Q: On the tee, do you recommend teeing the ball up when using a club other than the driver?
- Joe P.
A: Short answer, I always tee the ball up if possible no matter what the club and this is a no-exception policy for me. I think just about all Tour pros do the same, except some will not use a tee if hitting a hybrid or 5-wood because they may hit the ball too high.
Q: I have volunteered at the Western Open/BMW Championship for many years, mainly as a standard bearer. At this year's Wednesday Pro-Am I walked with Matt Kuchar. I noticed he lifts his club off the ground and holds it there for a split second before taking it away on his backswing. Now, these guys are good and they've put in a great deal of time and effort to have a consistent swing. What would be the pros and cons of us weekend golfers, who rarely see a practice range, trying to do what Matt does? Thanks.
- Gene L. (Madison, WI)
A: A number of good players 'hover' the club head off the ground at setup; Nicklaus and Norman to name two. It promotes a smoother takeaway and very often a slower takeaway, both of which usually help. It is certainly not beyond the reach of any golfer to do this, but some still prefer to keep the club head resting on the ground at address. It really is something you need to try and see which works best for you. Good luck.
Q: I sometimes tend to let the driver slip or turn within my grip as I hit the ball. It is difficult to judge the proper pressure one should apply to the grip. Do you think a thicker grip on my driver would help me with this? Do you have some advice on how to judge the proper amount of pressure I should apply as I grip the club? I use the Ben Hogan interlocking grip.
- Nick N. (Germantown, TN)
A: I have found many times when the club moves in your hands that it is often because of an off- center hit, not too light a grip pressure. Try using a dry erase marker on the face of your club to help you detect where you are hitting on the clubface. If you see the hits are off-center, you have found the reason the hands slip on the club. If you hit in the center and the hands move, you can pinpoint the problem and then work on eliminating it. Good luck.
Q: I love your show! I am an avid golfer, but I have only been playing for a year. Now that I am being a tad more consistent, can you break down the pros and cons of a one-plane versus a two-plane swing? Thanks!
- Matthew H.
A: The one plane/two plane philosophy is the work of Jim Hardy, who has written two excellent books on the subject and has another coming out very soon. The one plane swing requires more flexibility but less timing as there is less clubface rotation in the hitting area and so theoretically will be more consistent. The two plane swing is more of a hand and wrist sling of the club head at the ball. It requires more timing but is probably easier on the body, especially as you get older and less flexible. Both can work equally well, both have won major championships. If you read Jim's first book you should get a sense of which suits you best. It’s called, 'Plane Truth for Golfers'. Good luck.
Class Continues Sept 27, 2011
LeBron's son tries golf, and he might be good at everything
LeBron James' son seems well on his way to a successful basketball career of his own. To wit:
But with just a little work, he could pass on trying to surpass his father and try to take on Tiger and Jack, instead.
Bronny posted this video to Instagram of him in sandals whacking balls off a mat atop a deck into a large body of water, which is the golfer's definition of living your best life.
If you listen closely, at the end of the clip, you can just barely hear someone scream out for a marine biologist.
Sponsored: Callaway's 'Golf Lives: Home Course'
In this original series, Callaway sets out to profile unique golf locations around the country based on their stories, communities and the characters that surround them. The golf cultures across the series are remarkably diverse, yet in all cases it's the course itself that unifies and ignites the passions of those who play.
“Golf Lives: Home Course” focuses on three distinct home courses across the country – one in D.C., one in Nebraska and one in Portland, Ore. All have very different golf cultures, but are connected by a deep love of the game.
Click here for a look at all three episodes in the series, as well as past Golf Lives films (check out the trailer below).
And here’s a breakdown of the three courses in focus:
Langston Golf Course (Washington, D.C.)
Opened in June 1939, Langston is steeped in a rich history. Known for its triumphant role in the desegregation of public golf, the course has been integral to the growth of the game’s popularity among African Americans. With its celebratory feel, Langston shows us golf is not unifies individuals, but generations.
Edgefield Golf Course (Portland, Ore.)
The air is fresh, the beers are cold and the vibes are electric at Edgefield. You'd be hard pressed to find a more laid back, approachable and enjoyable environment for a round. Overlooking stunning panoramic views of northeast Portland, two par-3 pub courses (12 holes and 20 holes) wind through vineyards, thickets of blackberry bushes and a vintage distillery bar. All are welcome at Edgefield, especially those who have never swung a club.
Wild Horse Golf Club (Gothenburg, Neb.)
In 1997, the locals and farmers living in the tight-knit town of Gothenburg decided to build a golf course. A bank loan, a couple of tractors, and a whole lotta sweat-equity later, their prairieland masterpiece is now considered one of the best in the country. Wild Horse is the soul of the community, providing unforgettable memories for all who play it.
Pepperell likely sews up Masters invite via OWGR
Eddie Pepperell received a trophy for his win Sunday at the British Masters, but another prize will be coming in the mail at the end of the year.
Pepperell held on to win by two shots at rainy Walton Heath, giving him his second win of the year to go along with a pair of runner-ups. The Englishman started the year ranked No. 133 in the world and was as low as 513th in May 2017. But with the win, Pepperell jumped 17 spots to a career-best 33rd in the latest world rankings.
It means that Pepperell, who finished T-6 at The Open while fighting a hangover in the final round, is in line to make his Masters debut next spring, as the top 50 in the world rankings at the end of the calendar year become exempt into the season's first major.
Another player now in the mix for that top-50 exemption is Emiliano Grillo, who went from 62nd to 49th with a T-2 finish at the PGA Tour's CIMB Classic. Grillo has played in two Masters but missed this year's event. Marc Leishman moved up eight spots to No. 16 with his win in Malaysia, while T-2s result moved Chesson Hadley from 75th to 60th and Bronson Burgoon from 162nd to 102nd.
There were no changes among the top 10 in the latest rankings, with Dustin Johnson still ahead of Justin Rose, Brooks Koepka, Justin Thomas and Rory McIlroy. Francesco Molinari remains in sixth, with Bryson DeChambeau, Jon Rahm, Rickie Fowler and Jordan Spieth rounding out the top 10.
Both Koepka and Thomas are in the field at this week's CJ Cup in South Korea, where they will have an opportunity to overtake Johnson for world No. 1.
With his next competitive start unknown, Tiger Woods stayed at No. 13 for another week.
USGA, R&A unveil new limits on green books
Following a six-week feedback period, the USGA and R&A unveiled a new interpretation of the Rules of Golf and the use of green-reading materials on Monday.
The interpretation limits the size and scale of putting green books and any electronic or digital materials that a player may use to assist with green reading.
“We’re thankful for everyone’s willingness to provide feedback as we worked through the process of identifying a clear interpretation that protects the essential skill of reading a green, while still allowing for information that helps golfers enjoy the game,” said Thomas Pagel, the USGA’s senior managing director of governance.
Players will be allowed to continue to use green-reading books beginning in 2019, but the new interpretation will limit images of greens to a scale of 3/8 inch to 5 yards (1:480), and books can be no larger than 4 1/4 inches by 7 inches (pocket-sized). The interpretation also bans the use of magnification devices beyond normal prescription glasses.
The USGA and R&A will allow for hand-drawn notes in green books as long as those notes are written by the player or their caddie. The rule makers also dropped a proposal that would have limited the minimum slope to four percent in green-reading material.
“These latest modifications provide very practical changes that make the interpretation easier to understand and apply in the field,” Pagel said.