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Dave's Daily Tip:      1/17/2019

The essential pre-requisites for executing the simple and natural "Pure In-Line and Square” putting stroke" (PILS) are to set-up with your shoulders parallel to the putting line and your hands hanging directly below your shoulders. From this set-up, no muscle manipulations are required to let the putter swing along the putt line, and to keep the putter face square through impact.

Place 60 percent of your weight on your forward foot (nearest to the hole) for maximum lower body stability. The putter should then swing straight back and through along the putt starting line with the clubface square throughout, with no hand or forearm manipulation. If you can allow your putter to swing as a pure pendulum motion of the arms and shoulders, with no wrist hinge or forearm rotation, you will have the simplest and most repeatable putting stroke possible. Use a Putting Track to help you learn to properly set up and establish your Pure In-Line Square stroke.

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

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Play Games Around the Green
to Sharpen Your Skills, Creativity

Want to be sure your short game is as sharp as it can be? Try adding the competitive games Dave Pelz plays with Golf Channel’s Martin Hall in this video. Competing with yourself or a friend improves your performance under pressure and prepares you to hit a variety of key shots around the green.

For more short game tips, check out the Pelz Corner Archive on Cleveland Golf's web site.

Pacific Paradise
Punta Mita Schools Debut This Winter

In our business, we “follow the sun.” Anywhere the weather is exceptional, the surroundings are sublime and the short game area is world-class, we can set up shop help golfers reach their most ambitious scoring goals.

We’re fortunate to conduct our schools at many of the finest golf destinations in the U.S. and abroad and our two newest locations are sure to please our students at upcoming schools.

Our first-ever school in Mexico will be at the intoxicating Punta Mita Resort, along the azure Pacific shoreline in Riviera Nayarit. Home to an acclaimed Jack Nicklaus signature course with breathtaking coastal holes and luxury accommodations at The Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita and the St. Regis Punta Mita Resort, Punta Mita offers an unforgettable vacation experience.

Discover Punta Mita’s “far-away splendor” while improving your game in Punta Mita’s eye-popping oceanfront Golf Academy. Book a Winter 2018 Punta Mita school and prepare to be amazed.

Click here for dates and resort details.

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:

2019 School and Clinic Destinations Announced

We love seeing new and familiar faces at our Three-Day Schools and One-Day Clinics every winter and spring. Looking ahead to 2019, we’re proud to bring you schools at many of the finest golf resorts in the country. Beginning in March, come see the newly-renovated Country Club course at Boca Raton Resort & Club as we kick off another fun-filled season in South Florida. Whether you join us at longtime host location like Boca, PGA National Resort & Spa (Palm Beach Gardens, FL) or the wonderfully-refined Chateau Elan Winery and Resort (north of Atlanta, GA), come expecting improvement in your game.

If you’re looking for the feelings this recent alumni has experienced, register for an upcoming school and turn your scoring goals into reality. “The school has energized my game. I’m confident with a wedge in my hand and my scoring has improved. The school really brings Dave’s books to life.”

Click here to find a school at a resort location and date that best suits your travel plans. We look forward to working with you at one of these world-class locations:

PGA National Resort & Spa, Palm Beach Garden, FL
Cimarron Golf Resort, Palm Springs, CA
Chateau Elan Winery and Resort, Atlanta, GA
Omni La Costa Resort and Spa, San Diego, CA
Hammock Beach Resort, Jacksonvile, FL
Escondido Golf & Lake Club, Austin, TX

Take Our Latest Survey
On The State of Your Game

Hopefully, you’ve been able to play plenty of golf this year and you’re game is in tip-top shape. As golf nuts we get curious about other golfers’ opinions so we’re sending out a Survey to get some golf dialogue going. For example, award-winning golf journalist Ron Sirak recently posed the question “What would a low-handicap amateur man shoot in an LPGA event?” The yardages on LPGA courses are comparable to those amateurs play, so it’s a fascinating thing to contemplate. Factor in the pressure of playing in front of a gallery and playing by tournament rules. Most importantly… be honest. There a few other questions we’d love for you to answer and spur some fun golf conversation.

Please fill out this quick and easy survey here and we’ll be happy to continue the discussions you help us start in an upcoming e-newsletter.

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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