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Dave's Daily Tip:      10/6/2015

The grip recommended for all finesse shots – chips, pitches, distance wedges, and sand – starts with your hands in a square position, and keeps them there through impact. A neutral grip will help you significantly to move your hands, wrists, arms, and body in the best-synchronized motion, so you can hit a high soft straight shot. Most people call this a fairly weak grip: The V’s formed by the thumb and forefingers should point to the center or left (nearer the target) side of your chin with the palms parallel to each other and perpendicular to the target line.

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

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Learn the All-Important Lob Shot

A perfectly executed flop shot is a thing of beauty. But it's also a dangerous option, because you can catch it thin or heavy as easily as you can hit it flush, especially if your technique is rusty.

When I hit flops I always opt for a high-lofted wedge (usually my 588 Rotex II 64-degree model), and grip it with the face slightly open. I position the ball in the middle of my stance, aim slightly left of the target, and make a fuller-than-normal swing. This isn't complicated. It's mostly a matter of trust and, of course, practice.

If you're not hitting at least a dozen flop shots every time you visit the range, your technique is probably not ready for prime time. To know for sure, take the following test: Find a realistic flop-shot situation, something in the 20-yard range that requires you to carry an obstacle and gives you little room between the pin and the green's edge. You want a situation that looks something like the shot I'm facing in my backyard practice area in the photo on this page. Next, hit four flop shots straight at the pin, then hit four garden-variety pitches to the safest area of the green, alternating between flop and pitch with each ball. After hitting all eight balls, you'll know which shot more reliably gets you closer to your target. You'll also know if your flop shot is ready for the course. And there's one more benefit of this test: It lets you feel the difference between a regular pitch swing and a flop swing, improving your comfort level with the latter.


Chances are, you don't carry a 64-degree wedge, like I do. If that's true, you're doing yourself a big disfavor. I'm a huge fan of the 64-degree lobber. Think it's too much loft? Consider:

• Greens are only getting faster, and unless you can stop shots as quickly as a Tour player can—and how many of us are that good?—you'll need maximum height to keep the ball from rolling off the green and into trouble.

• Superintendents at Tour venues are being pressured to keep greens in better shape. To protect the putting surface, they're tucking pins near the edge more and more often. It's just a matter of time before this trend reaches your course. Your best defense? Pin-seeking shots that fly higher and land softer.

Hey, these are just the facts. So arm yourself. Higher wedge lofts can help your game, as I proved three decades ago by introducing 60-degree wedges. We all want higher pitches with less effort. Give a 64-degree wedge a shot. It'll save you strokes for years to come.

Watch this PELZ CORNER videro to learn more about hitting high-launching, soft-landing Lob Shots:

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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 2015 your best year 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.”

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Catching Up With Dave Pelz

It’s been a busy summer so far for Dave Pelz. His itinerary has included two trips to Chambers Bay and a lot of hard work developing a new line of learning aids. Pelz and Phil Mickelson went on an early scouting mission to the U.S. Open venue to learn the slopes, speeds and nuances of the enigmatic first-time host of the national championship.

Social media caught wind of the trip when a local sports reporter made several live tweets from Chambers Bay. Mickelson started the Open strong, opening with a 69, but struggled to a T-64 at the challenging venue and told media he looks forward to contending at the British Open Championship in July, to be played at the Old Course at St. Andrews Links.

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.

As you may know, Dave Pelz is no shy when it comes to experimenting. In a recent GOLF.com article, Dave discussed a number of non-anchored strokes TOUR professionals and amateurs could consider when the anchoring ban goes into effect in January 2016. “Just because the USGA has ruled against anchoring doesn't mean you have to toss your long putter in the bin. Use it as you normally would— just don't intentionally hold your top hand or the club against your chest, nor create an anchor point with your left forearm,” Pelz says.

Would you try one of these putting styles it helped your putting?
LONG PUTTER - Even though your fixed point is gone, you can still execute a reliable, straightback- and-through stroke using this technique.
SIDESADDLE - A surprising number of my students who try this method love it! One advantage is that it lets you look straight at the hole when you set up, making it easier to aim your putter.
FOREARM PRESS - This stroke requires a midlength putter and can be performed righthand low (photo, below left) or lefthand low. As you grip the club, press the top end of the grip against the inside of your left forearm, then secure it by clamping your right hand against the grip and your left arm. This establishes a legal, "below-the-elbow" fixed point. Matt Kuchar has been using a grip similar to this for several years, and he has seven PGA Tour titles to his name.

Exceptional Times and Views at The Homestead

You’re invited to very special Pelz school opportunity at an amazing summer destination. The Homestead on Lake Michigan showcases unmatched natural beauty in a mystically tranquil setting. The Leelanau Peninsula is blessed with sandy beaches, massive dunes, timbered ridges and pastoral farms surrounded by Lake Michigan’s impossibly clear waters.

These unique natural resources and breathtaking views led to the creation of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, the National Park that now surrounds The Homestead, recently recognized again by the viewers of ABC’s Good Morning America as the “Most Beautiful Place in America”.

“The Homestead is a special place,” says Dave Pelz. “People who’ve been to Northern Michigan know it’s the ultimate golf vacation destination. The Homestead embodies everything that’s beautiful and fun about the region. The views of the dunes and the gorgeous lake, the terrific golf course at Manitou Passage and the perfect family resort and beachfront all combine for a little slice of heaven. You have to get up here this summer!”

Click here to book a one, two or three days of expert Pelz instruction. The five-acre Dave Pelz designed learning is unmatched in beauty and in providing realistic shot values for golfers who are serious about improving their scores.

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One-Day Clinics Bring Pelz Instruction
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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. You’ll be glad you spent the day “changing the way you look at Up and Down.”

Join us at one of these upcoming locations:

Centennial Golf Club, New York, NY May 17 - Aug. 28
Highlands Ranch GC, Denver, CO July 22 - 25
Blue Bell CC, Philadelphia, PA July 30 - Aug. 1
Pinehills GC, Boston, MA Aug. 5 - 8
Erin Hills GC, Milwaukee, WS Aug. 13 - 15
Cog Hill Golf Club, Chicago, IL Aug. 19 - 29

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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