Better Distance Control On Wedge Shots

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Better Distance Control On Wedge Shots

 

One of the things I am often asked is:  “How do I get better distance control on wedge shots?”

At Boyne Mountain Resort we have installed Northern Michigan’s first Wedge Range.  This area is specifically designed for hitting wedge shots.  There are 8 targets place in the ground spread out every 10 yards in a baseball diamond fashion from 30 up to 100 yards.  It’s a quiet unique place to work on your short game.

Distance control is so important in every faze of golf especially inside of 100 yards.  I often see handicaps drop significantly as I work with players on their short games.  In the video above Mike gives you three tips to help you control your distance:

→Length of the Backswing

→Speed of Your Arms

→Ball Position

Of course these elements must be blended together to produce a shot with the right trajectory, distance, and spin to land on the green and stop quickly.  Really it all comes down to practice.  There’s no doubt, having the Wedge Range has made my players practice more, because it’s fun.

For more information on adding spin to your wedge shots to control your distance please click here.

Mike Fay

Mike Fay

PGA Director of Instruction

With over 25 years of teaching experience, it's easy to see why Mike has become a leader in the world of golf instruction. Everything from cutting edge social networking techniques to having his own podcast, Mike has helped to change the face of teaching golf.  He currently is the Director of Player Performance at the Boyne Golf Academy in Harbor Springs, Michigan.

Email:  mike@mikefaygolf.com

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Use The Tee Drill For Better Chipping

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Better Chipping |  Use The Tee Drill

 

In this video Mike Fay shows you a great drill to help you with your short game.  This video was featured on Mike Fay Golf Live.

Bad short game shots could be the most frustrating part of golf.  The green is right there, it seems simple enough just to get that little white ball on there.  Sometimes it isn’t.

Here’s a drill that I have had much success with my players and I wanted to share it with you.   Leaning the shaft ahead of the ball at impact is essential to hitting solid chip shots.  It allows the leading edge of your wedge to contact the turf before the bounce does.  An added bonus is that the more you de-loft your wedge, the more spin you can put on the golf ball.  The more spin, the more control.

Thanks so much for watching and we look forward to your comments below.

Mike Fay

Mike Fay

PGA Director of Instruction

With over 25 years of teaching experience, it's easy to see why Mike has become a leader in the world of golf instruction. Everything from cutting edge social networking techniques to having his own podcast, Mike has helped to change the face of teaching golf.  He currently is the Director of Player Performance at the Boyne Golf Academy in Harbor Springs, Michigan.

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How To Repair A Ball Mark

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How To Repair A Ball Mark

 

The USGA has released a great video about repairing ball marks we wanted to share with you.  In the following video, find out why it’s important to fix a ball mark and why doing it incorrectly can do more harm than good.

Taking care of the course is our responsibility to the game.  It’s recommended that all players to fix yours and one other.  See if you fix ball marks like this.

Special thanks to the USGA for producing this video.  Thank you for watching and please leave your comments below.

Source:  USGA

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With over 25 years of teaching experience, it’s easy to see why Mike has become a leader in the world of golf instruction. Everything from cutting edge social networking techniques to having his own podcast, Mike has helped to change the face of teaching golf.  He currently is the Director of Player Performance at the Boyne Golf Academy in Harbor Springs, Michigan.

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Factors Of Controlling Golf Ball Spin

 

We all watch the pros on TV and think:  How did they get that golf ball to stop so fast?  How about back up? What makes that golf ball spin so much?

Making the ball spin is cool, but using the spin and knowing how to do it to lower your score is very important.

Spin=Control

Yes, the more you can control the spin, the more you can control your distance, the closer you hit the ball to the target.

So, what influences spin?  A number of factors but mainly:  FRICTION

Friction?  Yes friction created with club to ball contact. Ever wonder why when you are next to the green in the rough and your ball won’t stop on the green?  This is because grass gets trapped between the clubface and the ball and….less friction….less spin….less stopping power.  This is also the reason why a golf ball spins more off a tighter cut of grass.

Another factor effecting spin is speed.  The more speed you can have around the green, typically the more spin you can create.

So now you know the some factors you need to create spin.  The more spin, the more control.

Here’s a video by NBC Learn and the USGA with high speed video of what ball and club contact actually looks like.  Awesome stuff!

 

 
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PGA Director of Instruction

With over 25 years of teaching experience, it's easy to see why Mike has become a leader in the world of golf instruction. Everything from cutting edge social networking techniques to having his own podcast, Mike has helped to change the face of teaching golf.  He currently is the Director of Player Performance at the Boyne Golf Academy in Harbor Springs, Michigan.

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Chip The Ball Better

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Chip The Ball Better

 

In this video from the Mike Fay Golf Channel, Mike explains what good players with excellent short games do when they chip the golf ball.  This is what a chip shot looks like and feels like.  We all want to chip the ball better right?  It lowers our scores.  Where the ball is positioned and how the ball should come off the club face.  Do you have a comment?  Leave it below.

Mike Fay

Mike Fay

PGA Director of Instruction

With over 25 years of teaching experience, it's easy to see why Mike has become a leader in the world of golf instruction. Everything from cutting edge social networking techniques to having his own podcast, Mike has helped to change the face of teaching golf.  He currently is the Director of Player Performance at the Boyne Golf Academy in Harbor Springs, Michigan.

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How To Build A Wedge Range

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How To Build A Wedge Range

 

Want to score better?  Of course you do!  The Wedge Range at Boyne Mountain Resort opened this past July to rave reviews!  A place to help you with your game from 100 yards and in!

In this video, we discuss how we built the wedge range at Boyne Mountain Resort including the costs involved and time.  You would be amazed that for only a few dollars you can add so much to your facility. 

What’s a Wedge Range?  Our wedge range at Boyne Mountain is specifically designed for you to “dial” in your shots from 30-100 yards.  Spread out in a baseball diamond shape at the back of the Boyne Mountain Learning Center are cement targets placed in the ground.

Hit the target and watch your ball sail into the air! All distances on the Wedge Range are measured from a plate mounted in the middle of the teeing ground back there.  So, where ever you go, you can play from just about any distance you want.

Now you will know exactly how far you hit your clubs! Come up and play on Northern Michigan’s first Wedge Range!  Lower your scores and have fun!

Mike Fay

Mike Fay

PGA Director of Instruction

With over 25 years of teaching experience, it's easy to see why Mike has become a leader in the world of golf instruction. Everything from cutting edge social networking techniques to having his own podcast, Mike has helped to change the face of teaching golf.  He currently is the Director of Player Performance at the Boyne Golf Academy in Harbor Springs, Michigan.

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While working a stroke play tournament this summer I was called over by a  player to make a ruling.  At a par - 4 hole, Player A hit his second shot into a dense thicket behind the green.  Since the ball may be lost,...

Use The Tee Drill For Better Chipping

Better Chipping |  Use The Tee Drill   In this video Mike Fay shows you a great drill to help you with your short game.  This video was featured on Mike Fay Golf Live. Bad short game shots could be the most frustrating...

Hitting The Center Of The Golf Club Face

Hitting The Center Of The Clubface   Until the past several years we really didn't know how important hitting your golf ball on the center of the golf club face really was.  Through the magic of technology, we now know...

Club Replacement & Normal Course Of Play

Club Replacement and Normal Course of Play During the second round of play of the 2015 WGC - Cadillac Championship a frustrated Rory McIlroy hurled a golf club into the water in anger, playing the remainder of the...

How To Take Relief From Immovable Obstructions

How To Take Relief From Immovable Obstructions In the Rules of Golf an obstruction is a movable obstruction if it can be moved without unreasonable effort, without unduly delaying play and without causing damage. ...

The Use Of The Provisional Ball Rule

  The Use Of A Provisional Ball This is the next in the Playing By The Rules Video Series.  Mike and Frank discuss the proper way of using a provisional ball.   We discuss what the rule states and how to go about it...

What Is Meant By Testing The Conditions of a Golf Hazard?

In this latest article Frank discusses the dos and don't when pertaining to golf hazards.  Rule 13-4 Ball in Hazard; Prohibited Actions states: "Except as provided in the Rules, before making a stroke at a ball that is...

Where Does The Term Birdie Come From?

Where Does The Term Birdie Come From? We all love making birdies.  Who doesn't right?  But did you know the origin of the term?  Well, in golf history standards the term birdie isn't that old at all. Atlantic City...

How To Repair A Ball Mark

How To Repair A Ball Mark   The USGA has released a great video about repairing ball marks we wanted to share with you.  In the following video, find out why it's important to fix a ball mark and why doing it...

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