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How To Make the Ones That Matter

Draining the big putt is one part attitude, one part routine<p>A lot of amateurs, and even some pros, treat must-make putts like they're standing over a six-footer to win the U.S. Open. You can see the anxiety building in their pre-putt routine. The feeling can be so overwhelming that by the time they …

The 15 best golf practice games

With everything competing for your attention in 2018, it’s difficult to find time to work on your golf game. Chances are when you do, you’re just hitting a few balls at the range, which likely won’t accomplish much in terms of improvement.<p>If you really want to get better, you need to make the most …

Swing Sequence: Jon Rahm

A driver swing so good, these photos look posed (they're not). Rahm uses his physique and strength to make a simple swing. He hits it so square, it's easy to see why his career is on the rise.

4 Steps To Developing Consistency And Touch Around The Greens

My first year as a head pro, I gave a clinic one afternoon on chipping. After we finished, a student came up to me and said, "I didn't like that. You never told us what club to hit on those shots." Even though I was a novice teacher, I got it right that day. I could've told her what I would do in …

Butch Harmon's Simple Setup Tips Will Eliminate Chunks Or Skulls

Forget the swing. It's all about the setup<p>When I get students who complain about poor chipping, here's where I go first: How far are they standing from the ball? If you're more than a foot away, you're adding variables that just aren't necessary. The biggest issue is, the club will tend to swing …

4 Steps to Make Your Next Fairway Bunker Shot a Great One

If you're standing over a fairway bunker shot thinking: 'Pick the ball out of the sand,' you're already setting yourself up for trouble. Mike Malaska, who's on our list of Golf Digest Best 50 Teachers, says you should hit the ball and then the sand when you're hitting out of a fairway bunker. To …

Lob Shots Made Easy

Lob shots look hard, but they're really easy to execute<p>You fired at the flag but missed. Now your ball is in the rough, and you've got about five feet of green between you and the hole. Your best—and probably only—option for getting up and down is a lob shot. You need to hoist the ball way up in …

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Become the Best You Can Be With These Top 27 Inspirational Quotes

Robert H. Schuller said, "Tough times never last, but tough people do." This is one of the many encouraging quotes that will help keep you on track to realizing your full potential.<p>Office life and work routines can sometimes become a bit drab. When you live a life full of Excel spreadsheets and …

Motivation

Swing Sequence: Brooks Koepka

Who says fades are weak? Swing like this, and you'll blast it, too: The huge-hitting Floridian won his first PGA Tour title in 2015 and made his first Ryder Cup team last year. Now he's poised for more hardware.

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Justin Thomas' Tips On How To Smash It

How to give it everything you've got.<p>When people analyze my swing, they always focus on my footwork. I get it. It's the most noticeable thing. I'm sure your eyes are drawn to it in these photos. But there are a lot of things I do that contribute to hitting it 300 plus off the tee. And since it's …

Why You Slice

If you understand the causes, you'll stop going right.<p>I grew up on the lesson tee. Sometimes taking lessons, but mostly watching my dad [teacher Mike Malaska] give them or listening to legends like Jim Flick and Bob Toski. Now I'm teaching, too, and I can say that one thing hasn't changed: Golfers …

9 Ways To Train To Perform When It Matters

A lot of players come to our Vision54 programs looking for help with their mental skills, but they also get a heightened awareness of what their bodies are doing when they play their best. That's really important, too. Your physical state is constantly changing, from round to round and even shot to …

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How To Close: Handle The Pressure In The Clutch

Tour players get nervous, too. Hitting shots that mean the difference between winning and losing tournaments (and hundreds of thousands of dollars) is nerve-racking. The players who beat those jitters aren’t eliminating the feelings. They beat them by having a process they can rely on. That’s …

A Simple Way To Check Your Putting Alignment

In Golf Digest's expanded video lesson program "12 Days to Better Golf" (<i>details on how to enroll, below</i>), you'll learn to develop skills in all parts of the game, including putting. Every lesson builds off the one before. Here's an example of the kind of instruction you'll get.<p>One of the first …

Change This One Aspect Of Your Setup For Better Ball Flight

There aren’t many quick-fixes in golf, but this setup tip from Adam Kolloff, one of our Golf Digest Best Young Teachers out of Liberty National G.C., is about as close as it gets. It’s all about your left thumb at setup (if you’re a righty), where your clubface is at the top, and the effect these …

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5 Fundamentals To Better Golf

Some golfers hate practicing, but one thing I've learned is that the range — not the golf course — is where your swing gets better. You might be able to make small adjustments mid-round and play OK, but any real improvements come from practice. Let's say you've got at least 30 minutes once a week …

How to Turn My Hands Over on a Golf Swing

To generate maximum club head speed -- and, therefore, maximum distance -- on your shots, your hands and forearms must rotate during your golf swing, …

Stop Giving Away Shots: Tighten Your Game From Tee To Green

The difference between a good round and a bad one is how well you avoid the three biggest shot-wasters in golf: (1) Penalty strokes when hitting longer clubs; (2) Needing two short-game shots to get the ball on the green; (3) Three-putting. To avoid these mistakes, I'll first get your chipping and …

How to Vary Pitch Height to Get Close Around the Green

Are you a one-trick pony when it comes to pitching trajectory? If so, you're severely limited when you have to fly the ball to the back of the green …

How to Hit a Draw

New research reveals how to hit this shot (you'll be shocked!)<p>Many of you would probably give up red meat if you could consistently hit a sweet, little draw. If you've struggled for years trying to get the ball to start just right of the target and curve back to it, stop blaming a lack of ability. …

Stop hitting that weak fade into the pond down the right side

Re-route your swing to start hitting draws<p>If you don't think slices are still a problem even with the latest in driver technology, take a look in the bags on the carts at your favorite course tomorrow.<p>More than two-thirds of the adjustable drivers you see will be clicked over to draw bias--to help …

Start Hitting It Great Tee to Green

The last couple seasons I've hit the ball more solid than ever. Instead of constantly trying different swing thoughts, I've worked with Butch Harmon to really focus my approach. With my posture at address, I always confirm that my chin is high. If your chin is stuck on your chest, there's no room …

Short-sided In A Bunker? Here's Your Way Out

Quick tips on how to make clean contact so you can get up and down<p>What’s worse than being in a greenside bunker? Being short-sided in a greenside bunker. This shot is scary, and we’re guessing you’ve probably left it in the bunker on more than one occasion.<p>Swing coach Jeff Ritter says the biggest …

Stop getting trapped in the sand

Play offense instead of defense from fairway bunkers<p>Plenty of advice for the middle-handicapper starts with "Don't try to do too much."<p>It's certainly easy to default to the conservative play when the shots actually count. But when you have a good lie in a fairway bunker and no tall lip to contend …

Practice using feedback! Part I: The Three Tee Drill for path

Maximize your practice by using feedback! In this three-part series, GolfTEC Certified Personal Coach Aram Hudson highlights useful drills …

Rory McIlroy's 5 Keys To Rip Your Driver

The setup and swing keys to launch your best tee shots this season<p>It's important to have swing thoughts on the tee. They help take your mind off all the bad things that can happen and put your focus on what you need to do to put one in the fairway.<p>Way down the fairway. But just as important as …

Swing Sequence: Kevin Kisner

Ben Hogan Swing Sequence

There's no better time than Colonial week to talk about Ben Hogan's golf swing -- partly because he won there five times, partly because there's no bad time to talk about Hogan's swing. We had one of our Golf Digest Best Young Teachers, Jason Birnbaum, the Director of Instruction at Manhattan Woods …

Why you don't have to fear the 50-yard wedge shot

These quick tips from one of our favorite teachers will help you master in-between wedge shots<p><i>Every week, a team of our favorite teachers will be bringing you a collection of quick tips to solve your game's most pressing on-course emergencies. When you need help right now, push Golf Digest's Panic</i> …

How to Swing a Golf Club

Learn how to swing a golf club by taking a frame-by-frame look at the basic golf swing & the basic positions you need to know