As much as I want to support my local golf course and help “grow the game,” sometimes I just want to pack my own PB&J or ham sammich. Let’s face it, $9.75 for a dried out sandwich that’s been sitting there for three days is not what I’d call a good deal.
Cookie Monster Sandwich Holder
For the times I do pack my own sammy, I use my little boy’s Sesame Street sandwich holder. I used to make the sandwich and put it in a sandwich bag, then throw that in my golf bag. By the time I’d get around to the sandwich it would be smashed and messy. Not conducive to making birdies. The sammich protected by the Sesame Street sammich holder is in perfectly pristine condition, ready to be munched and helping my score.
There are many studies which prove that short study sessions allow the pupil to retain more than long study sessions. It is better to, for instance, study in 20 minute segments and break three times than to study a straight hour. The starts and stops are where most of the information is retained. That’s what makes a format like 365 Golf Tips & Tricks From the Pros so great. It is 592 pages, but there’s no way on earth I’d read it from start to finish. I’ll take a tip and read it with the thoughts of really trying to absorb it and work the concept into my game or my practice.
I recommend keeping books like this in places you’ll visit every day… Click to buy
1 Tip Per Day
365 Golf Tips & Tricks From the Pros is obviously meant to be read a day at a time, a tip at a time. Read that one tip on one day and really try to absorb it. The tips are well but concisely written and all supported by color photos demonstrating the concept.
All areas of golf are covered from the rules to etiquette to long and short games. 365 lessons are in there and at only $12.95, a fraction of the cost of one private lesson!
My putting is great. My fairways hit is about 80%. If I miss a green in regulation though, I’m in trouble. As a current 2.5 handicap I struggle with my short game. When I hit greens I can shoot in the low 70’s or high 60’s. If I miss greens it can be ugly, as my up-and-down percentage, which I track with GolfStats, is about 20-25%. As they say on Twitter: #lame.
I had the opportunity to submit my video to PGA.com for a lesson on their cool new feature, Free Lesson Fridays. FLF is a fun and educational part of PGA.com in which renowned golf teachers help out folks who submit their questions and game issues. My lesson, linked here or by clicking the image below, was quite an eye opener.
Click photo to go to my PGA.com Free Lesson Friday
I didn’t realize I broke my left arm. Shoot. I have the dreaded left arm chicken wing! Somebody kill me now. I also didn’t know that my short game shots were mostly hands and not shoulders. And last I didn’t realize the club head passed my hands. These are all things I know are not good, but didn’t realize I was doing them until a PGA instructor showed me.
I’m thankful for the video lesson, and for PGA.com exposing my weak short game to millions of their readers. Exposing my short game to the public is worse than those naked pictures I accidentally posted online of myself, the ones with the lamp shade. That’s a post for another day…
PGA.com has a really neat feature if you go to their home page and scroll down a bit. Under the video heading you’ll see “Free Lesson Friday.” Users can send in videos of their golf swing and a PGA professional will give them a quick, free lesson. My dad and I decided that sounded fun, so at the range a couple of weeks back we shot our videos. I’m happy to announce that my dad’s video made the cut and is featured as this week’s free lesson, given by 2009 PGA Teacher Of The Year. Click here or the photo below to watch the video.
Thanks to PGA.com. I think the solution my dad received will help him get rid of that broken left wrist and left arm chicken wing, and give him better extension and power. I’d bet his accuracy will improve as well.
The video I sent in was a short game video. Crossing my fingers for some help as well. I have distance control issues.
There are many training aids, alignment aids, devices and gadgets to help with putting. Believe me, I know. I trip over them all the time in my house.
Two of the most important parts of the putting setup are alignment and club head path. If either is off, you will miss the putt no matter what.
One way I like to check my setup is simply by checking my stance and putter head alignment in the kitchen while making Greek chicken, Greek salad and sipping on a red. I’ll use two different alignments on the kitchen tile.
First I’ll set up with my feet on one line, and put a dissecting line in the center of my stance. I can check my foot alignment and club face alignment against the grout lines running perpendicular to my stance.
Here I’m checking foot alignment and club head alignment…
Second, I’ll set up with the putter face at a four way intersection of the tiles. There I can check the face alignment as well as try some strokes along the line.
Use tile intersection to check face alignment and swing path…
I’m a bit of a “swinging door” putter, so the head won’t travel perfectly along the line, but it still helps visually.