The 40 yard pitch shot can be one of the toughest shots in golf. Frankly, it tends to be my personal nemesis. Any time I see my scores start to swell, it’s usually due to a few failed instances from this distance. I know that when I’m on my game from 40 yards I will consistently hit the middle of the club face, I will have complete control over the ball flight, and a surprising amount of spin. Let's look at exactly how we should do it.
Also, stick around to the end for an awesome contest announcement!
Let's set ourselves up for success and put the ball in the best position as possible on the greens!
Certain mistakes are more common than others and when it comes to short game we need to do everything in our power to minimize them. Here are 5 ways to get better at putting in a hurry!
One of the most important things in your golf game is your line. People often times think they are missing right or left, but in reality the shot was good, they just weren’t lined up correctly. In today's episode we're looking at 3 tips to get you lined up perfectly!
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In this week's episode we're going to take a listen to part of the members only Golf Strategy Academy coaching call.
We take a look at Jeremy's question of how to get rid of the dreaded "chicken wing" and we also talk about some theories on head movement.
When it comes to the difference between amateur golfers and professional golfers long, solid, consistent irons can be a huge difference maker. Check out how you can achieve that same success in this week's episode.
This episode we're diving into an article by Dylan Dethier that explores the real success rates that PGA Tour players have with different length putts.
The reason I bring this up is to let you know when you're being too hard on yourself. I know I've certainly had a three putt follow me from the green and impact my tee shot on the next hole. Hopefully putting some context around the true difficulty level of these putts will help you avoid that common pitfall.
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Our fourth and final part in the How to Break 90 series. This week we're looking at how to deal with tension in your swing, how to play under pressure, and what strategies you can use while on the course!
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In this episode we explore the fundamentals needed to break 90 from the tee box, both with the big stick and on par 3s.
The list is pretty straight forward:
If you can do these things you are well on your way to breaking 90! If you'd like to work with me on this process you can join the Golf Strategy Academy by clicking here!
We're walking through the Golf Strategy Academy details in part 2 of 4 on How to Break 90 - Full Swing Irons Edition!
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Today's episode is the start of a 4 part series that walks people through exactly how I teach my students in the Golf Strategy Academy how to break 90. If you want to join the Academy you can do so at the link above and use promo code beta to get the premium membership for just $25/month.
We start with the short game because it is the part of the game we use most often! Over 70 % of your shots come from inside of 100 yards. Here's how:
Some times improving your golf game is as simple as filling a knowledge gap. This week's episode talks about the difference between the iron swing and the driver swing as well as one simple drill to practice for each.
In this episode we're exploring the fundamental principals that beginners must master to control the club face with their driver and start finding some more of that short grass!
Make sure you check out the episode page on the website [CLICK HERE] for a nice video tutorial as well!
Today's episode is all about hitting the ball further by slowing down. We're going to go over two simple tips that can help you build a better rhythm that will lead more distance and more consistent contact almost immediately!
I've been in Scotland for the better part of June and it's been a crazy experience. To add to all those experiences, I got to tour St Andrews Links!
It was an amazing time touring the grounds of the Old Course and the rest of the St Andrews facility. The biggest surprise during my time there is how much golf they fit into such a small space! The tee boxes are just a few paces off of the greens, of which several holes share. Something that was quite surprising, that I didn't realize from TV was that there are SEVEN shared greens and all of the hole numbers add up to 18 (2&16, 5&13, etc).
Josh Boggs returns to share his view on why most people struggle to break 90.
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In this episode we're talking about 2 common faults that amateur golfers have with their putting.
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The first issue is a routine. Most amateur golfers don't have a preshot routine when it comes to putting (or their short game frankly). Step 1 is get one!
The second issue is that most amateur golfers chronically under read the break. There's a really detailed video that goes along with this and you can check it out at golfstrategyschool.com/PuttingGeometry
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I know that’s a pretty appealing headline, and if you’re struggling to achieve that there’s probably a healthy amount of skepticism flowing through your veins as you read this. The fact of the matter (emphasis on fact) is that people who struggle to break 100 a lot of similar issues and the majority of them fall into these three groups:
When it comes to golf, this might be one of the biggest issues that most people either don’t talk about or may not even know about. When you look at your scorecard the first number that usually jumps out at you is what par is for the hole, right? Okay fine, it might be the distance or what the handicap is of the hole, but if par isn’t the first thing you look at, I guarantee you it’s second.
So let’s talk about it. What is par? Go ahead, say it out loud or in your head. Let me guess, you said something along the lines of “It’s what you should shoot on each hole”. If you said that, you’ve got it half right. Par is what you should shoot on each hole… IF YOUR HANDICAP IS ZERO!
Now I’m not here to make you feel bad, but if you’re reading an article about breaking 100 on the golf course and you actually expect yourself to make par on each hole, you’re setting yourself up for a world of disappointment. Here’s a fun fact to help illustrate my point: players on the PGA tour only hit about 12.5 greens in regulation out of 18. How many greens do you expect yourself to hit in regulation? Be honest now, is that a realistic expectation? For someone who normally shoots 100 (a 28 handicap) they average between zero and 1 greens hit in regulation. Don’t put all this unnecessary pressure on yourself to do something that is a statistical anomaly.
Think of it this way, would you ever take $18,000 out of your bank account and bet that you’d hit every green in regulation? OF COURSE NOT! Your financial guy would slap you across the face, your wife would divorce you, and you’d be left with a much lighter wallet. So if you wouldn’t hold yourself fiscally accountable like that, why does the thought process change just because there’s not any money on the line?
Instead of thinking that you must get on the green in regulation, let’s move the finish line to something a little more achievable. Let’s get MOST of the way to the green “in regulation”. So if you’re playing a par 5, your version of “on in regulation” should be to get within 100 yards of the green in three shots. If it’s a par 4 you want to be inside 75 in 2 shots. If it’s a par 3 you want to be within 50 in 1 shot. This now removes SOOOOO much pressure from your game! Instead of feeling like you have to hit your driver off of every tee box, now you can achieve your new goal with a few easier to control shots that you’re much more confident hitting! Do you think you could hit two safe shots in a row that average about 135 each? That would get you within 75 yards on a 350 yard par 4. You’ve got a lot better chance of doing that then just doing the standard spray and pray with your driver off of every tee box. This will lead to much lower scores and a lot more confidence and consistency in your game.
Any time I think of this topic I’m reminded of my interview with Craig Jones, the founder of Face First Golf, he said from the tee box “you should hit the shot you’re comfortable with”. Sure, it’s not the shot that Golf Digest and the Golf Channel want to give you three quick tips on, but it will lead to a lot better scores because you won’t be spraying it two fairways over with your super unreliable driver.
Before every shot I want you to determine a safe zone and a danger zone (cue Kenny Loggins). The danger zone is pretty self explanatory. It’s going to be anything that would involve a potential lost ball or penalty stroke. Is there water or out of bounds on the right? Then that’s the one place you can’t go, that’s the danger zone.
I know you’re probably thinking “but Marty, that's a negative thought. Don’t we need to avoid those?” Yes that is a negative thought, but we need to get you making the correct decisions first before we can get to the impacts of positive and negative thoughts. It doesn’t matter how positive you’re thinking is. if you pull out a 4 hybrid and try to hit a shot over 240 yards of water you are about to get wet!
Our safe zone is essentially as far away as we can get from the danger zone. Somewhere flat and unassuming where we have plenty of room to land the ball safely so we can have an easier next shot.
This comes into play with other shots too. The real lesson here is don’t be a hero, you’re not going to win a tournament with one swing, but you sure can lose it with one. Learn from your past experiences. Hell, learn from Kevin Costner in Tin Cup! Don’t take the risk, just hit the shot you know you make the majority of the time and continue from there.
This also means play away from other hazards like bunkers or trees. Lastly, if you find yourself in trouble your only choice is to just punch out. Don’t try to make the hero play and try to hit a low hook and roll it onto the green, JUST GET OUT! This brings me back to another one of Craig’s quotes: “Don’t follow a bad shot with a dumb one.”
If you can eliminate penalties, both literal and mental, from your game you’ve just taken a monumental step towards breaking 100.
POOR SHORT GAME
This is a huge problem for people of all handicaps, but it’s even more impactful for people trying to break 100. The fact of the matter (again, emphasis on fact) is that if you were a scratch golfer half of your shots are going to come on or around the green. For a lot of people this is even as high as 60%-70%!
So what does this mean? Well, it means you’re going to have to get real cozy with your flat stick. Your putter is going to be your best friend. You’ll need to master lag putting as well as getting yourself comfortable and confident over your three and four footers. Don’t worry though, we’ve got the perfect practice session to anchor your touch. [link to no 3 putts article]
The other part of the short game is all those chips you tend to chunk or skull across the green. Let’s apply our same betting logic. You’re standing five feet off the green and the cup is 30 feet away, and the ball is in your hand. If you had to bet $1,000 on yourself to get that ball within four feet of the hole, how would you throw it? Would you toss it high up in the air over your head like a jump shot in basketball? No, Steph Curry wouldn’t even do that! You’d probably bend down a little bit and bowl it towards the cup.
I’m certainly not the first person to have this idea, because I watched Tiger Woods do it with a three wood in the early 2000’s, but just make a putting stroke with a fairway wood or hybrid. It will have just enough loft to get the ball up in the air and it will be much harder to chunk or skull than a sand wedge.
The moral of the story here is get the ball on the ground as soon as possible, and if you can keep it on the ground the whole way (putt it) then that’s the perfect scenario.
So the next time you play golf try to be a little proactive about these choices. Let’s keep ourselves out of the danger zones (buzz off Kenny Loggins!), keep penalties off our cards, and have realistic expectations based on our abilities. Let me know how it works for you!
Keep it in the short grass.
Our first 19th hole listener Q&A episode is here! Our question comes from Kevin in Massachusetts. He says I've found a huge disconnect between how my swing SHOULD look and actually getting it to happen.
Let's dive in!
In this episode we dive into some strategies I used with a client during a recent range session to help her build confidence in clubs that she had been avoiding.
Let's face it, we all have clubs we don't like to hit, but they have to be at the very least serviceable when their number is called. Here we talk about how you can practice to make that possible!
Hey everyone, I know it's been a long time but I'm glad to be back! To say in a few words what I could in a hundred - I think the net was cast too wide before just focusing on "the mental game". A single digit handicap has different mental game issues than a 22 handicap.
So going forward we will be looking at how the high handicap golfer can improve their decision making process and play better golf.
Happy to be back!
I was playing golf with my father in law the other day and he was really dialed in to the pace of his putts, but he kept on missing them left and right. He finally confessed that he’s never really had a good way of reading greens or the finer details in his putts. This prompted me to share the strategy that I use with my daughter who’s eight years old.
At home during the Wisconsin winter we work on mechanics and how to make consistent contact in the middle of the putter face. Once the spring thaw hits we go out to the greens and work on interpreting the line and path of each putt. The best way I found to explain it was to break the putt down in sections. When you have a putt that’s under 10 feet and you can’t quite decide which way it breaks try breaking it into halves. Think about what would happen if you putted straight at the hole. How much would it break? Where would it end up? What would it look like half way through?
*Pro tip* The first half of the putt will not break as much as the second half because the ball will be moving faster.
Once you know where the first half of the putt will stop you want to imagine what would happen as it runs the rest of the way out. From there you simply look at how far below the hole the ball would’ve stopped. This tells you exactly how far left or right you need to aim.
The longer the putt gets the more sections you need to break it down into. For me I follow this handy guide.
10’ > read it in two stages
11’ – 30’ read it in three stages
30’ < read it in four stages
In the case of my father in law it was a blessing for him and a curse for me. He started making putts left and right and I lost the round. For my daughter it was an easy introduction to how things work around the green. See how this works for you and let me know what you think in the comments below.