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  1. **UPDATE: The sweepstakes is now closed. We'll be reaching out to our winners shortly.

    Please continue to submit your short game questions for Claude and remember that copies of his new book, "Realizing Your Golf Potential: Unlock the Secrets of a PROficient Short Game!" are still available at www.mauischoolofgolf.com.

    • • •

    If a better short game is on your holiday wish list, we have some great news. Titleist Leadership Advisory Staff Member Claude Brousseau has published a new instructional book titled "Realizing Your Golf Potential: Unlock the Secrets of a PROficient Short Game!", which is dedicated specifically to the wedge game and putting.

    We're extremely proud of affiliation with staff members like Claude and though Titleist does not endorse any particular instructional philosophy or methodology, we hope you'll visit www.mauischoolofgolf.com, where you can watch some great tips from Claude and purchase a copy of "Realizing Your Golf Potential".

    We recently caught up with Claude for some of his thoughts on the short game and to learn a little bit more about the inspiration behind book. We hope you enjoy our Q&A below.

    • • •

    Q: Claude, how did you get your start in golf?

    Claude: I didn't play golf as a kid. I grew up around 500 miles northwest of Montreal, the middle of nowhere. Little town with maybe 1,000 people in it and like everyone I played hockey. I call golf my third life. My first life I was an intensive care unit nurse. After that I earned an MBA and I had an investment management real estate company. Then I went to see a PGA Tour tournament, and I thought, wow, that looks fun, and that's what I want to do. I started to play for business, for fun, and with friends - this is around the age of around 30. Then I just got hooked.

    So I sold everything, moved to Florida in 1992, and I worked at a hospital Saturdays and Sundays from 7 am to 11 pm so I could golf the rest of the week. I was about a 25 handicapper then. Three years later, I was pretty much a scratch player. I played some mini tour events and tried some Monday qualifiers at the Doral and the Honda but I realized I like teaching more than competing. So I quit nursing totally and in 1995 I started part time teaching. Then in 1998 I made the move to teach full time.

    Q: You're a Titleist Advisory Staff member and also a member of Team Titleist. Tell us about your relationship with Titleist.

    Claude: Absolutely, I love the core values of the company. That's how I choose people that I associate with and why I have a relationship with Titleist. I love the quality of the products, the quality of the people and the quality service. It's been fantastic. I'm good friends with Bob Vokey. He's from Montreal, too, so we've got a connection there.

    Q: What are you currently carrying in your Titleist Staff Bag?

    Claude: I'm really enjoying the latest addition to my bag, my new AP3 irons. Because of the added distance I picked up, my gaps have changed a little. I go from an AP3 6-iron to a 23° 818 hybrid. I play right-handed except for putting and chipping. That's why I carry four Vokey SM6 wedges. I use my left-handed sand wedge exclusively for chipping.

    Golf Ball: Pro V1x #33

    Driver: 917D3 (10.5º) 

    Fairway: 917F2 (15º)

    Hybrid: 818H (19º, 23°)

    Irons: 718 AP3 (6-PW)

    Wedges: Vokey Design SM6 gap, (52-12 F-grind), sand (56-14 F-grind), sand (56-10 S-grind, left-handed) and lob (60-12 K-grind)

    Putter: Scotty Cameron Select Newport 2, left-handed

    Q: What inspired you to write an instructional book?

    Claude: When I first started teaching, and maybe this is related to my background in nursing, I really loved helping people. When you're working with a golfer and you see the light bulb go on and wow, they get it, that's what hooked me. I had started writing instructional articles for Golf Magazine France in 2011 and I loved the challenge of that. The more I wrote, the more I liked the idea of writing a book to help the amateur golfer who might be struggling.

    Q: Why did you choose to focus on the short game in "Realizing Your Golf Potential"?

    Claude: If you shoot 100, you will hit two greens in regulation. If you shoot 95, three greens, 90, four greens, and 85, five greens. So the short game is something that everybody needs, even if you look at guys like Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas. Justin, he says the difference between his first few years on Tour and winning five times last year is that first, he learned to be more patient, but second, he worked really hard on his short game.

    Q: You mentioned France. Did you teach there, too?

    Claude: Yes, I still do. In 2009 I got recruited by a French businessman who loved golf. He was looking for somebody to create the first golf school in France dedicated exclusively to the short game. He had some property around an existing clubhouse. I was living 6 months on Maui and 6 months in France.  I have enjoyed the challenge of building Golf Court Academy from scratch - teaching bays, a learning center, practice greens, everything. We've worked with over 4,000 golfers. So that's another reason why I wanted to do a book on short game. So many golfers need help in this area.

    Q: What's your approach to helping golfers improve their games?

    Claude: First, golfers have to understand why they produce a good shot. It may sound weird, but most of the people when they come to see me or other coaches, they'll ask, "What am I doing wrong?" My way of looking at things is a little bit different. I tell people, "let's focus on the pure shot". We figure out how they executed that good shot and now they have a recipe. They have a frame of reference to produce it on demand.

    In the book, I want golfers to have a system that they can go back to and say okay, when I hit a good shot, it's because I follow these steps. When their performance is not as good, they can go back and use the feedback exercises to feel what they're doing differently and how to get back on track.

    Q: Where can amateur golfers improve most around the greens?

    Claude: Three putts. That's what costs them. I would say that's probably number one and the easiest and fastest way for golfers to improve their scores. And second I will say that many golfers have no real concept of the 30-yard, 40-yard shot. What I'll call the pitching motion.

    Ninety percent of the shot is missed before they even move the club, because they have a ball position and alignment that is not appropriate for the shot they want to play and the quality of the contact is compromised.

    I say this all the time - people have so much golf talent, it's unbelievable! Because on the 30-, 40-yard shot, they aim 15 yards right, or left (but most of the time it's right), and they manage to put the ball somewhere close to the flag a lot of the time. Do you realize the number of compensations you have to make to have that happen?

    Q: Do you agree with Bob Vokey that bounce is your friend?

    Claude: Of course. Bounce on your wedge is your insurance policy, it gives you a margin of error. I like to use a Hawaiian analogy. The bounce on your club is like the front of a surfboard, which is curved up. If the nose was perfectly flat or angled down, the board would dig, it would dive down into the wave, not glide on top it. Same with the bounce on a wedge. When you use the bounce properly, the bottom of the club skims the turf or the sand like a surfboard on a wave.

    Q: How about the golf ball? Is the model you play important in the short game?

    Claude: I would say it's as essential as having the right wedges in your bag. You should select a ball based on how it reacts close to the green. Many golfers think, 'okay yeah, I will play a better ball when I'm better'. But I say, let's look at how many greens in regulation you hit per round. If you shoot 90, you hit four greens. For those other 14 holes you better have a ball like Pro V1 that will stop close to the hole and help you get up and down. Ten yards longer off the tee doesn't matter at all for the 90-shooter. Getting up and down a few more times each round does.

    Q: You mentioned 3-putting. Can you give a tip to help us improve in this area?

    Claude: Of course! The key is improving your lag putting, so set up about 30 feet from the hole. Keep your eyes on the hole while you make a few practice strokes. Now address the ball and keep your eyes down as you stroke the putt. Keep looking down until you feel that the ball has stopped. Now you call the shot. Is it five feet long? Six inches short? Is the ball left or right of the cup? Now look up and see the results. Validate what you feel. This is a great way to improve your touch and distance control.

    Q: What do you hope golfers will take away after reading your book?

    Claude: Simple. I want golfers to read this book and feel confident that they have a plan, their own recipe to play better golf and to have more fun doing it.

    Thank you, Claude!

    • • •

    BONUS SWEEPSTAKES:

    Claude has been kind enough to autograph three copies of his new book, "Realizing Your Golf Potential: Unlock the Secrets of a PROficient Short Game!" to give away to three lucky members of Team Titleist.

    HERE’S HOW TO ENTER - PLEASE READ CAREFULLY: Add a comment in the box below in the form of a short game question for Claudethen hit the "Submit Reply" button.

    Sample entry: "Claude, how can I stop hitting behind the ball on my pitch shots?"

    Yes, it's that easy.

    **************

    We’ll randomly select three (3) winners from all approved entries that are submitted by Friday, December 15, 2017 at 11:59 PM.

    A few more important details... Only one entry per person. If you send in multiple replies, you'll be disqualified from the contest. Don't forget to include all of the details outlined above or your entry will not be considered eligible.

    After the drawing, Claude will respond to as many submitted questions as he can to help get our short games on the right track for next season.

    Keep in mind, all posts are moderated and it may take some time for your reply to appear. We'll do our best to approve posts quickly but if you enter more than one reply, we have to disqualify you from the drawing (sorry to repeat this but we want to make sure it's clear).

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    Good luck!

    • • •

    ABOUT CLAUDE: Claude Brousseau is a PGA Master Professional currently serving as the Director of Instruction & Coaching at the Maui School of Golf located at Kahili Golf Course, the only Golf Channel Academy facility in Hawaii. He's been twice voted the Aloha Section PGA Teacher of the Year (2008, 2015) and he's been recognized as one of the top instructors in the game by Golf Digest and Golf Magazine.

    Rick
    Team Titleist Staff

  2. Tyler H

    Tyler H
    Appleton, WI

    Claude, what is the most effective set up to hit a flop shot?
  3. Claude B

    Claude B
    Lahaina, HI

    Tyler H said:

    Claude, what is the most effective set up to hit a flop shot?

    Tyler H.
    First, you need to make sure the lie allows you to do this type of shots.
    I suggest to place the club face toward your intended target. Place your feet together and the ball is located just slightly toward the lead foot. (The width of one ball) Take the sternum bone or navel as a reference point. Not your feet. You could add some loft on the wedge just by turning the face clock wise. Take your normal grip. Then proceed to open your body in relation with the target line up to 30 degree. Keep your hands and the butt end of the club in line with your navel. I recommend a weight distribution 65% on the lead foot. The you have created a set up that increase the probability to excite a good shot. Make sure your swing path is on your body line. Warmest Aloha!
  4. Darron K

    Darron K
    Fate, TX

    Claude, what is the best way to not blade the ball when chipping on an uphill lie?
  5. Claude B

    Claude B
    Lahaina, HI

    Darron K said:

    Claude, what is the best way to not blade the ball when chipping on an uphill lie?

    Aloha Darron, Thank you for your question. First you need to have a good set-up. 90% of your shots are missed before you swing the club. Make sure your hips and shoulders are tilted in the same direction of the slope. The ball position is in the middle in relation with the sternum and navel. The tendency is too far toward the target/lead foot. Lastly, swing in the same direction of the slope. Avoid the tentation of lifting the ball. Trust the loft! Warmest Aloha!
  6. JOSHUA M

    JOSHUA M
    FARGO

    Claude, what are some of the best drills to improve your putting?

    Josh
  7. Claude B

    Claude B
    Lahaina, HI

    JOSHUA M said:

    Claude, what are some of the best drills to improve your putting?

    Josh

    Aloha Josh, Thank you for your question. There are many drills. Let's say you want to improve your distance/speed control. I suggest placing a ball at 10 feet from the hole and put keeping your eyes on the hole. Your visual system will command your muscular system to have the proper length of the stroke.
    I recommend doing some putt from 5 feet with only right hand, then only left hand and with eyes closes. If you want to improve the mechanics, you must have a device that give you feedback as an example a putting track. Warmest Aloha!
  8. Barry B

    Barry B
    Lake St Louis, MO

    Claude,
    In your Q & A you state that most amateurs don't set-up correctly for the 30 - 40 yard shot (I recognize myself in that statement), so what is a good solid set-up for shots in that range?
  9. Claude B

    Claude B
    Lahaina, HI

    Barry B said:

    Claude,
    In your Q & A you state that most amateurs don't set-up correctly for the 30 - 40 yard shot (I recognize myself in that statement), so what is a good solid set-up for shots in that range?

    Aloha Barry, Thank you for your question. It starts with aim and alignment. The club face and the ball are in line with the intended target. The body is left of it for a right handed golfer. Often the player is also aligned his body with the target. This is a big NO, NO. Second the ball position is often too close to the target/lead foot. Keep the ball in the middle of your body for a normal trajectory. Third, the weight distribution needs to be 60% on the target/lead foot and 40% on the trailing foot. You can choose to open your stand slightly. Often the golfer pushed the handle too far toward the target. This create serious problem with the angle of attack to steep and lost of the efficiency of the bounce. Keep the butt end of the club centered with the navel. Lastly monitor your grip pressure. Most of the time the fingers get white because of too much squeezing of the grip. You must feel the club head. Relax the hands while keeping them steady. Warmest Aloha!
  10. You struck a chord with me on your statement of the 90-100 shooter. My biggest issue, regardless of the lie, ball position, range etc. is that I get set up, pull my club back, and for whatever reason on the downswing my eyes and head go first and I skull the ball shooting it to the backside of the green.
    How do you get a high handicapper to keep his head still and execute a good shot?
  11. Claude B

    Claude B
    Lahaina, HI

    AWells said:

    You struck a chord with me on your statement of the 90-100 shooter. My biggest issue, regardless of the lie, ball position, range etc. is that I get set up, pull my club back, and for whatever reason on the downswing my eyes and head go first and I skull the ball shooting it to the backside of the green.
    How do you get a high handicapper to keep his head still and execute a good shot?

    Aloha AWells. Thank You for your question. Here is the good news! The issue is not that you head goes first. If you skull the ball is because the CLUB HEAD when UP! Not the golfer head. You probably have a misconception of trying to go underneath the ball to lift it. You are probably scooping with your wrists. You need to focus on your hands and wrist action. I have a super efficient exercise page 34 of my book. You place the trailing hand on the wrist of the leading hand. It similar to left hand low in putting. Start with a tee in the ground.(no ball). Let see if you can strike the tee. Then if you are successful do it with a ball. Warmest Aloha!
  12. Claude,
    What key words reflect your strategy (or approach) for coming out of a green side bunker, vs. green side rough? For example: I like to think of "splashing" out of the sand and "picking" out of the rough. Do you have any key strategy words like this that help you in specific situations?
    Thank you very much! By the way, it is pretty inspirational that you took a leap into golf at a 25 handicap! I am "hooked" too, but that took some courage!
  13. Claude B

    Claude B
    Lahaina, HI

    Sam K said:

    Claude,
    What key words reflect your strategy (or approach) for coming out of a green side bunker, vs. green side rough? For example: I like to think of "splashing" out of the sand and "picking" out of the rough. Do you have any key strategy words like this that help you in specific situations?
    Thank you very much! By the way, it is pretty inspirational that you took a leap into golf at a 25 handicap! I am "hooked" too, but that took some courage!

    Aloha Sam, Thank You for your question. I like the words your are using specially if you produce the results you want. The key is finding a recipe that works for you. I like to feel throwing the sand with the trailing hand in the bunker. I live in Hawaii, I think of the club surfing on the sand. Regarding the rough, I like "solid contact" making sure the club strikes the ball first as much as possible. Keep having fun! Warmest Aloha!
  14. Claude, I have the opposite problem of Darron K. I tend to hit uphill chips fat. Any set up changes I could make?
  15. Claude B

    Claude B
    Lahaina, HI

    Chuck O said:

    Claude, I have the opposite problem of Darron K. I tend to hit uphill chips fat. Any set up changes I could make?

    Aloha Chuck, Thank you for your question. It could be because of the ball is too far back in the stance. Keep the ball position center. The other common reason could be the spine angle is not in harmony with the slope. Make sure the shoulders and hips are tilted in the same direction of the slope. Fat shot in uphill is often function of a swing that is too steep. Experience with a flatter swing path. Warmest Aloha!
  16. Marc W

    Marc W
    las vegas, NV

    Claude, is should you base your bounce more on shot type such as digger or sweeper or turf conditions such as firm or soft?
  17. Claude B

    Claude B
    Lahaina, HI

    Marc W said:

    Claude, is should you base your bounce more on shot type such as digger or sweeper or turf conditions such as firm or soft?

    Aloha Marc, Thank You for your question. I will say both are important to take in consideration. If you have to take only one, I give priority to your swing type digger/sweeper. Warmest Aloha!
  18. Speedy

    Speedy
    Newmarket, NH

    Claude, best iron to use when you're about 25-35 yards off the green. I usually like to grab my 7 or 9 iron and do a little bump and run.. Right choice or no?

    Congrats on your success! Remarkable story.
  19. Claude B

    Claude B
    Lahaina, HI

    Speedy said:

    Claude, best iron to use when you're about 25-35 yards off the green. I usually like to grab my 7 or 9 iron and do a little bump and run.. Right choice or no?

    Congrats on your success! Remarkable story.

    Aloha Speedy, Thank you for your question and nice comment on my journey. If it c could an inspiration for other golfers, it will make me very happy.
    If you are 25-35 yards of the green there are multiples options. If there isn't obstacles what you do is good. However, if you have to go over a bunker or some rough grass you can use a PW, Sand Wedge 52,54,56,58. The club selection is base on 3 factors; 1- lie of the ball, 2-distance in the air 3- trajectory. I suggest you experience shot with other clubs. It will give you more options. Warmest Aloha!
  20. Steve S

    Steve S
    Tuckerton, NJ

    Claude, what is the best advice to stop pulling my short irons?
    Play Well,
    Steve S.
  21. Claude B

    Claude B
    Lahaina, HI

    Steve S said:

    Claude, what is the best advice to stop pulling my short irons?
    Play Well,
    Steve S.

    Aloha Steve! Thank you for your questions. It is a challenge answering without seeing you swing. The most frequent issue with pulling shot is inefficient alignement and aim. Then you compensate by a swing path over the top that is attempting to redirecting the ball toward our target. The brain knows your intention to move the ball toward the target, however you are setup for an other target. So, the solution is making sure you club face and the ball are aim at the target and your body IS NOT! It was to be parallel to it. You need to targets; one for the ball and one for you.
    The second reason you pull you shot could be because of the sequence of your swing. You probably initiate the down swing or return of the club at the ball with our upper body instead of your lower body. The more efficient sequence is as following; 1- feet 2-knee 3-hips- 4-torso 5-arms finally the club head. I suggest doing this exercice: start feet together, complete the back swing. Make sure you feel your upper body stay still. Step with the leading foot/ target foot. The upper body shouldn't have move. Then engage the hip. Then the torso, then the arms go to a finishing position. This will help your sequencing. Warmest Aloha.
  22. Claude, the 30-40 yard pitch just as you state is also a problem area for me. I have a tendency to hit these pitches heavy. Should I have the club face a little open at address?
  23. Scott D

    Scott D
    Lethbridge,

    Claude, what is your best advise for or drill to stop the pulling of putts?
  24. Dr. Kovatchian

    Dr. Kovatchian
    Carlsbad

    Claude,

    What is your go to drill for improving contact on short pitch shots of 25 yards or so?

    Cheers,
    Dr. K
  25. Claude B

    Claude B
    Lahaina, HI

    Dr. Kovatchian said:

    Claude,

    What is your go to drill for improving contact on short pitch shots of 25 yards or so?

    Cheers,
    Dr. K

    Aloha Dr. K Thank you for your question. I suggest the exercise page 78 in my book. You can also see the video on my website www.mauischoolofgolf.com the title is; use two club to synchronize your swing.
    This type of pitch shot need a synchronized lower and upper body. Quite often the golfers are using their arms only and it makes it more challenging to produce a crisp contact. Take two clubs (PW & SW) one in each hand. Place the heads about 30 inches apart. The grip will also be 30 inches apart. Then proceed to make a back and forward swing. You must keep the distance constant during the swing. This will give you a feeling of upper and lower body working in synch. Warmest Aloha
  26. vurich

    vurich
    First Tee Box

    Claude, how do you prevent and cure the, "yips?"
    Thanks!
    "Asking for a friend."
    HA!
  27. Claude B

    Claude B
    Lahaina, HI

    vurich said:

    Claude, how do you prevent and cure the, "yips?"
    Thanks!
    "Asking for a friend."
    HA!

    Aloha Vurik, Thank You for your question. If it is the "yips" in putting, often a drastic change in the grip will cure it. You can go left hand low for a right handed player. I had great success with the "Claw" grip as well.
    In my book page 10. I demonstrate putting with the "heavy ball" This is also very effective. Then you can putt eyes close. You can putt with your eyes on the hole. Never look at the ball. There are as many solutions as there are golfers. Your friend as to experience what is working for him/her. Warmest Aloha!
  28. N Anthony S

    N Anthony S
    Portland, OR

    Claude,

    I have a tendency to sway my hips slightly when putting. What is a good drill that will help me to keep my lower body still?
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  29. Claude B

    Claude B
    Lahaina, HI

    N Anthony S said:

    Claude,

    I have a tendency to sway my hips slightly when putting. What is a good drill that will help me to keep my lower body still?
    Post Image

    Aloha Anthony, Thank you for your question. You could use a training aid call Swing-Beep. visit www.swing-beep.com It will give you immediate audio feedback if you you moving your hips or not.
    Here is a excellent exercise without a device. Take your normal address position for putting. Then crossed your legs. Then execute some putts. This will REALY stabilize our lower body. I had very good succeeds with this exercise with few collegial and mini-tour players. Warmest Aloha.
  30. Michael JC

    Michael JC
    Orwell, VT

    Claude, on the 30 to 40 yard "pitch" shot, where should the ball be played ? Middle of your set up, or towards the back foot?
  31. Claude B

    Claude B
    Lahaina, HI

    Michael JC said:

    Claude, on the 30 to 40 yard "pitch" shot, where should the ball be played ? Middle of your set up, or towards the back foot?

    Aloha Michael, Thank You for your question. I suggest middle for most of the shots. Then you can move it slightly meaning the width of one golf ball toward the trailing foot. I recommend using the sternum and navel as the reference point for the ball position instead of the feet. Warmest Aloha!
  32. Claude B

    Claude B
    Lahaina, HI

    Michael JC said:

    Claude, on the 30 to 40 yard "pitch" shot, where should the ball be played ? Middle of your set up, or towards the back foot?

    Aloha Michael, Thank You for your question. On pitch shot the ball can be play in the center of your body. I recommend using the sternum and navel as the reference point not the feet. If you want to move the ball back in the stance, I suggest doing it only the width of a golf ball. Most of the time the player are moving the ball way too much. Warmest Aloha!
  33. What is the best drill to increase your percentage of putts made from less than 6 feet?
  34. Claude B

    Claude B
    Lahaina, HI

    N said:

    What is the best drill to increase your percentage of putts made from less than 6 feet?

    Aloha N, Thank You for your questions. I like to place balls NSWE about only 2 feet from the hole. See if you can go around and make each one of them. Then move to 3 feet, then to 4 feet. This simulate playing conditions.
    I still like to practice with a chuck line. Make sure the putt is straight and slightly up hill. Do some putts with only left hand, some with only right hand, some with both hands eyes close. Page 6 in my book. I have a great exercise to improve the touch of the speed. Place a ball 5 feet from the hole. Place a tee at the back of the cup. The first ball had to touch the tee. The second as to die in the middle of the cup and the third is just triggering in the hole. I have a video of this on Golf Channel. I did a demonstration on Morning Drive. Go on www.golfchannel.com and type my name in the magnify glass. You will have free access to the 27 videos I did with Golf Channel Academy. Warmest Aloha.
  35. MICHAEL K

    MICHAEL K
    Brightwaters, NY

    What degree club should I use for pitches under 50 yards?
  36. Claude B

    Claude B
    Lahaina, HI

    MICHAEL K said:

    What degree club should I use for pitches under 50 yards?

    Aloha Michael. Thank You for your question. It depend of the situation. You have to decide the trajectory and the landing zone in relation with the hole location. Do you have to go over a bunker? Can you run it? There are different school of thoughts. You can do all the shots with let's say our 54 degree Vokey wedge. You just modify the loft and the ball position for the shot at hand. You can also do it with different wedges, 52,54, 58. It is a preference. I suggest using multiple wedges because the swing will be the same the club will provide different trajectories and distances. Warmest Aloha.
  37. Ryan P

    Ryan P
    Erie, PA

    Claude - do you have tips on practice activities to help getting putts started on your intended line? I miss far too many putts that I read correctly but pushed or pulled.
  38. Claude B

    Claude B
    Lahaina, HI

    Ryan P said:

    Claude - do you have tips on practice activities to help getting putts started on your intended line? I miss far too many putts that I read correctly but pushed or pulled.

    Aloha Ryan, Thank You for your question. You can use the "Slot Training System" I like it because there are multiples way to achieve starting the putt on line. You can buy it on www.eyelinegolf.com You can use my name claude as the promo code. This will give you a better price.
    If you don't want to use a specialized training aids. I suggest using a chuck line on the green and planting 2 tees just 3 inches in front of the ball. The two tees will be just a bit larger than the width of the ball. Give your self some room according to your level of play. You can always make it more challenging. See if you can roll the ball between the tees. You can also just use a sharpie. Make a X few inches in front to the ball and verify if you started on line. You can also place a soda can just outside or inside of the intended starting line. If you hit the can you will know if you push or pull. There is also a good training aids that gives you immediate audio feedback. visit www.swing-beep.com Warmest Aloha.
  39. Laurence B

    Laurence B
    Princeton, NJ

    Claude

    Thanks for starting my day with such interesting insights.

    In terms of the importance of avoiding dreaded three putts for us 'hackers'; would you recommend not attempting to hole the first putt but rather lag it to same three foot range on most medium or longer range putts?
  40. Claude B

    Claude B
    Lahaina, HI

    Laurence B said:

    Claude

    Thanks for starting my day with such interesting insights.

    In terms of the importance of avoiding dreaded three putts for us 'hackers'; would you recommend not attempting to hole the first putt but rather lag it to same three foot range on most medium or longer range putts?

    Aloha Laurence, Thank you for your question and your nice comments on my expertise.
    I suggest having a mindset that you will make every putt. If you putt for not missing vs putting to make it is a HUGE difference in the performance. You should also strive to roll the ball pass the hole on the first attempt. It is not harder to make a 2 or 3 footers coming back and at least you give yourself a chance on the first one. Golfers are interesting, they play for not missing. If you play basketball and you are at the free throw line are you playing to not miss the basket? I don't think so. Keep having fun and learning on the journey of playing better golf. Warmest Aloha.
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