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Green Reading – Start Line

If using a line helps, do it. And if it doesn’t, don’t!

GOLF TIPS Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org Reading a green correctly can be difficult, especially on a course that we do not play every day. Reading greens can seem hard, even on our home course, if we are a golfer who struggles to visualize the break of the ball. There are green reading professionals and certifications that believe they have the best method to reading greens, such as a system called AimPoint. I am not AimPoint certified, but have learned some through their knowledge, third-hand. They have taken the scientific research of green reading, and turned it into a practical application while ... Read More »

Mental Mastery

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GOLF TIPS Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org I have found the modern sports psychologist like to use the word “mastery” to encompass all that it takes to become really good at something. By studying these masters of performance we can understand the mental makeup it takes to achieve greatness. Personally, I have found the mental side of golf to be a roadblock in my path to improve. I believe for everyone mastering our own mental state while in pressure situation is an ongoing battle, because it has been proven that the brain is ever evolving throughout our entire life. Improving performance comes ... Read More »

The Open Clubface Epidemic

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GOLF TIPS Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org I try not to discuss preferences on how to swing the club, because I am a believer there is no one way for all golfers. However, there is one element in the golf swing I see in many lessons that most golfers struggle with. Seeing a golfer have this element does not mean I have figured out the cause of the problem, but it does mean that I can narrow my focus to find a cure. The element I am talking about is the club face being open on the downswing. It can be a ... Read More »

Self-Corrections – Focus on the Facts, Not the Feels

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GOLF TIPS Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org I want to educate golfers on how they can evaluate each shot, and what actually happens on their common misses. As an instructor there are certain prescriptions that I prefer to fix problems. Another instructor might have a totally different remedy to address the same problem. Golfers also have ways to fix problems with what they believe to be the solution, such as, keeping their head down, keeping their eye on the ball, etc. The golfer felt their head raise up, so they think that reversing the feel will solve their problem. Self-corrections need to ... Read More »

Spine Tilt at Address

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GOLF TIPS Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org There is a difference between a full shot address position that requires power, and a short shot address position that requires finesse. Knowing how to set up to the ball depending on the required shot is a skill that can be learned by anyone. Set up changes, although simple to accomplish physically, can make a big feel change for the player. If done properly, set up changes can bring elements together correctly without too much thinking during the player’s motion. When hitting a driver off of a tee, it is advantageous for most golfers to ... Read More »

Putting – Beyond the Mechanics

Set two tees down on the target side, and behind the golf ball, both tees  equal distance from the ball. Make a few strokes from a distance that the back and forward swing would be approximately where the tees are. No target is needed for this drill. Check
to make sure your backswing is not shorter than your forward stroke. SUBMITTED PHOTO

GOLF TIPS Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org There are many myths being told between playing companions. One of the sources that keep the myths going is the TV announcer who is in the booth analyzing professional golf tournaments. Many of these TV personalities played golf in the 80’s and 90’s, and have really not been around instructors, new technology, and other educational sources since then. They seem to still use the same sayings that were popular before new technology tools have proven, or disproven these common phrases. One example of a common phrase that has been proven to be incorrect is: “he/she ... Read More »

Setting Intentions

The Line Drill (above) - Paint a line, with course marking paint, and hit golf balls that sit on top of the line. This will help determine initial club to
ground interaction entry point.

GOLF TIPS Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org As golfers we can try a million different techniques or sensations when playing golf. One sensation might work for one swing. Another swing, though, might work for five or six holes. So which sensations are correct, and which sensations are not? As an instructor, I am trying to get people to be consistently better. My correction cannot be telling a student a sensation they should have. I prefer to help students set intentions, and guide them beyond that point. Whatever technique or sensation helps them accomplish this intention is the correct one; the sensation is ... Read More »

Keep the Flip

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GOLF TIPS Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org There are many different techniques that produce success in golf. When hitting a chip or pitch shot the sequence of body movements should be different compared to a shot that needs power. The chip or pitch shot is considered a finesse shot. In contrast, the power sequence is from the ground up: feet, hips, torso, arms, and then the club head. The power sequence starts with the feet shifting pressure into the earth, and pushing off the earth to generate maximum club head speed. The finesse shot does not need this explosive sequence. A golfer ... Read More »

Get Custom Fit for All Clubs

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GOLF TIPS Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org I get many questions when someone is buying a golf club, or a whole set of clubs; “What company should I purchase golf clubs from?” “What are the right clubs for me?” “How many golf clubs do I need?” “What should my set make up consist of?” The most common question is, simply, “Do I need a new set of clubs?” There is no one great answer to this question, and everyone’s situation is different. I have seen players get fit for a new driver on a launch monitor, and the new driver cannot outperform ... Read More »

What can we learn from the Tour Professionals?

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GOLF TIPS Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org The start of a lesson I always begin with getting to know the student, their golf game and any goals or task they want to accomplish. The main question I ask is simply, “What brings you here today?” I get a lot of responses, ranging from “I want to lower my handicap by 3 shots before the end of the year,” “I want to be able to play with others and not get embarrassed,” or “I want to swing like my favorite player that I see on TV, they make it look so easy.” The ... Read More »

Decelerate Properly to Hit It Farther

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GOLF TIPS Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org I hope this title has you intrigued. There is an ambition in golf instruction to understanding the facts of what exactly and how the body is moving in the golf swing. Some instructors have the technology to examine their student’s body movements. They are using software systems that measure the body during the golf swing in 3D, and some have 6D. These systems read, for example, what degree a section of the body, such as a golfer’s hips, thorax, and/or arms are located, and what speed each section is moving. I do not work with ... Read More »

The Team Approach

At his TPI certified fitness professional’s gym.

GOLF TIPS Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org The first three majors of the year in golf were won by Jordan Speith and Zack Johnson. After each victory they thanked many people- golf coaches, caddies, fitness instructors, mind coaches, etc. I follow many of their coaches and trainers on social media. Jordan and Zack team members posted pictures on these social media outlets. They made the rounds to share in the victory, because all the team members had a hand in making the victory possible. Every PGA Tour Professional, that I am aware of, has a team. Many have a TPI team, like ... Read More »

Biggest Golf Myth Ever – You Lifted Your Head…Keep Your Head Down

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GOLF TIPS Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org If you have ever read my articles you know that there is one myth that really bugs me. The myth is usually in the form of a free tip from a friend to “keep your head down” or after the shot, a playing partner will say “you lifted your head.” I cringe when I hear these statements on the range, or when playing golf with others. Let us start with stating one fact. A golfer’s head should always come up during a golf swing. It is not a matter of if it happens, it is ... Read More »

Uncomfortable Practice

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GOLF TIPS Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org If you do not play golf for a living, making time to practice can be difficult. There is a limited amount of time to practice beyond the time spent playing golf. If practice time is limited what is the best way to grow your game. A golfer who puts themselves in uncomfortable situations, will make mistakes more often, but growth happens quicker than those who practice in comfortable situations. Hitting 7 iron after 7 iron on the range at the same target, or the same distance has some benefit. This technique of blocked practice is ... Read More »

Producing Different Trajectories

The three wrist movements to know: extension 
/flexion, ulnar/radial deviation and supination/pronation. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

GOLF TIPS Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org There are so many variables in a golf swing. If I were to go back to college, I would take physics, kinesiology and biomechanics classes to become a better golf instructor. I study all the aforementioned now, but it takes me a couple reads or views to let the information soak in. A couple years ago I started studying how the golfer’s wrists movement heavily affect all the variables in the golf swing. The golfer’s wrists are most influential at impact. They affect loft, club face direction, and many other parameters that affects how the ... Read More »

Why the Slice?

Club paths.

GOLF TIPS Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org The dreaded slice. Why do so many golfers slice? What causes the slice? How do I fix my slice? Let us answer all these questions. A slice is a golf shot that takes off and turns significantly right of the initial starting direction. Slicing is a worldwide epidemic that does have a secret ingredient to fix the problem. I know you wanted a quick fix so you can take $5 off your friends tomorrow, but changing a bad pattern takes hours of work. However, you do not have to get worse before you get better. ... Read More »

Determining Contact Point

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ByTodd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org   The secret to better golf is making solid contact with the golf ball. Off-center hits affect the flight of the golf ball, distance, accuracy, and more specifically, launch, spin, trajectory, and spin axis. Spin axis determines which way and how much the golf ball turns after initial launch. As an instructor I first look at ball flight before evaluating the student’s golf swing. Then I will try to change any swing patterns that may be causing the undesired ball flight, and unwanted misses. Before making any changes to the ball flight I determine where the student ... Read More »

Patriot Golf Day at Hideaway

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Golf Tips Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org I am going to break away from the topic of golf instruction for one publication, and talk about a very important charitable foundation. On Saturday, March 14th Hideaway Beach Club hosted the 1st Annual Hideaway Beach Club Patriot Golf Day. Hideaway and many clubs around the nation raise money for the Folds of Honor Foundation by running Patriot Golf Days throughout the year. The mission statement of the Folds of Honor Foundation is written as such: Honoring Their Sacrifice, Educating Their Legacy. Of the one million-plus dependents adversely affected by deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, ... Read More »

Putting – Club Face Alignment

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By Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org There are many important aspects to be a good putter, confidence, focus, set-up/address position, grip, green reading, club face alignment, constant tempo, feel, visualization, and speed control.One important factor that should be near the top of the list is club face alignment at address. Club face alignment is important, because the golf ball needs to role end over end at the target. If the club face is not aligned properly at address there is good chance the club face will not come back square to the target line. A player has an instinct about where the ... Read More »

It’s all in the Wrists

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Golf Tips Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org In the last year I have changed my thinking on how the amateur golfer should chip and pitch the ball on the green. Previously I taught students to rotate their body through the ball and get the club handle to “zip” through impact. In most golf shots the hands should be slightly ahead of the golfer’s center. I still believe this is a successful way to hit short shots. However, for most golfers this takes a lot of practice to develop the skill to time this correctly. What happens to many golfers is they “drag” ... Read More »