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Basics for Junior Golfers

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Video 1: Meet Your Teacher

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Travis Fulton, a Golf Digest Best Young Teacher, is your coach for our first-ever junior video series. Travis will keep it fun and show you all his favorite tips. You’ll learn everything from how to hit it long off the tee to the secrets for making putts—and best of all, how to get better—fast!

Video 2: Bombing It off the Tee
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  • The unique setup and swing for a driver
  • Secrets to swinging fast—really fast!
  • Don’t make these major mistakes
  • Game time: Swing hard, harder, hardest

Basics for Junior Golfers

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Video 2: Bombing It off the Tee

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OVERVIEW SWING THOUGHTS

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No matter if you’re a beginner or a solid player looking to level up, we all want to crush the driver. Now’s the best time to learn how, because the older you get, the harder it is to swing with more speed. In this video, Travis shows you how to max out your driving distance.

SWING THOUGHTS

With a driver, tee the ball so half of it is above the driver head
In the driver setup, play the ball forward and tilt your body away from the target
On practice swings, listen for the “swoosh” of the swing past where the ball would be
On the backswing with a driver, turn your shoulders and hips as much as you can
At the top of the swing with a driver, feel your weight in the heel of your back foot
Try to swing the driver back until the clubshaft is parallel to the ground
Feel your weight fall to the left as you start the downswing with a driver
At impact with a driver, your head should be behind the ball
As you swing the driver through, keep turning and push off the ground
Video 3: How to Hit It Straight
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  • Making solid contact every time
  • What a good swing should feel like
  • How to practice pure impact
  • Game time: Hit the range picker

Basics for Junior Golfers

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Video 3: How to Hit It Straight

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Now that you’ve learned how to drive for distance, you need some accuracy to hit the green. There’s nothing worse than wasting a huge tee shot with a bad approach and having to grind to avoid a high score. In this video, Travis teaches you how to add a little control to your swing.

SWING THOUGHTS

When taking your grip, set your left thumb just right of center on the handle
At address, you should see at least two knuckles on your top hand
When adding your right hand to the grip, cover your left thumb with your right palm
Aim the clubface first as you step into a shot, then take your stance
At address, push your hips back and flex your knees a little
On the takeaway, make sure the clubhead is out in front of you, not too inside
Basic swing shape: Out and around the body to the top, then down and around to the finish
At impact with the irons, your weight should be moving forward, your hips turning through
Video 4: Learn to Chip and Putt Great
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  • Developing touch on the greens
  • What all the great chippers do
  • One thing you can’t do on short shots
  • Game time: Beat your last shot

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Video 4: Learn to Chip and Putt Great

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You’ve bombed your drive and hit a good iron shot onto the green, or maybe just off the green. Now it’s time to chip and putt. The key to good chipping and putting is knowing how hard to hit the ball, which Travis demonstrates in this first short-game video.

SWING THOUGHTS

Grip the putter in your palms, not your fingers, and set both thumbs on top of the grip
In putting, aim the putterface first, then take your stance
Standing over a putt, your eyes should be over the ball or just inside it
Your putting stroke should be the same length back and through
On putts, keep your head and lower body steady and your elbows relaxed
When reading putts, use your eyes, but also sense the break with your feet
On chips, square the clubface, set your weight forward and stand upright
Think of chips like putts: The club swings equal lengths back and through
In the chipping stroke, limit wrist hinge for more control
Video 5: Pull off the Scary Shots
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  • How to pitch it close from the rough
  • Getting out of the sand in one swing
  • One simple step to playing the lob
  • Game time: Player’s choice

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Video 5: Pull off the Scary Shots

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The short game might seem pretty easy, but when you get a little farther off the green or into some tough lies, you need to know different shots—pitches, bunker shots, lobs. Attempting these can be a little scary, so that’s why you need a plan. Here, Travis gives you all the basics.

SWING THOUGHTS

On pitch shots, open the clubface slightly, and lean the shaft toward the target
In pitching, set your weight on your front foot at address and keep it there
When pitching from the rough, hinge your wrists going back so you can hit down on the ball
Make sure you turn your body through on pitch shots
On greenside bunker shots, open the clubface slightly, and take a wide stance
In greenside bunkers, play the ball forward, and lower your hands at address
Make a big swing with plenty of speed from greenside bunkers
In greenside bunkers, hit a little behind the ball, and try to splash the sand out
For lob shots, use the same technique as a bunker shot, with less body speed
To hit soft lobs, swing long and lazy, more with the arms than the body

Basics for Junior Golfers

Lesson
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Video 1: Meet Your Teacher
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Video 2: Bombing It off the Tee
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Video 3: How to Hit It Straight
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Video 4: Learn to Chip and Putt Great
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Video 5: Pull off the Scary Shots
Basics for Junior Golfers INDEX
Video 1: Meet Your Teacher
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Video 1: Meet Your Teacher
  • Getting to know Travis Fulton
  • The fastest ways to improve
  • Tips for being a good golf parent
  • What’s coming up in the lessons
  • Getting to know Travis Fulton
  • The fastest ways to improve
  • Tips for being a good golf parent
  • What’s coming up in the lessons
Video 2: Bombing It off the Tee
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Video 2: Bombing It off the Tee
  • The unique setup and swing for a driver
  • Secrets to swinging fast—really fast!
  • Don’t make these major mistakes
  • Game time: Swing hard, harder, hardest
  • The unique setup and swing for a driver
  • Secrets to swinging fast—really fast!
  • Don’t make these major mistakes
  • Game time: Swing hard, harder, hardest
Video 3: How to Hit It Straight
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Video 3: How to Hit It Straight
  • Making solid contact every time
  • What a good swing should feel like
  • How to practice pure impact
  • Game time: Hit the range picker
  • Making solid contact every time
  • What a good swing should feel like
  • How to practice pure impact
  • Game time: Hit the range picker
Video 4: Learn to Chip and Putt Great
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Video 4: Learn to Chip and Putt Great
  • Developing touch on the greens
  • What all the great chippers do
  • One thing you can’t do on short shots
  • Game time: Beat your last shot
  • Developing touch on the greens
  • What all the great chippers do
  • One thing you can’t do on short shots
  • Game time: Beat your last shot
Video 5: Pull off the Scary Shots
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Video 5: Pull off the Scary Shots
  • How to pitch it close from the rough
  • Getting out of the sand in one swing
  • One simple step to playing the lob
  • Game time: Player’s choice
  • How to pitch it close from the rough
  • Getting out of the sand in one swing
  • One simple step to playing the lob
  • Game time: Player’s choice