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Dave's Daily Tip:      8/17/2017

We are constantly reminding our students to swing though the ball, not at it. We teach that stability is the key to smooth acceleration, and stability comes from a shorter backswing, swinging through to a longer follow-through. So many students in our schools hit “at” the ball, rather than “through” the ball.

A visual I like to use is that there is always an imaginary second ball sitting up on a tee about 4-inches in front of every real ball you hit. As you address and swing at the real ball, imagine your swing must hit the real ball, and then still have enough speed and energy to hit the second ball just as hard and as far as the first. This will help you hit through the first ball, and your shots will be more solid and successful as you end your swing with a “World Class Finish”.

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

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Learn One Swing to Play Four Key Shots

We talk a lot about “turning three shots into two” around the greens because if you sharpen your wedge game, you’re going to see your scores improve. The more stop your short game shots close to the hole, the better you’re going to score. The good news is that this is very doable. Watch Dave Pelz demonstrate how a horizontal to vertical pitch swing can help you play four different critical shots around the green, all with different trajectories. If controlling distance is important to you, enjoy this tip:

Improve Your Game in the Colorado Rockies

Our breathtaking Colorado Pelz School location-
The Club at Cordillera in scenic Edwards, CO- is gearing up for another exciting season of summer schools and clinics! Our expert golf instructors are ready to help you lower their scores through improved short game and putting skills. You won’t forget this majestic Rocky Mountain location or the progress you’ll make in your game at our school. Enjoy the incomparable setting at Cordillera’s acclaimed Jack Nicklaus-designed Summit Course.

In addition to the Three-Day School programs, we also offer One-Day Scoring Game Clinics. Book Your Trip Today!

Grand Traverse Resort and Spa Welcomes Pelz Schools

Students traveling to our summer schools this year are in for a special treat. We are proud to announce our newest school location at the acclaimed Grand Traverse Resort and Spa in spectacular Traverse City, Michigan. This spectacular resort is the premier golf destination in scenic Northern Michigan.

Guests of this award winning property will enjoy 54 holes of championship golf, exquisite dining in a magnificent setting near breathtaking Lake Michigan. You won’t want to miss this chance to improve your game in one of the country’s finest vacation destinations.

“Traverse City a place where you can have one of those perfect days,” Dave Pelz says. “Wake up, play a great golf course, really, some of the best in the country. Then you can have a great time on or near the water and spend time with folks who really appreciate being outside in surroundings that are simply a gift. Once we discovered what a naturally beautiful place this was and the incredible quality of the golf here, we knew we had to be a part of it. The resort has everything a vacationing family or golf group would want.”

We are offering a limited engagement of schools at Grand Traverse, so sign up today to secure your spot in a June, July or August program. We look forward to seeing you in this very special location. Click here to sign up.

Find Lower Scores
at a Pelz Summer or Fall School

A Three-Day Dave Pelz Scoring Game 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!

We are excited about the stunning array of Summer School destinations we have on tap in the coming months. From the Majestic Rocky Mountains to the crystal banks of awe-inspiring Lake Michigan, to the rolling hills of southern New York, we're hosting schools at some of the finest golf properties in the country. Make plans to be a part of a game-changing experience THIS SUMMER.

Sign up through today and discover what a sharp focus on short game shots and better putter will do for your scores. To learn more, call our friendly enrollment staff at 800.833.7370 or click here to see the full slate of locations for Summer and Fall 2017 schools, including:

Centennial Golf Club, New York, NY
Grand Traverse Resort and Spa, Traverse City, MI
The Club at Cordillera, Vail, CO
Cog Hill Golf Club, Chicago, IL
Pronghorn, Bend, OR
Chateau Elan Winery and Resort, Atlanta, GA
Lansdowne Golf Resort, Washington D.C.
Chardonnay GC, Napa, CA
Escondido Golf & Lake Club, Austin, TX

Catching up with Dave Pelz

Dave Pelz has been hard at work on his groundbreaking GreenReading project, but has also taking some time to share his insights with the media. Enjoy some of this recent conversations, including:

The 19th Hole Golf Podcast:

Golf Smarter Podcast with Fred Greene:

The GOLF.com Podcast with Sean Zak:

Find Your Putting Aim
with the Dave Pelz Teacher Pointer

Sometimes the most simple things that can provide the most help. The Dave Pelz Teacher Pointer has just one job, helping you aim your putter better. The device attaches to your putter face and lets you know exactly where you are aiming your putter at any point, at address or during your stroke. While teaching short game and putting schools, Dave Pelz and our staff have been able to help golfers see where they're aimed and confirm when they aren't aiming correctly.

We don’t claim the Dave Pelz Teacher Pointer will sync to GPS or your launch monitor or crank up your “smash factor.” It just shows you where you putter face is aimed. Aim being the first fundamental of good putting, the Pointer does a critical job that can greatly help your putting. . So, make sure you’re always aiming your putting where you think you are. Click here to learn more.

We look forward to meeting your junior golfer!

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.

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:

Uniquely Boca Inclusive Package from $349 per night

Experience the best of everything the Resort has to offer with this incredible inclusive package; the activities are endless and the savings are unprecedented. Ideal for a family staycation or even just a romantic evening away.

Uniquely Boca Package Includes: Parking, Breakfast, Late checkout, Inclusive of resort fee, 25% Off Golf Greens Fees (excluding cart), 25% Off treatments at Spa Palazzo, 25% Off Tennis Court Time, 25% Off Camp Boca. Click here for more information.

The Gold Golf Package provides the perfect South Florida golf vacation with options for players of all skill levels at an incredible savings. The Gold Package includes the choice of one round per person each day at the newly updated Palmer course, or The Haig, Squire, or Estates courses. Advance tee times are recommended.

PGA Gold Golf PACKAGE INCLUDES: 1 round per person per day at The Palmer, Fazio, Squire, or Estates course, Upgrades available to The Champion course for a surcharge, Nightly deluxe accommodations in a standard hotel room with private balcony or terrace, Daily breakfast buffet per person, Complimentary bag storage, Complimentary unlimited practice balls during stay. Click here for more information.

A deluxe overnight room in the Inn at Château Élan, two rounds of golf plus cart and range balls on the Château course or Woodlands course and breakfast for two the following morning in the Versailles Restaurant or Golf Grille. Tee times are recommended at the time of booking. Click here for more information.

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