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How Backspin is REALLY Created

chipping short game Apr 15, 2020
 

I recently watched this quick video with Rory Mcllroy demonstrating the 'One Hop and Stop' chip shot. While the technique is reassuringly simple, judging by the comments left by viewers, they are not fooled and there is more to playing a low spinning chip shot it than just technique. 

 Rory's 'Hop and Stop' Chip Shot

 

Creating spin involves a lot of friction and...

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The Psychology of Solid Pitch Shots

pitch short game Mar 11, 2020
 

Probably the most important part of pitching is the intention to drive the ball forward. This clear intention will lead us to the right movements to make a solid ball then turf contact.

Professionals launch their pitch shots much lower than club golfers hitting from the same distances. They do this with around 15 degrees of shaft lean (handle leaning ahead of the clubhead and towards the...

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Learn to Play Lob Shots the Seve Way

chipping short game Mar 05, 2020
 

'Constraints Led Learning' is hugely in vogue at the moment and there are some professionals that only coach with the use of task constraints and avoid explicit instructions at all costs. IMO this is quite extreme but task constraints do play a huge role in Motor Learning and pretty much every session I deliver will have some form of this learning.

The Benefits of Learning to Chip this Way...

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Striking Your Chip Shots Crisply Every Time

chipping Oct 16, 2019
 

 

If you stand over a chip shot and feel a level of anxiety over whether or not you are going to make a good connection then you are not alone. Concerns over mis-striking our chip shots is an almost universal experience shared by golfers of all levels.

What I love about this exercise is that everyone can very quickly establish there intended scuff in the ground during a practice...

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Golf Swing Separation Explained

 

When we talk about 'separation' in the golf swing we are referring to the pelvis rotating significantly faster than the ribcage in the early part of the downswing. This will lead to huge clubhead speed as the chest turns through the ball later in the downswing.

If you fail to create this separation and are too eager to turn the chest from the top of the downswing then it can be a real...

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Chipping Masterclass

chip chipping pitch Aug 22, 2019
 

This chipping video is part of the 'Masterclass Series' with David Griffiths. The aim is to try and demonstrate different approaches to the same chip shot and convey some of the less obvious elements that are involved in short game planning.

Play the Percentage Chip Shot

On two of the scenarios in the video, David has chosen the more elaborate high spinning chip, where I elected to keep the...

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Bunker Masterclass Series 3: Bunker Shot from a Downslope

bunker sand Aug 15, 2019
 

Two of the hardest golf techniques combined in one swing

I am sure that you are familiar with the situation. The ball landed in the middle of the bunker but somehow managed to roll to the back of the bunker and is now on a steep downslope. Often, this can be combined with a steep front lip of the bunker too. This now becomes a very high tariff bunker shot.

Bunker Shot Planning

Like any shot...

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Bunker Masterclass Series 2: Sand Shot from a Plugged Lie

bunker sand Aug 15, 2019
 

Two methods the pros adopt to play from a plugged lie in the bunker 

Shot Planning

Whichever method you adopt just aim to get in on the green and bare in mind that the ball will not be coming out with any spin so it will roll. Choose a 'fat' part of the green so the ball has plenty of room to roll out.

Plugged Lie Set up and Swing Shape

The two plugged lie bunker methods in the video are...

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Bunker Shot Masterclass Series 1: High Sand Shot from Wet Sand

bunker sand Aug 15, 2019
 

 

Get Inside the Mind of a Master with 6 Challenging Bunker Shots

In his time on the European Tour,  David Griffiths was one of the best bunker players out there. In this series, Dr Noel Rousseau quizzes David on how he plays 6 distinctly different bunker shots. There is more in-depth bunker coaching in GOLF COACH ACCESS but this series will give you a flavour of how the maestro...

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Golf Shot Panning 3: Pro Level

course management Feb 20, 2019
 

Course Management Series

This is a further video in my course management series looking at course strategy from a Pro Level perspective. Arguably, course management is equally as important at club level where the shot scatter is greater (see Course Management to Break 100 Every Time) and it highlights the all-important 'shot planning' phase of the Pre Shot Routine.

 

The 'AIM' of Course...

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