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Welcome to the June edition of my newsletter,

After an unexpected layoff, live PGA Tour Golf is back! Congratulations to Daniel Berger on picking up this win against a fantastic field. PGA Tour players are not the only players back on the course, we know YOU are too! So we decided to host Instruction Week on A New Breed of Golf on Sirius XM PGA Tour Radio. We were fortunate enough to have 17 Golf Digest Top 50 Instructors in the country, and, 8 PGA National Teachers of the Year. We are so grateful these coaches are willing and eager to share their information with us, and you. Keep reading to hear our interview with the #1 teacher in the country, Butch Harmon from Instruction Week! 

This month I am happy to announce my partnership with GELSTX, a company helping you swing faster so you can play better golf. Keep reading to find out how you can increase your club head speed!  

To keep up with all the action on tour, and improve your game tune into A New Breed of Golf on SiriusXM PGA Tour Radio, and Course Record every Monday at 11:00 AM Eastern Time on CBS Sports Network. If that's not enough, you can also catch Course Record this Saturday leading into the live coverage of the RBC Heritage at 2:30 PM Eastern on CBS Sports.


All the Best,

Michael Breed

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Interview with Butch Harmon
#1 Golf Instructor in the World

Click below to hear legendary coach Butch Harmon give you his bunker secrets!

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Michael Breed can be heard every weekday morning on SiriusXM PGA Tour Radio from 8-10 AM EST. XM 92 and Sirius 208. Join in by calling (866) 469-0026. 

Send in your questions and "Word of the Day" ideas for the show at ANewBreedofGolf@michaelbreed.com or on Twitter. You will have a chance to be a weekly winner!
Q&A of the Month #FixMySwing

Michael,

How do I get a better takeaway? I’ve been trying to not takeaway with my hands but I still am bringing the club inside and then I loop the club over the top in the downswing to make contact. But this is inconsistent, any advice for me?

Thank you,

Brett

 

Brett,

Thank you for your question, you are not the only one who struggles with this! All you need is a simple drill I call the Slap Shot drill. Take a golf club, and slide your trail hand down the shaft so your hands are separated by about 18 inches. Then, make practice swings. This will help you feel the positioning of your hands in the takeaway. You will feel your trail hand staying outside your lead hand, and this will help you get your club on plane. Once you get the hang of that feel, take your normal grip, and make a back swing with the same feeling. You need to get your trail hand to stay outside your lead hand in the takeaway, and this drill will help you do it! 

Michael

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Coaches Corner
Greg’s Gem
Improving your distance control with your short irons and wedges is a great way to start making more birdies! You struggle with your distance control right now because you lack control of your trajectory. At the highest level, players with great distance control also have trajectory control, and they can flight their short irons and wedges lower on command. To start hitting that controlled knock down short iron, make these small adjustments, and start knocking it close!
 
First, stand closer to the ball, and grip down about ½ inch on your club. This will steepen your angle of approach into the ball, and flight the ball lower. You can also move the ball back in your stance 1-2 golf balls to exaggerate this effect. When you make these adjustments, you also change the lie angle of your club, and the path of your club if you choose to move your ball position back. By standing close to the ball, you stick the toe of the club in the ground. This creates a similar condition to playing with a ball below your feet. Although the leading edge of your club points toward the target, the loft of your club will point to the push side, deflecting the ball to the push side. Moving the ball back in your stance will create a slight in to out path, also encouraging your ball to start to the push side. To accommodate for this, open your stance 2-3 degrees. This will allow your ball to start on line, even though it deflects to the push side of the club face.
 
When the club is in motion, swing your hands along your toe line, and keep your hands above the club head in the finish position. This will create an impact position with the handle of the club in front of the ball, de-lofting the club leading to a low launch. Learn to flight your wedges and short irons low to improve your distance control, and start making more birdies!



- Greg DuCharme
Michael Breed Golf Academy
Golf Digest's Best Young Teachers in America
Greg@michaelbreed.com

      
Bob's Brilliance: 

An easy way to assess the quality of your golf swing is to investigate your divots. Your divots can tell you a lot about your swing. There are three areas to look at when observing your divots and each one can help identify what's really going on with your iron play:
  • Orientation to the target - If you constantly miss right or left stand behind your divot and hold a club up vertically to line it up. Which way does it point? A divot that points too far right or too far left can be an indication of bad alignment or a poor swing path.
  • How deep are they? A good divot will be constant in depth and not very thick. A divot that is very thick and short indicates a swing path that is very steep and probably on too much of an outside to inside swing path. If you can’t take a divot or your divots are very shallow then your swing path could be too far from the inside and or too shallow.
  • How are they digging? Look closely to reveal if the toe or the heel of the iron is getting in the ground first. If the heel of the club is digging more than the toe, your irons are too upright for your swing and if the toe is digging more than the heel, your irons are too flat for your swing. 
Start paying more attention to your divots to reveal your swing tendencies so that you can be sure you are working on the right stuff when you practice. I promise that as your divots get better so will your scores.

 


- Bob Bigonette
Lead Instructor, PGA
Michael Breed Golf Academy
Bob@michaelbreed.com 
Dr. Nick's Mental Golf Advice:

Let’s check on your eye dominance.  Which eye do you use in your range finder?  If using your left eye when playing right handed or using your right eye when playing left handed follow these simple directions in your next practice session. 

1)  Mark the green with a nickel from behind the ball at which point you believe the putt will break with both eyes open.
2) Mark the green with a dime at which point you believe the putt will break from behind the pin with both eyes open. 
3) Mark the green at which point you believe the putt will break with your non-dominant eye closed with a quarter (right eye closed for left dominant and left eye closed for right dominant) from behind the ball.  
4) Mark the green at which point you believe the putt will break with your non-dominant eye closed with a penny from behind the pin. 
5) Putt the ball - it should become clear to you which line is better. 
6) Do this with up/downhill, left-to-right, right-to-left, lag putts and short ones. 

By following these simple steps you may find greater accuracy with your non-dominant eye closed.  You can also try these steps if you are consistent with eye dominance and handedness.


- Dr. Nick Molinaro
Licensed Psychologist
Counseling and Sport Psychology
DrNickGolf.com
@DrNickGolf
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