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Dave's Daily Tip:      5/27/2016

Most golfers "hit" their putts using the small muscles in their hands and wrists to control their line and distance. To vary the distance their putts roll, they vary how hard they hit them. Because this method involves many small muscle systems, it is susceptible to the golfer's level of excitement, heart rate, adrenaline and muscle strength (to say nothing of outside influences like caffeine and sugar). Some players strike their putts with a swinging motion, with no action of their hands or “hit” involved. These players control touch by watching their practice strokes and estimating the distance each stroke would roll the ball. They then control their putt speed by the length of their stroke, based on practice and past experience.

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

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Spieth and McIlroy Do it. Should You?

By Dave Pelz

In golf, we often talk about developing skills that we can trust under pressure. Seeing Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy successfully using the Left Hand Low putting technique reaffirms what I've been telling students in our schools for nearly three decades. When you putt with high-stakes on the line, you need a routine, ritual and method you can trust when the pressure is at its highest—and Left Hand Low can do that for you.

Jordan and Rory have discovered what thousands of our school students have figured out: that Left Hand Low putting minimizes left wrist break down and helps you put a stable, consistent roll on your putts. Many golfers also say Left Hand Low helps them line up putts better and even promotes improved feel.

Left Hand Low is simple to use: First, stand square to the target and let your left arm and hand hang, fully-extended, from your shoulder. Then place it on your putter. From this position, there is no danger of the right hand becoming dominant and turning over during the stroke.

It is important to keep your shoulders level and your body aimed parallel to the line of your putt. To check your position, make sure your right forearm and hand is positioned squarely behind (and above on the putter) your left arm and wrist. Once you’ve putted like this for a while, you’ll notice your right hand can’t go out and around your left hand. This helps you avoid a left wrist collapse or the turning of your putter blade left and inside the target line. It’s also more difficult to pull putts with this stroke.

When you stroke the putt, keep your hands and arms quiet to eliminate any jerky motion. Your putting stroke doesn’t need forearm rotation or wrist break. Left Hand Low helps minimize any “pushing” or “hitting at” the putt. The putter face stays square because your arms and shoulders swing along your body line.

The flow through impact with Left Hand Low is so good, that you greatly minimize face angle problems like pushing, pulling and inconsistent distance control. All you have to decide is where to aim and how long your stroke should be.

Remember, as long as you can read greens reasonably well, aim your putter where you want to, deliver a square straight to the ball and accelerate through impact, you can put with the best of them!

Discover How Low You Can Score in 2016

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 acclaimed Boca Raton Resort & Club (Boca Beach Club 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:

Strawberry Farms Golf Club, Newport Beach, CA
Chateau Elan Winery & Resort, Atlanta, GA
Boca Raton Resort & Club, Boca Raton, FL
PGA National Resort & Spa, Palm Beach Gardens, FL
Cimarron Golf Resort, Palm Springs, CA
Escondido Golf & Lake Club, Austin, TX
Chardonnay Golf Club, Napa Valley, CA
Centennial Golf Club, New York, NY
The Homestead, Traverse City, MI
Pronghorn, Bend, OR
Ak-Chin Southern Dunes GC, Phoenix, AZ

Dave Pelz Debuts New Line of 18 Learning Aids

Dave Pelz is passionate about helping golfers play better and shoot lower scores. Whether he's working with Tour players, designing his Scoring Game School instruction or developing research projects to better understand the game, he has consistently encouraged golfers to practice with proper feedback. Dave is happy to announce a new line of learning aids created to help golfers improve specific skills on and around the greens.

With these 18 new feedback devices, golfers can pinpoint the short game or putting skills they need to work on most and improve with proper feedback. Every Dave Pelz-designed learning aid gives you clear visual guidance on key fundamentals. For example, the Dave Pelz Putting Tutor (pictured) 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! Explore all 18 Dave Pelz learning aids to find the right one for YOU.

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

Escondido Golf & Lake Club in the Scenic Texas Hill Country

We are fortunate to host Dave Pelz Scoring Game Schools at some of the finest locations in the world. Our Texas host for three-day schools is no exception. Escondido Golf and Lake Club is a world-class private club community in the heart of the Texas Hill Country. Escondido showcases the old-world flavor of Tuscany, reborn in a rich setting on the glistening shores of Lake LBJ.

The Texas Hill Country is world-famous for its miles of rumpled terrain, cut by stream-fed rivers and dotted with limestone and granite outcroppings. The Escondido (just a short drive from Austin, TX) is a luxurious, world-class private retreat hidden in this rugged and pastoral land.

Making full use of the beautiful dramatic terrain, natural waterways and dense stands of live oak trees, Fazio created a wondrous work of art at Escondido. The course consists of Champions Tiff greens with sub-air systems, four types of zoysia grass and emerald Bermuda grass tees. Though playable for all members, discerning players will especially appreciate the superb shot values and deft risk-reward challenges employed by Fazio.

Check out upcoming school and clinic dates at Escondido.

O-Balls Are Back!

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.

Cleveland Golf's #Own125 Campaign Inspires Golfers

Dave Pelz has been preaching the virtues of dialing in your game from "wedge range" and in for four decades. So, it's refreshing to see Cleveland Golf embrace the #Own125 concept that encourages golfers to "own" their skills in the critical scoring zones in golf.

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 the Cleveland team put together and see if it gets you pumped up to work on your game:

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!

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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