Mark Komives

Florida Gulf Coast University PGA Golf Management
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Mark Komives

PGA Golf Professional
Florida Gulf Coast University
Fort Myers, FL

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Get Your Ducks in a Row Early On for Better Strikes

Posted on: 24 Mar 2022

This is a loaded question Backswing! But I’ll do my best to answer. 1) It is correct that a slight downward strike (what we call a negative Angle of Attack in the teaching world) is desirable anytime the golf ball is resting on the ground. This slight downward strike (in the range of 2-4 degrees […]

Learn the Fundamentals of Green Reading First

Posted on: 28 Feb 2022

The key to improving your ability to read greens is first to recognize that effective green reading involves skills that can be developed. Reading greens is not a mystical art form. Instead, green reading is based on the structured principles of understanding Slope & Friction. Understanding slope involves first recognizing how to see/find it and […]

One Way is NOT for Everyone

Posted on: 22 Feb 2022

Boy, this question is loaded…in today’s information sharing age, there is more info than ever being told to more golfers than ever before. While it’s great to share info, it’s often difficult for amateurs to filter out the gold from the noise. And the reality is there is plenty of noise that isn’t very good […]

Focus on Contact First

Posted on: 13 Feb 2022

Most amateur players struggle with contact on an uphill lie, often hitting “chunks” or “skulls”. With poor contact comes poor distance control. Therefore, step one is to ensure good contact when faced with an uphill lie around the green. Because the uphill slope will naturally tend to launch the ball higher into the air than […]

Hit Behind No More

Posted on: 19 Nov 2021

Hitting behind the ball is one of the most frustrating encounters a golfer can have when making a full swing and especially in the short game. Most players struggle with hitting the ground behind the ball for one of the following reasons: • Weight staying back on trail foot thru impact; • An early release […]

Set-Up Sequence for Alignment Success

Posted on: 01 Sep 2021

One of the best ways to find proper alignment when putting is to sequence your set-up appropriately. Many amateurs walk into a putt by setting the feet first, then take the grip, and finally try to align the putter face toward the target. Unfortunately, this set up sequence of Body-Grip-Putter can cause players to get […]

Speed vs. Accuracy- Not Quite a Fair Debate

Posted on: 26 Jul 2021

Absolutely. Speed vs. Accuracy isn’t quite a fair debate. Most amateur players swing slow and hit it crooked because of poor movement patterns and poor club face control. Think about it: If the club face is wide open during the swing, it’s difficult to swing hard without losing the face completely. Most players slow down […]

Grip Keys

Posted on: 28 May 2021

The reality is that how a player holds a golf club is critical to his or her ability to influence it. In order to apply forces to swing the club and control the club face, a player must have a functional grip. A poor grip is a (perhaps THE) leading cause of amateur struggles. The […]

Fix the Tops- Fix Your Radius

Posted on: 10 May 2021

Topped shots result when a player’s swing radius shortens through impact. This can happen several ways, but most common is over-bending of the arms. To remedy this, two easy drills: 1) Place a tee in the ground a few inches in front of the ball being hit. Make sure the tee is level with the […]

Backswing Secrets: Key Fundamentals

Posted on: 19 Mar 2021

Improving the backswing is a mighty goal of many players- even top professionals work on this part of the swing! However, it’s important to realize that a good backswing is derived from a quality grip and set-up position paired with athletic body motion in the takeaway. If these fundamentals are correct, the backswing becomes more […]

Don't be a Duff, Lay-up out of Rough

Posted on: 04 Mar 2021

Escaping deep rough while advancing the ball a long distance requires tremendous club head speed. Unless you are a high-speed player, the odds are in your favor to lay-up in the fairway and attempt to get up and down. Even if you do have speed, we often see many tour players still lay-up out of […]

Simple Yet Effective

Posted on: 04 Feb 2021

A 4ft ruler from your local hardware store. The yellow ones are best as one side is blank and even comes with a 1/4″ hole pre-drilled at the end. Place your golf ball on the drilled hole and putt down the ruler at various speeds on a level surface. If your golf ball makes it […]

When Playing In The Wind, Manage Your Spin

Posted on: 23 Nov 2020

When playing in windy conditions, a key element to a player’s success is to manage the amount of spin put on shots. Many player’s try to hit down on the golf ball to flight it low in the wind (ie: ball position more back in stance at address). Unfortunately, this can lead to also creating […]

Learn the Stock Pitch Shot for Short-game Success

Posted on: 02 Oct 2020

For amateurs looking to improve their short-game, the most important shot to learn is the basic 15 yard pitch. While most short-game instruction stresses the importance of the low running chip shot, a stock pitch shot is a better option to actually build short-game technique around. The reason for this is that once one has […]

Green Reading and Speed Control are Key

Posted on: 20 Aug 2020

Golfers may 3-putt for several reasons, but the top two stand out: 1) Poor Green Reading 2) Poor Speed Control The first, poor green reading, is the number one cause of 3-putting that I see. If you think the putt is uphill right-to-left, and it’s actually downhill left-to-right, you haven’t got a chance. Poor green […]

A Dynamic Impact Requires Dynamic Practice

Posted on: 06 Aug 2020

Where the hands should be at impact is a common question many amateurs ask. While it’s understandable to think practicing getting the hands in the proper spot at impact would help achieve better contact, a couple points to consider: 1) In a real golf swing (not a drill) impact is dynamic- it’s a motion, not […]

Make Warming Up a Warm Up- Not a Practice Session

Posted on: 16 Jul 2020

When warming up before a round, the best advice I can give is to literally treat your time as a warm-up. You should not be trying to work on your swing (a common amateur mistake). That’s what practice time is for. Warm up time, instead, should be utilized to get your body and mind ready […]

Nervous? Where's your attention?

Posted on: 15 May 2020

The first thing when feeling nervous is to understand that nerves are natural. I like to say if you’re not nervous, you’re not ready! Second, nerves are just excess energy and normally dissipate on their own. Simply having this awareness alone, paired with the understanding that nerves aren’t something to fret about, can help many […]

Impact Spot, Club Face, and Carry Distance are Key

Posted on: 04 Mar 2020

Launch monitor technology is invaluable tech for any golfer who is serious about improvement. Devices like TrackMan or FlightScope provide important feedback to measure your current technique and improvements over time, as well as to dial in your club fitting needs. The key is to find a certified instructor or fitter who can utilize the […]

The best part is seeing talented players with different areas of expertise win at the tour level- big bombers and short game aficionados alike

Posted on: 11 Jan 2020

Absolutely. Today, more than ever, we have the opportunity to watch the best in the world compete at the highest level of competition. The best part is seeing talented players with different areas of expertise win at the tour level- big bombers and short game aficionados alike. In addition, it’s exciting to have players from […]

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