Jeff Ritter Mental Toughness Seminar Part 1 – Nike Jr Golf Camps

Jeff Ritter discusses the attitudes behind living a high performance life both on and off the course with a group of junior golfers at his Nike Jr Golf Camps in Pebble Beach. http://www.jeffrittergolf.com

The NEW PING Anser Driver

Jeff Ritter demonstrates the features of the NEW PING Anser Driver! Click Here for information on how to set up a professional club fitting at the Raven Golf Club Phoenix!

Drills For Skills

A lot of people never know what to work on when they head off to the Driving Range. Here is a YouTube playlist of some of my favorite drills.

I try to get my students to work in sets of 5 balls. If you go to the gym, you do sets and if you hit balls and work on a feel or exercise, you should do sets as well.

I’ll challenge my students to do “5 set of 5 balls” on the bunker drill and grade the set. If they are mid to high handicap players, success would be 3 decent shots out of 5 balls. If they couldn’t manage three acceptable shots, then add another set to that particular drill.

A “Practice Plan” is very important. Aimlessly going to the range is futile and doesn’t have direction or measure growth.

Enjoy the drills and get in your “sets.”

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In the Spotlight: Lexi Thompson

A couple weeks ago I went to the practice round at The RR Donnelley Founders Cup an LPGA tournament at the Wildfire Golf Club in Scottsdale.   It was a perfect opportunity to observe high caliber golf and practice routines of the tour players.

The highlight of my experience was being able to chat with Lexi Thompson’s dad.   She is a rising star on the LPGA tour who just won her first LPGA tournament at the age of 16.   In 2011 Lexi also won the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters.   The LPGA used to have a rule that you could not hold Professional status if you were younger than 18.  Lexi Thompson is the reason that rule was changed.  She has already made an impact on golf and that is only the beginning.

Lexi’s dad shared with me his secret of why he believes she has reached her level of talent.   He said “she has two brothers that are good golfers, she is always trying to keep up with them, she learned to hit it far and always tried to win.”   It is important in the process of getting better to play with people that are at a higher level.   You can learn a lot from them and it also pushes you to strive for a higher standard.

I hope that you enjoy watching this clip of Lexi’s swing and continue to follow her career as she continues to develop her game as an LPGA star.

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.

Sink or Swim

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The “Wax On Wax Off” Attitude



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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.

Who is….

If someone asked you, “Who is the #1 golfer in the world right now?”

What would you say?

The answer is Luke Donald.

In fact, Luke has held the #1 spot in the Official World Golf Rankings for the past 9 months.

The World Golf Rankings has been in operation for 24 years. The standings list is updated every Monday after competition.  The rankings are established based on the results from the tournaments of the leading six professionals tours combined with the strength of the competitive field at the event.  The four major championships and the Players Championship are ranked separately because their “ranking value” is greater.   The data is maintained over a two-year cycle and a minimum of 40 events is required.

Over time who has held the #1 spot?

BERNHARD LANGER (3 weeks), SEVE BALLESTEROS (61 weeks), GREG NORMAN (331 weeks), NICK FALDO (97 weeks), IAN WOOSNAM (50 weeks), FRED COUPLES (16 weeks), NICK PRICE (44 weeks), TOM LEHMAN (1 week), ERNIE ELS (9 weeks), DAVID DUVAL (15 weeks), VIJAY SINGH (32 weeks), TIGER WOODS (623 weeks), MARTIN KAYMER (8 weeks), LEE WESTWOOD (22 weeks) and now LUKE DONALD (40 weeks)

(All data has been aquired from http://www.officialworldgolfranking.com/home/default.sps)

Here’s a little more information about the Current #1 Golfer in the World.

About Luke Donald

His scoring average is 72.75

Out of 219 total tournaments in his career on the PGA Tour…

He has made 169 cuts, won 4 events, and came in second place 12 times

Luke has finished in the top twenty-five 111 times.

His career earnings equal: $25,408, 326

He attended college at Northwestern University

Turned professional in 2001

Luke is 5 foot 9 inches, 160 lbs and his birthday is 12/7/1977

He started playing golf when he was 8 years old with his dad in Spain.

He has an active lifestyle and has a passion for painting.

“I don’t overpower courses, I think my way around the golf course,  using good strategy,  using good technique, and precision.  I am a precision player that is consistent and up there contending to win.”  -Luke Donald

(This information was gathered from http://www.pgatour.com/)

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

Match Time in Tucson

Today, I am at the Accenture Match Play World Championship in Tucson, AZ at the Dove Mountain Ritz Carlton Golf Course. The WGC- Accenture Match Play was established in 1999 and has been at Dove Mountain since 2009.  The field is comprised of the top 64 players from the official world golf ranking.   I am surprised how few spectator there are here, it is a great course to watch a tournament at.

What is match play?  Match play can be played against an opponent or teams.  If you make the same score as your opponent the match remains at all square.  If you lose or win you will go one point up or down.  This format of play is great because it allows the player to concede the hole if they have a blow up.  You will also see players say a putt is “good” and then the opponent will not have to putt it.  After the hole is complete the players are allowed to practice putting on the green.  The match concludes when the number of holes or opportunities to square the match is less than the deficit of points the player is ahead in the match.

Today there are 16 matches.  Tomorrow there will be eight matches.  Saturday will be the quarter-finals and Sunday will host two semifinal matches including a championship and a consolation match.

This is one of the few opportunities to watch the excitement of match play on the PGA Tour.  If you don’t get a chance to visit Tucson this week it will be aired on the golf channel.   Match Play competition is deep seeded in the tradition of the game and I encourage everyone reading this post to play match play with your playing partners on the course this week. Until then, I have more golf to watch! Have a great day.

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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

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Grip It and Rip It

Today’s blog post is for an avid student of the game from New York that sent along some clips of his full swing to me for review.  He also included pictures of his grip.  Thank you Phil, for providing today’s topic,  I hope this tip helps you control the clubface better to hit more accurate shots.

Here is Phil’s Grip for full swing shots in the left hand.

The key to a creating leverage and allowing the face to rotate naturally is to hold the grip in your fingers and under the pad of the left hand.  Phil your grip is very much in the palm of your hand, which means you have a lot of potential to hit it longer, straighter and with ease! In the putting stroke, I would like your grip completely in your palms and the shaft running through your forearms, but this palm position is a killer to the full swing.  The goal for putting and full swing is very different, therefore a completely different grip is required.  The following is a drill that I use with students to get their grip more in their fingers and less in the palm for full swing shots.

In this picture the student is pinching a tee in between the gap of the left hand (for a right handed golfer).  This pinch forces the grip to get more into the fingers.  My preference is to see a slightly stronger left hand and a neutral right hand.  Try taking the grip with your left hand to the side of your body and then hinge the club up.  The up and down hinge motion is like a hammer,  this is the same motion you will use to hit the golf ball.  Finally, add a couple of waggles to loosen tension and get the hands ready to move.  In athletic motion you never want to freeze of the ball,  you always want a little bit of motion to get you started.   Best of luck Phil and please keep those great questions coming.

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