Class Continues Nov 1, 2011

By Martin HallNovember 1, 2011, 11:00 pm

Q: I’m 15 years old and I‘m a pretty good golfer. I shoot mid to low 70's.   I have a tournament in early November and I just recently developed a horrible slice that I can’t shake off.  I seem to be going over the top on my downswing. Any drills that would help fix this problem in a hurry?

Trevor Hutchinson

A: Understand that with a slice, the club face is pointing to the right of your swing path when you hit the ball. Stop this and you stop your slice. The most obvious place to investigate would be your grip. Is your heel pad of your left hand on top of the club? When you glance down can you see 2 or even 3 knuckles of your left hand? If no, there’s your problem. Try taking the club away from the ball keeping the face looking at the ball for the first 2 feet of the takeaway. Hopefully one of these thoughts will do the trick and get you hitting a slight draw. Good luck.

 
Q: Martin. Love the show. I would like to know if there is a 'dominant eye' during the golf swing.  It seems to me that the eyes have their own plane.  I recall Jack Nicklaus looked like he cocked his head and looked at the ball with his left eye.  Am I delusional?

Michael Favicchio

A: Now that depends who you ask!!! Some of the eye doctors I have asked say yes, others say you just become accustomed to using one more than the other. I can say from a practical, down in the trenches point of view, looking at the ball more with the left eye and head turned back slightly seems to help if you tend to pull the ball to the left and swing out-to-in. Looking at the back of the ball with the right eye seems to help if you tend to push the ball or swing in-to-out. I find it is true also in putting. Good luck.

 
Q: This sounds very simple, but to a new golfer it isn’t.  On the tee, how high do you tee the ball?  Too high and the ball gets too airborne.  Too low and you hit a grounder.  HELP!

Joe Mooney

A: There are some players on the PGA TOUR who tee it low and others that tee it very high. As a general rule, when the driver head is on the ground the ball should be teed so that the top of the driver would reach the equator of the ball. The higher you tee the ball, the greater your potential for distance, but most times if the tour pro needs to get it in play they will tee it lower. Good luck.
 

Q: Martin, I enjoy your show.  I have a daughter receiving lessons from a PGA instructor.  While practicing, the instructor will always use the term “swing left”.  Can you possibly explain this concept to me without blowing up my head?
 
David (Phoenix)

A: Swing left means no more than swing back up the plane after impact. Some teachers see the swing as being on an inclined plane, others see it as an arc on the ground. The latter group tend to talk about swinging left after impact. For some this is a wonderful thought unless you start pulling and cutting the ball, then it has outlived its usefulness. Hope this helps.

Ogilvy urges distance rollback of ball

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 23, 2017, 8:49 pm

Add Geoff Ogilvy to the chorus of voices calling for a distance rollback of the golf ball.

In an interview before the start of the Emirates Australian Open, Ogilvy said a "time-out" is needed for governing bodies to deal with the issue.

"It's complete nonsense," he said, according to an Australian website. "In my career, it’s gone from 300 yards was a massive hit to you’re a shorter hitter on tour now, legitimately short. It’s changed the way we play great golf courses and that is the crime. It isn’t that the ball goes 400, that’s neither here nor there. It’s the fact the ball going 400 doesn’t makes Augusta work properly, it functions completely wrong.’’


Full-field scores from the Emirates Australian Open


Ogilvy used an example from American baseball to help get his point across to an Australian audience.

“Major League Baseball in America, they use wooden bats, and everywhere else in baseball they use aluminium bats,’’ he said. “And when the major leaguers use aluminium bats they don’t even have to touch it and it completely destroys their stadiums. It’s just comedy.

“That’s kind of what’s happened to us at least with the drivers of these big hitters; We’ve completely outgrown the stadiums. So do you rebuild every stadium in the world? That’s expensive. Or make the ball go shorter? It seems relatively simple from that perspective.’’

Ogilvy, an Australian who won the 2006 U.S. Open, said he believes there will be a rollback, but admitted it would be a "challenge" for manufacturers to produce a ball that flies shorter for pros but does not lose distance when struck by recreational players.

The golf world celebrates Thanksgiving

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 23, 2017, 6:01 pm

Here's a look, through social media, at how the golf world celebrates Thanksgiving.

Lexi Thompson:

Baking time!!

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David Feherty:

Jack Nicklaus:

GC Tiger Tracker:

Steve Stricker:

Golf Channel:

Frank Nobilo:

Ian Poulter:

Tyrone Van Aswegen:

Happy Thanksgiving: Biggest turkeys of 2017

By Grill Room TeamNovember 23, 2017, 3:00 pm

Thanksgiving brings us golf's biggest turkeys of the year. Donald Trump, Grayson Murray and a certain (now-former) tournament director headline the list. Click here or on the image below to check out all the turkeys.

Tributes pour in for legendary caddie Sheridan

By Randall MellNovember 23, 2017, 2:54 pm

Tributes are pouring in as golf celebrates the life of Greg Sheridan after receiving news of his passing.

Sheridan, a long-time LPGA caddie who worked for some of the game’s all-time greats, including Kathy Whitworth and Beth Daniel, died Wednesday in Indian Rocks Beach, Fla., at 63. He was diagnosed in July 2016 with brain and lung cancer.

Sheridan worked the last dozen years or so with Natalie Gulbis, who expressed her grief in an Instagram post on Wednesday:

“Greg…I miss you so much already and it hasn’t even been a day. 15+ seasons traveling the world you carried me & my bag through the highs and lows of golf and life. You were so much more than my teammate on the course…Thank you.”

Sheridan was on Whitworth’s bag for the last of her LPGA-record 88 titles.

“When I first came on tour, I would try to find out how many times Greg won,” Gulbis told Golfweek. “It’s a crazy number, like 50.”

Matthew Galloway, a caddie and friend to Sheridan, summed up Sheridan’s impressive reach after caddying with him one year at the LPGA Founders Cup, where the game’s pioneers are honored.

“Best Greg story,” Galloway tweeted on Thanksgiving morning, “coming up 18 at PHX all the founders were in their chairs. Greg goes, `Yep, caddied for her, her and her.’ Legend.”

In a first-person column for Golf Magazine last year, Gulbis focused on Sheridan while writing about the special bond between players and caddies. She wrote that she won the “looper lottery” when she first hired Sheridan in ’04.

“Greg and I have traveled the world, and today he is like family,” Gulbis wrote. “Sometimes, he’s a psychologist. Last year, my mom got sick and it was a distraction, but he was great. When I used to have boyfriend issues and breakup issues, he was my confidant. In a world where caddies sometimes spill secrets, Greg has kept a respectful silence, and I can’t thank him enough for that. He’s an extension of me.”

Four months after Gulbis wrote the column, Sheridan was diagnosed with cancer.

“The LPGA family is saddened to hear of the loss of long-time tour caddie, Greg Sheridan,” the LPGA tweeted. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and players he walked with down the fairways. #RIP.”

Dean Herden was among the legion of caddies saddened by the news.

“Greg was a great guy who I respected a lot and taught me some great things over the years,” Herden texted to GolfChannel.com.

Here are some of heartfelt messages that are rolling across Twitter:

Retired LPGA great Annika Sorenstam:

LPGA commissioner Mike Whan in a retweet of Gulbis:

Golf Channel reporter and former tour player Jerry Foltz:

Christina Kim:

LPGA caddie Shaun Clews:

LPGA caddie Jonny Scott:

LPGA caddie Kevin Casas:

LPGA pro Jennie Lee: