First Semester Recap

April 30, 2015

The first semester is in the books, and when the second semester begins Friday, May 8th, I’ll officially be a sophomore – four months into my 16-month program at the Golf Academy of America. We have two weeks off between semesters, and the last few days have given me a chance to reflect on what I’ve learned so far. Here now, is a brief recap of semester No. 1: Tournament Golf – Mondays…

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bOObs on Golf

Justin Rose has now won a PGA Tour event six straight years. The longest streak belongs to Dustin Johnson who’s won an event eight years in-a-row.

April 27, 2015
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The Club at Savannah Harbor

April 27, 2015

The wife and I are in Savannah for a couple of days before we have to drive up to North Carolina for my brother’s graduation. Both of us have been to Charleston just up the way, but neither one of us had ever been to Savannah, so we wanted to check it out. I spent several years in Greenville (SC), and I really like the South. Just about everything downtown is within walking distance – city…

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Mechanics of the Short Game

April 25, 2015

The other day, I got to thinking about why the Short Game is so difficult for the average player. It’s the single best place to start if you want to shave strokes off your game. Roughly 60-65% of all strokes take place from 100 yards and in, (driving the ball accounts for 25%, leaving just 15% for all other shots) and 43% of that 60-65% is putting. One of my classmates…

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Rules of Golf

April 24, 2015

I have said and will continue to say that the Rules of Golf are too complicated and need to be simplified. That said, I’m very proud of my first semester classmates. This semester, we had four people get A’s on the final exam and four people get A’s in the class. Most years, that number is just one – one A on the final and one A in the class. We also…

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Pathway Chipping Drill

April 22, 2015

  Place two sticks, shafts, or clubs down on the ground just off the edge of the putting surface to create a pathway to the target. Use this aid to help with clubface alignment and to help you visualize the proper swing path. This is a great drill for both alignment and path direction.

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The Most Important Dates in Golf History

April 22, 2015

Our History of Golf class has come to an end. We just took our final exam today, but I thought I would leave you with a list of the most important dates in golf history: 1296 – Across the North Sea from Scotland, The Dutch are already reportedly playing a game called colf on what’s called a colf course. Be glad the name colf didn’t stick. 1744 – The first set…

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Golf Fundamentals: What You Need to Know

April 21, 2015

With the first semester quickly coming to a close, I’ve been reflecting on my classes and what I will takeaway from each course. Golf Fundamentals is no different. Here’s just a sample of what I’ve learned: Golf is about solving the logistical problems of distance and direction. There are five Ball Flight Laws – position of the clubface, clubhead path, clubhead speed, centeredness of contact, and angle of approach. Clubface and…

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Todd Sones: Mini Wedge Shots

April 21, 2015

Todd Sones is a Golf Magazine Top 100 Instructor who works out of White Deer Run Golf Club in Vernon Hills, Illinois. Todd is one of the reasons I enrolled at the Golf Academy of America here in Phoenix, and for his wisdom and career advice, I am forever grateful. From time to time, Todd emails out video tips relating to his Impact Golf School. This tip caught my eye because it involves the…

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Skills Development: Skills Test

April 20, 2015

Bear Creek played host to our final outdoor Skills Development session of the semester today, and it was a final exam of sorts. Here’s how the Skills Test is scored: Putting 20 Putts – North, South, East, and West around the hole from 3′, 6′, 9′, 12′, and 15′ Each make is worth 3 points 33 points = 0 handicap (scratch) Lag Putting 10 Putts – Two putts from 20′, 30′, 40′,…

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