Category Archives: Calgary Golf

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Golf Tip: Sand shots beside the green

Green side bunker shots or sand shots require a little bit of visualization, a little more set up preparation and a little bit of execution. Notice that the set up preparation requires more time than the other two. Visualize a dollar bill in the sand, the ball sits in the middle of the bill. The leading edge of the bill is in the middle of your stance (where the ball should be on most of your shots). The club head should enter the sand where the leading edge of the bill is.

When you complete the swing, the dollar bill is gone and so is the ball! Remember to keep more weight on your forward foot and keep your buttocks lower to the ground.


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Would you like to play golf, visit a safari and do some wine tasting, well we have a South Africa golf trip scheduled October 31st to November 19th, 2016. Check out the details on my web site!

Golf Tip: Kinematic Sequence

Sounds and reads like a very technical skill, doesn’t it? It really means energy in motion. Specifically in the golf swing, what moves first to last. If we look at the down swing, the order of movement is your bottom half (feet, legs and pelvis) move 1st, then the torso is 2nd, then your arms 3rd and lastly the club.

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Every tour player and good amateur golfer has this sequence of events, if something changes in the sequence, the shot can be very unpredictable. What causes the change in sequence?

1 – Awareness
2- Competency
3- Capacity

If you are aware of what to do, but your body does not allow you because of a lack of stability or mobility or both, then the answer is capacity.

That’s when you need a physical test screen to assess what the dysfunction is and get you going! I am booking right now for the AMM 3D assessment and physical screening, this provides you with what is happening to the ball flight, how it is happening and why it is happening. There are no assumptions made or opinions, just the factual feedback to help change your game.

If you are interested in using the same instruction technology that the LPGA, PGA & Champions Tour players use, please reserve a session with me. The AMM 3D (Advanced Motion Measurement) shows you exactly how your body moves in the golf swing!

We will cover how your body moves with the AMM 3D System, what the ball flight is doing using the Trackman Radar and give you a practice plan to improve.

The assessment will take 2 hours and change your game forever! Contact me today!

Spring Golf

Well the time is here to get out the clubs and maybe even get on the course!

Some people say “my best games, are the first games of the year”. How is that possible? Expectations can be certainly lower at this time of year, even if you have been practicing thru the winter.  What does this look like?

  1. Pressure is softer in the hands, arms and shoulders.
  2. Pace of the swing is generally smoother and easier.
  3. Focus is narrowed to just “hitting the ball”.
  4. Poor shots are easier to excuse and forgotten much quicker.
  5. Short game and putting pressure is kept in check, since course conditions “are not great”, so why should you expect your touch to be. 

Once you have played a few games, you then start thinking about how to do things better. This is quite normal to rationalize and practice on the driving range, but don’t take the practice routine and expectations on the course.  You will be disappointed!

On the golf course, remember what you felt in the first few games of the season, see the target and hit the ball to the target.   

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Golf Tip: Working on Posture

Start the year off right and work on the basics such as your posture.  The picture on the left represents good posture with a flat spine angle.  The middle picture shows “C” posture, rounded shoulders and a rounded upper spine.  The right picture shows “S” posture, a distinct curvature in the lower spine.  Both “C” & “S” postures cause swing issues and pain in the lower back.  Get your shoulders back, bend from the waist with a slight bend in the knees and your arms hang below the shoulders.  The distance from the end of the club to your body is about a hand width.

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Winter Coaching Program

Welcome to the 2015/2016 winter golf season!

Now is the time to start working on your game; do not wait until the spring!

There are 4 months available to understand, manage and improve your game from a full swing, short game, putting, mental approach and course management perspective.

 The Coaching Clinic guarantees results!

You commit to practice once a week for 4 months and I will improve your game & lower your scores.  Using Calgary’s only indoor putting green /short game area, we will make your putter and wedge your best friends!

How does it work?

Purchase your bucket of practice balls and check in with me during the scheduled times.  During your practice time, I will monitor your practice and progression through the use of video & Trackman technology.

The quicker you send in your completed form, the better chance at selecting your preferred time.

Dates & Times
  • Starting December 3rd to March 27th (Excluding January 29th – February 5th)
  • Sunday’s 1 – 4 pm
  • Tuesday’s 5 – 8 pm
  • Wednesday’s 5 – 8 pm
  • Thursday’s 4 – 7 pm

*Bonus week November 10th – 15th*

Cost

 $250.00 plus GST = $262.50

This works out to $15.00 per lesson for once a week at 16 weeks.

Registration Information

Please choose your preferred time in the week, please indicate your second choice in case the time is filled.

*A maximum of 15 people per session* 
 

Tuesday 5-8 pm

Wednesday 5-8 pm

Thursday 4-7 pm

Sunday 1-4 pm

How to Overcome Negative Thoughts On The Golf Course

negative-thinking-golfEveryone at every level of ability has encountered negative thoughts on the golf course or the range.  We know it is not productive, but we cannot seem to change it.  Here is a way to deal with this courtesy of April Clay.

Golfing out of your Mind Tip:

Let’s say Suzie has missed two key shots in a row and her tension and frustration are beginning to boil.  Thoughts of failure and embarrassment begin to enter her mind:  “you cannot blow this next shot, it will be all over.  What will people think?”

At this juncture, Suzie has a few choices.  If she follows this line of thinking and leaves her emotional and mental state unchecked things likely will not turn out well.  As her negative thoughts increase, so will her tension.  Her swing will change.  Doubt will enter.

But there is another choice.

If Suzie can recognize the rise of her frustration as normal she can work with it in a different way.  If she accepts and then redirects her thinking; “only this shot, what do I need to do, what is my approach?” she can help herself move back to the process of playing and away from a (emotional) judgement of her play.

Suzie’s routine for dealing with difficult emotions can be summarized like this:

Accept:  I feel what I feel because I care about what I’m doing.  That is ok, I am going to turn this emotion into a signal to change something up. 

Assess:  I need to get back to my plan, my task.  What is the best way to play this next shot?  What approach can I commit to?

Commit:  Here a new pathway of thinking is identified.  Suzie, having experienced frustration before, knows the value in altering her pre shot routine:  align, target, easy swing are her key words.

From:  Golfing out of Your Mind (Ebook, by April Clay, Psychologist) available at:
www.bodymindmotion.com

Improve Your Putting With SAM PuttLab

SAM PuttLabThe Glencoe Golf & CC is proud to announce the introduction of a new putting technology, SAM PuttLab. Contact me to arrange your session on this Tour proven technology and improve your putting! There is no additional fee for this assessment, this is a part of your lesson.

SAM PuttLab is an analysis and training system based on an accurate ultrasound measurements. It analyzes the 28 most important parameters of your putting stroke and displays the results in easy to understand graphic reports. Discover your individual strengths and weaknesses for a better and more efficient training.

Within seconds the system gives you an individual feedback on your putting strokes. The analysis reveals even the smallest details of your movements and allows you to develop improvements and training strategies. SAM PuttLab utilizes ultrasound sensory analysis and therefore is far more precise than any other similar system on the market.