Monday, November 27, 2006

Fairway Bunkers

When playing from fairway bunkers or waste areas on some of our desert courses play the ball towards the center of your stance, take one more club than you normally would and make sure you make a smooth, controlled swing. Focusing on the front edge of the ball and maintaining your posture throughout the hitting area will allow you to make solid contact by hitting the ball first.

By Jay Larscheid, Head Golf Professional at Longbow Golf Club

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Pre-Round Preparation

Give yourself the best chance of starting your round well by arriving at the golf course 45-60 minutes before your round. Begin at the putting green with putts of various lengths. Then hit a few chips to establish your feel. Finally, move over to the practice range and hit balls with every other club in your bag starting with your wedge. To ease first tee jitters your last three practice shots should mimic your opening drive.

By Jeff Allen, PGA Assistant Golf Professional at Longbow Golf Club