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Lesson 1: Total Driving

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To become a scratch golfer, you need to do everything well, but it starts with the driver. If you want to shoot low scores, you need to boom it down the fairway consistently, and the way to do that is with proper swing sequencing. In this video, Golf Digest Best Young Teacher Chris Mayson shows you how to move your body and the club to become an effective driver.

SWING THOUGHTS

Start the swing with your lead hand pushing back
Let your lead side pull your body into rotation
Start the downswing with your lead foot pressing into the ground
Let your lead side pull your body forward
Keep your back to the target as your lower body unwinds
Deliver the fastest point of the swing at the ball
Through impact, your trail arm pulls you to a full finish
Lesson 2: Compressed Irons
2 Lesson 2: Compressed Irons
  • Developing the proper angle of attack
  • How to get more center-face hits
  • Practice drills for consistent impact

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Lesson 2: Compressed Irons

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Scratch players hit their iron shots crisply, something that’s not easy to do consistently for many golfers. Great ball-strikers compress the ball at impact, hitting down on it rather than trying to scoop or help it into the air. Here, Chris Mayson shows you how to strike the ball purely and improve your distance and control with the irons.

SWING THOUGHTS

For crisp contact with the irons, shift to your front foot on the downswing
With the irons, strike the ball with the handle leaning forward
On iron shots, get the low point of your swing two to three inches after impact
To improve your iron strikes, let your body pull the club through last
Lesson 3: Accurate Wedge Shots
3 Lesson 3: Accurate Wedge Shots
  • Getting to any pin inside 125 yards
  • Why a low hook is a perfect wedge swing
  • Learning to make a wedge shot grab

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Lesson 3: Accurate Wedge Shots

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Inside 130 yards, scratch players expect to hit the ball within 10 feet to create birdie opportunities. They known how to control the distance and flight of the ball by adjusting the length of the swing and using a consistent rhythm. Chris Mayson shows you how to stick your wedge shots and shave strokes where the great players do.

SWING THOUGHTS

For better wedge shots, swing from inside with the handle leaning forward
To improve wedge impact, create the sensation of hitting a low hook
To control your wedge shots, swing at no more than 85 percent
Picture a clock face to create three swings with each wedge: 9 to 3, 10 to 2 and 11 to 12
To hit a checking wedge shot, make a shorter backswing to a full finish
Lesson 4: Lights-Out Putting
4 Lesson 4: Lights-Out Putting
  • The keys to giving every putt a chance
  • How to combine line and speed
  • 3 easy drills for developing great touch

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Lesson 4: Lights-Out Putting

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If you’ve ever played with scratch golfers, you’ll notice every putt they hit looks like it has a chance to go in. Amateurs tend to struggle with starting the ball on line and producing the correct speed. In this video, Golf Digest Best Young Teacher Chris Mayson demonstrates how to manage break and pace and shares some great drills to focus your putting practice.

SWING THOUGHTS

To putt with consistency, control the stroke with your shoulders
Reduce hand action in putting to minimize face rotation
Model your putting stroke after the smooth, uniform action of a pendulum
Focus on hitting your putts with the center of the face for predictable distance
Develop a putting tempo: two parts backstroke, one part to impact
Lesson 5: Better Mis-hits
5 Lesson 5: Better Mis-hits
  • Understanding your ball-flight pattern
  • Learning to stretch your margin for error
  • The fail-safe shot great players use

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Lesson 5: Better Mis-hits

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One trait all great golfers share that helps them avoid big numbers is getting the most out of their mis-hits. But even high handicappers have predictable shot patterns—the trick is understanding them. Scratch players know how to manage their tendencies, thereby limiting the damage. Here, Chris Mayson helps you understand your mistakes and play for them.

SWING THOUGHTS

To minimize your misses, be consistent with your address position
On the range, create a dispersion chart, and estimate the width of your shot pattern
On the course, avoid trouble by adjusting your aim given your mis-hit tendency
Learn to start shots on the side opposite where your ball curves
Develop a punch-shot technique you can go to when you’re struggling

Scratch Golf

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Lesson 1: Total Driving
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Lesson 2: Compressed Irons
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Lesson 3: Accurate Wedge Shots
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Lesson 4: Lights-Out Putting
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Lesson 5: Better Mis-hits
Scratch Golf INDEX
Lesson 1: Total Driving
1/5
Lesson 1: Total Driving
  • Learning to sequence your swing
  • How to get your fast point at impact
  • Beating the over-the-top chop
  • Learning to sequence your swing
  • How to get your fast point at impact
  • Beating the over-the-top chop
Lesson 2: Compressed Irons
2/5
Lesson 2: Compressed Irons
  • Developing the proper angle of attack
  • How to get more center-face hits
  • Practice drills for consistent impact
  • Developing the proper angle of attack
  • How to get more center-face hits
  • Practice drills for consistent impact
Lesson 3: Accurate Wedge Shots
3/5
Lesson 3: Accurate Wedge Shots
  • Getting to any pin inside 125 yards
  • Why a low hook is a perfect wedge swing
  • Learning to make a wedge shot grab
  • Getting to any pin inside 125 yards
  • Why a low hook is a perfect wedge swing
  • Learning to make a wedge shot grab
Lesson 4: Lights-Out Putting
4/5
Lesson 4: Lights-Out Putting
  • The keys to giving every putt a chance
  • How to combine line and speed
  • 3 easy drills for developing great touch
  • The keys to giving every putt a chance
  • How to combine line and speed
  • 3 easy drills for developing great touch
Lesson 5: Better Mis-hits
5/5
Lesson 5: Better Mis-hits
  • Understanding your ball-flight pattern
  • Learning to stretch your margin for error
  • The fail-safe shot great players use
  • Understanding your ball-flight pattern
  • Learning to stretch your margin for error
  • The fail-safe shot great players use