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.

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Horschel (68) builds on momentum at Valero

By Will GrayApril 20, 2018, 12:32 am

Billy Horschel only ever needs to see a faint glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel.

While some players require a slow ascent from missed cuts to contending on the weekend, Horschel's switches between the two can often be drastic. Last year he missed three straight cuts before defeating Jason Day in a playoff to win the AT&T Byron Nelson, a turnaround that Horschel said "still shocks me to this day."

The veteran is at it again, having missed five of six cuts prior to last week's RBC Heritage. But a few tweaks quickly produced results, as Horschel tied for fifth at Harbour Town. He wasted no time in building on that momentum with a bogey-free, 4-under 68 to open the Valero Texas Open that left him one shot behind Grayson Murray.

"I'm a big momentum player. I've got to get the train moving forward," Horschel told reporters Thursday. "I've always been a guy who gets on a little roll, get that train moving and jump into the winner's circle. So yeah, it would have been great to win last week, but it was just nice to play four really good rounds of golf."

Many big names tend to skip this week's stop at TPC San Antonio, but Horschel has managed to thrive on the difficult layout in recent years. He finished third in both 2013 and 2015, and tied for fourth in 2016.

With a return next week to the Zurich Classic of New Orleans where he notched his first career win in 2013 and a title defense in Dallas on the horizon, Horschel believes he's turning things around at just the right time.

"Gets the momentum going, carry it into this week, next week, which I've had a lot of success at," Horschel said. "Really the rest of the year, from here on in I have a lot of really good events I've played well in."

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Three years later, PXG launches new iron

By Golf Channel DigitalApril 19, 2018, 11:22 pm

Three years is a long time between launches of club lines, but Bob Parsons, founder and CEO of PXG, says his company had a very good reason for waiting that long to introduce its second-generation irons.

“Three years ago, when we introduced our first generation 0311 iron, we made a commitment that we would not release a product unless it was significantly better than our existing product,” Parsons said. “:Our GEN2 irons are better than our GEN1 irons in every respect. We believe it’s the best iron ever made, and the second-best iron ever made is our GEN1 iron.”

PXG’s 0311 GEN2 irons, which officially went on sale today, feature what the company says is the world’s thinnest clubface. They have a forged 8620 soft carbon steel body and PXG’s signature weighting technology. The hollow clubheads are filled with a new polymer material that PXG says not only dampens vibration, but also produces higher ball speeds and thus more distance.

The irons come in four “collections” – Tour Performance, Players, Xtreme Forgiveness and Super Game Improvement.

Cost is $400 per iron, or $500 for PXG’s “Extreme Dark” finish. Price includes custom fitting. For more information, visit www.pxg.com.

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Maggert and Parnevik lead at Bass Pro Shops

By Associated PressApril 19, 2018, 10:49 pm

RIDGEDALE, Mo. - Jeff Maggert and Jesper Parnevik shot an 8-under 63 in better-ball play Thursday to take the first-round lead in the PGA Tour Champions' chilly Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf.

''It was very relaxing for me because I felt like terrible,'' Parnevik said. ''I was so stiff this morning. It was freezing cold. I thought if I can just try to make some pars in case he ever makes a bogey, but I didn't even have to do that.''

Playing together for the first time in the team event, Maggert and Parnevik eagled the par-5 eighth and had six birdies in the cool and breezy conditions on Big Cedar Lodge's Buffalo Ridge course.

''We play well together,'' Maggert said. ''We both contributed a lot. Jesper had a lot of birdies and an eagle on our final nine. It was so cold this morning, I just was going to come out and just try to hit fairways and greens. Really I wasn't thinking about making birdies, I was just trying to play steady and give myself an opportunity to have some birdie putts.''


Full-field scores from the Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf


The next three rounds will be played on par-3 courses. Maggert and Parnevik will play the 18-hole Top of the Rock on Friday and Sunday, and the 13-hole Mountain Top on Saturday.

Mark Calcavecchia and Woody Austin were a stroke back. They also eagled No. 8. Austin won the 2016 title with Michael Allen. Calcavecchia won the Boca Raton Championship this year.

''I lucked in a few birdies on the back, but it was tough, tough conditions,'' Calcavecchia said. ''Even when it warmed up a little bit, it was still tough to make birdies out there. All in all, 7 under's a pretty good start.''

Bernhard Langer and Tom Lehman were at 65 along with Davis Love III-Scott Verplank, 2015 winners Billy Andrade-Joe Durant, Paul Broadhurst-Kirk Triplett and Steve Flesch-David Toms.

''We kind of brother-in-lawed or ham-and-egged it or partnered it,'' Love said. ''Neither one of us were playing great, but we had one guy in every hole and that's kind of what you have to do. We're going to have to go to the par 3 courses and get two birdie putts on a hole is what you really want to do and we didn't do that enough today.''

Flesch won the Mitsubishi Electric Classic last week for his first senior title.

Madison, Wisconsin, friends Steve Stricker and Jerry Kelly were tied for 22nd at 68.

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Dredge, Quiros share early lead in Morocco

By Associated PressApril 19, 2018, 8:41 pm

RABAT, Morocco - Bradley Dredge reeled off three birdies in his last five holes to share the lead with Alvaro Quiros after the opening round of the European Tour's Trophee Hassan II event Thursday.

Quiros finished with two straight birdies as the big-hitting Spaniard joined Welshman Dredge on 5-under-par 67.

Dredge, who made seven birdies in all, has won twice before but his last triumph came in 2006.


Full-field scores from the Trophee Hassan II


Quiros, who has claimed seven victories, last won at the Rocco Forte Open in Sicily last year.

The joint leaders have a one-shot advantage over Oliver Fisher, Joakim Lagergren, Erik Van Rooyen and Lorenzo Gagli at the Royal Golf Dar Es Salam course.

Former U.S. Masters champion Danny Willett, without a win since his victory at Augusta two years ago, opened with a 1-over 73.