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How To Hit Approach Shots Into the Wind

While the wind isn’t blowing as hard this week at Carnoustie as it often does during an Open Championship, the winning player will certainly be one who knew how to handle those iconic U.K. breezes.

Of course, the Open isn’t the only place where wind comes into play — as anyone who has ever played at Bandon Dunes, or teed off on any of our Central Washington courses after about 2 p.m. can attest. So, what can we do to keep our approach shots on-target (and at the right distance) when the wind picks up? Here’s Mark Crossfield with a few tips to keep in mind.

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Common Golf Swing Mistakes — And How to Fix Them

Sometimes — OK, let’s be honest, MOST of the time — it’s obvious that there is something wrong with our golf swing. But, it’s not always obvious what. We might fiddle with our grip, adjust our posture, try a different backswing angle, move the ball forward and back in our stance.

Or, as has […]

How to Generate Backspin on Chips

One of the worst feelings in golf is to find yourself just off the green, with little green to work with short of the pin, and the green surface sloping away from you. “How am I going to get this to stop?” is a common refrain in these scenarios. You can try landing […]

Shallow Your Swing to Hit Longer Drives

If you’ve watched the Golf Channel at any point in 2018, you’ve probably heard at least one person talk about “shallowing” your swing. They’ll tell you that doing so will help you make more solid contact, increase ball and clubhead speeds, and lead to longer drives. But, what exactly does that mean, and […]

How To Hit Longer Drives

Look, let’s be honest — we can put 100 tips a year on this site (we don’t) and the one that people will search for the most is, “How To Add Distance to my Driver.” No matter how many times we three-putt, or get stuck in a bunker, skull a chip of a […]

Improve Your Lag Putting

The Cascade Golfer Cup rolled into Gamble Sands last week, which meant the Cascade Golfer staff did, too — we’re certainly not passing up an excuse to visit the No. 1 golf course in Washington state, and call it work.

And while we generally scored well — as almost everyone does who plays Gamble […]

Tips For Better Chipping

Let me just say this first — if you came here looking for a gimmicky grip or motion, or some other one-step trick to improve your chipping, you’re in the wrong place. But, that doesn’t mean that chipping has to be complicated. Keep a few simple thoughts in mind, and you’ll be knocking […]

How To Hit Low, Penetrating Drives

It’s Open week, and that means that golfers traipsing around Royal Birkdale can expect plenty of wind blowing in off the Irish Sea. It’s something that we’re plenty used to around here as well, where the wind often picks up in afternoons, particularly closer to the water, or on the plains of […]

Tips for Tall Players

If you’re tall like me, then the odds are good that you have a steep swing plane. That means you’re more likely to chop down on the ball, hitting a slice, while also costing you distance. It’s not our fault — we were born that way, dang it! — but that doesn’t mean […]

How to Strike Your Irons Pure

Over the last year or so, I’ve lost about 20 yards on my irons. It wasn’t hard to figure out why — I changed my swing a little over the last two years and have been hitting the ball straighter on average, but I’m now striking the ground just behind the ball instead […]

Common Mistakes At Set-Up

Last week, we talked about common grip flaws and how to avoid them. This week, we’re continuing the theme with some of the more common mistakes golfers make during the set-up — some grip-related, yes, but also foot position, body alignment, etc. It’s amazing how often our swings are doomed before we’ve even taken […]