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Dave's Daily Tip:      9/20/2018

If you keep the heel of your back foot on the ground after you hit wedge shots of greater than 30-yards, it prevents your lower body from turning through to a proper finish. Let it come up off the ground on your follow through. We want your upper and lower body to turn through the shot together, and continue on to a good finish. If your back heel comes off the ground and your back toe is pointing toward the center of the earth, your weight should be on your forward leg (at least 90%). Your back toe should only be used for balance.

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

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Work Your Plan to Become a Better Putter

Every golfer has room to improve somewhere in his or her game. Knowing exactly what you need to work on most is the perfect starting point to taking your game to the next level. Five-time major winner Phil Mickelson pinpointed his putting as key weakness a few short years ago. Since then, he has worked hard to become one of the game’s top performers on the greens.

"I go back to this point on my putting green four years ago or so with Dave Pelz and thinking that I need to become a consistent great putter to be able to achieve what I want to achieve still in the game, and I was struggling then," Mickelson said. "We discussed just about every aspect of it, from technique to green reading to lag drills, how to practice, what to practice, all the variables. Now I've been able to kind of put it together and implement it. So I'm very excited about what that means because week-in and week-out, I've been putting great.”

He ranks second on the PGA Tour in putting (1.172) and third in birdie average (4.83) this season and has four other top-10 finishes in addition to a victory at the WGC Mexico Championship.

Watch this Dave Pelz Lesson Lag Putting to understand how you can stop throwing away strokes on the green and turn putting into a demonstrable STRENGTH in your game:

Our check out this "Lost Classic" Lag Putting lesson from Dave's "What's Your Major?" series:

Your Summer Destination: LOWER SCORES

As winter finally melts away across the country, our team can’t help but anticipate an incredible summer season.

We’re looking forward to helping golfers overcome their struggles with their short game and putting this Summer. Regardless of age or the scores you’ve been shooting, we are confident we can help you play and score the way you've always hoped you could.

We are offering schools in clinics at an array of dazzling golf destinations and you’re invited to take your game to the next level at an upcoming session.

We are returning to familiar favorites like the Club a Cordillera in majestic Vail, Colorado a nd the inviting Centennial Golf Club in Carmel, New York. Like any golfer who loves to travel, we are also anxious to settle in at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa near the breathtaking shores of Lake Michigan and to see newly-opened Lodge at the incomparably-beautiful Pronghorn in Oregon.

Make travel plans now. You don’t want to miss the opportunity to make your short game a finely-tuned STRENGTH of your golf game. We can’t think of a better opportunity to get away and focus on your game there to join us at a summer destination school. It’s the best investment you can make in your game.

Click here to find a school at a resort location and date that best suits your travel plans. We look forward to working with you at one of these world-class locations:

Centennial Golf Club, New York, NY
Cog Hill Golf Club, Chicago, IL
Chardonnay Golf Club, Napa, CA
Grand Traverse Resort & Spa, Traverse City, MI
Escondido Golf & Lake Club, Austin, TX
The Club at Cordillera, Vail, CO
Omni La Costa Resort and Spa, San Diego, CA
Pronghorn, Bend, OR
PGA National Resort & Spa, Palm Beach Garden, FL
Cimarron Golf Resort, Palm Springs, CA
Chateau Elan Winery and Resort, Atlanta, GA

Reed’s Big Breakthrough

Dave Pelz recently took to social media to congratulate friend and student Patrick Reed for his triumph at The Masters. Calling Reed “a great friend and wonderful Masters champion,” Pelz is seen posing with the six-time winner on the PGA TOUR after an early-season practice session in Pelz‘s backyard.

Reed currently sixth in FedEx Cup points standings and is firmly entrenched as a qualifier for the 2018 Ryder Cup. His Masters win, captured by a one-stroke margin over Rickie Fowler and two strokes clear of a charging Jordan Spieth, is the first major title of his career.

Join Us at Our Rocky Mountain Home:
The Club at Cordillera

When you come to a summer session of the Dave Pelz Scoring Game School, you’ll find yourself immersed in one of the nation’s most breathtaking golf destinations.

One of our favorite places on the planet is the Club at Cordillera and its brilliant Rocky Mountain setting. A trip to the Vail Valley is an unforgettable escape to an awe-inspiring setting where you can enjoy miles-long alpine panoramas and inspiring walks along rippling streams and lush aspen forests.

Join our expert staff at Cordillera this Summer and discover the skills you need to start shooting the scores you’ve always hoped you could. This is the perfect setting to focus on your game and to take an unforgettable experience home with you.

Schools and clinics at The Club at Cordillera start July 18 and run through Sept. 3. Sign up for your Rocky Mountain school experience today.

Pelz Talks Dream Backyard Greens on the Golf Smarter Podcast

Dave Pelz sat down recently with Golf Smarter Podcast host Fred Greene to discuss his insights on backyard putting green and practice space installations. Pelz, known for his expansive backyard golf facility, explained to Greene that creativity and aesthetics are part of good design, but several keys make Pelz’s SYNLawn installation innovative.

Listen to the full conversation here:

The Pelz Three-Day School: An Inside Look

People who’ve never been to the three-day Dave Pelz Scoring Game School seem to have plenty of questions. And, that’s understandable. A 24-hour curriculum on just the short game and putting can definitely set the mind racing. If you’re as curious as others, check out this experiential write-up by Bend Bulletin writer Kevin Duke and take a sneak peek into Three Days That Will Change Your Game Forever.

Golf Channel Interview:
Pelz Excited for a Host of 2018 Projects

Dave Pelz dropped by Golf Channel’s Morning Drive set on the floor of the recent PGA Merchandise Show to talk about his excitement for 2018. Pelz pointed to unprecedented technological advances in the game and an overall positive energy in the industry that’s inspiring him to go full-speed on several projects, including his breakthrough research in GreenReading. Watch his brief conversation with Golf Channel’s Cara Banks here:

Practice Confidently with Dave Pelz Position Mat

Ever have a frustrating practice session because you hit some wedge shots thin, some fat and some perfectly flush? The Dave Pelz Position Mat takes the guesswork out of ball position for pitching, chipping and sand shots.

Clearly-marked foot and ball positions on the durable-turf mat help you set up for success on every shot. Try the Position Mat if you’re ready to make pure contact on more of your short game shots. (Order Yours Here)

Cleveland Golf’s “Pelz Corner”
Gear Up For Golf Season With Nine New Tips

You’d be amazed at what you can learn in less than two minutes. Dave Pelz’s “Pelz Corner” tips presented by Cleveland Golf are punchy, action-packed and loaded with fresh takes on classic Pelz wisdom. The latest installment of Pelz Corner includes nine different short lesson on topics ranging from Distance Control on Wedges, The Drawback Putting Game and The Chip-Putt to playing trouble shots and experimenting with the “Saw” putting grip.

Take a little time and see what these tips can do to inspire your next practice session. You can click here watch the nine newest Pelz Corner videos at ClevelandGolf.com.

Have You Tried the Putting Tutor?

We’ve been asked a lot recently, because so many professional players have been seen practicing at TOUR events using the Dave Pelz Putting Tutor, if we play players to use our learning aids. The answer is a simple ‘no’ but we have always encouraged golfers to practice with proper feedback. It’s great to see players with so much to gain on the professional tours using feedback to fuel their improvement.

The Dave Pelz Putting Tutor, developed by Dave Pelz and five-time major winner Phil Mickelson, has lines to indicate your face-angle, squareness (at address) and the starting line of your putts as well as a marble gate to offer instant feedback on the quality of your stroke. If you don't dislodge the marbles as you putt, your stroke is good at impact and you can then use the Tutor to refine your green reading and speed control. And that's effective putting practice!

Watch the video below or Click Here to learn more.

We look forward to meeting your junior golfer!

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!... 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.

Pelz Students Deserve Special Treatment:

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