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Glenn Phillips is a
member of the PGA
since 1995 and has
over 20+ years in the
golf profession. He has a passion for the game and his students.
Glenn has spent his career working in the Washington / Baltimore area and currently is teaching in Montgomery County Maryland. He is currently teaching at two facilities Blue Mash Golf Course and Golf Galaxy in Rockville. Each facility offers his students unique benefits. This allows him to give his students the best of both worlds. Glenn is available for private individual, private group and adult clinics 7 days a week. He specializes in working with all levels of students.
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Chipping Circle Drill
(you will need 12ft. of string – same as the putting drill)
· Go to the practice green and place the string in a circle around a hole.
· This should give you a circle of about 3 feet around the cup.
· Choose several different locations to chip from and try and see how many
times you can get the ball inside the circle
· With each location use 3 different clubs to chip.
· See which club gives you the best results.
· You will see that the most lofted club in your bag is often the wrong club to
· The key thing is using the club that gets you the most CONSISTENCY!
Putting Practice - Ladder Drill
(You will need two standard length pencils and a string about 12ft. long)
· Find a flat area near a cup on the practice green
· Line up 4 balls in a straight line from the hole on the green
· Place the first ball 2 feet from the hole and space each ball about 2 ft. apart
· Tie one end of the string to the top of each pencil
· Push one pencil into the green 18" on the opposite side you lined up the ball
· Line up the string directly over the balls and stretch the string tight so
the string is hovering about 4 inches above the putting green. Push the
other pencil into the green
· Start at the first ball and place the line of your putter under the string. This
should show you a correct square putter face to the target
· See how many times you can knock in all 4 balls in a row. - G.P.
Stop the Madness!
- Stop hitting your driver so offline.
- Stop missing the green with a wedge.
- Stop taking mulligans.
- Stop sculling your chip shot.
- Stop hitting your irons fat and thin.
- Stop thinking you can buy a golf swing.
- Stop practicing bad technique.
- Stop getting mad and frustrated.
- Stop wasting time and money.
And most of all stop blaming your clubs!
I see so many people wasting their money to buy the latest and greatest new clubs every year - they believe the hype that they can hit the ball 15 to 20 yards longer and straighter than with last year's equipment. The truth is that equipment will only help so much.
It doesn't take a lot of time or effort to practice basic principles that will improve all areas of the swing, but you can't do this on your own - you need a trained eye to tell you what you're doing wrong. The only thing worse than not practicing is practicing incorrectly, and ingraining bad habits will only increase your frustration. The help of a good PGA instructor can ensure that you are not wasting your time and money.
What's Proper Impact Position?
A very high percentage of golf students that I consult with for the first time do not know what proper impact position looks like. The unfortunate part about this is that many of these same folks have been playing without this critical information for many years. When I see a student with this type of problem, the very first thing we do is discuss good vs. poor impact position, and why it is so important.
The player in this photo shows good position of the hands at the moment of impact. The grip of the club is leaning forward toward the target. The left wrist is flat and the right wrist maintains a bend. This bent right wrist will allow the club to strike the ball first and the ground second. It is also very important to turn the body towards the target and shift weight to the outside of the left ankle at the beginning of the downswing -- the correct wrist position would be difficult to maintain if both of these things did not take place, as well.
The player in this photo shows poor impact position. We can clearly see how the player's left wrist is bent and the right is straight -- the complete opposite of the left photo. The club has bottomed out too early, which means that the head of the club hit the ground before it hit the ball. The reason most players bottom out early is because they are not properly turning and shifting their weight to their left foot. In most cases, they are swinging too hard from the top. In this photo, the player has hit so far behind the ball that his shot would likely not have gone very far.
In order to compensate from a club grounding behind the ball, most players will straighten up and hinge their wrists on the downswing, actions which will create a "sweep" or "scoop" reaction at the point of impact. Because of this, many players will label themselves as "sweepers" of the golf ball, when in fact their problem is poor impact position. Poor impact position allows for a very small margin for error, most especially from tighter lies and fairways.
The percentage of ALL players that have poor impact position is extremely high - I would venture to say that 9 out of 10 players I see at the range are making the same mistake!
Glenn C. Phillips, PGA
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