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Author: Tom Hill

The Bryson DeChambeau Putting Style Has the Golf World Shaking Collective Head

02/03/2017 For a golfer who’s been a pro for less than a year, and has yet to win on the PGA Tour, Bryson DeChambeau has had an outsized presence in the world of golf. While DeChambeau, the 2015 US Amateur and NCAA Individual champion, did finish top-5 in his first event as a pro, so far the Physics major from SMU is perhaps better known as the “Mad Scientist” of golf than he is for his Tour play. Consider his clubs: All of DeChambeau’s irons and wedges use the same length shaft, 37.5 inches, the shaft length of a...

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Phil Mickelson Short Game Videos: Gold Nuggets on YouTube

01/29/2017 Most golf instructional videos on You Tube are three to five minutes long, maybe 10 if the subject is complex or the instructor is an expert with lots of wisdom to impart. Phil Mickelson’s video, Secrets of the Short Game, is one hour and four minutes long. And that’s just part 1. From the get-go it’s obvious that Phil needs that much time because he’s got so much to show us. He only spends 30 seconds on his video introduction, and then right away he’s teaching. Mickelson starts with the general principles of putting. “Do we want the...

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A Lesson to Stop Over-Hooking the Ball

01/13/2016 A golf coach I know of once said, “Don’t let an instructor change just one thing. Everything we do is a compensation for something else so if you change one thing, then there must be at least one more thing you change.” Which brings me to a recent Mark Crossfield video blog titled “Over Drawing Get Me Out of Here,” in which he analyzes an unidentified player’s swing in order to stop him from over-hooking the ball. Crossfield, the YourGolfGuru.com guy with an active channel on YouTube, has a television-style show that airs on his page. At the three-minute...

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The 3 Most Common Distance Killers for the Driver

01/09/2017 When I first lost 20 yards off my driver, I thought it was just because I was getting old. Then I played with a guy who was 10 years older than I am and he said he hits the ball farther today than he did when he was in his athletic prime. “New technology helps,” he said, “and staying fit. But really, it’s all in the golf swing.” Well, I have a pretty new driver and I’m not in bad shape; so if it isn’t age, what is it in the golf swing that’s causing that lost distance?...

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What Can Tiger Woods Realistically Achieve at Age 41?

12/29/2016 No one knows if Tiger Woods will even be able to play a full season healthy this year, but we do know that if he does, he’ll play the whole season as a 41-year old. Woods turns 41 on December 30, sitting – as he has for years now – on 14 career major wins and an overall total of 79 PGA Tour victories. But there are no major wins for Woods since 2008 and his last regular season championship was the WGC – Bridgestone Invitational in 2013. So what does the future hold for Tiger? Maybe we...

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Seve Ballesteros, The Short Game, and YouTube Gold

12/21/2016 They say Seve Ballesteros was a short game artist, but I thought watching video of him chipping would be a trifle boring. Now, after viewing Seve’s short instructional tape on YouTube, I feel like I just had a painting lesson from Matisse. Seve is gone over five years now, a victim of brain cancer that took him in 2011 at age 54. But what a golf legacy he left behind: over 50 wins in 15 countries in 15 years; five major victories; world number 1 for 61 weeks between April 1986 and September, 1989; ranked in the year-end...

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How to Use an Online Golf Coach

12/16/2016 I wish I had a golf coach right here over the winter. He would walk and talk me through the changes I need to make in my swing the next few months so that I could come back out to the course in April and everyone would be amazed at the new swing I have. While the golf course is covered with snow, I could change my slice to a gentle draw, develop a repeatable, reliable chipping motion that thinks “chili-dip” is something you put on a tortilla chip, and learn a solid back-and-through putting stroke that puts...

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ImpactSnap.com: Correctly Use Your Wrists Through Impact

12/09/2016 If you’re a dedicated golfer with a spouse or children or parents who like to give you gifts for the holidays, you can probably depend on receiving at least a dozen golf balls, a golf shirt or two, or maybe a little device armed with features that can count your score, clean your clubface and mark your golf ball. But if you want a present that can truly change your game for the better in the following year, you might have to buy it for yourself, because it’s not that well known – yet. The device is called...

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Tiger Woods Makes Return After 16-Months Off

12/05/2016 Tiger Woods turns 41 on December 30 with hopes that he’ll play a full schedule on the PGA Tour in 2017. That means Woods next US start should likely be in San Diego January 26 – 29 in the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines. If he remains healthy, that will begin his run-up to the Masters, where he hopes to peak in early April. After a 16-month break from competition to allow his back and leg to fully heal from injuries and surgery, Woods has played a 72-hole event only once since August, 2015, finishing 15th in...

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The Common Shot Off The Tee, The Slice, Has a Solution

12/01/2016 You might think the most common shot hit off a tee is the driver. But if you know me, or most of the guys I play with, you’d know that’s wrong. The most common shot hit off the tee is the slice. It doesn’t matter if we’re carrying driver, 3-wood or 5-iron, the ball starts down the middle and then it begins to turn right, and right, and right some more until it’s over the trees and heading toward double-bogey land. But the good news is, the slice is not an incurable golf disease. To fix it, you...

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