The Most Powerful Person in Golf

January 21, 2016

Today in Capstone Management Study of Golf Operations with PGA Professional Warren Pitman, we were talking about ClubCorp and specifically, CEO Eric Affeldt. For the second year in-a-row, Affeldt finds his name atop Golf Inc.’s “Most Powerful People in Golf” list, which ranks individuals’ influence and their organizations’ ability to positively impact the golf industry. The leader of golf’s largest ownership group watched his company’s stock price (NYSE: MYCC) jump 30 percent as…

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Amateur Bryson DeChambeau leads Rory McIlroy by two strokes at the Abu Dhabi Championship. DeChambeau is the first golfer to win both the U.S. Amateur and the NCAA Individual Championship in the same year since Ryan Moore in 2004.

January 21, 2016
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My Personal Teaching Philosophy

January 20, 2016

For homework this week in Advanced Teaching, we were asked to write down our personal teaching (swing) philosophy. Again, for those of us who are leaning toward pursing a career in golf instruction, this is a really important step. It can be an awkward and uncomfortable task to ask yourself the question, “What do I believe?” Our Teaching Manual says a philosophy is “a general statement that expresses the main…

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Special Guest Commentary: Club Fitting at Sea Island

January 19, 2016

Welcoming guests is what Sea Island (GA) is all about. I left Greenville at around 5:30a for the four-and-a-half-hour drive down to Hilton Head. When I arrived, I played 27 holes at Hilton Head Country Club as a ClubCorp member, but while the South Carolina Lowcountry weather in late October was almost perfect, I was ready for something more. I noticed a lack of streetlights as I pulled into The Inn at Sea…

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Jamie Donaldson will miss the start of the 2016 season after injuring the little finger on his left hand in a chainsaw accident. Dude! What are you doing? Pay someone to do that kind of work for you!  

January 18, 2016
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Todd Sones: Wear Your Spikes When Practicing Indoors

January 15, 2016

Proper foot work, weight distribution, and weight movement are fundamentals that many players can improve if they understand and practice properly while working on their golf game indoors. That’s where Golf Digest Top 50 Instructor Todd Sones is teaching these days: indoors. In the winter months, Todd works out of the Buffalo Grove Dome located 45 minutes northwest of Chicago. Todd is on the Golf Academy of America’s National Advisory Board and says when you’re practicing…

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How Bill Haas Beat Sangmoon Bae in the Presidents Cup

January 14, 2016

In Advanced Teaching the other day, we were talking about what makes a good golf instructor. We were discussing the fact that no one is teaching people how to teach, and that instruction has gotten away from teaching people how to play golf. PGA Professional Jay Friedman belongs to a Facebook group with some pretty big-time golf instructors, including Bill Harmon. If the last name sounds familiar, it should. The Harmons…

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Jordan Spieth tops Golf Digest’s annual list of the game’s highest earners, ending Tiger Woods’ 13-year reign. Spieth made $54 million. Tiger ranked 3rd at $49 mil., $48.5 million away from competition.

January 13, 2016
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Advanced Teaching: Growing vs. Preserving the Game

January 13, 2016

Wednesdays are one of our busiest days at the Golf Academy. In the morning, we have Financial Management and Workplace Ethics, and after lunch, we have Advanced Teaching. Advanced Teaching is probably the class I’m most excited about this semester. I want to go into instruction when I graduate, and finally, after a little over a year, we get to put it all together! We get to take what we’ve learned about…

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