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Fixing Golf’s Common Fault

Arguably the most common fault among golfers, especially beginners, is the tendency to hit a slice off the tee and with fairway woods, hybrids and long irons. When a right-handed golfer hits a slice, the ball starts out more-or-less straight, or slightly left of straight, then turns sharply to the right. A slicing tee shot intended to go down the middle of the fairway can end up 30 yards or more to the right, almost certainly in the deep rough, the trees or out of bounds.

So it’s easy to understand how slicing the ball consistently can cause major frustration and ruin scores. The most common cause of slicing is uncoiling the upper body too soon at the start of the downswing, also called “coming over the top.” Coming over the top causes the club to move past the target line at the start of the downswing on an outside-to-inside swing path. Most right-handed slicers hit the ball with a swing path to the inside, or left, of the target. Instinctively they leave the clubface open so it’s square to the target at impact. The combination of the path and open clubface cut across the ball to impart the left-to-right sidespin that causes a slice. The problem is less pronounced with the higher-lofted clubs because the added loft neutralizes sidespin somewhat.

You can learn to play with a slice off the tee if you tee the ball up at the far right side of the tee box and aim toward the left edge of the fairway. The average fairway is about 30 yards wide. The ball should start out down the left side of the fairway, curve to the right and end up on the right side of the fairway, or at worst a few yards into the right rough. Ben Hogan consistently played a controlled fade (a left-to-right shot that curves less than a slice) in much the same way.

The majority of slicers want to straighten out their ball flight hoping for added distance and control as a result. Over-the-top slicers must learn to keep their upper body coiled as the weight shifts to the front foot at the beginning of the downswing. Keeping the upper body turned this way allows the club to move on a more inside path back to the ball on the downswing. At impact the face will be square to the target sending the ball straight toward the target. Past impact, the club moves back to the inside of the target line.

When practicing try lining up with the back foot farther away from the ball in what baseball players call a closed stance. That will help you turn back with the club on an inside path. More importantly it will help give you the feeling of staying turned as the downswing initiates and help keep the club on the correct inside path to impact. It’s almost impossible to come over the top from this closed stance. You should start seeing a straighter ball flight and hopefully an end to your slice.


SunRiver Golf Club Now Hiring!!!

We’ve filled our positions inside the pro shop, but we still need your HELP! We need a starter and outside cart barn associate. We’re looking for part time employees. Contact Larry for additional information.

Call 435-986-0001 or email

Professional Bull Riders at Tuacahn



This is not a rodeo. We don’t rope calves, and we don’t chase barrels.

This is bull riding, and the first rule is just to stay alive.

The Professional Bull Riders was created in 1992 when a group of 20 visionary bull riders broke away from the traditional rodeo scene seeking mainstream attention for the sport of professional bull riding.

The combination of raw sport and quality entertainment has propelled the PBR to strong growth in live attendance as well. The PBR attracts over 1.5 million live event attendees each year with its multi-tiered event structure.

Professional bull riding is a fierce, rough, and grueling sport with roots deeply imbedded in American culture. It’s America’s original extreme sport.


Langer Wins Champions Tour Event “Unanchored”

“First win unanchored,” Bernhard Langer said after winning the Chubb Classic by three strokes at TwinEagles Golf Club in Naples, Fla., the 26th victory of his senior career. The new rule prohibiting anchoring the putter against the body went into effect January 1. Langer, who has used a long putter anchored to his chest for years, was thought to be at a severe disadvantage because of the new rule. He fought inconsistent putting and the “yips” with shorter putters throughout his career before going to the anchored long putter.

He has been experimenting with different methods since the beginning of the year, but Langer decided to use the long putter without anchoring it in the Chubb Classic. The result: He shot a 10-under-par 62 to take a four-stroke lead. He then shot a second-round 66, and a wind-blown final-round 73 on TwinEagles’ Talon course for the victory over Fred Couples by three shots.

“This win is special for me because it’s the first win for me with the unanchored putting stroke on this tour,” said Langer, who had used that style for 19 years. “… So this is the first one without anchoring and I’m thrilled to have putted that well and look forward to the rest of the season and hopefully some more Ws.”

Langer’s success should provide hope for everyday golfers who had to alter their putting style to conform to the new rules. “Whenever you make a drastic change or a change of some sort, you never know,” said Langer. “I’m 58 now, so if you look at the statistics, a lot of guys don’t win when they’re near 60. But I still think I have some good golf left in me and I’m glad the way I putted this week was probably better than I putted many weeks last year when I was anchored. That gives me hope that I can probably pursue with this style and still do very, very well.”


You’re invited to the Lettermen Concert!

We’re excited to announce the Lettermen are joining us again this April. Mark you calendars for April 29th at 6:30 pm and stay tuned for more information. Tickets are free! They are not available yet, but we’ll let you know when they are!

New Viva Chicken Restaurant

You may have heard a bit of the buzz about St. George’s newest restaurant, Viva Chicken. It’s finally open so make sure to go check it out! Their menu features authentic Peruvian Rotisserie Chicken roasted over a coal oven imported from Peru. The prices are reasonable, the atmosphere is super unique, and the food is the best! It’s located behind TJ Maxx where La Frontera used to be.

St. George Streetfest on Main


FRIDAY, APRIL 01, 2016

Start: 6:00 pm
Length: unknown

6 to 10 p.m. making history in southern Utah. In addition to a street market, stage concert, and food truck village, the new Zion Brewing Company Jazz Garden will offer wine, beer, and paired fruit and cheese to the background of live jazz music. This city-sponsored event is the first of its kind for St. George and will be located at the Ancestor Square courtyard.

Admission: Free

Click here for more details.

Main Street
Main Street
Saint George, UT 84790

Single-Length Clubs

2015 NCAA Individual and U.S. Amateur Champion Bryson DeChambeau plays with a set of irons and wedges that are all the same length, lie angle and swingweight. The only difference in each club is the loft. Traditional iron sets have longer shafts in the least lofted irons and become progressively shorter in length as the loft increases.

As a youth, DeChambeau was captivated by Homer Kelly’s book “The Golfing Machine.” In the book, Kelly describes a “Zero Shift” swing, one basic plane angle that is to be used throughout the stroke without a variation or shift during the swing. DeChambeau realized that was impossible using conventional clubs. The differing lengths and lie angles of conventional clubs require golfers to adjust their posture and ball position and as a result, the angle of the swing plane for each club. He concluded that he had 13 different planes due to the varying lengths of his clubs. His solution was to make every iron the same length with the same weight, shaft flex and lie angle so he could repeat the same swing plane on each shot with each club.

After experimenting and finally arriving at the right combination, DeChambeau put the clubs into play at Southern Methodist University, where he majored in physics. He became only the fifth player to capture the NCAA Championship and U.S. Amateur Championship in the same year. Jack Nicklaus, Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods and Ryan Moore are the other four. DeChambeau left school, but is preserving his amateur status so he can accept the invitation to play in the Masters he received for winning the U.S. Amateur.

It’s way to early to tell if the single-length iron set is the future of golf. But we’ll all be watching with a great deal of interest to see if Bryson DeChambeau builds on his early success during the 2016 season.


Titleist Ball Fitting Day at Bloomington Country Club

We have a unique opportunity to have the Titleist Golf Ball Fitting Team here at Bloomington C.C. on Friday, April 1st from 9:00 am until 1:00 pm.  We ask that you make an appointment and bring your driver, 7-iron and wedge that you would use for a 50 yard shot with you to the appointment.  In the 15 minutes of the appointment, they will be able to tell you which model of Titleist golf ball will work the best for you and your golf game.  Each player that goes through the fitting will receive a free sample of the ball best suited to their game.


If you don’t make an appointment, please stop by anyway and learn more about the Titleist golf balls and what they can do for your game.


FootJoy Shoe Fitting Day at Bloomington Country Club

We have a unique opportunity on Thursday, March 24, 2016 to have one of the FootJoy experts on hand to custom fit you and let you know exactly what size shoe fits you correctly.  As an additional bonus, we will offer an additional discount of 15% off of the Minimum Advertised Price of any shoes ordered that day from Footjoy.  Even if you don’t purchase shoes that day, don’t miss this opportunity to find out exactly what size shoe fits you so you can make better decisions in the future.  Call the golf shop at Bloomington at 435-673-2029 to schedule an appointment.  Each appointment will last about 15 minutes.


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