Jim Suttie

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Is the golf swing right or left dominant?

NAPLES — You have often hear the expression “Pull down from the top of your swing with your left hand and arm.” Then a guy like Jimmy Ballard comes along, and says the downswing should be entirely right-sided. Well, what is it? A right-handed game or a left-handed game? After all, Ben Hogan himself said “I […]

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How to set up for success in putting

NAPLES — The average player expends at least 44 percent of his strokes on the green. Generally, they have 35 to 38 putts per round, with two to three three-putts each round. Part of this is due to reading the greens incorrectly, and part of it is due to a faulty stroke. The faulty stroke results […]

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How to anchor your golf swing the right way

NAPLES — Almost nobody can argue with the fundamental of keeping a steady head throughout the swing. It is a fundamental that all great players had and will continue to have in the future. The reason for this is very simple! The steadier you keep your head during the swing, the more consistent your swing circle […]

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How to become a better drive

NAPLES — I have given over 70,000 lessons in my career, and I have never met anybody that was equally good with their driver and their long and medium irons. Generally, a golfer is good with one or the other. There are many reasons for this: ■ The driver is a longer club and is designed […]

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Golf’s biggest myth — having original address position at impact

NAPLES — We are all told to just try to get back to our original address position at impact, and we will hit it great. Nothing could be further from the truth. The golf swing is a dynamic motion where the impact is entirely different from your address position. The clubface, the shaft, and the body […]

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Adjust your angle of approach to hit the fairway woods

I have always said that there are two different swings in golf. One swing is the iron swing and the other swing is the wood swing. Golfers are usually better at one or the other. For example, the golfers who are good at hitting the woods are generally not as good at hitting their irons. […]

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Keys to putting under pressure

NAPLES — Why is it that you can make 40 putts in a row from four feet and not even hit the hole when the pressure is on? There are probably a lot of reasons for this, but the main one is excessive tension. The putting stroke is different from the rest of the game. There […]

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How to shore up your power leaks

NAPLES — We all have “Power Leaks” in our swing that prevent us from hitting the ball as far as we are capable. The three leaks I see most often are: (1) The rolling clubface; (2) an unstable right leg; (3) Excessive arm swing. The first power leak, the rolling clubface, occurs on the take-away where […]

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How ladies and seniors can get more power

NAPLES — Many of the ladies have asked me the question, “How do I get more power?” My answer is always the same: swing faster. This sounds trite, but very true. Clubhead speed squarely applied creates distance. The real question is how to create this newfound speed. Ladies and seniors alike tend to be arm swingers. […]

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What’s the hardest shot in golf?

NAPLES — I just got back from my summer job in Illinois, and my first lesson was a playing lesson at TwinEagles. As my student was playing, he hit his second shot to the left of the green in a greenside bunker. Unfortunately, he landed on the downslope of the bunker, and his ball was buried. […]

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