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  • Jim Suttie: What it takes to win the Masters Published 04/09/2013 at 4:49 p.m.

    It’s Masters time, and the golf season is now in full swing. The greatest players in the world will be visiting Augusta, Ga., and testing their skills out on Bob Jones’ Augusta National.

  • Jim Suttie: Learning how to time your swing Published 03/26/2013 at 8:05 p.m.

    What is the difference between a good, solid shot and a poor shot? Generally speaking it is the “timing” of the movement.

  • Jim Suttie: How to hit the right bunker shot Published 03/12/2013 at noon

    Many amateurs struggle with the bunker shot. I am not sure why, because this is one shot where you don’t even have to hit the ball. The sand three to five inches behind the ball is the target.

  • Jim Suttie: How to hit off those tight fairway lies Published 02/26/2013 at 12:20 p.m.

    This time of year, most courses in the Naples rea have a minimum amount of grass on them. Some of the hot weather grasses just won’t grow if the temperature gets below a certain level.

  • Jim Suttie: Lag your way to get 30 more yards Published 02/12/2013 at 7 p.m.

    In watching the pros at the ACE Group Classic at TwinEagles, there is one thing they all seem to have in their swing that the average golfer just does not have. This one thing is called clubhead lag.

  • Jim Suttie: How to fix your slice Published 01/29/2013 at 4:12 p.m.

    If you are reading this, there is a good chance you are a slicer. More than 80 percent of all golfers slice the ball. The biggest reason for this is that the golf swing movement is a side of the ...

  • Jim Suttie: Avoid golf's most common playing mistakes Published 01/15/2013 at 6:14 p.m.

    Many of our problems in shooting low scores are related to how we manage our games. The best swing in the world won't help if you can't manage the game you have.

  • Jim Suttie: Work on your signature swing in 2013 Published 01/01/2013 at 6:30 p.m.

    2012 is gone. You have to forget the bad scores and remember only the good ones. In golf, this type of selective memory is a good thing.

  • Jim Suttie: Fit your putter to your stroke Published 12/19/2012 at 4 a.m.

    If you are like me, you probably have a dozen putters sitting in your closet or garage at home. Unfortunately, they are sitting there because none of them seem to work.

  • Jim Suttie: Put your best swing on the course Published 10/23/2012 at 1:01 p.m.

    Every golfer wants to put their best swing on the course. Most golfers have trouble doing this because they don't trust what they have trained. This leads me to say that most amateurs "think" too much about their swing when ...

  • Jim Suttie: How to avoid a back injury while playing golf Published 10/09/2012 at 3:12 p.m.

    Believe it or not, 80 percent of all the people who play golf will experience some sort of back problem during their playing careers. Some of these problems will be structural while others will be neuromuscular.

  • Jim Suttie: The most important shot in golf Published 08/14/2012 at 1:52 p.m.

    If you watched the recent PGA Championship on TV last week, you would have to be impressed with Rory McIlroy's win.

  • Jim Suttie: How to control your trajectory Published 07/17/2012 at 11:41 a.m.

    The British Open is this week, and one thing you can always depend upon is windy conditions.

  • Jim Suttie: Why you need to make a good turn Published 07/03/2012 at 12:58 p.m.

    There are many ways to swing a golf club. To prove this, you only need to tune in on your weekly PGA Tour event.

  • Jim Suttie: Getting your game on the course Published 06/19/2012 at 12:50 p.m.

    If you were watching last week's U.S. Open, you probably noticed that every player had a very consistent pre-shot routine. As you become a better and better player, you will realize just how important this routine really is.

  • Jim Suttie: Learn from the pros this week at The ACE Group Classic Published 02/14/2012 at noon

    It's that time of year again. The Champions Tour is in town and some of the best over-50 players in the world are playing at TwinEagles. This tournament provides you the opportunity to learn from the pros.

  • Jim Suttie: Distance through resistance Published 01/31/2012 at 2:57 p.m.

    Most golfers are consumed with getting more distance in their drives. Well, the production of power has many avenues, but one of the main sources of power is the coiling and uncoiling of the body.

  • Jim Suttie: Become a better pitcher in 2012 Published 01/04/2012 at 4 a.m.

    Let's face it, most of us don't hit a lot of greens in regulation when we play. Therefore, the 30- to 50-yard pitch shot becomes a very important shot.

  • Jim Suttie: Golfers must learn to release the club correctly Published 11/08/2011 at 3:47 p.m.

    One of the most violated fundamentals of all golfers is their failure to release the club just after impact. Before I go into this topic, I will give you the dictionary's definition of a release.

  • Jim Suttie: The two motions of the golf swing Published 07/19/2006 at 12:07 a.m.

    A great deal of golf instruction is going on this summer. Some of the people approaching instruction and playing seem to be making the game of golf more difficult than it should be.

  • Jim Suttie: Replace those long irons with hybrid iron-woods Published 07/05/2006 at 12:06 a.m.

    As I was giving a lesson recently, I noticed the bag of my student, who is about a 4 handicap and a reasonably good player. The bag was full of hybrid iron-woods. This golfer only had four irons in his ...

  • Jim Suttie: Seeing pros struggle not a bad thing Published 06/21/2006 at 12:11 a.m.

    Many of you sitting at home watching the U.S. Open this past weekend were treated to golf in its best form. I enjoyed seeing the pros challenged by the tough conditions at Winged Foot. I would be happy to see ...

  • Jim Suttie: Figure out if you're a picker or a digger Published 06/07/2006 at 12:09 a.m.

    I look at golfers, even professional golfers to a certain degree, as being more proficient at only one part of the game and average at the other part. For example, Fred Funk is one of the straightest drivers in the ...

  • Jim Suttie: Technology can help your game, especially on tee, green Published 05/24/2006 at 12:20 a.m.

    Presently I am in Birmingham, England, at Bescot Stadium where I am presenting at the UK Teaching and Coaching Conference. The theme of the conference is “Technology and Teaching.” I recently picked up the USA Today and noticed an article ...

  • Jim Suttie: How to time your swing Published 05/10/2006 at 12:08 a.m.

    The word "timing" is a somewhat elusive term in golf simply because we know what it is but we don't know how to get it or how to keep it. The golf swing is often referred to as a hand-eye ...

  • Jim Suttie: Bump and run will save strokes Published 04/26/2006 at 12:10 a.m.

    A student recently asked me about varying his shots around the green and improving his scoring. Often times in Florida you will have run off areas just off the green. These areas are mounded and have short grass. Sometimes the ...

  • Jim Suttie: What we can learn from watching the Masters Published 04/12/2006 at 12:05 a.m.

    In watching the last day of the Masters last Sunday, I think we can safely say that golf is still a "feel" game. It was obvious to me that the best short game won the tournament. Tiger hit the ball ...

  • Jim Suttie: Find the right ball for your game Published 03/29/2006 at 12:06 a.m.

    Something as simple as using the correct golf ball can help your game immeasurably? Why? A low-ball hitter should have a high-spin ball. A slicer should use a low-spin ball.

  • Jim Suttie: Making sure you are prepared for your club championship Published 03/16/2006 at 12:03 a.m.

    This is the time of year in Florida for club championships. Some of you would like to do better than last year so here are some of my suggestions. They are broken up in 3 areas: 1. improving your physical ...

  • Jim Suttie: Are you prepared for your club championship? Published 03/15/2006 at 12:03 a.m.

    This is the time of year in Florida for club championships. Some of you would like to do better than last year so here are some of my suggestions. They are broken up in 3 areas: 1. improving your physical ...

  • Jim Suttie: Seeing college invite, one asks: How do those kids hit it so far? Published 03/01/2006 at 12:02 a.m.

    Our golf team, Florida Gulf Coast, was involved in a great college golf tournament Monday and Tuesday. Teams like Wake Forest, Baylor, Florida State, Notre Dame and St. Mary's (Calif.) — and many other great schools — came to Naples ...

  • Jim Suttie: Make adjustments by watching ACE Published 02/15/2006 at 12:02 a.m.

    As many of you get out to see the professionals play at The ACE Group Classic at TwinEagles this week, please notice how all of their swings look different and yet are successful for the individual player.

  • Jim Suttie: The putting yips - The mental side Published 02/01/2006 at midnight

    In the Jan. 18 issue of the Naples Daily News, I discussed some of the physical and mechanical problems of why you yip your putts from 3 to 5 feet. Now, let's talk about some of the mental reasons you ...

  • Local golf: Finding a cure for the putting yips Published 01/18/2006 at midnight

    There are some elements in golf that we all suffer from time to time in our golfing careers. One is the putting “yips.” Some people call it an affliction with no cure. One thing for sure, if you have it, ...

  • Local golf: Shorten your swing for better consistency Published 01/04/2006 at midnight

    One of the most obvious errors golfers make is an excessively long swing. This makes it difficult to return back to impact with a square clubface with any consistency. A long swing isn’t necessarily a bad thing if the downswing ...

  • Jim Suttie: There's no shortage of golfing gifts for Christmas Published 12/21/2005 at midnight

    If you are wondering what to buy, there are plenty of things to fill the golfer's sock. After checking with Alf's Golf Shop on Immokalee Road, I had quite a list. Hopefully it will help if I put the items ...

  • Jim Suttie: Pushing, hooking have different root causes Published 12/07/2005 at 1:44 a.m.

    How many of you push the ball to the right on one shot and the very next shot hook the ball? This doesn’t make golf much fun does it? Besides this, you will most likely hit your irons fat or ...

  • Guest commentary: Getting to the PGA Tour a long, difficult process Published 11/09/2005 at midnight

    This past week I was busy working with some of the mini-tour players I instruct that are trying to make the PGA Tour.