Todd Sones: Reading Greens

June 29, 2016

My teaching career as an Assistant Golf Professional at La Paloma Country Club in Tucson is still very much in its infancy, but one of the most common questions I’ve received in my short time there is “How do you read greens?” Great question! At the Golf Academy, we learned that when it comes to reading greens successfully, experience is the key. The more golf you play, the more greens you’re…

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Congratulations to Billy Hurley III on his 1st PGA Tour win! The Naval Academy grad made a 27-footer for birdie on the Par 5 16th hole to seal the victory at the Quicken Loans National ten months after losing his father to a self-inflicted gunshot wound.  

June 27, 2016
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Who Says Nuns Don’t Curse?

June 27, 2016

A nun walked into the Mother Superior’s office and plopped down into a chair. She let out a sigh, heavy with frustration. “What troubles you, Sister Theadore Linda?” asked the Mother Superior. “I thought this was the day you spent with your family.” “It was,” sighed the Sister. “And I went to play golf with my brother. We try to play golf as often as we can. You know I was…

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Papago Golf Course

June 24, 2016

William Francis “Billy” Bell was a very busy man back in the late 1950s and early 60s. After having a hand in designing what would become America’s two most popular public golf facilities, San Diego’s Torrey Pines in 1957 and Tucson’s Randolph Golf Complex in 1961, Bell ventured up to Phoenix and started working on Papago Golf Course. If you’ve read any of my course reviews over the past several months, you know I’ve…

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Becoming a PGA Member: Step 2

June 21, 2016

I’ve said before that the process of becoming a PGA member is pretty confusing. Ask anyone in the “know” how to go about it, and you won’t get the same answer twice. Since I’m about to embark on the 11-step process of earning my PGA Certification, I figured I would write a little bit about each step (including costs). The “Steps to Becoming a PGA Member” can be found online at pga.org, but after…

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La Paloma Junior Golf Academy

June 20, 2016

La Paloma Country Club is pleased to announce that the third of five summer Junior Golf Academies is currently underway. The camps run from 7:30a-9:30a Monday through Friday and are designed for beginner and intermediate skill levels ages 5-18. The academies will cover all areas of the game including (but not limited to) putting, chipping, pitching, bunker play, the full swing, Rules, and on-course etiquette. Juniors can bring their own clubs or a junior…

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Dear USGA, If you’re going to penalize Dustin Johnson (and I disagree that it was a penalty), don’t hold it over his head until the end of the round… especially when he’s trying to win a major championship. It lacks both dignity and class.

June 20, 2016
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Diary of a USGA Rules Official: Okay or Not Okay?

June 17, 2016

Dr. Robin Farran is one of the top USGA Rules Officials in the country. In fact, if previous years are any indication, he’s probably in Pennsylvania for the 116th playing of the U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club as we speak. Dr. Farran teaches Advanced Rules at the Golf Academy of America in Phoenix, but if there’s one week you can count on him being “out of the office,” it’s U.S. Open week. Quiz yourself on the…

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Todd Sones: The Most Common Mistake Amateurs Make

June 15, 2016

Todd Sones is someone whom I greatly respect. I first read about Todd in the January 2012 issue of Golf Magazine. In his article “Belly vs. Short,” Todd discussed how belly putters nail the four absolutes of putting: rotation, tuck, tilt, and ball position. As someone who had always struggled with a conventional-length putter and had finally switched to a belly model, I felt as if Todd was speaking to me. I also…

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