The Five Biggest Mental Mistakes Golfers Make

February 11, 2016

It’s been said that golf is 90% mental and only 10% physical. Bobby Jones once famous remarked, “Golf is a game that’s played on a five-inch course – the distance between your ears.” At one time or another, we’ve all attempted shots we look back on and shake our heads. But it doesn’t have to be that way. A classmate of mine recently forwarded me a link to this article…

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The lawsuit brought by caddies against the PGA Tour was thrown out by a judge in California with prejudice this week, which typically means it cannot be refiled.

February 11, 2016
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Advanced Teaching Field Trip: K-Vest Demonstration

February 10, 2016

Until today, the one piece of golf technology that we really hadn’t been exposed to at the Golf Academy is the motion-capture system known as K-Vest. Since 2002, the New Hampshire-based company has dominated the world of swing capture, range of motion, and biofeedback to the point that it’s become an industry leader in human motion learning. There are three learning types: visual (seeing – 65% of the population), auditory (hearing – 20% of the population),…

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Is Poa Annua Good or Bad?

February 9, 2016

I think if you were to take an informal survey, you’d be hard-pressed to find a single golfer who likes or even prefers to putt on Poa annua greens. And no, it’s not Poana. It’s Poa annua. For my money, the best greens in the world are bentgrass greens. Augusta National agrees. All of their greens are bentgrass. Good bentgrass is like putting on carpet. In Principles of Golf Course Maintenance with…

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Golf Course Design Rules of Thumb

February 8, 2016

Dr. Michael Hurdzan’s book entitled Golf Course Architecture: Evolutions in Design, Construction, and Restoration Technology is often referred to as the Bible of golf course architecture. According to amazon.com, “It takes readers inside the designer’s mind through each step of designing a golf green, golf hole, and a golf course.” In the text, Hurdzan outlines his 16 Rules of Thumb for aspiring golf course architects. We were talking about it…

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Q: What’s an ORANGE BALL SCRAMBLE?

A: A team event in which one of the four balls the team members are playing is orange. The player with the orange ball plays that ball and records his own score while the other three member of the team play a traditional scramble. The orange ball rotates among the team members, changing after each hole. At the completion of each hole, the orange ball score and the scramble score are…

February 8, 2016
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The scores are a little lower than usual at this year’s Waste Management Phoenix Open. Looks like those course improvements are working!

February 7, 2016
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Volunteering at the Waste Management Phoenix Open

February 6, 2016

The coolest thing we do at the Golf Academy every year is operate the practice range at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. This is something I really looked forward to last year, and it’s something I’ve been looking forward to again this year. Because of the time of year we enrolled at the Academy, we get to work the Open not once, but twice! Last year I chose to work the 6:30a shift on Friday,…

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Todd Sones: The Importance of Swing Triggers

February 4, 2016

Great players don’t stand over the golf ball. They set up and hit it. One of the worst things you can do as a player is stand over the ball for too long, tensing up. You lose your rhythm, and you start to think negatively or mechanically. What suffers is your feel for the shot. Todd Sones is a Golf Digest Top 50 Instructor who also serves on the Golf…

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Bubba Watson’s not a fan of the changes to TPC Scottsdale. It’s probably because the narrower course puts a premium on hitting fairways.

February 4, 2016
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