Escape Any Bunker: How to Get Over a High Lip

By Stacy Lewis
This might go against your instinct when you’re in a bunker with a high lip, but the last thing you want to do is try to help the ball over the lip. When you try to force it up and over, it almost always comes out lower and slams into the face. Instead, do what I do.
First, try this drill. The biggest difference between hitting out of a normal bunker and one with a high lip is the amount of sand you need to take. To get the ball up quickly, your club should strike a lot more sand, and this drill will help teach you how much. Draw a circle in the bunker about four inches in diameter around your ball. Now get in your address position, playing the ball off your front foot. Before swinging, pick the ball up so all that’s left is the circle. We’ll get back to that, but first, two more things about address: Dig your feet in so you have a solid base, and open the face of your wedge before gripping the club. I know opening the face can freak out some amateurs, but don’t be scared. In a bunker, your wedge is designed to work when it’s open like this. In fact, you should keep the face open throughout the shot.
“DON’T BE SHY: TAKE PLENTY OF SAND TO GET OVER A HIGH LIP.”
Now here’s a key thought: When you swing, think about putting your hands into your left pocket as you come through. You can see me swinging toward my left pocket here. This forces the club to exit low, left and open, and cutting across the ball like this helps get it up quickly.
Back to the goal of the drill. I want you to make the circle disappear. To do that, you’re going to have to hit the sand a few inches behind where the ball would be, and swing through it with some effort. That’s the feeling you want moving through the sand in a high-lip situation. Practice the circle drill with my swing thought of getting into that left pocket, and you’ll make this shot a lot easier than it looks. — with Keely Levins
Stacy Lewis is a 12-time winner on the LPGA Tour, including two majors.
Source: https://www.golfdigest.com/story/escape-any-bunker-how-to-get-over-a-high-lip

Mardi Gras at Brookside

You don’t have to visit the Big Easy to experience Mardi Gras. Join us tomorrow night for a rich and delicious dinner experience, NOLA style.

Menu

~ $25 per person ~

1st Course | Crawfish and Sausage Gumbo
2nd Course | New Orleans BBQ Shrimp
3rd Course | Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya
4th Course | King Cake

Dinner starts at 6PM on Tuesday, March 5th.

Please call us at (616) 984-2381 or message us on Facebook to make your reservation.

We hope to see you!

Come on out tonight!

Rees’ pizza is having a soft opening at Brookside Golf & Grill tonight and tomorrow, March 2nd from 5-8pm. At this time we will only be offering large sizes of pizza and cheese bread.

TAKE OUT ONLY!!!

Prices are as follows:

Cheese only-$10.99 + tax
1 topping-$12.99 + tax
2-3 toppings-$14.99 + tax
4-5 toppings-16.99 + tax
6 or more toppings-18.99 + tax
12′ Cheese bread-$6.99 + tax (includes 1 sauce)
Additional sauces $0.50

For the Best Pizza in Gowen please call 616-984-2381 to place your order.

Wednesday: Kids Eat Free!

65¢ Chicken Wings

Thursday:

Mini Taco Nachos $9

Friday:

Slow Roasted Prime Rib $18.50

AYCE Alaskan Cod $14.50

Saturday:

Seared Mahi Mahi w/ a Basil Butter Sauce $15

 

Kid’s Eat Free EVERY Wednesday!
Kids up to 12 years old eat free from the Kid’s Menu with an adult entree purchase.

 
Full menu also available
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This Lost Art Will Save You Strokes

By A.J. Avoli
Over time, a simple method for getting the ball from off the green to the flagstick fell out of favor.
I rarely see anyone chip like the late Hall of Fame golfer Paul Runyan. That’s a shame because this technique will make you more accurate around the greens with a lot less practice. Once you master the setup and learn to make a rhythmic stroke—like putting—you’ll start getting up and down more often. Let me show you how to chip old school. —With Ron Kaspriske
SCENARIO + SELECTION
Although you can use this shot in a lot of spots, it’s not all-purpose. Use this technique when you are no more than five yards from the green in the fringe or rough. Because this shot requires a stroke of consistent length and speed, the only thing you need to judge is which club to use to get the ball pin high. Visualize a small spot on the green where you think the ball should land to roll out to the hole. Then read the rest of the distance like a putt.
So which club to use? Take a little time on a practice green with your pitching wedge, 9-iron and 8-iron to see how far the ball carries and rolls using a stroke of the same length and speed. You can experiment with other clubs, too, but I’ve found sticking to these three brings about the most consistency.
SETUP + STROKE
Start by aiming the clubface at the small target where you want the ball to land. Remember, you have to read the green like a putt. That means if there is a slope, you might be playing the shot away from the cup. Now hold the club with medium grip pressure with its heel just off the ground (above). That’s really important to ensuring the club glides along the turf instead of digging into it.
You’ll notice the shaft is nearly vertical, with the handle leaning slightly toward the target and your weight favoring the left foot. Your arms should be relaxed, slightly bent and aligned parallel to the target. Ball position normally is just right of center in your stance, although you can alter it slightly as you experiment with how that changes the amount of carry and roll.
The stroke is as simple as it gets. It’s like a putting motion—the shoulders and arms do most of the work, and there’s no wristy movements. Focus on swinging the club with the same rhythm and force. The handle of the club should be swung no farther than the distance between your thighs. It’s a short swing equal in length on the backswing and follow-through.
The stroke should be aggressive or slightly accelerated, and always hold your finish to ensure a steady pace. If you’re struggling with that, say any two-word phrase with the first word coming on the backswing and the second word on the follow-through. A suggestion? Tick-Tock. Even better? Great-Chip or Hole-Out. I think you get the idea.
A.J. Avoli is one of Golf Digest’s Best Young Teachers. He is director of instruction at the Omni La Costa Resort & Spa in Carlsbad, Calif.
https://www.golfdigest.com/story/this-lost-art-will-save-you-strokes?fbclid=IwAR1w-6ZWIxxKRj9V8eXCv1atQ6O9Itf6L5hJ97PdH1JACyv2D4_VUbPwGX4

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Slow Roasted Prime Rib $18.50

All You Can Eat Alaskan Cod $14.50

Each entree comes with soup or salad, choice of side and a dinner roll

Kid’s Eat Free EVERY Wednesday!
Kids up to 12 years old eat free from the Kid’s Menu with an adult entree purchase.

 
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Tonight’s Special 🍴

 

Prime Rib Dip

 
w/ choice of side $10

Kid’s Eat Free EVERY Wednesday!
Kids up to 12 years old eat free from the Kid’s Menu with an adult entree purchase.

 
Full menu also available
Carry out available~616-984-2381
4pm-8pm
 
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Our membership special is ending soon! Shop now to SAVE!

 

Wednesday: Kids Eat Free!

50¢ Chicken Wings

Thursday:

Prime Rib Dip w/ Choice of Side $10

Friday:

Slow Roasted Prime Rib $18.50

AYCE Alaskan Cod $14.50

Saturday:

Lobster Mac & Cheese served w/ soup or salad and a roll $15

 

Kid’s Eat Free EVERY Wednesday!
Kids up to 12 years old eat free from the Kid’s Menu with an adult entree purchase.

 
Full menu also available
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4pm-8pm
 
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How to Cure the Shanks

The fix for golf’s worst shot
By Keely Levins
We know, we know. You don’t even want to talk about the shanks for fear bringing the subject up will cause you to catch them. But like it or not, you might find yourself in a situation where you’re going to want to know a solution. Though awful, the plague of the shanks is curable.
First thing you have to do is take a break from the course. You need some alone time to sort this out on the range. Start by checking in on a few basics. Make sure you’re standing tall with your chest up during the swing, don’t hold the club too tightly, and make sure your weight isn’t sneaking up towards your toes. David Leadbetter told us that not tending to all of these little things could be the root of your struggles.
He also gave us a drill that will cure your shanking woes.
Set up like you’re going to hit it, and then put a tee in the ground just outside the toe of the club. While you’re swinging, think about keeping the grip end of the club near your body. “Miss the tee at impact, and you’ll hit the ball in the center of the face,” says Leadbetter.
Source: https://www.golfdigest.com/story/how-to-cure-the-shanks-there-we-said-it