Blogger Expose’: My Strengths & Weaknesses

March 10, 2015

Strengths are like a force of nature. You need to seek out situations that call upon your strengths! I put a star next to that line from Marcus Buckinham’s Trombone Player Wanted. I thought this film was fascinating, and it got me thinking about why I enrolled at the Golf Academy of America in the first place – to get back to doing what I am good at and to…


Skills Development: Chipping & Backswing Principles

March 9, 2015

This morning, first semester students were out at Ken McDonald for Skills Development. This is something we do periodically throughout the semester to practice the skills that we have learned in either Golf Fundamentals or Mechanics of the Short Game. For 27 guys of varying skill levels, it can get a little out of hand at times. First, we worked on chipping with PGA Instructor Warren Pitman. Warren showed us traditional…


Golf Channel Academy: Jim Furyk

March 8, 2015

This semester, I’m taking Mechanics of the Short Game. The other day, instructor Jay Friedman came into class and told us we should watch the most recent Golf Channel Academy with Jim Furyk – on the short game. Perfect timing! Want to know why the 44 year old Furyk is a walking ATM? It has a lot to do with his short game. Furyk led the PGA Tour in scrambling in…


NESW Putting Drill

March 7, 2015

  Set-up four balls – north, east, south, and west of the hole, marking a distance three feet away using coins or golf tees. This is a great drill for working on different breaks, aiming point, and speed. After you make all four putts, move back another three feet to six feet away. This will give you eight different putts from different sides of the hole, all with a different amount…


Toka Sticks Golf Club

March 5, 2015

If you want to play a good, tight, and tough little golf course, look no further than Toka Sticks Golf Club in East Mesa. The club is owned by the Gila River Indian Community and was designed by the Army Corps of Engineers in the early 1950s as a recreational facility for personnel stationed at Williams Air Force Base. The based closed in 1993, and now the course is open…


Trombone Player Wanted

March 3, 2015

In today’s Attitude & Motivation class, we watched a DVD entitled Trombone Player Wanted by Marcus Buckingham as part of our midterm exam. Wikipedia describes the British-American and New York Times best-selling author, researcher, motivational speaker, and business consultant as being “best known for promoting what he calls ‘strengths’… basing most of his writing on extensive survey data from interviews… he promotes the idea that people will get the best results…


Midterm Season – Mechanics of the Short Game

March 1, 2015

One of the other midterms on the docket next week is Mechanics of the Short Game, specifically chipping and putting. Here’s a sampling of what we’re likely to see on next week’s exam: Putting Involves controlling both the distance and the direction of the golf ball Grip = the hands are placed close together. The club is held primarily in the palms so the shaft is in line with the…