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  1. I see so many professional golfers in their pre-shot routine at address pick up the club and set it down several times instead of the old waggle. And some will also slide the club toward their body and then back behind the ball. I’m just wondering if there’s a purpose behind this. I’ve searched the internet looking for some answers, but I don’t see it addressed.

    1. Great question Marshall!

      You bring up a very interesting point, the pre shot waggle. Hogan wrote a whole chapter on it in his famous book, so it must be fairly important!?

      The main goal is to try and get relaxed/settled down before you start your swing. This can and does take many forms. Anything you can do to help relax your muscles some before you swing would be a good thing. The other component to this would be to do the SAME thing each time. This has a way of calming down the nerves and letting the brain know when it’s time to start. It also helps you not to think so much, the more we think, the more we stink!

      If you watch baseball players waiting on a pitch in the batters box, you will see all kinds of various movements, all designed to help relax the player/keep the muscles moving.

      Watch an NBA player at the free throw line, they tend to do the same thing every time. One or two bounces, flex the knees, spin the ball so they feel the seems and shoot.

      You really need to try several different ways of a waggle, see if one is more comfortable than others? Does one feel better? It’s also a great idea to actually practice this waggle once you settle on one. Hit your shots on the range each time with your pre shot routine, don’t fall into the bad habit of raking balls over one after another and hitting. That may be more fun but it’s not how you play on the course

      Keep me posted on your progress, happy to help anyway I can.

      All the best!

      Sb

      1. I understand the purpose of the waggle. My question pertained to how I see a lot of tour pros lifting and setting down the club repeatedly before they swing, which is not like the traditional waggle. It just seems peculiar and wanted to understand the purpose.

  2. Hi im justine
    Im 17 years old

    My question is it a little bit late for me to aspire to become a professional golfer. Because i have read something about most professional golfers started really young like 11 or lower
    And i just wanted to ask if realistically can a teenager like me can still go pro?

    1. Hi Justine!

      Thanks for reaching out, love your question!

      Simple answer is “yes, absolutely” you can still play professionally!!!!

      Do not allow what others say to dictate what you can and can not do or try to do. Whether it’s playing professional golf or being a doctor or start a new business.

      Hall of Famer Larry Nelson didn’t START playing until age 21 and he won multiple major championships and was a Ryder cup star!

      Calvin Peete didn’t Start playing golf until he was in his 20’s and played on two Ryder cup teams, was top 10 in the world rankings and won 14 times.

      Y.E. Yang didn’t START playing golf until he was 19. He won the PGA Championship at Hazeltine beating one Tiger!

      There are others who started “late” and went on to earn a living playing golf. Don’t limit your ideas to just playing the PGA Tour. Other options could include becoming a PGA Member and being a teacher/coach, being a Head Golf Professional, GM, Director of Golf and many other options in the golf industry.

      If playing is your passion, then go for it! Find a dedicated coach to help guide you and mentor you along the way.

      Happy to help you out in anyway I can, thanks again.

      Steve

  3. When the club shaft is parallel to the ground in the downswing my hands are about 8 inches to the right of my thigh. In every picture I have seen of pros, college players and good amateurs the hands are in front of the thigh. How can I fix this?

    1. Great – tough question Shawn!

      I’m going to assume you mean from the face on camera angle?

      You are referring to what we call P6 (position 6) in the swing sequence.

      The average player that we see in my studio would be in a similar position as you describe, it’s what we call “casting” or pre-releasing the wrist angle half way down. This produces an impact position where the handle tends to be behind the club head at impact. We often refer to this as adding loft to the club face. It’s most often accompanies with fat shots or little to no divot.

      There are many causes of this major swing error. Could be open face through out the swing in general (check your grip).

      Could be poor/faulty weight/pressure shift into the downswing.

      Could also be faulty ball position/ball too far right or back in stance. (Which could cause the above.)

      Try the following drill:

      Place the ball under left chest/logo on shirt. Take your normal stance, then place ALL your weight on left/front foot. Pick up right/rear foot and position slightly behind where it started and place up on its toe.

      We basically are trying to re-create a proper impact position with the weight and body.

      Next take half swings back with a 7-8iron trying to feel like you are striking downward into the ball and then the turf. This BALL/TURF contact is the key to better golf.

      Key to achieving this position is the body being in a more proper place which has a nice positive influence on P6.

      When using the TA144 training aid, try and feel like the RED indicator arm doesn’t touch/come in contact with lead wrist until AFTER impact. That would fix the error you mentioned!

      Keep me posted on your progress and stay tuned for more TA Training products that will help all phases of your game in 2022!

      Steve

  4. I have tennis elbow from golfing – hit the ground to hard several times. What is your thoughts on a cortisone shot

    Thank You

    1. Thanks for the question Christopher! I’ve seen this many times over my 35+ years of teaching golf. It’s just part of the game it seems. Often linked (not always) to incorrect swing technique which results in injury to the right elbow area. Can also come from practicing on hitting matt’s that are worn out/placed on concrete.

      In any event, my experience has been very positive with cortisone shot. Many students have gone that route and had nice relief from “golfers elbow”. However if the root cause is not fixed unfortunately they tended to find themselves back in the same situation 6-8 months later.

      Many students also had great success with acupuncture as well. Also consider trying one of the many sports wraps or bands around the elbow/forearm area for relief.

      Would love to have you send us a video tape of your swing from the face on view for me to look at if you would like? I may be able to see something that would help in the technique to alleviate the pain.

      All the best.

      Steve

  5. How many scores are needed to change a handicap

    1. Great question Mary!
      You need 5 scores to get an official handicap, however they will only take your best 1 score out of 5 which tends to make the handicap a little inaccurate. The more scores you turn in, the more accurate the handicap tends to become. So they will take your low 5 out of 10 scores and low 10 out of 20 scores, so the more you post the more accurate it becomes. The way they calculate the handicap can be a little confusing. Basically they take the difference between what you shoot and the course rating. So if the course rating was 74 from your tees, and you shot 90. The difference would be 16, they then take a % of that to figure out your handicap. Hope that helps!

  6. I have the impression that matte golf balls such as Callaway Superhot roll less far on the green vs. a non-matte ball when struck with similar force. Is this correct or just my imagination?

    1. Great question and a tough one!

      It’s my understanding the Matte finish has very little if any effect on the performance of the ball. So if you notice any spin/roll variance it would tend to be more from the type of ball rather than the finish. The matte finish is a cool, fun look, making it easier to see for some golfers than other colors/traditional white. The specific ball you mentioned tends to be a more distance ball than high spin ball, great for players seeking pure distance advantage. Some players do say the matte finish creates a different feel but that would be up to the individual player, I’m a Titliest staff player and have very little exposure to that specific ball. Keep the questions coming!!!!!

  7. Been playing tommy armour 845’s for years. Now in my early 70’s, is there a better set of irons out there? Comfortable with using a three wood off the tee as well as adapted call away 7 wood. Any suggestions, prefer the look and feel of a steel shaft, open to used , three to five year older model.

    1. Matt, very tricky question for me to answer……..the new models are better, the question is ‘how much better’? The only way to tell is on a launch monitor. More importantly to me would be the fitting of the club, does it fit your current swing? THATS the real question. My guess is no? I would find a good local PGA fitter and have him check the new stuff against your current stuff, see what/if much of a difference? I would think a good fitter could find a better model/set that would reward your miss hits a little better, make your good shots better. Look for lighter, more flexible shafts, little bigger sweet spot heads. You may be pleasantly surprised at the difference. The equipment of the last 3-5 years has gotten so good any top brand would work fine, the fitting is the KEY!!!

      Keep me posted, thanks!

  8. I’m a newish golfer at age 66 and I’m wondering about the difference between the swing with a fairway wood or hybrid hit off the ground. Is it more of a sweep like a driver off a tee or more of an iron swing. Thank you.

    1. Dave, great question, thanks for asking! We get that question asked often. The ONLY two clubs you swing UP on would be the driver and the putter. All other clubs must be approaching the ball on a downward attack angle. So to directly answer your question, swing the fairway metal and hybrids like an iron, DOWN! The divot should be IN FRONT of where the ball was sitting. Hope that helps!

  9. I use a ShotScope V3. Once I have putted out, I have to press one button whilst near the hole, to register the pin position. I was recently admonished by a casual opponent (I don’t play in competitions), because he said that the half a second that I took to do this as I lifted my ball from the cup, was a breach of etiquette. I realise I could wait until everyone has finished putting, but what do you think? Thanks, Paul.

    1. Paul, I would stop playing with that guy! Not a breach of etiquette at all (IMO), really takes no time at all, you are not in anyone’s way. Find a new playing partner that’s more fun! (maybe he gets upset bc you are beating him all the time????)

  10. Shelly isn’t sure what kind of putter to get. She is 5’3” and is struggling to keep the putter square at impact with a 34”. Her common miss with her puts is to the right and short. Is a mallet or blade style putter a better fit for her? Recommend a putter and describe why it would improve her game.

    1. HI Amber, thanks for the question!
      I will assume that Shelly is right handed? At that Height I would try a 32-32.5″ putter length, it would also depend on how long her arms were but 32-32.5 would do nicely. It would allow her arms to hang a little more naturally instead of being “bunched up” to accommodate a longer putter. I would try a couple ideas for the right miss:
      1: move the ball a little forward in the stance, this would give the putter an extra inch or so time to square up and look straighter at the target.
      2: place 2 balls side by side touching, the putter face should line up and be touching both golf balls. Now make a stroke TRYING to make the toe side ball move first. This would encourage more of a “release” of the putter face helping to stop the right miss.
      3: I tend to favor the mallet styles as the sweet spot is little bigger than the blade putters, mallets also have a higher MOI which is less twisting on miss hit putts. The blade putters tend to have a smaller sweet spot and can be slightly more difficult to hit consistent.

      Keep me posted on your progress, thanks again!

      Steve
      Steve Bosdosh, PGA
      GOLF Magazine TOP 100 Teacher
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  11. I have played golf for 50 years and consider myself a pretty good golfer…about a 10 hndcp. This year I am dealing with the heal of the club hitting the ground which immediately shuts the club down and the ball hardly gets airborne. How can I correct the round-wrecking problem. Thanks. Bill Wall

    1. Thanks for the question Bill!

      Couple thoughts, its either the lie angle is off or the swing has an excessive shallow/in2out path. If the divots are pointing out to the right of the target, then is a swing issue. Generally caused by the body being little too closed at impact, which could be encouraged by the ball position being little too far back in stance. Make sure ball is placed left of center, up under the logo on your shirt (for right handed golfer), also check you stance. Would help if the feet were set up little more open. This helps the body rotate little more thru the shot.

      If the swing path is reasonable, then have the lie angles checked by a local PGA Professional. They will place tape on the bottom of the sole of each club, hit a few shots off a plastic lie board and then bend them accordingly.

      Keep us posted!

  12. Hi. Can i mark my ball on the green even tho the other player or players are not on the green yet,or do i have to wait until all are on the green to mark up.

    1. HI Carl, great question. You have control over you ball and may mark it when you like. In the “old days”, under match play rules, your opponent used to control your ball. They have since done away with that rule.

  13. Do you use the same club on a level t box, as on elevated t box say 80′ on the side of a large hill for lets say, for both a par 3, 150yd, same distant on both

    1. HI Jordan, thanks for the question!
      No, you would NOT use the same club. On downhill shots, the ball stays in the air longer thereby travelling a longer distance. On uphill shots, the ball would not travel as far and hits the ground “sooner” so it flies shorter. Best advice I can give is to invest in a range finder that has slope built into it. That way in practice you can learn what a 5 yard uphill or downhill slope looks like and take more or less club. Hope that helsp, all the best.

  14. Hello.
    Lefty here.
    I have a super strong golf grip. Left thumb is directly on the left side of the grip when looking down from my angle. It feels very natural to me and I strike the ball very solid and hit pretty long. I am also double jointed in the arms (think this is why I like a strong grip as I can flex my elbow and arm a crazy degree around). My bad shots are a horrible hook (usually starts pretty straight/sometimes pulled). And I know this is because I close the face and have a strong grip. I’ve tried a more neutral grip and it feels very weak to me and I shank/top and hit the ball horribly everytime. Is there anything else I can do to improve my ball flight to not hook so horribly without compromising on my grip too much, because that feels so natural and powerful for me and I still hit awesome shots like that 60 percent of the time. Happens with Driver- 7/8 iron and not wedges. Thanks!

    1. Hi Luke, thanks for the question!
      Couple of thoughts to consider:
      1. There are players with very strong grips that play at a very high level. They have to open up their body/rotate much more aggressively before impact. That opening up of the body helps stabilize the club face better through impact/helps tone down the hook. Setting up more open with your stance would help achieve this.
      2. Can also try opening up the club face BEFORE you take your reg grip. You get to keep your normal/comfortable grip but the face is just little more open.
      Keep me posted, thanks!

  15. Hello,

    I am currently in a position where i’m looking to upgrade irons and or putter. The dilemma I am having is that I cant seem to pull the trigger on a new set or putter because I keep telling myself I need to improve myself first (flexibility, strength, swing, etc) before I spend hundreds on new clubs. I am probably a 15 hcp as we speak right now, with hopes to make big improvements this summer with the off-season work I’ve been putting in.

    My question is, is this a flawed way of thinking? All my buddies are spending all this money on new clubs and such and I cant help but think they’d be better off getting a lesson with their current clubs and spending time on the practice green.

    1. Great question from Connor regarding should I spend my money on new equipment or lessons? The short answer is it depends!

      Greater equipment with the poor fundamentals won’t produce what you want, solid fundamentals with poor equipment will hold you back from reaching your potential.

      More important than the quality of the equipment IMO is the fitting of that equipment. If you have clubs that are 4-5 years old BUT have been fitted for you properly then I’d say you’re safe with that and suggest you spend the money with a local PGA Certified Teacher to help with your fundamentals. If you have not been fit for your current equipment, then I’d visit a PGA Professional and have them check your current equipment for how well they fit you and your swing.

      With today’s launch monitors it’s super easy to see if something is in fact better or not. If the fitting is reasonably accurate, then invest the money in lessons on ALL subjects of the game, not just the full swing! Include chipping, putting, sand, playing lesson and full swing.

      I’d like to send you a Tour Angle training product because we selected your question and love to have you try it, send us your feedback on what you think?

      Keep us posted on what your handicap does this season, would love to help you lower it to a 10!

      Happy golfing!

      Steve

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