Golf Superstitions

March 31, 2015

Superstitions were the topic du jour in Golf Fundamentals class. The discussion came about because ESPN Radio’s Mike & Mike were talking about sports superstitions as PGA Instructor Jay Friedman was driving into campus this morning. Golfers, as Jay can attest, are very superstitious. Jay told us he never uses white tees and even goes so far as to kick them out of the way when he’s on the tee box because they…

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Skills Development: Bunker Play

March 30, 2015

This morning, we were at Western Skies Golf Club in Gilbert for a Skills Development session on bunker play. PGA Instructor Jay Friedman showed us how to hit different bunker shots from different stances and out of different lies. He also showed us a great drill to demonstrate the bounce of the club. Jay took a 2×4 and teed up a ball on a small mound of sand. Then he opened up…

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Q: What’s a YELLOW BALL SCRAMBLE?

A: A four-person team event consisting of four golf balls, one of them yellow. On each hole, the yellow ball is assigned to a different player, while the other three team members play a scramble. At the end of each hole, two scores are added together for one team score – the yellow ball and the scramble. Teams must complete all 18 holes with the same yellow ball they were assigned when play…

March 30, 2015
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Golf Academy Finishes 2nd at NCCGA

March 29, 2015

The Golf Academy of America Phoenix Club Golf Team is back home after finishing 2nd in its first-ever trip to the National Collegiate Club Golf Association’s (NCCGA) Desert Regional at Oakcreek Country Club in Sedona. Trailing the Arizona State University Club Team by ten strokes after Saturday’s opening round, the Academy failed to make up the ground it needed to take home first place. Here are the GAA individual scores…

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Oakcreek Country Club

March 27, 2015

Believe it or not, Sedona has just three golf courses – Sedona Golf Resort, Oakcreek Country Club, and Seven Canyons. Sedona Golf Resort is on your lefthand side as you enter town on Highway 179. Oakcreek is off Verde Valley School Road but is still only about two hours away from Phoenix. Phoenix is very centrally located. You can be just about anywhere in two hours – Sedona, Flagstaff, Prescott, or Tucson. I went up…

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Mastering the Scoring Wedges

March 26, 2015

Statistics suggest that roughly 65% percent of a player’s shots during a round of golf will come from 100 yards and in. Granted, 43% of those shots are putts, but you still have to be able to put it close to the hole if you really want to score. Pitching covers shots from 10-30 yards. Scoring wedges include all shots between 30-100 yards. So why are these shots considered among the…

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Special Guest Commentary: What I Learned From LeBron

March 26, 2015

Let’s be honest, it wasn’t the best of ideas. A floater from the free throw line is a pretty ambitious effort almost anytime. A floater from the free throw line when you’re playing in a summer pick-up basketball game as a high school freshman against future NBA superstar LeBron James? Well, that was just not smart. To his credit, LeBron managed to keep himself from rolling on the ground with laughter…

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Why Two Really Is Better Than One

March 25, 2015

Golf has two rules governing bodies – The United States Golf Association (USGA) and the Royal & Ancient (R&A) Golf Club. In my opinion, two associations (and not just one) are needed for the following three reasons: Golf is a global game. The R&A can’t be everywhere. Neither can the USGA. It makes geographical sense for the USGA to govern golf in the United States and Mexico. The USGA is…

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The Most Important Swing Step

March 24, 2015

The 8-Step Swing by Jim McLean came out in 1999, and at one time or another, has been a topic of conversation among swing gurus. We recently watched the video in Golf Fundamentals, and one of our homework assignments was to identify the most important Swing Step (other than Step 6). I recommend you check the video out on YouTube. It’s an oldie, but it’s also a goodie. Step 6…

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