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Friday, October 18, 2013

Tying Up Some Instructional Loose Ends

If you read the comments on my blog, you're probably familiar with Phil Clare's name. Phil comments on a lot of my posts -- often more than once on any given post -- and the comments are usually video links. When Phil started doing it, I originally made "thank you" comments until I realized that you'd be sorting through a lot of useless "thank you" clutter... so I stopped, figuring I'd done it enough that Phil knew I appreciated his input. (In case you didn't know, Phil, I do. Thanks.)

Anyway, Phil left several video comments on my Giving Your Ball a Wedgie post from a few days back and I wanted to bring a couple of the comments to your attention. Phil's comments are often videos that are related to but not the exact same topic. There were two of them on this post, like the Big Break video that shows how to "chip" the ball with a hard full swing (yes, it's a trick shot) and the Grand Slam of Golf highlight shots that includes some short game shots. Since the "wedgie" post was about a different way to play a difficult pitch, you can see how these are related to the topic.

It's the other two comments I wanted to focus on since they go so well with other posts I've done recently.

The 4th video comment (yes, there were 4 on this post) Phil mentioned is from GC's Morning Drive. It shows a drill Jason Dufner gave Michael Breed to help make better contact with your irons, and John Cook's commentary about the same drill (which he and other players use). The downswing of the drill looks quite a bit like what Scott Munroe is doing in the "wedgie" video, although Scott doesn't swing through the ball like Jason does. It's a drill that can help short game shots but is aimed more at full iron shots. Those of you who followed my How to Hit a Draw series (links to those posts are on my Some Useful Post Series page) may find this drill also helps you improve your weight shift when hitting a draw.

The other video comment -- the one with "norman" in the url -- references a School of Golf video about Greg Norman's chipping style. Martin Hall also referred to this technique in his short game episode of School of Golf this past Wednesday. (As an aside, Hall talked with a biomechanics researcher about short game techniques on the show... and I was pleased to discover that what I've been telling you all is very close to what his research shows is the best way to do it. I didn't have his research, but my instruction only differed in some small ways that I found to be more consistent for weekend players who don't have a lot of time to practice.)

The technique in this video is very different from what's in the "wedgie" video -- which is why I think Phil put it there -- but it's very similar to the technique in the New School Pitching post, so you might want to compare the two. (The tip in that post came from teacher Brady Riggs.) And since both of them focus on using the bounce of your wedge when making the pitch, you might want to look at A Rakish Approach to Sand Play, a post I did on using a rake to practice using the bounce. (That tip in that post came from Charlotta Sorenstam.)

I wanted to mention those two videos specifically but, as I said, Phil frequently puts neat videos in the comments section. So if you haven't been checking the comments, you might want to skim through and look for Phil's name. Some of the videos are pretty neat. (And some are just plain entertaining.)

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