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GET UP AND DOWN WITH THE PUTTING CHIP

The Putting Chip

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Years ago, I was blessed to have known and taken lessons from Paul Runyan aka, ‘Little Poison’ who was arguably the greatest master of Chipping and Pitching the Game of Golf has ever known!

One summer in my college days, I spent two weeks with Paul up at Sahalee CC in Washington State, and not only was it a great experience to take lessons and play with him, but to hear the fascinating stories that he so freely shared from his lifetime in golf.

One thing he did for me (and countless others), was absolutely transform my chipping from my conventional method, by teaching me the Putting Chip Method of chipping. Paul felt that the easiest shot in golf to hit was a putt, so why not make the chip shot as close to a putt as possible.

He changed my grip from a standard Reverse Overlap Putting Grip, to a style that placed the putter more in my palms, thereby taking the hands out of the stroke. He did this by making my left hand extremely Weak (turned way to the left and under), and my right hand very Strong (turned way to the Right and under). This type of grip made the stroke rely more on a pendulum action with my arms and shoulders. Not only was the spin on my shots much more in control, but with a little practice, I was able to invent some different variations with different clubs for different circumstances. I still use this method today and have been teaching it to my students for decades – many of whom have enjoyed great success.

I HIGHLY encourage you to practice the Putting Chip and enjoy the marvelous benefits of getting the ball ‘Up and Down’ a lot more often!

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HOW TO MAINTAIN YOUR WORKOUTS BETWEEN WORKOUTS

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Working out in our current culture is like taking 3 steps forward, then 2 steps back.  By that I mean that unlike our ancestors who basically moved and stayed in motion all day while they hunted and gathered, we spend the majority of our time Sitting down at our desks and computers, in our cars, on our couches, etc; which then bastardize the workouts that we’ve been doing.  Since nearly all of us are trapped in the sedentary lifestyle that exists in our culture, it’s often difficult to maintain our health & fitness – and especially our Posture!

However, I’ve found a phenomenal product called The Alignmed Posture Shirt that will not only keep your posture intact, but actually help; improve it—-Just By Wearing It!

With the unique material and stitching design of this product, the Shirt actually pulls your shoulders back and by doing so, fires the Posterior muscles to ‘Stay There’ and not slouch forward!  The shirt also tucks down below your glutes and helps maintain neutrality in your pelvis.

I have nearly all my tour professionals and athletes who travel a lot wear the Alignment Shirt, especially when they travel so that they can maintain the integrity of their posture All Day Long.

If you haven’t tried the shirt yet, I highly encourage you to:  GET IT ON!!

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Relax and Open Your Hips with: THE SUPINE BOUND ANGLE POSE

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The hips are the engine of the body, not only for our posture and anatomical function, but also in our golf swings. Our research has proven that Pelvic Rotation is mandatory for a functional golf swing, and to develop speed and power.

Due to the Sitting Down Forward Bending Culture we live in, the overwhelming majority of our population have tight hips; simply due to the fact that when we sit, our hip muscles actually tighten up.

The Supine Bound Angle Pose in the video today is a simple pose that will surely help free up your hips and thighs which will allow you to make a functional and powerful golf swing. Note: if you have bad knees, don’t pull your feet up too close to your torso, and/or put some pillows underneath your knees so that they’re comfortable.

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VARY YOUR ROTATION FOR VARIOUS WEDGE SHOTS

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As I’m sure you know by now, approximately 70% of your score in a round of golf occurs within 70 yards of the green.  Yet, the overwhelming majority of amateurs spend very little of their time practicing their Chipping, Putting, and Wedge play. To make matters worse, seldom do I see many amateurs perform a fundamental swing motion while hitting wedges.

It’s apparent to me that amateurs don’t ROTATE their bodies properly and instead are too static when they swing.  A wedge shot demands proper rotation of the shoulders to obtain the amount of height and spin that each shot requires.

For example, if you want the ball to go higher, rotate your shoulders FASTER; and if you want a lower trajectory, keep your shoulders more square to the target and lean forward. (Or as I heard Lee
Trevino once say, “Just fall down and forward, Baby”).

I always think of hitting a Ping Pong shot:  If you want to lob the ball to barely get over the net, open up your shoulders and paddle, and rotate faster.  If you want to drive it down your opponent’s throat, square up, close the paddle, and smash it!

Watch the video for more and to get a preview of what’s included in my DVD Series Roger’s Secrets of The Short Game, Volume II: Wedges Around the Green.

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WHOLE BODY STRETCHES AND EXERCISES ARE THE WAY TO GO!!

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Remember, the old children’s nursery rhyme, “The Ankle Bone’s connected to the Shin Bone –The Shin Bone’s connected to the Knee Bone…”  The muscles of the human body are just like your car.  IE., They’re like tile on a roof and all run and work together.  Getting the body back into its natural 4 socket position design gets all of the muscles WORKING TOGETHER and help take the friction off of the injured joint and allow it to heal.  This is the reason why a lot of surgeries don’t take and people often end up with multiple surgeries.  Isn’t it interesting that around 1 out of 3 back surgeries are Re-Do’s?

In today’s video, I demonstrate how a couple of GREAT products- the Postursizer and Slant Board, will  help straighten you and get you back into proper anatomical alignment.  Once you get off of the Slant Board, you’ll feel what I call ‘The Thoracic Lift’.  At this point, not only will you feel Lighter and Taller, but you’ll be ready to do your exercises more effectively and……………. Go For It!

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HOW TO READ GRAIN AND GREENS

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Reading Grain and Greens is truly an art form, and I’ve noticed that most amateurs don’t know how to read greens properly. If you’ve watched much tournament golf on TV, you’ve probably noticed how meticulous the pros are when they read their putts. Not only will they walk around the hole from different angles, but they’ll also look at the slopes and even where the sun sets. They want to be sure on what the grass is doing and how it’ll effect their putt. In particular, watch Bryson DeChambeau. He’s made reading greens into a science and he seems to be winning a lot of tournaments and cash lately — you don’t win tournaments if you don’t know how the ball’s going to react on the grass.

Watch the video to learn how to read greens and what factors to look for when you’re lining up your putt.

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Finish Your Finish

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This drill is a great reminder to complete the follow through.  So often, amateurs swing ‘To the Ball’ and not ‘Through the Ball’.  Being aware that you’re going to swing all the way to the finish, will certainly increase your energy and power through the shot.

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Lead with Your Left Knee

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The golf swing is a chain reaction of body parts moving in sequence. Although there are a LOT of swing tips on how to start the downswing, many tour players have told me that they feel the left knee is what leads.  Whether it’s the left hip, kicking of the right side, etc., the left knee MUST get over on top of the left foot.  Try this drill and let me know how you do.

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Left Leg Pivot Drill

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Seldom do I ever see high handicappers get to their front leg properly in their forward swing (For right-handers, it would be the left leg).  The Left Leg Pivot Drill will teach you what it feels like to get on your front leg which will help your weight shift and rotation.

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Plank Rod and Cobra

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Generally speaking, I Love exercises that involve using your own body weight while at the same time, increases your flexibility.  Increasing strength and flexibility at the same time is a good combination!

Along these same lines, I also love whole body exercises that work both halves of the body.In today’s video, I’ll show you 3 variations of the Plank, Rod, and Cobra exercises which will be sure to increase strength and flexibility to your body – and golf swing.

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Understanding Braking Action

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Much like a discus thrower, the body actually breaks right before impact.  Understanding this and applying this concept can lead to a lot more power.

In this video, I’m showing you a drill that will help you get the feel of a solid move into the ball with your body; or as I like to say, ‘The Feel of Shock Power’.

A word of warning:  Don’t try to stop at the ball when you’re actually trying to hit it – but by practicing this drill with a towel, your body will automatically begin to feel what it’s like to move into the ball with Power!

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Static Extension Shoulder Presses

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THE BODY IS ‘ONE WORKING UNIT’ where everything is connected, and related.  For example, if your  shoulders are rounded and out of position, your hips will almost certainly be out of position.  If you have problems with your Left Knee or Left Hip, there’ll be a real good chance that your right hip and shoulder are out of position, etc. This is why I seldom prescribe a certain stretch or exercise, for the area of the body where the pain or dysfunction shows up.

HOWEVER, there are specific stretches and exercises that you can do periodically throughout the day that address the problem area and will help restore it to anatomical position.

In today’s video, I’m showing you STATIC EXTENSION SHOULDER PRESSES, which are actually an abbreviated form of doing a push up.  These simple to do Shoulder Presses are not strenuous and will help strengthen your upper back and shoulders  (which is a good thing to do for C Curve Posture, where the hips have weakened pulled the upper torso back with them – creating the rounding).

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Putting Perspective

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The old axiom, ‘DRIVE FOR SHOW – PUTT FOR DOUGH’ is SO true!  Golf obviously comes down to one simple goal; GET THE BALL INTO THE HOLE IN AS FEW A NUMBER OF STROKES AS POSSIBLE!!  A 270 yard drive,and a beautiful iron onto the green is wasted if you end up missing the putt, and/or 3 putting!

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Neck Stretches

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Do You Spend A Lot Of Time With Your Head Looking Down? In this video  I’m showing you a simple little routine that will help you get the kinks out of your neck from the stain ‘Looking Down’ puts on it. No doubt, the main reason for this is because of our Sitting Down ’Sedentary Lifestyle’ which not only tightens and creates muscle imbalances throughout our torso, but, has us looking down into our iPhones, Computers, Golf Stances, etc.

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Whoosh Drill to Clear Left Side

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This drill will definitely help release tension and allow your body to shift  and rotate freely through the ball.  In other words, you’ll be taking a ‘Swing at Tension’. I saw Nick Price do this drill ceaselessly when he was dominating the Tour in the early 1990’s.  By taking one arm and holding the club on the hosel, he’d make some practice swings and make the club “Whoosh’ in front of him.  When the heat is on and the Nassau with your buddies is  on the line, give this drill a try.

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Starting Down Into the Two Cheek Position

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As far as I’m concerned, no matter what you’re trying to do in the golf swing, the ONE COMMON DENOMINATOR is to get that club on the ball squarely and with power and force; AND, after studying the golf swing all of my life, I’ve discovered that ALL good players arrive into impact into what I call (and the phrase that I borrowed from Kip Puterbaugh) ‘THE TWO CHEEK POSITION’.