Bear Creek Golf Club: Cub Course

January 31, 2016

My wife is a beginner golfer. She’s been playing for a little over a year now, and she’s getting better every day. We’ve gone out and played a few times in the past 12 months, and when we have, we’ve played longer courses that haven’t been as much fun for her because she doesn’t hit the ball very far. So when some friends of ours from Tucson wanted to come up and…

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Phil Mickelson is upset that the 17-year-old Australian kid who beat him out of $5,000 at Torrey Pines was bragging about it. What did you expect Phil? If you don’t want kids to brag about beating you, then don’t play kids for money… and lose!

January 29, 2016
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Self-Confidence & Psychological Momentum

January 29, 2016

Self-confidence is a popular topic of conversation at the Golf Academy. In fact, we’re studying it right now in Sport Psychology with Dr. Teri Aguiar. Self-confidence, especially as it relates to golf, is a funny, fleeting thing. We’ve all stood on the tee at one time or another, confident that we can execute the next shot with which we’re faced with. And then there are other times, maybe a bunker…

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Golf Academy Extends GolfTEC Agreement

January 28, 2016

GolfTEC is one of the many landing spots available to Golf Academy of America students when they graduate. This company is one of the reasons I’ve been pursuing my Teaching Certificate, which includes classes in Advanced Teaching and Methods of Teaching as well as passing the school’s Playing Ability Test. The Denver-based company recently celebrated its 20th anniversary and has more than 600 Certified Personal Coaches at nearly 200 centers worldwide,…

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The Attributes of a Great Golf Instructor

January 27, 2016

Today in Advanced Teaching with PGA Professional Jay Friedman, we were talking about what it means to a be a great golf instructor. As I’ve alluded to recently, I’m leaning toward pursing a career in golf instruction. I enjoy being outdoors and working with people, especially juniors. There’s nothing quite like the feeling you get when teaching someone how to hit a golf shot. While great teachers will be great anywhere, there…

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Golf Course Maintenance: Fairways & Rough

January 26, 2016

In Principles of Golf Course Maintenance with PGA Professional Gary Balliet, we recently discussed the mowing techniques used on tees and greens. That was last week. Today, the conversation shifted to fairways and the rough. This is an excerpt from our PowerPoint lecture. In the 1950s and the 1960s, fairways were wide open – about 50 yards wide. Now, they’re more like 25 yards wide, and the striping or contouring mowing patterns that are commonplace today…

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USGA Rules Official: Penalty Strokes Adding Up

January 25, 2016

Dr. Robin Farran teaches Advanced Rules at the Golf Academy and is widely regarded as one of the top USGA Rules Officials in the country. He helps write and revise the book! Each week, he sends out new and different Rules incidents, but this week’s offering has to be my favorite so far. It has to do with the addition of penalty strokes after a player has returned his score card but…

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Todd Sones: Finding Your Natural Anchor Point

January 22, 2016

Anchor points are how we use the ground during the golf swing. You have to push off at a certain point to create force. If your feet were off the ground even by just a couple of inches, you couldn’t swing the club. Anchor points are how you use ground force, and they determine how much speed you can generate during the golf swing. Those are the words of Golf Digest Top 50 Instructor…

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Jordan Spieth incurred a “monitoring” penalty at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship because he took too long to putt. Under the European Tour’s new policy on slow play, a second penalty would mean a fine of just under $3,000.

January 22, 2016
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