Class Continues April 14, 2011

By Martin HallApril 14, 2011, 11:00 pm

Q: I've been having a problem with striking the ball on wet fairways. I'm hitting the ball slightly fat and getting nowhere. At other times, I'm striking the ball 'thin'--not skulling it. Can you offer some practice drills that I can use to improve? Thanks.

- Haydon E.

A: Hitting the ball fat on wet fairways is a very common mistake. When the ground is soft and soggy the contact needs to be very precise. Try the following: Shorten where you hold the club; that is go down the grip 1/2 inch, hover the club slightly off the ground as you address the ball, reduce wrist action in your swing, both back and through, and keep your head rock solid still until the ball has been hit - - no lowering and no dipping of the head. Incorporate these thoughts and you should be fine.

Q: When I am at the range on artificial turf I hit balls like it's my job.  As soon as I am on grass it all goes away. Any suggestions on how to take my turf game to the grass?

- Timothy C.

A: Hitting balls off mats is very flattering. You really cannot hit it fat off a mat since the club will bounce up into the ball. Some mats however do not cause this; a soft spongy mat or a mat with a sort of cushion under the ball will probably react closer to the real thing. The moral here is whenever you can, hit off real grass, and when you can’t, try and find a mat which is not rock- hard. If neither of these is available hit 3-woods off a low tee. Hitting balls off a hard mat is bad for your game, since it can bend your clubs and cause wrist injuries. Don't do it if you can avoid it.

Q: I play on the Golf Channel Am Tour and get nervous/anxious during the events. Do you have any tips to help calm the nerves under pressure?

- Ashley A.

A: Most players get nervous in competition including the world's best, so that won't go away. You have to learn to play with it. Bob Toski used to say 'composure comes from exposure.' The more you put yourself in this arena the less difficult it will feel. These days there are lots of resources available to help battle nerves and performance anxiety, two of my favorites being 'A Golfer’s Mind' by Bob Rotella and “The 30 Second Swing' by TJ Tomasi. Two excellent books filled with lots of ideas on how to get the most out of your game when you compete. Good luck.

Q: I generally hit the ball with most clubs, particularly the driver, with a low trajectory and a draw. Do you have a drill that will enable me to get the ball airborne with the proper trajectory?

- Jim B. (North Dakota)

A: When players hit the ball too low, they have taken loft off the club at impact, turning a 7-iron into a 5-iron at the moment of contact. There are really only two ways to do this. Either the upper body is sliding too far toward of the target by impact or the hands and grip-end of the club are too far ahead of the ball at impact. Try keeping your head behind the ball until you have hit it and try having the hands level with the ball as you make contact. Perhaps even a feeling of swinging the club head more; this should help.

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Rose leads halted Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters when bad weather stopped play Friday during the second round.

The Englishman, who shot a 10-under 62 on Thursday, had completed 13 holes and was 5 under on the day at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat (64) was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew wit on the 11th hole at 2 under for the day after shooting an opening 72.

There was no reason given for his withdrawal, but the American has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 1:00 pm

Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.

Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.

None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.

Full list of 2017 Newsmakers of the Year

Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.

An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.

In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.

Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.

Playing with the pros

Tiger, DJ and Faxon

Article: Video, images from Tiger, DJ's round with Trump

Article: After DJ and Tiger, Trump plays golf with Jack

Rory faces criticism

Article: Rory: Round with Trump about respect for presidency

Article: Rory: Round with Trump not a 'political statement'

President at the Presidents Cup

Video: President Trump makes the rounds at Liberty National

Article: President Trump presents trophy to U.S. team

Article: Stricker: 'Great thrill' to get trophy from Trump

Purported round of 73 with Lindsey Graham

Article: Senator tweets Trump shot 73 in windy, wet conditions

Article: Graham offers details on Trump's round of 73

Cart on the green

Article: Trump appears to drive cart on Bedminster green

Presence and protests at U.S. Women's Open

Article: Trump makes presidential history at Women's Open

Article: Trump supporters, protesters clash near Women's Open

Article: UltraViolet takes protest inside Trump National

Photo gallery: President Trump at the U.S. Women's Open

Trump golf properties


Article: Environmental group vandalizes Trump golf course

Article: Man accused of vandalizing four Trump courses


Article: Two Trump courses in Scotland losing millions

Article: Eric Trump denies Russia helped fund golf courses

Article: Trump company ordered to pay $5.77M in dues dispute

Reportedly fake TIME covers

Article: Trump clubs display fake Time magazine cover

Trump apologizes for voter-fraud story

Report: Trump's voter fraud claim tied to Langer

Langer: Trump 'apologized' for story mix-up

Pros comment on the president

Article: Players defend Trump at Senior PGA Championship

Article: Trump congratulates Daly; Daly congratulates Trump

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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 12:30 pm

Spieth, Thomas headline winter break trip to Cabo

By Grill Room TeamDecember 15, 2017, 1:05 am

Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth. Really good at golf. Really good at vacationing.

With #SB2K18 still months away, Thomas and Spieth headlined a vacation to Cabo San Lucas, and this will shock you but it looks like they had a great time.

Spring break veteran Smylie Kaufman joined the party, as did Thomas' roommate, Tom Lovelady, who continued his shirtless trend.

The gang played all the hits, including shoeless golf in baketball jerseys and late nights with Casamigos tequila.

Image via tom.lovelady on Instagram.

In conclusion, it's still good to be these guys.