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These TeeMaster golf pros share their great golf tips. Be sure to check back regularly for new stroke-saving information!
Craig Waryan
Tom Abts Scott Leer
Paul Strande Brian Pabst
Lisa Masters John Syverson
Paul Martinson

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Tom Abts Tom Abts
Head PGA Professional, Deer Run Golf Club


Latest tip: Most people have alignment problems because they align their body with the target. The ball should be lined up with the target and your body and feet lined up on a line left and parallel to this target line. By aligning your body with a point left of the target, you will have more room to swing out to your target.

More tips: As we all get ready for the new golf season, let's get a better understanding of the golf swing. The goal of the golf swing is to make a motion that allows us to hit the ball with the proper hand action. Too often we become preoccupied with the role of certain other parts of the body - such as the hips. Properly trained hands will make up for poor hip action; superior hip action will not make up for poor hand action. Of course, properly trained movements do not provide for a more consistent swing - but a good swing by itself, still doesn't strike the ball. The HANDS determine the solidness of the hit, the squareness of the clubface at impact, and the feel of the shot. Work on developing your hands. Practice chipping and putting with one hand. Strengthen your hands - squeeze a tennis ball or spring exerciser. Get those hands in shape early and then have your best golf season ever!

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Craig Waryan Craig Waryan
PGA Master Professional,Edinburgh USA Golf Club


Latest tip: Practice alignment! Put two tees down about three feet apart and in line with the target. Practice swinging the clubhead over the back tee on the take away and over the front tee on the follow through. This method practicing the correct clubhead path which will lead to straighter shots.

More tips: Golfers should chart their play by using a shorthand or quick note method to find out how many fairways and greens were hit in regulation. The player should indicate how the ball got to that point, as well as the distance the ball finished from the intended target. These stats will dictate the number of putts they should use per round and give the player a good indication of the part of the game where they could use a lesson or extra practice.

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Scott Leer Scott Leer
PGA Member and Director of Instruction, The Bunker at Minnetonka


Latest tip: Pop your short putts!
Probably the most important element of short putting, besides aim, is making sure you accelerate through the golf ball on short putts. It is very easy to decelerate on short putts, which doesn't allow for a very good end over end roll. To accelerate through the putt you must make sure you don't take the putter back too far. (For example, on a three-foot putt you might only take the putter back an inch, depending on the speed of the green.) I like to get the feeling that I am popping the putter into the ball; this insures that I am not letting the putter slow down through impact. If the ball is going too far when you accelerate through the putt, just shorten up your take back until you're not hitting the ball too hard.

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Paul Strande Paul Strande
Teaching Professional, Crystal Lake Golf Club


Latest tip: Paul's got five secrets of golf, and he shares #2: Get control of your game
Because of its location, gripping the club at the butt end and above the right hand, the left hand has to control a majority of the club's weight. If you don't have control of the butt end of the club, you don't have control of the clubhead.

Click here for Paul's complete explanation of "Secret #2."

If you forgot, here's secret #1:The mental focus. Where should our mental focus be? The ball? Well, it's not in motion, so that's probably not it.

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Brian Pabst Brian Pabst
Teaching Professional, Glen Lake Golf & Practice Center


Latest tip: I ask most of my students whether it is more important to have the clubface aimed correctly or their feet. About 80% say "feet." When was the last time you kicked the ball? It is imperative that we have the clubface aimed correctly first, and then set our feet. Make this part of your pre-shot routine and watch the ball find the target more often.

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Lisa Masters Lisa Masters
LPGA Head Golf Professional/Golf Instruction Supervisor


Latest tip: Distance and Golf

As a teacher of the game, I enjoy all conversations about golf. But I enjoy most a particular topic, distance -- and what it means in golf. When you bring up the topic to most golfers, they start talking about the huge drive that they or someone else hit. Or they inquire on how they can get MORE distance. Don't get me wrong. A long drive can set the tone for a hole -- or for the day for that matter. But "DISTANCE" in golf is about judging it, not sheer yardage.

Distance is the name of the short game, not the long game. When a seasoned player thinks of distance, he or she thinks of lofted irons or wedges and being able to approach a green, sticking the ball pin-high -- with the potential of sinking the putt to save the hole. Think about it the next time you approach the green. Many golfers have it backwards. It is common to see a golfer focusing on aim-accuracy when they practice chipping and pitching. After all, the flag is as wide as a stick and the hole is only 4 inches across. It's easy to confuse. Think distance when approaching the green and accuracy of aim when hitting drives. Change your thinking. Distance for the short game, accuracy for the long game.

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John Syverson John Syverson
Teaching Professional, Baker National


Latest tip: The Slice Eliminator

Here's a tip for players who tend to slice or fade the ball. This temporary exercise has helped many of my students learn what it feels like to produce powerful shots.

On the practice tee, set up with a 6- or 7-iron and tee the ball - to -inch high. After aiming the clubface and taking a square stance, move your back foot (right foot for right-handed golfers) away from the target line so that your left heel and right toes are in line with each other. Position the ball in line with the center of your heels.

This setup will help you feel a proper forward swing that attacks the ball from the inside, producing shallow divots. With proper club head rotation you will have a better chance to square the clubface, so watch for straighter flight or even a nice draw!

Be careful not to swing too hard as this very closed stance will restrict your forward swing. You may surprise yourself as to how much distance you can produce with little effort. With practice, advance to longer clubs, changing the ball position accordingly. Gradually move the right foot back into a square position as you develop a feel for these solid shots.

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Paul Martinson Paul Martinson
PGA Golf Instructor, Glen Lake Golf and Practice Center


Latest tip: Keep weight on the inside of the right leg on the backswing!

Many golf swings are in trouble from the start because the weight during the backswing has shifted too far to the outside of the foot on the back leg. Similar to throwing a football or pitching a baseball the back leg braces, then pushes the weight forward. Footwork in golf is the most important single fundamental of the entire swing. 

While giving a lesson to a young junior girl, I was trying to emphasize the importance of the lower body in the swing. I knew she was an excellent swimmer and asked her what was the most important aspect of her swimming stroke?

Her answer was the kick! Point Made!

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