Golf Digest SchoolsSeptember 12, 2017

5 Starter Lessons

Congrats—you've just taken your golf game to the next level with some expert instruction. You wouldn't go camping without a canteen, and you can't learn to play golf without a firm grasp on the basics. Golf Digest Best Young Teacher Nick Clearwater, GolfTEC's head of instruction, will help you focus on what you need to get started in the game—from tee to green. Presented in an easy, step-by-step style, these driving, iron-play, short-game and putting lessons have been proven by GolfTEC's real-golfer research. You'll learn to develop good habits before any bad ones set in. Take these lessons onto the course, and get better the very next time you play. Now you're on the fast track to becoming a real golfer.


LESSON 1: DRIVING
• The basics of the setup
• Learn to make solid contact
• Maximize body turn for power
• Finish like a tour player
• Avoiding the dreaded slice


LESSON 2: HITTING SHOTS OFF THE GROUND
• How to set up and swing
• What changes for different clubs
• Troubleshooting fat and thin shots
• The keys to consistency
• A guide for club selection


LESSON 3: PUTTING
• What to do before you putt
• Controlling distance
• Learn to make pure strikes
• The ultimate practice drill
• How to pick the right putter


LESSON 4: GREENSIDE SHOTS
• The one short-game shot you need
• How to adjust to different lies
• Fixing chunks and skulls
• Developing good touch
• Effective short-game practice


LESSON 5: BUNKER PLAY
• Making sand shots simple
• Effective club and shot selection
• How to feel a good bunker shot
• Overcoming fear in the sand
• Easy hacks for bunker play

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