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July 21st @ Blackthorn Club
The Road To The 2019 Masters Starts Here.

Birdie Fundamentals
Centered Hit

Consistently hitting the sweet spot on the club is pretty tough. There are a couple of things that great golfers do well to improve their striking.

(1) Rotate in a circle: A great swing has little to no side-to-side movement of the body's center. When you hear people say "keep your head still," they usually mean "stay centered." This includes up and down movement of the spine.

(2) Return the hands: The location of the hands at impact should the be the exact same as they were when you lined up (assuming you lined up properly.) Reaching out will cause heeled shots, or hosel shanks. Pulling in will cause toed shots, or toe shanks.

Iron Byron is a great example of this, because it uses these principles to hit a perfect golf shot every time. Check out some Iron Byron videos here.
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Birdie Yardage Book Lesson #21
Dealing With Challenges

Whether you're on the course, in the office, or taking a class, you'll face challenges on a daily basis. STAR is a technique to help you overcome difficult situations.

Stop: Take a deep breath to calm down.

Think: What are your options?

Anticipate: What could happen as a result of each choice?

Respond: Select the best choice and commit to your decision.

Similar to the 4-R's, STAR is a great tool for maintaining your composure when the going gets tough.
Have you seen the rule changes for next year? There are some big differences coming up...

2019 Rule: Players will continue to drop a ball when taking relief, but the dropping procedure will be changed in several ways as detailed in Rule 14.3:

How a ball may be dropped is simplified; the only requirement will be that the ball be let go from knee height so that it falls through the air and does not touch any part of the player’s body or equipment before it hits the ground.

Reasons for Change:

The new procedure lowers the height from which the ball is dropped to increase the chance that it stays within the relief area.

Requiring the player to drop a ball (as opposed to placing it) will retain a desired randomness about where the ball will end up:

The player has no guarantee that the ball will come to rest on a desired spot or in a good lie.
This is especially the case when a ball is dropped in more difficult conditions such as thick rough or longer grass.

Allowing the player to drop a ball from knee height will help to limit the extent to which a ball will embed in sand in a bunker.