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The Purtzer Golf Post



Feb 04 2015

As a former PGA Tour player and now a PGA instructor, I know a good takeaway is an important part of a successful golf shot. Many golfers struggle to have good rhythm when they hit their shots. This tip should help that and get you in position to be more consistent.

(NOTE: Lefties please turn left and right around in this tip)

During my competitive career, I had a number of chances to win tournaments and developed a few keys that really worked well when I was coming down the last few holes with a chance to win.

One of those keys was to concentrate on getting my left shoulder to my chin (note-I did not say getting my chin to my left shoulder) and to make sure to get my right shoulder to my chin on the forward swing.

Before I go any farther, make sure your posture is good and that your chin is not down in your chest at address. You want to have your knees only slightly flexed and tilt to the ball from your hips-back and neck in a straight line.

In your backswing, concentrate on getting your left shoulder to your chin, and you will have a much better chance of having a slow, smooth tempo and of making a full backswing. Keep your head steady as well-not moving it up or down nor left or right.

Also, make sure you keep your eyes on the ball and your head behind the ball at impact. On the forward swing, I concentrate on getting my right shoulder to my chin as I drive thru the shot and into my finish.


Director of Instruction, Paul has been a member of the PGA for over 25 years and is a former PGA Tour player. He has an extensive background in playing and teaching golfers, from the beginner to the winner of the 1996 U.S. Open Championship, Steve Jones. Paul is one of the most highly-regarded golf instructors in the country, and he has collaborated with some of the finest instructors in the world. Paul's positive, supportive, hands-on approach to instruction complements his technical knowledge of the golf swing, which makes him one of the most sought after golf instructors in the country.

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Stonecreek Golf Club
4435 E Paradise Village Pkwy S.
Phoenix, AZ 85032
Email: purtzergolf@cox.net
Phone: (602) 314-5950


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