Keith Wood PGA ProfessionalLocation: Hertfordshire

Price: £250 per hour

Contact: golfsmartinternational.com

Biography: Keith runs his own private coaching facility in Hertfordshire. He has coached Nick Faldo since 2004.

Best tip: “Before an approach shot, ask yourself where most of the danger lies? You’ll then be able to pick a club that avoids the sort of simple mistake that many players make.”

How to avoid driving out of bounds

Here is a situation we often face on the golf course. You are stood on the tee and there is trouble down the entire length of one side, in this case it is the left. The danger it poses to your scorecard is obvious so you need to be smart…

how to hit the perfect 1st tee shot

How to hit the perfect 1st tee shot? Before we get into any of the more technical elements to a good opening drive, let’s focus on your gameplan. When you are nervous it is imperative that you work within your comfort zone. Choose a shot you know you can hit.…

Green reading guide for golf

Green Reading Guide For Golf One trap that many golfers fall into is to get obsessed by the line of their putt without seeing the topography of the green as a whole. You miss the putt, step away and suddenly as you look at the green again, you spot a…

Being able to save par is vital to good scoring so you need to get your pitching basics right. GM Top 25 coach Keith Wood thinks simplicity is the key...

tension and slice

1 Slice And Tension One of the most common causes of a slice, that is often over-looked, is tension. Think about all the great sports and the best sportsman and you should notice that no game is ever played well without rhythm and fluidity. In golf, tension in the swing…

Golf Monthly Top 25 coach Keith Wood explains how a good grip creates good angles and helps everything else fall more naturally into place

GM Top 25 coach Keith Wood suggests some pace putting drills and tips to try out when seeking to hone your distance control on the greens

release through impact

Golf Monthly Top 25 coach Keith Wood has some tips to help you get the feeling for the correct way to release the club through impact for more consistent ball striking and extra yards.

how to judge your lie

How to judge your lie When you arrive at your ball in the fairway, rough or bunker, your first challenge is to judge the lie. If it’s sitting on a good lie in the fairway, no problem – you can continue to work out your yardage and strategy from there.…

wet bunker tips

Wet bunker tips Wet bunkers pose the golfer an interesting test. With the sand firm beneath the ball it can be that your normal bunker shot technique will not work. But before you decide how to approach it you need to judge the sand by shuffling your feet in at…

How to putt on winter greens Putting on winter greens is never easy. Uncertainly as to how imperfections will affect the role can often lead to tentaive strokes. It is also likely that surface moisture will cause putts to break a little less. Factoring in these points as you prepare…

maximise your distance into the wind

Maximise your distance into the wind If you find yourself reading this, then you probably already understand the joys of winter golf. There is nothing like a clear, crisp winter’s day when the course is both score-able and free from fair-weather players to stir your most basic golfing instincts. The…

Cold weather yardages Professionals will often explain to their pupils how important it is to know their distances. In the winter however, your usual yardages can be a hinderance – being wedded to certain numbers will cause problems. Instead, you need to forget those and work more on your feel…

winter golf tips

Winter Golf Tips: First Tee Shot Keeping the ball in play by hitting drives that carry further through the air is the perfect winter combination. But to do that you need to be  warmed up and ready to go from the start. Here’s my guide to understanding how winter conditions…

how to chip from a muddy lie

How to pitch from muddy lies For many of us, muddy lies are a frustrating reality of winter golf. These are most threatening when you’re faced with a soft, delicate short game shot. Being able to hit the ball a relatively short distance but still commit to the shot in…

Golf Monthly Top 25 coach Keith Wood has some golf swing plane tips to help you straighted out those crooked shots that plague your game.