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Twin Lakes Golf Club

400 W. 59th St.,Westmont, IL 60559 630.852.7167 www.westmontparks.org YOU ONLY NEED A FEW CLUBS! You’re allowed to carry as many as 14 clubs in your bag, but you won’t need nearly that many when you’re first learning. Instead, start with a driver, a putter, a sand wedge and supplement those with a 6-iron, an 8-iron, a pitching wedge, and a fairway wood or hybrid with 18-21 degrees of loft.These are the clubs that are the most forgiving and easiest to get the ball airborne.

Golf Center Des Plaines

Justin Bentley, PGA Professional GolfTec Des Plaines 353 N. River Road, Des Plaines 847-803-GOLF www.GolfCenterDesPlaines.com PUTTING IS AN ART. The ability to read small undulations in the green, start the ball on the proper line and ensure it has the correct speed can require the touch of a masterful artist. Putting, however, is also a science. Blowing putts 6 feet past on one hole then 4 feet short on the next can often

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feel like an unsolvable math equation. Sound familiar? Well, here’s a component of your putting that combines the best of both the art and science: angle of attack. The vertical measurement of how the club is moving through the ball at impact, angle of attack is just as important with the putter as it is with the driver. A stroke that moves too downward ¬into the ball can impart varied spin, and a stroke that’s too upward can create contact issues. Both can lead to lack of putting distance control. THE POKER CHIP DRILL A general guideline for the putting stroke is to have the attack angle moving slightly upward at impact.This drill helps you do just that. Stack two poker chip ball markers and set up to them as if the ball were there. Make a stroke while trying to clip off the top one only. If you hit both ball markers, it’s likely your angle of attack is moving too far downward. If you miss them entirely, it’s likely your angle of attack is moving too far upward. Once you get the hang of consistently knocking off the top marker, replace with a ball and start hitting putts with the same stroke.After a little practice, your improved attack angle should help with distance control and make those frustrating three-putts a thing of the past!

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Suburban Family ~ May + June 2018  

Chicago area waterparks and pools, fairs and festivals, summer kids camps, party planning, fitness race guide, golf guide, dining guide

Suburban Family ~ May + June 2018  

Chicago area waterparks and pools, fairs and festivals, summer kids camps, party planning, fitness race guide, golf guide, dining guide