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Indian Wells Insider - April / May 2018

Indian Wells Golf Resort

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< Proper alignment is one of the key funda- mentals beginning golfers need to learn. PRO'S CORNER - BY TOM BURLEY, PGA BOOK A TEE TIME > C L I C K H E R E F O R I N F O R M AT I O N O N G O L F C L I N I C S AT I N D I A N W E L L S E V E R Y T U E S D AY ! S AT U R D AY I t can be intimidating for new golfers to take up the sport, but there are a few fundamentals that if mastered from the start can make the game much more enjoyable. In addition to taking new golfers out on the course to learn the etiquette of raking bunkers, filling divots, repair- ing ball marks and more, In- dian Wells Golf Resort PGA Head Golf Professional Tom Burley focuses on the basics to ensure play- ers create good habits. Here, he takes us through his top tips for beginning golfers: •••• POSTURE In order to address the ball cor- rectly, stand up straight with your legs locked, parallel to your target. Grip the club and bring it up so the end of the grip is pointed at your belly button. Bend forward with your upper body. Let your arms hang straight down and have a slight knee bend, maintaining a straight back. •••• GRIP The hardest thing for a golfer to do once they have already begun is to change their grip, so starting cor- rectly is key. There are a number of different grip styles. Overlapping is the most popular – place your right pinky finger in between your left forefinger and middle finger. The in- terlocking grip is best for small hands – interlock your right pinky with your left forefinger, crossing them over the top of each other. •••• ALIGNMENT The worst thing you can do as a be- ginner is to line up incorrectly and hit a great shot that misses your target. Think about standing on railroad tracks. Your body should be lined up down the left track, while your ball should run down the right track. GETTING STARTED Novice players can get up to speed with these 3 tips SCHOOL'S IN SESSION F or golfers who are either new to the game or frustrated with their lack of improvement, the Golf Made Simple program that's offered at In- dian Wells Golf Resort can make a sig- nificant difference. With three-day sessions Monday- Wednesday and Thursday-Sunday each week through May 13, the classes are easy to schedule and offer students the ability to improve quickly. Golf Made Simple instructors work with students from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. each day, followed by a round of golf each afternoon so players can take what they learn on the range to the course. Packages begin at $1,385 without hotel, or $1,792 with accommoda- tions. CLICK HERE to sign up. GOLF MADE SIMPLE

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