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Posted: February 11, 2011
Here are five more of Titleist Advisory Staff Member Michael Breed's answers to questions submitted by members of Team Titleist.
We caught up with Michael – the Head PGA Professional at Sunningdale Country Club in Scarsdale,
N.Y., and host of Golf Channel's popular golf instructional show, "The Golf
Fix" – during the 2011 PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Fla., where he was equipped with plenty of great tips and insight as usual.
Check out his answers in the videos below. If you missed Part 1, click here. (Part 3 will be posted soon). Thanks again, Michael!
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William B. asks: For a low handicapper struggling to choose a ball, which ball do you think is a better option to give a try as far as the Pro V1 and Pro V1x and why?
Bruce H. asks: As for chipping around the green with a lower lofted club (i.e. 7 or 8 iron) where do you position the ball and what type of swing (putting, steep angle, etc) should you use? Also what are some good drills for this shot?
Mike D. asks: Michael... Love the "Fix," never miss a show. My question is about ball compression and lag. Can you please describe some drills that we can use to help the mid- and higher-handicap players achieve a better position at impact so that we have our hands and the grip end of the club in a better position, ahead of the ball? "Let's Do This!"
Rob B. asks: Love your show Michael. How can I determine an easy way to read the greens to determine if I'm putting with, or against, the grain?
Woody C. asks:
Hi Michael, congratulations on your marriage. I've been playing now for 4 years and have taken a number of lessons. I've been told to hit down on the ball and have been getting better at it. Sometimes, though, I take a big divot. I played last year with a guy who told me to try to sweep through the ball and that I shouldn't be taking any divots and that I lose control of the ball when I hit down on it because I make it go too high, and that I should be just brushing the grass. I tried it and it really threw my game off. Is this something I should stick with and will get better at with practice or should I go back to hitting down and taking a divot?
They're off and running on the Monterey Peninsula for this year's AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, one of the most picturesque PGA Tour stops of the year. And we're excited to be sending a couple Team Titleist members and their guests to take it all in.Added to the to the guest list at "Crosby's Clambake" are Team Titleist members Mark. D and Bill M., who won tickets to the event through Team Titleist and will be enjoying one of the tournament's best weather reports in years: Sunny and in the upper 60s, with zero percent chance of precipitation.PGA Tour rookie and Titleist Brand Ambassador Joe Affrunti recently told Team Titleist that if he could only play one course for the rest of his life, it would be the Pebble Beach Golf Links.
"I'm not a big sightseer kind of guy, and I've been a lot of places in the world, but Pebble is unbelievable," Joe said. "I could play that course every day."
Affrunti (New Pro V1) is one of 107 players in this week's field trusting Titleist golf balls, more than seven times the nearest competitor and more than all other competitors combined. Titleist is also first this week in Iron Sets (42); Sand, Lob and Approach Wedges (137); and Putters (63).TV coverage of the tournament is as follows (all times ET):• Thursday, Feb. 10: 3-6 p.m. (Golf Channel)• Friday, Feb. 11: 3-6 p.m. (Golf Channel)• Saturday, Feb. 12: 3-6 p.m. (CBS)• Sunday, Feb. 13: 3-6:30 p.m. (CBS)
For more information about the tournament or to purchase tickets, please visit http://www.attpbgolf.com/.
Posted: February 10, 2011
Team Titleist had a blast catching up with longtime Titleist Advisory Staff Member Michael Breed while down in Orlando, Fla., recently for the 2011 PGA Merchandise Show.Michael – the Head PGA Professional at Sunningdale Country Club in Scarsdale,
N.Y., and host of Golf Channel's popular golf instructional show, "The Golf
Fix" – was gracious enough to spend some time answering questions submitted by members of Team Titleist, working from an impromptu set in the Titleist booth on the show floor. (Thanks, Michael!)
Check out Michael's answers to five of those questions in the videos below. We'll post his answers to more of your questions soon.
Dan B. asks: Hi Michael, I watch your show all the time and enjoy
all the insight you bring to the game. My question is: Living in the
North where it is cold and we can't get the outdoor practice in, what
should we do to keep our game in shape, so we are sharp when it warms up
(other than move to a warmer climate)?
Terry W. asks: Mike, I've been playing golf for a long time. I sure would like to know a tip about keeping my head down during the golf shot. I feel this is one of the biggest problems golfers have.
Ron P. asks:
Do you have a favorite drill that helps students understand "the coil," that the legs and lower body perform in the back swing and then release/transfer on the forward swing?
Paul G. asks: Michael, I love your enthusiasm for the game, but how do you keep going at such a crazy pace?
I'm a high school golf coach and I'd like to know some drills that I can do with my team using alignment sticks. Thanks!!!!!!
We would like to congratulate Team Titleist member James L (jiml15) for being selected as the winner of our Team Titleist & PGA National Sweepstakes Grand Prize!
Team Titleist and PGA National will be hosting James and his guest March 4-6 at the PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., where they will enjoy luxury accommodations, first-class golf and watch many of the PGA Tour's best take on PGA National's Champion Course during the Honda Classic.James and his guest will also receive Team Titleist gift bags and attend a private Team Titleist reception.
Of course, all Team Titleist members are invited to join in the fun!
We've teamed up with PGA National on a Honda Classic Package Promotion similar to our Grand Prize, available exclusively for members of Team Titleist. Check out all of the details below:
Special Team Titleist rates includes:• 3 nights luxury accommodations at PGA National Resort & Spa (Friday, Saturday and Sunday of tournament week - March 4th, 5th and 6th)• Tickets Friday, Saturday and Sunday (March 4 - 6) to The Honda Classic• Upgraded Tickets one day to The Bear Trap hospitality area with cash bar and food options• 1 round of golf per person per day of stay on The Palmer, Haig, Squire or Estates courses• Team Titleist Gift Bag• Team Titleist private reception Friday evening, March 4 (Venue TBD)* Rate does not include tax, resort fees, or gratuity.
To book your Honda Classic Package Promotion, please call PGA National at 1-877-553-4672. For a closer look at PGA National Resort & Spa, please visit their Web site at www.pgaresort.com.
• • •We would also like to congratulate Team Titleist members Ron D. and Joe R. – our runner-up winners in the Team Titleist & PGA National Sweepstakes. Ron and Joe will each receive a Team Titleist prize pack, including a limited edition Team Titleist T-shirt, hat and golf balls.
Posted: February 9, 2011
Titleist Performance Institute co-founders Dr. Greg Rose and Dave Phillips dropped by the Golf Channel studios recently to film a live version of the "The Golf Fix with Michael Breed."
During their segment, Greg and Dave shared a few quick tips on improving your flexibility and maintaining your posture, including a couple of their favorite pre-round stretches.
Check them out in the video below:
For more great tips and learn more about the Titleist Performance Institute, go to www.mytpi.com.