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Vol. 12, Issue 4

Stay centered

for more consistent

contact by Jason


Chipping by Adam


How do You

GET Better? by Rich


Q&A What the Pros have to say

with Randy Joyner, Cary James, Adam Szoke & Scott Johnson

Mental Approach


by Cary


What Tour

Players Do That you

Don’t Know

by Randy


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Stay Centered for More Consistent Contact by Jason Sutton

Director of Instruction, Carmel Country Club

14  Chipping

by Adam Szoke

A-1, Cedarwood Country Club

18 How Do You Get Better? by Rich Albright

TPI Director of Instruction Charlotte Country Club

22 The Mental Approach by Cary James

30 Founder Terrence Reed Smith Editor Will Garcia Director of Sales David C. Madrid Art Director Edward White Online Content coordinator Peter Rado PGA member advisory board Adam Smith, Jack Barber,

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27 What Tour Players Do That You Don’t Know by Randy Joyner

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Feat ur e Ar t i cle s by t he P r os


Articles by the Pros

7 Player News

Mr. Consistency: Luke Donald’s Banner Year The player to watch in 2012.

9 Swinkey: The Golfer’s ToolBox by Brian Benedictson

17 Tennis Anyone?

24 Golf Travel

The Forehand Drive Championships at Pebble Beach Resorts by Brittany Cooley

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28 Q & A

What the pros have to say. Randy Joyner, Cary James, Adam Szoke & Scott Johnson

30 What’s New

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34 Games 37 2012 Golf Schedules

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The Publisher Here at The Turn we celebrate our cherished pros and connect them with the golf community at large. In fact, if you are reading our magazine you are more than likely to recognize one of the “authors” on the cover page. And after all, what is more unique than the relationship we have with our trusted golf instructors? Who else are we willing to take so much criticism from this late in life? The fact is I love golf and would go to any length to improve my game even just a little bit, maybe by keeping the ball in the fairway a few more times or curbing those pesky three-putts. Indeed there is something special about the game that keeps us coming back weekend after weekend. Some call it an obsession, or as Mark Twain said “a good walk spoiled.” Personally, when I hit that perfect shot, like the ones I see from Tiger or Phil, or from my smiling pro, there is no better feeling. I work in a great industry. I get to work with and pick the brain’s of some of the top PGA instructors from all around the country. With all the advice offered, I wish I could actually finish a round without thinking about the shot or hole that could have been. It is my great pleasure to present my fellow golf lovers with advice and insight from some of the best in the country.

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In the below picture (fig. 1) the shaft of the putter is gliding along the Swinkey. Some would say, “the Swinkey is straight so that is a straight back-straight through stroke.” We know this is incorrect because of the ferris wheel example. The shaft is on a 70 degree angle and the Swinkey will help to keep it there so the putter shaft travels on plane, while the putter head forms a natural arc. If the putter in this picture had a 90 degree shaft angle then the putter would travel straight back, straight through like the ferris wheel. Here is a rule of thumb for you: the flatter the shaft angle the more the

“Straight Back, Straight Through” or “Arc Stroke”. Explained and Simplified. Brian Benedictson, Inventor of Swinkey Canadian Tour Professional

There has been a lot of conversation about “Straight back, straight through” vs. an “Arc Stroke”. I’d like to give you my perspective on it and attempt to simplify it for you.

putter head moves inside the target line. Or another way to say it is, the flatter or less shaft angle the bigger the arc. The opposite of this is the steeper the shaft angle the smaller the arc. The ferris wheel in normal upright position equals no arc, while ferris wheel on the ground equals a big arc. A good example of this is the cross-handed or claw grip. Most people who putt cross-handed or with the claw grip tend to have a steeper shaft angle which will make their stroke appear to be more “straight back, straight through”. High hands at address will increase shaft

First, let’s talk about what “straight back, straight through” is. This is

angle while low hands will decrease shaft angle. So once again, the

when the putter head travels back and through on the target line while

steeper the shaft angle the less the arc and flatter the shaft angle

the putter face stays square to the target line. This would be easy

the greater the arc.

to do if your putter had a 90 degree shaft angle and the golfer stood behind the ball. Visualize a ferris wheel: it is 90 degrees to the ground and moves straight back and straight through. This is an efficient motion, but it is illegal for golf clubs to have a 90 degree shaft angle. When the putter head travels straight back and through on the target line while the putter face stays square to that line it is fighting physics. On average putters have a 70 degree shaft angle. For visualization purposes imagine the ferris wheel on a 70 degree angle. It would now make an arc if observed from above or behind. The motion hasn’t changed; the plane has just been flattened out. It is on plane, making an arc that matches the angle, which is how we want to putt. This is how the path of the putter head should naturally move.

Playing on the Canadian and Mini Tours over last seven years I have seen many different putting styles with varying degrees of shaft angle. When I introduced the Swinkey to the players, the putting plane function was a topic of conversation. I had many players tell me they don’t putt “straight back, straight through”. After a quick explanation and comparing the stroke to a ferris wheel they had a moment of revelation and understanding. At the end of the day it comes down to plane. Keep the shaft of the putter on plane and the putter head will make an arc that matches your shaft angle. This is why the Swinkey has proven to be a great putting aid. It works with the shaft of the putter, not the putter head. There isn’t a perfect arc, or an ideal shaft angle. What is important is to keep the shaft on plane. Keep the tilted ferris wheel in mind, let the putter head swing and you will have a better understanding of what a natural stroke is and in turn make more putts.

(fig. 1)



Stay Centered

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Keys To Controlling The Low Point Of Your Golf Swing


Jason Sutton Director of Instruction Carmel Country Club and Host of Guru TV

may surprise you. It might be a little different from what you have

heard other people say. So as we go forward let’s understand that


there are two centers of gravity (COG’s) in the body pivot. 1) Upper COG: The Sternum

2) Lower COG: Just below the navel.

Misconception #1 – Shift Your Weight To Get Behind The Ball Why do you play golf? Some say it’s the love of the game. Some reference the time spent with family and friends. The beauty of the golf courses and nature. These are all valid reasons but if you strip all that away and get down to the real reason, it would sound like this: I love when I hit that one pure shot that felt great coming off of the club; I didn’t even feel the club hit the ball it was so solid. The number one reason people continue to come back to

You would be surprised at how little your weight has to move to the back side in order to hit the ball solid. I see this on my lesson tee every day. A big shift to the right with the lower body as the weight escapes to the outside of the rear foot. The head moves a foot to the right and off the ball. This makes it very difficult to make a big enough move forward in order to get back to a proper impact.

the game is the ability to hit the golf ball SOLID. There are a few misconceptions in the golf swing that can be getting in the way of your ability to hit the ball solid and strike it better. There are several ideas that have been passed down through the years that could be holding you back from playing your best golf. In this article, I want to focus on the role of the body and how it moves in the backswing. Body pivot is made up of shoulders, spine or torso and hips and legs. How the shoulders and hips rotate can affect the manner in which the spine moves in the swing. One of the keys to an efficient golf swing is a “Steady Head.” In order to maintain a head that does n0t move excessively, the body must do a few things that



Jason using a Swinkey.

Misconception #2 – Keep Your Rear Leg

Key #2: Side Bend Towards the Target

Flexed and Don’t Turn Your Hips

In order to maintain a steady head in the backswing, there has to

If you study any tour player on the PGA tour you will see that very few have the ability to maintain the exact same flex in the rear leg from start to the top of the swing. For one, it

be a small degree of side bend towards the target coupled with the rotation of the shoulders and hips. If your head moves too much to the right, you are staying in forward flexion (bending toward the ground) too long.

limits the range of motion of the hips, which in

Key #3: The Knee Flex Changes In the Backswing

turn restricts the shoulder turn. I suggest that

Allow your right knee to straighten (but not lock) and your left knee

you let your rear leg straighten but not lock for

to flex. Straightening the rear leg will allow your hips to turn more.

maximum hip and shoulder rotation. Without shoulder rotation,

The more your hips turn, the more you can turn your shoulders.

it is very difficult to get your hands and arms around your body

If you have trouble turning your shoulders you aren’t allowing your

enough to find the proper swing plane in the downswing. Rotate

hips to rotate enough. This is a key element that will allow your

your rear hip as much as you can if you want to hit the ball solid

hands and arms to get around your body enough to find the correct

and with any distance.

plane on your downswing. There are other factors that

A Centered Pivot – The Best Way To Control Low Point

control low point, but if you have fallen for the many misconceptions I have discussed then you will definitely benefit from a centered pivot.

Here is a simple body drill that will help you develop the feel of the correct body motion:

the Mirror Work Drill Imagine a golf swing as a circle tilted on an angle. There is a point where the bottom of the circle will reach the ground, go into the ground and then ascend back up and to the left. The point at which the circle stops going down is what we call the “low point” of the swing. Good players reach this about 2 to 4 inches in front of the golf ball. This is why good players take divots in front of the ball. The low point can be found directly under your lead shoulder. The ability to hit the ground in the same spot is what tends to separate the poor players from the good ones. The more centered over the

Place a piece of tape at a 90 degree angle to the ground on a mirror. Stand in front of the mirror with the tape extending through the back of your head as you take your address position. Make backswings as you look in the mirror trying to keep your head as steady as possible. This will give you the feel of what I described earlier. Master this move and you will soon be hitting the ball much more solid and gaining distance and accuracy in the process. Best of luck with your golf.

ball and the steadier your head is in the backswing and downswing, Photos by marcos aspiazu

the greater chance that you will have to achieve this consistent ground contact. Let’s lay out the key components of a centered backswing pivot. Key #1: The Hips and Shoulders Rotate On an Angle The lead shoulder will rotate down towards the ball and the trail hip will move in and up until it reaches the top of the backswing. The shoulders will be on a similar angle to the shaft line.



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Chipping Adam Szoke,

A-1, Cedarwood Country Club

One of the most important aspects of the game, and probably


the one most neglected, is the chipping game. If you watch the

Fifty-percent of missed opportunities for getting up and down when

professionals on any of the tours, their chipping game is remarkable.

you miss a green is from poor ball striking. If when you chip, you hit

It seems as if they are getting their ball up and down every time they

behind the ball or skull it across the green your ball position is too far

miss a green. It appears that every time they have a chance of chipping

forward in your stance. Here is how you can get into a good set-up and

the ball into the cup. Most amateurs neglect this part of the game,

ball position that gives you a better chance for success. Take a 9 iron

whether they believe chipping is boring to practice, or, they would

and take your stance as if you were to take a full swing. Now move

rather just practice hitting their driver on the range.

your back foot closer to your front foot, so that it is even with the golf

Some amateurs can have a good ball striking day on the golf course and let’s say hits 12 greens in regulation. This means they are missing one third of the greens played in their round. And that’s on a good day! Just think what your scorecard would look like if you could get up and down on every green you missed with your approach shot. I believe you could lower your score at least 5 strokes. Seventy-nine sounds a whole lot better than 84 when you see your buddies at the bar after a day of golf. Here are some basic fundamentals to help you get your chipping game back in shape this year:



ball. You should be standing with a much narrower stance with the ball positioned back in your stance. Lean towards the target, creating about 60% of your weight positioned on your forward leg. With your lead arm and the golf club creating a straight line from your shoulder to club head, your hands should be well in front of the golf ball. From this position it will be much easier to make solid contact.


A is where your ball is positioned. B is where you want the ball to land

From the set-up position, it should be fairly easy to elevate the club

after you chip it. C is where you want the ball to rollout to. Position

on the backswing. By making a smooth hand, arm, and shoulder

B is the most important part of executing and the other 50% of failed

takeaway, the club should elevate so you can make a descending

chip shots. How do you get the ball to land on position B? To go from

blow to the ball. Remember the chip shot is a low flying shot which

A to B will be determined on how long you swing the club. Never, I

has more roll and less airtime. Once you have made a simple, short

repeat, never think, “I have to hit this one hard” or, “I need to hit this

backswing, softly let the weight of the club head fall into the golf ball

one easy.” A rule of thumb is to think a shorter shot needs a shorter

as you softly turn your body towards the target. There should be no

swing, and a longer shot needs a longer swing.

hand action in the downswing, and your tempo should be smooth.

Use the same tempo, but just lengthen and shorten your swing for

This is not an aggressive swing. The hands should feel as if you are

distance control. To get from B to C is determined by how much you

dragging the club, rather than helping it down to the ball. The club head

want the ball to roll after it lands on the green. If the shot needs to roll

has plenty of weight, and with a soft grip gravity will allow the club to

a good amount of distance, then a 7 iron might be the proper play.

descend and the ball strike will be crisp and simple.

If you do not want the ball to roll a lot, then maybe a lob or sand wedge is the club for that shot.

EXECUTION Most golfers will miss a green and automatically grab a sand wedge


to perform their next shot. Do not limit yourself to just using one club.

Golf is a learning game. There is no right or wrong, only

Each club, due to loft, will perform a different task. The more lofted the

choices. The more educated we become about our game,

club, the less the ball will roll. The less lofted the club, the more the

the better we can maneuver around the course in the least

ball will roll. Why not try to land the ball on the putting surface as soon

amount of strokes. Practice landing the ball, at position B,

as possible, and roll the ball the rest of the way?

and get to know how the golf ball reacts for different

When chipping you should always pick a spot in which you want the ball to land. The next time you practice your chipping, I want you to think about A, B and C.

clubs. You will come to find it easier to get the ball close to the hole, and your opportunity for lower scores will follow.



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The Forehand Drive The forehand drive is the opening of every offensive in tennis, and, as such, should be most carefully studied. There are certain rules of footwork that apply to all shots. To reach a ball that is a short distance away, advance the foot that is away from the shot and thus swing into position to hit. If a ball is too close to the body, retreat the foot closest to the shot and drop the weight back on it, thus, again, being in position for the stroke. When hurried, and it is not possible to change the foot position, throw the weight on the foot closest to the ball. The receiver should always await the service facing the net, but once the serve is started on the way to court, the receiver should at once attain the position to receive it with the body at right angles to the net. The forehand drive is made up of one continuous swing of the racquet that, for the purpose of analysis, may be divided into three parts: 1. The portion of the swing behind the body, which determines the speed of the stroke. 2. That portion immediately in front of the body which determines the direction and, in conjunction with weight shift from one foot to the other, the pace of the shot. 3. The portion beyond the body, comparable to the golfer’s “follow through,� determines spin, top or slice, imparted to the ball.

All drives should be topped. The slice shot is a totally different stroke.

Never allow your opponent to play a shot he likes if you can possibly force him to one he dislikes. I urge that you play your drive: 1. With the body sideways to the net. 2. The swing flat, with long follow through. 3. The weight shifting just as the ball is hit.


Do You Get Better?

Rich Albright,

TPI Director of Instruction, Charlotte Country Club

Helping golfers improve their ability to play the game has been a challenge since the “gutta percha” days. National Golf Foundation statistics would tell us that the average handicap of the golfing public has not improved for decades. PGA statistics tell us that we are losing more players than we are gaining. Golf architects are designing harder and longer golf courses. Players practice more and their scores go up. We have to change this. I want my students to improve. If my students are not getting better, I am not doing my job. In 2011, I introduced a player development program I call Play the Game. It is designed to combat the trend of golfers getting worse, enjoying the game less, and players just giving up and quitting for good.



If you want to get better, you have to understand and accept where the weak areas of your game are. Where are you losing or giving up shots on the course? A comprehensive assessment of every area of your game is required. Is your equipment properly fit? This includes every club in your bag and includes balls, shoes, and gloves. You have to eliminate the chance that poor shots are caused by improperly fit equipment. How are your body mechanics? Your ability to swing the club, stay in your posture, and deliver “strikes” with the club face is dependent on your body’s ability to perform. Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) offers the best assessment to benchmark body mechanics and provide solutions to fix them.

How far do you hit each club? You must know the distance (even if it is a wide range) you hit each club. When playing the game, you have to figure out how to play each hole. Distance control is the game. Gaining control of your distance, trajectory, and direction is one thing, knowing when to use it is another. Do you have a short game? In the scoring zone (inside 125 yards), do you have the required shots to score? Bunker shot, Lob shots, Pitch and Run. Are your wedges properly gapped? Do you know how far you hit each wedge? Do you have a 30 yard, 40 yard, 50 yard, 60 yard, etc. shot? What is your average proximity to the hole? Can you putt? Do you ever 3 putt? Can you aim the putter where you want to hit it? How is your speed control? Do you know how to read greens? Is your putter properly fit? Assessment of your ball striking ability, distance control, short game, and putting can be done on the range. Assessment of your ability to play the game can only be done on the golf course. You can track your stats, or journal at the end of each hole, or round. Determine where you are losing shots. It could be in a number of areas, tee shots, approach shots, short game, putting. It could be in a few areas. Be specific in your assessment. Ok, now what? I do believe it is beneficial to have a coach. Find someone who you trust and who has knowledge of the game. I say knowledge of the game, because a “swing coach” can only get you so far. Find someone who understands equipment, body mechanics, the golf swing, motor learning, psychology, and who can play the game. If your coach can’t post an 18 hole score that starts with a 7, I’d find someone else. You have to design practice both on the course and at the range that is specifically tailored to fix what is broken while maintaining the strengths of your game. You are training, or re-training the brain, not the muscles. Practice must be “game-like” so it transfers to the golf course. Spend the majority of your time on your weakest area until it becomes a strength. So how do we get better? Assess every area of your game. Determine where you are losing shots. Design practice to fix what is broken. Make sure practice is designed to transfer to the course. Go play the game and shoot lower scores.



Assessment of your ball striking ability, distance control, short game, and putting can be done on the range. Assessment of your ability to play the game can only be done on the golf course.



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It is said the toughest terrain to negotiate in golf is the six inches that reside between our ears. Why then do the overwhelming majority of golf lessons and tips concentrate on everything but? A mechanically sound golf swing is severely limited without the mind leading the way. Think of your mindset when you approach the first tee. Aren’t you at your most confident and carefree as you’re about to set off on a great day of golf with your buddies? The slate is clean; you’ve bogeyed

A confident and calm acceptance of all that you will encounter

nothing and the possibilities of a great score are right there waiting to

during your round of golf is essential in maximizing your potential

be had! Your thoughts are positive, focused, and clear as you prepare

for scoring. It’s crucial that your mind be free of debilitating thoughts

for your first swing of the day.

and stultifying self-ridicule.

How long before those thoughts of confidence, ebullience, and carefree insouciance get quickly dispatched by cursing yourself, slamming clubs, and scowling at everything that’s causing you to miss fairways, greens, and 3-putt? Tension, fear, and anxiety are now your partners and the day progresses to its inevitable end with you swearing and calling yourself vile names while lamenting all those missed shots, lipped putts, and bad breaks. The day, that just 4 hours earlier was replete with hope, enthusiasm, and confidence ended as it usually does; mired in anguish, despair, and disappointment. Why is that? It’s just golf! Nobody died. No one suffered any catastrophe due to a poor golf score.



A mechanically sound golf swing is severely limited without the mind leading the way.

Not only do poor shots and bogeys on top of bogeys team up to erode our confidence and enthusiasm, but starting out of the gate with a couple of birdies to put us under par can also play havoc with our minds. When most of us uncharacteristically start off on a birdie barrage the emotional toll can have the same effect as if we had double-bogeyed the first three holes. Instead of beating ourselves up for hitting poor shots, we start to agitate about the possibilities of a career round. We begin to proceed with undue caution and care. We are extra conscientious with our set-up, alignment, grip, posture, balance, angles, transition, etc. Though we birdied instead of bogeyed the effect it has on our minds is the same…it’s angst-filled, uncomfortable, and tense.

shot, or subsequent position, to seep into the mind. The only thing we should focus on is the play right in front of us. Stay in the present! A calmness that translates into relaxation and effortless fluidity is the desired state of mind on each and every golf shot! From the first drive to the last putt, it’s critical we never lose sight of that goal. The ONLY thing that can happen by allowing ourselves to focus on our past shots or the upcoming holes is a downward emotional slide that will eventually weigh us down with so much baggage we’ll be paralyzed. Free your mind by focusing exclusively on the shot at hand. Do not get exercised about the result… ANY RESULT! Approach each and every shot, from your driver to your putter, as if it is your first shot of the day. HAVE FUN!

Carry no baggage to the next shot! When you approach the first tee with your initial shot of the day there is no baggage (birdies or bogeys) dragging you away from your ideal state of mind. In order to stay in the proper mental position it’s imperative to not allow any previous



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Championships Pebble Beach Resorts AT

Written by Brittany Cooley

Photo by: Randy Tunnell

The stories of Pebble Beach champions are written into

in America, but few have the hardware to prove their titled worth. But

the lore of golf history. They are marked by the memories of five U.S.

what if there was a way for you to become one of those cherished few?

Championships, including Jack Nicklaus’ 1-iron in 1972, Tom Watson’s

What if you could win your own championship at Pebble Beach? You

1982 chip-in and Tiger Woods’ dominant 12-stoke victory in 2000. They

can. Every year, Pebble Beach Resorts hosts numerous tournaments

began with Sam Snead’s consecutive victories to initiate the Crosby

in which anyone can participate. With more than fifteen slated

Clambake and are stapled by Mark O’Meara’s five titles at the AT&T

through 2012, each tournament is held on at least two of the resort’s

Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. Even Lanny Wadkins staked his claim

four courses—Pebble Beach Golf Links, Spyglass Hill Golf Course,

on the hallowed ground, with an epic sudden-death playoff victory

The Links at Spanish Bay and Del Monte Golf Course—and feature

over Gene Littler in the 1977 PGA Championship. Many have traversed

different formats and themes. From celebrity tournaments that let you

what Golf Digest has repeatedly called the greatest public golf courses

play alongside world-famous athletes and entertainers to the annual



Pebble Beach New Year’s Championship, each event is entirely unique with different course lineups and scoring arrangements. But because most are net format, you can enjoy the thrill of competition no matter your handicap. Whether as an individual or on a team, in a large tournament or a small one, the Tournament Office at Pebble Beach Resorts can meet all your needs. Each course at Pebble Beach Resorts has its own distinct environment,

Photo by Joann Dost

Photo by Joann Dost Photo by Randy Tunnell

style and character, and is designed to challenge and thrill every tournament participant. Since 1919, the exquisite beauty and

Playing in a tournament on courses that have provided some of the

unmatched history of Pebble Beach Golf Links has made the site a

game’s most dramatic moments is enough to make any golfer feel

pinnacle for all tournaments at the Resorts. Ranked the No. 1 public

special. That feeling is only enhanced with the way the tournament

course in the United States by Golf Digest, this storied tract boasts

office takes care of every detail—welcome receptions featuring gift

stunning ocean views, wide-open vistas and cliff-side fairways

packages, post-round catered functions and award ceremonies. They

along the Pacific’s rugged coastline. Spyglass Hill Golf Course, rated

can even set up personalized events for you across Pebble Beach

as one the toughest courses in the world, features two distinctly

Resorts, whether it’s cigars overlooking the 18th green behind The

different kinds of terrain that influence the way the holes look and

Lodge at Pebble Beach or special tastings by the fire pits at The Inn

play, with the first five holes rolling through sandy, seaside dunes

at Spanish Bay.

and the following 13 cutting through majestic pines with elevated greens and strategically placed bunkers. The Links at Spanish Bay, designed after the historical European courses, are so authentic that even the Monterey coastline mirrors the rugged, natural beauty of Scotland. Here, the golf course provides you with the choice of using your regular shot or a low, running shot to play the firm turf while keeping the ball under the steady ocean breezes. Finally, Del Monte

Your options are just beginning, as the highly acclaimed instructors at Pebble Beach Golf Academy provide wholly personalized learning experiences in which you can hone your skills inside world-class facilities. Led by Laird Small, one of Golf Digest’s “50 Greatest Teachers,” the Academy offers individualized or group lessons for those looking to work on their game before, during and even after

Golf Course boasts a meandering layout that has challenged golfers

the tournament.

for more than a century. A favorite among Monterey Peninsula locals,

Take the experience to the next level and coordinate a custom Pebble

this old-style course rewards tournament players for risky shots and

Beach championship just for you. For friends, family or even business

punishes those with errant placements.

partners, the tournament office will create your ideal tournament from top to bottom, from the moment you step foot onto this amazing corner of the world to the last winning putt on No. 18. The options for building your ideal championship moment at Pebble Beach Resorts are truly endless. Walk in the footsteps of those immortalized legends, and make plans to hoist your trophy today.

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What Tour Players Do That You Don’t Know Randy Joyner

Director of Instruction, Ballantyne Country Club

The Only Fundamental In Putting Putting. It’s the most important part of the game and without a doubt the most individualistic part of the game. I believe one reason players struggle with putting is due to the massive amount of information available to them. Different grips, stances, setups, and putters all contribute to the confusion. This tip will make things much easier and open your eyes to what all tour players already know. With all the different styles in putting, what is the one thing that all the great players have in common? Ever notice that nearly every tour player sets up with only the right hand on the putter first? The only thing you need to do to be a great putter is have the right forearm “in-line” with the shaft at address. This is the reason you see so many different grips as well as a big reason you see belly putters and long putters. If a player can’t get the forearm in-line the putter will not swing in its true arc and the putt will be pulled or pushed. This is where all the different ways to grip the putter originated. If you can’t get the arm in line as seen here try left hand low, the claw, or the belly putter. With so many players using the belly putter you can quickly see that it is impossible to not be in-line with one. When looking down the line you can tell the player even has a belly putter because the right forearm covers the top end of the grip as seen above. With any of those different styles you will find the right setup to have forearm in-line with the shaft. Learning to make the correct stroke is simple when you have the only fundamental in putting.


With Randy Joyner Cary James Adam Szoke & Scott Johnson

Randy joyner Director of Instruction, Ballantyne Country Club

The Turn: How did you get into golf? Randy Joyner: At age 14 after striking out several times in an all star game and realizing I should find another sport if I were going to make a living as a professional athlete which was my goal. TT: Who is your golf hero and why? RJ: Arnold Palmer. He played the game the way it was intended. He put the ball in the hole with no regard for what it looked like and how it got there. He will never forget you if he spent any time with you. Considering the amount of people he comes in contact with it is amazing. Younger professionals should take note of how he conducts himself on and off the course. TT: What is your most memorable golf moment: RJ: The feeling of standing on the first tee in my first PGA Tour event when they call your name. TT: Tiger or Phil? RJ: Tiger. TT: Belly or standard putter? RJ: Standard. TT: How far can you drive the ball in perfect conditions? RJ: 285-320 yards. TT: What is your favorite part of having a career in golf? RJ: Without question-Teaching...watching a student have the “now I get it” moment everyday. TT: Advice for golf enthusiasts: RJ: Don’t fall into the trap of technology when learning the game. The game itself is not that hard. If you can throw a ball you have play good golf. Have you ever seen a major league pitcher that couldn’t play great golf?  No.  It’s not because they are great athletes it is because the motion is the same. Golf is a side arm throwing motion plain and simple.

TT: Belly or standard putter? CJ: Standard. TT: How far can you drive the ball in perfect conditions? CJ: 400 yds. downhill, downwind, on a tarmac. TT: What is your favorite part of having a career in golf? CJ: Not the paycheck.

Adam Szoke A-1, Cedarwood Country Club

Cary James Firethorne Country Club

The Turn: How did you get into golf? Cary James: Couldn’t sing or dance. TT: Who is your golf hero and why? CJ: Tiger...isn’t it obvious!? TT: What is your most memorable golf moment: CJ: Two holes-in-one.


TT: Tiger or Phil? CJ: Tiger.


The Turn: How did you get into golf? Adam Szoke: My Dad was an avid golfer, so it started as a Father – Son activity. TT: Who is your golf hero and why? AS: Jack Nicklaus. 1986 Masters, need I say more. TT: What is your most memorable golf moment: AS: Playing the Old Course at St. Andrews, and making the turn to the back 9 at 2 under par.

TT: Tiger or Phil? AS: Tiger.

TT: Who is your golf hero and why? SJ: I have 3 heros: Ben Hogan, Vijay Singh, and David Duval.

TT: Belly or standard putter? AS: Standard.

TT: What is your most memorable golf moment: SJ: Walking down the 18th Hole of St. Andrews with my father

TT: How far can you drive the ball in perfect conditions? AS: For an average drive 265

TT: Tiger or Phil? SJ: Neither. Can I subsititute and say Rory McIlroy?

TT: What is your favorite part of having a career in golf? AS: Being at the golf course.

TT: Belly or standard putter? SJ: I use standard, but mess around with the belly putter from time to time.

TT: Advice for golf enthusiasts: AS: Enjoy playing, and remember it’s only a game.

Scott Johnson Head Golf Professional, TPC at Piper Glen

The Turn: How did you get into golf? Scott Johnson: I grew up in the golf business, my father is a Quarter Century Member of the PGA. As a youngster growing up in Kentucky, I would often tag along with my dad to work. His love for the game as well as my wanting to not be a pain while he was at work, led to countless hours on the practice tee and golf course.

TT: How far can you drive the ball in perfect conditions? SJ: 300 plus. TT: What is your favorite part of having a career in golf? SJ: Being able to introduce golf to people on a daily basis. TT: Advice for golf enthusiasts: SJ: Listen to and take advice from your PGA Professional, after all we are the experts in the game of golf. I get ticked at people who say “well my friend told me this about my swing.” To me that is sort of like taking legal advice from a dentist; not his specialty



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PGA Tour Schedule

PGA Tour Sched

Official 2012 Jan. 6-9 Jan. 12-15 Jan. 19-22 Jan. 27-30

Hyundai Tournament of Champions . . . Sony-Hawaii Open . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Humana Challenge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Farmers Insurance Open . . . . . . . . . . . .

$5.6m $5.5m $5.6m $6m

Jun. 7-10 Jun. 14-12 Jun. 18-19 Jun. 21-24 Jun. 28-Jul. 1

FedEx St. Jude Classic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . U.S. Open . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . CVS Caremark Charity Classic . . . . . . . . Travelers Championship . . . . . . . . . . . . . AT&T National . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

$5.6m $6.8m $1.3m $6m $6.5m

Feb. 2-5 Feb. 9-12 Feb. 16-19 Feb. 22-26 Feb. 23-26

Waste Management Phoenix Open . . . . AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am . . . . . . . . . Northern Trust Open . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . WGC-Accenture Match Play . . . . . . . . . . Mayakoba Classic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

$6.1m $6.4m $6.6m $8.5m $3.7m

Jul. 5-8 Jul. 12-15 Jul. 19-22 Jul. 19-22 Jul. 26-29

The Greenbrier Classic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . John Deere Classic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . True South Classic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Open Championship . . . . . . . . . . . . RBC Canadian Open . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

$6.1m $4.6m $3m $8m $5.1m

Mar. 1-4 Mar. 8-11 Mar. 8-11 Mar. 15-18 Mar. 19-20 Mar. 22-25 Mar. 29-April 1

Honda Classic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $5.7m Puerto Rico Open . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $3.5m World Golf Championships . . . . . . . . . . . . . $3.5m Transitions Championship . . . . . . . . . . . $5.5m Tavistock Cup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $2.1m Arnold Palmer Invitational . . . . . . . . . . . . $2.1m Shell Houston Open . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $6m

Aug. 2-5 Aug. 2-5 Aug. 09-12 Aug. 16-19

Reno-Tahoe Open . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . WGC-Bridgestone Invitational . . . . . . . . PGA Championship . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Wyndham-Greensboro Open . . . . . . . . .

$3m $8.5m $8m $5.2m

Oct. 22-24

PGA Grand Slam of Golf . . . . . . . . . . . . $1.3m

Apr. 5-8 Apr. 12-15 Apr. 19-22 Apr. 26-29

The Masters Tournament . . . . . . . . . . . . RBC Heritage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Valero Texas Open . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Zurich-New Orleans Open . . . . . . . . . . .

$8m $5.7m $6.2m $6.4m

Nov. 05-06 Nov. 12-14 Nov. 28- Dec. 3 Nov. 29-Dec. 2

Wendy’s 3-Tour Challenge . . . . . . . . . . . ADT Skills Challenge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PGA TOUR Qualifying Tournament . . . . Chevron World Challenge . . . . . . . . . . .

May 3-6 May 10-13 May 17-20 May 24-27 May 31-Jun. 3

Wells Fargo Championship . . . . . . . . . . THE PLAYERS Championship . . . . . . . . HP Byron Nelson Championship . . . . . . Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial . . . The Memorial Tournament . . . . . . . . . . .

$6.5m $9.5m $6.5m $6.4m $6.2m

Dec. 7-9

Franklin Templeton Shootout . . . . . . . . . $3m

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Champions Tour Schedule Jan. 20-22 Feb. 10-12 Feb. 17-19 Mar. 16-18 Mar. 23-25 Apr. 13-15 Apr. 20-22 May 04-06 May 24-27 Jun. 01-03 Jun. 07-10 Jun. 22-24 Jun. 28-Jul. 01 Jul. 06-08 Jul. 12-15 Jul. 26-29 Aug. 03-05 Aug. 17-19 Aug. 24-26 Oct. 05-07 Oct. 12-14 Oct. 26-28 Nov. 01-04 Nov. 13-16

Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$1,800,000 Allianz Championship . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$1,800,000 ACE Group Classic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$1,600,000 Toshiba Classic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$1,750,000 Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$1,600,000 Tampa Bay Pro-Am . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$1,700,000 Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $2,700,000 Insperity Championship . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$2,200,000 Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$2,000,000 Principal Charity Classic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$1,750,000 Regions Tradition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$2,200,000 Montreal Championship . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$1,800,000 Constellation Senior Players Championship . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $2,700,000 Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1,700,000 U.S. Senior Open Championship . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$2,600,000 The Senior Open Championship . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$2,000,000 3M Championship . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1,750,000 Dick’s Sporting Goods Open . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$1,800,000 Boeing Classic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $2,000,000 SAS Championship . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$2,100,000 Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$1,600,000 AT&T Championship . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1,850,000 Charles Schwab Cup Championship . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$2,500,000 Champions Tour Q-School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$ 200,000

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Official 2012 2012 LPGA Tour Schedule Feb. 09-12 Feb. 16-19 Feb. 23-26

ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open Honda LPGA Thailand 2012 HSBC Women’s Champions 2012

Sept. 6-9 Sept. 13-16 Sept. 20-23

Kingsmill Championship RICOH Women’s British Open Navistar LPGA Classic

Mar. 15-18 Mar. 22-25 Mar. 29-April 01

RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup Kia Classic Kraft Nabisco Championship

Oct. 11-14 Oct. 19-21 Oct. 25-28

Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia LPGA HanaBank Championship Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Championship 2012

Apr. 18-21 Apr. 26-29

LPGA LOTTE Championship by J Golf Mobile Bay LPGA Classic

Nov. 02-04 Nov. 08-11 Nov. 15-18

Mizuno Classic Lorena Ochoa Invitational CME Group Titleholders

May 05-06 May 17-20

HSBC LPGA Brasil Cup 2012 Sybase Match Play Championship

Dec. 09

Wendy’s 3-Tour Challenge

Jun. 01-03 Jun. 07-10 Jun. 21-24 Jun. 29- July 01

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R5 Remote Control Golf Trolley with Distance Timer

Convert your own putter into a belly putter!

Golf trolley gives you the freedom to walk the course without the burden of carrying your heavy golf bag! 40 THE TURN GOLF MAGAZINE


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