Class Continues March 1, 2011

By Martin HallMarch 2, 2011, 12:00 am

Q: I wobble all around in the swing. How can I get my balance back on track?

- Connor Evers

A: Keeping good balance during the swing is essential to consistent shot making. The slightest loss of balance creates all sorts of difficulties getting the club squarely on the back of the ball. There is an easy exercise to help your balance as you swing. Place your feet together and start swinging to and fro. If you have any balance issues you will start to wobble about. You can hit balls this way or take a few practice swings before each shot; it nearly always helps. Good luck.

Q: Thanks to you, I have improved my slice. When I drive the ball now, it travels in a straight line with good distance, but unfortunately now it usually lands twenty yards or more to the right of my intended target. This is frustrating, for I seem to have solved one problem and now I have another one to overcome. Could you help me with this?

- David R. (Green Valley, AZ)

A: You have obviously taken the curve/spin off the ball. I am assuming you are right-handed, so the shot you are dealing with is now a straight push. The first thing to try is to put the ball more forward in your stance, opposite the left heel. This should help immediately. If the ball still pushes to the right, try to feel the 'firing' of the right shoulder from the top of your swing through to the target. This should help; good luck.

Q: I am struggling with my hybrid clubs. I tend to hit a low penetrating hook, producing a shot that won't hold the green. How do I fix this?

- Bob Provost

A: Bob, low hooks that will not hold the green suggest a closed and de-lofted clubface at impact. I would suggest you start with your grip. At setup, try placing the palms on the side of the grip, as though you were going to clap hands with the club. The palms should feel vertical to the ground. This will probably feel like a 'weak' position compared to your norm, but should lead to a higher ball flight and one that doesn't hook.

Q: What is the right way to 'warm up' for a round of golf? Is it necessary to hit the driving range or practice chipping/on the putting green first? Are there stretches I should do? Thank you.

- Jon L. (Yuma, AZ)

A: There seem to be many different ways good players do this. Some putt first, hit the driver last. Some stretch first, start with short irons, hit mid irons, then some drivers, then putt. Make note though, I don't know of many good players who start with the driver first, so don't do that. If you only have limited time, I would suggest some gentle stretches and some chips and putts, and if you have time, some mid-irons. You will almost always start your round better if you have a pre-round warm up. Good luck.

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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.

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Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.

The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. 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. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.

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.

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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