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Michael Breed's Playbook

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Lesson 1: Short Game

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The tendency for most golfers when practicing their short games is to stand in one place and hit the same shot from the same lie over and over. To improve your short game on the course, you have to be ready for different situations: high shots, low shots, shots with spin, shots from the rough, etc. In this video, Michael Breed shows you how to handle it all and get up and down more often.

SWING THOUGHTS

Evaluate the situation on a chip or pitch before picking a club
On greenside shots, try to use a longer club with a smaller swing
If a greenside lie makes it hard to spin or loft the ball, use your most lofted wedge
For more loft, open the face, stand farther from the ball and swing the handle sharply to the left through impact
For more run, stand closer to the ball and let the handle swing more toward the target through impact
On greenside shots, pick the club that lets you land the ball about five feet onto the green and stop near the hole
Change variables—lie, slope, carry, hole location—when you practice to prep for your rounds
Lesson 2: Driving
2 Lesson 2: Driving
  • The setup key everyone forgets
  • Creating more rotation for power
  • Quick fixes for slices and hooks
  • 3 range drills with the driver

Michael Breed's Playbook

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Lesson 2: Driving

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The old saying goes,”Drive for show, putt for dough.” But without the ability to consistently drive the ball in the fairway, you’ll never put yourself in position to make a big putt. Here, Michael Breed explains how to improve your tee shots. It starts with embracing your natural shot shape, and then it’s about knowing how to make swing adjustments to limit errant drives.

SWING THOUGHTS

If your drives curve left to right, tee up on the right side; if they curve right to left, tee up left
Don’t aim down the middle. Aim down the side that creates more room for your curve
Make a full body turn on tee shots: Try to get your trail shoulder behind your neck at the top
On the range, practice hitting crazy slices and hooks by changing your grip and swing path
Always hit to an imaginary fairway on the driving range
To reduce a slice, swing the clubhead more to the right through impact
To reduce a hook, swing your arms back away from your body, not to the inside
Lesson 3: Putting
3 Lesson 3: Putting
  • The secrets to great lag putting
  • A new mind-set for must-make putts
  • How to sync up speed and break
  • Best ways to use the practice green

Michael Breed's Playbook

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Lesson 3: Putting

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Before a round, most golfers are concerned with loosening up and preparing for the first-tee shot. So when they get on the course, they have no feel for putting, and their scores suffer. To improve on the greens, you have to make time to practice two types of putts: long lags and the must-make putts. In this video, Michael Breed covers what you need to do to putt better when it counts.

SWING THOUGHTS

On lag putts, overall speed should be your No. 1 concern
Walk along your putting line, and feel the slope—up, down, left, right—in your feet
When reading long putts, focus more on the slope by the hole, not in the first half
Don’t waste your practice strokes. Use them to predict the pace of the putt
On long putts, focus on hitting the center of the ball with the center of the putterface
On short, must-make putts, be sure you aim the putterface at your target
Standing over short putts, mentally trace a line from the ball into the cup
As you stroke short putts, keep the face pointing down your intended line

Michael Breed's Playbook

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Lesson 1: Short Game
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Lesson 2: Driving
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Lesson 3: Putting
Michael Breed's Playbook INDEX
Lesson 1: Short Game
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Lesson 1: Short Game
  • Developing feel around the greens
  • How to pick the right shot and club
  • Swing tweaks to handle any lie
  • Making shots stop fast or roll out
  • Developing feel around the greens
  • How to pick the right shot and club
  • Swing tweaks to handle any lie
  • Making shots stop fast or roll out
Lesson 2: Driving
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Lesson 2: Driving
  • The setup key everyone forgets
  • Creating more rotation for power
  • Quick fixes for slices and hooks
  • 3 range drills with the driver
  • The setup key everyone forgets
  • Creating more rotation for power
  • Quick fixes for slices and hooks
  • 3 range drills with the driver
Lesson 3: Putting
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Lesson 3: Putting
  • The secrets to great lag putting
  • A new mind-set for must-make putts
  • How to sync up speed and break
  • Best ways to use the practice green
  • The secrets to great lag putting
  • A new mind-set for must-make putts
  • How to sync up speed and break
  • Best ways to use the practice green