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Alex Wu Ashun finishes second with Li Haotong in the Handa World Cup of golf tournament yesterday. This caps off a great year for Alex with one final event left at the JT Cup in Tokyo, Japan. Their -16 under score of 272 placed them in a tie for second with Ricki Fowler and Jimmy Walker.
By Joe Thiel PGA MPFor the past 3 decades we have discovered the following techniques that speed up the process of developing student's golf game foundation building. We have also found that if students never get the opportunity to develop these simple irrefutable foundations they will struggle in the game forever to some degree. Have a look at the text below accompanied by many pictures as you discover what the hands especially do in the golf swing via short game practice.   DRILLS FOR ACCELERATED DEVELOPMENT1. With your left hand only hold the club out in front of you parallel…
I have been asked by so many readers and students to define “tempo” and how on earth can we create good tempo in the golf swing? I want to take a moment to address these many questions.   Tempo is basically the overall speed of your swing motion from the distinct difference in the backswing to the difference in the change of direction from the top to impact. Seems like every tour type player has a bit different tempo as seen by the naked eye but in fact you may be quite surprised to find tons of similarities. An example…
This special golf club has the unique ability to teach you the simple swing fundamentals for the new player and also help the strong player recapture their slumping swing. Since the sand wedge is a shorter club, use it to establish rhythm. The head is heavier than the other irons and this alone makes it difficult to swing hard and jerky. In my teaching I like the student to understand the leading edge of the wedge stays connected to the body's movement throughout the swing from address through impact. As you turn, the arms, hands, body and leading edge all…
Timing is perceived as such an elusive thing in golf. The word is used in a poor context nearly all the time when single digit handicap players score poorly. I just couldn’t seem to get my timing under control nearly all day out there, quip player after player. Being this elusive makes players very streaky to say the least but my opinion is that many portions of the golf swing are still misunderstood and that is after years and years of material created and available on swing fundamentals. One of the major sources of this timing frustration is that most…
By Joe Thiel   Pre-round preparation has to be considered a top priority for all competitive players. It is the exact location that all things are mentally set to begin play in the event. It is much more then warming the body up, it is the place where each player transfers the mastered skills to competitive play. It is where each prepares to trust the sub-conscious to perform the habit engrained tasks. Over the years I have seen many different warm up routines that worked very well. I have to say I have seen just as many routines however that…
By Joe Thiel   Instruction in this great game of ours has taken several different roads over the last 30+ years but the core basics of athletic instinctive movement still are there and always will be. Another important basic is mastering the flat stick, (i.e. putting), and this mastery has separated decent players and great players. Each of us instructors that have been around for many years have our own ideals and methods if you will, that have propelled our players forward in their scoring and this surely includes putting. Let me take just a few minutes of your time…
By Joe Thiel   Like all sports, golf requires a high degree of hand-eye coordination, as well as advanced hand motor skills to strike the ball correctly and send it toward the intended target. If you don’t employ your hands correctly, you’ll find it difficult to hit quality golf shots consistently. As a golfer who’s serious about improving, it’s imperative that you learn what roles the hands play in the golf swing. Once you do, you’ll have all the tools to take your shotmaking to a much higher level. A Key Relationship I’m sure you’ve read your fair share of…
GOING ABOUT ACHIEVING BALANCE IN ALL THE WRONG WAYS Many players consistently lose their balance in the golf swing and spend hours trying to achieve it through varies methods. Most miss however quite possibly the most important method that has to be learned however once quality posture is achieved. That is “CLUB FACE.” That’s right clubface.   Our body is designed for decent balanced athleticism but subconsciously we will make adjustments for club face positions that are not correct during the swing causing us to be thrown here and there all over the ball. Find out if this could be you??…
Get a grip on your putter to improve your game on the greens Finding the right personalized putting grip and then perfecting the right internal climate to let it go is a bit easier then you might think. The difficulty has been following the pack and thinking that a generic grip should work for everyone. Obviously, watching the players who make their living on the course will tell you a one-size-fits-all grip certainly is not true. By the way, if you could step into the lives of a few of these players you would find that they have been on…
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Joe Thiel has spent 40 years helping others learn and enjoy the game of golf.He is one of only a few golf professionals in the U.S. who has earned the prestigious PGA Master Professional designation. The local PGA region has honored him as the PGA Teacher of the Year three times - in 1993, 1995, and 1997. He was also inducted into the Mercer County Hall of Fame in 1999, and into the 'Millennium Who's Who in America.' Golf Magazine has also honored Joe with the title of Top 100 Teachers in America for many years and Golf Driving Range Magazine has also honored him as one of the top 50 Teachers in America. More About Joe.