Try This Swing Thought For Smooth Fairway Woods

f you’re topping your fairway woods or can’t hit them above the tree line, chances are you’re not staying in your address posture when you swing the club. If it makes you feel a little better, it’s a common fault—one that I’m going to help you correct.

Before I give you a simple swing thought to get those shots soaring, let’s talk a little about why you might be struggling to hit a 3-wood off the deck. For most amateurs, it starts with the wrong mind-set.

This is a stressful situation, because it’s not a shot you practice a lot or face more than a handful of times each round. You’re not used to pulling it off, and that lack of positive experience can produce anxiety that results in a bad swing. Another reason you struggle with these shots? You’re trying too hard to rip one high and far down the fairway. Getting home in two on a par 5, or reaching the green on a long par 4, comes from making solid, center-face contact with the ball­—not from swinging full out or trying to add loft to the shot with some body English. So swing your fairway woods without tension, and that includes pace. Don’t rush down from the top of the backswing, and don’t straighten up in the through-swing thinking this will get the ball up. On the contrary, it usually leads to that worm-burner you’re used to hitting.

Posture is the primary culprit for line drives and topped shots. If you think of the club moving along an arc determined by your posture at address, the moment you straighten up, you change the arc. Good luck hitting it in the center of the face when you do that. Things happen too fast to make the necessary adjustments.

So if you’re in need of one swing thought to help flush your next fairway wood, think maintain my address posture through impact. Feel like the ball simply gets in the way of your swing. You’re not hitting at the ball, you’re swinging through the ball.

This thought will improve your mechanics, and clear some of the clutter out of your mind that led to that nervous, clunky, rigid swing. You’ll hit the shot like you’re swinging a wedge.

Rick Smith, a Golf Digest Teaching Professional, recently opened a new academy, the Rick Smith Golf Performance Center at Trump National Doral in Miami.

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8th Annual Golf Channel AM Tour Kickoff Classic

8th Annual Golf Channel AM Tour Kickoff Classic at Dragonfly Golf Club

Sunday | January 13th, 2019

Join us on Sunday, January 13th for the 8th Annual Golf Channel AM Tour Kickoff Classic at Dragonfly Golf Club!

Details

  • 12 flights, all handicaps & ages can participate.
    • Men & women compete together from different tees
    • Compete against players of the same ability in your flight
  • Play some of the best golf courses in your region!
  • No strokes! All tournament play Is conducted at scratch
  • Tour membership good for 12 months from whenever you 1st join.
    • Includes a USGA handicap

For more info, visit www.GCAMTour.com

Open Flight

Championship 0-3.9
Palmer4.0-7.9
Hogan8.0-11.9
Saracen12.0-15.9
Jones16.0-19.9
Snead20+

Senior Flight (55+)

Senior Championship 0-3.9
Senior Palmer4.0-7.9
Senior Hogan8.0-11.9
Senior Saracen12.0-15.9
Senior Jones16.0-19.9
Senior Snead20+

Contact

Steve Neer- Tour Director | Central CA/Central Coast
559-360-2720
Sneer@GCAMTour.com

Today is the last day of our sale!

Today, 12/31, is the last day of our Holiday Sale!

Didn’t get the gift you wanted this Christmas? There’s still time to shop our Holiday Sale!
Shop online or stop by our Pro Shop to save!  

 

VIP Golf Certificates

Includes Cart – No Time Restrictions – No Expiration

Sold until 12/31/18 or until sold out

  • 2 rounds for $100
  • 4 rounds for $180

Visit our store at DragonflyGolfClub.com or purchase in person
Certificates valid for redemption beginning 1/1/19

Range Ball Sale

Sold until 12/31/18 or until sold out

Purchase range balls at Dragonfly before 2019 and save; The perfect Christmas gift for the golfer who loves to practice!

  • 15 large buckets of balls for $100
  • 25 large buckets of balls for $150

(normal price $12 per bucket)

Terms & Conditions

  • Each large bucket contains roughly 100 balls
  • This special offer must be purchased before 1/1/19 and is limited and may sell out
  • Purchaser will receive either 15 or 25 individual range bucket passes
  • Passes do not expire
  • Passes are valid any day any time as long as the range is open and available
  • Offer may be purchased in person or in our online store
  • Online purchases can be pick up or mailed within 24 hours of purchase

Pro Shop merchandise

Offers expire on 1/1/19

Golf Balls on Sale

  • Bridgestone E6 $21.99 per Dozen
  • Bridgestone Tour B – 2 dozen for $70
  • Callaway Supersoft –  2 dozen for $35
  • Titleist ProV1 & ProV1x $41.99 per dozen

Bag Blowout!

  • Cart bags $125
  • Stand bags $100

GOLF Top 100 Teacher: This foolproof shot near the green will help you save more pars

You’re 50 yards from the green. The wind is up. You could play your standard pitch, but good luck if you put too much loft on the shot—the wind could knock the ball down, carry it too far or blow it sideways.

Your best option here is the bump-and-run.

And to make the shot that much easier to pull off, hit it with a hybrid.

The heavy weight of a hybrid allows you to make a smaller, more controlled swing but still generate ample distance to get the ball all the way to the target. The setup is very traditional: Grip down a few inches, narrow your stance and set a tad more weight over your front foot.

All you have to do now is make a simple little swing—just a little longer than what you’d use for a chip shot—with the club almost always staying below hip level. There′s not much that can go wrong. Even if you don′t make solid contact, the ball will typically roll out the correct distance. It′s a very low-maintenance shot and a great option to have in your bag when the trouble is long of the green.

– Kellie Stenzel, Boca Raton Resort & Club, Boca Raton, Fla. and Palm Beach C.C., Palm Beach, Fla.

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🎄 Christmas is almost here…

Open on Christmas Day!

Golf will be available in the morning.
Gifts will be available until the middle of the afternoon.  

Christmas is almost here & we’re here to help you find the perfect gift. Check out our new specials below in addition to our sale on golf certificates!

VIP Golf Certificates

Includes Cart – No Time Restrictions – No Expiration

Sold until 12/31/18 or until sold out

  • 2 rounds for $100
  • 4 rounds for $180

Visit our store at DragonflyGolfClub.com or purchase in person
Certificates valid for redemption beginning 1/1/19

Range Ball Sale

Purchase range balls at Dragonfly before 2019 and save; The perfect Christmas gift for the golfer who loves to practice!

  • 15 large buckets of balls for $100
  • 25 large buckets of balls for $150

(normal price $12 per bucket)

Terms & Conditions

  • Each large bucket contains roughly 100 balls
  • This special offer must be purchased before 1/1/19 and is limited and may sell out
  • Purchaser will receive either 15 or 25 individual range bucket passes
  • Passes do not expire
  • Passes are valid any day any time as long as the range is open and available
  • Offer may be purchased in person or in our online store
  • Online purchases can be pick up or mailed within 24 hours of purchase

Pro Shop merchandise

Offers expire on 1/1/19

Golf Balls on Sale

  • Bridgestone E6 $21.99 per Dozen
  • Bridgestone Tour B – 2 dozen for $70
  • Callaway Supersoft –  2 dozen for $35
  • Titleist ProV1 & ProV1x $41.99 per dozen

Bag Blowout!

  • Cart bags $125
  • Stand bags $100

There’s still time to take advantage of our Golf Certificate Sale!

Save through December 25 or until we’re sold out!

  • 4 rounds for $100
  • 8 rounds for $175
  • Regularly priced holiday e-gift cards

Certificates may be picked up or mailed within 24 hours of purchase.
See product info on product page for details & restrictions.

New Holiday Specials- In-store & Online!

Range Ball Sale

Purchase range balls at Dragonfly before 2019 and save; The perfect Christmas gift for the golfer who loves to practice!

  • 15 large buckets of balls for $100
  • 25 large buckets of balls for $150

(normal price $12 per bucket)

Terms & Conditions

  • Each large bucket contains roughly 100 balls
  • This special offer must be purchased before 1/1/19 and is limited and may sell out
  • Purchaser will receive either 15 or 25 individual range bucket passes
  • Passes do not expire
  • Passes are valid any day any time as long as the range is open and available
  • Offer may be purchased in person or in our online store
  • Online purchases can be pick up or mailed within 24 hours of purchase

 

Pro Shop merchandise

Golf Balls on Sale

  • Bridgestone E6 $21.99 per Dozen
  • Bridgestone Tour B – 2 dozen for $70
  • Callaway Supersoft –  2 dozen for $35
  • Titleist ProV1 & ProV1x $41.99 per dozen

Bag Blowout!

  • Cart bags $125
  • Stand bags $100

Come see us!

Dragonfly Golf Club
43369 AVENUE 12
MADERA, CA
93636

(559) 432-3020​

There’s still time to take advantage of our online Holiday Sale!

Save through December 25 or until we’re sold out!

  • 4 rounds for $100
  • 8 rounds for $175
  • Regularly priced holiday e-gift cards

Certificates may be picked up or mailed within 24 hours of purchase.
See product info on product page for details & restrictions.

There’s still time to take advantage of our Holiday Sale!

Our 12 Round Special is sold out, but we still have 4 & 8 Round Specials available!

Our Holiday Sale runs through the holiday season or until we’re sold out, so buy yours today!

° 4 rounds for $100
° 8 rounds for $175

 *$18 per person per round cart fee not included (walking is allowed)

° ROUNDS HAVE NO EXPIRATION DATE °
° ROUNDS ARE VALID ANY DAY AFTER 10:30 AM °

  • These rounds will be distributed in the form individual golf certificates
  • Certificates will be mailed at no cost, however may also be picked up upon request
  • Certificates may be redeemed one at a time or in multiples up to four per tee-time
  • Certificates must be presented check-in in order to receive discounts
  • Certificates are not valid for tee-times scheduled before 10:30 AM (no exceptions)
  • Purchases may not be made over the phone or in person –  this is an online offer only
  • No refunds or replacements will be offered for unused or lost certificates
  • Rain checks or discounts will not be offered for incomplete rounds (no exceptions)
  • This offer is limited and thus certificates may sell-out at any time

Or as another option, choose one of our e-gift cards below! These electronic gift cards cards are quick and easy, as they are processed and emailed to the purchaser….no snail mail required.

E-gift cards are also nice because they can be used to purchase any item or service at Dragonfly Golf Club, other than golf lessons.

Five non-major golf tournaments grabbing the most interest on 2019 PGA Tour schedule

Source: CBS Sports
By Kyle Porter

Obviously the four most anticipated golf events of 2019 will be the Masters, the U.S. Open, the Open Championship and the PGA Championship — although maybe not in that order. The four majors are the foundation of any golf season, and now with Tiger Woods back in the mix alongside an electrifying crop of golfers with ages ranging 25-35, the anticipation is even higher.

Plus, the course lineup is laugh-out-loud good. Augusta National, Bethpage Black, Pebble Beach and Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland. We’re not worthy.

So any list of tournaments we’re looking forward to should start and end with the four majors. I personally think winning majors is both overrated (winning the Players is just as hard) and underrated (what Brooks Koepka is currently doing is preposterous), but those are other columns for other times. Today, I want to talk about five 2019 tournaments that aren’t majors that I’m fired up about as we head into yet another exciting golf calendar year.

1. Players Championship: This is probably No. 1 every single season, but there’s extra fascination this time around as the event heads back to March for the first time since 2006. This may feel weird in the first year, but I think ultimately the rhythm of a Players-Masters-PGA-U.S. Open-Open-FedEx Cup calendar (all in different months!) will be pretty awesome.

2. Genesis Open: Everybody has their “this is the real opening day for golf” event, and I think Riviera is probably it for me. You can keep Pebble Beach and Torrey Pines, and I’ll take Tiger Woods on this jewel of a course with one of the best fields of the first two months. Fully subscribed.

3. Tournament of Champions: No really! There will be ample anticipation after a month-long break. Rory McIlroy will be there. Dustin Johnson and Cameron Champ will be trying to drive balls into the Pacific Ocean. And … if you haven’t seen it yet … it sounds like Tiger Woods might make an appearance for the first time in over a decade. What’s not to be excited about?!

4. Tour Championship: I’m normally worn out by this time of the season, but a few changes here have engendered greater interest. The PGA Tour has implemented a new system in which the leader of the FedEx Cup going into the Tour Championship will start the Tour Championship at 10 under. Really, this is a real thing that’s going to happen!

It could get mega confusing for people who don’t know what’s going on — how did Rory McIlroy shoot 270 to Justin Rose’s 277 and lose by four? — but I think it’s ultimately a good solution to a complex problem, and I’m intrigued to see how it plays out. Also, the winner of the FedEx Cup now gets $15 million instead of $10 million.

5. Wyndham Championship: Wait … the Wyndham Championship?! So maybe it’s not at the best course or in the best spot on the calendar, but the PGA Tour has implemented a new system in which the winner of the regular season FedEx Cup points list gets $2 million. That’s a lot of dough to pass up for somebody who wants to skip this tournament between the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational and the three playoff events but is near the top in the FedEx Cup.

My actual tournament for this spot is probably the Memorial or the Arnold Palmer Invitational, but in Year 1, my interest is piqued for how this change affects the Wyndham.

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The Etiquetteist: How many mulligans are too many mulligans?

Source: Golf.com

If you’re a trivia geek, you might know that the term “mulligan” is often said to derive from a Canadian golfer named David Mulligan, who once re-teed his opening shot while playing with his buddies, only to have his pals never let him live it down.

That is only one of many mulligan “origin stories,” but this isn’t Jeopardy!. It’s an etiquette column. So the mulligan-related questions on our mind are these: When and where is it okay to take one? And: Is it okay to take one at all?

Conduct a random survey at your local course, and the answers will be as varied as the swings that you see.

But a general rule abides: In a friendly game, a 1st tee “mully” is permissible, if, and only if, everyone agrees on this beforehand. To shank your opening shot, and then request a mulligan? That’s poor form. In that instance, the pardoning power lies solely with your playing partners, who might take pity on you and offer you a re-do.

In which case, hmm.

While the laws of etiquette allow you to accept their unanimous gesture (and it must be unanimous), the laws of self-esteem dictate something different: Is pity really something you’re eager to receive?

In especially lenient groups, the spirit of generosity at time grows so extreme as to allow for mulligans throughout the round, on holes other than the 1st. But conduct of that nature demeans the game so direly, we hesitate to even bring it up.

“A roving mulligan is just ‘taking the piss,’ as we say in England,’” says Atlanta-based GOLF Top 100 Instructor Jon Tattersall. At that point, you’re not playing, you’re practicing, he says.

Of course, in serious competitions, mulligans are out of the question. Every shot counts, not only by rule of etiquette but also by rule of play.

What’s that you say? Your game isn’t tournament-ready? Join the club. It’s still worth trying to get into a tournament mindset.

“It can be helpful to get into the habit of hitting one shot only off the 1st tee, as it gets your adrenaline going and gives you a good idea of how your technique is doing,” Tattersall says. “Stress is the only real gauge. Anyone can hit a good shot with nothing on the line.”

Admittedly, we’re now straying away from etiquette and toward game-improvement. But we’ll stay here for a moment, because other knowledgeable golfers agree.

“Mulligans, breakfast balls — I just don’t really approve of them,” says veteran Tour pro Brian Henninger, who also works as an instructor and counsels his students to “test yourself by adding up every stroke.”

“There are exceptions if you’re playing some alternative formats agreed upon before you play,” Henninger says. “But there’s nothing worse than playing with ignorant players who don’t abide by, understand or fudge the basic integrity of score.”

In other words: It violates his sense of etiquette. You’ll note Henninger’s mention of “breakfast balls.” A reminder that mulligans go by many names, not all of them owing to David Mulligan. As in this story:

An American golfer, having scuffed his opening tee shot while playing in Scotland, turned to his caddie and inquired: “What do you call a mulligan over here?”

Replied the caddie: “We call it ‘three.’”

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Junior Golf Association of Northern California event at Dragonfly

The Bryson DeChambeau Junior Championship was held on Monday, November 19.  

Use the link for viewing the final results.  

https://jganc.bluegolf.com/bluegolf/jganc18/event/jganc1811/contest/37/leaderboard.htm