Craig Shankland

LPGA International

Craig Shankland

Pga Teaching professional
LPGA International
Daytona Beach, FL

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Posture readiness

Grounded, ready, engaged, solidly planted, ready for speed. Ready so that no one could push you over. These are expressions of “posture readiness” needed for making a powerful golf swing, feeling properly and solidly balanced from start to finish. Ie Tommy Fleetwood, Brian Harmon. Bending from the waist is necessary, but not to be over […]


First you have to have a pattern, fade draw or straight to be able to aim with complete confidence. How can you trust aim when you have no idea what your ball is going to do? It’s called “aim and hope” The intended line of flight is not the line across your shoes, it’s the […]

Some players have said “you can’t stand too close to the ball”

The distance you stand from the ball in address is one of the reasons for toe strikes. Over reaching for the ball over extending your arms where the center of the clubface is not facing the center of the ball comfortably. Arms should be close to the upper chest and not leave that area. Like […]

Three excellent aids, tools!

A must is an impact back, great training for feed back of what impact feels like. An Orange whip for tempo training and swing sequence. Alignment sticks for training alignment consistency. They can be used for control of swing path. Most training aids are in your golf bag! Happy New Year.

Perfect putter

Putting styles and putters are ever evolving there are so many choices of putters and so many styles no one putter or style for all. Now you can try different models before buying. The bigger headed putters, called mallet heads are in vogue because they have larger aiming lines for better putter head aim also […]

Clubs should fit like shoes

There is no one shoe size fits all and no two swings are the same so clubs should fit the individual golfer. Drivers, fairway metals, hybrids, irons, wedges and putters all can be individually fitted to match the technique and skills the player has also helping greatly with performance . I have my own club […]

Idiosyncrasies champion

They call me idiosyncrasies champion because because I love players who come in front of me with unusual styles that are are very efficient and keep working despite going against the norm I see 2000 people a day on our range no two swings look the same, similar but not the same. I love people […]

Stick the finish

Like Gymnasts who get deductions for not sticking the finish so should golfers. I call it your destination a place to end. Stick the finish! I had much success teaching with starting golfers to begin in the finish. Place them in a perfect finish then go back and return to the perfect finish. This taught […]

Keep your head down, not!

Keep your head down is very restrictive, that advice inhibits the free flowing of the arms and hands into the follow thru creating a middle of the swing. You look like an archeologist studying what’s down there. Allow the eyes to follow the ball, keeping the arms freely accelerating past you on the way to […]

Transferring weight the link to better ball strikes

With any ball on the ground . When you turn right some weight naturally moves onto the right leg if you fail to transfer weight back to the front leg and “hang back” fat or thin shots result arms and hands are going to outrace you to the ball. Lots of things you can do […]

Ready when the curtain goes up?

Are you ready when you step up to the ball? Imagine when You are on that stage (first tee) the curtain goes up are you depending on Luck or do you have the feeling of certainty? Address is not a position, you should be moving all the time, there should be no absolute still time. […]

Feel is real

Every two years there are changes in design and technology. In the last ten years massive advances in golf balls, clubs, putters, and wedges have allowed us all to have a greater choice for a more enjoyable golfing experience. So those that can afford to stay up with the latest in high tech should change […]

Getting ready for higher swing speeds.

To be well prepared to swing a driver long irons and hybrids at the club speed they need you should have an “athletic readiness” set up. Example a wider stance for balance, a solid posture position, bend from the waist and slight knee bend to activate or engage your trail foot speed, leg action and […]

In deep around greens

Some grass is going to get caught on the way to the ball by the clubhead. Use a Sand wedge with lots of bounce. Don’t try to hit the ball, hit one ball width behind it, slide the club underneath the ball, keeping the clubface facing skyward after impact.

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