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Dave's Daily Tip:      10/25/2016

The putting ritual begins with a trigger, which is a unique move that tells you that you are ready to begin the process. The number of steps and actual motions of a ritual are up to you. The only requirements are that you repeat them the same way for every length putt and keep them in a consistent rhythm. My personal ritual occurs at 82 beats per minute (I know this because it feels right when I calibrate it to a Metronome). My ritual is as follows…
Trigger – After I complete my set up process, I lift my right thumb slightly off the putter, signaling to myself that as soon as my thumb re-sets, there is no turning back; my ritual has begun.
  1. “Down” – is my thumb re-setting onto the grip.
  2. “Look” – is my head swiveling down my Aim-line, visualizing my putt as it starts down my intended line.
  3. “Look” – this “Look” is the motion of my head swiveling back to the ball.
  4. “Back” – is the motion of my backswing.
  5. “Through” – is the motion of my follow-through.
  6. “Hold & Hold” – this step refers to holding my finish for a couple of counts to improve my opportunity to get feedback from my putt.
So I have: “Trigger, Down—Look—Look—Back—Through—Hold—Hold”

I suggest you not use my ritual, you need to create one of your own, one you feel natural with. I assure you it is worth a few minutes of your time, because all good putters putt with a pre-shot ritual, and you need one too!

Read more about this in Dave Pelz's Putting Bible, Chapter 11.

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Rolling with the Breaks

One of the reasons I love our synthetic turf projects like the indoor practice facility I helped design at Blessings Golf Club in Fayetteville, Ark., is that they really and truly mimic what you find on the course. The some of the practice greens at Blessings even have slopes as severe as four degrees. (Yep, that's a lot!) Moving your practice from flat greens to sloping ones is a powerful way to learn how to hole breaking putts.

In the photo at the top of the page, I'm practicing three six-foot putts you'll typically face on a sloping green: a downhill left-to-right breaking putt, a downhill right-to-left breaker, and a straight uphiller. I'm using three of my Putting Tutors to give me feedback on putt break and starting lines. By cycling through these putts while keeping my stroke fundamentals the same on every attempt, I learn that all putts are straight putts, which then either break away from their starting lines to the hole or stay straight. Either way, I groove my putting by stroking all putts with the same mechanics (switching only start lines and speeds in the event of a miss).

At first, this kind of practice may seem a little boring. It's actually a lot of fun and a true learning experience. The trial-and-error involved in cycling through putts with various speed and break requirements while keeping stroke fundamentals the same gives you priceless feedback. It teaches you how much putts actually break and how to aim correctly. It also provides a true vision of good speed control. Your mind absorbs these mini-lessons and learns a little from each one.

When you're done with six-footers, switch distances. In the above, I've set up a variety of three-, six-, nine- and 12-foot putts. Cycle through them as in the first drill, noting the speed and starting line required for each while sticking to your stroke fundamentals. Indoors or out, structuring your practice this way will make you the boss of all breaks.

Take a Sneak Peek at Our School

We understand the enthusiasm our Dave Pelz Scoring Game School students have after completing a school session. They’re eager to go play and use their improved scoring skills on the course. That gets us excited, too, because love hearing about great results. If you think you might be ready to take YOUR game to new heights, watch this video and see what other golfers are most pumped up about once they take our school:

Should You Use a Larger Putter Grip?

In a survey several weeks ago, we asked our readers about your putting styles. One of the responses that jumped out to us was how many of you use a larger-than-standard grip on your putter. In all, 53% of respondents either use a midsize or oversized putting grip.

Dave Pelz tends to side with this bunch. Watch this short video and see Dave discuss why he thinks a large putter grip can be helpful:

Join Us at an Upcoming School

What's the best thing you can do to effectively improve your handicap? Simple. Improve your short game and putting. If you can turn three shots into two around the greens, you'll gain confidence and your scores WILL IMPROVE.

Our Dave Pelz Scoring Game School staff is ready to help you reach your scoring goals with better pitching, putting, sand and wedge play skills and give you a working plan you can trust for as long as you play this great game!

A Three-Day Pelz School is the best way to focus on and sharpen the skills that are most critical to scoring. Join us at a school and see what improved skills inside of 100 yards will do for YOUR GAME! Conducted in some of the world’s finest resort locations including the mind-blowing (San Diego's Fairmont Grand Del Mar, pictured), Dave Pelz Scoring Game School is designed to equip students with skills and practice techniques that promote a lifetime of lower scores and enjoyment of the game.

We are excited about what our students are telling us about their progress and what they are achieving after learning proven short game and putting methods. From club champions to career-best shooters to countless students who tell us the simply enjoy the game more, we’re take pride in the results out students earn. Join the success stories!

To learn more, call our friendly enrollment staff at 800-833-7370 or click here to see the full slate of locations for 2016 schools, including:

Centennial Golf Club, New York, NY
Escondido Golf & Lake Club, Austin, TX
Ak-Chin Southern Dunes GC, Phoenix, AZ
Chateau Elan Winery & Resort, Atlanta, GA
Boca Raton Resort & Club, Boca Raton, FL
PGA National Resort & Spa, Palm Beach Gardens, FL
Chardonnay Golf Club, Napa Valley, CA
Cimarron Golf Resort, Palm Springs, CA

Mickelson Credits Pelz for Links Wizardry

Phil Mickelson’s thrilling head-to-head battle with Henrik Stenson at the recent Open Championship shined a light on how much the 2013 “Champion Golfer of the Year” has improved his play on links golf courses. Golfweek’s Ryan Lavner writes “Much of (Mickelson’s) confidence stems from his first few sessions with short-game coach Dave Pelz back in 200(4)… Maybe it’s The Open (with four top-25s in the past five years) where he’ll experience the most long-term success. It was unthinkable about a decade ago, before his reinvention with Pelz.

“It was all new to him,” Pelz said, “but when he started doing it, it was like a whole other game and he liked it almost immediately. It’s taken a while, like it would for any player, but now he’s gotten very good at it. He’s embracing it more and more.”

Read the full article here

Hit Better Short Game Shots With the Dave Pelz Position Mat

The Dave Pelz Position Mat, recently re-packaged and brought to market with improved visuals and materials, is a simple and easy-to-use tool that will help you hit great short game shots with perfect ball position. Bad ball position will ruin a shot even if you make a great swing. Knowing where the ball should be and being in proper position will help you practice and and improve the quality of your chips, wedge shots and sand shots.

The Position Mat features a durable turf surface so you can hit shot after shot from it with excellent feedback! Learn more about the Position Mat.

VIDEO: "The Traveling Golfer" Visits Our School

Veteran journalist Tony Leodora, host of "The Traveling Golfer" television show, recently spent time with our teaching staff at PGA National Resort & Spa. Take a short peek at his interview with Dave Pelz and his time at PGA National in this first of two fun-filled video segments:

Tell Us About Your Personal Putting Style

The way you putt reveals a personal style, personality and approach that is all your own. We'd like to learn more about how YOU putt. We see the pros trying several unique putting styles and wonder if amateurs are as open to experimenting and conducting trial-and-error tests to see what works best for them. TAKE OUR SHORT SURVEY and we will reveal the answer data and the best comments in the next PELZ PRIMERS.

Tell us about How You Putt and see the results from our last survey on your "#1 Short Game Goals for 2016." TAKE THE SURVEY

In a previous Survey, we asked "What Aspect of Your Short Game Would You Most Like to Improve in 2016?" Nearly one-fourth of all respondents answered "Distance Control on Wedges." The second- and third-most popular response were "Pitching" and "Chip Shots". See all answers below:

Green Reading Study Update

If you signed up to participate in Dave Pelz’s Green Reading study, you’re in good company. Due to the high volume of replies and requests to take part, the Pelz Golf Institute has extended the timeline and is working on some exciting interactive features we’ll share with you in the coming weeks and months.

Please watch this welcome video from Dave Pelz. We look forward to working on this project with you!

Line Up Your Putts Accurately With the LazrAimer

Dave Pelz always says “Aim is the first fundamental of good putting.” The Dave Pelz LazrAimer is an innovative feedback tool that helps you aim your putter face correctly so you start each putt with confidence. The LazrAimer’s red laser pointer reflects off of a small mirror on the face of your putter to help you square your putter face. The more accurately you learn to aim the better you’ll putt. The voice-activated LazrAimer gives you immediate visual feedback of your putter face aim at address so you know you’re starting every putt from a good set-up position. The more you practice with the LazrAimer, the more confidently you’ll set up to the ball. You’ll also see truer-rolling putts.

The more you practice with this innovative feedback tool, the more accurately you’ll set up to the ball. You’ll also see truer-rolling putts. Learn more here.

Watch Dave’s introduction to the new line of feedback-driven learning aids:

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.

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