Welcome Letter from your Professional, Andrew
Thank you to the DSGA Board for allowing me to advise and assist the DSGA. I have been in the golf business since 1997 with much of that time in player development and consulting roles to help grow leagues and participation. Additionally, I am a certified “Back-to-Golf” Instructor. If I can help any of you to better your golf game, please contact me at (972) 890-7086 or firstname.lastname@example.org. I am giving discounts to DSGA members and your significant others. I look forward in meeting everyone this season! - Andrew
What do you think is the number one thing you can do to improve your golf game?
The number one thing that a player can do is continually work on the fundamentals of Grip, Aim and Setup during “deliberate practice sessions.”
- Grip the club naturally. It’s got to be consistent and comfortable. For most shots, the shaft of the club should run through the hands of the lead hand under the palm and in the fingers of the trail hand.
The setup includes knee bend, posture and weight distribution. The main thing about this to remember is to remember “athletic ready”. Knees slightly flexed, bend towards the ball from the hips and weight should be in the balls of the feet.
Aim and Alignment. The club should be aimed at your intended starting line and the body should be aimed parallel to your intended path of your club. Pay special attention to the shoulders as they have the biggest impact on path of the club.
Why do you think this is the most helpful thing you can do, or why do you think it has the most impact?
I think following these fundamentals are extremely important because under pressure, a player will resort to what feels right. Practicing these until they become routine gives the player the best chance of accomplishing this.
One final thought, I previously mentioned “deliberate practice”. Deliberate practice means practicing with a purpose.
See you in the fairway!
Placing and Replacing
One way of remembering the distinction between placing and replacing is through this convenient summary;
Placing is putting a ball on a spot for the first time;
1) Putting the original ball on a new spot (e.g. when the original lie has been altered, Rule 20-3b, as above, or when ‘Preferred Lies’ applies).
2) Putting a substituted ball on a new spot (e.g. Rule 20-3b when the original ball has been lost).
3) Putting a substituted ball on the original spot (e.g. Rule 18-1, when the ball at rest was moved by an outside agency and has been lost).
Replacing is everything else;
1) Putting the original ball back on the original spot (e.g. on the putting green, or when it has been lifted because it interfered with another player’s stroke).
2) Dropping the ball (or a ball), required to be replaced, as near as possible to an estimated spot not precisely known (e.g. Rule 20-3c, as above).
So confusingly, there are some situations in the Rules of Golf when replacing a ball may mean dropping it at the estimated spot, as in Rule 20-3c when the player does not know the exact spot where there ball was at rest. For example, unless the ball was at rest on the putting green when it was moved, e.g. by an outside agency, Rule 20-3c trumps Rule 18-1, which states, “If a ball at rest is moved by an outside agency, there is no penalty and the ball must be replaced.”
Andrew, PGA, M.B.A.
PGA Golf Instructor