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One of the best ways to improve rotation in the golf swing is to actually stretch those muscles used during the swing. A great way to do that is to use the Golf Stretching Pole. I’ve been using this device since 2005 and it’s a great way to simulate the turn you make in your […]
Charleston, SC. Best golf, food, lodging, amenities for the best value. Great seasonal weather year round.
The question on my favorite vacation spot is surely Carlsbad/San Diego area. My friends and I used to go to Florida. We took a change of pace to San Diego and never went back. Tee times were easily accessible. Using the freeway was better traffic than fighting Florida and intercity. Restaurants were easier to get […]
My favorite golf destination is Saint Andrews, Scotland staying at the Dunvegan hotel. It’s been 20 years since I was there. I got to play with my dad quite an unforgettable experience. Wind was in my face on 18 I hit an eight iron off the road to 2 feet made birdie to shoot even […]
The Country Club at Castle Pines is outstanding, vistas are breathtaking! Towers 1,000 feet above Castle Pines Golf Club where they use to have the International Stableford competition. Both of these courses are private, but if you get an invitation to play, cancel whatever plans you have. You won’t be disappointed! When you play the […]
No questions asked would be Southwest Ireland. It has some of the best golf courses…Old Head, Ballybunion, Lahinch, Tralee, and Waterville. The people are amazingly welcoming, fun to be around and the scenery is second to none.
My favorite golf destination trip is right in my own backyard. TPC Scottsdale is one of the most fun courses to play because it is not extremely difficult. A prime location offers just about any other activity that you can think of. If you can stand some higher temperatures in the summer, you can get […]
International trips are always well received. Scotland is always fun, especially if you incorporate Royal Donarch on your list of clubs. I feel it’s the best golf course in the world! Although our last trip was to Northern Ireland and our list of courses would rival any that I’ve played. Starting with Royal County Down […]
If I were to say, Ireland has been my go to place. I have been three different times and the golf is incredible. I stay in B&B’s for the most part and the experience is always rewarding. I am headed back this year to visit Portrush, as the Open Championship is being held there. In […]
Bandon Dunes is a must visit golf trip. It is by far my favorite destination for golf in America. I’ve been fortunate enough to go to Pebble and even Carnoustie, and while those places are special and historic for countless reasons, the golfing experience at Bandon is beyond exceptional. The 4 and soon to be […]
My favorite destinations of golf trips are Seattle New Castle area in Summer Time and Metro Phoenix area in Winter Time.
My favorite golf destination would be TPC Danzanta Bay. It is fairly new and the views are gorgeous. I would love to play golf there, but also explore the scenery. Of course there are other things to do, like spa and snorkeling, but again the scenery is fantastic.
The weather is near perfect every day and the golf courses are absolutely magnificent. The only drawback is that it’s sometimes hard to concentrate when you’re playing because the views of the ocean are so incredible it is distracting.
My favorite destination golf trip is anywhere we can stay and play on property. I’ve been fortunate to travel to many top clubs in the country, and even internationally, and I’ve found with a great group of friends there is nothing better than having the ability to settle into a destination and enjoy all it […]
St. Andrews Scotland is the Holy Grail. Take in The Old Course, New Course, Kingsbarns and Balcomie Links at Crail. Enough said. But don’t forget that a two hour drive from home can land you in a great weekend trip on a low budget if you’ll do a little homework!
Sitting in my cottage at Arcadia Bluffs and very funny I was just thinking about your question before I saw your email. Here on my Sons Bachelor Party for his wedding this summer. My thoughts on the drive here is how lucky we are as golfers. We not only get to go to great and […]
My favorite domestic destination golf trip is Bandon and Pacific Dunes. It’s a majestic location with four great courses. Since it’s somewhat remote there are no distractions from the golf. The accommodations are nice, but minimalistic. The staff is terrific. I think it’s the closest to Irish/Scottish golf in the US. My favorite international destination […]
My favorite golf destination is the Prince Course on Kauai, a Robert Trent Jones masterpiece. It has the most integration of landscape and natural beauty I have ever played, while maintaining full playing integrity. While it is primarily the beauty that instantly captivates the player, the design begins to draw you into the full compliment […]
My favorite golf destination trip is Pebble Beach. Everything about the place is spectacular. The golf courses are challenging and offer some of the best views in golf. The lodging and dining are first class as well. Having the ability to play the same course that the pros play in US Open Championships and all […]
My favorite golf destination is the country of Ireland. I love the destination for many reasons. I think they have the best number of world class courses throughout Ireland and Northern. You need to go there multiple times to be able the play all of the greats, but there are too many for one trip. […]
Pinehurst, North Carolina: It feels like a small town built around golf. There are tons of amazing courses in the area. The people there love golf and the game’s history.
I have taken our members on many trips. We have gone to many popular destinations. The destination that our members always talk about is Bandon Dunes. It is not the easiest place to get to but the facility, golf courses and staff are first class. I highly recommend this trip to anyone. Regardless of weather […]
Monterey peninsula.. the scenery and courses makes it an unbeatable golf destination.
I have been to a lot of great golf destinations, Bandon Dunes by far is the best.
For someone that doesn’t get to go on many golf trips, there is one that I have been able to do each year for almost 10 years that I do truly enjoy. Each year in March the Illinois PGA Hosts a Pro-Am Event in Las Vegas that consists of 4 amateurs and 1 golf professional. […]
Bandon Dunes is my favorite destination for a golf trip. Everything is there for you so that you don’t have to leave the resort. All you have to worry about is golfing and enjoying your friends or family that you go with. The food doesn’t disappoint either. And the courses are some of the few […]
My favorite golf destination is Las Vegas. The golf there a spectacular and the people are fascinating, The food is spectacular, and the golf courses can be like Willy Wonka’s version of golf. You have holes where there’s palm trees, evergreens, desert and water. Not to mention the conditions are to the nine’s. I would […]
My favorite “destination” trip is to Northern Ireland. Starting out on Royal Portrush, site of this years Open Championship, is one of the best pure golf experiences on earth. Once you are warmed -up, get ready for Royal County Down. This is eighteen holes requiring every shot in “the book”. Scary at times but rewarding […]
Pebble Beach. For the variety of courses there, the history and the tree lined courses with ocean views
I have always enjoyed staying and playing golf at the Pinehurst Resort in Pinehurst, NC. Great service, great choices in golf and a very nice hotel. One of my favorite places to stay and play!
My favorite golf destination is anywhere with friends and family. The proper company always makes for a great experience!
My favorite destination for a golf trip would be Big Cedar Lodge in Branson, Missouri. This place is spectacular. It begins with the drive in very picturesque. The Accommodations are first class. The Top of The Rock Par 3 Course is one of a kind and a golf range that is great as well. Putting […]
There is so much history surrounding the hallowed grounds of the Old Course. Walking over the Swilcan Bridge is historical. It is a must play for avid golfers. And because there are now 7 courses to play, you always have variation. The town of St Andrews has many local pubs and fine dining and will […]
My answer is Phoenician Resort in Phoenix, Az. Fabulous pool area with great golf surrounded by beautiful mountains, lots of valley of sun activities and great restaurants. This place holds a special place in my heart. As a young kid growing up in the 60’s this property was a public golf course called the palms. […]
Bend Oregon and specifically Pronghorn Club and Resort. Two incredible courses that are draped with wonderful architecture, conditions, and natural beauty. There is a spirit or soul of golf that can be felt there that is rarely found in courses today. Love the place and feel every time I am there. Bandon Dunes is right […]
My favorite golf destination is Hilton Head. There are plenty of quality golf courses along with places to stay, restaurants and activities in a family friendly, quiet area.
Pinehurst never disappoints. The Gil Hanse re-do on #4, and the new Cradle short course just add to the experience!
Hands down its Cabot links in Nova Scotia. No question. 36 holes of incredible golf, nice accommodations on property that over look the course, water and incredible sunset! Amazing scenery, good caddies (no carts), cool club logo, great lobster rolls and chocolate chip cookies at the turn! Can’t be beat!!
My favorite golf destination is Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. The weather is always perfect and the golf courses are spectacular. You can’t beat the local feel and the food is amazing. There are several golf courses with in a 30 minute drive that will wow you!
Bermuda is one of my favorite destinations. Not only are the golf courses world class but the island hospitality is only a few hours away from us here in New York. Mid Ocean Club, Tuckers Point, and Port Royal Golf Club are “must plays” as far as golf travel. The scenery and the course layouts […]
Not much better golf than the line up down on the South West of Ireland. Waterville is my favorite links golf course I have ever played and the best golf experience is at Old Head. Old Head has the best property for golf anywhere! Tralee, Lahinch, Dooks, and Doonbeg are all great golf courses to […]
Sebonack Golf Club is truly a special place. Having been fortunate enough to play this gem located in Southampton, New York, the golf course is as challenging as it is beautiful. The views that cascade across the links and the Great Peconic Bay are simply breathtaking. Every time I visit the facility I feel as […]
My favorite golf destination in America is Bandon Dunes. The golf there is the closest thing I have played resembling golf in the British Isles. Fescue tee to green is so unique in America. 4 fantastic courses and an unbelievable par 3 course. Great accommodations and excellent food. Very affordable in the winter (I have […]
Bandon Dunes. 72 holes of pure golf, great food, putting contests on the Punchbowl course, the par 3 course…The list goes on and on.
Fishers island the whole experience the boat the views etc.
I like a place where I can play golf in the late afternoon, when the sun is setting over the ocean, and I can put a ball down anywhere and try a shot. Half Moon Bay’s Arnold Palmer course fits the bill for me.
Undiscovered raw and incredible golf. Authentic Irish culture, real towns fantastic craic. Stunning scenery along the way.
Driving through 17 mile drive is breathtaking. The views at Pebble Beach are second to none. My favorite par 3 and par 5 on the planet. Number 6 and 18 respectively. Also, getting a small glimpse of Cypress Point doesn’t hurt either.
I have always had some amazing trips to Cabo San Lucas. The courses are spectacular, the views are beyond , and the weather is perfect. Similarly the hotels, and the food are spectacular. I have not been back in a few years and miss it.
These trips can be very different if it’s with one’s wife , couples or a group of fellows. If the guys can all advance the ball and don’t mind a little weather I’d say the Scotland trip including Turnberry , Troon , Carnoustie , Muirfield and The Old course is a fabulous trip both golf […]
I love taking my members on a trip to Scotland. I enjoy taking them to the home of golf and stay in St. Andrews for a few days play the old course but also take them to Kingsbarns and Crail. We finish the trip by stopping off at The Gleneagles hotel, which always gets an […]
Whistling Straits In Wisconsin. It’s a really special place if you want to get away and play just pure golf! It’s a very challenging layout for any level golfer! The terrain makes you feel like you are in Ireland.
Brooks recent success could be attributed to a number of things. The obvious reasons would be his physical conditioning paired with a ridiculous amount of club head speed as well as an up tick in ball striking statistics. However, Brooks capacity to perform on the biggest stages is almost entirely due to the work he’s […]
What makes Brooks so dominant in majors, besides talent, is his mental toughness. He said in an interview before the PGA Championship that the field is made up of the top golfers in the world and that half of them will not play well and miss the cut. That leaves the other half of the […]
As former Tournament Director for Metropolitan N.Y. PGA, I have set up many courses for Championship play. Today’s majors are all set for bombers. You still have to perform, but Luke Donald’s of the world can play their best and have little chance at Bethpage or same. Majors are set up for that way. Occasionally […]
Brooks’ physical ability and skill are among the greatest this game has seen but the domination when it comes to recent Major Championships stems from his commitment to be mentally wiser and tougher than his competitors. Brooks appears unflappable whether he is executing to his liking or if he is having an off day. This […]
Brooks Koepka’s confidence in his abilities stands out to me. Sure he hits it far and has great talents in every aspect of the game, but it is his belief in himself that makes him a contender in all the majors.
Chance favors the prepared mind. He knows he’s ready to win.
Brooks is basically the Terminator— he has the most confidence in majors — he combines power — with strategic game plan and a will to win and prove that he doesn’t care about recognition— world ranking. He only cares about conquering all that contend. However it’s not the other payers — he just wants to […]
Having learned more about Brooks and his golf journey, I do not believe his magic has happened overnight. He took a direct route to international play to work on his game without the pressure of US media and with the understanding that his journey was going to be different than a few other players of […]
It’s simple confidence and the ability to execute. He’s looking for a good result “shot” vs getting knotted up in fear of a bad result (shot)
What makes brooks so good is his consistency with his mental and physical game.
Walking and carrying your bag for 18 holes will strengthen your core, your legs, and increase your endurance. My philosophy on fitness for golf, is balance. Becoming more fit will help, identifying any weak areas such as strength or flexibility is the first step. When you identify weak areas put together a program for your […]
TRX Training is my recommendation. This system is moderately priced, designed for use at home, and in my opinion the best for core strength and stability. When we swing the golf club with the core of the body in control, we are using the bigger stronger muscles. Resulting in less strain on the back and […]
My favorite exercise for golf is the seated medicine ball twist. Get yourself a medicine ball and sit on the floor with your knees up. Hold the medicine ball out in front of you and slowly rotate your shoulders to the right making sure the medicine ball is still in front of you. Then rotate […]
I concentrate on yoga and planking. In my experience, especially with people that have had injuries, using their own body weight was better than using free weights or machines. That is what I have introduced into my programs.
Exercise is always helpful in any athletic activity, but I think many golfers would benefit from stretching the most. Lack of muscle mobility can cause a lot of flaws in the set up and not allow people to get in certain positions during the swing. As golf instructors, we often have to work with students […]
Nothing promotes better fitness than running or power walking. Increased heart-rate, stamina for 4+ hour rounds, not to mention hilly tracts that you play, the results are so outstanding…you can’t measure it! Remember TIGER’s legendary runs??? The proof is in the pudding.
I like to use a large exercise ball and lay on it facing the ceiling holding a 15 lb dumbbell and holding my arms out straight and simulate my golf swing both ways to work on my core. It helped me gain 10+ yards!
Very simply put, any stretching exercises that a golfer can do to increase flexibility is extremely valuable. It help help the golfer make better turns and weight transfers. Increasing flexibility will also help improve club head speed. All of this translates into more distance.
The exercise I think most people can do and benefit from is a Bent Over Single Leg Row or Twist. The great thing about this exercise is you don’t even need weight to benefit from this exercise. How: Standing with your feet together, slightly bend one leg and hinge at your waist while extending your […]
One of the most common swing flaws in the golf swing is tension and an of overactive mind. Golf is mentally challenging and requires a connection of body and mind. Our breathing is our internal physical mental state. Any time we experience stress on the golf course such as first tee jitters, hitting over water, […]
It is very important to get your glutes, hamstrings active and warmed up before fully going 100 mph. Golfers generate power from the ground up. So I like to do a simple bend over and touch your toes for 35 seconds. Then go to one leg up on a bench stretching towards your toes, switching […]
The reason the body gets the club moving in an outside-in motion is because the golfer isn’t getting enough hip and shoulder turn. When a golfer loses depth, the lack of inward hand movement from beginning to top of the swing, they’re starting from a position that can cause a slice. Unless, the golfer reroutes […]
Place an alignment stick in the ground three or four feet down the target line, one or two inches inside the target line, and angled between 45-60° (depending on the club being used). Put a pool noodle over the stick if possible, and swing through the ball so that the club head, shaft, and hands […]
Put a head-cover, towel along side the ball, try to hit the ball without hitting the object.
Over the Top is a result of starting the swing aggressively from the upper body. Strong trailing arm muscling down to the ball. The lower body is sluggish and out of sync. Of course there are other faults that cause over the top… A couple of remedies: 1 – create a gate to swing through. […]
I have found that the root cause of an over-the-top downswing is often an open club face. If a golfer can’t get the face square at impact, they react by swinging the club over-the-top to try and hit the ball straight. Moving the grip to a “stronger”, or more hook-like position, will square the face […]
Concept construction would be the first step I would take. Self awareness is paramount to results . I would probably have them throw some golf clubs . Help them appreciate that the playing field is not the ball but out in front of them . Managing their energy more out front ! Many people get […]
Using an alignment rod we place the rod about 3 feet behind the golfer on the same target line matching the angle of the shaft at address. Then we swing above the stick on the backswing and below the stick on the downswing
A drill you can do is once you are at address, hold the golf club away from you, and then take it back. You should then feel the proper position on how steep you should take the club back. An over the top move is primarily caused by taking the club back too flat, then […]
My “Go To” drill to introduce a student to the correct Downswing routing of the club is the Under-Under Drill. See Video Here. Most of the over-the-top swingers have a misconception about the shape of the golf swing and will adapt fairly quickly to the new Downswing path. Occasionally, a student with a deeply ingrained […]
I call this drill the “Make it or Break it” Drill. Depending on the players confidence level, softer items, such as a pool noodle or tees in the ground can be used. Here I am using a range divider to ensure that my club returns to the ball on plane. Placing the visual aid just […]
I recommend the staggered stance drill for people that struggle with swinging too far outside-in.(This problem causes inconsistency in contact and leads to a loss of distance.) So by doing the staggered stance drill and dropping the trail foot back you are closing the shoulders more to the target which helps get the visual of […]
The player should lay their driver on the ground as if it were an alignment rod, then place tees in the ground at each end of it. The stance must be at least that wide at their toes. Then hit drivers from this stance. Start off by hitting them very soft so as to adjust […]
My best technique is to make the student take the club outside the line on the backswing which forces him to reroute the club on the inside path on the down swing.
I’ve done something that’s very simple and cheap that I learned from my old boss Craig Welty. I use a pool noodle and put a piece of pvc pipe in one of the ends. I stand down the line behind the student just inside of the golf ball to the target and have them swing […]
1. Some golfers come over the top on the downswing because they did not complete the shoulder and hip turn on the backswing. It is an easy fix to just have them complete their hip and shoulder turn to solve this problem. 2. The number one reason most golfers come over the top on the […]
1. I like to to use a speed trap from eyeline golf this allow us to set up post at the top right and bottom left of the speed trap from there we just have players swing and try not to hit the posts. the post are soft so if we hit them it doesn’t […]
Most over the top moves start from taking the club back too fast and too much to the inside. I like to have my students put a club or alignment stick in front of their feet at address and when taking the club away keep their hands along that line as long as possible. This […]
Using a few water bottles or tees the golf creates the plane of an in to out swing. One tee is roughly 4” behind and 2” to the right of the golf ball. The second tee is placed roughly 4” ahead and 2” left of the golf ball. The golfer now is to practice swing […]
Put a 2x 4 board down parallel to the target line about 3-4 inches away from the ball. The student will get a feel for an inside to square swing very quickly or he will be coming in contact with the board on the downswing with an over the top move.
First thing any golfer with this problem has to realize … grip, set-up and club fitting is correct. Draw a line inside to out… swing club to right field and eye alignment is going right.. closed stance and forget ball and target during swing.
1) Stop at the top drill. Get to the top of the back swing and have the student hold for 3 to 5 seconds. Then initiate the forward swing. This gives great feedback on what they are doing and then we can correct and give them the proper sequence. 2) Obstacles. Basically putting road blocks […]
Take an empty water bottle and put it about 6 inches ahead of the ball and just to the left of the ball (for a right handed golfer)
The drill that I like to help fix over the top is to simply take an empty water bottle and put it about 6 inches ahead of the ball and just to the left of the ball (for a right handed golfer). Make some practice swings before you place the ball down. Avoid hitting the […]
My favorite drill is the “Box Drill” get a shoe box or a box they ship drivers in, lay it down about 1/2 inch to the toe of the club and ball. Make swings trying to come from the inside. Try your best not to touch the box. This will insure you are on the […]
A drill that I like to utilize for “over the top” is the Step Drill. The step drill gives the player the feeling of transferring weight forward before the shoulders can kick the arms out and over. It helps give the player the feel of correct sequence of motion.
Place an alignment rod square to your target, so we have our reference for our stance and Alignment. Next we place an alignment rod about a foot to two feet from our trail foot and about 4 inches back. We will stick the alignment rod in the ground at an angle. This angle will represent […]
My favorite drill for curing an over the top is a combination of placing an alignment stick in front of the ball at an exaggerated angle out to the right and placing a head cover just behind the ball so they do not hit it. It’s simple but people don’t want to hit the head […]
Probably the best drill I have for over the top swing is swinging from your knees. There is no possible way to swing over the top. I like to start the student out with the mid-length Orange Whip to get the feeling of swing from inside to out.
“Over the Top” is the result of a backswing that gets too inside and horizontal (usually with a wide open clubface). This causes the shaft to become heavy and out of balance. A person then re-routes the club up and “over the top” seeking balance. Most of the time when this happens it becomes the […]
A simple drill is to hold the wrist of your trail arm and swing the club a few times back and forth recognizing the path.
I’ve found that using a golf club shipping box works as a great teaching aid for players who have issues coming over the top. As a drill, I will place the shipping box just a few inches away from the toe of the club – parallel to the intended target line. As the player swings, […]
I use several drills for curing an over the top move. Hit balls with your feet close together. Place your right foot two feet behind the left. Try and hit shots by not lifting your right heel. Stick an alignment rod in the ground parallel to your shaft angle at address and hit balls underneath […]
There are so many golf apps on the market right now from GPS apps to shot tracker apps. I personally, use V1 when I am giving professional lessons to record and analysis of my clients swing after the lesson, as well as show my client in real time what we are trying to work on. […]
As a Certified PGA Golf Instructor I want my players to easily remember what they need to work on to improve quickly. The “Coache’s Eye” App is a great video analysis tool with 240 fps on my iPhone. It allows me to do a voice over recording of their lesson or practice drill which is […]
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Metro timer. Use it as a putting metronome. With over 40% of competitive golfers strokes on the green, maintaining proper rhythm and distance control is crucial for consistent performance. You can watch all tour players live or on TV and see who has a confident rhythm and pace of stroke and who doesn’t
My favorite golf app is GolfShot. Whether you’re keeping a handicap, taking your statistics or previewing course layouts to game-plan for golf courses like I am… this app has it all!
A golf app I used to use in college was called Game of Golf Instiute (GOGI). I know the website is still active but not sure if the app is available. Kept track of all my round statistics, gave me a handicap to play from, and really helps improve the areas that you need to […]
I can’t pick just one favorite golf app. I like the TrackMan app. I use it every day. It is amazing at providing feedback to my students. I also use the V1 app the video analysis features and model swings are second to none. Lastly I like the Putting Boot Camp app from Eyeline Golf. […]
Not using many at this point but a couple of my favorites are: Arccos Caddie – used in conjunction with Cobra Golf to help with golf club yardage and instruction. Tracks distances with each club and rounds of golf – where you hit each shot and lets you know where your strengths and weaknesses are. […]
Favorite Golf App would be V1 Frontier video analysis. I use the pro version as it allows me to send video analysis to students. Free version allows students to send me their swings while out on the road. Clean, simple to use and very effective.
All on YouTube/GolfSwings…. Try to watch 10 weekly…just another way to solve a problem….
YouTube and Google are best. V1 is helpful as well.
Hudl technique app which is very simple for recording swings, drawing lines and doing voice over notes for golfers to learn from.