Rules of Golf Limits Use of Video Evidence

April 25, 2017

The Rules of Golf are changing again, and this time, it really is for the better. The topic involved is video evidence, and specifically the events of the past year that have affected Dustin Johnson, Anna Nordqvist, and most recently, Lexi Thompson. Earlier this month, Thompson received a four-stroke penalty in the middle of the final round of the ANA Inspiration, eventually costing her a major championship. It was pretty embarrassing….


Diary of a USGA Rules Official: True or False?

April 5, 2017

Dr. Robin Farran teaches Advanced Rules at the Golf Academy of America in Phoenix and is one of the USGA’s top Rules Officials. You have to wonder what he would say about Lexi Thompson’s delayed four-stroke penalty over the weekend! Dr. Farran is always emailing out different scenarios and actual rulings. In this month’s Diary of a USGA Rules Official, the good doctor plays a little True or False? among other things: Saturday Incidents –…


My Epic Experience

March 26, 2017

About two months ago, I was asked to become a Callaway Golf staff member, meaning that I would represent the brand at La Paloma Country Club where I work. I had served as a Callaway Advocate since June, and after attending the company’s Epic Tour stop in Scottsdale in December, the decision was a no-brainer. One of the perks of being “on staff” with Callaway is being custom fitted for a…


Todd Sones: The Finesse Sequence

March 17, 2017

Short game shots and scoring are really important in golf. That goes without saying. But what’s the difference between the greenside finesse sequence and the full swing power sequence? Your upper body leads the short game. Todd Sones is a Golf Digest Top 50 and Golf Magazine Top 100 Instructor who teaches out of White Deer Run Golf Club near Chicago. He also currently serves on the Golf Academy of America’s National…


19th Annual Senior Member/Guest Tournament

March 13, 2017

La Paloma Country Club only closes the course completely three times a year: the Dove Hunt Member/Guest in November, the Senior Member/Guest in March, and the Ladies Member/Guest in April also know as Cazeria. These are the biggest events of our calendar year. The least stressful event that I’ve been a part of so far (and to be fair, there have only been two) has been the recently-completed Senior Member/Guest….


Diary of a USGA Rules Official: Starting Reminders & Rulings

March 9, 2017

Dr. Robin Farran is one of the USGA’s top Rules Officials and teaches Advanced Rules at the Golf Academy of America in Phoenix. He’s always emailing out different Rules scenarios, which I am happy to re-post for our benefit! I call it Diary of a USGA Rules Official, and in this month’s installment, Dr. Farran has some not so subtle reminders about starting times and Decision 13-2/0.5: Starting Reminders In stroke…


Video Tip: The Proper Golf Grip

March 7, 2017

  I have been asked to record video golf tips every couple of weeks for the La Paloma Country Club Facebook page. A few weeks ago, I demonstrated a really simply chipping technique. This week, I’m talking about the importance of the proper golf grip. The grip is our only connection to the golf club, yet it’s the one thing I see most amateur golfers doing incorrectly. I prefer the neutral golf grip….


PGA Approves Shorts for Practice Rounds

March 4, 2017

By T.J. Auclair Golfers: start working on those leg tans. PGA President Paul Levy announced on Tuesday that shorts would be permitted for practice rounds in all PGA of America events going forward, most notably the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship, PGA Professional Championship and PGA Championship. The PGA Championship will be the first of the four major championships to allow contestants to wear shorts during practice rounds. Great move….


Todd Sones: The Shoelace Drill

March 2, 2017

Todd Sones is a Golf Digest Top 50 and Golf Magazine Top 100 Instructor who teaches out of White Deer Run Golf Club near Chicago. I first heard about Todd because of his putter fitting philosophy and then reconnected with him later because of his affiliation with the Golf Academy where he currently serves on the school’s National Advisory Board. In this week’s tip (below), Todd has a great drill to improve your short…


More Rules Changes Coming in 2019?

March 1, 2017

Golf is at it again! This time, I have to give the sport’s governing bodies a lot of credit. The Rules of Golf have always been a problem, but now there’s really a movement to do something about it. This was a popular (and frequent) topic of conversation during our time at the Golf Academy: making the Rules simpler for everyone to understand and easier to apply out on the golf…