I rarely talk about positions in the golf swing. I don’t believe we move the club from Point A to Point B. I feel we swing the club back and forth through connection, pivot, and momentum/centrifugal force. I focus on sensations and feelings in my instruction that will allow that to happen more naturally, easily, and fluidly. If we focus on positions, the swinging action is reduced, it becomes forced, it becomes directed. The club is meant to be swung, not directed.Read More
In 2016 I decided to give up a 24 year professional education career and pursue my lifelong dream of golf instruction full time. While I knew it would be a great challenge to build a business from scratch in Florida… it was time to follow my heart and my gut and put what my brain said in the background. Like standing over a golf shot and thinking “See, Feel, Do” that is how I wanted to approach life at 50 years old.Read More
As I write this I’m readying for Tiger Woods’ return to the competitive tee box. Today is the day. It’s been 466 days and three surgeries since he last hit a drive, shot, putt, or chip in a professional event. He didn’t wait long to create the hype we’ve always loved from him by making two eagles in yesterday’s pro-am. Not bad for a man who thought he may never play golf, and certainly not to a professional level he once attained. To see that “Tiger Smile” again on the golf course does my golf soul good!Read More
What are your keys to success in business, life, and all that you do? In launching “The Complete Golfer Golf Academy” at Heritage Isles CC in Tampa, FL this summer I have been able to focus all my professional attention on golf. I’ve worked with players of all ages and abilities. I spent a week with Neil Johnson back in WI getting him ready for stage one of Web. Com Q school, in which he was a successful qualifier for stage 2. I’ve been fortunate enough to be involved in Neil’s golf life for the past 20 years or so. Neil embodies the four D’s as he pursues his dream of PGA golf.Read More
While there are very few magical “Quick Fixes” in golf, there are a number of things that you can do in the short term to improve your game. Now, notice I said “improve”! As a golf instructor, I believe that the most solid way to fix your game is to invest the time and resources into lessons including work on the range, short game, and on the course to improve strategy and course management.Read More
Hello Golf Friends:
Go From "Over-The-Top" to Submarine!
In this video I demonstrate how to use a practice station and drill/sensation to fix the dreaded "over the top" move.
The cause of the over the top comes from starting the downswing with the upper body and right arm/shoulder which "throws" the club away from your body and the right shoulder is too high at impact. The arms have to FOLLOW the body. They should not lead in the downswing!
Practice this drill, build your practice station, develop that in-to-out path with clubface and body rotation and you will see an improved ball flight!
The Complete Golfer Golf Academy
The Age old (well since 1990's) question is... What type of ball should I play? We all want and desire the optimal combination of control plus distance. We analyze launch angles, angle of Attack, spin rates. We're looking for the "magic egg" in the basket. Over the past 10 years I've played over 20 different kinds of balls.Read More
My question to you this month is “Why do we love golf?” I, being a certified golf junkie, get asked this question a lot. Many of us have a love/hate relationship with this game…. Kind of like my 3 wood!Read More
Spring seems to be hitting all areas of the country now and I’m sure my northern climate golf friends are enjoying time back on the course!
“People get nervous about trying new things, yet the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result”. –Albert EinsteinRead More
Mindset and Achievement are two major ingredients in the recipe for success. There are many contributing factors in becoming successful including character, effort, vision, goals, determination, and even luck. In this month’s blog I want to talk about what I think is the perfect addition to mindset and achievement: DREAMS!Read More
As I discussed in part one, the only way to reach our ultimate potential is to be in the proper mindset. Identifying and developing process’, practices, and routines that allow us the best opportunities for success can be an entire project in itself. However, it is crucial to improvement in golf.Read More
Speaking of potential, that’s what I wanted to talk about this month. Lately, I’ve been immersed in reading, studying, contemplating how to get my golf students to take the steps to improvement.Read More
I, like many other golfers, am always trying to improve. I want to be the best golfer I can be given my time, resources, physical ability, and intellect. I wanted to share this month my six keys to golf improvement: Time, Physical Plan, Mental Plan, Physical Ability, Instruction and Equipment.Read More
I'm associated with the local Tampa Chapter of Fairways for Warriors. This is a group that helps veterans heal through the game of golf. Starting this weekend they will be doing a "Golf Equipment Collection" to send to troops in Iraq.Read More
When is the right time to start your child in golf? It's a question I've been asked many times. There is no specific age and my youngest student currently is four years old. In my view two things need to be in place:Read More
I’m doing my first video/instructional blog of a drill that many of my WI/MN golf students will recognize. It is a great at-home and winter drill when you can’t find the time to play and practice as much during the holiday season and shorter daylight hours.Read More
Feeling a perfectly struck ball off the club face is one of my favorite things! But watching that ball track towards the flag in mid-air; land softly on the green; break towards the hole; and trickle in is a pretty awesome experience.Read More
While I know that we get requests for golf fundraisers often, I wanted to post this one to support MDA and Heritage Isles CC. I look for events like this to play in that benefit kids and kids with special needs.Read More
I've only been in the sunshine state for one winter, but I definitely remember feeling the pain of the cold Wisconsin months fast approaching. One of my former HS team members bought my book and asked me what he could do this winter to stay in "Golf Mode". So, that is the impetus of this blog post. Thanks for the idea, Jack!Read More