golf column

Celebrate independence with a golf mnemonic

If you’re a golfer, I hope you get a bang out of this mnemonic created with golf terms around the phrase Independence Day, July 4th in order to celebrate our national birthday th ...

Curing a reverse pivot

“I’ve got a reverse pivot.” I often hear this complaint while teaching and when I ask students what that means to them, I get some confused answers. What does it really m ...

The ART of golf for juniors

School’s out for summer! Now’s the time to help juniors find something to do during the break, perhaps something that is a healthy physical activity, builds character, is fun a ...

Plane truth

The swing plane is defined as “the tilt and direction of travel of the inclined plane of the club shaft.” Unfortunately, the concept is a matter of confusion for many players. ...

Pitch ‘n’ Chips

The chip and run or “pitch shot” is one of the more important scoring shots in the bag. Since the swing is rather short, think of it as simply swinging the hands from pocket to ...

Getting connected

“Connection” in the golf swing is a valuable concept to understand in order to help create a well-timed athletic swing. Prominent PGA teacher Jimmy Ballard has always been th ...

Dealing with divots

A divot is the piece of sod that is displaced when the club strikes the ground and leaves a scraped depression in the soil below. I have had some interesting questions arise lately ...

Rules exist to help, not hinder game

The “Rules of Golf” is probably the most overlooked rulebook of any game around. Very few golfers have even ever seen the book, much less studied it. Most beginners just get in ...