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Tiger Woods’ agent is denying social media reports Woods suffered a setback while rehabbing from October back surgery.

February 22, 2016
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Todd Sones: Improve Your (Putting) Distance Control

February 19, 2016

The area most overlooked by amateurs is three-putting. According Golf Digest Top 50 Instructor and Golf Magazine Top 100 Instructor Todd Sones, most players don’t get their first putt close enough, which leads to challenging 2nd putts and too many three-putts. Lag putting is all about feel, and it’s the reason most people three-putt. When they hit a green in regulation, they’re putting from distances between 30 and 80 feet, and because…

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The PGA Tour is flipping the nines at East Lake for the Tour Championship so the tournament will end with a Par 5.

February 18, 2016
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Learning How to Teach the Game of Golf

February 18, 2016

A select few of us were able to be part of a really memorable experience at the Golf Academy the other day. Five of us, who are currently taking Advanced Teaching with PGA Professional Jay Friedman, were asked to volunteer our time after school to give lessons to the members of the Fountain Hills High School golf team. Over the next several weeks, many of our Advanced Teaching classes will be outside…

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Are Millennials Playing Golf or Not?

February 17, 2016

Today in Financial Management, we were discussing the business of golf as it relates to millennials. Millennials are generally regarded as those individuals who were born between the early 1980s and the early 2000s and typically range in age from 12 to 34. It’s a particularly important segment of the population because as older golfing generations die off, millennials will go a long way toward determining the fate of the game…

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Verde River Golf & Social Club

February 16, 2016

In Arizona, if you’re willing to get in your car and drive, you can play some great golf courses. The latest example happened to me just the other day. One of my classmates at the Golf Academy works at Verde River Golf & Social Club in Rio Verde. For the past several months, he’s tried to get me to come out there and play his course. It’s not that I…

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USGA Rules Official: Which Ball Is In Play?

February 16, 2016

Dr. Robin Farran is widely regarded as one of the top USGA Rules Officials in the country. He also happens to teach Advanced Rules at the Golf Academy, which is why we are fortunate to have access to his weekly Rules quandaries. This week’s involves determining which ball is in play. As always, there are three scenarios: 1. Player A’s tee shot heads deep right toward a boundary fence. Player…

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Vaughn Taylor went 10 years, 5 months, and 24 days between PGA Tour victories (August 21, 2005-February 14, 2016).

February 15, 2016
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Couples Who Play Together, Stay Together

February 14, 2016

I know it’s not Thanksgiving, but one of the things I’m most thankful for on this Valentine’s Day is that I have a wife who loves to play golf – maybe even more than I do sometimes! I introduced her to the game about a year and-a-half ago, and now she’s hooked. Not to brag, but I think her swing is way ahead of schedule. Despite only having played for about 18…

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Todd Sones: My Holy Grail for Clubhead Speed

February 12, 2016

Todd Sones is a Golf Digest Top 50 Instructor and has been a Golf Magazine Top 100 Instructor every year since 1995. He also serves on the Golf Academy of America’s National Advisory Board. Last week, Todd and his top assistant attended the 2016 Golf Magazine Top 100 Teachers Summit at Timacuan Golf Resort in Lake Mary, Florida. The hot topic was teaching ground force. Says Todd, “That topic was…

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