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Spot Chipping

Aug 01, 2013

Category: Chipping Tips

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SPOT CHIPPING: You've bettered your feel in a pitch shot. A lob shot. A bump and run... There's a variety of wedge shots one can master depending on lie, grip pressure and angle of attack. One thing that still lacks with most students and players I work with, is their ability to be mindful of spot chipping. There's a big difference in "making good contact" and "hitting your spot" that is the pinnacle point for the ball to end up near the hole. We're not just looking to hit a shot at the hole. One should hone in on the spot they would like the ball to end up and or land so it can release to it's point. Many times I will work with players using their 8/9 Iron or gap wedge around the greens picking a release spot to where they want to start the ball. From there should they hit their spot, they can be appreciative to their psyche even if the shot doesn't come off perfect and or a few inches from the hole. If you summoned a location in mind and you hit that spot, you can say "I hit my spot, the ball just didn't go in". Precision and what I like to call "Mental Courtesy" shall be accumulated by doing both of the above. It is very important to pick a landing location when pitching shots around the green not just trying to hit shots at the flag or hole location. More times than not, you will end up past the hole and or short (stubbed, fluffed, skulled) if you're so concerned about what's below you and or the exact hole location. I'm not saying don't get a perspective or feel for the lie and the hole as a whole. It's just very important you see the final location "SPOT" you want to land that specific shot as well. Put this into application on the practice greens at your local club / facility. I've spent much time around professional players and studying the likes of tour players who think this way. I also do drills with my students allowing them to chip or pitch their way and then the "SPOT" way and the success is evident. Learn to "SPOT" chip my friends and students! YOUR SUCCESS IS MY PASSION! - JJ

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Category: Putting Tips

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Lag Putting - James Jordan. One of the most challenging areas of the game (that can be overlooked in total scoring) is putting statistics. Most students of the game want to constantly put emphasis on distance off the tee and iron play. What they should take into consideration is the fact that they are leaving the 18th hole with 3 to 4 three putts per round. Most commonly this is happening from lack of distance control in lag putting. Having a student truly understand distance control in putting and or speed is nearly impossible. It's not that it can't be explained, however it's one area that is very hard to justify feel for another individual. Even Tom Watson was recently interviewed explaining how that's one part of the game he couldn't teach another. Feel within lag putting is one of the hardest elements to gauge. However there are two things that can be worked on to better your control, speed and accuracy in your practice sessions. WIDTH & TARGET. WIDTH & TARGET. DRILL. When practicing your lag putting (30,40, 50 feet or more) you have to bring a sense of visualization to this specific putt. First let's take a look at the stance. In your normal stance the feet would be slightly apart to feel stable and connected when making 3, 4 and 5 footers. Most likely you would remain to keep that stance all the way up to 10 & 20 foot putts. Part 1: Let's widen the stance anywhere from 4 to 6 inches more than your traditional putting stance at setup. With a wider stance you can now match the stroke better with the take away and follow through freeing up your tempo and fluidity in the stroke. Never should we feel as if we are firming a putt when stroking a putt at a lag like distance. Widen the foundation so you can have a sense of a longer take away and follow through matching the width of your feet. Part 2: Here's the meat and potatoes in which separates the pars from bogey chasers.This will also build confidence in tap in birdies from eagle attempts. It's a drill I have my students work on geared around visualization. Rather than looking at the hole with a hone like look of "making the putt" I want you to visualize the hole as the size of a basketball. The Golf Hole is 4.25 Inches in Diameter. A Basketball is 29.5 to 29.875 inches. When lag putting, if you visualize a larger target around the hole, you're more likely to hit it within that specific target then leave it short, blow it past and or get lost in your stroke. Almost all putts that are made from a lag like distance are luck over skill. Numbers don't lie. I don't have the exact numbers of percentage of putts made from over 30 feet on tour, but I can tell you the numbers are pretty darn good with how close they are within the basketball range then making a lag putt. So let's get to work.... Work on applying more width in your stance at set up and visualizing a larger target (Basketball like) around the hole when lag putting. Truly feel yourself stroke putts to that distance in diameter then trying to hole out putts from that range. Setup, Visualization and Acceleration are the most important elements to better your distance control in Lag Putting. NOTE: Later in my blog series I will touch up on spot putting with downhill, uphill and breaking putts. The drill and homework for this specific series is to be worked on a green that is generally straight and flat. Practice and commit to the process my friends - James Jordan

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Lag Putting

Jul 09, 2013

Category: Putting Tips

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Category: Swing Tips

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As the month is to an end and we are gearing of for the Summer, I want to assist in bettering your playing performance by Goal Setting. Whether it's being more accurate (inside 100 yards, a better putter from 3/4/5 feet, an increase in distance off the tee and or a better thought process in your decision making with your approach shots) you need to make sure you are setting goals to do so.

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V.A.R.I.E.T.Y. 5-14-2013 Friends & Golfers. I hope the weekend and week has kicked off well for you. This week I want to pass along a message in golf that is geared around VARIETY.

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21 In the Sun!

May 06, 2013

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Let's get our short game in order through the game of 21! As much time as you put into refining your swing, you should double your efforts into your short game. Sometimes many players and students feel the short game can be mundane and less fun in comparison to hitting full shots. Well.....

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The 99 Drill System.

Apr 29, 2013

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​Friday's Drill System: THE 99 DRILL FOR PUTTING - James Jordan. How good are you from 3-4-5 feet? How Confident? How Comfortable? How Many Birdie and Or Par Putts do you have from that range?

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Monday 4-22-2013 Well the weekend is wrapped up and I want to leave you all with a mighty gem. A drill to bring success in your sequencing and fluidity throughout your golf swing. Throughout the Dozen lessons I provided over the weekend, nothing was more useful than what I conveyed to students and now share below..... It's called....

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Wet Greens:

Apr 19, 2013

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WET GREENS: James Jordan - This Friday tip is geared toward players understanding the difference in short game shots and putting on wet greens.

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