Diary of a USGA Rules Official: Practice Questions

December 27, 2016

Dr. Robin Farran teaches Advanced Rules at the Golf Academy of America in Phoenix and is one of the USGA’s top Rules Officials. In this month’s Diary of a USGA Rules Official, Dr. Farran breaks out some of his USGA Workshop materials. As always, it’s a good idea to have the Rules of Golf handy: Practice Questions The questions below were selected from the USGA University website, available to all Workshop attendees. Determine…

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Todd Sones: The L’s That Destroy a Short Game

December 21, 2016

Todd Sones is a Golf Digest Top 50 and Golf Magazine Top 100 Instructor who usually teaches at White Deer Run Golf Club outside Chicago. But when winter hits, he moves indoors to the Buffalo Grove Golf & Sports Center. Todd also serves on the Golf Academy of America’s National Advisory Board and is a Golf Channel Academy Lead Coach. In this week’s video (below), Todd discusses the two L’s…

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PGA Level 1 Battery Study Guide

December 19, 2016

Here it is! This is the study guide I put together to study for the five-test PGA Level 1 Battery. It’s not easy to condense 461 pages (747 if you count the PowerPoint slides from the Seminar Manuals), but it’s a lot easier to study just 22. This study guide is nothing sexy, but it’s effective. Feel free to copy and paste it into a Word document so you can print…

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Todd Sones: Learn to Trap the Ball This Winter

December 14, 2016

Todd Sones is a Golf Digest Top 50 and Golf Magazine Top 100 Instructor who serves on the Golf Academy of America’s National Advisory Board. He’s also a Golf Channel Academy Lead Coach. Usually, you can find Todd teaching at White Deer Run Golf Club outside Chicago, but in the frigid winter months, he moves indoors to the Buffalo Grove Golf & Sports Center. Believe it or not, you can still…

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Becoming a PGA Member: Step 7

December 13, 2016

After you complete your Work Experience Portfolio, it’s time to submit it to a PGA Education faculty member for grading. It’s an exciting (and more than a little relieving) feeling when you click on the portfolio progress bar and all you can see staring back at you is “100% Complete” and a “Submit Level 1 to Faculty Review” button. You have to check a box that reads, “I agree to send…

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A Masters Trophy purchased for Arnold Palmer recently sold at auction for $444,012. It’s the second-highest price ever paid for a piece of golf memorabilia behind only Horton Smith’s 1936 Masters jacket, which sold for $682,229.  

December 12, 2016
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No Brainer: USGA Waives Accidental Movement Penalty

December 8, 2016

After railing against the USGA’s regrettable handling of both the Men’s and Women’s U.S. Open Championships earlier this summer, today I have to give it some credit. On Thursday, the USGA (in conjunction with the R&A) announced a new local rule removing the penalty for “the accidental movement of a ball or a ball marker on the green.” All I can say is, “It’s about time.” Credit where credit is due….

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Callaway Golf Presents: The Epic Tour

December 7, 2016

Earlier this summer, I was nominated to be a Callaway Advocate at La Paloma. What that means is that in addition to being an ambassador for the Callaway brand, I’m also trained on the features and benefits Callaway products provide. I help inform people about the products that will benefit their performance and enjoyment of the game. Let’s be honest, lower scores make the game of golf a lot more fun….

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Tiger Woods may not have won the Hero World Challenge, but playing four consecutive rounds and posting a total score under par should be considered a victory. His 65 in Round 2 Friday also really showed me something.

December 4, 2016
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