Gravity “Apple Drop” Green-Side Golf Shot

Nasty lies around the green don’t have to ruin your golf score, you just need the right technique to get the ball close. In this video golf tip, award winning PGA Pro Marc Minier will show you a great way to get the ball up and down, even if it’s caught in deep rough next to the green.

Before we dig into this golf tip you need to know that when Marc says “decel” he is talking about decelerating the club.

Having the golf ball in deep rough a few yards from the green can be a really tough shot. Most golfers are worried that if they swing hard enough to cut through the grass they will overshoot the green.

On the other hand some golfers will chose to take a short back swing and accelerate through impact. This type of shot has its own set of problems including stubbed shots. Relying on your arm power to push through the grass and accelerate through impact is a bad move. You never know what that grass is hiding, and if you hit the ground unexpectedly your club is coming to a stop.

As you saw in the video, the golf shots described above are not very good for this situation.

There is, however, an effective way to get out of thick rough by the green without the chance of way overshooting or stubbing the golf shot, and it’s easy. Simply take the club back and drop it down on the back of the ball “pinching” it out of the rough lie.

You don’t need to worry about your follow through. It simply doesn’t matter. The great thing about this type of shot is that it is consistent and repeatable. This is especially true if you focus on letting the weight of the club do the work.

After a bit of practice with this golf shot you’ll know exactly how far back to take the club for different distances.

The other important factor in this type of golf shot is your club choice. As Marc Minier explained in the video the worse your lie (deeper the rough), the more loft you want.

Choosing a high lofted club, like a 60 degree wedge, allows you to get aggressive and de-loft the club, while not worrying about hitting the golf ball farther than needed.

As always I hope you enjoyed this tip. For more great golf tips from 2006 Southern California PGA teacher of the year Marc Minier Click Here.

For Better Golf,
Doc O’Leary, Head Golf Nut OHP

How Flying Wedges Can Lower Your Golf Score

Hey it’s Doc O’Leary here with another free golf video for you. Improving your golf short game is all about consistency. Once you develop a consistent chip shot you can start predicting the trajectory and distance of these shot and start getting closer to the pin.

To develop this kind of consistency in your chip shots you have to eliminate bad habits.

One of the most pervasive bad habits is using the wrists during these short chip shots. Using the wrists introduces all sorts of problems. Yes, you may hit an amazing shot every once in a while if you use your wrists while chipping, but overall you will not be consistent and you’ll have a hard time shaving strokes off your golf scores.

This golf drill in this video is all about learning to chip with your pivot, not with your arms or wrists.

To teach this Bobby Schaeffer likes to use the concept of the “flying wedges.” To avoid confusion I’m going to go more into depth about what those wedges are. He explains it more fully in another part of this instructional DVD.

Basically if you put your arms and hands in the proper impact position (as shown at the beginning of the clip) the club shaft will make two very important angles (flying wedges) with your arms.

The first flying wedge is most obvious. There should be a fixed angle (wedge) between the handle of the golf club and your right forearm. This wedge is nice and wide. It’s stable and by maintaining this wedge you’ll also have to keep your right elbow bend and in toward your body.

The second flying wedge is less obvious. There will be a smaller fixed angle between the very end of the golf club handle and the underside of your left forearm. This angle (wedge) only exists when you are choked down on the golf club a bit.

By focusing on keeping these flying wedges fixed throughout your golf chip shots you’ll be forced to use your torso and core pivot to move the golf club. This is exactly what you want.

The drill using two golf clubs, one under your arm pit, takes this concept to the next level. It prevents you from using your wrists even if you want to.

By taking your wrists out of the equation your golf chip shots will start improving dramatically, and so will your ability to score around the greens.

This clip came to you from Bobby Schaeffer’s Beyond Long DVD package. For access to the whole program click here.

For Better Golf,
Doc O’Leary
Head Golf Nut, OHP

Eliminate Impact Fallout [idiot proof tip]

Hey Hotlist Member,

Like most things in golf chipping is all about consistency. Knocking the ball six inches from the pin once in a great while is worthless if you can’t get it close on a regular basis.

Using your wrists is hands down the biggest mistake golfers make when chipping. Using your wrists in a chipping stroke is not only unnecessary, it’s also the number 1 source of duffed shots and double bogeys around the green.

You don’t use your wrists in a putting stroke because you need that stroke to be dead accurate and repeatable. The chip shot is no different. That’s why the video I’ve included above is so important.

The technique may be a bit unorthodox but it works. Your buddies may snicker the first time you use it but when you’re consistently knocking your chip shots in a 4 foot radius of the hole they’ll change their tune real quick.

Okay on to the actual technique. To make your chip shots consistent and repeatable you want to take your wrists completely out of the action. And for short chip shots you’ll be taking your hips out of the action too. All the movement comes from rotating your shoulders.

This technique starts with a special grip on the golf club.

Start by placing your left hand at the very bottom of the grip, where the rubber meets the steel. Allow the grip to rest along your left forearm. Now there should be a slight gap between the grip and your left wrist. This little gap is where you grip the club with your right hand.

Your right hand is there to stabilize the club and press it into your left arm so that your left wrist stays flat. This grip will keep the golf club and your wrists in the proper impact position through the whole swing.

This technique adds consistency because it doesn’t rely on you getting in the proper position for one brief moment. The perfect position is there the whole time.

Now that you’ve got the grip down, the next step is swinging the golf club by rotating your shoulders. Your arms and hips should not be involved. It should feel like your arms and shoulders are locked into a triangle.

This is where the consistency comes from. Now the only variables in your golf chip shots will be how far back you rotate your shoulders and the loft of your golf club.

It may take you a few strokes to get a feel for how much rotation you need to get the ball a certain distance, but after that your golf chip shots will be dead accurate, follow a predictable trajectory every time, and get close to the pin on a regular basis.

This tip can be a real game changer for you.

Sometimes I can’t believe I’m giving away such great info for free. Luckily the DVD package this tip came from is so jam packed with great golf instruction I can give little nuggets like this away and not worry too much about it.

If you want to get a hold of the parts of Bobby Schaeffer’s Walk Through Power that I just can’t stomach giving away for free check out:

Walk Through Power DVD Package

Go ahead check it out now. Your buddies will hate you for it.

For Better Golf,
Doc O’Leary
Head Golf Nut, OHP