Inspirational Speech

July 22, 2015

In Verbal Communication Skills, we have to give four different speeches this semester: persuasive, informative, demonstrative, and inspirational. For my persuasive speech, I laid out the argument that Tiger Woods will never catch Jack Nicklaus, much less win another major. So far, I look like a genius. For my informative speech, I talked about the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, the non-profit organization of which my wife is a part. Pulmonary Fibrosis (PF) killed…

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Golf Operations Field Trip: Leisure World

July 21, 2015

PGA Professional Fred Barr took Golf Operations class out for a field trip to Leisure World in Mesa. Fred’s a brave man. This was no ordinary road trip. There are 30 of us in the class right now, and talking is never an issue. We always have lots of questions, but our class is different in a good way. I expect good things down the road. We were greeted by Travis Fish, who’s…

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Skills Development: Flops & Lobs

July 21, 2015

This morning, Advanced Elements of the Short Game met back at Ken McDonald Golf Course in Tempe for another outdoor Skills Development – this time on flops & lobs. The two shots are very different. The flop is a more V-shaped swing, while the lob is more of a U-shaped swing. The lob is the easier of the two shots, but most players will only try the flop. These shots can…

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Johnson An Underrated Champion

July 20, 2015

Zach Johnson is the Open champion no one expected. He’s probably the Champion Golfer of the Year nobody wanted. But with a win in a four-hole aggregate, three-man playoff at St Andrews, his second major victory, Johnson put the finishing touches on what has been an incredibly successful, if not underrated career. Heck, Johnson is from Iowa. He looks like actor Joaquin Phoenix. His hair is thinning like Friar Tuck. Johnson…

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ASU Karsten Golf Course

July 20, 2015

The ASU Karsten Golf Course holds a special place in my heart. When I was in my sophomore year at Arizona State University, I really fell in love with the game. I played most, if not all of my rounds at one of two courses: Rolling Hills or Karsten. Rolling Hills is a little Par 62 Executive Course. Karsten is a 7,000-yard Pete Dye design that will eat your lunch…

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Todd Sones: Make Solid Contact Putting

July 19, 2015

Todd Sones is one of Golf Digest’s 50 Best Teachers in America and has been a Golf Magazine Top 100 Instructor every year since 1995. He currently serves on the Golf Academy of America’s National Advisory Board and runs a scoring zone school outside Chicago. Every few weeks, Todd sends out video tips on putting and the short game. They’re time sensitive (so they won’t be there forever), but they’re good. In this week’s installment,…

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Have Rangefinders Ruined the Game?

July 17, 2015

One of my favorite things about Rules of Golf is instructor Ed Ekis. He’s a PGA Professional, and he’s been there, done that, if you know what I mean. Ed has been around awhile. He likes to joke that he once played golf with Old Tom Morris, but he’s also had conversations with Ben Hogan. The Ben Hogan. Ed brings an interesting perspective in that he grew up maintaining his dad’s golf…

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dbg on Golf

We’re 40 years deep into video, and still no two swings look the same. -Paul Azinger, 1993 PGA Champion, during ESPN’s coverage of The Open Championship

July 17, 2015
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