Rickie Fowler | Pitch It Close To Any Flag


No matter where the flag is, I like to think about making the same little backswing, with my grip light so the weight of the clubhead hinges my wrists. If I want to vary the height, I need to make only slight adjustments in my setup and release. If the pin’s in the front of the green, there’s a setup to hit the ball higher and stop it fast; if the pin’s back, there’s a setup to hit it lower and let it run. When all you have to do is adjust your setup and picture your finish position, your mind can stay clear during the shot.

This is the shot to master before you start messing around with different trajectories. It’s also what to hit when the pin is in the middle of the green. In this setup you want the ball in the middle of your stance (pin middle, ball middle — easy to remember). Set your hands slightly ahead to give the shaft some forward lean. Then just flow that heavy wedge back until your wrists start to hinge. Feel a pause, then swing through like it’s a normal impact. At the finish, I’ve released a medium amount so the clubhead is just ahead of my hands (top image, right).

When the pin is back, play the ball in the back of your stance, about even with your right instep. Here you want the most shaft lean, so bring your hands pretty far forward, close to your left thigh. I might narrow my stance to move weight to my left side, but what I really want to focus on is keeping my hands ahead of the clubhead all the way to the finish. This low, limited release makes it easy to control how far the ball will run out (top image, center).

For front hole locations position the ball in the front of your stance. Open the clubface some to add loft, bringing your hands back so they’re in line with the ball. The shaft should point straight down. In my finish, I let the clubhead release fully so it gets at least to waist high (top image, far left). This will shoot the ball up so it can settle fast. Now just make the putt.

via Golf Digest

Torrey Pines Golf Course Green Fees

It’s why we golf. Because we have Torrey Pines as an option on a beautiful San Diego day. (The RESIDENT discount is a bonus too)

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Rates effective July 1, 2012 thru June 30, 2013

City of San Diego RESIDENT I.D. CARD
(Annual Fee from date of purchase)
$25.00 N/A
ADVANCED BOOKING FEE (Per Player, either course) $30.00 $43.00
Junior Twilight Tickets (30 day ticket, age 17 and under, San Diego City residents only). Valid Mon – Thurs at 3:00 p.m. except holidays. $10.50 N/A

Green Fees

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SOUTH COURSE Green Fees- WEEKDAYS (Mon- Thurs)
18- Holes $61.00 $183.00
18- Holes Senior (62 and over) $43.00 N/A
18- Holes Junior (Mon- Thurs only) N/A $128.00
18- Holes Twilight $37.00 $110.00
9- Holes (Maintenance only) $37.00 $110.00
18- Holes $76.00 $229.00
18- Holes Twilight $46.00 $137.00
9- Holes (Maintenance only) $46.00 $137.00
NORTH COURSE Green Fees- WEEKDAYS (Mon- Thurs)
18- Holes $40.00 $100.00
18- Holes Senior (62 and over) $28.00 N/A
18- Holes Junior (Mon- Thurs only) N/A $70.00
18- Holes Twilight $24.00 $60.00
9- Holes (back 9) $24.00 $60.00
18- Holes $50.00 $125.00
18- Holes Twilight $30.00 $75.00
9- Holes (back 9) $30.00 $75.00

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2 Simple Golf Shots You Need

Two simple shots to choose between for every situation: a low chip for good lies with lots of green to work with, and a high pitch for when you have a sketchier lie or no room to run the ball. Using these shots, you simplify the decision-making process. You’re able to concentrate on your landing spot and target, and you’ll hit more shots close to the hole.


low chip shot

ADDRESS (above, left)
The feet are close together and turned 45 degrees toward the target, and the weight is mostly on the lead foot. The ball position is under the right armpit, and the body posture is tall.

BACKSWING (above, right)
Pull the club straight back from the target with the back of the right hand, and feel the right wrist give slightly–not fully hinge. The hands stay low and quiet going back.

low chip shot

IMPACT (above, left)
Just as in putting, the back of the left hand leads the club toward the target. The arms are an extension of the club, and there’s no hit or lift in the stroke. The ball just gets in the way.

FINISH (above, right)
Angling the feet toward the hole makes it easier to create a slight lower-body pivot in the downswing. The upper body stays quiet and is pulled through by the pivot, and the club finishes low.


high pitch shot

ADDRESS (above, left)
The feet are angled as with the low chip, but the stance is slightly wider, the knees have more flex, and the ball is just inside the shirt logo. The weight is forward, the shaft straight up and the face open.

BACKSWING (above, right)
Feel as if you’re taking the club away with the thumb and index finger of the right hand, and let the clubhead’s weight pull the right wrist into a full hinge. The weight is mostly on the front foot.

high pitch shot

IMPACT (above, left)
Pivot through impact, and keep the right hand moving palm up at the target while the left hand stops at its address position. It should feel like a 75-percent version of your full swing.

FINISH (above, right)
Sling the clubhead on a vertical plane directly in front of the chest, and ride the momentum to a full finish. The club finishes high and in front, not pulled around and down near the left hip.

More drills and video: Dave Stockton: The Only 2 Shots You Need: Golf Digest.

Open Up To Fix Your Slice

I have been struggling with my driver, for no particular reason. I use to stripe it and when I do, it goes 230+ yards. (Not too shabby for an amateur)

Seriously, though. I have absolutely no idea why I can’t just pick up the driver and hit it like my wedge or 7 wood. It’s just flat out all over the place. Yet, I keep trying to figure it out. So, how about a tip of the day for all of you that slice it.

Here’s a drill to help you start the club back straighter and shallow out your downswing. Set up in a dramatically open stance, with your feet aimed 30 or 40 degrees left of the target. Then swing back along your stance line. This will prevent you from pulling the club to the inside and will create a wider arc. You’ll get into a lower, flatter position at the top (below).

On the downswing, the only way to swing toward the target is to feel as if you’re pushing the club way out to the right. Another good feel is that your right shoulder stays low; most slicers get the right shoulder too high on the downswing.

These moves will feel awkward at first, because you’re reversing the shape of your swing, so start at 70 percent speed. Work your way back to a square stance or stay open. Lee Trevino set up extremely open, and he was one of the best ball-strikers ever.

Thanks Jim!

Jim McLean: Open Up To Fix Your Slice: Golf Digest.

How to Buy a Wedge

Was out on the course the other day and said to my golf buddy, I need a new wedge.

I carry a 60 degree standard, 56 degree with a low bounce,  a 52 degree standard and a pitching wedge. Yes, the 56 degree is a low bounce. (for tight lies, fairway shots, and tight, compacted sand)

Since my 60 degree is my “go to” wedge for most of my chip shots, and while looking at the clubface I noted that it was slick and had lost its groove, it was the logical one to replace. But the question was, do I use the same degree or bounce? Having the right wedge(s) is critical to my short game.

Let’s take a look at the smart tips:

What is the LOFT:

The loft of the club is measured in degrees and is the angle of the clubface. Choose wedge lofts that will help you hit it closer to the pin from your most common approach yardages. As you build your wedge makeup, ideally you will have a 4 to 5° of difference in loft between each one. Here’s a rundown on the typical wedge lofts.

Pitching Wedge: 46 to 48°

Approach Wedge/Gap Wedge: 51 to 53°

Sand Wedge: 54 to 58°

Lob Wedge: 58 to 60°

What is BOUNCE:

Bounce is the angle of the sole to the ground. Wedges with a higher bounce angle perform better out of the fluffy sand or high grass. A lower bounce wedge will perform better on courses with tight lies and thin bunker beds. Match the bounce recommendations below with the course conditions you encounter most:

High Bounce (above 14°) for tall grass, deep rough, and fluffy sand

Standard bounce (10°-14°) for normal to soft conditions or those who leave shallow divots.

Low bounce (0-10°) for tight lies, fairway shots, and tight, compacted sand.


Wedges come in a variety of finishes including polished chrome, satin, black/gunmetal and raw. All finishes wear slightly over time and you should choose the one that sets up best to your eye at address. The only finish with performance benefits is the raw finish which will rust over time and helps add spin.

My golf buddy just happened to have a brand new Cleveland CG15 Tour Zip 58 degree that she just picked up. Thanks Mel! I needed that.

Next I will be looking at replacing the 56 degree wedge with a Cleveland 588 Chrome wedge, just because it’s PRETTY!


via Golfsmith

A Few More Yards Off the Tee: Tips for Women

Take a look at this Golf for Women article, only if you want more yardage off the tee.

I would like more consistency. (They call me Boomer because I can hit a drive up to 250 yards but forget about accuracy)

So my takeaway to the practice range today is: spending more time with my driver and woods than the rest of the long clubs in my bag and teeing up the ball a few inches in front of my usual ball position, and practice hitting drives.

What’s yours?

Top 10 Power Tips for Women: Golf Digest.

Golf Tips: How to Break 80

What does it take to shoot in the 70s? If you can shoot 82, you can just as easily shoot 76. You have the game for it. But do you have the mind? If youre used to shooting 82, 76 is a tall order. To break out of your comfort zone, change your view of the round.

Score In Triads
Trying to shoot a target score or sustaining excellent play over 18 holes can put a lot of pressure on you. Instead, break up your round into six groups of three holes. To break 80, set a goal of averaging 13 strokes for each set of three holes six groups times 13 strokes equals 78 strokes.

Breaking up the round helps you to stay in the present and not look ahead to difficult holes or ones you might birdie. It also eases the feeling that you must par every hole to break 80. If one group consists of two par fours and a five, try to par them all; if the next triad is three, four, five, you can have a bogey; in a triad of two par threes and a five, you can have two bogeys, and so on; whatever it takes to make 13 strokes. If you score under 13, great; over 13 and you must find a triad preferably with more than one par three where you can score under 13. Remember, the goal is to average 13 for each triad. That allows you, on average, a bogey every three holes.

Golf Tips

Break Up Your Swing Thoughts
The legendary Bobby Jones used to say he never worried about playing his best over the first few holes because he was getting a feel for the course and didnt want his expectations too high before he knew what he could do that day. For you, that means dont saddle yourself with an intricate swing thought on the first tee and attempt to sustain it throughout the round. Use the first six holes to “find your swing.” Dont do anything fancy, just advance the ball. Keep it in the fairway, regardless of how your swing feels, and youll be surprised how easy it is to make pars.

After the first six holes, your body will be ready to focus on a swing thought. Pick one that feels right and focuses on the downswing. Backswing keys are position-oriented and often put mechanical thoughts into your head. Downswing thoughts are motion-oriented and focus on the target, which is what you want.

Over the last six holes, your objective is sustaining the rhythm developed over the rest of the round. Let your swing key become almost unconscious. Focus on keeping grip pressure light and on a smooth tempo. Staying in control down the home stretch will ensure breaking your comfort zone.

via weather.com – Golf Tips.

The 18 Most Annoying Golf Partners

This pretty much nails it for annoying golfers. My style is to go out and play the game to the best of my abilities and no chatting, distractions and advise from the guys. Don’t need it thanks, I got a coach.

1. Unsolicited Swing Advice Guy

Defining characteristics: Knows exactly how to fix your swing even though you didn’t ask. Employs a vast array of swing jargon that only confuses you further. Favorite expression: “Wait, try this!

Gosh, we’ve all played with #13, The Delusional Guy… convinced he can get home in two on a par 5. Usually gets there in four. #17, The Cheat… Favorite expression: “Better to be lucky than good!” and my favorite, #7, The Frat Boy. If you got to get your drink on, do it at the bowling alley.

For more, and you know who they are, annoying golf partners: Golf Digest – 18 Annoying Golf Partners

The Reasonable Mans Rules Of Golf

I found these rules of golf over at Golf Digest. Albeit they may not be the official rules, it allows you to play a quick, casual round while staying within the spirit of the game. And it is a game after all, isn’t it?

Some of the suggested rules are:

1. Move your ball out of a footprint in the sand. (Why should you pay a penalty for someone else’s carelessness?)
2. Play winter rules. (If a course is really wet, has just been aerated, or just has spots where it’s in lousy condition, move your ball a few inches, no closer to the hole.)
3. Treat yourself to a Mulligan. (As long as your group agrees to one on the first tee and you don’t hold up the groups behind, then allow yourself to hit a bonus shot.)
4. Don’t penalize yourself if your ball moves when removing debris around it. (Bobby Jones once said “You may as well praise someone for not robbing a bank,” when he was lauded for calling a similar penalty on himself. Good for him, but last time we checked, you’re not Bobby Jones.)

For more Reasonable Mans Rules of Golf check out Golf Digest!

Turn Your Chin Back For Solid Tee Shots

The east coast is getting the first snow storm of the season, stay warm and safe back there you’ all!

Today in San Diego:  Mostly sunny in the morning…becoming partly cloudy. Patchy fog near the beaches in the afternoon. Highs 65 to 70 near the coast to 73 to 78 inland. Light winds.

So, off to golf I go. As I am off injured reserved now, there are a few burps in my swing that I have to work out. Notably, I am to steep on my downswing with the driver, just not getting a nice sweeping motion.

Here is the tip I am taking to the course today to help correct this problem. It is to turn my chin slightly away from the target at address. Then, as I swing back down to impact, sense that the chin points even farther behind the ball.

I’ll give it a whirl!

via David Leadbetter: Turn Your Chin Back For Solid Tee Shots: Golf Digest.