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Dave's Daily Tip:      1/31/2015

In a bunker, you want to contact the sand behind the ball, scoot the club under and past the ball, and use the sand to blow the ball out. But whatever you do, don’t play the ball from the same position in your stance, as when you hit wedge shots from grass. Playing the ball from the center or behind the center of your stance forces you change your natural swing drastically to hit behind the ball, and must be accomplished by collapsing your wrists or leaning backward. These moves will ruin your swing. To hit behind a ball from a good lie in sand, first aim to the left, then move your body back, so the ball position moves forward in your stance, to be inside the heel line of your left (leading) foot. Then just open the face of your wedge and swing away. You will naturally hit the sand behind the ball.

Read more about this in Dave Pelz's Short Game Bible, Chapter 4.

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Save Strokes with the ‘Rule of the Next Shot’

Golf is frustrating when you’re racking up bogeys (or worse) and you just know you’re capable of carding pars and birdies. True, you don’t have a picture-perfect swing (unless your name is Adam or Rory), but playing beneath your abilities can usually be attributed to poor thinking, not poor swinging. If you make smart choices, you can go low with just about any swing. So when the wheels come off, don’t “fix” your swing -- fix what’s happening between your ears. How? Follow the Rule of the Next Shot. Before every stroke, do three simple things: Make one guess and two commitments.

GUESS the shot that will leave you the easiest play on your next swing. There’s more to this than simply choosing between, say, your driver and hybrid. Consider the swing, too. Often, hitting a soft fade with a longer club is easier than trying to pure a shorter one. As you consider your options, remember that the following shot is more important than the one you’re about to play.

COMMIT to the shot at hand without hesitation. If, for example, you think that a 75 percent 3-wood up the left side is the smart swing, then fully commit to hitting an easy 3-wood up the left side. All other options no longer exist.

COMMIT to yourself. Relax and make the best swing you can, using a smooth rhythm and holding your finish position until the ball lands.

Will the Rule of the Next Shot improve your swing? Maybe, but that’s not the point. Its main advantage is that it eliminates situations from which it’s difficult to recover and thereby keeps blow-up numbers off your card. Think of it as chess -- you’re planning one or two moves ahead. The more you strategize this way, the better you’ll get at choosing smart shots that keep birdie and par in play.

When I practice, I try two different kinds of shots from every lie. In the photo, I’ve used my 8-iron to hit four bump-and-runs up a false-fronted green to a flagstick 15 yards away (white balls); and I’ve used my 60-degree wedge to hit four lobs to the same pin (yellow balls). The lob shots, on average, left me shorter, easier putts. By doing this many times, I’ve learned that I’m better at flying shots the right distance and stopping them quickly than I am at trying to run the ball over difficult terrain. Armed with this information, I know how to put myself in the best position for my next stroke. Experiment this way across a spectrum of swings and situations. You’ll get to know your game better than ever, and when using the Rule of the Next Shot, you’ll make very educated guesses.

Watch this video to earn a reliable technique for wedge shots tight.

The Gift of Lower Scores…
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At Pelz Golf, we’re invested in your improvement. We’ve spent decades working with golfers and developing new ways to help you lower your scores. This Holiday Season, we’d like to encourage you to plan to 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!

To help you get started, we’re doubling the savings on our popular “Bring a Friend” Discount for a limited time. If you and a friend (or family member) sign up for a 2015 Pelz three-day school session between Nov. 25 and Dec. 22, 2014, you will save an EXTRA 15% on the cost of the second enrollment. Normally our “Bring a Friend” discounts states “Buy one three-day school enrollment at full price and receive a 15% discount on a second enrollment made at the same time.” For this limited time, we’re offering 30% off the price of the second enrollment (the first enrollment must still be booked at full price). Attend the school with a friend or loved one and share this truly game-changing experience!

To learn more, call our friendly enrollment staff at 800-833-7370 or click here to see the full slate of locations for 2015 schools.

Click here to see our full offering of 2015 schools, including:

Ak-Chin Southern Dunes GC, Phoenix, AZ
La Cantera Hill Country Resort, San Antonio, TX
Centennial Golf Club, New York. NY
Cimarron Golf Resort, Palm Springs, CA
Boca Raton Resort & Club, Boca Raton, FL
PGA National Resort & Spa, Palm Beach Gardens, FL
Chateau Elan Winery & Resort, Atlanta, GA

New School: Phoenix’s Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Pelz School Debuts in Arizona

You asked for it and now there’s a Dave Pelz Scoring Game School in Arizona. We’ve teamed with the innovative staff at Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club outside of Phoenix to offer an exciting series of schools at a one-of-a-kind venue.

Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club, named among the “Top 100 Courses You Can Play” by Golf Magazine and a top-five course in the state by Golfweek, recently unveiled exciting new improvements after a major renovation project. Enhancements included a complete bunker renovation, additional tee boxes, expanded landing areas, and other design improvements on several holes.

Among the most celebrated changes is the new hybrid practice facility, which serves as a six-hole short course called #miniDunes in the afternoon and a traditional driving range during peak times of the day. The driving range was completely renovated with the addition of six tees and six target greens built to USGA specifications. The name #miniDunes embraces a theme to appeal to a younger audience by being among the first golf courses to incorporate a hashtag in its name.

“#mini Dunes will serve as our laboratory to grow the game,” stated Brady Wilson, general manager, Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club. “We are going to use this facility to introduce new golfers, both young and old, to the game of golf.”

Arizona in the wintertime is paradise, so book your spot in a December or January school while you can. These schools will fill up fast! Click here for more details on our newest school location.

Keep Up With Dave's Newest "Pelz Corner" Tips

Cleveland Golf launched Pelz Corner on the www.clevelandgolf.com web site. The first series of video lessons have been well-received and Dave recently met with Cleveland to shoot the second series of videos that will debut in 2015. Watch Dave’s video lesson on adapting your anchored putting stroke to conform with USGA Rules and keep checking Pelz Corner for more fun content and chances to improve your game!

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.

Tour Dave Pelz's Ultimate Golf Backyard

Many of you have seen HGTV’s “Million Dollar Rooms” segment featuring a sneak peak of Dave Pelz’s backyard research and practice area, but we've gotten several requests lately to re-post the video. While technically not a room, Pelz’s golf complex-- complete with seven target greens (which are replicas of Pelz’s favorite green complexes), an 80-ft lag station, targets to drill 10-, 20-, 30- and 40-yard wedge shots and a large tee box that allows him to take aim into a large valley of “driving range” some 80 feet below his hilltop yard—is astounding.

Watch the video here:

“What I did with SYNLawn in my yard certainly goes to the extreme. It’s my dream come true to be able to hit shots any time I want, but I did this to show people what’s possible,” Pelz says. “People can take elements of what’s here and apply to their personal spaces—no matter how small. If you’re hitting an eight-foot putt on a good realistic surface, you’re accessing golf and you’re getting better.”

HGTV’s Carter Oosterhouse hosts the show and was wowed by the scope of golf features in Pelz’s yard, including replica greens of the 17th at TPC Sawgrass, the Road Hole from St. Andrews and the 12th and 13th from Augusta National. When Oosterhouse marveled at the “golf course” at Pelz’s back doorstep, Pelz was quick to counter, “It’s not a golf course or golf holes, it’s golf. I’m able to hit the shots I really want to work on to get better at my own game and to help teach others the skills they need to get better. With synthetic turf and improved installation techniques, you can have realism in backyard golf designs. When my son Eddie started Dave Pelz Synscapes, it was to give people the best installations on the best surfaces so they could have the best practice experiences. It’s got to be true to what golfers see on the course, and this is.” Oosterhouse said even if the yard didn’t cost $1 million to construct, it made him feel like it to hit shots to such “cool” targets.

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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Experience the best of everything the Resort has to offer with this incredible inclusive package; the activities are endless and the savings are unprecedented. Ideal for a family staycation or even just a romantic evening away.

Uniquely Boca Package Includes: Parking, Breakfast, Late checkout, Inclusive of resort fee, 25% Off Golf Greens Fees (excluding cart), 25% Off treatments at Spa Palazzo, 25% Off Tennis Court Time, 25% Off Camp Boca. Click here for more information.

The Gold Golf Package provides the perfect South Florida golf vacation with options for players of all skill levels at an incredible savings. The Gold Package includes the choice of one round per person each day at the newly updated Palmer course, or The Haig, Squire, or Estates courses. Advance tee times are recommended.

PGA Gold Golf PACKAGE INCLUDES: 1 round per person per day at The Palmer, Haig, 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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