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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Fred Griffin Short Game Tip: Practice 85 Yard Shots to Make More Birdies

Fred Griffin Short Game Tip: Practice 85 Yard Shots to Make More Birdies

Fred Griffin: Short Game Tip

Fred Griffin is the director of the Grand Cypress Academy of Golf in Orlando, Florida. In his tenure of teaching Fred Griffin has earned some serious recognition as Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher, Golf Digest Top 50 Teacher, and Golf Digest Top Teacher in the state of Florida, 1988 North Florida PGA Section Teacher of the Year and 2009 East Central Chapter Teacher of the Year. Golf Life caught up with Fred Griffin at the Grand Cypress Golf Academy in Orlando Florida for a great short game tip on approach shots with your wedges.

 

Shawn Cox Bunker Tip

Shawn Cox Bunker Tip

Getting Out of the Bunker With Shawn Cox

Shawn Cox is the Director of Golf at the Grand Golf Club in Del Mar, CA. Too many times we get into situations where we are left with a “Fried Egg” lie in the bunker. The “Fried Egg” is when half of the ball is fully engulfed by the sand and the other half is out of the sand. This lie is extremely tough to get out of, especially when you have an uphill or downhill angle.

The biggest problem with this lie is getting the ball to stop on the green. A lie like this can cause a lot of “run” because there is not a lot of ball to work with to create spin. Using the “recoil” shot from Shawn Cox is a method that deadens the ball so it has a chance to stop. Essentially, we are making the ball “float” out of the bunker instead of your regular bunker shot.

Check out the video above to learn exactly how to hit the “recoil” shot for a “Fried Egg” lie. He has other ways of getting out of the bunker, so make sure you check it out!

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Mike Malaska Chip Tip

Mike Malaska Chip Tip

Mike Malaska Chip Tip

Mike Malaska is back at it again, this time with a short game chipping tip! Many times, when we get into a situation where we want to get the ball in the air, we are unsuccessful. This is because our goal and our task are the same. If our goal is to get the ball in the air, our task has to be “how to get the ball in the air.” Mike Malaska demonstrates this concept with a chipping tip when the ball is on the fringe of the green.

Mike Malaska starts off with assessing the problem. The problem is that he needs to get the ball in the air, over the rest of the fringe so the ball lands on the green softly. The best way to do this is to draw a line on the equator of the ball. Have that ball sit on the grass with the equator of the ball level with the ground. Draw a small dot on your wedge on the 4th groove. When that is completed, you have figure out your task and your goal. In this situation, his goal is to get the ball in the air and land softly on the green. His task is not to get the ball in the air, rather, connect the dot on his wedge to the line on the golf ball. By completing his task, he will complete his goal by getting the ball in the air.

Check out the full video above to learn more about how to be more successful around the greens. By figuring out your goal and your task first, you will be more successful with shots like this.

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Short Game Tip With Craig Stadler

Short Game Tip With Craig Stadler

Downhill Chip Short Game Tip

Craig Stadler has been around the PGA Tour for many years and recently making his comeback on the Champions Tour! Stadler got his start in golf in 1973 when he turned professional after attending USC. Craig has been the winner major tournaments like the 1982 Masters, the 1982 World Series of Golf and the 1991 Tour Championship! It has been no secret that Stadler has made his name for himself in the game of golf after appearing in the hit Blockbuster “Tin Cup” in 1996. With many years in the business and a lot of money won, Stadler has tons of information to help the ammeter golfer out! In this particular short game tip, Craig shows us how to over come a downhill chip with water and how to properly navigate the green in situations like this!

The first thing that Craig points out in this short game tip is to recognize your surroundings. He is on a downhill lie with water on the other side causing fear in the club choice and how to strike the golf ball.  He shows us what not to do, by hitting the golf ball in the water the first time, then makes the adjustment you need to make to the golf ball lands soft on the green and close to the pin.

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Bunker Tip: 3 Keys with Glenn Deck

Bunker Tip: 3 Keys with Glenn Deck

Golf Life headed out to Pelican Hill Golf Club to get golfing tips from a bunker from top teacher Glenn Deck.  The setup is always the first and most important aspect to starting a great bunker shot. Next, slightly open the club face up.  The second thing is to focus on an area three feet left of the flag stick.  With that open club face, you ball is naturally going to go right. The last thing we do is have your shaft at a forward lean to it and hit the sand. Throw the sand on the green. If you follow this simple bunker tip, you are sure to have an easier time getting up and down for that par! Learn more about the short game right here at golflife.com!

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