Golf Instruction by:

Tyler Brooks, PGA Head Golf Professional

Mark Easley, PGA Assistant Professional

Private Lessons

Individual Lessons (40 minutes)            $65

Series of Three Lessons                             $175

Series of Five Lessons                                $250

Group Lessons 

3-10 People (1 Hour)                                  $35/person

LESSONS VALID FOR ONE YEAR FROM DATE OF PURCHASE

 

Upcoming Clinics & Programs

Scotty Cameron Putting Clinic, TBA

Learn the science of putting including alignment, posture, and speed in this one hour clinic.  All golfers will be fit and will receive their very own Scotty Cameron Studio Select Putter following the clinic.  Member Entry:  $319 (Includes Putter)

Mizuno Wedge Clinic, TBA

Learn how to get up and down from anywhere with your new Mizuno Wedge.  This one hour clinic will cover chipping, pitching, flop shots, and bunker play.  Each participant will receive one custom Mizuno Wedge following the clinic.  A discount on additional wedges will be offered.  Member Entry:  $149 (Includes Wedge)

Golf Fundamentals Clinic – May 25-27 – 6pm

Whether you are a first time golfer or an accomplished player, working on golf fundamentals can always improve your game and experience on the course.  Call the Pro Shop to sign up for this great clinic.  Member Entry: $30 – Non-Member Entry:  $40

Ladies Night – Each Wednesday in June – 6pm

Enjoy a fun clinic followed by 9-holes of golf each Wednesday in June.  Member Entry:  $10 – Non-Member Entry $20

Intermediate Golf Clinic – July 20-22 – 6pm

Take your game to the next level with this fun three-evening clinic.  Learn how to hit the ball further, strategize on the course, and get up and down from anywhere.  Member Entry:  $30 – Non Member Entry:  $40

 

Instruction tip of the month

September 2014:  Pre-Shot Routine & Mental Execution

I want to start my article this month by stating that in no-way am I a sports psychologist.  However, I am sort of a geek when it comes to reading books on psychology for golf.  It’s a weakness of mine I guess.  As most of you have probably figured out by now, this sport is about 80% mental and 20% physical.  So if you are not strong on the mental part, it makes it about 80% tougher than it has to be.  Here are a few quick tips to improve your mental game.

1.                              Risk Reward:  Look at the risks and rewards involved in each shot before you hit it.  The reward should be greater than the risk to choose the shot.  If that is not the case, choose a shot that is easier to play, even if it takes making par out of play.

2.                              Have a pre-shot routine:  A pre-shot routine is much more important than most golfers would think.  A pre-shot routine allows you to turn your mind off while hitting a shot.  All thinking involved in each shot should be done before we start executing.  Prior to the pre-shot routine is when we assess the risk, the reward, and then pick the desired shot.  After all that calculating is done, the only thing left to do is execute.  Your mind is not needed in executing a shot, in fact it can only get in the way.   The start of your pre-shot routine is when you let your mind stop working and let your body take over.  Each person should have their own individual pre-shot routine based on their personality.  Build your own.  Just make sure that you do it the same each time and remember that any good pre-shot routine will always start behind the ball looking down the target line.

3.                              Visualize each shot:  Whether you are hitting a full shot, chip, or putt the best way to be confident in your execution is to visualize the shot you are trying to hit.  This idea is shared by virtually every sports psychologist that I have read.  Most golfers are filled with doubt standing over the ball preparing to swing.  This doubt is what tenses muscles and causes poor results.  Visualizing the shot will keep you loose and allow you to make a confident swing that will always give better results.

4.                              Always stay in the present:  One of the biggest mistakes every golfer makes is not focusing on the shot at hand.  Our minds wander, thinking about shots from three holes ago or thinking about non-golf related topics.  Staying in the present is the sole task of focusing only on the next shot we must hit.  That is the only shot currently in our control and it should have all our attention.  Challenge yourself to give each shot on the course full attention and do nothing more than try to hit each shot as good as you possibly can.  I think you will really enjoy the results.

Hopefully some of these tips will help your golf game.  Mental Strength is an important part of improving your game and living up to your golfing potential.

June 2014:  Short Game is where it’s at!

The first question I ask my students when working with them for the first time is “what are your long and short-term goals for golf”.  Most of them have the same answer.  “To play better” they say.  I know it is a captain obvious question but I still need to find out what their intentions are.  When a golfer tells me that they want to lower their handicap four or fiver strokes, I tell them let’s go work on short game.  Improving pitching, chipping, and putting is the fastest way to lower scores.  Short game represents over 56% of the shots the average golfer hits on each hole.  Think about the idea of par.  Two strokes to get on a par four and then two putts.  Short game is exactly 50% of that score.  Then think about a par five.  Two shots down the fairway, a wedge on the green, and two putts.  Short game represents 60% of that score.  So obviously, if someone wants to improve scoring quickly, working on short game is the way to do it.

Sound fundamentals are the key to being good on and around the greens.  The most common errors I see with amateurs regarding putting and chipping is using too much hand and wrist motion.  Watch any tour pro and see how little wrists and hands they use through the shot.

-Tyler’s Chipping Basics.

  • ·Narrow your stance, which promotes a shorter back-swing.
  • ·Put more weight on your front foot, which will promote a downward strike on the ball.  ·Push hands slightly toward the target.
  • ·Play the ball slightly back in your stance.
  • ·Rock your shoulders while maintaining a firm left wrist to hit the ball.

-Tyler’s Putting Basics

·Narrow your stance, which promotes a shorter back-swing.

·Line up shoulders, hips, and feet parallel to the line of your putt.

·Square the putter face to the target

·Make sure your eyes are over the top of the ball or inside the ball at address.

·Look at the hole for at least three seconds, which will give you feel for distance.

·Rock your shoulders back and through while maintaining a firm left wrist.

Most of you will notice that the fundamentals of chipping and putting are quite similar.  Most similar is the motion of using shoulders, not hands and arms to hit the ball.  This promotes a downward clean strike on the ball.  Use these quick tips to improve your short game and lower scores.  Good luck around the greens.

May, 2014:  Add Stretching to your warm-up and reap results

A few months back, while warming up for a pro-am, one of my amateurs asked a question that stuck with me.  He looked at me and said, “Do you always stretch for so long before a round?”.  We had been warming up for about 15 minutes total.  He had already hit a medium bucket of balls and was getting ready to go hit some putts.  I had been stretching the entire time and was just getting ready to hit my first practice shot.  I answered a quick “yes” and started hitting balls.  Later that day, during the round, I got to thinking about how many golfers don’t stretch before their round.  Then I started thinking about how many injuries occur each year due to this and how many lost strokes are related to the same issue.

I am sure we can all agree that the first few holes of our round set the stage for the entire day.  I know that if I can get out there, hit a few good shots to start the round, then I will usually shoot a good score.  I also know that if I don’t get properly stretched out, I won’t hit a good shot for a while.  Okay, enough ragging on you.  Here are a few stretches that I think everyone should do before their round.  Do these and you can ensure that your muscles will be warm enough to make a good swing and hopefully warm enough to ward off possible injuries.

My quick pre-round stretching routine

-Touch your toes:  Put your feet shoulder width apart, straighten your legs, and slowly reach down and try to touch your toes.  Do this stretch three times holding for 10 seconds.  This will warm up muscles in your legs and lower back.

-Trunk Rotation:  Take out your driver and hold it in both hands (as far apart as possible).  Place the driver shaft horizontally across your back touching both shoulder blades.  Put your feet shoulder width apart then rotate your upper body in both directions while maintaining a stable lower body.  Do the stretch three times holding for 10 seconds.  This will warm up muscles in your back and core as well as increase your trunk rotation.

-Shoulders:  Hold your driver in both hands as far apart as possible.  Raise your arms above your head and make large circular motions stretching out both shoulders, one at a time.  Stretch each shoulder for at least 30 seconds.

-Wrist & Forearms:  Hold a wedge in one hand at the center of the shaft.  Put your arm straight out in front of you and rotate your wrist slowly in both directions as far as your arm will allow.  Do this stretch with each arm for at least thirty seconds.

Hopefully sharing this stretching routine will help you play your best golf well into the future.  I know that that is my number one goal.                      Tyler Brooks, PGA

March, 2014:  Practice Fundamentals to start the year

Spring is like a fresh start for many golfers.  Bad weather has forced you to put your clubs in time-out for a few months and you may have had time to forget some of those bad habits.  I always encourage all my students to use this time effectively.  Start the golfing season by working on fundamentals, which is always the first step to improving your game.  Grip, posture, and alignment are great places to start.  Swing fundamentals are also important but none can be correct without a proper setup.  Also, don’t get sucked into spending all your time on the driving range.  The fastest way to lower scores will always be by working on short game.  Chipping, pitching, and putting are key factors in scoring.  If you need a little help, try signing up for my Spring Cleanup Clinic, which will take place April 9-11.  It is a three-part clinic that will help golfers improve fundamentals.  Each session will be 1.5 hours long and will begin at 5:30pm.  Cost is $50 per person.  There is a limit of 10 people for this clinic, so don’t wait to sign up.

December 2013:  Stay in golf shape during winter months

Unfortunately, I see far too many of my students start the golfing season out of shape.  Too many winter weekends spent riding the couch has limited their flexibility.  Following a daily stretching routine can not only keep you flexible but add to your flexibility.  How fun would it be to come out of winter hitting your driver 20 yards longer.  Or even better, come out of winter without back pain, as so many of us struggle with.  What most amateurs don’t realize is that PGA tour pro’s spend at least one hour per day with a trainer working on flexibility.  This is just even more proof that to play to your true potential, flexibility is a must. Below is a simple stretching routine that can help you stay in golf shape and improve your game this off-season.

The rule of thumb on stretching is that if you are looking to warm up your muscles, hold each stretch for 10 seconds.  However, if you are looking to improve flexibility, you must hold each stretch for at least 30 seconds.  Do these simple stretches and hold each for at least 30 seconds per day.  Then just sit back and wait for warmer weather and better golf.

Trunk Rotation:  Lay flat on your back with your arms stretched out on both sides.  Keeping your shoulder blades touching the floor, roll your right hip and leg over the top of your left leg (your right leg should be perpendicular to your body.  Hold this stretch for at least 30 seconds while maintaining steady deep breaths.  Repeat the process with your other leg.  This easy stretch will increase your shoulder, hip, and trunk rotation.

Leg Stretches:  Sit on the floor in a cross-legged pose.  Extend your left leg straight out.  Slowly stretch your body and arms toward your left toe.  You should feel the majority of this stretch in your calves.  Repeat the process with your other leg.  This stretch will increase your leg flexibility, which will improve balance and power in your lower body.

Wrist Stretches:  Most golfers will incur a wrist injury sometime in their career.  This easy stretch can help eliminate these problems.  Stand straight up and stick your right arm straight out in front of you.  Hold a golf club or broom-handle in your hand at the center of the object.  Rotate your wrist back and forth moving slowly.  You will feel a stretch in your forearms and wrists.

Shoulder stretches:  Hold a golf club with both hands, making sure your hands are spread out to at least shoulder with.  Extend your arms over your head, then make large circular motions stretching out both shoulders one at a time.  This will increase should flexibility, which will increase your swing arc and improve swing speed.

Please take your time getting to know these stretches.  Start small and don’t overdue it.  Over time, these will drastically improve your flexibility and also help to reduce injuries.  This entire stretching program can be done in less than ten minutes.  I recommend doing this routine each morning before work.  Good luck.

November 2013:  Practice or play, not both

There are two very different mindsets for practicing on the course and playing on the course. Too often I see members trying to do both. The golf course can be a great place to practice your chipping, putting, and to put yourself in tough situations and figure out ways to get out. I am all for practicing on the course, but I do not recommend trying to make swing changes during a round of golf.

Your goal while playing golf should be to shoot the lowest score possible that certain day. You will be limiting yourself substantially by trying to change your swing during a round. The best advice I can give is to watch your shot pattern while warming up on the range. If you’re hitting a fade then plan on playing a fade that day. If you are hitting a draw then play that. Trust your swing and shot pattern and it will help you be more confident thorughout your round.

October 2013:  Practice Fundamentals for Success

I see far too many amateur golfers grab a large bucket, head down to the range, and beat balls until they are blue in the face. I also see them continually get frustrated because their scores don’t improve on the course. Just like any other sport it is important not just to practice but to practice fundamentals of the game and swing. I encourage golfers to find their major swing flaws and then fit a drill and practice schedule around curing that major flaw. If you are not doing drills to fix your faults then you are continually practicing the bad habits you already have with each practice ball hit. When you take the time to fix major faults you can expect to see lower scores, which lead to more quarters in your pocket following rounds.