Vol. 12, Issue 9
IF YOU START WITH
A GOOD GRIP, YOU HAVE A CHANCE by by Jerry Jerry Moody Moody
THE BEST PLAYERS
TO IMPROVE YOUR GAME by by Tim Tim O’Neal O’Neal
MENTAL NOTE by by Hans Hans Larson Larson
MY TIME AT
BRIARWOOD by by Randy Randy Cochran Cochran
CATCHING UP WITH
with with Rich Rich Prange, Prange, from from Medinah Medinah CC CC
WHAT THE PROS HAVE TO SAY
with with Hans Hans Larson Larson and and Jerry Jerry Moody Moody
contents FEATURE ARTICLES BY THE PROS
8 If You Start With a Good Grip, You Have a Chance by Jerry Moody
26 FOUNDER Terrence Reed Smith EDITOR Will Garcia DIRECTOR OF SALES David C. Madrid
Teaching Professional, Deerfield Golf Club
The Best Players to Improve Your Game by Tim O’Neal
Master Instructor, North Shore Country Club
13 This Season’s Mental Note by Hans Larson Head Golf Professional, Westmoreland Golf Club
14 My Time at Briarwood
by Randy Cochran Director of Golf, Briarwood Country Club
17 Catching Up with Rich Prange
with Rich Prange, Director of Instruction, Medinah Country Club
ART DIRECTOR Edward White GOLF PRODUCT EDITOR Jim Collinge ONLINE CONTENT COORDINATOR Peter Rado MARKETING RESEARCH COORDINATOR Kelly Hettema PGA MEMBER ADVISORY BOARD Adam Smith,
Jack Barber, Jason Sutton,
Mr. Consistency: Luke Donald’s Banner Year The player to watch in 2012.
18 Q & A
What the pros have to say. with Hans Larson and Jerry Moody
19 Real Estate The Current Real Estate Market: Q&A with
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26 What’s New
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29 Swinkey: The Golfer’s Toolbox by Brian Benedictson
33 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.
All the Best, T. Reed Smith
If You Start With a Good Grip, You Have a Chance Jerry Moody, Teaching Professional, Deerfield Golf Club
WHILE A GOOD SETUP DOES NOT GUARANTEE A GOOD SHOT, A POOR setup does guarantee that you will struggle on the golf course. In a golf swing, the sequence of events always occurs in the same order – setup, backswing, transition, forward swing, impact, RESULTS. Results are dependent on everything that came before. The primary goal of every swing is solid ball contact, but what are your chances if your setup is poor? The setup consists of grip, posture, alignment, and ball position. You need neutral spine posture, parallel alignment, ball position forward of center, but most importantly, you need a proper GRIP! Because the arms should hang freely under the shoulders, and the lie angle of the club will certainly NOT be near vertical, BOTH HANDS must connect to the club at an angle. A diagonal, or 45 degree angle would be a good generalization. I often see golfers rest the clubhead on the ground before taking their grip, but I believe it can lead to posture and alignment problems, so I don’t recommend it. I recommend holding the club in the bottom hand (half on the shaft, half on the grip) up at about a 45 degree angle above horizontal while standing comfortably in neutral spine posture to “present” the club to your top hand. This allows you to precisely position your top hand while the bottom hand controls the weight of the club. Only when the top hand is where it needs to be does it accept control of the club’s weight, so you can then slide the bottom hand up to overlap or interlock with the top hand.
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The palm of the bottom hand should be facing the target (along with the clubface), with the “lifeline” groove covering the back of the top hand’s thumb, leaving essentially only fingers actually gripping the club. The top hand should be at about a 45 degree angle to the shaft, which will result in a “short thumb” position. If that angle increases, a “long thumb” will result, and tension in the hands, wrists, and forearms could slow down the club. The short thumb position allows more freedom in the muscles of the hands, wrists, and forearms to help create clubhead speed. Rotating the top hand away from the target (with the palm facing more downward) will result in more of a closed clubface at impact, creating hook spin and lower ball flight. Conversely, rotating the top hand toward the target will result in more of an open clubface at impact, producing slice spin and higher ball flight. Most golfers will be able to produce straight balls with 2 or 3 knuckles showing on the top hand at address, but you’ll need practice time to experiment and find your “square face” grip. A major part of controlling ball flight is learning to position your top hand to achieve desired ball flight results. To start with a good grip gives you an opportunity to produce good results. To control ball flight, practice regularly and try different top hand positions to become a better shotmaker and lower your scores. You should work with a qualified PGA teaching professional to speed up the learning process!
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.
The Best Players to
Improve Your Game Tim O’Neal, Master Instructor, North Shore Country Club
WHEN STUDENTS MARVEL AT THE CONSISTENTLY SOLID GOLF SHOTS
impact consistent with all the best players. They incorrectly have the
played by the very best players they often question why they can’t
grip and club shaft pointing at the RIGHT armpit at impact while the
reproduce the same high quality shots. While the correction to improve
body is facing the ball. This practice is counter productive. For more
one’s ball flight can be very individual, most players tend to make
solid contact and straighter shots just turn your lower body through
first while dragging the right shoulder, elbow and wrist down in front
The most common difference between the best players and everyone else is that the best players swing into the ball much more from the inside with a later release of the club and much LESS arm, hand and club rotation during the backswing, downswing and through impact, but considerably MORE body rotation. This technique requires less timing and results in more power for consistently longer and straighter shots. Sometimes I have observed golfers practicing hitting balls (including putts & bunker shots) with just the RIGHT arm and hand (right handed players). If performed correctly this can be an effective way to improve your swing. However, most of the players I have seen don’t derive benefit from this exercise due to the use of improper technique. They straighten or release the club much too early in the downswing by straightening their right elbow and wrist before the club head reaches
of you, then follow by turning the upper body through at the correct angle as the club head lags behind swinging toward the INSIDE back of the ball. The right elbow and wrist will remain bent at impact and the grip and club shaft will point at the LEFT armpit. After impact, as you continue to turn your body through, the right elbow will straighten with the grip and club shaft still pointing at the LEFT armpit about two to three feet beyond impact. As you continue to turn through to the finish the right wrist will eventually straighten. So remember, whether you are swinging with only one arm and hand or both, for improved golf the proper sequence for all shots on the downswing goes as follows: lower body, upper body, arms, then wrists and club. All the best players keep the grip and shaft of the club pointing at the LEFT armpit thru impact until your hands are at least hip high.
the ball instead of turning the body through first to produce the proper
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This Season’s Mental Note Hans Larson, Head Golf Professional, Westmoreland Country Club
WE MAKE PROMISES LIKE “THIS IS THE YEAR I DROP MY HANDICAP BY 10 shots” and “this is the year I become a better putter”. Then we start off with the best of intentions, we take a golf lesson or two, we buy a new putter, and then fall into our normal game. Then at the end of the season, we look back and our handicap is the same as it was in April and we keep three putting the 18th green! How can this be? I was so ready to play better golf this year! Well the answer lies in our planning and our practice. We need to have written and measurable goals in order to improve our game. In addition, we never practice the things we are bad at such as bunker play, long irons and fairway woods. If you really want this to be the year you become a better golfer and find more enjoyment in your game, write down these 5 goals with me and together we will have better results next year. • Chart all your scores early in the season to see which areas of your game you need the most improvement. Chart fairways hit, greens hit, number of putts, number of times you get “up and down” and number of penalty shots. • Set aside 1 hour of practice time 2 days a week. Spend 30 minutes practicing a specific area of your game such as your long iron play. Spend the next 30 minutes of your time practicing a specific area of your short game such as bunker play. • Schedule a golf “practice session” with a PGA Professional. Meet with the Professional for at least 30 minutes every other week to review your practice routine and to make improvements to areas that need the most help.
My Time at
Randy Cochran, Director of Golf, Briarwood Country Club
I HAVE BEEN AT BRIARWOOD COUNTRY CLUB FOR TWENTY SIX YEARS. I cannot remember having a bad day. There is just too much fun to have doing what I do. Hanging around a golf course from dawn to dusk could possibly send you to the loony bin. Never leaving the links could be the final straw breaking the camel’s back result in divorce court… but not in my case. I have been hanging around a golf course since I was a pre-teen. I am happily married. I may be a bit crazy, but I won’t be locked up anytime soon. Golf can be such a hard sport and it is my job to help make it easier. I have always handled the job of teaching and coaching with a soft and nurturing touch. Being at Briarwood Country Club as the Director of Golf, I had to hire a teacher to embrace the challenge of teaching daily. Nineteen years ago, I hired Arnie Glickman. He has met that challenge in a distinctly different way. We give many clinics; I will open with encouraging remarks while Arnie strips them of all dignity by teasing and igniting their spirit. We have become the perfect “good cop – bad cop” routine. And do you know what? It works. Students love to have fun and are far more relaxed when they are doubled over laughing at themselves and each other.
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Not every teacher can figure out the best way to communicate with every student. One of the greatest challenges is communicating. During our nineteen years doing Junior Golf Clinics, Ladies Clinics, and Free May Clinics, we have found something that is better than technology; it is laughter. Students attend our clinics and continue to come back because they learn a lot and laugh even more. In one junior golf clinic, after the juniors had won a tainted contest against the pros, we handed them water pistols and let them blast us away. We have dressed up in gorilla suits and used exploding golf balls to make a point or get a chuckle. We have a tremendous membership that encourages Arnie to be himself; the hilarious person he is deep inside. His teaching skills are outstanding, and he can sure make people laugh. When you put those two strengths together, it is hard to beat. Obviously, I have enjoyed the fun and antics as much as anyone. In the truest sense, Arnie and I are living the dream.
Catching Up with Rich Prange
RICH PRANGE, A PGA MEMBER SINCE 1989, HAS APPRENTICED UNDER Hall of Fame instructor and two time Ryder Cup Captain (European Team) John Jacobs. During his tenure with the Jacobs Golf Group (1983 1998) Rich learned the system of diagnosis, explanation and correction. As Director of Instruction with Jacobs Golf, Rich has conducted golf schools literally all over the world. In 1998, Rich Prange launched his own business under the label Rich Prange Golf - conducting individual, junior and corporate instruction at Summerlin Ridge Learning Center in Fort Myers, Florida. By 2004, Rich was instructing 4 of the 6 First Team All Area High School players. These players have gone on to play Division I Collegiate Golf. In 2006, Rich was approached by Mike Scully, Head Golf Professional of Medinah Country Club in Chicago, Illinois. 2012 will be Richâ€™s sixth season at this historic club.
Medinah is the host of the 2012 Ryder Cup. The Turn: How did you get into golf? Rich Prange: Four brothers out five are Class members of PGAâ€™ TT: Who is your golf hero and why? RP: John Jacobs: hall of famer, two-time Ryder Cup Captain. Taught me the diagnoses, explanations and corrections of golf instruction. TT: Your most memorable golf moment: RP: A double eagle at the 1982 Neveda State Open Final Round, 17th hole. I shot a 74, 69, and 66 to tie for 6th. TT: Tiger or Phil? RP: Tiger. TT: Belly or Standard Putter? RP: Belly. TT: How far can you drive the ball? RP: 265 yards. TT: Your favorite part of a career in golf? RP: Communicating golf instruction. TT: Advice for golf enthusiasts? RP: Patience and persistence.
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With H ANS LARSON JERRY MOODY HANS LARSON
Head Golf Professional, Westmoreland Country Club
Teaching Professional, Deerfield Golf Club
The Turn: How did you get into golf? Hans Larson: I grew up off the third hole of the Elks Country Club in Boalsburg, Pennsylvania and started working there as a kid picking the range. I fell in love with golf and started playing every day and picking up balls on the range every night. I never looked back.
The Turn: How did you get into golf? Jerry Moody: I lived near an Air Force Golf Course in Puerto Rico when I was 11 years old. After caddying once, I had to try it! A few years later it became my favorite sport, and I played High School and College golf.
TT: Who is your golf hero and why? HL: My uncle Cliff Larson was a golf pro and superintendent at Beakman CC in Hopewell Junction, New York. When I was a kid and I wanted to be like him.
TT: Who is your golf hero and why? JM: Arnold Palmer is the greatest ambassador the game has ever known - he appealed to everyone, and he treated the fans and the media better than any other athlete before or since.
TT: What is your most memorable golf moment? HL: My first trip to Ireland in 2002. We were playing at Lahinch and I birdied the 18th hole. As I came in the clubhouse, Ken Venturi was sitting there by the window and congratulated me with a handshake. He watched the whole thing. That was a great day!
TT: What is your most memorable golf moment? JM: Winning a 10 man playoff for one spot to qualify for the Australian Open-then making the cut and getting picked up every day in a Rolls Royce. TT: Tiger or Phil? JM: Phil.
TT: Tiger or Phil? HL: Phil for sure. TT: Belly or standard putter? HL: I like using the belly for training but I have to knock down short putts with the standard. TT: How far can you drive the ball in perfect conditions? HL: I’m maxed out at 300 yards on a good day. TT: What is your favorite part of having a career in golf? HL: The people you meet. When people find out you are a golf pro, they treat you like royalty. I am always amazed how much interest there is in hitting the golf ball well. TT: Advice for golf enthusiasts: HL: Learn how to practice the right way. It’s not about the quantity its about the quality. You can do as much damage as good if you don’t know how to practice the correctly. And always have fun!
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TT: Belly or standard putter? JM: Long. TT: How far can you drive the ball in perfect conditions? JM: 280 in favorable conditions, 240 average in Chicago. TT: What is your favorite part of having a career in golf? JM: Helping people enjoy the game by teaching them to hit solid shots. TT: Advice for golf enthusiasts: JM: Practice your short game a lot! 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.
The Current Real Estate Market: Q&A with Sandy Martin & Linda Schalk of Keller Williams The Turn: Do you see the market turning around? Sandy and Linda: Yes, very much so! Watching the 2011 activity, we saw Investors clamoring to purchase properties. Hard to believe, but almost all properties Under $100,000 were being scooped up by Investors in the first few days on the market – and in many cases they closed ABOVE the list price. In addition, we also saw consumer confidence return with a bang this year. Since we had such a mild winter, Owner Occupant Buyers were out in droves this spring. We did see the usual rise in Inventory come Spring, however, we were pleasantly surprised to see the number of homes “flying off the shelves!” Also, homes were receiving multiple offers – again, resulting in homes selling ABOVE the list price. This is something we haven’t seen for at least the last six years! TT: Do you think it’s a good time to buy? S&L: It’s an excellent time to buy! With interest rates remaining historically low and the Listing Prices now (what seem to be) at rock bottom, consumers now believe they are getting great deals at current market. TT: What steps do you recommend your sellers take prior to Listing their home? S&L: Most generally, our pre-listing suggestions involve staging and the overall condition of the home. Staging is an essential component of getting a home ready to sell. We professionally stage and de-clutter the home to make it as open and inviting as possible. We want potential buyers to envision “their family and furniture” there. As far as “condition of the home,” we do tailor our recommendations to the Seller’s position. Meaning, there may be times we discuss re-painting with our Sellers; especially if we feel the change to a more neutral color would make the home more appealing. “Condition” also includes the outside of the home – referring to things such as manicured landscaping and addressing the front entryway to give it an inviting curb appeal, as well. We also discuss condition of the mechanicals – as these can be “big ticket items” that pop up during the new buyer’s inspection. All in all, it’s an individualized process that we walk through with each of our Sellers to insure their home is being represented in the best light possible.
TT: How much does the price you paid for your home influence the actual price you can List your home for? S&L: Sad to say, we’ve heard it time and time again over the last few years, “Sandy and Linda, the list price you are recommending is LESS than we paid for our home 12 years ago!” After the initial “sticker shock,” we calmly discuss with our Sellers the history of pricing from the “bubble to bust.” And, most importantly, we educate our Sellers regarding the fact that ALL MARKETS ARE LOCAL. We show our Sellers “why” we are recommending a particular Listing Price – based on actual recently Closed properties. We are very succinct in proving our recommended price to our Sellers. TT: If a seller has $100,000 worth of upgrades in their home, how much more money will they realize on their sale than a similar home without those upgrades? S&L: There are indeed a few upgrades that will benefit a Seller based on a percentage of the original dollars spent, i.e. Remodeled Kitchen, Updated Baths, Finishing a Basement, Premium Paid for a Waterfront Lot, etc. However the MAIN benefit of any upgrade to your home comes with the perception of what a Buyer sees regarding the worth of your home versus the competition. It’s always amazing to us when our Buyers view a home that has been “freshly painted” compared to a home that has not. In the Buyer’s eyes, there is a huge value differential. Also, many Sellers believe that the purchase price should reflect their “new furnace” and/or “new carpet.” Most of the time this won’t be the case as the current market value of the home is ultimately determined by the Buyer’s Lenders appraisal (based on the overall condition of the home plus recent upgrades compared to other similar homes recently sold). All this to say, today’s buyers are looking to be WOWED from the moment they walk in the door. If they are, their perception of the home is heightened and most likely will result in an even higher offer price.
We read the housing market like the pros read the greens.sm Sandy Martin | Broker Associate 847.494.4985
Linda Schalk | Broker Associate 847.630.3993
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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
The Orange Whip & ORANGE PEEL TRAINER by Jim Hackenberg, PGA Professional
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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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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Answer to Sudoko
Rules of Sudoko
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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
Official 2012 & 2013 PGA Tour Schedule 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
Mar. 3-6 Mar. 14-17 Mar. 8-11 Mar. 25-29 Mar. 28-31
Honda Classic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $5.7m Puerto Rico Open . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $3.5m World Golf Championships . . . . . . . . . . . . . $3.5m Tavistock Cup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $2.1m Arnold Palmer Invitational . . . . . . . . . . . . $2.1m
PGA Grand Slam of Golf . . . . . . . . . . . . $1.3m
The Masters Tournament . . . . . . . . . . . . $8m
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 . . . . . . . . . . .
THE PLAYERS Championship . . . . . . . . $9.5m
U.S. Open . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $6.8m
Franklin Templeton Shootout . . . . . . . . . $3m
The Open Championship (British) . . . . . $8m
PGA Championship . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $8m
Sept. 12-15 Sept. 30 - Oct. 1
BMW Championship . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $8m The Presidents Cup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $5m
$1m $8m $1m $5m
2013 Schedule Jan. 3-7 Jan. 7-13 Jan. 16-22 Jan. 24-27
Hyundai Tournament of Champions . . . Sony-Hawaii Open . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Humana Challenge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Farmers Insurance Open . . . . . . . . . . . .
$5.6m $5.5m $5.6m $6m
Jan. 30 – Feb. 3 Feb. 4-10 Feb. 14-17 Feb. 18-24 Feb. 25- Mar. 3
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
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Official 2012 & 2013
Champions Tour Schedule Aug. 03-05
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
2013 Schedule Feb. 04-10
Allianz Championship . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$1,800,000
ACE Group Classic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$1,600,000
Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$1,600,000
Mobile Bay LPGA Classic Tournament . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$1,700,000
Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $2,700,000
Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$2,000,000
U.S. Senior Open Championship . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$2,600,000
The Senior Open Championship . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$2,000,000
Charles Schwab Cup Championship . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$2,500,000
Official 2012 & 2013 LPGA Tour Schedule Aug. 1 Aug. 9 Aug. 23-26 Sept. 6-9 Sept. 13-16 Sept. 20-23 Oct. 11-14 Oct. 19-21 Oct. 25-28 Nov. 02-04 Nov. 08-11 Nov. 15-18 Dec. 09 Feb.
Jamie Farr Toledo Classic Safeway Classic Presented by Coca-Cola CN Canadian Women’s Open Kingsmill Championship RICOH Women’s British Open Navistar LPGA Classic Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia LPGA HanaBank Championship Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Championship 2012 Mizuno Classic Lorena Ochoa Invitational CME Group Titleholders Wendy’s 3-Tour Challenge
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2013 Schedule 7-10 Feb. 28- Mar. 3
ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open HSBC Women’s Champions
Mar. 11-17 Mar. 18-24
LPGA Founders Cup Kia Classic
U.S. Open Chapmionship
Aug. 13-18 Aug. 19-25
Solheim Cup Canadian Open
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