Chipping to a Spot Drill

April 20, 2015

  Approximately ten feet from the putting green, place a circle of office labels or coins three feet in diameter 3-4 feet onto the putting surface. Use different clubs to work on landing balls into the circle. This is a great drill for tempo, contact, direction, and game management. Try using a metronome to help maintain a consistent tempo. Practice this drill from uphill, downhill, and sidehill lies.

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Jim Furyk continues to be a cash cow on the PGA Tour. Win No. 17 comes exactly 100 starts since his last victory. I’d put him in the Hall of Fame if only for his remarkable consistency.

April 19, 2015
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Troy Merritt shoots a 10-under 61 at Harbour Town. Jordan Spieth shoots 62! Raise your hand if you’ve ever heard of Troy Merritt.

April 17, 2015
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Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best you are capable of becoming. -John Wooden

April 16, 2015
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Blogger Expose’: John Wooden’s Pyramid of Success

April 16, 2015

John Wooden was arguably the greatest coach who ever lived – in any sport. As a head coach at UCLA from 1948-1975, Wooden won ten National Championships in a 12-year period including an unprecedented seven in-a-row (1967-1973). What sets Wooden apart is that just winning was never his standard of success. The definition of success that Wooden coined in 1934 reads, “Peace of mind attained only through self-satisfaction in knowing…

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Ken McDonald Golf Course

April 15, 2015

Ken McDonald has been on my radar all semester. This is the course that typically hosts the PGA of America’s Playing Ability Test (PAT) once a semester. I’ll be taking mine in my 3rd or 4th semester at the Golf Academy of America. Ken McDonald is operated by the City of Tempe, and usually that means Player Beware… of poor conditions. That was certainly not the case today. It’s been…

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The Impact of Ernest Jones

April 15, 2015

Ernest Jones was an English professional golfer renowned for his accomplishments in teaching several famous pro and amateur golfers. His pupils included Virginia Van Wie, who won three consecutive U.S. Women’s Amateurs between 1932 and 1934, Glenna Collett Vare, Lawson Little, Betty Hicks, and Horton Smith, who won the 1st August National Invitation Tournament in 1934. In 1916, as a soldier in World War I, Jones lost his right leg…

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It All Starts With the Clubface

April 14, 2015

Here’s something interesting I learned today in Golf Fundamentals – there’s no such thing as sidespin! Backspin… sure. Sidespin… no. Doesn’t exist. That’s according to self-proclaimed (on Twitter) TrackMan Maestro Joe Mayo who works alongside former PGA Tour player-turned-instructor Grant Waite. The clubface is almost soley responsible for the initial direction of the golf ball. The club path is what curves the ball, and the ball curves because of the…

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Different Lofts Chipping Drill

April 14, 2015

  Pick spots five, ten, and 15 feet away from the practice green. Using several different clubs of varying lofts, practice chipping balls from each spot while trying to carry the shots 3-4 feet onto the putting surface. Watch carefully how the shots react to help determine which club is best from which distance. This is a great drill for game management.

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Tiger Woods is likely out until THE PLAYERS. That’s too bad. I liked seeing him out there again. He has another major championship in him.

April 14, 2015
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