Golf: Play the Golf Digest Way\nExcerpted from "Golf: Play the Golf Digest Way"\n\nORDER Golf: Play the Golf Digest Way\nExcerpted from "Golf: Play the Golf Digest Way"\n\nORDER Golf: Play the Golf Digest Way\nHow to grip the putter\n\nIf you don't worry about anything else in your putting stroke, lock down these two fundamentals. First, make sure the putter grip is in line with your right forearm, not hanging below it. This helps the putter swing easily on the correct swing plane. Second, set your hands so the grip runs through the lifelines of your palms and you're holding the handle mostly with your fingertips. If you were tossing a penny, you wouldn't set it in your palm. You'd hold it in your fingertips. That's the feeling you want when you're putting.\nSetup: Create a solid left side\n\nWhen I chip, I place my left hand on my left thigh before taking my grip. This tells me that my weight is on my left side and that my center of gravity is slightly in front of the ball, two keys to making crisp contact. If I set up with a strong left side, my contact is much better.\nIngrain the right action by practicing with one hand\n\nHitting wedge shots with my right hand only really ingrains the feeling of release you need for good pitching. Essentially, it turns my pitch shots into little full swings. The right-hand only drill forces you to release the clubhead as you would with a 7-iron.\nHow to hit the basic greenside bunker shot\n\nTo get out safely, open the clubface so the club can bounce off the sand instead of dig. You want to hit behind the ball to splash it out on a patch of sand, so play the ball forward in your stance, up by your left foot. The big key during the swing is to follow through and turn your body toward the target. Commit to turning to a full finish and you'll get the ball out every time.\nBuild a powerful platform to swing from\n\nSo many golfers would get better by simply improving their address posture. The guys I teach on tour set up in different ways, but one common denominator is that they feel the ground under their feet. They get into a position where their legs are like shock absorbers and they're poised to use the ground to create force. To get a feel for this, try making some swings in your bare feet. Pay attention to your footing as you swing. Unless you're properly grounded, it's tough to control a swing with any power.\nSweep your fairway woods off the deck\n\nI always went for par 5s in two because I knew I could hit crisp fairway woods. The secret is simple: Keep the clubhead low to the ground in the takeaway and after impact. This ensures a full release where the clubface strikes the ball below its equator, launching it high in the air.\nRule No. 1, position the ball\n\nWith the driver, most golfers play the ball too far forward and stand too far away from it. This sets some bad things in motion. Here's how to make sure your ball position is correct. Tee it up in line with the logo on your shirt, or just inside your left heel. As for distance from the ball, the butt of the grip at address should be about six inches from your body. Check this by setting up and then taking your right hand off the grip, moving it about a foot to your right. You shouldn't feel like you have to reach to put it back on the club.\nWarm-up goal: Hit it solid\n\nOn the practice tee at a British PGA Championship in the late 1970s, I asked Gene Littler what he worked on before he went out to play. He told me his only goal was hitting the ball in the center of the clubface. Off-line shots didn't concern him as long as they were solid, because he could always adjust for accuracy. Mis-hitting shots was more worrisome to him. Littler's tempo is legendary, and probably stemmed from his desire to hit the ball flush. Concentrate on solid contact before your round and it'll set up a great day.