. So you're playing a 375 yard part for beauty. Off with your hybrid, you almost certainly hit the fairway or at least be really close. And then, from there you'll have just another 205 yards to the green. So now obviously, the green is an in range, but you can get your hybrid again and again. You had to consistently So goes another 107 yards. From there, you just have a short 35 yard pitch onto the green. Since you're in the fairway again from that second shot, it's really easy for you to chip it onto the green or rather pitch it on the green. And then from there you can make an easy to pot and tapping for your bogey. Obviously, it's not flashy. It's not super exciting. But that's a really easy bogey. And if you do that every single time you won't be worried about breaking 100. You'll be breaking 90. So now that we understand the teas in the fairways, let's talk about approaching the green. So when you're approaching the green, your focus gonna be hitting the ball to the center of the widest, safest part of the green. So often times. This is the actual center of the green, but not always basically pick out the widest, safest part of the green aim. For the center of that. This means that you probably won't be aiming at the pin that often. Sometimes the pin will be right in the center of the green, and that's kind of convenient. But most of the time it means you're a me for that safe spot, and you're ignoring where the Penis when I talk about the safest, widest part. That also means you should avoid bunkers and other hazards. Basically, you wanted the safest shot possible that I gave you on the green with that opportunity to putt for bogey. Sounds talk about lay up shots. When should you consider these? Here's one reason. If the greenest out of reach for your favorite club. If you simply can't get it there, then of course you're gonna want a layup. Number two of if the green is in range for your favorite club, but it's heavily guarded by water or other trouble. If basically you don't feel with confidence that you can hit the ball onto the green, then I would simply lay up and give yourself a good opportunity to pitch it on close to the hole, or at least close, at least on the green and safe. 1/3 reason you might lay up is if you have a really bad lie. If you have a really bad like me, tough to hit the ball well. So in that case, just take the risk off the table and hit a conservative shop. If you do decide to lay up two things I would keep in mind, Number one. Try to leave yourself with the distance that you like. If you know you chip really well, you pitch really well from 30 yards than I would try to leave yourself at 30 yards, and it just depends on your game. You can decide what's best for you. Number two. I would also leave yourself a good angle. For example, you don't want to leave yourself behind a bunker such that if the chip over a bunker to get the ball on the green, leave yourself a good, receptive angle, saving easy pitch onto the green. And they can get that to putt, hopefully for bogey and then get out of there. Not talking about the short game. We reviewed these concepts ad nauseum throughout the course, but just to repeat, when you're pitching and chipping, the goal is to get down into but never more than three. So, really, the goal is to get on the green and give yourself an opportunity to put to get out of there and three shots. Then, when you're putting from outside of 10 feet, you basically want to die the ball in the cup. This is basically lag. Putting so amounts out of 10 feet you want a lag, the ball close to the hole that when it comes from inside five feet your goal is to make the pot, so to do that, you want to aim to roll the ball about 12 to 18 inches past the cup. In the event that you miss, really, your goal is to make it. If you've been using all the practice lessons laid out this foreign, of course, you'll have no problem with this putting system. So a couple thoughts on facing adversity it's really key that you choose your shots objectively. That means you should never let your scoring situation interfere with your judgment. So basically, you should always choose a shot that you know you can hit. Whether you're lying there with a seven or with two, always choose a shot. You know you can hit just cause you're having a bad hole doesn't mean you should try to be a hero. As a matter of fact, trying to be a hero to save a bad hole is almost always counterproductive. This leads one of my favorite quotes. Never let one bad shot become, too. If he had a bad shot, take your medicine play conservatively. Upshot. But don't try to be a hero and hit a shot that you don't think you can have. It's all right. Now that we got that course management system, we're going to another round of practice like you play so you can use that practice like you play system introduced in the last lesson and you're gonna simulate another round at the practice facility. Now that you know the course management system, you can actually incorporate some of these aspects into the practice session to improve the quality or practice. So as discussed, use your favorite club off the tee. Probably hit the most shots with your favorite club in general, whether off the tee or not. And then you can practice hitting pit shots just to center the green. And you can practice lots of two putts for bogey. And you can mentally prepare yourself for mentally. Imagine that you're hitting. You shot as if you were on the course. If you want, you can sort of keep score as you go and try to do do your best to get as many bogeys as possible. Ideally, as many tappin bogeys as possible. Once you know what? That you all don't this lesson and I'll see in the next one 22. 6.3 - Golf Psychology: as they say, golf is 80% mental. So in this lesson, we're gonna talk about golf psychology. We'll give you a few simple mental strategies for controlling your mental game on the course and finally playing to your potential. Never let one bad shot become, too. You might remember this quote from the last lesson, and that when we were talking about course management. In that case, it means when you had a bad shot, you shouldn't try to make up for it on your next one by hitting a heroic shot. That's really difficult and will probably actually cause you more trouble. So in that case, never let one bad shot become, too. Makes pretty easy sense. But there's also a psychology interpretation of this quote, and that means that after a bad shot, it's okay to be disappointed, for just, you know, a few seconds, but you need to move on very, very quickly. You should never dwell on your bad shots. If you dwell on your bad shots, it'll cause them to multiply. So instead, in less than 30 seconds, you should go from you disappointed in your shot to calmly focusing on your next one of course, okay to be disappointed and that's okay. That's how we get better is by being disappointed in our performance, but you need to quickly move on and refocus yourself on the next shot. The most important shot in golf is the next one, and this is very true. Play with confidence. Once you pick a shot, stick to it. In addition to being calm and focus, when you step up to the ball, you need to be confident. And frankly, by this point, you should feel confident. Have you been doing the training thus far? You've practiced every single shot you need to be successful. You fit your favorite club repeatedly. You've practiced a range of different distances with half wedges and pitches and chips, and you've done a lot of putting both with long leg putts as well. A sinking the short ones. You fit every single shot that you need to be to be successful in to really break 100 on the course. So as you set up to the ball, you should feel confident in your ability to succeed in your ability to break 100. And if all else fails on the course, you've had a bunch of bad shots, you just can't shake it off. Place your entire focus on your pre shot routine. If you are completely mindful of all of your focus is on your pre shot routine, there will simply be no room in your head for negative thoughts. This incredibly simple technique can save you and even some of your worst rounds. Basically, this emphasizes the importance of the pre shot routine. This is why you need to have a pre shot routine that you do every single time and that is very easily repeated. If basically you can't focus on anything, just focus on that pre shot routine, folks on each and every single step. And by doing that, your instincts will kick in and you'll play the way that you've practiced. And if you've been following the course along this way, you've been you've done very strong, focused, mindful practice that training will kick in and help you succeed on the course. And, of course, the most important lesson. Have fun. Golf is a game, after all. And as an added benefit, having fun is a virtuous cycle. If you're having fun on the course, you'll play better. This will allow you to have more fun, and then you play even better and so on and so on. Just remember, it's a game. You're paying money out there so you could have fun. So just go out and have fun on the course, all right. Now it's time for 1/3 and final round of the practice. Like you play system, go out to the practice facility and simulate another round. As you're doing that, you can practice some of these mental strategies if you need to, especially the focus on your pre shot routine. Once you're done with this, it'll finally be time to step on the course and break 100. 23. 7.1 - Breaking 100: hello and welcome to the last and most important section in this training course. And this one, It's finally time to step onto the course and break 100. Your homework is pretty simple. I'd like you to go out to the course, play a round of 18 holes by US year rules and break 100. It's that simple is your doing. So, though I'd like you to optimize your scorecard. So in addition to your score, I'd like you to keep track of two things. First is your total putts per hole, and second is your total shots within 100 yards per hole, including those putts. Or, alternatively, you keep track of the second stat as non putts within 100 yards. Whichever of those is easier for you. This will allow you to separate your game into three key aspects and identify the areas of your game that need improvement. Those three key aspects are gonna be your performance on the green from 100 yards to the green and then from the tea to within 100 yards. Once you're on the green, your goal is a two putt that is to get down in two shots or less after the round. If you see a lot of three parts or four putts, you know that you need to go to the putting green and work on your putting performance from 100 yards to the green. Your goal should be to get onto the green with one shot, so any shot from with it within 100 yards, that's not on the green. Your goal is to get on if you're not able to get on the green in that one shot repeatedly. If you notice it's taking you two or three or more shots to get on the green, you know you need to work on. Either you're chipping your pitching, your half ledges or potentially your full swings with your shorter clubs, whichever of those areas you think you need to work on, spend some more time practicing that, and then from the teeter within 100 yards on part force. Your goal is to get there and only two shots and then on par fives. It's three shots. You can simply ignore this staffer part three, since parties tend to be shorter if you notice that's taking you three or four or five shots to get with within 100 yards on those part forwards and five. Then you know you need to go to the driving range and work on your full swing. One last thing I'd like you to do is to put a star on your scorecard next to any of the holes that you have a good shot. This could really be any good shot. It could be a good tee shot and his chip or a long putt. You may potentially after the round, when you're reviewing your scorecard, the stars will help you remember your good shots and help you relive that moment and properly reward yourself for those good shots. Here's an example scorecard To make that clear, the first thing you notice are those three stars next to whole 16 and eight De que must have had some good shots on those holes, and then when you're looking your scorecard afterwards, DK will easily be ableto think about the shot he hit and kind of relive that moment. And then, if you look at the bottom section below the par you'll see there's a line for putts and then aligned for shots within 100 yards. You'll notice that there's a lot of three pots. For example, holds 257 and nine. There's three putts, and obviously this is affecting the total number of shots within 100 yards on those holes. So I would say that DK needs to go out and work on its putting after this round. But otherwise pretty good round considering shot 48. Now it's time to go out there and break 100. Good luck and thank you for joining me in this training course.