Many people are looking for ways to not only get healthier and improve their physical fitness, but to get outdoors and enjoy time with friends and family. While combining these would be ideal, time limits some people to what they can do physically. Whether it’s physical limitations or age, going for a two mile run or participating in a physical fitness class at the gym is not an option for many people.
However, playing golf is an alternative way of improving your overall health that more and more people are turning to. This great game has many advantages over other sports. You don’t have to jump like an NBA player or run like an NFL player to enjoy this game. Though some of the most competitive athletes in the world are golfers, it’s a recreational sport by nature. People of all ages can play. How can golf be beneficial to your health? Let’s look at some ways it can help not only your physical and mental health, but your overall well-being.
Golf increases physical activity
For example, golf may lack the physicality of football; however, it is a physical game in another sense. Simply swinging a golf club requires the use of, and strengthens, many different muscles in your body. Many people prefer to walk when they play, which increases the heart rate, strengthens leg muscles and is a great way to burn calories. Even if you prefer to ride in a golf cart, the physical activity of playing golf is a great way to improve your overall health simply because you are being active.
One of the most important things anyone can do to improve their game is to be as flexible as possible. Flexibility plays a major role in seeing improvement in your game. If you get into the habit of stretching your muscles before and after your round, it will not only help you play better golf, but also make everyday tasks easier.
Playing golf outdoors provides vitamin D and a way to spend time with family and friends
Being outdoors is one of the most beneficial aspects of playing golf. Would you rather spend time in a gym on a treadmill or enjoy a beautiful day on a golf course? The answer is easy for most people. One of the biggest advantages of being outdoors in the sun is the benefits of Vitamin D. The best-known benefit of Vitamin D is its role in helping calcium build strong bones. This nutrient helps regulate the immune system and the neuromuscular system. Vitamin D also plays major roles in the life cycle of human cells.
Not only does golf have physical benefits, but being outdoors has other advantages as well. Golf is a great way to spend time with family and friends. Whether you choose to spend a few hours with friends, your spouse, your kids or your family as a group, what better way to spend it than on the golf course? Many people prefer to play golf by themselves, alone with their thoughts.
Golf can relieve stress
Either way, a round of golf can be very therapeutic and a great way to relieve stress. Remember, when you are talking about the health benefits of golf, you can’t ignore your mental health. Even if you prefer to just stay on the driving range and hit practice balls, you can walk away feeling better not only physically, but mentally as well.
The next time you find yourself looking for a way to improve your physical and mental health, consider golf. Remember, it doesn’t matter where you are in life in terms of age…golf doesn’t discriminate.
For more information about golf and golfing techniques, contact The Academy of Golf Dynamics. Give us a call today at 1(800) 879-2008 or Contact Us via email. We are located at 45 Club Estates Parkway in Austin, Texas.
Christmas is right around the corner. Have you started your holiday shopping yet? If you are looking for something special for that golfer in your life, the possibilities are endless. Here are a few affordable gift ideas that are sure to make any golfer smile this holiday season.
Yes, the world of technology has made it to the golf course. To see a range finder in someone’s golf bag these days is almost as common as seeing that new driver that promises an extra 10 yards on your tee shots. Range finders have become more popular over the last several years. This increase in popularity has made getting a yardage for a shot faster and easier. Range finders typically start around 100 dollars.
Personalized golf balls
What golfer doesn’t want to play with golf balls with his or her name on them? What better way to mark and distinguish your golf balls from the other player’s golf balls in your group than to have your name on them. Depending on the brand, personalized golf balls cost between 30-60 dollars.
Giving that special someone new grips is one of the best “golf gifts” you could give an avid golfer. New grips make your clubs easier to hold onto and make your clubs feel new again. Grips come in all different colors, styles and sizes to fit hand size. Check to see what kind of grips that special someone is playing with so you will know what size and style they like. Most grips usually cost between 7-10 dollars per grip.
A golf umbrella is one of those things everyone should have. Have you ever been caught in the rain with one of those small, pop up umbrellas that barely keeps the top of your head dry? If you have, then you will know how much better a golf umbrella is in wet weather. Whether the person you are buying for plays golf or not, a golf umbrella is one of the best gifts they will get this holiday season. Most cost between 50-60 dollars.
Personalized shaft labels
Personalized shaft labels are a great idea for any golfer, especially the ones who tend to be a little absent minded. Shaft labels are stickers that have the owner’s name, phone number and address on them. They wrap around the shaft just below the grip. If someone leaves their club on the course, the person who finds it knows who to contact. Shaft labels cost around 10 dollars per dozen.
Gift certificate in your pro shop
Do you have someone that’s hard to buy for? Purchase a gift certificate in the pro shop and let them do their own shopping. You can spend as much or as little as you want and let that person get a special golf item they want.
Golf school or instruction
Perhaps the most valuable gift you can give that special golfer is the gift that keeps on giving…good golf instruction. The best of everything else doesn’t matter as much if a good base of fundamentals and understanding of that person’s golf swing isn’t there.
The Academy of Golf Dynamics has earned a reputation as one of the best golf schools in the country since 1982. We offer individualized instruction at one of the best practice facilities in the country. These are just a couple of reasons thousands of golfers have trusted their golf games with us over the years. Give us a call today at 1(800) 879-2008 or Contact Us via email. We are located at 45 Club Estates Parkway in Austin, Texas.
There are many things in golf that are set in stone such as teeing off behind the markers, tapping down spike marks being prohibited and Luke Donald is a great bunker player, to name a few. There are also things in golf that are personal preference. These preferences include the speed at which you swing the club, what kind of clubs you use and whether or not you still pick Tiger in your “majors” pool at the office.
One of the most important things in the personal preference category is putting grip pressure. There have been great putters who have gripped their putter firm, some who have used a medium pressure and some that preferred a light pressure. What grip pressure should you use when holding the putter? Well, that’s completely up to you. Let’s look at some examples of each and how their choice affected their putting strokes. What grip pressure you use when putting is purely up to the individual. We are going to show you how to find the one that works best for you.
Firm putting grip pressure
Typically, golf players with firmer grip pressures tend to have a little quicker tempo to their stroke. Examples would be Tom Watson, Lee Trevino, Brandt Snedeker and Aaron Baddeley. Keep in mind, they may not have gripped the putter “tight”, but their grip pressures tend to be a little firmer than most players. All three of these golf players have very quick tempo and their grip pressure plays a significant role in this aspect. Don’t make the mistake of thinking your tempo when putting has to be slow. All three of these golf players are considered great putters. Some people might hesitate to put Tom Watson on the “great putters” list because of his putting struggles later in his golfing career. However, make no mistake about it, no one wins 8 major championships without being a great putter.
Medium putting grip pressure
Golf players that have a medium grip pressure when they putt tend to have more of a medium pace to their stroke. Players that fall into this category would be Tiger Woods, Billy Casper, Brad Faxon and Annika Sorenstam. Billy Casper is considered by many to be the best putter of all time. His stroke was a little more wristy, like many golf players of his era. However, Tiger, Faxon and Annika keep their wrists very quiet during their strokes while still keeping their arms and shoulders very relaxed.
Light putting grip pressure
Golf players with light grip pressure when they putt tend to have a slower tempo. Great putters in this category would be Jack Nicklaus, Ben Crenshaw, David Toms, Loren Roberts and Larry Mize. Super relaxed over the golf ball would be just one way to describe these great putters. These are the players who tend to have the “best looking” strokes. Watching these golf players putt is much like listening to Patsy Cline sing a song…it just doesn’t get much better. Nicklaus is the one exception here. He tended to have a quicker pace to his stroke and didn’t exactly look relaxed over the golf ball. However, when analyzing Nicklaus’ putting stroke, just see: “18 majors”.
Nicklaus usually gripped the putter light, but Lou Graham said Nicklaus had one of the best runs in golf when he gripped the putter real tight. What this tells us is that from time to time, you can modify your putting grip pressure as long as you keep it consistent during your round of golf.
Often times a golf player’s personality will affect the tempo of his or her stroke as well. Someone who has quick or fast mannerisms (talk, walk, drive a car, etc…) will tend to have a quicker pace than someone who does those things a little slower.
How to decide which putting grip pressure is best for you
The best way for you to figure out which works best for you is to get on the practice putting green and try different grip pressures. Hit some putts with a light grip pressure, some with a medium grip pressure and some with a firm grip pressure. You might even find you putt best when you are somewhere in between. Rate your grip pressure on a scale of 1-10, with 1 being the lightest and 10 being the firmest. Once you have found your ideal grip pressure, attach a number to it. That way you always have a form of reference to go to.
You should try to let your tempo set itself. Let your grip pressure and the speed of your mannerisms dictate the speed at which you swing the putter so it is as natural as possible. Remember, it doesn’t matter what speed you swing the putter. A good putter is always comfortable when putting. Doing something that doesn’t come natural will get in the way of being comfortable. The bottom line is that a good putting stroke is a stroke that makes putts.
The next time you struggle with your putting, it might not be because of your stroke mechanics. You might just be holding your putter with the wrong grip pressure. For more information about golf and golfing techniques, contact The Academy of Golf Dynamics. Give us a call today at 1(800) 879-2008 or Contact Us via email. We are located at 45 Club Estates Parkway in Austin, Texas.
Some of the most important improvements and inventions in the history of the game of golf have occurred over the last 40 years. Golf has seen more improvements to its equipment throughout history than any other sport. As a result of these improvements, some of golf’s greatest courses have been rendered obsolete for professional tournament golf. Many of golf’s greatest courses have added length and difficulty to avoid being left behind. Many golf “purists” believe some of these improvements have taken away some of the shot-making possessed by some of the great players of years past. Others believe these improvements have made the game better by lowering scores for professionals and amateurs alike.
Below we have listed some improvements we feel have changed the game the most over the last 40 years. These improvements include the golf ball, the 60 degree wedge, metal woods, graphite shafts, square grooves, oversized drivers, hybrids, long putters (belly putters), carry bags with stands, better golf shoes, and soft spikes.
The golf ball
Let’s just start with, in many people’s mind, the most significant change of all – the golf ball. In the 1970s and 80s, the ball of choice for most professionals was the balata covered ball. This ball had a rubber core filled with liquid. It was wrapped in rubber bands and had a soft “balata” cover. At the time, this golf ball was top of the line. Most of today’s golf balls have a one-piece core with a more durable cover.
How do these two different balls compare to each other? The balata ball tended to produce more spin and had a softer feel around the greens, which many tour players prefer. However, the liquid filled core surrounded by rubber bands, coupled with the softer cover did not produce the kind of distance the one-piece of today produces. Also, because the balata cover was much softer, it was not nearly as durable as today’s balls of choice. Manufacturers have found ways to make today’s balls more durable while still producing sufficient spin rates.
However, the biggest difference is distance. Today’s golf balls travel much further than those of years past. This aspect of the ball is the most significant upgrade, and the most controversial. None other than Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer are on record saying the ball goes too far now, rendering some of our greatest golf courses obsolete.
The 60 Degree Wedge
Seve Ballesteros once said the most significant innovation to the game of golf is the 60 degree wedge. Coming from one of golf’s most talented magicians, that’s quite a statement. The 60 degree wedge has allowed players to hit shots around the green that, in years past, were close to or impossible to hit. Firm, fast greens (like those seen in the U.S. Open) have probably contributed to the use of the 60 degree wedge more than any other factor in golf. The ability to hit higher, softer pitch shots around the green have made this club almost a must for tour players.
In the late 1970s, metal woods made their way onto the scene. The immediate difference these clubs made was an increase in distance off the tee. A firmer hitting area with more of a trampoline effect quickly made persimmon woods a thing of the past. Metal woods also proved to be more durable and required less maintenance such as replacing the insert of a persimmon wood, which would eventually wear out.
If there is a negative to the invention of metal woods, it is the fact that those beautiful, hand-made persimmon woods of the past aren’t produced anymore. Many feel the persimmon woods were a work of art, much like a classic car.
Many consider the shaft the “heart” of the golf club. Throughout the history of golf, the shaft, more than any other part of the club, has undergone the biggest transformation. Going from hickory to steel is still the biggest step up in shaft technology.
Even though most golfers still play with steel shafts in their irons, graphite shafts in drivers and fairway woods have become the norm. Graphite shafts are lighter than steel, increasing club head speed and distance. Like the ball, but to a lesser extent, graphite shafts are responsible for much of the increase in distance off the tee.
Controlling the golf ball around the greens and out of high rough has become a priority for tour players over the years. Square grooves, compared to U-grooves and V-grooves, produce much more spin. Many believe square grooves have contributed to a lack of shot-making by today’s tour players compared to the greats of years past. Just this year, square grooves have been banned on the P.G.A. Tour, much to the delight of many older players and purists of the game. Imagination and shot-making should now play bigger roles in golf like they did in years past.
For amateurs and professionals alike, oversized drivers have made hitting tee shots longer and straighter much easier. The reason is the sweet spot on these bigger heads is much bigger, allowing for straighter miss hits and more shots hit solidly, thus increasing distance. Couple this with a graphite shaft that is lighter, and in many cases longer, and you have a recipe for more distance immediately.
How many of you carry a 1, 2, 3 or even 4 iron in your bag now? The hybrid is one of those improvements to equipment that we can ask ourselves, “Why didn’t someone invent this years ago?” Hitting a long iron has always been a challenge for most golfers. Hybrids have made this a much easier proposition. With a little more “meat” behind the clubface and a lower center of gravity, getting the ball in the air with a less lofted club has become much easier. For most golfers, long irons have been relegated to “alignment club” status.
Long putters (belly putters)
Long putters, also known as belly putters, might be the most controversial of all the innovations to our game. If you ask a golf purist about the long putter, you might want to find a chair and get ready for an earful on why it is a cancer to the game. If you ask someone who has the yips, you might want to find a chair and get ready for an earful on why this putter is so great. The purist, Tom Watson, will tell you that you shouldn’t be able to anchor your club to your body as a way to deal with a balky putting stroke. If you ask a “user”, Bruce Lietzke, he might tell you it added over 10 years to his career because of the improvement in his putting.
If something is outlawed on the P.G.A. Tour in the near future, it will probably be the long putter (belly putter). Only time will tell whether that happens or not. We would hate to see all of the great players whose career would have been cut short if not for the long putter. However, we can see the argument for both sides.
Carry bags with stands
In the late 1980s, PING introduced the carry bag with a two legged stand that unfolds as you put your bag down. At first glance, this new contraption looked foreign and awkward. Because a bag with a stand made it easier to keep your bag, clubs and towel dry in morning dew or rainy conditions, this quickly became a standard piece of equipment for golfers who prefer to walk. Not having to bend down to pick up your bag also made this carry bag an instant hit for people looking to avoid a sore back. You would be hard pressed to find a carry bag today without a stand.
Better golf shoes
Like many areas of fashion, golf shoes have changed dramatically over the years. The look of certain shoes tends to come full circle like we often see with pants and shirts. However, comfort and durability have been the biggest improvements in golf shoes over the last few years. Most golf shoes today are not only very comfortable, but also waterproof. More people than ever are playing golf and many of those players are walkers. Keeping your feet happy while playing golf is a must.
Soft spikes have made a big difference in keeping putting surfaces smooth over the last several years. In years past, metal spikes added an unwanted bumpiness to greens making them more difficult to putt. Soft spikes, made of plastic, have drastically reduced the amount of spike marks on greens, thus making for a smoother putting surface.
Looking back, all of these improvements and innovations have made the game better in one way or another. It can be argued that some of them lean against the spirit of the game. However, make no mistake about it, technology and innovation in equipment play a bigger role in golf than in any other sport. With competition for millions of dollars between equipment companies and golfers always wanting that extra edge, don’t expect equipment manufacturers to slow down their efforts in finding the next big innovation or improvement. This constant effort to come up with the next big idea is as much a part of the history of the game as the gutta-percha ball and the hickory shaft.
For more information about golf and golfing techniques, contact The Academy of Golf Dynamics. Give us a call today at 1(800) 879-2008 or Contact Us via email. We are located at 45 Club Estates Parkway in Austin, Texas.
Why should you come to our golf school? There are many reasons. I will give you the most important reasons why our golf school provides not only the best and highest quality instruction you can find anywhere, but also a golf experience you will enjoy and benefit from for a lifetime.
- BUILD A GOLF GAME OF SOUND FUNDAMENTALS TO LAST A LIFETIME
Having sound fundamentals in golf is the foundation for years of success and enjoyment for any golfer. At The Academy of Golf Dynamics, we teach each person individually…not a system or method. We take into account each person’s swing fundamentals, learning style, personality, age, flexibility and physical limitations (if any) and develop a program for that person that will help them get the most out of their game. We also give you the knowledge on how to keep improving once you leave. Knowing how to practice efficiently once you are back home is an integral part of seeing improvement over the course of time. Our students develop a knowledge of their individual swing that helps them be their own best teacher once they are back home. The practice drills we prescribe to each person helps develop a feel for the corrections we work on while here so you can continue to improve after you leave our school.
- OUR STAFF
Our staff of instructors are the heartbeat of our golf school. You won’t find a more knowledgeable, accommodating, friendly staff of golf instructors anywhere in the country. From your initial phone conversation with Kevin in the office while registering, to your three days spent working with our team of instructors, your experience here will be second to none. We have all been together for years and have gained a knowledge of the golf swing not through instruction books, but first-hand experience teaching the golf schools. We make our recommendations for your swing to help improve your ball flight, not to make your swing look pretty. This ability can only come from years of experience. Also, most of our staff possess a college golf background. Not only would I stack our team of instructors up against anyone when it comes to swing knowledge, but I would take this group to the course against anyone also. This aspect is crucial while teaching on-course strategies. You also won’t find a better, more fun group of guys to spend three days with helping you with your golf game. We’ve had many students who have come to us for years say this is the best staff we’ve ever had, and we agree!
- A GOOD WAY TO SPEND TIME WITH FAMILY/FRIENDS
Our three day school is a great way to spend time with family and friends. Whether you are a member of a golfing family or have a group of friends you enjoy playing with, our school is a great way to spend three days. You can work on your golf game during the morning and early afternoon with the option of playing one of our four golf courses right here in Lakeway in the afternoon after class. You have the Hill Country Galleria just a couple of miles down the road for any shopping that might be required for the shopaholic in your group, Lake Travis for the water-lover in your group, Austin’s many fine restaurants or live music in the “Live Music Capitol of the World.” There’s no better place to get away for three days to work on your golf game and experience all that Austin has to offer.
- CORPORTATE GOLF SCHOOLS
Through the years, we have had entire and partial schools bought out by companies entertaining clients and employees. We can tailor our school to fit your needs and wants. Need dinner reservations? We’ll take care of that for you at one of Austin’s many four and five star restaurants. Want to play golf at one of our Jack Nicklaus designed golf courses right here in Lakeway? We’ll take care of that for you with the option of having one of our instructors join you. We spare no expense to make your experience here the most enjoyable you can find anywhere.
- TOP 25 GOLF SCHOOL
The Academy of Golf Dynamics has been recognized as one of the top 25 golf schools in America by GOLF Magazine since 1999 – the year the list started. Randy Dalton and Kyle Jerome have also been recognized by GOLF Magazine as top teachers in this region of the United States for several years as well as being nominated for the top 100 Teachers list.
Our facility is a Nicklaus designed practice facility with a huge practice tee, a 9 bay covered shelter, large putting green, separate pitching area with bunker and three full length practice holes – a par 3, 4 and 5. Our facility not only allows us to cover the basic shots you have during a round, but our private practice course allows us to teach you on course strategies and situational shots you have while playing.
- STATE OF THE ART V1 PRO VIDEO SYSTEM
Our new V1 Pro Video system allows us better analyze your swing with you through the latest in video technology. After returning home, you will be able to access your swing through our website while listening to one of our instructors go through the swing keys you worked on while you were here. While we never have, and still don’t, rely heavily on video in our teaching, it is a great new addition that has received fantastic feedback from our students. Just one more way we continue to bring you the best instruction you will find anywhere.
We have always strived to not only bring you the best golf instruction anywhere, but to make it the best value found anywhere. Our prices for our golf schools have always been unmatched for the quality of instruction you receive. It is a source of pride for us to give you the best at an affordable price.
- FOLLOW UP HELP WITH YOUR GAME
When you leave our school, you will receive a personalized prescription chart for your swing and short game, a review manual and review DVD as forms of reference for what you need to work on while you were here. Once attending our school, you will recieve a weekly email and a quarterly newsletter. One of our most popular services we provide is the ability to email us (or call) with any questions or problems you might be having with your game. We all have our ruts we get into with our game from time to time. But if you can’t seem to get out of your rut, we are always here for you and encourage you to contact us with any questions you might have. If you live out of town and know you will be in Austin, you can call us and come out to The Academy and let one of our instructors take a look at your swing. We are always here to help you with your game!
These are just several aspects of our golf school that make it the best in the country. Not only do we have no doubt we are the best at what we do, but we love what we do. We know that if you spend the time and money to come to us for help with your game, you expect the best…and that’s just what you’ll get. Come see us and put your golf game in our hands.
On the first day of golf school, when orientation begins, the first thing we tell the students to do is to listen to their own information that they will be given individually. From the beginning of the Academy of Golf’s existence, we have worked with each student on an individual basis. Prior to attending an Academy school, we have seen many students trying things that do not fit their golf swing or meet their specific needs.
Because of the different physical builds and body types, some people might need more left-sided thoughts or right-sided thoughts……or it could be that they need to work on balance, timing, arc or path. We stress that each student listen to their own information so that they can begin to immediately work on thoughts and keys that apply to them.
The next question we ask students is what are they working on in their games? What books, videos or recent lessons have they read, watched or taken? With the vast amount of information that is available either in print, television or online, experimentation can take place daily if desired. It’s not that all information out there is bad, it’s that it is not personalized to the individual.
We’ll also ask them to best describe their current ball flight if they have established one. This is done to later help them read their ball flight correctly and to be able to help them in the future if the need should arise. We offer help on a continual basis after completion of the school because the students’ continued progress is just as important as the knowledge they obtain while here. We keep record of the student’s current keys and video on file and they can always contact us through e-mail or phone. Students may even send us a video to analyze at no charge so the we can continue to help them stay on track and be better prepared for their next school and get to the next level.
We also have a list of generalized swing keys that we go through and ask the students if they currently attempt or have attempted them. These keys are common and are thoughts you might hear someone say or try on any given day at any course or range. Some of these keys are ok and some are not. Making sure the student’s thoughts and keys match is an important part of the process.
We then ask everyone to tell us how much they practice. It is true, you will have to practice in order to improve. However, we are of the mindset that you don’t have to practice a lot, but you do need to practice effectively in order to improve. So we ask that they watch what we do as far as time frames are concerned. We don’t spend the whole time on the driving range nor on the putting green. We always have a good mix and balance between all areas of the game and with the Jack Nicklaus practice hole course available, we can apply what is learned on the range and short game areas in real playing conditions. This is stressed with each student so they have a good idea of how to allocate their time appropriately to help them be proficient in all areas of the game.
Also, if students are interested in new clubs, they need just ask. We always immediately evaluate each golfer’s clubs to see if they misfit in any way such as loft, lie angle, shaft flex etc., and if they do, we will make honest recommendations for clubs that would best suit their needs. We do not sell clubs. The last couple of things we ask is that they be good listeners as we do give presentations in the different areas of the game. It is important that each student knows how the presentations apply to their swing. Finally, we tell all that make a fundamental change, especially with the grip, to not associate comfort with what is correct. Because we are changing the feel and/or optics, it might not feel or look quite right until there is plenty of repetition under the belt. So before your next trip to The Academy, be ahead of the game by knowing what to expect during orientation.
This year, the Academy of Golf Dynamics reached a milestone in the world of golf schools – THIRTY-THREE YEARS IN BUSINESS! That’s right, it’s our thirty year anniversary and we couldn’t be more proud, and fortunate, to have served so many good people. As in many businesses, thirty years is a number not seen very often.
The Academy of Golf Dynamics was established in 1982 by Bill Moretti and Mike Adams. They moved the school to Austin from Florida in 1986. We have been at the Academy of Golf at The Hills of Lakeway ever since. In 1991, Mike left the AGD and Bill took over as the sole owner and held that position until he sold the school to Kyle, Randy and Kevin in 2007. We couldn’t have asked for a better role model, boss, mentor and friend than Bill. We learned many things from Bill (and we still do). He taught us cause and effect of the golf swing. He taught us how to teach the person, not a system or a method. He taught us to strive to improve in some area each day. And he showed us how to develop relationships with our students. Since the move to Austin, we have helped over 25,000 students with their golf games. More importantly, we have developed relationships with a great many of our students that we have enjoyed for years, and still do to this day.
Over the years, one of the comments that we frequently hear is, “You guys look like you really enjoy what you’re doing”. We do really enjoy what we’re doing. In any service-based business you have to enjoy what you’re doing or you won’t be in business very long. We understand that many of you take your golf game very seriously. As a result, we take our teaching very seriously. That’s where our secret weapon comes in…our staff. Kyle J., Randy, Thor, Kyle E., Ryan, Nick, Brent and Jared make up what is considered by many in the golf business to be the best golf school in the country. It has always been our policy not to hire good golf instructors, but to hire good people and then make them good golf instructors. Our current staff is not only one of the most experienced staffs in the country, but also the best group of players we have ever had. Most of our instructors posses a college golf background which is not only rare, but proves to be invaluable when teaching on course strategies. Their years of experience not only in tournament golf, but in casual golf as well is passed on to you to help you to better enjoy this great game.
2012 was a great year for us and with the way our 2013 sign ups are pouring in already, it looks like the upcoming year is going to be even better. We have already started working on new presentations and format for 2013. And for the seventh straight year, we have not raised the price of our school. The quality of instruction coupled with our price and post-school help available to our students is unmatched anywhere in the country.
We hope all of you have a great holiday season and it, as always, is our pleasure to be your choice for golf instruction. We look forward to seeing all of you (and friends and family) in 2013 and let’s make the next 30 years as great as the first 30 years. Thanks!
Whether you play golf recreationally or in competition, you are likely to get nervous at some point for some reason. Nervousness and golf go together like a dog and fleas; They don’t always get along but the link between the two are a fact of life. Nervousness even affects the best golf players in the world, men and women alike. If you fall into this category, you are not alone. Furthermore, don’t let this fact of life get you down. Tom Watson, a professional golfer, had a hard time closing and winning tournaments when he first came out on the PGA Tour. This professional golfer went on to win 8 major championships. Everyone is aware of Greg Norman’s struggles with pressure during his career. He won two majors, which is more than Fred Couples for those of you keeping track. Tour players are human, just like you, and they get nervous too. The difference is that professional golfers know how to perform when they are nervous. First, embrace your nervousness on the golf course. Next, breathe and slow down when golfing. Then, visualize success. Finally, focus on the process, not the results on the golf course. Use these four ways to overcome nervousness on the golf course anytime you are feeling challenged by your anxiety.
Embrace your nervousness on the golf course
The first step in playing golf is to embrace your nervousness, if you have any. This embrace means admitting that you are actually nervous. You know when you are nervous and most likely so do your playing partners and competitors.
Begin by replacing the word “nervous” with “anxious”. “Anxious” sounds better and has a more positive ring to it. Fighting your nervousness will only make you more nervous and zap your energy. Look at playing golf while being nervous as a challenge. Now all of a sudden, your mind frame has changed from defensive to offensive.
Breathe and slow down when golfing
Consistent breathing is one of the best techniques to overcoming nervousness on the golf course. Take long, slow, deep breaths and slow down. This not only helps slow your heart rate, but has a calming effect mentally. Along with calming you down, consistent breathing helps more oxygen reach your brain, which in turn helps you think better. Nervous people tend to speed up and eventually you find yourself just trying to get the next shot over with. Don’t slow down so much that you interfere with pace of play, but slow your walk a little between shots. It will help calm your nerves so you can perform to your capabilities.
Visualize success in the game of golf
Visualization plays a major role in the game of golf. In many things that are mental like golf, you should have a good, positive picture of what you want before you perform. A good pre-shot routine will help you see in your mind what you want to do while also helping you get in a comfortable rhythm. There is not one tour player who doesn’t have a pre-shot routine. Furthermore, a pre-shot routine is something ANYONE can do well. Anyone can have a pre-shot routine that’s as good as the best players in the world. Practice your routine so it comes naturally when you are playing. Your pre-shot routine will become your comfort zone.
Focus on the process, not the results on the golf course
One of the major causes of nervousness is concentrating too much on the results instead of the process. Don’t worry about your score, concentrate on the shot at hand. The saying, “one shot at a time” is an old cliché but it is probably the most relevant saying in golf. Like building a house, you wouldn’t focus on the windows or the roof before your slab is poured. The same principle applies here. In order to shoot the score you would be happy with, you must first hit the shots that will get you to that score. You are building something when you play golf, and each shot is a block in that building. Augie Garrido, the baseball coach at The University of Texas, tells his players to play nine, one inning games during a game. Win each inning and you will win the game. If instead you start worrying about winning the game, you put pressure on yourself that decreases the level of your performance. Golf is no different. Key on each shot, one at a time, and in the end you are more likely to see the results you want.
These are just 4 techniques you can use to help you golf better when you are nervous. You may have some other ways to calm your nerves when you play. Get in close with nervousness. For more information about golfing techniques, contact The Academy of Golf Dynamics. Give us a call today at 1(800) 879-2008 or send us a message via email. We are located at 45 Club Estates Parkway in Austin, Texas.