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Tom Watson: Always Check Your Grip

Is your grip too weak or too strong? Make it just right<p>A good swing starts with a good grip. A bad swing starts with a bad grip. Because most amateurs fail to put their hands on the club properly, they'll never be able to play as well as they should.<p>I use the Vardon overlapping grip. I feel it …

How to Fix a Slice in 5 minutes

My new drill will re-route your swing and get you hitting draws. We proved it with 60 slicers<p>There's a good reason why people who slice the ball want to fix it: Because on the road you take to playing good golf, nowhere is there a slice. You can go from hitting a hook to playing good golf, but if …

Pitching Basics

How to loft it or let it run and get a kick-in putt<p>THE HIGH PITCH<p>You're 20 or 30 yards short of the green, and the pin's just a few steps on. You'll have to fly it most of the way. Grab your highest lofted wedge, and take a narrow stance, with most of your weight on the front foot <b>(1)</b>. Your stance …

Take the Easy Way Out

Ball forward, spank the sand behind it<p>There are all kinds of shots I could teach you from a greenside bunker, but I'll bet you'd be happy with just one: A shot that puts you somewhere on the green—every time.<p>I know you're feeling some nerves when you climb into the sand, so I'm going to keep this …

Sharpen Your Short Game

Don't hit your 60. Hit your 12.<p>Forget technique. The best way to improve your short game is to adopt a new way of thinking. When you're sizing up a wedge shot, don't choose a club based on how high you want the ball to go; choose it for the lie. By that I mean, forget the big number stamped on the …

5 simple drills for common golf swing flaws

I believe that teachers learn more from students than students learn from teachers, since they have a different perspective on how everything <i>feels</i> …

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Golfer's Wish List: How To Fix A Slice

Trouble right? Stop trying to go straight<p>I see this mistake all the time: Slicers come to a hole with trouble on the right and tee up in the middle of the tee box. Thirty seconds later they're watching the ball peel off into the junk. The problem is, they're setting up to hit a straight drive, …

4 Steps To Better Short Irons

Why you should swing easy with short irons<p>Generally speaking, avoid trying to hit your short irons hard. The more aggressively you swing, the more height you're likely to create with those lofted clubs, so the ball will tend to go a shorter distance. If you're lucky, you might get to the front of …

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Dave Stockton on chipping low and high golf shots

Dave Stockton shows how one wedge can be played in different ways by simple adjusting the way you use your hands.

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This Mental Trick of Olympic Athletes Can Radically Increase Your Productivity

Top athletes use this simple but powerful technique to perform at their best. So can you.<p>This summer in Rio de Janeiro, we're likely to see awe-inspiring displays of physical prowess. What we're unlikely to see is the mental work that goes into those jaw-dropping accomplishments.<p>Everyone knows that …

Extreme Improvement: Want To Get Good Fast?

Extreme lessons are only for those willing to suffer a bit<p>Walk on most practice tees today and the random lesson being given won't look much different from one you might have seen in 1970 or 1990. The teacher might be using a camera—or an iPhone—to record some video, but other than that, the …

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