10 Tips from December's Golf Magazine
The top 10 things in this month's issue of GOLF Magazine that will improve your game right now!
1. How to choose the right wedge
The question isn't if you should carry a lob wedge (you should!)
but when you should use it. Golf Magazine's December cover
story proves that you can hit the ball as much as 41 percent closer
when you pick the right club. Here's what we found:
• Pitch from fairway: Use lob wedge (41% closer)
• Pitch from rough: Use lob wedge (40% closer)
• Pitch from hardpan: Use sand wedge (34% closer)
• Chip from fairway: Use sand wedge (29% closer)
• Chip from uphill rough: Use sand wedge (29% closer)
• Standard bunker shot: Use lob wedge (34% closer)
• Deep-faced bunker shot: Use lob wedge (30% closer)
• Buried-lie bunker shot: Use either one
• Find out how to master all these wedge shots and get short-game tips from top Tour pros like Ernie Els.
2 of 10Leonard Kamsler
9. Dave Pelz's Short-Game Advice
On short shots around the green, should I pitch with
more loft or chip with less loft? Which is the right
Dave says: It varies, but there's a way to check for
your game. Hit 10 balls with each loft from several
different spots around a practice green. Notice
which loft leaves you with the most short putts. After
several sessions you'll begin to feel which club and
loft you have more confidence in. That's the best
shot for you.
• The Dave Pelz Vault
3 of 10Schecter Lee
8. Mizuno's New Driver
The Mizuno MP-600 has 16 grams of adjustable weight that can be set to
promote 15 count 'em, 15 different ball flights, a
boon for better players seeking to tweak the shape of their
drives. (If forgiveness is your first priority, Mizuno recommends
its MX-560.) The design of the MP-600 is novel in that its two
eight-gram weights don't screw in, they slide along a crescent-shaped
track that looks like a set of six teeth imprints in the
driver's sole. Need help hitting a draw? Simply loosen the
weights and slide them toward the heel, which helps close the
clubface at impact. Fancy a fade? Scoot the weights toward the
toe for the opposite effect. You can loosen, slide and tighten
the weights in 10 seconds with an easy-to-use wrench. Now if
only the Rules allowed you do that on every tee
• ClubTest | Equipment Finder
4 of 10David Bergman
7. How to Hit Greens From the Rough
As long as the ball isn't completely buried, you
don't need to back off, GOLF Magazine Top 100
Teacher Kevin Walker says. Play the ball in the
center of your stance with the majority of your
weight on your front foot. Take one more club and
open the face about 5 degrees. Swing the club up
abruptly and keep your weight over your front
foot. As you do that, rotate your forearms and cup your
left wrist. On your downswing, make your regular
move to the ball but exaggerate your release. It
should feel like you're throwing the clubhead at the
target. With this steeper swing and open clubface,
you should be watching your ball fly to the green.
• More tips from: Kevin Walker | The Top 100
5 of 10Darryl Estrine
6. The Rules Guy
Dear Rules Guy: After chipping in his second shot on a par 3, my pal called himself on a double-hit. How's that scored? Gary Winter, via e-mail
A: The double-hit ranks up there with the whiff among golf's greatest indignities, and the Rules offer little consolation. If you strike the ball more than once in the course of a stroke, you must count the stroke and add one penalty stroke, states Rule 14-4. Thus your friend made a bittersweet 3. The good news is that no matter how many times you strike the ball during the course of a stroke, you cannot be charged with more than two strokes, because a "stroke" is defined as the forward movement of the club, not the number of times the ball strikes the clubhead during that movement. If this is a Rule you have to apply frequently, Rules Guy suggests you take up tennis.
• More from the Rules Guy
6 of 10Schecter Lee
5. How to Stop Swinging Over the Top
When you slice, you know exactly why you swing
over the top. But how do you stop doing it? GOLF
Magazine Top 100 Teacher Steve Bosdosh has
the answer in his pocket:
Set up to a ball and imagine a friend grabbing your
right pocket. When you're
ready to start your backswing, feel your "friend" yank
your right hip away from the ball and behind you.
This hip action makes it difficult to swing over the
top. As you start down, feel a tug again, but this time
on your left hip. This will help you approach the ball
from the inside and hit a draw.
More tips from: Steve Bosdosh | The Top 100
7 of 10Monte Isom
4. Jim Furyk's Answers to YOUR Questions
This is YOUR interview with Jim Furyk in the
December GOLF Magazine. YOU asked the tough
questions. YOU got Jim to give you his best tips.
YOU brought our readers closer to one of the
Tour's most popular players. The best part: We
didn't have to pay YOU anything.
Jim, I need a good chipping tip. Any ideas? Dan Duncan, 33, Carlsbad, Calif.
Jim says: This sounds almost too simple, but it works. A mistake most amateurs make is they take their grip, then manipulate the clubface for the shot they want to hit open face for a flop shot, closed for a bump and run, and so on. Then when they swing, their hands want to return to square, which changes the shot. My advice is to set your body and clubhead up to the ball for the shot you want and then take your grip. That keeps your hands where you want them, so you won't manipulate the club.
• Read more of YOUR interview with Jim Furyk.
8 of 10Fred Vuich
3. How to Make a Money Stroke
GOLF Magazine Top 100 Teacher Tim Mahoney
has a foolproof way to make your putts roll
smoothly to the target, but
it'll cost you 35 cents. Stack a dime on top of a
quarter directly behind the ball on the target line. Hover your putter over the coins at
address and make your stroke. If your forward
stroke is solid, you'll miss the coins. (Don't cheat
by exaggerating a descending blow.) This drill
produces a slightly descending stroke that bottoms
out at the equator of the ball for an ultra-pure roll.
More tips from: Tim Mahoney | The Top 100
9 of 10Schecter Lee
2. The New Titlest NXTs
All golf balls are definitely not the same, but these
two have something in common: high expectations.
This photo is a cross-section view of Titlest's new
NXT Tour and NXT Extreme balls that replaced the
company's popular NXT Tour (at left) and NXT
models. (No, it's not a photo of the breakfast
special at the Salmonella Cafe.) GOLF Magazine put the new (and old) balls to our exclusive robot test and found the new NXT series has a slightly higher flight, it provides a slight bump in carry distance and for NXT Tour more spin with the sand wedge than its predecessor. Head-to-head, the new NXT Extreme is longer off the driver than new NXT Tour; the two new balls perform similarly with the 8-iron; and NXT Tour offers 3,500 rpm more backspin off a full sandwedge shot.
• See how they performed in our test.
10 of 10Corbis Outline
10. How Tiger makes the cup look bigger
Would you operate on these eyes? We talked to
Dr. Mark Whitten, the guy who's performed two
LASIK-eye-surgeries on El Tigre. So what was up,
Doc? "When (Tiger) sat up from the laster he
feigned blindness and then he smiled," Whitten
says. "I looked at him and said, 'You're kidding,
right?' A month later he won the Wachovia. He
said the cup looked bigger (laughs). Imagine how
everybody else felt about that."
• Read about the man who operated on Tiger.
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