Todd Sones: Don’t Be Conned By the xE1 Wedge

March 31, 2016

If you ever watch the Golf Channel, no doubt by now you’ve seen the infomercial for the xE1 Sand Wedge. It’s the one where former PGA Tour player Arron Oberholser (beware of an Aaron who spells his name with two R’s) who touts the genius of the wedge for “practically eliminating” fat pitches or chips. Here it is:     Says Oberholser, “The xE1’s technologically-advanced design with it’s auto-glide sole and extreme heel-toe weighting makes…

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Advanced Teaching Field Trip: Leisure World

March 31, 2016

Three times each year for the past five years, Leisure World in Mesa has been gracious enough to allow Advanced Teaching classes at the Golf Academy to come out and offer instruction to its membership. It’s a great relationship – the members get free lessons, and students get an opportunity to teach over a period of three consecutive weeks. Leisure World has upwards of 700 members spread out between its two courses: Coyote Run and…

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Visualize Like Jason Day

March 29, 2016

In Sport Psychology with Dr. Teri Aguiar, we were discussing the 6th and final weapon we can use to improve our golf games: imagery, also known as visualization. Visualization is defined as creating or re-creating an experience in the mind, and there’s plenty of scientific research in the psych world that suggests visualization enhances athletes’ thoughts and emotions because it orders them. While it doesn’t work for everyone, the greater an athlete’s skill, the…

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With his win at the WGC-Dell Match Play Championship, 28-year-old Jason Day has now won back-to-back PGA Tour events and six of his last 13 tournaments dating back to the PGA Championship in August. He also reclaims his No. 1 world ranking.

March 28, 2016
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TPC Scottsdale: Stadium Course

March 26, 2016

A few of my 4th Semester classmates got jobs working out at TPC Scottsdale partway through their enrollment at the Golf Academy. Seeing them come to school wearing their blue Nike golf shirts featuring the white TPC Scottsdale logo on the chest was like a status symbol. Even though it was a work uniform for them, we all knew where they were going after school, and we were a little jealous. Now that the…

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I like this new WGC-Dell Match Play format a lot better. Now, instead of being one and done, guys get to stick around for at least three days, and it builds drama to see who’s going to advance to the round of 16.

March 26, 2016
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Americans Want to Play Golf – Until They Try It

March 24, 2016

A little more than a week after we got wind of the National Golf Foundation’s (NGF) annual golf participation report, we got word of The Wall Street Journal’s preemptive report detailing not only the NGF report but how the number of people trying golf for the first time has gone up while overall participation continues to drop. So what’s the sport doing wrong? Americans Want to Play Golf – Until They…

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(2) Jason Day won his opening round match at the WGC-Dell Match Play Championship 3&2 over (62) Graeme McDowell despite searing lower back pain. Keep an eye on Day’s back moving forward.

March 24, 2016
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Guest Speaker: Club Fitting Blows My Mind Every Time

March 24, 2016

Just about every semester for the past six years or so, Henry-Griffitts Director of Account Management and Master Coach/Clubfitter Bill Boltz has visited the Golf Academy in Phoenix to conduct club fitting training seminars. The seminars are usually held in conjunction with PGA Professional Gary Balliet’s 3rd Semester Club Fitting class, but because of my wedding anniversary this past November, I was unable to attend. Today was a make-up day…

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USGA Rules Official: Only in Arizona!

March 22, 2016

Dr. Robin Farran is widely regarded as one of the country’s top USGA’s Rules Officials and teaches Advanced Rules at the Golf Academy of America. Talk about a great resource! Dr. Farran is always emailing out new and different rules scenarios for us to analyze and dissect. The following incident actually happened not too long ago at an event here in Arizona: Player X, when the Scoring Official asks his…

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