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Ten finger, interlocking, or overlapping?  Which type of grip do you prefer, and why?
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19th Annual US Cup - New Event and New Entry Fee! 

Boulder Creek Golf Club in Boulder City, Nevada, just outside Las Vegas, will once again be the host venue for the 19th annual United States Golf Teachers Cup, Wednesday and Thursday, October 22-23.  This 36-hole event will feature play in five divisions:  Open, Ladies, Senior (50+), Super Senior (60+), and Legends (70+).  The entry fee for 2014 has been reduced to just $395, to better allow more members the opportunity to participate.  
 
On Friday, October 24, a new event will be contested, the National Best Ball Championship.  Teams will be formed based on scores from the US Cup.  The entry fee is $100, and a donation from the proceeds will be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
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ALTERNATIVE SWING METHODS: DO THEY WORK?

In recent years, a market for “alternative” swing methods had emerged. Teachers of these methods believe that the so-called “conventional” swing is not the best, and tout their methods as superior. 

While these alternative methods are not likely to be of use for the majority of golfers, there are some who would do better to play with these methods. Perhaps they have an injury or physical condition which prevents them from successfully employing a more-conventional swing. Perhaps, for one reason or another, they do better with an alternative method.

The most popular alternative method is based on the late Moe Norman’s swing, where he extends his arms, and plays with a wide stance with relatively straight legs. If your student naturally does this, perhaps changing him to “conventional” golf will be detrimental, but this will be a case-by-case basis.

There are a number of alternative methods. Become as familiar with as many as you can, and if it’s necessary to apply one to your student, don’t be afraid to do so. When it comes to the golf swing, repeatability is the main thing, and not necessarily the method employed.
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MYTHBUSTERS: “MAXIMUM GROUND TIME, MINIMUM AIR TIME”

Okay, this one isn't exactly a myth, because “maximum ground time, minimum air time” applies the majority of the time for short-game shots. However, there is a case where breaking this credo will probably offer better results for most golfers.

Let’s say that a golfer is 15 feet off a large green, with 30 more yards to the hole from the edge. There’s plenty of green with which to work, so most golfers and instructors would automatically advise a chip shot.

The problem is that most golfers, even very good ones, aren’t used to chipping this long of a distance. They are, though, used to hitting pitch shots of this distance. Instead of hitting an unfamiliar shot – a 35-yard chip – it’s probably better to go ahead and hit a 35-yard pitch.

When it comes to the short game, general advice is just that – general. Even though the “book” might say one thing, a golfer should use the shot with which he or she is most comfortable.
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