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Dave's Daily Tip:      1/19/2018

Before you do anything else about improving your putting stroke, you should develop a pre-shot putting routine. It should be consistent, repeatable, and followed to the letter (step-by-step) each and every time you putt. The tempo of your pre-shot motions should be smooth, flowing, repeatable, and consistent with your personality (easy and slow vs. fast and aggressive). Your pre-shot routine sets the tempo for your actual putting stroke and can be very important to you when you get under the intense pressure of important putts.

Read more about this in Dave Pelz's Putting Bible, Chapter 5.

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Trouble With Sloping Lies?
Dave Pelz to the Rescue

If you want to hit better shots from uphill and downhill lies, watch this video Dave Pelz made for Golf Channel’s “School of Golf.” With some simple adjustments, you can take control of your trajectory and distance control on shots from these testy lies-- and improve your scores. Watch the lesson:

Did this tip help you? View more Dave Pelz videos at Pelz Corner or e-mail us askpelz@pelzgolf.com to let us know what you thought of the lesson.

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Now is the best time to commit to improving your golf game in 2018. Think about the areas where you want to see improvement and let’s create a plan to get you hitting shots closer to the hole and making more putts.

A Three-Day Dave Pelz Scoring School at one of our premier destination-resort locations is the best way to develop and fine-tune the skills you need to score your best. Pelz instruction has helped some of the best players in the world, including five-time major winner Phil Mickelson, perform to their peak potential. Come see what it can do for YOUR GAME.

You’ll leave our three-day school with confidence and a working plan for better scoring. Click here to learn about school dates in California, Florida, Georgia, New York and Michigan or watch as Dave Pelz personally invites you to visit an upcoming session:

Boca Raton Resort & Club, Boca Raton, FL
PGA National Resort & Spa, Palm Beach Garden, FL
Cimmarron Golf Resort, Palm Springs, CA
Chateau Elan Winery and Resort, Atlanta, GA
Centennial Golf Club, New York, NY
Escondido Golf & Lake Club, Austin, TX
Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club, Phoenix, AZ
Omni La Costa Resort and Spa, San Diego, CA
Chardonnay Golf Club, Napa, CA
Cog Hill Golf Club, Chicago, IL

California Dream:
Join Us at the Omni La Costa Resort and Spa

We are proud to announce Carlsbad, California’s Omni La Costa Resort and Spa as the newest home to the Dave Pelz Scoring Game School. One of the premier golf resort destinations in the country, La Costa is treat for the senses. With its pristine hillside setting (a short drive from San Diego’s Pacific coast and world-class beaches) and awe-inspiring Spanish architecture, the La Costa experience is unforgettable.

“The Omni La Costa is one the places you absolutely have to visit if you’re a golfer,” says Dave Pelz. “You’ve got the epitome of great Southern California golf and a resort that gives you an invigorating taste of the good life. Come meet my staff and see what makes this incredibly special.”

From 36 holes of acclaimed championship golf to an award-winning spa to eight sparkling pools, Omni La Costa Resort & Spa provides a refreshing retreat any time of year and is within easy reach of beaches and popular tourist attractions. Unwind and recharge at this legendary Southern California Resort.

Book a school or clinic at Omni La Costa Resort & Spa here.

Let’s Talk About Your Game

As one golf season comes to a close and another looms on the horizon, it’s a great time to take stock of our games and be honest about the good, the bad and the ugly shots we’ve hit over the past several months. We’d like to know a little bit more about your short game, but rather than harp on fears and weaknesses, let’s talk about your STRENGTHS.

Click here to take a quick survey about “The Strengths of Your Short Game.” We look forward to learning about the best shots in your arsenal. Please tell us more.

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:

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.

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:

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