Daniel Lockhart

Fiddlesticks Country Club

Dan Lockhart

PGA Teaching Professional
Fiddlesticks Country Club
Fort Myers, FL

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I believe Jack Nicklaus once said… “I have never missed a putt in my life… they just didn’t all go in” I think it is a great quote to describe the importance of commitment to the shot and self respect.

Sway vs. Pressure Shift

I do not like the word sway as it relates to the golf swing. I think in general “sway” has a negative connotation and I’d prefer not to do it. There are a variety of shots in golf with a variety of optimal body motions. In general, the shorter the shot and swing, the less […]

3 Ways… 3 Levels

Greenside Bunker shots are the easiest shots in golf… Right? Well, some people think so, some don’t! Once you can consistently just get the ball out, next you should learn how to better control your distance out of the bunker. I teach 3 ways to adjust distance when hitting from a greenside bunker. 1) Loft, […]

Supplemental Mentors

I believe training under mentors is critical to success in most any field, especially golf instruction and coaching. I have been beyond lucky to have two high-profile and extremely successful golf teachers mentor me from an early age. I started teaching golf under the Jim McLean Golf School umbrella, naturally, Jim became a great mentor […]

Focus on Center Face Contact

One of the most important skills to being a great golfer is to hit the ball solid in the center of the club face. Tour pro’s do this much more consistently than we do and it has a direct correlation to a players handicap. The main reasons I see golfers fail to hit the center […]

It's Path or Face... or Both!

A golf ball will slice because the club face is open to it’s path at the moment of impact, now which is the bigger issue for you? Is it an Open Club Face or is it the “Out-to-In” Club Path? Many times they work off each other, if you swing across your body you might […]

Set the Club First

The first thing to do when setting up to hit a long club is to set the face behind the ball aimed at your target. You should also focus on “soling” the club flat on the ground so that neither the toe or the heel are up off the ground (see photo below). From there […]

The Road Hole

My favorite golf hole ever played is the 17th on the Old Course at St. Andrews in Scotland. Commonly referred to as The Road Hole, it combines unique quirkiness with an ever-challenging yet playable design. I would not consider it a “natural hole” due to the railroad barn/hotel and stone wall and road elements to […]

Practice with Purpose

This is a great question that can really determine whether your practice and lessons will be worthwhile. First, you should set a goal for the session, is your goal to improve your technique or a skillset, or both? If your goal is to work on swing technique, make sure to utilize the drills and/or training […]

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