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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 
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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?

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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 »

Golf Swing Myths

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Golf Tips Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org When I am on the lesson tee with students we converse about their latest round, what their swing thoughts are at the moment, bad shots, good shots, etc. One thing that sticks out to me in these conversations is the amount of bad information that is communicated between playing companions, whether it is husband/wife, friends, opponents, or someone they just met. Many common sayings by amateur golfers need to be put to bed. The fact of the matter is people give free advice, and usually the person who listens gets what they paid for. Many ... Read More »

Practice…We Are Talking About Practice!

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Golf Tips Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org There are many ways to succeed in the game of golf. Since I have been in the business, I have improved my own game. Many PGA golf professionals played in college and/or professional golf. I, on the other hand, entered the golf business after a short stint in the financial world. I have worked hard on my game since I started in the golf business. Truth be told, my game was not up to par with other PGA Professionals. I realized this early in my career, and I started practicing every day. I was single, ... Read More »

Goal Setting

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Golf Tips Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org The game of golf in the year of 2014 was exciting. Rory McIlroy became an even bigger superstar. Tiger Woods battled injuries. Rickie Fowler shined in the majors. Patrick Reed made a stir as the USA lost another Ryder Cup, and President Barack Obama made news by playing a lot of golf. How was your 2014 golf year? Did you meet your goals? Did you have golf goals? I challenge all golfers who want to get better in 2015 to set golf goals. A useful way of making goals more powerful is to use the ... Read More »

Club Face Awareness

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Golf Tips Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org Anyone who reads my articles understands that I believe in the body-swing connection. To constantly keep improving over time, a golfer must strive to improve the body and the golf swing. My experience of doing physical evaluations of students has made it clear to me that the club path is heavily affected by how the body functions. The club path is the path the club head travels to make impact to the golf ball relative to the target. With that being said, the club face angle at impact is king. The club face is especially ... Read More »

The Body, the Body, the Body

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Golf Tips Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org When I started teaching the game of golf, it never crossed my mind that I would be studying biomechanics, 6D video and physics, but this is the high level of education available to instructors. I am just a novice at these subjects compared to the top teachers in the world. However, my expertise is helping a student make a golf swing that is functional for their body. A new buzz word in the golf instructional world is biomechanics. Many biomechanics are discovering that that the biomechanical study of the golf swing is complex and right ... Read More »

It’s All in the Hips

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Golf Tips Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org It’s all in the hips” is a funny line from the movie “Happy Gilmore.” Happy’s teacher, Chubbs, tells him this line while helping with his golf swing. The line has some truth to it. The hip movement is important for many reasons. The number one reason is that hip rotation affects pelvic rotation and footwork. If a golfer’s hips move properly, the correct balance and footwork can be achieved. Many of us have limitation in our hip rotation. When the hips are limited in the golf swing, compensations are made with other body movements. Compensation ... Read More »

Chip to Lower Your Scores

A Tiger Woods chip shot. SUBMITTED PHOTO

GOLF TIPS Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org All golfers miss greens with approach shots. Jim Furyk had a scrambling percentage of 80 percent on the PGA Tour in 2014. Scrambling is the percentage of times a player gets the ball up and in from around the green. Furyk’s percentage was the best on the PGA Tour in 2014. This is why he is the best player in the world that is not in the top 50 in driving distance. Most golfers can relate with Furyk’s game. We do not hit 300 yards drives of the tee, and most of us have an ... Read More »

Maximum Distance

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Golf Tips Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org In 1997, world-renowned golf instructor Jim McLean published a book called, “X–Factor and Other Secrets of Power and Distance.” McLean has always been on the forefront of golf instruction. The X–Factor is a concept based on a golfer turning their hips to start the downswing without moving the shoulders (as seen in the picture). The greater degree of separation between the hip turn and the shoulder turn the farther the golf ball will travel. McLean has studies with stats to prove the theory, and also discusses in the book other factors involved in achieving distance. ... Read More »

Realistic Expectations

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Golf Tips Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org Golf is not an easy game. I find that beginning golfers struggle with limiting their expectation. They see the person next to them on the range hitting the golf ball high and far. They want to make the ball fly far as well, and they expect to produce something similar. When I stand next to a basketball player dunking the basketball into the hoop, I do not change my own expectation of my own game. I simply do not have the physical capability to dunk the basketball. I would have to train for years, and ... Read More »

The Body-Swing Connection

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Golf Tips Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org The past few days, I was in Phoenix, Arizona, attending the TPI (Titleist Performance Institute) Level 2 Golf Mechanics Seminar. TPI co-founder, Dave Phillips, and Mark Blackburn, a top 100 instructor, hosted the golf mechanics seminar. TPI is the world leader in education concerning golf instruction. Titleist Performance Institute has certified instructors in 58 countries around the world. TPI takes a team approach to help golfers reach their golf goals, including a golf instructor, fitness instructor and medical professional on the team. The TPI golf instructor leads the team, communicating the student’s golf goals and ... Read More »

What Golf Ball Fits Your Game?

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Golf Tips Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org I have been told many times by my students that they are not good enough golfers to play a premium golf ball. Believe or not, playing the correct golf ball can take strokes off your game instantly, even for the higher handicapper. Many of the companies do a great job marketing there lower priced golf balls. However, these marketing techniques lead to myths about how the golf ball performs and what leads to lower scores. The one marketing technique that comes to mind is a golf ball company that markets a golf ball that supposedly ... Read More »

Instructor or No Instructor?

Tiger and Sean Foley

Golf Tips Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org Tiger Woods announced this week that he would be parting ways with swing coach, Sean Foley. Anytime Tiger hires or fires any one on his team, there is a serious amount of attention. The talking heads of The Golf Channel, NBC and other networks have all chimed in on this topic. They have compared his records during his time with the three teachers he has had as a professional, Butch Harmon, Hank Haney and Foley. The talking heads and two of Tiger’s former instructors have stated that Tiger would be better off without a golf ... Read More »