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Dave's Daily Tip:      9/20/2017

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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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:

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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:

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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.

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