Get Better STAT!

I’m proud to say that, I played golf for Penn State in college.  The best golfer to graduate from the Penn State Women’s golf team is currently on the LPGA Tour, her name is Katie Futcher.   My college coach, Denise St. Pierre,  shared this visual with me, it’s the one that Katie uses. Ever since I have used it to evaluate my game. 

If you did not get a chance, my last two postings were titled “the need for speed” and “hit your mark”.
In this visual, the red box represents the fairway and the circle represents the green.  In conjunction with the accuracy/distance blog,  the red line down the middle of the fairway represents the accuracy line (how accurate are you hitting your tee shot?)  The end of the box bisects the middle of the green. This portion of the box will represent your distance control on the green. Since the diagram is a circle, every green will not look like this,measure your statistics as if the center of the circle is in relation to the hole.  From here, plot each shot you take during the round.

This is an example of 9 holes,  the numbers with astricks  *  represent your approach shots.   At the end of your round you can evaluate which area you tend to miss a shot.  

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Megan Padua is a PGA Certified Instructor, LPGA Member, TPI Level 2 Junior Golf Certified, a TPI Level 1 Golf Professional, Coutour Certified Putter Fitting Professional,  and a Staff Teaching Professional with JRG/TSGA programs at the Raven Golf Club Phoenix

Trim Golf

2012 is almost here! What will be your new year’s resolution?

With the Trim Golf attitude, You can shave strokes off your game in 2012.

Dropping strokes on your game is a lot like losing weight.   It’s not always easy but if you can take off a little here and a little there you will eventually notice a difference over time.

My college golf coach, created a goal for us by coming up with a group called “The One Shot Club”  it was our mission to be a part of it.   The concept is, if each player could drop one stroke, as a team we would drop 5 strokes and that could be the difference between winning and losing.   There are many different areas where you can drop this stroke.   However, if you could drop one stroke in each area,  you would maximize your improvement.   What if you improved your putting by one stroke this year?  What if you improved your mental game by one stroke,  your  fitness ability by one stroke, your short game by one stroke, What if you saved one less drive from flying out of bounds?   Instead of trying to drastically improve one area of your game focus on how you can get just one stroke better.  

This year, I want you to take a look at what you want in your game, set a goal and make it happen!  Take out a piece of paper, write it down, and plan all the areas that you can trim one stroke.  We know that you can do it!

Megan Padua is a Coutour Certified Putter Fitting Professional, a PGA Certified Instructor, LPGA Member, TPI Level 2 Junior Certified and a Staff Teaching Professional with JRG/TSGA programs at the Raven Golf Club Phoenix

Over or Under?

Practicing your short game by yourself can get tedious at times, so here’s a fun way to add variety and control to your shotmaking around the greens.  Grab yourself a pool noodle and two dowels and build yourself a “limbo” bar.  From there, practice hitting both low and high shots with different wedges, ball positions, clubface angles, and handle locations.  Try to hit shots under the noodle, over the noodle, and for a challenge try to hit the noodle itself.  You’d be amazed at how many shots you can hit with one club using these variables.

One thing I like to do to keep my ball position and stance width in check around the greens is to use a sleeve of balls as a measuring tool.  Notice the ball position in the left pictures for the lower shot vs the ball position on the right for the higher shot.  It’s very easy to get the ball too far back in your stance for a basic chip shot and start stabbing at the ball, so using the sleeve is an easy way to stop that from happening.

Practicing this way around the greens gives you an awareness of what your hands are doing at impact and gives you a feel for using the leading edge of the golf club vs. the bounce.  Teach yourself how to hit these shots with the noodle and I guarantee you’ll start to see more up and downs on the golf course as well!

Aaron Olson is Staff Teaching Professional with JRG/TSGA programs at the Raven Golf Club Phoenix. In addition, he is Assistant Director of Nike Junior Golf Camps hosted at the Pebble Beach Resorts on the Monterey Peninsula.  Click Here for more information on private and group coaching with Aaron and the entire JRG/TSGA Staff.

Race to the Finish!

My favorite part about coaching is instituting a sense of “creativity” into every lesson I give!

As it relates to chipping, the key to effortless contact is delivering a shaft that has a bit of forward lean into the hit. This relationship will help facilitate ball then turf contact, while producing a shot that is low and running to the pin.

To help you “Jockey” into the proper impact position, I want you to imagine that your chipping swing is a horserace, where the handle of your club is the #1 horse and the club head is the #2 horse.

Make a few rehearsals where the club head brushes the turf, just ahead of the ball. A ball position in the center of your stance with your weight favoring your left side and a little pivot or turn towards the target will be of help!

As you swing through the hit, be aware of the head/handle relationship you are creating. Ensure that horse #1 beats #2 and you will be setting yourself up for a “Winners Circle” welcome!

Jeff Ritter is ranked as one of Golf Digest’s Best Young Teachers in America. Click Here for more information on JRG/TSGA private and group programs at the Raven Golf Club – Phoenix!

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