AJ Nelson

PGA Golf Pro

AJ Nelson

PGA Golf Professional
Swing Essentials Golf App
Centreville, VA

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The Perfect Divot

Posted on: 30 Aug 2022

Many higher-handicap golfers have an improper weight shift. This causes the student to slide with their hips and hit behind the golf ball. A simple, but effective drill can help most golfers to hit crisp iron shots. Take a short iron to start. Set up to the golf ball and take your stance. From here, […]

Putters: Which one is right for you?

Posted on: 06 Jul 2022

For an average golfer, putting strokes result in 70% of all shots located on the scorecard. You use your putter on every hole, so how do we go about finding the right one for you? First, let’s examine length. The length of the putter is very important. When you set up to a putt, you […]

Where does the water flow?

Posted on: 28 Feb 2022

Need a simple way to think about reading greens? Imagine this… You get to the practice green, and all of a sudden, the clouds open up and it starts to pour down rain. As you look around the green, you’ll notice that the water starts to flow off the green. In some places, it runs […]

Having trouble compressing the golf ball?

Posted on: 16 Dec 2021

Do your hands hurt after hitting a poor golf shot? Do you find your weight on the back foot at the end of your swing? If so, chances are you are trying to lift the golf ball into the air. Golf instructors will throw out technical terms like “casting”, “flipping”, or “stalling”. What does it […]

The Perfect Setup - Every Time

Posted on: 04 Oct 2021

Let’s look at it this way; you have fourteen different tools in your tool bag (golf bag) and they are all different lengths with various lofts. Seems difficult right? Not if you can rely on a constant variable. This constant variable is an easily repeatable pre-shot routine. Simply stand up straight, and put your hands […]

Technology: Help Your Game & Learn to Hit New Clubs

Posted on: 06 Jul 2021

Let’s be honest, it is not the clubs, right? Well…maybe. The best golf companies hire exquisite engineers to push the state-of-the-art when designing new clubs, so every few years, it is worth trying out the new equipment. However, make sure you do so with a qualified PGA Professional so that the technology works in your […]

Get out of that ROUGH

Posted on: 10 Mar 2021

Need help getting out of that thick rough? Simply update your stance and club face. I like to teach my students to move the ball a bit further back in their stance. This allows for a steeper angle of attack and reduces the amount of grass between the club face and the golf ball. Also, […]

Change Your Focus

Posted on: 27 Jan 2021

A lot of my students feel nervous when they find themselves in fairway bunkers. However, fairway bunkers do not have to be a make-or-break shot in your golf round. Simply, change your focus. The next time you find yourself in a fairway bunker, follow these simple steps to get your golf ball out of the […]

When Windy, Change Your Club; Not the Swing

Posted on: 01 Dec 2020

I have a lot of my students ask me about different playing conditions. For instance, they ask me if their swing changes when it gets windy. My answer focuses around a golfing methodology that tries to keep as many variables the same in whatever environment you’re playing. For instance, you could certainly put the ball […]

Go-To Short Game Shot: No Wrists

Posted on: 05 Oct 2020

Leave the wrists out of your short game shots. I see many of my students attempt to garner extra spin and check on their short shots by flipping their wrists at impact. This does not help with consistency, or with solid contact. When looking for a go-to short game shot, practice hitting half-shots with your […]

Never 3-Putt Again

Posted on: 25 Aug 2020

Need help with eliminating those nasty 3-Putts? This quick tip will help you immediately reduce putts per round by helping you with your speed control. You’ll need five golf balls, a putter, and a surface to putt on. Line up to your first golf ball, and don’t take any aim. Don’t even aim at a […]

Speed = Distance

Posted on: 17 Aug 2020

Students often come to see us looking for more distance. Who isn’t, right? From an instructor’s perspective, the real question is, “How can the student generate more club head speed”? The answer comes in three parts. First the student must be evaluated on their set-up. Secondly, the student must use large muscles and ground forces. […]

Impact Drills

Posted on: 07 Aug 2020

Need a drill to rehearse your impact position? This drill is for you. Simply address the golf ball. Now, place your hands in front of the golf ball and kick your trail knee in towards your lead knee so that your heel is just off the ground. Keep the shoulders where they are, and slightly […]

Virtual Golf Lessons

Posted on: 22 Apr 2020

Staying in touch with students is a cornerstone of great teaching programs. When world events make it impossible to see students face-to-face, technology helps fill the gaps. A great place to keep working on your game from afar, is www.SwingEssentials.com . This online platform allows students to use their cellphone or tablet to record their […]

An injury or physical limitation can dictate the roadmap for making swing changes.

Posted on: 18 Nov 2019

Understanding your student’s physical limitations is extremely important for a good instructor. An injury or physical limitation can dictate the roadmap for making swing changes. At Swing Essentials, we simply ask the student if they have any limitations or injuries. This will allow our instructors to ensure that we avoid further injury to these areas. […]

The Swing Essentials Golf App

Posted on: 10 Oct 2019

The best teaching application on the market is the Swing Essentials Golf App. It’s available on the App Store and Google Play. It’s like having a PGA Professional in your pocket for on-demand lessons anywhere at any time. Simply use the app to film your swing and then press “submit”. Within 48 hours, a virtual […]

I use ball flight technology in club fittings and with more advanced players to dial in wedges or check the launch angle of drives.

Posted on: 01 Oct 2019

Libby Larsen once said that “The great myth of our times is that technology is communication”. Ball flight technology provides many data points for PGA instructors during their lessons and they use this data to paint a more complete picture of the golf swing. However, an influx of data without a basic understanding of the […]

Go see a PGA professional and start with a good posture, work on your grip, and align yourself properly to the golf ball. Then, get fit...

Posted on: 19 Aug 2019

Embarking on the search for a set of custom fit clubs can be daunting for new players. As a PGA member, my recommendation would be to find a PGA professional for a brief consultation. In my experience, there are many kinds of new players. Some beginners are “weekend warriors” on a journey to find a […]

Ben Hogan said that a good grip is the most important element of a golf swing.

Posted on: 19 Aug 2019

Ben Hogan said that a good grip is the most important element of a golf swing. Getting golf clubs re-gripped is essential to peak performance. If the grip on the golf club is old and too slick, the golfer will try and compensate by tightening up their grip and their forearm muscles. This will decrease […]

The Most Versatile Training Aid: The Towel

Posted on: 20 Jul 2019

A towel can the be the most versatile training aid in any golfer’s arsenal. A towel can quickly increase club head speed, improve touch on the putting green, or even promote crisp chip shots around the fringe. During your next practice session try these tips with a towel: 1. When you’re on the driving range, […]

Work on things that make the game a bit easier

Posted on: 27 Jun 2019

If your practice sessions are few and far between, let’s work on things that make the game a bit easier. A simple set-up for every single club in your bag can improve consistency and make the game a lot less frustrating. Simply follow these four steps. First, grip the club and place your hands and […]

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