Vol. 12, Issue 7
IT’S ALL ABOUT
THE SETUP by Matt
WORKING WITH A
MIRACLE by Mark
TPI I WILL
TELL YOU Y. by Alex
Q&A WHAT THE PROS HAVE TO SAY
with Josh Manning, Don Sargent, Jr., Brian Sparks & Alex D. Brickley
HOW I GOT INTO GOLF by Shawn
OUR FUTURE & GOLF’S FUTURE by Kelly L. Trent
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.
All the Best, T. Reed Smith
contents FEATURE ARTICLES BY THE PROS
9 It’s All About the Setup by Matt Smith
Teaching Professional, Pinnacle Golf Club
Working With a Miracle by Mark Jensen
Golf Professional, Columbus Country Club
14 TPI I Will Tell You Y. by Alex D. Brickley Head Golf Professional, Tartan Fields Golf Club
FOUNDER Terrence Reed Smith
How I Got Into Golf by Shawn Thompson Head Golf Professional, Titleist Staff Professional, Jefferson Country Club
18 Junior Golfers: Our Future & Golf ’s Future! by Kelly L. Trent
LPGA Professional, Raymond Memorial Golf Course
EDITOR Will Garcia DIRECTOR OF SALES David C. Madrid ART DIRECTOR Edward White
GOLF PRODUCT EDITOR Jim Collinge ONLINE CONTENT COORDINATOR Peter Rado PGA MEMBER ADVISORY BOARD Adam Smith, Jack Barber,
Mr. Consistency: Luke Donald’s Banner Year The player to watch in 2012.
20 Q & A
What the pros have to say. with Josh Manning, Don Sargent, Jr., Brian Sparks & Alex D. Brickley
22 Q & A, Part II, from the Ohio State Golf Club What the pros have to say. with Brian Kelly & Ben Mersy
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30 What’s New
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37 2012 Golf Schedules
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Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s All About
THE SETUP Matt Smith, Teaching Professional, Pinnacle Golf Club
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A DRIVER SWING AND AN IRON SWING IS ALL ABOUT THE SETUP! I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t believe that one must have two different swings when using these two different clubs. It is vital for the golfer to understand that an iron must be compressed and a driver must be hit on the upswing. Because the driver needs to be swept off the tee it is crucial to set up in a manner that will allow this to happen. I want my students to place the ball off the inside toe of the forward foot. The driver needs to have about an inch and a half space from the ball. This allows the shoulders to be square to the line of target instead of open. This space also gives the golfer a mental ramp to go chase the ball. The back shoulder must be tilted about an inch lower than the forward shoulder at address. This allows the golfer to become fully loaded with a downswing plane that is shallow and inside-out!. A normal iron will be placed in the middle of the golfers stance. The shoulders should be square and level to the ground. This will allow the golfers head to be over the ball at impact and the club to work into the ball at a steeper level. All great players compress the ball with an iron and create a divot in front of the ball. All great strikers of the ball have most of the weight on the forward foot at impact. The difference is with an iron your head is over the ball at impact and a driver your head stays behind it. It is crucial that we understand a proper set-up will allow both of these things to happen.
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MIRACLE Mark Jensen, Golf Professional, Columbus Country Club
ALL MY STUDENTS MEAN SOMETHING TO ME, SOME MORE THAN others, none more than Dr. Ron Erkis. Shortly after his return from Ohio State’s 2002 National Championship football game, instead of celebrating a victory, he found himself fighting for his life. What he thought was the flu turned out to be much more serious-a beta strep infection. The infection caused him to become septic. All of his organs stopped working, including his heart. Eventually he went into a coma. After 35 days he finally awoke, totally paralyzed and breathing with the aid of a ventilator. Doctors had to use special medicine because of extreme low blood pressure to get blood to his brain and organs. As a result, it took blood away from his appendages and he had to have his left leg and right toes amputated. Extremely weak and helpless, he began a remarkable comeback. After regaining lost muscle he began the process of learning to walk and over time started to play golf again. This is where I entered into the picture. I knew Dr. Erkis was very athletic, but never worked with him before. Many challenges faced us both, but we agreed we were going to overcome our misfortune and learn to play golf again and get better at it. Our main objective was to determine how to produce the physical force that influences the ball flight. How can we achieve clubhead speed, centerness of contact, correct path, control clubface and lastly have the proper angle of approach? No teaching method on swing is perfect. There are numerous possibilities that are functional and would be considered correct; the bottom line is what works the best for the student. I was fortunate to have met Peter Kostis a few years back on the practice range here at the Columbus Country Club. Our conversation was related to the golf swing. He said “as you know Mark, the golf swing starts from the ground up, you feel it in the feet, then knees, hips etc.” How do I expect my student with a prosthetic leg and no toes in the opposite foot to “feel” that sensation? Balance is our biggest nemesis we face. Some other obstacles faced with swing fundamentals or mechanics involve body release (hip rotation on downswing), set up (posture and ball position), timing (swing sequence) and connection (left arm from body on downswing.) Our success came through trial and error. We became a golfer with a “hitting swing”. The hands are the connector between the club and the golfer; the power source, energy transferred and clubface control. We went to a 10 finger “baseball grip” and strengthened our left hand grip. We sought more leverage for potential speed by having our hands
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lower at address for earlier wrist hinge and softened our arms to swing the club faster. We tried to have a late release of club with arms and wrist for acceleration and clubface control by using the split grip drill. We focus on maintaining a fixed swing center and our weight stays on our left side for balance and body control. When the weight shifts to the right foot (no toes) we lost our balance. Lastly we feel the correct impact by hitting an impact bag. Learning is a change in behavior by consistent effort. I constantly try to educate, facilitate and motivate. I do not have every answer, far from it, but through experience, I’m getting closer. Doctors tell Erkis there is no medical explanation as to why he was not one of the 99 percent who die from a beta strep infection and go septic, only that it was a miracle. Thank you to whoever’s up there, I have been blessed to be able to work with such a wonderful person and enjoy every second of our time spent together.
Mr. Consistency: LUKE DONALD’S BANNER YEAR By Will Garcia, Editor
When Winston Churchill said “consistent effort, not strength… is the key to unlocking our potential”, he could have been talking about his fellow englishman Luke Donald. Since 2001, Luke Donald has been a steady picture of excellence. But in 2011 his consistent game exploded into a banner year that catapulted him into the world’s top ranked player. With 2 PGA tour wins, 5 second place finishes, 4 third place finishes and 21 top-tens, Donald’s 2011 season was the blueprint of what it takes to be number one. He was Player of the Year in the PGA and European tours. In October, he came from behind on Sunday to win the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic with 6 straight birdies on the b ack nine to become the Tour’s money leader, which he held on to for the year. Donald also won the Vardon Trophy and the Byron Nelson award for lowest scoring average at 68.86. His consistent play and effortless swing made him the talk, and envy, of the Tour. Nowhere was Donald more consistent than on the greens. He went 486 holes without a three putt this year, beating the PGA tour record by more than 100 holes. He had the lowest putt percentage on tour and he went 529 for 529 on putts under three feet. His now cemented status among golf’s elite did not, however, come out of nowhere. As the star of Northwestern University’s college team he won the NCAA Men’s Golf Championship in 1999 beating Tiger Wood’s previous college record. In 2001, he became just the 11th PGA rookie to make over a million dollars his first year. With his brother Christian in tow (as his caddy), Donald has finally reached golf’s elite and will be the player to watch in 2012 as he seeks his first major. Luke Donald is also recognized as one of the Tour’s true gentlemen. Outgoing and sportsman-like, his staggeringly successful season has been applauded by his fellow golfers. His consistency on the course has mirrored his consistency at home: he married his college sweetheart from Northwestern. When their daughter Ellie was born this year, Donald said “I don’t think it’s a coincidence my golf has got a lot better since Ellie was born.” Donald is also an avid painter, he studied Art Theory at Northwestern and has even donated an original painting to the PGA for charity. With Tiger back on the rise and Rory McIlroy playing incredible golf look for Donald to be gunning for each and every major in 2012.
I WILL U O Y L L TE
by ALEX D. BRICKLEY
Head Golf Professional Tartan Fields Golf Club
I WAS ASKED BY THE TURN MAGAZINE TO WRITE AN ARTICLE ON
When my students went through the screens and were able to or
any topic in golf. I thought I could write an article about swing tips,
unable to, perform certain physical movements, we both realized that
swing flaws, golf drills, golf fundamentals or rules and etiquette. But I
some physical limitations effected the way they swung the golf club.
decided on golf fitness and how it relates to your golf game.
So Dan and I started a special golf instruction and exercise program
As a golf swing coach I get frustrated, and I know my students get
at the golf course. The class was a 4 week class that had both golf
frustrated when I ask them time and time again to perform a task and
instruction and exercise components.
they are unable to do what I ask.
Dan created a workout program for the students and worked them out
For instance if I have a student that struggles to complete a shoulder turn or is unable to maintain a proper spine angle at impact maybe its not the students golf ability, it could be their bodies are stopping the movement.
We had a program that started with the student’s current range of motion and video of the students swing. During the next 4 weeks we worked hard on both the golf swings and the exercise program.
I would stand on the range and keep asking my students to try harder, or watch me, or show the student a picture of a tour player in the position I was trying my student to reach. All the time not knowing it wasn’t possible for my student to swing the golf club the way I wanted him to.
It was during these weeks that I started changing the way I teach the golf swing. I pay more attention to the way my students walk, stand and posture. Not just my students golf swing or swing flaws. The golf swing is a product of the student’s ability to move and fire the muscles at proper times.
Then I was introduced to the Titleist Performance Institute through Ohio State Sports Medicine. I was given a screening by a TPI certified therapist, and was shown where I was deficient. I was prescribed a workout program that I could do at home. I then was able to increase
From there I formed a relationship with Dan Inglis. Dan works for Ohio State Sports Medicine and is certified in TPI levels one and two as well as the junior golf program. I told Dan about my frustrations with my teaching then Dan came up with the idea of doing TPI screens at Tartan Fields Golf Club.
The more I can educate my students about the advantages to working out, they will feel better and there golf swings and ultimately their golf games will improve. I’m not TPI certified but I have gone through the program and continue
my workout on the TPI website.
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of 45 minutes and then I did golf instruction for 45 minutes.
to work out and strengthen where I’m weak and working on flexibility.
How I Got Into Golf Shawn Thompson, Head Golf Professional, Titleist Staff Professional, Jefferson Country Club
GROWING UP IN THE SMALL TOWN IN BARNESVILLE, OHIO, IT WAS always impressed upon me that I needed to play sports. Golf was not popular and nor was it promoted in the area. My grandfather always had clubs in the basement, but they always seemed to be off limits. That didn’t stop me from swinging them occasionally. In my neighborhood gang, one of my friend’s Dad, “Frenchy”, was known to be a golfer and his son Eric was just a year older than me, so there were always clubs. Some may have been broken off, bent or ancient archives of 1950’s, but they were clubs. While in school, I began working for the Barnesville Cemetery Department mowing and trimming the grass. The cemetery I mostly worked in happened to back up into my parent’s property. Thus began my life of golf, as morbid and unnatural as it may be, I learned how to hit a golf ball., Not only hitting it straight, but curving the ball too. I had many obstacles to shape the ball around, from my Dad’s cars sitting around to neighbor’s houses. I had a built in driving range with tombstones as yardage markers and developed a desire to become a golfer.
golf. Throughout high school I played and had some moments of glory and many not so glorious. My junior year, I began working at Whiskey Run Golf Course for PGA Professional Jeff McDonald. Whiskey Run was a literal run down, over grown field. My first season, we had to have farmers come in and bail the hay off of it. I remember pulling a dead calf out of the creek and superintendent Matt Marshall mowing with a garage mower pulled behind a pick up truck. It had 18 holes in the ground and I was given the opportunity to be part of something: golf. Since 1993, I have been involved in many aspects of the game from cleaning clubs, carrying bags, designing facilities, teaching the game, cutting the grass, installing irrigation to being a professional cart jockey. Golf is my life and my passion, everything I have in my life I owe to the game. The people, places, experiences I have encountered over the last 20 years can not all be put on paper. If someone would have told me my freshman year I would become a golf professional, I would have told them to lay off the Somerton Soup. Now as Head Golf Professional at Jefferson Country Club I looked back and cherish the moments of how I got to where I am now.
Entering into my freshman year of high school in a football dominated town, I began playing for the Barnesville High golf team. With pegged pants, bucket hats and bad striped shirts I began my quest to play
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Our Future & Golf’s Future! Kelly L. Trent,
Professional, Raymond Memorial Golf Course
I WAS RECENTLY ASKED HOW I HAVE MANAGED TO STAY IN THE GOLF business for over 25 years. Although golf has been a part of my life since I was seven and I love the sport, what keeps me passionate about golf is my junior golfers. Yes, I am a parent with second grade twin boys, who yes, do golf (and they are pretty good!) but I have also been an instructor for junior golfers, seniors, women and men my entire career. But it is the little ones that keep me going! Teaching children golf can be a little tricky . . . first of all you have to capture their interest, get their attention (and keep it), teach them about safety, then and only then can you begin to teach them the complicated, challenging sport of golf. You need to compete with video games, television and super heroes to win their affection. Golfers like Tiger Woods, Rickie Fowler and Rory McIlroy help bridge this gap. Although women golfers are generally not as well known, both Morgan Pressel & Brittany Lincicome offer girls positive role models.
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The PGA offers The First Tee program whose mission is “to impact the lives of young people by providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf.” www.thefirsttee.org/Club/Scripts/Home/ home.asp This program teaches Nine Core Values™ which include honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, respect, confidence, responsibility, perseverance, courtesy and judgment. The LPGA has the LPGA-USGA Girls Golf program which provides an opportunity for girls, ages 7 to 17. Its mission is help these girls “learn to play golf, build lasting friendships and experience competition in a fun, supportive environment, preparing them for a lifetime of enjoyment with the game.” Girls are learning “values inherent to the game of golf, such as practice, respect, perseverance, and honesty, preparing them to meet challenges of today’s world with confidence.” Both of these stellar programs are comprehensive, national organizations which strive to introduce golf to juniors in a meaningful and traditional way. Most of the clinics and locations are located near larger metropolitan areas or golfing meccas and are often expensive. Therefore, a natural adjunct to these programs is the local programs that many golf professionals offer at their golf courses, such as my summer golf camps.
For over 25 years, I have offered the Kelly L. Trent Golf Camps during the summer. We provide three different sessions. Typically our week long summer camps are offered one week in June and one week in July. In addition, we offer a “free” three day program targeted to our inner-city children who may have little or no experience with golf. The week long summer camps run Monday through Thursday from 9am until noon and on Friday from 7:30am until noon. The juniors ages 4-16, receive fun-filled instruction by a staff comprised of golf professionals and teachers with a teacher student ratio of 10:1. Each day includes prizes and snacks while the junior golfers learn the basics of golf – stance, grip, set-up, takeaway and follow-through. Each of these camps provides instruction for nearly 200 juniors. Some even sign up for both camps! On Friday, we take all of the juniors onto the golf course for an authentic playing experience. This is the first time that some of the juniors have ever been on a golf course. We ask for parent/adult volunteers to help on Friday, as it is a huge undertaking to organize and manage that many children. I still get goose-bumps each year when I see all of those juniors descend onto my golf course – what an incredible experience these children have. We ask that all groups return to the clubhouse by 11am, so that we can feed them and distribute prizes and awards. We offer each golfer and their parents/adults a picnic style cookout including hot dogs, chips, cookies and drinks. Each golfer receives a prize, this year it was a “Raymond Memorial Golf Course” embroidered backpack. Other prizes have been hybrid clubs, putters, golf shoes, etc. Throughout the week, the juniors also receive golf hats, balls, towels, divot repair tools, tees and other similar prizes. Each coach (instructor) calls their group up to receive the awards and announces the “golfer of the week” who is voted on by their peers. A team picture is then taken and later emailed to the juniors. This program is so popular that many juniors return to the camp year after year. One golfer just completed his fifth camp! The “free” program is a simplified version of the week long golf camp. It runs three days for two hours each day. This program’s objective is to introduce golf to children with no prior golf experience. We generally have about 200 participants. Most of these children do not have golf clubs, so we provide them with clubs to use during the camp. If we find that a child is particular interested in golf, we may loan them a set of clubs with the caveat that if they chose not to continue, the clubs will be returned and offered to another junior. Great thanks to many of our local private clubs and their members who are forever donating their older clubs, bags, clothing and shoes to these golfers to help them get started.
Last year, we sent out information about these golf camps to nearly 500 families. We were at capacity by April 1st! Clearly, there is a need for these types of programs, at least in Columbus, Ohio. Another program which is sponsored by the Columbus Recreations and Parks Department is the “Junior Tour Series” www.columbuscitygolfcourses.com/junior. This tournament opportunity is available for junior golfers ages 13-17 and includes 10 events and a two-day Championship. College scholarships are awarded to select golfers who have just graduated from high school. This tournament series was started in 2003 by the City of Columbus Golf Division and receives entrants in excess of 100 golfers. It was created to supplement those competitive tournament experiences that already exist in the Columbus area. There are many other junior golfing opportunities which are available to children. Raymond Memorial and many of the other City of Columbus Golf Courses offer Parent/Child events and leagues, Junior/Senior tournaments, toddler programs, after school programs, family fun nights, birthday parties and volunteering programs to name a few. The upshot is that the future of golf is in the hands of our children and we must do everything in our power to engage them in the sport so that they will become life-long lovers of the game! For my fellow golfers, here is quick swing tip to get you motivated: DISTANCE CONTROL FOR PUTTING Short game is the first thing to go after a long winter. Go to your local putting green and practice the ladder drill. Put a tee 1 foot from the hole, then another tee 3 feet from the hole then another tee 5 feet, then 10 feet. Practice putting from each tee to work on distance control. Kelly L. Trent is a Program Manager and Golf Professional at Raymond Memorial Golf Course, one of the City of Columbus Golf Courses and member of the LPGA Teaching & Club Professionals. She is also a member of The Ohio State Athletic Hall of Fame and a former player at Ohio State where she was the 1979 Big Ten Champion. She is the PGAU (Play Golf America University) Program Coordinator at Ohio State. www. playgolfamerica.com In addition to her responsibilities, Kelly has won many awards during her career including LPGA Midwest Section Professional of the Year and Outstanding Professional several times and Golf for Women Magazine 50 Top Teachers. She has also chaired many golf events and tournaments during her career. Visit her website at www.kellyltrent.com.
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With J OSH MANNING DON SARGENT, JR. BRIAN SPARKS & ALEX D. BRICKLEY
DON SARGENT, JR.
Head Golf Instructor, The Country Club at Muirfield Village
The Turn: How did you get into golf? Josh Manning: My friend and I used to play basketball daily. During a break from the heat one afternoon we discovered that his dad had an old set of clubs in the garage. We walked over to a nearby football field where we proceeded to hit from goal post to goal post. We enjoyed it so much that we kept coming back each night and hitting until dark. I even started helping him with his paper route each day so that we could get to the field faster. TT: Who is your golf hero and why? JM: Jack Nicklaus. He was tough inside the ropes and always found a way to win. His victory at the 1986 Master’s created a memorable experience that my dad and I will share for a lifetime. TT: What is your most memorable golf moment? JM: My most memorable golf moment was having a hole-in-one on #15 at Innisbrook Resort’s Copperhead Course at the age of 13.
Director of Instruction, Scioto Country Club
The Turn: How did you get into golf? Don Sargent, Jr: My father, who is a scratch player, carried me with him when he practiced and played as long as I can remember. I also caddied for him in tournaments. Finally, from the age of 7, he carried me to The Masters Tournament every year. The exposure to Augusta National, the players and that environment cemented my love of the game of golf for life. TT: Who is your golf hero and why? DS: Nick Faldo. In my college years I had an automobile accident that sidetracked my hopes of playing professionally. As I began the rebuilding process of my game and swing Nick became the model I wanted to copy. The instruction of his coach David Leadbetter was also huge in my life, for I later gained employment with David. This whole process of these men set me on course to become a lifelong instructor of the game. TT: What is your most memorable golf moment? DS: Probably the first shot I played, in my first tournament ever. On a par three I played a 6 iron to within inches of the cup that won the Closest to the Hole award, thus starting my first competitive event ever with a birdie.
TT: Tiger or Phil? JM: Tiger. TT: Belly or standard putter? JM: Standard Putter. TT: How far can you drive the ball in perfect conditions? JM: I probably average around 280 yards. I have the ability to surpass the 300 yard barrier when the Members at the Country Club talk me into it. TT: What is your favorite part of having a career in golf? JM: I love helping people. There is no better feeling in the world when you can connect with a student and you know from their smile that they “get it”. TT: Advice for golf enthusiasts: JM: My advice for golf enthusiasts would be to never lose sight of the fact that golf is just a game.
TT: Tiger or Phil? DS: Phil. I appreciate how he conducts himself in victory and defeat. TT: Belly or standard putter? DS: Standard. Legally, I’m not a fan of the anchored method of putting. TT: How far can you drive the ball in perfect conditions? DS: 275 yards. TT: What is your favorite part of having a career in golf? DS: Instructing and mentoring young people in their golf paths. The satisfaction I get comes from helping golfers of every level improve, understand why they improved and setting them on the road to satisfaction and joy in the game. TT: Advice for golf enthusiasts: DS: Learn, respect and honor the history and traditions of our great game.
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BRIAN SPARKS Head Golf Professional, Worthington Hills Country Club
The Turn: How did you get into golf? Brian Sparks: I got started into golf by my father at the age of 8. At first it was just going with him on the weekends at local public facility to play 9 holes. At the age of 10, my family was fortunate enough to be members at Belmont Country Club and my interest in the game really took off thanks to the late John Perrotti, Head Golf Professional. TT: Who is your golf hero and why? BS: My Dad because he took the time out of his busy schedule to play with me when I was young and teach me how to conduct myself on the golf course even though he was not the best player. TT: What is your most memorable golf moment? BS: On Spring Break in 1991 at Saddlebrook Resort in Florida, playing with my dad and he was up two shots going in to the 18th hole. He was so jacked because he had chance to beat me for the first time in years. I was playing not so great. He was playing the best round in his life. He was going to break 80 (on pace to shot 79) for the first time if he made par. The final hole was a par 3 of the Palmer Course, which had water around the green. He was so excited that he chunked his tee shot in the water and ended up making 5. I made par so we tied. I remember him telling my mother that “I had him! I had him! And I let him off the hook!” That was a great day.
ALEX D. BRICKLEY Head Golf Professional, Tartan Fields Golf Club
The Turn: How did you get into golf? Alex D. Brickley: My father and grandfather got me started in golf. I grew up in Valparaiso, IN near Forest Park Golf Course. I would ride my bike to the golf course every day in the summer and play all day long. I would help the golf professional with golf carts for snickers bars. That is where I got the bug for the golf business. TT: Who is your golf hero and why? AB: Payne Stewart is my hero. Not because of his untimely and tragic death, but because of his demeanor and what a great champion he was. TT: What is your most memorable golf moment? AB: I’ve had only two holes-in-one in my life and both were memorable. The first was in the Indiana PGA Championship where I qualified for my first state open. The second was in a memorial tournament for my brother-in-law. I was playing with my family and hit a good shot and drove to the green and noticed that there were no balls on the green, but I had a feeling, and my middle son Justin, walked to the hole and said “Dad its in the hole!’ It was a experience I will never forget. TT: Tiger or Phil? AB: Tiger Woods.
TT: Tiger or Phil? BS: Tiger.
TT: Belly or standard putter? AB: Whatever works.
TT: Belly or standard putter? BS: Belly.
TT: How far can you drive the ball in perfect conditions? AB: Down wind or into the wind?
TT: How far can you drive the ball in perfect conditions? BS: 270 carry distance.
TT: What is your favorite part of having a career in golf? AB: My favorite part is that every day is different. I have worked public and private golf courses. And who knows what tomorrow brings. That what I love about being a PGA Golf Professional.
TT: What is your favorite part of having a career in golf? BS: Seeing my members of Worthington Hills Country Club enjoy the great game of golf as well as seeing my students get excited when they hit a great shot they never thought was possible. TT: Advice for golf enthusiasts: BS: A round of golf should not last longer than 4 hours regardless if it is a club event or not. Just because the pro’s on T.V. take forever does not mean you should also.
TT: Advice for golf enthusiasts: AB: Continue to play golf no matter your scores. We all have good days and we all have bad days in golf. Let’s hope that the good days outweigh the bad.
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Head Professional, The Ohio State Golf Club
The Turn: How did you get into golf? Brian Kelly: My father introduced me to the game. Also Bob Jones from the Minerva Lake Golf Pro helped me get started. TT: Who is your golf hero and why? BK: My golf hero would have to be Jack Nicklaus because I was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio. My favorite player on tour is Rocco Mediate. TT: What is your most memorable golf moment? BK: I had the opportunity on a sponsor’s exemption to play in the 2010 Nationwide Childrens’ Hospital Invitational at the Scarlet Course, where I am the Head Pro.
Assistant Golf Professional, The Ohio State Golf Club
The Turn: How did you get into golf? Ben Mersy: I used to be an avid soccer player. My first experience watching golf was when Tiger Woods won his first Masters in 1997. You could say that I was inspired. The next evening, I told my mom and dad that I wanted to begin to play golf and take golf lessons. TT: Who is your golf hero and why? BM: My golf hero would be both Brian Kelly and my parents. Brian taught me how to play the game and he has been a wonderful mentor through my entire career, and my parents because they have ALWAYS supported me with my tournaments, jobs, and experiences. TT: What is your most memorable golf moment? BM: My most memorable golf experience would be the day that I finally passed my Playing Ability Test. It was a great day to know that I finally shot the number that I needed to shoot to join the PGA of America. Tied with that would be my trip over to Scotland and walking across the bridge on the 18th hole of St. Andrews!!!
TT: Tiger or Phil? BK: Tiger. TT: Belly or standard putter? BK: Standard. TT: How far can you drive the ball in perfect conditions? BK: 275 yard average. TT: What is your favorite part of having a career in golf? BK: I enjoy everything about my job. I enjoy teaching, serving our customers, merchandising and playing. TT: Advice for golf enthusiasts: BK: Find a good instructor - get lessons and practice more; you will find golf more enjoyable.
TT: Tiger or Phil? BM: Phil Who? Haha...I’m definitely a Tiger fan. TT: Belly or standard putter? BM: Standard. TT: How far can you drive the ball in perfect conditions? BM: I would like to say 300 yards when I really hit one. TT: What is your favorite part of having a career in golf? BM: Helping out members and guests and teaching all of my students. TT: Advice for golf enthusiasts: BM: Take lessons and learn the fundamentals so you do not develop years of bad habits. Also, HAVE FUN!!!!!!!
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SETTING: An extraordinary desert hideaway, The Boulders is situated on 1,300 acres in the Sonoran Desert foothills of Carefree, Arizona, just north of Scottsdale. SENSE OF PLACE: The dramatic and innovative architecture of The Boulders blends with the surrounding desert and the 12-million-yearold granite boulder formations that dot the landscape. Its distinctive Southwestern ambience is carried through in the resort’s design, cuisine and amenities. The impact is immediate; when guests arrive at The Boulders, they enter the main lodge through massive entry doors crafted from four different hand-rubbed woods. Niches in the lobby walls display fine Native American crafts and original regional art by renowned artists. Glass skylights and large fireplaces provide warmth and light to complete the ambience.
GOLF OVERVIEW: The Boulders is one of the finest golf resorts in the world. The resort’s two, 18-hole, championship golf courses were designed by Jay Morrish and have won some of the industry’s highest accolades including Golf Magazine’s “Platinum Medal” Award, Golf Digest’s “Top 25 U.S. Resorts” and Links’ “Top Five - Best of the West,” to name just a few. They are considered some of the most demanding courses in the Southwest, and are known for their rugged beauty and breathtaking desert panoramas. SIGNATURE HOLE: The resort’s signature hole is the #5 hole on the South Course. Carved from the desert, this hole is characterized by a dramatic rock outcropping which shelters the green. It also offers unmatched vistas of the resort and the surrounding Sonoran Desert. The par-five hole is challenging as the fairway narrows towards the green. There is no margin for error as any slice, hook or overshot will land in the desert rough.
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NORTH COURSE: Yards: 6,959 from the black tees; 6,811 from the blue tees; 6,293 from the white tees; 5,440 from the gold tees and 4,900 from the red tees. Rating: 73.3 from the black tees; 72.6 from the blue tees; 70.1 from the white tees; 71.2 from the gold tees and 68.4 from the red tees. Slope: 138 from the black tees; 137 from the blue tees; 131 from the white tees; 123 from the gold tees and 114 from the red tees. SOUTH COURSE: Yards: 6,888 from the black tees; 6,726 from the blue tees; 6,246 from the white tees; 5,119 from the gold tees and 4,684 from the red tees. Rating: 72.9 from the black tees; 71.9 from the blue tees; 70.0 from the white tees; 71.1 from the gold tees and 68.5 from the red tees. Slope: 142 from the black tees; 140 from the blue tees; 134 from the white tees; 125 from the gold tees and 117 from the red tees. AMENITIES: Clubhouse: The Boulders Club, a private country club for resort guests and club members, includes a pro shop featuring an array of the finest sports apparel, golf equipment and other sundries. Rusty’s at the Club restaurant is open for lunch and dinner and its terrace seating affords views of the Sonoran foothills and the 18th hole of both golf courses. Bogey’s café serves casual fare for breakfast and lunch. The Boulders Club also includes men’s and women’s locker rooms. Practice Facility: The resort’s practice facility includes a driving range, chipping and sand play area, and putting greens. Services: Complimentary bag storage and locker facilities are available to resort guests. Club Rental: Men’s and women’s Nike golf clubs are available at $70 per 18 holes of golf and includes 2 sleeves of Nike golf balls.
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GOLF ACADEMY: The Boulders Golf Academy offers an opportunity for private, one-on-one instruction with talented PGA and LPGA instructors, including Donald Crawley, a Top 100 Teacher in America. Lessons cover full swing, chipping, pitching, putting and sand play, accompanied by digital video analysis and on-course playing lessons for groups no larger than four. Crawley customizes teaching sessions to the needs of each golfer by using his innovative system of “Golf Simplified,” a simple, yet practical hands-on instruction technique combined with digital video analysis and on-course playing lessons. GROUP PROGRAMS: The golf staff will schedule advance tee times for groups and assist in tournament planning. Group green fees are available. FORE LADIES: A tradition of women-only golf programs has gained The Boulders wide acclaim as one of the top women-friendly golf resorts in the country. The “Fore Ladies” program is designed to help new women golfers learn the game and to ease the intimidation newcomers often feel on the golf course. It also insures that all women golfers – novice and experienced alike – get equal access to tee times, equal facilities and plenty of personalized attention. The golf academy program for women is the perfect blend of recreation and relaxation while also learning a new skill that’s useful for a lifetime. PACKAGES: he Boulders also offers a number of special golf packages throughout the year
GOLF EXECUTIVES: Tom McCahan, Boulders Club Manager Dean Ballard, Head Golf Professional Donald Crawley, Director of Instruction of Boulders Golf Academy Jean Crawford/Judith Roer, LPGA Teaching Professionals
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Growing up in North Dakota, we had six months of winter, which was not helpful for my golf game. Each spring, I would spend a month or two just getting my swing back in shape, almost like I was starting over. What if you didn’t have to start over, what if you could actually improve your golf swing (and physique) during those cold winter months? Now you can, by using the Orange Whip Trainer and Orange Peel for just a few minutes a day. Your strength, flexibility, and swing speed will increase, and your shot-making will become more accurate and consistent. The Orange Whip Trainer was designed to empower golfers to discover their ideal swing plane, create “Tour Pro” lag, achieve perfect sequence of motion, and promote balance that is supported from the ground up. If a golfer trains their swing without hitting golf balls, the mind and body will allow the swing to develop naturally. The Orange Whip can eliminate the ‘hit’ instinct from your mind and consistency will be developed. Since the majority of golf swing flaws are caused by poor balance, finding proper balance is imperative. The Orange Peel was designed to enhance the golf swing learning process by altering the static and dynamic balance positions. Similar to standing at the bottom of a sphere, the Peel creates a slight inward pressure on the feet and legs. This will stabilize and support the hips and core region at address and allow you to maintain the athletic relationship of posture and balance during the full swing motion. Also, the Orange Peel allows the user to direct their center of gravity to address swing faults, recreate slope conditions, and experiment with different swing planes. By adjusting the placement of their feet on the Orange Peel, the golfer is able to naturally change their tilt, spine angle and swing plane quickly and effectively. The Orange Whip and Orange Peel can be used indoors without compromising their unparalleled performance. Requiring a minimal amount of space and 5-10 minutes of training time per day, they are ideal tools for those living in challenging winter environments and busy individuals with little time to practice. Now anyone can make the most out of the winter months and improve without hitting golf balls.
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J STEWART GOLF Have you ever spent time searching for your golf bag at the club, because it is like everyone else’s? Stand out from the crowd by creating your own unique bag! The ordering process is simple and easy to follow with no additional set up costs! Once they have your design, they send you detailed drawings for approval before you confirm your order. www.jstewartgolf.com ROCKET TOUR Join the 100+ PGA Tour players & top PGA Professionals who sport Rocket Tour’s signature knit head covers! Mix & Match between newtheir Retro-inspired styles -Knit Pom Pom & Tassels Covers, Putter & Hybrid Covers in scores of colors! Want your Golf Shop to carry Rocket Tour? Ask your Pro to call them at (303)-415-1199 or email: retail@ RocketTour.com for information or order online at www.RocketTour.com.
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GOLF GRUVA The Golf Gruva is the ultimate new golf swing training system! The Golf Gruva’s unique, patented design has golfers experience what a professional golf swing should feel like, giving them the confidence to hit the perfect shot, every time. The Gruva is the only system built on the principle of a multi-plane swing that naturally coaches golfers on proper body rotation, wrist technique, and weight transfer. Great for novices and experts alike, the Gruva gives instant feedback to fix bad habits right in its tracks. Say goodbye to casting, hitting over-the-top, over-swinging and inadequate weight transfer. Use your own 6 or 7 iron in the Gruva, and see your results as you hit a ball right out of it! Achieve your ultimate swing, in as little as fifteen minutes a day! www.golfgruva.com
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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.
“Straight Back, Straight Through” or “Arc Stroke”. Explained and Simplified. Brian Benedictson, Inventor of Swinkey Canadian Tour Professional
Here is a rule of thumb for you: the flatter the shaft angle the more the 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.
THERE HAS BEEN A LOT OF CONVERSATION ABOUT “STRAIGHT BACK,
A good example of this is the cross-handed or claw grip. Most people
straight through” vs. an “Arc Stroke”. I’d like to give you my
who putt cross-handed or with the claw grip tend to have a steeper
perspective on it and attempt to simplify it for you.
shaft angle which will make their stroke appear to be more “straight
First, let’s talk about what “straight back, straight through” is. This is when the putter head travels back and through on the target line while the putter face stays square to the target line. This would be easy to do if your putter had a 90 degree shaft angle and the golfer stood
back, straight through”. High hands at address will increase shaft angle while low hands will decrease shaft angle. So once again, the steeper the shaft angle the less the arc and flatter the shaft angle the greater the arc.
behind the ball. Visualize a ferris wheel: it is 90 degrees to the ground
Playing on the Canadian and Mini Tours over last seven years I have
and moves straight back and straight through. This is an efficient
seen many different putting styles with varying degrees of shaft angle.
motion, but it is illegal for golf clubs to have a 90 degree shaft angle.
When I introduced the Swinkey to the players, the putting plane
When the putter head travels straight back and through on
function was a topic of conversation. I had many players tell
the target line while the putter face stays square to that line it is
me they don’t putt “straight back, straight through”. After
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
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
now make an arc if observed from above or behind. The motion hasn’t
shaft of the putter on plane and the putter head will make an
changed; the plane has just been flattened out. It is on plane, making
arc that matches your shaft angle. This is why the Swinkey has
an arc that matches the angle, which is how we want to putt. This is
proven to be a great putting aid. It works with the shaft of the
how the path of the putter head should naturally move.
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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:
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The object of game is to fill the other empty cells with numbers between 1 and 9 (1 number only in each cell). The objective is to fill a 9×9 grid with digits so that each column, each row, and each of the nine 3×3 sub-grids that compose the grid (also called “boxes”, “blocks”, “regions”, or “sub-squares”) contains all of the digits from 1 to 9
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