Short Game

How to turn GOLF magazine into a useful training aid (yes, really!)

Joe Hallett explains how a GOLF magazine can help your positioning at address

This magazine is money!

Like you, I can’t wait for my copy of GOLF magazine to arrive in the mailbox. I love seeing what my fellow Top 100 Teachers have to say about improving and lowering scores.

But did you know that each mag’s utility extends far beyond the game-improvement wisdom within? Believe it or not, the physical book itself is a training aid!

For instance, its trim size (8.75″ x 9.84″) is perfect for helping you nail your stance on delicate chips and pitches. Just plop down the magazine on the ground with the ball off the center, and align your feet with the top and bottom edges.

Seems simple, but you’ve just aced your short-shot address! Keep reading to learn why.

1. Fix your stance issues

Positioning your feet correctly at setup goes a long way in determining the success of your short-game shots. Let this magazine be your guide.

Place the magazine on the ground, set the ball off the center, then step on both sides toward the bottom of the cover, with the front foot slightly flared. This gives you the perfect stance width to:

  1. Keep the ball slightly in front of your nose (for consistent contact)
  2. Rotate freely while keeping your lower body stable — a key to catching the sweet spot
  3. Create a steeper swing both going back and through for extra crispy impact

2. Find your driver width

A full swing deserves the full issue! Simply fold open your GOLF magazine, and then you have a good starting position for the width of your driver stance (roughly shoulder width or just a tad less).

This is a great place to start from, as most players struggle with getting the stance too wide.

3. Improve your takeaway

Make your takeaway as smooth as silk. Place your copy of GOLF magazine with the bound side behind your 6-iron. Your goal is to sweep the magazine out of the way on your backswing. By doing so, this will insure that your takeaway is online, level and smooth in speed.

If you’re too quick or lift too soon, the issue will not slide away properly.

Joe Hallett is the director of instruction at Vanderbilt Legends Club in Franklin, Tenn.

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