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Author: Brett Bennett

Choose the Correct Wedge Lofts For Your Game

The Best Golf Wedges to Have in Your Bag The PGA Tour features “What’s In Your Bag” segments, where PGA Tour players open up about their club selections giving reasons for each club’s purpose in their golf bag. As an amateur golfer, a lot can be gleaned from this valuable advice. Each player is only granted 14 clubs in their bag. Among those are wedges– your scoring clubs. It is absolutely essential to select the correct wedge lofts. After knocking a long drive down the middle of the fairway, often times you will find yourself with a distance for which do...

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Golf Fitness Tips- The Torso Rotation Golf Exercise Video

In this video, Avera Golf Fitness Specialist Dick Bartling gives you a stretch to help improve your torso rotation. Start by sitting in a chair. Twist to the right by holding the back of the chair with your right hand and holding the arm of the chair with your left hand. Take a deep breath and twist. As you stretch exhale and hold the stretch for 15 to 20 seconds. Relax and then repeat with the other side. Be sure to work on both sides an equal amount of time to help improve your torso rotation. For another great...

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Golf Exercise Tips- How To Improve Hip Rotation Video

In this video, Golf Fitness Specialist Dick Bartling gives you an exercise on hip rotation.  There are many golfers that struggle with hip flexibility. One way to check this is to keep your upper body stable and then be able to turn your lower body by turning your hips and knees. You are creating separation and the ability to move the lower body without moving the upper body.  Cross your arms across your chest and move your hips and knees to help create flexibility.  To make this a little bit more golf specific, rotate your shoulders back into your...

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How to Fix Your Slice + Improving Your Pitch Shot Control

In this video, Teaching Professional Brett Bennett teaches you how to fix the common slice and control pitch shots.  With a pitch shot ranging from 30 to 50 yards, you want to get the ball close to help you score around the course. The technique with this shot is that you are going to open your stance slightly and play the ball just slight of back in your stance.  From here, you want to take about a third swing and have an abbreviated follow-through. The club of choice may be a 56 or 60 degree wedge depending on how...

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How To Improve Your Chipping and Handle Various Lies Around the Green

The short game is one aspect of golf that is sometimes overlooked.  It is not likely that you will hit every green throughout a round, so figuring out how to score low without doing so is essential.  Once you have missed the green, the first shot you are going to face is a chip shot.  Within chip shots, there are many different lies that the ball will find itself in.  Here are some tips for shots around the green. There are endless possibilities at which your ball will end up.  Let’s say the ball is above your feet.  The...

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How To Hit A Golf Ball From Your Knees

South Dakota is infamous for its light breezes and predictable weather patterns.  On the off chance you find yourself facing an abnormally strong head wind, you should be sure you are prepared for the situation.  In this video, Teaching Professional Travis Nagel shows how to get low to keep from losing balance while swinging.  Just get on your knees, set up to the ball, and just grip and rip.  For more tips on improving swing balance, click...

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How To Adjust Your Golf Game To Cold Weather- Golf Balls Do Fly Shorter As The Temps Decrease

There is still some good golf to be played here in the Midwest.  As the leaves have fallen, so have the temperatures. When you get onto the golf course this is one aspect of the game that gets overlooked.  The cooler temperatures have an effect on your golf ball. This has to be taken into account on each shot that is hit during this time of the year and even when it is extremely warm. Let’s say that your ball will carry 220 yards at a temperature of 75 degrees.  As the temperature decreases by ten degrees to 65...

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How To Hit Chip Shots Closer With the Bump and Run

In this video, Teaching Professional Brett Bennett teaches you the effectiveness of the bump and run chip shot.  The bump and run shot is a chip shot that requires a club that has less loft than a typical chip shot.  Many amateurs when approached with a shot around the green will go directly for a high lofted club such as a sand or lob wedge.  The bump and run is most effective when there is a lot of green between you and the pin.  It has a lower trajectory that will allow the ball to roll out further than...

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The Differences Between Open, Square and Closed Clubfaces In Golf Video

The clubface has probably the most impact on where your ball will end up after hitting it, and there are three primary positions in which it can be:  Open, Square and Closed.  In this video, PGA Professional Todd Kolb breaks down each position, as well as their effect on a shot.  Each position is in relation to the clubface and the shot’s target line, or where you want the ball to go. –        Square:  This is usually the desired position, and the clubface will be square with the target line. –        Open:  The clubface will point outward on the...

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Golf Fitness Tips- Exercise Drill On How To Improve Stability Video

In this video, Avera Golf Fitness Specialist Dick Bartling gives you a drill to help maintain stability in your lower body and also proper upper body mechanics in the golf swing.  Take an iron and put it across your chest with the end of the grip starting at your left shoulder and the shaft extending off of your right arm and out.  Cross your arms to hold onto the club with your hands.  Assume the address position, go back into the back swing and pretend you would hit the ball if the club was long enough by coming down...

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