Pebble Beach

Golf Tips from the Pros at Pebble Beach Golf Academy

To help golfers keep primed for their return to the course, Laird Small, director of the Pebble Beach Golf Academy at Pebble Beach Resorts, offers these simple tips.

Maintain rotational flexibility. The tension created in this exercise opens up the chest and can help add much needed rotation to your swing.

  1. Face a doorway.
  2. With your shoulders back, extend your right arm out (left arm if you’re left-handed) and place your hand flat against the door frame. It should be at shoulder height.
  3. Hold your hand in place and turn your upper body to the left (to the right if you’re left-handed). Your trail arm will stay behind you.
Pebble Beach Golf Academy swing robot

Keep your head down. This exercise will train you to keep your body in position throughout your swing and keep your head down from back swing to follow-through.

  1. Fold a hand towel three to five times.
  2. Stand facing a wall and get into golf posture. You should be at least one foot from the wall.
  3. Lean forward and place your forehead against the wall, cushioned by the towel.
  4. Cross your arms over your chest, with the fingertips of each hand touching the opposite shoulder.
  5. Proceed to make turns back and forth, starting with your left shoulder down and your right shoulder up.
  6. Continue for 30 seconds to one minute while keeping the towel in place.

Add width to your swing. A simple exercise like this will assist in arm extension and position you for the top of your back swing.

  1. Stand in the middle of a door frame.
  2. Take your golf posture.
  3. Reach for the top of the door jamb.

Pictured at top of page: Pebble Beach 7. Photo credit: Sherman Chu

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