Mind-Blowingly Simply Pitching (and Bunker Shots)

So last week, I detailed the mind-blowingly simple chipping technique we covered in Methods of Teaching with PGA Professional Ed Ekis. But that was only half the story. We also covered pitching. And like the chipping techniques we discussed, it’s just as simple. I only wish I had learned this sooner. What is pitching? It’s a shot with maximum airtime and minimum rollout. Where do we use it? Off the…

October 22, 2015
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EyeLine Golf: 15 Minute Pre-Round Practice Routine

October 21, 2015

Midterm season is upon us, and that means we’re reviewing much of what we’ve learned so far this semester. That said, this is a good week to post some of the articles and videos that show-up in my email inbox from time to time. I’ve said before that I think EyeLine Golf makes a lot of really good training aids, but I think their putting training aids are the best on the…

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Q: What’s a NET STABLEFORD COMPETITION?

A: A format in which each player plays his own ball throughout the round. Players are typically allocated 80% of their handicaps, and scoring is determined by points awarded in relation to a fixed score at each hole as follows: 15pts = Net Double Eagle 8pts = Net Eagle 3pts = Net Birdie 1pt = Net Par 0pts = Net Bogey -1pt = Net Double Bogey or higher At the conclusion…

October 20, 2015
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Q: What’s TWO BETTER BALLS OF FOUR?

A: A team event consisting of four players ranked according to handicap. After the completion of each hole, the two lowest scores are recorded for a team score. Players may pick-up if their score is three over par or more and record that score for the hole. For threesomes, a blind draw is used determine the missing player.

October 19, 2015
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Painted Mountain Golf Resort

October 18, 2015

Painted Mountain Golf Resort in Mesa was designed by Frank Boxberger and opened in 1969. If you’ve never heard of Boxberger, you’re not alone. I had to do a little digging, but apparently he also designed Eaton Country Club in Eaton, Colorado and the nine-hold Sunland Village Golf Course also in Mesa. Painted Mountain touts itself as a walker-friendly golf course, and it is, mainly because it’s so flat. Slope Ratings range anywhere…

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Mind-Blowingly Simple Chipping

October 15, 2015

If you were to go online do some research, you might be surprised to learn that the average handicap of all golfers (men, women, and children) has decreased consistently over the past 20 years or so. But according to research provided to Golf Digest by the USGA’s Golf Handicap & Information Network (GHIN), the average handicap today is just two strokes better than it was in the early 1990s. Just…

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Analyzing Jason Day’s Load To Explode

October 14, 2015

It was a pretty amazing summer for Jason Day. After battling a bout of vertigo to finish tied for 9th at the U.S. Open June 21st, Day rattled off four PGA Tour wins over his next eight starts, never finished lower than a tie for 12th, and was even ranked No. 1 in the world. As if that wasn’t enough, Day finished 3rd in the FedEx Cup Playoff race, made nearly $9.5 million…

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Outdoor Club Fitting

October 13, 2015

This morning, our Golf Club Fitting class met out at the Bear Creek driving range in Chandler for a hands-on re-cap of everything we’ve learned so far this semester. Over the first several weeks, we’ve covered length, lie angle, shaft flex, and clubhead design and their importance as it relates to fit. Today, we finally got a chance to go through a dynamic (while swinging) fit with a lie board to put…

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Overseeding Season

October 9, 2015

Overseeding season is officially underway in the state of Arizona. This is the time of year when the bermudagrass begins to turn a dormant yellow in favor of the bright green of ryegrass overseed. It’s also when courses begin charging more green for their greens fees as they look to recoup all the money they’ve lost over the slower, hotter summer months. Aesthetically, it’s a beautiful contrast, and if you’ve ever watched the Waste…

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