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.
Most metal woods including the driver and fairway woods have curvature on the club face, your irons do not. This is intentionally designed, which helps our ball flight. A ball that is struck towards the heel on the club face will spin to the right (right handers). A ball struck towards the toe will spin more to the left.
When you hit a shot that spins one way or the other, consider where it struck the club face, your path and club face alignment could be fine, but the spot on the club face will make it appear otherwise.
At the Academy, one of the first things I do when measuring ball flight for my students is confirming the contact on the face of the club. I use Dr. Scholl’s foot powder by spraying it on the club face, which leaves the ball imprint more visible after contact.
The next question is why are you hitting the ball towards the toe or the heel?
That’s where I come into the equation, thru the use of video and Trackman radar, I can pinpoint this problem and suggest the change required. Give a gift certificate for golf lessons this Christmas, they can be used over the winter at the Riverside Academy or the summer at the Glencoe Golf & CC. Contact Me to learn more!
It’s always satisfying to hear from one of my students that the work we are doing together is paying off in their golf game. I spent some time in Phoenix recently, playing and working with one of my students: Tom C. Here’s what he had to say after our time together:
Hey Glenn. I know you won’t believe this but I played at Camelback, the Ambiente course today and had 5 birdies. Three in a row , 18, 1 and 2. So its obvious that you are a hell of a good coach.
Thanks, Tom! Keep up the good work!
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!
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.
- 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*
$250.00 plus GST = $262.50
This works out to $15.00 per lesson for once a week at 16 weeks.
Please choose your preferred time in the week, please indicate your second choice in case the time is filled.
Tuesday 5-8 pm
Wednesday 5-8 pm
Thursday 4-7 pm
Sunday 1-4 pm
Do you give this the time and attention that’s needed when you practice? If not, here are some things to consider. Ball position is critical to become a better putter, period. This affects distance control and direction, which are the two main fundamentals in putting.
Most players position the ball in the middle of the stance, move the ball more to the left in your stance (right handed players). Approximately under your left nostril, when looking straight down. The next item to consider is the shaft angle, when you move the ball further to the left or under your left nostril, move your hands forward to keep the shaft properly aligned. The picture below shows correct impact and ball rotation from a good set up position and stroke. You might not be able to see this with the naked eye, but if you are in a poor ball or shaft angle position, you create too much flight & skid. This affects the distance control and direction.
I will be sending out the winter lesson program and details soon, register early for the most convenient times available.
We still have room for our Mexico golf trip in February, please check the website for details!
I am very pleased to announce our 2016 winter excursion!
Join Janet & myself as we are off to a new destination. We are heading to the 5 star Iberostar resort and Greg Norman Golf Course in:
Punta de Mita, Mexico
- Direct Air on Air Transat, Club Class upgrade available on a limited basis
- All Inclusive plan
- Transportation to and from the Puerto Vallarta Airport
- 5 rounds of golf including power carts on site of the resort
- Taxes and fees included in the price
1. Standard room Ocean view: $ 2600.00 per person.
2. Spa Room Ocean view: $ 2790.00 per person.
3. Junior Suite Beachfront walkout: $ 2885.00 per person.
All above prices are based on twin sharing basis. Non golfers can deduct $ 625.00 from the package price.
Calgary – Puerto Vallarta TS 348 Jan. 29, 2016 10:30AM – 4:10PM
Puerto Vallarta – Calgary TS 349 Feb. 05, 2016 5:30PM – 9:15PM
– This is a special group fare valid till July 21. After this date, Air Transat can increase their group rates. A deposit of $150 per person to book space on this special group pricing.
– Club Seats are an extra $360 per person, roundtrip. As of today, there are still 9 Club seats left, but we cannot block these. They are on a first come first serve basis. To book these seats, a deposit of $100 per person is required, in addition to the deposit on the package.
– Final payment is due on Oct. 20, 2015.
Here is the link to the resort web site:
Here is the link to the Litibu Golf Course:
Please contact me at the Glencoe Golf & CC to reserve your spots or if you have any questions.
Direct line: 403-240-7398
Everyone 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: