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Indian Wells Insider - May 2016

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PRO'S CORNER > C L I C K H E R E T O V I S I T I N D I A N W E L L S O N L I N E F O R M O R E I N F O R M AT I O N O N G O L F C L I N I C S , L E S S O N S , A N D M O R E book a Tee TiMe GET GOLF READY LESSON SPECIAL T ake advantage of the final daily golf clinics at Indian Wells Golf Resort until November with the Get Golf ready package, which includes access to all five clinics held during the first week of May for just $99. From Tuesday, May 3, through saturday, May 7, clinics will be held at 11 a.m. and will cover a wide array of topics, including putting, short game, full swing, course manage- ment and specialty shots. Visit the Golf Shop to sign up for the Get Golf Ready package in advance or call (760) 834-3838 for more information. LAST CALL! I mproving one's short game is a goal for players at any skill level in the ul- timate quest for consis- tency on and around the green. In this edition of Ask the Pro, PGa head Golf Professional Tom burley offers three es- sential steps for getting up and down more often. 1 observe your lie and surroundings around the entire area of the green. If you are just off the green take an extra moment to fully observe what is in front of you. You want to take note if your ball is sitting on an uphill or downhill lie and make a slight adjustment if needed. Also, take a look at where any trouble areas are around the green – like sand traps or false fronts – and play a smart shot to a safe part of the putting surface. 2 select the right club for the shot. Depending on where you are around the green, you will probably have to pitch or chip the ball to get it close. Club selection is key to managing the dis- tance of your short shot. You want to make sure you are not using a whole lot of loft unless you have to. Always try to get the ball rolling to- ward the target. And remem- ber: you can learn a lot about the break in the green by watching your ball roll – so always stay attentive during your pitches and chips. 3 Get your putts to the hole. I have never seen a putt go in that didn't have enough speed to get to the hole. Golf is all about giv- ing yourself the best chance, and if your putt doesn't have enough speed to make it to the cup, it never has a chance. I recommend practicing from 2 or 3 feet from the hole con- stantly to get comfortable and confident in any "come- back putts" you might face. Golfers have a tendency to putt tentatively if they fear the next putt. Get rid of any short-putting fears and start being fairly aggressive where you can be. GeT uP and doWn! 3 essential steps to saving shots around the green Step No. 3 will help you overcome putting fears.

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