The Argument for Golf Instruction

March 24, 2015

The topic of golf instruction came up again in our Golf Fundamentals class with PGA Instructor Jay Friedman. A lot of us, including myself, would like to be golf instructors when we graduate from the Golf Academy, so almost any talk of the teaching profession, whether it be from NBC’s Johnny Miller or Golf Channel Analyst Brandel Chamblee, is going to be discussed. These guys are always slamming golf instructors on…

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Q: What’s a CHICAGO?

A: A gross event in which each player tries to exceed an allocated point quota based on his handicap. Points are scored as follows: Bogey = 1 pt. Par = 2 pts. Birdie = 4 pts. Eagle = 8 pts. The player whose point total exceeds his quota, or comes closest to it if no one exceeds it, wins the tournament. The player’s point quota is allocated according to the…

March 24, 2015
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bOObs on Golf

I don’t know what they’re putting in the water at Oklahoma State, but those guys can play. Hunter Mahan, Rickie Fowler, and now Morgan Hoffman. Just look for the bright orange.

March 24, 2015
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Southern Ridge Golf Club

March 23, 2015

Laveen, Arizona is home to more than one golf course! I have already heard great things about Aguila and hope to play it soon. But about five minutes past Aguila on Baseline Road is Southern Ridge Golf Club. The course plays 6,751 yards from the Black Tees to a Par of 72, a course rating of 71.5, and a slope of 121. If you look-up Southern Ridge online, you know that…

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Suspended String Putting Drill

March 19, 2015

  Choose a straight putt of about three feet. Set up a supported string using knitting needles, sharpened pencils, and string or twine. Push one knitting needle or sharpened pencil into the ground directly behind the center of the hole. Make 20-25 putts while making sure your eyes, the line on your putter, and the center of the ball all line up directly underneath the string or twine. This is a…

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The Greatest Players of the 80s & 90s

March 18, 2015

For History of Golf, we were asked to write about two of the greatest golfers of the 80s and 90s (one from each decade) and to explain their contributions to the game. The following is an excerpt from the assignment: Curtis Strange Curtis Strange won 16 times between 1980 and 1989 including back-to-back U.S. Opens in 1988 at Brookline and again in 1989 at Oak Hill Country Club. In the…

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Ladder Putting Drill

March 17, 2015

  Set up a line of five tees or coins three feet apart up to 15 feet away from the hole. Set up an additional tee or coin three feet past the hole. Start putting between six and nine feet away, practicing rolling the ball to no more than three feet past the hole. This is a great drill for distance control. Ideally, you should leave yourself no more than a tap-in.

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Set-Up Breakthrough: Fairway Woods

March 13, 2015

For the past few weeks, I have had trouble hitting my 3-wood off the fairway. I think most golf instructors will tell you that fairway woods are some of the hardest clubs to get up in the air off of tight fairway lies because of the loft. I agree. I have actually been hitting my 3-wood a little fat lately, which is resulting in a low hook. It’s been especially frustrating because I…

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Tempo-Distance Putting Drill

March 11, 2015

  Set up seven tees or coins six inches apart. Place the ball at the middle tee or coin. Hit putts swinging the putter head between the inside set of tees or coins, then the middle set of tees or coins, and finally the farthest set of tees or coins while trying to maintain a consistent tempo. This is a great drill for length of backswing and follow-through. Using a metronome helps…

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