Has This Ever Happened to You?

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One of my high school golfers was fortunate enough to have this happen to her in a match on Thursday.  The picture you see is the ball stuck in a tree about 15 feet above the ground.

Fortunately we saw it go in the tree and never come out.  But even more fortunate was the fact we could actually see it.  If we couldn’t find it, it would have been a lost ball resulting in a stroke and distance penalty.  But we found it and she was able to take an unplayable lie and proceed from (below) there.

Do you have any unusual golf stories? Share them in the comments!

Newsletter: New Video Tip

Do you get my newsletter each week?  If not, visit www.tyrusyork.com and subscribe so you can stay up to date on all things going on with myself and the High Performance Golf Academy.

This video tip is one of my favorite drills to help golfers of all skill levels with their chipping around the greens.  Chipping is such a simple motion that is usually complicated by extra motion.

If you use this drill, you will eliminate that extra motion and start hitting your chips more solid.

PGA Championship, The Year’s Best Major

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Rory McIlory is quickly becoming the media’s answer for who the next Tiger Woods was going to be.  Although I believe there will never be another Tiger, it is hard to argue that McIlory is by far the best and is truly deserving of his World #1 Ranking.

Rory’s win at Valhalla was icing on the cake of what was a very special week for golf in the state of Kentucky.  Valhalla is a great venue and is one of the best our state has to offer.  It was also very cool seeing the world’s best golfers take on a golf course that I was able to play for the first time last year.

Their performances were a little better than mine, but that’s another story for another day.

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View from the Kentucky PGA Section Club overlooking the 7th fairway at Valhalla.

Any time  Valhalla has a major event, the Kentucky Section PGA is called upon to volunteer on the practice facility.  Since becoming a member of the PGA, I’ve had the opportunity to volunteer at a Ryder Cup, Senior PGA Championship, and PGA Championship at Valhalla.

It is an incredible experience being able to get up close and personal with the players, as well as their caddies and coaches as they prepare for a major championship.

Our main function when on the range is to place their nameplate on the range as they warmup (pictured below).  It sounds tough I know, but somebody has to do it.

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The nameplates lined up and ready to go on Sunday. Take note there’s no Phil nameplate. He wasn’t a fan of the nameplate. He ended up with one anyway.

For those of you that were there on Sunday, you probably got wet. For a stretch of about 30 minutes it rained as hard as it could, flooding the golf course, turning every green and fairway into a river.

Fortunately, Valhalla has a state of the art system in place that accelerates the draining process on their greens, leaving them water free minutes after the rain was over.

The fairways drained well, but not well enough in places calling for an “all hands on deck” situation where myself and a few others from the practice area loaded up on a golf cart, drove out to 15 fairway, and squeegeed the remaining water.  All I’ll say about that experience is that the maintenance guys on TV make it look much easier than it is.

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The driving range after the rain on Sunday.

One more cool thing that happened during the rain was being stuck under the tent on range with Jim Furyk, Brandt Snedeker, Bill Haas, and their caddies.  It was obvious that the guys were wound up getting ready for their final round, but interesting to see how they kept loose by making each other laugh by cracking small jokes while stuck in the rain.

The rain eventually went away and Rory was able to squeeze out a 1 stroke victory in the dark to win his 3rd straight tournament and 2nd major in a row.

Much has been said about how the rain softened the golf course making it easier to score and there’s no question that was the case.  But who cares? It was wildly entertaining all weekend and the course still gave the players enough trouble to keep them honest (just ask Bubba).

The PGA Championship is often forgotten amongst the other majors of the year, but it never disappoints.  This year was no exception and I hope you had an opportunity to enjoy it. Please share your experiences in the comments so we can see how you experienced this awesome event.

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The scene at the 1st tee moments before the final group on Sunday.

New Blog!!

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I can’t believe I’ve gone all summer without a blog post! But trust me I have a few excuses. The most obvious of course is the fact this summer was by far the busiest I’ve ever been.  A very good thing by the way!

The other is that GoDaddy, who hosted my old blog, decided they were getting out of the blog business. That left me back at the drawing board, in the midst of my busiest summer ever.

See… I told you I had some excuses.

This blog is still a work in progress but at least I was able to save and import my old posts, which you can still find here.

Be sure to come back tomorrow as I post about my experiences at the PGA Championship last week at Valhalla, as well as a new series of video tips I recorded today that will be coming out over the next few weeks.

Newsletter: Junior Golf Camps


This week’s newsletter focuses on the junior golf camps that I will be conducting at Keene Trace Golf Club this summer.  If you don’t receive my newsletter, get over to www.tyrusyork.com and subscribe!

Here’s a bit of my newsletter:

Next week I will get back on track with another video tip, but this week I wanted to remind you of a great opportunity for junior golfers this summer.

In less than 2 weeks I will be kicking off the 2014 Junior Golf Summer Camp schedule at Keene Trace Golf Club!

If you have a potential junior golfer or know of one that is interested in learning to play golf, these camps are perfect.  They are also good for current junior golfers that are looking for a fun and competitive way to learn more about the game this summer.

I have been conducting junior golf summer camps for almost 10 years now.  I started by assisting with the camps then gradually worked my way up into a leadership role.  For the last 5 years I have been organizing and leading junior golf camps every summer.

My goal for each camp is to create a fun learning experience for the kids.  I follow the PGA Sports Academy model which has been a great way to incorporate several activities within the camps to give our junior golfers new ways to think and learn about the game.

You can sign up your junior golfers online by visiting our academy’s website and clicking the Register Now tab or you can contact me via email at tyrus@hpgolfacademy.com.

One thing I have found that makes these camps more exciting for the kids is when they have a larger group of campers that are just like them.  If you know of anyone that may be interested in these camps please forward this message to them or have them contact me. 

Thank you for your support in the past and let’s get this summer started!

Camp Schedule

June 9 – 12 @ Keene Run

June 16 – 19 @ Champion Trace

June 23 – 26 @ Keene Run

July 7 – 10 @ Champion Trace

July 14 – 17 @ Keene Run

July 21 – 24 @ Keene Run

All junior camps begin at 9 am and end at 12 pm.  Recommended ages for the camps are boys and girls ages 7 – 15.  Our junior camps will incorporate several activities that are designed to teach the game of golf but also have a fun time doing it!!  All skill level golfers are welcome to attend.  Each camp will be held at Keene Trace Golf Club.  Cost is $175 per camp (or $150 for Keene Trace members).

High Performance Golf Academy Wedge School

Times are filling up fast for the Wedge School featuring Andrew Rice! Be sure to read the info below and sign up today.  Also be sure to visit my website and subscribe to my newsletter so you can stay up to date on things like this.

The following is a portion of my newsletter that was sent out last week:

I can’t believe it is May already which means golf weather
should be here to stay for a while!  In
the month of April, I taught more hours of instruction than any other previous
month since joining Larry Ward at the High Performance Golf Academy 3 years
ago.  If you had trouble getting on my
lesson book last month, this is probably no surprise!


May has historically been my busiest month so I would
encourage you to plan ahead and schedule a time on my lesson book ASAP to make
sure we can get you in and start improving your game.


The High Performance
Golf Academy Wedge School featuring Andrew Rice


Coming up on May 26 and 27, we are bringing in Andrew Rice, one the world’s best
short game instructors and author of the Wedge Project for a Wedge School.


We are offering 3 different clinics during those two days
and I would encourage all golfers of any skill level to pick a clinic and sign
up!


Click
here
to see our email that went out last week describing the details and
schedules of each clinic.


For this week’s video, I’m borrowing a clip from Andrew Rice
to give you a taste of what he will be discussing during our Wedge School.




The best part about signing up for the Wedge School is that
you will receive a FREE custom fitted Cleveland Wedge AND we just found out
that Cleveland Golf will also be supplying everyone with a FREE dozen golf
balls!!


To sign up for the Wedge School simply text your name and
“sign me up” to Larry Ward at 859-321-3364 or email him at larry@hpgolfacademy.com.


Summer Junior Golf
Camps


With the creation of Keene
Trace Golf Club
, combining Keene Run and Champion Trace to form one club, I
have expanded the dates for our Summer Junior Golf Camps.


I will be conducting camps at both courses this summer for a
total of 6 camps so be sure your junior golfer takes part in the fun!


Campers have already started registering for the summer so
be sure to act early because the space for each camp is limited. 


Visit the Junior Golf Camp page of our website (here) to view the
schedule and register for the upcoming camps. 
You can also contact me to sign up your junior golfer today!

Best Junior Golf Advice Ever

At the end of the month, we are bringing in Andrew Rice for the High Performance Golf Academy Wedge School.  You will be seeing much more info on that soon, which you can get now by clicking here.

Not only is Andrew really good at teaching short game, but he recently posted some of the best advice I have ever seen on Junior Golf.  The following advice from Andrew pertains to many of my current and future students.

If you have a junior golfer, you better read this.

The following was taken from Andrew Rice’s blog which you can visit by clicking here.
 
I have so much to say to junior golfers – they are the future of the game!
  Here is a summary of what I believe to be the most important points for them to observe:

  • Always walk versus ride! Golf carts have been forced into the game primarily for financial reasons.
    They do not speed up the game; they do not provide the golfer with a
    better experience; and they do not improve the design of golf courses!  Do yourself a favor and commit to never riding again unless it is absolutely called for.
  • Compete, casually and seriously, as often as possible.One
    of the primary reasons why boys are much better chippers than girls is
    because they love to compete and try unique shots around the practice
    green.
    It is this competitive environment that stretches them to
    create new and better shots.  Apply this philosophy to every element of
    the game.
  • Study and learn to appreciate the history of the game.  Do you know who Bobby Jones is?  Why is St. Andrews such a special place?  Who is Dr. Alister MacKenzie?I
    wholeheartedly believe that this is an element of the game that is
    being lost on our young golfers – an appreciation of all who have walked
    the fairways before them.  Read books and ask questions!
      You will be better off for it.
  • Take full advantage of every opportunity you are presented with.  Do not give yourself the chance to look back on your career and regret that you did not give everything 100% effort.  Do everything to the best of your ability!
  • Heart
    always beats out a pretty swing!  When it comes to the game of golf,
    this statement will forever be true.  All of the great champions played
    with a tremendous amount of heart; not all of them had pretty swings!
  • Have fun with the short game!  Try to hit the craziest shots you can imagine.  It will teach you how to control your club face and ultimately the ball.  I actually remember having SW long drive contests.  Try to hit the highest, lowest, shortest shots you can think of; it all adds up to creativity around the greens.
  • Work hard at the game.  It’ll teach you about life and its challenges.Golf, like life, is not always fair, but patience, belief and persistence will pay off in the end.
  • You do not have to be the next Tiger Woods or Jack Nicklaus!  This is a huge problem I see amongst junior golfers in society today.  When did it stop being okay for junior golfers to just simply play the game for enjoyment? It
    seems that every junior golfer and their parents have their sights set
    on grandeur and no expense or sacrifice is too great for a slim shot at
    stardom.
    If you want to be as good as you can, by all
    means go for it, but if you just like the game for what it is, take it
    easy and just have fun!
  • Play with the best golfers you can find!  Nothing will improve your game as quickly as playing with players that are a lot better than you.
  • If
    you are over 15 and serious about being good you need to look into
    getting stronger and fitter. Find a trainer who knows the golf swing and
    how to train for golf.
  • Respect the etiquette, honesty and integrity of the game!Play the game at a different level than your peers.
    The vast majority of champions in the game were very clear in this
    regard – play golf the way it was meant to be played!  Behave in a first
    class fashion on the course and it will start to carry over into all
    areas of your life.

A Note to Parents:

Give
your young golfers a chance to have a great time playing and practicing
the game.  This way they will learn to love the game and when they love
the game they will come back to it over and over.  This is the only way
they will ever reach their full potential – if you will allow them to
have fun while playing golf!
I have seen the game become work and a career for too many 12 and 13 year olds.  I taught perhaps the best female junior golfer of all time in Aree Song
At 13 she had won the US Junior, the very first AJGA event she played
in, finished in the top 10 in an LPGA major and was a first team AJGA All-American. 
Aree, now in her mid-twenties, plays sparingly on the tour.  She should
be a dominant force in the prime of her career!  We can all guess why
she no longer has a passion for the game.  Trust me; I have seen the right way and the wrong way; tread lightly and let them have fun!

New Videos: Your Grip

Having a fundamentally sound grip is the cornerstone to any good golf swing.  You have one connection to the golf club, your grip, so you better make it a good connection.

In this video, which was originally released in my newsletter (click here to visit my site and subscribe), I explain an easy way to place your lead hand on the club.

To follow up this video, I have another video from last week that discusses the importance of keeping your grips in good condition and knowing when to change them.  Re-griping is a service I offer a the High Performance Golf Academy so contact me today and we’ll get those grips taken care of.

Newsletter: Stat Tracking

In my newsletter this week (which you can subscribe to by clicking here) I announce a partnership with Shot By Shot, an online stat tracking company that allows you to easily analyze your rounds and know what areas of your golf game need to improve.

Check out the excerpt below and be sure to subscribe to my newsletter today!

What can be measured can be improved.  When you play a round of golf and shoot a score that is less than desirable, how do you know what areas of your game to work on?

I’m taking a break from releasing a video this week to talk about the importance of stat tracking and a great opportunity for you to easily track your stats.

The PGA Tour has long kept statistics on its players giving us great data to compare our own games to when we play.  This allows us to see what areas of our game are the farthest from Tour quality so that we know what needs to improve the most. 

Stat tracking has changed over the years with the ability for computers to make analyzing data more efficient.  Your most common stats of tracking your fairways hit, greens in regulation, number of putts per round, saves, etc. are old an outdated.  I’ll admit it’s better than nothing, but in the end the data doesn’t provide you the greatest assessment of your current game.

The good news is that there is now a stat tracking company that I have partnered with that allows you to easily keep your stats and analyze your rounds.

Shot By Shot has been a leader in stat tracking for almost 10 years now.  They use computer analysis to take the information you provide and give you a breakdown of every important aspect of your game.

They also take your old stats like fairways hit and number of putts and break them down into more specific areas.  For example, instead of simply saying how many putts you had, you’ll record the approximate distance of your first putt.  After all, 1 putting every green isn’t that impressive if you didn’t have a putt outside 3 feet all day.

Shot By Shot also has an easy to use app that can be uploaded to an iPhone so that you can track your stats while on the course. 

The cost for this service is currently on sale for $59 per year.  However, as a subscriber to my newsletter you can sign up through me and pay only $49 per year.  When you sign up through me it will also give me the ability to analyze your rounds, therefore helping me identify the areas of your game that need to be improved.

Contact me today to sign up for this great service that will help us improve your game in 2014!