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Video Lesson Series

I will be posting a series of video lessons on this web page. The first video talks about the Marriage of Golf Instruction and the Equipment that you use. Several more videos are in the making so be sure to check this page again. If your are interested in being contacted when I post a new video lesson send me an email and I will contact you when new lessons are posted
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Gary discusses how properly fit golf equipment and PGA golf Instruction go together like a happy marriage Golfers need:
  • Golf Clubs that fit!
  • PGA Golf Instruction
  • "Marriage" between both
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A proper golf grip is when two hands work together to form One Grip. (Instead of two hands fighting each other) Points to remember:
  • The Ben Hogan Drill (left hand)
  • Position the right hand in the fingertips
  • Grip pressure not to exceed 65%
  • A balanced grips aids in releasing the club head.
  • V's formed by the thumb and forefinger point to the right shoulder.
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Proper alignment means, the clubface is aimed toward the intended target, and the body flow lines formed by the shoulders, hips, legs and feet, should be parallel to the target. (Called a parallel left alignment) Points to remember:
  • Always start the alignment process from behind the ball
  • Pick a spot in front of the ball about 3-feet away
  • Aim the club head-first
  • Align the body parallel-second
  • Always lay down two clubs to form a parallel teaching aid
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Correct posture allows the golf club to swing around the body, so that the shoulders, hips, arms and hands are able to move freely and efficiently to maximize club head speed. With bad posture, bad golf swings result! Great posture will give you great balance! Points to remember:
  • Bend 3 inches from the knees
  • Bend from the waist (make sure the football fits)
  • Make sure the back and neck stay in line
  • Maintain the same posture at1) Set-up2) During the Back swing3) Through the ball at impact
  • Arms hang to the ground & hips over heels
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The back swing is the product of having a good golf grip, proper parallal alignment and great posture. The back swing is built around a great shoulder turn and a short back swing. ! A Great Back Swing Includes:
  • 1) Turning the shoulders 90 degrees (back to the target)
  • 2) Hip only turns 25 degrees
  • 3) Weight stays on the inside of the right foot (no swaying laterally)
  • 4) Don't move legs laterally (don't bump the shaft stuck in the ground)
  • 5) Swing only to ten (10) on a clock with the left arm (short back swing)
  • 6) Use the tee, shaft or pencil drill so golf shaft is swung in a circle (plane) that points towards the golf ball.
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  • The downswing is like throwing a baseball
  • Start the downswing with the left hip turning
  • The arms will follow
  • The "TEE" drill (end of grip) is driven to the target line and then to the ball
  • Hands and arms cross causing both arms to "EXTEND" after impact
  • Ultimate goal is "ARM EXTENTION" through the ball
  • Hips , during the down swing, should stay "INSIDE" the two (2) shafts
  • End Results-finish on tip toe, eyes, stomach and right knee point to the hole--arms will support the club like holding a tray of PIZZA
  • 98% of the weight finishes on the left foot-hold the finish for 5-seconds
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  • Drill #1--Relax the upper body, hands and arm drill (Tug and Pull until the upper body relaxes)
  • Drill #2--Waggle--movement creates relaxation
  • Drill #3--Try the mondra- "Practice Swing" -Obey the sound, like dancing to the music.
  • Drill #4-- The first (1st) swing should never be the real swing -hit the ball on the third swing (take minimum of 2 previous practice swings)
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  • Chipping is used just off the putting surface
  • Use multiply clubs-7,8,9,pw or sw
  • Chipping is a one lever system (very little wrist)
  • The motion is slightly inside to inside (seldom straight back and through--as many will teach) Pick out a landing spot
  • Try the BLT--(B)ack-(L)ean & (T)ilt with open stance.
  • Feel like the handle of a broom is being pulled thru the ball
  • Try using a putting grip and putting stroke with chipping principles.
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  • Use some of the BLT--But ball is more in themiddle of the stance.
  • Pitching is a 1/2-swing that is more vertical but still inside to inside
  • The PW, Gap, SW or Lob wedge is preferred.
  • Weight is more toward the left foot. (Rt handed)
  • Angle of approach into the ball is steep-Downward motion is preferred depending on the firmness of the ground.(No lifting, hitting or scooping)
  • Use wedges with LESS Bounce if ground is hard--More if it is soft!
  • Pitching is a two-lever system---again pick a landing spot.
  • Both chipping and pitching-- the LEFT ARM "Must" be extended thru the ball.
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  • Use multiple sand wedges--PW (48degrees of loft) Gap (52 degrees of loft) SW (56 degrees) & Lob (60 degrees)
  • Each sand wedge has "Bounce" on the bottom of the sand wedge that skips the ball out of the sand bunker-Never dig it out-swing it out!
  • Swing smooth and easy.
  • Sand shots require a more vertical motion like drawing the letter "V"(clubhead)
  • The motion is inside to inside NOT out side to inside.
  • Hard sand use less bounce, 4-6 degrees.
  • Soft sand use more bounce, 8-12 or more degrees
  • Longer bunker shots use a 52 degree (lower)
  • Short bunker shots use a 56 or 60 degree (high)
  • Set-Up:Pick the correct wedge according to sand tecture and length of shot.
  • Stance open to about 40 degrees-beginners stay square.(Left)
  • Sand wedge slightly open--allows golfer to utilize more bounce.
  • Ball position slightly forward (or middle)
  • Weight on left foot slightly (75% left foot)
  • Swing:Swing twice as hard compared to a pitch shot. (drag takes place)
  • Hit about two inches behind ball. (see" egg drill")
  • Complete the finish-like a full golf swing.
  • Don't lift-it-out---let the clubhead do it.
  • REMEMBER the shaft finishes vertical or slightly right of the target--never release and swing the club head around your body
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  • 1) Distance is much more important than direction
  • 2) Try to roll long putts close to the hole (2-3 feet) There is too much pressure trying to make a 40-50 foot putt--be happy with a tap-in.
  • 3) The stroke "favors" a gate type motion because a putter has a lie of 72degrees NOT 90 degrees.
  • 4) Golfers that take a putter straight back and straight through "SELDOM" become a good putter.
  • 5) The set-up:>Eyes over the line. (not the ball) >Putter aims to the hole with feet and body aligning parallel. >Good posture-- >There are many putting grips-I prefer the "reverse overlap " >Hands "Hang" below shoulders. >Hips and heels are in alignment with each other. >Bend form the hips-slight bend in the knees. >"MAKE SURE the PUTTER FITS"-especially the length! >Ball position slightly forward (assist hitting up on the putt)
  • 6) Bonus comments:Get an O-Ball-make sure the circle rolls end-over-end. (A Must)Strokes should have similar rhythm no matter how long the putt. You do not have to make a putt-just do your very best and accept the results with a smile. Hit the putt on the third stroke-visualize and practice your feel on the first two. Stroke the putt and listen-golfers look-up way too soon (watch Tiger) Learn about ; into and down grain; breaking putts; types of grass and the term touch and feel. (online)
  • Drills:1) Look at the hole,2) Putt with your eyes closed and3) Putt with the right hand only. (Tiger's favorite)
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Bonus Golf Drills Part 1 of 2 by Gary Balliet This video is highly recommended. Shows a few easy golf drills to help you improve your swing, technique, balance and over all game. Gary teaching methods are very sensible, easy to understand and most of all non-intimidating. Gary is available for private lessons in the North Phoenix Area. top of page

Bonus Golf Drills Part 2 of 2 < by Gary Balliet top of page

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