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Dave Pelz Inside Scoring Game:  A newsletter from Pelzgolf.com
Dave's Daily Tip:      7/6/2020

One key thing in putting: Do not confuse your pre-shot “ritual” with your pre-shot “routine” – They are not synonymous. Your pre-shot “routine” is the sequence of actions you take to prepare yourself to execute your stroke. It includes estimating the length of the putt, the slope of the green, the amount of break you expect the putt to encounter, and standing behind the hole to estimate the curve the putt will roll along as it approaches the cup. Your “routine also includes all of your practice strokes. Your “routine starts when you start reading the green and ends just before you step into your putt address position and start your pre-shot “ritual”.

Your pre-shot “ritual” is then a set of repeatable and rhythmic movements which set the stage for your actual stroke motion (the take away and through stroke). Your “ritual” should be so well practiced and grooved (automatic), that it takes you out of your conscious or thinking mind, and allows your subconscious mind to make an exact duplicate of the practice stroke you just committed to, a stroke that is comfortable, positive, and free of hesitation, negative thoughts or doubt.

Read more about this in Dave Pelz's Putting Bible, Chapter 11.

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Are You Putting With the Pin In?

The new-for-2019 USGA rule allowing golfers to putt while the flagstick is in the hole has triggered discussion throughout the world of golf. Many PGA TOUR pros have said they prefer to leave the pin out because leaving it in seems unnatural. However, pros like Bryson DeChambeau and Adam Scott have tried pin-in putting with success, so don’t be surprised to see more pros taking advantage of the new rule.

In 1990, Dave Pelz published a study in GOLF Magazine that revealed there is a clear advantage to putting (and chipping) with the pin in the hole. A robotic device holed 33% more putts after 11,000 tries with the pin in and the human tester, PGA TOUR player Tom Jenkins holed 18% more with the pin in on 900 attempts.

Pelz recently met with the Morning Drive hosts on Golf Channel to talk about this topic in detail. Watch the segment here:

Now, here’s the question. HOW WILL YOU PUTT IN 2019? Pin In or Pin Out?

Please take five minutes to answer in this brief survey and we’ll share the results of the survey in our next e-newsletter. We look forward to hearing from you. If you have any questions or comments on this topic, e-mails us at askpelz@pelzgolf.com.

Take the Survey here.

Nine Reasons to visit Dave Pelz
Scoring Game School in 2019

So, here we are in 2019. We know you probably expected flying cars and jet packs by now, but, while we can’t promise the thrill of hurtling triumphantly through the sky, we CAN help you discover the satisfaction of shooting lower golf scores.

If you’ve thought about attending our three-day school and you’re still on the fence, enjoy our unofficial list of 9 Reasons Why You Should Join Us at a Three-Day School in 2019:

- You like being able to control the distance your wedges fly.

- You need a getaway and our school locations provide the ultimate golf vacation at luxury resorts around the country.

- Our instructors have spent decades honing their craft and they’ve helped thousands of golfers reach their scoring goals.

- You want to overcome your fear of sand shots. Let’s turn your fears into confidence.

- If you lag putt better, your scores will go down. If come to our school, you’ll learn to lag putt with reliable speed control.

- The lessons you learn at a Pelz school foster a lifetime of lower scoring.

- Consistency matters. You’re tired of shooting below your handicap one day and 10 shots higher the next round. The Pelz staff can teach ways to become more consistent.

- Pure, clean contact on your pitches and wedge shots will lead to predictable shots that stop closer to the hole.

- A golf school is great bonding time with your favorite golfers. Bring a friend to an upcoming school. c Sign up for a game-changing experience at one of our outstanding luxury resort locations today:

Boca Raton Resort & Cub, Boca Raton, FL
PGA National Resort & Spa, Palm Beach Gardens, FL
Cimarron Golf Resort, Palm Springs, CA
Chateau Elan Winery and Resort, Atlanta, GA
Omni La Costa Resort and Spa, San Diego, CA
Centennial Golf Club, Carmel, NY
Grand Traverse Resort & Spa, Traverse City, MI
Cog Hill Golf Club, Chicago, IL
Escondido Golf & Lake Club, Austin, TX

Join Us at Our Renovated Boca School

Our staff is thrilled to be back in the freshly-renovated teaching academy at Boca Raton Resort & Club’s newly-restored golf course, Boca Country Club. This acclaimed club is home to our longest-running Dave Pelz Scoring Game School location and we are proud to unveil the new greens, tees and short game practice areas which have been re-grassed and reshaped during a full golf course renovation at the club.

“The Boca staff did an exceptional job and we’re excited not only how great the facility is now but also how amazing the look and playability will be in the coming months and years,” says managing senior instructor at Boca, Ben Wallace.

The Boca Raton Resort and Club is one of Southern Florida's most alluring vacation destinations with the iconic pink hotel and Yacht Club sitting oceanfront and two expertly-renovated golf courses, you'll find one of the most satisfying golf vacations and a distinctive coastal setting on the Atlantic.

We are now offering weekly schools and clinics at our school at Boca Country Club and we look forward to seeing you at an upcoming Three-Day School or One-Day Clinic.

44… And Many More?
Phil Mickelson secured his 44th victory on the PGA TOUR with a bogey-free final round 65 and a three-shot victory over Paul Casey in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. He matched the low score of the final round while playing in the last group, turning a three-shot deficit into a three-shot victory. With this win, Mickelson joined Tiger Woods as the only players to surpass $90 million in earnings.

''It's a lot more work and effort to play at this level,'' Mickelson said. ''And I have believed for some time that if I play at my best, it will be good enough to win tournaments.

What Does Mickelson mean by a "Pelz 9-iron?"
From GolfNewsNet: -- If you've heard Phil Mickelson and his caddie have conversations during a golf tournament -- and there's no doubt you have -- then you may have heard the highly successful duo talk about hitting a Pelz 8-iron or a Pelz 9-iron. And you've probably wondered what they mean by that.

Decoding what that means is pretty simple. Pelz stands for Dave Pelz, who has been Mickelson's long-time short-game coach. And the number is the number of the iron or golf club in question. The club part is easy; that's what he's swinging. But Dave Pelz had to explain what he taught to Mickelson that came to be understood as a Pelz shot.

As he told Golf.com in 2014, the Pelz shot is something he taught Mickelson in the winter of 2003-04. Mickelson takes the club back until his right arm (as a lefty) is parallel to the ground, or 3 o'clock on an imaginary clock for a lefty (9 o'clock for a righty) and then swings through at a normal pace.

It's a shot that goes less distance than the standard-issue iron but also has less spin. Mickelson can use this shot to keep a ball under the wind and skip into a hole location with a reliable understanding of how far the ball will fly. If you didn’t know already, now you know!

Dave Pelz Earns U.S. Utility Patent for Innovative “ShotStopper” System

Dave Pelz has been awarded more than two dozen design and utility patents during his career in the golf business. The innovation continues as the proprietary ShotStopper installation process-- which allows synthetic putting greens to receive golf shots like a real grass green, with realistic bounce and spin characteristics— was awarded a U.S. Utility Patent. “We know ShotStopper performs in a breakthrough way because we, like so many of our SYNLawn backyard green clients, hit shots into it all the time. The validation of receiving a patent, though, always speaks volumes,” says Eddie Pelz.

Watch this video to see how well ShotStopper installations perform on backyard greens:

Inside the Mind of Dave Pelz

Veteran golf journalist Matt Ward recently interviewed Dave Pelz and, fortunately for inquisitive golf fanatics, Matt didn’t hold back. He asked great questions like “What's the biggest mistake golfers make when hitting a pitch or chip shot?” and “Can you rank the top short game players and putters you’ve ever seen?” and “What can be done to attract more golfers to the game?”

Click here to read the full interview and, if you think you’ve good a great question for Dave, e-mail it to askpelz@pelzgolf.com.

A Special Day with a Dear Friend

Dave Pelz recently conducted a private Putting Clinic for the field of players at the Spiro’s Linked Fore a Cure golf tournament in Austin, TX. The October 3 event honored Pelz’s longtime friend and former executive director of The World Putting Championship By Dave Pelz, Nick Spiropoulos. Spiropoulos succombed to his battle with ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) on Oct. 26, 2018 but not before seeing the outporing of love and respect at this tournament held in his honor. Pelz’s clinic at the sold-out event helped golfers learn to putt in their natural rhythm but the biggest beneficiary was the foundation started by Spiropoulos, which will receive more than $120,000 from the tournament's proceeds.

"I was honored to be a part of this special day and to honor Nick Spiropoulos, who inspires us all to celebrate life and do what we can to help those suffering with cruel diseases like ALS,” Pelz said. To learn about next year’s Spiro’s Linked Fore a Cure event, visit www.SpirosForeACure.com.

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 Golf Projects

Dave Pelz dropped by Golf Channel’s Morning Drive set on the floor of the 2018 PGA Merchandise Show to talk about his excitement for his ongoing projects. 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.

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.

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