Dave Pelz: How Many Wedges to Carry

Dave Pelz: How Many Wedges to Carry

Dave Pelz, the legendary short game guru, gives us his take on how many wedges you should be carrying in your bag and why!

For 40 years, Dave Pelz has been involved in the game of golf in one way or another. Throughout his years, he has been known as the Short Game Guru, perfecting and teaching the short game side of golf. From top tour professionals like Patrick Reed to Phil Mickelson and the famous flop shot, Pelz has coached and worked with golf’s best! He also has developed his own golf school called Pelz Golf where he teaches the art of the short game and reading greens!


  • LEE JENZEN – 1998 U.S. Open Champion
  • TOM KITE – 1992 U.S. Open Champion
  • PHIL MICKELSON – ’04; ’06; ’10 Masters, ’05 PGA Championship, ’13 Open Championship
  • PATRICK REED – 2018 Masters
  • VIJAY SINGH – ’98;’04 PGA Championship, ’00 Masters



Learn what your divot says about your irons

Learn what your divot says about your irons

Golf Life visited The Kingdom at Taylormade Golf’s headquarters in Carlsbad, California for a fitting.  During our time we captured this great golf insight with master fitter Duane Anderson.  He describes how to look at your divots to determine if there are issues with your golf clubs, your setup and your swing.

Check out the video above and make sure you click around to see more golf lessons, drills and advice from Golf Life and our contributing Top Teachers. If you liked this golf tip, check out How to Make Solid Contact Video Golf Tip

How to Develop a Pre-Shot Routine

How to Develop a Pre-Shot Routine

We caught up with Shawn Cox, Director of Golf at the Grand Golf Club at Fairmont Grand Del Mar, near San Diego, California for some advice.  Shawn talks with us about his pre-shot routine and how gaining a proper sequence before hitting your shot can help you play better golf.

Check out the video above to learn more about how you can create a routine to play better. If you liked this golf tip, check out how to pick a teaching pro

Dave Pelz Chip Tip

Dave Pelz Chip Tip


Golf Life has had many opportunities to work with some of the best Golf Teachers in the country. We take pride in being able to bring golf instruction to our viewers in hopes that it may improve their golf game. Recently, Golf Life had the chance to check off one of our items off our bucket list by hitting golf balls in the one of the most amazing backyards at the home of the Short Game Guru, Mr. Dave Pelz. We brought our cameras and drone out to capture some amazing views of this legendary backyard. You can check out that video here!

You can’t hang out with Top Teacher Dave Pelz without getting some amazing advice on how to get better at golf. Dave didn’t get the nickname Short Game Guru by being just any golf teacher. Dave is considered one of the best in the game even working with Pros like Phil Mickelson. We asked Dave to give us a quick short game tip to share with all our viewers.

Dave Pelz Chipping Area

This wasn’t going to be just any golf tip though. He took us over to his practice chipping area in his backyard. Sandwiched in between some famous replicated golf holes. Dave and his son Eddie Pelz, created chipping areas with different distances. Dave basically has not only one of the best backyards EVER but also one of the best areas to practice his chipping game.

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Golf Tips to help when picking a Golf Pro

Golf Tips to help when picking a Golf Pro

Golf Tips to help you when it comes to picking a Golf Pro

Hi. I’m Shawn Cox.  And we sometimes get a question about “How should I start with lessons?” or “What should I do?”  Bigger problem is, is most people don’t come to the PGA professional first and ask that question. They just kind of ponder, and that’s why we don’t have a lot of people taking lessons, and we have a great need for more instruction in helping this game. So I’m gonna give you some golf tips on how to pick a golf instructor or program.

If you’re the type of person that’s maybe a little shy, we have facilities that might have a separate area, a golf academy, or this particular range is a two-ended driving range, so most people showing up to play today are warming up at that end of the range while I’m up here   working with you on your game. You don’t have to worry about other people watching you.  

Golf Tip Picking a Golf Pro

Second type of person that might be thinking about taking lessons is kind of more of a social golfer.   You want to look for programs that might be more of a clinic-based. You might want to sign up with a friend and the two of you do the lesson together. A little bit more fun, a little bit less judgment on each shot because maybe the instructor’s watching somebody else. You feel like you’re kind of going a little bit more of a social situation.  

Golf Tips Picking a Golf Pro

And the third type of person that might be looking for a lesson is a little bit more of that engineer type brain that’s looking for some sort of   technology, whether it be TrackMan or one of those 3-D systems where they put sensors on your body and they tell you every little pelvis and rotational angle and also maybe, you know, how’s your sequencing or stuff like that, that you may have thought about before but   weren’t sure. Those type of people also may like to pick an instructor that uses more of a computer-based system, where they put a Rory McIlroy on one side of the screen and they put you on the other, and they show you your swing in slow motion in the hundredth of a second so that you can see the differences and you learn more visual because you’re seeing yourself on camera versus another professional.

So that’s kind of the three groups of people. I would still go and maybe sneak around a little bit. What I mean by that is you go and maybe practice at a facility, watch the style of the instructor, see the types of students that they may have coming.   Are they more beginners?   Are they more advanced players? That can tell a lot about an instructor and the type of players that he’s comfortable or she’s comfortable with working with.

Golf Tips Picking a Golf Pro

So just use those little clues, and you can try the Internet. Sometimes the best instructors may not have a web page or be there, but they are popular, and you maybe have to ask a friend who they know about or where they can find one of the best in town. So, use my advice. We can all get better at this game. Even the guys on tour take lessons. We can all find somebody that fits our style, and we can all get better.

Kelly Stenzel Golf Swing Tip: Add Speed to Golf Swing

Kelly Stenzel Golf Swing Tip: Add Speed to Golf Swing

Featuring Kellie Stenzel

Not only is PGA Professional Kellie Stenzel a Golf For Women magazine Top-50 teacher and rated by Golf Digest as one of the top teachers in the state of New York, but since 2009 Kellie has been named each year one of the Top 100 Teachers in the nation by Golf Magazine.

Kellie has published three women’s golf books: “The Women’s Guide to Golf: A Handbook for Beginners,” “The Women’s Guide to Consistent Golf,” and “The Women’s Guide to Lower Scores,” in addition to being a contributing writer for Golf For Women and WorldGolf.com. She has a golf swing tip for golfers of all ages!

Originally from Geneva, New York, Kellie’s grandfather was a PGA Professional and her father played briefly on the PGA Tour. After graduating from high school, she attended Furman University in Greenville, S.C., and played four years of Division I Women’s golf. During her senior year at Furman, the team finished second in the nation at the NCAA finals.

In this video, you will learn a golf swing tip so you can gain added speed to your golf swing! Check out the video to see the full, in-depth video tip!

To connect with Kellie visit her website at kelliestenzelgolf.com

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