Tim Terwilliger

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Tim Terwilliger

PGA Head Golf Professional
Brookside Golf Club
Pasadena, CA

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You Have 185 To The Wicker Sir

Posted on: 22 Feb 2021

When I first took a glance at this question my thought was how in the world could I possibly pick a single hole out of all the incredible courses and holes I have been so fortunate to play. Would I choose it based on beauty, great strategic design, its place in history or that I […]

Adhere to a different approach than greenside bunkers

Posted on: 27 Jan 2021

The main thing is to adopt a different set of concepts than you would for a greenside bunker shot. It can be as simple as creating a concise and easy checklist. 1-do not dig your feet in like you would for a normal bunker shot. Remember we are not trying to take any sand behind […]

Shallow your swing

Posted on: 23 Nov 2020

I love this question. The drill I would recommend is also a drill I use with students when they are coming down to the ball with the shaft too steep. So this is a multi purpose drill. When you are playing shots in windy conditions, especially if you are heading into the wind, the clear […]

Mirror, Mirror on the wall

Posted on: 04 Nov 2020

Luckily I live in Southern California where we don’t have to worry about a “off-season.” However, I do advise students on how to keep there game sharp during the busy holidays when they don’t have time to practice or play. The same indoor practice routine would apply to areas of the country where they are […]

Do Your Research!

Posted on: 28 Oct 2020

This is a topic that customers and students ask all the time. Someone who is new to the game usually doesn’t need to get fit. However if they are tall or shorter they should definitely look for clubs that are a appropriate length. Also a important component even for beginners is finding a proper shaft […]

Finding each amateurs personal go to shot.

Posted on: 02 Oct 2020

I would say that there is no single go-to shot for every amateur. Amateurs have been inundated with so many varying ways to go about hitting shots around the green that it often leads to confusion and poor short games. For example, many students have seen the Phil Mickelson hinge and hold method. Now, there […]

Who can get it up and down the best.

Posted on: 16 Sep 2020

It is always tough to be a single player as a favorite. Only during the days of Tiger’s dominance was that possible. Winged Foot is going to be the toughest test the players will face in quite a long time. Common sense would say that driving the ball in play will be at a premium […]

I don't have a student work on any technical concept unless they 100% understand it

Posted on: 07 Dec 2019

Golfers have always been susceptible to over thinking due to the nature of the game and the seemingly endless stream of opinions and information on how to swing. Bobby Jones once said that it was a “horrifying state of affairs.” There is nothing wrong with being technically minded as long as the student understands why […]

Currently I have the Coaches Eye video analysis app

Posted on: 10 Oct 2019

Currently I have the Coaches Eye video analysis app on my i phone and i pad. I have found this app to be the simplest and most efficient. It allows me to draw multiple lines on the screen and it computes degrees of angles, etc. It really allows the student to understand plane, path, club […]

If you are an avid golfer then I would recommend that you change your grips every year.

Posted on: 14 Aug 2019

It really depends if you are a avid golfer or not. To me an avid golfer plays regularly, at least once a week and practices a couple times a week. If you are an avid golfer then I would recommend that you change your grips every year. I would also recommend that if you practice […]

This question addresses probably what is the number 1 problem for recreational golfers.

Posted on: 09 Aug 2019

This question addresses probably what is the number 1 problem for recreational golfers. 90% of golfers at impact add loft and present the shaft to the ball with negative shaft lean. This produces a low point a couple of inches behind the ball. Everyday in my teaching I introduce the “punch drill.” For new students […]

In order to develop a reliable short game, golfers usually need to be exposed to a whole set of terms and vocabulary.

Posted on: 29 Jul 2019

We have all heard of the dreaded yips in putting, sadly too many recreational golfers deal with the pitching and chipping yips as well. My first reaction would be to tell any golfer who struggles in this area to seek out a reputable teacher who is known for having a great knowledge of the short […]

I was fortunate to play two of the very best courses in the US on the same day...

Posted on: 17 Jul 2019

I love this question. One of the wonderful benefits of being a PGA Professional is the opportunity to play some of the best courses in the country. I was fortunate to play two of the very best courses in the US on the same day and then play another 36 on one of them the […]

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