Well? Seriously, now what?
I ask because I often watch our range and see either my students or the other Instructor’s students and for the life of me, I can’t figure out what they’re working on!
If you’re truly taking lessons to affect a change, why are you there just banging balls? Instruction is a two way street. Both student and Instructor have a job to do. As a parent, would you really wonder why your child has bad grades if you don’t emphasize or help them with their homework? Golf instruction is no different.
Now I’ll be the first to admit that most drills are BORING. Some are hard. However, if they’re hard it’s because it’s a skill set that you must need the work on. If they’re boring it’s because you aren’t willing to do the “boring” work to achieve a level of proficiency. If you’re serious enough about your game to invest the time and money into instruction, then why won’t you take the final step and invest in “your homework” too?
One of the best ways that I know to maximize your lessons is to come back with questions and observations from the drills you’ve been given. It’s that two way street of communication that allows and promotes progress.
Oh, and one last thing, don’t let your Instructor off easy. If you don’t understand how to or the why of certain drills, interrupt him or her. YOU need to be able to walk away from the lesson tee with a clear vision of what you need to do in order to be prepared for the next lesson. If not, won’t the next lesson be the same as the last?
Come on folks. Let’s get to “work” and see how much “fun” this great game can truly be.
“Guess who just got back today?
Them wild-eyed boys that had been away
Haven’t changed, haven’t much to say
But man, I still think them cats are crazy
The boys are back in town
The boys are back in town
The boys are back in town…”
Folks, I can’t tell you how proud I am of my friend Scott. His insights and gift for the written word are legendary in my eyes and I just about hit the roof when he asked if I’d reopen “The Academy”. Like there was any chance I’d say no.
So, give me a day or two and hopefully I can add to Scott’s great blog.
Hello all. Sorry for the infrequency of articles, but with the season moving along with the speed and power of a freight train, keyboard time is rare.
So the question I posed above refers to your “game wallet”. That wallet is the one into which you’ve placed a new thought or a clearer understanding of an old thought. In other words, what’s working for you this spring?
I’m curious to know if any or which one(s) of the tips presented here have worked for you? Do you need any clarification(s) or expansion(s) of previous articles?
Would love to hear from y’all.
We’ve all heard the saying, “There’s no keeping score at the range”, right? Well, it’s time to change that!
Next time you go to the range, bring a scorecard from a course you play often. “Play the course” on the range. If the first hole is a par 4, picture that fairway and hit your tee shot. Now mark you card if you believe you would have hit the fairway. Next is the approach.
You should be able to make your best guess as to what you’d have left. Pick a target and using visualization, see the green and make your swing. GIR? Yes? No? Mark your card accordingly.
Play the entire course. Be honest. Be hard on yourself. At the end of your range session you should have a fairly good indicator of fairways hit and GIR’s.
When you’re playing the course at the range, use different targets for your approaches. Create different fairways for your tee shots. Be imaginative. Challenge yourself.
In the end, you’ll have taken that first giant step on the path to “Practicing with a purpose”.
Combined AP & UPI Sources
Friday, April 8, 2011
In a shocking statement today, Augusta National Chairman, William Porter “Billy” Payne, announced that by unanimous vote, the Competition Committee of Augusta National, has voted to purchase the entire state of South Carolina.
“In an attempt to avoid the seemingly yearly modifications to our golf course, the Committee recommend that we “purchase and renovate” our neighbor in a fashion that will minimize any further disruptions to our membership for the conceivable future.”
Mr. Payne then abruptly left the podium.
Insiders within the golf industry have noted the general dissatisfaction with the USGA’s inability to dial back the ball and with the length of the current player’s, Augusta has feared for quite some time that no matter how fast they “bikini waxed” the greens, that the old girl would just find itself defenseless.
Others, claiming to be in the know, have stated that famed golf course architect Tom Fazio has already begun using Google Earth to locate the new tee boxes.
The 2012 Tournament should prove interesting at best.
Oh it’s good to be home. Home being this page rather than the front page. Now that Scott is back I can return to these pages and talk a little instruction.
So we’ve finally made it to “Masters Eve”. Now while we may not have stockings hung or “Mama in her kerchief, and I in my cap”, the fact still remains that “it’ll be hard to sleep tonight”
So how can we learn about our own games when watching this event? The booming drives, crisp wedges, silky smooth putting strokes? Nah, watch the iron play.
Unlike any other event, the key to winning at Augusta is sky high, laser accurate iron play. We’ll here announcer and analyst all talk about hitting the ball to right part of the green. Miss it and hello Mr. Four Putt!
Many times the articles we read will tell us all to “look away from the pins” and aim for the center of the green. A ball in the center will almost guarantee us all an easy two -putt. I’ve even prescribed that to my students at times as well, but, if you’re ready, “Take Dead Aim”.
One of the best ways to gauge where your iron play is, is to fire at the pins. Go directly for them. In other words, narrow your targets. 20′ circle, 12′ circle. After a round or two playing in this manner, you’ll see exactly where the strengths and weaknesses of you iron play is.
As you watch the next four days, take note of the level of precision the leaders will have achieved. Then, compare and contrast. You’ll be amazed at what you’ll learn about your own game.
I see it every year. Old man winter refuses to let go. Spring is here, but we’ d never know it and golfers haven’t woke up to the fact that the season has begun. Until Masters week that is.
What is it about The Masters that awakens the hibernating golfer? It’s like a right of passage from one season to the next. If The Masters is on the TV, the tee sheets are filling up. Perhaps The Masters is like the snow that the Good Witch made happen on the poppy field to wake up Dorothy and her crew.
The Masters. It’s the reason HD TV’s were invented!
Is it an oversimplification to say that simply stared down the number one player in the world? Is it? Really?
Standing on the first tee today, she’s two shots down and what she do? She goes -3 while Ms. Tseng goes +2. Game. Set. Match, Ms. Lewis. In the words of a great friend to “Scott’s Golf Blog”…”Nuff Said”!
Professional golf is littered with “one and down” Major winners, but I, for one, do not think that Stacy Lewis will wind up as an answer to that trivia question.
Now before I type one more word, I gotta be honest and tell y’all that I’m a huge Phil Mickleson fan. I’m not as bad as Charlie Rymer is when discussing Tiger, but I just admire so many things about Phil as a player, a man and a father. This article is about the player.
I can’t think of anyone else, with the exception of Rocco Mediate, who I’d rather watch play golf when they are on a roll. The darn thing just looks effortless and today was no exception.
I admired Scott Verplank’s grit and in the end, his sportsmanship. You know his heart was breaking, but you also knew that no matter what Verplank did, Phil had answer.
So everyone will be giving him another Green Jacket based on Phil’s performance, but, well just BUT!
Congratulations to Phil and to Shell. The congratulations to Shell is for extending their sponsorship and for the $50,000,000.00 they’ve raised for their charities with their association with the PGA Tour and this event.
Well played by all.
Whew! Talk about a “Who’s Who” of leaderboards!!! Both the PGA and the LPGA will be giving its viewers all the drama and marquee names they could ask for.
Will Tseng come back to the field? Can Pressel make a move? Will Wei breakthrough.? Can Stacey Lewis stare down the defending champ and put her on the defensive? It just can’t get any more exciting.
The preliminary to the LPGA finale is a little event the men call, the Shell Houston Open. It’s supposed to be a tune-up for next week. It’s supposed to be a last ditch effort for someone to play their way to Magnolia Lane, instead, it’s an old fashioned shootout with a whole bunch of players all withing striking range.
So, my best advice is to get out, play a quick round or at least visit the range. Take out the garbage, put the pizza parlor’s phone number on speed dial and slide a cooler next to your favorite easy chair. Today is definitely “must see TV”.