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Depending on your love for the game or your personality, practicing your golf game can either be time you enjoy or pure torture. Hopefully if it’s the latter, you are realistic about your expectations from the game. But sometimes we all find ourselves in the middle of that spectrum.
With time restraints affecting just about everybody, it is of upmost importance that we spend the time we allocate for golf practice efficiently.
With breakthroughs in statistics from the PGA Tour and guys like Mark Broadie (Every Shot Counts) who invented the strokes gained statistic, we now know how to properly allocate practice time to get the most bang for our buck.
Based on what statistically gives you the most advantage to lower your score, you should allocate your practice time as follows: 65% on full swing motion, 20% on short swing motion, and 15% on putting (percentages broken down from the PGA Tour’s strokes gained stats and published in Erik Barzeski and David Wedzik’s book Lowest Score Wins).
Coming from a guy that has a passion for making people better putters, you may be wondering why I only advocate 15% of your practice time on putting. The answer is simple. Hit it closer to the hole and you’ll make more putts. Also consider the fact that the putting stroke is a very small and simple motion that with the right information can be trained very easily.
There are exceptions to this 65/20/15 rule. For example if you can hit an average of 14 or more greens in regulation but 3 putt more often than you 2 putt. If this is you, more than 15% of your practice time should be spent on putting.
So next time you’ve only got an hour to practice your game, spend 39 minutes on full swing motion, 12 minutes on short swings, and 9 minutes on putting. But don’t forget it will take a few minutes to transition from one station to the next!
For those of you that don’t know what the Proponent Group is, it is a group of golf instructors/coaches that dedicate their time and resources into learning how to be better at what they do. Since joining the group 3 years ago, I’ve had more opportunities to learn than ever before.
There is so much information out there and Proponent Group does a great job of getting the right people together to share that information for the benefit of everyone, including our students.
Every year the group holds an annual summit that combines some of the best in our industry to share their knowledge with each other. This year I traveled to Heathrow Country Club in Lake Mary, Florida to participate in my third consecutive summit.
While at the summit, I was able to learn from great instructors like Martin Hall, Mike Bender, Gale Peterson, Mark Sweeney, and Cameron McCormick.
One of the most interesting presentations was from Cameron McCormick. Cameron has worked with Jordan Speith since Jordan was 12 years old. He was able to take an already very talented junior golfer and develop him into the young phenom we know today on the PGA Tour.
To get better as an instructor is no different than getting better as a golfer. It requires daily dedication to finding and refining the information that is out there to make yourself and your students better.
For all my students, be on the lookout for new programs that will enhance the learning experience.
Better golf is just around the corner so contact me anytime and let’s begin your journey to lower scores and more fun on the course!
Winter months are a great opportunity to work on your golf game. Being able to make adjustments to your swing when playing on a regular basis isn’t an option gives you a chance to focus on the changes without worrying about having to perform on the course.
We know that lessons play a critical role in winter training, but one role that is often overlooked is the physical fitness aspect of winter training. There are three big reasons to get involved in golf-specific strength training: 1) injury prevention, 2) technical improvements, 3) improved overall fitness.
Getting into strength training programs for golf can be a big commitment and there are a few things you need to know beforehand. In Henry Brunton’s High Performance Golf book, he lists 4 common strength-training myths. Below is an excerpt from his book that details those myths:
Myth #1: Strength training for golf is the same as strength training for general fitness. Using bodybuilding methods to make your muscles larger can change your joint angles and compromise your swing mechanics.
Myth #2: Strength training will build huge muscles. Typical bodybuilding methods do lead to larger muscles, but strength training for golf makes muscles stronger, not necessarily larger.
Myth #3: Strength training needs to be performed to exhaustion to be effective. Actually, strength training to “failure” negatively affects muscles. Effective workouts for golfers do not generally cause soreness or stiffness afterwards.
Myth #4: Strength training for golf can be stopped once the season begins. You have to maintain any significant gains in strength during your competitive season. If you lose strength, you’ll see a drop in performance and be more susceptible to injury.
The Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) was created to help golfers navigate their way through effective strength training. Mark DiNardo is our TPI certified instructor at the High Performance Golf Academy and has been a great tool for many of our students. Check out his training packages by clicking here.
Custom fitting has been around long enough by now that most golfers are understanding how important it is to be fit for your clubs. But for some reason many golfers fail to invest the time and effort into a putter fitting.
I do agree with those that believe you can putt well with any putter that is virtually any length and/or lie angle. However, when a putter doesn’t fit, it forces you to compensate in some way which requires more practice and effort to use the ill-fitted putter.
My philosophy on putting is simple: use some key fundamentals and properly fit equipment to make putting as easy as possible.
The SeeMore Putting Company has been the leader in putter fitting and technology for over 15 years. Used by one of the best putters on the PGA Tour in Zach Johnson, SeeMore putters use Rifle Scope Technology (hide the red dot) to increase the chances of proper alignment at address.
I have been a Certified Instructor with SeeMore for almost 2 years now and I have been very happy with their product and company.
Last year SeeMore introduced the Click Fitting System that allows you to interchange putter heads and shafts to increase the length and grip options for demo putters. I am happy to announce that I am now offering putter fittings using this new system.
For only $40 you can schedule a 30 minute putter fitting and evaluation so we can determine if the putter you are using is right for you.
Simply click here to schedule a time to see me and we can make sure you are getting the most from your putter.
I hate saying it, but it’s already time to start preparing for winter lesson programs at the High Performance Golf Academy. The colder months around the corner provide a great opportunity to make adjustments to your game while playing opportunities are limited. As you’ve seen, we are also under construction for a new expansion of our facility that will be a first class learning center available year round. Completion of the expansion is expected very soon!
Winter Lesson Special (Buy 2 Get 1 Free)
All lessons must be used by March 1, 2015.
Winter Lesson Membership
Adult: $1,500 (or $310 per month w/ auto pay*)
Junior: $1,200 (or $250 per month w/ auto pay*)
30 individual 45 minute sessions to be used by March 1, 2015. Includes an equipment evaluation, Shot By Shot stat tracking, and a one month trial membership to Thinq Golf.
Adult: $825 (or $170 per month w/ auto pay*)
Junior: $675 (or $140 per month w/ auto pay*)
15 individual 45 minute sessions to be used by March 1, 2015. Includes same benefits as the Gold Package.
* 3% service fee for all credit card transactions for Winter Lesson Membership
In my newsletter last week I featured the following drill to help players perfect their takeaway. The takeaway has many aspects, but getting the club in the position discussed in the video is an important element.
For this week’s video tip I demonstrate an easy to use drill that can help you perfect your takeaway, which I define as simply the beginning of your golf swing.
It is too often that I see players on the lesson tee come in with a poor takeaway, sabotaging their swing as soon as it starts. This drill will give you a quick and easy guide to ensure that the path of your golf club is not responsible for swing errors as you begin.
This drill is easy to set up and perform so I hope that if you feel like your club position in the backswing is throwing off your game you will use this drill to improve.
Every Monday (or in this week’s case Tuesday) after the conclusion of the PGA Tour event of the week, I write an instruction article for the Golf Channel.
Last week I used Hunter Mahan’s win to discuss how he made so many birdies and how you can try to do the same. I usually link my articles on Twitter and Facebook each week, but in case you missed this one I figured I would include the link below: