Build An Effective Routine!

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1-2-3… Routine Is Key (Part 1)

When coaching, I tend to be quite strict about the setup, in particular the pre-shot routine.  Many of the flaws and faults of the golf swing are reactions to a poor setup.   Unconsciously your body knows how to make this motion and will try to get into the position to make it happen!  I will tackle this topic in detail in a later post, but today, I would like the kids to teach us a lesson on routine.

First I need to give credit, where credit is due.  A six-year-old student, named Lauren helped me create this phenomenon about 3 years ago and since then it has helped introduce many young golfers to the game.  I try to share this with every instructor I meet because I would love to see as many kids as possible fall in love with the game of golf.  Many of my peers have suggested that I try to package this or patent it somehow, but it is my goal to share this because it WORKS…  and I do hope that you will use this effective strategy to introduce kids to golf!

With junior golfers it could take an entire lesson to work on their grip, finally when you think they have it, they will come back the next session back to the old one. Many times they will look like they’ve never picked up a club before!   I have found success with boys and girls ranging from 3 to 12 years old.

Watch the Junior Golf Song

  1. The first example in this video, is a great girl named Sophia, after weeks of golf camp she didn’t know what end of the club to hold. Each session she would learn the entire swing and by the time she returned it was back to square one.   In the video you’ll see what she was able to do each and every time she hit the ball!
  2. On one occasion, I saw a father with two five-year-old girls at the range, bored out of their minds!   So I decided to make it fun by introducing the setup song.  He came up to me later that week and said, “the girls have been singing the song everywhere we go and now they are the ones dragging me to the range everyday!”
  3. I have had many experiences that have left me in awe with the success of this song.   There is one story in particular that I will never forget.   In the video there are three young girls singing the song together.  Stuart who was six years old at the time, happily went home thrilled about her new swing.  The next time we got together her three-year-old sister showed up…SINGING the SONG… and making a full golf swing!   I was astonished as I calculated this in my head.   Did this really happed?  Did a six-year-old girl just teach her three-year-old sister more efficiently than many great instructors that are trying to achieve the same result?  Yes!  That’s when I realized the power of this song!

I hope that you find this song to be as helpful as I have.  Just remember, you’re never too good to go back to the basics!  A solid setup will make you a much better player at any age.

Megan Padua is 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

My Afternoon With Moe Norman


This video features “Pipeline” Moe Norman, the straightest striker the game has ever seen. On this particular afternoon in September, 1998, I was in Toronto with some of my club members from Southern California. I grew up in Toronto and had many encounters with Moe. During that period, he was the “buzz” of many avid golfers as he was featured in Golf Digest Magazine. Even at Moe’s elevated age, he could still strike the ball purely and with good distance. It was fun to hear him ramble on about the game and its players while hitting balls “rapid fire” as he was known to do.

Enjoy the video, it is long, but well worth the time to watch and take in some anecdotes from one of the game’s most interesting and talented characters.

Martin Chuck is the Inventor/Instructor of the Tour Striker Training Products and Tour Striker Golf Academy. Click Here to learn more about programs with Martin Chuck, Jeff Ritter and the entire JRG/TSGA Staff at the Raven Golf Club Phoenix!

Oh, Sweet Impact

I could watch this video over and over…

For those of you who can’t tell a Tour Player by his shoes, this is Sergio Garcia. Yes, I may need to talk to a professional about my golf addiction! Sergio has long been regarded as one of the best strikers on the PGA Tour. He has been saddled with a balky putter, but of late he has shown a nice touch on the greens winning two times in a row on the European Tour.

What does this video tell us and what can we learn from watching?

1. The club touches the ball before it touches the ground
2. The lowest point of the clubhead is a few inches in front of the ball
3. The club is travelling downward slightly at impact
4. The shaft is leaning toward the target at impact
5. His feet are very grounded, with his right instep beginning to roll/bank onto the instep

I think every golfer at every level can learn something from watching Sergio during this segment of his swing. Keep in mind, these excellent positions are dynamic and come from the assembly of a great “swing” motion.

Martin Chuck is the Inventor/Instructor of the Tour Striker Training Products and Tour Striker Golf Academy. Click Here to learn more about programs with Martin Chuck, Jeff Ritter and the entire JRG/TSGA Staff at the Raven Golf Club Phoenix!

Juniors Excelling At Golf

JuniorsWhat is the key to developing a junior golfer? As a PGA professional, it is my personal goal to grow the game and introduce as many new players to the game as I can. Juniors make the most sense because once they get hooked they tend to stay lifelong players. I remember the day I fell in love with golf. The first time I “flushed” an iron shot and actually felt like it wasn’t a fluke. I was hooked. It didn’t take long before I wanted to be the best junior golfer in my area and then compete on a regional and national level. I was a motivated little kid.

Why?

1. I had the support of my parents. My mother wasn’t a golfer but she was very supportive. My father loved golf and played to a 15 handicap. He knew enough to set me up with lessons rather than to try to teach me himself. I was seven or eight when I took my first formal lessons. I couldn’t wait to take a lesson. I wanted to learn.

2. I had some friends who played golf and we thrived on the daily competition. We played almost every day and often more than 18 holes. After a round of golf we would chip and putt and challenge each other to different games. If “the gang” around, I’d get paired with adults. I enjoyed playing golf with anyone and everyone. The golf course was a safe environment.

3. I had easy access to golf. There was a “Muni” a few miles down the road and I could get  a ride or take the bus. The annual cost for golf was $200 or so. I probably played 100 rounds, so that is a pretty good price per round. The golf course was a great “baby sitter.”

Some of you reading this post have kids that are thinking about playing golf or are already jazzed about the game and you are trying to find them the right place for fun and development. The Raven Golf Club is where my partner, Jeff Ritter and teaching associates, Aaron Olson, Megan Padua and I coach. This is the place where we have the opportunity to help “kids like me” and provide the environment to elevate their skills in both golf and life.

Please check the website soon as we will post our Junior Programs. Some will be geared towards kids wanting to excel on a regional and national scale. While other programs target introductory skills and development. The future of the game depends on today’s youth and I can’t think of a better place to bring your child than to the Raven to spend time with this coaching staff for which I’m proud to be associated.

Martin Chuck is the Inventor/Instructor of the Tour Striker Training Products and Tour Striker Golf Academy. Click Here to learn more about programs with Martin Chuck, Jeff Ritter and the entire JRG/TSGA Staff at the Raven Golf Club Phoenix!