Articles by Dean Halford

Introduction and Week 1 Putting Programme

For anyone looking to improve their putting this video series by Dean Halford, the Online Golf Coach, delivers a series of 12 videos over 5 weeks to help you hole more putts and have more confidence on the greens.  Watch the introduction and first 2 videos.


5 Week Putting Programme

In this series of putting videos Dean Halford, the Online Golf Coach, aims to make you a more complete putter.  Watch the videos or sign up to our Weekly Email to receive weekly video tips over the next 5 weeks sent direct to your inbox.


5-Week Putting Programme: Week 1 - The Stance

Dean Halford talks through the correct set-up and stance for putting. This video is the second in the 5 week putting programme to help make you the complete putter.


5-Week Putting Programme: Week 1 - The Grip

In week 1 of our 5 week putting programme to make you a a complete putter Dean Halford talks through the correct putting grip and how to create it on the club.


Video Lesson - Playing from tight lies

Dean Halford, the Online Golf coach, provides an on course golf lesson to Golfshake member Matt Holbrook.  In this video the focus is on playing from tight lies.


How to play long irons

Dean Halford, the Online Golf coach, talks through some simple tips when playing long iron shots.


Scoring Tips - Implement a pre-shot routine

Dean Halford talks through the importance of having and implement a pre-shot routine to help with confidence before playing your shot.


Bunker Tips - The long bunker shot

In this video Dealn Halford talks through some techniques to help with the long bunker shot.  The 30-40 yard bunker shot can be one of the toughest shots to play particularly if you want to get up and down every time.


Iron Play Tips - How to escape from a fairway bunker

Playing a fairway bunker shot maybe easier than you think if you watch this tip video from Dean Halford the Online Golf coach.


Iron Play Tips - Playing with the ball above your feet

In this video Dean Halford talks through the effects of playing the ball above your feet and how to play this shot with confidence.


Iron Play Tips - Playing with the ball below your feet

In this video Dean Halford talks through the set-up process to play a shot when faced with the ball below your feet.


Iron Play Tips - Playing from an uphill lie

Dean Halford talks through playing a shot when you are on an upslope and need to have confidence playing a shot from a uphill lie.


Iron Play Tips - Playing from a downhill lie

Dean Halford, talks through playing the ball when on a downslope and you need to play from a downhill lie to help make the shot as easy as possible.


Course Management off the tee - Part 2

In part 2 of his course management off the tee video Dean Halford, the Online Golf Coach, talks through the importance of commiting to the shot once you've decided on your shot.


Course Management off the tee - Part 1

Dean Halford, the Online Golf Coach, talks through the imporance of course management off the tee and why it may not always be right to take a driver off the tee if you are trying to improve your game and lower your scores.


Short Game Tips - Play the belly wedge

Dean Halford, the online golf coach, talks through playing the tricky shot when you find your ball up against the collar of the green. This shot can be difficult to play with a putter due to how the grass is facing but the belly wedge shot may help with the chance to get up and down.


Short Game Tips - Chipping from a downslope

Dean Halford, the Online Golf Coach, talks through one of the most difficult shots offering some tips to help you get up and down more often when faced with playing a chip from a downslope.


Driving Tips - Driver three ball slice drill

Dean Halford, the Online Golf Coach, talks through on course the issues of the dreaded slice and provides one of this favourite drills to help you elimate the slice with the 3 ball slice drill.


Break 80 Driving Tips - Playing the draw practice ground drill

In this practice ground drill Dean Halford, the Online Golf Coach, talks through setting up a simple drill to help you play the draw shot off the tee.


Break 90 Driving Tips - How to draw the ball from the tee

Dean Halford, the Online Golf Coach, talks through how to setup to play the draw shot off the tee.


Driving Tips - How to fade the ball from the tee

Dean Halford, the Online Golf Coach, talks through the importance of being able to shape the ball and specifically how to setup to play the fade off the tee.


Driving Tips - Don't get into a driving battle

In this video Dean Halford, the Online Golf Coach, reiterates the importance of playing your own game and not getting into a battle of playing your opponent off the tee.


Driving Tips - Play the Tiger Stinger

Dean Halford, the Online Golf Coach, talks through playing a shot under pressure particulrly when faced with wind into the face.  The 'Tiger stinger' could be one such shot which Dean talks through how to play and set-up for this adapted punch shot.


Driving Tips - Plan your Drive

In this video Dean Halford, the Online Golf Coach, talks through the importance of being able to shape the shot and how you can take this out on the course.


Driving Tips - Learn to pick a target

Dean Halford, the Online Golf Coach, offesr some advice on thinking through the shot off the tee just like the pros. Picking a target line and shot shape will help you to commit to the shot and to hopefully help you to improve your game.


Driving Tips - Play your natural shape

Dean Halford, the Online Golf Coach, talks throughs how you can improve your game and hit more fairways if you play to you natural game.


Driving Tips - Driving Alignment

Dean Halford offers a great tip for all golfers talking through the importance of alignment.  In this video he talks through feet positioning, ball to target line and maximising the chances of hitting a straight drive.


Driving Tips - Picking the right driver

Dean Halford, the Online Golf Coach, talks through choosing the right driver for you and the importance of getting custom fit. Getting the right equipment and looking after your equipment should help to make you feel more comfortable with your game and help you to lower your scores.


Bunker Tips - Why bounce is important for bunker play

Dean Halford, the Online Golf Coach, talks through understanding the role of the clubs and the importance of bounce in each of the clubs when it comes to improving your short game and bunker play.


Bunker Tips - Keep the lower body solid

In this video Dean Halford, the Online Golf Coach, talks through making the right impact on the ball and correct contact through the hitting area by limiting movement.  The focus on this video is keeping the lower body solid and accelerating towards the target.


Bunker Tips - Bunker Circle Drill

Dean Halford, the Online Golf Coach, in this video talks through the bunker circle drill to help improve your bunker play and ensuring you get out of the bunker every time.


Bunker Tips - How to play from a plugged lie

In this video Dean Halford, the Online Golf Coach, offers some advice and tips on how to get out of the bunker when face with the dreaded plugged lie.


Bunker Tips - Keep it simple drill

Dean Halford, the Online Golf Coach, offers some advice and tips on getting out of the bunker every time by simply keeping it simple.


Putting Tips - Tramline drill

Dean Halford, the Online Golf Coach, shows us one of the best putting drills to focus your putting practice with the tramline drill.


Putting Tips - Tramline drill varient

Dean Halford, the Online Golf Coach, talks through playing a varient of the tramline putting drill if you have a putting stroke that goes on the inside with a slight arc in your stroke.


Putting Tips - Bang it in the back drill

Dean Halford, the Online Golf Coach, talks through elimanting some of the break and committing fully to the putt with this simple putting drill.


Putting Tips - The gate drill

Dean Halford, the Online Golf Coach, in this video tip talks through the gate drill which focuses in your eyeline to putt the ball from the middle of the putter face to help you improve your putting.


Putting Tips - What grip is right for you?

In this video Dean Halford, the Online Golf Coach, talks through some of the different putting grips and talks through the variances.


Putting Tips - Find your tempo

Dean Halford, the Online Golf Coach, talks through the tempo of your stroke to help improve your putting to elimate some of the issues with putting including deceleration.


Putting Tips - Rock and roll

Dean Halford, the Online Golf Coach, takes through getting your putter action to rock and roll - keeping the putter nice and square to limit movement in the body to improve your putting.


Putting Tips - Speed control

Avoiding 3 putts is key to lowering your score.  In this video from Dean Halford, the Online Golf Coach, he talks through speed control to help you zone in the hole from your first putt to help with 2 putt success.


Putting Tips - Learn to accelerate the putter

Dean Halford, the Online Golf Coach, talks through the importance of accelerating the putter through the stroke to ensure you elimate backspin and bobbling the ball which can be caused from deceleration.


Putting Tips - Learn to roll the ball better

Dean Halford, the Online Golf Coach, talks through hitting through the line and getting the ball rolling better to improve your putting consistency for lower scores.


Putting Tips - Eyes over the ball drill

Dean Halford, the Online Golf Coach, provides a very simple and talks through the importance of getting your eyes over the ball to focus on the putting line and ensuring you line up your putter better.


Putting Tips - Learn to keep your head still

Dean Halford, the Online Golf Coach, provides some thoughts on improving your putting for anyone wanting to break 100 and talks through one of the fundamentals of putting and focusing on keeping your head still.


Short Game Tips - Practice your landing targets

In this video Dean Halford, the Online Golf Coach, talks through focusing your short game with some effective practice especially if you want to break 80.  Rather than just chipping on the green Dean talks through the key point of controlling ball flight and focusing on the point where you want the ball to land.


Short Game Tips - Learn to think outside the box

Dean Halford, the Online Golf Coach, provides some advice on thinking outside of the box with your short game when you are looking to improve your scores.  This advice is focused on golfers wanting to break 80 or going even lower.


Short Game Tips - The lob wedge

Dean Halford, the Online Golf Coach, in this video talks through using a lob wedge and adding this shot to your game to help you improve your game and break 90.


Short Game Tips - Learn to use loft

In this video Dean Halford, the Online Golf Coach, talks through  the importance of working the chest when you hit pitch and chip shots around the green to ensure you focus on the loft rather than using too much of the wrists. This tip will help you to improve your control and help you to get up and down more often.


Short Game Tips - Effective Practice

Dean Halford, the Online Golf Coach, provides some advice on adding effective practice to practice sessions and simulating an environment you might get on the course.


Short Game Tips - Learn to accelerate

Dean Haford, talks through the importance of acceleration when playing chip shots around the green. Deceleration makes distance control much harder so this tip can help improve your positivity, reduce the chances of bad shots focusing on acceleration.


Short Game Tips - Ball striking

Dean Halford, the Online Golf Coach, talks about the importance of ball striking and hitting the ball consistently specifically for wedge plan to stop those fat, thinned or shanked shots.


Short Game Tips - Lower your risk

Dean Halford, the Online Golf Coach, talks through the importance of playing the right shot but more importanly how to minimise the risk of the shots you take on the course.


Short Game Tips - Percentage Play

Dean Halford, the Online Golf Coach, talks through some focused chipping to help you break 100 in this video.  He talks through playing the right shot at the right time, playing the simplest shot and taking out the risk by playing the precentage game to help you break 100.


Video: The Takeaway

Dean Halford, The Online Golf Coach, talks through the takeaway which sets the foundations for the golf swing - providing basic technique and some key guidelines with set-up to help perfect your swing and initial takeaway.


Video: Par 18 - Short Game Drill

Dean Halford, The Online Golf Coach, talks through the par 18 short game drill that you can use whilst practicing chipping around the greens. This effective practice drill provides focus to help improve your up and down statistics when out playing.


Video: Pitching Decisions - Sand Wedge or 7 Iron

Dean Halford, The Online Golf Coach, offers some help on making the right decision whether that is for percentage play or a risk and reward shot when chipping around the green.


Video: How to Eliminate the Reverse Pivot

Dean Halford, The Online Golf Coach, offers some key advice on improving your swing and fixing one of the common faults found in amateur golfers with the reverse pivot. Eliminating the reverse pivot helps ensure correct weight transfer and a btter position to aid towards power in the swing ultimately helping towards an improved swing and shot.


Video: The Shank - Common Faults

Dean Halford, The Online Golf Coach, talks through the most common faults of the shank - one of the most destructive shots in golf.


Video: Rumford Wedge Striking

Dean Halford, The Online Golf Coach, discusses Brett Rumford's wedge striking and the importance of consistency with wedge play and how your ball striking will help controlling your distances.


Video: Start of the Downswing

Dean Halford, The Online Golf Coach, is regularly asked what is the first movement of the start of the downswing. This video provides some simple guidelines for starting the downswing and aiding with a consistent swing through the sequence of movements of the downswing.


Video: Pitching to a Target with Different Clubs

Dean Halford, The Online Golf Coach, talks through a technique with pitching to recreate pressure in practice to replicate what you experience when out on the course to improve your short game and build confidence.


Video: Pitching Drill - Landing Target

Dean Halford, The Online Golf Coach, provides a practice drill to help improve your pitching. The landing target drill is a simple and effective training drill to provide focus with your pitching practice.


Video: Basic Pitching Technique

Dean Halford, The Online Golf Coach, provides some simple tips and basic principles to provide consistent practice to encourage a shot you can repeat with your pitch shots to ultimately get up and down more often.


Video: Basic Bunker Technique

Dean Halford, The Online Golf Coach, talks through set-up and the basic principles for the bunker shot which often can cause problems starting from deceleration and not aligning correctly.


Video: Play a Knockdown Shot

Dean Halford, The Online Golf Coach, talks through some simple techniques to help play the knockdown shot, a perfect shot to play when you are left with that awkward shot between 2 club distances.


Video: Improve your Ball Striking

Dean Halford, The Online Golf Coach, offers some tips to improve your ball striking helping to hit the ball out of the middle with less spin for straighter shots with better outcomes and controlled distance.


Video: Causes of a Slice

Dean Halford, The Online Golf Coach, talks through the causes of the slice and some of the simple techniques to help you control your swing to reduce the shape.


Video: Improve Your Driving

Dean Halford, The Online Golf Coach, talks through the techniques and set-up required to improve your drives with the goal of a more effective and consistent swing for further distance.


Video: Bunker Circle Drill

Dean Halford, The Online Golf Coach, talks through the circle sand drill which is a great technique to practice to provide confidence in the bunkers.


Video: Chipping with a 3 Wood

Tricky chips around the greens ? Dean Halford, The Online Golf Coach, talks through how to use your 3 wood to provide a consistent chip shot around the green.


Video: How to Hit a Punch Shot

Dean Halford, The Online Golf Coach, talks through the techniques to play the all important punch shot which is a great asset to have in any golfers repertoire.


Video: 2 Drills to Avoid the Shanks

Dean Halford, The Online Golf Coach, talks through 2 simple drills to help prevent the dreaded shank.


Video: Creating Back Spin

Want to generate back spin like the pros ? Dean Halford, The Online Golf Coach, talks us through the some of principles that are required to give you best chance of creating back spin.


Video: Play the Stinger

Dean Halford talks through how to play 'The Stinger'.


Video: Pitch Shot Technique

The Online Golf Coach talks through playing the perfect pitch shot offering some techniques on how to set-up and play a ptich shot.


Video: Perfecting Your Club Release the Split Grip Drill

The Online Golf Coach talks through the importance of controlling the club head through the shot using your hands in the correct way to work through the shot and offers a simple split grip drill to use in practice to perfect your club release.


Video: Par Birdie Putting Drill

The Online Golf Coach talks through a simple par birdie putting drill to help with effective practice and introduce pressure in practice.


Video: The Slicers Swing

The Online Golf Coach shows us the swing of a slicer and some of the causes producing the out to in swing path resulting in the sliced golf shot.


Video: Consecutive Putting Drill

Build pressure into your putting practice with the Consecutive Putting Drill.  Set yourself a goal and build pressure with your own competitive practice.


Video: Commit to the Shot

Think like a Pro and commit fully to every shot.  The Online Golf Coach talks through how you can be be in total control and fully comitted to your golf swing.


Video: Generating Club Head Speed

The Online Golf Coach talks through the release of hands to generate club head speed, offering tips and advice to get everything working together as a unit releasing the hands correctly to generate more club head speed resulting in a better strike with more distance.


Video: Clock Face Putting Drill

The Clock Face Putting drill is designed to help build pressure and provide purpose with your putting practice.  The Online Golf Coach shows us the simple 6 shot drill to help hole more putts under pressure.


Video: Use Different Clubs Around the Green

Many amateurs will take the high risk shot around the greens, the Online Golf Coach talks through using your imagination to vary the shot and the club used, choosing the right shot and right club for producing the best possible outcome and success.


Video: Transferring Your Weight Drill

We all want to be able to hit it more consistent and gain more distance, this simple drill from the Online Golf Coach will help you with correct transfer of weight which in turn will allow you to commit fully to the shot, rotating through and transfer weight through the golf swing.


Video: The Swing Plane

Dean Halford, The Online Golf Coach, talks us through the swing plane how it relates to you and effects your shots.


Video: The Swing Path

Dean Halford, The Online Golf Coach, talks us through the swing path and the impact on the shot you hit.


Video: 3 Fundamentals of Putting

There is no right or wrong way to putt. However, the online golf coach recommends three fundamentals crucial to making a good putting stroke.


Video: 3 Ball Slice Drill

Swing out to in with a open clubface and hit the dreaded slice ?  Dean Halford, The Online Golf Coach, talks us through a simple 3 ball drill to help cure the slice shot, something effecting the majority of golfers at some point.


Video: 3 Ball Hook Drill

Swing in to out and hit a hook shot ?  Dean Halford, The Online Golf Coach, talks us through a simple 3 ball drill to help cure the hook shot.


The Online Golf Coach - Stop that Hook and Slice

A quick and easy drill to help stop that hook from the online golf coach.


The Online Golf Coach - Putting Fundamentals

Some good putting tips from the online golf coach to help you on the greens.


The Online Golf Coach - Anti-Sway Drill

Swaying in your swing will cause miss-hits the online golf coach recommends this drill.


The Online Golf Coach - Chipping Tips from Seve

Before his passing the online golf coach spent four days with the great Seve Ballesteros where he learnt more about the short game than he had in the previous 10 years as a Pro.


Tips & Tuition - Quick Fundamentals from the Online Golf Coach

Golfshake has teamed up with the online golf coach, the future of golf tuition to bring you some great tips on every area of the game. To start with the online golf coach has just given you a quick three-step guide on all areas of the game to help you onto the first tee and off the 18th green.


Dean Halford

Dean Halford, The Online Golf Coach, is a PGA Advanced Pro who has worked on the European Tour and currently runs the London Golf Academy and is Head Coach of the Lee Westwood Academy.

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