dbg on Golf

Tiger Woods needs to win the Quicken Loans National to get into next week’s Bridgestone Invitational, an event he’s won eight times, because he’s ranked No. 266.    

July 30, 2015
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Superstition Springs Golf Club

July 30, 2015

Superstition Springs Golf Club was designed by Greg Nash and opened for business off Baseline Road in Mesa, the heart of the East Valley, in 1986. The mounding, the grass and sand bunkering, and the railroad ties running along the water features remind me of a Pete Dye design, but while it’s not a Dye, it might as well be. If you don’t hit the ball in the proper spot or if you don’t know…

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Calculating Your Percent Error Index (PEI)

July 29, 2015

One of the topics that came up in class this week is Percent Error Index or PEI. The term was made popular by short game guru Dave Pelz in his first book in a four-book series, Dave Pelz’s Short Game Bible. So what is PEI? It’s a percentage used to evaluate a player’s performance with a given club on a certain shot. After so many shots, an average can be calculated with the result being an…

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Do’s and Don’ts of Building a Junior Set

July 28, 2015

In Golf Club Assembly & Repair, we’re building a junior set. Before you’re ready to build a set of junior golf clubs, there are a lot of decisions you have to make and a lot of questions you have to answer. How old is the junior you’re building the set for? How tall is the junior? How many clubs should the set contain? PGA Professional Gary Balliet recommends starting your junior out…

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V1 Digital Coaching System

July 28, 2015

One of the programs students have access to while attending the Golf Academy is the V1 Golf App. Founded in 1995, V1 Sports is a sports motion analysis and digital media technology company specializing in the development of video analysis software and advertising vehicles for online and mobile device applications. It’s the No. 1 video analysis software in sports, and the Golf App specifically, helps us diagnose a golfer’s swing flaws….

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What To Do When This Happens

July 27, 2015

A few months ago, a cell phone video of a bear cub dancing with a pin flag on a golf course in Canada starting making the rounds on YouTube. Actually, it got more than 2.5 million views! It may be the greatest thing Canada has ever produced, and I’m including the sport of hockey. One of the things we all love about playing golf is that it puts us out in…

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Q: What’s a YELLOW/ORANGE BALL TOURNAMENT?

A: A four-player team event in which the teams are selected using A, B, C, and D handicap players. On each hole, one player plays the yellow ball, one player plays the orange ball, and the two remaining players play their own balls. The yellow and orange balls will rotate among the team members each hole. At the completion of each hole, three scores are added together to create one team score…

July 27, 2015
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Todd Sones: Bump & Run vs. Bump & Spin

July 25, 2015

A couple of the shots Todd Sones and his staff teach at his Scoring Zone School outside Chicago are the Bump & Run and the Bump & Spin. It all depends on how you want the ball to react once it hits the green, but if you watched the Open Championship at St Andrews, you saw a lot of players hitting these shots off tight lies. They greatly reduce the chances of…

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Golf Performance Enhancement: Tee Shot Game

July 24, 2015

One of the hardest things to do in golf is to take your game from the driving range or the practice tee to the golf course. In recent weeks, PGA Professional Gary Balliet has given us different drills to help us do just that. That’s what Golf Performance Enhancement is all about. This morning, class met back out at Bear Creek in Chandler – this time to practice the Tee Shot Game….

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