InstructionJanuary 18, 2011

Introducing The Instruction Blog

Starting today, I'll be writing a blog purely about golf instruction, fittingly called The Instruction Blog. Come with me as I delve into the hottest topics in teaching and learning how to play, from the full swing to pitching and chipping to putting to bunker play to on-course strategy.

I will interview the game's top teachers and players, many of whom are members of Golf Digest's exclusive teaching staff. I'll get their perspectives on what they're giving their top students -- both tour players and average golfers. Because golf fitness is becoming so important not only for tour players but also for all golfers, my Golf Digest colleague Ron Kaspriske will guide you through Fitness Fridays, helping you find a great warm-up or workout routine to get you through the weekend.

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*We will visit with such top teachers as Butch Harmon (above, with star pupil Phil Mickelson). *

I'll also be relying on Golf Digest Instruction Editor Peter Morrice for the latest instruction news and trends to keep your game sharper than ever. Over the coming weeks we'll also discuss the pros and cons of some of golf instruction's "controversial" topics, such as:

  • Putting straight-back straight through versus on an arc

  • Big muscles versus little muscles controlling the swing

  • Chipping with one favorite club or multiple clubs

  • Preferred ball-flight: fade, draw or straight

  • Greenside bunkers: outside-in swing path versus normal path

  • Putting left-hand low versus conventional

If there's a topic you want to hear more about, or you have questions, feel free to comment below, and be sure to follow me on Twitter at twitter.com/rogerschiffman.

*Roger Schiffman

Managing Editor

Golf Digest

(Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

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