Richard Rice

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Richard Rice

PGA Director of Instruction
Colonial Heritage Club
Williamsburg, VA

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Common core elements of good golf swings

Posted on: 09 May 2022

I always tell students “the golf ball doesn’t care what your swing looks like.” This is why you see SO many different looking backswings on the professional level. If you slow the video down, and watch from when the club is about hip high in the downswing, all the way through impact, you’re going to […]

Help! How do I work on my followthrough?

Posted on: 29 Apr 2022

The answer is 2-piece. 1) understand the mindset it takes to properly follow through. Many people have incorrect thoughts in their heads in the downswing, and fixing that can many times take care of it. 2) You know I always have drills for you! Check out the video to learn more!

Does my golf ball matter?

Posted on: 20 Apr 2022

“I just play the golf balls I find on the course” is one of the most frustrating comments I hear from students. Mygolfspy has proven that the golf ball matters big time… to the extent of a difference of somewhere around 25+ yards between the longest ball to the shortest ball. But that’s not the […]

Bump & Run? When should I use it? What's the best technique?

Posted on: 12 Apr 2022

The bump & run is one of the most fundamental shots in golf. Golfers of ALL skill levels should be proficient at this shot. To learn more about when to use it, and also learn the best technique for YOU, watch the video now!

Drills for Rotation

Posted on: 05 Apr 2022

This is one of my favorite topics! Rotation is one of the most basic fundamentals in the game of golf, and I find myself working on it with the vast majority of my students. Enough talk… check out the drills in the video here that are sure to have you rotating back and through better […]

Learning how to hit down on the ball... what in the world is supination?

Posted on: 24 Mar 2022

Ok – first let’s define supination. Supination is basically just describing the fact that your lead arm rotates during the swing from a palm down to a palm up position. This is important because hitting down on the ball requires some shaft lean. Shaft lean without a little supination typically means the club face is […]

What is swing tempo? How do I practice it? Are there any good training aids?

Posted on: 15 Mar 2022

Swing tempo is basically the pace at which you move the club back and through. This is much different from clubhead speed! Watch the video to figure out how to practice your swing tempo and improve! I’ll also suggest a training aid that’s sure to help!

Distance control for green side bunkers

Posted on: 08 Mar 2022

To control distance, you first need to create a consistent strike. After that you can learn the philosophy and mechanics to dial in your distance and hit it close to the hole. Watch the video here to learn how to pull it off!

With a little science and a little art, green reading can become a simple process

Posted on: 02 Mar 2022

Learn to use your instincts and pick a confident line everytime! Watch the YouTube video to find out how.

How do I hit the downhill lie shot?

Posted on: 21 Feb 2022

This is a tough shot for many amateurs because they try to help/lift the ball into the air. You might get away with this sometimes on flat slopes, but you’re going to chunk and top the ball almost every time from a downslope. Let’s keep it simple and learn the proper technique to hit this […]

Uphill chip shots around the green. How do I control distance?

Posted on: 15 Feb 2022

The short answer is that you need to understand your options. You also need to stop hitting this shot with your lob wedge unless you’re extremely short-sided! Check out my YouTube video to learn your options and learn how to wedge it in close!

Why you block your drives out of bounds and how to stop doing it!

Posted on: 07 Feb 2022

There’s not much more disheartening in golf than knowing the ball is going OB directly off the club face. The blocked shot can cause so many problems, but isn’t a relatively difficult shot to cure. Check my YouTube video out to find out WHY and HOW to stop blocking your shots.

I do try to steer amateurs into a general direction, but we always go with what's most comfortable to them

Posted on: 02 Feb 2022

Change setup or swing to shape shots? I think the EXTREMELY short answer is that either way is a viable way to accurately shape shots: Whatever it takes to help you get the proper difference between club face and club path, and do it repeatedly! I do try to steer amateurs into a general direction, […]

Cleaning the grooves on your irons is important!

Posted on: 29 Jan 2022

Cleaning your grooves does more than just improve your spin and launch on clean shots. Let’s compare your grooves to the tread on your tires. On a beautiful and dry 80-degree day, the quality of your tread will matter a little, not too much. But on a cold and rainy day, you need those treads […]

Decade Golf

Posted on: 12 Jan 2022

Decade Golf is an incredible resource for players of all skill levels. Scott Fawcett has come up with an all-encompassing program that helps players from the TOUR level all the way down to the novice level.

Indoor Drill For Putting

Posted on: 10 Feb 2021

Most beginners struggle to understand how the body moves during the putting stroke, and we tend to see the wrists and elbows breaking down quite a bit. Try this drill: Start without a putter – place an alignment stick across your chest and under your armpits. Place your palms together in front of you and […]

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