How to Practice

Most golfers use the driving range as an excuse to be outside for a few hours with a small focus on improving their games.  A player will drive anywhere from 10 minutes to an hour, pay the shop clerk for a bucket, set up a station at the range, and swiftly hit every ball in the bucket without so much as thinking, “how’s my tempo?”  Unfortunately, this is as structured as range practice ever gets for some.  Driving ranges have and will remain profitable businesses as long as golfers choose quantity over quality when working on their games.

An understated and underadvertised section of Golf Genie’s Practice Drills guide lays out 8 simple ground rules for an easy-to-follow practice plan.  Those steps are:

1. Conduct pre-swing warm up.

2. Reference “Full Swing Checkpoints” and check swing setup and fundamentals.

3. Set up alignment station.

4. Loosen up and establish tempo and short chip and pitch shots.

5. Practice full swing mechanics with select practice drills for 4 shots.

6. For next 4 shots, incorporate practice drills mechanics into normal swing emphasizing fluid swing motion.

7.  Continue alternating between 4 practice shots (drills and mechanics) and 4 normal shots (fluid swing).

8. Work on short game for half of session.  Incorporate practice games for variety and challenge

Implied in these steps are principles often ignored by the majority of the golfing world.  First of all, perfect practice makes perfect.  That’s right.  Just because you spend 20 hours hitting range balls does not mean you automatically get 20 hours better.  In fact, some golfers spend those hours reinforcing poor swing habits and, dare I say, get worse.  The solution; plan your practice and practice your plan.  Golf Genie’s Practice Drills guide offers a general plan, which could help structure a successful practice session for a player of any level.

Second, hit each shot with a purpose.  A large bucket of range balls can cost $15 at an expensive range.  In return, golfers may be allowed to hit 100 mostly dimpled balls.  This averages out to $0.15 per shot.  Each shot may take a grand total of 20 seconds, so that’s $.45 per minute for a practice session.  The last time I used something at that rate occurred before cell phone plans offered unlimited monthly calls.

To get a better return on the money you invest in a large bucket, plan on hitting each ball with a specific thought or purpose in mind.  Steps 5-7 on page 57 of Golf Genie’s Practice Drills guide recommend this mindset.  By switching between thinking about specific swing mechanics and thinking about tempo, players ingrain techniques and improve a little bit on every shot.  To take it a step further, players should switch targets every four shots as well.  Naturally, if a player hits too many balls at the same target, their mind will eventually wander to something outside of the specific purpose of the shot.    To ensure getting the most out of your practice, hit every ball with purpose and change that purpose often.

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Fall Series Preview: Kevin Kisner

PGA Tour players accumulate FedEx Cup points all season based on performance.  The Top-125 in the FedEx points standings after the Wyndham Championship are invited to the first Playoffs tournament.  Rookie, Kevin “Kiz” Kisner, finished the pre-Playoffs Tour season ranked 195th in the FedEx Cup standings.   He will pick back up on the PGA Tour at the first Fall Series event in Vegas in late September.  Until then, Kiz is staying sharp on the Nationwide Tour.  He played in the Knoxville Nationwide event last week and plays this week in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania where he is defending champion.   After that, he will have a few weeks off before The Fall Series, which will present a timely opportunity for him.

Last year, Kiz gained his PGA Tour card through a successful year-long campaign on the Nationwide Tour.  He won the Nationwide Tour’s Mylan Classic and was runner-up at the Miccosukee Championship.  These, and other notable finishes, landed him at 11th on the final money list and comfortably qualified him for the 2011 PGA Tour.  His money list position put him ahead of now recognized players, such as, Keegan Bradley.  This year has been a different story, but the year is far from over.

A number of players use the Fall Series to turn an average year into a great year, or even a bad into a breakthrough year.  This turnaround effect is made more possible by a number of the highest ranked FedEx Cup players foregoing the Fall Series and finishing their seasons at the Tour Championship.  Examples of Fall Series turnarounds include Rocco Mediate’s in 2010.  Last year, Rocco failed to break the Top-10 all year until winning 2010’s penultimate event ( Open).  Jonathan Byrd also salvaged his season in the 2010 Fall Series after missing six straight cuts during the summer.  Most golf fans vividly recall his ace to win a sudden death playoff at Justin Timberlake’s tournament.  Such an end of year success story is waiting to happen at this year’s Fall Series.  Who will be the protagonist?

Kevin Kisner has momentum and a higher comfort level on his side.  As for his momentum, he made more money in his last five PGA Tour starts than in his first eleven of 2011.   Aside from the money, he gained valuable experience in being near the top of the leaderboard.  At the Viking Classic, he started the final round in the Top-10 and finished the first round at the RBC Canadian Open one shot from the lead.  Last week, Kiz played the final round in the second to last group, so he spent most of the week around the lead.  Any expert golf fan could predict that Kiz will use this momentum to continue to trend upward in the Fall Series.

As for Kiz’s comfort level, he seems to have gotten more used to life on tour.  This only comes with experience.  The courses are tougher, the crowds are bigger, and it simply takes time to adjust. Unlike many of last year’s Nationwide graduates, Kiz played in his first PGA Tour event at the beginning of 2011.  For this, much of his competition had a significant advantage over him, but his steady improvement confirms his rising comfort level as 2011 moves along.  On top of being comfortable through experience, one of the Fall Series events takes place on a course Kiz used to play every day.  Sea Island Golf Club, home of the McGladrey Classic, was his home course during the first two years of his career.  Kiz could play it in his sleep.

Overall, the rest of 2011 holds glaring opportunities for Kisner.  Keeping a PGA Tour card, four chances to gain exempt status over the next two seasons, a better position in the World Golf Championships, and, last but certainly not least, money, all give Fall Series players more than enough motivation to treat it with the respect it deserves.  At least one player will transform his season.  My money is on Kiz.

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If you play golf, you should use Nuun

Nuun Optimal Hydration

At Golf Genie, we love it when we come across companies that embrace our principles of simplicity, portability and convenience.  In the past, our music collections needed their own rooms.  Now, all we need is a tiny device that fits in our pockets that stores more music than used to fill up a medium sized residence.  The same goes for our financial lives. seems to have won the convenience race in this category.   On Mint’s website, all of our money appears categorized and organized after signing in.  No more paper statements or remembering 8 different usernames to get a hold of our financial lives.  It all shows up in a single profile.

Nuun has taken these concepts and applied them to hydration.  When we think of sports drinks, a few brands come to mind (Gatorade, PowerAde, Vitamin water, etc.) To everyone’s surprise, none have really simplified their products the way Nuun has. 

Along with its low calories, low sugar, and effectiveness, Nuun could win the hydration war based on its portability alone.  What used to require cooler space, a strong friend (or two), a case of bottled liquids, and a place to dispose of the containers now only requires a pocket to fit in.  Nuun’s 12-tablet case fits almost anywhere a roll of quarters does and weighs in at less than an ounce.  This is less than an ounce of weight to make 12-sixteen ounce sports drinks.

The most user-friendly hydration product on the market first established itself in fitness-related sports.  Its portability is perfect for cyclists who lack the requisite carrying space for more than one bottle of fluid.  Next, Nuun’s popularity soared in golf, where carrying a 40 pound bag is the norm.  Caddies certainly prefer Nuun’s minimal occupancy vs. carrying 4 bottles of sugar filled electrolyte drinks.  On the player side, water coolers have always and are continuing to be the norm on course, so with a capsule of Nuun, players only need to bring a bottle to the course.  Nuun offers those too.

Appealing to another class of golfer, Nuun’s electrolyte replacing system works wonders for players who spend more time at the 19th hole.   

Overall, Nuun helps the competitive golfer as much as the “recreational” golfer.  That’s why tour players like Davis Love III and Lucas Glover have Nuun in their bag.  At Golf Genie, we have jumped on the Nuun bandwagon as well as hydration in the intense southern heat is key at all times.  Whether on or off the course, Nuun keeps us at the top of our game.

So give a Nuun a try.  We’re sure you will agree that Nuun provides optimal hydration in a convenient package.  What’s not to like about that?

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Ready to get serious about your game? Consider golf school!

In 2005, when it came time for me to get “serious” about my golf game and accelerate my development, I decided that attending a multi-day golf school would be the best option.  I wanted a “boot camp” that would help me work on all aspects of my game under a focused and dedicated instructor.

 When researching viable golf schools, one name came popping up – the Mel Sole Golf School with its home base in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.  The Mel Sole Golf School has other locations in Georgia, New York, Colorado and Mexico. 

What attracted me to the Mel Sole Golf School was first, its reputation.  I researched golf schools online and saw that the Mel Sole Golf School had been consistently ranked in the “top 25” by Golf Magazine for the last decade.  In addition, the reviews that the golf school received from actual students were overwhelmingly positive.  Check out “TripAdvsor” or Google “Mel Sole Golf” and you will see what I mean.

The second criterion that attracted me to the Mel Sole Golf School was its rates which are about one third of other competitive golf schools.  This is part of their philosophy, to provide outstanding value.

The third criterion I liked was the Mel Sole approach.  What I didn’t want was somebody to come in and try to wholesale change my swing.  The Mel Sole approach is to work with “what you got” and simplify the swing movements.

A huge benefit (and money saver) was that Mel had a golf school in Atlanta, my hometown.  Since all the golf schools utilize the same teaching style and methodology and since I would save a bundle in travel and lodging costs, I opted to go to the Atlanta Golf School as opposed to the Myrtle Beach location.  Of course, there are pros and cons to either stay in your hometown or travel elsewhere if you are thinking about a golf school, but it worked out well for me.

So, what was the verdict?  Did the golf school improve my game?  I can say unequivocally, absolutely.  It was one of the most sound investments I have ever made.  Mel’s Atlanta instructor, David Olberding broke down the game an easy to understand fashion and removed all the golf jargon and clutter that infiltrates our mind.  We focused on the basics and really honed the fundamentals.  Within a year, my handicap dropped about 5 strokes, primarily due to the sound basics, repetition and drills I learned.

And you better believe it that, four years later when I started putting together my instructional team for Golf Genie that Mel Sole and David Olberding where the first pros I called to contribute.  Our belief in simplifying the game of golf and focus on the basics readily transfers to our Golf Genie content.  Drop me a line at if you agree.

Regardless if you use Golf Genie products or not, check out the Mel Sole Golf School based in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.  I’m a lifelong fan.  When you are done with your lessons, check out the areas myriad of fantastic golf courses and Myrtle Beach tee times.

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Mashable names Golf Genie Practice Drills Pro for iPhone top golf mobile app

We are honored that, one of the most read and respected social media sites with 40M monthly page views has named Golf Genie as top golf mobile app pick for 2011.

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The pro golf season has kicked off with the heralded Masters Tournament in Augusta. Golf enthusiasts can rejoice in another season of watching the best players drive, chip, pitch and putt their way to victory.

Golfing is one of those addictive yet highly frustrating sports that can leave you feeling like a PGA pro one day and a novice the next. In golf, practice sometimes makes perfect, but any round can have a mind of its own regardless of how many hours you’ve put into the range. If anything though, true golfers are dedicated to the craft and will doggedly continue on their quest for the perfect swing. 

These eight mobile apps might not get you to the Masters, but they may at least make you feel like you’re worthy of playing at Augusta.

1. Golf Genie Practice Drills PRO

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This app acts like your virtual golf instructor and provides a whole slew of practice drills for your full swing and short game. Designed by PGA Tour pros, it also provides specific solutions and drills to address common swing faults like hooking, pulling, pushing and slicing. You can use the customization features to pick and choose which drills you’d like to focus on and then create your own personalized practice routine. It’s also available for BlackBerry phones.

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Golf Genie Review by WAM GOLF

Thanks to the good folks at WAM Golf for their review our Tee to Green and Practice Drills Pocket Guides.  Here is the link to the review.

The full review is also below.

Golf Genie Pocket Guide Review

I know what I’m supposed to do when I practice at the driving range. Pick out a point in the distance, take my preshot routine and play my shot as though I’m actually out on the golf course. I hear this all the time but when I’m hitting off a turf mat with a perfect lie, it couldn’t be further from reality. I actually only hit about 25% of the fairways I take aim at. I need practice from the rough, not perfect playing conditions. 

As the 2011 golf season approaches, I made a commitment to go from a 12 handicap to a single digit by the end of the season. This will require time at the driving range but it has to be spent properly. I decided I needed something to keep me focused while at the range. I did my Google searches online and came across the Golf Genie™

(The Golf Genie™ offers a Practice Drills Guide and Tee to Green Guide for on the course)

 Golf Genie™ features apps for the iPhone and Blackberry. Since I don’t have either of those, I went with the pocket guides. While they do fit in pocket (they are 5.8″ x 3.6″), I prefer carry them in my golf bag. They barely take up any space and are easily accessible. 

The Practice Drills Guide

The Practice Drills Pocket Guide (blue in the picture above) is exactly what I was looking for. It’s small, easy to read and is broken down by section. For example, The “Pre-Swing” section of the guide offers stretches to prepare you for practice while the “Back Swing” tab offers four drills with pictures for you to work on. 

The guide offers over 60 useful pages broken down into four sections: Full Swing, Short Game, Swing Faults and Practice Routines. It’s in full color and broken down with bullet points to make it easier to follow.

(A look inside the Practice Guide. It’s easy to read and follow with the tabs on the bottom.)

The Best Feature

In my opinion the best feature is the Practice Routines section. This section gives you tips to plan and mentally prepare before you go out and practice. To help you plan it offers sample 30 minute and 1 hour routines to help guide you. It also gives examples of “games” you can play to make practice a little more tolerable. 


In my opinion these guides are worth picking up for $14.99. The Practice Drills Pocket Guide is perfect for anyone who wants a sense of purpose when they practice. It’s not only allowed me to develop practice routines, it’s given me drills to help me improve on specific aspects of my game. It’s exactly what I had in mind when I began my search. 

The Tee to Green Pocket Guide is great for specific shots. I don’t know if I’ll use it much on the course but I know I’ll use it when I work on my game from a bunker or out of a bad lie. The tips on hitting over trees, out of fescue, and even reading putts will come in handy for more advanced practice sessions. If you’re in a cart during your round, it might not be a bad thing to have on hand if you encounter a shot you don’t regularly face.

There are plenty of guides available to help your golf game. I personally like the Golf Genie™ tools because they’re small, easy to read, and helpful. 

Who: Golf Genie

What: Golf Genie Pocket Guides

Where: Available on their website, iPhone, and Blackberry

Cost: $14.99

Why: To help you at the driving range, during practice, or on the golf course


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Beginner Golfers: Beginner Golf Swing Tips

Beginner golfers often struggle with the cialis 5mg game of golf because they tend to over-complicate the swing.

What compounds this problem is that there are way too numerous golf instructional approaches that basically communicate the same things, but contain nuances that confuse the beginner golfer. What follows is a quick primer of beginner golf swing tips intended

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Learning Golf Swing Basics: The Four Phases of the Game

Before we get into beginner golf swing tips, it is important to realize that there are four related, but distinct phases of the golf game and the golf swing fundamentals within each phase builds upon one another.

The first phase of the golf game is the “distance” game

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The second phase of the golf game is the “mid-range” phase which is for golf shots that occur after distance shots and typically range from 130 to 200 yards.

The third phase is the “short game” phase which is typically for shots toward the green from 130 yards and in.

The fourth phase is the “putting” phase which is for shots that occur on the putting surface toward the golf cup.

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For many beginner golfers, it is often best to “start small” and learn golf swing basics starting with the fourth phase (putting) and move back through each phase ending with the first phase (distance game). The advantages of this approach is that 1.)the golfer can build solid golf short game fundamentals in phases four and three which also serve

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as the foundation for the full golf swing in phases two and one and 2.) the short game typically accounts for over 60% of the golf score, so the quicker the beginner golfer has a handle on the short game, the faster he or she will achieve lower scores.

Beginner Golf Swing Tips

For the beginner golfer, what follows is a set of beginner golf swing tips to properly setup and execute the key shots necessary for each phase:

Phase 4: Putting Golf Swing Tips

  • Key to putting setup is comfort over the ball, light grip tension and no breakdown in stroke.
  • Ensure that eyes are directly over the ball.
  • Use steady, pendulum-like tempo and accelerate through follow-through.
  • Keep lower body “quiet” throughout stroke.


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3: Short Game Golf Swing Tips (Pitch Shot and Chip Shot)

Pitch Shot Golf Swing Tips

  • The “pitch shot” spends more time in the air than on ground and is typically used for shots that range from 10 to 70 yards from the cup. Use lofted club—sand wedge (54-58°) or lob wedge (59-62°).
  • Grip firmer
  • Slightly open your stance.
  • Position yourself that the golf ball is slightly forward from the middle of your stance.
  • Place and leave 60% of your body weight on your left leg throughout the shot outdoor gemmy inflatable snowman. This promotes a descending blow on the golf ball which is needed for a crisp pitch shot.
  • Move hands down the grip and in front of the ball.
  • Keep steady pace and move your torso back and through the shot.

Chip Shot Golf Swing Tips

  • The “chip shot” is used to land the ball on the green as quickly as possible and is typically executed when you are 3 to 6 feet from the green.
  • Place 60% to 70% of your weight on left leg throughout shot.
  • Open your stance.
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  • Place your hands down on the grip and in front of ball.
  • Maintain a smooth, easy stroke…do not let left wrist break throughout the shot.

Phase 2: Mid-Range Game and Phase 1: Distance Game Golf Swing Tips

Phases 2 and 1 should both follow the same basic

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Golf Ball Position Golf Swing Tips

To hit downward on the ball to hit crisp iron shots, position yourself so that the golf ball is:

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  • Two golf balls forward from center for 3 and 5 woods and hybrid clubs
  • Three golf balls forward from center for driver shots

Backswing Golf Swing Tips

  • Assume address position
  • Rotate club, body and arms back along your golf swing plane while shifting your body weight to the inside of your right leg.
  • As hands approach waist, wrists should hinge.
  • At the top of the backswing,
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  • Check that your shoulders are turned 90° and hips are turned 30 to 45°

Downswing Golf Swing Tips

  • First movement of downswing is weight shift to the left, then hips, arms and shoulders unwind to impact.
  • At impact, club is released by unhinging wrists and delivering club head square through ball – keep head behind ball at impact.
  • As body turns to target through golf swing impact, arms and clubs extend down the target line.
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Practice these beginner golf swing tips regularly and you will soon have a strong feeling (and fever) for the game!

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A great practice drill for driver shots is the “whoosh” drill which can be practiced on the range or between shots on the course. Here are basic golf tips to execute the whoosh drill:

  1. Flip driver upside down and grip shaft just above club head.
  2. Make normal swing with driver and listen for “whoosh” sound from shaft on the downswing.
  3. The whoosh sound should be heard after “impact” resulting from proper extension and acceleration through ball.

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