Swing Principles

February 17, 2015

There are a total of 14 swing principles: 3 pre-swing and 11 in-swing. Today in Golf Fundamentals, we covered the next eight principles following grip, aim, and set-up. As PGA Instructor Jay Friedman explained, sometimes there are limitations to a student’s physical ability. It could be an injury or the inability to move in a certain way. That doesn’t mean a swing style can’t be changed to accommodate a player’s…

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Student Appreciation Week

February 16, 2015

This week is Student Appreciation week at the Golf Academy. Students and staff are invited to Peter Piper Pizza for an all-you-can-eat pizza buffet Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday. Tim Eberlein is the only Golf Academy Campus Director who does this. I’m told that the record for the most slices consumed by a single student is 21!

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Student Affairs Meeting

February 16, 2015

We recently had our first Student Affairs Meeting of the semester. I was nominated 1st Semester class representative, and class reps from the three other semesters and I met with members of the faculty to discuss what’s happening on campus. The 18-hole qualifier for the Golf Academy of America Club Team is February 23rd at Moon Valley Country Club in Phoenix. We played there last week, and the course was…

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Why Nelson Was Better than Hogan or Snead

February 12, 2015

Three of the greatest golfers of all time – Byron Nelson, Sam Snead, and Ben Hogan were born in the exact same year, 1912. Nelson and Hogan were born in Texas, while Snead emerged from the backwoods of western Virginia. In my opinion, of the three, Nelson was the best player. Nelson won his first major championship, the 1937 Masters, by beating Ralph Guldahl, arguably the best player at the…

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Special Guest Commentary: What I Would Do With Tiger

February 11, 2015

Tiger Woods announced Wednesday on his website tigerwoods.com that he won’t be returning to competitive golf until his game is “tournament ready.” Said Woods, “Right now, I need a lot of work on my game, and to spend time with the people that are important to me. My play, and scores, are not acceptable for tournament golf.” Woods said he hopes to return for the Honda Classic beginning February 26th in Palm…

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GAS the Watson Way

February 10, 2015

After a discussion of the 26 individual parameters that the TrackMan launch monitor measures, our Golf Fundamentals class discussion shifted to the principles of the golf swing. There are a total of 14 principles. Of those 14 principles, there are three pre-swing principles: grip, aim, and set-up or GAS for short. The three grips are the overlap or Vardon grip, the interlocking, and the ten-fingered grip. When aiming, the first thing…

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Moon Valley Country Club

February 9, 2015

On Mondays, we always play a tournament round at a different course throughout the Valley. Today’s course was a special treat: Moon Valley Country Club in Phoenix. After playing Ahwatukee Country Club last week, this was like going from the outhouse to the penthouse. It was the first chance I’ve had to play a round with my new Titleist irons. Moon Valley hosted the LPGA Standard Register Ping tournament from 1983 through 2003….

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Rules & Your Putting Routine

February 6, 2015

The Rules of Golf are overly complex, but I have to learn them. On Thursday, we took a quiz to test our knowledge of a few of the definitions we’re supposed to learn, and I did not do well. But this was just a trial run. Next week’s quiz is for real, and I have a lot of work to do. I’m going to make flash cards with the definitions…

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Will Tiger Ever Get It Back? (No Pun Intended)

February 5, 2015

For the 3rd time in his last nine tournaments, Tiger Woods has withdrawn because of an apparent back injury. This time, Woods blamed the fog delay that pushed back the start of his round by more than two hours. Or maybe it was because Woods was +2 thru 11 holes and +15 thru his last 47 holes. Woods is out of excuses. He’s withdrawn so often lately, we don’t know…

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