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Dave's Daily Tip:      11/29/2015

Spine tilt and spine lean refer to moving your spine forward or back away from your target (along the target line direction). This is opposite to your other spine angles, which change as you bend over more or stand up straighter (moving perpendicular to the target line). There should be very little or no spine tilt or lean in your normal set up for shots with good lies on level terrain. When playing from a trouble lie on sloping terrain however, either spine tilt or lean can change the angle of a golfer’s spine relative to the ground and affect how he swings. These changes sometimes determine where his swing arc encounters the ground, or whatever the ball is sitting on.

Read more about this in Dave Pelz's Damage Control, Chapter 2.

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Make Long Bunker Shots a Strength of Your Game

Most golfers consider the 20- to 40-yard greenside bunker shot the game's most difficult. This situation can have you penciling in a double-bogey in no time. Why are these shots are so hard? Because you must be incredibly precise, striking the sand right next to the ball instead of a couple of inches behind it, as you would with a shorter bunker shot. This closer-to-the-ball contact creates an explosion strong enough to propel your ball all the way to the pin. Just one problem: At impact, your margin for error is tiny. If you hit too far behind the ball with a sand wedge, you won't create enough energy to go the distance. And if you make contact with the ball first…well, good-bye, Mr. Spalding.

The good news is that in shallower hazards, you have options. Try a safer, easier technique, a shot you already have down pat. Hit it fat! The chunk-and-run is popular on Tour, because it's a much less dangerous way to make the ball travel long distances from sand. Take a less-lofted club and "chunk" the shot, hitting several inches behind the ball. This deadens impact and creates less backspin, which in turn lets your ball run all the way to the pin once it hits the green. Oh, and your margin for error at contact is now huge, which makes this a pressure-proof play.

Here are the key steps:

Grab your 8- or 9-iron and settle into your normal bunker address. Barely open the face—just enough to keep the clubhead from digging into the sand (but not so much that it can slide under the ball).

Make your backswing about half as long as normal. As you swing down, aim for a spot a good four or five inches behind the ball. Your goal: Chunk the shot on purpose.

Don't slide the club under the ball as you do in your regular technique. Instead, use the club to "push" the sand toward the target, so that the ball exits the bunker ahead of the club. For a 20-yard chunk, stop your follow-through when your hands reach waist height. For a 40-yarder, swing to full finish.

Because your impact point is so far behind the ball, there's not enough friction to create more than just a smidgen of backspin. If you do it correctly, the ball will hit and then run like a scared rabbit across the green and close to the hole. Experiment a little. Try it with a 7-iron. With some practice, you'll be chunking your way to a new best score.

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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 NOW your best time 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.”

Join us at an upcoming school in Florida, Georgia, California, Texas or Arizona. 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.

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Escondido Golf & Lake Club, Austin, TX
Chardonnay Golf Club, Napa Valley, CA

Dave Pelz Makes Special O-Ball Offer

In the December issue of GOLF Magazine, Dave Pelz explains why he developed the O-Ball learning aid (which is also an excellent USGA-conforming golf ball for play tee-to-green) and he extends a special limited-time discount offer to readers on O-Ball dozens and sleeves.

Here’s Dave’s explanation of what O-Balls reveal and how they help your putting:
Folks, you can't fix something you don't know is broken. So I made it my goal many years ago to create a learning aid that any golfer can use to assess the quality of his putting strikes. I came up with the O-Ball, the funny-looking spheres in the photos at left. When you align an O-Ball's two main stripes along your putting line and strike it perfectly, they'll appear to "roll" continuously toward the target. If you mis-hit the putt by catching it out toward the heel or the toe of your putter, or with the face open or closed to your starting line, the lines will noticeably “wobble.”

In just a few strokes, an O-Ball teaches you a lot more about your strike patterns than a plain white ball can -- and it reveals why players like you continue to mis-hit putts. Whether you catch a traditional ball flush or with the worst stroke you've ever made, all you ever see is a white ball rolling on the green. Yes, you can judge your putting ability by how many you make or miss, but as I said, you can sink putts even with a shabby stroke. So let's eliminate your mis-hits and you'll pour ‘em in like never before.

Discounted pricing on O-Ball dozens and 3-ball sleeves expires 1/31/2016, so take advantage of this special pricing while it lasts. Good Putting to You!

Dave Pelz, Cleveland Golf Host “Putter Week”

Dave Pelz recently filmed a short series of putting lessons in support of "Putter Week" on the RevolutionGolf.com site. Over the course of a business week (using five short video tips), Dave explains useful methods that will help golfers better understand and execute reliable putting habits.

Topics include Short Putts, Lag Putting, Eye Position and more. Dave also explains the merits of the innovate new 2135 putter from Cleveland Golf. You can enjoy the videos here and see the putter here.

Another Cleveland Golf-started initiative Dave Pelz has contributed to recently is the #Own125 Campaign, encouraging golfers to improve and work to play their very best inside of 125 yards of the hole. Dave has stressed for years that golfers loser 80 percent of their shots to par inside 100 yards (125 yards includes full gap- or pitching-wedge shots for many players) and that there’s no better way to lower your handicap than to get better at pitching, chipping, putting, sand and wedge shots. If you can turn the situations that take you three shots to get up and down into two-shot scenarios, you scores will improve. Simple, right?

We get questions frequently about Dave’s data and other golf data on scoring, so if you have any feedback or questions, we welcome the dialogue. E-mail us at askpelz@pelzgolf.com any time! In the meantime, enjoy this beautifully-produced #Own125 video by Cleveland Golf:

New Learning Aid Announcement Coming Soon!

No two ways about it... We've been busy. Watch for a big announcement Thanksgiving Week about 18 new Dave Pelz learning aids. Some will be familiar, some you'll discover for the first time. We can't say much else, but the news will be breaking soon! If you would like to be among the first to hear about new product launches, e-mail us at customerservice@pelzgolf.com. Here’s a quick “Welcome” from Dave and an explanation on why you need feedback if you want to have good-quality practice sessions:

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!

Pelz Putting Pad 9-Hole Challenge
Dave Pelz also recently kicked off the Pelz Putting Pad 9-Hole Challenge in the three Dallas-area PGA Tour Superstores. Anyone who wants to 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.

Click here for full details on this promotion. Watch Dave Pelz’s invitation video below. He hope to see at a Dallas-area PGA TOUR Superstore.

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.

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