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Golf Essentials - Daily Insights for Weekend Warriors (Ep.1)

Golf Essentials is Casey Bourque's way of meeting you where you are with a "tell it like it is" methodology for feeling better about playing golf - answering all your questions, live Q&A sessions, practice planning, drills, tips, and insights to make the best use of the limited time you have at the course. Casey explains the approach and principles that took him from a small town in Maine to playing in the US Open Championship.
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Golf Pitching Distance Control - Leap Frog Drill

This drill is very helpful in establishing rhythm, feel, and distance control with your lofted wedges. You’ll probably want to be on the driving range for this drill, as you’ll need some space and plenty of golf balls. Using your sand…
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Golf Pitching and Chipping Head Positioning Drill

This drill is designed to help players with pitching and chipping the ball, but can also be used in the full swing if necessary. When chipping and pitching the ball, it is normally our goal to minimize lateral motion to more reliably make…
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The "Up and Down" Chipping and Putting Drill

  This game is helpful to simulate real-life circumstances with both your chipping and your putting. You can play this game by yourself, but I believe it is better if you find others to play against and simulate competition. All you’ll…
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Greenside Flop Shots

  A flop shot is an extreme version of the pitch shot, where we throw the ball very high into the air, allowing the ball to come down softly without rolling out. This shot should only be used in extreme circumstances when we are hitting…
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Pitch Shot Distance Control

  Controlling the distance of your pitch shots is so important that it warrants its own instructional article. As I’ve mentioned with all short game shots, we want to do our best to allow the length of our swing to correlate to the…
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Pitch Shot Stance and Motion

Pitching the ball is when we are around the green and require the ball to fly higher in the air and stop more quickly. This is helpful for when we need to hit over something, such as a bunker or slope, or if the ball is sitting in heavier…
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Golf Chipping Stance and Motion

  For most players, I normally suggest putting whenever possible.The chip shot is used when putting is not going to be practical and we need to pop the ball up in the air just a little bit and get it running to the target. The chip…