Tee It Up Springfield
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Lessons in life through lessons in Golf

This informational website is designed to enhance the lives of golfers of all ages by providing facilities and instructional programs that develop strong character, teach life values, and create success through the game of golf.
Susan's Tip of the Month

Setting Up Your Shot
To make a good golf swing, you must set up properly to the ball. The basics include the following : alignment, grip, the width of your stance and balance, ball position and posture. 

*Alignment before every shot - Get behind the ball, visualize your target line and set your body to that line. Make sure your feet, hips, shoulders and eyes are parallel to the target. 

*Correct grip pressure - Here's why it is so important to have proper pressure on the club : If you grip the club too tightly, your muscles become rigid and less flexible. This will reduce swing speed and the club head will not release at the correct time. A grip that is too loose on the club reduces control of the club and makes it harder to connect with the sweet spot. 

*Athletic set up - It all starts with set up. Stand so the inside of your feet match the width of your shoulders. Your target foot should be turned out about 15 degrees and your back food should be perpendicular to the target line. Flex the knees enough to feel balance. Bend at the hips when placing the club on the ground. Your spine should be straight from the waist though the neck. RELAX. This is the key to a good golf shot. Practice your set up away from the ball until it becomes second nature. 

*Ball position - If your set up is correct and your ball striking is weak, check your ball position. The ball may be too far forward in your stance. This will cause the club to be released too early and that causes your shots to fly low due to the club face being closed at impact. It is the opposite if your ball is too far back, causing high pushed shots to the right because your club face is open. 

Susan's Rule of the Month

Rule 28 : Unplayable Ball

Your 3 options

The player may deem his ball unplayable at any place on the course, except when the ball is in a water hazard. The player is the sole judge as to whether his ball is unplayable.

If the player deems his ball to be unplayable, there are three options that the player can take. They are :
  1. Proceed under the stroke and distance rule by playing the ball as nearly as possible at the spot from which the ball was originally played.
  2. Drop a ball behind the point where the ball lay, keeping that point directly between the hole and the spot on which the ball is dropped, with no limit to how far behind the ball may be dropped.
  3. Drop a ball within two club lengths of the spot where the ball lay, but not nearer to the hole. 
Susan Teitel offers Lessons to all levels including adults and juniors. Individual, Group and Course Management lessons are available.
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