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Dave's Daily Tip:      4/28/2017

If you keep the heel of your back foot on the ground after you hit wedge shots of greater than 30-yards, it prevents your lower body from turning through to a proper finish. Let it come up off the ground on your follow through. We want your upper and lower body to turn through the shot together, and continue on to a good finish. If your back heel comes off the ground and your back toe is pointing toward the center of the earth, your weight should be on your forward leg (at least 90%). Your back toe should only be used for balance.

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

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An Online Tip From Dave Pelz

Try Dave Pelz’s “Timeless Tips”

I've been researching and teaching the short game for 35-plus years. My short-game "gospel" has helped millions of golfers and fueled players to 21 different major victories. So I've decided to take from the tens of thousands of words I've written and give you some “classic” lessons that can help make you great around the greens right now. You can view this FULL ARTICLE (Called Seven Secrets of the Short Game) on GOLF.com. Enjoy a taste of these "timeless tips" here:

Swing "Short to Long"
On pitch shots, make a short backswing and swing into a longer follow-through (photo, opposite page). Swinging "short-to-long" like this ensures that your wedge will accelerate naturally through and past impact, leaving no wasted energy on the table. The result? Crisp contact and pitches that always reach the target. If you tend to come up short on pitches, you're probably swinging "short-to-short."

Technically, matching the length of your through-swing to the length of your backswing can work, but your timing has to be perfect to reach max velocity at the moment of impact.

On all pitch shots, make a "short-to-long" swing with ample wrist hinge. Let the club accelerate smoothly into and through impact. Avoid "hitting" the ball at all costs. "Glide" the club to a finish. When you try to match your through-swing to your backswing, you run the risk of decelerating.

Matching the length of your through-swing to your backswing takes Tour-level timing. And worrying about swing length may make you decelerate into impact. When this happens, the clubhead passes your hands through impact, leading to fat, thin or weak contact.

Get Groovy
Backspin is your best friend on many short shots. It lets you control distance and avoid rolling the ball too far past the pin. Better technique helps, but so do clean grooves. Take a second to rid the clubface of dirt and grass after you swing—it makes a big difference.

Keep It Simple
Did you know you can use the same swing for a chip, wedge and sand shot simply by adjusting ball position? For chips, keep the ball even with your back ankle to ensure a descending blow. For clean contact on wedges and pitches, center the ball in your stance. From bunkers, position the ball in line with your front instep. Now your club will correctly hit the sand behind the ball without forcing you to change your swing.

Don't Wait to Shoot Your Best Scores

Why fret over what to get the golfer in your life?
Every golfer ultimately wants the same thing: LOWER SCORES.

This Holiday Season, we encourage you to plan to >* make 2017 your best year in golf-- or do the same for someone you love. As an added incentive, we are offering a special bonus gift for a limited time. Enroll for an upcoming session of the Dave Pelz Scoring Game School and learn to play the best golf of your life.

A *Three-Day Pelz 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! ENROLL TODAY!

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SURVEY: Let’s Talk About Green Reading

Over the years, Dave Pelz has done exhaustive research on the subject of Green Reading. He’s seen golfers struggle with this discipline and he’s helped playing professionals understand it better. Recently, Pelz has been developing a breakthrough system for demystifying and teaching green reading in a way that helps all golfers.

In the coming months, you’ll hear more about this project. We’ll have some big news on all the ways Dave will be sharing this new methodology.

In the meantime, we’d like to start a dialogue with you to learn more about how you read greens, what you struggle with, what you’re looking for and what you see when you line up your putts.

Take our brief Green Reading Survey and give us your thoughts and share your questions on one of the most challenging aspects to putting.

Practice With Great Feeback
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Dave Pelz is passionate about helping golfers play better and shoot lower scores. To that end, he has consistently encouraged golfers to practice with proper feedback. Many of you have tried feedback devices from Dave’s full line of learning aids and have seen what they can do to help you improve on and around the greens. Discover the power of proper feedback and guided improvement with a golfer you know.

With these products, golfers can pinpoint the short game or putting skills they need to work on most and improve with proper feedback. Every Dave Pelz-designed learning aid gives you clear visual guidance on key fundamentals. For example, the Dave Pelz Putting Tutor (pictured) 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!

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VIDEO: Dave Pelz Talks Putting With Golfweek

Veteran journalist Jeff Rude caught up with Dave Pelz to ask him about some “universal truths” about putting. They discuss techniques that have worked for professionals and amateurs alike and Dave shares his insights on what he thinks makes Masters and U.S. Open champion Jordan Spieth such an incredible putter. Watch the conversation here:

Line Up Your Putts Accurately With the LazrAimer

Dave Pelz always says “Aim is the first fundamental of good putting.” The Dave Pelz LazrAimer is an innovative feedback tool that helps you aim your putter face correctly so you start each putt with confidence. The LazrAimer’s red laser pointer reflects off of a small mirror on the face of your putter to help you square your putter face. The more accurately you learn to aim the better you’ll putt. The voice-activated LazrAimer gives you immediate visual feedback of your putter face aim at address so you know you’re starting every putt from a good set-up position. The more you practice with the LazrAimer, the more confidently you’ll set up to the ball. You’ll also see truer-rolling putts.

The more you practice with this innovative feedback tool, the more accurately you’ll set up to the ball. You’ll also see truer-rolling putts. Learn more here.

Watch Dave’s introduction to the new line of feedback-driven learning aids:

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.

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