Michael Davis

DragonRidge Country Club

DragonRidge Country Club

Mike Davis

Director of Instruction
DragonRidge Country Club
Henderson, NV

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Golf Instruction Improvement Over the Years

Golf instruction for the most part is much improved over the years. I gave my first lesson as a golf professional in 1971 and wish I could find that young man and refund his payment with damages. Two main reasons for this improvement. First, the education programs have improved significantly, starting with Michael Hebron who […]

Shaping Shots

Beginners and higher handicap golfers are almost always better to adjust their set-up if they need to curve the ball in a different shape than their normal ball flight. The oversimplified method is to aim where you want the ball to start, adjust the club in your hands so the face points where you want […]

Correcting a slice

Slices can have multiple root causes, but the answer is simple: The face points to the right of the path (for a right hand golfer) at impact. Causes can be: 1: A grip that is too weak causing the face to point to the right. 2: An outside in swing path 3: Poor hand/wrist action […]

Set up and practice

The grip for a putter needs to be very different than the grip for a full swing. In a full swing grip, you grip on your fingers with your forearms rotated so they point down. This encourages free wrist action during the swing. The putter grip should be in your palms with both firearms pointing […]

Fitness makes a difference

First let me say that I moved from Oregon to Las Vegas twenty-one years ago for a reason. For those who live in climates that have a real winter, fitness and range of motion are perfect winter activities. Putting and pitching techniques can be improved easily indoors. If you don’t have an indoor hitting area, […]

Instruction before clubs

Amateurs need to get their swing closer to where they want it before getting fit for new clubs. Find a quality instructor and at least get some advice on the proper grip set up and pivot. Then a club fitter will put you in the clubs that will fit.

3 steps to better putting

1. Get advice from a PGA Professional regarding your putting technique 2. Practice distance drills. Never putt from the same place twice. Vary uphill and downhill often. Take a rehearsal stroke while looking at the target to FEEL the energy needed for proper distance 3. Create some putting drills with measurable goals that put pressure […]

3 steps to better putting

1. Get advice from a PGA Professional regarding your putting technique 2. Practice distance drills. Never putt from the same place twice. Vary uphill and downhill often. Take a rehearsal stroke while looking at the target to FEEL the energy needed for proper distance 3. Create some putting drills with measurable goals that put pressure […]

It's a new world for the golf industry

With the issues surrounding Covid 19, a lot has changed in the golf industry. The course at which I teach, DragonRidge CC in Henderson, Nevada, is still open. The restrictions are members only, no outside play or charity tournaments for awhile. Golf cars will be one person only. No rake, tees or anything else that […]

It is a testament to a much improved junior golf program throughout the United States and the world.

Having a large number of very good players on the tour is great for golf. It is a testament to a much improved junior golf program throughout the United States and the world. It also says a lot about the quality of golf instruction.

I teach primarily in a hitting bay using video, a BodiTrak pressure mat and a Flightscope launch monitor.

I teach primarily in a hitting bay using video, a BodiTrak pressure mat and a Flightscope launch monitor. I use the Flightscope to measure how swing changes effect ball flight, to compare different clubs (especially drivers) and to practice distance control. I have a large junior program and I use the launch monitor in drills […]

Golf needs to be enjoyable. Rushing to speed up play will take away from the fun. The best quote that applies is from a John Wooden “be quick but don’t hurry.” Golfers need to find a a way to be fully ready when it’s their turn to play; having already picked out a target and […]

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