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Butch Harmon: Fairways and Greens

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Lesson 1: Driving

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Hitting a good drive not only sets you up to score, it creates an emotional boost that lifts your entire game. Poor driving, on the other hand, makes golf a struggle. In this video, Butch Harmon takes you through the basics of becoming a more powerful, more accurate driver.

SWING THOUGHTS

With the driver, play the ball in line with your shirt logo
Posture with the driver: weight middle, knees flexed, rear end out, chin up
Make a wide takeaway, your weight shifting to the instep of your back foot
On tee shots, focus more on making a full turn than a long swing
On the downswing, shift to your front side and rotate through
To swing in balance, try to hold your finish until the ball lands
Widen out your back foot to make a bigger move behind the ball
For more speed at impact, be more deliberate swinging to the top
Play your natural shot shape whenever possible
Lesson 2: Tough Drives
2 Lesson 2: Tough Drives
  • How tour pros pick a target
  • What to do with trouble right
  • Fixing the pull and the hook
  • Beating pressure on tee shots

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Lesson 2: Tough Drives

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During a round of golf, some tee shots suit your eye and accommodate your natural ball flight, and others don’t. This video is about handling the ones that don’t, like when there’s trouble down one side or when you feel pressure. Here, Butch Harmon teaches you how to pure it off any tee.

SWING THOUGHTS

Avoid trouble on the right by shifting your entire setup to the left
To hit a draw, set up closed and feel your arms swing past your body
Avoid trouble on the left by shifting your entire setup to the right
To hit a fade, set up open and try to hit the outside part of the ball
Feeling stressed on the tee? Take a deep breath and swing 75 percent
Nerves kill rhythm. Swing all the way back and then through to a full finish
Lesson 3: Approach Shots
3 Lesson 3: Approach Shots
  • Swing fundamentals with the irons
  • The nuances of club selection
  • Learn Jack Nicklaus’ setup key
  • A simple user guide for hybrids

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Lesson 3: Approach Shots

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Nothing in golf is more frustrating than hitting a perfect drive and then chunking or blading your approach. In this video, Butch Harmon shares his simple keys for making solid contact and controlling ball flight. You’re sure to hit more greens with these time-tested fundamentals.

SWING THOUGHTS

To control shot direction, aim the clubface, then take your stance
On iron shots, play the ball in line with your shirt logo or just behind it
For solid iron contact, shift toward the target to start the downswing
With the irons, avoid the urge to hang back and lift the ball
For accuracy, use an intermediate target 10-12 yards out
Pick a club you can get to the target with a smooth swing
Treat hybrids like irons: Hit down and through; no sweeping
Lesson 4: Tough Approaches
4 Lesson 4: Tough Approaches
  • Keys for uphill and downhill shots
  • How to play from sideslopes
  • Improving contact from the rough
  • How to head off bad misses

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Lesson 4: Tough Approaches

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On the course, you rarely get a flat, driving-range lie. To be a good shotmaker, you need a plan for handling uneven lies—uphill, downhill, ball below your feet, ball above your feet. You also need to know the proper technique for hitting out of the rough. Here, Butch Harmon covers it all.

SWING THOUGHTS

On any uneven lie, take a wider stance for stability and balance
From a downhill lie, lower your front shoulder and swing down the slope
From an uphill lie, tilt your shoulder back and swing up the slope
With the ball below you, sit back in your heels and maintain your posture
With the ball above you, choke down and play for the ball to go left
Out of the rough, open the clubface, aim left and tighten your top-hand grip
From the rough, make a steeper motion back and through the ball

Butch Harmon: Fairways and Greens

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Lesson 1: Driving
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Lesson 2: Tough Drives
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Lesson 3: Approach Shots
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Lesson 4: Tough Approaches
Butch Harmon: Fairways and Greens INDEX
Lesson 1: Driving
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Lesson 1: Driving
  • The keys to consistent driving
  • How to boost your swing speed
  • Simple tips for hitting fairways
  • Finding your personal rhythm
  • The keys to consistent driving
  • How to boost your swing speed
  • Simple tips for hitting fairways
  • Finding your personal rhythm
Lesson 2: Tough Drives
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Lesson 2: Tough Drives
  • How tour pros pick a target
  • What to do with trouble right
  • Fixing the pull and the hook
  • Beating pressure on tee shots
  • How tour pros pick a target
  • What to do with trouble right
  • Fixing the pull and the hook
  • Beating pressure on tee shots
Lesson 3: Approach Shots
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Lesson 3: Approach Shots
  • Swing fundamentals with the irons
  • The nuances of club selection
  • Learn Jack Nicklaus’ setup key
  • A simple user guide for hybrids
  • Swing fundamentals with the irons
  • The nuances of club selection
  • Learn Jack Nicklaus’ setup key
  • A simple user guide for hybrids
Lesson 4: Tough Approaches
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Lesson 4: Tough Approaches
  • Keys for uphill and downhill shots
  • How to play from sideslopes
  • Improving contact from the rough
  • How to head off bad misses
  • Keys for uphill and downhill shots
  • How to play from sideslopes
  • Improving contact from the rough
  • How to head off bad misses