How to Hit Your Pitching Wedge to the Letter

How to Hit Your Pitching Wedge to the Letter

Below is a video demonstrating the visual of hitting your pitching wedge while making an “L” at the top of the back swing and a “Y” at impact.  What we’re trying to avoid here is the flipping of the wrists at impact adding loft to the golf club and potentially hitting the ball on the leading edge and sculling it across the green out of bounds.

If you’re not sure if you are creating an “L” and a “Y” why not take a video of your swing and email it to us for a FREE analysis.  For details on how to do just that please go to

Hope this video helps your golf game

How Far Do Pros Hit the Golf Ball?

How Far Do Pros Hit the Golf Ball?

How far do pros hit the golf ball?  Does it really matter?  It does on certain golf courses that are deliberately set up for the long hitters.  I think golf should go in an entirely different direction.  Make the courses shorter and tighter.

Look at some of the golf holes on tour that give the pros the most trouble.  How about number 12 at the Masters.  The hole is only about 155 yards long and most pros are hitting an 8 iron?  I would like to see the stroke average on that hole.  Whoops, got it right here.  Historic average 3.29.  That’s over par folks!

How about the 17th in Jacksonville with only a wedge and you see triple bogeys?  Does it matter on that hole how far the pros hit the golf ball?

Shorter courses would be lower maintenance costs.  Less real estate needed.  Less time needed to play, maybe.  One thing for sure….improved shot making!  Strategic golf is good golf, in my opinion.

Anyway, the important point to all this is not how far you hit the golf ball but how consistent both in direction and distance you hit the golf ball.  Better to hit your seven iron 145 yards and do it every time.  How far do pros hit the golf ball with their seven iron?  About on average 172 yards.  Isn’t that about the same distance you told the boys at the 19th hole you hit a seven last Saturday?

Below is a chart from the Trackman system which is possibly the most accurate measuring system out there and it shows stats like club head speed, launch angle, ball spin and a bunch of other numbers which are probably more than the average golfer can think about.  Good to know the truth though.  You might find that the distances are not quite as far as you might of thought.

Click here for the chart on PGA Tour Averages by the Trackman that show how far do pros hit the golf ball

Matt Kuchar Shows True Grit

Matt Kuchar Shows True Grit

Don’t know if you’ve noticed but Matt Kuchar has gone through some serious disappointments as of late.  Knocking a ball in the water on the last hole to loose a golf tournament he should have won.  Having to watch your opponent knock in some unbelievable shots to boot.

Fact is, you MUST be able to accept a lot of disappointment in sports to endure and Matt Kuchar showed it beautifully here.  No complaining or whining during the drought period with a boohoo why me.  Matt Kuchar just keep battling along knowing that eventually his time would come.  That takes true grit!

I’m not keen on his swing changes but I’ve seen crazier things work.  As long as Matt Kuchar believes in his swing theory and can perform it, why should we criticize?  So Matt Kuchar swings on a flat plane which is unusual for a tall guy but he has bought into it and that’s what it takes to be successful.  

This should also be a lesson to those who aspire to play competitive golf for a living.  Tour golf is a long term commitment and not just for the tour player.  How about the folks investing in their pony hoping for a return on their investment!  Matt Kuchar’s career goes back to 1998.

I dare to guess that during 2003 until 2007, Matt Kuchar lost money every year.  At least somebody did!  A four year drought could cause anyone to question their dedication.  Matt Kuchar stuck it out and kept working to the great position he is in today.  Somebody got their money back, plus.

Just like any other business it takes times and dedication and it’s over the long haul.  Let’s take a look at Matt Kuchar’s new flat golf swing.

Golf Swing Analysis Bubba Watson vs. Jordan Spieth

Golf Swing Analysis
Bubba Watson vs. Jordan Spieth

I guess you didn’t see a lot of swing analysis on the Masters coverage with the swing of Bubba Watson?  I just doesn’t fit the narrative.  Bubba Watson does for us though!  Play golf with the swing you got, not with some swing method or theory that might not fit your natural tendencies.

Even as nice a swing as Jordan Spieth has, you can go through a list of swing faults, (according to the gurus) starting with his grip.  One of the most basic fundamentals. 

Sometimes you just can’t teach golf by the book and we certainly don’t.  You have to treat each individual swing with the special care to not upset the apple cart unless it is extremely necessary.  Especially for the twice a month golfer.  The casual golfer will not log the sufficient number of reps to change a habit.  They may think they have, but if I followed them around the golf course with a camera, they would be shocked at how they didn’t actually make a change at all and reverted right back to their natural tendencies.

Can you imagine trying to change the golf swing of Bubba Watson?  How about Jim Furyk?  I can name a lot more back in my day.  How about Miller Barber, Gay Brewer, Lee Trevino and more.

Here’s the steps to developing a golf swing YOU can use. 

1) Determine who your swing is now.  Yes who!  Consider your swing a living organism that has a personality and certain traits you need to deal with. 

How can you get to know your swing?  Take a video of your swing with your cell phone and send it to for a FREE analysis.

2) We can make suggestions as to what tendencies are hurting you an why?  Which ones you dare try and change and which tendencies you might have to live with.

Take a look at this short video analysis of Bubba Watson vs. Jordan Spieth and you will see the natural tendencies they have.  They both have swing faults and so should you!  Was it Nicklaus that said, “golf is not a game of perfect.”  You need to know what your tendencies are and how to use them to your advantage.

Be Careful with a Golf Tip!

Be Careful with a Golf Tip!

There is a flurry of golf tip sites all over the internet and more growing everyday. Join our group they say, and you can search our golf tip vault from the best players in the world.  There is one BIG problem with that.  Which golf tip is right for your swing?

How many of you would go online about a medical condition you have, look at the different medications suggested and then start taking them all, one at a time.  You might literally kill yourself from a bad reaction.  Same thing applies here.  Be careful with a golf tip!

The golf tip vault has no idea how YOU swing the golf club.  What can be a great tip for one could be poison to another.  Plus you might not have considered that these sites are using the golf tip to make money off of you and the pros!  The golf tip is bait to attract you as a customer to their merry go round chasing the latest gimmick that will take you to the promise land of golf and a possible invite to the Masters.  Yea right!

Here’s the really dangerous one.  A Golf tip from your playing pals.  Maron!  That well meaning friend may have tried something with his/her golf swing that worked for them but could be to your total detriment.

That’s why we insist on you taking your cell phone, doing a “selfie” of your golf swing and emailing it to us at so we can see YOUR swing.  Only by seeing you in action can I or anyone else determine what group of drills could do the trick.  Even then we might have to tweak the “medication” a bit, (shift drills) to get the kind of lasting results we’re looking for.

A golf tip can be very helpful if it’s the right tip.  There is nothing like being with you personally but your sending us a video of your swing, is next best thing.  That way we will prescribe the right golf tip for your game.  Watch this sample below.

If you would like to get your very own FREE video analysis of your swing just go to


Golf Ball Position in Stance

Ball Position In Stance

Since consistent ball striking is our goal, consistent hand position is vital. We do not want to have thirteen different hand placements for thirteen different clubs. You will find different theories on where the hands should be at address. However, I would say that your ball position must match your angle of attack (your path to the golf ball).

The various clubs will determine the ball position. Each club’s manufacturer has designed its club to sit in a particular position. In general, the shorter clubs (6 iron thru SW) will sit primarily in the center of your stance. The longer clubs will gradually move forward, (club head only) in the stance up to the driver. The entire set will not move at all in the butt of the
golf club, only the club head.  A consistent hand position will also increase the likelihood of making contact at the optimum point in the downswing. This will help you maintain the same club face angle at impact. Consistent club face angle and loft angle in every swing
add up to more consistent direction and trajectory.

You need to find your ideal impact position and develop an address
position that is similar but not identical.

If You Can’t Putt – You Can’t Play Golf

If You Can’t Putt – You Can’t Play Golf

Very few golfers invest the time and effort to work on their putting and when they do it looks more like an ADD attack.  Disorganized, disoriented and without a specific purpose.

CheckPoint Golf Systems has developed a system that will discipline your practice efforts, give it purpose and a means of measuring the results which is very much the key.

putting-class We held a workshop on putting this past Saturday at Pendleton Golf Club and the CheckPoint System was a big hit!  We used the great charts that come with the system so that golfers could mark down which putts they made and which ones need more work.  If you can’t measure it why do it?  CheckPoint provides it all with the system.  Not just a bunch of strings it’s a system for honing in on the one facet of the game of golf that has the most influence on the bottom line, your golf score.



Why not join us at Pendleton for the next putting class.  Give us a call at 804-378-7456 if you would like to join us.  For members check the online reservations system for dates and times.