t’s golf season…clean the clubs, polish your golf shoes and get out and play. But first practice these golf tips provided by the seasoned pros at the following local golf courses. Arlington Lakes Golf Club
Facility of the Arlington Heights Park District 1211 S. New Wilke Road, Arlington Heights 847-577-3030, ahpd.org/algc Tim Govern, Golf Operations Manager PGA Professional
Putting Double, photo courtesy of DuPage Golf
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DRIVE FOR SHOW There is an old saying in golf that you drive for show but you putt for dough. If you are looking for the quickest way to shave a few strokes from your score, it can be found practicing for a few minutes before every round on the practice green. Every golf course's greens are generally a little different. Some are faster than other, softer etc. Spending just a few minutes before every round can prove to be invaluable. A good way to get a feel for the speed of the greens is to really focus on distance control. Lay down 4 different balls from 20 feet or so away from a hole and try to see if you can stop within a 1 foot radius of the cup. Allow enough time before you tee off to Repeat this little drill four or five times before every round and watch your scores drop in a hurry!
The game of a lifetime starts at Cantigny Golf in Wheaton. • Professional instruction for ages 5 and up at the Cantigny Golf Academy • Cantigny Youth Links 9-hole course just for kids • One-week PGA Junior Golf Camps, full-day and half-day • High-school golf preparation clinics • PGA Junior League team play • Fun and focused learning environment Learn more at CantignyGolf.com or call the Academy at 630.260.8199. Register your child today!
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Pat Hickey, PGA Certified Professional 27w270 Mack Road Wheaton, IL 60189 630-260-8199 www.cantignygolf.com GET CREATIVE AROUND THE GREEN We often times add strokes to our score on and around the putting surface through poor club selection. Getting creative with club selection when around the green can lead to lower scores and add some fun as well. Say your golf ball is just off the putting surface by a few yards and you are not confident using a wedge to chip or pitch the short distance to the green. Pull out your hybrid metal club and employ a putting grip, stance and motion to roll the ball through fairway grass onto the green and close to the hole. This action will keep the golf ball low and on the ground, reducing risk. Keep in mind that using the hybrid with a putting stroke will cause the ball to travel approximately 30% farther than your usual putting stroke, so adjust your stroke accordingly. Good luck and go low! May/June 2017