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Dave's Daily Tip:      5/23/2015

Before you decide on what short game shot to hit on the golf course, you must make several (sometimes many) other decisions. These decisions depend upon how good or bad your lie is, what kind of compensations will you have to make to hit the ball solidly, what is the distance to the target, what trajectory will work the best, and what swing key do you need to be thinking about. Every shot requires a different line of thinking, which is one of the challenges and one of the charms of the game. Nevertheless, as you mull over the answers to these questions, you must make all of your shot and swing decisions and – most importantly – commit to them. Commit to your decisions, and trust them. Because to trust is a must, and to bail (out) is to fail!

Read more about this in Dave Pelz's Short Game Bible, Chapter 5.

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Should you Try Left-Hand-Low Putting?

Almost every golfer grips the putter with their right hand below their left. It's a natural arrangement, mostly because it's the way you grip your irons and woods. But for some of you, gripping your putter with your right hand low causes missed putts.

First, a right-hand-low grip positions your dominant hand in a dominant position on the handle, which can cause problems. In putting, the low hand is the power hand—it dictates the action when you putt. Worst-case scenario for some? Your too-dominant right hand flicks the putterhead through impact, shuts the putterface, or both—and you miss putts you should make.

Second, a right-hand-low hold at address tends to drop your right shoulder significantly below your left (left photo, above). When hitting your driver, tilted shoulders at setup are important, because they promote an upward strike, creating the optimal conditions of low launch and high spin. When putting, however, tilted shoulders make it difficult to follow-through, leading to a jabbing motion instead of a smooth stroke.

So if you miss a lot of putts that you think you should make, or you feel like you're "hitting" the ball instead of stroking it, buck the conventional and putt left-hand low. How? Just reverse the position of your hands on the handle. It's that simple! Placing your dominant hand in this new, passive position won't overpower your stroke. It will add balance and help even out your shoulders. It may also provide the touch and consistency you've been missing on the greens. When your shoulders are parallel to the green (above, right), your backstroke and through-stroke move more like a pendulum, freeing your right arm to extend your stroke down the line and decreasing the chances that you'll make a speed-killing jab at the ball.

This grip isn't new. Dozens of PGA Tour players like 2015 Master champion Jordan Spieth, have used it over the years, but I don't see enough of it in the amateur ranks. It's time for a left-hand-low wake-up call. The benefits of putting this way won't materialize overnight, but be patient—if the change isn't right for you, you can always go back to your conventional grip. In my experience, however, many who "go low" never give it up. The improvement is real and lasting. The proof is more one-putts and increased confidence on the greens.

While we’re talking putting, check out this “Pelz Corner” video on Putting Drills:

Play the Best Golf of Your Life:
Join Us at a Summer School

What matters most to us? Improving your scores and enjoyment of the game! Our staff spends every day working with golfers to turn their plans and goals into proven abilities that foster a lifetime of lower scores. We strive to make every golfer’s golf experience rewarding, fun and keenly targeted on serious improvement. Make 2015 your best year in golf. Get the most out of the game: have the most fun, hit your best shots and shoot your best scores!

If you’re not playing to your peak potential, visit an upcoming school and our expert staff will help you discover the best route to lasting improvement. Golfers lose 80 percent of their shots to par inside of 100 yards. If we can help you playing better chips, putts, pitches, sand and wedge shots, your scores will certainly improve. “If you’re playing better and your scores are improving, the game is fun,” says Dave Pelz. “We focus on the shots that most affect your scores because we know your scores will improve if your shot patterns improve in this critical scoring zone.”

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upcoming school in Florida, Georgia, California, New York, Oregon, Maryland or Michigan. We’re ready to help you learn the short game and putting skills that bring confidence, consistency and skill to your game. Sign up today for Three Days That Will Change Your Game Forever.

Click here to learn about our “Bring a Friend” discount for three-day school enrollees.

Click here to see our full offering of upcoming schools, including:

Chateau Elan Winery & Resort, Atlanta, GA
Centennial Golf Club, New York, NY
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Pronghorn Resort, Bend, OR
Strawberry Farms Golf Club, Newport Beach, CA
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PGA National Resort & Spa, Palm Beach Gardens, FL

In Dallas? Meet Dave Pelz, David Toms
at PGA Tour Superstore Tuesday (5/19)

Dave Pelz is kicking off the “Pelz Putting Pad 9-Hole Challenge” in the three Dallas-area PGA Tour Superstores. Anyone can come into a Dallas-area PGA Tour Superstore and compete in a 9-Hole Putting Challenge on a platform designed by Dave Pelz for putting fun, improvement and competition. Top qualifiers at each store may compete in an end-of-month Putting Challenge for prizes. Watch the video below to learn more about this exciting event.

Tuesday, May 19, Dave Pelz and PGA Tour veteran David Toms will appear live at the Southlake PGA Tour Superstore location from 5 – 6:30 PM. The first 100 customers to arrive will receive a Cleveland hat and autographed photo. PGA Superstore says “Beat the Pro’s posted score in the putting contest and Win a $20 Cash Card.”

Click here for full details on this exciting event. Watch Dave Pelz’s invitation video below. He hope to see you Tuesday!

New York’s Sublime Centennial Golf Club

Dave Pelz is pleased to announce an exclusive offer to golfers in the New York area. Three-day sessions of the Dave Pelz Scoring Game School are typically only offered at Southern resort destinations, but this summer, Centennial Golf Club (Carmel, NY) is hosting our premier instructional offering. "Serious golfers should take advantage of our finest instruction program, our three-day school,” says Pelz. "Centennial is home to the four-acre learning facility I designed to help golfers dial in their skills from 100 yards and in. It’s the ultimate learning environment and it's right in your backyard!” Click here to book a one, two or three days of expert Pelz instruction. The five-acre Dave Pelz designed learning is unmatched in scenic serenity and in providing realistic shot values for golfers who are serious about improving their scores. Centennial Golf Club
May 20 – Sept. 7

The SYNLawn Advantage

A recent article on GOLF.com features the relationship Dave and Eddie Pelz have forged with SYNLawn Golf and how, together, the two brand have revolutionized the arena of backyard golf practice:

Dave Pelz’s backyard short-game playground is well-known in the world of golf. It has a level of prominence that only makes sense for the backyard of the man who authored The Short Game Bible. What isn’t well known, however, is how Pelz assembled his distinctive backyard.

There’s a company behind the grandeur: SYNLawn. Back in the summer of 2008, Pelz was looking for a turf company to purchase the most realistic turf he could find. He had already been affiliated with other synthetic turf companies. So he called SYNLawn for the job.

SYNLawn, which can be found in all 50 states as well as Canada, specializes in outdoor turf, landscape and playground surfaces with a successful golf branch. That’s why Pelz was interested. The turf led to building one green, which led to another and another and then many surrounding areas of fringe, fairway, and first-cut lengths of turf.

“It took months, maybe even a year,” says John Knox, manager of the SYNLawn golf brand. “They had to do some demolition back there...we moved a lot of dirt back there. Dave has some intricate designs that we don’t normally do.”

But SYNLawn made it work for Pelz, and now 100 percent of his backyard is SYNLawn products, even the sand seen in the bunkers.

Pelz's backyard is unique and far from the normal SYNLawn project. The typical job is a 1,000 square-foot green, which costs between $13,000 and $17,000. The price depends on specifics in design like humps, bunkers, fringe locations, etc. -- many adjustments that allow the owner creativity for however he or she wishes to transform their lot.

Watch a video of Dave describing his relationship with SYNLawn and the evolution of the “World’s Greatest Backyard.”:

“We go there, physically take the measurements and look at integrating the putting green into the design of the backyard,” Knox said. “If [the customer] wants a hump, or if they want a tier, these are various things we build into the base.”

That base is made of stone, and requires a specific level of excavation to drain precipitation correctly. Depending on the region -- the level of digging depends on the frost line -- there is a day of excavation and initial laying of the stone work. It will take one more day to finish the stonework before a final day of laying the turf in place.

In just a few days, a typical backyard can become a golf refuge. From there, maintenance is minimal. Knox says the leaf blower that already owns a place in the garage is all that’s needed to clean the turf. Any precipitation flows through pores in the turf and through the stone as well. Anything left on the turf is then blown away to keep the green clean.

“If leaves get on it, blow it off,” he says. “Literally that’s it.”

Nowadays, Pelz is not only an ambassador of the turf product but also a partner of the company. (His son now runs SYNLawn distribution in Austin, Texas.) Pelz even created a product of his own to layer beneath the turf to make the greens more receptive -- and act more similar to actual soil -- for longer-range approach shots.

His addition isn’t for everyone -- admittedly, not all SYNLawn clients have as much area as Pelz had to work with -- but the idea of a backyard green is catching on with others.

Just last week, a well-known golfer called in and eventually wrote a $70,000 check. It was six-time major champion Tom Watson.

Watch the video tour of Dave Pelz's backyard golf paradise here:

What do YOU Want to Improve Most in Your Game?

In speaking with many of our students recently, we’re reminded that every golfer has his own set of goals and needs for improvement. In the past few days, we’ve heard from folks who are “clueless about green-reading”, worried they might have the chip yips and some who are ready to start hitting wedge approaches to “kick-in” range. Three of them would like to win The U.S. Open next month!... We all have something in our short game and putting that could be better. What are your goals right now? Email us at askpelz.com and let us know what Short Game and Putting goals you would like to achieve in 2015.

If you have any questions or need any support with your game, don’t hesitate to reach out. We look forward to seeing many of you at an upcoming School or Clinic session.

Putting Tutor More Popular Than Ever

Hardly a business day goes by without our staff being asked about the Putting Tutor. A number of high-profile (and successful) players on the PGA and European Tours use the device regularly and many are seen with it on Golf Channel’s “On the Range” segments.

The Putting Tutor helps golfers improve their aim while groove a pure putting stroke with no excessive rotation or opening or closing of the club face. Additionally, the Putting Tutor helps golfers improve their greenreading skills. If you’re making a pure stroke that allows the golf ball to pass through the Tutor’s marble gates (without dislodging any) and the putt rolls on your intended line, you will see how well you read your putt and how well you controlled the putt’s speed. Once your stroke is solid, you simply adjust your aim and work on playing the right amount of break and making the putt at the proper speed.

Watch this video with co-developers Phil Mickelson and Dave Pelz to see the Putting Tutor in action. If you’re ready to try this groundbreaking learning aid, order yours here.

Pelz Students Deserve Special Treatment:

Our three day schools are hosted at some of the finest golf resort’s in the country. Check out some exclusive package offers currently available if you book your school visit soon. It’s always a great idea to extend your stay and get in some rounds of golf at these awesome locales:

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PGA Gold Golf PACKAGE INCLUDES: 1 round per person per day at The Palmer, Fazio, Squire, or Estates course, Upgrades available to The Champion course for a surcharge, Nightly deluxe accommodations in a standard hotel room with private balcony or terrace, Daily breakfast buffet per person, Complimentary bag storage, Complimentary unlimited practice balls during stay. Click here for more information.

A deluxe overnight room in the Inn at Château Élan, two rounds of golf plus cart and range balls on the Château course or Woodlands course and breakfast for two the following morning in the Versailles Restaurant or Golf Grille. Tee times are recommended at the time of booking. Click here for more information.

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