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Golden Retrievers: Loner Golden, golden puppy, breed descriptions
golden puppy, breed descriptions, reputable breeder: Dogs don t read breed descriptions and often fail to be typical of their breed. In this case, you can hope the problem is due to the breeder s neglect. Much of what happens before 6 weeks isn t that important as the puppies won t pay too much attention to...

Golden Retrievers: Loss of Appetite, hearty eaters, loss of appetite
hearty eaters, loss of appetite, picky eater: Goldens are normally hearty eaters. If this was a sudden change, it is time to call the vet. If it is over weight and been a picky eater for a while, give it a little more time and feed it less. It is normal as a dog nears its adult size to need less food....

Golden Retrievers: Lost of appetite, dry dog food, yeast tablets
dry dog food, yeast tablets, dried yeast: If he wants to eat grass, let him. He is feeling miserable, better not to fuss with him over it. If he seems interested in his walk, go ahead. Do not force him if he isn t interested. Some times a switch to rice and boiled chicken will help a dog...

Golden Retrievers: Lost Interest in Bones, anai rhoads, marrow bones
anai rhoads, marrow bones, control thanks: Graeme, It sounds like Tammy is just not interested in bones right now. It could either be she doesn t like the bones you buy or that she gets them too often. Alter the brand for now and she if she responds. Giving her a bone once a week may help as...

Golden Retrievers: lab vs golden, labrador retreiver, golden retreiver
labrador retreiver, golden retreiver, boston terrier: i think a golden would defiantly be more affectionate. they tend to be very obedient, loving, and are great with they whole family. but i also really love labs. i have had both labs and goldens. with my work schedule i work 7 hrs and both do great. i think...

Golden Retrievers: labrador retriever cross, labrador retriever, lumps
labrador retriever, lumps, cancers: The more genetically diverse a dog is, the fewer of all kinds of problems. Feed a decent dry dog chow and little else, and not too much of it. Obesity is more common and more dangerous than cancer, and 100% preventable, see http://www.longliveyourdog.com/twoplus/RateYourDog.aspx...

Golden Retrievers: How large shold a fenced area be for two Goldens, foot fence, food toys
foot fence, food toys, water food: Sounds reasonably good to me. If they decide to, I am afraid they can still jump a 5 fence. I think fence jumping can be a learned experience. A 5 foot fence may be high enough that the dogs never think of jumping it. I put up a 5 fence 5 years ago,...

Golden Retrievers: lead, puppy kindergarten, golden retriever
puppy kindergarten, golden retriever, mean time: This is very normal. Does she pull on the leash too? Taking her to puppy kindergarten is the best thing for you. But what you can do in the mean time is Pull her and when she comes to you, praise her with lots of attention if you don t want to give her...

Golden Retrievers: lifts paw when guest arrive and "claws" them, paws and claws, house dog
paws and claws, house dog, good behavior: Don t allow her to approach guests or even you. Down stay her and let the guest approach her. If she breaks stay, have the person step back. Be very careful to use the shake cans the instant she needs corrected. timing is everything in correcting a dog....

Golden Retrievers: loyalty, breed contempt, minor variations
breed contempt, minor variations, warm greetings: Familiarity breed contempt? Perhaps you should have gotten a shepherd instead of a Golden? I am not sure what to suggest. Maybe try some of these exercises: Elevation for small puppies: Sit on the floor and gently put your hands around your pup s...

Golden Retrievers: Maltese + Golden Retriever, hair cat, short hair
hair cat, short hair, golden retriever: sorry about the delay in responding, I thought I answered this one. I think you d be just fine to add this mix together. Just make sure you watch the adjustment. There may be some tension, just let that go and watch. But I think once status has been made,...

Golden Retrievers: Mating, quality dogs, heat cycle
quality dogs, heat cycle, vaginal area: Maybe it would be best to leave it go until her next heat cycle in 6 months. That would give you plenty of time to do some of the research you should have done. Start with www.akc.org. Pick up a good book and read it such as Successful Dog Breeding, by...

Golden Retrievers: Multiple Questions, close watch, potty training
close watch, potty training, week 1: A Golden doesn t need or want a room of his own. He wants to be with you. Keep him in the dinning room or kitchen with you. Watch him carefully. Likely your hardwood floor doesn t have the industrial grade urethane protecting it ours has, but prompt sponging...

Golden Retrievers: is my male to young to mate?, quality dogs
quality dogs: He is quite capable of getting her pregnant, so make very sure they don t get together. Do not discount any possibility. I can t imagine how you could have done the research necessary to produce quality dogs without having learned such a basic. I do...

Golden Retrievers: mating..., friend drop, housebreaking
friend drop, housebreaking, inclination: I am registered here as an expert because I have a lot of experience and training in socializing puppies and I can be a big help with housebreaking, chewing, etc. I do not know that much about breeding. I was on the road all day today helping a friend drop...

Golden Retrievers: Nesting Place, nesting place, decent size
nesting place, decent size, blankets: What is your weather like, is it hot? She may find the patio cooler. Try removing the blankets and maybe leave the lid up slightly to improve ventilation if it isn t wire. Also try to make it more secluded, she wants a den she can hide in, but see out of....

Golden Retrievers: New 6 month old puppy, artificial sweetener, adult teeth
artificial sweetener, adult teeth, bottle caps: Many Goldens are chewers. He should already have most of his adult teeth, but his jaws are still developing. Goldens can get into trouble eating the wrong things. We visited the dog guide school school recently. One of their veterinarians gave a talk on...

Golden Retrievers: New Dog, kennel cough, exact questions
kennel cough, exact questions, correct weight: Hi, these are the exact questions I had when I got my little buddy Max. 1. Crating is optional, though reccommended by trainers. Personally, I dont crate my dog. At night he sleeps in my room beside my bed. During the day, I tie him up to a table with...

Golden Retrievers: A New Dog, pack animals, trouble makers
pack animals, trouble makers, dog house: Please plan to keep your dog in the house with you. Dogs are pack animals. They want to be with you. There are solutions to the problems of a dog in the house. Having a crate for it to live in makes it much easier. Your house and puppy are safe with it...

Golden Retrievers: New Pup, puppy teeth, obedience class
puppy teeth, obedience class, border collie: Having a good pack structure reduces such problems. The dogs see all the people and dogs in the household as a pack with each having their own rank in the pack and a top dog. Life is much easier if the 2 legged pack members outrank the 4 legged ones....

Golden Retrievers: Night-time diarrhea, puppy socialization classes, stool exam
puppy socialization classes, stool exam, hamburger meat: I would mainly urge you to push the vet for more tests. Are you using treats in the training class? A number of treats in the evening could lead to problems if she doesn t tolerate them well. Most retrievers are well enough food motivated that a little...

Golden Retrievers: name of breed, pink noses, color variations
pink noses, color variations, nose color: The pink nose and eye color are just variations within the yellow Lab. Of course the yellow, chocolate, and black are just all color variations with in the breed. Breed certain parents, and you can have all three colors in one litter. There may be certain...

Golden Retrievers: I need help with my golden reteriver, golden reteriver, groin area
golden reteriver, groin area, mammoth bones: Haha. There is nothing to worry about sherry. Its an easy solution. He really isn t being bad . He just wants to play. But still, that hurts for us. So whenever he bites your hand, say in a firm commander way, NO BITING while holding his muzzle shut firmly....

Golden Retrievers: I need thelp to housebreak my 7 yr old again, crate train, two dogs
crate train, two dogs, craigslist: If it is happening when you aren t around, you may have to go back to the crate. keep a goo deye on them when you are around. give him an sharp Ah, ah, ah! and take him out if you catch him in the act. If you don t, all you can do is clean it up...

Golden Retrievers: new dog, parents work, play pen
parents work, play pen, great dog: Try to keep him out of the crate as much as possible. When your home, keep him out of it at all times. Just leave the crates door open and he ll go in it if he wants a nap. But keep it open. Goldens are very active and hyper, especially at that age. They need...

Golden Retrievers: new mom is throwing up after she eats, new mom, puppies
new mom, puppies, vet: yes a lot of first time moms throw up after eating, because the new puppies are draining her. she should get used to it, but the puppies are rather old so if she doesn t she stop throwing up you should take her to the vet. *hope i helped* -Madiso...

Golden Retrievers: new puppy, getting a puppy, golden retrievers
getting a puppy, golden retrievers, energy levels: I would suggest you keep looking. Golden Retrievers should WANT to play with others. Even if it was good with your kids, you dont want him to get into fights in the future. You are going to live with this dog for the rest of your dogs life. Be patient. I have...

Golden Retrievers: niping, peaple, nips
peaple, nips, muzzle: Ok this is a common question. Try this. Whenever he nips at you, or someone, tell that person to firmly close his muzzle,(not squeeze hard!) and say NO BITING . Be consistent, and patient. He wont learn if you let him go sometimes and punish him other times....

Golden Retrievers: nose color, nose color, golden retriever
nose color, golden retriever, puppies: well that mostly happens to puppies when they are growing. it might be just she is stressed. or it could have something to do with her health. i would ask a vet and see if anything is wrong. sorry for the wait i was on vacation. -Madiso...

Golden Retrievers: Outside during the day, spill proof, water dish
spill proof, water dish, cold in the winter: There simply is not a good solution to leaving an 11 week old puppy all day. Even if they are in an area where they can relieve themselves, they still need a mid day meal and company. They can easily go 4-5 hours in a crate at that age. If neither of you...

Golden Retrievers: Outside living, pack animals, puppy
pack animals, puppy, gr: Please plan to keep your dog in the house with you. Dogs are pack animals. They want to be with you. Having a crate for it to live in makes it much easier. Your house and puppy are safe with it in a crate when nobody is around to watch it. I think the...

Golden Retrievers: obesity, symptoms of thyroid problems, brasilia brazil
symptoms of thyroid problems, brasilia brazil, symptoms of thyroid: I am very sorry to hear this. I am afraid I may not be much help. Often when somebody has a problem their vet isn t solving, I suggest a second one. In this case, you already have 2 working on the case. Is the Science diet you are feeding him one of the...

Golden Retrievers: obsessive chewing, dogs head, obedience training
dogs head, obedience training, head collar: This is a tough one. Have you checked with the vet? Most dogs do slow down on chewing by age 3. You could gain more control with a head collar. The leading brands are Promise, Haltie, and Gentle Leader. They have a strap going around the dogs nose looking...

Golden Retrievers: Too old to breed?, golden retriever puppy, rescue dogs
golden retriever puppy, rescue dogs, responsible breeders: Five years old should be no problem. Beyond 6-7, the deliveries are difficult the mother. Responsible breeders do not breed until about 2. AKC will not accept registrations if the parents are too young. Breeding once a year would only mean 2 litters if...

Golden Retrievers: Paw chewing, omega 6 fatty acids, omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids
omega 6 fatty acids, omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids, omega 3 and omega 6: Tom, I can feel your distress as you are desperately trying to help him break this chewing habit. The problem is, your dog is chewing skin that is trying to heal. The skin is very itching during this process so it feels good (and bad) for the dog as...

Golden Retrievers: Place to go, installing a fence, doesnt work
installing a fence, doesnt work, golden retriever: Well you could take the poop in the previous spot in put it on the new area. Then when your dog sniffs that area, hell notice that it is his/her pooping area . IF that doesnt work youll have to take him on a leash to the area and just wait untill he goes....

Golden Retrievers: Pooping in crate, pooping in crate, proof room
pooping in crate, proof room, mini daschund: This is from a question, I just answered: A healthy 3 month old should easily be able to go 4-5 hours. I do think it is in protest. Many experts say no way. None of my puppies have ever done it. However, I have seen hundreds of questions about like...

Golden Retrievers: Popcorn, little popcorn, chows
little popcorn, chows, balanced diet: A little popcorn shouldn t hurt. Watch the salt. After all, corn is a popular ingredient in dog chows. Of course, the food kooks are highly negative about it, but I suspect many of them are selling more expensive chows. Big thing is to not over do...

Golden Retrievers: Potty Training, obedience class, natural instincts
obedience class, natural instincts, fatal infections: Is she spayed? If not, she may be starting into her season and almost any behavior can be expected. Their behavior becomes more extreme weeks before the bleeding starts. Then they will make strenuous, creative efforts to escape. Once loose, getting bred...

Golden Retrievers: PREGNANCY, local animal, x rays
local animal, x rays, goldens: About 30 days after conception, an experienced person can feel the puppies. Since with an unsupervised mating, she may have been injured or infected, it might be best to have a vet do the examination. For even more positive results, the vet can use ultrasound...

Golden Retrievers: PREGNANCY ?, swelling of the vulva, fertile period
swelling of the vulva, fertile period, blood spots: From the first bleeding until the last of the discharge usually lasts about 3 weeks with the swelling of the vulva beginning and ending before and after. Do not bath her until the swelling is completely down. Most females come in season about every 6 months,...

Golden Retrievers: Problems, adult teeth, wags
adult teeth, wags, yelp: Once I have a question open, it is not easy to go back and find old ones. As I may have said, the biting takes a while to correct. Young Labs, which I know best, and other puppies tend to very bad about biting. You see a litter of them, and all the...

Golden Retrievers: Property boundaries, golden retriever puppies, property boundaries
golden retriever puppies, property boundaries, ft line: I appreciate you taking the responsible step of spay/neutering your dogs. I am upset by the constant stream of questions here from those that don t and sound like they are planning breeding and are far short of what it takes to produce quality puppies. ...

Golden Retrievers: Propriocephire Loss, nancy nancy, life span
nancy nancy, life span, meds: Nancy: This very well could be age related, but did your vet do a physical? Did he determine the source of the blockage? I would make sure, because my vet said that it can, most of the time, be treated with meds. I have a golden that is almost 13 as well....

Golden Retrievers: Puppy or adult, obedience training, rescue experience
obedience training, rescue experience, those dogs: I do know from rescue experience that sometimes those dogs are abused or mistreated and therefore would be more work than a puppy. However, rescue workers work with the family to get them the proper golden. I recommend a puppy. This way you can be sure...

Golden Retrievers: Puppy diet, puppy chow, cows milk
puppy chow, cows milk, dog socialization: I would cut out the milk. Most dogs can t digest the lactose in cows milk. Move to all puppy chow, although you may need to soften it with water for another week. At 4 months, switch her to an adult chow based on the same thing as the current puppy chow,...

Golden Retrievers: Puppy Mill Rescue - Older Puppy - Housetrainging - Eating Fecec, puppy mill, lean side
puppy mill, lean side, workable system: The usual limit on putting food down is 15 minutes. It is a very workable system. Most dogs will quickly adjust to eating all they need in that time. She may not be as badly undernourished as you think. It is much better for a dog to be on the lean side....

Golden Retrievers: pain of a dog, digging holes, kongs
digging holes, kongs, nylabone: Digging is hopeless. The only solution is to not leave the dog outside by itself. There are sturdy toys most dogs will not chew up. The larger Kongs and Nylabones hold up to most dogs. The only dog I ever heard of destroying a souper size Nylabone...

Golden Retrievers: panting more than usual, exersise, golden lady
exersise, golden lady, apreciated: I think that the panting is normal as long as its a normal and not an exausted kind. My dog pants most of the time during summer days. But as you are going to do, always check with you vet if you have any doubts on your dogs heart and breathing. Hope this...

Golden Retrievers: pee time is play time, free ticket, play time
free ticket, play time, back door: Im gonna anwer short becuause i have alot to study for school. You could just open the back door so he can go outside whenever he wants. If you dont like that idea, notice his bathroom patterns and in what intervels he needs to go. Then if he just went, and...

Golden Retrievers: how to pick a puppy?, golden retriever puppies, breed puppy
golden retriever puppies, breed puppy, how to pick a puppy: I can t, and I don t think anybody else can. Pure bred Goldens vary too much in looks. You just have to trust the breeder. What you need to ask about is OFA ratings, how the puppy will be socialized and other care. Many behavior problems stem from poor...

Golden Retrievers: playing, muzzle, paws
muzzle, paws, puppy: Hi Tina. He is so hyper probably because of his age. He is still a puppy. Am I right? Its rare to find an adult that hyper. Anyway, to calm him down, hold onto his collar when he is jumping, firmly push to the ground so that all his feet(or paws) are on...

Golden Retrievers: pooping in crate, pooping in crate, closet shelf
pooping in crate, closet shelf, bowel movement: Have you talked to the vet about this? Our 4 month old black female Lab Nita has been very good, not one bowel movement in her crate. We never had such a problem with any of our puppies. It could be physical. Try a rack in the bottom the crate. They...

Golden Retrievers: potty training, golden retriver, muscle control
golden retriver, muscle control, puppys: hmmm....i have to be there to say for sure. And that was very wrong for the breeder(greedy buisness person) to sell a puppy at that age. A pup needs its mother until atleast 8weeks old. I would sugest you take a look at other details to be sure about the pup...

Golden Retrievers: potty training, obedience class, pack members
obedience class, pack members, golden retreiver: Very likely it is deliberate and has nothing to do with potty training. You might have a vet check him. It is possible he has an infection and can t make it overnight. Ask the vet about neutering too if not already. It is no cure all, but a big help in...

Golden Retrievers: pottytraining, closet shelving, grassy spot
closet shelving, grassy spot, golden retriver: That partly depends on how old it is and any bad habits already formed. Much of housebreaking is not training the puppy, but making it easier for your puppy, you, and your carpet while its body to catches up to its instincts. At around 8 weeks when...

Golden Retrievers: proper weight for my Golden Retriever, goldens, food intake
goldens, food intake, golden retriever: hi there: If your vet feels he s ok, then he probably is. 94# is quite large for a golden. It might not be a bad idea to cut down on some of his food and increase some exercise.I have a golden that weights in at 90# and he s fine, but he s tall too. If he...

Golden Retrievers: pulling up grass, obedience class, flower beds
obedience class, flower beds, clumps of grass: Let me start out by saying I am happy you do mostly keep him in the house. Dogs belong in the house with their people. There is too much that can happen if forced to stay outside when you aren t around. Still some dogs do enjoy being out. My Pepper would...

Golden Retrievers: puppy, closet shelving, rescue dogs
closet shelving, rescue dogs, golden retriver: Take my list of what a puppy needs and find the best figure you can for the different costs. Add every thing and give the figures to your mother. You can save a bundle getting the puppy from your local shelter, www.petfinders.org, or a rescue. One of the...

Golden Retrievers: my puppy bad behaviour, bad behaviour, foot ball
bad behaviour, foot ball, dog trainer: Hi, dont encourage your puppy to bite even if it doesnt hurt. He will think its okay later when he grows up. Then it will hurt. So everytime he bites, close his mouth and say No biting . BE CONSISTENT, dont do it once and allow it the next time. And also...

Golden Retrievers: my puppy is biting to much what do i do??, adult teeth, piece of cloth
adult teeth, piece of cloth, yelp: Young Labs, which I know best, and other puppies tend to very bad about biting. You see a litter of them, and all the ones that are awake are biting another one or themselves. I am not even sure they realize that when they are alone, if they quit biting,...

Golden Retrievers: puppy coat shedding, golden retriever puppies, golden puppy
golden retriever puppies, golden puppy, science diet: They would not be shedding like that here. What are you feeding? Do you have the common brands of dog chow available, Iams, Purina, Pedigree, Pro Plan, Science diet? They are the surest way to give a dog the complete and balanced diet it needs. If a dog...

Golden Retrievers: our puppy's first heat, golden retriever puppy, swelling of the vulva
golden retriever puppy, swelling of the vulva, fertile period: The whole cycle can last over a month from the first swelling of the vulva until everything has settled back down to normal. The fertile period when she will accept the male starts about a week after the bleeding and continues well into the third week. By...

Golden Retrievers: puppy is growling and biting my 2 yr old., golden retriever puppy, aggressive temperament
golden retriever puppy, aggressive temperament, bad puppy: Young Labs, which I know best, and other puppies tend to very bad about biting. You see a litter of them, and all the ones that are awake are biting another one or themselves. I am not even sure they realize that when they are alone, if they quit biting,...

Golden Retrievers: puppy health, puppy health, puppy class
puppy health, puppy class, lab puppy: This could be a serious problem, but not one requiring a fast remedy. You could call the vet when you can, but mainly keep a close eye on her calling the vet at any sign of digestive upset. Sometime they throw up or pass foreign objects without a problem....

Golden Retrievers: puppy keeps me up all night, hot water bottle, closet shelving
hot water bottle, closet shelving, none of that stuff: None of that stuff ever worked for me either. Finally after many sleepless nights, when the puppy had set the neighbors dogs barking, a dozen puppies ago, I discovered a simple technique that does. I include it in a list of useful information. What...

Golden Retrievers: puppy poopy problem, nighttime accidents, puppy poopy
nighttime accidents, puppy poopy, recovery diet: Is he still having lose stools? You have to clear that up before the problem will go away. Some dogs just don t tolerate changes in their diet at all. It is best to stick to their regular kibble and little else. I don t use treats much, and often as not,...

Golden Retrievers: puppy running away, golden retriever poodle mix, shock collar
golden retriever poodle mix, shock collar, s yard: Kara: Most of my goldens do not run away, but the minute I brought them home, I would go outside with them, call them and when they came to me pet them and talk baby talk and tell them how cool they were. You can still do this with your dog, however, start...

Golden Retrievers: puppy shedding, undercoat rake, local animal
undercoat rake, local animal, groomer: Well this is normal at any age this time of year. Best to just keep brushing him. With mixed breeds it s so hard to tell why they shed so much. If he has any husky in him, that could be the fur. They shed like NUTS! A good groomer would be able to get a...

Golden Retrievers: puppy walking, loopie, head collar
loopie, head collar, wal mart: That is a common problem. A loopie? Is that a head collar with the loop that goes around the dog s nose? They are a great tool for dogs that pull, but not ones that lag. Usually just getting out in front and coaxing the puppy works, calling and slapping...

Golden Retrievers: puppy won't let me hold him anymore, praise alot, tug of war
praise alot, tug of war, great dog: Hmm...tricky. Well i think that he is thinking that if you hold him, you will do something that he wont like. Try assuring him. When he is giving you kisses, sit on the ground next to him and slowly get closer and closer to a hugging position. Praise alot...

Golden Retrievers: puppy, golden retriever puppy, animal shelter
golden retriever puppy, animal shelter, golden retriever: Jacqueline! Glad you asked. Why Yes you can! Just don t use the name Sparkles in anything you do, always call her Lexi and she ll come in no time. Always give her a treat when she comes to you to and you ll never have a problem getting her to come to...

Golden Retrievers: puppys, canadian kennel club, amercian kennel club
canadian kennel club, amercian kennel club, paul dear: Dear Paul, If you want it to be a pure bread, make sure that the dog is pappered with the Amercian Kennel Club or the Canadian Kennel CLub. But If you are looking for a golden Retriver Mut , then look for the size, never get the runt of the pack. It dosnet...

Golden Retrievers: how to get your pupy togo outside, obedience class, natural instincts
obedience class, natural instincts, pack members: I figure pads and newspapers only create problems. You could try moving the pads outside. Once the puppy is used to them being in one spot outside, take it to the spot without the pads. If it still urinates, praise it. The growth levels off at about...

Golden Retrievers: Query abt Golden Retrievers, golden retriever puppy, american kennel club
golden retriever puppy, american kennel club, climate of india: One of the best sources of info on travel with dogs are the airlines. Just call any one that serves India and ask. You could also browse their websites. You should have a consulate in New York City to serve you. They should be able to give good answer...

Golden Retrievers: Rash, antihistimine, baby pool
antihistimine, baby pool, pool water: Hello! The best thing to do is to keep her out of the water until the rash disappears. Keep giving the meds, and if she does go into the water, do hose her down and towel her as dry as you can. There is something she is allergic to in the water. Once the...

Golden Retrievers: Rolling in misc places, weird question, gentle leader
weird question, gentle leader, goldens: No, I havent heard of dogs doing this. Although my golden usually rubs his face on the floor after a walk with the gentle leader on his face. But your case is different, because you dont know the cause. Check wherever he rubs, tell me if there are any red...

Golden Retrievers: Running away and being dull., leather leash, golden retreiver
leather leash, golden retreiver, staring into space: Start with a good 6 leather leash and a sturdy slip collar, the metal chain ones with the rings on each end. You want the shortest one that will go on and off easily. If you walk with the dog on the left, pull the chain through one loop forming a P ....

Golden Retrievers: Running Away, golden retreiver, busy street
golden retreiver, busy street, fast cars: You need to become more proficient at not letting him through the door. That ican be difficult with children, elderly, and guests. the other thing is come, treat! . With the dog at the end of the leash, call its name and Come in a firm voice. If...

Golden Retrievers: re-housed dog chewing doors, intestinal blockages, rawhide chews
intestinal blockages, rawhide chews, baby gate: Dogs love their routine. Five is kind of old to easily adapt to a new home and new life. A crate may help him. I am familiar with young Labs which tend to shred anything they can get their teeth on. They also have problems with choking and intestinal blockages...

Golden Retrievers: ready to go home?, golden retriever puppy, closet shelving
golden retriever puppy, closet shelving, golden cross: 6 weeks is the minimum, with 7-8 weeks being the ideal. Almost 3 years ago I was given a 7 week old Lab/golden cross. What a sweetheart. Unfortunately due to terrible weather, I was not able to get her out around traffic at first. She turned out to be...

Golden Retrievers: regarding my pups health, dry dog foods, feeding a puppy
dry dog foods, feeding a puppy, puppy chow: You should be feeding a puppy chow now. Switching to an adult chow for the larger breeds at 4- 6 months, slows growth and helps develop sturdier joints. At a month old, you may need to add water to soften it. He is barely old enough to be eating solid...

Golden Retrievers: regression, puppy class, safe spot
puppy class, safe spot, listerine: THis is a problem for some.(luckily not for my 1year old.) Usually after dogs turn 1 year old, they become teenagers. They might get a bit aggressive, dominant, and trying to claim territory by peeing in the house. I think you should consider getting him neutered....

Golden Retrievers: retrieve newspaper, dogs barking, meat juice
dogs barking, meat juice, tasty meat: purchase another golden that will lol~ just kidding. this is very funny. Ozark might have seen the other dog do this and did think not in this lifetime , however, he might just not like the feel of the paper in his mouth. You might try rubbing some tasty...

Golden Retrievers: Getting a retriever next week, closet shelving, cairo egypt
closet shelving, cairo egypt, housebreaking: I am not sure I understand your question. You will need to watch the new puppy very carefully to keep it from peeing in the house. Usually it still happens. If the older dog, hasn t in the past, it shouldn t too. Sometimes they will to get attentions....

Golden Retrievers: About a retriever, nova scotia duck, nova scotia duck trolling retriever
nova scotia duck, nova scotia duck trolling retriever, obscure breed: They are a rather obscure breed and I know little about them. Nobody knows everything. I do know they do not read their breed description. You can track down a breeder and buy a puppy. That doesn t guarantee it will grow up to match what you have read...

Golden Retrievers: rock eating, rock mulch, obedience class
rock mulch, obedience class, doggy day care: That is a tough, dangerous problem. How much time does she spend outside? If only a little, you might fence off a small part of the yard and keep it free of rock and mulch. If she is outside all day, she might be too busy playing to eat stuff at a doggy...

Golden Retrievers: running away & toys, obedience class, children and dogs
obedience class, children and dogs, tennis balls: Most of what I know about dogs, I have learned while part of a program that forbids letting a dog run loose other than in a fenced area. In general, I think there are some dogs that are good about sticking around and others it is not their nature. I know...

Golden Retrievers: Self-feeding dilemma, closet shelving, dry food
closet shelving, dry food, wire rack: Were your other dogs Goldens? Free feeding works well with some dogs. I even know of cases where a free feeding dog left a little rib showing. Many Goldens, Labs, some hounds, will eat more than is good for them and look for more. Overfeeding a young Golden...

Golden Retrievers: Senior Golden Rescue, petfinders, rescue dogs
petfinders, rescue dogs, x rays: There may not be answers everybody would agree with to either question. Hip x-rays would be nice. They won t be available for many rescue dogs. Most vets could do it, but it may be over $100. Goldens tend to be quite needy, I joke about needing to pet...

Golden Retrievers: Separation Anxiety in my Goldens, chain link fence, invisible fence
chain link fence, invisible fence, crate train: I am a big fan of crates, but 5-6 is awfully old to start. You would need at least a 36 crate for them, and something like the Pet Porter would run $60-80 each. I guess you could try. A dog that has not been crated since it was little, may take some...

Golden Retrievers: Settle an argument maybe?, chow chow dog, chow chow
chow chow dog, chow chow, top dogs: I m sorry, but black spots on any dog tongue means that there has been a breeding somewhere down the line with a Chow Chow dog. It isn t a sought after mark and is considered a flaw. Sorry. Yes, they are top dogs :) good luck with your agrument. lol kati...

Golden Retrievers: Severe change in behavior, car rides, short trip
car rides, short trip, home car: well your dog just seems to be a little home sick, with all the new sights and smells around him.if you keep taking him for rides he should get used to the new environment .try just talking to him when he starts his whimpering and barking, and just tell him...

Golden Retrievers: Shedding, adult coat, tropical country
adult coat, tropical country, thin coat: Puppies have a shorter, fluffier coat at first. Your puppy is replacing it with an adult coat. The new coat should be longer and curlier, the classic Golden Retriever. Even dogs that are not outside much here where we have cold winters shed spring and...

Golden Retrievers: Shedding, thyroid disease, thurst
thyroid disease, thurst, point thanks: goldens usually do a fall shed and a spring shed, which would produce more shedding than normal. sometimes excessive shedding could mean abnormal thyroid. I wouldn t worry unless he is shedding continually a lot of hair for months, then maybe at his next...

Golden Retrievers: Size and Heat, female dogs, extra money
female dogs, extra money, 10 months: That sounds about like my 8 month old Holly. She is a lean 36 pounds and 20 at the shoulder now, and will not be getting that much larger. Weight is a poor way to judge a dog s condition. Go to http://www.puppychow.com/products/popup_body_condition.aspx...

Golden Retrievers: Skin Condition in my Golden, predisone, golden retreiver
predisone, golden retreiver, two dogs: What are you feeding her? Most of her calories should be coming from a commercial dog chow. Most dogs will thrive on most brands. I am a little confused. She seems to be responding to both the allergy medicine and antibiotics. The alcohol should irritate...

Golden Retrievers: Sleeping through the night, sleeping through the night, play time
sleeping through the night, play time, curiosity: well u r very luck my golden didn t stop her accidents utill he was a year old! it realy depends on the dog. a lot of times he is just bord and wants to play. try locking him a crate or just lock him out of your room. if he is really potty trained he will...

Golden Retrievers: Sleeping, 8oz, first thing in the morning
8oz, first thing in the morning: Usually at that age, goldens need to go in the middle of the night. After they turn around 4 month, they dont need to go during the middle of the night. Its a good idea to always take you dog to the bathroom before bed and and first thing in the morning. Its...

Golden Retrievers: Spading a puppy, closet shelving, reproductive organs
closet shelving, reproductive organs, neutured: I think the consensus is yes, it is too early. There is a trend toward 4 months, and many shelters do force even earlier as in your case. It may not be the best thing medically, but if you have signed a contract, you may not have much choice. Even with...

Golden Retrievers: Spontaneous Agression?, aggression problem, obedience class
aggression problem, obedience class, natural instincts: Dump the trainer, perhaps ask for your money back. There is no way you should need to come here for help if you are paying a trainer. A good private trainer is the best idea in some cases. Unfortunately a few of them have no business calling themselves...

Golden Retrievers: Stubborn Streak?, head collars, labman
head collars, labman, leash training: Can you link it to anything specific? I once had a young Lab that would turn around and sit down and bark. I finally realized the problem were these dolts coming the other way that went by without stopping to pet her. With some dogs, a sharp snap of...

Golden Retrievers: Stubborn streak - 6 mnth Golden male, obedience class, golden puppy
obedience class, golden puppy, strange habit: The key to most behavior problems is approaching things using the dog s natural instincts. Dogs see all the people and dogs in the household as a pack with each having their own rank in the pack and a top dog. Life is much easier if the 2 legged pack members...

Golden Retrievers: Super Shy Golden, intermediate obedience, obedience classes
intermediate obedience, obedience classes, service dogs: How old was he when you bought him? That is exactly the behavior that would be expected of a dog that met very few people before he was 12 weeks old. I really don t think people walking by a cage in a pet store are enough. Poor early socialization is as...

Golden Retrievers: Swallowed a sock, bowel movement, x rays
bowel movement, x rays, goldens: No, absolutely not. It is plenty slimy in the intestinal tract without the Vaseline. It turn, I am afraid it would act as a laxative causing big problems if the sock does get hung up. If it is small enough, she may pass it OK. It might be best to get...

Golden Retrievers: Switching to adult food, kibbles and bits, growth spurts
kibbles and bits, growth spurts, golden puppy: Likely she would do well on Old Roy. One of the big arguments for the more expensive, meat based, concentrated chows, it the smaller, firmer, easier to clean up stool. If that is not a factor for you, almost any commercial chow meets the AAFCO standards...

Golden Retrievers: shedding/anxiety, wastepaper basket, slicker brush
wastepaper basket, slicker brush, saw blade: A certain amount of shedding is inevitable. I fight it with frequent brushing with a slicker brush. It has closely spaced curved wire teeth. Other people have good results with brushes with fewer, large, cone shaped rubber teeth. Still others use what...

Golden Retrievers: front shoulder - limp, vet program, orthopedic surgeons
vet program, orthopedic surgeons, michigan state university: Sometimes goldens can get displasia in their elbows. It isn t uncommon. I would think that your vet would have checked this out. Sometimes glucosamine helps. You can get this in any Wal-Mart pet dept. It is a joint medicine, in case the associate doesn...

Golden Retrievers: shy golden retriever, obedience class, natural instincts
obedience class, natural instincts, puppy mill: Even many reputable breeders hold puppies too long and fail to properly socialize them. To relate well to people and strangers a puppy needs contact with as many people as possible between 6-12 weeks. Otherwise you will see just the problems you are....

Golden Retrievers: size, hip dysplasia, long sleep
hip dysplasia, long sleep, hind legs: Cynthia, It isn t uncommon for goldens to reach a lazy stage at 6 months of age. Mine slept a lot and had wobbly back legs around this time. To be on the safe side however, take her to the vet so he/she can examine her for hip dysplasia. HD is a well...

Golden Retrievers: skin problems, pet supply store, flea shampoo
pet supply store, flea shampoo, food allergy: This could be one of several possibilities. My first guess would be a food allergy. Which has developed since he has gotten older. Ok, let s start with the most common. FLEAS. Shampooing him in flea shampoo isn t enough. If he has fleas, then so does your...

Golden Retrievers: skinny puppy eats everything in site, golden retriever puppy, large breed dogs
golden retriever puppy, large breed dogs, skinny puppy: Unfortunately, much of what you describe is normal. Start by evaluating her as in this link, http://www.longliveyourdog.com/twoplus/RateYourDog.aspx If she really is too thin, feed her enough to bring her to ideal condition. You may be used to seeing Goldens...

Golden Retrievers: skinny retriever, vet visits, goldens
vet visits, goldens, chow: A good vet would say something if he was too skinny. A better vet would commend you if he is lean and healthy. Form your own opinion based on http://www.longliveyourdog.com/twoplus/RateYourDog.aspx His ideal body condition may leave him skinnier than most...

Golden Retrievers: How much sleep does a 13 month old golden need, pack leader, hi life
pack leader, hi life, vigorous exercise: Try to get in at least a half hour of vigorous exercise each day. Fetch or other running games are good. All the walks you have time for. From there, let him sleep as much as he wants. Dogs have a great facility for sleeping when nothing else is going...

Golden Retrievers: sleep habits, male golden retriever, golden retriever
male golden retriever, golden retriever, sleep: You might get back with the former owners and see if they had the problem, and how they coped. If that doesn t help, spend every minute you can scrape up exercising him. If you are going to work him in the heat, keep him cool. Likely he enjoys swimming....

Golden Retrievers: sleep pattern, blank piece of paper, positive reinforcement
blank piece of paper, positive reinforcement, crate training: I have a one year old golden. And he didnt wake up in the middle of the night when i got him as a pup. But your dog is different than mine. Its okay if he has to go but i agree it is a problem if he is barking. One way you could stop this is by putting him...

Golden Retrievers: sleep, golden puppy, pup
golden puppy, pup, no worries: No worries. When my dog was around that age, he slept 90% of the time too. Now he is really hyper and is awake most of the day. He will stop sleeping so much at around 5months old. Consider yourself lucky now. Because they get really active and need alot of...

Golden Retrievers: sleeping at night., golden retriever puppy, golden retriever
golden retriever puppy, golden retriever, poo: hmmmmm...this is a tricky one. Well the reason he is doing this is probably for attention. So, when he wakes up, take him to his place to go pee or poo. After that get him to go to his basket. And you go back to bed. If he starts howling, ignore him. He will...

Golden Retrievers: A small male bichon and a new male golden retriever. A good idea?, golden retriever puppy, bichon frise
golden retriever puppy, bichon frise, obedience class: The safest thing would be to get a female. Usually a male and female will settle in and not compete. If you do get a male, ask the breeder about getting a lower ranking one less likely to compete with your other one. Problems come when you put 2 dogs each...

Golden Retrievers: spading my golden retrevier?, golden retrevier, heat cycle
golden retrevier, heat cycle, seasonals: The consensus is that it is less safe, and many vets refuse too. With males, failing to get around to it at 6 months isn t so bad. With a female, you can get stuck with them coming into heat. Besides the mess and general flaky behavior, you need to expect...

Golden Retrievers: studding, ofa certification, eye problems
ofa certification, eye problems, good boy: Nobody knows everything. This is an area I have very little experience or training. It is common to give a dog time to prove itself before breeding. We would be better off if nobody bred the larger breeds without the OFA certification of their hips. Eye...

Golden Retrievers: All of a sudden refuses to sleep in crate, golden pup, problem crops
golden pup, problem crops, obedience class: Usually the place to start when a behavior problem crops up is the vet s office. You can t train a physical problem away. Have you obedience trained him? Up until dogs are mature at 3 years old, they keep deciding to challenge the leader. The key to...

Golden Retrievers: suddenly aggressive 7 yr old golden, floral essences, full time job
floral essences, full time job, man on a bicycle: Hi Sandy. It seems that Randy is being over protective of his position in the pack(family) I suggest you get him neutered. As for the aggresivness, you probably will need to see a professional trainer to solve this. I can t do anything over the internet....

Golden Retrievers: Teaching Adult Goldens to Retrieve, intestinal blockages, litter mates
intestinal blockages, litter mates, sturdy stuff: They may need a couple more days to adjust. Supply them with high value toys, that is to them, not your remote. I am amazed at both how much dogs like tennis balls, and how well they last even with problem chewers. You do need to watch them carefully and...

Golden Retrievers: Tearing Sofa Cushion, sofa cushions, sofa cushion
sofa cushions, sofa cushion, wife daughter: Hmm...this is a tricky one to solve. I would sujest that you should give him something to do while you are gone. Like give him a bone to chew on. If that doesnt do it, youll have to close of the way to the living room or wherever the sofas are. This will set...

Golden Retrievers: Temperment change, vet visit, bad direction
vet visit, bad direction, ear infection: It is unusual for a Golden to be aggressive. Of course, any breed can have a bad line and poor socialization. I would suggest another vet visit. It is possible the ear infection has left him deaf and confused. You also need to discuss the weight gain....

Golden Retrievers: Throwing up, toilet lid, bland diet
toilet lid, bland diet, hearted person: Hi PJ! First I would like to say congratulations on your new doggie and that you are very big hearted person for rescuing him! Also, 3 meals a day is a great way to fatten him up! Now about the vomiting, here are some remedies. When your pet is vomiting,his...

Golden Retrievers: Time at work, tempting target, golden retriever
tempting target, golden retriever, back yard: This is a difficult problem. Some dogs take well to being left in a fenced yard, and other become a nuisance. And as you were warned, some are stolen. A nice golden is expensive and a tempting target. Most would happily trot off with anybody with a leash....

Golden Retrievers: Training, obedience classes, couple questions
obedience classes, couple questions, additon: I have a couple questions regarding this. When he runs away, do you yell at him or when you catch him, grab him and drag him? (I do this sometimes and then they won t do what I want, it gets frustrating sometimes, but not the answer) Doing this will make...

Golden Retrievers: Training to defacate in certain area., flower beds, grassy spot
flower beds, grassy spot, grassy area: Many dogs do so naturally. At 2 years old, you might start with some of the products meant to keep dogs out of flower beds. Not sure of the names, but I think they are sold in the lawn and garden area. You could also try some of what I do in housebreaking....

Golden Retrievers: Training to defacate in certain areas., grassy area, patio area
grassy area, patio area, golden retriever: Well one thing you could do is whenever she is sniffing to go poo near the patio take her to the back where you want her to poo. Stay with her for a while until she goes there. Repeat this everytime you think she needs to go. BE CONSISTENT! Dont let her...

Golden Retrievers: Training, many different things, human babies
many different things, human babies, many different ways: The first thing that you need to remember is that she is just a baby yet. Just like human babies, they explore with thier mouths, so biting is very normal. One way to handle that is to hold her mouth closed, gently, and tell her no, biting , every time...

Golden Retrievers: Traveling with puppy, rabies vaccination, civilian airlines
rabies vaccination, civilian airlines, heidelberg germany: This could be a challenge. First, figure out if the Army or local bureaucrats control bringing in a dog. Do you live on base? You could run into inappropriate rules like must have a rabies vaccination. Once you get over that hurdle, how are you traveling?...

Golden Retrievers: Treatment for possible muscle pull, groin pull, muscle problem
groin pull, muscle problem, right medicine: Hi Laura! Without seeing you dog, I cannot tell you exactly what is wrong with your dog. This could be Lyme Disease, a Muscle problem or even arthritis. I would suggest that you go back to your vet and tell him what yor dog has been doing since your dog...

Golden Retrievers: temperment, puppy stages, puppy class
puppy stages, puppy class, family dogs: Is this dog a golden? If it is, I m sure he ll grow out of it, most puppies do. Goldens make EXCELLENT family dogs and you haven t make a mistake. But in the meantime, grab his snout and hold it shut and tell him NO , if that doesn t work, give him a lite...

Golden Retrievers: thirsty dog, electolytes, diabetes test
electolytes, diabetes test, pedialyte: hello. No, doesn t matter. give him all the water he wants. mine drink a lot too. if he s jumping around and playing alot, he needs that extra energy. Maybe some pedialyte once a day, or ask your vet about gatorade, maybe his electolytes are down. Next...

Golden Retrievers: tied up or free?, electrical fence, putting up a fence
electrical fence, putting up a fence, obedience classes: Hi Leticia! I would recommend putting up a fence so your dog can t run away.Until a fence is put up, you should leave your dog inside and get your boyfriend to bring him for 20-minute walks everyday so he still has exercise. It is very important to get...

Golden Retrievers: tips on stopping biting/chewing, intestinal blockages, adult teeth
intestinal blockages, adult teeth, sturdy stuff: Young Labs, which I know best, and other puppies tend to very bad about biting. You see a litter of them, and all the ones that are awake are biting another one or themselves. I am not even sure they realize that when they are alone, if they quit biting,...

Golden Retrievers: training, golden retriever puppies, closet shelving
golden retriever puppies, closet shelving, obedience training: I am a strong advocate of starting obedience training the day you get the puppy. i also feel it is very important to have the puppy in its home soon after the 6 week minimum to stay with its mother and litter. The younger the puppy, the shorter the sessions...

Golden Retrievers: traning, bitter apple spray, sour apple
bitter apple spray, sour apple, loud voice: Hello Madeline Its easy to teach tricks as long as you have time to spare each for for a week or two. Try putting bitter apple spray on your hands or anything else the puppy is biting then when the puppy bite it will get this sour apple taste in its mouth...

Golden Retrievers: trimming the dogs hair to keep cool, groomers, haircuts
groomers, haircuts, haircut: I had the exact same question. I do reccommend cutting or trimming goldens during summer. It keeps them more cool. But I would not reccommend you cut the fur yourself because you might end up with a weird looking golden. So i would take him to a place where...

Golden Retrievers: Upgrading crate to larger size: when to make transfer, how to cover metal, carpet remnant, cocker spaniel
carpet remnant, cocker spaniel, baggage cart: I start my puppies in a 24 plastic crate and move them to a 36 one when they start looking cramped in the 24 one. I may have moved Holly out a little early the last week of April when we kept a 7 Week old Golden for friends. I like the plastic...

Golden Retrievers: unruly pup, obedience class, obedience classes
obedience class, obedience classes, natural instincts: You may see an improvement as the hormone levels drop following the neutering. Many obedience classes are inadequate for more difficult dogs. The better ones include training for the owner which your cousin hasn t had. The key to most behavior problems...

Golden Retrievers: Walking a puppy, annoying thing, doesnt work
annoying thing, doesnt work, front yard: Maybe the pup is still to scared of that big outside world. Since it doesnt seem he will runaway from home, play with him in your front yard so he get used to it. (only if you live in a safe unbusy street). Then start increasing your distance to a block or...

Golden Retrievers: Weight of Golden Retriever, puppy chow, male golden retriever
puppy chow, male golden retriever, golden retriever: He may just be a big boy. What is more important than his weight, is his body condition and rate of growth. See http://www.longliveyourdog.com/twoplus/RateYourDog.aspx Adjust how much you are feeding to bring him into his ideal body condition. A good vet...

Golden Retrievers: Weight and height Golden Retriever 7 months, breed puppy, chows
breed puppy, chows, adult size: Averages mean little. At 7 months, he is nearing his adult size. You should switch him to adult chow if not already to slow growth. Even large breed puppy chows are too rich allowing the body to outpace the sturdy joints. Worse yet for the joints is an...

Golden Retrievers: Weight and size, closet shelving, wire rack
closet shelving, wire rack, real solution: That sounds way underweight. It is possible somebody carelessly let their female be bred by a second dog and the father wasn t a Golden. I see many questions here from the totally clueless that want to breed dogs. What ever he is, you want to keep him healthy....

Golden Retrievers: Just Wonderin, temperament problems, heat cycle
temperament problems, heat cycle, spayed: I am sorry, but the only thing I can suggest is getting her spayed before her next heat cycle starts. What is her OFA rating? That is only one of dozens of things that should be checked before thinking of breeding any dog. I am very upset that we are slaughtering...

Golden Retrievers: walking a puppy, obedience class, leader dogs
obedience class, leader dogs, obedience training: That is strange. You might try obedience training. You should be doing it anyway. It could establish you as a trusted leader. Dogs see all the people and dogs in the household as a pack with each having their own rank in the pack and a top dog. Life is...

Golden Retrievers: walking, golden retriever puppies, puppy stage
golden retriever puppies, puppy stage, rescue dogs: How long does it take babies to grow up? Potty accidents are largely done by 3 months if you are attentive to the puppy. They have most of their adult size and teeth by 6 months. Chewing may not level off until 3 years old. What does a puppy need?...

Golden Retrievers: weight and height, growth plates, maintaining a healthy weight
growth plates, maintaining a healthy weight, chows: Dogs have a genetically programed size they will level off at around a year old unless very poorly fed. Can you see that he has grown much in the last 4 months? Is the knobbiness gone from the bottom of the fore legs showing the growth plates are closed?...

Golden Retrievers: weight, drop ears, blocky head
drop ears, blocky head, labrador retriever: Hi Carrisa! The Labrador Retriever is a large, powerful-looking dog with a blocky head, drop ears, a sleek, short coat, and a strong otter-like tail that can clear a coffee table in the blink of an eye. Weighing in at 60-80 pounds and standing 22.5-24.5...

Golden Retrievers: whos the boss, duck dogs, dominant behavior
duck dogs, dominant behavior, two dogs: yes i know how you feel my golden did the same thing before we trained her! well if you don t already have a cage or a kennel you should definitely get one for her! and ever time she steals something, or gets in your way purposely just tell her no once as...

Golden Retrievers: Our wild puppy, rawhide bones, grass plants
rawhide bones, grass plants, bitter apple: A mousetrap is very effective in making a dog leave something alone. Most dogs will stay away from anywhere they were surprised by a snap. The best part is that it is not you that is correcting the dog. It works whether you are around or not. The mousetrap...

Golden Retrievers: just won't listen!, obedience class, golden puppy
obedience class, golden puppy, pack structure: Having a good pack structure reduces such problems. The dogs see all the people and dogs in the household as a pack with each having their own rank in the pack and a top dog. Life is much easier if the 2 legged pack members outrank the 4 legged ones....

Golden Retrievers: how do i, paws, affection
paws, affection: Consistently is very important in correcting jumping and other problems. Quickly correcting him each and every time he jumps on somebody is very important. He must never get the affection he wants. A number of things have been used. One of the most gentle...

Golden Retrievers: how do i?, obedience class, natural instincts
obedience class, natural instincts, pack members: I don t know that it would completely solve the problem, but better leadership on your part would help. The key to most behavior problems is approaching things using the dog s natural instincts. Dogs see all the people and dogs in the household as a pack...

Golden Retrievers: how to...., time and patience, paw
time and patience, paw, little time: Do you mean like the common shake? Try calling his name and shake holding your hand near him. if he happens to raise hs paw, praise him. If after several tries he doesn t raise his paw, try lifting it. With a little time and patience, usually a puppy will...

Golden Retrievers: Yellow lab refuses to potty train, obedience class, baby gates
obedience class, baby gates, pack members: Yes it sounds like a pack status issue. Dogs see all the people and dogs in the household as a pack with each having their own rank in the pack and a top dog. Life is much easier if the 2 legged pack members outrank the 4 legged ones. You can learn to play...

Golden Retrievers: yellow lab question, yellow lab puppy, lab question
yellow lab puppy, lab question, judgement: That sounds like too much unless it is very large. I think my vet has said something about 3 pounds in 2 weeks. He is a paranoid having us in every 2 weeks for parvo shots. What I really go by is the puppy s body condition. See http://www.puppychow.com/products/popup_body_condition.aspx...

Golden Retrievers: young gr exercise, lakes and ponds, small kids
lakes and ponds, small kids, swimming pool: If you are not forcing him to run, it is fine. He knows when it starts to hurt. But if he keeps running for a long time, and it is obvious it hurts but he won t stop, then you need to stop him. As for the swimming, it is perfectly fine if he has gotten all...

Golf: 14 club bag makeup, pitching wedge, fairway
pitching wedge, fairway, low profile: good for you for having all those different wedges!!!! i didn t know. my final answer is remove the 3 iron and carry three wedges. 52, 56 and 60. like i said, its better to be equipped with short game weapons than long game weapons. you don t need to...

Golf: 16 man golf trip, tournament pairings, golf trip
tournament pairings, golf trip, foursome: Hi Jeff, I can help you out with your draw. Take a look at this page: http://www.probablegolfinstruction.com/tournament_pairings.htm I have ready made templates for a number of combinations, but not yours. I can develop yours, however. The cost is $20....

Golf: 18 hole course, hip flask, ancient golf club
hip flask, ancient golf club, rules of golf: Rudy: I ve heard this one myself and to save time, went to http://www.snopes.com/sports/golf/18holes.asp and came up with this answer. Origins: Although this bit of lore about soused Scots limiting themselves to one slurp at the flask per hole has its...

Golf: Why 18 holes, 7 holes, four holes
7 holes, four holes, st andrews old course: Peter, Many people have asked why golf courses have eighteen holes. The early golf courses all had different numbers of holes. Leith Links had 5 holes in 1744 when the Honourable Company, as they would come to be known, held the world s first recorded...

Golf: ball impact..., public faqs, relevant faq
public faqs, relevant faq, ball impact: Hello and thank you for asking. Your main issue is impact position and part of the swing. You are not trapping the ball and delofting the club face at impact. You are increasing loft and scooping the ball instead. This will cause weaker higher shots, mostly...

Golf: Out of bounds line extension, imaginary line, stake
imaginary line, stake, tennis: Hi Rikki, all of the ball needs to be out for it to be deemed out of bounds, you take a line from the back edge of the stake too not the front, so if you draw an imaginary line from 2 stakes the ball must be entirely the other side of it. Hope this answers...

Golf: Counting Putts, steve thanks, official statistics
steve thanks, official statistics, personal records: Dear Steve, thanks for the question. Indeed you must be on the green for purposes of official statistics on the various tours etc. On the other hand, as you mentioned, one inch off the green (or so), I like to count that as a putt for my personal records....

Golf: Custom Steel Shafts, cleveland cg2 irons, dynamic gold
cleveland cg2 irons, dynamic gold, lie angle: Hi David, The lie of clubs will flatten when swung because the shaft bends near impact. If the toe of the club is up at impact, then the heel of the club can grab the ground and close the club face, producing at pull-hook. You can determine if your clubs...

Golf: clubhead speed vs. ball speed, club head speed, pga member
club head speed, pga member, ball speed: Hi John: Interesting point made yesterday on the golf channel during the telecast about this. I forget the exact professional they were referring to, however, the clubhead speed was 119 (driver), ball speed was about 170. They then mentioned his rpm s were...

Golf: conisitenty, term improvement, tiger woods
term improvement, tiger woods, emotional state: Hi Alex, That is the one thing that alludes all golfers: consistency (even Tiger Woods). How well you play depends on your emotional state as well as physical state. Since they both vary, your game can also go up and down. My only advice is, get back...

Golf: Direction of leading hands V, target line, leading hand
target line, leading hand, sandy sandy: Sandy: Essentially that is correct. What matters is the back of the leading hand and the palm of the trailing hand be perpendicular to the target line. The Vs will be close to what you described. While several things can contribute to a slice, making...

Golf: embedded ball, fairway, pitch
fairway, pitch: Hi Steven, an embedded ball is one which sits in it s own pitch mark, so is embedded no matter how buried it is. If it sits in it s own pitch mark either on the fairway or rough etc it is still considered embedded. Relief is only taken, though, if it is a...

Golf: embedded ball, fairway, pitch
fairway, pitch: Hi Steven, an embedded ball is one which sits in it s own pitch mark, so is embedded no matter how buried it is. If it sits in it s own pitch mark either on the fairway or rough etc it is still considered embedded. Relief is only taken, though, if it is a...

Golf: ball impact..., trajectory
Golf: ball impact..., trajectory

Golf: Out of bounds line extension, stake
Golf: Out of bounds line extension, stake

Golf: clubhead speed vs. ball speed, driver lofts, stock driver
Golf: clubhead speed vs. ball speed, driver lofts, stock driver, urethane

Golf: INTECH SWING TRAINER 48OZ., intech swing trainer, bobby clampett
Golf: INTECH SWING TRAINER 48OZ., intech swing trainer, bobby clampett, doyel

Golf: slicing, swing path, swing check
Golf: slicing, swing path, swing check, golf swing

Golf: hitting it higher, swing speed, spin ball
swing speed, spin ball, backspin: Hi Alex, For your Driver, it s likely that the loft is not great enough for your swing speed. Most golfers play with a loft that is too small. You d likely get more distance by using a higher lofted driver. For your irons, if hitting them low, it s likely...

Golf: INTECH SWING TRAINER 48OZ., intech swing trainer, pga member
intech swing trainer, pga member, wal mart: Brent: I m sorry, I do not know. I saw it advertised at Wal-Mart for $29, so I would assume you could. I wouldn t waste your money. What are you looking to do, perhaps I could suggest a drill or something more beneficial than that. Eddie Kilthau ...

Golf: This is now a killer club in the arsenal, titleist fairway woods, nickent 3dx
titleist fairway woods, nickent 3dx, graphite shaft: Hi Lou: Sounds like you are just about set.....that is of course unless you keep tinkering with your clubs. Good move changing shafts and not making the club so heavy. No feel when you do that. Don t forget to work on your short game Lou, that is where...

Golf: New Driver, fairways and greens, degree loft
fairways and greens, degree loft, hilly course: Stefve: The difference will be in the trajectory; the more loft, the higher the trajectory. The effect on distance? The more the ball goes up, the less it goes forward and vice versa. If you re playing a wet or hilly course, you d want more carry (higher...

Golf: playing golf, private golf lessons, junior golf club
private golf lessons, junior golf club, pga member: Hello Andy: I would start him with a plastic ball and plastic club. You could get them at any sporting goods store. Let him whack it around for a while. I would see what his interest level is. Take him to a driving range and let him hit some real balls...

Golf: SLICING/TAILING, medicus driver, right move
medicus driver, right move, move your hands: Hi Michael, we need to establish why your ball is curving/slicing to the right. It has nothing to do with how far away from the ball you stand. It is entirely down to the clubface being open at impact ( aiming right ). You need to square it up in order to...

Golf: Swing Speed vs. Distance, correct shaft, pga member
correct shaft, pga member, swing speed: Steve: Yes. I believe you need more loft and a stronger shaft. But let the experts take care of you. Find the best place in your area to get fitted professionally. Ask around if you don t know where to go. I believe your answer lies in getting the correct...

Golf: scheduling, pga member, ryder cup
pga member, ryder cup, day golf: Joe: I am not sure what you are asking. Are you playing 11 rounds of golf in 6 days? If you are, you will be a tired boy. Are you looking to find out what types of games to play, like a Ryder Cup format? Let me know what it is you are asking about and...

Golf: slicing, target line, cardboard box
target line, cardboard box, ball position: Hi Alex, Again, since I can t see you swing, I can only speculate. However, most golfers do slice and most slice because they cut across the ball in a bit of a chopping motion. Try this: Place a cardboard box down next to your clubhead so that the box...

Golf: slicing, hand grip, open face
hand grip, open face, knuckles: Hi there, let me explain how a slice works. Basically the ball curves to the right due to the enormous amount of sidespin placed upon the ball. This is caused by an open clubface (looks to the right). Because the driver has the least amount of loft and the...

Golf: Tailing/ Slicing, medicus driver, satisfactory fashion
medicus driver, satisfactory fashion, relevant faq: Hello and thank you for asking. Standing too far from the ball will hurt your swing more than you think. It puts all the weight on the balls of your feet, and it is difficult to keep balanced while making contact. Even on the driver, the hands should not...

Golf: Toe hit, target line, pga member
target line, pga member, practice swings: Hi Mark: The biggest reason toe hits occur is because the club is moving across the target line towards you in a cutting across motion. We just have to figure out why. Usually, it s incorrect hand action which causes it. If the hands do not rotate correctly...

Golf: Turning pro, scratch golfer, burning desire
scratch golfer, burning desire, mental game: Hello Mark, Sorry for the delay, I have been very busy - as always! Without seeing your golf game, it is difficult for me to judge how far off the standard you are and how good your swing, shortgame and mental game is. Being realistic, the standard...

Golf: teaching to young boy, junior golf equipment, pga member
junior golf equipment, pga member, hitting a baseball: Hi Tom: Let him do both and see which one fits his eye better. In todays technologically advanced golf society, it does not matter if he plays righty or lefty. I see so many more young kids playing golf left handed than ever before. I teach the #3 ranked...

Golf: wrong score entered by marker, downward adjustment, game one
downward adjustment, game one, birdie: Hello and thank you for asking. In golf, any error on a scorecard in the end is the player s responsibility for his own scorecard. So when the card is handed in, and any number or information is wrong on the card, the player can be disqualified as the officials...

Golf: ball contact on club face, golf, toe
golf, toe, mishit: HI Gene, No one cause. Can t be sure without seeing your swing. Hitting it on the toe generally indicates you re not standing close enough to the ball. It could also be caused slightly by your swing path. Is it with all clubs or just your tee shots?...

Golf: ball flight, ball flight, ball position
ball flight, ball position, left eye: Hello George: Touring professionals used to say they would play with what they brought to the course that day. In other words, whatever ball flight they had while warming up, they would play. If the pros, who either play or practice most every day, cannot...

Golf: how to become a head pro, michael hoffman, members customer service
michael hoffman, members customer service, pga member: Austin, I think that s great. Golf is a business, so the business classes that you may be taking in school right now will be important to you. Study hard to keep those grades up. It sounds as if your working for the superintendent at this point. You...

Golf: Career help, hedge fund company, fund accountant
hedge fund company, fund accountant, michael hoffman: Gavin, There are many facets of the golf business. I started in 1981 and enjoyed every minute of it. I found a link to a web site that has many different international golf associations. This should be a great start for you. You may also go to a club...

Golf: Changing my swing, target line, michael hoffman
target line, michael hoffman, pga professional: Jeffrey, I agree when the club is waist high, it should be it should be parallel to that club on the ground. This can only happen if you use your shoulders and not your hands and wrists. If you continue to use your shoulders to complete the swing, the club...

Golf: club pro, professional golf management, pga apprentice
professional golf management, pga apprentice, players ability test: Hi Ronnie: Good question. First you must work at a PGA Recognized Facility. Most are, but some are not. Just ask at whatever golf course or driving range you apply with if they are. Once you decide you want to enroll in the PGA Apprentice Program, you...

Golf: cobra L4V or Speed Pro D, aldila nv 65, michael hoffman
aldila nv 65, michael hoffman, speed swing: Chris, First question - What type of golf course conditions do you play? is your course on average, a fast track or is it somewhat soft? Next question - Do you play in windy conditions often? Third question - You mention launch angle, ball speed,...

Golf: in course ob, parallel holes, decisions on the rules of golf
parallel holes, decisions on the rules of golf, michael hoffman: Greg, Under Rule 33 it is permissible to have out of bounds between holes on the course for safety reasons. The ruling came from the Decisions on The Rules of Golf 2008-2009. Decision 33-2a/12. Thank you, Michael Hoffman PGA Professiona...

Golf: Driver Loft, shaft flexes, degree loft
shaft flexes, degree loft, game welcome: Hi Lee: Absolutely! Higher loft (probably 9.5 or 10.5) and a closed, draw face if the driver you select offers that option. Also, make sure the shaft is correct for you. I would recommend getting professionally fit for clubs. You need to experiment...

Golf: Driver trouble, pga member, shaft flex
pga member, shaft flex, speed issue: Hey Chris: I would find yourself a respected and professional clubfitter and go get fit. I think you need to find the right combination of shaft, shaft flex and loft. Assuming you hit your driver solid, which if you hit the 7 iron 165, that is not a problem....

Golf: deciding new golf balls, bridgestone e6, high school golf
bridgestone e6, high school golf, bridgestone golf: Jeffrey, From the internet Bridgestone Golf e6+ Golf Balls: The Bridgestone Golf e6+ golf ball s multi-layer design with its innovative anti-spin/extra velocity inner cover is engineered for players seeking a straighter ball flight with longer...

Golf: Full Swing Yips, hank haney, full swing
hank haney, full swing, short game: Hi Les: I haven t personally experienced this but have a good friend/fellow professional with the problem. Your question made me do a little research and I ve come up with an article that may help you. After you read it and try what it recommends (or something...

Golf: Full Swing Yips, hank haney, golf scene
hank haney, golf scene, full swing: Hi there and thank you for asking.... just in case you have any followups, etc., and I feel that u might, please ask me on my more active web site where you can also find all my FAQ s that are useful for any golfer: http://answerway.com/profile.php?expid=Dathaeus...

Golf: Full Swing Yips, hank haney, golf scene
hank haney, golf scene, full swing: Hello Les: I am so sorry for your issue, as it robs you of your true enjoyment of the game. I will tell you right up front that I am not an expert on the Swing Yips, however, one thing I do know is that you must short circuit your brain and completely,...

Golf: Full Swing Yips, nervous system disorder, botox injections
Golf: Full Swing Yips, nervous system disorder, botox injections, clonopin

Golf: lateral hazard, incorrect answer, breach
Golf: lateral hazard, incorrect answer, breach, 4a

Golf: science fair experiment on golf, bounces, bounce
Golf: science fair experiment on golf, bounces, bounce

Golf: finding new golf balls?, pga member, golf balls
pga member, golf balls, swing speed: Hi Jeff: Exactly, you might want to try the Titleist Extreme NXT. Right in that range, good ball, good distance, and feel is no problem. You are on the right track. Also, the Bridgestone is pretty good, and Callaway and Nike have a decent selection to...

Golf: Golf Range Distance, golf, driving range
golf, driving range, uphill: Hi Tim, I m not aware of any USGA adjustment for steep slopes. Try checking their site, www.usga.org. Take a look at this page from my site: http://probablegolfinstruction.com/elevation_club_selection.htm In my consulting work, I ve developed an...

Golf: golf, golf, distance
golf, distance, green: Hi Tarun, When a golfer gets his/her ball close enough to the green that it s possible to hit the ball onto the green, he/she asks what s the distance from the green. This means, how many yards or metres must I hit the ball to get onto the green. The...

Golf: grip change with offset irons?, grip change, michael hoffman
grip change, michael hoffman, pga professional: Brooke, My new clubs have more offset than my last set, and it s not good so far. MH Tell me why it s not good. How should the greater offset change my grip, ball position? MH It shouldn t change anything in your setup that s fundamentally correct. If...

Golf: guidelines for green pin placements, golf, green
golf, green, flag: Hi Terry, Great questions. I think you ll find all of your answers by reading this very informative article: http://www.usga.org/turf/green_section_record/2008/jul_aug/speeds_slopes_locations.pdf Hope this helps. Please visit and patronize my site,...

Golf: Higher altitude bunker shots in soft sand., ball answer, sand shots
ball answer, sand shots, clubhead: Lou: Don t get into too much here. I would concentrate fully on making a full swing through the shot with your arms to the finish. You need more forward push from the sand. Throwing the clubhead under the ball by uncocking the hands and wrist angle too...

Golf: Too many ideas., pga member, swing thoughts
pga member, swing thoughts, short game: Hey Jamie: Sounds confusing to me too. What you need is to go back to fundamentals. I would take you back to the simple things, grip, balance, short game. I would make sure your fundamentals are solid and that you practice them until you re sick of them....

Golf: iron play, scratch golfer, iron game
scratch golfer, iron game, handed golfer: Rich: Common problem. With your driver, your swing is automatically more rounded, which produces some rotation of the clubface, almost a closing motion through impact. I will bet you are adding loft at impact with incorrect hand action with your irons. ...

Golf: Lower Body, those rare occasions, pga member
those rare occasions, pga member, belt buckle: Hi Bob: Get a 2 x 4 Bob and try this drill at home before you go to the range. Put half of your right foot on the edge of the 2 x 4. All of your weight on the right foot will be on the inside of the foot, as you are obviously crooked inward. Then make...

Golf: lateral hazard, fairways and greens, stroke penalty
fairways and greens, stroke penalty, practice swing: According to the following, you did nothing to incur a penalty, however, nothing is mentioned about a practice swing, which, if it were taken in a sand bunker and you touched the sand, you would incur a penalty. 1. Provided nothing is done that constitutes...

Golf: length of clubs, pga member, lie angle
pga member, lie angle, target: Hi John: I am 5 2 John. I use standard length clubs, always have, and my driver is a half inch longer than standard. I believe it s what you can handle. I would say standard is fine, unless you have bad directional problems. A shorter shaft will help...

Golf: New irons, stiff shaft, michael hoffman
stiff shaft, michael hoffman, pga professional: Jeff, Mizunos don t have to be pricey. Check out some golf retailers that sell used clubs. It just takes a few minutes to make these calls. If they don t have what you re looking for, ask them to call you if anyone trades the clubs in to them. You can always...

Golf: Penalty points,, penalty strokes, pga member
penalty strokes, pga member, stroke play: Hi Graham: You do not have a choice. If your ball is lost or out of bounds, you MUST go back to where you hit the previous shot from and play another ball.......you have no choice. You do not get to choose which place you think you might be better off...

Golf: Penalty Strokes, usga rule book, pga member
usga rule book, pga member, penalty strokes: Hi John: Kind of confusing isn t it? Believe it or not, the rules are in place to help us, not hurt us and protect the integrity of the entire game for everyone. But you re right, sometimes difficult to understand. 1. 3 2. MUST hit next shot...

Golf: practice swing in hazard, practice swings, practice swing
practice swings, practice swing, wiggle room: Hi Marie: Same thing has happened to me several times in tournaments. When there is long grass in a hazard, and you are taking some practice swings above all the stuff, if your club touches the tops of the grass, say on the backswing, there is no penalty....

Golf: how i can relate a normal golf shot to math, math, golf
math, golf, driver: Hi Andre, Check out my site, www.probablegolfinstruction.com There s tons of math in golf. Search through my pages and learn. Use the search feature in the left hand column of my main page. Feel free to then email any specific questions you have....

Golf: rule 26, pga member, greenside hazard
pga member, greenside hazard, water hazard: Hi Tim: Tee side, because the lines are yellow. If your ball lands on the greenside side of the hazard and the ball spins back or rolls back down the hill into the hazard, you must play your next shot (with the addition of a stroke) from behind the water....

Golf: Shafts, shaft flexes, handed golfers
shaft flexes, handed golfers, stiff shaft: Stu, There will be a few signs that will indicate when you need to change. The first will be decreased distance, the second the ball will have a tendency to go to the right (for right handed golfers) and third the trajectory of your shots will become flatter....

Golf: science fair experiment on golf, science, experiment
science, experiment, golf: Hi Zachary, To measure bounce height, you have someone help you. Get them to drop the ball and you estimate the bounce height as you can stand near where the ball lands. Do this 3 times and use an average. If you re going to measure the number of bounces...

Golf: not getting solid contact w/irons,, target line, pga member
target line, pga member, clubhead: Jeff: Put a tee out in front of your ball about 3 inches directly on your target line and push it into the ground about half way. You should be able to hit the ball and the tee on your follow through. If you are swinging up at the ball, you ll never hit...

Golf: Wanting to know what it take to make the pga, pga tour qualifying school, pga tour players
pga tour qualifying school, pga tour players, pga member: Hi David: I am assuming you are referring to the PGA Tour. With that said, you would have to enter the PGA Tour Qualifying School. It is a series of 2, 72 hole events across the country in which the top 25% of each qualifying site (approximately 6 sites...

Golf: Weight shift is the root of all evil, full swings, gap wedge
full swings, gap wedge, muscle fatigue: Lou: I still believe it s your balance. I bet you hang back on your back foot too long and if you do that, the forward swing of the club will be a little outside the target line just enough to shank it. Your weight will also probably shift towards your...

Golf: waterwell, free, drop
free, drop, golf: Hi Juan, I would think the water well would be considered an immovable obstruction and you would get free relief. Since it is not practical to retrieve the ball, you would drop another one at a point no closer to the hole than the well and in a position...

Golf: Bend clubs or cut length, golf, lie
golf, lie, angle: Hi Jason, Shortening your irons by 1/2 inch will change the lie angle by 1 to 1.5 degrees. What I would try instead is to just choke up on the club 1/2 to 1 inch and see how the lie angle turns out on the lie board. The swing weight of the club will not...

Golf: Bunker question, pga member, shot penalty
pga member, shot penalty, walks: Hi Michael: No penalty. The only question that might come into play is an Etiquette situation or if the other player obviously tries to test the sand. But as far as him just standing off to the side in another part of the bunker while you play your...

Golf: Competition rules, knockout competition, pga member
knockout competition, pga member, rules of golf: Hi Peter: Under the Rules of Golf, the Committees decision is final. In your case, whatever the ruling that was given to you that day should have been final. I am not sure you gave me a ruling. The clubhouse said you should forfeit the match, however,...

Golf: callaway uniflex steel shafts, hogan apex edge pro, callaway x20 irons
hogan apex edge pro, callaway x20 irons, michael hoffman: Geoff, First of all, Callaway is a very reputable club manufacturer. Then it s all about the results. Are you hitting consistent shots with these irons? That is the most important aspect of the shafts. Typically if the shaft is too flexible for...

Golf: Entering The Open, Open, Championship
Open, Championship, british: Hi Michael, The 2009 Open will be held at Turnberry, Scotland, the site of the dualing match between Nicklaus and Watson in 1977. There are qualifying events held throughout the world at different times. You can find out more at the Open website: http://www.opengolf.com/ChampionshipGolf/TheOpenChampionship/Qualification.aspx...

Golf: lost ball off the tee, golfers, abide
Golf: lost ball off the tee, golfers, abide, pace

Golf: Game going the opposite way - problem fixed, dobson ranch golf course, dobson ranch golf
dobson ranch golf course, dobson ranch golf, macgregor vfoil: Lou: You re right again. I was told when I was a kid that golf is a game of misses, not perfect shots. And because of human nature, we are always looking for something better, a different angle, a different view, or a different tip. In golf, it s maddening,...

Golf: Golf Swing, practice swings, forward swing
practice swings, forward swing, handed golfer: Hi Eddie: Common problem, yes I have an exercise to fix it. First off, you cannot physically move your wrist, so the information you received has really hurt you not helped you. Your wrist is nothing more than a hinge, it allows your hands to move. So...

Golf: Golf Tees, golf tees, golfers
golf tees, golfers, gentleman: Hi there and thank you for asking. It is not illegal to use a tee just because of where your obtained it. I guess if you steal it from your playing partner and competitor during an official tournament, he can report you and then have you dq d, but as golfers,...

Golf: Last hole at Papago, pga member, papago
pga member, papago, 18th hole: Hey Glenn: I think I do remember that guy. WOW, that is amazing you bring that up. Hope all is great with you. It s funny, because of all the stuff going on at Papago now, there have been many guys talk to me about some of the old days and shots and...

Golf: Lost Ball in Lateral Hazard, fairways and greens, lost ball
fairways and greens, lost ball, club links: Hello: Along with the first option of playing it from the hazard, you have 4 others: 1. Drop a ball within 2 club lengths from where the ball last crossed the margin. 2. Keeping the point where the ball last crossed the margin between you and the hole,...

Golf: Lost ball in fairway, fairways and greens, lost ball
fairways and greens, lost ball, shot penalty: Jim: The rules of golf sometimes seem unfair and this is one of those times. The ball would be deemed to be lost and the player must invoke the stroke and distance penalty. Lost Ball: A ball is deemed lost if: a. It is not found or identified...

Golf: lost ball off the tee, pga member, penalty stroke
pga member, penalty stroke, provisional ball: Hi David: You MUST return to the tee, no exceptions. You then would be playing your third shot from the tee. That is why you hit a provisional ball, in case you think your first ball might be lost or out of bounds. It saves time. But according to the...

Golf: Power and Left Arm-to-Chest Connection?, weight gaining program, hand exercises
weight gaining program, hand exercises, iron shots: Hi Bruce: Yes I do but not a significant amount. If your left arm separates away from your body, there is no power in just an arm. As you swing forward from the top of the backswing, your left arm should feel as though it is rotating down and left towards...

Golf: Quota, target score, pga member
target score, pga member, game format: Hi David: Definition: Quota is a game very similar in structure and intent to Chicago; in fact, the two terms are often used interchangably, although our definitions of each vary slightly in the details. In Chicago, golfers start with negative points;...

Golf: Re-teeing in the teeing blocks, stroke penalty, michael hoffman
stroke penalty, michael hoffman, shot penalty: Jim, If you hit the second ball from the tee box you would have incur a one shot penalty. You obviously lose the distance when you use this option. The stroke you would be hitting would be three. Did you know that there are five, that s right five, options...

Golf: Senior Tees, forward tee, michael hoffman
forward tee, michael hoffman, pga professional: John, You could look at it like that. Perhaps a shorter hitter plays a more forward tee box than a longer hitter. That would certainly even up the playing field at least where the tee shot is highlighted. The main reason courses have more than one tee...

Golf: Shanking, target line, parallel alignment
target line, parallel alignment, pga member: Hi Chris: If you close your stance, you set your body alignment up to swing from in to out. If your arms are leaving your body (moving away from you through impact) swinging out towards right field, so to speak, sure it s easy to then try to flip your...

Golf: Short Game, forward swing, wedge shots
forward swing, wedge shots, hi matthew: Hi Matthew: The dreaded shank. Just to clear things up, you are hitting the ball on the hosel of the club (the neck). Once the ball strikes the neck of the shaft, the ball squirts straight right at a 45 degree angle. YUK! Let s get to the heart of the...

Golf: Short Game, michael hoffman, pga professional
michael hoffman, pga professional, typical cause: Matthew, I understand your frustration. The ball can respond off the club going straight right in two ways. The ball contact is off the very end of the club (toe). The other way is the hosel (inside part of the club where the shaft and club head are connected)...

Golf: getting serious, california golf association, southern california golf
california golf association, southern california golf, public golf courses: Chris, Here are a couple a couple of options for you to find tournaments in your area. First visit some local public golf courses and ask the Golf Professional if he/she hosts golf tournaments at that club. the second option is to click on this link...

Golf: shaft weight and swing weight, shaft weight, shaft length
shaft weight, shaft length, pga member: Colin: I d be happy to, but don t take my word for it. Go to a respected club repair place or a professional clubfitter and go get fit personally. There is no substitute for that, only guesses on my part. Here is what I think is close. Shaft weight:...

Golf: side saddle putting, different lie, michael hoffman
different lie, michael hoffman, pga professional: Greg, You might want to experiment with long putters of various lie angles. I would find a putter with an 80 degree lie angle, the most allowed by the USGA. It would seem that the more upright the putter is the more accurate you will be. Sounds good in...

Golf: velocity, fairways and greens, initial path
fairways and greens, initial path, club face: Hello Ian: Velocity only effects distance. The faster the velocity, the further the ball will travel on its initial path and trajectory before it begins its curve and decent. I don t believe the amount of curvature is effected by velocity but rather the...

Golf: Wedge Shots 50 yards and in, Shank
Shank: Hi Matt: The shot you re describing is called a shank; it s when the ball is hit by the part of the club where the club face meets the hosel. The shank is caused by one of two, or a combination of two things. 1. The player is sitting back on his heels,...

Golf: Out to In, out to in, swing
out to in, swing, golf: Hi Len, If you swing out to in from the fairway, then you likely have an out to in swing most of the time. With a driver, you could swing out to in to a larger extent because of a ball position more forward in your stance. How do you know if your swing...

Golf: 14 club limit (was, nickent 3dx, nike cpr
nickent 3dx, nike cpr, shaft extensions: Lou: I believe a stiff shaft is a personal, physical thing, not an environmental thing. If you can handle it, hit it. If you can t don t. I am great with what you are doing with the wedges. It s nice to not have any pitch outs when you play. Eddi...

Golf: 5 most important fundamentals, proper posture, luck john
proper posture, luck john, golf swing: Hello Jason: 1. Balance: Without it the swing becomes a series of compensating moves to prevent losing control. 2. Proper Posture: Necessary for good balance and establishment of a single-plane swing. 3. Aim: Improper aim causes you to re-route the...

Golf: Stand Bag, michael hoffman, question michael
michael hoffman, question michael, clubs golf: David, It s best to have the the higher part of the mouth of the bag toward the rear. The woods would be placed at the rear of the bag with the middle irons in the center and the short irons in the front of the bag. I have found that this is the best placement...

Golf: balls, golf, ball
golf, ball, premium: Hi Gene, Most balls on the market today or very durable and long lasting. If the cover doesn t have any cracks of discolouration (perhaps indicating that it was sitting in water for a while), then the ball should perform well. If a ball is past its prime,...

Golf: Drivers, shaft flexes, michael hoffman
shaft flexes, michael hoffman, swing speed: Eric, Yours is a very good and important question. First let me address the loft. This is the angle which the the face of the club is in regard to vertical. Vertical would have a zero loft and horizontal would have a loft of 90 degrees. Some common lofts...

Golf: exercise, public faqs, golf section
public faqs, golf section, golf improvement: Hello and thank you for asking.... I dont know of any books specifically for this, but you can start by reading some of my faq s and that should help you. So please go to http://answerway.com/profile.php?expid=Dathaeus and click on View My Public...

Golf: exercise, fairways and greens, katherine roberts
fairways and greens, katherine roberts, golf swing: Hello Jerome: I m very impressed with Katherine Roberts fitness program for golfers because she stresses yoga which is, in my opinion, best for seniors. Start here: http://www.yogaforgolfers.com/cgi-local/store/cart/List.cgi?F=l&C=Media%20Products to find...

Golf: Getting fitted, michael hoffman, grip size
michael hoffman, grip size, fitter: Eric, You are very wise to get fitted for the clubs you should be using. Go through the fitting and see what the club fitter recommends. If the length recommendation is different than what you have and the clubs are still brand new, take them back and see...

Golf: Getting fitted with golf clubs, pga member, getting fit
pga member, getting fit, new clubs: Hi Eric: Not necessarily Eric. You may need to get some different shafts or have your club lie angles altered, but that doesn t mean you necessarily need a full set of new equipment. Getting fit for clubs is nothing more than that. You are getting measured...

Golf: Game going the opposite way - problem fixed, dobson ranch golf course, dobson ranch golf
dobson ranch golf course, dobson ranch golf, macgregor vfoil: Lou: You re right again. I was told when I was a kid that golf is a game of misses, not perfect shots. And because of human nature, we are always looking for something better, a different angle, a different view, or a different tip. In golf, it s maddening,...

Golf: Golf Ball Selection, fairways and greens, swing speed
fairways and greens, swing speed, golf shop: Hello Henry and Merry Christmas. The reasoning behind the additional distance with the Bridgestone is sound. I ve tried a Bridgestone but cannot say for sure which ball it was. I don t know why the ball would leave an impression. I ve noticed that myself...

Golf: Golf Gloves, leather patches, golf gloves
leather patches, golf gloves, leather gloves: Hello and thank you for asking. Personally, I do not find enough difference in some gloves to validate a price difference. However, I will tell you from experience, there is no way you can regularly purchase nice feeling cabretta leather gloves for under...

Golf: golf swing, speed swing, handed golfer
speed swing, handed golfer, downswing: Hi there and thank you for asking. Apologies for taking so long, but anyways, that is a very good question. Footwork is one of the keys to a good swing, and yes, a lot of amateurs lift the back foot up really early, mostly because they come out of shots...

Golf: golf swing, fairways and greens, spine angle
fairways and greens, spine angle, baseball batter: Hello Gary: People who complain of the same problem with the driver most always are standing taller in reaction to the added length. Doing so changes the swing plane making the swing flatter. Picture if you will, the baseball batter. Note how vertical...

Golf: golf swing, handed golfer, belt buckle
handed golfer, belt buckle, legs and feet: Hello Jerome: I believe at impact, your left heel should be off the ground about an inch. You d feel a push from your left instep inward, your left knee would kick inward down your toe line and your hips and belt buckle will begin to open up. But at impact,...

Golf: Handicapping, rules, golf
rules, golf, practice: Hi Mohan, By a practice round, are you meaning one that does not count towards calculating your handicap index? If so, I don t think the rules account for that. If you are playing a practice round where you hit more than one ball, re-hit shots, pick...

Golf: Hazard Rule, water hazard, red paint
water hazard, red paint, question of fact: Roy, The way you describe the situation it sounds like where your ball entered the hazard, the hazard would be considered lateral. You can verify this by seeing if the hazard was marked with red stakes or red paint. If this is true you would have five options....

Golf: hybrids, sw driver, iron head
sw driver, iron head, sore feet: Hi Jason: Easier. Absolutely, better blades made today. Technology has helped them, for sure, each manufacturer makes a good top of the line club. I would stick to new clubs, you can get some great blades if you spend some time looking and hitting some...

Golf: most important fundamentals, michael hoffman, jack nicklaus
michael hoffman, jack nicklaus, proper grip: Jason, I will be giving you my top 3. Interestingly enough none of these three happen during the golf swing. 1) The grip - a correct grip is a MUST because you want the correct grip to allow the club face to return to the square position at impact....

Golf: most important fundamentals, impact location, golf swing
impact location, golf swing, innate talent: Hi there and thank you for asking. Here is my list for the full golf swing: 1. Dynamics at impact (direction and speed of the various vital points involved) 2. Position at impact (location of various vital points involved) 3. Wrist/Hand Action 4. Body/Footwork...

Golf: Lie angles, different lie, belt buckle
different lie, belt buckle, lie angle: Hi Jason: Great question. If you take your set up position (with no club), put your hands together like you are praying and get ready to go, I bet your hands will be opposite your belt buckle. If you tilt forward from the hips at set up and your hands...

Golf: Lower back pain, fairways and greens, lower back pain
fairways and greens, lower back pain, poor aim: Eric: I find found that lower back pain, if developed after the round has begun, is usually caused by improper aim, poor balance or a bit of both. Poor balance prevents you from an unrestricted pivot, turn and weight shift. And because you are restricted,...

Golf: Marking a ball on the green, pga member, stroke play
pga member, stroke play, match play: Hi Jay: Good question. As a teammate, you can leave your ball there. As a precautionary measure, I would put a mark behind it. If you are not on the green, no need to mark it. If you are on the green, I would leave it there and put a mark behind it....

Golf: marking ball when putting, lpga tour, pga member
lpga tour, pga member, ball marker: Hi Tina: Great question. But it s up for interpretation by the Committee at your course. Rule 20-1: Lifting and Marking says: Note: The position of the ball to be lifted should be marked by placing a ball marker, a small coin or other similar...

Golf: New grips, john bolt, michael hoffman
john bolt, michael hoffman, step article: Eric, There is a certain technique which once you ve done once or twice is very easy. It is less expensive to do by yourself and a full set of clubs can be re gripped in less than 1 hour. I found a pretty good step by step article by John Bolt. Here...

Golf: penalty stroke, fairways and greens, golf stroke
fairways and greens, golf stroke, penalty stroke: Scott, the answer is yes as described in the Rules of Golf; Stroke A stroke is the forward movement of the club made with the intention of striking at and moving the ball, but if a player checks his downswing voluntarily before the clubhead reaches...

Golf: ping anser original putter, vertical stripes, michael hoffman
vertical stripes, michael hoffman, putter head: Paul, You are very fortunate to have one of these putters Paul. In the eighties I know they were valued at $2,500 or so. If I were you I would do some research on the Internet and find out as much as you can about it s value. Are you looking to sell...

Golf: ping irons, ping irons, lie angle
ping irons, lie angle, dot color: Gene, The dot color indicates the lie angle of the club. Black is standard. White blue and green are upright and orange red and brown are flatter. Here is a good definition of lie angle by Brent Kelly of ask.com. Definition: The lie angle of any golf...

Golf: Shaft Flex, golf, shaft
golf, shaft, flex: Hi Bill, Welcome back to the game. Hopefully your back won t give you major problems as you head into your glory years. My opinion is too much hype, mainly by manufacturers, is put on shafts. The flex on the shaft does not significantly affect clubhead...

Golf: swing change, lorena ochoa, traditional swing
lorena ochoa, traditional swing, short game: Jason: You did. Is Lorena trying to change it because it looks different? Nope, she just lived with it and won $2.5 million. Everyone has tendencies, no worries. Stick with what works, and practice the fundamentals. Then spend more time working on...

Golf: Teeing Ground, stroke penalty, tee markers
stroke penalty, tee markers, optical illusion: Jack: That is hilarious. The rule is real simple. The forward most part of the tee markers determines the line to be used in regards to calling a penalty. You were fine. No one can lift and move a marker to try to fix the situation of misaligned tee...

Golf: Top 5 most important golf fundamentals, golf fundamentals, ball position
golf fundamentals, ball position, golf swing: Jason: Overlap. Interlocking I could not do. But that is not to say you couldn t. I ve overlapped my whole career. It depends on the size of your hands, however, Tiger interlocks so it must not be that bad. I don t believe his hands are small, so it...

Golf: turf for putting green, artificial turf, small fortune
artificial turf, small fortune, avid golfer: Hi Julie: The best I have seen comes from a company called Synlawn. Reach them at www.synlawn.com. Let them tell you what is best for your situation and how to go about it. They are well liked and do a great job. If they can t help, they can...

Golf: Weight shift, pga member, weight shift
pga member, weight shift, golf swing: Jason: Yes. That is correct. I wouldn t get involved with your left heel coming off the ground at impact, I would rather be more grounded through the strike. The reason I suggest middle of foot to middle of foot, is to keep people off their toes. The...

Golf: Putting, fairways and greens, last stroke
fairways and greens, last stroke, penalty stroke: Hello Alan. First off, you are not obligated to mark the ball on the green; it is done in consideration of other players and/or to clean it. The only reference in the rules to your question addresses the situation of the ball overhanging the hole and I...

Golf: 3i/4i Vs 7 wood, hybrid clubs, swing weight
hybrid clubs, swing weight, swing speed: It s a little bit difficult to answer, because so much of the decision should be based on how the clubs feel and perform for you. For hitting out of rough and non- fairway areas I would think that one of the hybrid clubs would probably be better. They are...

Golf: Benchmark Drive Distance, driving distances, 7i
driving distances, 7i, 5i: Hi there and apologies for the delay... As far as distance goes, it is pretty subjective, and it all depends on how you hit the ball. I know most people hate answers like this, but let me tell you something. If you are a big strong guy and making decent...

Golf: Black Dot Callaway Driver, black dot, lie angle
black dot, lie angle, additional details: At this point I do not have enough details. As far as I know, Callaway never had a driver called the Black Dot. Can you give me some additional details about the driver you re looking at? Ping on the other hand,has a color code for the lie angle with black...

Golf: Breaking 90 - almost there, pga member, fairway wood
pga member, fairway wood, course navigation: Lou: Practice 4-8 ft. putts alot. Get yourself a driver with enough loft, probably 10-12 degrees, and make sure the shaft is fitted for you professionally. The shaft is the most important part of it, so make sure it s the right one. Most golfers do not...

Golf: Golf Equipment, golfmart, taylor made r540 driver
Golf: Golf Equipment, golfmart, taylor made r540 driver, couple places

Golf: Game going to the next level, foot putts, pga member
foot putts, pga member, practice greens: Lou: Sounds like your game plan is coming together. Stick to your guns and keep moving forward. In no time, you ll break your barrier. Keep working on your bunker play. I have some Short Game Stat Sheets I give my high school and college players that...

Golf: Golf Coach Career, john jacobs golf school, pga membership
john jacobs golf school, pga membership, jacobs golf: Hello Antonette: Sorry to hear about your son and his career issues. He is not alone. Unfortunately in golf, you start at the bottom and depending on your desire, will move up the chain and hopefully, attain a position that pays something. In this business,...

Golf: Golf Equipment, michael hoffman, pga professional
michael hoffman, pga professional, search golf: Feel is such and individual thing that I cannot know how the R7 feels to you. Two suggestions. Search golf shops and garage sales to see if you can pick up a used R7 for a price you can afford. If I found a driver that improved my distance and accuracy by...

Golf: Golf & Sleep, select comfort sleep number beds, mattress firm stores
select comfort sleep number beds, mattress firm stores, sleep number beds: Elaine, Having a good night s sleep is important regardless of what you have planned for that day. Golf is no exception. Sleeping on a bed that is comfortable is important to you. Having a bed that has tremendous support is extremely important as well....

Golf: golf, full swings, woods and irons
full swings, woods and irons, lie angle: Tom, Most golfers feel that they have to have two different full swings; an iron swing and a wood swing. Golf is difficult enough having one repetitive swing, let alone two. The mechanics of the full swing are the same. The makeup of the club, lie angle...

Golf: info on old silver king golf balls, john wanamaker store, wanamaker trophy
john wanamaker store, wanamaker trophy, retail department stores: Hey Bill, I m sorry to say I m not much of an expert on old golf balls. Here s what I could find out. John Wanamaker was one of the pioneers of retail department stores in America, opening his first store in 1861. When he died in 1922 his estate was...

Golf: natural golf, refresher lesson, moe norman
refresher lesson, moe norman, natural golf: Dear Neil, thanks for the question. I ve known of Moe s swing concept for years. It has some real merit, AND, having said that, it s not for everyone. Just like most things, Moe s take an extensive amount of practice to master. It may sound hard to believe,...

Golf: RULES, provisional ball, water hazard
provisional ball, water hazard, original point: Hey David. You d never want to play a provisional in this case. You always have a couple of options with regard to your next play when you hit into a water hazard (regular or lateral). The most penalizing of your options is usually re-hitting from the original...

Golf: Sky Marks, skymarks, luck john
skymarks, luck john, scratches: Garrett, Man, I have no idea. Something that would cover automotive scratches would be my best guess...maybe even some sort of color matched wax or something. I doubt it could do anything to your club that could make it look worse, but you still might...

Golf: spin and lift, airplane wing, wing structures
airplane wing, wing structures, nasa gov: Hi Ted, What s very different about the golf ball, however, is it has a very small surface area to mass ratio, while an airplane wing has a larger surface area to mass ratio. The gravitational force on a golf ball will always be greater than the lift force...

Golf: teeing ground, casual water, tee markers
casual water, tee markers, imaginary line: Usually the teeing ground extends between two tee markers. If there s only one marker, then draw an imaginary line across the box perpendicular to the way the box points. It is possible to have a restricted swing however, due to overhanging branches or casual...

Golf: backspin, pga member, first grass
pga member, first grass, approach shots: Hi Allan: Backspin is nothing more than hitting it solid. The leading edge of the clubface (down at the bottom) MUST brush grass at impact. The clubface squashes the ball against the turf when properly struck. This is called compressing a ball. If you...

Golf: ball's speed, coefficient of restitution, club loft
coefficient of restitution, club loft, club speed: Hi Franck, The ball speed depends on the club speed, club loft and COR (coefficient of restitution. For today s drivers, the ball speed is equal to about 1.45 times the club speed. So, the simple formula would be BS = 1.45*CS, where BS = ball speed and...

Golf: One Club Wind, golf ball trajectory, club distances
golf ball trajectory, club distances, trajectory model: Hi Reson, A general rule you could use is for every 10 mph wind, the ball plays about 4 yards shorter into the wind and 3 yards longer with the wind. But, it does depend on your club speed and trajectory. I provide a service on my site, www.probablegolfinstruction.com,...

Golf: About My Drive, bridgestone b330, club shaft
bridgestone b330, club shaft, pga member: Eric: The most important part of the grip is how you hold the club in your left hand. I am assuming you are a right handed player. The club shaft should rest across the base of your fingers in the left hand. The V of your left hand is pointing between...

Golf: Driving Distance, pga member, stiff shaft
pga member, stiff shaft, cleveland hibore xl: Hi Alex: I m not so sure an X stiff shaft is the answer. I would do two things. I would make an appointment to get Professionally Fit for Clubs and I would make an appointment with a very respected PGA Teaching Professional to help you out. Stop listening...

Golf: distance, speed swing, public faqs
speed swing, public faqs, relevant faq: Hello and apologies for the late response... The only reason what you describe can be happening is that you arenot releasing the wrist and clubhead properly. The change in distance and height directly point to the fact that at impact now, your clubface is...

Golf: drivers, fairways and greens, shaft construction
fairways and greens, shaft construction, shaft weight: Scott: I have 3 friends who ve bought that same driver and are very happy with how it s improved their driving. Two have added the distance they were looking for and the 3rd found the accuracy he was looking for. When you consider all the characteristics...

Golf: dumdfounded, long hope, center of gravity
long hope, center of gravity, new clubs: Hi Craig, So, we re about the same index. I go through my periods of not hitting the ball as far as normal. That could be part of your problem. The more likely cause of your shorter distances is the lofts of the new clubs. Loft is the prime determiner...

Golf: End of the round driving woes, woods and irons, pga member
woods and irons, pga member, problem thanks: Chris: A couple things come to mind. First, and foremost, to help yourself right away, hit a 3 wood or something else off the tee to keep it in the fairway. Play smarter and don t hit the driver. Make a bogey at the worst. Second, usually it is associated...

Golf: Flat left wrist, zach johnson, downswing
zach johnson, downswing, square face: Hi Bill: One of the biggest things I notice when my students pull or pull hook their drivers is where they contact the ball. They feel ,like you do, that they come over the top a bit. Not true in most cases. What actually happens is that they contact...

Golf: Golf rules, decisions on the rules of golf, practice swing
Golf: Golf rules, decisions on the rules of golf, practice swing, rules of golf

Golf: golf clubs, usga rules of golf, golf rule
Golf: golf clubs, usga rules of golf, golf rule, rules of golf

Golf: Provisional Ball, provisional ball, fairway
Golf: Provisional Ball, provisional ball, fairway

Golf: how to fix a pull/hook and thin/top, duck hook, swing path
duck hook, swing path, arm pit: Jason: I would relate the pull and the hook to your grip. Weaken your left hand grip, hit balls and see what happens. Adjust accordingly. Stronger grip promotes release of clubface. Weaker grip slows that down. If divots point left of target, start...

Golf: foursomes draw, excel spreadsheet, tournament pairings
excel spreadsheet, tournament pairings, play five: Hi Bruce, Such draws are a service that I provide from my website. You can obtain such a draw in an MS Excel Spreadsheet in which you can input the players names and the spreadsheet will organize the names into foursomes that minimize the number of repeat...

Golf: Golf, pga tour event, pga member
pga tour event, pga member, trampoline effect: Hi Ryan: Good question. Congratulations, you hit a perfectly struck shot. Isn t that fun. That is exactly the sound the ball makes due to compression. When you hit a shot solid, the ball compresses against the face of the club and then rockets off the...

Golf: Golf, air turbulence, weird sound
air turbulence, weird sound, golf shot: Hi Ryan, Very interesting. There could be a number of reasons why you heard the weird sound. I could be due to the balls you were hitting (perhaps they were quite new). More likely, however, it was because you were swinging differently and imparting...

Golf: Golf, air turbulence, one in a million
air turbulence, one in a million, weird sound: Hi there and thank you for asking. Yes it happens a lot with imperfect golf balls, especially at the range and if your ball has a lot of spin and speed on it. I hear it even on the golf course sometimes. This sound does not implicate your game in any way....

Golf: Golf rules, pga member, shot penalty
pga member, shot penalty, information practice: Hi Johnny: Rule 7-2 states: A player MUST NOT make a practice stroke during the play of a hole. If he did, he should have been given a 2 shot penalty. Then he would not incur a penalty for unintentionally hitting his ball, but he would have to replace...

Golf: golf clubs, new golf clubs, golf club manufacturers
new golf clubs, golf club manufacturers, cavity back: Aaron, Here is my suggestion for you. First of all find a manufacturers demo day at your club or at a public facility. A demo day is where the different golf club manufacturers come to one facility and set up their wares for the public to hit. It is usually...

Golf: golf clubs, michael hoffman, pga professional
michael hoffman, pga professional, rules of golf: Jerry, Through the years in the business I know the the double sided club is not a legal club. I wish I could show you documentation that states that. I ve looked through the rules of golf. It doesn t explain the double sided club but I believe it would...

Golf: golf rules, michael hoffman, pga professional
michael hoffman, pga professional, impartial person: Rhys, Here is what you need to do to see if you are eligible to play in your club events. Ask the Tournament committee at your club. If there isn t a Tournament Committee, ask the PGA professional that runs the events at your club. You certainly could...

Golf: Help!! Swing anomaly that popped up, gap wedge, muscle fatigue
gap wedge, muscle fatigue, wedge shots: Lou: The ball squirting off to the right at 45 degrees is a shank. The ball that squirts off the club at a right angle is hit on the neck or hosel of the club. The hosel is round and the ball is round, so there is no way for it to go straight. Check the...

Golf: height, michael hoffman, handed golfer
michael hoffman, handed golfer, shaft: Duane, It s rare that a golfer considers sacrificing distance to gain control. This is very commendable. It is true that by shortening the club, control should improve. However if the shaft is cut, it will have different properties than the manufacturer...

Golf: Irons, public faqs, relevant faq
public faqs, relevant faq, angle of impact: Hello, thank you for asking, apologies for the delay, Comcast took TWO WEEKS to fix my modem!!! His issue is not with solid contact or direction, but with his angle of impact. He is hitting the irons on the upswing, causing the ball to float. Solid iron...

Golf: Losing my swing........, full swings, practice swings
full swings, practice swings, consistent swing: Sean: Start small. If you are just starting back up from the winter layoff, start real small. Start with a Pitching Wedge. Tee up a ball just off the turf, narrow your stance to about a foot apart and make some swings that are only waist high to waist...

Golf: lost ball question, pga member, provisional ball
pga member, provisional ball, true definition: Hi Lee: Good point, I agree with you. If the player hit another ball off the tee and did not say anything.....example this is a provisional ball , then you are correct. He has deemed his first ball lost and the second ball becomes the ball in play (hitting...

Golf: low kick point versus high kick point, shaft bow, golf shaft
shaft bow, golf shaft, pga member: Hi Steve: It won t matter too much in your wedges. Wedges are not designed for distance. Wedges and putters are pretty standard. Hopefully you are getting fit for your clubs and not just getting them off the rack. But if you play steel shafts and usually...

Golf: O.B., usga rule book, michael hoffman
usga rule book, michael hoffman, pga professional: Rule 27 states If a ball is out of bounds, the player must play a ball, under penalty of one stroke, as nearly as possible at the spot from which the original ball was last played (see Rule 20-5). Rule 20-5 states 20-5. Making Next Stroke from Where Previous...

Golf: Pro, professional golf tours, fairways and greens
professional golf tours, fairways and greens, pga of america: Hi Scott: There are two types of professionals Scott, members of the PGA and non-amateurs. In order to be a pro, all you need do is declare yourself to be one and/or play in a competition with the intent of accepting prize money. To enter tour school,...

Golf: Provisional Ball, alice springs australia, provisional ball
alice springs australia, provisional ball, michael hoffman: Toby, Here is what the rules of golf state regarding your question. b. When Provisional Ball Becomes Ball in Play The player may play a provisional ball until he reaches the place where the original ball is likely to be. If he makes a stroke with the...

Golf: pairings, professional golf tournaments, pga member
professional golf tournaments, pga member, money winner: Hi Marlene: No specific method. Basically, how they are put up on the scoreboard at the end of the day is the order. So if you look in the paper this morning, and the pairings for the final round are in twosomes, you can just go right down the list and...

Golf: prefer rough to fairway, type motion, 15 rounds
type motion, 15 rounds, clubhead: Hi Al: The reason you have trouble is that the trailing edge of your club hits the turf instead of the leading edge. If the leading edge hit the turf, you would hit it real solid. Let me explain. Picture the clubface as it approaches the ball. If you...

Golf: re-shafting my irons, mizuno mp30, tip diameter
mizuno mp30, tip diameter, michael hoffman: Joel, This question is a good one. I ll tell you my feelings and what I know in this area. In a good quality set of clubs, the weight of the shaft and the weight of the head are matched according to the stiffness of the shaft. It is precisely done. Do the...

Golf: Swing difference between driver and irons, public faqs, relevant faq
public faqs, relevant faq, swing plane: Hello and apologies for the late response... What you are stating makes sense. The bigger shoulder turn works better with woods off the tee because it comforms to the sweeping motion well. However, when you make a big shoulder turn with the irons, it takes...

Golf: solid contact, clubhead, target
clubhead, target, divot: Matthew: Let s just give you some basics to check and then you can go practice. First off, picture the clubface at impact. What is it supposed to look like? If you place the clubhead behind the ball with a 9 iron, you ll notice that the clubface itself...

Golf: the swing, swing on a swing, public faqs
swing on a swing, public faqs, relevant faq: Hello and thank you for asking. The position between your hands and the clubface depends on the club and shot you are hitting. For example, if you want to hit a high drive with low spin, the clubface would actually actually be ahead of the hand at impact....

Golf: swing drills, swing faults, broken shaft
swing faults, broken shaft, forward swing: Curt: You bet. First, take a broken shaft and shove it in the ground just outside the middle of your left foot. You will have about 2 inches from your left hip to the shaft. Make sure you do not hit the shaft or bump it with your left hip as you swing...

Golf: thin and fat shots, michael hoffman, pga professional
michael hoffman, pga professional, iron shots: Matthew, I can tell that you are very frustrated with your situation. I will explain what is happening with your iron shots and then give you two possible reasons why. First the club is bottoming out (reaching it s lowest possible level) before the...

Golf: #9 great big bertha wood, fairways and greens, handicap golfer
fairways and greens, handicap golfer, design composition: Boni: Answering your question is difficult if not impossible due to the fact there really is not an average 16 handicapper. I ve played with 16s that hit the ball farther than I do but most do not. And people can be 16s for several different reasons; some...

Golf: Aspects of the golf swing, right hand arm, backswing
right hand arm, backswing, solution work: Hey there and apologies for the delay.... 1. Ha, very funny... I have had this problem for a while, and it STILL comes and goes. Solution? WORK. How? One of the tihngs you can do is have a mirror or dark glass to your right, make a back swing (you dont...

Golf: BALL STOPPED BY FLAG, decisions on the rules of golf, michael hoffman
decisions on the rules of golf, michael hoffman, pga professional: Paul, After researching this question in the USGA Decisions On The Rules Of Golf, here is the answer straight from this book. On page 229 17/6 entitled Ball Lodged in Flag Attached to Flagstick. Q. A player s ball lodges in the flag attached to a...

Golf: Ball Marlers, ball marker, john thanks
ball marker, john thanks, poker chip: Dear John, thanks for the question. In a word, sure. There really aren t any specific rules regarding what can and can t be used to mark your ball, as long as it is within the spirit and honor of the game. Good luck, thanks again for asking and remember......

Golf: Bunker Penalty, michael hoffman, pga professional
michael hoffman, pga professional, question michael: John, If I understand your question player one was not in the bunker and his divot landed in the bunker where player two was. If this is the correct scenario and the divot did not interfere with player two, then either player could remove the divot after...

Golf: becoming a professional, pga tour school, couple seasons
pga tour school, couple seasons, student eric: Eric: If you were my student Eric, here is what I would say to you. Right now you shoot in the high 70 s and low 80 s on most courses. Those are also rounds of golf that are not in a competitive environment in a tournament that counts. You would need...

Golf: Career?, golf management companies, golf troon
golf management companies, golf troon, pga member: Greg: Best advice I can give you is to contact the big management companies in golf. Troon Management is one of the biggest. OB Sports Management. I don t know off hand all the bigger management companies, but that would be a good place to start. Do an...

Golf: clubs, foot putts, target practice
foot putts, target practice, pga member: Hi Bud: To be honest, if you want to improve your game and you have a few weeks, the best thing you should do is practice chipping and putting. Practice 3-6 foot putts and practice lagging the ball close on longer putts. Learning to control the distance...

Golf: Draw Clubs?, hand shaft, pga member
hand shaft, pga member, handed golfer: Hey Greg: Getting a draw enhanced club is only a bandaid, but at least it s a start. You need to learn how to hold the club correctly in your right hand, and then learn how to release the clubface. Your hands must be used correctly to be able to turn...

Golf: Driver loft, michael hoffman, pga professional
michael hoffman, pga professional, swing speed: Minimal is a relative term. This is what I would suggest for you. Take both clubs (9.5 and 10.5) to the range and test them. See which one performs better for you. If they wont let you borrow the clubs, wait for a Taylor demo day in your area. 1 degree may...

Golf: Drives, swing speed, straight ball
swing speed, straight ball, club face: Claude: I ll have to make a couple of assumptions to answer this question: 1. That you re right-handed. 2. That the problem is only with your driver. The fact your drives start straight tells me the club is traveling on a correct path and the shaft...

Golf: downhill lies, downhill slope, pga member
downhill slope, pga member, nose points: Lou: To answer your question, you don t. That would make you hit behind the ball. You must tilt your shoulders to the angle of the slope, which in turn will angle your spine towards the target. So if your weight is on the downhill leg and your spine...

Golf: My Fade, thin curves, shaft flex
thin curves, shaft flex, curve ball: Hi Zig, yes the Masters was great this year. You need to understand a bit about drivers and their properties, such as what makes it go curvy etc: 1) shaft flex; too stiff = curves to right, too flexy = curves to left. 2) club face loft; too low = curves...

Golf: BALL STOPPED BY FLAG, lip
Golf: BALL STOPPED BY FLAG, lip

Golf: Golf club problems, fitting clubs, metal composition
fitting clubs, metal composition, michael hoffman: Dan, Interesting question. Did you have the lie checked when you first purchased your Mizunos? If you had and then the lie changed as you state, I would think that there could have been a problem with the metal. That s certainly a possibility. Mizuno (being...

Golf: Great golf shot, but still too high!!, ball trajectory, subjective observation
ball trajectory, subjective observation, public faqs: Hello there and you for asking. I understand what you are asking, but first you should read some of the relevant FAQ s I have already taken time to write out which will give you much better knowledge of your issue and then if you have any additional...

Golf: golf question, penalty stroke, golf question
penalty stroke, golf question, rules of golf: Hi Wayne, Sometimes, tournaments will modify the rules of golf to speed up play, especially if many of the players are novice. If you hit your ball into the woods, find it and determine it is unplayable, there are 3 options according to the rules: (1)...

Golf: My golf Swing, target line, backswing
target line, backswing, golf swing: Hi Reid: Thanks for the video. Hard to catch it all, but here is what I see. At the top of your backswing, you have the club laid off, which means the shaft is pointing left of your target. The clubface is also open. What generally happens when the...

Golf: putting not good, foot birdie, golf game
foot birdie, golf game, good question: Hi, why would you not want to swing fast, except if you hit it too far? swinging fast is not the same as swinging hard, you need clubhead speed to apply spin to the ball etc hitting through the ball is possible and not swinging too hard at the same time if...

Golf: Hiting the golf ball better, hook draw, public faqs
hook draw, public faqs, relevant faq: Hi there, sorry for the delay... you have some typical problems that a lot of golfers have... fading/slicing the ball (curving to the right) and hitting irons too high. Quickly, fading/slicing come from an open club face and an out to in swing plane. Irons...

Golf: Hitting longer irons, pga member, center of gravity
pga member, center of gravity, hybrid clubs: Hello Glyn: My advice Glyn is to get rid of your long irons. You need to get yourself some hybrid clubs to replace the long irons. Long irons are the hardest to hit, simply because they don t have enough loft on them. So people are generally pretty good...

Golf: help please, left index finger, forward swing
left index finger, forward swing, handed golfer: Hi Jim: Only 3? Gee that is great. Your problem is without question the #1 issue to golfers across the globe. It s also so easy to fix if you just understand a few basic FUNDAMENTALS. First and foremost: YOUR GRIP. You must learn to hold the club...

Golf: high ball flight & weak distance, shaft angles, northern scotland
shaft angles, northern scotland, ball flight: Hi Andy: Congrats Andy. The shanks, when practicing this, is nothing more than your hands moving too far out away from your body through impact. When keeping the angle of the shaft more forward in hitting a lower type shot, be careful when you move the...

Golf: irons, public faqs, dynamic gold
public faqs, dynamic gold, personal preference: Hi there, apologies for the late response. As far as equipment, it is impossible for anyone to give you good advice on this part without seeing your game and your getting fitted by a professional. From what you have told me, ANY midsized to oversized iron...

Golf: Ladies v Men, true score, question the answer
true score, question the answer, skill levels: Dear Geoff, thanks for the question. The answer is no. The hole is tied. The tees and basic parameters are set up for the fair competition across skill levels. A true score is relative to the particular par on the hole, for each specific player and the...

Golf: LONG HANDLED PUTTER, pga member, ball feet
pga member, ball feet, target: Hi Gene: That is up to you Gene and your practice. You will decide what is best for you. I would start with the ball. Until you get a good grasp on the swinging of the putter from a side saddle position, I would look at the ball. Once comfortable with...

Golf: ladies golf, flex clubs, steel shaft
flex clubs, steel shaft, ball flight: Hi there, to answer this question accurately really needs me to see him hit shots. The selection of shafts are determined solely on ball flight factors such as trajectory, curve, spin rates etc. this can only be done in person, so the best option for you is...

Golf: Occasional folding of arms driver or 3+ wood, callaway steelhead, couple holes
callaway steelhead, couple holes, backswing: Lou: Take a basketball or a beach ball and make some slow swings backwards and forwards with the ball. Take a small backswing, then swing the ball forward and up over your left shoulder. Keep making those swings while holding the ball and notice that your...

Golf: overswinging, pga member, practice swings
pga member, practice swings, practice balls: Hi Lee: You will need to practice to correct this Lee. There are many reasons why people overswing . But, let s just give you a great drill and check point to do for now. If you think you ll hit it farther if the club goes back more, you re wrong. ...

Golf: Pin placement on green, dear jerry, pin placement
dear jerry, pin placement, flagstick: Dear Jerry, thanks for the question. There is no official standard for this minimum, however over the years, it has become unofficially somewhere around 6-7 feet out of courtesy to the player, and often even more. Most superintendents will advise their staffs...

Golf: Play with the best, scratch golfer, neck of the woods
scratch golfer, neck of the woods, daily basis: Sean: Your chances are slim to none. With a good coach and a lot of practice, you could become a scratch golfer (0-3 hcp) within 3-5 years. That is, of course, playing in as many tournaments as you possibly can in between your job (I assume you have one)...

Golf: Problem with my driver, michael hoffman, loose piece
michael hoffman, loose piece, customer service department: Kyle, This has to be driving you crazy. I don t think it will hurt the playability of the club however. Two options. One take it to a golf club that does club repair. It s probably a piece of epoxy and he/she would most likely fix the problem at a minimal...

Golf: swing, michael hoffman, pga professional
michael hoffman, pga professional, motin: Ben, First of all congratulations on your 7 handicap. Nice. Let me ask you a question. Are you hitting the turf after you hit the ball with your driver? If the answer is yes then I would say you re hitting the ball with a descending (downward) blow causing...

Golf: swing, ken griffey jr, pitch shots
ken griffey jr, pitch shots, back swing: Hi and thank you for asking. Some things you can do: - Hit shots with your right hand only... your left hand will be mostly responsible for this aggressive rotation. If you cannot do that effectively, hit some balls where you just let go of your left...

Golf: Want to learn how to play golf., degree loft, golf irons
degree loft, golf irons, golf question: No particular brand to recommend. You might want to visit a golf shop. They sometimes have bins of miscellaneous clubs. Or, you might get a good deal on a full set (which you don t really need at this point), which you could resell later. Just for some names,...

Golf: Ball knocked off green, dear tom, memorial weekend
dear tom, memorial weekend, skipper: Dear Tom, thanks for the question. Hope you enjoyed Memorial weekend. If player A s ball is hit and moved by player B s ball, then player A is to replace the ball as near to the spot as they know it to have been, and player B is to play their ball as it lies....

Golf: out of bounds, fairways and greens, fence posts
fairways and greens, fence posts, rules of golf: Hello Luc: The boundary of the golf course is the line that runs along the inside edge of the stakes (the edge closest to the fairway). If any part of your ball rests on the golf course side of that line, your ball is in bounds. The stake itself is out...

Golf: correcting sliced drives, sam snead, cobra 3
sam snead, cobra 3, nicklaus air max: Hunt: You don t have to give up that driver. Maybe just reshafted and regripped. That is a lot cheaper than a new club. Tour Pros don t necessarily use longer drivers. In fact, the more length, the harder to control. I would check with your Pro, get...

Golf: Driving distance, ping g10, realistic questions
ping g10, realistic questions, swing speed: Hi Brian: Realistic questions. Sorry to hear about your bout with cancer. I hope you have beaten it. Let s see if I have this right Brian. You swing the club about 100 mph, are a 9 handicap, use a 10.5 degree Ping G10 with a regular shaft and you tend...

Golf: Driving distance, foot diameter circle, weekend golfers
Golf: Driving distance, foot diameter circle, weekend golfers, usga rules

Golf: Lateral Hazard, line of flight, fairway
Golf: Lateral Hazard, line of flight, fairway

Golf: longer drives, tell tale signs, clubhead
Golf: longer drives, tell tale signs, clubhead, tee shots

Golf: SHORTENING THE SHAT ON THE #3 WOOD, second law of motion, law of motion
Golf: SHORTENING THE SHAT ON THE #3 WOOD, second law of motion, law of motion, clubhead

Golf: Golf designing, usga rules of golf, fairways and greens
usga rules of golf, fairways and greens, tee markers: Hello Shoukat: The following quotes are taken directly from the USGA rules of golf. (http://www.usga.org/playing/rules/books/rules.html) Teeing Ground The teeing ground is the starting place for the hole to be played. It is a rectangular area two club-lengths...

Golf: Golf ruling, practice strokes, game 1st
practice strokes, game 1st, official rules of golf: Dear Brian, thanks for the question. I m assuming he hit your ball because he knew that you were going to choose your partner s shot rather than use yours. Regardless, essentially he has broken two rules of the game. 1st, he was in breach of rule 7 wherein...

Golf: Graphite?, graphite shafts, cobra ii
graphite shafts, cobra ii, pga member: Hello Matt: I beg to differ. I also would not be stuck on Cobra. Try some different sticks, but graphite is the way to go. Graphite is lighter than steel, yet stronger. So you would be able to get more speed, something you need if you have lost distance...

Golf: on the green, golf today, playing partners
golf today, playing partners, amateur golf: Dear Jim, thanks for the question. In a word...NO. Once you have established the ball you are using, you cannot change it unless it is damaged and therefore a change is necessary and approved by your playing partners and/or opponents. In fact, if the ball...

Golf: grooves?, center of gravity, golf balls
center of gravity, golf balls, usga: Hi Tarran, You won t hit on the lower grooves unless you hit the ball thin. You ll hit on the upper grooves if you hit the ball fat or have a fluufy lie where the ball is sitting up on the grass. If you stand up your club on a table and place the ball...

Golf: Hitting driver higher, proforce v2 shaft, public faqs
proforce v2 shaft, public faqs, relevant faq: Hi there, thank you for asking, and apologies for the delay. Here are some brief tips to get you started just going by what you have stated: - Tee the ball up higher... those super large faced drivers have a much higher center for the sweetspot... the...

Golf: Hitting Woods, clubhead, downward motion
clubhead, downward motion, hitting the ground: Hi Jon: No fun is it? If you top it, the clubhead is coming up to soon. Take out your hybrid, I am assuming you have a 19 or 22 degree hybrid, or a 5 or 7 wood. Picture this. Use your mind here first, then go to work. Picture the clubhead as it approaches...

Golf: Hybrids - eureka!!, nickent 3dx, nike cpr
nickent 3dx, nike cpr, pga member: Lou: The only thing you need to do is keep your arms swinging to the target. Make sure you are swinging your arms past impact. If you stop at the impact area, you ll try to hit it with your hands / wrists. Keep your arms moving into the follow through....

Golf: high ball flight & weak distance, shaft angles, northern scotland
shaft angles, northern scotland, ball flight: Hi Andy: Congrats Andy. The shanks, when practicing this, is nothing more than your hands moving too far out away from your body through impact. When keeping the angle of the shaft more forward in hitting a lower type shot, be careful when you move the...

Golf: how do i hit the ball farther, loft, irons
loft, irons, good luck: It sounds as though you hit it plenty far enough. But what makes the pro s hit it further is that the loft of their irons are tweaked to a Tournament Loft which means if your 8 iron loft measures 43 degrees then theirs is 2 degrees stronger at 41 degrees...

Golf: holed out - removal of flagstick, michael hoffman, pga professional
michael hoffman, pga professional, flagstick: Angie, First of all congratulations on the nice shot. As far as if there was a penalty involved, the answer would be no provided the entire ball was below the surface of the hole. The ball would have been considered holed out. From the Rules of Golf;...

Golf: Kick Points on clubs, high kick, low kick
high kick, low kick, loft: Hi Tim, A high kick point will hit the ball higher. A high kick point enables the club to get farther in front of the hands than a low kick point, thus increasing the effective loft of the club more. Please visit and patronize my website, www.probablegolfinstruction.com...

Golf: Lateral Hazard, usga rules of golf, stroke penalty
usga rules of golf, stroke penalty, water hazard: Dustin, Funny that you ask this question because I asked the group I played with yesterday if any of them knew how many options a player has if their ball enters a lateral water hazard. Not any of my playing companions knew the answer and to be honest with...

Golf: Is this legal?, pga member, dirty pool
pga member, dirty pool, tall grass: Hello Bud: I think I understand your question, and the answer is that would be cheating. You must make an attempted stroke at the ball. Rule 14-1 says The ball must be fairly struck at with the head of the club and must not be pushed, scraped or spooned....

Golf: lie adjustment, michael hoffman, pga professional
michael hoffman, pga professional, four degrees: There shouldn t be any problem getting your clubs bent three to four degrees. What type of clubs do you have? Have your five iron bent first and then hit off the lie board with the tape on the bottom to be reassured that the bending was correct. Once all...

Golf: longer drives, athletic person, playing partners
athletic person, playing partners, hdcp: Jeff, Seems like pretty good distances to me. The average for the PGA tour is 282. But your obviously not satisfied with drives that average 280. Your 3 wood distance is fine. I would suggest experiment with some drivers whether that be from your playing...

Golf: Misquoting rules, stroke penalty, exact type
stroke penalty, exact type, skipper: Dear Erik, thanks for the question. Unfortunately I m afraid that responsibility falls only on you...therefore in your example, you would have been in breach. With that said Erik, under rule 33-7, if a committee in charge of the competition feels that a...

Golf: new shaft, fairways and greens, new shaft
fairways and greens, new shaft, edwin watts: Mark: Just because the shaft broke doesn t necessarily mean it is a knock-off. I don t know how to tell as I cannot see it. You could contact Taylor Made and ask them; if there is a way to tell, they ll know. http://www.taylormadegolf.com/customer_service.asp...

Golf: Getting Older, shaft flex, clubfitting
shaft flex, clubfitting, fundamental issues: Craig: Yes, but you would need to be looked at by a PGA Professional. Shooting around 100 is not bad, but if you don t get any distance and hit your shots real low, there are some fundamental issues a good instructor could clear up in a lesson or two to...

Golf: Practice Swings, practice swing, practice swings
practice swing, practice swings, golf league: Sharon, This practice of swinging at an object, in this case a tee, is perfectly legal. It s actually a good way to take a practice swing. I have always said, whenever you swing the club make sure that you re swinging at something. When I teach I do...

Golf: Proper placement of ball on tee, driving golf balls, fairways and greens
driving golf balls, fairways and greens, target line: Hello Chris: I don t believe the touring pros use the line they may put on their balls for anything other than alignment. And I cannot think it makes much difference on the position of that line on a tee shot. Just thinking about it, I would say it would...

Golf: pull/hook, swing radius, public faqs
swing radius, public faqs, relevant faq: Hello there and you for asking. I understand what you are asking, and this ia mainly because your arms are outracing your body and your midsection is not turning in sync with your arms release. This also has to do with an early shoulder release or not...

Golf: pull hook, practice swings, forward swing
practice swings, forward swing, belt buckle: Hey Jeff; Alright. I agree if you are feeling it in your lower back. So I will ask you....what are your hips supposed to do in the forward swing? From the top of the backswing, your hips should have a slight lateral move (not a slide) and then turn out...

Golf: pull hook/ more distance, target line, different lie
target line, different lie, keeping my head: Hi Jeff, in answer to your question a pull is caused by an out to in path with the clubface square to that path a pull hook is the same except the clubface is closed to the path, so we have to sort out this problem. You say you are 6ft 3 which is quite tall,...

Golf: pull hook, snap hook, divots
snap hook, divots, impact area: Jeff: The best drill for that (what you feel is picking your head up) is to hit some 6 or 7 irons and put a tee in the ground about 3 to 4 inches in front of the ball on the target line. You must learn to have the club go through the target side of the ball...

Golf: always getting ripped off.......( GOLF SHAFTS), graphite irons, steel irons
graphite irons, steel irons, graphite shafts: Hello John: I understand. I am 5 2 and am the shortest male professional golfer to ever play in the U.S. Open Championship. I play with regular length clubs, stiff shafts, and have a 45 inch driver. I guess I want to know why you would consider cutting...

Golf: SHORTENING THE SHAT ON THE #3 WOOD, club head speed, fairway woods
club head speed, fairway woods, swing weight: Hi Joe, Shorter clubs are easier to hit. You will hit more solid golf shots with shorter clubs. Cutting down your 3-wood will stiffen up the shaft a bit and make the swing weight slightly lower (less feeling of weight in the head of the club). You can...

Golf: Sweeping hook, clock example, forward swing
clock example, forward swing, o clock: Greg: Exactly. Question is, what would you do if you had to slice it around trees? For most of us who come to far from in to out, we simply aim way right (in your case), open up the clubface a lot and push the ball back to the left. But that is not a...

Golf: saving shaft, mitsubishi rayon shaft, michael hoffman
mitsubishi rayon shaft, michael hoffman, pga professional: Terry, You can have the shaft taken out of your current club and put into the head of your choice. Consult with a golf professional or club repair person and ask their advice. The weight of the shaft, torque and kick point will have a definite affect on...

Golf: stroke allowcation, pga member, match play
pga member, match play, hi mike: Hi Mike: Either way. In tournaments, Player A would have to give back those shots. But for betting purposes within your group, it wouldn t matter how you did it. Since most matches are contested as match play, I would think Player A would give back a...

Golf: strong grip, relevant faq, short iron
relevant faq, short iron, target: Hi and thank you for asking... apologies for the delay! Now a couple of things, and all of these points may not be what you want to hear, but I will tell you what you should know and it is up to you whether you want to improve your game to new levels. ...

Golf: Teenagers & Older Men, worst case scenario, golf club repair
worst case scenario, golf club repair, custom fit clubs: Hi Craig: Exactly, they need to be professionally fit for clubs. All the major manufacturers fit clubs now, whether it s online or in person or even over the phone. Technology can help them so much. Don t get the cheapest set of clubs, you get what you...

Golf: Wedge Distance, us open qualifier, gap wedge
us open qualifier, gap wedge, michael sim: Hi Garrett: No, that would mean the trailing edge hits the turf pressing down the grass, not really taking a divot. A divot is taken by the leading edge of the club, and in order to achieve that, the shaft angle must be forward. If the shaft is leaning...

Golf: Agreeing whether a ball is in a hazard, definitive manner, high grass
definitive manner, high grass, allexperts: Dear Martin...thanks for the question. I had forgotten to set up the vacation time with AllExperts. In any event, your question is a very interesting one. Because the game is so much based on honor, this is a very subjective area to deal with. Obviously...

Golf: Allocating Strokes in Best Ball, pga member, handicap system
pga member, handicap system, partner paul: Bryan: Although handicapping and stroke control is outside of my expertise, here is what I would do if I were playing in that match. I am Matt. If we were playing a gross best ball, I would give Bryan and Ken one shot a side (difference between 12 and 10...

Golf: Ball lands on grass and then rolls into water, fairways and greens, water hazard
fairways and greens, water hazard, play the ball: Rusty: The margins of a hazard are usually marked with lines and/or stakes. Red lines for lateral and yellow for regular water hazards. Because it seems the hazard was directly in front of the green, it would be a regular hazard and you must determine where...

Golf: Blocking - Push Slice Epidemic, scratch player, michael hoffman
scratch player, michael hoffman, pga professional: Michael, There are several possibilities that we ll explore in this answer. The first would be ball position. If the ball placement is too far back in your stance, you would have the tendency to push/slice the ball because the club is traveling from the...

Golf: not getting ball up, fairway woods, hybrid club
fairway woods, hybrid club, golf life: Hi Milt: Simple answer Milt.....picture this now. The leading edge of the clubface (at the bottom of the face) is striking the middle to the top of the ball. If the leading edge hits the middle to the top of the ball, you top it and roll it along the...

Golf: Club Fitting, mizuno mx, michael hoffman
mizuno mx, michael hoffman, pga professional: Jay, All of us are different and you have to trust the clubfitter and the results. Effectively you are 2 degrees flat ( +1 inch and 4 degrees flat). I would like to see your swing before I comment any further. Since that s not possible, let me ask you...

Golf: Club Fitting, adams gt500 irons, getting started in golf
adams gt500 irons, getting started in golf, shaft flex: Ronnie, No, irons can be made of any length for the most part. Not only is the length important, but the lie angle is equally important. The shaft flex is another ingredient that is vital as well. Go to an experienced clubfitter and have him/her fit you...

Golf: Distance ploes, yard marker, moveable object
yard marker, moveable object, john thanks: Dear John, thanks for the question. Interestingly enough, if the marker is a tree etc, then it remains in play with no relief, but if the marker is a moveable object, such as a stake, then you can move the stake...but never the ball. Good luck, thanks again...

Golf: Driving yardage, average amateurs, club men
average amateurs, club men, pw 80: Hi Stephen, The yardages listed in the chart below show a range for average amateurs, both male and female. As you ll see, the ranges are quite large, and represent short hitters, mid hitters and long hitters. (There are, of course, people who hit it longer,...

Golf: divot depth, pga member, bacon strip
pga member, bacon strip, target: Hi Zach: Yes, simply put, swing the club more forward towards your target instead of down. The downward part of the swing (sometimes called the downswing) is taken care of because you tilt forward from the hips at address. If you swing the club more down...

Golf: Equipment in Hazards, golf course etiquette, golf buggy
golf course etiquette, golf buggy, michael hoffman: George, The penalty for having your golf buggy in any hazard on my golf course would be prompt removal. In match play, you would forfeit the match, since you would no longer be allowed to play the match. Follow all golf course etiquette. It makes the...

Golf: EYE2 Wdeges, gap wedge, pga member
gap wedge, pga member, tour professionals: Jon: Actually the answer is to get yourself a 19 degree hybrid. Then you can make your choice of what club to leave out depending on the course you are playing that day or on wind conditions that day. A 19 degree hybrid is like a 2 or 3 iron, is easy...

Golf: pin placements, usga, placement guidelines
Golf: pin placements, usga, placement guidelines

Golf: rules question, penalty stroke, michael hoffman
Golf: rules question, penalty stroke, michael hoffman, practice swing

Golf: Several questions that need to be answered please., ball flight, hole course
Golf: Several questions that need to be answered please., ball flight, hole course, putts

Golf: shorten the shafts on golf clubs ?, hitting fairway woods, graphite shaft
Golf: shorten the shafts on golf clubs ?, hitting fairway woods, graphite shaft, taylor made r540

Golf: How is Glof scope able to measure distance, golf range finder, fairways and greens
golf range finder, fairways and greens, reflective targets: Jexxi: Laser rangefinders calculate the distance to an object by bouncing a laser beam off of the object and measuring the lapsed time until the beam returns. Since the calculation is based upon the return of the beam, it stands to reason that a more reflective...

Golf: Golf, pga member, good posture
pga member, good posture, belt buckle: Hi Ryan: Yes, the swinging of the arms, hands and club should turn the body. The reason why Pros rotate their torso so well is they are in shape and are flexible. Most amateurs are not. But, to get a good feeling of what the body should do, go ahead...

Golf: Golf, fred couples golf, paul marchand
fred couples golf, paul marchand, michael hoffman: Ryan, Good question. First of all emulating Fred Couple s rhythum would be wonderful. His original instructor, Paul Marchand, once told me that Freddie swings on six (6) different planes throughout his swing. Very complex. It is, however, a very smooth...

Golf: Golf, forward swing, weight shift
forward swing, weight shift, backswing: Hello there and thank you for asking. In short, if you look at the swing purely by technical movement, for an ideal swing, the forward swing starts and progresses with: 1. The legs and lower body sitting a little bit and starting to open up 2. ...and...

Golf: Golf, michael hoffman, pga professional
michael hoffman, pga professional, backswing: Ryan, In my opinion, the bigger muscles of the chest, shoulders and back should initiate the backswing. These bulkier muscles move slower (as compared to the arms and hands) and move more consistently. Allow your arms to be controlled by the upper body....

Golf: Golf, golf question, fred couples
golf question, fred couples, shoulder joint: Hi Ryan, these guys work on flexibility to achieve such massive shoulder turns, you can too. Also how you hold the club is important in order to get in to the right position, too palmy and you have no chance. If you turn your shoulders 90 degrees there is...

Golf: Golf, michael hoffman, pga professional
michael hoffman, pga professional, fred couples: Ryan, They get their hands that high because of two things. One is shoulder rotation and the other is left arm extension. The bigger the arc the more clubhead speed. The combination of the two keeps the club in plane and maximizes the arc. Flexibility...

Golf: Golf, fairways and greens, spine angle
fairways and greens, spine angle, shoulder joints: Ryan: First, in order for the hands to get that high, the shoulders must turn enough for the left to pass the chin. For this to happen, the spine angle must be great enough to allow the left shoulder to pass under the chin. From there it s a matter of lifting...

Golf: Golf, pga member, fred couples
pga member, fred couples, shoulder joint: Ryan: Your guess is as good as mine Ryan. We are all made differently and there are countless ways to swing a club. Find the one that works for you and go practice. Both of those players you mention have swung the club that way their whole lives. ...

Golf: Golf, pga member, perimeters
pga member, perimeters, driving range: Hi Larry: You would get relief (as long as it is not an out of bounds post, no relief then), and it is Rule 24-2, Immovable Obstructions. Relief is simply to find the nearest point of relief free of the obstruction so it does not interfere with your stance...

Golf: Golf, michael hoffman, pga professional
michael hoffman, pga professional, provisional ball: Kris, If the ball is out of bounds there is only one option and that is a stroke and distance penalty. You would go back to the tee and you d be playing your third stroke. If a player feels his/her ball may be lost or out of bounds, a provisional may...

Golf: Golf, fred couples, backswing
fred couples, backswing, shoulder joint: Hi there and thank you for asking. Fred is one of the most flexible players out there... it even astounds me that he can still do that on the backswing. Some players are just born like that, and that is his unique swing. Obviously though, you do not need...

Golf: Golf, fred couples golf, pga member
fred couples golf, pga member, good fitness: Hi Ryan: Not that I am aware of. Besides, you re not Fred Couples. My advice is to find the swing that works best for you and your body type and then go practice as hard as Fred does and become your own good player. Although everyone wants to swing like...

Golf: Golf, fred couples golf, fairways and greens
fred couples golf, fairways and greens, golf fairways: Hello Ryan: That s a tough question to answer but in my opinion it would very unlikely you could swing just like Fred unless you re built exactly like him. You can however, increase your own range of motion and flexibility by stretching. The more you stretch...

Golf: Golf balls in bag or pocket!!!!!!, fairways and greens, provisional ball
fairways and greens, provisional ball, golf balls: Jim: You may carry as many balls as you like in your pocket(s); there is no rule prohibiting it. To simplify matters, I would not carry balls with the same number in case the provisional is hit in the same direction as the original. Also, I would take care...

Golf: Golf Swing and Confidence, proper shaft, confidence question
proper shaft, confidence question, golf swing: Brandon: Next step: Lessons. Get some quality, PGA help. Get some answers to your questions and get some help so you can work to get that ball airborne. No fun playing golf along the ground. You also need to get your clubs fit properly to you. If you...

Golf: Grass Cuttings on fairway or in the rough, loose impediment, grass clippings
loose impediment, grass clippings, grass cuttings: Alan, If your ball is sitting on top a pile of grass clippings you must play the ball as it lies. Grass clippings, in general, are loose impediments and can be removed provided the ball does not move in the process. Thank You, Michael Hoffman PGA...

Golf: my game is almost there BUT..., hand logo, impact area
hand logo, impact area, professional instruction: Hi Evan: Best advice I can give you is to get some PGA Professional instruction and start working at it. You must first check your grip because a good grip should do that for you. And if you don t know how to do that, then no one has ever shown you how...

Golf: gold tees, senior pga tour, gold tees
senior pga tour, gold tees, champions tour: Hi Ken, Actually, you can hit from whatever tees you like at any time. All tees are rated so you can acquire a handicap from any set of tees. I think you re actually meaning, though, when are you actually a senior golfer. There s no one definitive age....

Golf: golfer's elbow, michael hoffman, pga professional
michael hoffman, pga professional, golf swing: Donna, I have played with golfers that have this condition. They usually wear a band just below the elbow to alleviate as much pain as possible. It is very painful and the doctors that I have consulted recommend rest and certain exercises. My opinion...

Golf: Handicap Calculation, usga course, calculating handicap
usga course, calculating handicap, handicap calculation: Mark, Good question and the answer is easy. The USGA course rating crew should have a course and slope rating for the 3 possible 18 hole courses. A+B, B+C and C+A. If not just add the 9 hole cousre ratings and the slope ratings for the respective 9 s. ...

Golf: Handicap matchplay, usga rules of golf, usga rule book
usga rules of golf, usga rule book, michael hoffman: Mike, I just got off the phone with Mark from the USGA. His response was as follows; the player that received the stokes from the start of the match would indeed receive the shots in the additional holes where the strokes fall on the scorecard. If you were...

Golf: Handicap scoring, handicap league, michael hoffman
handicap league, michael hoffman, pga professional: Doug, It may affect his handicap but this is the way the USGA would like all match play events to be handled. I called a USGA official by the name of Mark. If your opponent is lying four with a ten foot putt and you concede the putt, he would have scored...

Golf: Which iron should I buy, lie angle, buying clubs
lie angle, buying clubs, range values: Hi Doug, I m not familiar with the difference between the 2007 and 2008 models. Here is some advice on buying clubs in general. 1. Make sure you play with them first or at least hit balls at a range. 2. What s really important is that they are the correct...

Golf: Loss of distance, aldila nv 65, jim flick
aldila nv 65, jim flick, pga member: Hi Adam, I would doubt 30 yards would be gone, but you never know. Is your ball ballooning or is it penetrating. If it s penetrating and drawing, get a new golf club (or at least a new shaft). If your ball flight is high and drawing, then you are flipping...

Golf: liquid golf ball centers, liquid golf, liquid center
liquid golf, liquid center, xray machine: Very few golf balls these days have a liquid center. Most are solid centers. I m not aware of any tests that one can perform except for using an XRay machine. Hope that helps. Please visit and patronize my site, www.probablegolfinstruction.com Best...

Golf: What should I look for in a new driver, degree loft, stiff shaft
degree loft, stiff shaft, shaft length: Hi Julie, the only possible answer is look to get a modern club which may be a little bit longer in terms of shaft length. This will create more leverage thus more clubhead speed, maybe a shaft with more flex will help you, also if you increased the loft slightly...

Golf: Match Play, michael hoffman, stroke play
michael hoffman, stroke play, pga professional: Shaun, The penalty for hitting a ball out of bounds is stroke and distance. This is true for match play and stroke play. 27-1 b. If a ball is out of bounds, the player must play a ball, under penalty of one stroke, as nearly as possible at the spot...

Golf: New Sport, new endeavor, michael hoffman
new endeavor, michael hoffman, pga professional: Pooch, Great choice. Golf is truly a game for life. Treat the game with respect and play by the rules. If you can, make sure you take some lessons from a PGA Professional whether that be part of a junior clinic or individual lessons. This will ease the...

Golf: Old school bunker play, natalie gulbis, lee trevino
natalie gulbis, lee trevino, pga member: Lou: Good for you Lou. Yes, I would say that is old school. Again, if you practice enough, anything can work. Today, we all teach the ball should be forward of center to help elevate the ball from the sand. An open clubface and an open stance usually...

Golf: pin placements, pin placements, michael hoffman
pin placements, michael hoffman, favorable positions: Glenn, I would be equally upset and would find another game only if I thought the flags were placed in favorable positions for him. Typically speaking the person setting up the course for a competition does not participate in the event. Talk to your PGA...

Golf: Putting and pracice, full time job, fox den
full time job, fox den, chip and putt: Hi... as far as putting, psychologically, treat it like it is, the easiest part of the game. If you can hit a drive 300 yds down an alley of 20 yards, sinking a putt in from 7 feet should be cake, right? Anyways, when I play seriously, I always use spot...

Golf: how can i prevent a slice/fade off the tee, ball flight, angle of attack
ball flight, angle of attack, weight distribution: The ball is curving because the clubface is open, if you square it up it will no longer slice. To do this you have to check your grip make it stronger by moving your hands to the left side of the grip more, see 3 knuckles on the back of the right hand. Have...

Golf: rules question, skipper, stroke
skipper, stroke, good luck: Dear Warren, thanks for the question. In a word...Nope. Golf is a game of honor, and if you re intentions were not to take a stroke then there is no penalty. Conversely, if you intended a real stroke, but missed the ball completely, then the stroke would...

Golf: Sand and Pitches, iron game, sand shots
iron game, sand shots, practice bunker: Hey there, thank you for asking. In short, bunkers: 1. Adjust the length of your backswing according to the shot. It is rare to have a lot of 20-30+ yard bunker shots (if not, there is something more wrong with your iron game!), so dont take a full...

Golf: Scooping the ball upon impact., public faqs, relevant faq
public faqs, relevant faq, golf section: Hello there and you for asking. I understand what you are asking, but first you should read some of the relevant FAQ s I have already taken time to write out which will give you much better knowledge of your issue and then if you have any additional...

Golf: Several questions that need to be answered please., tru temper, 3 lw
tru temper, 3 lw, graphite shafts: Hello there and you for asking. I understand what you are asking, but first you should read some of the relevant FAQ s I have already taken time to write out which will give you much better knowledge of your issue and then if you have any additional...

Golf: SHANK, forward swing, excessive hand
forward swing, excessive hand, rule of thumb: Hi Steve: Sure it is, and it s simple. You ll just need to work through these to see which one or combo of them it is. Here is what causes a shank. One: Are you simply too close to the ball? This is the obvious one. Good rule of thumb though is...

Golf: Slicing, left index finger, proper grip
left index finger, proper grip, playing golf: Hello Chance: The answer is simple, the fix takes practice, but I think you know that. The answer as to why you slice the ball is at impact, the clubface is open (which means it points to the right). All the things you just described that you have tried...

Golf: STOP SHANKING DRIVES, swing path, divots
swing path, divots, club face: Right first things first, your driver slices due to an out to in swing path (club travels across the ball) and an open clubface (club face looks to the right), so in order to stop the slice you need to change these factors. First make sure you swing the club...

Golf: how to set up a league schedule, golf advice, tournament pairings
golf advice, tournament pairings, man teams: Hi Terry, Please visit this page on my website: http://www.probablegolfinstruction.com/tournament_pairings.htm You re not asking for some basic golf advice but for something that requires some major time and a fee. I provide this type of request as...

Golf: shorten the shafts on golf clubs ?, michael hoffman, pga professional
michael hoffman, pga professional, swing weight: Joe, Instead of doing anything to your clubs, let s try the following first. If your limited in your backswing because of your shoulder ailment, try using your arms and hands more during your swing. This will enable you to take a fairly long backswing and...

Golf: how do I stop slicing the ball, target line, stiff shaft
target line, stiff shaft, handed golfer: Hi Connor: The best advice I can give you is to get some golf instruction from a PGA Professional in your area. They can help you fix your problem for good. It s frustrating isn t it? The reason you slice the ball is the clubface is open at impact. ...

Golf: swing speed, club head speed, swing speed
club head speed, swing speed, optimum weight: Hi Gary, In general, lighter clubs will swing faster than heavy ones. It does depend, however, on the distribution of weight. If more weight is in the head, it s harder to achieve more speed. Distance, however, depends not only on club head speed, but...

Golf: over the top, pga member, butt end
pga member, butt end, left shoe: Paul: I would assume you are coming over the top, hitting pulls to the left with your short irons and hitting fades and slices with the longer clubs? The easiest drill I have to help my students with this is to pay attention to the butt end of the club...

Golf: Violent flipping of wrists on finish, fairway woods, bunker shots
fairway woods, bunker shots, distance control: Lou: Good, but I ll correct the language again. I did not give you a drill of rotating the wrist. FORGET ABOUT YOUR WRISTS! It is your hands and forearms. They must rotate together, in one unit, to produce clubface rotation. If you have the image of...

Golf: Weight Transfer, pga member, backswing
pga member, backswing, downswing: Hi Richard: What you re saying is that all your weight stays on your left leg in the backswing. Because if all of your weight is on your left leg when you start the downswing, then it never moved from the start. If that is true, here is a simple check point...

Golf: wood loft., wood loft, michael hoffman
wood loft, michael hoffman, fairway woods: Pete, You re jogging my memory quite a bit, but I believe the Big Bertha 5 wood has 21 degrees of loft. With that in mind, the question that needs to be asked is what would you need this club to do for you. I would think that a 3 wood loft of 14 TO 16 degrees...

Golf: What to do, professional golf tours, fairways and greens
professional golf tours, fairways and greens, college ranks: Hello Wesley: At your age, the best way to become known for your golf is to excel on a high school team and attend college on a scholarship. I know the PGA tour has a minumum age requirement (I think 18) which means other tours may have as well. If you...

Golf: 5 Wood, arm swing, backswing
arm swing, backswing, question thanks: Jeffrey: The best advice I can give you is to find a good, respected PGA Professional in your area and start taking lessons. You need to understand the basics (the fundamentals). It sounds like you never learned them. In golf, trying this and trying that...

Golf: addressing the ball, pga member, stroke penalty
pga member, stroke penalty, exact position: Hey David: I will assume you mean the ball moves forward a little bit then comes right back into the exact position it was. No penalty. Ball can ocillate...no penalty. Ball moves from it s original position....penalty. Eddie Kilthau PGA Membe...

Golf: Ball Position, forward swing, many different things
forward swing, many different things, ball position: Hello Mark: Good question, simple answer. I am the PGA Pro who will tell you to get more consistent in what you are doing with your ball position. I do not recommend moving the ball all around depending on what club you are hitting. Way to confusing...

Golf: Becoming a better golfer, warm up exercises, noon lunch
warm up exercises, noon lunch, practice routine: Hello there and thank you for asking. Good job in improving your game, however allow me to reluctantly inform you of some thoughts before you think about this course of action. I am never one to discourage anyone of their dreams and pro aspirations since...

Golf: Big high cut, public faqs, relevant faq
public faqs, relevant faq, golf section: Hello there and you for asking. I understand what you are asking, but first you should read some of the relevant FAQ s I have already taken time to write out which will give you much better knowledge of your issue and then if you have any additional...

Golf: backswing, pga member, downswing
pga member, downswing, shaft: Charles: Make sure you feel your left thumb under the shaft at the top of the backswing. I ve noticed when people rush this, the shaft does not set against the thumb (not much wrist cock). So as the club swings up to the top of the backswing, allow the...

Golf: bunkers, golf, bunker
golf, bunker, sand: Hi Barry, According to the rules, he s not committed to using any club. He can exit the bunker and select another club. What he could not do is place any club onto the sand at anytime (if he took two or more clubs in at once). He would be deemed to have...

Golf: Casting, clubhead, edge cuts
clubhead, edge cuts, impact area: Hi Gabriel: Yes, there is a drill I do with all my students who do this. Picture what I want you to do first, then go practice it. Picture what the club looks like AT IMPACT when your wrists break down and you flip the clubhead at the ball prematurely....

Golf: Chipping, gap wedge, pga member
gap wedge, pga member, couple inches: Lou: Some of it is, but don t get married to one club. You have a whole bag of clubs that can get the ball close for you. Learn to develop your technique, but use different clubs to allow the ball to roll different distances for you. It s much easier...