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Dave's Daily Tip:      11/22/2014

The goal of your finesse swing in the short game is a compromise between the ability to achieve distance in the power swing and the ability to achieve accuracy in the putter stroke. Your short game should be optimized to strike shots as accurately and consistently as possible to achieve the proper trajectory and ball behavior, land in the correct landing zone, and stop close to the target (flagstick). At the same time, you must give up some accuracy control to achieve an appropriate level of power to get the distance you need. You do this with a good rhythmic swing.

Read more about this in Dave Pelz's Short Game Bible, Chapter 3.

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New School Locations: San Antonio, Las Vegas La Cantera, Stallion Mountain Schools Kick Off This Fall

We are proud to announce the luxurious La Cantera Hill Country Resort in San Antonio, TX as the newest host location for his popular Dave Pelz Scoring Game School. Pelz’s corporate headquarters has been in Central Texas since the 1980s, but, starting October 15, La Cantera will be the first Texas resort to offer Pelz’s full array of instructional offerings on the short game and putting.

“Perfect fit is understatement when you talk about this beautiful resort in the heart of the scenic Texas Hill Country. La Cantera has world-class golf, gorgeous accommodations and an incredible approach to hospitality,” says Pelz. “We hope our students who visit La Cantera have as much fun there as we will giving schools and clinics at the state-of-the-art teaching academy.”

Built in 1999, La Cantera, a AAA Four-Diamond-rated resort, is home to a 506-room luxury hotel (soon to undergo a multimillion-dollar transformation), two acclaimed 18-hole championship golf courses, six pools, a full-service spa and health club, tennis amenities, unique dining and supervised children’s club and teen club. The resort is conveniently adjacent to Six Flags Fiesta Texas and the newest luxury retail destination in Texas, The Shops at La Cantera.

“We are truly thrilled to welcome Pelz Golf to La Cantera Resort,” says director of golf Steve Shields. “This is just another truly elite program we can add to our list of learning experiences we provide for our guests.” Click here to enroll.

In November, our instructors hit the bright lights at Las Vegas to debut Dave Pelz Scoring Game School sessions at the impressive Stallion Mountain Golf Club. Stallion Mountain programs kick off Nov. 12 with a one-day clinic, followed by a Nov. 14 – 16 three-day school.

Home to 18 holes of spectacular Las Vegas golf, the 7,351-yard layout has a decorated history in the Las Vegas golf scape as a host venue for the PGA Tour Las Vegas Invitational, Golf Channel’s Big Break II, and the Frank Sinatra Celebrity Classic. Located within just seven miles of the fabulous Las Vegas Strip. Come enjoy spectacular views, a scenic and challenging golf course and the splendor of Stallion Mountain’s full-service 38,000 square foot clubhouse. It’s the perfect place to enjoy great food and spirits before and after your round. If you love desert golf in Las Vegas, Stallion Mountain is a must.

“I’ve seen countless golfers fall in love with the style and magic of golf in Las Vegas,” says Dave Pelz. “You feel so far away from anywhere else when you’re at Stallion Mountain. It’s the perfect place to focus on golf and improving your scores.

Click here to enroll in an upcoming School at Stallion Mountain, Las Vegas.

Need a Fool-Proof Chipping Method?

A greenside chip should be one of the most automatic shots in your arsenal, especially if the situation calls for a low-running shot that bounces on to the green and rolls out like a putt. Dave Pelz Scoring Game School students learn an easy and incredibly reliable technique for playing this shot. In this golf.com video, Dave Pelz reveals the process of playing it and how it can really help you improve your scoring around the green:

Watch Dave's Newest "Pelz Corner" Tips

Cleveland Golf recently launched Pelz Corner on the www.clevelandgolf.com web site. Watch the latest Dave Pelz video lesson here and keep checking Pelz Corner for more fun content and chances to improve your game!

”I’ve always been a huge fan of Cleveland and Srixon products,” said Pelz. “Cleveland Golf’s dedication to the short game along with their industry leading wedge offerings fits perfectly with what I teach. In particular, I love their innovative wedge fitting system that gets golfers into the best wedges for their games, as well as their latest Smart Square putter alignment technology. I’m excited to be on Cleveland’s team and provide even more value to golfers looking to improve.”

How Would YOU Solve Slow Play?

We asked what you would do to help solve slow play issues and several of our loyal readers got in touch with us to sound off with their solutions for speedier golf. Read their ideas below. Share yours by e-mailing askpelz@pelzgolf.com.

“Courses could charge a base rate, and then an add on fee for every minute over 4 hours.

Actively teach ready golf.

Have a driving range pro grade your swing and certify you to play on a course, or designate a time when you can play on the course, such as after 3PM. I know that does not sound too democratic, but it stops a first timer from teeing off at 7AM and holding up the course.

Eliminate gambling. Senior players playing for nickels or quarters can really hold up a course.

Each course should have trained rangers, aware of slow play, ready to talk to a group suggesting different ways to play so that they can play faster, or make a group let other play through.

Proper cart instructions could help speed up play. Park the cart approx. 50% between the golf balls, and have both golfers ready to hit.

Put clocks in the Cart. Time each hole, look for where the most trouble is and try to fix it.

Get rid of the tall dense grass, all it does is slow down play while people are looking for their golf ball. Less dense tall grass where you can find the ball and hit out of the tall grass is OK.

USGA videotape, DVDs on faster play. You know, the guy who hit the ball 100 Yards off the tee and is now waiting for the green to clear to try to hit a 300 yard shot. Get a popular comedian to narrate the video.” – Michael W.

“1. Make a chalk circle around each hole that is 4 - 5 feet in diameter (2 - 2.5 foot putts; radius) and have them be gimmies. Most golfers make a high percentage of 2 foot putts and it would eliminate marking the ball, reading the putt, going through putting routine and executing the putt. If there is nobody behind you, you can always practice 2 footers.

2. Allow and encourage players drop at point of entry to long grass (not rough, talking over 6 inches of grass) and other hazards that require players to look extensively for their ball, "without penalty". People look in the hazard as well with hopes of being able to find the ball and advance it. Again, not for tournament golf, but casual play. You could even do this for out of bounds. Usually, it requires the player to drop back a ways because they lose distance beyond the point of entry. Of course, you need to get folks to donate the ball and not spend the time looking.” – Gary W.

“1. limit practice swings to 2 max per shot 2. when you hit a bad shot watch where it goes so it's easily findable 3. when you're out of the hole, pick up your ball & at least drop on green and putt 4. after 3 putt, pick up 5. if you're going to buy drinks from cart girl, have one person give drink orders while others play 6. its a gimme if the putt is in the leather 7. after you hit, jump in cart with the club you just used as your partner goes to his shot, then put your club in bag 8. If your group is slow or delaying play, let next group play thru 9. don't crowd group in front of you if they're not as good as you as will make them nervous or mad slowing down okay even more 10. read putt & chips as you walk up to green( it's not the Masters!) 11. dont try to teach you're wife while you're playing 12. if you can't find your ball quickly,move on & quit buying Pro V's 13. lower handicappers: 2 over max; higher handicappers 3-4 max over 14. if you hit ball in water, don't spend time trying retrieve ball out of reach 15. ask pro which tee to play from before starting 16. Don't hit mad balls 17. quit throwing cigar or cigarette on ground then waste time trying to find it 18. dont trick up golf courses 19. Use gps or rangefinder 20.have pro shot give tips and yardage to lay ups on holes 21. I really don't need to listen why you hit a bad shot or tell me what I should have done 22. take more than 1 club to tee box if unsure of yardage” – Gordon S.

“Get rid of the rule (penalty) that hitting the flag stick while putting is a penalty…just like ready golf off the tee speeds up the game, ready putting should get the same attention….it happens multiple times a round when the putter has a long putt but the putter has to wait for someone to tend the flagstick…the tender is now taken out of his routine to get ready for his turn….the long putter has a very low percentage of making it (30 40 50 feet).. we played without that rule and you will be shocked how much faster putting becomes…the putter when ready can putt, the others can line up theirs and there is no waiting for someone to drop everything stick guard the stick….(really effective when only one player is on the green and it is his turn to play…the other three can still focus on setting up for their chips)

Try it….i bet the long putter doesn’t knock the ball in and you’ll save minutes on each green (1 min per green=18 min) – Mike M.

Email us at askpelz@pelzgolf.com and tell us what YOU would do to improve the pace of play. We look forward to your feedback!

Pelz Clinics Coming to Outstanding
Locations This Fall

In this first year of the partnership between Pelz Golf and Troon Golf, we have added several clinic offerings at an exciting array of Troon-managed locations. This summer, you’ll find a handful of great Pelz one-day Scoring Game clinics scheduled at clubs and resorts in prime locations. The next Troon property to hosts clinics will be Maderas Golf Club (July 30 - Aug. 2) in San Diego, CA with sessions at The Ridge at Castle Pines in Denver following Aug. 6 - 9.

The Pelz One-Day Clinic is the ideal introduction to the chipping, pitching, putting, sand and wedge skills you need to be a better golfer. The short game makes up two thirds of the strokes you play in a typical round of golf. If you’re not improving in that all-important scoring range, you’re probably seeing your handicap stuck in neutral.

Sign up for a one-day clinic near you and get your game in gear. Come learn the practical, proven methods your game is missing. Sign up today at a location near you:

Cypresswood GC, Houston, TX Sept. 10 - 13
Watters Creek GC, Dallas, TX Sept. 17 - 20
Avery Ranch GC, Austin, TX Sept. 24 - 27

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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