How to improve your bunker play without a whole lot of effort
When it comes to extricating your golf ball from a greenside bunker, Southern California PGA Teacher of the Year and Director of Instruction at Journey at Pechanga Randy Chang suggests it’s a lot easier than most amateurs think.
“The dreaded bunker shot. For most of you out there, this is the hardest shot in the game. For most professionals, this is the easiest,” Chang says. “Here’s why: It doesn’t take a whole lot of effort to get the golf ball out of the bunker. It’s not hard at all.”
Check out the video below to see how simple it really is…
Former tour pro David Hobby offers insight into putting on fast greens
It’s no secret that better performance on the greens leads to lower numbers on the scorecard. And when it comes to putting on speedy surfaces like the ones we’ll see this week at Augusta National, it’s good to have a few tricks up your sleeve that will help you get the ball in the hole quicker.
“Tighter, firmer turf offers less resistance to the golf ball, allowing gravity to pull the ball further down a slope,” said former tour pro and Rolling Hills Country Club PGA Lead Golf Instructor David Hobby. “One of my favorite techniques for reading the green is picturing the sprinklers running and visualizing the direction the water would flow.”
Here are 3 other tips to help sink more putts on the speedy greens:
Camps & classes at Indian Wells Golf Resort offer juniors a chance to advance
The teaching professionals at Indian Wells Golf Resort are gearing up for a holiday season filled with festive activities for junior golfers of all abilities.
Led by PGA Lead Teaching Professional Eric Solander, the upcoming camps and classes will focus on the fundamentals and how to take what is learned on the practice tee out to the golf course.
Here's a look at what's upcoming…
Halloween treat: How to master five of the most terrifying shots in golf
Halloween is right around the corner and if you’re a passionate golfer you may be thinking less about ghouls and goblins than something that truly terrifies you: The Most Scary Shots in the Game.
Let’s face it, there are certain shots that just seem to inspire universal dread among all golfers – having to hit the ball over water that is all carry with little margin for error, the 5-foot knee-knocker to save par, the buried lie in a greenside bunker, a slick downhill greenside chip, and the 80-yard bunker shot.
But fear not! With the right technique, a proper mindset and a little practice, you can learn to relax over these shots knowing that you’ve conquered your anxieties.
We spoke with some pros from around the region to see if we could take some of the trepidation out of the scariest shots in golf. Here is what we learned…
How a tube of toothpaste can help you maintain consistent grip pressure
We all know that good golf begins with a good grip. Placing your hands on the club in the proper manner is where the foundation of a solid golf swing starts.
But even more important than proper placement is proper pressure. As Southern California PGA Teacher of the Year and Director of Instruction at Journey at Pechanga Randy Chang puts it, “One of the most important tips in golf is to maintain or have a sense of maintaining consistent grip pressure from start to finish.”
Check out the video below from Randy to see how a tube of toothpaste can help you accomplish this objective…
SCPGA Teacher of the Year Randy Chang shares his secrets to golf success
Ask Randy Chang about his teaching style and he'll sum it up in one word: SURF.
The acronym stands for simple, understandable, retention and fun, and it's a formula that has worked well for the Director of Instruction at Journey at Pechanga in Temecula and the founder of Randy Chang Golf Schools.
Chang was named the Southern California PGA Teacher of the Year for a second time in August, which is a credit to his teaching abilities and his easy-going style.
“The atmosphere is laid-back and relaxed,” Chang explained, "but the program and process are regimented and seriously effective.”
Chang’s programs, such as Pechanga’s Tiny Tees lessons, Journey Golf Academy and Golf for Girls seasonal clinics, go hand-in-hand with SCPGA’s mission of growing the game. He is dedicated to early golf education and believes that encouraging youth’s positive habits by way of golf sets a precedent for a healthy lifestyle in the future.
Here's the most surefire way to lower your scores and raise your enjoyment
When it comes to playing from the proper set of tees suited for your game, Wade Wilson is a staunch advocate. The PGA professional at El Niguel Country Club in south Orange County doesn’t hold back when discussing the benefits of putting your ego aside before stepping up to the first tee.
“What’s the goal in a round of golf? To have fun, yes. But what it is really about is shooting as low of a score as possible,” Wilson says. “To help with accomplishing both, we need to be realistic about where we start from — meaning where we put the peg into the ground to start this chaotic journey of ebbs and flows and ups and downs.”
As Wilson explains, somewhere along the way golfers developed an ego about which tees to play from, finding it more rewarding to play a longer golf course while sacrificing enjoyment and lower scores.
Straightforward fixes to the most common ball-flight issues
For those of us who don’t know how to fix what we’re doing wrong when the ball starts flying left and right on the golf course, there are a few simple keys you can focus on to hit the ball straighter.
Dana Dahlquist, a veteran teacher at El Dorado Park Golf Course in Long Beach who works with tour pros and amateurs alike, took some time to break down the most common swing faults and how to address them. What follows are the most common miss-hits along with the causes and cures…
5 ways to deal with a sidehill lie
Not every lie on the golf course is created equal. With that in mind, here are five tips from Indian Wells Golf Resort’s PGA Head Professional Tom Burley to help you play a sidehill shot when the ball is above your feet…
Follow these three simple steps to save shots around the green
You've heard it a million times: If you want to lower your scores, you've got to work on your short game in order to improve your consistency on and around the greens. Because what good are 300-yard drives if you can't get the ball in the hole?
With that in mind, we reached out to Indian Wells Golf Resort's Head PGA Professional Tom Burley to ask for some advice. Here are his three essential steps for getting up and down more often…
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